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Is China The Best Country To Launch Your Mobile App And Game Now?

SD Asia Desk July 30, 2016

The Asian market is growing and China is getting a huge spotlight in the mobile gaming market. Here are a few reasons why you should publish your game in China. The king of revenue China is getting the highest revenue for the iOS mobile game, even more than U.S. and Japan. Market research firm Newzoo cited, Global Mobile Game Conference

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Instagram Is Building The Anti-Harassment Tools

Instagram has been building a series of anti-harassment tools and

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Yunus Social Business Centre To Open In Four Countries

C has signed agreements with ten universities in India, Malaysia, Thailand

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Grab Opens Two New Satellite Support Centres, Announces New Initiative To Reward Good Drivers

Grab, Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing company, has recently announced the opening of

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Instagram Is Building The Anti-Harassment Tools

SD Asia Desk World July 30, 2016

Instagram has been building a series of anti-harassment tools and plans to roll some of them out to all users in the coming weeks. It will let each user create their own banned words list, which will stop unwanted comments from being posted on their photos. Users may also gain the ability to turn comments off on a photo-by-photo basis.

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Yunus Social Business Centre To Open In Four Countries

SD Asia Desk Bangladesh July 30, 2016

C has signed agreements with ten universities in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Spain to establish Yunus Social Business Centre at the institutions. With the signing of the agreement, the universities became part of a growing network of social business centres, linked with Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus. This brought the number of such centres to 26 around the world.

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Grab Opens Two New Satellite Support Centres, Announces New Initiative To Reward Good Drivers

SD Asia Desk Asia July 30, 2016

Grab, Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing company, has recently announced the opening of two new satellite GrabTaxi Driver Support Centres, as part of the company’s continued commitment to serving its drivers. In addition, Grab is also introducing a special bonus scheme and a premium hotline dedicated to high-performing drivers.

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Aladdin Group Announces Plans For First Premium Quality Products And Halal E-Marketplace In Singapore

SD Asia Desk Asia July 30, 2016

Aladdin Street Singapore has recently announced that it will be the world’s first premium quality products and halal e-marketplace to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016. The e-marketplace will feature only premium quality and halal products that cater to both the B2B and B2C communities via its two e-commerce platforms – Aladdin Street Singapore and Aladdin Street.

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India’s Online Marketplace Snapdeal Partners With Uber In A First-Of-Its-Kind API Integration

SD Asia Desk India July 28, 2016

Snapdeal, an India-based online marketplace, has recently launched a first-of-its-kind frictionless in-app integration with Uber, a global on-demand smart mobility app. Through this integration, Uber aims to make travel quicker and easier for millions of Snapdeal customers who will now be able to request an Uber directly through the Snapdeal app.

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Sony Is Planning To Sell Its Battery Division To Murata

SD Asia Desk Asia July 28, 2016

Sony has announced that it’s entered into negotiations to sell its battery business to Murata, a Japanese components company that plans to use the purchase to expand its energy operations. Financial details of the deal aren’t yet available; binding agreements are set to be made by October, and the transfer should be completed by the end of March, regulators permitting.

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Microsoft Pix Uses AI To Help Your iPhone Take The Best Pictures

SD Asia Desk World July 28, 2016

Microsoft Pix is looking to become your new go-to camera app on iPhone. This iOS offering from Microsoft’s mobile team employs some A.I. smarts to make sure you take the best pictures, by eliminating human error through batch captures and by enhancing image color, exposure and other variables that can make the difference between drab and dramatic for snapshots.

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5.1 Miles Per Year Is How Much A Brit Scrolls On Their Smartphone

Tousif Alam World July 28, 2016

Now here’s a statistic you didn’t expect (before you saw it in the title, anyway) – the average Brit scrolls through their smartphone at a pace of 5.149 miles per year (or 8.286km). Simple math then indicates 22.7 meters per day per person. For the entire United Kingdom that makes a total of 210 million miles of scrolling each year.

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Google Launches Family Library, A Way For Families To Share Google Play Purchases

SD Asia Desk World July 28, 2016

Google officially announced this morning the launch of “Family Library” – a program that allows up to six family members to share their purchases from Google Play across devices. This includes the ability to share movies, TV shows, books, apps and games across Android phones and tablets, and, in some cases, across the web, iOS, and other connected TV platforms.

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Here Maps Becomes Here WeGo, Improved Navigation Options Debut

Tousif Alam World July 28, 2016

Today the service formerly known as Here Maps has rebranded into Here WeGo. The new name is already live for its Android mobile app, and will come to the Web-based version of the service and the iOS app soon.The new name was chosen to put an emphasis on Here’s navigation abilities.

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Facebook Tops $1B Revenue In Asia For The First Time

SD Asia Desk Asia July 28, 2016

In a record high, Facebook pulled in just over US$1 billion in revenue from the Asia-Pacific region, shows the company’s newest earnings release. The US$1.03 billion figure for Q2 2016 has more than doubled from the US$431 million Facebook pulled in from the region exactly two years ago. It’s mostly brought in by advertising.

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Firefox Is Now Smarter On iOS With A New Update

Tousif Alam World July 28, 2016

If you are an iOS user chances are your go to browser is Apple’s own Safari. We can’t really blame you, since historically, Cupertino’s mobile users haven’t really been spoiled for choice as far as browsers go and the ones like Firefox, which only made it to the App Store last year have been rather lacking in terms of features.

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Dropbox Steps Up To Business Users With AdminX, Plans Device Management

SD Asia Desk World July 28, 2016

Today, Dropbox is taking the wraps off of AdminX, a new dashboard aimed at IT admins to better tailor and control their companies’ files and users on Dropbox Business accounts. Soon it plans to launch mobile device management as part of the AdminX console so that admins can use Dropbox to control not just Dropbox-based files but actual devices.

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Healthcare Platform Modasta Nabs $1.5 Million In Angel Round

SD Asia Desk India July 28, 2016

Modasta, a Bangalore-based health content and queries platform, has announced that it has raised $1.5 million from Mauritius-based high net worth individuals. The newly infused funding will be used by the company to further grow its business, upgrade technology, talent acquisition and marketing outreach activities.

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Prisma Will Support Videos Soon

Tousif Alam World July 28, 2016

At the moment Prisma only does photos, but that is about to change. According to Prisma co-founder Alexei Moiseenkov, “in the next several weeks” a new tool inside the app will bring the same artistic styles to your short video clips.

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Google Acquires Launchkit, A Set Of Tools Helping Developers Pivot Apps On Android And iOS

SD Asia Desk World July 28, 2016

LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, announced on Wednesday that it has now been acquired by Google. The company has also open-sourced all of its products and services for any developer to use and modify. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bangladesh Has Lowest Internet Penetration In South Asia: ITU

Tousif Alam Bangladesh July 28, 2016

Bangladesh has the lowest internet penetration in South Asia, with just 14.40 percent of the population having connectivity to the internet, according to a report by the International Telecommunication Union.The country stands 144th in ITU’s ICT Development Index, up from its 148 spot in 2010.

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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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