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  • Samsung Outs Its First Tizen-Powered Smartphone

    Samsung Outs Its First Tizen-Powered Smartphone

    Samsung is taking another baby step away from the Android platform today, with the announcement of the first commercial smartphone powered by the open source Tizen platform, instead of Google’s Android OS. Read More

  • OneSky’s Platform Makes Translating Apps Easy

    OneSky’s Platform Makes Translating Apps Easy

    App translation and localization service OneSky’s best-known clients include Scribd and QuizUp. With so many app translation providers out there, however, how does OneSky differentiate? Co-founder Loki Ng says the startup, which is based in Hong Kong and will open a San Francisco office soon, gives clients an easier workflow by providing a translation management platform that lets… Read More

  • KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk has launched its first desktop client for Mac, which is currently available in Korean and English. The release, which can potentially help South Korea’s top messaging service score more users, comes less than a week after Kakao Corp and Daum, one of the country’s largest Internet portals, announced that they will merge, creating a company with a 3.4 trillion won (about… Read More

  • GrabTaxi Raises $15M Series B Led By GGV Capital

    GrabTaxi Raises $15M Series B Led By GGV Capital

    GrabTaxi, the taxi-calling app that claims to be the largest in Southeast Asia, said today that it has raised a $15 million Series B led by GGV Capital with participation from Qunar and returning investor Vertex Venture Holdings. The latter led GrabTaxi’s Series A round, which was announced last month; though the amount was undisclosed, CEO Anthony Tan said it was more than $10 million. Read More

  • Sequoia Backs Coupang, South Korea’s Answer To Amazon, With $100 Million

    Sequoia Backs Coupang, South Korea’s Answer To Amazon, With $100 Million

    Coupang, South Korea’s answer to Amazon, has raised $100 million in a round of financing led by Sequoia Capital. The investment led by Sequoia chairman Mike Moritz adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most valuable startups to Sequoia Capital’s already impressive roster of Asian deals. According to one person with knowledge of the deal, the new investment values Coupang at… Read More

  • Bindo Raises $1.8M To Help Small Brick-And-Mortar Stores Go Online

    Bindo Raises $1.8M To Help Small Brick-And-Mortar Stores Go Online

    The growth of e-commerce behemoths like Amazon and the convenience they offer to shoppers have been especially hard on local brick-and-mortar stores. A startup called Bindo wants to reverse that trend. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Hong Kong, Bindo has created an iPad point-of-sale system that integrates with its cloud-based payment platform for small merchants, with the goal… Read More

  • Alibaba Ramps Up Its Asian Logistics With A $249M Investment In SingPost

    Alibaba Ramps Up Its Asian Logistics With A $249M Investment In SingPost

    Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is today taking a play from the books of Amazon and eBay as it makes a key move to expand its presence across other countries in Asia. Today the company, gearing up for an IPO in the U.S., announced that it would invest 312.5 million Singapore dollars (U.S. $249 million) to take a 10.35% stake in Singapore Post Limited (SingPost). “We are excited… Read More

  • NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    Apple announced today that it will begin to sell the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in Japan on NTT DOCOMO’s network starting June 10. NTT DOCOMO is the country’s largest carrier and what is notable about the announcement is that it has taken a relatively long time for company to start offering the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which were both released… Read More

  • Retro Is One Of The Most Beautiful Instagram iPad Viewers

    Retro Is One Of The Most Beautiful Instagram iPad Viewers

    Despite being one of the fastest growing social sites in the world, Instagram still hasn’t come out with an iPad app. This has allowed several developers to step into the breech and offer their own tablet viewers for the popular photo-sharing app. Some of the most popular ones include Padgram, Pictacular, and Iris App. In order to step up to the competition, a bootstrapped… Read More

  • Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close. With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. Only Kik Messenger remains standing… Read More

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