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Chinese ecommerce sector grows by 27% in trade

China Research Centre of Ecommerce has published a report showing that the country’s ecommerce trading recorded USD 2.03 trillion in the first half of 2017.   The ecommerce sector in China continues to see rapid growth on all fronts. Business-to-business transactions reached USD 1.3 trillion, while online retail sales were at USD 470 million.  …

Samsung Malaysia to open up pre-orders for Galaxy Note8 in early Septembe

With the Samsung Galaxy Note8 now officially out in the open, Malaysians looking forward to owning the new flagship phablet will be glad to know that Samsung Malaysia will be opening and structuring a special pre-order package for the Malaysian consumers.   The pre-order period will begin on September 5…

In Iceland, food and other packages can now be delivered via drone

Flytrex, an Israeli drone logistics company has collaborated with on-demand goods service AHA to develop a delivery route for drones in Reykjavík, Iceland. Flytrex  is working with the local transport authorities, training its staff, as well as solving the remaining parts of the drone delivery equation. Flytrex is also building a cloud-based network that…

WhatsApp UPI payments option spotted in beta

WhatsApp will soon facilitate instant money transfer via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transaction system, shows a new beta update by the mobile messaging platform.   According to a blog website WABetaInfo, WhatsApp was finally giving shape to its plans towards bank-to-bank transfer using the UPI system.   In the…

Xiaomi introduces a 4K capable Android TV set top box: The Mi Box

The Google I/O conference this year saw the announcement of the Mi Box, the first 4K capable Android TV set top box to be available in the U.S. The announcement comes as Android TV is getting a makeover, with a bevy of new apps.   The Mi Box is certainly…

China targets mobile payments oligopoly with clearing mandate

China’s central bank has ordered online payment groups to operate through a centralized clearing house, a move likely to undercut the dominance of Ant Financial and Tencent by forcing them to share valuable transaction data with competitors.   China is the world leader in mobile payments, with transaction volumes rising…

Prepare to bid farewell to Microsoft Paint

If you were a child in the nineties, you probably were on your computer for the sole purpose of getting on Microsoft Paint. Sadly, the iconic graphics tool that defined some of our earliest computer experiences will be omitted from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The newly-deprecated tool first existed as…

Adobe to finally kill off Flash in 2020

Adobe has finally announced that it will end its support for Flash in 2020. An Adobe spokesperson said, “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.” Although a handful…

Russia will ban VPNs and proxies from November 1

Russian president Vladmir Putin has just signed a law that bans VPNs, proxies, or any other internet tools that may provide access to websites banned in Russia, or allow people to browse the web anonymously. The law will come into effect starting November 1, according to a Reuters report.   The…

Grab receives US$2 billion investment from Japan’s SoftBank and China-based Didi Chuxing

Grab, ride-sharing service, just received a cool US$2 billion (RM8.57 billion) in investment monies from Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank, and Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing. This amount does not include other Grab investors for its current financing round, which is estimated to be worth an extra US$500 million ~(RM2.14 billion). According to TechCrunch,…