As it was at first aimed at university students, there was no charge. “It was a way to collectively hire a taxi or for students who have their own cars to connect with others who are going the same way,” said Kyaw Zin Htet, a mining and environmental engineering student at Yangon Technological University who is co-founder and CEO of Lan Kyone. “We won US$3000 to develop the app after competing in the 2018 Start Up Challenge hosted by local incubator Phandeeyar last September,” he said. The app’s four founders are each in charge of different parts of the service. The app can offer cheap ride-sharing options to help people who are working in different locations find a ride. For security, every user has to go through a verification process using their ID card. Those who have their own car can offer other students rides. At Yangon Technological University, about 10 cars use the app. The app can’t be used when school is closed. One user, Nyein Than … [Read more...] about University students take next step with ride-sharing app
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Welp, it took some time, but it’s finally here. Shut an eye to Facebook’s ongoing troubles in the realm of privacy, data breaches and other Menlo Park shenanigans; the social media giant is diving further into the love lives of its users. Facebook’s own dating service — plainly called Facebook Dating — has now rolled out across 14 more countries, including Singapore. Launched last year, the dating platform was first introduced to Facebook users in Colombia, Canada and Thailand, before moving on to Mexico and Argentina earlier this month. Coinciding with Facebook’s F8 conference today, Facebook Dating has now expanded to Southeast Asia and South America, totalling 19 countries where the romance-finding service is available. It’s probably worth noting that the service isn’t even available in the United States right now, but from what we’ve gathered, it seems like they’re trying to test it out in as many countries as possible … [Read more...] about Facebook Dating goes live in Singapore — here’s what you need to know about the feature
By Julie Jargon WSJ Tues., April 30, 2019 Divorce can bring out the worst in parents who are already accustomed to bickering with each other. Even an argument about whether a kid should join a soccer team—and who will pay—can end up in a courtroom. To minimize discord and unnecessary court time, family-law judges increasingly order warring parents to use co-parenting apps. The new tools may not solve every problem, but experts say they can ease the stress on children caught in the crossfire. Created by divorced parents, family-law attorneys and judges who saw a need to create a better way for families to communicate, the apps can allow parents to document their compliance with the parenting plan. Some have a check-in feature so parents can prove that they picked up or handed off their children when and where they were supposed to. Others use artificial intelligence to flag messages written in an aggressive tone, reminding parents to keep their communications … [Read more...] about When parents divorce, apps can reduce the child-custody acrimony
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?
For innovation to succeed, it should meet people’s needs and wants. Brands can build better relationships with their consumers and audiences if they are able to do that. It can also help preserve the long-term benefits of a digital economy that works for all. This is one of the central messages that emerges from the Digital Society Index 2019, a project of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) developed in collaboration with Oxford Economics, which combines a primary survey of more than 43,000 people across 24 countries with economic and statistical analysis. Trust in big tech is falling. This survey first started in 2018, and even the collapse in trust in the use of digital technologies has been observed. The number-one cause of distrust is the misuse of personal data. Stronger regulation of technologies like artificial intelligence is being proposed. And social media has been blamed for both political polarization and misinformation. Thirty years from the birth of the World Wide Web and … [Read more...] about The Digital Economy gives you the power to be a better version of yourself