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Reasons Startups Should Join Co-working Space

SD Asia Desk July 27, 2016

Co-working spaces might give you the picture of something “cool” with that coffee, couches, ping pong or football tables. There are benefits you can indeed enjoy, but the real values are beyond that. Here are few benefits for which you should consider co-working space for your startup Affordable For a startup you need to cut down on your budget and

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Alibaba Pictures Launches US$300M Investment Fund

Alibaba Pictures, the Alibaba-backed entertainment firm, announced the launch of a

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The Mi Notebook Air Is A MacBook Competitor That Won't Leave You Wanting

After the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, the Chinese OEM threw another

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Huawei And GE Team Up To Power Industrial IoT

General Electric is bringing its industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

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Android's New Emergency Location Service Could Save Life

Google on Monday announced that emergency services will get exact

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Facebook Open-Sources 360 Surround Camera Technology For Anyone To Build And Use

Facebook announced today that it is open sourcing the specs for

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Alibaba Pictures Launches US$300M Investment Fund

SD Asia Desk China July 27, 2016

Alibaba Pictures, the Alibaba-backed entertainment firm, announced the launch of a US$300 million investment fund on Monday, aimed at building assets across the television and film production chain. The Hainan Pictures Entertainment Industry Investment Fund will be managed by China-based Wuhu Gopher Asset Management, a division of Noah Holdings Ltd.

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The Mi Notebook Air Is A MacBook Competitor That Won’t Leave You Wanting

Tousif Alam China July 27, 2016

After the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, the Chinese OEM threw another device our way – the Mi Notebook Air. To be completely honest, the laptop announcement was somewhat expected as well.It comes in two sizes – 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch. Both feature metal shells, 1080p displays and slim glass-covered bezels.

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Huawei And GE Team Up To Power Industrial IoT

SD Asia Desk China July 27, 2016

General Electric is bringing its industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform to1 China and has partnered with local giant Huawei to win more factory and utility contracts. As part of the deal, Huawei will push GE’s Predix, an industrial IoT operating system, as its recommended platform to Chinese customers.

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Android’s New Emergency Location Service Could Save Life

SD Asia Desk World July 27, 2016

Google on Monday announced that emergency services will get exact information on your location if you call them with an Android smartphone. The service dubbed the “Emergency Location Service”, works on all phones running Android 2.3 and up. It was launched on Monday in the UK and Estonia, and will soon make its way to other nations.  

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Facebook Open-Sources 360 Surround Camera Technology For Anyone To Build And Use

SD Asia Desk World July 27, 2016

Facebook announced today that it is open sourcing the specs for Surround 360, the social platform’s high-quality 3D-360 hardware and software video capture system. Now anyone can build and use their very own 360 Surround camera with the Ikea-like manuals that Facebook is providing. The company had first announced about these plans in April.

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Zoomcar Secures $25 Million In Series C Led By Ford Motor Company

SD Asia Desk India July 27, 2016

Zoomcar, one of the largest providers of online rental car services in India has raised another $25 million in a Series C round, led by Ford Motor Company and a couple other investors. This investment has bumped the company’s total equity investment to $46.5 million. The newly infused fund will now help the startup to expand into new markets.

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BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 3: (CHINA OUT) Citizens walk into an Apple Store on June 3, 2016 in Beijing, China. Apple Inc. was recently listed as an enterprise of serious dishonesty and fined 50,000 yuan (about 7,612 USD dollar) by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics due to some discrepancies in their financial status and retail status in 2014. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Apple’s China Revenue Dropped Off A Cliff This Quarter

Tousif Alam China July 27, 2016

Apple’s revenue numbers for what it calls Q3 2016 are in, and there’s only one word for how the company did in China: ouch. For this quarter, Apple reported US$8.85 billion in greater China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) revenues. That’s a massive 33 percent drop year-on-year and a 29 percent drop from last quarter.

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Twitter’s Night Mode Is Now Officially Available For All On Android

Tousif Alam World July 27, 2016

Last month some people started seeing a “Night Mode” toggle in the Twitter for Android app. This came after many have apparently asked for just such a feature that’s supposed to make using the app in the dark a lot easier than with its standard white-filled theme.

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Tolexo To Help Madhya Pradesh’s MSMEs To Sell On Its Platform

SD Asia Desk India July 27, 2016

Tolexo, an online B2B marketplace for business goods, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam (MPLUN) to let 580 micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) list their goods on the Tolexo site. Tolexo currently claims to have over 7,000 sellers in India, and lists over a million products under 800 brands.

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Govt Won’t Allow More Than Five Mobile-Phone SIM Cards Against One NID

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh July 27, 2016

The government has decided to cut down the number of a maximum number of mobile-phone SIM cards against one National ID from 20 to five. The Cabinet Division released a media statement on Tuesday, warning of tough steps against SIM fraud. The users will be notified about the new provision by the operators.  

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LeEco Buys Vizio For $2 Billion

Tousif Alam World July 27, 2016

Proving once again how serious it is about making it big in the US market, Chinese tech company LeEco has announced that it is acquiring Vizio, the American TV maker. The deal is worth around $2 billion, and insures an instant foothold for LeEco into the US TV market, what with Vizio being a key player there.

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CyanogenMod 13 For OnePlus 3 Now Official

Tousif Alam World July 27, 2016

Great news for you flashaholic owners of the OnePlus 3. CyanogenMod 13 is now officially available for the OnePlus 3 and nightlies are now up for you to download and flash. Interestingly, Cyanogen Inc. was the first provider of software for the OnePlus One. Shortly after that, Cyanogen and OnePlus parted ways, forcing OnePlus to develop its own ‘Oxygen OS’.

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Bangladesh, India Will Sign Deal To Fight Cyber Terrorism Together

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh July 27, 2016

Bangladesh and India will sign a deal that will see them join forces in the fight against international terrorism in cyberspace, Tarana Halim has said. The two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to that end ‘soon’, Tarana said. “We have also discussed steps to bring other SAARC countries under this MoU.”    

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eBay-Backed Quikr Acquires Hiree To Expand Into White Collar Jobs

SD Asia Desk India July 26, 2016

Quikr, a leading cross-category classifieds platform in India, has acquired Hiree, an online hiring platform focused on white collar jobs. Hiree, which counts world’s largest IT companies and India’s highest valued startups in its customer list, will be merged with its jobs vertical QuikrJobs and will operate out of Quikr headquarters in Bangalore.

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Samsung Introduces Its Very Own Font For All Its Devices, SamsungOne

SD Asia Desk World July 26, 2016

Samsung has unveiled its very own font, the SamsungOne font, that will be used across all products by the technology giant in the future. This font will become Samsung’s typeface that will give a universal visual to all of the company’s products from smartphones to watches to even refrigerators. It will have over 25,000 characters from over 400 different languages.

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Learning Platform Teamie Raises US$1.1M In Pre-Series- A Funding Led By ACP

SD Asia Desk Asia July 26, 2016

Teamie, a social mobile learning platform in Asia Pacific, has secured US$1.1 million in its pre-Series A funding led by ACP, a Singapore-based venture capital firm. Teamie will use this funds to build on its early successes, grow the team and drive partnerships to offer local delivery and support in both the education and enterprise segments across Asia Pacific.

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Amazon Prime Launches In India

SD Asia Desk India July 26, 2016

Amazon Prime was launched in India today. The service costs 499 INR (around $7.50) per year, although that “introductory” price will later rise to 999 INR ($14.80), for which customers get free one- and two-day delivery for products to over 100 cities, discounted same-day delivery in top-tier cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, and early access to selected deals.

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Cortana’s iOS App Updated With Ability To Add Photo To Reminder

Tousif Alam World July 26, 2016

Microsoft has pushed out a new update to Cortana’s iOS app that bumps it to version 1.9.5. The update brings along a couple of new features including the ability to add a photo to a reminder.To use the feature, all you have to do is to say something like “Hey Cortana, remind me to pick this up at the store,”.

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Walton Brown And eCargo Sign Joint Venture To Launch China’s Social Mobile Shopping Platform

SD Asia Desk China July 26, 2016

Walton Brown, a company of The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, and eCargo Holdings Limited, a China-based eCommerce enabler, has announced the formation of a new strategic joint venture. The new joint venture, WWE & Company Limited, is initially capitalized at RMB300 million (US$449,364). They will launch a “Made-for-China” mobile shopping platform offering products in the luxury, premium, and contemporary segment

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Flipkart-Owned Fashion E-commerce Major Myntra Acquires Rocket Internet-Backed Jabong

SD Asia Desk India July 26, 2016

Flipkart-owned online fashion retailer Myntra has announced the acquisition of Jabong from Global Fashion Group with an aim to create India’s biggest fashion shopping destination. The details of the transaction remain undisclosed. The combined entity will be able to serve over a 15 million monthly active users and offer the best of brands to Indian consumers, as per a statement.

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Cloud Fintech Service MakeLeaps Announces New Fundraising Round From Rakuten Ventures Japan Fund

SD Asia Desk Japan July 26, 2016

MakeLeaps, a Japan-based cloud fintech service company, has announced that Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten Group, is leading the MakeLeaps Series A round of financing. This funding will allow MakeLeaps to accelerate plans to build a wider range of functionality for Japanese businesses and make significant progress on the goal of eliminating paper from offices in Japan

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Apps And Games Development Institutes On Way

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh July 26, 2016

The government is set to establish mobile applications and games development institutes across the country with a view to grabbing a share of the $100 billion global games market. The institutes will be set up in divisional cities in partnership with universities. It will create more than 2,000 new digital jobs in the market, according to the ICT division’s proposal.

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Google Rolls Out Spam Calling Protection Feature To Nexus And Android One Devices

Tousif Alam World July 26, 2016

Google has started rolling out a new update to the Android Phone app that brings along the ability to warn users about spam calls. The update is, however, only hitting Nexus and Android One devices.The updated app will also allow you to block and report numbers.

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App Installs And Updates From The Google Play Store Will Be Smaller

Tousif Alam World July 26, 2016

Last year, Android users installed 65 billion apps – that’s a lot of Internet traffic. To address that, Google has updated its delta and compression algorithm making both initial installs and especially updates much smaller. Android apps are limited to a 100MB APKs, but can use the APK Expansion Files feature to bring in an additional 2GB.

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Android Gets Emergency Location Service

Tousif Alam World July 26, 2016

Google is adding something called Emergency Location Service to Android. It will be rolling out through Google Play Services (which automatically updates in the background, so you don’t have to do anything to get it). With the huge reach that Play Services has, this means that theoretically Emergency Location Service is supported by 99% of Android devices out there.

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Just Four Months After Previous Fund Raise, Education Startup BYJU’s In Talks To Raise $50 Million

SD Asia Desk India July 25, 2016

Education startup Byju’s, which raised $75 million from Sequoia Capital and Sofina in March this year, is planning to raise another $50 million, which will be deployed to fuel international expansion and inorganic growth through global acquisitions. The app has crossed five million downloads, has over two lakh paid subscribers, with 30,000 added in the last one month.

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Google Maps Adds Wi-Fi Only Mode And Transit Disruption Notifications

Tousif Alam World July 25, 2016

Google has updated the Android version of Google Maps application with two useful new features.There is now a Wi-Fi only mode that should take some load off your data plan. The app will still use some data but by and large it will restrict itself to just using Wi-Fi to download the maps.

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Google Starts Rolling Out Speed Test Tool In Search Results

SD Asia Desk World July 25, 2016

Last month we reported that Google is working on building its own internet speed test tool that would show test scores right into the search results. Looks like Google has already begun rolling out the tool for some users. The tool shows a user’s internet upload speed, download speed, and latency after user clicks on ‘Run Speed test’.

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Silicon Valley’s Stripe Plans To Enter India, Hires First Employee

SD Asia Desk India July 25, 2016

Stripe, Paypal of the mobile era as per Forbes, is all set to enter India. According to a report in the ET, the company has hired former Amazon executive Anand Balaji as the first employee in the country. He is reportedly mapping Indian market for Stripe which is looking to start its operations in Mumbai.

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Report Says Moto Z And Z Force Coming To China In September

Tousif Alam China July 25, 2016

While the Motorola Moto Z and Z Force are already up for pre-order in the US, there has been no specific information on when the devices will be available in Lenovo’s (Motorola Mobility’s parent company) home country of China. As for price, the Moto Z is said to carry a starting tag of RMB 2,998 (around $450).

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Recruitment Startup TribeHired Acquires Thai Counterpart To Grow Its Reach In Bangkok

SD Asia Desk Asia July 25, 2016

Hiring platform TribeHired today announced it has bought Thailand’s HubbaHired for an undisclosed amount. According to TribeHired CEO and co-founder Devan Singaram, the deal consists of cash and equity. The startup is helping employers find the right candidates by providing an extensive curation service and promising speedy hires.

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Lumia 650 Currently Available For Just $70

Tousif Alam World July 25, 2016

If you are in the market for a Windows 10-powered budget smartphone, here’s a deal for you: Cricket Wireless is selling the Lumia 650 for just $70. This compares to the $199 official price tag the device currently carries.The offer, however, is only available to new customers who bring their number to the AT&T’s prepaid brand.

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Gift Cards Provider Qwikcilver Gets $10 Million From Sistema, Accel And Others

SD Asia Desk India July 25, 2016

Amazon-backed gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver, has today announced that it has raised $10 million in its latest round of funding. The round was led by Sistema Asia Fund, the proprietary fund of Russian conglomerate Sistema. Existing investors of the company, including Amazon Asia-Pacific, Accel India and Helion Venture Partners, have also participated in this round of funding.

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Verizon Finalizes $4.8 Billion Yahoo Deal

SD Asia Desk World July 25, 2016

Verzion Communications Inc. has agreed to pay $4.8 billion to acquire Yahoo Inc.,according to a person familiar with the matter, ending a drawn-out auction process for the beleaguered internet company. For New York-based Verizon, the deal simply adds another piece to the digital media and advertising business it is trying to build.

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Now Download Prisma On Android

SD Asia Desk World July 25, 2016

The Prisma app, which turns photos into paintings, is now available for free download on Android, and this is not the beta version which was launched just five days ago. Prisma uses a combination of neural networks and Artificial Intelligence to turn pictures into artwork and the end results look like an intricate painting by some famous artist.

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Ford And Sequoia Plant US$25 Million Into Indian Rental Startup Zoomcar

Tousif Alam India July 25, 2016

Over the weekend, it was reported that India-based Zoomcar is on the verge of closing a US$25 million Series C round that Ford will lead with a US$15 million investment. This more than doubles their finances, having raised just over US$21 million in previous rounds.

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Mastercard Credit, Debit Cards Can Soon Be Used To Pay For Bus, Train Fares

SD Asia Desk Asia July 25, 2016

Commuters who are registered Mastercard cardholders can soon tap their credit and debit cards to pay for train and bus journeys, avoiding the hassle of separate transit card and fare top-ups. This partnership between the Land Transport Authority and Mastercard is part of a pilot programme to enable commuters to use their contactless debit or credit cards for public transit.

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Pokémon Go Officially Launches In Hong Kong, 2nd Location In Asia

Tousif Alam Asia July 25, 2016

The slow march across Asia has begun for Nintendo’s Pokemon Go phenomenon, as today it was officially announced the game has launched in Hong Kong.Even Telcos have gotten on board with the excitement generated by the augmented reality game as operators CSL and 1010 said they will offer customers free unlimited data to play the game.

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Robi-Airtel Merger Proposal Sent To PM For Consent

Tousif Alam Bangladesh July 25, 2016

Robi-Airtel merger proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Sunday for final approval, along with the merger fees of Tk one billon. Posts and Telecommunications Division (PDT) forwarded a summary of the merger proposal to the Prime Minister.

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Mobile Marketing And Rewards Platform Skrilo Secures $1.5M In Seed

SD Asia Desk India July 24, 2016

Skrilo, a platform for mobile marketing and rewards, has today announced that it has raised a seed round worth $1.5 million. Angel investors including Anuj Srivastava and Arvind Tiku have participated in this round. With the amount raised in current round, the company will spend money on developing new products, enhancing its technology and for marketing its reward product.

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