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Pride Amid the Pandemic #2: Tech Leaders Who Defy Conventional Wisdom
Digital! Digital! Digital! This is the second of my two-part series on visionary thinkers and the emergence of radical innovators in these extraordinary times.
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The iPhone 12 mini: Easy to hold, easier to love
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — “It's just the iPhone 5, isn't it?” The telco staffer helping me transfer my eSIM said when he saw the iPhone 12 mini in my hand.
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Google Search becomes more intuitive with contextualised results based on previous queries
Google has announced new features for its search engine. Upcoming queries will be linked to one another, in order to offer contextualised results when several successive searches follow the same theme, just like in a conversation.
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New material developed to protect car sensors and radars
German chemistry giant BASF has developed a new way to protect car sensors. This new material withstands extreme weather conditions but also electromagnetic waves coming from other vehicles.
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An AR version of ‘The Mandalorian’ world comes to Google Play Store
Google and Lucasfilm have just launched The Mandalorian AR Experience application. This interactive game allows you to play with the characters from the Star Wars series in augmented reality from your own living room.
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India bans 43 more Chinese apps in latest salvo at Beijing
India banned 43 more Chinese apps on Nov 24, including some from e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying they threatened its "sovereignty and integrity" as tensions remain high between the nuclear-armed neighbours following a deadly border clash.
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Frustrated with existing providers, Sarawak now wants to set up its own telco
Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, has revealed plans by the state government to establish its own telecommunications company.
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Deal: Poco M3 can be yours for only RM499 on 27 November in Malaysia
The Poco M3 is now official and this is the company’s new entry-level smartphone that’s priced under RM700. The device will go on sale in Malaysia starting this Friday, the 27th of November 2020 a...
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realme Smart TV Is Coming Soon To Malaysia
After teasing its Watch S last weekend, it looks like realme still have another new product to be released in Malaysia very soon.
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POCO M3 Arriving In Malaysia On 27 November With Special Launch Price Starting At RM499
POCO has officially launched its latest entry-level smartphone, the POCO M3, via an online launch event that was held earlier.
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Huawei MateStation B515 Is The Company’s First Desktop System
After countless MateBook laptops and MatePad tablets, Huawei has finally made a desktop system, named MateStation B515. It’s quite the odd approach to making a desktop system too.
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Poco M3: The new entry-level king?
Poco has just launched a brand new entry-level smartphone, the Poco M3. Building on the popularity of the Poco X3 NFC, the M3 is designed to be even more affordable but come with a massive battery.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is now available in Malaysia
Back in early November Microsoft announced that its Surface Laptop Go was available for pre-order.
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Realme C15 Malaysia: Everything you need to know
After introducing the C17 last month, Realme Malaysia has just announced the C15 for the local market.
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This guy is using the M1-powered MacBook Air as the “world’s biggest car key” to his Tesla
Apple recently launched the new range of MacBooks, and of course, the headliner was the new M1 chip.
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AirAsia To Offer Cuti-Cuti Malaysia RM50 e-Vouchers To Drive Domestic Tourism
AirAsia has revealed that it will be distributing RM50 e-vouchers to 24,000 domestic travellers, redeemable via its official website “very soon”.
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AMD Radeon RX 6700 Series With Navi 22 GPU Reportedly In The Works; Could Feature 12GB GDDR6
It’s barely been a month since the availability of AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards, yet there are already rumours that Team Red is already planning on expanding its Big Navi family.
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Super Mario Bros 3 Sold At Auction For US$156000
A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros 3 is now the most expensive video game ever.
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YouTuber Gets Doom Running On Hacked Nintendo Game And Watch Handheld Console
At this stage, it’s safe to say that id Software’s 1993 release of Doom has been loaded up and proven to run on virtually every device with a display, from a Texas Instrument Calculator to a Playd...
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Ibrahimovic feels his image abused by video game
AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has complained about the use of his name and image by video game producer Electronic Arts, who, however, have signed a partnership deal with the striker’s club.
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Report: More cyberattacks on German hospitals
Hackers are increasingly penetrating the computer networks of hospitals and other vitally important organisations in Germany, according to a newspaper report.
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Report: Mobile fingerprinting a core tool in US deportations
A mobile fingerprinting app US immigration agents use to run remote ID checks in the field has become a core tool in President Donald Trump’s deportation crackdown, a pair of immigration rights groups say in a new report based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
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China ready to work with other countries to build global cyberspace community, Xi says
In a letter read at the opening ceremony of the 7th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Chinese president Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of digital technology amid the pandemic. China is ready to work with other countries to build a shared cyberspace community and ‘create an even better future for mankind’, he says.
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Suited avatars and digital offices: traders and bankers embrace VR
Once the preserve of gamers, virtual reality has been seized on by the financial sector as a way of enlivening home working for lonely traders or isolated executives and replicating real-world sales, networking or training events.
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OnePlus 8T vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: The “FLAGSHIP KILLERS”
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G was a really interesting smartphone to me.
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(GIVEAWAY) SoyaCincau tries Tealive X Mamee Spicy Mi Boba
It was meant to be a harmless “Santap” taste-test session—getting almost everyone on the SoyaCincau team to try out the curious Tealive X Mamee Spicy Mi Boba.
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EPF: Beware of fake i-Sinar apps
The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) warns on their Facebook page that there are several fake i-Sinar apps.
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OnePlus is installing airport Charging Stations that will notify and direct nearby users to them
On the official OnePlus forums, the company has just announced a new service that is coming to select airports in India.
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Domestic Travel Bubble: No passenger restrictions for travel between green zones
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has said yesterday that all vehicles travelling within the domestic “green travel bubble” previously announced will be allowed to utilise their full c...
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Transferwise Malaysia Enables Money Transfer to China Through Alipay
TransferWise announced today the expansion of their international money transfer service for customers in Malaysia who can now receive remittances from Indonesia and send MYR to Alipay users in China.
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This Cheras Shoe Shop Survived 50+ Years Serving A Niche Target Market—Ballroom Dancers
Author’s Blurb: When I was in college, I did ballroom dancing for a bit.
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Old Property-Hunting Ways Can Go Home, This M’sian App Lets You GPS Listings & Agents
Author’s Blurb: I don’t think I’d be buying a home anytime soon, but the rate at which the proptech industry is now innovating makes me look forward to it.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Now Available In Malaysia; Retails From RM2758
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go that was officially unveiled in October is now available for sale in Malaysia starting today.
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realme C15 Now Official In Malaysia For RM599
Having announced the C17 back in October, realme has now announced the availability of the C15 on our shores.
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Khronos Group Officially Brings Ray-Tracing Support To Vulkan API
Since its introduction, the Vulkan API has served as an alternative to Microsoft’s DirectX 12 (DX12) API, in all but one aspect: real-time ray-tracing.
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Google can sort of “read minds” now, predicting searches based on your history
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — Google introduced several updates for their searches.
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China and Japan race to dominate future of high-speed rail
Japan and China are racing to build a new type of ultra-fast, levitating train, seeking to demonstrate their mastery over a technology with big export potential.
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Chinese court orders wildlife park to delete facial recognition data as privacy concerns grow
Wildlife park’s change from a fingerprint-based entry system to facial recognition without user consent was not legitimate, court found. Concern about the need to regulate the massive application of surveillance technology is growing among Chinese citizens.
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TikTok maker ByteDance launches a new casual game store and indie publisher to take on Tencent and NetEase
The mobile game store Danjuan Games and indie publisher Pixmain represent a renewed focus on less complex games for ByteDance. The social app giant has struggled with mid-core games Art of War: Infinity Evolution and JJ Street Basket in its effort to take on its Chinese rivals.
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Calls for Uber safety probe after spate of Australia rider deaths
The death of a second delivery cyclist in Sydney in three days has sparked calls for an investigation into Uber Eats and other food delivery companies.
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Police: Hong Kong juveniles becoming victims of child pornography, sex crimes amid pandemic
There have been 85 reports of unlawful sexual intercourse between January and September this year, compared with 71 over the same period last year. ‘Sextortion’ cases jumped to 616 during the first three quarters of this year from 171 over the whole of last year.
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Victims lament real-world violence fuelled by social media
On Aug 25, Hannah Gittings watched in horror as her friend Anthony Huber was fatally shot during a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to protest the police killing of a Black man at the hands of police.
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S.Korean delivery workers say coronavirus boom means relentless toil
South Korea’s delivery workers have fallen into what they call a “legal blind spot” and say it’s a deadly place to be as the novel coronavirus drives an unprecedented boom in online business.
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China calls launch a success as robotic spacecraft heads to moon
China hailed as a success its pre-dawn launch on Nov 24 of a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon in the first bid by any country to retrieve lunar surface samples since the 1970s, a mission underscoring Chinese ambitions in space.
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Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama petition to form a union
Amazon.com Inc warehouse workers in Alabama, United States, filed a petition with the US National Labor Relations Board to form a union, the latest sign of strife between the online retailer and its large blue-collar workforce.
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Honor MagicBook Pro review: Not quite a “Pro” laptop, but superb value for money
It seems like not a week goes by without a new laptop being launched by Honor (or parent company Huawei).
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Facebook, Google, Microsoft and MyIX: Dr Wee’s decision affects Malaysia’s internet speed and quality
Tech giants including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) has expressed urgent concerns over the revocation of cabotage exemption for undersea cable repair vessels by the...
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This James Bond “set” will be demolished due to risk of collapse
Officials with the National Science Foundation announced that the Arecibo dish at the the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be demolished.
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13 Online Platforms In M’sia To Buy Indoor Potted Plants For The Green Aesthetic At Home
Stay-home orders brought about by the pandemic has sparked many of us to try new things.
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Snapchat Launches Spotlight As Direct Competitor To TikTok
Snapchat has officially lifted the veil from its new feature, Spotlight.
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OPPO Says No Short-Term Plan For X 2021 Commercial Release
OPPO unveiled its X 2021 concept phone last week, during its Inno Day 2020 online event.
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Robots are taking on new tasks in South Korean hospitals and restaurants
SEOUL, Nov 24 — With its new generation of robots, LG has been showing that such technology can fill in for humans in public places where Covid-19 tends to circulate more.
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Apple criticises Facebook in letter about upcoming iOS 14 privacy feature
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — After a coalition of eight civil and human rights organisations wrote Apple an open letter about the delay of iOS 14’s anti-tracking features, the company wrote back wit...
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Bug results in Twitter Fleets remaining visible after 24 hours
The microblogging network launched its disappearing stories, inspired by Instagram and Snapchat, less than a week ago, but it seems that Fleets' URLs remain accessible after the 24-hour limit.
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PayPal CEO sees staff working from home more often after virus
PayPal Holdings Inc employees will probably spend more time working from home even after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to grab world’s second-richest ranking
Elon Musk’s year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex on Nov 23 as the Tesla Inc co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.
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Apple security head charged with offering bribe for gun licenses
A California district attorney accused Apple Inc chief security officer Thomas Moyer of offering a bribe to state officials, according to indictments issued on Monday.
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Charli D'Amelio becomes first influencer with over 100 million followers on TikTok
Charli D'Amelio is the first celebrity to hit such a milestone, overtaking established stars like Will Smith, Selena Gomez and even Kylie Jenner.
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If the road’s even a little slippery, get off that eScooter
Riding an eScooter can be difficult even on the driest of days, so why would you chance getting on one when the streets are slippery and wet?
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Any which way you look at it, E-Nation 2020, rocked
It can be tricky to gauge the effectiveness and impact of online conferences which lack the high touch element and that opportunity for a chance discussion that can lead to unexpected collaborations o...
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Snapchat challenges TikTok with curated video feed
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 24 — Snapchat yesterday unveiled a new curated short-form video feed in a stepped up challenge to social media rivals like TikTok. The new format called Spotlight will allow Snapc...
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Russia opens case against Google, saying it failed to delete banned content
Russia has opened a case against US tech giant Google for failing to remove banned content from its search engine, communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Monday.
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Three of the world's iconic libraries are now home to computer code archives
GitHub launched an ambitious archiving programme so that future historians would have a better grasp of open-source projects designed by current and past developers.
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US states prepping second antitrust lawsuit against Google for next month
A bipartisan group of US state attorneys general plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google as early as next month, according to two people briefed on the matter.
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Snap to pay US$1mil a day to creators for Spotlight videos
Snap Inc is rolling out a new tool for its Snapchat app to feature popular videos, called Spotlight, and said it will pay out US$1mil (RM4.09mil) day to creators of the top-performing posts.
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Rise in COVID-19 cases leaves health experts divided on CMCO’s efficacy
The persistent spike in daily COVID-19 cases in the last two months has prompted health analysts to question if the renewal of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) has been effective in reini...
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Apple confirms M1 Macs can run Windows apps natively, but only if Microsoft lets it
During this year’s WWDC Apple announced that it would be transitioning away from Intel chips in favour of its own ARM-based Apple Silicon.
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EPF Issues Warning Regarding Fake i-Sinar Apps
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has issued a warning regarding fake apps out there that aims to scam unsuspecting users by using the newly announced i-Sinar program as bait.
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POCO M3 Key Specs And Design Officially Revealed Ahead Of Launch
The new POCO M3 mid-range smartphone is set to launch tomorrow on 24 November 2020.
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Restaurants and shops in CMCO areas can open until midnight starting 24 November
Restaurants and eateries are now permitted to operate until midnight to satisfy customers’ demands, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today as the conditional movement control orde...
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Realme Watch S with Blood Oxygen Monitoring is coming to Malaysia soon
Realme Malaysia will soon introduce its next smartwatch which is a step above its budget Realme Watch.
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Samsung May Give S Pen To Galaxy Z Fold 3 And S21 Ultra
Two weeks ago, we saw reports of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra possibly getting the S Pen, but not the slot for it.
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MSI Modern Series Laptops With 11th Gen Intel CPUs Now Available; Starts From RM3699
MSI recently launched its Modern series laptops, refreshed with Intel’s 11th generation CPUs. In addition to being fitted with Tiger Lake processors, the laptops are also some of the first machines ...
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Alibaba CEO says China's scrutiny of Internet platforms is needed
China's increasing oversight of Internet platforms is both "timely and necessary", Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang told the World Internet Conference on Nov 23.
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Co-founder of viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies at 37
A co-founder of the social media ALS ice bucket challenge, which has raised more than US$200mil (RM818.10mil) worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to the ALS Association.
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Google changes targeted by rivals in complaint to UK regulator
Google’s planned changes to advertising data were targeted by a group of rivals who pushed UK regulators to make the company a top antitrust priority.
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Cut off: School closings leave rural students isolated
The closing of classrooms and the switch to remote learning because of the coronavirus have left students in this school district on the sparsely populated fringe of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico profoundly isolated.
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JPDP to investigate six unlicenced moneylending apps for personal data abuse
JPDP said the six apps have been found to have accessed and copied its users information, including personal data that are not related to the loan application, without their permission.
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Yubo is a social media app that doesn’t have likes or follows
I feel like every few months, we get a new social media that’s that’s supposed to be the “next Facebook” or the “next Twitter” or the “next TikTok”. And they’ve usually got some spin...
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Adobe Flash may be dying soon, but you can still relive your childhood games on this site
I remember the hours I spent on Flash Games in my childhood.
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Poco M3 will be cheaper than the X3 NFC? | ICYMI #438
Today on ICYMI, fellow writer Nic calls the limited edition OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 the ‘sexiest OnePlus phone of 2020’.
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DBKL Parking is back on Touch ‘n Go eWallet
If you’re using Touch ‘n Go eWallet, you’ll be pleased to know that DBKL parking support has finally returned from 21st November 2020.
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Google’s free AI tool turns your paintings into “fantastical creatures”
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential for a lot of things.
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Aerodyne Group Invests in Top Australian Drone Inspection Company – Sensorem
In the latest of what has been a busy year for it, expanding its global presence, Aerodyne Group, a Malaysia-headquartered international DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation) compan...
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Sony PS5 Consoles Sold By Amazon UK Are Being Stolen And Replaced With Other Items
As you well know, the supply and availability of Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) console are limited and that scarcity applies on a global scale.
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PlayStation CEO Reveals Why There Aren’t Many Original Sony Titles Recently
Fans may have noticed that original PlayStation titles or intellectual properties (IPs) have been waning in terms of numbers for the past several years.
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AMD Radeon RX 6800XT Successfully Overclocked To 2.8GHz On LN2; Break 3DMark Fire Strike Record
Last week, news broke that Indonesia-based overclocker Alva Jonathan (Lucky_n00b) successfully beat NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 in the HWBOT 3DMark Fire Strike competition with AMD’s new Radeon RX 6...
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Twitter Fleets Bug Leaves Them Visible Even After 24 Hours
Twitter made its Fleets available to everyone late last week.
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Sony Reportedly Planning To Bring Back An Xperia Compact Phone Next Year
Sony is rumoured to bring back its Compact line of handsets, which will likely be based on its next generation Xperia smartphones.
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India’s RBI hits Twitter milestone in financial awareness drive
The Reserve Bank of India became the world’s only major central bank to gain one million followers on Twitter, boosting efforts to foster financial literacy in a society that is traditionally under-banked and vulnerable to frauds.
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Experts: PlayStations and puppies top the holiday scam list
Monster growth in online sales this holiday season will trigger an explosion of duplicitous deals, fake websites, phony emails and outright shopping scams.
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Shun Amazon and shop local, Ontario premier begs residents
Ontario Premier Doug Ford pleaded with consumers to "shop local” as the government ordered Toronto into lockdown and tightened Covid-19 restrictions across parts of Canada’s largest province.
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Fear, outrage in Pakistan against new ‘draconian’ social media rules
Pakistan has enforced rules tightening control of social media, which could allow authorities to access users’ data, in a move activists denounced as a “draconian breach of privacy”.
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MCMC withdraws its NFCP tender offer; incompatible with new national digitalisation plan
MCMC has rescinded its tender offer for the NFCP in favour of a new RM4.6bil tender offer for Jendela, which it expects to close by March 31 next year.
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US moves to ban tech exports to 89 Chinese firms, Reuters says
The Trump administration is close to issuing a list of 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies that would be unable to access US technology exports due to their military ties, Reuters reported, a move that could escalate tensions as the Biden administration prepares to take over.
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Partially automated driver tech creates complacent drivers, study shows
There are no self-driving cars on sale today. There will not be any self-driving cars on sale tomorrow, no matter what Tesla’s latest Full Self-Driving beta features roll out.
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How to spot fake social media accounts and Internet trolls
It can get extremely messy trying to sort through what’s real and what’s fake. Trolls often pretend to be members of online communities, from K-pop fans to LGBTQ activists, researchers say.
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iFixit’s teardown reveals how large the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera actually is
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest iPhone ever, and the large 6.7″ display isn’t the only thing big about it.
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China’s manned submersible descends 10,000m to the Earth’s deepest trench
China’s manned submersible the Fendouzhe, or “Striver”, has successfully reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest underwater valley on the planet.
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Microsoft Edge update messes up the way you copy and paste URLs. Here’s how to turn it off
If you’re struggling to copy and paste web addresses on the latest Microsoft Edge browser, you’re not alone.
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You’d Think It’s Jewellery, But They’re Actually Bespoke Pet Collars Made By A M’sian
Author’s blurb: How many of us here spend an enormous amount of money on our pets?
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10 Popular M’sian Brands Run By Spouses Who Prove That Marrying Work & Romance Is Possible
Running a business with your spouse can be a gamble on your marriage, in my opinion.
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You Should Consider Breaking Up With Your Long-Term Office Space, Here’s Why
As a nation, we’ve become very familiar with the concept of working from home the past few months.
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iPhone 12 Pro Max Teardown Reveals Camera Tech And Size
Having torn down the three different iPhones of the year, the folks at iFixit have finally done the same to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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Robotaxi companies can now win approval to operate in California
Robotaxi operators will be allowed to charge fares for driverless rides in California under a plan approved by the state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.
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Trump’s leaving office, but don’t expect him to leave your news feed
When US President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office on Jan 20, don’t expect him to disappear from your Twitter feed.
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Ever heard of Yubo, the latest social app that’s a hit with teens?
Ever heard of Yubo? This social networking application lets users chat about all kinds of topics and hang out live via video. Largely used by Gen Zers, the platform is winning over more and more investors thanks to significant growth driven by lockdowns and stay-at-home mandates.
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Online cheating surges during the pandemic; US universities struggle to find a solution
The full extent of online cheating inspired by the pandemic – illicit Googling, friends texting answers to each other or sharing screen shots of exam questions in advance – can’t be measured, despite the new popularity of camera-monitoring, online proctoring and artificial intelligence to track students’ computer moves.
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Do China tech giants pose a risk for European banks?
China’s Ant group may have been dealt a setback with the shelving of its IPO but European banks remain wary that Chinese tech giants may soon be their main competitors.
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Streaming Santa: Europe’s retailers go online to rescue holidays
The bane of Europe’s traditional retail stores over the past decade – the Internet – is now the thing they’re clinging to for survival.
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The Week That Was: Staying safe online
Why you shouldn’t click on links from strangers and what’s being done to curb health-related misinformation on social media.
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Clean energy firm, Plus Solar, banks on software to get to next level
From using solar energy to power a car’s cooling system in engineering school 13 years ago to Malaysian based Plus Solar Sdn Bhd hitting a 200% revenue jump in 2019, chief executive officer and cofo...
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Privacy not included: How creepy is your connected Christmas present?
As the holiday season approaches, the Mozilla Foundation has published a guide to help shoppers choose safe, secure connected products when it comes to protecting privacy, and to steer clear of the “creepiest” gadgets.
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How does the Web work?
From tubes and satellites to web browsers, a look at how users explore the Internet.
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Tracing the growth of the World Wide Web
Now entering its third decade of existence, the Web has grown from simply a way to find and edit information to something beyond what its inventor Tim Berners-Lee had intended.
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PLUS confirms aircraft made emergency landing on North-South Expressway
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) has confirmed that a light aircraft landed on its highway near Sedenak, Kulai this morning due to technical problems.
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This is what the Poco M3 looks like
The Poco M3 is launching very soon and the Xiaomi-backed brand has just revealed the exterior design in a short 6-second teaser video.
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Acer Swift 3X and Aspire 5 with 11th Gen chips now available in Malaysia
The new Acer Swift 3X and Aspire 5 have arrived in Malaysia less than a month after they were unveiled during the Taiwanese device maker’s [email protected] global press conference on 21 October.
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OnePlus 9 Pro Design Leaks; March 2021 Launch Date Suggested
The OnePlus 8T that was released back in October is the last known model to come out from the brand’s flagship series for this year.
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Xperia 5 II: Sony Malaysia’s answer to the iPhone 12 will only be available in January 2021
Flagship phones these days often come with a huge screen and a large battery.
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Developers Behind Hitman Series Currently Working On Unnamed James Bond Title
It’s been a while since the world has seen a proper James Bond title, the most popular title in recent memory obviously being the video game adaptation of GoldenEye. That may change soon, especially...
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Play At SEA: Ageless captures the highs and lows of self-discovery
For many of us, the journey to adulthood was probably lined with pitfalls, steep climbs and windy roads.
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Teasers tell us the Poco M3 will be cheaper than the X3 NFC
Before the year is out, Poco is set to introduce another budget smartphone which will be known as the Poco M3. This is the first global M series phone from the Xiaomi-backed smartphone brand and it is...
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Internet Archive keeps Flash games alive... without Flash
Fans of online Flash games can breathe a sigh of relief. Although the technology will reach the end of its life Dec 31, it will still be possible to enjoy the finest of Flash thanks to Internet Archive, which has opened a dedicated section and has already managed to emulate hundreds of Flash games and animations.
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Blind man, 'born to run', completes solo 5K with trial app to guide him
A blind man completed a 5km run in New York's Central Park without a guide dog or human help this week. His navigation aid? Artificial intelligence through headphones plugged into a smartphone.
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Apple to AT&T wary of full disclosure in Google antitrust case
Apple Inc and other technology companies said confidential material they provided for the US government’s antitrust probe of Alphabet Inc’s Google should not be shared with the search giant’s in-house lawyers because the information is too sensitive.
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Saifuddin: Trust deficit and fake news among COVID-19 communication challenges
Trust deficit towards agencies tasked with addressing the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as one of the challenges in the implementation of effective communication initiatives, leading to some people de...
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Government Approves Autonomous Vehicles Test Route In Cyberjaya
Futurise, a subsidiary of Cyberview Sdn Bhd under the Ministry of Finance, has revealed that the Cyberjaya MyAV Testing Route has been approved for use by the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) and the ...
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Celcom offers 100Mbps fibre broadband at RM99/month for eligible customers
If you’re an existing Celcom Postpaid customer, the blue telco is now offering a special offer for its Celcom Home Fibre broadband plan.
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The PS5 may be able to run on WQHD monitors, but there is one big trade off
The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is the latest next-generation game console that is made to play games in 4K resolution.
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Digerati 50: Making an imprint on bitcoin market
Digital News Asia (DNA) continues its series that profiles 50 influencers who are helping shape Malaysia’s Digital Economy, from Digerati50 2020-2021 (Vol 4), a special biennial print publication re...
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CD Projekt Red Updates PC System Requirements For Cyberpunk 2077; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 The Bare Minimum For Ray-Tracing
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to land on all platforms in another three weeks, provided that its studio, CD Projekt Red (CDPR), doesn’t blindside us with another unexpected delay.
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Hope for ‘Fortnite’ gamers as developer launches App Store bypass software
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 21 — Gamers are now able to play previously-unavailable titles on Apple devices after developers launched software that bypasses the App Store and allows users to access PC games ...
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Yoodo replaces 20GB for RM20 promo with new double data offering
Yoodo’s fantastic 20GB for RM20 promo will end on the 30th of November 2020.
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Maxis slapped with RM140 million tax bill by LHDN
Maxis’ wholly-owned subsidiary Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd (MBSB) has been served with a RM140 million tax bill by the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). This is due to notices of additional assessment with p...
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Why you should keep your bank cards away from an iPhone 12
One of the most significant features in the new iPhone 12 is also one of the most rudimentary: magnets.
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Winamp's historic skins get their own online museum
Winamp "skins" are now finally getting their rightful place in history books with the Winamp Skin Museum.
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Not OK Google: Gmail now lets you disable suggestions for your emails
Gmail's eagerness to help you sort out your inbox and write emails faster by automatically reading all your messages is a welcome help to some and invasive and creepy to others.
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The simulator that analyses driver behaviour in real time
Volvo Cars has unveiled a new tool that the Swedish manufacturer bills as the "ultimate driving simulator".
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Autonomous vehicles can now be tested on public roads in Cyberjaya
Development of self-driving cars in Malaysia is getting a huge boost as authorities have approved what appears to be Malaysia’s first autonomous vehicle testing route in Cyberjaya.
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Apple agrees to pay USD 113 million in iPhone ‘batterygate’ settlement
Back in 2017, Apple attempted to quietly patch a battery issue by throttling the speed of older iPhones such as iPhone 6, 7 and SE, but they were caught red-handed.
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AirAsia Introduces Scan2Fly System To Determine Travel Eligibility For Passengers
AirAsia has partnered with tech company Grey Matter to implement the new Scan2Fly system to its self check-in process for passengers.
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This Malaysian has broken the Guinness World Record for tower running
You’d be forgiven for wondering what tower running actually is.
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Latest fuel price: Diesel up by 7 sen while Petrol is up by 2 sen per litre
Malaysians will have to pay more for fuel in the coming week as prices are up again across the board.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Fit 2 has 21 days of battery life, and a price tag of RM179
Smartwatches are in great abundance these days, and often times, most models offer a lot of the same functionality and features—particularly towards the more affordable end of the market.
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COVID-19: New cases drop to 958 today, 512 reported in Sabah
Malaysia has recorded 958 new COVID-19 cases today which brings the total number of infections to 52,638.
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PowerColor Launches Radeon RX 6800XT Red Devil Cards; Available 25 November
PowerColor has officially unveiled its new custom Red Devil cooling solution of AMD’s recently launched Radeon RX 6800XT graphics card.
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US FTC Enters Final Stages Of Facebook Probe; Reportedly Preparing Multiple Antitrust Complaints
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly entered into the final stages of its probing of Facebook.
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X-tra Is A Crowdsourced Digital Camera Battery That Offers Double Capacity, Built-In USB-C Charging And More
The X-tra is a crowdsourced digital camera battery project that promises users better performance than the conventional ones offered by first party and other third party manufacturers.
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Retailers are eager to hire – if you’re a digital whiz
Are you a "user-experience" gun for hire? Well, your time has come.
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Vietnam threatens to shut down Facebook over censorship requests
Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it does not bow to government pressure to censor more local political content on its platform, a senior official at the US social media giant said.
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Report: More than half of 2019’s worst passwords still in use
Many of last year’s worst passwords are still being used in 2020, with ‘123456’ being the most common terrible password, reports a password management firm.
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Is the Apple M1 the one? | Let’s Talk About #45
Apple is taking a big gamble with the Apple Silicone M1 processor.
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Malaysians will have to wait for another 2 more years for 5G rollout
Once a forerunner in the 5G race, Malaysia’s roll out for the next generation mobile technology has been delayed after the change in administration.
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First Galaxy A device with 5G! Samsung Galaxy A42 5G | ICYMI #437
Today on ICYMI, we are going to talk about the new Samsung Galaxy A42 which is also known as the first smartphone in the A series to have 5G. Besides that, the very popular Proton X50 will also be ava...
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This M’sian Pie Startup Gives “Unemployable” OKUs The Chance To Earn A Salary & Upskill
Last year, the government started taking the 1% affirmative action of people with disabilities (OKU) seriously.
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Her Biz Builds A Community Of Badass Biker Women Who Do Off-Road Tours In M’sia
Alison Grün has always been into biking since childhood.
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Google And NVIDIA Bypass Apple App Store Rule To Bring Game Streaming To iOS
Google and NVIDIA seem to have found a way to bring their respective game streaming service to Apple’s iOS. As per the latter’s blog, the workaround to the fruit company’s stringent App Store ru...
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Razer Wolverine V2 Is An Xbox Series X Controller With Extra Buttons
Razer announced the first Wolverine controller for the Xbox One back in 2017.
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Samsung Galaxy Fit2 Now Available In Malaysia; Retails At RM179
Samsung Malaysia has announced the arrival of its latest affordable fitness tracker, the Galaxy Fit2. The device is the long awaited successor to the original 2014 model, featuring a larger display an...
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Ever heard of Yubo, the latest social app that's a hit with teens?
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 ― Ever heard of Yubo?
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Apple defends delay of privacy feature, slams Facebook
Apple Inc on Nov 19 slammed Facebook Inc and other Internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning a decision by the iPhone maker to delay a new privacy feature.
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Facebook probe in final stages as FTC, US states prepare lawsuits
The US Federal Trade Commission and a bipartisan group of dozens of state attorneys general are in the final stages of filing one or more major antitrust complaints against Facebook Inc in early December, according to four sources familiar with the situation.
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Twitter to finish delayed 'fleets' rollout by Nov 20, says executive
Twitter Inc has resolved most performance issues with its new ephemeral "fleets" product and expects to complete the global launch by Nov 20, the company's product chief said in a live video on Nov 19.
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The limited edition OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 can be yours for RM3,888
When I wrote about the launch of the Cyberpunk 2077-themed OnePlus 8T recently, I called it the sexiest phone from the company in 2020 thus far.
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Leak: Apple will release a “christmas surprise” soon, possibly the AirPods Studio
Apple only recently launched the iPhone 12 series, but as it turns out, it might not be the last new release from the Cupertino-based company in 2020.
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Royal Malaysia Police warns of GoPayz scam via WhatsApp
Royal Malaysia Police in their Cyber Crimes Alert Facebook page warns of a new type of scam that involves TAC or OTP numbers.
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TNB’s Allo fibre network to cover 150,000 homes by mid-2021
Allo Technology Sdn Bhd (Allo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), aims to provide fibre optic connectivity to 150,000 suburban homes by June 2021.
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UK to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030
The United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the sale of new petrol and diesel powered vehicles will be banned in the country from 2030 onwards, a full decade earlier than the initial...
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M’sia’s Home-Buying Process Needed So Much Help That They Built Not 1, But 10 Apps For It
MHub began in 2015 with 3 people, a simple idea, and no funding.
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MDEC launches DataKITA initiative in Malaysia Tech Month to turbocharge growth of Malaysia’s Data-Driven economy
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is launching the DataKITA initiative in conjunction with Malaysia Tech Month 2020 (MTM 2020) to catalyse a thriving national data ecosystem in Malaysia.
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123456 Is Amazingly Still The Most Common Password
Simple passwords are a bad idea, especially in a day and age when we use passwords for just about everything.
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Google launches strong encryption for Android messages
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 ― Google said yesterday it will be rolling out end-to-end encryption for Android users, making it harder for anyone ― including law enforcement ― to read the content of mes...
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Privacy not included: How creepy is your connected Christmas present?
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 ― As the holiday season approaches, the Mozilla Foundation has published a guide to help shoppers choose safe, secure connected products when it comes to protecting privacy, an...
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New Internet rules to give Pakistan blanket powers of censorship
Pakistan is all set to roll out new Internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation.ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan is all set to roll out new internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation.
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Apple to press ahead on mobile privacy, despite Facebook protests
Apple confirmed on Nov 19 it would press ahead with mobile software changes that limit tracking for targeted advertising – a move that has prompted complaints from Facebook and others.
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EU Commission to intervene in tech, carmakers' patent dispute
The European Commission plans to step into the patent dispute between tech companies and carmakers and may set up a system to check whether some patents are essential to a technology standard as claimed, according to a Commission document.
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Google strikes payment deal with some French media groups
Google said Nov 19 that it had signed “some individual agreements” on copyright payments with French newspapers and magazines after months of wrangling over the sharing of revenues from the display of news in search results.
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Facebook estimates hate speech seen in 1 out of 1000 views on its platform
Facebook Inc for the first time on Nov 19 disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech.
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New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states
A new wave of mobile apps that help track exposure to the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the holidays as public health officials bet that recently introduced features from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google will significantly boost adoption and impact.
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Can Parler really compete with Twitter and Facebook?
The alternative social network Parler is on the up right now, but how long can its success last?
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Shopee’s 11.11 Big Sale saw 200 million items sold on one day across SEA
As the 11 November and the online shopping sales dust settles, it’s time we delve a little into how some Southeast Asian e-commerce platforms have performed.
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Facebook estimates hate speech seen in 1 out of 1000 views on its platform
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 ― Facebook Inc for the first time yesterday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quart...
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Santa, barred from malls and chimneys, enters homes via interactive video
Santa cannot sit with kids in shopping malls this year, but they can still tell him their Christmas wishlist in a video chat at home.
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Why is the price of Bitcoin going up?
Since the beginning of the fall, cryptocurrency prices have been soaring.
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Google launches strong encryption for Android messages
Google said on Nov 19 it will be rolling out end-to-end encryption for Android users, making it harder for anyone – including law enforcement – to read the content of messages.
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How a sightseeing livestream of Kyoto sparked a controversy online
To showcase the beauty of the region of Kyoto in Japan, a train company and an e-commerce giant organised a virtual tour of several of the area's nature sites for the Chinese market. However, the move sparked ire among residents.
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Bukit Aman: 1,420 Macau Scam cases already charged in court from Jan to Oct
A total of 1,420 out of 2,676 Macau Scam cases have been charged in court between January and October, involving losses amounting to RM256 million, said Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Depar...
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Google Releases New Version Of Chrome That Runs Natively On M1-Powered Apple Devices
Google has recently released a version of Chrome that will run natively on Apple’s new M1-powered Mac devices.
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Logitech G Launches PRO X Superlight Wireless Mouse For Esports Gamers
Logitech G officially announced its new wireless gaming mouse, the PRO X Superlight.
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The Game Awards 2020 Nominees List Is Out; TLoU2 Dominates The List
Last week, Geoff Keighley announced that nominees for The Game Awards 2020 will be announced this week.
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Minister: 5G Network Will Roll Out In Malaysia At The End of 2022 or Early 2023
Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Saifuddin Abdullah today has stated that 5G network in Malaysia will be rolled out at the end of 2022 or early 2023.
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Nvidia, Epic to bring ‘Fortnite’ back to iPhones in ‘near future’
The popular game has been blocked on Apple’s devices since August, when Epic introduced its own billing system.
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Russia proposal threatens to silence YouTube, Facebook
Russia would be able to restrict access to Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube under a draft law aimed at punishing what backers call is censorship by the US platforms of Russian state-backed media.
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Covid-19 crisis: a shot in the arm for Russian e-commerce
The coronavirus crisis has helped fuel a surge in online shopping in Russia that has put even the remote icy expanse of Chukotka on the e-commerce map.
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Health Ministry: MySejahtera has helped to detect over 9,000 COVID-19 cases in Malaysia
The Ministry of Health has revealed that MySejahtera has helped authorities to detect 18% of total COVID-19 cases in the country.
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COVID-19: New cases jump to 1,290 today, 660 in Sabah and 407 in Selangor
Malaysia has recorded 1,290 new COVID-19 cases today which brings the total number of infections to 51,680.
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Here’s how the London Underground perfectly promoted PlayStation 5
PlayStation teamed up with Transport for London to change up the look of the London Underground signs—but only temporarily.
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