Despite the recent meltdown of Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, Japan Tokyo has received its first fully-operational Bitcoin ATM. The Robocoin-branded machine, provided by domestic Bitcoin exchange BMEX, was powered on Wednesday night at The Pink Cow, a popular expat bar and restaurant in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district.
Back in March, Thailand had roughly 24 million Facebook users and 1.5 million Instagram users. Twitter saw 35 percent user growth and 45 percent more use per user in 2013 compared to 2012 in Thailand. The number has grown significantly since then. Earlier this week at the Thailand Zocial Awards in Bangkok, some interesting numbers were presented. Zocial Inc, the company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, hosted the event.
TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leading personal computer maker Acer announced on Friday that it will debut its first wearable device at the upcoming Computex trade show before shipping the products later this year. Liquid Leap, a one-inch touch-screen smartband with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification and music control, will be sold together with the Liquid Jade smartphone in selected markets from the third quarter, Acer said.
By Kukil Bora – Sequoia Capital, one of the most prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley to have invested in India, announced Friday that it has raised $530 million for its fourth India-focused fund, taking its total investments in the country to nearly $2 billion. Sequoia Capital Raises $530M For India-Focused FundSequoia Capital Raises $530M For India-Focused Fund. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm, which is known for its early and seed-stage investments in companies such as Google Inc , Apple Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., said that the fund will be used to expand its investments in India and Southeast Asia.
There’s no shortage of peer-to-peer lending sites in China, but neither has a distinct market leader emerged. Sina Tech reports Softbank China is getting in on the action with an estimated US$10 million investment into financial services company Edai. In addition to the P2P lending service that it launched this year, Edai offers traditional loans and free loan consultation. The Chengdu-based company was founded in 2006 and now exists both online and has brick-and-mortar offices in China.
It’s been a little over a week since the military took over Thailand. Under the pretext of maintaining peace in the country (after more than half a year of intense political instability), the junta has not only censored old media but also found ways to filter online content. That could soon extend deeper into censorship of social media. According to Post Today, Thailand’s IT ministry plans to send a government representative to Singapore to talk to Facebook and Google, and another team to Japan to talk to NHN, the company behind the popular messaging app Line.
ASRock Rack, a server subsidiary of ASRock, is expected to achieve break-even operations by the fourth quarter of 2014 and start earning profits in the first quarter of 2015. ASRock Rack has already landed orders from clients in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia and will start shipping orders later in 2014, the market watchers noted.
Commenters on hi-tech forums are calling Laban Key the best Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based devices. The app is favored for its high customization, which can serve users’ specific requirements, its fast operation, and low consumption of system resources. The app creator, Pham Kim Long, was also the person behind the Vietnamese data input methodUniKey, which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. That was created 20 years ago.
CHENNAI, INDIA: Aircel, a mobile service provider in India and ASKME a local discovery platform to provide ‘Pay per lead’ generation plan through an operator billing system, entered into partnership with ASKME. The business service will provide SMEs the convenience to pay only for the potential leads, thereby helping SMEs address the challenge of upfront investment for increasing business.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Philips Mobile has announced its foray into the Indian mobile market with its new range of smartphones W6610, W3500, S308 and also a feature phone E130 targeting at business professionals, technology enthusiasts and durability segment.
BANGALORE: Applications for the smartphones are available on the App stores for everything, from scanning your documents to food recipes. With an app available for every individual’s taste, we would like to introduce some of the best, people friendly apps out there, as compiled by Paste media.
Hon Hai Group submitted a filing to Taiwan Stock Exchange which revealed that its subsidiary Ambit Microsystems Corporation will invest NTD11.64 billion to buy newly issued shares of Asia Pacific Telecom, a Taiwanese telecom carrier. The company may implement a merger with the latter in the future. Hon Hai said in the filing that Asia Pacific Telecom will issue 826.407 million new shares.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s leading telecommunication company Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信) announced its launch of the 4G broadband service yesterday, one month prior to market expectations, making it the first company to launch the 4G service in Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom held an “Experience 4G” press conference yesterday. It was attended by Chunghwa’s ranking officers and its various partners, including HTC, Samsung and other distributors, network providers, media content providers, etc.
Rakuten Marketing, the digital marketing arm of Japanese conglomerate Rakuten, Inc., announced the acquisition of DC Storm, a British marketing analytics firm. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2004, DC Storm has steadily grown over the past nine years and established local headquarters in Frankfurt (2008) and New York City (2013).
Compath Me, the startup behind Kiddy, a photo diary social network targeted at families, has completed a US$500,000 financing round led by Venture United. The company has previously received investments from DG Incubation, Archetype, and Netprice.com. With more money in the bank, co-founder Hiromichi Ando tells us that the funds will be used to improve its app and to accelerate overseas expansion.
TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer on Thursday unveiled its cloud service centre as the struggling computer maker seeks to revive its fortunes by diversifying away from the low-margin hardware business. Stan Shih, chairman and company founder, revealed further details about its software service programme called “Build Your Own Cloud” (BYOC), which he initiated late last year after returning to the helm of the company to launch a series of reforms.
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new digital health technology platform that uses sensors to track a range of body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. Unveiled at an event in San Francisco the new platform dubbed “Simband” does not include any commercial products, but Samsung demonstrated how it might work with a wristband.
Asustek Computer has announced plans for the cloud computing industry at the Asus Cloud Day event on May 28 and the company is set to establish a unified platform to integrate resources and expand to the worldwide market. Asustek currently has about 30 million users on its personal cloud platform and is planning to increase the number to 50 million by the end of 2014.
Japan’s NTT Docomo, the country’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will begin offering Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display from June 10. Amid pressure from rivals who embraced Apple devices much earlier than Docomo, the company hopes to boost subscribers – while Apple stands to widen its commanding share of the Japanese market.
SINGAPORE: StarHub will combine its fibre and cable networks for its 500Mbps (megabits per second) fibre home broadband plan, which it said would offer customers additional service reliability. In a statement released on Thursday (May 29), the telco said new and re-contracting customers will get access to both networks at no extra charge if they sign up for the 500Mbps fibre plan from this Saturday. A 100Mpbs cable home broadband service will come bundled with it, the company added.