One of the leading Korean companies, Kakao, has been on the headlines a bunch the past couple of weeks. Fresh off their new deal with IGAWorks, they announced their first international ad partner for their rapidly growing games platform, which is Tapjoy. Tapjoy is Kakao’s first big deal with an ad space provider that has global operations. Kakao Games only launched just last year, but it is already generating a monthly revenue of about $40 million and over 130 games have been released for the service so far. Expect those numbers with the new partnership with… Read More
Evernote, the US-based startup, is starting to focus more on mobile messaging and the social arena by announcing a new partnership with Korea’s Kakao. The Korean company behind Kakao Talk has more than 90 million registered users and now add another two million from Evernote’s userbase for an increased presence at Korea. Kakao Talk is also installed in the majority of Koreans’ smartphones, but there are no details yet on how the Evernote stuff will be integrated. However, the Evernote additions will be accessed by the in-chat window in Kakao Talk just by sideswiping when talking… Read More
Chinese social network Sina Weibo, otherwise known as the country’s version of Twitter, has recently announced that they are revamping its core interface to integrate third party apps. This approach is all in part of a more mobile focused direction than desktops. Twitter has lot of third-party support now from various versions of the microblogging site, photo/video services, and more, so it is no surprise Sina is finally taking this route now. Sina has also put up a new feature including previews to articles that is similar to Twitter’s cards. As mentioned earlier, the more important… Read More
We are back again looking at more picks from the world of tech on the premier crowdfunding website known as Kickstarter. This month we got some new state of the art headphones that are even endorsed by some celebrities. Plus, we will look at an android PC that can change how parental controls are done in any device.
First up is the Stadium Headphones made by Roger Chen from Los Angeles. These headphones not only are HD and wireless, but comes with its own remote control, noise cancellation, compatibility with bluetooth devices such as smartphones and video… Read More
Last fall, Korean pop star PSY changed the music scene with the release of the “Gangnam Style” music video. To date, the video has over a billion views on YouTube and the first to reach that milestone. Many wondered if he can repeat the same success or just be another one hit wonder here in the states. Turns out the haters were wrong thanks to last Saturday’s release of “Gentleman.” PSY’s newest single has been breaking records left and right from the fastest to 100 million views on YouTube (on only its fourth day). To date, it… Read More
Yesterday I came across artist Hong Yi's painting of Yao Ming with a basketball - that's right, she painted a potrait of Yao Ming with nothing but a bucket of paint and a basketball. I was really impressed by her skills of her painting of Yao, which you can see below in the YouTube video.
Hong Yi is a painter but she doesn't… Read More
Over the weekend, Houston Rockets star Jeremy Lin sat down and talked with Shira Lazar at SXSW, the South by Southwest conference and festival on music, film and emerging technologies in Austin, TX.In the interview, he talks about the documentary Linsanity, the film about his life in the NBA, as well as explaining why he thinks his story resonated last year when he shot to fame from being on the verge of being cut to NBA stardom in a matter of weeks, now widely known as “Linsanity.”"I think it was unique. I think it was something that had… Read More
Padlet, a startup that was originally from the Y-Combinator accelerator program at Singapore, has reached a big milestone. It is an easy blogging service that consists of users filling up “empty walls” to whatever they want. The service has recently reached 1.5 million walls, which is a remarkable feat considering the company was founded in 2008. Originally known as Wallwisher, Padlet has also been generating lots of revenue from various enterprises and schools. Any type of file can be dropped into an empty wall along with text, photos, and videos. Examples of what comes from these walls… Read More
Here is a cute story we like to share. A marriage proposal involving social media employees and the technology they use have been making the rounds of Youtube. Jon Park, a staffer in Facebook, proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Twitter employee Genevieve Wong by incorporating the products built at both their companies into the proposal. In the proposal, in which Jon enlisted the help of friends, Wong, who is by herself at a San Francisco Park, got tweeted messages telling her to watch a video, which shows a montage of pictures from Facebook showing Park and… Read More
BoxTV, the video streaming service by India’s Times Internet, has officially ended their beta and began their full launch today. Times Internet has also recently acquired some startups, partnered up with Fab.com, released a mobile app for their music service Gaana, and updated one of their social networks known as iTimes. BoxTV started in the alpha phase last September with 100,000 requests and 17,000 hours of movie/television content. It is basically described as India’s version of Netflix and now it has fully launched, it has the potential to live up to that title. Times Internet’s goals with… Read More
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