Go-Jek buys three startups to advance its mobile payment business

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Go-Jek, the company leading Uber and Grab in Southeast Asia’s largest market, has bagged a hat trick of deals to advance its mobile payment strategy.

Indonesia-based Go-Jek revealed it has acquired offline payment firm Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans and payment and lending network Mapan for undisclosed sums.

It’s starting to become a 3 way ride-sharing war in Southeast Asia; Uber vs Grab vs Go-Jek!!!

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today

Apple;

Apple today released iMac Pro, an entirely new product line designed for pro users who love the all-in-one design of iMac and require workstation-class performance. With Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display, iMac Pro is the fastest, most powerful Mac ever made. iMac Pro delivers incredible compute power for real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing.

The iMac Pro is now available for order, starting at $4,999.

The Walt Disney Company To Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., After Spinoff Of Certain Businesses, For $52.4 Billion In Stock

Disney;

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox” —NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustment).

Twenty-First Century Fox has owned the rights to comic book characters from Deadpool, Fantastic Four and X-Men, so we may soon see the Avengers with Deadpool, Fantastic Four or even X-Men!!

I wonder what will Disney do to get back Spiderman from Sony?

Samsung 13.3″ and 15″ Notebook 9 (2018) and Notebook 9 Pen announced

This is less than a month before the 2018 CES, Samsung announces 3 new laptop for their Notebook 9 Line, which will initially be available this December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S.

13.3” Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

  • 13.3” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 1TB SSD (NVMePCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 2, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • N/A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 75Wh
  • 995g
  • Titan Silver/Crush White
  • 309.4 x 208 x 14.9mm

15” Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

  • 15.0” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics / NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (GDDR5 2GB)
  • Thunderbolt 3 x 1 (or USB type C), USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, uSD x 1, HP/Mic x 1, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • N/A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 75Wh
  • 1,250g – 1,290g
  • Titan Silver/Crush White
  • 347.9 x 229.4 x 15.4mm

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 13” (930QAA)

  • 13.3” Samsung RealViewTouch, FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 512GB (NVMe PCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 1, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • IR camera, 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • Integrated S Pen (Bundle)
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 39Wh
  • 995g
  • Light Titan
  • 310.5 x 206.6 x 14.6-16.5mm

iMac Pro will be available on 12.14.2017

If you are shopping for an pro-grade desktop or want to upgrade your 4 year old 2nd-gen Mac pro, then you may want to take a look at the new iMac Pro. This may not be the Mac Pro that Apple mentioned a while back but the specs and price is interesting enough to be considered as a replacement. One caveat though is that components are not upgradable.

Here’s the first impression of Marques Brownlee;

You can check the full specs here, the starting price of the iMac Pro is $4,999, which makes it a device for prosumer and probably for professional content developers and creators.

Lazada to launch fully automated warehouse, hire robots next year

Cathy Yang, reporting for ABS-CBN News;

The country’s biggest e-commerce platform Lazada will introduce the first fully automated e-commerce warehouse in the country next year, its operations chief said Monday.

With 83 percent of its shares owned by Jack Ma’s Alibaba, Lazada is transitioning its operations from using traditional to artificial intelligence solutions to optimize operations.

Balci revealed that robots will dominate their warehouses next year.

Robots in warehouse will surely have a big effect on the employees no matter who the company is.

China Telecom chosen to enter PHL as third main telco player

Jjon Viktor D. Cabuenas, writing for GMA News;

China Telecom Corporation Limited has been chosen by the Chinese government to enter the Philippine telecommunications industry as the third player, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed Sunday.

If everything goes as reported, China Telecom will partner with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T), since foreign companies needs to find a partner to do business in the Philippines. China Telecom cannot exceed 40% ownership of the company that will be formed with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T).

HOV lane on EDSA to be implemented by the MMDA, dry run starts Dec.11

Zen Estacio, writing for Yugatech;

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that a new traffic scheme will be implemented along EDSA. The fifth or left most lane on Edsa will be reserved for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) or vehicles with two or more passengers.

Just in time for the holiday rush! Hopefully this will encourage carpooling!

Lazada offer s Apple products to Southeast Asia customers

Fans of Apple can now buy their favourite Apple products on Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company.

As an authorised online reseller, Lazada’s customers can choose from a wide range of Apple products including iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Beats by Dr. Dre, and other accessories.

Start shopping this holiday season
Consumers can start browsing this holiday season when the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ on Lazada officially launches today (8th December) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. This will be followed by Malaysia on 11th December, and then in Vietnam.

By shopping on Lazada, customers can choose to pay for their Apple devices through Lazada’s 0% financing instalment plans. Exciting surprises also await Lazada customers looking to score savings from deals offered during the finale of Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, the 12.12 Final Sale. More details will be announced later.

The “preferred choice” for global brands
Lazada Group Chief Executive Officer Max Bittner said the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept is a testament to Lazada’s reputation as the undisputed and trusted online shopping and selling platform in Southeast Asia. “Lazada is the preferred choice for global brands who, like us, want to drive the explosive growth of eCommerce in Southeast Asia,” said Mr. Bittner, adding: “It also underscores our commitment to give consumers better and convenient access to the world’s best brands and products, especially those from Apple.”

Go-Jek

GO-JEK is an Indonesian hyperlocal transport, logistics and payments startup founded in 2010. It aims to improve the welfare of workers in Indonesia’s vast informal sector. It is also the first startup of Indonesian origin to be classified as a transport system after closing a round of funding in August 2016. GO-JEK’s fleet now exceeds 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks. Go-Jek is available in 50 cities in Indonesia.

Source: Wikipedia

Indonesian ride-sharing service Go-Jek to expand in the Philippines this coming 2018

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.

Qualcomm officially announce Snapdragon 845, will be in devices this 2018

You can read Qualcomm’s full announcement here.

I embedded Qualcomm’s keynote below;

These are the first 2-in-1 Windows Laptops that will be powered by Qualcomm Processor

After launching the ARM-powered Windows 10 PC, OEM manufacturers immediately announce their respective laptops that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Lenovo is also expected to announce their own ARM-powered laptop.

HP Envy X2

Notable features;

  • 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • Always Connected PCs
  • 13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera
  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • USB Type-C
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • 20 hours of battery life

The HP Envy X2 will be available in Spring of 2018 and no pricing have been announced.

ASUS NovaGo


ASUS NovaGo will be first available in first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan with a starting price of for $599 and $799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model.

Notable features;

  • 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel
  • Always Connected PCs
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • UFS 2.0
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • full HDMI socket
  • microSD slot
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity

Source: The Verge, Engadget

Privacy concerns raised over PNP’s human rights app

Victor Barreiro Jr., writing for Rappler;

Privacy-minded Android users may want to steer clear of the recently released Know Your Rights app of the Philippine National Police.

Here’s the post from Art Samaniego Jr.;

Then this Facebook post, focus on the code inside the red line.

Bottom line, why would an informational application need access to your phone and second that “backdoor” string is something that people who wants to install and use the app needs to be aware of.

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

Tom Warren, writing for the Verge;

Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.

There are both pros and cons for a ARM-powered Windows PC but the most obvious benefit is that a device can get more battery life, since Qualcomm processors consumes less power compare to Intel processors. At the sametime, the caveat for a device powered by Qualcomm processors, apps and the system may be slower than those with Intel inside. It’ll be interesting how these ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs performed in the real time.

Amazon No Longer Collects Import Fees For Items Under 200$

John Nieves, writing for Unbox.ph;

While it’s a shopping juggernaut in the US, we rarely use Amazon to buy stuff online. One of the reasons for that is the sometimes insane costs that’s required to buy stuff from the site. Aside from regular shipping, you’re also going to have to pay import fees upfront.

But apparently Amazon has gotten the memo about the increased de minimis amount for items for taxes and duties in the Philippines, and no longer collects import fees upon checkout for items under 200$.

A small change on how Amazon operates outside the United States but this could have a big effect on how other ecommerce sites operates in Asia or Southeast Asia in particular.

Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

Facebook Newsroom;

Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

To know more about FB Messenger for Kids, you can visit https://messengerkids.com/.