KabayanTech http://kabayantech.com Technology and Startup News in the Philippines Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 http://kabayantech.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fav-125x125.jpg KabayanTech http://kabayantech.com 32 32 31102941 Instapaper will be an independent company again! http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/17/instapaper-will-be-an-independent-company-again/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/17/instapaper-will-be-an-independent-company-again/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:39:44 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=61455 This will be great to all and future InstaPaper users! Instapaper; Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in […]

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This will be great to all and future InstaPaper users!

Instapaper;

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.

We want to emphasize that not much is changing for the Instapaper product outside the new ownership. The product will continue to be built and maintained by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper for the past five years. We plan to continue offering a robust service that focuses on readers and the reading experience for the foreseeable future.

Lastly, we want to express our deepest gratitude to Pinterest for being such great stewards of the product over the past two years. With their support, we rebuilt search, introduced an extension for Firefox, made a variety of optimizations for the latest mobile operating systems and more. Our focus is providing a great reading application to our users, we appreciated the opportunity to do that at Pinterest, and are excited to continue our work.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let us know by sending an email to support@help.instapaper.com or replying directly to this email.

– Instapaper Team

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Grab introduces personal assistant service in Manila http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/16/grab-introduces-personal-assistant-service-in-manila/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/16/grab-introduces-personal-assistant-service-in-manila/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:17:24 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=61437 Jack Ellis, writing for Tech in Asia; GrabAssistant has been undergoing beta testing in the Philippines since last month. This new feature within the main Grab app turns the firm’s driver-partners into personal shoppers for users who are too busy (or simply can’t be bothered) to head to the store themselves. An interesting service from […]

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Jack Ellis, writing for Tech in Asia;

GrabAssistant has been undergoing beta testing in the Philippines since last month. This new feature within the main Grab app turns the firm’s driver-partners into personal shoppers for users who are too busy (or simply can’t be bothered) to head to the store themselves.

An interesting service from Grab.

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Argomall http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/09/argomall/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/09/argomall/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:25:37 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=60156 Argomall’s focus and obsession is to serve its consumers who seek to buy their next smartphones, smartwatches, smartTVs, tablets, laptops, audio devices or gadget accessories. We put our consumers front and center to deliver them the best possible online shopping experience in the Philippines. We are passionate about what we do and constantly improve our […]

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Argomall’s focus and obsession is to serve its consumers who seek to buy their next smartphones, smartwatches, smartTVs, tablets, laptops, audio devices or gadget accessories. We put our consumers front and center to deliver them the best possible online shopping experience in the Philippines. We are passionate about what we do and constantly improve our service as the smartphone and e-commerce industries continue to grow rapidly and become part of the lives of Filipinos.

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Pinoy online store tops US website list of worthy chatbots http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/09/pinoy-online-store-tops-us-website-list-of-worthy-chatbots/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/09/pinoy-online-store-tops-us-website-list-of-worthy-chatbots/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:22:52 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=60144 Newsbyte; Argomall, the only Filipino company in the recently published roster, shone over four other brands from around the world such as LEGO, Decen Muebles Infantiles, Hello Fresh, and Bot Burger.

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Newsbyte;

Argomall, the only Filipino company in the recently published roster, shone over four other brands from around the world such as LEGO, Decen Muebles Infantiles, Hello Fresh, and Bot Burger.

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Apple sharing some App Store stats for it’s 10th Anniversary http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/06/apple-sharing-some-app-store-stats-for-its-10th-anniversary/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/07/06/apple-sharing-some-app-store-stats-for-its-10th-anniversary/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:01:33 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=59706 Apple; When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more. Over the past decade, the App Store has created a safe place for users of all ages to get the very […]

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Apple;

When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more. Over the past decade, the App Store has created a safe place for users of all ages to get the very best apps and a vibrant app economy for developers of all sizes, from all over the world, to thrive. Today, customers in 155 countries are visiting the App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before.

While there have been many notable moments since apps first came to iPhone and later iPad, the milestones and testimonials below reflect some of the most significant over the past 10 years — defining how the App Store democratized software distribution and transformed how we live every day.

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GrabFood now available in the Philippines http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/27/grabfood-now-available-in-the-philippines/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/27/grabfood-now-available-in-the-philippines/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:09:49 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=58639 Vaughn Chua, writing for Yugatech; Grab is going on a roll this month as they soft-launched another feature after the GrabAssisstant, the GrabFood. It is a service that is somewhat similar to FoodPanda. Users can place their orders via Grab app and from there, they can choose the foods that they’d like to order from […]

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Vaughn Chua, writing for Yugatech;

Grab is going on a roll this month as they soft-launched another feature after the GrabAssisstant, the GrabFood. It is a service that is somewhat similar to FoodPanda. Users can place their orders via Grab app and from there, they can choose the foods that they’d like to order from a particular food chain or restaurant then have it deliver to their location.

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Qualcomm intros Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/27/qualcomm-intros-snapdragon-632-439-and-429/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/27/qualcomm-intros-snapdragon-632-439-and-429/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:17:04 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=58626 Qualcomm; Today at MWC Shanghai, we introduced upgrades to these already-popular tiers: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platforms. Among the improved features and performance these new mobile platforms are designed to deliver are better battery life, significant power enhancements, more efficient designs, artificial intelligence capabilities, an impressive camera, and extraordinary […]

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Qualcomm;

Today at MWC Shanghai, we introduced upgrades to these already-popular tiers: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platforms. Among the improved features and performance these new mobile platforms are designed to deliver are better battery life, significant power enhancements, more efficient designs, artificial intelligence capabilities, an impressive camera, and extraordinary graphics, compared to previous generations.

Here’s a closer look at the Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 429, and how they’ll enhance the next generation of mid-level mobile devices.

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Toyota pumps $1 billion into Grab as auto industry bets big on ride-hailing startups http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/toyota-pumps-1-billion-into-grab-as-auto-industry-bets-big-on-ride-hailing-startups/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/toyota-pumps-1-billion-into-grab-as-auto-industry-bets-big-on-ride-hailing-startups/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:29:14 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57750 Venture Beat via Reuters; Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to buy a $1 billion stake in Southeast Asia’s Grab in the biggest investment by a carmaker into a ride-hailing firm, at a time when traditional automakers are racing to team up with disruptive tech companies. The value of six-year-old Grab will be just over $10 […]

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Venture Beat via Reuters;

Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to buy a $1 billion stake in Southeast Asia’s Grab in the biggest investment by a carmaker into a ride-hailing firm, at a time when traditional automakers are racing to team up with disruptive tech companies.

The value of six-year-old Grab will be just over $10 billion after the investment, said a person familiar with the matter.

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Nintendo to release Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the 7th of December 2018 http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/nintendo-to-release-super-smash-bros-ultimate-on-the-7th-of-december-2018/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/nintendo-to-release-super-smash-bros-ultimate-on-the-7th-of-december-2018/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:36:46 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57691 Extra; After releasing the teaser last March 2018, Nintendo finally announce the release date of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a crossover fighting games for Nintendo Switch. The game will be release on December 7, 2018. Super #SmashBrosUltimate arrives on #NintendoSwitch 12/7! pic.twitter.com/bchHkeTOwy — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 12, 2018

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After releasing the teaser last March 2018, Nintendo finally announce the release date of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a crossover fighting games for Nintendo Switch. The game will be release on December 7, 2018.

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Fornite now in Nintedo Switch http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/fornite-now-in-nintedo-switch/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/fornite-now-in-nintedo-switch/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:26:07 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57676 Fortnite on Nintendo Switch is available today! Get the full details here: https://t.co/okDLhUyfYn #FortniteE3 pic.twitter.com/1EoZc5p9QY — Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 12, 2018 Fornite on Nintedo Switch is a free download from Nintendo Store with in app-purchases.

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Fortnite on Nintendo Switch is available today! Get the full details here: https://t.co/okDLhUyfYn #FortniteE3 pic.twitter.com/1EoZc5p9QY

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 12, 2018

Fornite on Nintedo Switch is a free download from Nintendo Store with in app-purchases.

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Bandai Namco announces Jump Force, a fighting game of your favorite Shonen Jump Character http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/bandai-namco-announces-jump-force-a-fighting-game-of-your-favorite-shonen-jump-character/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/13/bandai-namco-announces-jump-force-a-fighting-game-of-your-favorite-shonen-jump-character/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:24:33 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57668 Universes collide as legendary manga heroes and villains are transported to our reality. Massive battles fill epic locales as good and evil clashes, while humankind hangs in the balance. Look for more details on JUMP FORCE soon and UNITE TO FIGHT in 2019! #JUMPFORCE #E3 pic.twitter.com/kGHjZHUhT5 — Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) June 10, 2018 The […]

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Universes collide as legendary manga heroes and villains are transported to our reality. Massive battles fill epic locales as good and evil clashes, while humankind hangs in the balance. Look for more details on JUMP FORCE soon and UNITE TO FIGHT in 2019! #JUMPFORCE #E3 pic.twitter.com/kGHjZHUhT5

— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) June 10, 2018

The game’s will be release in 2019, users place their preorder on Amazon for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Google doodle for the Philippine Independence 2018 http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/12/google-doodle-for-the-philippine-independence-2018/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/12/google-doodle-for-the-philippine-independence-2018/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:48:08 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57628 It may just be a coincidence that Google use this doodle, which shows the diverse beautiful marine life, specially with the current news surrounding some of the West Philippine sea.

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It may just be a coincidence that Google use this doodle, which shows the diverse beautiful marine life, specially with the current news surrounding some of the West Philippine sea.

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Schneider Electric Philippines partners with MFI Polytechnic Institute to provide Students with Technical Training http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/11/schneider-electric-philippines-partners-with-mfi-polytechnic-institute-to-provide-students-with-technical-training/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/11/schneider-electric-philippines-partners-with-mfi-polytechnic-institute-to-provide-students-with-technical-training/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:59:11 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57560 Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, partnered with MFI Polytechnic Institute on June 8, 2018 at the MFI Building, Pasig City to help elevate its training programs. MFI Polytechnic Institute is an accredited assessment center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). It conducts technical and […]

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Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, partnered with MFI Polytechnic Institute on June 8, 2018 at the MFI Building, Pasig City to help elevate its training programs.

MFI Polytechnic Institute is an accredited assessment center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). It conducts technical and vocational educational trainings (TVET) that have National Certificate qualifications and has the credibility to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points to professionals upon completion of the trainings.

In line with its commitment to providing Innovation at Every Level, Schneider Electric is helping MFI Polytechnic Institute provide its students with a comprehensive training experience. Through this partnership, students who are taking up these training programs have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable of growth potentials and technically competitive as they explore working in the different fields of the energy industry.

Jose Sandejas, PhD., President and Chairman, MFI Polytechnic Institute said: “MFI Polytechnic Institute envisions its students to be highly efficient and skilled practitioners after they complete our training programs. We will benefit greatly from the expertise of Schneider Electric Philippines to,make our training programs more impactful and innovative through their commitment and advocacy for greener practices and sustainability. We are very optimistic about our future and look forward to exploring more ways to collaborate with Schneider Electric Philippines.”

Apart from additional training modules, students will also learn about Schneider Electric’s products, solutions and best practices. Helping them apply their learnings, students will get to have first hand experience of Schneider Electric’s innovations and witness how they are working to promote sustainable practices among households and businesses.

Rey del Mundo, Field Sales Specifiers Manager, Schneider Electric Philippines said: “We at Schneider Electric strongly believe in the potential and capabilities of the youth which is why we continue to pursue similar partnerships like what we have with MFI Polytechnic Institute. By giving them the necessary tools, they are more equipped not only in better understanding the energy industry, but helping Schneider Electric push its message forward of transforming cities, reshaping industries and enriching lives through sustainable energy management and automation.”

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Meet the 10 new PH startups participating in IBPAP’s ‘Takeoff’ program http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/10/meet-the-10-new-ph-startups-participating-in-ibpaps-takeoff-program/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/10/meet-the-10-new-ph-startups-participating-in-ibpaps-takeoff-program/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:41:07 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57477 Kyle Chua, writing for Rappler; Last June 6, Wednesday, the IBPAP continued the program by introducing the second batch of participants comprised of 10 new startups. Here’s a rundown of the new batch: 1. Fetch Valet Fetch is an on-demand valet parking service that directly sends someone to park your car for you. 2. InnoVantage, […]

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Kyle Chua, writing for Rappler;

Last June 6, Wednesday, the IBPAP continued the program by introducing the second batch of participants comprised of 10 new startups. Here’s a rundown of the new batch:

1. Fetch Valet
Fetch is an on-demand valet parking service that directly sends someone to park your car for you.

2. InnoVantage, Inc.
InnoVantage is a company that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to enable businesses to automate processes and assist customers and employees.

3. iParentPortal Inc.
iParentPortal is a messaging and online payment app that turns school IDs into an RFID cashless wallet and gate pass. They partner with different schools to provide RFID systems integrated with web and mobile applications.

4. MyKuya
MyKuya is a mobile app that matches you with nearby “Kuyas” and “Ates” who can do your daily errands including buying coffee, shopping for groceries, or just falling in line for you on-demand.

5. Palengkero
Palengkero is web platform that allows you to order wet market products online and have the items delivered at your doorstep within two hours.

6. Qwikwire Inc.
Qwikwire is an enterprise solution for business in the Philippines that helps companies bill & collect payments coming from outside the country. They serve numerous BPOs, real estate developers, & banks.

7. Sinitic
Sinitic is an automated multilingual customer support powered by their own, SiniticAI™ natural language processing engine. Their AI is said to deliver 60% automation rates and 11% higher language accuracy for the eGaming and BPO industries.

8. Talkpush
Talkpush is a recruitment Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) platform which integrates with Facebook pages and different sourcing channels. The Talkpush CRM communicates with candidates via a chatbot that sources and pre-screen thousands of candidates.

9. Titanium Technologies
MyShuttle, a product of Titanium Technologies provides employees a solution to common problems encountered in their daily commute such as long lines, crowded transports, and oftentimes inconsistent service. It takes care of online booking, with fixed departure times, and payment through salary deduction.

10. uHoo Inc.
uHoo Inc. has created an indoor air sensor that lets you enhance staff well-being and productivity, save energy and comply with workplace health and safety by fighting allergens and toxins in the air.

IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) launched Takeoff, a program that aims to help the startup ecosystem in the Philippines by supporting their products and services, and connecting them to IBPAP’ industry and non industry members.

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Yahoo Messenger to shutdown on after July 17 http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/09/yahoo-messenger-to-shutdown-on-after-july-17/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/09/yahoo-messenger-to-shutdown-on-after-july-17/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:42:11 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57398 Yahoo; Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work. Read our FAQs below for more info on what this means for you. Goodbye […]

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Yahoo;

Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work. Read our FAQs below for more info on what this means for you.

Goodbye Yahoo messenger.. it’s been fun!

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Apple introduces macOS Mojave http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/apple-introduces-macos-mojave/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/apple-introduces-macos-mojave/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:02:20 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57244 Apple; Apple today previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy […]

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Apple;

Apple today previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft, Adobe and others.

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watchOS 5 adds powerful activity and communications features to Apple Watch http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/watchos-5-adds-powerful-activity-and-communications-features-to-apple-watch/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/watchos-5-adds-powerful-activity-and-communications-features-to-apple-watch/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:00:20 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57232 Apple; Apple today previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world’s most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and […]

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Apple;

Apple today previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world’s most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face.

Looks like those who have the original Apple watch or Apple Watch Series 0 will not be able to update to watchOS 5.

watchOS 5 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12. watchOS 5 will not be available on the original Apple Watch. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions.

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Apple previews iOS 12 http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/apple-previews-ios-12/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/apple-previews-ios-12/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:54:24 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57219 Apple; Apple today announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and […]

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Apple;

Apple today announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with any app, delivering a much faster way to get things done.

It’s great that iOS 12 will be compatible to devices that can run iOS 11.

The developer preview of iOS 12 is now available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com.

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Taiwan Government Launches Startup Program “Taiwan Tech Arena” for AI, Software and Semiconductor, Building Asia’s Best Tech-Focus Startup Ecosystem http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/taiwan-government-launches-startup-program-taiwan-tech-arena-for-ai-software-and-semiconductor-building-asias-best-tech-focus-startup-ecosystem/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/06/taiwan-government-launches-startup-program-taiwan-tech-arena-for-ai-software-and-semiconductor-building-asias-best-tech-focus-startup-ecosystem/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:39:36 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57191 The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) today announced the launch of the Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA). Located in the heart of Taipei City, inside Taipei Arena, TTA is a tech innovation and entrepreneurship hub connecting the world’s tech startup ecosystems under one roof. Its main mission is to cultivate deep technology entrepreneurship, foster commercialization […]

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The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) today announced the launch of the Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA). Located in the heart of Taipei City, inside Taipei Arena, TTA is a tech innovation and entrepreneurship hub connecting the world’s tech startup ecosystems under one roof. Its main mission is to cultivate deep technology entrepreneurship, foster commercialization of innovation and build a vibrant international tech startup ecosystem in Taiwan.

Chen Liang-Gee, Minister of MoST, stated: “TTA’s goal is to build an international tech startup environment in Taiwan by building a strong network consisting of five pillars: talent from academic R&D, international accelerators, corporate partners, international links and capital market access. With the joint forces of global and domestic partners behind us, TTA will be the ideal platform for talent to form new tech ventures, for startups to find talent, for startups and corporations to collaborate and co-create, and for investors to connect with valuable investment targets. TTA will significantly contribute to building a vibrant international tech startup ecosystem in Taiwan; ultimately, making Taiwan a key destination for the next generation of entrepreneurs from all over the world to start their tech venture journey.”

Rich Heritage in Technology, Major Corporate Partnerships

With over 30 years of history in deep technology fields including advanced manufacturing for semiconductors, hardware and software integration, and biotechnology, Taiwan has long been an enabler of technological breakthroughs across the world.

Over the past few years, MoST has also been investing in the fundamental research of frontier technologies such as AI in schools and research centers, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship among researchers and scientists by easing regulations, providing supportive startup programs, and much more to create a robust pipeline of talent and new ventures. These efforts combined with the availability of key technologies from global manufacturing companies have made Taiwan the optimal place for the development of AI and IoT in many domains including smart manufacturing, healthcare, cybersecurity, etc. TTA will act as a facilitator of deep technology ventures to enable breakthrough innovation and the cultivation of new industries.

TTA is also collaborating with corporate partners such as Acer, AWS, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Trend Micro in multiple areas such as AI talent development, cloud-computing transition, rapid prototyping and software technology development.

Building the Ideal Startup Environment

TTA’s partnerships with foreign and domestic accelerators, such as 500 Startups, Techstars and SOSV-MOX, will expedite the growth of over 100 startups per year through three to six month acceleration courses featuring experienced international mentors, workshops and face-to-face consultation.

In Taiwan, startups benefit from an optimal market size and swift market response, making it an ideal place for new product testing before launching in countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The nation is rich in talent, as demonstrated in an independent worldwide study by the OECD that ranked 15-year-old students in Taiwan fourth out of 72 countries in math and science. Furthermore, 45 percent of the Taiwanese population between the ages of 25 and 64 have degrees in higher education, compared to the global OECD average of 33 percent. The combination of a business culture that embraces technology and a rich pool of talent forms an environment that provides the necessary foundation to foster success for startups.

Rapid Investment of Foreign and Domestic Capital

One of the key missions of TTA is to obtain funding for startups. Taiwan is a prime environment for investment due to the quality of its established infrastructure, free flow of information, respect for freedom and sound legal system.

MoST has to date provided funding support of USD $77.26 million to 50 startups through the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) located in Silicon Valley. Through the Taiwan Silicon Valley Tech Fund, MoST and the National Development Fund (NDF) have also partnered with multiple venture capitalists to further inject a total of USD $60 million into the capital pool with investment priorities on TTA startups. In addition, Taiwania Capital, another key tech venture investment firm initiated by Taiwan government, is also collaborating with TTA to support tech venture initiatives. Moreover, TTA will host high-profile pitch and match events as well as systematically match startups with international investment based on a curated Taiwan startup database. TTA intends to plays a key role in energizing Taiwan’s startup culture and propelling both domestic and foreign startups onto the global stage.

Startup Events at TTA Launch Week

On June 5, TTA will join the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Taipei City Government in welcoming 16 startups from the Netherlands and introduce them to the wealth of resources for startups at TTA. Furthermore, TTA in partnership with the French Office in Taipei will host the final Elevator Pitch Event of the Youth Enterprise initiative (YEi) later the same evening.

On June 6, 22 domestic and foreign startups will pitch to 28 international venture capitalists from six countries at the 2018 TIEC Pitch and Match #1 at InnoVEX.

On June 7, Japan’s largest tech forum Infinity Ventures Summit will lead Japanese corporations and startups on a tour through TTA. In addition, TTA will assist in engaging domestic venture capitalists’ participation in a pitch event held at the Dutch Pavilion at InnoVEX to encourage more collaboration between TTA and the Dutch startup ecosystem. In the evening, the “France-Holland Innovation Night” will be held at TTA to facilitate the exchange of resources between Taiwanese and European startups.

On June 8, the ARM Innovator Tour will take place at TTA, gathering the best of maker talents in AI, robotics and IoT to present their ideas to the world.

On June 9, TTA will host the Global Startup Tour community event welcoming 12 startups lead by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/05/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/05/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 19:04:51 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57061 Microsoft; Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of […]

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Microsoft;

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.

And;

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.

GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device.

Microsoft is technically letting Github operate as an independent company. Aside from financial reason, it’s unclear why Microsoft acquired Github.

One thing that I can think of is that, this will be a way for Microsoft to attract developers in using or developing for Azure, which is by definition a “cloud computing service for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.”

Gihub also release their official statement.

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ROG reveals new products at Computex 2018: mobile, laptop, components, and more http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/rog-reveals-new-products-at-computex-2018-mobile-laptop-components-and-more/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/rog-reveals-new-products-at-computex-2018-mobile-laptop-components-and-more/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:05:55 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=57030 As expected, Asus under its gaming ROG brand announced tons of new gaming accessories and devices, most notable among these are the new Strix Scar II and Hero II esports gaming laptops, and the ROG Gaming Phone.

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As expected, Asus under its gaming ROG brand announced tons of new gaming accessories and devices, most notable among these are the new Strix Scar II and Hero II esports gaming laptops, and the ROG Gaming Phone.

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Microsoft to acquire Github – report http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-report/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-report/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:14:44 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=56989 Kyle Chua, writing for Rappler; Following earlier reports of talks, Microsoft has acquired web-based hosting service and code repository company, Github, Bloomberg reported Monday, June 4. The San Francisco-based startup hosts open source projects for companies that include Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even Microsoft. Despite Github being valued by investors at $2 billion in 2015, […]

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Kyle Chua, writing for Rappler;

Following earlier reports of talks, Microsoft has acquired web-based hosting service and code repository company, Github, Bloomberg reported Monday, June 4.

The San Francisco-based startup hosts open source projects for companies that include Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even Microsoft.

Despite Github being valued by investors at $2 billion in 2015, the company preferred being bought out than going public. Bloomberg said the decision to go to Microsoft was partly because of the company being impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

I can see two extremes happening here and that will depend on Microsoft’s reasoning for acquiring Github. I guess, we’ll know within the day.

Update: Microsoft just confirm the acquisition.

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Locus http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/locus/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/locus/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:09:58 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=56988 Locus is a state-of-the-art decision making platform for logistics! It is the intelligence behind logistics which helps improve operational efficiency, transparency and consistency. The platform helps companies and enterprises in e-commerce, food delivery, FMCG and other verticals to automate and optimize their logistics.

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Locus is a state-of-the-art decision making platform for logistics! It is the intelligence behind logistics which helps improve operational efficiency, transparency and consistency.

The platform helps companies and enterprises in e-commerce, food delivery, FMCG and other verticals to automate and optimize their logistics.

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India’s Locus raises $4M to expand its logistics management service worldwide http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/indias-locus-raises-4m-to-expand-its-logistics-management-service-worldwide/ http://kabayantech.com/2018/06/04/indias-locus-raises-4m-to-expand-its-logistics-management-service-worldwide/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:00:24 +0000 http://kabayantech.com/?p=56974 Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch; Locus, a three-year-old startup that helps companies map out their logistics, has pulled in $4 million in funding to grow its global footprint outside of its native India. The round is described as pre-Series B and it was provided by Rocketship.vc, Recruit Strategic Partners, pi Ventures and DSP Group’s Hemendra […]

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Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Locus, a three-year-old startup that helps companies map out their logistics, has pulled in $4 million in funding to grow its global footprint outside of its native India.

The round is described as pre-Series B and it was provided by Rocketship.vc, Recruit Strategic Partners, pi Ventures and DSP Group’s Hemendra Kothari. Existing backers Blume Ventures, Exfinity Venture Partners, BeeNext and growX ventures also took part. Bengaluru-based Locus previously raised a $2.75 million Series A in 2016.

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