Apple Pay Cash is rolling out for iOS 11.2 users

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for the Verge;

Apple was forced to release iOS 11.2 on Saturday, which was a little earlier than planned, due to a software bug. Now, Apple Pay Cash — one of the marquee features of the update — is being activated for users.

Apple Pay Cash lets users send and receive money directly though iMessages, similar to Venmo or Square Cash. Money that people send you will live on a digital Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app, which users can spend anywhere that Apple Pay is accepted, or send to other people. (The new feature is only available in the US for now, though.)

If you updated to iOS 11.2, that means Apple Pay Cash is already on your phone it’s just disabled.

iOS 11.2 now available

Apple has release the iOS 11.2 update that has been in beta for the past week. The update will introduce Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money with Apple Pay. iOS 11.2 also includes some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the complete release notes below for more details.

To update to iOS 11.2, just go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. Device owner with iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch are eligible to download and install the update.

Full iOS 11.2 Release Notes;

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

Tumblr founder leaving Yahoo-owned blogging platform

Agence France-Presse via Manila Bulletin;

Tumblr founder and chief David Karp on Monday announced he is leaving the nearly 11-year-old blogging platform — with his departure coming in the wake of Verizon buying parent-company Yahoo.

Karp said that he will leave by the end of this year and chief operating officer Jeff D’Onofrio will take his place at the helm of Tumblr.

Not a good sign.. for a platform known for hosting tons of porn GIF!

KFC launches Internet Escape Pod, a tent with magic force field designed to disrupt the internet

KFC;

Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising. Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time.

In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.

  • Steel and stainless steel mesh cage
  • Colonel made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint
  • Made in USA
  • Dimensions: 7′ x 7′ x 6′ 6″

I guess, it’s either KFC’s Internet Escape Pod or just turn off your wifi router, device and put it a box and walk away.

Volvo Cars to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Niklas Pollard, Heather Somerville, writing for Reuters;

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.

Volvo XC90 from volvocars.com

From Volvo’s website, the base model XC90 T5 FWD Momentum have a $49,240 MSRP, while the top of the line 2018 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid eAWD R-Design will have a $70,540 MSRP.

That’s more than $1.2 Billion in sales for Volvo in a span of 3 years (between 2019 and 2021).

Bitcoin just passed $8,000

Fitz Tepper, writing for TechCrunch;

Yesterday the price shot past $8,000 for the first time, and per usual when it breaks through a milestone is now trading solidly above it at $8,250.

I know someone who treat bitcoin like an investment or similar to stocks, this news will surely make him very very very happy!

AFAIK, he had his bitcoin for sometime now, so you can just imagine the amount of returns he will get if he decides to cash out now. I’m pretty sure he’ll be holding on to it until it reach $10,000/bitcoin.

Smart to start charging Php2 per 1MB this November 28

Abe Olandres, writing for Yugatech;

Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.

Smart created a detailed help article on the new data charging rate.

We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017

I’m pretty sure a lot of people will not be happy with the new data charging rate.

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, can now perform backflip

There is something amazing and scary about a robot that can leap and backflip.

  1. This will be the first robot that can perform such movement.
  2. Atlas is more athletic to more than 75% of today’s kids.
  3. Just imagine, Boston Dynamics creating an Atlas with sturdier materials and increasing the power of its jump!
  4. Just look at that form, it could rival even a well trained gymnast.
  5. You may not be aware of this but Boston Dynamics is a Google company.

Firefox version 57 Quantum and WordPress 4.9 now available

A couple of updates on the tools that I’m using online. First the browser, Mozilla just release Firefox 57 Quantum. If you are using Firefox, you will probably get a notification to restart the browser to apply the new update, if not then you can download the latest version of Firefox at mozilla.org.

Here’s what’s new, from the release notes;

  • A completely new browsing engine, designed to take full advantage of the processing power in modern devices
  • A redesigned interface with a clean, modern appearance, consistent visual elements, and optimizations for touch screens
  • A unified address and search bar. New installs will see this unified bar. Learn how to add the stand-alone search bar to the toolbar
  • A revamped new tab page that includes top visited sites, recently visited pages, and recommendations from Pocket (in the US, Canada, and Germany)
  • An updated product tour to orient new and returning Firefox users
  • AMD VP9 hardware video decoder support for improved video playback with lower power consumption
  • An expanded section in preferences to manage all website permissions

I’m one of the few who still prefers Firefox over Google Chrome, I cannot exactly put my fingers into it but even though it’s buggy at times there just something in Firefox that’s better than using Chrome. You can read the full release notes of Firefox Quantum here.

Next is WordPress 4.9, just got an update and it looks like its more on the performance side than anything else. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS for your blog or website, you can automatically update to the latest version by going to ADMIN > DASHBOARD > UPDATE, just make sure you back up your database incase something went wrong.

To know more about WordPress 4.9, you can go here.

Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date.

The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.3 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a dollar value for all sales on a platform. In Alibaba’s case, that predominantly means its Taobao marketplace and Tmall brand store although it does offer sales via its international services and it ships worldwide. All told, Alibaba handled 1.48 Billion transactions during the 24-hour period.

This is all in just one day! These numbers are truly staggering!

Flipkart just launched its first phone

Steven Millward, writing for Tech in Asia;

Following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Fire phone flop, India’s Flipkart today unveiled its first ever phone.

Starting at US$170, the dual camera Billion Capture+ shows India’s biggest homegrown ecommerce store is going after the cheap-and-cheerful sector that’s currently dominated by Chinese brands Xiaomi and Oppo. It goes on sale November 15.

Here’s the full specs of the Billion Capture+ smartphone;

  • 5.5 inch FHD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, @401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit Octa Core 2GHz Processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2, will upgrade to Android Oreo
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • Dual Rear Camera: 13MP with RGB sensor + 13MP Monochrome with f2.0 aperture, Dual tone 1A true Flash
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Networks: GSM, WCDMA, 4G LTE, FDD
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot,
  • 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth,
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Sensors: G-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint
  • FM Radio
  • Dimension: 76.5mm x 153mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 176 G
  • 3500 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Colors: Desert Golder, Mystic Black

Price:

  • 64GB with 4 GB RAM – INR 13,999 or around $214*
  • 32GB with 3 GB RAM – INR 11,999 or around $183*

*$1 = INR 65.39

Taxi driver attacks passenger who insisted on using meter

Margaret Claire Layug/JST, writing for GMA News;

A taxi driver was caught on camera hitting his passenger after a dispute over the use of the cab’s meter.

Michael Benitez was able to film his attacker with his cellphone right before he hit him in the face, as seen in a “24 Oras” report by Susan Enriquez on Friday.

One more reason why ride-sharing is thriving and fast becoming the preferred mode of transportation for Metro Manila commuters.

You can now tweet with the 280 character limit on Twitter

Extra.ph;

After testing the feature last September, Twitter is making the 280 character limit official, meaning you can tweet with more than 140 characters.

Here’s Twitter’s official announcement;

Makati City and LTFRB shuts down “Angkas”

Makati City Government and the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) has closed down Angkas, a professional on-demand motorcycle taxi service, because the firm have been operating without a valid Business Permit and its drivers have been involved in a number of traffic accidents.

Here’s official announcement;

Angkas on the other hand released a statement regarding their closure.

It’s always sad to see a company, with potential, shut down because of mis-management.

This ManisTek Mechanical Keyboard Has A Keylogger Inside

John Nieves, writing for UNbox;

If you’re a gamer on a tight budget, buying a cheap, mechanical keyboard from a lesser-known Chinese company like ManisTek might be tempting, especially since their offerings are usually a couple of thousand pesos cheaper than established brands like Razer and Logitech. But there’s always a catch when buying cheap gadgets from China, and for buyers of ManisTek’s GK 2 mechanical gaming keyboard, it’s a built-in keylogger.

WTF!!

Well, if you really want be competitive, why not just get the best in the market.

Smart and Globe to launch the iPhone X on November 17, 2017

No official price and plan for the iPhone X yet? It’ll be interesting how much will Smart and Globe be selling these phone.