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Leading company Grab taps banks for record US$700 million
SINGAPORE - The funds will be used to create the largest car rental programme in South-east Asia.

Scientists may have found a cause of dyslexia
A duo of French scientists said Wednesday they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye.

Electric cars: Look out for the 'Kodak moment'
SINGAPORE - Global investment banks predict the obliteration of traditional cars to make way for electric ones - but what does this mean for investors?

Huawei bets on AI phone in challenge to Apple, Samsung
Chinese technology group Huawei unveiled its latest smartphone Monday, talking up the advanced artificial intelligence capabilities it hopes will cement its place among the world's three biggest manufacturers.

Olympus joins global health care firms at Songdo with new medical training center
Olympus on Thursday announced the opening of a new training center in South Korea’s port city of Songdo, Incheon, joining other global health care firms that have set up new training bases in the city’s biotechnology cluster on the back of Korea’s growing medical and biotech sectors.

Kyobo hires robot to recommend books
Pepper, developed by SoftBank Robotics Corp. of Japan, is able to detect emotions and give different book recommendations according to readers.

Samsung CEO’s sudden departure signals change, challenge
Kwon's resignation may open new leadership for Samsung, but questions remain over timing of announcement

AI the dominant theme in new Google gadgets
SINGAPORE - Besides a host of new hardware to counter industry giants, Google is focusing on its strength in artificial intelligence.

Huawei partners with London college to foster technology skills
LONDON - Known as the Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy project, Huawei has already established partnerships with more than 240 universities.

Google adopts South Korean firm’s fingerprint recognition module for Pixel 2 smartphones: sources
SEOUL - CrucialTec is a biometric solution developer that was the first to supply fingerprint authentication solution for mobile devices for a number of manufacturers around the world, except for Apple and Samsung.

HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair opens

Robot gives guidance in Beijing court
The Chinese capital's first artificial intelligence robot for legal services was put into operation in a Beijing court on Thursday.

Digital transformation in businesses demands employee ppskilling
Today, realizing the value of digitization is not just about picking and choosing technologies, but establishing complete integration inside and outside the organization.

SMEs across Asia Pacific get cloud transformation boost with Oracle Digital Hub in Malaysia
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia and 21 other countries in Asia Pacific will get access and support to the cloud solutions and resources they need to power digital transformation with the opening of Oracle's first Digital Hub in Southeast Asia, Oracle said.

JD takes luxury shopping online, marquee brands on board, China's largest retailer, announced on Tuesday the launch of Toplife, an exclusive full-price online shopping platform that gives high-end global brands a comprehensive way to reach affluent Chinese customers directly through flagship stores that they can customize.

SCG invests in venture capital firm, eyes startup opportunities
AddVentures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) arm of SCG, has announced its first investment in Wavemaker Partners, a leading Southeast Asia (SEA) seed-stage venture capital firm, in the hope of backing B2B startups and helping to build the regional startup ecosystem.

LINE enters AI game set to dominate Asia
Japanese multimedia application LINE’s recent entry to the artificial intelligence (AI) industry could likely dominate Asia’s virtual assistant market, because of its primary focus and leverage in the region.

Disruption rules in the era of deep technology' 
TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the world's most anticipated tech conferences hosted in the epicentre of technological innovation, Silicon Valley, concluded just last weekend. Thanks to the generous support of dtac Accelerate and Muang Thai Life Assurance, Ricult had the opportunity to represent Thailand among giants at this global tech meet.

Corporates can help start-ups learn business skills they lack 
DOING start-ups and conducting traditional corporate business requires explicitly different styles of doing business. The world of start-ups revolves around the concept of fast-paced growth as much as it does the rapid expansion of a customer base.

Uber's new service caters to passengers with special needs 
UBER THAILAND has launched uberASSIST, a new ride-sharing service for senior passengers and individuals with disabilities. The service is available in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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