Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

SingaporeLee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore and one of Asia’s tallest leaders, passed away on 23 March 2015 in Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Lee had been warded in the intensive care unit of SGH for severe pneumonia since 6 February 2015. He remained conscious but sedated, and on mechanical ventilation. His condition deteriorated on 17 March and remained critical.  Lee, considered the founding father of Singapore, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore. He governed the country for three decades.

Lonely on Valentine’s Day? These 5 Indian apps want to help you find your love

IndiaIt’s that time of the year again when the universe seems bent on reminding all the singles in the world that there’s a huge gaping hole in their lives. The Valentine’s Day frenzy on television, billboards, and malls in India will surely drive many an aching heart to take desperate measures. Before you do anything drastic, you might want to try out these 5 Indian apps that promise to help you find love.

Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands top Facebook check-ins in 2014

SINGAPORE: Where did you check-in to the most this year? According to Facebook’s year in review, Universal Studios Singapore topped the list of the most popular check-in spots in the Republic, closely followed by Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Among the 10 most checked-into places here, five of them were attractions located in Sentosa, such as Resorts World Sentosa and the Merlion Park @ Singapore, while one was Sentosa Island itself.

Mega trends in technology, from Singapore

Mark Koh, Senior Industry Analyst, ICT, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific answers five key questions about the mega trends in technology and the issues about data privacy in an interconnected world. What are the mega trends in technology? The big trends are currently in big data, cloud computing, connected devices and software define paradigm. The technologies have a symbiotic relationship and expected to achieve synergies with one another.

China rolls out ‘cellphone lanes’ for slow walkers

Inner-city bike lanes are commonplace, but have you heard about cellphone lanes?  The Chinese city of Chongqing has launched the concept in an attempt to separate people who want to use their mobile phones whilst walking on the sidewalk from those who don’t, reports the Wall Street Journal. A section of the city’s sidewalk has been clearly divided in two using white markings, with one half featuring an image of a phone and the caption: “Cellphones / Walk in this lane at your own risk.”

A tech startup ecosystem in paradise

“What? You have a tech startup in Bali?” is the typical response when we tell people about the tech startup initiatives we are co-building here, on the island of gods. The world is slowly catching on, but the startup scene itself in Bali is very much an emerging concept that has manifested into great opportunities for growth, learning, building and networking with local and international talent.

8 must-read tech stories in China this week

It’s been a busy week in China as everyone hammered out their last-minute business before the start of Chinese New Year. Here’s the biggest stories from the past seven days.
1. Bitcoin exchange BTC China starts accepting deposits again
Since then, what was once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange by transaction volume has been scraping by on a voucher system.

Staff picks: 8 top news stories this week on Tech in Asia

Here’s our favorite stories to kick off the year of the horse. Happy Chinese New Year!
Steven’s pick: It looks like there really has been a mass exodus of Sina Weibo users
An in-depth survey analyzed the activity of 1.6 million Sina Weibo users from January 2011 through December 2013. It turns out that China’s top Twitter-esque service is seeing its users becoming much less active. This could be due to messaging app WeChat, which has something like a Facebook Timelines that’s a popular place for Chinese people sharing links and content.