Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is now on sale in the U.S., Canada and Korea with more launches to come

 If you’ve been holding out patiently for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung’s newest flagship devices, then your wait may soon be over after the phones went on sale in an initial four markets. Samsung is starting sales in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Korea today (Friday), with expansions to other countries coming “in the weeks ahead,” it said. In case you missed… Read More

Lazada, Uber and Netflix team up ahead of Amazon’s expected entry into Southeast Asia

 Amazon isn’t in Southeast Asia yet — the e-commerce giant pushed back plans to enter early this year — but that isn’t stopping future rival Lazada teaming up with a range of companies to offer an Amazon Prime-style membership package in advance of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s arrival. Lazada, the e-commerce firm that is majority owned by China’s Alibaba,… Read More

HTC’s next phone will be squeezable

 Squeeze for the Brilliant U. 05.16.2017 — HTC (@htc) April 20, 2017 HTC has confirmed rumors that its upcoming new smartphone — the U — will be squeezable. That doesn’t mean the Taiwanese firm is about to ship a rubber device. Rather, the phone’s metal frame will include embedded sensors that enable its owner… Read More

Xiaomi’s Mi 6 puts iPhone 7 camera tech into a $360 phone — and there’s no headphone jack

 Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship smartphone — the Mi 6 — today at an event in Beijing, having skipped Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s largest annual event where it announced the Mi5 last year.
There’s plenty at stake with this new device, given that Xiaomi suffered a sales slump last year with CEO Lei Jun admitting that the company has entered a… Read More

HackerEarth raises $4.5M to bring ‘hacker culture’ into corporate companies

 HackerEarth, an Indian startup that grew from arranging hackthon to offering corporate innovation services, has closed a $4.5 million Series A funding round. The Bangalore-based company said the funding was led by DHI Group, which operates U.S. IT recruitment portal, with participation from Japanese quartet Beenext, Beenos, Digital Garage, BizReach and existing investor Prime… Read More

Amazon gains wallet license to boost its business in India

 Amazon has gained a wallet license in India, Medianama reports, as part of a move that will allow the U.S. e-commerce giant to offer a paying experience with less friction in the country. Currently, Amazon customers must go through two-factor authentication processes for each purchase that they make. That’s in accordance with national law. A wallet license could change things but… Read More

Alibaba’s Ant Financial to develop services in Indonesia as global expansion continues

 Ant Financial, the fintech company affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is continuing its global expansion. The firm has taken its first official step into Indonesia today after it announced a joint venture to develop local financial services. The company has partnered with conglomerate Emtek, Indonesia’s second largest media firm and an investor in -major e-commerce… Read More

First Circle raises $1.3M for its SME lending service in the Philippines

 First Circle, a fintech startup enabling SME lending in the Philippines, has raised $1.3 million. The capital was provided by Accion Venture Lab, which is attached to finance-focused non-profit Accion, and Deep Blue Ventures. First Circle previously raised $1.2 million last year, and it counts 500 Startups, IMJ, and Key Capital among its backers. SME lending is a given in most Western… Read More