A major update to Google Maps now includes roughly 90-percent of peninsular Malaysia’s public roads. This refers to highways, state roads, urban centres, and ungated neighbourhoods. Street View also includes popular tourist destinations like Taman Negara, Pangkor island, and Putrajaya. The update is now live, and Malaysians can start looking around for their favourite spots on Google Maps.
The #MYCyberSALE starts today and will last until 1 October 2014. This initiative, led by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) sees the participation of some 4,500 merchants offering a variety of discounts and deals. MDeC is using the campaign to promote e-commerce among internet users in Malaysia; although most Malaysian probably do not need much encouragement to buy things online.
Peer-to-peer download service BitTorrent has long been associated with piracy and file sharing. More often than not, it is where people go if they don’t want to pay for music. That all changes now with the implementation of the paywall option on its Bundle publishing platform.
Photo-sharing site Instagram has reportedly been blocked in China following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Reuters suggests that this has happened due to protestors uploading pictures of police firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. The pictures mainly carried the phrase “Occupy Central”, which has also been blocked on Chinese social network Weibo.
The Unix Bash shell vulnerability that appeared recently is now actively being used by hackers to attack systems. Security firms have been issuing warnings and reports of attacks happening only just four hours after the revelation was made. Bash itself does not yet have an official patch, leaving an unknown number of systems vulnerable.
A new security vulnerability has been uncovered in one of the most installed Linux utilities. The problem stems from a bug in the Bourne again shell, or Bash, which serves as the default shell for Linux and OS X. The bug allows attackers who are aware of how it works to inject and execute their own commands on targeted systems. It is currently being referred to as the Shellshock bug and already being compared to Heartbleed in terms of scope and potential damage.
UPDATE 1, 400PM 23/09: We have received the official statement from Uber regarding this issue…and it is a feisty one. Read more to check it out.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, 926PM 22/09:
A month ago, Uber was suddenly dragged into the limelight after local taxi operators questioned the legality of the service in Malaysia. Not enough with that, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also pointed several legal and technical issues that the fledgling company need to address regarding its operation in Malaysia.
Today, Uber can now add Road Transport Department (JPJ) into the growing list of Malaysian authorities that have taken interest on the service. Not in a positive way though as JPJ has planned to halt Uber’s usage on private cars which is one of the issues that were pointed out by SPAD last month.
[Update] The deal has sold out; there were only 10 units on offer.
Groupon Malaysia rarely offers good deals for electronics products; just take a look at the recent Mi 4 and OnePlus One deal and you’ll see a pattern across the site. But this one, for the highly desirable Xiaomi Mi TV 2, seems like a pretty sweet deal.
The image that has gone viral across social media, showing the owner of the RM7800 iPhone 6 Plus
Wow. Just when you think the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cannot get any more expensive than current scalper prices, a popular local smartphone reseller may have just set a record for the most expensive price for an iPhone 6 Plus in the country.
Yes, Facebook is tweaking things again but don’t worry, this time round, it’s to fix one pretty annoying problem. Like it or not, Facebook likes to force users to see what they deem popular with a “Top Stories” News Feed. The problem with that is sometimes, the news they show you are outdated. The social network has just announced that are changing things a little to show you content while they are still relevant.
[Update @ 5:08pm, September 18] Telekom Malaysia has shared more details on the restoration works and its expected time frame for completion. It’s going to be a long wait. More below.
If you have been experiencing exceptionally slow Internet speeds, even when connected to Unifi, you’re not alone. A fault on the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system is causing data degradation, affecting Internet users in the Southeast Asian region accessing sites based in the US.