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P2P marketplace for overseas products Airfrov raises $500K from East Ventures

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By Kajal Joshi, The Tech Portal

Singapore-based online peer-to-peer marketplace Airfrov has an interesting concept. It connects shoppers with travellers to bring unique items home from overseas. The platform offers protection for both, shoppers and travelers, through an escrow payment service, which is supported by seller verification and peer reviews. Now, the startup has successfully secured $500K in a pre‐Series A funding round, to further enhance their product offerings and scale the development teams. (more…)

TrendForce Anticipates 18:9 Displays to Help Drive Shipments in Stalling Smartphone Market

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The global smartphone market is seeing slowing growth in the first half of 2017. Searching for ways to stimulate consumer demand, smartphone brands have put considerable efforts in improving displays of their devices. (more…)

With a 50 percent hike in revenue, Spotify now has over 140 million users

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By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Spotify’s financial records for the past year were filed on Thursday, and it seems like the company has at least a couple of reasons to celebrate. One, the company managed to attract as many as 14 million new subscribers — taking the total user base up to 140 million, and two, it recorded a massive, $3.3 Billion in revenue. (more…)

Bike-sharing startup Mobike goes beyond Asia, launches in the UK

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By Kajal Joshi, The Tech Portal

Shanghai-based on-demand bike startup Mobike is now expanding beyond Asia. It is stepping into Manchester and Salford on June 29 by bringing a fleet of 1,000 bikes on-road. (more…)

Apple’s upcoming iPhones won’t support gigabit LTE speeds just yet: Report

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By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Apple just wrapped its annual developer extravaganza earlier this week and is now gearing up to unveil its next-gen iPhones in the coming September. The long-awaited iPhone 8, which is expected to receive a complete overhaul over previous iterations, will also make its official debut on stage. (more…)

Uber hires Harvard Business School professor to help curb its leadership problems

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By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Ever since allegations of workplace sexual harassment against Uber surfaced online, the ride-hailing giant has been plagued with the dilemma of sorting out its leadership and how it acts. Earlier in March, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick declared he was looking for leadership support to assist his decisions and has today announced that they’ve found the perfect person for the said role. (more…)

Apple’s Siri speaker said to have already entered production, ahead of WWDC’17: Report

3 Jun apple-newest-tech-portal-e1439821309618

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Launching in competition to both Google Home and Amazon Echo, Apple’s long-rumored Siri speaker has finally entered the production stage, reports Bloomberg. It is currently being reported that the speaker can potentially be debuted at Cupertino’s annual WWDC’17 (Worldwide Developers Conference), which kicks off the coming Monday. (more…)

Essential Home is yet another Amazon Echo competitor, with a custom Ambient OS

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By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Over the previous year and a half, Android creator Andy Rubin and his team have not only been developing the next-gen Essential phone. His new venture has officially gone live today and has unveiled an Amazon Echo competitor with a custom Ambient OS and virtual assistant integrated into the same. (more…)

TrendForce Reports 1Q17 Global Mobile DRAM Revenue Fell by Just 1.7% From Prior Quarter as Average Contract Price Remained Stable

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DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reports that the global mobile DRAM revenue for the first quarter of 2017 dropped slightly by 1.7% compared with the prior quarter. The smartphone market in the first quarter went through the conventional off season in the first quarter with the global device production volume declined by 23% from last year’s fourth quarter. On other hand, contract prices of mobile DRAM have kept climbing. These counteracting factors resulted in a small dip in the total mobile DRAM revenue. (more…)

If you use these Apple devices, get ready to lose repair support come June 30

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By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech portal

Apple is curtailing support for a slew of older devices. What this means is, that you will no longer be able to avail repair support for them at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. (more…)