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The Mobile gaming world has been buzzing lately by the news that Supercell of Finland was acquired by Softbank and GungHo of Japan for $1.5 billion. This would value the Supercell at roughly $3 billion, not bad for a game company with only two games.

As I wrote in a previous column, Supercell is an exceptional studio so news of the investment was not as surprising as the fact that it took this long for anyone to acquire the studio.

What is interesting is that the acquirers are Japan’s SoftBank...
Oct
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There’s quite a few less-than-one-year-old startups in Vietnam these days, and education is one sector which is starting to see startups make an entry. We’ve written about two of them: DeltaViet, which is empowering local teachers to run online courses, and Classbook, which is manufacturing a tablet for children’s education. Now HocMoi, a new competitor to the online course arena, has entered the ring.

HocMoi works with companies like...
Oct
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You may or may not have heard of rooting, and even if you have, the process and purpose can sound a bit daunting to the uninitiated. But you don’t have to be a programmer to root your device, trust me, and there are some benefits that are really worth considering.

Let’s begin with the basics. Rooting is the process of allowing Android smartphone and tablet owners to attain privileged control (root access) over the operating system. This opens up file and folder locations that are typically hidden from regular users, such as system files and core application folders, and allows applications to perform more privileged commands.

Once rooted, users can install and run...
Oct
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Shiwen is a part-time freelance writer, aspiring entrepreneur and overall generalist interested in exploring, researching and writing. Disclosure: The interview subject is an investor in the Bitcoin sector.

Sammel Nigel, a Singaporean pilot and data privacy advocate, is the founder of Find Your Bitcoin Sweden (FYB-SE), the European base of a Bitcoin trading platform founded and located in Singapore. It serves the Nordic nations of Northern Europe.

He has a diverse professional background: after graduating with a computer science diploma from a local polytechnic, he went on to become a fitness trainer before transferring over to the aviation...
Oct
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Singapore-based tech incubator Crystal Horse Investments today announced it has sold its stake in serial entrepreneur John Fearon’s Gilcrux Holdings. CHI’s third exit of the year will result in a return on investment ten times that of the original sum put in — the most generated from a portfolio company so far.

Previously, CHI had invested a total of S$500,000 ($402,000) in a combination of Gilcrux, Dropmysite (website, database, and email backup), and...
Oct
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One of the biggest improvements we’ve seen in Android over the last two years is the camera app. Not just OEMs putting better cameras in devices, but also better overall camera software. What used to be just a simple point, focus, and shoot even has evolved into complicated ISO and white balance settings. So if you’re looking for a camera app replacement, which one should you go with? That’s an excellent question because there are dozens, if not hundreds, of camera apps for Android and below we brought you the best of them. If you’d rather watch than read, watch the video above!

Camera MX

[Price: Free]
First on our list of best camera apps...
Oct
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Consumers the world over often accuse their domestic media outlets of sensationalism. Political pundits hijack issues worthy of real debate, real tragedies are played up for shock value, and the personal lives of celebrities receive inordinate amounts of attention.

This is perhaps no more apparent than on the island of Taiwan. Despite political polarization (though almost no one is content with the regime at the moment), the media remains an entity that almost everyone laments, regardless of party affiliation. When not espousing political diatribes that support the views of large family conglomerates, an overwhelming majority of news stories in Taiwan cover nothing but food safety,...
Oct
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Some empty Google display cases have been spotted in Best Buy retail stores, with a source suggesting the Search giant may be interested in selling the Nexus 5 directly inside Best Buy stores.

The pictures below, posted by Android Central and Daniel Benavides (via Google+) show Google-branded display cases that are being prepped to show three devices.

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Naturally, we expect them all to be Nexus and/or Chrome devices, with emphasis on the upcoming flagship smartphone. We’ll point out though that such displays are already used in Best Buy stores...
Oct
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Google has not quietly unveiled the new Nexus 5 smartphone alongside Android 4.4 KitKat today, as a recent rumor suggested, but plenty of wild new rumors are hovering around.

When talking about the rumor last week, we assumed that Google won’t announce new products without a proper media event, as no press invitations were sent to the media at the time the new October 15 announcement rumor hit the web – comparatively, last year Google sent out invites with more than a week in advanced of its fall event (which was then canceled because of Hurricane Sandy).

That means we’re back...
Oct
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Indian geospatial technology solutions firm Genesys International Corporation has come up with WoNoBo.com – a first of its kind 360 degree-view platform that allows users to search, explore and share points of interest across the vast sub continent.

Seen as a competitor of Google Street View and Nokia Here, Genesys’ WoNoBo.com will be soon be available in 12 top Indian cities and will add 54 more.


Like Google Street View, the Mumbai-based firm has launched...
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