Grab, Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia, signs deal with conglomerate Lippo Group

Singapore-based Grab has just scored a new ally in its battle against Uber and other on-demand ride apps. The company, which claims to be Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, announced a strat

Owners of (older) Kindles have to update their software or lose Internet connectivity

People who have Kindles made before 2012 need to update their software by March 22 or lose Internet connectivity, Amazon announced. Procrastinators and people who missed the message will have to perfo

Airbnb will open its Cuba listings to users outside the United States

Airbnb will now let travelers from outside the U.S. to book properties in Cuba after receiving authorization from the U.S. government, reports the Associated Press. Previously, only Americans were all

ServisHero, a mobile app for finding local services in Southeast Asia, lands $2.7M

ServisHero, a company that provides local services through a mobile app in Southeast Asia, has landed a $2.7 million investment led by Golden Gate Ventures.

Building a smarter home

The Jetsons presented a highly entertaining vision of what homes of the future would look like. The animated television show anticipated a world where humans would be able to do everything with jus

Entrepreneurs everywhere can now solve the problems of humanity

We no longer have a monopoly on disruptive innovation. The cost of building world-changing technologies has dropped exponentially and made it possible for entrepreneurs anywhere to solve the grand cha

Mattermark raises $7.3M at a $42M valuation to expand its B2B search and analytics tools

Mattermark, a startup that mines and crunches public Internet data to provide investors, sales teams and others with search tools and other business intelligence, has raised another $7.3 million in

The death of Instagram for brands

Steve Feiner Contributor Steve Feiner is the founder and chief executive of A Better Florist, an online flower delivery service in Southeast Asia. Earlier this week Instagram updated its news feed al

Will apps become the next disability lawsuit target?

Apps have become a driver of the economy. According to the Statista website, leading app stores offer around four million apps. App users are able to engage in commerce, access content and connect wit

Twitter looks back at the evolution of Twitter Ads

As part of the flurry of retrospectives tied to Twitter’s 10th anniversary, the company is also looking back at the history of advertising on Twitter . Granted, that probably doesn’t give

Now the cloud wars (really) begin

For all of the back-and-forth between Microsoft, Amazon, Google and others over the past couple of years, we’ve only seen the most nascent battles in a multi-decade war for the future of the cloud.

Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn 

I started my last company in mid-2009, just as the market was beginning to recover from the fallout of the financial crisis. In the past several years, surrounded by fast-growth startups with sky-high

Review: Nikon’s D5500 lacks charm, but shoots fair photos

So is the new Nikon D5500 entry-level? After a few glances and general fooling around, I quickly realized the Nikon D5500 has many of the specs found in a better class of camera.

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting panic, companies often spend more than $1.9 million to resolve a single attack

After SXSW, here’s a roadmap for how the tech industry can change the world this year

More than ever before, SXSW featured discussions about improving civic engagement and how to use technology to help better the world -- from helping assist the 60 million refugees around the globe to

These are testing times: mavericks vs. ice people

One of my earliest engineering jobs, before I fled hardware in favor of the (relative) ease and lucre of software, was in chip design. I remember being shocked when I learned just how much of the proc

Israel’s desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis

The Israeli military's massive relocation of its prestigious technology units, the presence of multinational and local companies, a close proximity to Ben Gurion University and generous government sub