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Petition filed in Supreme Court to ban Whatsapp in India

SD Asia Desk May 3, 2016

Sudhir Yadav, an RTI Activist from Gurgaon recently filed a petition to completely ban Whatsapp in India. After Whatsapp decided to encrypt messages on their platform, Sudhir worries- if terrorist exchange message through Whatsapp, Indian Intelligence will not be able to read them or take action. If Whatsapp’ encryption policy is breaking Indian laws, actions may be taken by court.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Will Have USB Type-C Connector

The latest mumbling says in no uncertain terms that the

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Chegg Acquires Startup Imagine Easy Solutions

The online textbook service Chegg today has acquired Imagine Easy

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08:  (CHINA OUT) Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber Technologies, attends the launching conference of Baidu's AI-powered digital assistant "Duer" during the 2015 Baidu Technology Innovation Conference on September 8, 2015 in Beijing, China. Li said: "the new digital assistant "Duer" that will be integrated into its latest mobile search app and use artificial intelligence to tailor suggestions to a user's tastes" and it also already handle requests for restaurant bookings and food delivery, pet grooming services and film ticket sales.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Uber expands partnership with Alipay in China

To attract the Chinese customers, Uber is expanding their 2

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Benchmark Listing Purportedly Reveals 3GB RAM Variant Of Meizu Pro 6

Less than a month after the Meizu Pro 6 was

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Google Brings Play Store Carrier Billing To India

Google has announced that it will be launching the Play

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Petition filed in Supreme Court to ban Whatsapp in India

SD Asia Desk India May 3, 2016

Sudhir Yadav, an RTI Activist from Gurgaon recently filed a petition to completely ban Whatsapp in India. After Whatsapp decided to encrypt messages on their platform, Sudhir worries- if terrorist exchange message through Whatsapp, Indian Intelligence will not be able to read them or take action. If Whatsapp’ encryption policy is breaking Indian laws, actions may be taken by court.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Will Have USB Type-C Connector

Tousif Alam World May 3, 2016

The latest mumbling says in no uncertain terms that the successor to the Note5 will have a USB Type-C port, which will thus make its first ever appearance in the Korean company’s portfolio. It will replace the ever-prevalent microUSB connector. Galaxy Note 6 will have a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen.

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Chegg Acquires Startup Imagine Easy Solutions

Shuvo World May 3, 2016

The online textbook service Chegg today has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions for $24 million. It is a company behind online bibliography and research tools like EasyBib and similar tools like Citation Machine, BibMe and Cite This For Me. So far, the platform has helped students managing more than 1.4 billion bibliography.

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BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 08:  (CHINA OUT) Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber Technologies, attends the launching conference of Baidu's AI-powered digital assistant "Duer" during the 2015 Baidu Technology Innovation Conference on September 8, 2015 in Beijing, China. Li said: "the new digital assistant "Duer" that will be integrated into its latest mobile search app and use artificial intelligence to tailor suggestions to a user's tastes" and it also already handle requests for restaurant bookings and food delivery, pet grooming services and film ticket sales.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Uber expands partnership with Alipay in China

SD Asia Desk China May 3, 2016

To attract the Chinese customers, Uber is expanding their 2 years partnership with popular Chinese digital payments app Alipay. It will also let the customers pay for rides using Alipay when they travel to more than 68 countries and 400 cities. As part of the partnership, Uber’s service will now also be available through Alipay’s mobile app.

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Benchmark Listing Purportedly Reveals 3GB RAM Variant Of Meizu Pro 6

Tousif Alam World May 3, 2016

Less than a month after the Meizu Pro 6 was announced, a purported variant of the device has been spotted on GeekBench. The listing reveals a Pro 6 variant with 3GB RAM, compared to the 4GB RAM that the standard model packs. Before the Pro 6’s announcement – it could instead be a prototype Pro 6 model as well.

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Google Brings Play Store Carrier Billing To India

Tousif Alam India May 3, 2016

Google has announced that it will be launching the Play Store carrier billing feature in India soon. The feature will initially only be available to customers of local carrier Idea Cellular, although it’d reasonable to assume other major carriers will also make it the whitelist eventually.

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Big Google Keyboard update brings one-handed mode, layout tweaks and more!

SD Asia Desk World May 3, 2016

Google keyboard brought some new updates including one handed mode. One can easily adjust the keyboard for left- or right-handed use in the keyboard’s settings. Another update is the ability to customize the keyboard height for different hand sizes. Another interface tweak is an emoji shortcut offering quicker access to the colorful characters.

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AT&T Starts Pre-Orders For The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 On May 6

Tousif Alam World May 3, 2016

AT&T has just announced that it will offer Samsung’s 8-inch Galaxy Tab E to its customers. The carrier will begin taking pre-orders for the device on May 6, which is this coming Friday.You’ll be able to pick one up for $0 down, then followed by 20 monthly payments of $10.

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Baxi crosses 150K rides, launching new non-data app

SD Asia Desk India May 3, 2016

Baxi- the bike taxi startup has completed an impressive 150,000 rides on its platform. The bikes operate between 8 am and 11 pm, and are available at all the major Metro stations in Gurugram and Faridabad. Last month, the company had announced the launch of a new non-data app for the Android users which is the first in the world.

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Accel Partners to raise around $400-$500 million fund for startups in India

SD Asia Desk India May 3, 2016

Accel Partners has planned to raise around $400-$500 million in their fifth India focused fund by the end of this year. Accel had invested in startups brands like – BookMyShow, Flipkart, FreshDesk, Myntra, and they have become big companies now. Many of these startups will soon need subsequent rounds of financing. The new fund could be focused towards those startups.

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Amazon Offers Discounts On Most Fire Tablets

Tousif Alam World May 3, 2016

Amazon is currently selling most of the Fire tablets at discounted rates, including the Fire HD 7, HD 6, HDX 8.9, HD 10, as well as the Fire Kids Edition.The 7-inch Fire tablet, for example, is currently going for $39.99. Similarly, the HD 6, 10, and HDX 8.9 are now available for $69.99, $179.99, and $399.99.

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WhatsApp Working On Native Windows And Mac Apps

Tousif Alam World May 3, 2016

After launching WhatsApp on web, the company may be working on native apps for Windows and Mac. It’s not clear why WhatsApp would want to invest in developing native apps when it already has a web client, which is easier to develop, can be updated automatically anytime they want without the user having to download anything.

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UBER Is Facing Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit

Shuvo World May 3, 2016

Less than a month after Uber has settled down two class-action lawsuits, the company is now about to face a nationwide lawsuit across the United States. The lawsuit has asked the court to classify Uber drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. So far, Uber has offered several concessions, the biggest begin $100 million.

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Bangladesh Bank To Conduct Campaign To Support Investors

Shuvo Bangladesh May 3, 2016

To build up confidence among the investors, the security regulator, merchant banks, and stock brokers have agreed to conduct a campaign on the central bank’s latest policy supports. The decision of conducting the campaign was taken at a meeting, held at the office of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) on Monday.

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Travel Startup Tripfez Has Raised US$750,000 Million In Seed Funding

Shuvo India May 3, 2016

Kuala Lampur-based online travel startup  Tripfez has announced that it has secured US$750,000 of seed funding let by Gobi Partners and Intres Capital. Tripfez enables travelers to discover, compare and complete bookings that fit their needs, while offering tips for a wide range of destinations around the world. The startup claims to feature more than 200,000 properties world-wide.

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Startup Accelerator Program “InsurTech” launched in India by Swiss Re

SD Asia Desk India May 3, 2016

Swiss Re is launching a startup accelerator program called “InsurTech” in India. The program is aimed to help startups develop business solutions for the insurance sectors. The themes for the programs are chosen as Internet of Things (IoT), system of engagement and smart analytics. The accelerator program is being managed by Kyron.

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Accel Partners To Raise Around $400-500 Million In Its Fifth India-Focused Fund

Shuvo World May 3, 2016

Accel Partners is planning to raise around $400-500-Million in its fifth India-focused fund. Accel Partners entered India in 2008 when it acquired Erasmic Venture Fund. Since then, the firm has backed hundreds of companies such as BookMyShow, Freshdesk, and Myntra, among others. Recently, Mumbai-based early stage VC firm Matrix has raised $110 million from Accel Partners.

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Google Acquires Another Startup

Shuvo World May 3, 2016

Google has yet acquired another startup called Synergyse. It is a Toronto-based startup that offers a training service specifically for Google Apps. The startup has big plans for Google App store, as it is going add Synergize Training, which is a Chrome extension later this year. The startup was founded by former Googlers Varun Malhotra and Majid Manzarpour.

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GP Launches Affordable Smartphone For Everyone

Shuvo Bangladesh May 2, 2016

Grameenphone has launched the affordable LAVA Iris 505 and the Okapia Alo at a local hotel to enable current feature phone users to upgrade to smartphones. The smartphone is priced at only 2945 packs a 4.0” TFT WVGA Screen, a 1.3 GHz Dual Core processor. Currently, these are the lowest priced 3G-enabled smartphones in the local market.

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Grameen Bank Inks MoU with SureCash

Shuvo Bangladesh May 2, 2016

Grameen Bank (GB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use SureCash mobile payment platform for its operation. GB members will use SureCash payment platform to receive loans, make installment payments and save money using their own phones on a pilot basis. The new service will bring a new dimension in microfinance globally.

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Intex Planning IPO Of 700 Crores For Expansion

Shuvo World May 2, 2016

Intex, one of the top five smartphone brands in India, is planning to raise 700 crores through an IPOs, reports Livemint. They have recently hired a couple of domestic banks to manage the process and have begun working on the IPO. The money could be used in the expansion of 4G devices.  

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LG Has Developed a New Fingerprint Technology

Shuvo World May 2, 2016

LG has announced that it had developed a new fingerprint sensor that has slotted into a tiny 0.01-inch space cut into the underside of smartphone cover glass. Allowing device designers to incorporate fingerprint readers without dedicated buttons, pads, or other exposed elements. LG hasn’t said anything about the availability of the technology in any of the smartphones.

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Lenovo Starts Rolling Out Vibe P1 Marshmallow Update

Tousif Alam World May 2, 2016

Lenovo has started rolling out the Marshmallow update to its Vibe P1 smartphone, which was launched late last year. The Chinese company announced the roll-out in a post on its official forums. Given that the OTA roll out has just begin, it may take some time for the update to hit your device.

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ZUK Z1 Will Be Powered By Cyanogen OS In India, Lenovo Confirms

Tousif Alam India May 2, 2016

Lenovo has confirmed that the ZUK Z1, which is set to launched in India soon, will come with Cyanogen OS out-of-the-box in the country. The confirmation came from Anuj Sharma, head of the company’s Product Marketing division. In India, Micromax’s sub-brand Yu Televentures has had an exclusive deal with Cyanogen since 2014.

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Facebook validated the bot movement for businesses

SD Asia Desk World May 2, 2016

Facebook once again had a new shift of attention to a new technological plane within the mobile space. They validated bot movement for business. Bot are expected to be the start of a personalized interaction with a company. Bot will make the messaging app more convenient and connect user to the company easily.

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AI Raises $4M To Startup DigitalGenius for customer service agents

SD Asia Desk World May 2, 2016

DigitalGenius has announced its Human+AI customer service, along with a $4.1 million seed investment. The platform integrates with existing customer service software suites- like Salesforce, Zendesk, and Oracle — to automate the most repetitive parts of customer service through AI. These will use the historical transcripts of customer service logs and create what are called mathematical vectors out of words.

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HTC Starts Mother’s Day Promo For The One M9 And One A9

Tousif Alam World May 2, 2016

HTC is getting ready for Mother’s Day with a special sale that’s already available at its US online store. The offer is clearly targeted toward people wanting to gift a new smartphone to their mothers. You get a choice between the pink HTC One M9 and the “deep garnet” HTC One A9.

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TRAFI Making Public Transport Convenient In India

SD Asia Desk India May 2, 2016

TRAFI works as an enabler for public transportation and works by aggregating and showcasing different transport modes like buses, trains, bike-share and metros and giving route suggestions based on convenience and speed. The app is also available on an offline mode. India’s traffic makes it quite challenging but TRAFI’s objective is to make transportation convenient for people.

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32GB Moto X (2nd Gen) Is Now Down To $199.99 Unlocked

Tousif Alam World May 2, 2016

Motorola is currently offering up the 2nd gen Moto X for $199.99 carrier-free, and we’re talking about the version with 32GB of storage. This is quite the price drop even compared to its previous level of $349.99.You can even use the MotoMaker service to customize your device as you want it.

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Xiaomi’s New Mi Bunny Is A Smartwatch Aimed At Kids, Costs Under $50

Tousif Alam World May 2, 2016

Xiaomi has launched a kid-focused smartwatch dubbed Mi Bunny. The device offers connectivity options including WiFi and Bluetooth, along with GPS/GLONASS tracking. It also features an SOS button pressing which sends the GPS location of the device along with a few seconds of audio recording.

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Downfall In Apple’s Stock

SD Asia Desk Uncategorized, World May 2, 2016

Apple’s stock market has suffered the most since 2013. One of the influential shareholders Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. China was expected to be a major growth engine, but progress there has been a let-down. Though the stock is down by 1.14%, it is expected to improve in the fall with the launch of the next iPhone.

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Material Design Update For YouTube

SD Asia Desk World May 2, 2016

YouTube has a new update of material design. This is for making it more user friendly for the channel users. It is much modern and clearer than before. Display picture, cover photo has been redesigned and animation has been made for fluent for user friendliness. The subscribe and support are more raised and upfront.

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BTRC To Take Tk 430cr From Sonali Bank To Start Satellite Project

Shuvo Bangladesh May 2, 2016

The telecom regulator will take a Tk 430 crore loan from Sonali Bank to finance the launch of the country’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 in 2017. Before asking Sonali Bank, the regulator tried and failed to secure the loans for the project from foreign banks. Regulators are already in the sixth month since the deal was signed with the satellite company.

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Vehicle Maintenance Startup MotoMojo Secures Seed Round

Shuvo India May 2, 2016

MotoMojo, a mobile app based vehicle maintenance startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in the seed round from the founders of Ventes Avenues.  MotoMojo connects users to local garages and vendors using an app-based on-demand hyperlocal model. The app directs users to the nearest providers of the service they are looking for.

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Bangladesh Is Lagging In Growth Related Indicators

Shuvo Bangladesh May 2, 2016

The World Bank said it is difficult to reconcile Bangladesh government’s 7.05 percent economic growth estimate for the current fiscal year. Bangladesh is so far lagging in growth-related indicators. Last fiscal year, economic growth accelerated 6.55%. Other than exports, private sector credit growth crept up in fiscal 2015-16 compared to fiscal 2014-15.

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YouTube Is Fixing The Content ID To Help Content Creators Earn More

Shuvo World April 30, 2016

YouTube has announced that it is introducing certain changes to their Content ID system, which was launched to help the content creators keep track of their original videos and protect them from being replicated. Once the changes are done, the revenue would be transferred from the reserve account to partners account.  

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Beximco Launches Satellite TV Service In Bangladesh

Shuvo Bangladesh April 30, 2016

Beximco Communications has recently launched RealVU, a direct-to-home satellite television service, for the Bangladesh market. RealVU signal is available everywhere across the country and the product will be available at selected and authorised trade partner locations in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong divisions. Beximco Communications is a joint venture of Beximco Holdings of Bangladesh and the GS Group holding company.

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Microsoft Buying 1 Zettabyte Storage Made Of DNA

Shuvo World April 28, 2016

Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology startup Twist Bioscience to test the use of genetic material to store data. Using DNA for data storage is a new field for the company. A custom DNA sequence costs about 10-cents per base, with Twist Microsoft is hoping to get that cost down to 2-cents.

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Security Updates Hit Samsung Galaxy A8 And Galaxy A3

Tousif Alam World April 28, 2016

Samsung has started rolling out security updates to a couple of its A series smartphones, including the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A3. The former (model SM-A800F) is getting the April security patch, with the update bumping the firmware version to A800FXXU1APD1.

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Apple Starts Deploying Carekit For Health Apps

Shuvo World April 28, 2016

Apple has started rolling out Carekit, a mobile software framework for health apps. The framework will help developers to build health apps on iOS devices. Carekit works in a similar way to Apple’s Researchkit, a tool enabling developers to pull in large amounts of research data over iOS devices

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