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Audio service startup 121cast launches personalized radio app Omny

Audio service startup 121cast launches personalized radio app Omny

Stop listening to what others want you to tune in to and create your very own radio program with Omny, brought to you by the creators of SoundGecko. Australian startup 121cast first launched SoundGecko in July 2012. The service allows users to have their favorite news articles read to them while they are on the

BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013

‘Focus is unchanged’, BlackBerry assures developers

At BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013, Alec Saunders, VP – Developer Relations, assured continuity, highlighted key performing apps & partners; showcased BBM on Windows. Update: The BlackBerry Messenger on Windows was a demonstration of a projection of an application from a BlackBerry 10 device on to Windows. BlackBerry clarified that it does not have solid plans to

Coast by Opera

Meet Coast, the Internet browser built for the mobile-first user

What drove Head of Coast by Opera, Huib Kleinhout, to redesign the mobile Internet browser? The browser wars have long been waged, leaving behind casualties like Netscape. With the emergence of mobile devices, this fight has been given a new battlefield. Apple and Google have been consistently trying to outplay each other, providing ways for

Bounce Mobile Website

Fell in love with a new phone? Bounce Mobile will buy your old one

Brightstar Corporation launches Bounce Mobile in Singapore, an online service for consumers to trade in their old mobile devices. Every time Apple or Samsung releases a new phone or tablet, one can only look at their recently purchased device and mentally kick themselves for not having the patience to wait a few more months to

Lazada CEO

Lazada CEO: “Live and breathe the customer experience everyday”

Lazada’s CEO, Maximilian Bittner, shares more about his thoughts on the e-commerce scene in Southeast Asia and what it takes to run a rapidly growing business. CEO of Lazada Group, Maximilian Bittner, was at Echelon Ignite Thailand to join the e-commerce panel. During his time there, I managed to sit down with him over a

Asia map

What strong founders can teach us

What can experienced founders of local startups teach us? Introducing the Founders Series. Rocket Internet is moving fast and furious in Southeast Asia’s e-commerce space, with services like Lazada and Zalora attempting to disrupt traditional retailers in the region. Online design store Fab just reaffirmed their move into Asia with its latest funding from SingTel

OpenNet acquisition by CityNet

SingTel’s fibre optic JV platform OpenNet set to sell for US$99M

OpenNet, a joint venture between Axia NetMedia, SingTel, SPH and Singapore Power Telecommunications is set to be sold to CityNet, pending regulatory approval. Updates: CityNet’s public relations agency, Bell Pottinger, has reached out to explain that OpenNet is not a joint venture as mentioned on the company’s information page. Rather, OpenNet is a consortium of shareholders

Flexiroam Roaming Victim Campaign

Flexiroam offers to settle mystery victim’s US$37K roaming bill

Malaysian mobile roaming company, Flexiroam, has mounted a search for the “roaming victim” as its latest marketing campaign. Flexiroam, the Malaysian startup that allows mobile users to save on international mobile roaming charges, has launched their latest marketing campaign – the hunt for the mysterious Malaysian roaming victim who managed to rack up a MYR122,703

Stephanie Chai TheLuxeNomad

Luxury travel portal The Luxe Nomad secures next funding of US$698K

The Luxe Nomad closes a US$698,000 next funding round led by Innosight Ventures, Zipan Enterprise Network and a silent partner. Luxury travel site The Luxe Nomad’s ( model-turn-entrepreneur CEO and founder, Stephanie Chai, announced the company’s first public funding at Echelon 2012. Just over a year later, the TheLuxeNomad has again closed another round of

WeChat International

WeChat’s international user growth doubles over 3 months, now at 100M

Tencent’s WeChat crosses 100 million users outside of China. It now has a total of 235.8 million users. Update: Infographic of WeChat’s 100 million global users added. Tencent’s messaging app, WeChat, just announced today that it has crossed the 100 million international user mark. Just yesterday, The Next Web reported that WeChat’s total users stand at

KDDI Mediba acquires ScaleOut

KDDI’s Mediba acquires ad tech startup ScaleOut

KDDI acquires demand-side platform ad tech company Scaleout Inc. for an estimated US$10 to US$15 million through its ad division Mediba. KDDI’s ad business subsidiary, Mediba Corporation, announced today that it has purchased Japanese advertising tech company ScaleOut Inc. for an estimated US$10 to US$15 million. The acquisition is in line with the business group’s

Havas Worldwide Singapore survey on online shopping

70% of Singapore’s consumers say online shopping can be overwhelming

Havas Worldwide’s latest study revealed key gaps in the demand and offer of online shopping in Singapore. Havas Worldwide teamed up with Market Probe International to survey 10,219 adults in 31 countries, including Singapore. The purpose of the survey was to explore the challenges facing traditional brick-and-mortar stores and the influence of e-commerce on consumer

GREE closes Tellit metal grills

GREE kills messaging app Tellit, bows out of Asia’s chat app wars

After a short year, GREE will be closing their messaging app, Tellit, this September. Launched last year, GREE’s messaging app’s short life has come to a close. On the Tellit website, the team behind the chat app announced that the service will be terminated on 1st September, 2013. The full announcement follows: Dear Tellit Users,

ShopAbout e-commerce in Southeast Asia

ShopAbout’s online shopping mall helps merchants succeed in e-commerce

ShopAbout is creating an online shopping mall to give offline merchants a better chance of competing against larger e-commerce players. In Southeast Asia, e-commerce is one of the hottest startup spaces to be in. SoftBank Ventures Korea’s first investment in this region was in Tokopedia, an online marketplace. Japanese venture capital, GREE Ventures, has already

Ubuntu Edge mobile computing platform

Crowdfunding US$32M to build the Formula 1 of phones, the Ubuntu Edge

Canonical Ltd. crowdfunds a premium smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, to allow developers to test new mobile technologies. Canonical Ltd, the private London-based software company behind Ubuntu, started fundraising for what founder Mark Shuttleworth called the Formula 1 equivalent for smartphones. He shared his vision on how Ubuntu Edge, the new smartphone running on Ubuntu, will

Design Studio Workshop problem-solving

Design Studio Workshop with Will Evans of The Library Corporation

Join Will Evans this October, and learn a systematic way to rapid generation of ideas for practical innovation in problem-solving. Problem-solving is challenging and frustrating, especially when faced with a tight deadline. Design Studio Workshop, organised by Nmbl Consulting (pronounced “nimble”), aims to show how you can cope better by honing your problem-solving skills in