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MyPay to offer government services under one platform

Malaysians will soon be able to access a slew of government services online via a new integrated platform, MyPay.

From left: Sulastry, Liew and Smith speaking about how they injected startup DNA into the company to develop the MyPay service. – MyPay

Apple, Intel persuade US Patent Office to enter Qualcomm fight

The US Patent and Trademark Office has decided to wade into a global licensing battle between Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc, with billions of dollars at stake.

Apple and Qualcomm are locked in a worldwide dispute over licensing fees for use of Qualcomm’s technology. — Reuters

Online holiday shopping soared, but in-store still unknown

While the US government shutdown is keeping investors in the dark about broader retail trends over the holidays, Adobe Analytics confirmed that online sales posted rapid growth during the period.

E-commerce sales jumped 16.5% from a year earlier to a total of US$126bil (RM517.78bil) as consumers loaded up on products such as the Nintendo Switch, laptops, streaming devices and Fingerlings dolls, according to Adobe. — AFP

Apple releases cases with built-in batteries for latest iPhones

Apple Inc on Jan 15 released rechargeable battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR that add several hours of battery life to the smartphones.

The cases cost US$129 (RM530) and come in white or black. — Apple

‘Fortnite’ flaw put millions of players at risk, researchers say

A flaw in Epic Games Inc’s Fortnite opened the accounts of millions of users to the risk of a malicious attack, researchers from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said in a report Jan 16.

The vulnerability in the authentication process allowed hackers to send a link to the player that, once clicked, gave access to user accounts to buy virtual currency and purchase game equipment that would then be transferred to a separate account and resold. — Dreamstime/TNS

YouTube clarifies rules on pranks as risky memes rage

YouTube on Jan 15 clarified rules against posting videos of dangerous pranks, as risky “challenges” prompt people to video themselves doing things like biting into laundry soap or driving blindfolded.

The clarifications “make it clear that challenges like the Tide pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube”, the company said in a blog post. — AFP

On the autofarm: China turns to driverless tractors, combines to overhaul agriculture

A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board, chopping golden rice stalks and offering a glimpse of what authorities say is the automated future of the nation's mammoth agricultural sector.

Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

Gillette ad encouraging men to ’say the right thing’ and ’act the right way’ draws online ire.

Gillette ad encouraging men to ’say the right thing’ and ’act the right way’ draws online ire. — YouTube

Intel vet takes wheel of self-driving car startup Zoox

Intel vet Aicha Evans will lead self-driving car startup Zoox from next month, becoming a rare high-profile black chief executive in a Silicon Valley.

A Zoox prototype car in San Francisco. Technology titans including Alphabet and Uber along with major automakers have been racing to get self-driving vehicles, or platforms helping power them, to market. — Bloomberg

Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt: opinion

The friends making you jealous on Instagram may not actually be able to afford the vacations they post about.

Nearly half of US households carry credit card debt, which means many of the friends making Americans jealous on Instagram may not be able to afford the vacations they post about. — AP

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