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  • Can BlackBerry really find stability, lock up enterprise? [CES2014]

    On the fringes of the world’s largest technology showcase, CES in Las Vegas, BlackBerry’s new CEO laid out his plan for the ailing former giant of mobile communications. Addressing journalists from a number of emerging market countries, which are key for Blackberry, as they are the only ones showing any growth, John Chen appeared comfortable and confident. “I like the keyboard”, Chen stated before revealing that we will likely see some high-end devices from the Waterloo-based company soon. That one sentence clearly highlights the disconnect at BlackBerry. Keyboards are good, keyboards are fast, and keyboards are almost obsolete as an...

  • 4 reasons why BlackBerry will die in Indonesia, but BBM will survive

    While the rollout of BBM for iOS and Android is great news for a lot of Indonesians who can now communicate with their BBM-using friends on Android and iOS, the same cannot be said for the fate of BlackBerry’s hardware. BBM can retain crown Despite its late arrival cross-platform and many other setbacks, I still believe BBM can retain its title of Indonesia’s king of messaging apps. The three reasons are simple: First, BBM is still the number one messaging app in the country, and that can still draw in new users from the ‘network effect’. Second, BBM is used by many merchants...

  • Rinse, repeat. Google Street View car crashes into bus, flees, crashes again

    Google has been mapping out the world’s roads for drivers to enjoy everywhere for years now. However, not too many people have seen the elusive Google Street View cars that roam the streets — state of the art tech and all — collecting the data we have all come to rely on. Yet in the busy streets of Bogor, Indonesia people not only saw a Google Street View car (perhaps many for the first time) but they were treated to a show of comical proportions. As the BBC reports, the Google car (a Subaru), crashed into not one, but two minibuses...

  • Did BlackBerry miss a trick with the launch of BB10?

    BlackBerry might just have missed a trick with the recent launch of BlackBerry 10. No not with the devices — those were largely well-received — but with the countries it chose to hold the launch in. The launch event represented a new start for the company that once ruled the smartphone roost. Out went the name Research in Motion (RIM) and all the negative connotations that came with it. In came a couple of exciting new devices. At the time, the decision to launch almost simultaneously in seven countries (USA, UK, South Africa, India, Indonesia, France...

  • BlackBerry set to launch BBM Money app in Indonesia

    Indonesia is a seriously important market for BlackBerry. Although it no longer holds the top OS spot the Canadian manufacturer still owns the handset market there. That goes some way to explaining why it’s chosen the South East Asian country to launch BBM Money — a service that will allow BlackBerry owners to send money to each other and which can then be withdrawn from an ATM. The new service is expected to launch in early 2013, along with BlackBerry 10. Rim will be hoping that its new OS can help return to dominance in Indonesia and regain some...

  • Indonesia, Malaysia show strongest tech growth in SE Asia

    Indonesia and Malaysia’s tech sectors are showing some serious growth, leading the South East Asia region along with Thailand. According to research company GfK TEMAX, the three countries turned in overall positive showings in the range of nine to 14 percent. Indonesia overtook Malaysia for the top spot overall with 14% growth in the latest quarter. The latter’s tech sector growth was nonetheless robust at 10%, while Thailand took third place — its...

  • Smartphones up 78% in SE Asia, but feature phones still rule

    The global mobile market might be slowing down, but business is booming in South East Asia. Smartphone sales grew by 78% across the region, while overall mobile sales grew by 24%. In the last 12 months some 115-million phones have been sold in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines at a total value of US$13.7-billion. That’s according to the latest stats from GfK. Although feature phones continue to dominate across the...

  • Android unseats BlackBerry in Indonesian stronghold

    This is big. Android has overtaken BlackBerry as the top OS in Indonesia, one of the Canadian manufacturer’s biggest markets. According to the latest stats from tech research company IDC, Google’s little green robot is now standard on 52% of smartphones in the country. That said, BlackBerry is still the most popular overall device in the country, but only because so many different smartphone manufacturers run Android. According to IDC Indonesia market...

  • Indonesian earthquake leaves Twitter shaken, tsunami fears subside

    An 8.7 magnitude earthquake has hit the off the coast of the Indonesian island Sumatera in the Indian Ocean. At first details were scant and there was fear that there may be a repeat of the tsunami which devastated the region in 2004. Those fears have, for now, been allayed to some extent. Twitter has, nonetheless gone into overdrive. At one stage, #PrayforSumatera, US Geological Survey, #Sumatera, Indian Ocean, and Earthquake in Indonesia were all globally trending topics. As soon as news of the earthquake went out, Tsunami warnings were issued: #PrayforSumatera “@jakpost: Indonesia issues tsunami warning after...

  • Indonesia hits 1M LinkedIn users, grows faster than Facebook

    Indonesia has the third largest Facebook population of any country on earth, but growth on the social network in the country is being eclipsed by that of LinkedIn. The professional network announced that it has reached the one-million user mark in the South-East Asian country, just a couple of months after adding support for the country’s official language Bahasa Indonesia. According to TheNextWeb, LinkedIn has added some 200 00 users in that...

  • Brazil sues Twitter over traffic cop alerts

    First Indonesia wanted to crack down people who were “rude” on Twitter, now Brazil is demanding the social network block users who tweet about speed traps and roadblocks. According to the BBC, Brazilian authorities feel that such accounts are undermining their efforts to curb drunk-driving. The South American nation has reportedly gone so far as to file a lawsuit against Twitter. Should the terms of the suit be granted, Twitter would be required...

  • Indonesian authorities to crack down on ‘abusive’ tweeters

    Twitter’s decision to censor tweets on a country by country basis caused widespread outcry. For the government of Indonesia, however, such measures may not be enough. Authorities in the South East Asian country claim they are “studying” Twitter with a view to cracking down on users who “behave badly” on the social network. The crackdown is the brainchild of communications minister Tifatul Sembiring. According to Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe, Sembiring said...

  • Nigeria unseats South Africa as Africa’s biggest Opera Mini user

    Software company Opera, announced yesterday that Nigeria has taken the place of South Africa as the country in Africa with the highest number of users on the Opera Mini mobile browser. Africa’s most populous country swept aside China and South Africa to finish March as the number five country globally for unique monthly users of Opera Mini, rising from its February position as number seven. Now only Russia, Indonesia, India and Ukraine...

  • Facebook: Fifth most populous ‘nation’ in Asia [Infographic]

    Facebook has seen phenomenal growth in the last two years. With more than 500-million users the social network has half the population of Africa’s just over a billion. The company’s growth seems more evident in Asia with new active users emerging everyday. Asia has more than 139-million Facebook users making the social networking giant the fifth most populous “nation” in Asia. Asia is the third largest continent on Facebook according to Social...

  • Twitter use in Indonesia on the rise

    Indonesia is now the source of 15 percent of the world’s Tweets, coming in third place globally behind the US and Brazil, according to the below recent analysis by Saling Silang. Indonesia’s Tweets peak on Thursdays, but weekends are highly active… …On weekends, Indonesians send out more Tweets per person than at any other time during the week… …Not surprisingly, mobile Twitter clients are highly popular, particularly on Blackberry (Indonesians are obsessed with Blackberry)… …Indonesians share a great deal, re-Tweeting more than they Tweet…