Judith Balea, writing for Tech in Asia;
OBike today announced a strategic partnership with ride-hailing company Grab.
For starters, oBike will integrate GrabPay into its app, offering its riders another cashless payment option and the ability to earn GrabReward points. Grab branding will also appear on its bikes.
Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.
I don’t understand why a company like Spotify can let this slide, I mean their entire business rely solely on licenses and copyrights.
Looks like another ride-sharing service wants to take a shot at solving, or at least lessening the traffic in the Philippines, as news of Indonesian ride-sharing service Go-Jek to expand in the Philippines next year.
In an article on GMA News, Ajey Gore, Go-Jek’s Group CTO said in an interview that “almost all Southeast Asian countries are on the radar over the next three, six to 12 months. The Philippines will be the first one just to figure out how things work.”
Go-Jek is a ride-sharing service that started in Indonesia last 2010 with a call centre and fleet of 20 riders. Today, it has more than 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks, and available in 50 cities in Indonesia.
Once operational in the Philippines, they will go head-to-head with Uber and Grab, not to mention LTFRB.
We will continue to invest in and update the Groove Music app on all Windows devices to support playback and management of owned music, but after December 31, 2017, the Groove Music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, and download music.
An update to the Groove Music app including the ability to move music to Spotify, will be available for Windows Insiders beginning this week. The Groove Music app update for Windows 10 and Xbox One devices will roll out broadly the week of October 9, 2017 and will enable Groove Music Pass customers to move existing music collections and playlists to Spotify. Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018.
Makes sense for Microsoft, since developing its own streaming service is much harder and complicated than a music store. There are lots of things that they need to consider, plus the fact that Spotify and other music streaming service already have their own userbase and considerable marketshare.
If ever Microsoft plans to dip its toes in the music streaming space again, an outright acquisition will be the best way for them to go but for now, partnership with the leading music streaming service is the next best thing.
We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).
To some this could be a great improvement of the service but to many Twitter is killing the main feature that made it popular – forcing users to think within that 140 character limit.
I don’t mind the 140 character limit, I’d rather have them not include in the limit when tagging another twitter users or may be the first 3 hashtags.
Btw, you can follow the blog’s twitter account @kabayantech.
Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, reporting for GMA News;
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has “unanimously agreed” to increase taxi fares, making it “at par” with the rates of transport network company Uber, Chairman Martin Delgra III said Wednedsay.
It appears that LTFRB totally miss the point as to why commuters are favoring Uber and TNVS (transport network vehicle services), taxi in Metro Manila obviously lower than the rate of Uber but people still prefer Uber over taxis, heck I prefer Uber over taxis.
It more about the overall service that TNVS provides to its riders, the friendly drivers, convenience in booking and most of all they don’t refuse any commuters/riders.
Chairman Martin Delgra III added, an increase in taxi fares would hopefully solve the problem of “underutilization” of cabs.
Good luck with that!
Today Spotify is pleased to announce the launch of Spotify Premium for Students in 33* new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.
Spotify Premium for Students is already available in United States United Kingdom and Germany. The 33 new countries are as follows;
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
According to Yugatech, the price of Spotify Premium subscription was Php129/month but with the launching of Spotify Premium for Students it will just be Php65/month. To sign up for the Spotify Premium for Students, just go to http://www.spotify.com/student.
Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;
Kuala Lumpur-based Internet TV service iflix has raised over US$90 million from Liberty Global, an international TV and broadband company; Zain, a Middle Eastern and Africa telco; and a private consumer business investment management firm in Africa.
iflix had partnered with Zain last month to launch ‘iflix Arabia’ in the MENA region.
iflix appears to be expanding to market where Netflix has little or no presence at all.
Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;
Four years after launching in Taiwan, Uber is halting its ride-hailing services in the country, the company announced today. Describing it as “pressing pause,” Uber said its rides will not be available in Taiwan from February 10.
Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;
Weeks after securing US$215 million in funding, Chinese bike-sharing startup Mobike has received investment cash from Foxconn.
The deal, for an undisclosed sum, sees Foxconn helping with manufacturing of the startup’s smart bikes, which can be unlocked, paid for, and locked again using an app. The plan is to double annual production to 10 million as Mobike expands to new cities across China.
Louie Diangson, writing for Yugatech;
Premium airport bus service, UBE Express, has introduced its first hub in Manila, allowing travelers to make a trip to NAIA via Robinson’s Place Manila.
Here’s the full text of DOTC’s annoucnement;
UBE Express is a premium airport bus service is now available for travelers and passengers going to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). UBE Express is owned and operated by Airfreight 2100 Inc.
The DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION and its attached agency, LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING and REGULATORY BOARD has initiated the Airport Bus Service project with the goal of augmenting the current public transport services in our three (3) airport terminals in Metro Manila. This is the direct response to the public clamor for more efficient hassle free and commuter-friendly transport services option for those going to and from the three (3) airport terminals specially now with increasing number of passengers being experience every year.
The DOTC through Department Order 2015-011 and LTFRB through Memorandum Circulars 2015-22 and 2015-23 have detailed the terms and conditions for the Airport Bus Service franchise to be awarded through an open public bidding. The bidding invitation was announced through publication last July 2, 2015. The Airport Bus Service provides for among others several provisions that are considered a total paradigm shift from the way public transport is currently being done.