Brave launches privacy aware ads, will pay users in crypto to view ads

Javascript inventor Brendan Eich’s browser startup Brave announced today the launch of what the company calls the first advertising platform build on privacy. Starting today, users of Brave‚Äôs latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive …

I changed my phone’s language from English (US) to Kenyan English, here is what happened

Annoyed by how WhatsApp keeps displaying dates in the nonsensical American way (04/23 not 23/04), I changed my phone’s language from English(US) to English (Kenya). A lot of interesting changes have appeared. Now WhatsApp says it’s 10.00 o’clock in the morning, not 10.00 a.m. Or 8.26 at night not 8.26 p.m. Lots of subtle differences …

Visa, Branch $170M partnership could be a game changer in the mobile loans and payments arena

As credit goes digital, old distinctions between different forms of credit are becoming blurred. Mobile Loans become credit cards. Credit cards become mobile loans (See Apple Card). “Virtual” cards abound. Branch are the latest to illustrate this point. The company announced a partnership with Visa this month. The mobile lending app says it has partnered …

No card number. No CVV. No expiry date. No expiration date. No signature. Apple reimagines the Credit Card

Amidst a cacophony of new product announcements, Apple released something that might just be truly special today. Touted as a privacy aware credit card built for the iPhone, the Apple Card is built into the Apple Wallet app on iPhone, offering customers a familiar experience with Apple Pay and the ability to manage their card …

You may soon be able to message FB, Instagram users from WhatsApp

Facebook reportedly wants to make it possible for Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp users to message each other. Plans are afoot to integrate the messaging capabilities of Facebook’s popular social media and messaging applications. This will allow billions of users to message each other across platforms for the first time. Facebook has previously adopted a …

I am finally getting Android Pie!

10.41 a.m. So, after weeks of waiting, One Plus just pushed the new Oxygen OS 9.0.3 update to my One Plus 5T. Oxygen OS 9.0.3 is based on Android 9. I am currently downloading the update. Will keep you posted on how it goes 1.09 p.m. Interrupted the update download a few times and it …

A South Korean Coin Exchange accidentally sent millions of dollars in Bitcoin to its customers. Now it wants its crypto back

Imagine logging in to your coin exchange account and finding that your balance had grown overnight without any explanation. Well that’s exactly what happened to customers of South Korean cryptocurrency exchange CoinZest. According to CoinDesk Korea, CoinZest inadvertently sent millions of dollars of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to its users. Apparently a server issue resulted …

The One Plus 5 and One Plus 5T are finally getting Android P

It appears One Plus started rolling out Android 9 to One Plus 5 and One Plus 5T devices in the past week. Christened “Pie”, Android 9 reportedly packs a lot of features that I was keen to check out. I have not been able to get the update myself. Checking for updates on my phone …

The case for eccentric, obsessive corners of the Web

I read two or three pieces in the last 24 hours that made a really strong case for maintaining little independent bits of the internet that are focused on pet interests and subjects. My first website when I was 14 was Jazz Nairobi, envisioned as a site focused on the then fairly non-existent Nairobi Jazz …

Shorting Uber

Investors currently have over USD 16 billion in cash invested in Uber. The company is currently valued at over USD 64 billion. Steve LeVine over at Quartz wonders if the company really is worth this much and if there is a case for shorting Uber: In its first seven years of existence, Uber has irked …