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SoftBank offers up to $40b investment for Indonesia’s new capital
The new capital city will boost a smart-city concept with green initiatives and AI development.

Temasek, Trustbridge in talks to take majority stake in WeWork China: sources
The deal could value WeWork China at around US$1 billion, sources said.

A look back at the investment ecosystem of 2019
The managing directors of Matrix Partners India give their take on how the investment landscape fared last year.

Jeff Bezos announces over $1b investment to digitize Indian sellers
The announcement comes shortly after India ordered antitrust probe on Flipkart and Amazon.

Tencent trials paywall for WeChat blogs
Content creators can price articles from US$0.15 to US$30.

TheAsianparent taps former Mumbrella exec to lead offline events push
The Singapore-based startup plans to hold more B2C and B2B events on a larger scale, alongside a new awards series. 

AI and drone startup Clobotics bags $10m to expand to Singapore
Part of the funds will also be used for research and development.

Why China’s tech companies are investing billions in virtual red packets
The traditional practice of giving out cash in red paper envelopes has increasingly moved online with the ease of mobile payments.

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This App Records the Sounds You Make in Your Sleep, and People Are Sharing Their Hilarious Results

Let's be honest: we've all wondered, at one time or another, if we're the kind of people who do weird things in our sleep. And if you're dying to know what you say when you're snoozin', there's an app for that! Prime Sleep Recorder allows you to hear what you sound like during the night. The easy-to-use app includes a "snore detection" feature that records only when there's noise detected, an organization feature, and more. Users are already sharing the hilarious, sometimes nonsensical recordings they discover each morning - keep scrolling to check out some of the funniest ones, then try out the app yourself to see just what your brain gets up to while you're fast asleep.


20 Valentine's Day Desktop Backgrounds That Will Give You Heart Eyes

You don't need to have a valentine to love Valentine's Day. Even if you're more into Galentine's Day (or Singles Awareness Day) than V-Day, Feb. 14 is all about celebrating love in its many forms, and everyone could use this lovey-dovey holiday to brighten up the otherwise gloomy month. And if you really want to sweeten up February (as well as your laptop screen), a Valentine's Day-themed desktop background is the perfect way to do it. From flowers to candy hearts to teddy bears, we've rounded up some bright-and-cheery computer backgrounds to celebrate the sweetest day of the year. Get ready to fall in love!


This Star Wars Art Will Make You Wonder Why Disney Princesses Don't Carry Lightsabers

You're not over seeing amazing Disney/Star Wars mashup art yet, right? Good, because we found some new ones that have us senselessly fangirling all over again. Illustrator Phill Berry recently shared his take on the Disney princesses as Star Wars characters, wherein they're rugged, lightsaber-wielding Jedi badasses.

Featuring Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, and Belle - for now - the illustrations also include the princesses' respective sidekicks! For example, Ariel is shown with a hovering drone that is meant to resemble Flounder, and Belle is accompanied by her beau, the Beast - who in the Star Wars universe is most likely a Wookiee. See the incredible illustrations that are kind of making us wish they cast Jasmine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


How to Create a Wedding Hashtag No One Else Will Have

There are some brides who ask guests to unplug at their wedding and some who ask guests to go all out with the photo snapping and sharing. If you're the second type of bride, you're probably already brainstorming your wedding hashtag - you know, the one phrase that guests will use on Instagram and Twitter to round up pictures of your big day.

"Hashtags are such a fun way to see all the photos from your big day that your guests took!" says Kari Dirksen, founder and lead planner of Feathered Arrow Events. "You can't be everywhere at once, so it's a great way to see everything that happened throughout the evening and reminisce on the day. I always tell clients to think of something fun and unique that combines your names in some way."

Instead of the more standard conventions you've probably seen all over the place, we bring you unique, creative ideas you haven't thought of. Of course, replace them with your own names, initials, wedding locations, and such to make them special to your big day. We're also sharing examples of how to incorporate the hashtags in your decor and signage so that your guests are all using the same one for their social snaps.

What's the best one you've seen? Let us know!


You Can Change Your Desktop Folder Icons Into Personalized Pictures in a Few Easy Steps
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From phone cases to stickers to computer wallpaper to app icon photos, there are so many ways to personalize our devices these days. But one thing you can make your own that you might not know about is your desktop folders. Yep, those functional but boring blue folders that help keep you organized. TikTok user Emily Flowers (@emtvv) shared a video of this hack in a few easy steps, and our desktops folders are about to get a whole lot cuter.

The best part about this hack is that it doesn't require any additional software, just your device and these instructions:

Mac Instructions

  1. Create a new folder on the desktop.
  2. Download the image you want to have as the icon.
  3. Right click on this folder and go to the option "Get Info."
  4. Copy the image.
  5. Paste the image unto the folder icon in the dialog box.
  6. Enjoy your new icon!

Windows 10 Instructions

  1. Create a new folder on the desktop.
  2. Right click on the folder and select the "properties" option.
  3. Click on the "customize" tab.
  4. Scroll down to the folder icon section at the bottom and select "Change Icon."
  5. Choose a different pre-installed icon OR upload an icon of your choosing.
  6. Hit "Apply" and enjoy your new icon!

General Icon Tips

Windows 10 only allows icons to be images that are in the .ico format. You can convert images into the .ico format by using an online converter. The Microsoft site also says that the maximum xxxx an icon can be is 256x256.

Here are some websites with free icons:


Can You Spot the Mouse in This Squirrel Brain Teaser in Less Than 2 Minutes?

Whoever said that picture riddles were just for kids? Hungarian children's book illustrator Gergely Dudás - also known as Dudolf - is the mastermind behind many adorable cartoon brain teasers, and his hidden-image searches are seriously challenging no matter your age. Just like the artist's Valentine's Day brain teaser, the objective of this squirrel seek-and-find puzzle is to find a cute little mouse hidden among all the squirrels. Seems easy, right? Wrong. You might surprise yourself with how long it takes to track down the rodent who's not like the others. Hint: Look for the rounded ears, though - once again - this isn't as easy as it sounds.

If you get stuck, don't worry - Gergely was kind enough to provide the answer. Just swipe to the right to reveal the spot where the mouse was hiding in plain sight, and then go stump all your friends with the same puzzle. For more adorably illustrated teasers, you can visit Gergely Dudás' Instagram page or check out his latest book, Bear's Springtime Book of Hidden Things. Also be sure to try your luck with his seek-and-find panda puzzle, which made the internet go totally bonkers back in 2015.


The Easy Way to Block Contacts From Sending Messages or Calls

Whether it's a salesperson, frenemy, or someone you just need a digital break from for a bit, Apple lets you limit the communication received from the outside world. If you have people or unknown, annoying numbers that you'd prefer not to see messages or receive phone and Facetime calls from, follow the instructions below.

Add a Contact to the Blocked List

Block someone from calling or texting you one of two ways:

  • To block someone who has been added to your phone's Contacts, go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification > Block Contact. The All Contacts window will appear where you can scroll through names to then tap the name of the contact you'd like to block. You'll be taken back to the Blocked window with the name added to the list of blocked contacts.

    From Settings, contacts can also be blocked selecting either Messages or Facetime, and then following the above instructions.

  • In instances where you want to a block a number that isn't stored as a contact in your phone, go to the Phone app > Recents. Look for the number (or name) you'd like to block and tap the blue "i" with a circle around it to the right of the number. Scroll down to the bottom of the contact card that appears and select "Block This Caller." The message "You will not receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime from people on the block list" will appear with two options: Block Contact or Cancel. Hit Block Contact to add the number to the big, bad blocked list.

    Block from Messages by selecting the message thread with the contact and tapping the blue "i" in the upper right corner. Tap on their number and then proceed with the same instructions as in the Recents tab in Phone.

Unblock a Contact

Decide an acquaintance served their time on the blocked list and want to digitally revive them? Like adding someone to the blocked list, they can be removed two ways:

  • In Settings go to Phone > Call Blocking and Identification, where a list of blocked contacts and numbers will appear. Tap Edit in the top right hand corner. Then, tap the red delete button to the left of the name, which will cause a red unblock button appear. Select it, and the contact is restored to unblocked bucket, with all rights, privileges and honors appertaining thereto.

    From Settings, contacts can be removed from a blocked list by selecting either Messages or Facetime, and then following the above instructions.

  • Find the contacts' name or the number you'd like to unblock in the Recents tab of the Phone app. Select the blue icon to the right of their name, then scroll down and tap "Unblock This Caller."

    Unblock the contact via Messages by selecting the message thread with the contact, and tapping the little blue "i" in the upper right corner. Select the information icon, and proceed with the same instructions as in the Recents tab in Phone.

Will The Contact Know They're Blocked?

Short answer: no. But a perceptive friend might notice that they can never get a hold of you. When someone in your blocked list calls, they'll be immediately sent to voicemail. Any message left in voicemail will be put in a separate folder called "Blocked Messages," to which you can listen.

If the contact tries to send you a text or iMessage, from their end, it will look like the message was sent, though you - thanks to your craftiness - will not actually have to see the message.

Take note, blocking contacts goes one way, meaning you can still call, text, or FaceTime the numbers you've listed in Blocked. So if the blocking is also to limit yourself from communication with a certain person, better go ahead and delete their number completely from your phone.

Should you continue to get unwanted phone calls from spammers or marketing companies, consider adding your number to the National Do Not Call Registry.


10 Amazing Things You Can Do With the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 ($280-$300) is one of the best smartwatches available right now, and it's loaded with a ton of amazing features. Along with its built-in speaker, microphone, digital bezel, and electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, the watch comes with a variety of apps and widgets to keep you connected and informed. And the best part is you don't have to be a tech genius to set it up! To make life a little easier, we've put together a list of some of the coolest things you can do with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, so keep scrolling to check them out now.



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