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Bleep, The Discreet Messaging App From BitTorrent

by Dee-Ker · 12 hours ago · No Comments · 534 views

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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.

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Samsung Sees Quarterly Drop in Profit for First Time in Three Years

by Pang Tun Yau · 13 hours ago · 1 Comment · 876 views

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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.

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PlayStation Now Open Beta Starts Today In The US And Canada

by Farhan · 13 hours ago · No Comments · 189 views

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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.

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Did Xiaomi Really Install Spyware on the Redmi Note?

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 day ago · 9 Comments · 6.6k views

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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?

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HTC Steps in to Offer One (M8) to User Who was Promised a Replacement for Burnt Galaxy S4

by Pang Tun Yau · 1 day ago · No Comments · 2.4k views

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In a classic example with quick-thinking and making good use of opportunities, a HTC product manager in the US turned a negative user experience from someone using a competitor device into a powerful social media-driven campaign to organically promote the brand.

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Reddit Announces Real-Time Updates In Reddit Live

by Farhan · 1 week ago · No Comments · 222 views

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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.

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Google Offers US$1 Million In Competition To Shrink Kilowatt Power Inverter

by Farhan · 1 week ago · 2 Comments · 1.9k views

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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.

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Modern Combat 5 Cracked By Contest Winner And Shared Online

by Farhan · 1 week ago · 5 Comments · 2.7k views

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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.

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Dell US Now Accepts Bitcoin As Payment

by Farhan · 2 weeks ago · 1 Comment · 572 views

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Dell has now begun accepting Bitcoin on its US online store. The computer manufacturer has partnered with Coinbase as a secure third party payment service. This experiment with crypto-currency puts Dell as one of the largest ecommerce merchants to accept Bitcoin.

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Welcome the New Airbnb with a Massive Redesign and Brand New Logo

by Huei Song · 2 weeks ago · 1 Comment · 676 views

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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.

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[Update: Issue Resolved] Unifi And Streamyx DNS Congested; Users May Experience Sluggish Connections

by Farhan · 2 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 7.6k views

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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.

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TEDxKL Offers Lowyat.NET Readers Special Rates for Tickets

by Pang Tun Yau · 2 weeks ago · No Comments · 1.2k views

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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.

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