It s been a while since we last heard from Alcatel and TCL but the brand are still in business and today have just announced news of a new all metal phone.To the best of our knowledge this is the first all metal phone from Alcatel in fact we don t remember an Alcatel/TCL with even a metal chassis .The new model will be called the Flash Plus 2 and will feature a 5.5-inch FHD OGS display, 3000mAh battery and fast charging technology.Mediatek provide a Helio P10 chipset, and the phone will come in either 2GB 16GB or 3GB 32GB memory options, with both models having support for up to 128GB SD cards.Like many other new smartphones the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 has a fingerprint scanner, this time in a physical button on the chin of the phone.There is also a 5 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel rear with dual LED flash.Pricing is actually very good with the phone costing from $160 for the basic version rising to only $190 for the 3GB RAM model.Best of all the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 will officially go on sale in the Philippines, Malaysia, Monaco and Thailand to start with other markets coming soon.
Thailand has the second-highest obesity rate in south-east Asia, largely due to the fact that its delicious cuisine can be rather greasy.Since people in Thailand are unlikely to change the food they eat, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and BBDO Bangkok decided to tackle how they eat their food.We first saw this campaign over at Adweek.And so the "AbsorbPlate" was born.The design of the plate was inspired by the surface of a sponge and contains hundreds of tiny holes to allow oil to slip away from a meal and be absorbed at the bottom.The promotional video claims the plate can soak up about 7 ml of oil, or 30 calories on average, from each meal.Here's the full ad:NOW WATCH: How to see everything Google knows about youLoading video...
Transport ministry official Nunthapong Cherdchoo told Reuters that the services conflict with existing motorbike taxi services in the Thai capital.UberMoto, which has since launched in India and Indonesia after Bangkok, takes the company s on-demand taxi concept to two wheels.Motorbike taxis are a popular form on transport in many cities in Southeast Asia since drivers can weave the traffic-clogged roads faster than four-wheeled vehicles.This despite UberMoto debuting with the endorsement of the Thai transport police who were represent at the launch event in February.And this is Uber s full statement:Earlier this year Thailand helped Uber achieve a world-first with the launch of uberMOTO, a global pilot and our first two-wheeled ridesharing service.And we re grateful for their support when it comes to using motorbikes as couriers and to deliver food.
MoreA phone running the Uber application is held above the traffic in central Bangkok December 10, 2014.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/FilesBANGKOK Reuters - Thailand has ordered Uber Technologies and Grab to halt their motorcycle taxi-hailing services, a senior transport official said on Tuesday.The services are popular in Thailand's grid-locked cities, where bikes weaving through traffic jams get people around in a fraction of the time a car takes.There are more than 186,000 motorcycles registered to provide taxi services in Thailand, almost half in the capital, Bangkok, government data shows.UberMoto and Grab Bike services had caused conflict with those registered to provide taxi services, said Nunthapong Cherdchoo, a senior official at the transport ministry.We see the need to cooperate with related agencies and have the intention to operate under the existing law."
View photosMoreThe logo of Hyundai is pictured at at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2016.REUTERS/Chaiwat SubprasomSEOUL Reuters - Hyundai Motor Co plans to launch its next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle in early 2018, Vice Chairman Yang Woong-chul said on Wednesday, to better compete with Japanese rivals and meet tougher emissions rules.Hyundai launched the world's first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in 2013, dubbed the Tucson Fuel Cell, but sales have trailed expectations due in part to a lack of refueling stations and a high price tag.For its new fuel cell vehicle, the automaker is set to double the driving range to about 800 kilometers 497 miles , the Electronic Times reported in January.The automaker declined to comment on details of the new fuel cell vehicle when contacted by Reuters.Hyundai, which has long trumpeted fuel-cell vehicles - those powered by electricity generated using hydrogen and oxygen - also plans to launch its first battery-powered car later this year.
BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday put its motorcycle-booking service on hold in Bangkok after warnings from local authorities about operating licenses for drivers.The service, dubbed uberMOTO, was launched on Feb. 24.Customers could pay with cash or credit cards, with fares beginning at 10 baht 28 U.S. cents .The decision to suspend uberMOTO in Bangkok was made public after the Department of Land Transport invited representatives of Uber and Grab—a rival, Singapore-based ride-hailing app—to a meeting Tuesday, during which Thai authorities ordered both companies to immediately cease their motorcycle-booking services.Thailand s ruling council, which took power in a May 2014 military coup, has launched a campaign to regulate the Thai capital s motorcycle-taxi business after years of complaints about overcharging and other problems.Corrections & Amplifications:Thailand s ruling council took power in a May 2014 military coup.
Why watch your weight, when your plate can handle the dirty dieting work for you?It s called the Absorb Plate, and it s perforated with 500 tiny holes – just like a sponge – so that grease is absorbed, rather than pooling around your meal.The THPF states that it's the world s first plate that makes Thai food less greasy.That doesn t sound like much, but that small deficit will add up over time.It s also only a concept for now, so there s no exact release date.Let us know in the comments.
But at least one developer in that country didn t leave after a coup d état in 2014 ousted a democratically elected government that many Thai people considered corrupt.Earlier this week, I reported that Playlab chief executive officer Jakob Lykkegaard Pedersen said that the Thai coup was great for mobile gaming during a presentation at the Casual Connect Conference in Singapore.Pedersen has spent the last seven years in Thailand, and he didn t consider moving during the coup or the following military junta that continues to run the nation s government.Pedersen wants to continue making games for Thailand s fast-growing segment of the worldwide $36.9 billion mobile gaming market.My friend is joking that I might not be able to get back into Thailand, he said.But he claims that most people in Thailand don t feel any negative effects of the junta.I know from my friends in advertising that less people invest in Thailand because they aren t sure about the future, he said.Simultaneously, Thailand is growing in terms of market penetration.
Southeast Asia s Internet economy, spanning online shopping to games and advertising, will surge sixfold to about $200 billion in the next decade, according to joint research by Google Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte.As more consumers get online and shop from smartphones, e-commerce in the region could jump to $88 billion by 2025, a 16-fold increase, according to a report the two companies released in conjunction with a conference in Singapore.That growth will be driven by an increase in the number of Internet users from 260 million to 480 million by 2020, according to the report.Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, is projected to add Net users faster than any other country in the world, according to the report.Despite such prospects, the region that also includes Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam attracted less than a fifth of the venture capital funding India received in 2014.In 2014, VC investment in Southeast Asia accounted for 0.04 percent of its gross domestic product.That compares with 0.15 percent in China, 0.25 percent in India and 0.3 percent in the U.S., according to the report.Google and Temasek, Singapore s state-owned investment company which invests in VC firms and startups through its unit Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd., worked together on the report, using Google s proprietary data, Temasek s research, as well as interviews with 59 experts.
The MPA represents the international interests of six major Hollywood studios and it has had a 30-year-long relationship with FACT to fight copyright infringement in various ways, including to prevent recordings in cinemas and distributing pirated content online.However, that is set to end in six months, and as MPAA provides half of the organisation's budget, it will have to make do with the remaining 50% contributed by the UK Cinema Association, the Film Distributors' Association and broadcasters like ITV.Stan McCoy, the MPAA's president and managing director for EMEA told movie trade magazine Screen Daily that the MPAA has withdrawn its funding from FACT as part of a wider strategy to refocus its operations into regional hubs, rather than specific territories."We live in a world now where a piracy website can have its nexus in Sweden one day, then move in a few months to Eastern Europe, then to Thailand, or it can operate in all three of those jurisdictions at once," he said.It will be interesting to see if the loss in funding will affect how FACT tackles anti-piracy in the UK, especially in regards to its current rewards programme, which rewards cinema workers with cash payments of £1,000 each time they succeed in thwarting pirates – also known as "cammers" – during blockbuster season.One incident led to two arrests, while formal cautions were given out at four incidents.
SpaceX is planning to launch its fifth rocket of the year this Thursday at 5:40 p.m.The Falcon 9 rocket will be launching out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite called that weighs nearly 7,000 lbs.As of Tuesday afternoon, weather conditions look good for the launch.Once up, the satellite, which was built by aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK for Thailand s first satellite operator Thaicom PLC, will provide TV and internet services to Southeast Asia.SpaceX's track record for launches has been nearly flawless this year, with four successful launches and three successful landings and retrievals!One of those successes took place on land in December; two more happened in April and May at sea.SpaceX will once again attempt to land the first stage of the rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic.If it succeeds, it'll be:The fourth successful retrieval of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket The third successful at-sea landing The second successful landing after launching to the extremely high geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth s equatorDuring SpaceX s last launch, Elon Musk admitted he wasn't sure if they'd stick the landing, citing the extreme heat and velocity the rocket faced upon reentry into Earth s atmosphere.And although it was a hugely surprising success, the re-landed first stage suffered "maximum damage," meaning it's not going back to space again anytime soon.
Emerging-market stocks rallied, led by exporters and energy companies, as oil prices gained and strong U.S. housing data boosted confidence in the world s biggest economy.Chinese shares listed in Hong Kong jumped the most in Asia after oil s climb drove a rally in energy shares.Oil extended gains to near $50 a barrel as weekly U.S. industry data showed crude stockpiles declined, easing a glut.Optimism of improving global growth is outweighing most investors fears on higher U.S. interest rates, while oil prices add another lifeline for developing countries equities,  Mongkol Puangpetra, an investment strategist at KTB Securities Thailand Co., said by phone in Bangkok The expected rise in U.S. rates still remains a major risk to emerging markets.Taiwan Semiconductor climbed 2.3 percent, sending the benchmark Taiex up to the highest level in almost four weeks.The won rose 0.8 percent, boosted by optimism that strength in the U.S. economy will shore up demand for South Korean exports, which have contracted for 16 straight months.
Square EnixSquare Enix has announced that the next episodic mission for Hitman will launch on 31 May for PS4, Xbox One and PC.Publisher Square Enix included several screenshots alongside the announcement which show off the episode's glistening, trinket-filled Berber markets, dusty architecture and swarms of angry protesters incensed by the region's heightened military presence.Presumably these same forces will ensure dispatching main target Army General Reza Zaydan is a tough, but hopefully fun, task.Marrakesh is the third episode of the seven episodes set to launch throughout 2016 and follows the widely-lauded Sapienza instalment, which IBTimes UK heralded as "one of the series' finest missions to date" in our review.Square Enix has promised murderous trips to Thailand, the United States and Japan for everyone's favourite bold, barcoded killer throughout the rest of 2016, all of which will be included in the game's full disc release currently set for January 2017, where all of the digital content will be compiled into a complete retail bundle.Our review of Hitman will be published in due course, once we've tested the game's online features following its worldwide release.
The man, who will reportedly recover from his serpentine encounter, was using a squat toilet in his home east of Bangkok when the 10-foot-long snake struck.The Associated Press has the full rundown:Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover.It gets worse:The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor.The snake apparently slithered into the unlucky dude s plumbing system, where it was still hanging out when emergency workers arrived.A local newspaper reported that the dick-loving snake was sent back into the wild, where it will no doubt continue to wreak havoc.Enhance:GIFDoctors said that Attaporn Boonmakchuay will likely recover barring any infection, but if the bite had gone into the urinary tract, it would have been a big problem.
SpaceX is planning to launch its fifth rocket of the year this Thursday at 5:40 p.m.The Falcon 9 rocket will be launching out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite called that weighs nearly 7,000 lbs.As of Tuesday afternoon, weather conditions look good for the launch.Once up, the satellite, which was built by aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK for Thailand s first satellite operator Thaicom PLC, will provide TV and internet services to Southeast Asia.SpaceX's track record for launches has been nearly flawless this year, with four successful launches and three successful landings and retrievals!If it succeeds, it'll be:The fourth successful retrieval of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket The third successful at-sea landing The second successful landing after launching to the extremely high geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth s equatorDuring SpaceX s last launch, Elon Musk admitted he wasn't sure if they'd stick the landing, citing the extreme heat and velocity the rocket faced upon reentry into Earth s atmosphere.And although it was a hugely surprising success, the re-landed first stage suffered "maximum damage," meaning it's not going back to space again anytime soon.This launch will give it yet another opportunity to prove that it can achieve this.A report in Florida Today states that the weather conditions for the flight are looking to be near-perfect, with US Air Force meteorologists predicting a 90% chance of favorable conditions for launch.Check out the SpaceX's webcast of the launch below:NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
This much-talked about Instagram photo wasn t the only product of President Obama s recent visit to Vietnam.That s opposed to a partial block, which authorities have favored lately.Vietnam, you may recall, blocked Facebook earlier this month on account of coverage of citizen protests which spread across the social network, which counts more than 30 million members in Vietnam.The group also argued that censorship impacts trade and business, which was one of the mission statements behind Obama s trip.That initially led to a glut of localized services rising to take its place, however Facebook has become a mainstream service among Vietnam s 90 million population in recent years.Vietnam s neighbor Thailand briefly blocked Facebook less than a week after a military coup in May 2014, while Turkey s government has restricted access to Twitter and Facebook multiple times, and Pakistan only lifted a three-year ban on YouTube this year.
Creema is the latest handmade marketplace in Asia to raise new funding.The Japanese startup announced this week link via Google Translate that it has received 1.1 billion yen about $10 million from Globis Capital Partners and returning investor KDDI Open Innovation Fund the venture fund run by Japanese telecom KDDI .The startup s last round was two years ago, when it got 100 million yen from KDDI Open Innovation Fund.In the U.S., leading handmade marketplace Etsy s shares have fallen since its April 2015 initial public offering, but similar e-commerce platforms in Asia are still getting attention from venture capital firms.Other companies with smaller but still noteworthy rounds of funding include Pinkoi in Taiwan and Blisby in Thailand.Creema claims its transaction volume grew 450 percent year-over-year, compared to 250 percent for the overall market for handmade goods in Japan.
But, with a cumulative population of over 600 million, the region is already seen as lucrative opportunity for many online retailers — among them, Alibaba recently invested $1 billion in Rocket Internet-backed Lazada.Founded by ex-Ticket Monster duo Frank Kang and Christopher Cynn alongside CFO Jae Yoon Kim, the Korean startup sells to consumers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines with plans to enter Southeast Asia s two other major markets — Thailand and Vietnam — before the end of this year.The most notable example is Memebox, which graduated Y Combinator and has raised close to $30 million from investors, but Membox is focused on Western markets while Althea is looking only at Southeast Asia for now.The past year of work seems to be going well, with Althea claiming 500,000 monthly unique visitors and an annualized run rate of over $10 million in revenue.The company said it is growing at 30 percent per month and is on track to reach profitability by the end of this year.Our business is scalable so we can consider any market and any country, but we want to focus on Southeast Asia because it is the second largest region for Korean exports behind only China.
The Associated Press has the full rundown:Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover.It gets worse:The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor.The snake apparently slithered into the unlucky man s plumbing system, where it was still hanging out when emergency workers arrived.A local newspaper reported that the man-snake-loving snake was sent back into the wild, where it will no doubt continue to wreak havoc.Enhance:Doctors said that Attaporn Boonmakchuay will likely recover barring any infection, but if the bite had gone into the urinary tract, it would have been a big problem .Stunningly, he s not the only one to find a snake in his plumbing.
SpaceX just successfully launched its fifth rocket of the year today at 5:40 p.m.The Falcon 9 rocket launched out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at twice the speed of a speeding bullet, carrying a communications satellite called Thaicom 8 that weighs nearly 7,000 lbs and is the size of a rhinoceros.Once up, the satellite, which was built by aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK for Thailand s first satellite operator Thaicom PLC, will provide TV and internet services to Southeast Asia.The satellite will be running for 15 years, which is a long lifetime for a satellite.It will stay powered using solar wings that extend out, each holding four panels.Take a look at that beautiful launch: via GIPHYAnd the landing:SpaceX's track record for launches has been nearly flawless this year, with four successful launches and three successful landings and retrievals!If it succeeds, it'll be:The fourth successful retrieval of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket The third successful at-sea landing The second successful landing after launching to the extremely high geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth s equatorDuring SpaceX s last launch, Elon Musk admitted he wasn't sure if they'd stick the landing, citing the extreme heat and velocity the rocket faced upon reentry into Earth s atmosphere.And although it was a hugely surprising success, the re-landed first stage suffered "maximum damage," meaning it's not going back to space again anytime soon.
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