Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Internet, Mobile Computing, US, VR World

Internet.org Launches in SEAsia With Free Access to Essential Online Services

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Through its partnership with Philippine telco PLDT, Internet.org will provide free access to a curated set of online services to 71.2M prepaid mobile subscribers.

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2015, Event, Hardware, Mobile World Congress

ZTE Cloud Radio Improves LTE Performance Amid Cell Edge Interference

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A finalist at MWC 2015’s mobile tech breakthrough award category, ZTE’s Cloud Radio promises improved performance without major infrastructure investment.

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2015, Business, Enterprise, Event, Hardware, Mobile World Congress

MWC 2015: Airvana OneCell Enables Stronger Indoor LTE

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Lauded as one of the most innovative breakthrough technologies at MWC 2015, Airvana’s cloud RAN OneCell technology is a plug-and-play supercell for improving indoor LTE coverage.

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Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Computing, VR World, Wearables

Pebble Time Crowdfunds $1M in 49 Minutes, $6.8M in a Day

Pebble Time Kickstarter

Smartwatch maker Pebble Tech finds crowdfunding to be a viable means to raise capital, increase margins and improve its visibility as a grassroots effort.

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Android, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Gionee Elife E7 Mini: Well-Built Midrange Smartphone

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The Gionee Elife E7 Mini’s swivelling camera makes for interesting smartphone photography, but with Jelly Bean still powering the mid-range device, an Android update is quite overdue.

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Enterprise, VR World

Infosys Banks on AI with Acquisition of Enterprise Automation Startup Panaya

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Business consulting firm Infosys is keen on incorporating more automation and possibly AI into its services with acquisition of US startup Panaya.

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Auto, Reviews

Hyundai Grand i10: The Little Car That Could

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The Grand i10 competes in the subcompact hatch segment with class-leading comfort and amenities, which can justify its price relative to cars in its league. With its size and maneuverability, it should be easy to weave through traffic, and parking should be a breeze.

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Analysis, Mobile Computing

Gaming the App Store: Modern Day Clickfraud?

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If developers are, indeed, routinely gaming the app review and rating system for profit, then how can users trust app stores’ discovery mechanisms?

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Internet of Things (IoT), Interviews, Wearables

LifeBEAM: User Experience Should be Focus of Wearable Tech

LifeBeam smart helmet

In this interview with LifeBEAM, creator of embedded bio-sensing devices, we learn that wearables should not be intrusive. Instead, wearable device makers should design with a great user experience in mind.

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Mobile Computing, Reviews

Microsoft Lumia 535: Budget Smartphone Done Right

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Aimed at “connecting the next billion Internet users,” the Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first branded smartphone, offering competitive pricing at the low-end.

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Analysis, Apple, Companies

Apple’s Q1 FY2015: Most Profitable Quarter in Corporate History

Apple Store

With record revenue and profits, impressive growth in China and an upcoming wearable device, Apple is in for a good start this FY2015.

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Analysis

Facebook Claims $227B Global Economic Impact, but Doubts Prevail

Facebook tablet

Facebook cites hundreds of billions per year in economic impact worldwide, but is the social network overstating its importance in the global economy?

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Analysis, VR World

Bitcoin Dips Below $200, a Sign of Things to Come?

Bitcoin

Bitcoin has crashed to below $200 levels. Should the cryptocurrency community be worried, or is there hope for better things in the long term?

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Mobile Computing, VR World

Microsoft’s Most Affordable Lumia Smartphones: On to the Next Billion?

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Microsoft has announced the Lumia 435 and 532, sub-$100 Lumia smartphones that showcase Windows Phone’s focus toward attracting the low-end market.

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Interviews

Crowdsourcing Week: The Rise of the Crowd Economy

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In this interview with Crowdsourcing Week’s Priti Ambani, we learn about the importance of trust and reputation in crowdsourcing and some origin stories behind these social phenomena.

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2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, VR World

CES 2015: Zboard 2 Electric Skateboard Debuts, Gets Crowdfunded on Day 1

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The Zboard is an electric skateboard that can go up to 20 mph speeds with a 16 to 24 mile range. Version 2 is lighter and faster, and will be available in June.

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VR World

Kickstarter: 3.3M Backers Funded 22K Projects in 2014

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Kickstarter reports breaching the $1 billion pledge level in 2014, along with funding $444 million worth in successful projects, of which tech gets the biggest share.

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2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Mobile Computing, VR World

CES 2015: Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s Cheapest Internet-Capable Phone at $29

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A $29 Internet device with month-long standby time? Microsoft may yet be the king of entry-level mobile phones with the web- and Messenger-capable Nokia 215.

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VR World

Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF To List 1M Shares on NASDAQ

Bitcoin-and-currencies

The Winklevoss twins have filed to list 1M shares of a Bitcoin Trust ETF on Nasdaq, which introduces new investment strategies in the cryptocurrency.

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2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Hardware

CES 2015: Startups to Watch Out For

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VR environments, connected homes, connected bikes, connected pets and more. Here are a few startups to watch out for at International CES this week.

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