Visa payWave is the safest and most convenient way to go cashless. However, there are rumours and unverified reports that payWave is unsafe and it is prone to digital theft. Some had alleged that criminals can easily steal your card details using a smartphone and they can use that to make unauthorised transactions.
Visa wants to assure you that payWave is just as secure as any other Visa chip-based cards and it comes with multiple layers of security to keep your card safe.
CIMB Bank has jumped on the mobile payment bandwagon with CIMB Pay. Similar to MaybankPay, you can make debit/credit card payments using your NFC enabled smartphone.
The Chinese manufacturer will be making their first major Western showing but have they really choose the right device to do so? We’ll find out by the 24th of February. But for those who can’t wait, we’ll just share some rumoured specs just to please the people out there.
Adding some tongue and cheek to the whole situation is the way the spec sheet was photographed – looking more like a side dish to the rice grains in the photo. Xiaomi’s Mi 5 internal listing is pretty much all bare, aside from some exceptions.
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Mr Lei Jun has done it again, taking to Weibo teasing some key features on their upcoming flagships that every Mi fan would love to know. And funnily what gave it away was just a screenshot of the device’s home screen.
Paying by cash is troublesome. You would need to keep a sufficient amount in your wallet and if you don’t have exact change, you’ll end up with bulky coins in your pocket. While Touch ‘n Go is gaining momentum in stores, here’s another way to pay without cash.
Maybank together with Visa has just announced the PayBand, the first payment wearable in Malaysia. According to Visa, Malaysians are moving towards contactless transactions and they are more likely to shop at a place that accepts one.
In a nutshell, lawsuits between tech giants are not uncommon and Apple isn’t a first-timer in the ring. They’ve butt heads with Samsung before, in a long-drawn-out battle of ping pong, each taking turns to sue each other. When the first leaks of the HTC One A9 came around, we too thought it was an iPhone clone but lets take a look closer at how Apple “innovates”; methods that haven’t settled well with their Taiwanese counterparts, causing one of HTC’s regional chiefs to share his two cents on the subject.
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We’ve all heard it at least once, the government just loves to spy on people by putting additional chips in your phone to monitor your every move. Every little thing out of place could be home to that very chip that they’re tracking all your calls with, waiting for the right bit of juicy information to use as an excuse to whisk you off, never to be seen again.
Smartphones are pretty complicated as they are, and if you open yours you are likely to find a lot of things you don’t understand within. In particular, Samsung batteries have attracted attention recently for “hiding” spy chips within, leading people to actually peel them open to remove the little coil inside.
Apple is probably the last to adopt NFC (Near Fields Communication) on its smart phones. Before you get excited about the ease of exchanging contacts, pairing bluetooth devices or transferring files, you might want to know that Apple will be limiting its NFC functionality to Apple Pay only. The new mobile payment feature will be launched this week starting in the US and it uses NFC that’s mounted at the top of the device.
Considering Apple Pay is quite a new feature concerning money and personal security, Apple seems to be extra cautious by keeping its NFC hardware off limits to 3rd party developers for now. When Apple introduced Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, it was a closed system as well but now Apple has open up some access to developers with iOS 8.
Apparently Apple had demonstrated the use of iPhone 6’s NFC to unlock hotel room doors at their Apple event last week. So it’s highly possible that Apple will open up a wider range of NFC functions later on.
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In a heart warming way, Sony has released 2 videos showcasing the seamless connectivity of NFC. NFC has been around for couple of years but adoption is yet to reach desired levels. With NFC being a standard on high-end and mid-range models, we are seeing more NFC enabled accessories and audio/visual equipment. In the promo videos, Sony demonstrates the ease of connecting to headphones, speakers and even to the TV by merely tapping.
Watch both videos after the break.
NFC in smartphones is a very promising and exciting technology. Yet it’s unfortunate that the feature is not gaining a lot of traction here in Malaysia. In any case, more and more devices release this year will come equipped with NFC and like it or not, operators will have to pay attention and start offering compelling service propositions for consumers who are obviously ready and eager to adopt the technology.
While we wait for that faithful day when we can start using our NFC-equipped smartphones as cinema tickets or Touch n’ Go cards, here’s a comparison video we made comparing the rather rudimentary implementation of NFC on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the more integrated approach in Ice Cream Sandwich through Android Beam.
What are your thoughts on NFC? We think local operators, banks and payment services are taking way too long to take advantage of this massive potential.