Google to open Beijing AI centre in latest expansion

Google is deepening its push into China as it seeks an edge in one of technology’s most competitive fields: artificial intelligence.The Alphabet Inc. unit will announce the opening of a new Beijing research facility on Wednesday during its second annual developers conference in Shanghai, the company said.
13 December 2017

How fintech is helping Southeast Asia’s ‘unbanked’

Southeast Asia has shown itself to be one of the most rapidly advancing regions in the world.With a booming population of 644 million (and rising), half of whom are internet and social media users, you would expect that most people around the region would have access to most of the basic necessities required by a modern life.
3 December 2017

Will driverless cars be common in Southeast Asia?

Autonomous cars have been all the rage in recent years.Car manufacturers like Audi have made developments in autonomous cars a big part of their marketing push. It’s not hard to see why, considering how drastically the technology could affect one the world’s most fundamental experiences: driving.
26 November 2017

Can Go-Jek challenge Grab and Uber?

The two titans of ride-sharing, home-grown Grab and American import Uber, have been doing battle for a few years. They have become fierce rivals and though Grab has taken a lead in Southeast Asia, Uber will likely not go down without a fight.There’s a good reason to stay and fight. The ride-sharing market in Southeast Asia is projected to be worth 13.1 billion dollars by 2025.
18 November 2017

The future of ASEAN smart cities

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr, an American poet, physician and polymath. Such is the invention of smart cities. A smart city is an area of urban development that utilises various methods of electronic data collection to manage the city’s assets and natural resources.
13 November 2017

The rise of mobile gaming in Southeast Asia

Video games have been popular in Southeast Asia for decades. From the original red and white Nintendo Family Computer, to the arcades that littered shopping malls in the 1990s, and the online-enabled console generations of the 2000s, we’ve loved getting our gaming fix.However, what used to be an activity for groups of friends or siblings has continued to veer toward a less personal experience.
12 November 2017

Diving deep into virtual reality

Just as the term suggests, Virtual Reality (VR) technology combines both "reality" and "virtual" experiences using a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored by a user. The user becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.
8 November 2017

Thailand to require fingerprints, face scans for SIM cards

Face-scans or fingerprints will be needed to buy SIM cards in Thailand from next month as the kingdom tries to crack down on electronic fraud and encourage mobile banking.The new biometric system – which follows similar requirements in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – will begin on December 15, according to the telecoms regulator.
7 November 2017

Malaysia probes leak of 46 mln phone users' data

Malaysia is investigating an attempt to sell details of more than 46 million mobile phone subscribers that were leaked online in a massive data breach, a minister said Wednesday.The breach was originally reported by local technology website after unidentified individuals offered the phone data, from several telecoms companies, and other personal information for sale on a public forum on
1 November 2017

Startup funding exploding in Southeast Asia

It’s no secret that Southeast Asia has become a hotbed for tech startups. Since 2012, there have been a number of tech companies that have become household names and changed the lives of people in Southeast Asia.
31 October 2017

Singapore won't regulate cryptocurrencies, remains alert to risk

Singapore doesn’t plan to regulate cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, but will remain alert to money laundering and other potential risks stemming from their use, the head of the country’s central bank said.“As of now I see no basis for wanting to regulate cryptocurrencies,” Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon said in an interview.
25 October 2017