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Robi Extends Its Customer Care Service

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir September 1, 2015

Mobile operator Robi has recently launched mini walk-in-cnters, WICs. These will serve as touch points and will offer similar services as other Robi customer care outlets. These mini WICs will be setup in the district and upazila levels to reach more customers. So far 11 mini WICs have been inaugurated and many others will operate soon. – Bangla news link

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Online Kenakata Makes Ecommerce Selling Easy For Bangladeshi Merchants

Newly launched Bangladeshi ecommerce endeavor, Online Kenakata is offering an

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GEG Holds Workshop About IT Usage For Education

Google Educator Group, GEG has held a workshop about using

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LinkedIn Finally Lets You Send Emoji And GIFs

LinkedIn launched an updated version of their messaging feature on

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New Macbook Air Launched In Bangladesh

The new Macbook Air has hit Bangladeshi IT market. The

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Robi Extends Its Customer Care Service

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

Mobile operator Robi has recently launched mini walk-in-cnters, WICs. These will serve as touch points and will offer similar services as other Robi customer care outlets. These mini WICs will be setup in the district and upazila levels to reach more customers. So far 11 mini WICs have been inaugurated and many others will operate soon. – Bangla news link

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GEG Holds Workshop About IT Usage For Education

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

Google Educator Group, GEG has held a workshop about using IT, Google Apps and Android One in the field of education at Rupnagar Model College in Dhaka. Around 40 students of the college took part in the workshop. GEG staff said, they have started IT awareness programs in various educational institutes in the capital. – Bangla news link  

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LinkedIn Finally Lets You Send Emoji And GIFs

Shuvo World September 1, 2015

LinkedIn launched an updated version of their messaging feature on Tuesday which includes chat threads, ability to add emoji and GIFs. This new feature will improve the evolving communication thread within LinkedIn. LinkedIn is also exploring intelligent messaging assistants—similar to Facebook’s messenger feature “M”, wrote Mark Hull, LinkedIn’s director of product management.

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New Macbook Air Launched In Bangladesh

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

The new Macbook Air has hit Bangladeshi IT market. The laptop is being distributed by Smart Technologies. It features Core i5 1.6 Ghz processor, 13.3 inch display, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 5000 Graphics and 256GB SSD. The new Macbook Air is priced Taka 115500 in Bangladesh. – Bangla news link

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Bangladeshi Ferry Tickets To Be Digitized

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

Under the “One ticket for all public transport” slogan, Bangladeshi ferry tickets will be digitized from 1st Oct’15 through collaboration with Japan’s aid agency, JAICA. At first, Paturia, Daulatdia and Kazirhat ferry piers will be brought under the “Rapid Pass Card” digital ticketing system. It will cost Taka 200 and can be recharged through ATM booths. – Bangla news link

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Essay Application For Telenor Youth Forum 2015

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir World September 1, 2015

Registrants for Telenor Youth Forum 2015, to be held in December this year in Oslo, Norway, are required to submit an essay on the topic “Knowledge for All”. It can be a short description of any idea, a personal experience story or a vision for the future. Registrants can choose to answer any 1 from 3 essay questions.

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AdTech Startup ‘PopSlide’ Gives Free Credit

Saaran Zaman Asia September 1, 2015

PopSlide is a lock screen reward-based advertising product from Singapore-based tech firm Yoyo. Users can gather points by swiping their lock screens to look at mobile ads. When ready, they can redeem points for free mobile credit. PopSlide’s fate in Indonesia will be determined by readiness of local firms to commit to mobile advertising.

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3rd Bangladesh Investment Summit In Singapore Today

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

To promote Bangladesh as a viable investment destination, 3rd Bangladesh Investment Summit is being held today, 1st Sept’15 in Singapore. The event is organized by Finance Asia in association with Asian Investor, The City Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh. Around 100 representatives will attend the event. – Bangla news link

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Increased Power Prices Effective From Today

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh September 1, 2015

Increased electricity and gas power prices have gone into effect from today, 1st Sept’15 in Bangladesh. Despite drawing huge criticism, the government has raised gas prices by 26.29% and electricity prices by 2.97% across all major sectors. This price hike will result in extra spending of Taka 2500 for businesses and startups, it has been estimated. – Bangla news link

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Latest iOS Allows Users To Block Ads

Tousif Alam World September 1, 2015

Apple’s latest iOS will allow users to block ads on their smartphones. The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser. Making ad blockers available on iOS is expected to prompt more consumers to use the technology.

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Project Loon For Sri Lanka

Saaran Zaman Asia September 1, 2015

Project Loon is a network of balloons. As per Google, the main intentions are: Connecting people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters. Loon for Sri Lanka Helps build the brand value of the country as a whole and also of the telecom providers who join hands with the project.

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Google Adds Weather Forecasts And Public Alerts For Hurricane Season

Tousif Alam World September 1, 2015

Google has been working on weather forecasts and Public Alerts since Hurricane Katrina hit ten years ago.Now Google has added the weather trackers, safety advice and more features to its search results. When users ask for information about storms in their area, Google will provide a proximity-based weather tracker, forecast, details about the storm itself and safety tips.

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Alibaba Invests In Startup Light Chaser’s First Feature Film ‘Little Door Gods’

Shuvo China September 1, 2015

In order to tap into China’s massive movie industry, Alibaba’ film unit, Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd. is planning to team up with a Beijing-based startup Light Chaser Animation Studio. Alibaba has signed a deal to invest in the startup’s upcoming movie—Little Door Gods. Last year, Light Chaser raised $20 million funding from GGV Capital and Chengwei Capital.

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DOOGEE Releases New F5 Flagship Smartphone

Tousif Alam World September 1, 2015

DOOGEE has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone DOOGEE F5. According to the company, the F5’s body is made from liquid metal which is more resistant to nicks, scuffs, and scratches. F5 features a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor, an ARM Mali-720 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity.

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‘Line’ Introduces A Launcher App For Android Devices

Saaran Zaman World September 1, 2015

Line, the Japanese messaging company, has released an Android launcher app. Launcher apps essentially take central control of an Android device, allowing a user to customize the look, feel and usage of their device. The Line launcher also recommends apps for download for its users and has souped up notifications for the core Line chat app.

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Google’s Android Wear Available for iOS

Saaran Zaman World September 1, 2015

Google’s Android Wear iOS companion app will be available in the App Store. The app will allow owners of a compatible Android Wear to pair the device with an iPhone, customize watchfaces, and adjust settings. At launch, only the $350 LG Watch Urbane is compatible with Android Wear for iOS, but Google promises all future Android Wear watches will work.

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Google Chrome Improving The Speaker Symbol

Saaran Zaman World September 1, 2015

In future iterations of Google Chrome, open tabs will not begin playing any type of audio unless said tab is active and in the foreground. All the better, this will even be the case when video on a website is set to autoplay. Expect the aforementioned feature to be ready for wide release sometime between October and mid-November.

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Samsung’s Releases New Smartwatch Gear S2

Shuvo World September 1, 2015

Samsung has launched its new smartwatch Gear S2. The round framed Gear S2 is embedded with a 3G e-SIM card that can make calls and slurp data without a phone. Gear S2 also includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. It has a dual-core (1GHz processor), 4GB storage, heart-rate monitor, 1.2-inch-diameter AMOLED display (360X360) with a battery life of 2-3 days.

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Twitter’s New Photo And Video Editing Tools

Shuvo World September 1, 2015

Twitter is planning to launch a bunch of photo and video editing tools (stickers, doodles, text), which supposedly will allow users to show-off their creativity. The updates are already available for some celebrities (Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, etc). Twitter is mainly targeting singing sensations to promote this new feature.

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Startup CatchThatBus Raises $1.5 Million In Pre-Series A Funding

Shuvo Asia September 1, 2015

Startup CatchThatBus, an online bus ticketing service, has raised a US$1.5 million pre-series A round fund from Jungle Ventures and 500 Startups. Currently, the startup is operational in Singapore and Malaysia. The startup lets users book cross-country trips between both countries through its website or app. Users can also view real-time information on schedule and seat availability through its app.

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Alibaba and JD.com Target Customers Rural China

Shuvo China September 1, 2015

China’s e-commerce giants, Alibaba and JD.com Inc have been experiencing a slowdown in the growth of their urban customers. Their new target is Rural China. Alibaba and JD.com Inc, which make up a combined 80% share of the $440 billion retail e-commerce market in China, each aim to reach 100,000 country villages by the end of the decade.

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Ratan Tata Invests In Startup Infinite Analytics

Shuvo India September 1, 2015

Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in big data analytics startup Infinite Analytics. The startup helps businesses to analyze huge amount of data to find patterns, unknown correlations, and hidden insights. The Startup will use the newly raised fund to scale up its operations in retail sectors. Currently, the startup provides its services to AirBnB, eBay and Croma Retail.

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USAID And Telenor Help To Accelerate Pakistani Development Sectors

Shuvo Asia September 1, 2015

USAID and Telenor have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support initiatives in the field of socio-economic progress in Pakistan. The MoU will make a gateway for innovative mobile solutions in energy, health, education, governance, and agriculture sectors. USAID partnered up with Pakistan’s NUST and UET to provide solutions to energy inefficiency.

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Board Of Investment (BoI) To Merge with the Privatizations Commission—Cabinet Approves

Shuvo Bangladesh September 1, 2015

The cabinet has approved a proposed draft which will merge the Board of Investment (BoI) with the Privatizations Commission, creating a new entity—Investment Development Authority (BIDA). BIDA will expedite investment, reduce bureaucratic tangles, and speed up government decisions. All the assets and liabilities of BoI and Privatizations Commission will be transferred to BIDA.

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Magnito Digital Wins Commward 2015 Award

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh August 31, 2015

Bangladeshi digital ad agency, Magnito Digital has won 2 awards at Commward 2015, the most prestigious advertising event in Bangladesh organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum. Magnito won gold award for its Grameenphone: 5 Crore – Hand Delivering Emotions campaign and silver award for Banglalink’s “Detective Rana” video series. – Bangla news link

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Japan Most Funded Startup – Metaps – Goes Public

Saaran Zaman Japan August 31, 2015

Metaps, the app monetization platform, stock started trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on August 28 at an opening price of JPY 3,040 (US$25). Founded in 2007, the startup received Series C round of US$36 million and has staked its claim as Japan’s most funded startup with a disclosed total funding of US$52.5 million.

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T-Mobile Issues Warning For Unlimited Data Users

Saaran Zaman World August 31, 2015

T-Mobile is today issuing a warning to their internet users. With its $80 unlimited data plan, T-Mobile already offers a generous 7GB limit for tethering purposes. Starting today, those users will receive a warning from the Uncarrier imploring them to stop immediately. Failing to heed that warning will result in customers being permanently kicked off of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan.

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Japan’s Dentsu Ventures Invests In Startup Agolo

Shuvo World August 31, 2015

Dentsu Ventures announced on Friday, it has invested in NYC-based startup Ninoh. Ninoh has developed a curated content publishing platform called Agolo, which uses natural language processing and big data analysis engine to sort out and reedit an enormous amount of reports, articles, social network posts, news, images, etc. Agolo won the NYC chapter of Innovation Weekend World Tour (2015).

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Startup Kabuku Raises $3.3 Million From Global Brain

Shuvo Japan August 31, 2015

Tokyo-based startup Kabuku has raised US$3.3M from Global Brain. Launched in 2013, the startup is known for its 3D printing service brand Rinkak. Kabuku provides customized choices of fabricated body parts or interiors for Toyota i-road. The newly raised funds will be used to develop a cloud-based production management system for 3D-prining factories.

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Facebook Adds Tool To Detect Unauthorized Video Posts

Shuvo World August 31, 2015

Facebook Inc. is planning to introduce a video-matching-technology product designed to quickly identify videos that are duplicates of the account owners. It will prevent any video from being posted without its owner’s permission. Currently, Facebook relies on Audible Magic to help it identify unauthorized video content through audio fingerprinting—which hasn’t been effective in recent years.

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‘Swipe Ace’ The 3G-Enabled Voice Calling Tab Launched at Rs. 7,299

Qazi Aiman Haq India August 31, 2015

Swipe Technologies has announced that the Swipe Ace will be available online on websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc. The tablet features a 6.95-inch display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Android 4.4 KitKat-based tablet comes with 16GB inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 32GB via microSD.

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LG Unveils 23-Karat Gold Plated Smartwatch

Tousif Alam World August 31, 2015

Tech giant LG has unveiled its Watch Urbane Luxe smartwatch. 23-karat gold finish smartwatch is coupled with an alligator leather strap. LG has produced only 500 Watch Urbane Luxe smartwatches. The smartwatch’s Initial availability is limited to the USA and the cost is $1,200.

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Now Book Kolkata’s Iconic ‘Yellow Taxis’ On Ola App

Shuvo India August 31, 2015

Now–Customers in Kolkata city will be able to book the iconic ‘Yellow Taxis’ through Ola’s mobile app. Currently, 1,000 Yellow Taxis across Kolkata have registered themselves with Ola. Customers will also be able to pay via Ola Wallet. The app provides SOS buttons and drivers’ details. Regular taxi fair will be similar to booking other cabs on the Ola platform.

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Delhi Airport Launches New ‘flyDEL’ Mobile App

Qazi Aiman Haq India August 31, 2015

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) on Saturday launched a new app named flyDEL. The app, which is available for both Android as well as iOS, provides real-time flight information, access to all passengers’ facilities available at the airport and more. The aim of the app is to improve the passenger experience and achieve customer satisfaction at the airport.

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Use GrexIt To Turn Gmail Into A Collaboration Tool

Qazi Aiman Haq World August 31, 2015

GexIt is a popular app that turns your Gmail inbox into a world collaboration tool. It’s main features include shared Gmail labels, shared contacts and so on. As it is becoming more common for remote working teams to be spread out all over the world, there is an increasing need for tools that keep people on the same page.

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DropKaffe Secures $300K Seed Funding

Tousif Alam India August 31, 2015

Bengaluru based freshly brewed coffee delivery startup DropKaffe has raised $300K seed funding from angel investor Manish Singhal and Silicon Valley-based fund P39 Capital in addition to few angel investors based in Singapore and the US.These fresh funds will be used for hiring talent and expansion. They are also aiming to open 10 DropKaffe fulfilment centres by the end of

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Mobile Tower Sharing Guideline Cause Concerns For Operators

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh August 31, 2015

A new draft mobile tower sharing guideline will bar mobile operators’ to build and maintain the towers themselves. AMTOB, the mobile operator association of Bangladesh, has expressed concerns over the issue and sent a letter to Post and Telecommunications Division. The draft guideline now awaits consent from the Prime Minister’s Office.

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LocalOye Launches Online Consulting Services Across India

Qazi Aiman Haq India August 31, 2015

The online marketplace has launched 12 india-wide services under its ‘Pan India Online Service’- including services such as online astrology, fitness, legal, depression, career and relationship counseling and consulting. LocalOye claims to have over 100 certified and verified partners who will be able to service 600 requests daily, but as of now, this category seems to be  app only.

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AstockBD: A Bangladesh Stock Graphics Site

Sharif Ahmad Shabbir Bangladesh August 31, 2015

AstockBd.com is a Bangladeshi stock graphics website that features 200 designs that can be used and customized by companies who want to avail them. The site’s founder, Fatema Ferdousi is managing AstockBd from her Dhaka residence. Besides creative designs, AstockBd also has a digital MCQ test software with which multiple choice questions can be created. – Bangla news link

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Startup PickMyLaundry Raises $100K In Seed Funding

Shuvo India August 31, 2015

New Delhi-based startup PickMyLaundry, has secured $100,000 from Green House Ventures (GHV). The startup picks up laundry from customers’ doorsteps and delivers clean clothes within 48 hours. The startup also provides on-demand services: wash & fold, ironing, dry cleaning, shoe servicing, carpet cleaning, etc.  PickMyLaundry currently operates in Delhi & Gurgaon and has 2500 customers.

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