Flyspaces

FlySpaces empowers businesses as a digital marketplace that provides short-term work and meeting space solutions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and mobile professionals. Whether the need is for an hour, a day, a week or a few months – we have a network of hundreds of spaces to discover across key South East Asian cities.

Apple is officially killing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Kif Leswing, writing for Business Insiders;

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch, now with double the capacity, starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano,” an Apple representative told Business Insider in an email.

It’s not surprising that Apple discontinued both device, since the demand of these products are no longer there and removing them will not affect Apple’s bottomline.

Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Amazon is continuing its international expansion push with the launch of its services in Singapore coming imminently. The arrival could happen as soon as this week, according to a source with knowledge of the plans, and it will mark Amazon’s entry into Southeast Asia.

The launch will see Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now fast delivery and Amazon’s regular e-commerce services become available to Singapore’s population of over five million people, the source said. Pricing is unclear at this point.

Flash & The Future of Interactive Content

Adobe;

Adobe has long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content – from video, to games and more – on the web. Where we’ve seen a need to push content and interactivity forward, we’ve innovated to meet those needs. Where a format didn’t exist, we invented one – such as with Flash and Shockwave. And over time, as the web evolved, these new formats were adopted by the community, in some cases formed the basis for open standards, and became an essential part of the web.

But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

RIP Flash player!

Apple just dropped iOS 11 beta 4 for developers

Romain Dillet, writing for TechCrunch;

Apple just released a new beta of iOS 11 ahead of the final iOS 11 release in September. Things are still quite rough and I wouldn’t recommend installing the beta on a production device just yet. You don’t want to risk having your phone become useless.

The beta 4 is only available if you’re a registered developer for now. While Apple also has a public beta program, the company usually waits a few days before releasing new developer betas in the public beta channel.

Developer Preview 4 now available, official Android O coming soon!

Google / Android;

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we’re rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready.

This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O.

If you have a device that’s enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive an update to Developer Preview 4 in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled your device yet, just visit the Android Beta site to enroll and get the update.

You can go to http://www.android.com/beta to enroll and download the Android O Developer Preview 4 on your device.

Apple Machine Learning Journal

Apple;

Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal. Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world. If you’re a machine learning researcher or student, an engineer or developer, we’d love to hear your questions and feedback.

A great publication by Apple where we can read works and research of Apple engineers in the machine learning space.

It just have one published article but I expect the content to grow as Apple continue its research on machine learning and AI. Its does not contain too much techical details but a tone-down approach on Apple’s work.

Grab and Uber render LTFRB irrelevant

Joel Ruiz Butuyan, writing for Inquirer.net;

With Grab and Uber, we have private companies that accredit vehicles which follow the responsibilities expected from licensed public transporters, even if most of them don’t have LTFRB franchises.

The LTFRB has become an outright failure in the performance of its government mandate because its licensing scheme amounts to a useless system in protecting the commuting public. Now come two private companies with new systems that have demonstrated rousing success in performing responsibilities which the LTFRB has completely abdicated.

A great read, specially if you are following the Gra, Uber and LTFRB drama.

To summarize, Grab, Uber and other transportation network company (TNC), brought out the shortcomings of both LTFRB and tax operators, which is the lack of infrastructure to moderate/penalize unscrupulous drivers.

We have to remember that Grab, Uber and other transportation network company (TNC) are already self-regulating and penalizes its driver, and reporting a unscrupulous Uber driver, is as easy as sending an email or text message.

Didi and Softbank to invest $2b in Grab; round may reach $2.5b

Judith Balea, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Southeast Asia’s leading transportation app Grab has new ammunition to battle rivals Uber and Go-Jek. The Singapore-headquartered company announced today that its two largest shareholders – China’s Didi Chuxing and Masayoshi Son-led Softbank – are investing up to US$2 billion to lead its current funding round.

Grab expects to raise an additional US$500 million from existing and new investors, bringing the round’s total to US$2.5 billion. Jack Ma’s Alibaba was supposedly eyeing to join in.

That’s one massive funding. This could threaten Uber’s growth in the region.

AI creates fake Obama

Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Researchers made the AI-powered mimicry tech for well-meaning reasons, but this could have nefarious uses in creating fake news.

This is interesting, creepy and disturbing in so many levels. Just think of all the (legal, political, religious, etc.) implications that this software/AI can cause.

LTFRB fines Grab, Uber P5M each for permit violations

Rambo Talabong, reporting for Rappler;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) imposed a fine of P5 million each on Uber and Grab on Tuesday, July 11, for letting some of their drivers operate without permits.

Not a good news for Grab and Uber drivers.

The LTFRB says the ride-hailing companies should have been closed down because of the violations, but the public interest ‘overrides’ this penalty.

How convenient for taxi operators!

Unless taxi change their attitude and stop being selective, Grab and Uber users will just continue to increase. When getting a taxi, I received at least 3 taxi refusal. Their reason(s) too traffic, too far and asking for a bigger flag-down rate.

Ubuntu is now available for download on the Windows Store

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for The Verge;

Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distro is available to download.

It’s intriguing that Microsoft allows Linux to be downloaded from the Windows Store. This will surely make it easier for users to download, install and setup Linux on their PC.

Stripe adds support for Alipay and WeChat Pay, China’s top digital payment services

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

U.S. firm Stripe said today that it has agreed to global deals with Alipay and WeChat Pay, two digital services that dominate consumer spending in China. Alipay, which is managed by Alibaba affiliate firm Ant Financial, counts over 500 million users, while WeChat Pay — the digital payment feature within China’s top chat app WeChat — claims more than 600 million users.

You can read the full text of Stripe’s announcement from the company’s blog section.

Batibot iOS app by Orangefix

Batibot is an educational game for Pilipino kids inside and outside the Philippines. It will help them learn tagalog while having fun.

This is one app that we all should encourage our children to use.

You can download the app here, it supports any iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 9.0 or later.

Tesla to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery for South Australia

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

After a bidding war with 91 other international bidders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is promising to supply South Australia with a 100-megawatt battery before summer. It will be providing improved energy stability for SA, as well as act as a back-up in emergency situations. South Australia has been battling power problems since a statewide blackout in September of 2016.

Elon Musk unveils the first production unit of Tesla Model 3

In a series of tweets, Tesla CEO unveil the first production unit of Tesla Model 3, the most affordable Tesla in the market. The base model of Tesla’s Model 3 will have a starting price tag of US$35,000.