Tech Bytes: Free mobile data over National Day period

Free mobile data over National Day period

To celebrate National Day, Singtel will offer free unlimited local mobile data use for its postpaid mobile users from 12.01am on Aug 7 to 11.59pm on Aug 10.

Prepaid mobile users will get a 50 per cent bonus when they top up their cards during this period.

Singtel's TV customers will get free access to more than 150 channels, including the Cartoon Network and Discovery Channel, during the National Day weekend.

Samsung unveils Galaxy A8 phone

South Korean handset maker Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A8 smartphone in China last week. At 5.9mm thick, this 5.7-inch phone is thinner than Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy A8 is priced at 3,199 yuan (S$700).

It is far from the slimmest in the market, with Chinese vendors like Oppo and Gionee offering even thinner devices.

According to the BBC, the Galaxy A8 will be sold in China and Singapore.

Firefox blocks Adobe Flash plug-in

Web browser Firefox blocked the Adobe Flash plug-in for two days last week over security breaches. It was reinstated after Adobe issued an update to fix the vulnerability.

Tech experts have called for an end to Flash because its security is often compromised by bugs.

Uber loses bid to buy Nokia map business

A bid by ride-sharing business Uber to buy Nokia's mapping business, Here, for US$3 billion (S$4.1 billion) has been rejected, according to The New York Times.

Nokia has been negotiating with a consortium of German automakers, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz. It is reportedly asking for at least US$4 billion.

If Uber had been able to buy Here, it would have reduced its reliance on Google Maps.

Qualcomm faces two antitrust probes

The European Commission has opened two antitrust investigations into chipmaker Qualcomm.

The first will look into whether Qualcomm offered customers financial incentives for buying baseband chipsets exclusively from it.

These chips are used for cellular functions in mobile devices.

The second will examine if Qualcomm charged prices at below its cost, known as predatory pricing, to force competitors out of the market.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline 'TechBytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe