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This artist built a stripper robot 10 years ago. Now his creation's gone beyond his control.

Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018


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Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train tracking apps

Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018


Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app ‘Where is my Train.’ The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures as well as buying seats. That’s no small job given that India is estimated to operate some 14,000 trains on a daily basis across the country. The app is for Android, it works offline or with poor connectivity and supports eight languages. It is ri ... View More

China’s JD.com teams up with Intel to develop ‘smart’ retail experiences

Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018


Months after it landed a major $550 million investment from Google, China’s JD.com — the country’s second highest-profile investor behind Alibaba — has teamed up with another U.S. tech giant: Intel. JD and Intel said today that they will set up a “lab” focused on bringing internet-of-things technology into the retail process. That could include new-generation vending machines, advertising experiences, and more. That future is mostly offline — or, in China tech speak, ‘online-to-o ... View More

Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to its first-time shares sale. Last week, Chinese investor Hanwei Guo accused TME’s co-president of using misinformation, threats and intimidation to compel him to sell ... View More

Behold, this gate sounds like the beginning of the 'Jurassic Park' theme

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


Squeaky gates are more annoying than anything. Not this gate though, which invokes a sense of nostalgia for everyone's favourite dinosaur-related film, Jurassic Park. SEE ALSO: 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer clocked 289 million views in 24 hours, says Disney Twitter user @lukedmond posted a video of his gate which, when opened, issues the same notes as the film's theme by John Williams — you'll remember it from the iconic scene when the gates of the wildlife park appear on screen. While it's a pr ... View More

Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group  acquired Asian mobile marketing company Bizense in a cash and ... View More

Alibaba Group takes majority control of loss-making movie unit Alibaba Pictures with $160M share purchase

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


Alibaba Group announced today that it will increase its stake in Alibaba Pictures from 49% to 50.92%, making it the loss-making movie production company’s controlling shareholder. Under the agreement, Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares, priced at HKD $1.25 each share for a total of HKD $1.25 billion (about $160 million), to Alibaba Group. The announcement of Alibaba Group’s new share purchases comes the week after Alibaba Pictures chairman and chief executive officer Fan Lu ... View More

Andy Serkis brings back Gollum to parody Theresa May

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


As you're likely aware, the UK's Brexit deal is well, not very popular. Despite the turmoil, the deal is very precious to Prime Minister Theresa May though, which makes it prime parody material for Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series. "This is it. Our deal," Serkis, dressed as May, said in the video. "We takes back control — borders, laws, blue passports." It's part of a campaign for the People's Vote, a group calling for another referendum on whether the UK ... View More

Roger, the internet famous bucket crushing kangaroo, has died

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


If you've spent quite a bit of time on the internet, you might've stumbled across Roger. But now, the famed marsupial is no longer with us.  The impressively buff red kangaroo has died aged 12, announced by The Kangaroo Sanctuary — the Australian refuge where he lived — in a Facebook post Saturday morning. SEE ALSO: Please enjoy this photo of a seal with an eel stuck up its nose "Sadly Roger has passed away of old age," reads the post. "He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions ... View More

'Stranger Things' Season 3 teaser reveals episode titles

Posted on Sunday, December 9th, 2018


Let your imagination run wild with this Stranger Things Season 3 teaser. Netflix dropped the mysterious clip on Sunday night, detailing the names of the episodes for the beloved show's anticipated third season, set to release in summer 2019. There's not a whole lot to go on, other than we'll be in the summer of 1985, but we like the sound of "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard." The other episode titles include "Suzie, Do You Copy?," "The Mall Rats," "The Sauna Test," "The Source," "The Birth ... View More

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