Tech/Gadgets

  • Google launches strong encryption for Android messages

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Privacy not included: How creepy is your connected Christmas present?

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Facebook offers up first-ever estimate of hate speech prevalence on its platform

    2 weeks ago

    Facebook offers up first-ever estimate of hate speech prevalence 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...

  • Nvidia, Epic to bring ‘Fortnite’ back to iPhones in ‘near future’

    2 weeks ago

    Nvidia, Epic to bring ‘Fortnite’ back to iPhones in ‘near future’

    SANTA CLARA, Nov 19 — Nvidia Corp and Epic Games today said they are working together to put video game Fortnite back on Apple Inc’s iPhones in the “near future” as part...

  • Galaxy A42 5G: This is Samsung Malaysia’s cheapest 5G smartphone

    2 weeks ago

    Galaxy A42 5G: This is Samsung Malaysia’s cheapest 5G smartphone

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Samsung Malaysia has just released the Galaxy A42 5G and this is their first Galaxy A phone with 5G for our local market. Apart from supporting the next...

  • Boom in demand for friendly hackers as 5G approaches

    2 weeks ago

    Boom in demand for friendly hackers as 5G approaches

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 — As the number of online devices surges and superfast 5G connections roll out, record numbers of companies are offering handsome rewards to ethical...

  • Former Yahoo CEO Mayer makes comeback with new contacts app

    2 weeks ago

    Former Yahoo CEO Mayer makes comeback with new contacts app

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 — Former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer began her comeback to the tech scene yesterday with the launch of a new mobile app aimed at helping people...

  • Around the world, disappointment and concern accompany 5G roll-outs

    2 weeks ago

    Around the world, disappointment and concern accompany 5G roll-outs

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 — As the new fifth generation standard for cellular networking, 5G, continues to roll out, operators worldwide are working hard to provide quality access....

  • Welcome Wi-Fi 6

    2 weeks ago

    Welcome Wi-Fi 6

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 19 — Wi-Fi 6 first landed in 2019, offering a new wireless communication standard promising improved range and higher speeds than Wi-Fi 5. Now, the growing...

  • Houseparty, Fortnite partner to let gamers video chat while playing

    2 weeks ago

    Houseparty, Fortnite partner to let gamers video chat while playing

    NEW YORK, Nov 18 — Group video chat app Houseparty said today it has partnered with popular video game Fortnite to let friends video chat while playing the game, as people...

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may have been the last Note ever

    2 weeks ago

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may have been the last Note ever

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 ― Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is an iconic one. One of the early generation “phablets”, the first Galaxy Note was released almost a decade ago, along...

  • TikTok could surpass one billion active users by 2021

    2 weeks ago

    TikTok could surpass one billion active users by 2021

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 ― TikTok is certainly the social network of the moment. The platform could hit the billion-users mark by 2021, according to a report published by App...

  • Launching on Nov 24, will Poco M3 be the new king of budget phones?

    2 weeks ago

    Launching on Nov 24, will Poco M3 be the new king of budget phones?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 ― The Poco X3 NFC is currently one of the best value for money smartphones you can buy for less than RM1,000. If you’re looking for newer and cheaper...

  • Amazon launches online pharmacy for US consumers

    2 weeks ago

    Amazon launches online pharmacy for US consumers

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 ― Amazon said today it was launching an online pharmacy for US consumers, who will be able to order prescription medications directly from the e-commerce...

  • Will you soon be playing a character that looks like you in 'Fortnite'? (VIDEO)

    2 weeks ago

    Will you soon be playing a character that looks like you in 'Fortnite'? (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 ― What if you had a video game that featured an image of you? Video game publisher Epic Games is increasingly focusing on capturing facial expressions. The...

  • Twitter’s new ‘fleets’ will disappear after 24 hours

    2 weeks ago

    Twitter’s new ‘fleets’ will disappear after 24 hours

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17  —Twitter said today it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages. The new...

  • Huawei Pay now available in Malaysia

    2 weeks ago

    Huawei Pay now available in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — Huawei Malaysia has announced the arrival of Huawei Pay which enables NFC contactless payments on a compatible smartphone. At the moment, Huawei Pay...

  • Is your Mac launching apps slowly on Big Sur?

    2 weeks ago

    Is your Mac launching apps slowly on Big Sur?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 ― Recently, several Mac users complained about apps opening slowly on macOS Big Sur — or not opening at all. As it turns out, the issue was down to...

  • Will Huawei regain access to Google apps and services after selling Honor brand?

    2 weeks ago

    Will Huawei regain access to Google apps and services after selling Honor brand?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 ― According to Reuters, Huawei is selling off its sub-brand Honor to a consortium that consists of over 30 agents and dealers. This is based on a joint...

  • A robot wolf is scaring away bears in Japan (VIDEO)

    2 weeks ago

    A robot wolf is scaring away bears in Japan (VIDEO)

    TOKYO, Nov 17 ― Japanese scientists have created “Monster Wolf,” a robotic scarecrow to deter wild bears around the town of Takikawa, on the island of Hokkaido. National...

  • Sources: Between 1.2 and 1.4 million new Xbox consoles were sold in 24 hours during launch

    2 weeks ago

    Sources: Between 1.2 and 1.4 million new Xbox consoles were sold in 24 hours during launch

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 ― The Xbox Series S/X launch was quite a success, according to the VGChartz website that compiled data from several sources. The two new Microsoft consoles...

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The three Rs of digital waste

    2 weeks ago

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The three Rs of digital waste

    NOV 15 — The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), running November 21 to 29, 2020, aims to raise public awareness about sustainable resource and waste management. For the...

  • Unused smartphones weigh more than 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes, says study

    2 weeks ago

    Unused smartphones weigh more than 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes, says study

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 ― In recent years, the appetite for buying and selling refurbished smartphones has grown considerably. But still, the number of handsets lying dormant in...

  • Twitter says flagged 300,000 'misleading' election tweets

    2 weeks ago

    Twitter says flagged 300,000 'misleading' election tweets

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 ― Twitter labelled 300,000 tweets related to the US presidential election as “potentially misleading” in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up...

  • TikTok gets reprieve as US holds off on enforcing ban

    3 weeks ago

    TikTok gets reprieve as US holds off on enforcing ban

    WASHINGTON, Nov 13 — The US government announced yesterday it would delay enforcement of a ban on TikTok, saying it would comply with a court order in favour of the...

  • Your personal data is a goldmine, but would you ever consider selling it?

    3 weeks ago

    Your personal data is a goldmine, but would you ever consider selling it?

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 13 — Californians recently adopted proposed legislation aiming to give users more control over their personal information online. This should notably give...

  • You can now monitor your pregnancy with a smartwatch

    3 weeks ago

    You can now monitor your pregnancy with a smartwatch

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 13 — Garmin is the first major wearable tech maker to offer a pregnancy monitoring feature to its smartwatch users. Mothers-to-be can benefit from specially...

  • Google Photos to end free, unlimited storage: What difference does it make for me?

    3 weeks ago

    Google Photos to end free, unlimited storage: What difference does it make for me?

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 13 — Google has announced that, from June 1, 2021, all content added to the firm's Photos platform — irrespective of quality — will count towards the...

  • New PlayStation hits market as console battle with Xbox begins

    3 weeks ago

    New PlayStation hits market as console battle with Xbox begins

    TOKYO, Nov 13 — Sony’s PlayStation 5 hit the shelves yesterday, just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox, with the next-generation consoles vying for...

  • Disappointment on social media as Playstation 5 pre-orders sold out in Malaysia

    3 weeks ago

    Disappointment on social media as Playstation 5 pre-orders sold out in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, November 12 — The long-awaited next generation gaming console, Sony’s Playstation 5, sold out almost immediately upon opening for pre-order sales in Malaysia....

  • Grab pilots new supermarket feature in Malaysia, next day delivery with zero delivery fees

    3 weeks ago

    Grab pilots new supermarket feature in Malaysia, next day delivery with zero delivery fees

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Grab is currently piloting GrabSupermarket — functioning from a stocked dark store. It will boast a wide variety of household needs, will be...

  • YouTube back up after worldwide outage

    3 weeks ago

    YouTube back up after worldwide outage

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 12 ― YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, said today it had fixed a glitch that led to a worldwide outage of the video-streaming service....

  • New PlayStation 5 hits market ready for battle with latest Xbox

    3 weeks ago

    New PlayStation 5 hits market ready for battle with latest Xbox

    TOKYO, Nov 12 ― Sony's PlayStation 5 went on sale today, just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox, with the next-generation consoles vying for holiday season...