Apple, Gadget, Video

Video: iPhone 7 – Balloons

This ad is a stroke of genius, because who doesn’t like balloons?

On a side note, after watchng the new Apple video, Youtube directed me to the Google Allo ad.

Gadget, Samsung

Samsung: One million safe Galaxy Note 7’s now in the hands of consumers

Josh Levenson, writing for The Next Web;

Samsung has today revealed that more than one million customers around the world are now using a variant of the Galaxy Note 7 — either a replacement or a device initially sold in China — that sports a ‘safe’ battery.

That’s more than half of the 2.5 million units that was recalled globally. But still, some reports are saying that the replacements unit are also having battery issue.

Business, Tech News

Spotify in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud

Matthew Garrahan, Madhumita Murgia and James Fontanella-Khan, reporting for Financial Times;

Spotify, the music streaming service, is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, as competition heats up with Apple for the future of digital music, said people briefed on the discussions.

SoundCloud, which raised $100m in June from a group of investors including Twitter, was last valued at about $700m.

Spotify’s library are from artists signed by Major Music label, while SoundCloud is basically the Youtube of Music and its full of Indie articles and podcasters. Seems like a perfect acquisition for Spotify but this deal could alienate SoundCloud’s users, specially if the cons outweigh the pros for the users.

Blog Update, Personal, Philippines

KabayanTech is the 23,670th most visited website in the Philippines

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For as long as I remember, Alexa has never ranked KabayanTech, so when I checked this morning, I was surprised that my blog ranked 23,670 for the most accessed website in the Philippines. That’s still a long way for being in the top 500 but at least now we are making progress.

Japan, Tech News

Spotify launches in Japan

Steven Millward, writing for Tech in Asia;

Three-and-a-half years after first streaming into Asia, Spotify today launched in Japan. The popular music app has just popped up in the Japanese version of Apple’s App Store, and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is in Tokyo ahead of the launch event this afternoon, sources tell Tech in Asia.

There are a number of Japanese artists available in Spotify alredy but this will surely add more Japanese songs. To our Japanese readers, you can visit Spotify’s Japanese website at https://www.spotify.com/jp/.

Kanpai!

Consumer Electronics, Samsung, United States

U.S. warns Samsung washing machine owners after explosion reports

Jill Disis, reporting for CNN Money;

U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of “safety issues” following reports that some have exploded.

The warning, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, covered machines made between March 2011 and April 2016. It did not specify a model.

I sure hope that this is just an isolated case.

Singapore, Startup

Singapore’s Greyloft lands $1.1M to build a real estate agency for the digital era

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Singapore-based Greyloft has raised $1.1 million to build out its vision of what a real estate agency should look and function like in today’s digital era.

Investors for this round includes DSG Consumer Partners, Wavemaker, Cub Capital, Tigris Capital and JFDI.

Gadget, Samsung, Tech News

Samsung customer says his new Note 7 phone burst into flames

Charles Riley, reporting for CNNMoney;

A new Galaxy Note 7, bought this week in China, burst into flames while charging, its owner told CNNMoney.

Hui Renjie, a 25-year old tech worker, said he ordered his Samsung device on Sunday from online retailer JD.com. It was delivered the same day.

Hui charged the smartphone overnight, but noticed early the next morning that something was wrong. He said that it began to emit black smoke while still connected to the charger, and then burst into flames.

If the Note 7 in question is indeed one of the device that was mark as “safe”, then this could be a whole new problem for Samsung.

Event, Saudi Arabia, Tech News

Saudi Arabia: Tech leaders join hands with MiSK in dual-nation hackathon

Arab News;

Experts in the fields of technology, innovation, creative business and health and leading female entrepreneurs announced plans to partner with MiSK Foundation by hosting the first-ever dual-nation hackathon to dream up and develop tech solutions to the world’s most challenging health and medical problems.

Funded by MiSK and supported by global and local partners within technology, innovation and health, the event will be broadcast live as mixed gender teams collaborate in tandem across the two nations on Nov. 25 to 27 in London and Riyadh.

Themed “The Medical Internet of Things,” the contest will bring together the most inventive British and Saudi young minds, challenging them to change the world and save millions of lives in 48 hours by developing an innovative new tech health invention.

You can go to miskhackathon.com for more details.

Connectivity, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: CITC to stop the sale of unlimited Internet cards

Arab News;

JEDDAH: The Communications and Information Technology Commission has decided to stop the sale unlimited Internet cards starting next week, and will apply the decision to all service operators, informed sources reveal.

In the first phase, the decision will be limited to pre-paid cards, but will not included billed or post-paid mobile packages, nor DSL services linked to fixed phone lines.

I guess its time to switch to DSL!

Japan, Tech News

UberEATS launches in Tokyo

UberEATS;

Get the food you want, from the restaurants you love, delivered at Uber speed.

Food you want: We’re working with over a hundred restaurants in your city to put great local food all in one place. If you’re craving it, you can find it on UberEATS.

Speed you need: Choose a signature dish from the Instant Delivery menu and you’ll be eating in 10 minutes or less. Have something specific in mind? By tapping into the Uber network, you can get anything from our roster of local restaurants, fast.

Service you love: When you’re ready to place your order, you’ll see a total that includes the food and delivery price. There’s no need to tip. Pay with your Uber account and watch your order come right to you through the app.

According to Tech in Asia, the service will start accepting order tomorrow, September 29, 2016, 11:00 am, Time in Tokyo, Japan.

In Asia, UberEATS is also available in Singapore.

Gadget, Opinion, Personal

My recommendation for those who ordered the Galaxy Note 7

But first demand a refund, if its still possible!

App, Mobile, Philippines

Jollibee launches JolliDance Showdown mobile app

Jollibee, a leader in the fastfood industry in the Philippine, in trying their hands in app development as they release the mobile app JolliDance Showdown. Read more…

Connectivity, Philippines

PLDT, Smart upgrade Wi-Fi at NAIA

Monica M. Hernandez, writing for Business World;

TELECOMMUNICATIONS giants PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications upgraded their existing Wi-Fi service in all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to a “carrier-grade” maximum of 1 gigabit per second, in partial fulfillment of its commitment to the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to help improve overall travel experience among passengers.

As an OFW and have used the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for more than 10 times now, the internet connection provided by the airport is decent enough but of course I would welcome any improvement and I hope that the connection provided by PLDT/Smart will satisfy those who are complaining about the internet connection in our Airport.

Google, Philippines

Google Philippines has a New Country Marketing Manager

Today, Google Philippines announced the appointment of Gabriel Roxas as Country Marketing Manager for the Philippines.

Gabby joins Google from Johnson & Johnson where he was Senior Marketing Manager for Global Franchise Operations, based in Singapore. Prior to that, he was Regional Marketing Manager for Mead Johnson and also had stints in The Coca Cola Company and Procter and Gamble.

“I see so much potential in the Philippines in terms of digital innovations, which has a big impact on economic growth, access to opportunities and jobs, and more developed online services. I look forward to helping Google harness the Philippines’ digital capabilities,” said Gabby.

Gabby is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Business Management. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University.

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