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21
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Conduct a poll on the current hottest startup verticals in Singapore, and most would respond with blockchain, sharing economy, big data, e-payment, and the likes. Despite being recognised as one of Asia’s tech hubs, few would associate Singapore’s startup ecosystem with wearables or consumer gadgets – a relatively nascent sector in the garden city where software and digital products have stolen the limelight.

It’s not hard to see why, as creating products, especially physical ones, can be challenging – from assembling the right multi-disciplinary team, high capital and product development costs, R&D costs,...
Sep
21
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To some degree, the news that Google would purchase at least part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was something that cropped up in the rumor mill from time to time, but it was also something that hit overdrive not too long ago. That news is no longer a rumor as Google officially announced that it has purchased HTC’s “Powered by HTC” research and development division for $1.1 billion.

It wasn’t a particularly small division, either – Powered by HTC comprised half of HTC’s overall R&D...
Sep
21
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In China, where people are already used to paying with their phones, this staff-less store chain is hoping to make a big impression.


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Sep
21
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MyDoc, a Singapore-based healthtech startup, raised US$5.2 million in a series A funding round.

Since its inception in 2014, the startup has focused on solving employee healthcare management for large enterprises. Its new suite of products, MyDoc@work, is set to launch towards the end of this year, the firm tells Tech in Asia.

It will let employees book video consultation with doctors, order online prescriptions, and access insurance information. Some of the features, like online...
Sep
20
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Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is exiting its soft launch stage and is now available on the Google Play Store. The collectible card game (CCG) has been available in just a few countries around the world since July, but now everyone is able to get in on the fun.

In Stormbound, you take on the role as the ruler of a powerful kingdom. Your task? Build the most powerful deck of cards possible to defeat the three rival kingdoms by destroying their bases. The game revolves around playing cards from your hand onto a game board. Your warriors will try to march to the other end to deal damage unless they’re stopped by the...
Sep
20
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The ebook industry is here to stay, they say, and in the US, you can now see which ebooks are available at your local libraries thanks to Google.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the public library near my apartment offered books in digital formats. Granted, it had been quite some time since I last visited a public library to check out a...
Sep
20
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by Android Authority at 21:23
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Nest is constantly trying to make improvements in both the security and connected home spaces, and that’s never been more apparent than it is today. The company has just unveiled five new connected devices that will make your home stay safe, secure, and smart.

The Nest Secure alarm system will stop intruders from entering your home, the Hello video doorbell lets you see who’s knocking, and the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor brings facial recognition and better weatherproofing to your outdoor security system.

There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s jump right in!

Related: Why you need a smart kitchen, and the products to make it...
Sep
20
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by Android Authority at 18:54
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Sometimes, it seems like we have had Android smartphones, tablets and other devices with Google’s mobile OS installed forever. However, it’s actually been less than 10 years since the first official Android phone made its debut for consumers to buy in stores. Google’s decision to make Android an open source OS allowed it to become highly popular with third-party phone makers.

Just a few years after the launch of Android 1.0, Smartphones that had the OS installed were everywhere. Now it has become the most popular mobile OS in the world, defeating its many competitors like Symbian, BlackBerry, Palm OS, webOS, and Windows Phone. Only Apple’s iOS platform remains as a serious competitor to...
Sep
20
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by Android Authority at 18:22
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If you’re interested in the upcoming Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL or Project Fi-compatible Moto X4, we have some good news for you. Google just announced a new trade-in program for Project Fi customers that lets you take as much as $165 off your order when you trade in a qualifying Nexus device. You can also get an additional $50 in Project Fi credit if you act by October 5.

As of right now, it’s unconfirmed if this program will move beyond Fi. A...
Sep
20
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InnoVen CEO Chin Chao. Photo credit: InnoVen Capital.

InnoVen Capital, a joint venture of Singapore’s Temasek and United Overseas Bank (UOB), today announced US$15.4 million funding of travel portal Yatra in India’s largest venture debt deal. It’s also the biggest deal for InnoVen which operates in Singapore, China, and India.

Apart from its size, the deal shows a broadening of appeal for venture debt – it can be a useful option for later-stage companies too, and not just early stage startups, InnoVen CEO Chin Chao explains to Tech in Asia.

For Yatra, which competes with MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip for booking flights and hotels, this is the second time it is opting for venture...
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