Mai Linh and Vinasun used to be the biggest, the most reliable local cab firms in Vietnam. Photo via Flickr/Prince Roy under Creative Commons license A phone call and a five-to-ten minute wait. A few more phone calls and a cab arrives...if you're lucky. If not, an apology from the call center and you’re late for the airport. That was three years ago, but now for many Vietnamese, the idea of dialing a taxi call center is an alien concept. In the new era of technology, Grab and Uber are beating street taxis with just the click of a button. And it is not just the passengers who have been won over. Easy registration and flexible working hours have drawn over 50,000 cab drivers to work for Uber and Grab in Vietnam, with many leaving traditional taxi firms in search of a better living. Vinasun, Vietnam’s biggest taxi firm in 2014, lost 8,000 drivers this year, almost half of its employees, while rival Mai Linh Taxi also lost 6,000 drivers. A doomsday scenario for traditional … [Read more...] about Nowhere to turn: Can traditional taxis survive the onslaught of ride-hailing apps in Vietnam?
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Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai as well as authorised retailers around the country began offering the Wi-Fi model of the touchscreen device, millions of which have already been sold in the United States and a dozen other nations. Analysts predicted strong demand for the iPad despite a paucity of Chinese content and the country's huge unofficial market for Apple products, which are slipped in from Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States and resold. At the US tech giant's Beijing store, Han Ziwen, 35, said he had camped out for 60 hours to ensure he was first in line when the flagship outlet's doors opened at 8:00 am. Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "I buy iPad No. 1", the bookstore owner held two of the sleek computers above his head in a victory sign as hundreds of people standing in the rain cheered. Han bought a 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte version of the iPad costing a total of 8,776 yuan (1,305 dollars) -- more than the vast majority of Chinese earn in a month. But he … [Read more...] about Crowds turn out for iPad’s China launch
Lenovo yesterdayunveiled an exciting new line-up of Think and Idea laptop and all-in-one PCs at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), with new designs and technologies such as Sleek Designs and Eye Popping Colours and New two-in-one mobile device. Lenovo also launched the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 - the second generation of the Windows 7 exclusive certification only available on Lenovo products. This unique technology will be featured in a wide range of Think and Idea-branded PCs from April - June period. Lenovo also introduced the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate, a unique two-in-one device combining the mobility of a media rich, high-definition slate featuring access to Android applications and a keyboard base that provides a full Windows 7 computing experience. "How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing, and this can be clearly seen in our latest line-up of products and offerings," said Kyler … [Read more...] about Lenovo markets new line-up laptops and all-in-one PCs
The FBI joined the booming mobile phone app market on Friday with the launch of a tool to help parents find missing kids. The answer? If you have the free FBI app -- which is only available for iPhones at the moment -- and stored photos and vital information about your children on it, the data you need to be reunited with your missing child would be "literally right at hand." Parents using the app "can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot" or email the key information to the authorities using a special tab on the app in the event their child goes missing. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a child goes missing in the United States every 40 seconds, and "many never return home." The FBI has plans to expand the app for use on other mobile devices, and to add more features. Source AFP … [Read more...] about FBI launches phone app to help find missing children
Apps, apps, apps! That is the main challenge that Microsoft and Nokia, who are trying to claw back market share from Apple Inc's iPhone and Google's Android in the red hot smartphone market, face now. And so far the going does not look too good for the challengers and their warhorse Windows Phone platform. Apps, short for applications, are small pieces of software that do useful or fun things on cellphones. The huge number and variety of apps in Apple and Google stores are a key factor that has helped the companies emerge as dominant players in the lucrative smartphone market. On Monday, Microsoft and Nokia said they would invest a total of 18 million euros (US$23.9 million) into a new mobile application development program, AppCampus, at Helsinki's Aalto University during the next three years. The move underscores the seriousness with which the two companies view the problem. Most popular global apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Evernote are available on the … [Read more...] about Windows Phone struggles to break catch-22 as app makers hold off