The Guardians of Peace, the hackers responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, is apparently getting into the holiday spirit and is asking the internet to make requests about the next round of information to be released. The GOP are also preparing to release even more information about the company that it says will “put Sony Pictures in a worse state”.
Uber’s notorious Surge Pricing kicked in during the hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Customers who attempted to hail an Uber ride during the time when a gunman took a cafe hostage found that prices had increased by four times. The outrage was quick as many users turned to social media to express their displeasure, which caused the service to backtrack on the pricing and instead offer free rides out of the central business district.
To usher in the new year, MyTeksi has announced its latest campaign called myWILDteksi. Offering MyTeksi users the chance to ride in customised taxis, those who are lucky enough to book a ride on one of these vehicles will receive a free ride and stand a chance to win RM500 daily.
Lenovo Malaysia has just launched a new range of products to suit every enterprise needs that Lenovo claims will appeal to consumers as well. The new products are the refreshed ThinkPad Helix, ThinkPad Tablet 10, ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO), and ThinkStation P Series workstations.
Twitter is apparently not satisfied with just trying to sell people things through the internet. The company has announced that it is beginning a US based test to deploy Tweet based discount codes that would be shared directly with users. This relies on the willingness of individuals to share their credit card information, but appears to be an interesting step towards Twitter expanding its services.
Everyone undoubtedly uses Facebook while at work, but that is not enough for the world’s most popular social network. Now it wants people to use it for professional interactions through something called “Facebook at Work”. It will apparently use a separate profile for this and feature things like collaborating on documents and connecting with business partners.
BlackBerry has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Samsung to provide enhanced security features to the Android platform. The agreement is mainly for the enterprise market, where BlackBerry holds the most secure platform; while Samsung has been attempting to make in-roads with its own Samsung KNOX solutions.
Recent news reports that Apply Pay and Google Wallet payment options in many US stores are being dropped to support a competing service. Those who are currently CurrentC, the service in question, have recently received emails saying that their emails have been stolen by hackers.
Financial reports for WhatsApp have recently been made public, and the it appears that the company is nowhere near the definition of profitable for the third quarter of 2014. Analysts are following the company closely as details of its recent US$16 billion acquisition by Facebook were also revealed in the reports; a price tag that appears to exist because the social networking service thinks WhatsApp should cost that much.
Apple’s new digital wallet system has hit some problems with rolling out to the public. Several large retail chains in America have begun to block the service from their counters, severely limiting the reach of what Apple hoped would revolutionise payment systems. The issue appears to be a consortium of retailers co-operating with a merchant service (one that enables credit card payments) to build their own digital wallet service.