Tech/Gadgets

  • Apple says to ‘carefully’ examine Crimea map controversy

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    Apple says to ‘carefully’ examine Crimea map controversy

    MOSCOW, Nov 30 — Apple said on Saturday it was going to “carefully” examine its controversial decision to show the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia on maps and...

  • Latest Google Messages beta protects users from spam text messages

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    Latest Google Messages beta protects users from spam text messages

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 30 — Google this week started rolling out Verified SMS, a feature aimed at protecting users from spam and phishing attempts, to the Messages application. The...

  • Twitter continues attempt to make conversations easier to follow with Reddit-inspired redesign (VIDEO)

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    Twitter continues attempt to make conversations easier to follow with Reddit-inspired redesign (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 30 — Reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered early this week that Twitter is progressing on its project to make tweet conversations easier to...

  • Will the entire iPhone 12 range feature OLED screens?

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    Will the entire iPhone 12 range feature OLED screens?

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 — Although it will not be out before the fall of 2020, Korean website ET News is already reporting on some of the alleged features of the future iPhone 12....

  • Malaysia beats Thailand in video streaming experience, says Opensignal report

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    Malaysia beats Thailand in video streaming experience, says Opensignal report

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Opensignal has just posted its latest “State of Mobile Video Experience” report and it appears that telcos in Malaysia have shown some improvement...

  • WhatsApp’s new beta feature makes me feel like I’m in Mission Impossible

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    WhatsApp’s new beta feature makes me feel like I’m in Mission Impossible

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — According to WABetaInfo, the latest beta version of WhatsApp is trialling a feature called “Delete Messages” — called “Disappearing Messages” in...

  • Polish firm’s drones, from lifesaver to invisible model, take to the skies

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    Polish firm’s drones, from lifesaver to invisible model, take to the skies

    MIKOLOW (Poland), Nov 29 — Silently the eight propellers of the Hermes V8MT drone begin to spin and the large yellow aircraft rises up, locates its direction and moments later...

  • Huawei’s budget triple-camera smartphone gets a RM100 price cut (VIDEO)

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    Huawei’s budget triple-camera smartphone gets a RM100 price cut (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — The Huawei Y9s and Honor 9X are now available in Malaysia with a retail price tag of RM999. If you are looking for something more...

  • This concept for an iPhone app can turn your smartphone into an iPod Classic

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    This concept for an iPhone app can turn your smartphone into an iPod Classic

    NEW YORK, Nov 29 — Design student Elvin Hu tweeted a clip this week of an iPhone app he developed that turns your iPhone into an iPod Classic. On Wednesday, Elvin...

  • Facebook and associated platforms report outage

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    Facebook and associated platforms report outage

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 — Facebook suffered an outage yesterday affecting the social platform and its other platforms such as Instagram. As of 1700 GMT they had been down for...

  • This week's new game picks: 'FNaF' and 'Where the Water...' on console, 'Trover' for Switch, 'Planted' for free (VIDEO)

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    This week's new game picks: 'FNaF' and 'Where the Water...' on console, 'Trover' for Switch, 'Planted' for free (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 — Four re-releases and one free game about an astronaut: modern horror classic Five Nights at Freddy’s lands on console while Escape the Ayuwoki...

  • Twitter says won't delete inactive accounts until those of the dead can be memorialised

    1 week ago

    Twitter says won't delete inactive accounts until those of the dead can be memorialised

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 ― Yesterday, Twitter announced that the removal of inactive accounts will be delayed until the company can offer users a way to memorialise the profiles of...

  • Honor View 30 Pro and 9X Pro will be available globally in Q1 2020

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    Honor View 30 Pro and 9X Pro will be available globally in Q1 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 ― Following the launch of the Honor V30 series in China, Honor has just revealed its global availability for its new flagship smartphone. For...

  • TikTok apologises for removing viral Xinjiang clip

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    TikTok apologises for removing viral Xinjiang clip

    BEIJING, Nov 28 — Chinese-owned app TikTok has admitted it briefly removed a viral video that condemned Beijing’s crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang and apologised to the US...

  • Shooting stars: TikTok’s explosive and rocky ride to fame

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    Shooting stars: TikTok’s explosive and rocky ride to fame

    MUMBAI, Nov 28 — He’s no Bollywood star, but school dropout Israil Ansari has found fast fame on TikTok with two million followers glued to his oddball dancing and rainbow...

  • Go grandmaster says computers ‘cannot be defeated’

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    Go grandmaster says computers ‘cannot be defeated’

    SEOUL, Nov 28 — The only human ever to beat Google’s computer algorithm at the ancient Chinese strategy game Go decided to retire because he is convinced machines “cannot be...

  • Apple patent for AR headphones granted by USPTO

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    Apple patent for AR headphones granted by USPTO

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — A media report out this week suggests that Apple has just been granted a patent for over-the-ear augmented reality headphones. Among the 60+ patents...

  • Emotions have been added to Alexa’s voice (VIDEO)

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    Emotions have been added to Alexa’s voice (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — Amazon has presented two vocal functionalities that will help Alexa achieve a much more natural tone. For the moment, the new features are only available...

  • The 2019 Steam Awards begin accepting user nominations

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    The 2019 Steam Awards begin accepting user nominations

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — Coinciding with the Steam Fall Sale, nominations are now being accepted from the PC gaming service’s 90 million users ahead of Awards voting at the end...

  • Google wants to help you ‘stay zen’ this Black Friday

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    Google wants to help you ‘stay zen’ this Black Friday

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — With Black Friday less than 48 hours away, people across the world are readying their wallets while readying their turkeys. To lessen the stress that’s...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ outlines free Season One update before Battle Pass launch

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    ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ outlines free Season One update before Battle Pass launch

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — A sizable free content update is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, starting December 3, with an optional paid Battle Pass expected to launch in due...

  • Twitter to begin deleting inactive accounts on December 11

    1 week ago

    Twitter to begin deleting inactive accounts on December 11

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28 — On Tuesday, Twitter began alerting users who haven’t logged into their account for over six months that it would be deleted. Twitter users who aren’t...

  • In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever

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    In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever

    NEW YORK, Nov 27 — In the third quarter of 2019, some 387 million smartphones were sold worldwide, according to research published by Gartner. This represents a decline of 0.4...

  • Bytedance: The Chinese company behind global TikTok craze

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    Bytedance: The Chinese company behind global TikTok craze

    BEIJING, Nov 27 — The Chinese billionaire behind teen phenomenon TikTok is a 36-year-old tech guru whose eye for youth trends and pioneering use of AI has blasted the app to...

  • ‘Pokemon’ begins retiring ‘Sun & Moon’ games in Switch ‘Sword & Shield’ era

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    ‘Pokemon’ begins retiring ‘Sun & Moon’ games in Switch ‘Sword & Shield’ era

    NEW YORK, Nov 27 — The Pokemon Global Link, an online system supporting online tournaments, ranked play, and cloud saves, is to be withdrawn in February 2020, reducing the...

  • Facebook buys maker of hit VR game ‘Beat Saber’

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    Facebook buys maker of hit VR game ‘Beat Saber’

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 27 — Facebook-owned Oculus yeterday said it is buying the studio behind hit virtual reality game Beat Saber as it looks to expand VR technology to wider...

  • You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing

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    You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing

    NEW YORK, Nov 27 — Snap Inc has launched a new Bitmoji feature that lets users make their avatars resemble themselves — particularly in terms of their clothing tastes — even...

  • Facebook outlines how AI selects what to put in the Instagram Explore tab

    1 week ago

    Facebook outlines how AI selects what to put in the Instagram Explore tab

    NEW YORK, Nov 27 — In a blog post published Monday, Facebook has revealed the process by which Instagram selects the content to suggest to users in the Explore tab. Creating...

  • Google Assistant’s new ambient mode transforms phones into picture frames

    1 week ago

    Google Assistant’s new ambient mode transforms phones into picture frames

    LOS ANGELES, Nov 26 — The Android team has announced the launch of a Google Assistant Ambient Mode for Android; this feature turns smartphones and tablets into smart home...

  • Honor’s Magic Watch 2 looks very familiar, doesn’t it?

    1 week ago

    Honor’s Magic Watch 2 looks very familiar, doesn’t it?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Honor has just launched the Magic Watch 2 in Beijing, China, and not only does it look very familiar, but the specs seem to almost mirror another popular...

  • Honor View 30 Pro is Honor’s first dual-mode 5G smartphone

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    Honor View 30 Pro is Honor’s first dual-mode 5G smartphone

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — The Honor View 30 and View 30 Pro have just been launched in Beijing, China today, and Honor says that their new flagships will mark the beginning of the...

  • Honor reveals MagicBook laptops powered by AMD Ryzen

    1 week ago

    Honor reveals MagicBook laptops powered by AMD Ryzen

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — At Honor’s V30 event, the Huawei sub-brand has introduced its latest MagicBook laptop lineup that’s powered by AMD Ryzen. The MagicBook will be coming...

  • Malaysia’s first fully approved cryptocurrency wallet Luno is now live

    1 week ago

    Malaysia’s first fully approved cryptocurrency wallet Luno is now live

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Recently, Luno announced that it had received approval from The Securities Commission of Malaysia to operate as as a Recognised Market Operator (Digital...