Korea’s Kakao eyes overseas acquisitions following $1 billion raise

Korea’s Kakao, the internet giant behind the country’s top messaging app, is actively seeking overseas investment opportunities after it raised $1 billion via a placement.

Kakao is valued at over $7 billion and its services are used by more than 40 million people. The company, which counts Tencent as an early investor, now appears to be making good on its long-standing plan to venture overseas.

That’s because last week it announced it had successfully sold global depositary receipts (GDRs) to foreign investors following a roadshow that generated “overwhelming interest.” It now plans to list them on the Singapore Exchange in early February. Kakao is already listed in Korea courtesy of its merger with Korean internet giant Daum in 2014.

Beyond its Kakao Talk messaging app, the company has forayed into a range of services that include mobile payments, ride-hailing (via a spin-out), games, banking, music streaming and even fresh produce sales for farms.

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale 2018: Best deals on gaming laptops

Flipkart is currently hosting the Republic Day sale and is offering attractive discounts, bank offers, card offers and no-cost EMIs on several products including smartphones, electronics, fashion and furniture. Earlier, we had covered the best deals on smartphone and laptops, and now, we have something exciting for the gamers.

In this post, we have covered some of the best offers on gaming laptops being offered by Flipkart. The laptops are from companies such as Alienware, Asus, MSI and Dell. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days end on January 23.

Best deals on gaming laptops

Buy Acer Predator Helios 300 starting from Rs. 66,990 @ Flipkart 

The Acer Predator Helios 300 series is currently available for Rs. 66,990. It comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. The graphics on the laptop are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and it runs on Windows 10 Home.

Buy Alienware 15 at Rs. 1,63,990 @ Flipkart 

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ViViDoctor raises €400,000 to bring teleconsultations to Belgium hospitals

ViViDoctor, a healthtech startup out of Brussels that offers teleconsultations with doctors, has raised €400,000 in seed funding as it continues to sell its service into hospitals. The company enables patients to consult with doctors and other specialists online, including via video conference. However, unlike a number of similar startups, ViViDoctor is partnering with hospitals, in addition to offering a direct to consumer version.

That, co-founder and CEO Sidar Ok tells me, has been met with some resistance by The Belgian Board of Doctors, which has chosen to oppose teleconsultations, contrary to the position of the European Union. “Our launch has created a lot of controversy in the local medical world as well as the media,” he says. “This has disheartened us, but after our research, the conclusion was that doing teleconsultations is not illegal, and can save lives, cost and time”.

Launched with four hospitals and local GPs in 2017, Ok says the ViViDoctor service has been read more

Apple may be close to launching its HomePod speaker

iHelp BR‘s Filipe Esposito has noticed that the latest iOS 11.2.5 beta includes icons for a variety of scene icons, some of which explicitly reference Siri being turned off on at least one speaker. In other words, you could prevent Siri from accidentally interrupting your study session. Esposito also believes that lines of code might reference support for multiple voices, although that’s less than certain. It would make sense when the HomePod may have to be shared by an entire household, especially when Amazon and Google already offer the feature, but Apple hasn’t supported multiple users on devices beyond the Mac.

Neither clue guarantees that a HomePod release is right around the corner. It likely depends on a finished release of iOS 11.2.5 or later, and that’s not including the usual challenges with producing enough units to satisfy initial demand. However, these tidbits suggest the wait might be measured in weeks rather than months.

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Fitness Week 2018

Our inaugural Fitness Week has just kicked off on TechRadar where we aim to show you the best tech you should be using to keep fit in 2018 and what the major trends are that will take over the space this year.

We’ve got lots of exciting stuff planned throughout the week, so head back here each day until Sunday to see us everything we’re publishing throughout the week.

Expect fitness diaries using basic trackers to top-end running watches, interviews with some of the biggest health companies on the planet and forward looking features on how we expect tech to progress.

TechRadar’s Fitness Week diaries

Thinking about getting off the sofa to start your first ever workout or just got home from a marathon? We’ve got three fitness diaries going on this week from a beginner, one from an intermediate and another from a self confessed fitness obsessed fan.

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale 2018: Best deals on smartphones and more

The Republic Day Sale is the latest in line of big sales from Flipkart. Continuing its tradition of offering some really good deals to its customers, Flipkart’s Republic Sale has been scheduled just before the Republic Day. Scheduled along with Flipkart’s sale is Amazon’s Great Indian Sale. Both the sales are being hosted by the two e-commerce giants on the occasion of India’s Republic Day.

This time though, Flipkart has lined up some big deals. The retailer will be hosting its deals starting from January 21 through 23. There are deals across several categories, ranging from mobiles, laptops, TVs, home appliances and more.

One of the highlights of this Republic Day Sale is a celebration of home-grown brands and Made In India products. Flipkart is also offering up to 69% off on numerous products across various categories, a nudge to the fact that this is the 69th Republic Day of India.

Best Republic Day Sale 2018 deals

Buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (64GB) for Rs 10,999

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Apple partners with Malala Fund to help girls receive quality education

Apple has teamed up with Malala Fund to support girls’ education, becoming Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner. Founded by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Malala Fund aims to empower young girls and help them access the quality education they deserve.

With the support of Apple, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded through its Gulmakai Network and launch its funding programs in India and Latin America, with the goal of extending secondary education to more than 100,000 girls. Apple will also help Malala Fund with technology, curriculum and education policy research.

“We believe that education is a great equalizing force, and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school,” Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will join Malala Fund leadership council, said in a press release. “Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She’s one of the most inspiring figures of our time, and we are honored to help her extend read more

Sphero cuts jobs and refocuses on education

The company hasn’t said how much this will affect the roadmap for its toys, although it’s difficult to see the firm giving up its lucrative connection to Disney. The education shift is intended to play on Sphero’s strong points, as it believes it’s at its best when it can “100-percent own” the creation of a product.

This isn’t a calamity for Sphero. However, it shows that success is far from certain, even when you combine clever remote control technology with some of the most coveted licenses in the toy world. Education may be a safer bet simply because it’s more predictable, and isn’t as prone to the whims of gift-givers.

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Selfie app Snow, once a Snapchat clone, raises $50M from SoftBank and Sequoia China

It’s been a while since we heard from Snow, the Snapchat clone app in Asia that Facebook once tried to buy, but today the company behind it has scooped up a $50 million investment from SoftBank and Sequoia China.

Snow was started by Naver, the Korean firm behind popular messaging app Line, and it had proven popular in Japan, Korea, China and other markets in Asia thanks to a focus on localized filters, stickers and features. Not to mention Snapchat’s famous lack of effort in Asian markets.

The Snow app has changed significantly since we last wrote about it, however. It’s no longer a Snap clone.

A major updated that dropped last week removed Snow’s user-to-user communication features and turned it into a dedicated selfie camera app. Without chat, the app doubles down on filters, stickers, augmented reality (AR), and other selfie-related features to make photos and other media that can be exported to social networks or chat groups.

Snow users can now, for example, record a video read more