TechCrunch

China’s taxi on-demand war reignited: Didi rival UCAR is raising $1 billion

Emma Lee, reporting for TechCrunch;

Didi Chuxing’s deal to acquire Uber China seemingly left the Chinese ride-hailing giant as the last man standing and therefore sole winner of China’s vast ride-sharing market. However, Didi’s success has also served to open new opportunities for other competitors. It would seem that there’s no way for a single company to gobble up the entire market as a whole, even if it’s Didi.

Blog Updates

Comments are back!

Since I relaunched the site, I’m also opening the site for other people to comment and discuss the topics that I’m posting here.

There’s nothing more engaging than a good discussion on a topic that you like, with that said I’m enabling the comment feature back on the site. You will however need to access the permalink of the article in order to post a comment.

Few rules for commenters;

  1. Be respectful. Your opinion may be different but don’t force other people to agree with you.
  2. This is the internet, never take it personally and whatever you put online will be available forever.
  3. No trolling, harassing and bashing of other people.
  4. No posting of personal information of others.
  5. Stick to the topic, if you can’t then use this page.
  6. More to come…
  7. I can and will delete any comment/s and ban any commenters that I find inappropriate.

Hint: Permalink = date.

Ciao!

Microsoft

Xbox Live Creators Program

Microsoft;

Xbox Live will soon be open to all developers via the Xbox Live Creators Program – no concept approval required! You will be able to rapidly publish your game to Xbox One or Windows 10 through a short and simplified certification process.

The Xbox Live Creators Program will let any game developer create and publish Xbox games. Indie or solo game developers can directly publish their games to the Xbox platform. There is a $19 USD to $99 USD one-time registration fee needed to enroll for the program.

If you’re an Apple Developer, the Xbox Live Creators Program looks very much like the Apple Developer Program.

Wall Street Journal

Snapchat Parent Snap Valued at $24 Billion After IPO Pricing

Corrie Driebusch and Maureen Farrell, reporting for Wall Street Journal;

Snap Inc. priced its initial public offering above expectations Wednesday, as investors clamored for a piece of the biggest technology IPO in the U.S. since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. made its debut in 2014.

Snap fetched $17 a share in its offering, the company said, confirming an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal. That gives the parent of popular disappearing-message app Snapchat a market value of nearly $24 billion. It was also above the $14 to $16 a share Snap had targeted, indicating strong demand for an IPO that has captivated investors and analysts since the company confidentially filed for the offering late last year.

Newsbytes

DOST forms space tech program with P258-M budget for 2017

Edd K. Usman, writing foe NewsBytes Ph;

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is intensifying its venture into space technology with the recent creation of a new program called Space Technology Development (STD) which has an allocated budget of P258 million.

Php 258 million or around $5.127 million (USD) is relatively small compare to the budget of neighboring countries with similar space program.

  • $2.4 billion for Japan
  • $500 million for China
  • $1.4 billion for India
  • $366 million for South Korea

Twitter

This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

This is pretty much the best way to be in the news, specially today is the last day of 2017 Mobile World Congress.

The image perfectly match the purported S8 phone in the leaked video the other day.

We still have 28 more days before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 – Unbox Your Phone, which will be held in New York this 29th of March. By that time, the only thing that Samsung will need to do is to just make every leaked information about the phone official.

Startups

MyTaxiIndia

MTI (My Taxi India ) is a complete car rental solution for local, outstation or holidays tour. Within few years of its launch, MTI already has the largest ISO 9001:2008 certified taxi network in India, or local, outstation or holidays tour. Within few years of its launch, MTI already has the largest ISO 9001:2008 certified taxi network in India, with over 15,000 + taxis operating across 120+ cities. Unlike other on-line car rental companies in the country, the company follows an affiliate business model, whereby it works with on-board taxi fleet operators across the country.

The startup was founded in 2013 by CEO Anshuman Mihir.

e27

UAE’s Zain Group makes strategic investment in MyTaxiIndia

Sainul Abudheen K, reporting for E27;

Gurgaon-based MyTaxiIndia (MTI), an online platform to book outstation taxi and cab rental services in India, has raised strategic investment from UAE-based investment and holding company Zain Group of Companies.

The startup was founded in 2013 by Anshuman Mihir (CEO). MTI is an outstation taxi and cabs service provider, focussed on servicing both one-way taxi and package-based outstation taxi service segments. Its services are available in more than 120 cities across India with 10,000-plus routes, including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Agra, Chandigarh, Pune, Manali, and Shimla.

Youtube

Youtube launches YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV service by Youtube, this is separate for Youtube Red service where you can subscribe for $9.99 a month for an advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by YouTube, offline and background playback of videos on mobile devices, access to advertising-free music streaming through Google Play Music, and access to “YouTube Red Original” series and films.

Youtube TV;

Stream ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC & more.
Never run out of DVR storage space.
6 accounts, 1 price.
$35/month. Cancel anytime.

e27

Australian startup ecosystem pioneer Pollenizer to shut down in June

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, reporting for E27;

Australian startup incubator and consultancy Pollenizer, which is often dubbed as industry pioneer in the country, announced to staff and investors on Tuesday that it is going to shut down.

Currently employing 22 people, the company will start to cut down its number to zero by the end of June.

It’s always sad to read this kind of news.

Tech in Asia

Platform that helps brands reach kids through ads raises $2m

Judith Balea, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Singapore-based TotallyAwesome, which allows brands to put their wares in front of children, is banking on that growth. Today, the company announced it raised US$2 million from UK’s serial investor Nigel Wray to support is expansion.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi announces Mi5c

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  • 5.15 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, , 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 resolution @428ppi, 550-nit brightness
  • MIUI 8
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Xiaomi Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
  • Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • 64GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 1080p
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Dimensions: 144.4mm x 69.7mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2860 mAh Li-Ion charging battery
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold

The phone is based on the company’s old Mi5 smartphone that they announced last year. The phone will be sold China with a price tag of RMB 1,499.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi announces Surge1

@Xiaomiglobal;

Today Xiaomi just unveiled Surge S1, our first-ever SoC chipset designed in-house by Xiaomi that delivers performance and power efficiency. Xiaomi is only one of 4 leading smartphone companies to create a chipset designed and developed in-house. The Surge S1 is an octa-core 64-bit processor that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. The Mali-T860 quad-core GPU has a 40% improved power efficiency (compared to the previous-gen Mali-T760) when running graphic intensive apps. We’ve also packed in a 32-bit high performance DSP for better voice processing for calls, and also dual microphones for noise reduction so your voice can be clearly heard. The 14-bit dual ISP enhances image processing capabilities and our Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by up to 150% and the dual noise reduction algorithm also preserves detail in low light. Having an upgradable base band means having VoLTE definition voice call and more secure against fraudulent base stations.

Check it out:
– Octa-core 64-bit chipset (4xA53 cores 2.2GHz + 4xA53 cores 1.4GHz)
– 28nm High Performance Computing (HPC) process
– Mali-T860 quad-core GPU
– AFBC + ASTC image compression technology
– 32-bit high performance DSP for voice processing
– 14-bit dual ISP; enhanced image processing capabilities
– Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by 150%
– Dual noise reduction algorithm reduces noise and preserves image detail in low light
– Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradable
– VoLTE high quality call and video support
– Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations
– Antutu score 64,817

Another page from Apple’s playbook.

Rappler

Internet-connected teddy bears leak over 2M voice messages

Victor Barreiro Jr., reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – Spiral Toys, the maker of an internet-connected line of stuffed animals called CloudPets, sprung a massive leak of customer data, including more than two million voice messages from kids and their parents.

Aside from the voice messages, the email addresses and password information of more than 800,000 users were also made available because of the leak.

Be careful on the connected (IoT) toys that you’re buying your children.

TechCrunch

Mozilla pockets Pocket in first acquisition

Devin Coldewey, reporting for TechCrunch;

Mozilla bought content time-shifting app Pocket for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced simultaneously on their blogs. What started as a handy Firefox plug-in for saving articles you didn’t have time for became more and more closely integrated with the browser, and today they’re making it official.

Pocket officially announcing the acquisition.

Samsung

Samsung Electronics Announces Availability of New Facebook Video App for TV

Samsung;

Samsung Electronics announced today that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Further solidifying its role as the global leader in TV, Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch.

To use the Facebook Video app on your Samsung TV, just go to Samsung Smart Hub and download the app then login to your Facebook account.

Startups

Delivereat

A Malaysian food delivery service founded in 2012 by Penangites who wants to bring conviences to customers while also providing varierty. Our mission is to provide reliable food delivery to our customers and at the same time assist restaurants in managing delivery manpower management in an affordable and convenient way.

e27

Penang’s own Delivereat raises US$450K to deliver food beyond the city

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, reporting for E27;

Malaysian food delivery startup Delivereat today announced that it has raised an RM2 million (US$450,000) pre-series A funding round led by Gobi MAVCAP’s ASEAN Superseed Fund.

Another food delivery service, as if Asia needs more of these service. Let’s see how long Delivereat can keep up with the established food delivery service.

e27

Carousell launches used motor vehicles classifieds app Carousell Motors

Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;

Major Singapore-based p2p marketplace Carousell has launched a used motor vehicles classifieds app called Carousell Motors. The marketplace will feature used cars and used bikes listed by individual sellers as well as verified dealerships.

Do they plan to spin off the the service or just a separate way to experience the used motor vehicles market within Carousell?

Samsung

Samsung Pay Launches in Malaysia

Samsung;

Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced its partnership with several leaders in the banking industry as part of its strategic move to launch and expand its Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered have joined as partners for Samsung’s mobile payment service Samsung Pay, with Hong Leong Bank coming on board soon. The result is a wide platform for the partners’ respective customers with eligible payment cards1 to enjoy a more seamless digital mobile payment experience. These partnerships enhance Samsung’s existing collaboration with Maybank and are an expansion of its current affiliation with major payment networks, Mastercard and Visa, as well as loyalty card partners, B Infinite, Bonuslink and Sunway Pals.

TechCrunch

Manufacturing giant Foxconn is taking over SoftBank’s investment fund in Asia

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Foxconn is taking over SoftBank’s Asia-based tech investment fund. The manufacturing giant, which is responsible for producing Apple’s iPhone among many other tech products, has agreed to buy a majority 54.5 percent stake in SoftBank Asia Capital in exchange for $600 million, according to a filing.

The deal is scheduled to go through March 1, after which time SoftBank Asia Capital will no longer be a SoftBank affiliate. A SoftBank representative confirmed that the agreement will see Foxconn become “the decision maker on investments” for the fund.

HMD Global

Intro Videos of Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 3310

HMD Global

A new era for Nokia smartphones

HMD Global;

The new Nokia range of Android smartphones unveiled today ahead of Mobile World Congress includes:

Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® sound delivers a powerfully moving entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229.

Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition – celebrating the worldwide Nokia 6 portfolio is the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, this special edition combines the best features of the Nokia 6 family in a stunning black high gloss package and will retail at an average global retail price of €299.

Nokia 5 – a sleek and compact smartphone that nestles in your hand. The Nokia 5 has been precision engineered out of a single block of 6000 series aluminium to create a perfect pillowed body that flows seamlessly into the sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5.2” IPS HD display. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 graphics processor, the Nokia 5 brings robust structural integrity, attention to detail and the quality of a high-end flagship to everyone. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 5 will retail at an average global retail price of €189.

Nokia 3 – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value. With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, a sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5” display and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. Available in four distinctive colours – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White – the Nokia 3 will retail at an average global retail price of €139.

Also announced today were:

Nokia 3310 – a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date. The Nokia 3310 is available in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49.

Photos

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3

Nokia 5

NewsHero

LG G6 Now Official

NewsHero;

You can checkout the full specs of the LG G6 below;

  • 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 564ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 7 Nougat with LGUX 6.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • 32-bit Quad-DAC audio
  • Dual 13 MP rear camera, f/1.8 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 5 MP front camera, f/2.2 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64 GB storage expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC
  • IP68 Dust and Water resistance
  • Dolby Vision
  • USB Type-C 3.1
  • Dimenion: 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Color: Platinum, Black, White
  • 3300mAh Li-On battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

LG will announce the pricing and availability locally.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry KEYone Introduction

NewsHero

Blackberry and TCL officially unveil KeyOne, the phone formerly known as Blackberry Mercury

NewsHero;

BB KeyOne Specs;

  • 4.5 inch scratch-resistant display 1620 x 1080 screen resolution at 433 ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Android OS – 7.1 Nougat
  • Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Flash expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • USB Type-C
  • Smart Keyboard
  • 12MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash, 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 8MP front camera 1.125um pixel size,1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • LTE, HSPA+, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • FM Radio receiver
  • Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
  • NFC, GPS-GLONASS
  • Sensor: Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient light, Hall Effect
  • Dimension: 149.3 mm x 72.5 mm x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3,505 mAh (non-removable) Lithium Ion battery

The Blackberry KeyOne will initially be available in North America (US and Canada) this April for $549.

LG

LG G6 – Product Video

Tech in Asia

Ola gets $330m from SoftBank, but valuation plummets to $3.5b

DurbaDurba Ghosh, writing for Tech in Asia;

India’s Uber arch-rival Ola has once again won backing from Japan’s SoftBank, with fresh funding of US$330 million, a person familiar with the details of the deal told Tech in Asia.

However, the fresh funding comes at a cost. Ola’s valuation has dropped by more than 30 percent to US$3.5 billion, Business Standard reported today. Ola’s valuation drop is indicative of declining investor confidence in India.

It’s high time for Ola to expand to other markets and not just their home country.

University of the Philippines

UP to continue Project NOAH

UP;

At its 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the adoption of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) by UP upon the termination of its administration by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on February 28.

This is some sort of homecoming for Project NOAH, since it was developed with the help of UP professors;

Project NOAH began as a research program under the DOST in 2012 following the Typhoon Sendong tragedy in 2011. Having delivered its research results and after two extensions, the project was scheduled to end when UP stepped in to continue it.

Globe Telecom

Media Advisory on Fake Globe Website

Globe;

We wish to inform our valued customers that http://globetelecom.ph/ is NOT an official Globe online property and is NOT connected with the company. Globe Telecom is working with concerned authorities on fraud and trademark infringement to permanently remove this site. We strongly advise our customers against providing any crowdsourcing information on the fraudulent site. We also appeal to our customers to report any similar attempts of fraud.

For any information on our products and services, please visit us online at http://globe.com.ph. Customers may also relay any concerns through our customer hotline and through Twitter channels @enjoyGLOBE and @Talk2GLOBE; Facebook page Globe Telecom; or through Enjoy Globe on Viber. – Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.

Please don’t even try to attempt to access the said website.

Checking at the whois information of the domain. If looks like it was registered by a certain Frederik Havemann from Hong Kong.

Bad Behavior has blocked 1272 access attempts in the last 7 days.