Uber is rolling out a major redesign of its app today — the most significant update since 2012. The changes, which are only for users and not drivers, are supposed to offer a much cleaner interface, less confusion around which service to request, and shortcut options to frequent destinations.The new app, which The Verge saw during a media briefing and product demo earlier this week, does appear to be much easier to use. (For instance, even small details such as the color of a driver’s car are now included in the familiar map interface.) But the redesign also underscores how bloated the Uber app had gotten in recent years, as the company has swelled in size and has continually tacked more features and services.

Source: Uber just streamlined the hell out of its app – The Verge

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Do you know what the top free app in the Singapore App Store is right now? Go on, guess. WhatsApp? Uber? Facebook Messenger? Probably Pokemon Go? All solid guesses – and that last one is already wreaking havoc in the charts.

But according to SimilarWeb, up until a few days ago, before the pocket monster rampage landed, the number one spot was claimed by Bigo Live – a live-streaming video app made by a Singaporean team.

Bigo Live Broadcasting launched in March 2016 and is available on iOS and Android. At first glance, it’s not much different from live-streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat.

 

Source: Bigo Live streaming app is dominating Southeast Asia

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China’s internet will be very fast. Pushed forward by a government initiative to build out broadband, China’s telecoms have been installing a lot of fiber optic cable. Now, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) says that 80 percent of China’s broadband users will be on fiber optic by the end of the year. That would push China past South Korea, making it number one in the world in terms of the proportion of broadband users on mobile.
Source: China to top world in fiber-optic broadband penetration by 2017

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A new stratup called TargetMap has online map production and community in its sights. Now anyone can create highly sophisticated data maps of virtually any type with ease. TargetMap users can import any range of data to be custom represented across an unlimited array of map types and scales. This is what anyone representing data via maps needs. Best of all its free until January.

Source: TargetMap Puts Data Where It Belongs – Everything PR News

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