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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Paytm Stands Tall; Announces INR 10 Cr Fund For Mini App Developers

The latest development has been welcomed by the Indian startup ecosystem, which has been up in arms about Google’s Play Store policies

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After the announcement of Mini App store to fight against the monopoly orchestrated by Google in its Play Store, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma on Thursday announced INR 10 crore investment fund for mini app developers at a virtual conference.

The developer conference also had Vishal Gondal, founder and chief operating officer, GOQUii, Anand Lunia, general partner at India Quotient, Rajesh Swahney of GSF Accelerator and Murugavel Janakiraman of Matrinomy.com as speakers. Around 5,000 developers registered for the virtual conference.

The latest development has been by and large welcomed by the Indian startup ecosystem, which has been up in arms about Google’s Play Store policies.

However, after facing backlash, Google has decided to extend its deadline for Indian app developers to comply with its play billing system to April 2022 from the original date of September 2021.

The Fallout

The move to support indigenuous app developers has come days after Paytm was taken down by Google from its Play Store for violating the company’s gambling policy. Within a few hours of the move, Google had restored the Paytm app on the Play Store, but Vijay Shekhar Sharma, has since then gone on record multiple times expressing his discontent with Google’s high-handed behavior of abusing its monopoly over the Indian internet ecosystem.

Many other prominent Indian entrepreneurs, including arch-rival PhonePe’s founder Sameer Nigam, have also come out in support of Paytm’s fight against Google.

Following this Paytm launched its own Mini App Store. Mini apps are a custom-built mobile

08
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Exer Labs raises $2 million and launches computer vision app for Peloton-style coached workouts

Exer Labs has raised $2 million in funding and it has unveiled its AI and computer vision Exer Studio app for the Mac that captures your movements for coaching advice and Peloton-style leaderboards for workouts.

The Denver-based fitness startup captures your movements with your laptop’s camera and evaluates your form. It can share your results with friends, fitness coaches, or others to see where you rank on the leaderboards, motivating you to work harder or faster.

CEO Zaw Thet said in an interview with VentureBeat that Exer relies on edge-based AI (meaning it uses your smartphone’s computing power) and computer vision to power its motion coaching platform. It offers real-time audio and visual feedback via a Mac (and its camera), on almost any type of human motion, without having a human in the loop. The mission is to help people move, train, and play better. Coaches can use the app for classes and see who needs help.

“Gyms have closed and are having trouble opening back up,” Thet said. “There are more than 300,000 professionals who aren’t able to train people in person. They have switched to streaming workouts, but it’s hard to keep people engaged on Zoom.”

The company has now raised $4.5 million to date. Investors in the latest round include GGV, Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Morado Ventures, Range VC, Service Provider Capital, Shatter Fund, MyFitnessPal cofounders Mike Lee and Albert Lee, and existing investors Signia Venture Partners and former Zynga executive David Ko.

Fitness in the pandemic

Exer can track movements for people doing workouts.

Above: Exer Studio can track movements for people doing workouts.

Image Credit: Exer

Thet said the Mac app uses the camera to capture your movements, so it knows how many repetitions you’ve done and whether your form is a match for the way the exercise is supposed to be

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Louis Vuitton, Volvo tapping Thai social commerce via Line chat app

By Chayut Setboonsarng

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Luxury fashion and auto brands in Thailand have turned to selling their products on Japanese chat app Line amid the coronavirus pandemic, tapping the country’s growing appetite for social commerce, a top executive said on Thursday.

Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Volvo were among those that opened official accounts on the messaging app, which outranks Facebook’s WhatsApp and Rakuten’s Viber in Thailand, aiming to connect with users during a coronavirus lockdown.

“The luxury category was forced to adapt because their stores were closed,” Line Thailand chief commercial officer, Norasit Sitivechvichit, told Reuters.

Thailand earlier this year imposed a nationwide curfew and closed malls for nearly two months to contain infections.

“During the pandemic, sellers became very active,” Norasit said, adding that others sold cosmetics and fast-moving consumer goods.

Line, which charges sellers for sending messages and live streaming, said its monthly active users in Thailand grew from 44 million to 47 million this year, its second largest market after Japan.

Volvo successfully sold cars on the platform after launching in May and studying customer data, its Thailand head of marketing and digitalization, Jean-David Harel, said.

“We have an understanding of which models they own today, which interest they have and when they plan to change their existing car,” he said.

Social commerce is widely popular in Thailand, where merchants sell directly to customers through social media like Line and Facebook’s Instagram.

Line last year introduced a feature for merchants to organise inventory and online store fronts, which now has over 50,000 users.

Another tool to support sellers with customer relationship and data management is slated to launch next year.

E-commerce platform, JD Central would also launch services for sellers.

Line will soon introduce “MyRestaurant” with its food delivery app, Line Man Wongai, to

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

United, Cathay Pacific airlines launch trial of covid-19 test result app

Countries and companies are eager to make international travel easier and safer as the global pandemic grinds on. So this week, several airports are launching a trial run of an app that aims to give passengers an easy way to verify coronavirus lab results and vaccination records.

Called CommonPass, the app is being rolled out this month for some passengers flying to or from London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore on Cathay Pacific Airways and United Airlines. The app is a product of the Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum, according to a news release.

As part of the design, before boarding, passengers take a coronavirus test at a certified laboratory and upload their results to the app. Some countries will also require travelers to complete a health screening survey on the app to ensure they fit inbound requirements.

If everything is correct, the app will then confirm the passenger’s eligibility and provide them a QR code to present to airline and border officials. The QR code can also be printed to accommodate those without mobile devices.

In addition to reducing waits and confusion at airlines, CommonPass aims to decrease reliance on blanket quarantines that some countries have imposed on inbound travelers. While the app would provide a streamlined way of verifying someone’s coronavirus testing status, public health experts have cautioned that tests are still not foolproof and urge anyone exposed to someone with the coronavirus to self-quarantine, either way.

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07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

House subcomittee says Apple has monopoly power on App Store

While Epic Games attempts to prove that Apple has violated federal antitrust law in a high-profile lawsuit, a much-anticipated report from a U.S. House subcommittee calls the iPhone maker’s App Store a monopoly that reaps “supra-natural” profits and prevents competitors from entering the market.

In court against Epic Games, Apple has fought against these labels, as Epic tries to paint the technology giant as stifling competition by not letting developers access iPhone outside of the App Store and forcing developers to use Apple’s in-app payment system, which comes with a 30% fee.

The report, released Tuesday afternoon from the House subcommittee on antitrust, commercial and administrative law, looked at the market power of Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook.

Epic sued Apple for the way it distributes apps and mandates in-app fees, after its popular game Fortnite was kicked off the App Store for installing a payment system that circumvented the Apple system. It was removed from Google’s Play Store for the same reason and Google was added to the lawsuit.

While Epic’s challenge continues in court, Fortnite players have been unable to download the newest version of the game on the iPhone.

In regard to Apple, the subcommittee said Apple controls all software distribution on iOS devices, like iPhone and iPads.

“As a result, Apple exerts monopoly power in the mobile app store market, controlling access to more than 100 million iPhones and iPads in the U.S.,” the report says.

While Apple’s technology has created significant benefits to app developers and consumers, the report says, “in the absence of competition, Apple’s monopoly power over software distribution to iOS devices has resulted in harms to competitors and competition, reducing quality and innovation among app developers, and increasing prices and reducing choices for consumers.”

Apple has maintained that its App Store policies