Here are all of the posts tagged ‘asia’.
Sina Weibo drops 140-character limit as Twitter ponders move
While Twitter continues to ponder about dumping its 140-character limit, Sina Weibo has gone ahead to remove theirs.
The Chinese social network is reportedly replacing it with a new format of allowing posts of up to 2,000 characters. “Senior users” will receive this update first on January 28th, followed by all other ordinary accounts a month later.
Google Brings Wi-Fi to Mumbai Railway Station
Wi-Fi is now available for free at Mumbai Central, one of the main railway stations in Mumbai, India. It is the first Indian train station to be equipped with free Wi-Fi.
The service is made available by Alphabet Inc’s Google as part of a partnership with the Indian government to provide better Internet access to the nation. During a visit to the U.S. last September, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the project aims to extend Internet connection to 100 railway stations in India by the end of 2016.
Spotify Ready to Introduce Video Product
Music streaming service Spotify is expanding its foray of content to include video.
Beginning this week, video content will be available on its Android app, followed by its iOS app end next week. This however, will only be available to the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden for now. Spotify first announced plans to distribute videos and podcasts last May, involving content providers such as ESPN, Comedy Central, BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios.
Happn, Tinder’s French Competitor, Introduces Voice Messages
Happn, a French mobile dating app, is introducing voice messages to its product.
The new feature is available to both iOS and Android users, and allows Happn users to record and send voice messages of up to one minute, but only to their matches. Happn says this new feature will provide users more means for personal expression between those who have expressed mutual attraction to each other.
Huawei launches an interactive “finger race” campaign on Snapchat
An interesting approach by Chinese company telecoms giant, Huawei.
To promote their new Talkband B2 connected gear in France, Huawei launched a campaign called #SnapchatRun. It’s an “interactive finger race” where users get a first person perspective through photographs. Players are led to ‘run’ through the streets of Paris using their two fingers as legs. Each tap on a photo reveals the next snap and then the next, creating an illusion that you’re running on screen. The “fastest” runners to tweet a code at the end of their journey stand to win the Talkband B2 device.
Cool? We think so too.
Shia Labeouf wants you to watch him in the name of art
Mr “Shia Labeouf” Transformers is the latest celeb to jump on the live-streaming wagon. He basically sits in a spot in New York City watching all the movies he’s ever starred in back-to-back for three days (indulgent, yes) with a camera capturing every iota of his unshaven face while it beams live across the globe. In other words, it’s you watching Shia watching himself on screen.
The #AllMyMovies “art” project wrapped up just about a day ago. Shia says he’s loving himself much more now. Some of us are cringing, the rest of us are still trying to figure out what sort of performance it was supposed to be. It is art perhaps, so maybe we’re not supposed to understand it.
Whether or not its about (as some articles say), our desire for intimacy by portraying Shia in a vulnerable light, “humanising” him so to speak, this bizarre trend isn’t the first of its kind around. You remember this Korean kid don’t you?
So clearly, this is a thing.
Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is an emoji
So begins the demise of the English language as we know it. Let us not speak to each other in words and sentences and phrases and metaphors because just one yellow, little, round face is enough to capture all the information and emotion we can ever muster. Oxford Dictionary says so. The word of the year for 2015 is not “sharknado”, “robo-sapiens” or “Vladimir Putin”. It is a pictograph yellow face laughing tears of joy. No kidding!
Gaption: A social network that pays for your content
We’ve heard this – time is money. Malaysia-based social network Gaption, knows this well, so much so that they’ve gone a step ahead and spun it around a business idea that gets social media users like you to get paid for just going online.
The money comes from brand advertisers. Gaption uses a tracking system to monitor content that performs well or engages well with audiences online. They then go on to sell these insights to brands, get the brands invest, and re-distribute the profits back to users. How much an online user earns depends on a variety of factors such as online popularity, and how much time he/she spends online.
Since its inception in June, Gaption has garnered 20,000 users and generated US$10,000 in revenue, which it has shared with its users. The company has grand plans ahead. They’re planning to capture 10 to 15 million users with an average of US$900,000 per month over the next two years. Next markets to target include Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Japanese messaging service Line unveils Line Launcher App
Line wants you to have more of their cuddly bears, bunnies, duckies and conversation stickies to share with all your friends. And Line fans can’t get enough – the app has received about 4.5 stars on Play Store.
They’ve unveiled the Line Launcher App that allows users to customise the look of their smartphone based on a range of Line-inspired wallpapers, icons, and widgets, with over 3,000 free options ranging from scenery, nature and animal motifs. Popular Line characters Brown, Cony and Sally are included as well.
Indonesia’s Yogrt clinches US$3 million in funds, boasts former Acer Indonesia CEO as co-founder
Indonesia-based social networking app Yogrt managed to clinch US$3 million in funding, with just 500,000 registered users and a 10-month track record in Indonesia. Not bad for a start-up at all.
It’s the first app made by Kongko Digital, a Singapore-based company. One of its co-founders, Jason Lim, was the former CEO of Acer Indonesia who left his post to pursue ambitions to be an entrepreneur.
Yogrt functions a lot like Tinder. It locates active app users based on your location. If you “like” their profiles and they “like” you back, you get the opportunity to chat with them. In addition to that, you also get to challenge users with games and quizzes to get them to like you back.
The app is as irreverent as it sounds. It’s been described as “Instagram blended with WeChat and Line stickers”, and it’s just launched in China.
Users of “Fork” get to edit photos with all sorts of outrageous, anarchic stickers to desired comic effect. It’s weird, rebellious, quirky, and of course like any good social media tool, you get to share these photos with your friends. Score.
India will have 500 million Internet users by 2017: new report
IAMAI-KPMG estimates a total of 500 million Internet users in India by 2017, up from 350 million currently. They’re attributing the jump to cheaper smartphones and more 2G subscriptions boosting Internet usage rates in the country.
Interestingly, even though India has the second highest number of Internet users in the world (after China), online penetration rate is still at 19 per cent.
Twitter removes background wallpaper from users home pages
No official reason was given for this.
Some are suggesting that this was done so Twitter would have more control of their ad display experience. For instance, if a company wanted to do a full homepage advert on Twitter, it would be able to do so now. Twitter backgrounds are currently completely blank, with “a very slight hint of blue”.
Line tests out $2/month music streaming service
Japanese messaging app, Line, has started testing a standalone music streaming app in Thailand. Called Line Music, the app is available for iOS and Android, and is integrated with the chat app to allow the sharing of songs.
Daum Kakao acquires Path
As part of its global expansion efforts, Korea’s Daum Kakao has announced that it will acquire the social network Path as well as the messaging app Path Talk. Just late last year, Path opened an office in Indonesia, where it has a strong user base and fast growing potential. Dave Morin, CEO and co-founder of Path believes that Daum Kakao’s “deep understanding of the Asian market and experience in leading mobile innovation”, will be able to give Path users “additional resources and value”.