Grab, the ride-hailing firm that acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia business, is aiming to catalyze the early-stage startup scene in Southeast Asia after it launched an accelerator and investment unit called Grab Ventures. The six-year-old company has already made investments and acquisitions — backing startups like Drive.ai and buying Indonesia’s Kudo and India-based iKaaz — and Grab
WeWork is setting its sights on Southeast Asia, but that isn’t stopping local rivals from building up there business. In Indonesia, EV Hive — a co-working brand first started by a VC firm — has pulled in $20 million for expansion as its U.S.-based rival increases its focus on Indonesia. The company was founded in
A group of Apple developers recently banded together as a group called “The Developers Union” in order to plead with Apple, en masse, to allow them to offer free trials of their apps to end users. While not a traditional union with dues, it represented the first time a large group of developers pushed back
On Monday afternoon, June 4, Apple handed out its annual Apple Design Awards onstage at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. The awards, now in their 21st year, are meant to highlight those apps that set a benchmark for high-quality design, taking into consideration things like the user interface and user experience, originality and
The company at the center of a major Facebook data misuse scandal has failed to respond to a legal order issued by the U.K.’s data protection watchdog to provide a U.S. voter with all the personal information it holds on him. An enforcement notice was served on Cambridge Analytica affiliate SCL Elections last month and the deadline
For all of the news that Apple managed to cram into today’s 135 minute (!) WWDC keynote this morning, the event was actually pretty light on health care updates. It was a bit of a surprise, given how much of a focus the company has put on the space at past events. Apple did announce
The strange, creepy world of "deepfakes," videos (often explicit) with the faces of the subjects replaced by those of celebrities, set off alarm bells just about everywhere early this year. And in case you thought that sort of thing had gone away because people found it unethical or unconvincing, the practice is back with the highly convincing "Deep Video Portraits," which refines and improves the technique.
No matter how you slice it, the Ionic was a rough start for Fitbit’s first true dive into the world of smartwatches. It was met with lukewarm reviews, and the company has since been fairly candid about the fact that sales figures simply weren’t what it was hoping/expecting. Announced in March, the Versa was the
Barcelona-based online travel agency Exoticca — which sells “affordable luxury” holidays to popular destinations such as India, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa — has closed a €3.5 million (~$4.1 million) Series A to expand into more markets. The lead investor is early-stage Madrid-based VC K Fund, with existing investors Sabadell Venture Capital and Grupo Palau also participating,
While hose-toting drones may be a fantasy, hose-powered robo-dragons (or robotic hose-dragons — however you like it) are very much a reality. This strange but potentially useful robot from Japanese researchers could snake into the windows of burning buildings, blasting everything around it with the powerful jets of water it uses to maneuver itself.
Listen up, early-stage startup founders! Do you know the line that Marlon Brando made famous in the classic film, “On the Waterfront?” Well, if you don’t act within the next 48 hours and apply to compete in Startup Battlefield, the phrase “I coulda been a contender” might haunt you for a very long time. TechCrunch
Egnyte has always had the goal of protecting data and files wherever they live, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Today, the company announced a new feature to help customers comply with GDPR privacy regulations that went into effect in Europe last week in a straight-forward fashion. You can start by simply telling Egnyte that
The weekend provided no rest to news-wary reporters, with major announcements coming from Xiaomi, SoftBank, and the Chinese government the past few days that will continue to change the global tech landscape. Xiaomi Chinese Depository Receipts One of the most important yet underreported stories of 2018 has been the development of Chinese Depository Receipts (known
Apple announced a new feature for developers today called Create ML. Since machine learning is a commonly used tool in the developer kit these days, it makes sense that Apple would want to improve the process. But what it has here, essentially local training, doesn't seem particularly useful.
We already knew that veteran venture capitalist Fred Destin had teamed up with podcaster-turned-VC Harry Stebbings to raise a fund of their own, but now more details have emerged, including that the new VC firm has reportedly achieved its first closing. According to my sources, Stride.VC — as the VC is to be called —
Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, started this afternoon down in San Jose — kicking off with a keynote as it does every year where it announced a bunch of updates to all of its major operating systems. We’ve wrapped up all the big announcements from its keynote below, and there will be plenty more information
Copyright is a mess, but more of a mess in some ways than others, and one of the biggest messes right now is licensing music for digital broadcast. The Music Modernization Act aims to smooth over some of the biggest bumps, but a companion piece has aroused the ire of a collection of internet advocacy groups, who have voiced their concerns via a letter penned by copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig.
Apple began WWDC talking all about the update it’s delivering to its augmented reality platform, introducing ARKit 2 with iOS 12, which brings several big tech upgrades. The company didn’t get a chance to showcase all of the things it’s adding to ARKit, but did touch on the big additions, which include improved face tracking,
Apple’s Craig Federighi announced that Apple was doubling down on performance with the upcoming release of iOS 12 at the WWDC event in San Jose, Calif. today. What’s more, he said, the company would be making these changes to the full range of iOS devices going back to 2013. “And so for iOS 12, we are
Big news for CarPlay, Apple’s in-car service that lets a vehicle’s display act as a controller and ‘reader’ of your iPhone. At WWCD, Apple today announced that it will now let third-party navigation and mapping apps to work with the service starting with iOS 12. Up to now, Apple only allowed its own mapping app,
Apple is invading Snapchat’s territory with new effects that let you embellish what you shoot through the Messages camera. Today at WWDC, Apple announced that iOS 12’s Messages camera will offer a variety of sticker packs, style transfers like a “comic book” filter, drawn shapes and both Animoji and the new personalized avatar Memoji. These
Apple showcased a big update to Animojis today, adding a human look called Memoji alongside tongue detection on the silly iPhone X animals. The company’s Animoji feature was one of the big highlights of the iPhone X reveal in September. The goofy cartoon pigs and chickens utilized the phone’s new front-facing camera array to track
Apple is adding the ability to FaceTime more people onto a video call, allowing up to 32 people to be on the call — and tapping an increasing interest in group video calling stemming from apps like Houseparty As far as features go, this was a pretty natural addition to the FaceTime App. Houseparty exposed
Apple has become the latest tech giant to prioritize digital wellbeing. At its Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, Apple announced a series of new controls that will allow iOS users to monitor how much time they spend on devices, set time limits on app usage, control the distraction of notifications, and control the device usage
Kevin Lynch from the watchOS team introduced the next version of watchOS at Apple’s WWDC keynote. It’s been a slow and steady rise for the Apple Watch. It’s by far the most popular smart watch, and it’s becoming slightly more useful every year. This year is no different. There’s a new workout type for yoga,
Apple this morning announced a new set of parental controls for iOS devices at its WorldWide Developer Conference this morning in San Jose. The company had already acknowledged back in January that it had new, more robust parental control features in the works, following an open letter posted by two large Apple shareholder groups, Jana
At Apple’s annual developer conference today, the company showed off a new walkie-talkie feature for Apple Watch. The app is uniquely called Walkie-Talkie. “It’s a fun, easy way to talk with friends and family,” Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch said at WWDC. The first time you use it, you send a request to your
Apple today said it is rolling out a walkie-talkie like feature for the Apple Watch, which is something that seems a really long time coming but just never made it until 2018 when the Apple Watch was out for many years and is on its third iteration. The new watch has a cellular connection, which
Siri has long been one of the most broken experiences on iOS. Apple didn’t have much to say about improvements to quality, but at WWDC the company did highlight updates to the interface making it easier for users to create their own commands and get proactive updates from Siri. Siri suggestions allows the digital assistant
Y Combinator, the popular startup accelerator program, has never been shy about experimenting. Now, in its latest trial, the outfit is launching what it’s calling a Series A program. The idea is to help alums that maybe picked up seed funding after one of YC’s famous Demo Day presentations but that could use some help
Apple TV, still definitely not a hobby, has some new features to add as it grows. Tim Cook mentioned that there are 50 percent more users now than there were last year, and no doubt they'll be happy with the addition of Dolby Atmos audio.
Apple TV is adding a new feature that will make it easier for users to sign on to their “TV Everywhere” applications – you know, the ones that require you authenticate with your cable or satellite TV provider in order to watch the channel’s content. Called “Zero Sign On,” the feature is an extension to
Apple isn’t done with macOS just yet. The company presented the next version of macOS at the WWDC developer conference. With macOS Mojave, Apple is leaving the mountain metaphors behind. “Today we’re excited to take Mac a huge leap forward,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi started
Apple is rolling out a redesign of the Mac App Store to bring it more in line with some of the experiences it’s focused on with the iOS App Store, which the company showed at its annual developer conference this year. Apple is following-up on a redesign of the App Store on the iPhone, which
Google today announced that the new version of Gmail will launch into general availability and become available to all G Suite users next month. The exact date remains up in the air but my guess is that it’ll be sooner than later. The new Gmail offers features like message snoozing, attachment previews, a sidebar for
At Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7), TechCrunch is running two big stages and doubling the amount of programming compared to past years. The goal is to cover more of the ever expanding startup ecosystem, including those amazing founders aiming to get off planet earth and tap the vast domain of space (Yes, the final frontier!) Space
Today at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Craig Federighi, SVP, Software Engineering, announced Apple is working to bring the best of the iPhone to the Mac. But this will not happen overnight, Federighi basically said. This is a multi-year project, he stressed, adding the first iOS apps Apple will bring to macOS will be made by Apple.
Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced their plans to put Windows 10 on ARM chips in December 2016, promising the emulation of x86 apps.
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Remember Razer's Switchblade UI? Remember Windows SideShow? If you ever dreamt of a computer with its own secondary display, then ASUS' New ZenBook Pro is the device for you.
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Apple today has updated its App Store Review Guidelines with a handful of changes.
(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday issued new review guidelines for its lucrative App Store platform, after it moved to block plans by Steam …
One of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's leading officials on cryptocurrency and token sales has been named to a new senior advisory position.
Worldwide shipments of wearable devices grew 1.2% during the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18) as shipments reached 25.1 million units according …
Apple's WWDC keynote for 2018 is all about software, and one of the apps that's due for some enhancements is Photos.
Apple has taken the first steps toward completely killing OpenGL and OpenCL in Mojave in favor of its own Metal technology.
iBooks is getting a new update in iOS, with a updated redesign and a new name: Apple Books.
China's largest retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has made a strategic investment to acquire 10% stake in Chinese pregnancy and parenting online portal …
Apple today announced new tools built into iOS 12 to help customers understand and take control …
Immediately following the WWDC 2018 keynote today, Apple has released the first developer betas of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5. All four of the betas are available for free to registered developers …
- Cryptocurrency and payments start-up Ripple is shelling out millions to some of the top schools in the world to speed up the adoption of blockchain technology.
- Users will have to “opt-in” to allowing websites to track their browsing behavior on Safari, including sites with a …
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sharp Corp is in talks to finalize a deal to buy Toshiba Corp's personal computer business for around 5 billion yen ($45.7 million), as the Japanese electronics unit …
While this release didn't seem to see any stage time during the WWDC keynote today, Apple has just opened up its Health Records API to developers.
Today, Microsoft Corp. announced …
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Apple announced Core ML 2, a new version of its suite of machine learning apps for iOS devices, at the Worldwide Developer Conference …
Macs will be able to run some apps written for iPhones and iPads on the next-generation MacOS Mojave software …
Private equity firm Vista Equity today announced that it has purchased a majority stake in digital ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science.
Craig Federighi today announced ARKit 2 at WWDC 2018, which will include improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, persistent experiences, and shared experiences.
Apple kicked off its WWDC keynote starting with iOS 12 and Augmented Reality. Along with further ARKit developments, like USDZ file format …
Apple today announced Shortcuts for Siri, an app that allows iOS users to receive background tips from Siri and create their own shortcuts for apps.
Apple announced at the WWDC 2018 keynote in San Jose on Monday that sharing AR files across will be much easier under iOS12 thanks to a new file format the company has developed in conjunction with Pixar.
Starting in iOS 12 later this year, Apple's CarPlay will no longer force you to use Apple Maps to get directions.
Apple has announced a host of new features to make it easier to manage distractions and be more intentional with iPhone use in iOS 12.
Apple is invading Snapchat's territory with new effects that let you embellish what you shoot through the Messages camera.
iOS 12 includes a handful of improvements to Apple's Animoji feature, including new features and new character options.
Kevin Lynch from the watchOS team introduced the next version of watchOS at Apple's WWDC keynote. It's been a slow and steady rise for the Apple Watch.
Since our smartphones are now the main way we document the world, it's important that all those photos of your world are easy to find.
Apple announced some new features for its Apple TV set-top box during WWDC today.
Apple isn't done with macOS just yet. The company presented the next version of macOS at the WWDC developer conference. With macOS Mojave, Apple is leaving the mountain metaphors behind.
Houseparty, the group video chat app that's popular among a set of teenagers and college students, is getting a desktop app companion. Today, the company released Houseparty …
Apple says that in 2018 it is “turning its attention” to the Mac App Store, bringing the desktop-based store more in line with the iOS App Store.
It may seem counter-intuitive because it's so cold outside, but right now is the perfect time to stake out a spot to catch a glimpse of the migrating whales as they make their way past Sydney.
Shares in Kogan.com have tumbled on reports the founders of the online retailer were selling down their stakes. A short time ago, the shares were down almost 14% to $8.43. The company listed on the ASX in 2016 at $1.80.
Mortgage Choice shares fell hard after reports its franchisees are being pushed into ruin by the mortgage broker's business model. A short time ago, they were down 21% to $1.49.
A study of 15,000 popular memes has found where the most racist ones originate and how they are probably more influential than you might think. Seven analysts, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, embarked on a three month study of where memes originate, how they spread, and where they catch on.
It looks like Australia's economy grew around 1% in the March quarter, up from 0.4% in the final three months of 2017. Some, such as Westpac, are forecasting an even stronger increase.
How many times have you bought food, only to throw it out a few days later because it's gone off? A new initiative by food rescue charity OzHarvest is encouraging people to think twice about the food they buy in order to reduce the staggering amount that is wasted every day.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept interest rates steady in June, an outcome that was widely expected by economists and markets alike. The cash rate has remained at 1.5% for 20 consecutive meetings, the longest stretch without a move in either direction on record.
The NSW government is coming down hard on Airbnb. As part of a number of changes set to be introduced by the state government, the length of time a Sydney property can be rented for via Airbnb will be restricted to 180 nights a year.
Let's talk about the Internet of Things for a minute. Broadly speaking, the ways IoT is changing the world are barely noticed by regular folk like you and me. Urban infrastructure maintenance, pollution levels, water quality, species monitoring, real-time health diagnoses, surveillance, agriculture... there are very few industries that will not in some way be improved by one or many types of 24/7 connections.
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Melbourne coworking community YBF Ventures has launched Lift Off, a program aiming to boost diversity in the fintech space....
International trade will add 0.3 percentage points to Australian economic growth in the March quarter, below the 0.5ppts increase expected. Australia's current account deficit narrowed to $10.469 billion, less than the $9.9 billion level forecast by economists.
Block.one has raised more than $US4 billion in a year-long funding round – the largest ICO seen to date. The company launched its EOS.IO blockchain platform over the weekend, but has so far given away few details as to how it will use the funds.
It’s 2018 and we’re at a point where many of us are happy to talk to smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in our homes and task them with things like shopping lists, turning the lights on and off and much more.
Australian retail sales grew by a paltry 2.6% in the 12 months to April, according to official ABS data. This largely reflects subdued growth in household incomes, along with intense competitive pressures keeping retail inflation low.
PwC's annual mining review shows net profit for the top mining companies globally up 126% in the last year. The report, Mine 2018, found the net profit of the world’s top 40 miners increased to $US61 billion and is forecast to rise to $US76 billion in 2018.
Lava from the lower east rift zone of Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano has now destroyed more than 110 homes on the Big Island, with another 30 lost over the weekend as the flow from the month-long eruption cut a path through a residential area in Kapoho Bay.
Melbourne-founded AmazingCo, a startup whose platform allows users to plan special events and outings online, has raised $2.3 million in a funding round led by Rampersand VC....
Good morning. 1. Criminal cartel charges over a $2.5 billion capital raising by the ANZ Bank, with details expected to be revealed this week, are a wake-up call to ASX-listed companies to treat all shareholders the same, according to ASA CEO Judith Fox.
Melbourne home prices fell by 0.5% in May, the largest decline of any Australian capital city. New data from CoreLogic shows the scale of declines has not been uniform in nature.
71% of Australian CIOs say employee turnover among permanent IT professionals has increased over the last three years and is highest in large companies (83%).
Views towards current household finances fell to the lowest level in eight weeks. Despite the falls, the sub-indexes for sentiment towards both financial and economic conditions remains above their long-term average.
Good morning. To the scoreboard. Dow. 24,813.69 +178.48 (+0.72%) S&P 500. 2,746.87 +12.25 (+0.45%) AUD/USD. 0.7649 +0.0001 (+0.01%) ASX200 SPI futures (June contracts). 6,003 (-23)
Iron ore spot and futures markets came under selling pressure on Monday. Chinese iron ore port inventories hit the highest level at the end of May. Chinese steel futures also fell after a strong rally last week.
The Australian dollar rallied by over 1% against the US dollar on Monday, propelled higher by strong economic data and renewed weakness in the greenback.
NBN chief Bill Morrow has proposed throttling access to "extreme" fixed wireless users who are consuming more than the average user. And by "extreme", he means "gamers".
For many homes, the kitchen is the central hub of the home. It's where people congregate, socialise, and eat together. But Swedish furniture design company Ikea thinks that the traditional kitchen may soon be a thing of the past, and that communal cooking spaces will be the new norm.
Australia’s services sector, the largest employer in the country, is growing strongly at present, helped by stronger sales and surging new orders.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will announce its June interest rate decision later today. Having left the cash rate unchanged for nearly two years, the longest stretch of policy stability on record, few, if anyone, expects that trend will change today.
Australia’s April retail sales report is about to be released. After strengthening in January and February, retail sales underwhelmed in March as higher spending on food was offset by declines in all other categories.
Good morning. To the scoreboard. Dow. 24,635.21 +219.37 (+0.90%) S&P 500. 2,734.62 +29.35 (+1.08%) AUD/USD. 0.7570 +0.0002 (+0.03%) ASX200 SPI futures (March contracts). 6,029 (+34)
The Australian dollar continues to range trade against the greenback despite strong US economic data released on Friday. There's a raft of major economic data released in Australia today. Retail sales data for April is the headline act.
Online retail giant Amazon’s decision to block Australian shoppers from its US website has prompted an outpouring of anger from its customers. However, economic statistics indicate the actual value of online purchased products entering Australia from international marketplaces is relatively low. While some shoppers will be disappointed by Amazon’s decision, others will simply find ways around the geoblock.
The Commonwealth Bank is closing one major problem in a string of scandals by closing a deal with AUSTRAC, the Australian Government’s financial intelligence agency, over massive money laundering regulation breaches.
Good morning. 1. Here comes retail sales. The release which provides an update on the outlook for domestic consumption will land at 11.30am AEST. The median forecast is for monthly growth of 0.3% in April, but it will likely get more attention after the March print missed expectations. Here's your 10-second guide to get you up to speed.
Australian auction clearance rates continue to fall, pointing to the likelihood that prices will continue to weaken in the months ahead. CoreLogic reported a preliminary clearance rate of just 57.6% across the capitals. Sydney, at just 52.3%, was particularly weak.
Kogan.com has again expanded its portfolio offering, this time to the kitchen. The pure-play online retailer has signed supply and logistics agreements which allow it to enter the Australian Whitegoods and Built-In Kitchen Appliance Market with its own range of exclusive brand price-competitive products.
Via Blenheim Partners executive search, here are the major personnel moves in C-suites and on boards last week. Adslot Ltd. Andrew Dyer has been appointed to the Board of Directors effective immediately.
Shares in the Commonwealth Bank jumped after it announced a deal to settle a court case over massive breaches in money laundering regulations. A short time ago, they were up 2.2% to $70.25. The other major banks were up about 1% in a positive market.
Sydney home prices have fallen 4.2% over the past 12 months. New data from CoreLogic shows the scale of declines has not been uniform in nature.
Shares in Bubs Australia surged after the premium infant formula and baby food maker announced a distribution deal in China to double sales. A short time ago, its shares were up more than 10% to $0.845.
Australians enjoyed listening to David Attenborough talk them through Tasmanian devils mating aggressively and checking out a reno job on a Tweed Heads property more than they did hearing what Barnaby Joyce had to say about his illicit affair.
Australian retail sales rebounded in April, helped in part by warmer weather encouraging people to eat out. Spending at cafes, restaurants and takeaway food outlets jumped by the highest level since October last year, masking sharp declines in apparel and department store sales.
Parking fines will drop from $110 to around $80 under a plan from the NSW government. But the reduction only applies to areas run by the government, such as the Botanic Gardens and Sydney Olympic Park.
The 3.5 per cent increase in the minimum wage announced by the Fair Work Commission was slammed in some quarters, with Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox saying it would “be a major disincentive to employment”.
JP Morgan said the build-up of global debt is unlikely to pose a threat in 2018, but trouble potentially looms next year. They said the continued withdrawal of monetary stimulus by the US Fed lurks as the main catalyst.
The latest piece of Australia's Q1 GDP jigsaw puzzle arrived today with the release of business indicators from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Criminal cartel charges over a $2.5 billion capital raising by the ANZ Bank, with details expected to be revealed this week, are a wake-up call to ASX-listed companies to treat all shareholders the same.
Australian employment growth has slowed noticeably in recent months, contributing to an increase in unemployment. Australian job advertisements surged in May, according to data from ANZ Bank, pointing to a possible re-acceleration in employment growth in the months ahead.
Company culture is to recruiting what product is to marketing. If you have a fantastic product, it’s easier to attract customers, and likewise, if you have a great company culture, it’s much easier to attract and retain top talent.
Last week I received a call from a CEO overseas who had slipped into a very dark place. He had acknowledged that his levels of anxiety were “out of control”. sliding relationships at home; constantly thinking about work problems; poor sleep patterns; negative thinking about work colleagues; poor diet and a growing reliance on alcohol.
Australian home prices fell again last week as continued weakness in Sydney and Melbourne offset stronger performances across the smaller capitals.
If you don't take a picture of your holiday and upload it to social media, did it even happen? Arguably one of the most important things about going on holiday is getting great photos to look over to reminisce on later.
When Washington State's Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in May 1980, it killed 57 people. Some 38 years later, a similar pyroclastic explosion from Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of fire) has killed at least 25 people, and injured hundreds more, with the death toll expected to rise after the eruption send a giant mud and ash slides down the mountain late Sunday (local time).
From partnerships to joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOE), researching how to structure your Chinese operation is vital, but even before that, researching where to set up is key....
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ShopBack is an online loyalty program of sorts, giving shoppers cash back for purchases made from partner retailers through its platform....