Bosch Indonesia biz up 44%, to launch new products

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Germany based Bosch ended the 2014 fiscal year with 1.6 trillion rupiah ($120.30 million) in Indonesia, up 44 per cent compared to previous year. This year, the company is expecting the sales will see lowest-double digit growth over 2014 due to slowing automobile sales. “This results go beyond the target of the… Read more »

Silicon chips can now mimic human organ functions

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Silicon chips mimicking the function of living human organs have won the Design of the Year 2015 award from the London Design Museum, says a BBC report.  This marks the first time an entry from the medical field has won the award. According to official statements, the museum stated that the project was… Read more »


Indonesian mobile operator Tiphone obtains $187m loan facility for expansion

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Indonesian mobile phone and cellular voucher distributor PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia (TELE) has signed a loan facility agreement worth $187.7 million to support the company’s business expansion. The firm announced that it had inked the deal with syndicated banks consisting of Standard Chartered Bank (Jakarta branch) of the Hong Kong… Read more »


Portable ultrafast genetic sequencer goes to market

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MinION, a portable DNA sequencer that fits in a human palm and can  gives the advantage of analysing samples by on-the-spot sequencing is about to augment the paradigms of biology. MinION is manufactured by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, which is based at the Oxford Science Park outside Oxford, UK. It uses nanopore technologies for… Read more »


Vinasun launches taxi app to challenge global players in Vietnam

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Vietnam-based taxi operator Vinasun has introduced an app, which can be run in all platforms, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and even in non-smartphones (via SMS), to compete with the expansion of ride-hailing taxi apps Uber, GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi. The application provides users with on-call services, to book the cabs, save… Read more »


Kirigami-based stretchable batteries now possible

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Energy-storage device architecture based on origami patterns has yielded flexible batteries that can change from simple folded to unfolded positions. Now, kirigami-based batteries that can stretch are a scientific reality and will possibly enter the market in the near future. Arizona State University (ASU) research team led by Hanqing Jiang has… Read more »


EU-designed industrial exoskeleton unveiled

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The first industrial powered exoskeleton for production workers in the European Union (EU) was unveiled by researchers in the EU’s Robo-Mate project, claimed a media report. Project partners presented the first prototype at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart on 12 June. A powered exoskeleton is a form of external supporting frame that can actively assists workers… Read more »


Korea, Thailand firms to invest in PH solar power cos

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Korea-based solar firm Shinsung Solar Energy and Thailand’s Chow Steel Industries are both planning to invest in solar companies in the Philippines. Chow Steel is mulling to invest up to $43 million (1.5 billion baht) in 25-megawatt solar power plants in the country, while Shinsung is studying to make its… Read more »


Hubspot to establish APAC HQ in Singapore

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Global inbound marketing and sales software company HubSpot will be opening a  Singapore office in the fourth quarter of the 2015, supporting HubSpot’s Asia Pacific (APAC) growth and increasing its ability to help regional businesses to attract and engage customers. Launched in 2006, HubSpot claims to support 15,000 customers in more than 90 countries. Their inbound marketing… Read more »


Twitter to expand Singapore team by 100, in next 2 years

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Twitter Inc. is aiming to increase its workforce in Singapore over the next two years – adding ~100 employees -as it seeks to acquire users and boost the number of advertisers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) market. It plans to hire technical staff, including data analytics professionals, product specialists, as well as engineering and technology support… Read more »