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Incipio Acquires Skullcandy For $177 Million To Expand Its Accessory Business

SD Asia Desk June 27, 2016

To expand its offering portfolio, mobile case maker Incipio is ready to acquire Skullcandy for $177 million. Skullcandy, known for making quality headphones and earplugs, is getting around $5.75 per share. Skullcandy is getting about 23% premium over Thursday’s closing price of $4.68. As a part of this deal, Incipio will also have Skullcandy’s Astro Gaming.

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Google Photos Now Lets You Sync Deleted Photos

Google has pushed out a new update to its Photos

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Online Ticketing Platform Travelyaari Closes $3 Million Bridge Round

Travelyaari, a Bangalore-based online ticketing platform, has raised $3 million

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Thailand To Welcome National E-Payment System, Starting In October

Thailand is set to launch its own national e-payment system

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Fujifilm Announces A Newer, Faster Instant Printer For Your Phone

Fujifilm has announced the second version of its portable instant

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TCL (Alcatel) Is Probably Making BlackBerry's Next Smartphone

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Incipio Acquires Skullcandy For $177 Million To Expand Its Accessory Business

SD Asia Desk World June 27, 2016

To expand its offering portfolio, mobile case maker Incipio is ready to acquire Skullcandy for $177 million. Skullcandy, known for making quality headphones and earplugs, is getting around $5.75 per share. Skullcandy is getting about 23% premium over Thursday’s closing price of $4.68. As a part of this deal, Incipio will also have Skullcandy’s Astro Gaming.

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Google Photos Now Lets You Sync Deleted Photos

Tousif Alam World June 27, 2016

Google has pushed out a new update to its Photos app that lets you sync deleted photos. Now, what that means is if you delete the local copy of an image using a third party photo management client, the Photos app will now ask you if you want to delete the backed-up copy of that image as well.

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Online Ticketing Platform Travelyaari Closes $3 Million Bridge Round

SD Asia Desk India June 27, 2016

Travelyaari, a Bangalore-based online ticketing platform, has raised $3 million in the latest funding round. Along with its existing investor GVFL Ltd., some other undisclosed investors have also participated. The newly raised capital will be used by the company for its expansion and marketing efforts. It currently has 200 employees and is now looking to triple its employee count.

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Thailand To Welcome National E-Payment System, Starting In October

SD Asia Desk Asia June 27, 2016

Thailand is set to launch its own national e-payment system which will turn smartphones or tablets into digital wallets. The scheme will begin in October with the launch of an e-money transfer service called PromptPay. PromptPay allows customers to transfer money online to recipients who hold accounts at same or different banks in the country, without any charges.

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Fujifilm Announces A Newer, Faster Instant Printer For Your Phone

SD Asia Desk World June 27, 2016

Fujifilm has announced the second version of its portable instant film printers, the Instax Share SP-2. It prints in 10 seconds and there is a new array of options for customization. The Instax Share SP-2 will be available in July in silver or gold finishes. It will cost $199 in the United States.

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TCL (Alcatel) Is Probably Making BlackBerry’s Next Smartphone

Tousif Alam World June 27, 2016

The next BlackBerry smartphone will be unveiled next month, according to the company’s CEO. He’s also previously said to expect two cheaper offerings this year compared to the high-end Priv – one with a physical keyboard and one without.

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Snapchat For Windows Phone Official App Is In The Works, Lumia Support Says

Tousif Alam World June 27, 2016

Replying to a user query on Twitter, a Lumia Support (Spain) staff revealed that Microsoft is working with their “friends” at Snapchat to bring the app.As for when the app will be made available, no exact time-frame was revealed – the tweet just said “soon.” Another thing worth mentioning here is that the revelation comes from a support member.

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Mobile App For Smooth Traffic To Be Launched In UP

SD Asia Desk India June 27, 2016

A mobile app will be launched in Uttar Pradesh to enable the commuters to get regular updates about traffic on their mobile phones. An orchestrated traffic management system will be launched to enable the commuters to get regular updates on mobile phones. The commuters can lodge their complaints about traffic system via the mobile app.

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Full Telecom Coverage By 2021

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh June 27, 2016

The government aims to achieve 100% telecom density by 2021 and connect 1,200, or about a quarter of the union parishads through optical fiber cable by 2018 under a new proposed telecom policy. The Telecommunications Division will place the draft of the new National Telecommunications Policy 2016 before the cabinet today, with a focus on ensuring quality services to consumers.

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Kalaari Capital Invests Rs 3.4 Crore In Cloud Security Startup ParaBlu

SD Asia Desk India June 26, 2016

Kalaari Capital has backed cloud security startup ParaBlu as a part of its newly-launched seed and incubation program — KStart. The VC firm has invested Rs 3.4 crore in the startup. ParaBlu provides intelligent cloud access security broker enabled cloud security solutions for enterprises helping them store business assets safely on the cloud.

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China Tightens Controls On Paid-For Internet Search Advertisements

SD Asia Desk China June 26, 2016

China’s internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid for and limiting their numbers. The Chinese government already exercises widespread controls over the internet and has sought to codify that policy in law.

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BBM’s Video Chat Feature Is Now Available Globally

Tousif Alam World June 26, 2016

BlackBerry has announced that the BBM video feature, which first started rolling out back in April this year in the US and Canada, is now available in regions worldwide. The announcement came from the company’s senior vice president Matthew Talbot.

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Twitter Launches Foursquare-Powered Location Tags For iOS Users

SD Asia Desk World June 26, 2016

Twitter has rolled out a new feature that will let users see tweets from a specific place, like a business, sports stadium or music festival. Foursquare, a search and discovery service mobile app, is powering precise place identification for this new Twitter feature. The new location feature is available to all iOS users and will go on other platforms later.

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New Yahoo Mail App Update Brings Several New Features, Including Ability To Preview Documents

Tousif Alam World June 26, 2016

Yahoo has started rolling out a new update to its Mail app on Android and iOS that brings along a slew of new features, including the ability to preview documents and disable swiping. The update also includes a new home screen widget as well as different levels of inbox spacing.

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YouTube Finally Starts Rolling Out Live-Streaming Feature

SD Asia Desk World June 26, 2016

YouTube is finally adding live-streaming support for both Android and iOS users. To start a live video, the users just need to tap on the big red capture button placed in the corner and select an image to be used as a thumbnail. Once done the users can start the live broadcast to followers.

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Microsoft Helping New Age Indian Startups To Develop SaaS Solutions On Microsoft Azure Platform

SD Asia Desk India June 26, 2016

Microsoft is keen to play a major role in the booming Indian startup ecosystem. It is particularly supporting new age cloud-based Indian startups through its public cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Today the company showcased some of its marquee SaaS solutions for enterprises and organizations, developed by these modern born-in-the-cloud startups.

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Online Education Firm Coursera Keen To Partner With Indian Companies

SD Asia Desk India June 26, 2016

Online education firm Coursera is focussing on partnering Indian enterprises for corporate learning solutions as part of its efforts to expand its presence in the country. Coursera, which counts India as its third largest learner market after the US and China, has 1.3 million users here. Globally, it has a user base of 19 million learners.

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WhatsApp Working On Music Sharing, Public Groups And Large Emoji For iOS

SD Asia Desk World June 26, 2016

WhatsApp is now working on new features, including the ability to share music, which will be a first for its iOS app. Users can share music that is stored locally on an iPhone and also share tunes from Apple Music. Additionally, the app will get some much-awaited features like public groups, mentions, and larger emoji.

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Guided Support With Screen Sharing Possibly Coming To Nexus Devices

Tousif Alam World June 26, 2016

Google may be working on a guided assistance feature for upcoming Nexus devices dubbed Google Support. The app will allow support agents to access your screen (upon your consent, naturally), so that they’ll be able to more easily assess the issue and help you solve it.

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Google, Facebook To Block Extremist Video

SD Asia Desk World June 26, 2016

YouTube owned by Google and Facebook is using sophisticated technology to remove extremist content from their sites. Although the companies have not admitted to the policy, sources say the technology exists to take down videos from a database of banned content and also identify new postings related to extremist actions such as beheading or an inciting violence speech.

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Mustafa Jabbar Set To Lead BASIS

Tousif Alam Bangladesh June 26, 2016

Mustafa Jabbar, owner of Ananda Computers, is all set to be the next president of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, after his panel clinched seven out of the nine director posts at the triennial election.The panel of Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh, won the remaining two posts of BASIS at the election.

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Mi App Store Crosses 50 Billion Downloads Milestone

Tousif Alam World June 26, 2016

Xiaomi has announced that its Mi App Store has crossed the 50 billion downloads milestone, a feat it achieved in just four years – the app store was launched back in 2012. The figure stood at 35 billion in December last year and 40 billion at the end of Q1 2016.

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Didi Chuxing Strikes Again With US$400M From China’s Leading Trading And Real Estate Conglomerate

SD Asia Desk China June 25, 2016

China’s leading state-owned trading and real-estate conglomerate Poly Group today announced that it has invested a total of US$400 million in Didi Chuxing, through a joint venture fund. The investment translates into a shareholding of close to 1.45 per cent, bringing Didi Chuxing’s valuation to above US$27.6 billion.

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Shanghai-Based Startup Italki Raises US$3M To Help Chinese Students Find Language Tutors

SD Asia Desk China June 25, 2016

Shanghai-based language teacher marketplace italki has raised a US$3 million Series A funding from Baidu-backed Hujiang, China’s largest e-learning platform. This newly-raised capital will be channeled towards growing its operations and mobile platform, as well as expand its one-on-one language lesson model. Currently, italki supports over 3,000 active language tutors who deliver lessons in over 75 language.

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Hug Innovations Has Developed A Next-Generation Wearable Device

SD Asia Desk India June 25, 2016

Based out of Hyderabad and the US, Hug Innovations has developed a next-generation wearable device. With a simple but elite design, this wristwatch can act as your food companion, safety device, and can also control your other devices with the flick of a wrist. The smartwatch will be available for INR 9,999 (US$147) on Flipkart from August this year.

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Rocket Internet Merges Ecommerce Sites Daraz And Kaymu Across Asia

SD Asia Desk Asia June 25, 2016

German startup juggernaut Rocket Internet announced today the merger of its e-commerce marketplaces Daraz and Kaymu under a new entity Daraz Group. In Pakistan and Bangladesh the two e-commerce sites will continue to be separate. In the other countries they’ll be merged under a single brand name.

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Logistics Management Startup FarEye Raises $3.5m

Tousif Alam India June 23, 2016

Delhi-based startup FarEye, which makes products like GPS vehicle tracking systems, raised series A funding worth US$3.5 million from investors Saif Partners, the company said today.The funds raised are “purely growth funds” and will be used to expand its business to new markets, FarEye said in a statement.  

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Huawei Tones Down Its 2016 Sales Target, Now Aiming To Sell 120 Million Units

Tousif Alam World June 23, 2016

Huawei managed to sell over 100 million (108 million to be precise) smartphones last year. Now, for the year 2016, the Chinese company is aiming at selling comparatively more handsets.Reports say Huawei’s initial target for the ongoing year was 140 million, but it has now been reduced to 120 million.  

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Instagram Is Adding Automatic In-App Text Translation

SD Asia Desk World June 23, 2016

 Instagram will soon start translating comments, captions, and user bios. The image-sharing social network announced that it would be adding the feature in the coming month. The text will be machine translated from the original language to the language selected in the user’s app settings, and will be visible by tapping a new “see translation” option under comments and captions.

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Mobikon Acquires MassBlurb To Convert Restaurants’ ‘Likes’ And Followers On Social Media Into Business

SD Asia Desk Asia June 23, 2016

Mobikon, a customer engagement and marketing platform for restaurants with operations in various countries across Asia, has announced the acquisition of MassBlurb, an automated online marketing platform for restaurants. The acquisition will enable Mobikon to offer customer engagement solutions on social networking platforms, allowing restaurants to generate social leads, converting likes and followers to business.

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Botsify Helps You Build Facebook Chatbots Without Knowing How To Code

SD Asia Desk World June 23, 2016

Botsify is a startup that helps you build a Facebook bot without knowing how to code. Think of it as a Wix or Shopify equivalent for an AI-powered chat. “We are focusing on people who don’t know how to code, who know nothing about chatbots and want to increase conversions to their business,” explains Usama Noman, co-founder of Botsify.

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Facebook Reactions Are Coming To Virtual Reality

SD Asia Desk World June 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Facebook doubled down on that sentiment by enhancing one of its central features. Now you can add Reactions (those animated emoji on Facebook) to Facebook 360 videos when using Gear VR. In order to see or create the Reactions, users will need to update their Oculus Video app and connect to their Facebook accounts.

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Get A Free Moto 360 Sport When You Buy A 64GB Moto X Pure Edition

SD Asia Desk World June 23, 2016

From now until June 28, Motorola will throw in free Moto 360 Sport with 64GB Moto X Pure Edition. The discount will apply automatically if both are added to cart. The Moto X Pure Edition costs just $399 and the Moto 360 Sport currently costs $199.99, but with this deal, you can get it for free.

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Circle Takes $60M To Grow Its Social Payments Biz Globally, As It Steps Into China

SD Asia Desk China June 23, 2016

Circle is now stepping into China — revealing today it’s set up a separate company, called Circle China, with the aim of serving Chinese consumers. Also today it’s announcing a $60 million Series D, including from a syndicate of Chinese strategic investors, to fuel the growth of its global business as a whole.

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Google Adds Option To Approve Login Verification Through Android Or iOS Device

Tousif Alam World June 23, 2016

Google has now added the option to allow you to approve login on another device from your primary smartphone or tablet. You will have to set up one of your devices for this. It could be an Android device, in which case you don’t have to do much on the device side, or an iOS device, where you will have

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Send Text To Verify If The Medicine Is Counterfeit Or Not

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh June 23, 2016

Renata has introduced a new method to verify the authenticity of two of their over-the-counter drugs. While buying drugs you can text the unique number printed on the back to 2777 and immediately, you would be notified whether the product is original or you are being fooled. This has happened thanks to the start-up Panacea Live Ltd and Renata Ltd.

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Amazon Intros New Thinner, Lighter Entry-Level Kindle With More Storage

Tousif Alam World June 23, 2016

The new generation kindly still starts at $79.99 (with ads), but it’s 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the previous model. It’s also got more built-in storage, now 4GB, and Bluetooth Audio which means you can use the VoiceView screen reader. The new Kindle is now available in white too, alongside the classic black color.

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Grameenphone Launches ‘Grameenphone Express’ To Digitalize Life

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh June 23, 2016

Grameenphone launched Grameenphone Express on Wednesday, a base of 1000+ one-stop store for devices and digital products to help its customers embrace digital lifestyle. GP Express will be situated at convenient locations where customers can meet their needs for Smartphones & Devices, e-commerce, GP Apps, 3rd Party Apps along with many other upcoming products like Post-Paid, accessories and more.

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Dropbox Announces New Productivity Features, Including Document Scanning

Tousif Alam World June 23, 2016

Popular cloud-storage service Dropbox has announced a number of productivity features today. The company says these features are aimed at simplifying, unifying, and securing your work.Dropbox now also lets you create Microsoft Office docs on mobile – the feature can be accessed by tapping the new plus button.

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Evernote’s Paid-Only Passcode Lock Feature Is Now Available To All Users

Tousif Alam World June 22, 2016

Popular online note-taking service Evernote has announced that its passcode lock feature, which has been paid-only until now, is now available to all users on mobile. This means that you can access the feature even if you’re using the free version of the service.

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