Nightly April 23

Nightly Tech News

  1. Announcement: This space is for sponsored announcement. reachme[at]bosslee.co for more details. I’m also happy to share that the sponsorship slots for 1st and 2nd week of May have been sold.
  2. Alibaba: Want to catch a documentary about the rise of Alibaba, a major Chinese e-commerce giant? “Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story” is expected to be released this May 28.
  3. Apple: A slide from Intel outlining the next generation of Thunderbolt has been leaked. According to this report, bandwidth will double from 20 to 40 Gbps and power consumption will be halved. This should be live in 2015.
  4. Apple: Apple has released a new update for iOS. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses on improving Touch ID recognition on the iPhone 5s, and fixing a bug that can impact keyboard responsiveness.
  5. Garena: Garena, a huge gaming platform in Asia, is no longer interested in just gaming. It was reported to have launched Garena Venture to invest in mobile and Internet businesses across Southeast Asia and Taiwan. The firm is looking at hiring an Investment Associate and Investment manager, so if you’re keen, do head on to its career page.
  6. Research: A study has showed that monkeys can do Math. Surprising? These monkeys learned symbols for the numbers 0 to 25 and were able to perform basic Mathematics. This is the research paper. A word of caution? It’s extremely long.
  7. Samsung: Are you a Samsung user? Are the apps as bad as they say? Well, this study might just prove the naysayers right. Apparently, users of Samsung devices in the US spend an average of seven minutes on Samsung apps, while others spend an average of 149 minutes on Google apps. Geez, that’s a big difference.
  8. Twitter: You can now have a Facebook layout on your Twitter profile. The new layout can only be activated when you are on a desktop browser. Personally, I find it to be lacking in user experience. Does anyone else feel the same?
  9. WhatsApp: Messaging app Whatsapp has grown to host half a billion active users around the world. Every day, more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos are being shared among the users. This is going to put a serious dent in telcos’ SMS revenue, but it might not be such a bad thing after all since many of these telcos are earning from data plans.
  10. Xiaomi: Mi.com is one expensive domain, but Xiaomi can afford it. In fact, it paid US$577,000 for the domain. This announcement marks the firm’s efforts to expand overseas. For the record, it first started selling handsets in Singapore – its first foreign market – two months ago. And oh just so you know, Me.com goes to Apple’s iCloud service.
  11. News From Reader: Here’s a detail post about a feature from Google, called Google Star that could possibly compete with Evernote Web Clipper. If this is true, Google Keep might be a threat to Evernote.

App of the day

duolingo: This app helps you learn languages on the go. Currently there are Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English available.
Comes in both iOS and Android

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