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  • Tech In Asia raises $6.6M led by Korean conglomerate Hanwha

    Tech In Asia raises $6.6M led by Korean conglomerate Hanwha

    Tech In Asia, the Singapore-based media and events startup, has closed $6.6 million in fresh funding. The lead investor is a name that may not be too familiar to regular readers (yet) and that’s Hanwha Investment and Securities. The fund is an affiliate of Hanwha, a Korean conglomerate which started out in explosives in 1952 but has since expanded into a range of verticals including (now)… Read More

  • East Ventures announces new $30M fund to continue investing in Indonesia

    East Ventures announces new $30M fund to continue investing in Indonesia

    East Ventures is back at it again with another new fund to invest in early-stage companies in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the world’s fourth most populous country. This new $30 million fund is the firm’s sixth to date in Southeast Asia, and remarkably its second in 2017 alone. Read More

  • Uber’s Asian rival Grab loses its head of engineering

    Uber’s Asian rival Grab loses its head of engineering

    Grab may be in the process of raising a huge $2.5 billion investment round, with SoftBank, Didi and Toyota confirmed as participants, but Uber’s Southeast Asia-based rival has lost its head of engineering. Arul Kumaravel, VP of engineering at Grab, has left the company for personal reasons, according to a source. It’s not yet clear what his next plan is. Grab confirmed the… Read More

  • This startup is bringing Alipay-style QR code payments to Indonesia

    This startup is bringing Alipay-style QR code payments to Indonesia

    The growth of digital payments and banking in China, where it has become mainstream and spawned numerous on-demand industries, is inspiring companies to pursue similar opportunities across. Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest population and Southeast Asia’s largest economy is a primary focus for many. Beyond bigger players such as Alibaba, which has a joint fintech venture… Read More

  • Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market

    Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market

    If you’re looking for a market with smartphone sales growth potential then India usually comes to mind, but the market is moving forward with much promise in Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country. A new report from IDC shows that smartphones sales in the country accelerated by 13 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. A total of 7.3 million devices shipped… Read More

  • With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S.

    With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S.

    As the country grapples with income inequality, a lack of affordable housing, and a potential labor crisis brought on by technological advancements like artificial intelligence and automation, Y Combinator president Sam Altman is launching a new initiative to try and create political solutions in his home state and potentially the nation. For the past year or more, Altman has been dabbling in… Read More

  • Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

    Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

    Printerous, an Indonesia startup that is bringing the country’s printing industry into the digital era, has raised $1.4 million. The round was led by Golden Gate Ventures with participation from U.S. firm Sovereign’s Capital and Indonesian conglomerate Gunung Sewu Kencana. The two-year-old company is using the internet to make traditional printing more efficient and convenient. Read More

  • Europe ready to hang up on mobile roaming fees by mid-June

    Europe ready to hang up on mobile roaming fees by mid-June

    The abolition of mobile roaming charges across the European Union by the middle of this year looks almost certain now, after the region’s executive body, parliament and representatives of the 28 Member States agreed a deal on wholesale charges. Read More

  • Gadget Story Time with EPIKGO hoverboard

    I have a love-hate relationship with hoverboards. They make me happy when I ride them but they suck to fall off of lol. The other day I saw a guy carrying his newborn baby while riding a hoverboard and I started having a minor anxiety attack. EPIKGO sent me their hoverboard to try out and they couldn’t have picked a more qualified and handsome person. At one point I had my own… Read More

  • Watch The Videos From Google’s Zeitgeist Event, Featuring Eric Schmidt And CEO Larry Page

    Watch The Videos From Google’s Zeitgeist Event, Featuring Eric Schmidt And CEO Larry Page

    Google’s TOP SEKRET Google Zeitgeist event took place this week in Arizona. The company has released a series of videos from the event, featuring such speakers as Eric Schmidt and current Google CEO Larry Page. Topics consisted of “The World” and exploration, Google’s strong areas. Read More

  • Citizen Eco-Drive World Perpetual AT Watch

    Citizen’s featured mainstream new watch collection for 2010 is this Eco-Drive World Time Perpetual AT line of timepieces. Based on a newly developed movement, the collection comes in a large range of styles, in various price brackets. From sporty to sleek, there is a World Perpetual AT watch for everyone. They are based on the new H144 Eco-Drive quartz movement that has a lot more… Read More

  • If gamers ruled the world?

    Wow. That’s pretty much the only word that can describe Tom Armitage’s “If Games Ran The World.” Its thesis is that, in the next few years, people who grew up playing video games will become world leaders. People who have played all the big games from every generation—Pac-Man, the first EA Sports games, Resident Evil, MMOs, fighting games, etc. Real… Read More

  • Google Earth Might Offer Sounds of Locations Around the World

    Google Earth is pretty cool as it is, letting users traverse the globe and see all sorts of landmarks and the like. What would make it better, though, would be to hear the sounds of the area you’re looking at. One company, Wild Sanctuary, has more than 3,500 hours of ambient sounds from all over God’s Green Earth. Collecting all those sound clips took 40 years and now the company… Read More