HTC has confirmed it will shutter its HTC Watch video streaming service in six locations, with the company saying it plans to focus on areas where adoption has been stronger. Launched on the HTC Flyer back in mid-2011, Watch was HTC’s attempt to challenge iTunes on the iPhone with a media download and rental store,
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The governments of South American countries, including Brazil and Peru, are in a tussle with Amazon.com to see who will become the digital king of the jungle.
Listen enough to Rdio on the desktop and you’ll know your friends’ taste in music when they’re fellow subscribers. As of a fresh update to the iOS app, you’ll also appreciate any musical kinship while on the road. iPhone users receive an overhauled playback view that shows just which friends have listened to that favorite album or playlist. They’ll also have a more pleasing view in mid-play that blows up the album art and downplays the interface. There’s no word on similar treatments for the Android app, but the odds have increased that you’ll at least have the web fallback for social listening: Rdio has quietly added web streaming for Austria, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Mexico, bringing desktop access to a total of 24 countries.
Globalgig expands its roaming MiFi coverage into more English-speaking countries (plus Sweden and Denmark)
More good new for anyone that likes to buy their overseas data in bulk. Voiamo’s Globalgig service is making good on its promise of worldwide
domination expansion, announcing deals with carriers in Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark. The company has also detailed a 18-month deal that will net users the typically $ 119 MiFi for free, with the same per-month pricing as its off-contract setup. Monthly charges start at a (now reduced) $ 17 for a gig of data, moving up to 10GB for $ 80 a month. Our overseas editors will be putting Globalgig’s MiFi through its paces at Expand in a few weeks time.
Filed under: Wireless
Rocket Internet Expands FoodPanda’s Emerging Markets Footprint To 25 Countries, Launches Food Delivery App In 14 Markets
Rocket Internet-backed FoodPanda, an online platform for aggregating and delivering food from take-out restaurants, has expanded into two more emerging markets and also launched its first mobile app on Android and iOS. The FoodPanda delivery service apes the likes of GrubHub in the U.S., or Just-Eat or Delivery Hero in Europe but in classic Rocket style it’s taking the model to emerging markets.
An expert says U.S. intelligence believe four countries actively attack U.S. computers. But aside from China and Russia, who’s on the list?
As we and others have reported for years now, China is often accused of infiltrating the computer networks of U.S. companies and government departments. At the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week, one expert said that U.S. officials consider China just the most prolific on a shortlist of four countries most actively probing U.S. assets over the Internet.
chicksdaddy writes “To paraphrase a quote attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald: ‘Rich countries aren’t like everyone else. They have less malware.’ That’s the conclusion of a special Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft, anyway. The special supplement, released on Wednesday, investigated the links between rates of computer infections and a range of national characteristics including the relative wealth of a nation, observance of the rule of law and the rate of software piracy. The conclusion: cyber security (by Microsoft’s definition: low rates of malware infection) correlated positively with many characteristics of wealthy nations – high Gross Income Per Capita, higher broadband penetration and investment in R&D and high rates of literacy. It correlated negatively with characteristics common in poorer nations – like demographic instability, political instability and lower levels of education.’”
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What’s better than free music? Lots of stuff, probably — but it’s still on the top of our list. Rdio is hoping to get you hooked into its vowel-agnostic music streaming ways with the promise of “up to six months of free music” without ads or credit card numbers. The deal adds a number of countries to the list (of which the US is already a member) — including the UK, Australia, Canada, France and Spain. There are 15 in total (again, already including the US). Germany and Brazil are sadly still excluded from the free music party. While the offering is ad-free, each month does include a limited number of plays (though Rdio’s not giving an exact number at the moment), which will count down on your page. More info on the offering can be found after the break.
Rdio Launches Free Music Streaming in Nearly All Countries Where Rdio is Available
Rdio, (www.rdio.com), the streaming music service from the co-creator of Skype, is now offering music lovers up to six months of free music on the Web in nearly all countries where Rdio is available1. New Rdio listeners can sign up and activate free streaming at rdio.com, with no credit card required, then dive right into Rdio’s library of over 18 million songs.
This new offer is specifically designed to appeal to people with ears and hearts. Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows, and allows listeners to:
● Choose from over 18 million songs, without ads
● Listen free on the web for up to six months, depending on how many songs you stream
● See and hear what your favorite artists are listening to
● Discover new music by following friends and tastemakers
● Create, curate, and collaborate on playlists
● Share your life soundtrack in real time on Facebook and Twitter
A meter at the top of user profile pages lets people know how much free music they have remaining each month. It’s easy to upgrade any time to one of Rdio’s subscription plans for unlimited streams and access to Rdio’s acclaimed mobile apps. US plan options include:
● Rdio Web: $ 4.99 a month. Unlimited Web streaming.
● Rdio Unlimited: $ 9.99 a month. Unlimited Web and mobile streaming, as well as wireless syncing to listen offline.2
Music fans can sign up for free Rdio streaming right now at www.rdio.com.
Samsung’s Music Hub has only had a comparatively small reach to date, delivering tunes to seven countries (six with scan-and-match) and just a handful of devices. Senior VP of Media Services TJ Kang expects the audio service to broaden its horizons — he tells The Next Web that Samsung wants to widen access to rivals’ gear as well. There’s no convenient timetable to put on the calendar, but the expansion is a significant move for a service that’s frequently seen as more of a brand-specific checklist feature than a full competitor with the likes of Google Music or iTunes. Plans for Samsung’s own devices are more definite, Kang says. Music Hub is coming to more countries in 2013, as long as licensing deals work out, and further device support (including the non-mobile variety) will depend on flagship hardware releases scattered throughout the year. No matter where Media Hub heads next, it’s safe to presume that it will be more than just a nice bonus in the near future.
Source: The Next Web
The Nexus 4 from LG and Google was officially upgraded to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean back in November, but it looks like another incremental update to Google’s latest mobile operating system is making its way into the wild. Android 4.2.2 was caught running on a Nexus 4 earlier today, and it’s said to be rolling
Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.
The U.S., U.K. and Canadian delegations to a worldwide telecom treaty-writing meeting will not ratify a resolution approved by the majority of countries because regulations will include provisions on Internet governance and content.
Given that it’s Apple’s biggest rollout ever of an iPhone, it’s actually fairly impressive that the iPhone 5 is now listed as “in stock” across many countries (United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few). Toss in the whole “holiday season” thing, and it’s crystal clear that the company has its supply chain humming in impressive fashion. Up until now, Apple’s latest phone was showing some sort of backorder — typically three to five days — but those who appreciate instant gratification can get a dose of precisely that in the source link.
Google Updates Maps For 10 Countries and Regions In Europe, Ground Truth Now At Work In 40 Countries
When we sat down with the Google Maps team a few months ago, we got an inside look at how Google makes its Maps product the best, most authoritative and reliable service in the world. Google says over 1 billion people use Maps each month.
The tools that are used internally to build the maps that we see are a mix of Google’s own data and infrastructure, as well as data from other sources and updates from the community all passed through its internal Ground Truth initiative. At the time, I described the project as using Photoshop, with layers, but for mapping. It’s really fun to watch someone work on it. Today, the Maps team announced an update for 10 areas in Europe.
The iPhone 5′s getting ready to do some globe-trotting. Apple today offered up news that the latest version of its iOS-rocking handset will be hitting more than 50 new countries this month, beginning with a trip to South Korea this Friday, the 7th. A week later, it will work its way a long list of new areas, including,
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
Then, on the 21st, the handset will be offered up in the following areas:
Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.
More info on the offerings can be found in the press release after the break.
Rara.com Turns Up The Volume On Its Music Streaming Service: Launches Windows 8, iOS Apps; Inks Lenovo Deal; Expands Countries To 27
Rara.com, one of the newer of the music streaming services on the market launching in December 2011, is today ramping up its service to better compete against the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and many others. It is launching new iOS and Windows 8 apps; it is adding 7 more countries to those covered by the service, taking the total to 27; and it has inked a deal with a device company, Lenovo, to preload the app on its Windows 8 tablets, convertible PCs and Android devices.
iDevice owners in New Zealand and 17 Latin American countries are no longer restricted to a diet composed of free content when it comes to their respective iBookstores. A quick search of the storefronts will reveal virtual shelves stocked with paid-content that haven’t yet found their way to the shops’ homepages. Reside in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru or Venezuela? Head on over to the appropriate store and books with price tags will be available for purchase. If this is any sign of what Apple has up its sleeve for tomorrow, we suspect that “a little more” will involve a bit of reading.
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A new startup called Clarity launched five months ago with a straightforward but lofty goal: It wanted to give people all over the world access to the kind of expert advice that could help them attain success in their careers and running their own businesses.
To do this, Clarity built a platform to arrange one-on-one phone calls between budding entrepreneurs and mentors such as successful businesspeople and venture capitalists.
Google is continuing to gain points on the mapping front, today launching yet more features for the product at a time when Apple’s offering continues to appear weak by comparison. Today it announced that it has given Street View, which lets users see photographic images of particular locations, its biggest update yet, covering 250,000 miles of roads across more than 17 countries.
The news follows an update from last Friday that saw Google update Google Maps for mobile browsers, giving iOS users a way of accessing maps on their iPhones and iPads while Google continues to work on a new, native app for that platform. Part of that update included the ability to use StreetView on iOS devices, and now that looks like it was laying the groundwork for today’s news.
An anti-Islamic film that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world has now been banned in Malaysia, upon the request of local Internet regulators.
The number of countries where a controversial movie trailer on YouTube has been blocked increased to five by Monday, as Google ran into legal threats in some of these countries.
The United States has never ranked at the top of international education tests, since we began comparing countries in 1964, yet has been the dominant economic and innovative force in the world the entire time. Despite this fact, a popular annual education report has once again stoked fears of America’s impending economic mediocrity with fresh stats on how far the US ”lags” behind the world in college attainment, pre-school enrollment, and high school graduation.
Pakistan will block access within the country to a YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and sparked protests at U.S. embassies this week in Libya and Egypt earlier this week, and in Yemen on Thursday, a spokesman for the country's telecom regulator said Thursday.
Apple’s latest tweak to its online store has now included a real-life genius that you can chat to if you’re undecided about buying your next iPhone or iPad. If you’re based in the UK, Germany, Spain or Brazil, you can surf to either product page, and an “Ask Now” button in the top right corner will offer you a choice of a phone-chat, instant messaging or a guided tour. The staffers can even help set up your newest handset once you’ve purchased it — or just let you chat to someone if you’re feeling lonely. If we have a worry, it’s that this might be one of John Browett’s schemes to cut costs, but let’s hope he isn’t dreaming of a future where Cupertino’s personal touch is entirely replaced with an IM chat to someone in a call center.
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Whether it’s on two wheels, under cover or across the cruel watery mistress, Google Maps wants to get you there. But what about the long, arduous pedestrian plod? Well, from today, 44 African nations will never need to put a foot wrong, thanks to the introduction of walking directions to their web and mobile versions of the mapping service. The search giant is keen to remind you that the new feature is still in beta, so if you end up somewhere else, you might need to rely on other methods to find out where you are.
First time accepted submitter mugi writes “The Microsoft Windows Marketplace was so far only available in 63 countries, and only 38 of those were allowed to submit apps. But now, Microsoft is planning on expanding that list considerably and has announced to bring the new Windows 8 Marketplace to over 180 countries at launch.”
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Military supply companies from Russia, China, UAE, Indonesia, Korea, and Libya showed off tanks, missiles and other weapons in Paris at Eurosatory, the largest international military technology show focused on land warfare.
In today’s fast-paced and global tech world, internationalization is often on the minds of entrepreneurs and CEOs. If done correctly, it’s a great step that will make your business thrive on a global scale. However, there are a few essential insights an entrepreneur/CEO needs to break into a new country successfully. This is both easier and harder than you think it is. Easier, because you’ve already built up your business in one market. Harder, because what you don’t know how to do, you really don’t know. And there’s no faking it – examples of internationalization gone wrong are a dime a dozen (think “All Your Base Are Belong To Us” or i18nguy). If you’re seriously considering venturing beyond your core domestic audience, make sure you cover your bases and internalize these lessons.
Surprise, surprise, CloudOn has just opened a fresh can of tablet-friendly Office and is getting ready to deliver it outside of the US, UK and Canada for the first time in its relatively short history. The cloud-based service announced it’s now launching its iOS and Android applications in 16 more countries, making it a total of 19 with the addition of the aforementioned trio. Some of the lucky nations include: Spain, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Israel as well as the Netherlands — and, in case you had any concerns, the app is keeping its free-of-charge status, so no need to worry. In addition to the beefy global expansion, CloudOn also released a few productivity-focused tidbits, giving users the ability to open links straight from the browser, copy and paste between the different built-in apps, plus a drag-and-drop feature to move around files and folders within the application — unfortunately, this last one’s only available to those with a Cupertino device (at least for the time being). All that’s left to do now is grab yourself a copy from one of the links below, and be sure to check the presser after the break to see if your country made the cut.
Walmart’s cloud video service, Vudu, which allows DVD and Blu-ray disc owners gain access to that content in the cloud, will reportedly expand to as many as 30 new countries.
While Google’s top brass were busy dissecting the company’s Q1 earnings on their scheduled conference call, it was business as usual for the rest of the company. Over on the official Android Developers blog, for example, Google announced that developers in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Israel, and Poland can now sell Android apps and in-app additions in the Google Play store (and in their native currencies to boot).
“But wait,” you may say. “Developers from Israel and Mexico have been able to sell their apps for years now!” You’d be absolutely right — the Czech Republic and Poland are the only really new additions, but there was a bit of a catch for the other two.
retroworks writes “Digitimes Reports that ‘Intel is set to push a tablet PC product codenamed StudyBook to target emerging markets. … The StudyBook tablet PC will feature a 10-inch panel with Intel’s Medfield platform and adopt dual-operating systems and will target the emerging markets such as China and Brazil. .. The StudyBook tablet PC will be released in the second half of 2012. … Intel also hopes to push the product into regular retail channels priced below US$ 299.’ Will this be another ‘OLPC’ disappointment, or is it starting to look very tough for the traditional school book industry?”
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The area used to grow genetically modified crops keeps growing, fueled by rapid increases in developing nations.
Farmers around the world used 160 hectares to grow biotech crops in 2011–12 million more than in 2010–according to a new report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a government and industry funded group that promotes the use of biotechnology in agriculture.
The U.S. and U.K. are relatively well prepared for cyberattacks, compared to many other developed nations, but everyone has more work to do, according to a new cybersecurity study from McAfee and Security & Defence Agenda (SDA).
It’s no secret that certain countries have different views over freedom of expression on the internet, but this hasn’t stopped Twitter’s attempt to keep its service running in as many places as possible. In its latest blog post, the microblogging service announced that it’ll begin “to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country” when required, in order to keep said content available to all users elsewhere (as opposed to blocking it globally). The withheld tweets will be marked accordingly while their authors get notified with reasons where possible, and internet legal rights monitor Chilling Effects will also post the relevant take-down notices on a dedicated page.
This may seem like some form of censorship taking over Twitter, but the company only mentioned those of “historical or cultural reasons” like the ban of pro-Nazi content in France and Germany; so it’s not clear whether Twitter will also handle similarly with tweets that potentially lead to events such as the UK riots last year. Even though Twitter didn’t elaborate further for Reuters, there is one reassuring line in the post:
“Some [countries] differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there.”
One such country is most likely China, and back at AsiaD in October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told us that there’s simply no way for his company to work with the Chinese government (you can watch him answering us at 38:17 in the video — courtesy of All Things D — after the break):
“The unfortunate fact is we’re just not allowed to compete in this market, and that’s not up to us to change. The person to ask is trade experts between both governments, but at the end of the day we can’t compete. They (Chinese microblogging platforms) can compete in our markets, and we’re certainly interested in what that means for us… We would love to have a strong Twitter in China, but we’d need to be allowed to do that.”
There are obviously many factors that add up to this sour relationship, but the contradiction between China’s strict internet monitoring policy and Twitter’s core values is the most likely the biggest obstacle. And of course, the Chinese government would favor its home-grown tech properties, anyway. That said, several months ago, one of the country’s largest microblogging services Sina Weibo was criticized by the authorities for not censoring fast enough, so it’s obvious that it’d be even trickier to work with a foreign company that sees things differently. Things are unlikely to change any time soon, or ever, unless China relaxes its policy.
Twitter has refined its technology so it can censor messages on a country-by-country basis.
itwbennett writes “In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter announced that it can now block individual Tweets in specific countries, while leaving them visible in other countries. ‘We try to keep content up whenever and wherever we can, and we will be transparent with users when we can’t,’ the blog said. Twitter will publish requests it receives to block content through its partnership with Chilling Effects.”
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It wasn’t long ago that the Windows Phone Marketplace hit 50,000 unique titles, and very soon, developers may find themselves with a whole lot more exposure. Microsoft’s virtual store is expanding once again — this time to Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. While it’s not yet live in these countries, proactive developers may submit their apps now to benefit from early certification. Practically speaking, this also enables Microsoft to have its “shelves” fully stocked come opening day. So, unless you’re an odd duck who doesn’t like more money, the time seems ripe to get those apps submitted.
Shortly after announcing its new digital wallet service V.me for developed markets, Visa also made a presence at Mobile Asia Congress in Hong Kong to promote its new prepaid mobile money platform aimed at the under-banked and the unbanked consumers. By utilizing its recently-acquired Fundamo (which currently has more than 10 million mobile payment subscribers), Visa aims to leverage on the vast number of mobile phone users in developing countries — many of whom are already using local but carrier-bound mobile payment systems — in order to offer a globally interoperable mobile payment network.
This overlaying platform is said to be more secure, much cheaper and more convenient than the likes of Western Union, especially when you can simply make mobile-to-mobile payments when sending money across countries. Nigeria and Uganda will be the first countries to get a taste of this early next year courtesy of telecommunications provider MTN Group, and eventually more developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America will join the list. Full press release after the break.
Apple has thrown open pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in 22 new countries, keeping to the company’s expansion strategy for the fifth-gen smartphone. However, due to strong demand since the iPhone 4S first hit stores a week ago, online shoppers in the new locations are being warned that their order may not arrive until a [...]