The Week That Was: A quick tech round-up

Apple announced a recall for about 432,000 MacBook Pro because the laptop battery could catch fire. — AFP

Now more than ever it’s getting harder to keep up with tech news, what with companies releasing updates and new products at blazing speeds.

So that you don’t miss out on anything important, we are kicking off The Week That Was which will provide weekly updates on the tech industry, both local and international.

One of the services that keeps making headlines is eWallet and if you have not used one yet because you are worried that you are at risk of fraud then this news may just be for you.

Touch ‘N Go eWallet announced its “money-back guarantee” policy that lets users report unauthorised transactions and request for compensation using its app.

Users have to provide the details of their case, after which the eWallet team will investigate the claims – if proven legitimate, reimbursements will reportedly be made within five working days.

Telcos are also upping their services with offers for differently-abled Malaysian users, from monthly lifetime discounts ranging between RM10 to RM15 for selected plans and between RM10 and RM44 off for fixed line services. Celcom Axiata, for instance, announced that it now offers home visits to aid the differently-abled as long as they are within 25km radius from a Bluecube outlet.

It will also offer them priority services at its outlets, and if they can’t make it, they can have friends and family represent them.

The move was lauded by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, which recently welcomed Datuk Suriani Ahmad as the new secretary-general. She had previously held the role of director at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) and as Women, Family and Community Development Ministry secretary-general.

On the international front, US president Donald Trump, after a meeting with Chinese premier Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan, announced that US companies can now sell their equipment to the Chinese tech giant again.

“We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it,” he said via CNN.

The announcement, however, doesn’t completely lift Huawei from the Entity List, which requires US companies to seek permission from the government before going into business with Huawei.

Meanwhile, Apple had to warn its customers of overheating batteries possibly leading to a fire hazard. The problem affects the older 15in MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

An estimated 432,000 MacBooks are affected, and the company said it will replace the batteries in these models at no charge.

You can check if your model is affected at


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