• LinkedIn membership hits 300 million
    LinkedIn membership hits 300 million AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States. "While this is an exciting moment, we still have a long way to go to realize our vision of creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce," said LinkedIn vice president Deep Nishar in a blog posting. Nishar said that for future growth, the company believes it will be more important to get people using the network on mobile devices. Already, our members in dozens of locations including Costa Rica, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, use LinkedIn more on their mobile devices than on their desktop computers." LinkedIn has its headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California, and is available in more than 200 countries. More »

  • Do you think you have enough knowledge to dominate Indonesia’s market? …
    Do you think you have enough knowledge to dominate Indonesia’s market? … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The startup ecosystem is still very young, but we are seeing healthy growth in investment and tech industry interest inside the country. But is the infrastructure ready yet for you to enter? More »

  • Online grocery shopping on the rise in Pakistan
    Online grocery shopping on the rise in Pakistan Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Online grocery shopping is one area with a lot of potential – because we all need groceries, they’re not a luxury, and they’re such a tedious commodity to go out and buy. More »

  • Alibaba’s Alipay payment service says konichiwa to Japan as it inks deal …
    Alibaba’s Alipay payment service says konichiwa to Japan as it inks deal … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Alipay, China’s popular third-party payment service from tech giant Alibaba, will now be integrated onto Rakuten Global Market, the international e-commerce branch of “Japan’s Amazon.” According to an ... More »

  • Linked to prostitution, China’s favorite flirty chat app slammed by state …
    Linked to prostitution, China’s favorite flirty chat app slammed by state … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Momo is China’s top chat-and-flirt app for connecting with people in your area. But some workers in the sex industry find it to be a great marketing tool. More »

  • Some Bitcoin enthusiasts want to hijack the symbol for Thailand’s curr …
    Some Bitcoin enthusiasts want to hijack the symbol for Thailand’s curr … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    There are some Bitcoin enthusiasts who want to use ฿, the symbol for Thailand’s currency the Baht, as the sign for Bitcoin. More »

  • Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer
    Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The laptop computer that Bill Clinton used in 1998 to send the first-ever US presidential email has sold for $60,667 in an online auction, the Boston auction house that handled the transaction said Thursday. RR Auction did not disclose the name of the buyer of the still-functional Toshiba Satellite that Clinton borrowed to email veteran astronaut John Glenn, who was orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The laptop, with accessories and full documentation, originally belonged to White House physician Robert Darling, who lent it to Clinton when NASA informed the president that Glenn wanted to swap emails with him. "It's a remarkable collection that represents the dawn of a new age, combining America's greatest technological achievements -- space travel and the Internet," said RR Auction vice president Bobby Livingston in a statement. More »

  • Get ready for India’s smartphone explosion (INFOGRAPHIC)
    Get ready for India’s smartphone explosion (INFOGRAPHIC) Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Jana, the Boston-based marketing and market intelligence firm, released an infographic yesterday on India’s smartphone market. It’s relatively simple as far as these types of reports go, but we like it ... More »

  • This origami-like lightbulb may be the world’s most energy efficient
    This origami-like lightbulb may be the world’s most energy efficient Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Three, it turns out. More »

  • Drive new traffic to old content with this Indian startup’s automated timeline …
    Drive new traffic to old content with this Indian startup’s automated timeline … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Getting new traffic to old content is a conundrum for most online publishers. “We talked with a few publishers about their archives, how much value they generate out of it,” says Angam Parashar, founder ... More »

  • South Korea’s top 10 most valuable tech startups
    South Korea’s top 10 most valuable tech startups Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    It’s been five years since the second venture boom started in Korea, and now there are several startups that are big enough to compete with KOSDAQ-listed companies. More »

  • Want to be a successful startup? Settle in Thailand, but register your …
    Want to be a successful startup? Settle in Thailand, but register your … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Some successful startups in Thailand even recommend newbies to head over to other nearby countries to register their company. Why is that? More »

  • Sina Weibo shares jump 19% in US debut
    Sina Weibo shares jump 19% in US debut AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, debuted on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday with a 19.1 percent jump despite an IPO that went out undersubscribed and lower priced than hoped. In a spate of buying that suggested that Wall Street's waters are still welcoming to loss-making technology high flyers, and to Chinese firms as well, Weibo shares rose from the subscription price of $17 to as high as $24.28, before settling the day at $20.24. Weibo sought to raise $380 million by selling 20 million shares for as much as $19 each. Charles Chao, the chief executive of Chinese online power Sina Corp, Weibo's parent, shrugged off the undersubscription, saying it was mainly important to achieve the listing and establish Weibo's separate identity. More »

  • Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever
    Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot. Resembling a tiny astronaut, ASIMO -- decked out in a white suit and helmet -- stands 4 feet three inches (1.3 meters) tall and weighs in at 110 lbs (50 kg). ASIMO -- short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility -- was designed to help people, potentially in cases of reduced mobility. The latest demonstration highlighted the robot's increased flexibility and balance -- ASIMO can now jump -- as well as sign language abilities. More »

  • Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers
    Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said Thursday. A paper released by the security firm IOActive found "multiple high risk vulnerabilities" in all the satellite systems studied. "These vulnerabilities have the potential to allow a malicious actor to intercept, manipulate, or block communications, and in some cases, to remotely take control of the physical device," the report said. Ruben Santamarta, author of the report, said he was concerned "because satellite communications are used in a variety of critical scenarios." Santamarta told AFP that most ships and aircraft use satellite communications, and in some cases military communications use these commercial satellite systems. More »

  • Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature
    Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional "nearby friends" feature "helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go," said product manager Andrea Vaccari in a blog announcement. "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," Vaccari said. "For example, when you're headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward." With the feature, Facebook takes a page from other location-based services including the network Foursquare, numerous dating apps and the recently launched social network aggregator SocialRadar. More »

  • Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office
    Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move. More »

  • Weibo disappoints with low IPO debut, but shares climb after cold star …
    Weibo disappoints with low IPO debut, but shares climb after cold star … Tech in Asia - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Weibo’s shares made their IPO debut at a mere $16.27, but the share price soon climbed up gradually. More »

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
    Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock. The Lumia 2520 is the first tablet by Nokia, once the world leader in the mobile phone industry but which lost its top place to South Korea's Samsung in 2012. "If loose and separated, certain internal components pose a hazard of an electric shock if touched while the plug remains in a live socket." The Finnish company said the problem was detected during an internal quality control process and that no consumer incident had been reported so far. Nokia advised all customers to "suspend use of the charger until further notice". More »

  • Top iPad apps: 'Hearthstone,' 'Trials Frontier'
    Top iPad apps: 'Hearthstone,' 'Trials Frontier' AFP Relax - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Card game "Hearthstone" makes tremendous progress during its first week on release, with motocross title "Trials Frontier" also buoyant. More details on these and other top free iPad applications by country for the week, by number of downloads and recorded on April 17, can be found below. More »

  • Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game
    Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. "Just as the original 'FarmVille' created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from 'Country Escape,'" game general manager Jamie Davies told AFP while providing an early glimpse at the title. The original "FarmVille" will mark its fifth anniversary in June. More »

  • As Weibo launches IPO, here are all the facts and stats you need to kn …
    As Weibo launches IPO, here are all the facts and stats you need to kn … Tech in Asia - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Let’s look at all the facts and stats you need to know about Weibo, China's latest tech IPO to hit Wall Street. More »

  • Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14
    Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14 AFP Relax - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Mobile trends will be the subject of Flurry's one-day Souce14 conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. The city will then host the Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology conference from April 23-25. More »

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    Photos by Little Wing Luna, VERA Files Text by Mitch Meñez Kalibo, Aklan--Viernes Santo or Good Friday is the most solemn of all the days in Holy Week. It commemorates the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross. The … Continue reading → …

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    Hugas Dugo

    Text by Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Pakil, Laguna--In the small town of Pakil, Laguna resides a group of men who call themselves Hugas Dugo. Most members of the group are residents of the … Continue reading → …

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    Text and photos by Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Baliuag, Bulacan--This town is hosting what could be the country’s biggest Lenten procession consisting of more than 100 religious statues riding on carriages or carrozas. But concerns are being raised that … Continue reading → …

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