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WeChat launches e-wallet, offers free Money Packets
WeChat users can now pay using their app with the roll out of its e-wallet component. [...]
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Under-fire Apple removes 25,000 apps in China
China is one of Apple's biggest markets. ― AFP pic BEIJING, Aug 20 — Apple said today it had removed many gambling-related apps from its Chinese app store as the US giant comes under scrutiny amid trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.Apple removed 25,000 apps suspected of facilitating gambling and illegal lotteries, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday, emphasising there was still work to be done."Reporters have discovered even after the Apple company's large-scale repairs, loopholes still exist," said CCTV anchor Chang Xiao.A CCTV report last month accused the company of allowing illegal gambling apps to proliferate."We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store," the company said in a statement.With the rhetoric between Washington and Beijing heating up, China's state media has probed for deficiencies in Apple's China operations.Another state media report last month tore into Apple for what it claimed was inadequate filtering of messages sent through its iMessage service.The app store clearance did little to abate the criticism from CCTV."With the help of the Apple platform, the (gambling app operators) can directly profit," a law professor was quoted as saying in the latest CCTV segment, adding it was Apple's responsibility not only to remove the apps from the store but to cut off access from phones to which they have been downloaded.China is one of Apple's largest markets, accounting for roughly 20 per cent of its revenue last year. CEO Tim Cook has spent much time in recent years courting authorities.But Apple's major market presence as the trade battle rages has placed its products front and centre for criticism.Apple has taken several steps to satisfy Chinese regulators, including this summer transferring control of Chinese user data to a state-owned company.The move was met by criticism from some rights groups and even Chinese users worried about data privacy.Apple also upset rights groups last year when it restricted its Chinese customers' access to Virtual Private Networks, which allow users to circumvent China's Great Firewall and to access blocked websites such as Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times. — AFP [...]
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Apple removes thousands of 'illegal' gambling apps from Chinese App Store     – CNET
The sweep of a reported 25,000 apps follows intense criticism by state media. [...]
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Indian ride-hailing firm Ola starts operations in Britain
Indian ride-hailing company Ola began operating in south Wales on Aug 20 ahead of a planned expansion across Britain by the end of the year, intensifying its battle with US rival Uber. [...]
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Researchers find new security flaw in Intel chips
Intel said software updates are already available. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON, Aug 15 — Researchers have discovered a new security flaw that could let hackers pry information from supposedly secure virtual vaults in Intel chips, the company warned yesterday.Intel said software updates are already available and it did not appear anyone had taken advantage of the “Foreshadow” vulnerability, which has been likened to troubling “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws exposed in computer chips early this year.“If used for malicious purposes, this class of vulnerability has the potential to improperly infer data values from multiple types of computing devices,” Intel said on its website.“Intel has worked with operating system vendors, equipment manufacturers, and other ecosystem partners to develop platform firmware and software updates that can help protect systems from these methods,” it said.The “Meltdown” and “Spectre” flaws roiled the Silicon Valley chipmaker, prompting a series of lawsuits and a congressional inquiry about Intel’s handling of the matter“We are not aware of reports that any of these methods have been used in real-world exploits, but this further underscores the need for everyone to adhere to security best practices,” Intel executive vice president and general manager of product assurance and security said of “Foreshadow” in a post on Intel’s website.“Once systems are updated, we expect the risk to consumer and enterprise users running non-virtualised operating systems will be low.” — AFP [...]
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Details of Xiaomi's budget flagship Pocophone leak ahead of launch
Xiaomi, one of the original 'affordable' smartphone pioneers, is launching an even more pocket-friendly smartphone. ― AFP pic BEIJING, Aug 15 ― The first flagship smartphone from Xiaomi's new sub-brand will be introduced on August 22, but reports and leaked footage have already revealed almost all there is to know about the Pocophone F1.Xiaomi, one of the original “affordable” smartphone pioneers, will follow in the footsteps of Huawei and BBK by introducing a sub-brand for an even more budget-friendly range, to compete with the likes of Honor and OnePlus.“Pocophone by Xiaomi” is its global name, although in India it will be referred to as 'Poco by Xiaomi'. The first phone, Pocophone F1, which the brand is dubbing a “Master of Speed”, is set to launch on August 22, according to a tweet and official countdown website.The Pocophone has barely been on tech radars for a week, but details have already leaked in full. Between Android Authority getting their hands on the device and a leaked video of it being unboxed, there's not much left to discover.The 5.99-inch device has a 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It comes with a 20MP selfie camera and a main camera setup with 12MP + 5MP dual pixel autofocus. Pocophone F1 will maintain an audio jack port for those not yet using wireless headphones and will support dual SIMs.The F1 comes with Quick Charge 3.0, as well as a large 4,000mAh battery. It ships with Android 8.1/ MIUI 9.6 and will be available in blue and black.It achieved fairly impressive scores on AnTuTu (an Android performance benchmarker), close to those of a Galaxy S9 Plus, which is not bad at all. The report suggests that the F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB storage) will sell for around US$490 (RM2,008).This supports a tweet from the brand that notes that “...while prices are creeping up with flagship smartphones now past the US$1,000 mark we got back to basics and focus entirely on speed.”The phone will be officially unveiled on August 22, in New Delhi, India. ― AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Porn watchers beware: New email scam attempts ‘sextortion’
The mysterious hacker claimed to have the goods on Ed Eisen and threatened to release a video of him watching porn unless he paid US$7,000 (RM28,732). [...]
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Podcasts take growing role in shifting media landscape
According to Edison Research, 124 million Americans listen to audio podcasts including 73 million on a monthly basis. — AFP pic NEW YORK, Aug 15 ― As radio fades in the new world of digital media, podcasting has become hot.In less than 15 years, on-demand podcasts have become a key part of the media landscape that is luring advertisers to a market that is worth tens of millions of dollars and growing.According to Edison Research, 124 million Americans listen to audio podcasts including 73 million on a monthly basis.“Podcasts are now getting to the point where they sit alongside other forms of premium media like video and books and television and music,” said Matt Lieber, a co-founder of Gimlet Media, a major podcast producer.“Now there are reviewers of podcasts. The Financial Times has a person on staff that reviews podcast. It's almost like if you're not listening to podcast you're out of the loop.”Podcasts are a natural choice for a generation accustomed to on-demand services like Netflix. Listeners are younger and better educated than the average radio listener, with more women in the mix, creating an important demographic for advertisers.Podcast ad revenues doubled in 2017 to US$313 million (RM1.28 billion), according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).That is far less than the estimated US$14 billion in radio ad revenues for 2016, but podcasting is showing strong growth ― likely to double again by 2020 according to the PwC/IAB report.A study by New York University researchers found traditional AM/FM radio is rapidly losing ground to in-demand services, especially among younger audience, with listening by those 13-18 down by almost 50 percentage points between 2005 and 2016.“Podcast sponsorship revenue is growing just like the audience is growing,” said Neal Carruth, general manager of podcasts for National Public Radio, a key player in podcasting.“Large brand advertisers have become more interested in recent years. They're very attracted to the age of the podcast audience, to the engagement of the podcast audience, to the intelligence, the education and the professional accomplishments of the podcast audience. It's a very desirable audience.”NPR, one of the earliest entrants in podcasting more than a decade ago, has some 17 million listeners to its podcasts such as “Planet Money,” “Fresh Air” and “Ted Radio Hour,” far more than any rivals.Monetising Popular podcasts have been able to create a successful revenue model as well, say analysts.“When you look at the top 500 or 1,000 podcasts, there are now hundreds of shows with hundreds of thousands of listeners each that are making sustainable amount of revenue in the half a million to million dollar range, which is a significant jump from a few years ago,” said Erik Diehn, chief executive of the podcast ad firm Midroll Media.While the majority of the estimated 500,000 podcasts produce little or no revenue, some top podcasts can generate “millions of dollars” annually, according to Diehn.But some are starting to introduce a subscription model, like Midroll's Stitcher platform offering “premium” podcasts for US$4.99 a month.Spotify, the big streaming music platform, is also in podcasting and recently invested US$1 million for a podcast hosted by actress Amy Schumer.Other models like one offered by the Castbox platform are based on the newspaper “paywall” system allowing access to a certain number of podcasts for free, with paying customers getting more.As podcasting becomes more popular, some are attracting big stars and offering tie-ins to film and television programmes.Gimlet Media, for example, created the ABC TV show Alex Inc. starring Zach Braff based on one of its podcasts. And the new Amazon show Homecoming starring Julia Roberts is based on one of Gimlet's podcasts.Podcasting is particularly suited to the smartphone generation and is likely to grow with increased use of connected devices.“Right now we're spending a lot of time thinking about how our work should be presented on connected speakers, in connected cars and other technologies that are here with us but maybe haven't evolved to their final state yet,” said NPR's Carruth. “People recognise the value of audio and are really embracing it. That's an incredible foundation to build on. We can be the trusted companion for people wherever they are.” ― AFP [...]
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Twitter doesn't proactively police its service, CEO Dorsey says     – CNET
Speaking to CNN, Dorsey says Twitter didn't take action against Alex Jones until others pointed out bad behavior. [...]
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New Chrome browser flags unencrypted websites as 'not secure'
Google has equipped the latest version of its popular Chrome browser with a new security feature: It will now label every HTTP website as "not secure". [...]
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Motorola pays homage to Apple with its latest smartphone
The Motorola P30 looks uncannily like the iPhone X. — SoyaCincau pic KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Since the iPhone X was introduced last year, many manufacturers have released at least a smartphone model with a notched display and a familiar vertically mounted dual-camera bump. Motorola and a handful of brands have stayed away from this “despicable” trend but unfortunately, they have succumbed to peer pressure with their latest P30 smartphone.The Motorola P30 (oddly without the “Moto”) is finally official and this appears to be a Chinese market only device. It looks uncannily like the iPhone X with an option for a Twilight paint job. In front, you’ll get a 6.2″ 19:9 IPS display that pushes a FullHD+ resolution of 2246×1080 which has a rather wide notch at the top.Underneath its glass body is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor that’s mated to 6GB of RAM. Internally it has 64GB or 128GB of storage which can be expanded up to 256GB extra via microSD. Instead of the typical fruit logo, it gets a Motorola emblem at the rear that doubles up as a fingerprint sensor.For imaging, it gets 16MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.2 rear cameras while the front features a 12MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. Powering the device is a 3,000mAh battery and it supports 18W fast charging via USB-C. Unlike the iPhone X, the P30 also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and out of the box it runs on Android 8.0 with ZUI 4.0 skin on top.In China, the Motorola P30 is said to be priced at 1,999 yuan (about RM1,186) for the 64GB model and 2,099 yuan (about RM1,245) for the 128GB storage option. — SoyaCincau [...]
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Stop Google from collecting your location data
Turning off Location History on an Android smartphone doesn't prevent Google from knowing where you've been. Such data is collected in several other ways – for example, when someone uses Google Maps. [...]
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