Here are all of the posts tagged ‘LinkedIn’.
Got mail? Drones may soon deliver them to Singaporeans
Though in its infancy stages, Singapore is amongst one of the first in the world to test out drones as mailmen. That’s not all. SingPost, the national postal service in Singapore, announced that there’ll also be “a prototype app designed with security and verification features that ensures the mail reaches its intended recipient.” The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Labs built a drone using the Pixhawk Steadidrone platform and carried a letter and t-shirt over a distance of two kilometres in five minutes to the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin.
‘Tinder for fitness’ app for the exercise junkies
Having trouble finding an fitness buddy? Jaha, created by a Hong Kong based startup, is the app for that. Similar to Tinder, it locates users in your area, allows you to browse through their profiles, and you can swipe right for those whom you’re interested to connect with. One main difference from Tinder – you’re swiping right based on common exercise interests. The app highlights any common interests you have with the other person.
Once you’ve found a ‘fitness friend’ (after both you and the user swiped right for each other), Jaha opens up stat-tracking features so that you can share workout results, challenge each other to hit specific milestones, and compete to be at the top of the leaderboards. But it also allows you to chat so that you can arrange to meet up for some real life exercise, or anything else you might prefer.
DeNA launches mobile gaming live-streaming app
Japanese mobile gaming giant, DeNA, launches new app for Android devices, Mirrativ, in the hopes of creating a similarly rabid fanbase as seen for online live video games – cue PewDiePie on YouTube – but this time, for mobile games. Mirrativ allows users to stream their entire device screen to viewers (similar to Periscope or Meerkat), watch live streams, and interact with gamers in real-time. Viewers can post comments and ‘likes’ on streams as they watch, and can also follow users. The free Android app supports English, Japanese, and Korean. DeNA didn’t specify a timeline for Mirrativ’s iOS launch, only that it’s coming soon.
Line halts plan for IPO
For the second year in a row, smartphone messaging app, Line, is putting off plans for IPO. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the company will be delaying the offering until “at least next spring.” A Line spokeswoman told the WSJ that the company did not have a definite timeline for the IPO.
“Regarding future prospects, we will make a decision based on market conditions and the evolution of our business performance,” she added. The app faces slow growth, with other popular messaging apps all combining to slow Line’s expansion. Line has also failed to take off in China – due to the Great Firewall – and in India, where people seem to prefer to juggle Facebook and WhatsApp. Read the rest of this entry »
China’s mobile social networking users to reach 335.9 million
In a recent report cited by ChinaInternetWatch, eMarketer estimates that the number of mobile social networking users in China will reach 335.9 million by the end of 2015. By 2019, they estimate that number will exceed 480.4 million – approximately 35% of the country’s population. Exact numbers for social media users in China can be tricky to come by though; compare this latest report with recent figures from China’s social media giant Tencent, who reported they’d already surpassed more than 500 million active social media accounts accessing via mobile devices in March of this year. The numbers in different reports may vary considerably, but they all have one thing in common: the future of social is most definitely mobile [if you’re looking for more stats on digital use in China, try our recent APAC report].
Find activity buddies with PlanDo
Feeling spontaneous but none of your friends are available? A new social networking app called PlanDo aims to solve that. Developed in Hong Kong, this app helps you find activities to join and potential new buddies just days or even hours in advance. In the future, there are also plans for event organisers and businesses to add listings and take payments within the app.
Line releases iOS keyboard for emoji
Lo and behold — there is now an exclusive keyboard just for emoji and stickers, created by the messaging app Line. Emoji Keyboard by Line has over 2,000 emoji and stickers, with users being able to unlock an additional 700 “premium” stickers upon signing up for the Line app. There’s no doubt that the trend of emojis is here to stay for the long run.
Indian social media users reach 143 million
Based on a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) International, there are now 143 million social media users in India as of April 2015. Rural India contributes the highest growth of 100% with 25 million users residing in that belt. Comparatively, urban India has 118 million users but records a lower growth of 35%. With 61% of these users accessing social media on their mobile devices, it’s a promising sign that the numbers will only continue to rise in the months to come.
WeChat’s movie ticketing app raises $105M in series B funding
WeChat’s movie ticketing app, WePiao, has announced the completion of a US$105 million series B round of funding from investors such as real estate giant Wanda Group, Chinese film investment fund Wenzi Huasha, etc. Besides purchasing tickets, users can choose their seats and order drinks and popcorns via the app. With Alibaba’s recent acquisition of Yueke Software Engineering, this move appears to be a reaction to capture the burgeoning online movie ticket sales that has risen from 8% to 30% from 2013-2014 in China.
Facebook users in Asia still resistant to online and in-app purchases
Even though Facebook has reported a healthy growth in revenue and users across Asia, much of its revenue is still very much dependent on Facebook advertising. In Q1 2015, 96.7 percent of Facebook’s Asia revenue was from ads, up from 89.3 percent in Q1 2013. Compounding on this problem is the fact that rival messaging apps such as LINE and KakaoTalk, where in-app purchases generally happen, are dominating the Asian market compared to Facebook’s chat app. Read the rest of this entry »