Viber appears to be the next instant messaging service to fall victim to the Great Firewall of China as some users are reporting that messages are not being sent or received. This follows recent news that Line, KakaoTalk, and Instagram are blocked in the country; yet, oddly enough, WhatsApp continues to be untouched.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the original founders of The Pirate Bay, has been convicted of hacking Denmark’s driver license database, as well as accessing the email of 10,000 police officers and tax officials. He currently faces up to six years in prison, and prosecutors are also pushing for a travel ban to prevent the Swedish national from entering Denmark.
Astro has introduced Raku, a homegrown music streaming service that focuses on online radio services. It is similar to Last.fm, only instead of American radio shows listeners get to listen to Astro owned station. Also like Last.fm, it only caters to local viewers and cannot be used outside its home country.
Reddit has announced that it is launching a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding platform known as redditmade. The idea is to provide the massive reddit community with a place to share and promote their projects. It is also meant to give redditors a place to support each other through funding new creations. The platform is currently running in an open beta, but already has more running projects than can be quickly scrolled through.
Have too many devices but not enough SIM cards to keep them connected while you’re on the go? No problem because DiGi has a device for such situations. The telco has just introduced a new Wi-Fi hotspot device called MobiFi that allows you to share your internet with up to 10 different Wi-Fi enabled devices. MobiFi is available at selected DiGi Stores from as low as RM7/month, and can be used together with any one of the telco’s three mobile broadband plans starting from RM25/month.
Governments can try to get away with anything; except placing new limitations on the internet. A proposed Hungarian internet tax has sparked protests as citizens took to the streets to express their displeasure at being taxed for each gigabyte used. It is believed that the move is meant to limit access to information and has even drawn condemnation from the European Union.
Barely seven months after Amazon launches Fire TV, the company today has unveiled yet another streaming media player to the world called Fire TV Stick. As you could tell from its name, the devices comes in the form of a small HDMI-based dongle which is similar to the famed Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.
Back in March of 2014, IKEAhackers caught the attention of IKEA as they sent a cease and desist letter due to trademark infringement. After Malaysian Jules Yap, founder of the furniture hack site was invited to Sweden to meet with the designers and IKEA, the furniture giant has decided to let Yap keep the website domain.