Tomas S. Noda III, writing for Deal Street Asia;
Philippine-based E-commerce company CashCashPinoy has named Sebastien L’Hermitte as its new chief-executive-officer (CEO) to beef up its online shopping momentum in the local market.
I don’t know Sebastien L’Hermitte personally, but he will have a tough task a head, since deal website like CashCash Pinoy are on a decline.
GrabBike will temporarily be stopping operations effective today, February 4, 2016.
We stand firmly on our belief that we have created an innovative solution to the country’s transportation problem and we are working towards finding a way to continue providing it to the community. We’re hopeful that the authorities will reach a positive decision regarding the possible regulations to the service.
We’ve done this before with the support of our loyal Grabbers and we hope to be able to do it again with GrabBike. #LegallyGrab #GrabPH
The announcement comes more than a week ago when LTFRB ordered
MYTAXI.PH, Inc. Grab, to stop its motorcycle service called “GrabBike”.
Just like Uber, Grab is not a transportation company, I think Goverment around the world failed to see that. They’re considering these transport network company (TNC) as transportation operator, which is why they’re treating them like one.
Hopefully this will get resolve, since judging from the GrabBike’s post, which have been shared for more than 700 times and received more than 500 comments, a lot of people appears to be using the service.
Mike Shields, writing for WallStreet Journal;
Spotify AB is finally rolling out its video product to the masses.
The Swedish music-streaming service is planning to introduce video content on its Android app starting this week, followed by the iOS app by the end of next week in the U.S., the U.K, Germany and Sweden, the company said. Spotify had originally announced the plans to begin distributing videos and podcasts in May, with a lineup of traditional and digital content providers that included ESPN, Comedy Central, the BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios.
Audio streaming is very different from video streaming, it’ll be interesting how Spotify can compete against Netflix, that also produces their own content.
Harish Jonnalagadda, writing for iMore;
Foxconn has made an offer to purchase display maker Sharp for $5.3 billion (¥625 billion), according to The Wall Street Journal. The Japanese manufacturer is also mulling an offer from government-backed investment fund Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, which already owns a controlling stake in another display manufacturer, Japan Display Inc.
We will know on February 4, if the deal will be close or not. If the Sharp and Foxconn push through with deal, Foxconn will no longer be known as a electronics contract manufacturing company, since the company will also acquire Sharp’s line of consumer electronics from smartphones, solar panels to cash registers and flash memory.
It’ll also be interesting how the acquisition (if completed) will affect Foxconn’s relationship with Apple, which happens to be one of their biggest customer.
Josh L Davis, writing for IFLScience;
The 25 most-used passwords (change from 2014)
1. 123456 (unchanged)
2. password (unchanged)
3. 12345678 (up 1)
4. qwerty (up 1)
5. 12345 (down 2)
6. 123456789 (unchanged)
7. football (up 3)
8. 1234 (down 1)
9. 1234567 (up 2)
10. baseball (down 2)
11. welcome (new)
12. 1234567890 (new)
13. abc123 (up 1)
14. 111111 (up 1)
15. 1qaz2wsx (new)
16. dragon (down 7)
17. master (up 2)
18. monkey (down 6)
19. letmein (down 6)
20. login (new)
21. princess (new)
22. qwertyuiop (new)
23. solo (new)
24. passw0rd (new)
25. starwars (new)
The passwords that I’m using are not included, but since it’s the start of the year, I’ll still do my annual password audit and update.
Recognizing the advantages of using satellite-based remote sensing, the government invested in the construction and launching of the Philippine scientific earth observation microsatellite, under the PHL-MICROSAT or DIWATA program, with the budget of P800 million for three years.
DIWATA is the country’s first microsatellite designed, developed, and assembled by Filipino researchers and engineers under the guidance of Japanese experts from Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. The satellite is designed to provide real-time images for disaster risk management and other applications.
DIWATA 1 will surely be a big help, specially in a disaster prone country like the Philippines.
Part of the three-year program is the development of a second microsatellite (DIWATA 2) to be launched in 2017.
It’ll be interesting how PHL-MICROSAT will designed DIWATA 2 and what will be its primary functions.
Jillian D’Onfro, writing for Business Insider;
…one of AOL’s biggest priorities for the new year is figuring out its brand and investing in it, even if that means saying goodbye to the name “AOL” in favor of launching something completely new.
As a former AOL employee, back when it was still an ISP, it’ll be interesting how they will achieve their new identity. Since they’ve been through a lot since that failed merger with TIME Warner.
Considering the number of company that AOL now owns and that AOL itself is owned by Verizon, they might follow what Google or Alphabet did, create one parent company for all other companies, which means companies like AOL (dial up, mail, portal, etc.), TechCrunch, Makers, Engadget, MapQuest and probably even Verizon, as a broadband and telecommunications company, will be its subsidiaries.
Josh Constine, writing for TechCrunch;
Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Alrawi”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known as the Ghost Security Group, which Fortune reports had previously flagged ISIS communications over Telegram.
This is bound to happen, specially if “they” know that any Government have access to “almost” every available communication services/app.
John Ribeiro, for IDG News Service via PC World;
Samsung Electronics will be making Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile processors, refueling speculation that the chips could find their way into the South Korean giant’s premium smartphones, thus winning back lost business.
The chip-maker said Thursday it had begun mass production of logic chips utilizing its 14-nanometer LPP (Low-Power Plus) process, which is used to make its own Exynos 8 Octa processor. It added that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor also uses the 14nm LPP process and is expected to be in devices in the first half of this year.
We may soon see Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chips in of Samasung’s flagship products.