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The Week That Was: Ending the year on a good note

Questioning how your life goes to be in 2020? Nicely, you’d be joyful to know that there’s excellent news on your e-wallet.

The federal government has allotted RM450mil to distribute a one-off RM30 cost every to 15 million eligible Malaysians by way of three e-wallet companions – Contact ‘n Go, Seize and Enhance.

In line with the Ministry of Finance, the E-Tunai Rakyat initiative will run from Jan 15 to March 14, subsequent 12 months.

It’s a must to be a Malaysian citizen with a MyKad, and aged 18 and above within the 12 months 2020 with an annual revenue of lower than RM100,000.

To say the RM30 allocation; customers should key of their MyKad quantity within the e-wallet app. After the applying goes by an digital verification course of, the quantity can be credited into the e-wallet.

Do bear in mind to assert it early because the credit score have to be spent by March 14 – any quantity nonetheless left after that can expire.

Must go someplace to spend that money? Nicely, your journey in 2020 could also be smoother than typical.

In line with the Ministry of Works, RFID expertise can be applied in any respect 62 open-system toll plazas nationwide from Jan 1, 2020. (In an open-system, you pay a hard and fast payment as quickly as you encounter a toll plaza, whereas in a closed system, you’re taking a ticket and solely pay whenever you exit the toll route.)

Over 830,000 users have adopted RFID so far. — AZMAN GHANI/The StarOver 830,000 customers have adopted RFID to this point. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

Works Minister Baru Bian stated RFID will work in tandem with present digital cost methods, specifically Contact ‘n Go and SmartTag.

The ministry expects RFID to enhance the circulate of site visitors and make life simpler for commuters.

Not like SmartTag, there is no such thing as a battery to exchange, and credit score might be topped up utilizing a smartphone.

Since RFID was launched in early 2018, the ministry stated it has largely obtained constructive responses from customers, of which there are over 830,000.

The ministry added that the RFID implementation is step one in the direction of establishing Multi Lane Free Circulation, an automatic no-stopping toll assortment system.

In 2020, you could need to preserve tabs on 5G, as service suppliers are discovering progressive methods to make use of the next-generation community.

Final week, Telekom Malaysia (TM) confirmed the capabilities of its 5G standalone community to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Fee (MCMC) chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak in Langkawi, Kedah.

Al-Ishsal (seated, left) and Rosli using VR and 5G technology to go on a virtual tour of Langkawi’s Unesco sites. — TMAl-Ishsal (seated, left) and Rosli utilizing VR and 5G expertise to go on a digital tour of Langkawi’s Unesco websites. — TM

In a press assertion, the corporate stated it’s testing 11 use circumstances for 5G by way of its analysis and public sector enterprise options arm TM R&D and TM One, respectively.

As an example, the Good Parking Options, will use real-time monitoring and synthetic intelligence (AI) to permit customers to seek for parking spots by an app.

Good Security and Safety Options, however, will use real-time monitoring to discourage crimes and observe site visitors.

The corporate can also be testing 8K video streaming so vacationers can use digital actuality (VR) to “discover” Unesco (United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) websites, together with a geopark and geosites on the island.

It will enable vacationers to view areas they might not be capable of entry on their very own.

If there may be one factor you hope will enhance subsequent 12 months is cybersecurity so there can be fewer or no knowledge breaches.

Lately, Britain-based firm Comparitech claimed that data reminiscent of full names and cellphone numbers belonging to 267 million Fb customers has been uncovered on-line.

Safety researcher Bob Diachenko believed the info got here from an unlawful scraping operation (a course of the place automated bots sift by webpages to repeat information right into a database) or Fb API abuse by criminals primarily based in Vietnam.

The information within the database was doubtless used to conduct spamming operations by SMS and phishing campaigns.

Facebook is investigating claims that info belonging to 267 million users has been left exposed online. — AFP RelaxnewsFb is investigating claims that information belonging to 267 million customers has been left uncovered on-line. — AFP Relaxnews

Diachenko has notified the Web service supplier managing the IP (Web Protocol) handle of the server to take away entry to the database.

Comparitech believes the database was first listed on Dec four and it has gone offline as of Dec 19.

Nonetheless, that might not be sufficient to cease the unfold of the info, stated Diachenko, as others may have already downloaded it.

The customers most affected are from the USA. Fb stated it’s investigating the matter in an AFP report.

“We’re wanting into this situation, however consider that is doubtless data obtained earlier than adjustments we made prior to now few years to higher shield folks’s data,” a spokesperson stated to AFP.

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