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.
Call it the Uber effect.Taxi prices have dropped across the globe, according to Deutsche Bank s annual Mapping the World s Prices report.There are signs that perhaps Uber is making its mark on the world as taxi prices in many places are falling sharply, Deutsche Bank strategists Jim Reid and Sukanto Chanda said in the research.Charges fell by 30 percent in San Francisco -- more than anywhere in the developed world -- since last year.Uber Technologies Inc. s ride-hailing app, which allows passengers to summon cabs by smartphone, has upended traditional taxi business models and led to large-scale strikes in cities including Paris.Deutsche Bank also included a cheap date index in its report and found Zurich, Copenhagen and Tokyo are the most expensive cities in which to woo a partner.London dropped by two places, taking it out of the top five most expensive cities for romantic excursions.For those wanting a real cheap cheap date , the Deutsche Bank analysts wrote, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Africa are the places to go.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Microsoft has announced that is selling its entry-level phone business to FIH Mobile and HMD global Oy for $350 million as the tech giant continues to distance itself from mobile hardware.The move was not a surprise given how Microsoft has been reducing its feature phone business since CEO Satya Nadella took over.But what is noteworthy is that the press release indicated that Microsoft might never release another Lumia phone ever again, reports The Verge.Nowhere does the press release mention the development of any new Lumia devices or any future hardware.Furthermore, the announcement came just after the leak of an internal memo that reiterated Microsoft's commitment to mobile software, which also did not mention Lumia devices.The likely course of action for Microsoft is to build a Surface phone that targets the company's business customers, with a focus on device security and privacy.The pool of first-time buyers in these countries is shrinking rapidly, and sales are now primarily coming from phone upgrades.Meanwhile, emerging markets will continue to see robust shipment growth.India and Indonesia, in particular, will help fuel a large share of the shipments growth within the global smartphone market over the next few years.Will McKitterick, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartphones by country that forecasts the market through 2021 to reflect slower, stabilizing growth in the long term.Here are some key points from the report:The global smartphone market is still growing at a steady pace due to more widespread adoption in emerging markets.Still, the vendor saw a slight decline in YoY growth of its share of the market in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Chinese vendors such as Huawei.In full, the report:Forecasts global smartphone shipments through 2021.Explores why India is the next high-growth smartphone market.Breaks down the global smartphone platform wars.Discusses smartphone vendor performance market share.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
Deutsche Bank has compiled a list of what various gadgets costs around the world. As for the iPhone is the mobile phone as the cheapest in the US and most expensive in Brazil. Sweden is the third most expensive country after Brazil and Indonesia, which hardly comes as a great surprise to us. Compared with the US, we pay 45 percent more for Apple's mobile phone, which is partly due to the high VAT. Below, countries are ranked from the most expensive to the cheapest: Brazil $ 931 Indonesia $ 865 Sweden $ 796 India $ 784 Italy $ 766 Denmark $ 754 Finland $ 743 Belgium $ 732 Netherlands $ 732 Spain $ 732 France $ 732 Germany $ 727 Australia $ 707 New Zealand $ 697 Russia $ 695 China $ 693 Canada $ 692 Malaysia $ 691 NM $ 687 Philippines $ 682 UK $ 671 Switzerland $ 666 Singapore $ 661 South Africa $ 660 Japan $ 637 Hong Kong $ 604 US $ 598
Emerging-market stocks climbed for a second day as a rally in technology companies drove Taiwanese equities to the biggest gain in eight months and shares from China to Hungary advanced.The Taiex index led advances as Apple Inc. vendors such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. surged.Hungarian equities were higher and 10-year government bonds rose after Fitch Ratings upgraded the nation s credit.The concerns among investors remain and the risk for Federal Reserves to raise its rate in June is still there.Fitch Ratings lifted Hungary s long-term rating one step from junk to BBB- on Friday, citing the country s current-account surplus and falling external debt.Equity indexes in Indonesia and South Korea gained at least 0.4 percent.Stock gauges in Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Russia sank at least 0.7 percent.
Unless you've got superpowers or particularly light fingers, a new iPhone is never going to come particularly cheaply, but some countries offer more competitive SIM-free iPhone pricing than others.Data prised by Business Insider from Deutsche Bank's annual 'Mapping the World's Prices' report reveal which countries the iPhone is cheapest in – and where you're going to pay most for a shiny new Apple smartphone like the incoming iPhone 7.Related: All you need to know about the iPhone 7Using US prices for the iPhone 6 as a baseline, the stats show that Brazil is the most expensive place to buy a new iPhone, where it retails for 56% more than in the States.Other pricey countries to grab an Apple handset include Indonesia, Sweden, India and Italy, while Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa and Singapore are among those where the premium is lowest.The UK ranks 21st in the list at 12% over the odds.Buy Now: Apple iPhone 6 just £447 on AmazonHere's the table in full:However, before we start bashing Apple for being big meanies in certain markets, it's worth noting that the local prices reflect things like import duties, sales tax, and currency variations.
According ot the study, approximately 65% of children access the Internet via a laptop or mobile device, up from 42% in 2012.Furthermore, car rides have become a popular location for tablet use, as 55% of kids prefer tablets in a car, up from 26% in 2012.The pool of first-time buyers in these countries is shrinking rapidly, and sales are now primarily coming from phone upgrades.Meanwhile, emerging markets will continue to see robust shipment growth.India and Indonesia, in particular, will help fuel a large share of the shipments growth within the global smartphone market over the next few years.Will McKitterick, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartphones by country that forecasts the market through 2021 to reflect slower, stabilizing growth in the long term.Here are some key points from the report:The global smartphone market is still growing at a steady pace due to more widespread adoption in emerging markets.We estimate the global market will hit about 2.1 billion units shipped in 2021.Shipments growth over the past few years has been driven by the falling price of smartphones, which has made handsets more accessible in emerging markets.Nevertheless, India has a long way to go before it surpasses China as the world s leading market for smart handsets.Still, the vendor saw a slight decline in YoY growth of its share of the market in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Chinese vendors such as Huawei.In full, the report:Forecasts global smartphone shipments through 2021.Explores why India is the next high-growth smartphone market.Breaks down the global smartphone platform wars.Discusses smartphone vendor performance market share.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
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.
View photosMoreThe logo of Toyota is seen at a showroom in Jakarta, Indonesia February 24, 2016.Picture taken February 24.REUTERS/Beawiharta Reuters - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will partner with on-demand ride company Uber to explore ridesharing and will make a strategic investment in the company.As part of the partnership, Toyota would create new leasing options in which car purchasers can lease their vehicles from Toyota Financial Services and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers.Toyota is making the strategic investment through its unit Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership.Reporting by Radhika Rukmangadhan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila
The number of people saying what s up with WhatsApp has officially made the messaging app the most popular Android chatting app in the world.And with WhatsApp s eagerly anticipated video-calling feature soon to be unveiled, the gap between WhatsApp and just about everyone else may continue to grow.The app is particularly favored in Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia.And part of its appeal lies in its ability to transcend geographic borders — throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, people can t seem to get enough of WhatsApp and its global network of chatters and texters.In Indonesia, the app is installed on 87.5 percent of Android phones, and is indeed the chosen method of smartphone communication.This varies dramatically from the rate of installation in other countries — in the U.S., for example, only 0.42 percent of Android users have installed the BlackBerry app.
We believe the current mobile advertising model is broken and our customers are becoming increasingly frustrated by irrelevant and intrusive adverts which use up their data allowance and can invade their privacy by tracking their behaviour without their knowledge or consent, the company said in a statement.In research from April 2016, KPMG found that 44 percent of U.K. adults are planning to use an ad-blocker in the next six months.There is also a more immediate, financial interest in blocking ads: Large, media-heavy ads are a drain on your bandwidth and can count toward your bandwidth allowance, eating up your data plans, which is an acute problem for most mobile phone users especially.In the U.S., ad blocking was used by 45 million users in the same period.The carrier is owned by Hutchison Holdings, which also has mobile services in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Vietnam.However, it will also put Three and other carriers that might follow its lead squarely against not just large brands, but the ad tech companies that help brands put their message in front of you.
Niklas Zennstrom owns 6.8 percent of the Clean Motion, whose electric tricycle Zbee is meant for the Indian market. In India, a country in places plagued by air pollution, like the Swedish vehicle manufacturer Clean Exercise monetize their eldriva tricycle Zbee. On Thursday, the company was listed on First North. At 9:40 on Thursday morning, the stock had risen 18 percent from the subscription price of SEK 8 to 9.4 kronor. The company manufactures electric tricycles on a small scale in Trollhällan and aims besides India in markets like Indonesia. In December last year, the Clean Motions Zbee the first electronic tricycle to meet all legal requirements as non-electronic, the company said in its annual report for 2015.
Raspberry Pi 3 board to get Android support soonThe Raspberry Pi 3, a single-board computer the size of a credit card, is likely to get support from popular operating system Android soon.Although there is no official word so far, Google's Android Open Source Project AOSP repository code now has the Raspberry Pi 3.It would be easier to run the Pi 3 on Android once the device gets officially supported source code.Currently, the repo has a note saying initial empty repository, but it should soon get filled with code, hopes Ars Technica.Pichai said the growth in Android is due to emerging economies such as Indonesia and Vietnam where the number of Android users has doubled in a year.Soon after the availability of Raspberry Pi 3 in February, Microsoft announced Windows 10 support via new Windows 10 IoT Internet of Things Core insider preview update.
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.
Finland ranks of the Swiss research institute IMD competitiveness ranking position 20, ETLA News. "Other Nordic countries recovering from -pankkikriisistään the exception of Iceland - can be found on the tip of Ten, Jack," ETLA's research director and Etlatieto Oy's Managing Director Petri Rouvinen says the release. Finland's biggest problem is the employment situation, in particular, long-lasting long-term and youth unemployment. For comparison, the best gainers include Ireland 9, the Netherlands 7, Latvia and Slovakia 6 6. Most fall Kazakhstan -13, -6, Greece, Indonesia and Mexico -6 -6. IMD Competitiveness Index analyzes how countries and companies as a whole make use of their abilities in order to achieve wealth or profits. "
A visitor uses a mobile phone on the third day of the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaMobile ad-blocking could prove to be a "serious threat" to digital media revenue as the number of smartphone users relying on the software continue to skyrocket.Nearly 420 million people — about 22% of the world's 1.9 billion smartphone users — use ad blocking software on the mobile web, according to a new research report by PageFair, a startup that helps publishers tackle ad blocking software.The report shows that mobile ad-blocking usage is particularly popular in emerging countries such as China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia.The report suggests that users in emerging countries could be using ad-blocking software to reduce bandwidth use in regions where access to data is often slower and expensive."We found the results surprising because in the West we don't often consider what's going on in developing countries," PageFair CEO Sean Blanchfield told The New York Times.According to an earlier PageFair report, ad blocking resulted in estimated global revenue losses of $21.8bn in 2015.
Indonesia is considering a new bill that will require all rapists and child sex offenders to be implanted with RFID chips to track them after they leave prison for the rest of their livesThe Indonesian government is keen to enforce a new law that will require all rapists and child sex offenders to be implanted with radio frequency identification RFID microchips that will track them 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the rest of their lives after they are released from prison.Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir told Indonesian TV channel Berita Satu that the government is interested in using RFID microchips to track offenders, but it is still waiting for the House of Representatives to vote on bringing into law a new Regulation on Sexual Violence against Children.The new bill will make sexual violence against children punishable by 20 years in prison, and convicts will be required either to be tracked by RFID or submit to chemical castration.Nasir added that the RFID chips would ideally need to be bulk produced locally in Indonesia, and to that end, the government has been in talks with Politeknik Negeri Batam Batam Polytechnic , which has a laboratory that manufactures microchips.The horrific case rocked the country and although local media initially did not publicise the case at all, public outage led to a viral Twitter campaign Nyala untuk Yuyun Candles for Yuyun with more than 23,000 retweets, and activists galvanised the public to join protests held outside the presidential palace in Jakarta on 4 May.Sexual violence is an emergency issue in Indonesia, but most people don't care about it.
GrabTaxi Holdings Pte and Lyft Inc. have linked their apps so customers of Southeast Asia s largest ride-hailing service can hail a car in the U.S., and vice versa.The integration goes live in coming weeks and stems from a global alliance between China s Didi Chuxing, Singapore-based Grab, San Francisco-based Lyft and India s Ola to curb Uber Technologies Inc. s international expansion.The two-way tie-up announced Thursday comes after Didi first began letting Chinese customers order Lyft cars through the Didi app when visiting the U.S.Grab gains access to a network of more than 200 U.S. cities, while Lyft s users will be able to call up cars in 30 cities across the six Southeast Asian countries where Grab operates, they said in a statement.Their four-way coalition reaches almost half of the world s population.Southeast Asia is a popular tourist destination.The number of travelers to a region that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam is expected to almost double from 2015 to about 200 million in the next 10 years, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.The Grab-Lyft tie-up will let travelers call up on-demand rides without having to worry about local currency, language or setting up new accounts.They pay for rides via credit cards or services such as PayPal and Alipay.As more and more people travel to and from the U.S. and Southeast Asia, our work with Grab gives travelers peace of mind when abroad, Kristina Gibson, Lyft s head of international product, said in the statement.
Or, to put it another way, the lack of credit cards in emerging markets like is one of the major hurdles that online commerce companies are facing.Lazada, for example, is the most funded e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, but it ran out of money before Alibaba pumped $1 billion into its business.The fact that countries like Indonesia have sub-10 percent credit card ownership is an important factor, as was pointed out in a recent Google report.The company is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and it essentially acts as a layer between its credit card and lending company partners and consumers buying online.The goal, he explained, is more than just beating existing finance companies, though, since FinAccel wants to unlock new consumer spending opportunities, particularly in the e-commerce space.Other less expected indicators including the kind of apps an applicant has on their phone — the Financial Times and Economist can be indicators of high social status, Garg suggested — while call logs those who call more in emerging markets tend to be more affluent and not on pre-paid accounts , environmental data and device and app history on Android devices are all also factors.
The black-crested macaque can be seen up close, making a distinctive, rapid, and subtle chattering sound that the Wildlife Conservation Society WCS , the organization that deployed the camera, said is most likely indicative of a curiosity with the camera.At one point, the macaque even seems to try to remove the camera, which is in the Bogani Nani area of Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia.WCS has placed the motion-activated camera traps to better monitor the island s biodiversity and help them with their conservation strategy; they ve also captured a video of a warty pig and birds called maleos.Our initial results are already providing very exciting insights into Sulawesi s unexplored rainforests as you can see with these quirky characters showing up in the video traps, Noviar Andayani, the WCS s Indonesia country director, said in a statement.The black-crested macaque is critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN , and lives on Sulawesi and other islands.It s been threatened by habitat loss and hunting.