BitTorrent is currently preparing to launch a private messaging app called Bleep that is specifically designed to protect users’ messaging history data and anonymity. Unlike Skype, Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger, Bleep is a decentralised communication platform, meaning it does not store your chats in the company’s servers.
For the first time in three years, Samsung Electronics has seen a drop in quarterly profits. Now, these figures are not as dramatic as they sound, since the company still made billions in net profit, but one of the contributing factors behind Samsung’s Q2 drop in profits were due to the traditionally strong Samsung Mobile division.
Gamers were more than a little annoyed to learn that the next generation of consoles would not be backward compatible. Neither the PlayStation 4 nor the Xbox One would be running old games off the disc. However, Sony also promised a game streaming service that would allow owners of the PS4 to play old games on the next generation platform for a fee. That service, PlayStation Now, has entered into the open beta test phase as of today.
What a week it has been for Xiaomi. Last Tuesday, the company announced its highly-anticipated flagship smartphone, the Mi 4. Around the same time, a Hong Kong-based forum had a moderator who published what appears to be damning evidence that one of Xiaomi’s devices was discreetly pinging a server located in China. There were also apparent evidence that suggests the device was even uploading user data such as messages and pictures onto the server, even when Mi Cloud was disabled.
Could it be that Xiaomi installs spyware on its smartphones? Could it be that the MIUI software also contain spyware?
Reddit, the current centre of the internet, has announced a new feature. Known as Reddit Live, it allows users to post in real time; turning the anonymous message board into massive chatroom. Anyone can create a new thread in the r/live subreddit, and there is already a massive amount of chaff and nonsense that has taken place.
Google is partnering with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to open the Little Box Challenge. Teams are asked to shrink inverter technology, which changes direct current from power sources and changes it into alternating current for use in homes, office and cars. Most importantly, Google is offering US$1 million to the team that finds the best solution.
Gameloft’s upcoming mobile shooter Modern Combat 5 is not due out until 24 July. As part of the campaign to build hype, the developer held a contest for individuals to win an advance copy of the game. It did not expect the winner to crack the game and share it over torrent websites.
Searching for a place to stay and putting up your place into Airbnb has just gotten a whole lot easier as Airbnb announces a brand new design to its website, mobile app, as well as its logo. The new Airbnb website is now “flat” with big images, allowing users to easily find the information they want in a more attractive and neater format compared to previous design.
Update: TM has rectified the issue and all connections should have returned to normal.
TM’s Twitter account has made it known that some subscribers to UniFi and Streamyx may be experiencing slow connections due to congestion of two DNS. The cause of this congestion is still as of yet unknown, although the ISP has promised that its engineers are currently looking into the problem.
The popular TEDx series returns to Kuala Lumpur for another year, where 13 influential people from a diverse set of practices will be presenting their stories to Malaysian attendees. This year’s TEDxKL will be held at the Calvary Convention Centre on August 9, and will carry the theme “The Open Future”. As the official forum partner for TEDxKL, Lowyat.NET readers get to enjoy special rates for the admission tickets! Read on to find out more.