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China Tech Domination in SE Asia

  

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A Chinese billionaire surprised the audience of a pitch from a startup in Singapore when he wrote “Speed x Market Share” on a white board. This formula means that to succeed to you in a market, you need to be the first and the largest, no matter what the cost. This simple formula is now revolutionizing the Southeast Asian tech scene as China takes it over.

“It was the moment that I understood the Chinese strategy,” said Isaac Ho, the founder of Venturecraft Group, who's known in local medtech circles for whiskey-fueled networking parties. “If you are not the number one, you will become obsolete; if you are the number one, you can buy the newer technology. It's a winner-takes-it-all game.''
This is the story of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Didi Chuxing. The three corporations expanded to new territories at an unprecedented speed on an immense scale. They did this by following that simple formula laid out by the Chinese billionaire. After such expansion and investment, the first two are now listed amongst the 10 largest corporations in the world.
After those companies have conquered their home markets, which are now saturated, the country's tech overlords are looking to expand to the rest of the planet. The first obvious choice is Southeast Asia, which is a market where they can export that technology and grow quickly as the population in the region is twice the population of the U.S. and is home to the largest Chinese expats in the world; therefore, language and tradition will facilitate this expansion.
Over the course of 2016, Chinese investment in technology off shore more than doubled to $37.8 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Out of those, giant Alibaba paid $1 billion in 2016 for control of Singapore-based e-commerce player Lazada Group SA. Meanwhile, WeChat-operator Tencent - a backer of Sea Ltd., Southeast Asia's most valuable startup - invested around $100 million to $150 million in Indonesian ride-sharing giant Go-Jek. Even Asia's most valuable startup Didi has declared it intends to go global.
“What you are seeing is a change in mindset,” said Thomas Tsao, founding partner of early stage investor Gobi Partners. “They're starting to aspire, not just to be the biggest Chinese company, but they are thinking globally.”
China has paved the way to take over the regional economy for decades. Chinese investors have are transforming the region by pouring billions into everything from transport to real estate. According to an estimate by Credit Suisse Group AG, China nearly doubled foreign direct investment into the six biggest Southeast Asian nations in 2016.
Although little of that investment went to the tech sector, which is in its infancy compared to the Chinese tech sector, the country's tech giants are shifting their gaze to the region. China's tech domination of the region will be facilitated by Southeast Asia's deepening mobile penetration and an emergent middle class. The region is an asset for these tech investors as the tech sector is in its infancy, it's home to a large market and also hosts the largest ethnic Chinese population on the planet.
According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in the Asean-5 of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam is projected to exceed annually through 2022, outstripping North Asia's 3 percent on average.
No single player is dominant in the Southeast Asia's tech sector, which means the territory is still up for grabs, unlike China where just a few control the major spheres of search (Baidu Inc.), e-commerce (Alibaba), social media (Tencent) and ride-sharing (Didi). This means that Southeast Asia is an opportunity for new companies that can't compete in the saturated market of China or for the key players which can't expand any longer in the Chinese market. As China starts its way to dominate the tech sector of Southeast Asia, we are yet to see how it will all play out and which are the key players that will dominate the region.
Israeli tech pioneer Yossi Vardi says Alibaba's eagerness to expand quickly outside China reminds him of the U.S. in the 60s and 70s when American companies shifted their gaze outside of the American territory, looked outward for growth and that's the story of how they became multinationals. “This is very, very substantial and it's just a beginning,” he said.
“The opportunity in Asia is just unparalleled,” said Grace Xia, Tencent's senior director of corporate strategy and investment. “Southeast Asia is emerging at an accelerated pace, with a lot of similarities with China in terms of user behavior.''

 

Business Advice for Entrepreneurs in Asia

  

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Here are some condensed pieces of wisdom for and by entrepreneurs in Asia.

“A lot of people complain about yesterday. We have no power to change yesterday. But this very day, 30 years later, is what we can control and decide. Change yourself, take baby steps, and stay determined for ten years. I thank the times of change and everyone's complaints. Because when everyone is complaining, that is your change, an opportunity. It's only in times of chang that someone can be clear of what he has and wants, and what he needs to give up. ” - Jack Ma, in his last speech as CEO of Alibaba.
Mark Chang gave a great piece of advice to once-budding Malaysian entrepreneur, Khai Yin, who then went on and founded GoodPlace.my: “I know only of the ‘kerbau' (buffalo) way, that is, to work hard and wait for the rain.”
If there's an entrepreneur that can talk about being resilient, then that is Firdhaus Akber who founded Streetdirectory and then he was ousted from the company and had to fight a lawsuit. “Entrepreneurs need to understand that they may not be successful on the first time. Most aren't. One needs to learn to pick themselves up and try again when they fail. What I learned from my Hong Kong investors was their nonchalant attitude towards failure. Why be so concerned about failure? If you fall down, pick yourself up and try again. Just keep trying, there's no one who will fail forever.”
What you can learn from Patrick Linden is the value of listening to the right advice: “It is important for entrepreneurs to stay firm to what they believe in. And if you need advice, go to the right people who have been there and done that rather than those who don't fully grasp the reality of entrepreneurship.”
And once you are at the top, you should follow Gou's advice and keep going, keep working hard and never easy up: “I never think I am successful. If I am successful, then I should be retired. If I am not retired, then that means I should still be working hard, keeping the company running.”
You also need to focus on what you think matters most to you and what you love, what you are passionate about, like Le Hong Minh advises you to: “You need to love your work, and work hard at it. to do that, you must pay attention to your priorities at the moment Constantly ask yourself, ‘what is the most important thing to you right now?'”
Even when you do what you love, don't forget that the purpose of a business is to make money. If what you do doesn't make money, then it is a hobby. That is what Sachin and Binny Bansal from Flipkart advise you to: “Perseverance and hard work are very important. The core of any business is to earn money. You have not done your job well until you find a stranger who is willing to open his/her wallet to give you money for the services/products that you are offering.”
Manuel V. Pangilinan from PLDT agrees with most entrepreneurs, particularly Steve Jobs, that the key to success is hard - and also honest - work. “The abiding lesson is that enduring long-term wealth, especially for self-made people, really comes from doing the right thing - no shortcuts, no corruption - and earning it the right way.”
Masayoshi Son, from Softbank, advises entrepreneurs to always think of the future. This is a great piece of advice and source of motivation because if you always think of the future, you are always going to work hard to make that prospect a better one. “Do not limit yourself to thinking in the present. Think above and beyond. Do not be bound by this age; aim to create a new age that will delight people throughout the world.”
Yoshikazy Tanaka, GREE, is also known as the Mark Zuckerberg of Japan. He says that the hardest part of it all is getting started. Once you've started your business, you've already overcome the hardest struggle: “I think the number one advice I can give is - you just have to start it. Just get your feet in the water and do it. I learned a lot from just trying it out.”

 

Philippines Railway Projects

  

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The Government of Philippines' cabinet-level agency National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board's Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) has approved Mindanao Railway Project's (MRP) Tagum-Davao-Digos (MRP-TDD) segment and two Department of Transportation (DOTr) rail projects. With this purpose, the board's ICC has advised DOTr to coordinate with the NEDA Secretariat to accomplish its approval requisites.

When Mindanao Railway Project is completed, it is expected to provide an efficient and reliable transportation, benefitting tourism, industry and overall economic development in the Davao Region area.
This project is the first part of the proposed 830km MRP loop, which includes a 102.28km commuter railway that will operate from Tagum City to Davao City. The project will locally financed and is expected to cost PHP35.26bn ($710m). The railway is expected to be finished by the third quarter of 2022.
ICC has also approved the North South Railway Projects (NSRP), which is a proposed railway line between Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines and Legaspi City, the capital of Albay province, in the Philippines.
The project is part of the Government of Philippines' (GOP) aim to encourage economic and urban growth in the most populous regions of the Islands by providing essential connectivity through a world-class passenger rail service.
"MRP-TDD is expected to provide an efficient and reliable transportation upon completion, which would facilitate tourism, industry and overall economic development in the Davao Region area."
The Official Development Assistance (ODA) will finance the project, which will cost nearly PHP285bn ($5.75bn). The three tracks of he NSRP-South Line will run from Tutuban to Los Baños and from Los Baños to Sorsogon for the long haul (581km), and will terminate at Port of Manila.
The Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP) will cost an estimate of PHP211.43bn ($4.27bn) and will connect with the ongoing Tutuban-Malolos portion of the North South Commuter Railway.
MCRP will operate from Malolos, Bulacan, to Clark International Airport (Phase I), and from Clark International Airport to Clark Green City (Phase II).
Although operations and maintenance will be conducted through a public-private partnership (PPP), ODA will also finance this project. Construction is set to start in the second quarter of 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2022. Phase II is schedule to start as soon as Phase I is finished and it is set to be completed by 2024.
The NSRP is going to revitalize the oldest rail system in southeast Asia by delivering a 56km-long commuter rail and a 653km long-haul passenger rail services between Metro Manila and the under-served regions in South Luzon.
The project was launched by DOTC and the PMR in July 2015, which marks the start of the bidding process for the South Line, the Manila-Legazpi section. The winning bidder will design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain the project.
As soon as the line becomes operational in 2020, it will support ten daily trips, with seven train sets, passing through 66 stations. Each day, it will handle 316,000 passengers in the initial year of operation. The project will significantly alter transportation in the area as approximately 44,000 public and private vehicle users are expected to shift to the new railway service.
The NSRP is aimed at facilitating transportation and logistics services between the north and south, two rapidly-growing urban regions in Philippines. The project originates in Metro Manila, which is the country's largest city in terms of urban density, with a population of approximately 12m. Therefore, the railway will considerably alleviate traffic congestion in the city. Meanwhile, the Island of Luzon is the biggest and most popular island in the country, housing 48m residents.
After one study not finding the project feasible, another study was conducted and it found out that it was viable in a PPP format. This study was conducted on the southern section of the NCR to find out the viability of the commuter rail project when combined with the Mainline South of the NSRP.
The design and construction of the long-haul passenger rail line will include restoration and renovation of the existing track for safe use. It will also include upgrades for attaining a design speed of 75km/h and allowing a maximum permissible axle load of 15t.

 

Source for Tech Start-ups

  

Tech Start ups

Over the course of the last few years, the Philippines has not only undergone an economic boom but also a tech revolution. After much transformation, the country has succeeded in re-inventing itself and becoming a leading source of tech start-ups and talent.

After an intensive program aimed at privatizing and modernizing Fort Bonifacio - a former military base - turned it into the Silicon Valley of the Philippines. Boasting luxury condos, malls and skyscrapers, today Bonifacio Global City looks like any other major financial hub in the world. This modern financial district is the beating heart of the country's tech scene and it is hard to believe that not even two decades ago, it was still a military base filled with barracks built during World War II.
From being left behind in Southeast Asia, the Philippines has become the breeding ground for tech start-ups that quickly reach the billion-dollar value mark. These successful start-ups are fast becoming the norm in the country, which has produced 30 start-ups of the like within a year.
The country's booming economy - one of the world's fastest growing economies - is mostly responsible of that growth. As its massive business process outsources industry, employing more than a million workers, the Philippines has grown a ferociously strong tech services industry. The country also fosters talent as the some of the industry's fastest growing sectors are those employing advanced skills, like data analytics and mobile app development.
Boasting growing innovation, flexibility, talent and resources, the Philippines is fast attracting a growing number of tech start-ups. The Philippines also boasts a large English-speaking population, a young and highly educated workforce, and low labor costs.
Each year, tens of thousands of graduates specialize in engineering and technology. Most of them are highly skilled in app design and programming languages, which ensures a thorough capable workforce. Nowadays, internet has made it possible for companies across the planet to tap into this skilled workforce and find an ideal pool of on-demand talent for emerging tech start-ups.
As a former US colony, the Philippines has a workforce that is already familiar with the American culture, which is an advantage for companies looking to outsource.
There has also been revolution in society, a shift in culture and a change in the general mindset from one generation to the other. While Filipinos were happy to work in a call center in the past generation, there's a new generation of young and educated Filipinos who are willing to design and build their own products, and compete with tech films from around the world.
Thanks to this shift in culture, investors are now interested in working with Filipino companies. For instance, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company invested $445 million in Germany-based Rocket Internet to establish a strategic partnership with the objective of encouraging a joint development of digital payment technologies for emerging markets.
Thanks to its strategic position, the Philippines are a gateway to the larger Southeast Asian market, since it boasts a westernized market while maintaining a shared ethnicity with many of its neighbors. Therefore, the Philippines is also a unique market that presents an interesting testing environment and it has served that purposed for a variety of products and services, including Uber and Facebook.
As Filipinos can speak English, start-ups can test their products in the Filipino market without having to translate them into another language.
The Filipino population has also laid the groundwork for a tech revolution given it active presence in social media. According to Opera Software's State of the Mobile Web report, the Philippines is the world's most active country on social media. Moreover, according to a study by Taiwanese advertising tech start-up Appier, 20.8 percent of multi-screen users in the Philippines use at least three devices, so they are actively purchasing technological products.
The Philippines tech sector has also been backed up by the Government. During the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo stated, “I have to admit, the government has lagged behind in its understanding and support or the (start-up) sector. That's something we'd like to change going forward.”
In summary, whether the Filipino tech start-up industry will soar in the future or not, what seems clear is that the country appears to have laid the groundwork for the industry to succeed and could pave the way for other emerging nations.

 

Asian business start-ups

  
It bodes well for prospective businesses in the Philippines that there is currently a resurgence in technology-orientated start-ups elsewhere around the Pacific rim. Here is our overview of some of the more exciting developments.Asian business
BrandClozet
An Indonesian innovation, BrandClozet offers Indonesian users a weekly service, offering flash sales of both local and global labels. BrandClozet is run by its founder, Detty Wulandari, affiliated to Fazzione. This organization has been offering flash sales to members since 2012.
ReferralCandy
ReferralCandy is an app that has been developed by Anafore, a business start-up operating from Singapore. This has been designed to allow users to implement ‘refer a friend' type programs, using the platform of email marketing. ReferralCandy is integrated with major e-commerce resources, such a Magento and Shopify. An oversubscribed funding round recently saw 778,000 being raised in US dollars for this start-up.
Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a start-up based in Japan. They pitched a popular photograph manipulation app, Seconds, at the Startup Asia Singapore conference recently. In addition, they have also announced receipt of $1.5 million worth of funding, received from CyberAgent Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, Incubate Fund and TSB Innovation Partners. This welcome injection of cash has arrived just in time for Cinnamon's launch of PicChat – the revamped version of Seconds, the latter having been removed from Google Play and the App Store.
ITviec
ITviec, based in Vietnam, is an IT-specific recruitment agency that has been ticking over nicely since its inception last July. ITviec can be relied upon to provide interesting background information on the IT industry's trends, that is of use to technologically-driven employers and employees beyond Vietnam.
Kelas Cinta
Indonesia's KelasCinta (which translates as love class) are aiming to be a one-stop answer for dating and relationship needs. It is the brainchild of offline training company, Hitman System, who have been educating Indonesian singletons since 2006!
Appzillo
Based in Malaysia, Apzillo allows application developers to promote the apps they are working on through the advertising medium of dedicated website space. In this way hits can be transformed to more user-generated revenue.
Art Loft

Singapore's Art Loft, launched at the end of last year, is a website for the renting and buying of various types of art. It was instigated by an art enthusiast, along with the founders of a Singapore start-up called Soldgers. The latter had previously dabbled in the penny auction business. Art Loft currently has over 500 piece of art listed in the site, and are actively looking at ways of generating more interested investors.
 

Asian economy overview

  
Almost 60% of the planet's population live in Asia. At the time of counting we're talking about 4.2 billion people. That's a vast number of people, many of whom are working hard towards ensuring the economies of their respective countries flourish – or at least ride the uneasy currents of the post global meltdown.Asian economy
These billions of people are spread across 46 different nation states, and together they form the world's fastest-growing economic region. The largest Asian economy is that of China, the formerly insular sleeping giant that has undergone a radical transformation in recent years. In global terms, China's trading prowess is only bettered by the United States of America.
Asian economies have seen some spectacular booms in recent years. South Korea underwent the so-called 'Miracle of the Han River', between 1961 and 1996. During this period its economy expanded from around 30 billion in the early 1960s to a figure approaching a trillion dollars by the end of the 20th century. Other Asian countries that have enjoyed similar booms include Japan, who underwent its so-called economic miracle up until the 1990s, and China, which continues to enjoy an expansion in its commercial prowess.
Asia in no different to any other part of the world in that its component parts differ vastly in terms of wealth and trading clout. The reasons for this are many and varied themselves. The sheer size of Asia means that countries vary tremendously in their industries and potential workforces and work practices. Added to this equation are factors such as cultural differences, environments, historic ties and variations in types of government and economic infrastructure.
In terms of gross domestic product, the largest economies in Asia are China, Japan, Russia, India, Indonesia, the Philipines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. For all that these neighbouring countries are separated by often vastly diverse cultural and sociological make-ups, there are many constants that are equally likely to create the ideal conditions for sustainable and profitable trade partnerships. The increasing utilization of technology, that had the ability to transcend national frontiers, means that many enterprises are integrating across cyberspace, with project teams straddling nations in a way that political entities can only dream of.
When it comes to trading, firms are turning to the global marketplace via the so-called information superhighway (the web to you and I). This is the virtual arena where companies can advertise their wares and make large amounts of capital without the need to operate at ground level. As Western nations increasingly turn to the Far East, with its strong emphasis on value for money and customer-orientated service, trade routes and the possibilities for commercial union will become ever more diverse.

Asian markets – trends

  

It's not new to 2018, but growth in Asia is heating up. Asia has become the world's largest theme park market. CNBC: The World Bank raised its economic growth forecasts for developing East Asia and Pacific for this year and 2018. The worth of the mobile contents market in Asia is expected to reach 41.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. IMF: Growth will remain strong at 5.4 percent in 2018, as the region continues to be the leader of global growth. Forrester: Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To. 2018. The Region's Tech Spending Will See Moderate Growth In 2017 Before Accelerating To Almost. 6% Growth In 2018. Forbes: For the first time in 2018, more than half of world's 3.6 billion internet users will reside in Asia Pacific.

Business analysts are casting one eye back to recent history, as well as considering how recent market developments are panning out. One thing that can be looked upon with fairly universal agreement is the fact that the Far East, in tune with the globe in general, has slowly but surely shaken off the worst of the ill-effects of 2008's worldwide recession. This was an event of far-reaching consequences, sending shock waves throughout international commerce. The return to a semblance of normality has been painful in many places, but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel.Asian markets

Asia felt the worst effects of the global economic downturn, to varying degrees. There were many different factors that affected the rate at which recovery was possible. European trading partners experienced severe problems in the euro zone, and the mighty commercial giant of the USA underwent its own lengthy periods of fiscal uncertainty. However, 2015 proved to be a far more settling time for business aspirations around the Pacific Rim, and in the Philippines.
Statistical monitoring from various commercial authorities demonstrated that international trading was at least beginning to fluctuate between negative and positive trends, after several years of graphs meandering ‘below the fault line'. Banks remain cautious when it comes to lending to business clients, particularly those wishing to start up new enterprises. But the good news for entrepreneurs is that the numbers of loan applications being accepted is on the rise, even if this is a gradual trend, in most sectors, and across borders. Asia has traditionally nurtured a careful, conservative business ethos. But this degree of caution is a prime driver in the fact that any recovering, once it begins building momentum, is liable to be much stronger than if there were a series of ‘quick fixes' being applies across the board.
One litmus test of Far Eastern economies is in the commercial property market. Most market analysts, when writing reports on the Asian marketplace, are agreeing that business confidence is returning, and this is reflected in the leasing sector. By studying trends over previous years, the longer-term indications are that real estate requirements are far more likely to show signs of increasing over the next three quarters, compared to the sluggish figures ingathered from the previous three.
With the knock-on effects of the Western European and American economies picking up, the Philippines, and indeed, the Pacific Rim in general, have good reason to feel more optimistic about the Asian markets in 2016 than at the comparable point last year.

 

Digital dating etiquette

  
Using online technology has definitely revolutionized the way people in the 21st century approach dating. It has made it so much more convenient to fit this aspect of modern life into otherwise hectic schedules. Approaching potential partners via websites also allows for a degree of caution. However, it is important not to get too carried away with shortcuts offered by the online experience. Like anything else through the years, just as technology has involved so has the etiquette associated with it. So here is a list of common and do's and don'ts associated with digital dating etiquette.Digital dating
Regardless of the potential importance any text message has, you should always stay focused on the task in hand. If you are on a first date, avoid the temptation of checking your mobile every few minutes. Similarly, don't text while you are in the middle of a social situation, such as a meal or a drink. Singular texts can quickly develop into conversational threads, which can prove to be extremely distracting for the person you should be trying to impress.
If you are expecting some crucial call or text, at least give your partner a heads-up, explaining the nature of the communication, and why it is so important than an immediate response is required. When the call comes in, apologize and leave the table or bar area in order to quickly deal with the call. This is the most important aspect – don't leave a dinner date high and dry while you get involved in some serious conversation. You must be able to prioritize, explaining to the caller, if needs be, that you will call them back later, only you are right in the middle of something at the moment. A good pointer is to leave your phone or silent or vibrate mode to avoid it detracting your attention.
When it comes to arranging a date, make the contact through an actual call, rather than a text. Even if you have been pursuing a relationship through a dating site, via a series of emails or text messages, actually make the effort to speak to someone is surefire way of getting to know them better. When you actually go out on your first date, the ice will have already been broken. You have already sowed the seeds for an effective and respectful arena of communication.or vibrate mode to avoid it detracting your attention.
Honesty is a policy to be observed at all times. If you are entering an online dating scenario in the spirit of meeting someone with the potential to become a good friend, or perhaps even a long-term partner, then there is absolutely no point in inventing a tissue of lies about yourself. The moment the truth comes out, the other party will discover they have found out you possess one of the worst traits possible: untrustworthiness.
When it comes to using social media, it is best to avoid tagging your date on your Facebook page, or other sites. On the one hand, this will avoid the temptation to invite comments from your friends – which might have an adverse affect on how you perceive your date. And think of what would happen if you date happened to come across comments made by a third party, who perhaps had neglected to implement the appropriate privacy setting on their Facebook. It also avoids giving the impression that you are more interested in boasting about your ‘trophy' date than genuinely wanting to get to know the person.

Fun apps for Asian dating

  
The good news for your singletons looking for relationships - or even just fun dates in Asia - is that there is a diverse range of apps available to satisfy your every need. Here we roundup a selection of some examples which are proving to be particularly popular.Vibease
LoveByte
Originating in Singapore, LoveByte is a extremely popular messaging app aimed at couples. Amongst its functionality is the ability to create photo albums and save dates, as well as adding milestones such as the ‘first ever date' or special anniversaries. LoveByte includes a cool feature that allows its customers to send scratch-cards bearing secret messages. LoveByte is also available on iOS and Android.
Between
South Korea-based Between is an app that is exclusively aimed at couples. It is intended to create an intimate one-on-one space where lovers can share chats, videos and snaps, as well as sending emoticons to each other. It is available on both Android and iOS.
Pairy
Japan has always been a hotbed of app development, with many eagerly anticipated new releases hitting the market on a regular basis. Pairy is no exception, a social networking app aimed at allowing couples to record their favorite relationship moments for posterity. They also have the facility to communicate with their partners on this platform without having to sift through their many other social media accounts. This is particularly helpful when they want to send direct messages without having to be overly concerned about sorting out the various privacy settings. Much of the functionality over laps with LoveByte and Between, in that it has albums which can be shared, a chat facility, customizable calendars, as well as a data planner. Pairy is available on iOS and Android platforms.
Vibease
Vibease is a sex vibrator that is compatible with either Android or iPhone devices. It can be controlled by the female or her partner. Within the privacy of her own home, the woman can view her ‘fantasy download' on her smart phone. This is a mood-enhancing video footage that buzzes in synchronicity with the vibrator. When joined by her lover, an interface along the lines of WhatsApp becomes available, allowing for some erotic interaction, with an app that can be remotely controlled. This is an example of the depth of innovation that is currently being applied to the design of apps in the Far East. A lot of imagination is being employed to take software - aimed at making aspects of modern life more convenient – to the next level in terms of what it can actually do for the individual. The mind fairly boggles when we try to imagine the types of facility that might be available for the dating market over the next decade or so!

Global business developments - drone deliveries

  

Businesses across the world are increasingly looking to developments in technology that may help streamline their working processes. One area that has been scrutinized with a great deal of interest has been in the field of automated delivery systems. Recent experiments were undertaken in Germany that could indicate a whole new range of possibilities for mail delivery. The potential for this technology in eventually slashing running costs cannot be overstated.automated delivery systems
This experiment was performed by a research team from Deutsche Post DHL, the global logistics giant. They carried out a drone delivery by using an unmanned aerial vehicle. The cargo for this unique transfer was a medicine packet weighing approximately three kilograms. The transportation of this simple package was undertaken as part of Deutsche Post's preliminary research into the use of unmanned carriers for the delivery of urgent material.
Researchers were particularly interested in exploring the possibilities for taking mail to areas that, for any number of reasons, were inaccessible to traditional forms of transport. This would obviously be of most benefit to customers living in isolated rural communities, with limited road access, or island-dwelling communities.
The experiment relied on a ‘parcel copter', that was launched across the River Rhine, in Bonn. Cruising to an altitude of 50-metres, it carried its three kilogram cargo for a distance of almost one kilometer.
According to a spokesman from Deutsche Post, Ole Nordhoff: ‘We are at the beginning of the research project'. He was obviously extremely excited at the experiment's successful conclusion, particularly since the ability to transport post this way has the potential to solve a vast range of logistical issues.
Another spokesman for the company underlined the fact that Deutsche Post are now giving serious considering to the use of these unmanned drones, not just for delivery to remote areas, but as a general tool for providing a streamlined service to all customers. Allowing customers to receive items within half an hour or less of purchase would be a revolutionary boost for commerce.
Employing drones for general delivery purposes will remain the stuff of science fiction for some time. But the use of copters to handle urgent deliveries is something that is not only possible, but within the not-too-distant future may well prove to be probable. The use of commercial drones is not widely covered by legislation.
 
Amazon are excited about Prime Air — a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.

 

  
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