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The WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera is a great addition to any toolkit. The camera is 2MP and you can see in the dark thanks to an 8-way LED light attached. It’s waterproof of course, and has three meters of cable so that you can thread it into the deepest darkest recesses.
What says happy Father’s Day better than a diagnostics tool?
The advertising industry apparently likes the idea of activating voice command-based speakers to help sell products. This week, the 2017 edition of the prestigious Cannes Lions advertising awards gave one of them to Burger King, for an ad that deliberately turned on Google Assistant and Google Home.
India’s Silicon Valley Bangalore is usually the first to experiment with tech solutions to everyday problems. The latest is home delivery of fuel ordered online from MyPetrolPump. (Hat-tip to Malayalam media publication Mathrubhumi for spotting this first.)
Co-founder and CEO of Mercari, Shintaro Yamada. Photo credit: Tech in Asia / Michael Holmes.
Japan-based online marketplace Mercari is hiring former Facebook exec John Lagerling as chief business officer. Lagerling used to be the social network’s VP of business development, mobile, and product partnerships.
The startup, which is Japan’s youngest unicorn, is ramping up its US presence with a growing team in San Francisco.
Mercari has 100 employees in the US now, compared to 30 a year ago.
Why it matters:
Mercari is Japan’s first startup to reach a valuation of US$1 billion (a...
Doing business in Japan has long been associated with overinflated zaibatsu (large Japanese business conglomerate), domestic insularity and a widespread aversion to any kind of investment risk. Small wonder then, that the Japanese startup ecosystem is regarded as much less healthy than its counterparts in the US, Europe and South Korea. The numbers don’t lie: Japanese investment in venture capital (VC) firms was only about US$960 million in 2014, compared with US$48 billion in the US.
At long last, however, this state of affairs appears to be changing. Ahead of Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 on...
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Photo credit: World Economic Forum.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is the frontrunner to replace Travis Kalanick, who resigned from his post as Uber CEO on Tuesday, the New York Post reports, citing a source close to the Uber board. Kalanick had already taken indefinite leave, following a probe into sexual harassment and mismanagement, but board members asked him to quit for the sake of “moving Uber forward.”
Board member Arianna Huffington is said to be pushing for the appointment of Sandberg. Disney COO Tom Skaggs is also a leading candidate, but...
Calvin Cheng has taken an unusual path. This time a decade ago, he was an executive in the modelling industry in his native Singapore. A few years later, he set up his own company in China. Today he’s taking that to IPO.
“I was never in the modelling industry – that’s an urban myth,” quips Cheng, 41.
“After the dot-com bust, I approached Elite Models for the master license for their agencies and their trademark, Elite Models contest. As the head of Elite Models for Asia, I was in charge of the franchise system – selling franchises across Asia to set up new Elite agencies as well as to companies interested in organizing the contest. I was also...
Virtual Private Networks are becoming a necessity. They used to be a niche for tech-heads, but now they’re the norm for good reason – the rising threats online. The US government voted that your ISP can sell data about you. Advertisers want to know everything about you. Malware is more sophisticated and commonplace.
Not to mention that fact that more of your personal business is conducted online. Just the fact that you bank online is a scary prospect. All it takes is one person secretly monitoring and you could be cleaned out.