Australia, Startup, Tech News

Freelancer.com crosses 20 million users milestone

freelancer.com homepage

Freelancer.com is celebrating its 20 million users milestone, that includes both online freelancers and employers, which have been growing steadily since the company’s inception in 2009. Read more…

Business, Social Media, Tech News

Tumblr to introduce ads on all blogs

Tumblr;

On Thursday, we’re going to introduce ads on Tumblrs, so that later this year people can start making money from their blogs.

Tumblr is a place where brilliant, creative, funny, impossible people shape culture. Some of you have even turned your passions into jobs: book deals, music careers, paid gigs with the Creatrs program. Now, (soon!) that opportunity will be available to any eligible Tumblr—poet, musician, fan artist, and misfit weirdo memelord alike.

I wonder how they will treat the NSFW blogs on Tumblr, whether the company likes it or not, they are part of Tumblr.

Government Tech, Philippines

Globe to charge Php 5 for 911 calls

via Rappler;

Globe Telecom on Wednesday, July 27, announced it will charge an additional P5 per call on top of the regular voice charges for their subscribers calling the 911 hotline.

The idea, however, was actually suggested by the government to discourage prank calls, according to Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo.

The Php 5 charge are for those calling 911 using a mobile phone and its free when using a landline.

Gadget, Philippines, Virtual Reality

Sony’s PlayStation VR to be release in the Philippines this October 2016

Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;

This is it PlayStation 4 gamers! Sony’s own virtual reality headset for their gaming console is reaching the Philippine shores soon — October 2016 to be exact.

The PlayStation VR has a suggested retail price of Php22,900, while a bundle version with a PlayStation Camera will cost for Php25,290.

The PlayStation VR is Sony’s answer to Oculus Rift and was officially announced last March.

Government Tech, Philippines, Transportation

MMDA to accept payments for traffic violation to All Bayad Center starting July 29

Posted on their Facebook Page, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that starting July 29, all traffic violators can now pay their fines thru all bayad centers nationwide. Read more…

Business, Facebook

Facebook’s 2016 Second Quarter Results

Facebook;

 Second Quarter 2016 Operational Highlights

  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.13 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.03 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 22% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.71 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 15% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.57 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 20% year-over-year.

Second Quarter 2016 Other Financial Highlights

  • Mobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the second quarter of 2016, up from approximately 76% of advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2016 were $995 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $23.29 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Tech in Asia also reports that the company brought in more than US$1 billion in revenue from the Asia-Pacific region, mostly coming advertising and that number still does not include China, since Facebook is blocked in mainland China.

Apple, Gadget, Tech News

Apple sold its billionth iPhone

Apple;

At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

The news came just over 9 years after the original iPhone was released. If we do the Math, Apple is selling an average of 300,000 units of iPhone per day.

Apple, Tech News

Apple Music acquires ‘Carpool Karaoke’ TV Series

Cynthia Littleton, for Variety;

Apple has emerged as the surprise buyer of the unscripted TV series based on the “Carpool Karaoke” segment of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

The tech giant’s Apple Music service will distribute the series to its members in 100 countries worldwide. Apple sees the show as a natural vehicle to drive online activity for its streaming-music venture.

One proof that Apple is serious in getting into the content business. Here’s one of my favorite episode of Carpool Karaoke.

Apple, Singapore

Apple to open its first store in Singapore this November

Lee Min Kok, writing for The Straits Times;

Ongoing construction works at Knightsbridge mall on Orchard Road appear to indicate that Apple fans can look forward to a November opening for the first Apple Store here.

Among the photos published on dedicated Apple news site 9to5Mac on Wednesday (July 27) was one of an information board at the site, which listed the expected date of completion to be Oct 31.

I’m pretty sure the Apple Store will be one of those “a must visit” place in Singapore. 🙂

App, Microsoft, Photography

Microsoft Pix for iOS

Microsoft Pix App Description;

Take better photos without extra effort! Microsoft Pix has serious intelligence behind the lens, so it can automatically tweak settings for each shot, and immediately enhance your photos, to help people and scenes look their best. Now you can just enjoy the moment, instead of struggling to capture it! Point. Shoot. Perfect.

Microsoft Pix has the features you expect in a camera app – shooting photos and videos, editing tools, filters, gallery view, and sharing. But Microsoft Pix is different from other photo apps, because it’s designed to help take the guesswork out of getting great photos.

This will be Microsoft’s 3rd app for the Photo & Video category, and all 3 apps do not even have a Windows app version, which is intriguing.

Gaming, Tech News

Automated bots that want to play Pokémon Go for you

Kyle Orland, writing for Arstechnica;

Now, a new wave of PC-based Pokémon Go “bots” take the hacking a step further, spoofing locations and automating actions to essentially play the game for you while you sit in the comfort of your own home.

There are a number of competing bots out there, from the open source Necrobot to the pre-compiled Pokébuddy to MyGoBot, which recently started charging $4.99 for its automation tool following a three-hour free trial. All of them work on the same basic principles, sending artificial data to the Pokémon Go servers to simulate an extremely efficient, entirely tireless player.

Using automated bots are technically cheats on games and I don’t see the point of downloading a game then use a bot to catch or complete the game. I used to download cheats for the PC games that I’m playing way back when, and can tell you that it takes away the fun and enjoyment of the game.

Financial Tech, Philippines, Startup

Ayannah adds Smart Padala Encashment via Sendah Direct to its services for the unbanked

ayannah logo

Sendah Direct, Ayannah’s award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, will add Smart Padala Encashment to its list of services and one of the many services the company plans to roll out this year. Together with e-loading, Panaload, Panalocare, and Smart Padala Acceptance, Smart Padala Encashment will surely help increase the income of its rapidly growing network of agents and distributors. Read more…

China, Gadget

Xiaomi announces new flagship smarpthone Redmi Pro

redmi pro

Together with Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi also announced the new Redmi Pro, the new flagship smartphone of the Redmi line. The new phone features dual rear-camera that allows you capture an image first then adjust the Depth of field later, a process that was popularize by Lytro. Read more…

Saudi Arabia, Tech News, Transportation

Saudi Arabia: Citizens can use private cars as taxis

via Arab News;

RIYADH: The Ministry of Transport has decided to allow citizens to use their private cars for transporting people. The step comes in line with the ministry’s plan to organize and develop the transport sector through the use of latest technology, the ministry said.

Once implemented, the plan will help ease the problems of commuters and provide job opportunities to citizens — a field currently dominated by foreign workers.

It’s not clear if they will create a new ride sharing service or will just use those existing Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) like Careem or Uber.

China, Gadget

Xiaomi announces Mi Notebook Air, the company’s first laptop

Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi have been known as the Chinese company that manufactures well designed smartphone with a very affordable price. Now the company is releasing Mi Notebook Air, their first laptop and their first foray into the PC market. Read more…

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