The latest Google Chrome update now supports HDR for Windows users

Google has released a new update to Chrome that addresses some major gripes with the browser. Chrome 64 now includes the ability to mute entire sites that auto-play videos, so you won’t be constantly dogged by an annoying video. This is particularly handy on sites that insist on having the video follow you…

Google may soon let you activate Assistant with a custom hotword

According to the folks over at 9to5Google, Google is preparing to let users use a custom hotword to summon Google Assistant. At the moment, you can use either “Hey Google” or “OK Google” to activate Assistant, but both don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Comparatively, Amazon gives users more options to…

WeChat Pay starts supporting cards issued outside China

WeChat Pay has started allowing cards issued outside of China to be loaded into their platform, opening up access to international customers. The option will be available to expatriates living in China, as well as in “Greater China”, to residents from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and will apply to cards…

Google’s Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian

Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is…

Chinese central bank official says cryptocurrency trade needs to end

Chinese authorities might consider banning centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, according to CNBC. In a memo outlining details of discussions at a meeting of internet regulators and other policymakers, PBOC Vice Governor said the government would continue to apply pressure…

Poorest regions of China see faster eCommerce adoption

Ecommerce market in China is growing faster in western and central provinces than in the richer coastal regions, according to a recent report from Alibaba Group. The biggest rises in online retail sales during the first 11 months of 2017 were posted by Gansu province, Guizhou province and Tibet autonomous region,…

Alibaba considers Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has said that the company will “seriously consider” listing in Hong Kong, as the financial hub prepares to allow dual-class share listings. Reuters reports that Jack Ma made the comments at an event in Hong Kong, in response to remarks made by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie…

Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay

Google is revamping its mobile payment offerings and creating a new brand called Google Pay. The new product merges Google’s existing mobile payment platforms. That includes Android Pay, which lets customers pay for things online and in stores with their Android phones, and Google Wallet, which lets you send money…

Apple will now replace out-of-warranty iPhone batteries for US$29

Apple apologized today for its handling of a battery issue affecting older iPhones, and offered to replace aging batteries for just US$29 (~RM117), dramatically less than the US$79 fee it would typically charge. The replacement service will be available worldwide, starting in January and continuing until December 2018. Apple will also be including a new…

Snapchat to let users publish Stories outside the app

In an effort to regain its popularity, Snapchat is reportedly developing a feature that will let users share stories outside its app, called Stories Everywhere. It’s no secret that Snapchat’s relevance has been dwindling, Instagram is currently dominating the ‘stories’ game in addition to experiencing lower share prices during Q3. Since then,…