Technology and Telecommunications

Paypal Transactions Now Possible Over Messenger

Paypal Transactions Now Possible Over Messenger

It was announced last Friday that US Paypal users can now send and receive person-to-person payments on Facebook Messenger. The plan, which was jointly announced around a year ago by both companies, now allows US customers to shop from Messenger chatbots, and pay via Paypal. Facebook users can now also link their Paypal accounts to Messenger and set it as a default method of payment. Paypal also announced that customers may now get support by chatting with their Messenger bot, which can process normal, everyday language. Live reps are still available to take requests which are beyond the chatbot’s capabilities. […]

Malaysia to Form Task Force for Blockchain Tech Exploration

Malaysia to Form Task Force for Blockchain Tech Exploration

In a recent forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau announced that the country will be creating a National Task Force which will explore the opportunities offered by blockchain technology. The plan was mentioned in the minister’s speech which was read by MOSTI deputy secretary-general Prof. Madya Dr Ramzah Dambul. It was also revealed that the task force will be composed of government agencies and several organizations from the private sector.    According to MOSTI, Malaysia is on its way to adopting blockchain tech in line with emerging […]

New Hardware Flaw Undermines RSA Encryption

New Hardware Flaw Undermines RSA Encryption

Last Tuesday, security researchers from various universities identified a vulnerability in security tokens, cryptographic smartcards, and chipsets produced by German manufacturer Infineon Technologies that could jeopardize software signing, account security, and token authentication for various computer products. The CVE-2017-15361 ROCA vulnerability, which was found in the implementation of RSA keypair generation in a cryptographic library,  allows an attacker to carry out a “practical factorization attack.” where a public key can be used to generate a private key. The experts found that RSA keys from the bugged hardware were not generated randomly, making them easy to crack. The team confirmed there […]

Report Says Asia Has the Most Innovative IT Firms

Report Says Asia Has the Most Innovative IT Firms

According to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 State of Innovation report, 8 out of 10 of the most innovative IT firms can be found in Asia. 4 of the companies come from China, 2 from South Korea, and 2 from Japan. Six companies have made it to the Top 10 global semiconductor innovators, including Shenzhen China, Taiwan’s TSMC, Japan’s Toshiba, and South Korea’s SK Hynix. Samsung takes the lead in the semiconductor materials and processes subsector, with 26 more inventions than 2nd placer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.   Source: Mis-Asia

Singapore A*STAR’s “REX” to Improve Network Security

Singapore A*STAR’s “REX” to Improve Network Security

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) recently announced that it has developed a new kind of data structure dubbed “REX” which is designed to block cyber attacks and facilitate better data flows within the network. Vrizlynn Thing of A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research says that the Resilient and Efficient data Structure (REX) is able to address the inefficiencies of traditional hash tables using different memory technologies and the characteristics of internet traffic, thus improving network performance. Thing revealed that REX was able to outperform Cuckoo and Peacock in data analysis of real, recorded network traffic. However, they would […]

Google Offers Cybercrime Training to Irish Judges

Google Offers Cybercrime Training to Irish Judges

Google was recently reported to have offered “cyber-training” to Irish judges, saying that the company, along with other tech firms, would like judges to have the final word on cases dealing with technology, cybercrime, and similar fields. The plan had already been discussed last July 2016 between Google and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, who was said to have welcomed the idea initially. However, department assistant secretary Peter Mullan reacted that judges and prosecutors should be independent, as indicated in the Irish lelgal system. Sources close to Google have said that if the plan should push through, Google will only provide technical […]

Duterte Asked for DICT Chief’s Resignation

Duterte Asked for DICT Chief’s Resignation

Manila, Philippines – In an interview last Friday on state TV PTV 4, President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that he was the one who asked for the resignation of former DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima. This contradicts a statement that he made last September 20, where he said that it was Salalima who offered to resign. Duterte said that it appeared to him that Salalima was giving preference to a particular company and did not take action on applications from competitors. which made it difficult for others to enter the market. The President added that he was aware that Salalima was the […]

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Last Wednesday, Uber maintained its stance in a British employment appeal tribunal, saying that its drivers are self-employed and are not entitled to benefits that a worker receives. Uber likened the drivers who use their app to self-employed private hire drivers who work under traditional minicab firms. Similar to Uber, British minicabs cannot be hailed like a regular taxi, and instead can only be booked by contacting a registered office. However, one of the drivers involved in the tribunal claim of last year said that Uber just wants to take on more drivers, who in turn, is the only one […]

Intel Reveals Self-Learning AI Chip

Intel Reveals Self-Learning AI Chip

Intel has recently announced a new neuromorphic artificial intelligence (AI) test chip called Loihi, which is intended to mimic the functions of the human brain. The chip giant says that Loihi will be able to ‘learn’ using data gathered from its environment. In a blog post last Tuesday, Dr. Michael Mayberry of Intel Labs said the chips will be more efficient while requiring less power. Similar to how neurons function, neuromorphic chips use spikes and and plastic synapses which can be modulated. Mayberry added that this can help computers make complex decisions, as well as self-organize, which can can useful […]

DICT secretary Rodolfo Salalima Submits Resignation

DICT secretary Rodolfo Salalima Submits Resignation

Malacanang has confirmed earlier this week that the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Rodolfo Salalima has already submitted his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte. Salalima said that he is stepping down due to “personal and work-related reasons”, but the Office of the Executive Secretary has not yet issued a statement as to whether the President has already accepted the resignation. However, the President himself had already revealed in a press conference in Marawi City that he is in the process of looking for a replacement for the Secretary. Salima was appointed in 2016 and oversaw a number […]

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