Qishin Tariq

Recent and archived articles by Qishin Tariq

14 Jan 2019 | 7:48 PM

Is your phone a serial background app killer?

Website Don't kill my app! shows users which Android smartphones are the worst serial killers of background apps, and how users can protect their apps.

Sometimes Android software can be too helpful, to the point it's making background apps less effective by closing them to save battery. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star
14 Jan 2019 | 2:30 PM

Apple might finally be releasing its delayed AirPower

Apple could soon be releasing its wireless charging mat the AirPower, with rumours suggesting that the device first announced in 2017 is now in production in China.

The Air Power wireless charging pad is reportedly able to power up multiple devices – an iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple EarPods earbuds at the same time. — Apple
3 Jan 2019 | 3:31 PM

WhatsApp ends support for old Nokia phones running on S40

WhatsApp ends support for phones running on the 20-year-old Nokia Series 40 operating system, recommends users get phones with Android, iOS or Windows Phone instead.

2 Jan 2019 | 6:38 PM

Google Duo to roll out group chats and low light mode

Google Duo will soon be able to handle more than just a duo of users, expanding to group video calls for up to seven participants.

Google Duo users can soon make calls with up to seven participants. — Google Duo
2 Jan 2019 | 4:17 PM

Netflix stops offering subscriptions via iTunes

New and returning Netflix viewers will have to subscribe to the streaming service directly, with payment via in-app purchases no longer an option for iTunes users.

Netflix is getting users to subscribe directly to its service rather than through their iTunes accounts, in a move to bypass the Apple "app store tax". — Netflix
2 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

YearStarter2019: Rise of P2P financing

Peer-to-peer (P2P) financing, which allows individuals and companies to borrow and lend money via an online platform, is ready for its next big step.

P2P platforms in Malaysia have opened up opportunities for small businesses to get loans from many investors rather than depending singularly on banks. —
31 Dec 2018 | 7:27 PM

Google celebrates the New Year with purple elephants in its annual Doodle

This year's Google Doodle features a GIF of cute purple pachyderms getting ready for the New Year celebrations.

The latest new year Google Doodle looks cute in purple, with little elephants helping prepare for a New Year's party. — Google
31 Dec 2018 | 2:07 PM

Celcom offers free data on New Year's Day to its customers

Celcom is offering its prepaid and postpaid users infinite free data from 1am to 7am in the early hours of New Year's Day so users can share all their celebratory moments online.

Happy New Year from Celcom, and here's some free data to record the whole night onto the Internet. — Celcom
28 Dec 2018 | 6:30 PM

Indonesia lifts ban on Tumblr following concession to block porn from its platform

Indonesians can once again access Tumblr, after Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) banned it for nine months due to the pornographic content on its platform.

Users in Indonesia can access Tumblr again, after the government lifted its ban on the micro blogging service. — QISHIN TARIQ/The Star
28 Dec 2018 | 6:20 PM

Apple patents intentionally bendable tech, unlike its iPad Pro

Apple has filed for a patent that would allow its devices to be bent without being damaged, though this is not related to the “bent” iPad Pros in the market.

Apple has been taking heat over its bent iPad Pros, as it will not replace or repair them. – dpa