Today's top tech news: December 15

Cafebond.com to launch offline store, Samsung eyes release of smart home speaker next year, and more 

123rf acquires Taiwanese design startup Vectr

123rf also acquired an American film collective called Story & Heart 

The quirks of living in a cashless society, in video

With the rise of digital payment services, are we going to see the end of paper cash? 

The iPhone in China isn't the status symbol it used to be

While it may be losing its 'status symbol', the iPhone still has a lot going for it in China 

Captain's Log, Oct 13: Samsung CEO resigns, Amazon Studio head suspended over harassment allegation

Indonesian fintech startup Pinjam revealed plans for next year, while Alibaba launches new service for Indonesia 

Kakao, Samsung Electronics join forces to advance voice recognition and artificial intelligence

Kakao and Samsung Electronics plan to release products of their collaboration later this year 

Captain's Log, Sept 15: Agrifood tech accelerator Gastrotope launches in India, Xprep raises funding

Samsung drives further into autonomous vehicle development. Meanwhile in Indonesia, fintech startups Investree and PasarPolis announce partnerships with the government 

Heir to Samsung sentenced to jail for five years amid South Korea bribery scandal

Lee Jae Yong was the defacto head of Samsung and his future in the company remains unclear 

Captain's Log, July 18: Microsoft lays off Singapore-based consumer team

Also, GRANA expands to mainland China, Chinese fintech firm gets in-principle approval from MAS, and more