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Mixed reactions to terrorism tweets by Call of Duty in Singapore
This isn’t quite the case of a PR stunt gone completely wrong, but it wouldn’t be a far cry to say that video game developer Call of Duty may have lost a few fans because of its latest Twitter campaign in Singapore.
The video game developer came under intense fire after tweeting a series of “War Of The World” style tweets describing key locations in Singapore coming under attack.
Some called it offensive, others said it was done in bad taste.
However, there were some who responded positively.
The Twitter campaign was built to stir anticipation ahead of the release for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which is set in Singapore in 2065. The Call of Duty team has decided to keep the original tweets, asserting that they were purely promotional.
Meet Digital Green, the Youtube for rural India and Sub-Saharan Africa
Guess what Facebook? You’re not the only one in the business of connecting developing nations with the rest of the world.
Digital Green is a New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation that works with other NGOs and development boards to bring video technology and sharing to rural communities in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. They are taught to record their own videos, which they then use to share and learn about issues like agriculture, health practices, nutrition and social issues. Village leaders then organise community events where these videos are screened and shared with their local communities.
Digital Green currently works with around 600,000 individuals across 5,000 villages in India. 85 percent of these people are women. The site currently has over 330 video collections, with some holding up to 20 videos.
Instagram blames Apple for anti-nudity stance
The finger pointing has begun. Following the blowup over the recent #FreeTheNipple campaign, Instagram is blaming Apple for their strict anti-nudity stance to pull down posts showing women’s nipples. Instagram has complained that their age ratings are restrictive, and this was set by Apple, not the Instagram team.
While photographs of women’s nipples of women were deleted, the men’s were not, igniting an online outrage. A handful of celebrities threw their support behind the campaign, with some even posting topless photos of themselves.
Almost Confirmed: Consumerism Found on Mars
Following NASA’s announcement, a flurry of content has been released by brands. The folks at 20th Century Fox were particularly reeling with jokes, premised on their upcoming film, The Martian (For the Curious Cats: Did NASA time its Mars announcement to coincide with ‘The Martian’?). Also spotted was Matt Damon, toasting to a liquid diet. The Facebook video received close to 40K views within hours.
— The Martian Movie (@MartianMovie) September 28, 2015
Also chiming in was Lego, Papa John’s, Intel and the Internet in general.
— Intel Malaysia (@myintel) September 29, 2015
Back in Asia, mentions of the discovery exploded on Twitter.
Water has finally been found on Mars and yet Liverpool still haven’t won the Premier League.
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) September 28, 2015
NASA found water in Mars yet I haven’t found a boyfriend
— janelley (@janellejacq) September 29, 2015
Hearing all the Mars news from NASA makes me wanna watch Interstellar again
— Naim Wade Lerman (@NaimNaimi) September 29, 2015
@ngkabra men are from mars. water on mars = dilution of male authority, erosion of male dominance. water on mars = hillary for president!
— mahatma gandalf (@narayan140) September 29, 2015
Water in #Mars Skeptical that NASA workers are real human beings!
— Varun (@varunranganath) September 29, 2015
There there, Liverpool fans.
Spotify Hongkong Launches First Gig Series in Style
With over 20 million subscribers, Spotify is a household name in the online streaming industry. Now the company has taken music offline, in a suspicious move toward world domination.
Found the Sound is the brainchild of Spotify and Fashion Walk – delivering live music for shoppers at Causeway Bay, Hongkong. Sunita Kar, Managing Director of Spotify Asia, explained how ‘music and lifestyle go hand in hand’. The event series allows engagement with Hongkong shoppers, as well as the delivery of experiences beyond a digital platform.
With an emphasis on lifestyle and experiences, Spotify has taken a page out of social thinking. It is people who make brands social, not platforms.
South East Asian haze floods social media
As smoky air drifts across the region, users from Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia have vented their frustration on Facebook and Twitter. In Singapore, many closely follow the government’s air monitoring index, the PSI, to note the safety of outdoor activity and whether or not it’s time to don the ubiquitous safety mask. Some Twitter users such as radio personality Joakim Gomez have attempted to find a particulate of humour in the cloud of frustration.
This haze will turn your sashimi into smoked salmon.
— Joakim Gomez (@JoakimGomez) September 10, 2015
In Indonesia, the hashtag #masihmelawanasap, translated as ‘Still fighting the haze’, expresses a sentiment that effective strategies and solutions to combatting future outbreaks of the heavy smog have yet to be outlined.
While the debate between those who actually burn the forests and those companies who facilitate the burn are as consistent as the haze itself, a campaign by the World Wildlife Fund, incorporating both online and out-of-home efforts is reminding Singaporean consumers that ‘We Breathe What We Buy’. A beautiful, if haunting, re-imagination of everyday items as burning forests, hits the point home.
Some were able to find the lighter side of the pollution and used their digital imagery skills to Photoshop monsters into Singapore’s hazy skyline.
Instagram rolls out highly anticipated full-funnel ad solution
Instagram, the US’ second largest ad platform behind Facebook, is enabling advertisers to launch ads, implementing Facebook’s ad management technology. Instagram has 300 million active users worldwide, and the advertising capabilities will be available in more than 30 countries. These countries include Hong Kong, Indonesia, India and New Zealand, where brands such as (@intel_indonesia) and Air New Zealand (@airnz) will be the first to test these ads out.
The platform has also introduced ‘Marquee’, which allows advertisers to up their real-time Instagram offering by ‘owning a moment’ – good news for those launching products or involved in live events.
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.
Tencent market value breaks US$200 billion for the first time ever
Chinese internet giant, Tencent, has hit a new record high when its stock closed at HK$170.50 on Monday. The company’s total market value is now above US$200 billion, bringing it close to companies such as Facebook that is valued at US$231 billion.
Singtel launches new chat messaging app, Wavee.
With a tried and true approach found in most chat messaging apps, Wavee does it all by letting you send messages, stickers, photos and also make calls over VoIP. Wavee has also been compared to popular alternatives that has been on the market for a while now: Skype, Whatsapp, Line, WeChat and Viber. A stand-out feature of Wavee is that it lets users draw and send sketches through the app, something not common to most chat messaging apps.