The Opera web browser now has free VPN capabilities

Opera has just announced that the latest developer version of its browser will feature an integrated VPN client that’s completely free and unlimited to use. Opera said that the decision behind this move was to improve the security of its users. By using the VPN, users can shield their browsing habits…

WeChat Wallet lands in Hong Kong before Apple Pay

Tencent’s WeChat Wallet service is now available to users in Hong Kong — just as Apple is working to release its mobile payment system in the city later this year. Hong Kong users who are part of the pilot programme will be able to link their Hong Kong credit cards…

Didi Kuaidi’s rise to power (INFOGRAPHIC)

It’s hard to believe that Didi Kuaidi, a company with more than 250 million users and a value upwards of $16 billion, is such a new company. This time last year, in fact, it didn’t exist at all. At that point, there were still two competing apps and services, Didi…

Leaner, meaner, faster: GrabTaxi rebrands as Grab

Ride-hailing app GrabTaxi has rebranded itself as just Grab, the company announced today. The change is effective for all six countries Grab is operating in, and comes complete with a visual rejig, a new logo, and a redesigned app. As the startup’s services include private car and bike ride-hailing, carpooling,…

GrabTaxi’s journey to a billion-dollar start up (INFOGRAPHIC)

In recent years, Asia has experienced a ride booking boom. Uber is aggressively attacking Southeast Asia, while Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi is still fighting hard to gain a strong foothold in the region – sometimes unsuccessfully. GrabTaxi is the only home grown app gaining traction across large swathes of Asia.…

WhatsApp is now free, and will remain ad-free as well

   WhatsApp, the world’s most popular instant messaging app, is doing away with its annual subscription fee to attract more users. The payment infrastructure will be taken out of all versions of the app over the next few weeks. tech.david-cheong.com The company realized that the subscription model “hasn’t worked well”…

US$5.3 billion offer given by Foxconn to takeover troubled Sharp

According to reports, Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, who builds most of the world’s iPhones for Apple, is reportedly willing to offer as much as US$5.3 billion to takeover troubled Japanese company Sharp, who has been repeatedly bailed out by the Japanese government. However, Sharp’s main creditors will also review a competing…

Google paid Apple US$1 billion to become the default search engine on iPhones

  It looks like Google is willing to go to great lengths to keep their search engine at the top of the list in the mobile platform. So much so that they have agreed to share a percentage of their revenue with Apple to keep their search bar up, front,…

Apple’s new Music Memos iOS app is available for download

Apple has just released a new app called Music Memos, that was clearly designed with musicians in mind. At its heart, Music Memo is a recording app and draws a lot of inspiration from Apple’s own Voice Memos app. The idea is to take Voice Memos and improve it for…

Google Chrome is about to load your webpages that much faster

It looks like Google is making it even harder for you to associate Google Chrome with the word ‘slow’, as the company is in the process of outfitting their latest compression algorithm, ‘Brotli’, into their already lightweight browser to help boost its webpage loading times.   First unveiled in late-September last…