GrabCar and Uber will no longer accept bookings to deliver a package without the rider

Makes sense, if you factor in the safety of the driver and liability that will fall on the driver if the items that they’ll deliver are contraband.

However, this makes a great concept for a startup, an on-demand delivery no questions asks, a legal version of “Transporter”.

Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

Matt Burns, writing for TechCrunch;

In the year of the $1000 iPhone Amazon just announced a scattering of new gadgets and none cost more than $150. Essentially, Amazon said “screws the margins” and are selling everything as cheap as possible. This race to the bottom is Amazon’s standard operating procedure. The company did it with Kindles e-readers and again with Kindle Fire tablets. The company releases a proof of concept and lets the market respond. If the response is favorable, Amazon releases the Kraken on the market.

This is where Amazon is killing the competition, they can actually sell their devices at a loss, since the company is not in the hardware business like Apple, Samsung, etc., their real business is to sell us things online, be it physical or digital goods.

If you look at all the devices that they announced today, most if not all makes it easy for us to shop online or should I say shop at Amazon.com, with just our voice or press of a button, you’ll be able to place your order, that’s their M.O., that’s how Amazon generate their revenue.

Creative Ventures launches US$50M fund to bring deep tech to Southeast Asia

Yon Heong Tung, writing for e27;

Silicon Valley-based VC Creative Ventures has announced the launch of its second fund — a US$50 million fund that will focus on deep tech companies in the US.

This will be my first time encountering the term “Deep Tech”.

According to Swati Chaturvedi;

We define deep technology as companies founded on a scientific discovery or meaningful engineering innovation. This is where you’re asking, “Aren’t all technology companies founded on these principles?” Partly yes, but mostly no. Most technology companies these days are built on business model innovation or offline to online business model transition using existing technology. Take Uber for example – Uber is built on the concept of a “sharing economy” – a business model innovation enabling individuals to share existing resources.

Deep technology companies on the other hand, are built on tangible scientific discoveries or engineering innovations. They are trying to solve big issues that really affect the world around them. For example, a new medical device or technique fighting cancer, data analytics to help farmers grow more food, or a clean energy solution trying to lessen the human impact on climate change. Continuing the Uber reference, deep-technology companies in the transportation business would include autonomous vehicles, flying cars or other similar transformative technologies.

Interesting!!

AdAsia Holdings

Founded in April 2016 by Kosuke Sogo and Otohiko Kozutsumi, AdAsia Holdingsaims to become the biggest technology company in Asia. Both founders have a single vision – to enable marketers, advertisers and publishers in Asia to easily use innovative and intelligent tools to increase returns.

AdAsia provides the best of modern marketing to you on an intelligent, easy-to-use platform and dashboard.

AdAsia gets an extra $2.5m to take its AI tools beyond adtech

Jack Ellis, writing for Tech in Asia;

Singapore-based adtech startup AdAsia has completed its series A funding round, hauling in an extra US$2.5 million to add to the US$12 million it raised back in April.

The “series A-plus” money comes from angel investor Hisanori Watanabe – founder of WebCrew – and Japanese news app Gunosy. Along with the first tranche of funds from Singaporean VC firm JAFCO, AdAsia’s total series A raise now stands at US$14.5 million.

If read the whole article, the keyword phrase here is;

… use artificial intelligence-driven matching technology, which it uses to link advertisers with publishers and brand owners with social media influencers.

iOS 11.0.1 Update Now Available

iOS 11.0.1 brings hundreds of new features to iPhone and iPad including an all new App Store, a more proactive and intelligent Siri, improvements to Camera and Photos, and augmented reality technologies to enable immersive experiences. iOS 11.0.1 is also the biggest release for iPad ever and adds powerful new multitasking features, a new Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.

You can read the full release note of iOS 11 here.

Instagram now lets you limit who can comment on your pics

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge;

Instagram is launching a handful of new tools today to combat harassment and help its community members.

The first of those is much requested: the ability to limit who can comment on your photos. Instagram now gives everyone with a public account the ability to limit comments to only people they follow, only their followers, or both their followers and people they follow. Public and private accounts will continue to have the ability to turn off comments entirely, but it appears to still be on a post-by-post basis.

This will give your IG post some degree of privacy.

You can read Instagram’s full announcement here.

King Salman issues decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia

Arab News;

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would allow women to drive in the Kingdom, in the latest move in a string of social and economic reforms underway in the country.

King Salman issued the decree, according to a royal court statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The decree may seem trivial but think about this, Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are prohibited to drive or like at least not give a driver’s license.

I’m placing the link from SPA regarding the decree.

Twitter is testing tweets with 280 characters

Twitter;

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.

Uber will be available in 7 cities in Saudi Arabia

Uber;

We are thrilled to announce that Uber is now available in new cities around Saudi Arabia: Qatif, Tarut, Jubail, Tabuk, Aseer (Abha, Khamis Mushait, Ahad Rufaidah), Jazan (Jazan, Sabya, Abo Arish) AlBaha, connecting more Saudi cities to safe, reliable and affordable rides.

To celebrate our newest cities, you can enjoy a 50% discount (from Monday Sept. 25, until 11:59pm Sunday, Oct 1st). Just open your Uber app and enter the promo code KSACITIES17 to enjoy 50% off two rides up to SAR50 each in Qatif, Tarut, Jubail, Tabuk, Aseer (Abha, Khamis Mushait, Ahad Rufaidah), Jazan (Jazan, Sabya, Abo Arish) and AlBaha.

Taobao

Founded by Alibaba Group on May 10, 2003, Taobao Marketplace facilitates consumer-to-consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers in Chinese-speaking regions (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and also abroad. At the end of 2010, the number of registered members on Taobao had reached over 370 million, around 80% of the Chinese online shopping market.

Source: Wikipedia

Lazada expands Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace in Southeast Asia

Reuters;

Online retailer Lazada Group said it will sell select items from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao marketplace in three more countries in Southeast Asia, expanding the partnership between the two e-commerce firms.

Taobao Collection will be offered in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand in the next few weeks through Lazada’s platform, it said in a statement on Monday. Lazada began selling Taobao products in Singapore and Malaysia earlier this year.

honestbee

Founded by Joel Sng and launched in Singapore in July 2015. honestbee is an online grocery, food and laundry delivery service that was launched in Singapore in July 2015. The service is also available in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Southeast Asia games firm Sea, formerly Garena, files for $1 billion US IPO

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Southeast Asia-based games and e-commerce firm Sea, formerly known as Garena, has officially filed for its much-anticipated U.S. IPO. The company, which is valued at over $3.75 billion, will list on the New York Stock Exchange as ‘SE’ and is looking to raise $1 billion.

Sea is best known for its Garena gaming business, which predominantly focuses on PC games but also includes mobile, but in recent years it has branched out into e-commerce with its Shopee service and payments with its AirPay business.

This will be big!

Coming to Netflix this October

Any Netflix subscribers here?

Here are new and upcoming shows on Netflix that we can look up to, one caveat though, depending on licensing deals, not all of the shows listed here will be available your country but if its a Netflix original, there’s a 99.99% chance that it will be available everywhere.

via The Verge;

October 1st

  • 88 Minutes
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
  • Before Midnight
  • Blood Diamond
  • Boogie Nights
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cleverman, season 2
  • Death Sentence
  • Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Generation Iron 2
  • Ghost Patrol
  • I Love You, Man
  • Ice Guardians
  • Lockup: Disturbing the Peace, collection 1
  • Made of Honor
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Never Let Me Go
  • No Reservations
  • Penelope
  • PJ Masks, season 1
  • Set Up
  • The Reaping
  • Tokyo Idols
  • Tommy Boy
  • Vanished
  • Veronica

October 2nd–12th

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
  • Sleeping with Other People
  • 13 Demons
  • Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth
  • Cult of Chucky
  • The Survivalist
  • Raw
  • Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen), season 1
  • Schitt’s Creek, season 3
  • The Fosters, season 5
  • ID-0, season 1
  • Skylanders Academy, season 2
  • Suburra, season 1
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • Word Party, season 3
  • Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
  • Middle Man
  • Christina P: Mo
  • ther Inferior

  • The Skyjacker’s Tale
  • Donnie Darko
  • Fe de etarras


October 13th–19th

  • El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial
  • Kingdom of Us
  • Mindhunter, season 1
  • Super Monsters, season 1
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • The Babysitter
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender, season 4
  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • LEGO: City, season 1
  • Money
  • OtherLife
  • She Makes Comics
  • West Coast Customs, season 6
  • Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
  • Slasher: Guilty Party
  • Wedding Unplanned

October 20th–26th

  • 1922
  • Haters Back Off, season 2
  • One of Us
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story
  • Wheelman
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • While We’re Young
  • Wanted, seasons 1–2
  • The Mist, season 1
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Final Master
  • La Querida del Centauro, season 2
  • Strange Weather

October 27th–31st

  • Stranger Things, season 2
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  • Pup Star: Better 2Gether
  • Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States
  • Zumbo’s Just Desserts, season 1

Intel launches 8th-gen Core desktop chips, claims new Core i7-8700K is its best gaming chip ever

Mark Hachman, writing for PC World;

Intel pushed further ahead into its 8th-generation Core series with the launch of its mainstream desktop chips on Sunday night, including the 6-core/12-thread Core i7-8700K, which Intel claims is its best gaming chip ever. Intel also beefed up its Core i5 family with 6-core parts, as well as its first quad-core Core i3.

You can read official announcement here.

I love to see a macbook pro using 6-core/12-thread Core i7-8700K!

New Controls for iOS 11

These are the new Controls that you can add to the Control Center after updating to iOS 11.

I like the new Screen Recording and would recon that a lot of Youtube Video will be popping up using this iOS 11 features.

Here are More Controls that you can add.

You can go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Control Center, to add or remove new controls on your Control Center.

This is my new Control Center!

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Skype, WhatsApp, and other messaging apps

Shannon Liao, writing for The Verge;

Saudi Arabia is lifting a year-long ban on Skype and other services like WhatsApp and Snapchat, effective at 8PM ET today. According to a statement from Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications authority posted on Twitter, any voice and video apps that meet the rules will be allowed.

Here’s the tweet from CITC;

You can read Saudi’s CITC official announcement here, the translated version here.

Saudi Arabia block VoIP-based messenger more than 4 years ago. It make sense for the Kingdom to remove the block specially in a state of economic crunch, since an increase in data consumption will be an additional revenue for telecom provider.

DOST set to deploy hybrid electric road train in General Santos City

Newsbytes Ph;

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said General Santos City in Mindanao is set to test-run the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) developed by Filipino engineers from the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

The 40-meter long road train is expected to hit the highways of GenSan this October. It successfully concluded its trial run in Cebu City last February 2017.

The train consists of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that can hold up to 240 passengers per trip and is expected to provide technological solutions to urban transport concerns like traffic congestion of which General Santos City is currently facing.

It is mainly designed for roads and not for rails thus the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) only run a maximum speed of 50kph.

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Here’s a Look at the First Wave of Augmented Reality ARKit Apps Hitting the iOS App Store Today

Mitchel Broussard, writing for MacRumors;

With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit. With this technology, iOS developers can more easily craft AR experiences for users on compatible iPhones and iPads, using each device’s built-in cameras, processors, and motion sensors.

As of now, the first wave of these apps are available for you to download and test on the iOS 11 App Store. The first apps range from game updates to practical everyday tools and even apps that encourage a healthier lifestyle, with more refined experiences likely coming in the future once developers get a grasp on what users enjoy with the first wave of apps.

These apps are great specially if you showed it to kids.

I installed Edmunds and not included in the list; World Brush and Stack AR.