Malaysia’s Dah Makan raises $1.3M for an organized approach to food delivery

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Dah Makan has become the first food delivery startup to raise significant capital in Southeast Asia this year, bringing some fire back to what has been a popular niche for local investors.

The company has closed a $1.3 million seed funding round from backers that include NFQ Capital, East Ventures, Asia Venture Group and Grupara. A former CEO of Nestlé is among the angel investors to have participated.

Southeast Asia’s Playlab invests $1M in Brazilian gaming startup Cupcake Entertainment

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Thailand-based casual game studio Playlab has turned investor after it invested $1 million into Cupcake Entertainment, a Brazil-based game maker.

The deal is a little different in that it is not an equity investment; instead, Playlab and Cupcake have agreed to a profit-share deal. Cupcake started producing games in 2014, and its current titles include Letters of Gold and Words of Gold. Co-founder and CMO Gabriel Stürmer described its products — which are for iOS, Android and Facebook — as “casual brain games” that require users to “make boards, or do mathematic combinations.”

ComClark beats PLDT in Netflix ISP Speed Index for the Philippines

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on particular ISPs (internet service providers) around the globe, and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network.

The difference between PLDT and ComClark is only 0.21 mbps, which is not that much when you think about the area that is being serve by PLDT compare to ComClark.

Also, I may be wrong about this but as far as I know Comclark is piggy backing on PLDT for its connectivity, since Comclark used to be PLDT Clark a number of years ago.

Jack Ma invests in PH

ABS-CBN News;

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will be investing in the Philippines through his Alibaba Group’s affiliate, financial service provider Ant Financial Services Group.

Mobile operator Globe Telecom on Friday said that Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt) has entered into a strategic partnership with Ant Financial.

Philippine analog television to shut down by 2023

Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;

During the Digital TV Summit 2017 earlier today, DICT National Information and Communications Technology Planning chief George P. Tardio said that the government is targeting to phase out analog television broadcast in four to six years time or as late as 2023.

There’s a whole wikipedia article about Digital TV but I’m people will be looking for the comparison between analog and digital TV, you can just right to the topic using this link.

You can now post job vacancies and receive applicants directly on Facebook

Facebook;

Beginning today, businesses in the US and Canada will be able to post job openings, and their future employees will be able to easily find those posts on their Page or in the new jobs bookmark. This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile.

With more than 1 billion users, this feature can easily threaten LinkedIn and other job portal. Another sign that Facbeook wants to be your one-stop-shop portal.

A Nokia 3310 homage is coming to MWC

Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;

The Nokia 3310 will resurface in all its glory. It’ll not be the most powerful phone (it’s not even a smartphone) around but it’s an exciting handset to use again. We can expect a modern version of the feature to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Nokia 3310 was my very first phone and it has served me well for almost 5 years until I lost it while riding a tricycle.

If HDM’s modern version of 3310 is half as durable and as good as its battery life, then I don’t see any reason why the new 3310 not to be a hit, unless of course they’re just banking on the name and nothing else.

Apple Music — Planet of the Apps — New Series, Coming Soon

Planet of the Apps celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them. Hosted by Zane Lowe and featuring advisers Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and will.i.am, the series highlights developers who have the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives.

I’ve been hearing about this show from the different podcasts that I listen to and this is the first time that Apple has officially announced or unveil the program.

Looks interesting but I don’t see this show appealing to a lot of people or should I say Apple Music subscribers.

WeWork

WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide everything you need to make a life, not just a living. The New York-based started was co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in 2010. The startup currently have more than 40,000 members in 23 cities worldwide.

WeWork continues Asian expansion with Hong Kong launch

Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Nearly eight months after first entering Asia with a co-working space in Shanghai, US-based WeWork has brought its hustle to the bustle of Hong Kong.

WeWork has just officially opened two Hong Kong facilities, bringing co-working spaces and services to entrepreneurs for prices that start at US$590 per month. One in Wanchai is in an unassuming building on Lockhart Road, while the other is in Jaffe Road’s Tower 535, affording an impressive view over Victoria Harbor.

Apple Music — Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Coming Soon

A few take away on the trailer.

  • Even though James Corden is the host of the segment before Apple acquired Car Pool Karaoke, there will be no permanent or we could say that the show will hosted by a slew of artists and celebrities and not just one person.
  • It will not just be about music in the car, it looks like they’ll interact with other people as well, which is a good thing for a show like Car Pool Karaoke.
  • It’s all about the fans

Telco reports improvement in mobile internet speed

Miguel R. Camus, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;

PLDT Inc.’s flagship mobile unit, Smart Communications, said mobile internet speed improved toward the end of last year as it rolled out more LTE sites made possible with newly- secured radio frequencies.

The telco said this a statement citing the Asia Network Quality Report of J.P. Morgan Securities covering the fourth quarter of 2016. The statement did not include the original report, and details only covered mobile speed, not coverage and reliability.

Smart said data from the report showed that LTE download speeds in the country hit 8.24 megabits per second in the last quarter of 2016, up from the 7.27 Mbps national LTE average posted in the previous quarter.
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This was compared to Indonesia’s LTE average speed of 6.66 Mbps for the same period.

After surge in transactions, Philippine central bank regulates Bitcoin

Judith Balea, reporting for Tech in Asia;

The Philippine central bank has decided to regulate virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin, with more and more people using it to transfer money across borders.

Taking its cue from Japan, the first country to issue rules for Bitcoin in Asia, the central bank finally recognizes that the cryptocurrency “has the potential to revolutionize delivery of financial services” and “further support financial inclusion.”

You can read the full text of BSP’s Circular No. 944 here.

Sapio

Sapio is the only dating app with a foundation that’s based on a Q&A match system. This allows you to find your soulmate through their lived experiences, heartfelt opinions, and bold passions. Other dating apps offer a multiple-choice Q&A system, but Sapio’s Question Explorer is open-ended; it allows people to give unique answers that reveal individual personalities.

Sounds like a serious version of Peekawoo!

Dating app Sapio aims to match you with ‘someone as smart’

Victor Barreiro Jr., reporting for Rappler;

Users of dating and hookup apps like Tinder and OKCupid may want to take their chances by investing time and honest answers in a new dating app called Sapio.

Sapio aims to match users or lead people to good matches by letting people look for others with a complementary personality.

Sapio does this at the onset by asking users to, over time, fill out 300 open-ended questions that help establish intelligence, conversational ability, and shared interests.

Do we need another dating app?

PLDT to expand reach of FTTH service by 80%

PLDT Home;

Leading telco and digital services provider PLDT will expand the reach of its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by the end of 2017, making available ultra-fast internet connection via its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service accessible to Filipino families in more areas of the country.

I always recommend people to just avail of the fixed line internet connection of their provider, since it more stable and reliable than wireless, the only caveat is the its more expensive.

Viber introduces Secret Messages, a snapchat-like feature of self-descructing photos and videos

NewsHero;

I guess, its never too late to clone a Snapchat feature, because Viber just introduced Secret Messages, a feature that allows a user to set a timer so that messages will self-destruct once it has been viewed or the time limit has expire.

GrabBae this Valentine’s Day!

Grab Ph;

Got no bae this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered, as always. 😉

Calling all single ladies out there, will you be our Valentine?

On February 13 and 14, you can book your very own #GrabBae! Yup, this is legit. With just a few taps on your phone, prepare to feel the love from our cute #GrabBaes while they serenade you for FREE!

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Grab App.
  2. Tap on the “GrabBae” special icon from 11AM – 3PM.
  3. Input pick-up and drop off locations (must be the SAME) and within Makati Central Business District or BGC areas.
  4. Input promo code “GRABBAE” to qualify for the promotion. This promo is FREE!
  5. Wait for confirmation that you have booked a #GrabBae already.
  6. A Grab attendant will get in touch with you.
  7. Get ready to be serenaded and to receive flowers for free from our partner, Linea Fiori!
  8. Don’t forget to share your Valentine’s experience by using the hashtag #GrabBae.

Facebook Lite launching in four more countries, including South Korea, Israel

Geektime, contributing to E27;

Facebook, the ever-growing social media giant, has doubled its number of users for its bare-bones product Facebook Lite in less than a year and serves 200 million monthly active users.

The app supports 55 languages and is popular in over 150 countries but mainly in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines. Today it’s being launched in four additional countries: Israel, Italy, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

Here’s a description of Facebook Lite;

This version of Facebook uses less data and works in all network conditions.
Facebook Lite:

  • Installs fast – the app is smaller, so it’s quick to download and uses less storage space.
  • Works on old Android phones – you can use it on older Android phones not supported by the regular Facebook app.
  • Uses less data – be more efficient with your mobile data. Save money by using less data.
  • Loads quickly – it is our fastest app. Upload photos faster and see updates from friends.
  • Works on all networks – it is designed for 2G networks and areas with slow or unstable internet connections.

Compatibility:
Android 2.3 or higher

Google launches Android Wear 2.0, will come to all supported watches

Google;

Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0.

Here are the supported smartwatches that will be getting the Android Wear 2.0;

  • ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE
  • Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen
  • Moto 360 for Women
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • New Balance RunIQ
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Connected

CXA

CXA is an insurance and wellness marketplace startup. Founded by Rosaline Chow Koo 2013. The startup is based in Singapore and has office in Hong Kong.

About

CXA Group is a technology startup founded in 2013 by industry veteran Rosaline Chow Koo. CXA brings evidence-based wellness into the workplace to improve employee health and control healthcare costs.

Prior to establishing CXA, Rosaline led Mercer Marsh Benefits, the largest employee benefits brokerage and HR benefits consultancy in Asia Pacific, overseeing a 14-country operation with over 400 staff and growing the business eight-fold during her eight-year tenure.

Clearly seeing the benefits that technology could bring to the workplace in Asia, where chronic disease is hitting 10 years before the West, Rosaline tried to persuade her employer to invest here. After five years of failed attempts, she left to build the CXA platform on her own.

Convinced that the antiquated paper-based industry was ripe for disruption, Rosaline invested her entire life savings of $3.5 million, and borrowed $3.5 million more, to found CXA. She recruited a world-class team to build Asia’s first benefits and wellness marketplace platform and acquired Singapore’s largest homegrown employee benefits brokerage.

Out of her living room, the pioneering team worked closely with senior HR practitioners to understand their needs and test prototypes to address major unresolved HR pain points: escalating health care costs due to worsening employee health, unappreciated benefits, burdensome HR administration and the lack of ROI to justify wellness interventions. CXA launched with three Fortune 500 clients from the financial services, manufacturing and technology industries. Within a year, twenty additional Fortune 500 companies were using the platform and CXA raised $8M in institutional funding.

Employers use the CXA platform to consolidate their vendors into a one-stop marketplace, and to digitize claims, health data and payment flows between employees, employers, insurers and providers. Instead of purely offering advice, CXA delivers solutions to companies by using data to make targeted recommendations, and by bringing the best wellness and disease management providers.

With another capital injection of $25 million in 2017, CXA will be expanding its operations across China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea.

CXA is starting 2017 on a very exciting note with recognition for innovation from the healthcare, insurance, and HR communities.

Today, CXA has grown into a $100 million company working with employers to transform current healthcare spending from treatment into benefits and wellness programs where employees in Asia choose their path to good health.

Eduardo Saverin in $25m funding for insurance and wellness marketplace

Judith Balea, reporting for Tech in Asia;

CXA today announced it has become a US$100 million company following a US$25 million series B investment, co-led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group and Singapore-based EDBI. Global life and health reinsurance company RGA, Philips Healthcare, maker of data-driven medical devices and disease management programs, and existing investors NSI Ventures and Bioveda Capital also put in some cash.

LG and Google Partner to develop first Android Wear 2.0 Watches

LG;

LG Electronics (LG) and Google will officially unveil the world’s first smartwatches to come preloaded with the Android Wear 2.0™ operating system. LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style begin their global rollout in the United States starting February 10th and will be followed by key markets in Europe and Asia via the Google Store and select retail stores later this month.

The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 processor for next-gen wearables, are the first watches running Android Wear 2.0, Google’s newest wearable OS. Both watches have the Google Assistant built-in, and the LG Watch Sport supports Android Pay™ with NFC technology. In addition, these two smart devices provide an improved user interface, enhanced messaging and advanced fitness features with Google Fit.

First Watches Running Android Wear 2.0

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant 1 to the wrist. Users can reply to a message, set a reminder, or ask for directions by holding the power button or saying “Ok Google”. With Google Fit, users can reach their fitness goals through activities tracking, strength training and coaching. User can also download their favorite apps directly from the on-watch Google Play Store.

The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style feature circular displays with a rotating side button for easy and convenient navigation. Users can turn the button with a finger to read messages or scroll through the app menu and notification. Customizable watch faces allow up to eight complications so users can see important information at glance. Android Wear 2.0 improves the messaging experience on the watch. Users can now handwrite or swipe on a keyboard to respond, or choose a response generated by Smart Reply, powered by Google’s machine learning technology.

And their specs;

LG Watch Sport notable specs:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 featuring 4G LTE
  • Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
  • Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
  • Size: 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2mm 4
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
  • Battery: 430mAh
  • Network: LTE / 3G /Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE / NFC
  • Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Barometer / PPG / GPS / Ambient Light Sensor
  • Color: Titanium / Dark Blue
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP68) / Speaker / Microphone / Wireless Charging

LG Watch Style notable specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100
  • Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
  • Display: 1.2-inch P-OLED Display (360 x 360 / 299ppi)
  • Size: 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR3
  • Battery: 240mAh
  • Network: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE
  • Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Ambient Light Sensor
  • Color: Silver / Titanium / Rose Gold
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67) / Microphone / Wireless Charging