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WeChat, China’s favorite messaging app, now has 963 million people actively using it, the company revealed today. That figure for monthly active users is up from 806 million this time last year.

It might pass the billion-user milestone at the time of parent company Tencent’s next earnings report. Both Facebook Messenger (blocked in China) and WhatsApp (partially accessible) have both already surpassed that mark.

WeChat has recently been trying to make itself even more ubiquitous, adding a search engine for the web in May. That followed its January rollout of...
Aug
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by Android Authority at 10:15
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Way back in March, Google began updating Nexus 6 devices to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Following the discovery of a number of bugs, the update was subsequently, disappointingly, pulled, plonking Nexus 6 owners back on Android 7.0 (unless they opted to soldier on with the unstable 7.1.1 build).

Now, Google has released a new and seemingly solid version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Nexus 6.

The ~368 MB update, which was spotted by Android Police, is...
Aug
16
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by TechInAsia at 09:42
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Do you remember how your startup was formed—all the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows? If you’ve been in the startup ecosystem for a while now, you probably have enough material to write your own book. Now, imagine condensing that epic story into five to seven minutes. Dreadful, isn’t it?

But this is your investor pitch – something you should master. Prospective investors and business partners simply don’t have the time to listen to every startup life story they encounter. Often, they prefer a minimized version of a business proposal to judge if they should invest in a startup.

So how can you shrink your wonderful proposal into convenient sound bites when pitching to...
Aug
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by Android Authority at 09:12
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The Essential Phone is on its way (again). Andy Rubin’s company is now sending out emails to customers to state that the phone is ready and will ship within 7 days.

Folks can buy the handset outright for $699 from Essential.com (and through Best Buy and Amazon at a later date), or through finance company Affirm, with repayments coming in at $29.13 per month for 24 months. Device shipping is free and should take two-to-three days — once it officially begins shipping...
Aug
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by TechInAsia at 09:12
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Obikes in Singapore. Photo credit: Obike.

Obike, a bike-sharing startup born in Singapore, secured a massive US$45 million in its latest fund raise. That makes it one of the largest series B rounds on record in Southeast Asia, according to Tech in Asia data.

In a press release, the startup says that investors include a “leading global transportation platform” – which goes unnamed, Grishin Robotics, a venture capital firm founded by Dmitry Grishin, who is the co-founder & chairman of Russia’s Mail.Ru Group, as well as several family offices in Southeast Asia.

Backwind for global expansion

Obike plans to use the funds raised in this round for international...
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Sale Stock, an Indonesian ecommerce startup that sells its own women’s fashion label, has raised a US$27 million “series B+” round led by venture capital firm Gobi Partners.

Alpha JWC Ventures, Convergence Ventures, KIP, MNC, and SMDV also took part in the round.

Gobi backed the startup through its new US$200 million Meranti ASEAN Growth Fund, which has closed US$50 million so far, it said today.

The fund looks to back 15 or more startups in Southeast Asia. Its limited partners include MAVCAP, GS Shop, and CKM.

Sale Stock appeared to have gone through some rough patches last year,...
Aug
16
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Infinium Robotics CEO Junyang Woon (right) demonstrates his technology to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo credit: Infinium.

In 2015, Infinium Robotics stepped into the spotlight after showing off what its indoor drones could do at a popular restaurant in Singapore. Two years later, it made headlines again for the wrong reasons.

Infinium CEO Junyang Woon was prosecuted by the city-state’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in April for four counts of failing to pay...
Aug
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by TechInAsia at 08:03
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The news:

  • Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called a tender yesterday seeking proposals from the industry to trial on-demand public bus services.
  • This will allow commuters to request pick-ups and drop-offs at any bus stop within a defined area in the city-state, making commuting more seamless and convenient – with shorter waiting time.
  • Three areas have been preliminarily identified for the trial: Joo Koon, Punggol North/West, and Shenton Way/Marina South.
  • The tender consists of two phases. In the first phase, successful proponents will conduct modelling and simulation to test service quality and resource...
Aug
16
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They’re the superheroes we all need right now: stray dog fitted with smart vests, turning them into community watchdog. Good doggos!

The watchdog project is a spin-off from Thailand’s Soi Dog Foundation.

This post Video: These stray dogs have been turned into live streaming watchdogs appeared first on Tech in Asia.

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Aug
16
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by Android Authority at 06:22
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Buy now from Nokia

For a budget-friendly phone, the Nokia 5 looks and feels rather premium. But for many, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that’s where the phone’s lower price starts to become evident. The question with any budget phone is what compromises had to be made in order to achieve the price – and whether those compromises are ones you can live with.

Find out if this budget-friendly device is right for you in our full Nokia 5 review!

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The Nokia 5 is sleek and doesn't feel 'cheap' at all in the hand.

The Nokia 5 is sleek and doesn’t feel “cheap” at all in the...
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