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Muzium Negara volunteer guides to offer virtual tours to encourage visits to museums
History enthusiasts can now visit Muzium Negara after reopening its doors amid the Covid-19 recovery movement control order period (RMCO). But the sight of museum volunteer guides eager to take you on...
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Penang based RFID users can get 20% discount for Penang Bridge toll starting 14 July
As reported last month, Penang RFID users will be able to enjoy a 20% discount for the Penang Bridge toll starting from the middle of this month.
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Galaxy Buds Live: This could be Samsung’s answer to the AirPods Pro
Samsung will be introducing more than just the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra at the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event.
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Facebook SDK Causes Multiple Applications To Crash On iOS Devices
Users worldwide have reported that various apps including Spotify, Tinder, PUBG and Call Of Duty: Mobile are crashing on iOS devices.
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PC Shipments Reportedly Grew Higher Due To Worldwide Work-From-Home Practice
The PC industry saw an increased growth in shipments across the globe during the second quarter of 2020.
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PlayStation Patent Describes Backwards Compatibility Via The Cloud
Sony Interactive Entertainment already has two patents detailing backward compatibility.
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Outages in smartphone apps appear linked to Facebook bug
NEW YORK, July 10 — Popular smartphone apps including Spotify and Pinterest suffered outages today due to an apparent bug in Facebook’s systems.
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Latest fuel price: RON95 and RON97 petrol up 7 sen, diesel up 3 sen per litre
Malaysians will have to pay more for fuel for the coming week as the Ministry of Finance has announced a price hike for both petrol and diesel.
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Xiaomi to launch at least 4 new devices including the Mi TV Stick on 15 July
Xiaomi is having a global launch event next week to unveil its latest ecosystem products.
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China embassy warns of pneumonia deadlier than coronavirus, Kazakhstan says it’s ‘fake news’
China’s embassy in Kazakhstan has warned citizens about an outbreak of an “unknown pneumonia” in the country that is said to be more lethal than COVID-19. The warning came after Kazakhstan repor...
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Malaysians must embrace life-long learning to remain relevant in post-Covid job market
Advancements in technology have always been a cause for a great deal of anxiety, both individually and socially.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Renders Leak, Showing Its Shape Alongside Charging Case
Back in April, renders of the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Buds, known as the Galaxy Buds Live, appeared online.
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EatLokal Delivery Service Available In Klang Valley; Offers Local F&B Variety Of Food
From the company that brought us the online grocery store MyGroser comes a new community-focused food delivery service called EatLokal. According to the press release, the new platform aims to improve...
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Tech giant Tencent makes peace with China’s ‘old godmother’
Chinese tech giant Tencent said it has made peace with the country's best-known chilli oil maker Lao Gan Ma, after an advertising scam that bewildered many and generated a public relations nightmare.
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Hacked elections can harm sovereign credit ratings, Moody’s says
The threat of cyberattackers subverting elections around the world puts not just democratic institutions at risk but also a country’s creditworthiness, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
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World’s first collectible crypto coin released in Lithuania
Lithuania, which is positioning itself as a financial-technology hub for start-ups, rolled out the world’s first crypto coin for collectors.
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What Google data tells us about India’s economic recovery
India’s economy is struggling to overcome the adverse hit from the world’s biggest lockdown, a series of high-frequency indicators show.
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Tencent in talks to acquire Hong Kong-listed gaming firm Leyou
Tencent Holdings Ltd is in talks to acquire Hong Kong-listed Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, people familiar with the matter said, joining potential suitors including Sony Corp in a battle for the Chinese gaming firm.
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The Sims 4 announces US$100k reality show, The Sims Spark'd
All-encompassing virtual life simulation game The Sims 4 is the subject of a new reality TV show in which contestants compete for judges' approval and a US$100,000 (RM426,700) prize.
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India panel proposes new regulator for non-personal data, according to draft report
India should set up a data regulator and require companies to disclose how they collect and store data devoid of personal details or which has been anonymised, a panel tasked to draw up such regulations has said in a draft report seen by Reuters.
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Canon’s latest EOS R-series mirrorless cameras record up to 8K videos, priced from RM11,999
Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd launched two new EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. Both cameras are aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals that demand high-qua...
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Instapay is an eWallet with linked Mastercard for migrant workers
Instapay Technology Sdn Bhd has introduced a new solution that aims to revolutionise financial services for foreign migrant workers.
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Make use of the GoPro during the pandemic by turning it into a webcam
So, you’re not able to get out there as often to use your GoPro as intended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2 suspected cryptocurrency mining facilities in Klang raided by TNB and Energy Commission
According to Bernama, two premises at Port Klang which are believed to be used for cryptocurrency mining have been raided this week.
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M’sian Dev Creates A Chrome Extension For Friends To Netflix & Chill Together, Virtually
Nazreen is a software engineer who’s currently in London doing his Masters in Political Philosophy.
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We’d Like To See This M’sian Startup Survive In The Food Delivery Biz, But Boy, It’ll Be Tough
Author’s Blurb: It’s safe to say Malaysians are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to food deliveries.
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Live Link Face Launched For iOS Devices; Facial Mocap App For Unreal Engine
Epic Games has unveiled a new production-based application called Live Link Face for iOS that is designed to capture a user’s facial expressions and head motion to animate an onscreen avatar in real...
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Dell XPS Desktops Get An External As Well As Internal Refresh
As with many PCs, the Dell XPS desktops get a refresh every once in a while.
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Samsung FCC Filings Reveals Potentially New Fitness Tracker
FCC filings made by Korean electronics giant, Samsung, were recently made public.
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Logitech G913 TKL Wireless Keyboard Now In Malaysia: Early Adopters To Receive G604 Mouse
Back in May, Logitech has unveiled a new gaming keyboard in the form of G913 TKL Wireless Gaming Keyboard.
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You Can Now Use The GoPro Hero 8 Black As A Webcam
GoPro has granted the Hero 8 Black action cam the ability to also act as a webcam.
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Indonesian e-tailer Bukalapak turns street sellers into banking agents
Indonesian startup Bukalapak, backed by Chinese fintech Ant Group, aims to turn the mom-and-pop stores that use its B2B e-commerce platform into banking agents through a partnership with one of the country's largest lenders, its CEO said.
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Jack Ma encourages more AI cooperation as Elon Musk says Tesla is close to L5 autonomous driving
Alibaba Group Holding founder Jack Ma said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of artificial intelligence and digital technologies across a range of industries, including healthcare and farming.
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The future of urban transport is facing a make-or-break moment
To get around Madrid, Javier Wassmann used to wake up in the morning, grab his smartphone and start searching car-sharing apps to find a ride to work. Then came the coronavirus.
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United States plans action against France over taxing tech companies
The United States plans to announce further details in the long-running battle with France over taxes on technology giants including Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc.
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College graduates with tech, livestreaming skills most in-demand in China’s job market, survey says
Job openings for fresh graduates who specialise in 5G, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing, integrated circuits and big data rose during China’s spring hiring season. The livestreaming boom has driven up demand for graduates in fields such as film production, journalism and broadcast communications.
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League of Legends tech czar exits to be CEO at gaming startup
Mike Seavers, chief technology officer of the company behind the League Of Legends video-game blockbuster, is leaving to become chief executive officer of a game-development startup.
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Virus projects renew questions about UAE’s mass surveillance
Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this US-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms.
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TikTok says a quarter of videos removed involve misbehaving kids
Almost a quarter of the videos TikTok took down in 2019’s second half involved inappropriate behaviour by minors, from illegal drug use to sexual activity.
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Long road ahead for fully self-driving cars, despite Tesla claim
The road to fully self-driving vehicles remains riddled with obstacles, with years of refinements likely needed, despite Tesla founder Elon Musk’s claim to be able to produce one this year.
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New 5G networks pose little risk to health finds new study
A new US study has found that, despite concerns, fifth-generation wireless technology, more commonly known as 5G, appears to pose few health risks.
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Tech firms face pressure to report ‘killer acquisitions’ to EU
Large Internet platforms should report acquisitions to the European Union, including tiny deals that normally escape merger reviews, a group of advisers said.
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Amazon will display names and addresses of sellers on Marketplace to combat counterfeiters
Amazon is set to begin publishing the names and addresses of third-party sellers on its Marketplace next month in an attempt to steer people away from counterfeit sellers.
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Swedish city launches app to stop crowding at beaches
The Swedish city of Helsingborg on July 9 launched a “treasure hunt” smartphone app to prevent congestion at tourist beaches by touting lesser known spots.
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China's autonomous vehicle company WeRide starts driverless testing
WeRide said on July 10 that it has become the first autonomous company to start fully driverless vehicle testing in China.
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Google’s Android 10 update breaks record for fastest adoption rate ever
Have you ever had a situation where the latest version of Android has been released—alongside all the bells and whistles—and you can’t seem find the update, even months on?
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Together Mode by Microsoft Teams seems dystopian, but it might help you feel more connected
Most digital solutions during this era seem to have weird dystopian vibes to them.
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iOS 14 Public Beta: Here’s how to get it on your iPhone
Apple’s new iOS 14 will be released officially later this year.
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Proton Saga 35th Anniversary Edition! | ICYMI #370
Proton has released a special edition of the Proton Saga and it comes only in black which is similar to its iconic Proton Knight.
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TM upgrades internet centre closest to Veveonah’s village to 300Mbps
Sabahan student Veveonah Mosibin who went viral recently for spending 24 hours in a tree can now get access to faster connectivity at the nearest internet centre (aka Pusat Internet).
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Apple iOS 14 Public Beta Goes Live
Apple’s iOS 14 beta recently became available to the public.
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Sony To Invest US$250 Million Into Epic Games
Sony has announced that it will be making an investment of US$250 million (~RM1.07 billion) into Epic Games.
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Black YouTubers ask why they’re left out of YouTube Kids
About a year ago, Zerius Zontay discovered that his family’s work was no longer appearing on YouTube Kids. He and his wife, Symphony, regularly post short clips on the giant video-sharing site, featuring their three sons, who play with toys, sing songs and joke around.
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Japanese college dropout builds US$560mil fortune through AI firm
Taku Toguchi knew he wanted a career in artificial intelligence as far back as when he was a teenager.
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Recruitment and reform – tackling racism in US tech sector
All of a sudden, every tech company wants a diversity consultant.
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Rio’s favelas turn to technology to fight underreporting of coronavirus cases
Rio de Janeiro has more than 640 deaths from coronavirus in its favelas, a new information dashboard showed on July 9, part of an effort to combat underreporting of the disease in the city’s slums.
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TikTok teens try to trick Trump campaign, again
The TikTok-tivists are at it again.
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Germany seizes server hosting pilfered US police files
At the behest of the US government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of US federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month.
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Google campus security singled out Black, Latinx employees
Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach.
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All you need to know about the top 5G flagship in 2020, the OPPO FindX2 Pro and why it is still the best choice in the premium smartphone market so far
The unprecedented global pandemic and the new ways of living have made many of us adapt to new situations, but through it all many of us have come to depend on our smartphones more than ever.
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Sunway, Celcom and Huawei Malaysia ink MOU to develop 5G in Sunway City
Sunway Bhd (Sunway), Celcom Axiata Bhd (Celcom) and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei) yesterday sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore Malaysia’s first tripartite collab...
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TikTok mulls changes to business to distance itself from China
Bytedance Ltd said it’s evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business as US concerns grow over the parent company’s Chinese origins.
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Tesla scrutinised by German court over how Autopilot is promoted
Tesla Inc’s promotion of its driver-assistance system Autopilot is under scrutiny in Germany, where a court is scheduled to rule next week on whether the carmaker is misleading consumers.
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Sources: Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge
Google may be able to stave off a full-scale EU antitrust investigation into its planned US$2.1bil bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit by pledging not to use Fitbit's health data for its ads, people familiar with the matter said.
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Sony invests US$250mil in ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games for 1.4% stake
Sony is making a strategic investment of US$250mil (RM1.06bil) in Epic Games, the maker of massive hit game Fortnite, to acquire a minority interest in the gaming company.
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TikTok says removed over 49 million videos in second half of 2019
Social media app TikTok said on July 9 it removed more than 49 million videos from its platform in the second half of last year for violating its guidelines.
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Is Maxis implementing a speed cap for Hotlink Postpaid?
It looks like our local telcos are now revising their respective affordable postpaid offering.
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90-year-old woman loses RM3.83 million in phone scam
It was recently reported that a senior citizen was cheated RM3.83 million through a phone scam.
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NVIDIA To GeForce RTX Series Graphics Cards With Free Death Stranding Game Code
If you’re planning on playing Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding on the PC, you may be interested to know that NVIDIA’s is providing a free code for the game with every purchase of its GeForce RTX s...
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Canon EOS R5 And EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Officially Launched
Canon has officially unveiled two new EOS R mirrorless full-frame cameras during its live virtual product launch on 9 July 2020.
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You Can Now Redeem The Free Razer Face Mask From 7-Eleven
A month ago, Razer has announced that it will distribute free face mask throughout Malaysia from July to November 2020.
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MDEC’s automation grant gives Malaysian SMEs up to RM200,000 to digitalise business
The government is stepping up on its initiative to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to make their leap to the digital era.
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Tony Fernandes: AirAsia will pull through COVID-19 crisis, to be profitable in 2021
The heavy losses sustained by low-cost carrier AirAsia Group due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have proven to be undaunting for its chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, who remains confi...
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Taiwan offers fake flights for travel-hungry tourists—but the planes never leave the ground
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard—we’re talking about hotels, the local travel ecosystem, and even international airlines.
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Securities Commission Malaysia Cautions Against Illegal Crypto ATMs
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) cautioned the public against the usage of Crypto ATMs. Crypto ATM are machines that allows individuals to buy and/or sell digital assets like Bitcoin and Ether...
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We Asked MDEC About Its Newest Funding Initiative, Here’re 6 Things We Confirmed
In the span of the past 4 months, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) had launched 6 alternative funding initiatives for companies seeking financial relief during the MCO.
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Kelana Jaya LRT Line To Receive 27 New Four-Coach Trains In Stages
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has revealed that it will add 27 new four-coach Bombardier Innovia Metro 300 trains to its Kelana Jaya LRT Line.
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The Zephyr Is A Gaming Mouse With A 10000RPM Fan Inside
If your palms sweat easily, then the idea of gaming for hours on end may not be a pleasant one.
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Proton Saga Anniversary Edition Launched; Priced RM39,300 OTR Without Insurance
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Proton Saga, Malaysia’s first national car that was released in 1985.
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Celcom Updates XP Lite Postpaid Plan With More Data
Last year, Celcom announced the XP Lite postpaid plan, alongside its M and L passes.
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YouTube not obliged to inform on film pirates, Europe’s top court says
BRUSSELS, July 9 — Google’s YouTube is not required to hand over the email or IP address of users who upload films illegally to its video platform, Europe’s top court ruled today, saying there m...
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Tinder launches test of in-app video calling in select regions
LOS ANGELES, July 9 — Tinder has begun testing a new feature for its dating application after frequent audience requests: Face to Face video chatting.
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More smartphones are set to feature foldable clamshell screens but is it more than a fad?
NEW YORK, July 9 — American media outlets are reporting that patent applications filed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei indicate that it may soon launch a folding-screen clamshell smartphone.
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Fortnite superstar ‘Ninja’ takes gameplay to YouTube
LOS ANGELES, July 9 — Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins returned to the streaming world yesterday with a match on YouTube, after Microsoft pulled the plug on the Mixer platform where he h...
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TikTok gone from Hong Kong app stores as China law bites
ByteDance Ltd’s TikTok is no longer available to download for either iPhones or Android devices in Hong Kong, exiting the market just days after the passage of a new national security law by Beijing.
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Alibaba overtakes Facebook as world’s sixth-most valuable company after shares soar by 10% in Hong Kong
Alibaba’s shares rose 10% in Hong Kong to a record HK$261.60, after advancing 9% in New York overnight to US$257.68. That gives the Hangzhou-based technology company nearly HK$5.614tril (US$720bil) in market value, more than Facebook’s US$694.53bil in capitalisation.
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China calls for joint development in AI to reduce risk of technology gap between rich and poor countries
China’s AI industry continues to grow, with core activities in the sector valued at US$7bil and the number of AI enterprises exceeding 2,600 at the end of 2019. The conference attracted executives from nearly 500 companies and institutions, including US firms Intel, Tesla, Microsoft and Nvidia, as well as scientists and scholars.
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Germany insists self-regulation not enough for Facebook
Germany is determined to expand its attempts to regulate online hate speech even as Facebook promises to do more to clean up its site after a global advertiser boycott, with politicians saying the issue is too important to leave to self-regulation.
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E-tailers in India begin work to list ‘country of origin’ labels on products
E-commerce companies in India like Amazon.com’s local unit and Walmart’s Flipkart have begun to update their back-end systems to allow sellers to identify the country of origin on all new product listings on their platforms, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday.
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Celcom XP Lite users can watch unlimited YouTube at selected viewing resolutions with upgraded Internet passes
Celcom XP Lite postpaid plan users can now get unlimited YouTube if they purchase an L or M pass.
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Apple Silicon powered Macs will continue to support Thunderbolt
During WWDC 2020, Apple announced that they are moving away from Intel, and they will be using their own ARM (Apple Silicon) chips by end 2020.
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Celcom XP Lite Postpaid now comes with free unlimited YouTube
After Celcom introduced its Xpax Truly Unlimited Prepaid, the blue telco has revised its XL Lite postpaid plan with free unlimited YouTube. This is offered for free for both M and L pass at no extra c...
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Gmail for iPad finally supports Split View multitasking after 5 years
When Apple first introduced Split View multitasking for iOS 9 back in 2015, it was heralded as a big deal for mobile devices.
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New Hotlink Postpaid Plans Coming Soon: Provides More Data with 30Mbps Speed Cap
Maxis has revamped its Hotlink Postpaid plans and will be launching them very soon according to the information that we have received from our reader.
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Samsung Phones Next Year May Not Come With Chargers
Late last month, reports of Apple possibly not putting a charging adapter in the box of the next iPhone surfaced.
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Cooler Master Brings Its Gaming Chairs And A Gaming Mat To Malaysia
You know the name Cooler Master for its PC casings and fans, the occasional peripheral, and more recently, gaming chairs.
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Google Sets Android 11 Launch Date For 8 September
Android 11 is still not commercially available and it’s no surprise that consumers have been left to ponder when exactly the new OS will be launching.
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Celcom: Users may face data connectivity issues at scattered areas nationwide
PETALING JAYA, July 9 — Celcom has acknowledged that some users in scattered areas nationwide may find difficulty to browse or to access data services.
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TikTok’s Hong Kong exit a ‘win-win’ business move
Viral video platform TikTok’s withdrawal from Hong Kong is a savvy commercial move that sidesteps thorny privacy issues but it will not shield the app completely from accusations of collusion with China, experts say.
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Roche's Code4life Inter-University IT Virtual Hackathon 2020 is open for registration
Tertiary students who register for the hackathon stand to gain real life working experience by co-creating solutions alongside industry experts, says Roche.
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China cracks down on poor taste in renewed bid to clean the Internet
HONG KONG: China has punished video platforms including Alibaba-backed Youku and Baidu-backed iQiyi for carrying “low taste” content in a renewed effort to clean up the Internet, a pornography wat...
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As TikTok competitors swoop in amid global pushback, is the short video app losing its ‘first mover advantage’?
In the week after India banned TikTok, negative sentiment against the app on social media rose to 80% on average from 55% a week before. Meanwhile, Indian alternatives are gaining traction and Western apps are also launching short video features.
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Meet Buckwheat, the donkey you can hire to crash Zoom meetings
The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.
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Study suggests most Uber, Lyft drivers in Seattle not poorly paid
Most ride-hail workers in Seattle are part-time drivers whose earnings are roughly in line with the city's median, a study of data provided by Uber and Lyft showed, defying some perceptions of drivers working full-time for little pay.
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Tesla very close to Level-5 autonomous driving technology, Musk says
US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is "very close" to Level-5 autonomous driving technology, its chief executive, Elon Musk, said on Thursday.
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So you want Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web? Here’s how to enable it
Dark Mode is available now on WhatsApp Web.
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Nile dam dispute spills onto social media
As Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan struggle to resolve a long-running dispute over Addis Ababa’s mega-dam project on the Nile, some of their citizens are sparring online over their rights to the mighty waterway.
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Domestic workers among few Hong Kongers who will miss TikTok
TikTok’s exit from Hong Kong was met with a shrug among many locals who distrust the Chinese social media platform, but the app had been embraced by many foreign domestic workers as a way to creatively escape the drudgery of their toil.
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Here are 4 Google initiatives to help Malaysian SMEs in the post-COVID era
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted all businesses in Malaysia regardless of their size.
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Report: Samsung considering shipping phones without chargers
Awhile back, my colleagues here at SoyaCincau.com discovered that Malaysian units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone were being shipped without USB adapters.
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Nokia C2 in Malaysia! | ICYMI #369
Nokia has launched a budget friendly smartphone in Malaysia and you can get it for less than RM300. In other news, if you are looking for a new TWS earphones, Vivo is about to bring their TWS Neo to t...
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Proton Saga 35th Anniversary Edition: Everything you need to know
On this day, 35 years ago, the very first Proton Saga had rolled off the production line at Proton’s plant in Shah Alam.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra vs Note 10+ hands-on video has surfaced online
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will be announced next month and we now get a clearer look at the device thanks to a new hands-on video.
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ASUS Introduces RT-AX89X AX6000 Gaming Router; Features Dual 10GbE Ethernet Ports
ASUS recently introduced the world to its RT-AX89X, its new high-end gaming router that clearly looks like a cross between a spider and the face-hugger in Ridley Scott’s Alien movies.
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AMD Bundles Assassin’s Creed Valhalla With Select Ryzen CPUs
AMD recently launched an “Equipped to Win” promotion that coincides with the launch of its new Ryzen XT CPUs. The promotion is relatively simple to follow: purchase one of the Ryzen processors tha...
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Republicans renew complaints Twitter stifles US president, conservatives
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Republican lawmakers accused Twitter on Wednesday of being biased against conservatives and demanded information about the social media platform's reactions to two tweets by President Donald Trump.
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Opinion: Six hours will decide India’s next digital winners
Time will be the next frontier in India’s digital battlefield; dollars will follow the hours consumers spend online.
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Buffett dropping down world’s richest ranks as tech titans surge
Warren Buffett’s US$2.9bil (RM12.36bil) gift this week means he has now given away Berkshire Hathaway Inc shares valued at more than US$37bil (RM157.71bil) since 2006.
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TikTok’s ad launch faces challenges from US ban threat, hoaxes
TikTok’s launch on July 8 of a new platform to court small business advertisers is fraught with challenges, especially after the Trump administration’s threat this week to impose a ban on China-ba...
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Twitter is considering a subscription service; shares rise
Twitter Inc shares rose as much as 12% on July 8 amid speculation that the social media company is building a paid subscription-based service.
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Five takeaways from Facebook’s civil rights audit
A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found that the company’s elevation of free expression – especially by politicians – above other values has hurt its progress on other matters like discrimination, elections interference and protecting vulnerable users.
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KL-based Airbus Helicopters facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific
Indonesia’s PT. Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, whic...
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On digital learning and the Apple ecosystem: A chat with UKM's Helmi Norman
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — Digital learning is not a new endeavour in Malaysia but the Ministry of Education (MOE) recently announced a revamp of its Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia (DE...
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Facebook civil rights audit: ‘Serious setbacks’ mar progress
A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.
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Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon Internet service in Kenya
Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed Internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on July 8.
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TikTok launches new ad platform as scrutiny increases
Fast-growing video-sharing app TikTok on July 8 launched a self-serve ad platform, underscoring its ambition to compete with rival social platforms even as it faces new scrutiny in the US and elsewhere.
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How the US seeks to protect children’s privacy online
TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with US authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children’s personal information is treated online.
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Instagram Pinned Comments Now Available For Everyone
Back in May, Instagram said it was testing giving users the ability to pin comments.
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Source Code Reveals That Apple Pay May Allow QR Code Payments In iOS 14
Apple had recently released the second developer beta of its upcoming iOS 14.
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Here’s a glimpse of the Proton Saga 35th Anniversary Edition
Proton is celebrating the Saga’s 35th anniversary tomorrow with a special edition car.
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COVID-19: Malaysia records 3 imported and zero local cases today
The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Malaysia have dropped to 3 today which brings the total number of cases to 8,677.
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Vivo TWS Neo earphones go on sale in Malaysia on 11 July
The Vivo TWS Neo is coming to Malaysia at the end of this week.
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For Just RM98/Month, You Can Get A Free Smartphone With 40GB of Internet
Having a smartphone just for work could potentially increase your productivity and your response times to clients.
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MCMC hits telcos with 92 compounds totaling US$1.1mil
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has issued a slew of compound fines, totaling 92 with total fines of US$1.1 million (RM4.6 million), in the second quarter of 2020 to local telco...
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Malaysia Airlines Offering Teachers, Lecturers And Students 20-percent Discount On Domestic Flights
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced earlier today that Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) will be offering a 20-percent discount on domestic flights to all teachers, lecturers and stu...
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Vivo TWS Neo True Wireless Earbuds To Be Available In Malaysia For RM359
A lot of phone manufacturers are now making their own true wireless earbuds.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Live Photos Allegedly Leaked
Samsung has recently announced the date for the official launch of their upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series, which will debut next month.
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Japan drafts ‘Digital New Deal’ to upgrade dated admin services
Japan is planning to upgrade the digital infrastructure of government ministries and public services next year after the coronavirus pandemic revealed the dated nature of its administrative operations.
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The virus has trapped US$111bil of luxury spending in China; shoppers turn to e-commerce, livestreaming
Jeff Meng, a 25-year-old watch lover from a well-heeled Guangdong family, had 160,000 yuan (RM97,483) burning a hole in his pocket. He could not find the Rolex Daytona watch he wanted, dubbed “panda” for its black-and-white face, anywhere in China.
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Singapore scientists seek power from darkness through shadow energy
Scientists in Singapore are hoping to perfect a new method of power generation driven largely by shadows, with the hope that it could one day help highly urbanised cities power themselves.
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Facebook not doing enough to fight discrimination, audit says
Facebook Inc has not done enough to fight discrimination on its platform and some of its decisions were setbacks for civil rights, according to an independent audit commissioned by the company, the New York Times reported.
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New coding standard could reduce data use for video streaming by 50%
A new video coding standard called VVC could cut data use for videos in half, and works with all resolutions from SD to 8K.
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Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game
With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have come up with an imaginative replacement: dancing robots.
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Staff from controversial Internet addiction treatment centre in China jailed for detaining students illegally
Director general and principal among four staff sentenced over holding young people in guarded rooms for days at a time. Court rejects former students’ request for public apology and compensation but all parties are considering whether to appeal.
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Nas Daily crosses over to Spotify, first podcast episode is now live
Nuseir Yassin is a name that has garnered widespread attention around the world—or rather, his show Nas Daily has.
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Airbnb introduces Online Experiences with Michelin-starred chefs
I previously tested out Airbnb’s Online Experiences, which also included a very fun cooking class by a qualified Mexican chef.
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Elon Musk: Tesla to build its next mega factory in Asia, outside of China
Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is riding high right now.
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MSI’s CEO dies after falling from 7th floor of company building in Taiwan
The General Manager and CEO of Taiwanese gaming company, MSI (Micro-Star International) has passed away suddenly after falling from the 7th floor of the company’s headquarters at Zhonghe District in...
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This M’sian Brand Really, Really Commits To Making Organic Baby Goods, With Certs As Proof
No doubt you can easily find baby products that claim to be organic and natural all over the internet now.
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