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Unprecedented anticyclonic anomaly in northeast Asia triggers extreme weather events and prolonged marine heat wave

The extreme anticyclonic anomaly over Northeast Asia triggered multiple climate disasters over distinct regions in July 2021. Credit: IAP A study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences has revealed the unprecedented nature of an anticyclonic anomaly that occurred over Northeast Asia in July 2021. It not only played a pivotal role in the catastrophic extreme precipitation experienced in Henan Province in central China,…

Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, A53 get February 2024 security update

Samsung has released the February 2024 security update to two mid-range smartphones: Galaxy A51 5G and Galaxy A53. Earlier today, the Galaxy A71 5G received the same security update. It looks like a lot of mid-range smartphones will get the February 2024 security update in the coming days. Galaxy A51 5G gets February 2024 update in Europe, while Galaxy A53 got the update across Africa and Asia The latest software update for the Galaxy A51 5G is available across Europe, and it comes bearing firmware version A516BXXS8FXA1.…

Antler’s founder on its vertical AI bet in Southeast Asia

A growing roster of vertical AI startups is emerging in Southeast Asia to serve sectors ranging from seafood to finance. Singapore-based venture capital firm Antler recently made a bet on 37 of them, investing $5.1 million in total for pre-seed deals. This included a strategic partnership with Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested into seven startups. “If you look at the rest of the world, there’s lots of horizontal AI and it’s becoming insanely competitive,” Antler co-founder and managing…

Lilium to bring eVTOL jets to Asia, beginning in the Philippines

During this year’s Singapore Airshow, electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) jet developer Lilium has signed a memorandum of understanding with global aviation services provider PhilJets to bring on-demand travel services in Asia, beginning in the Philippines. Lilium ($LILM) is an advanced air mobility (AAM) startup founded in Munich, Germany, in 2015 that has since expanded its footprint of development teams across Europe and the United States. Its current staff is approaching 1,000 personnel,…

Singapore sought exclusivity deal over Taylor Swift concerts in south-east Asia, Thai PM alleges | Taylor Swift

Thailand’s prime minister has claimed that Singapore sought a deal with Taylor Swift to prevent her from playing elsewhere in south-east Asia on her Eras tour.Srettha Thavisin said the concert promoter AEG had informed him that the Singaporean government offered subsidies of US $2m-$3m (£1.6m-£24m) a show as part of an exclusivity agreement.Swift is playing six sold-out shows at the 55,000-seat National Stadium in Singapore in March.“ didn’t tell me the exact figure but they said the Singapore government offers subsidies…

India’s central bank extends Paytm Payments Bank deadline by 15 days

India’s central bank has extended the deadline for some business restrictions on Paytm’s Payments Bank to March 15 in “larger public interest,” dashing hopes of any major concessions but allowing extra time to comply. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday that Paytm Payments Bank will be barred from accepting deposits and facilitating credit transactions from March 15. The order initially had set a deadline of February 29. The extension follows curbs last month that wiped 55% from…

India may block Proton Mail

Proton, the Swiss privacy-focused software maker, says it has received a notice of a “possible block” of Proton Mail in India after the service was used in sending bomb threats to schools in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In a statement, a Proton spokesperson told Indian daily Hindustan Times that the firm condemns the “potential block as a misguided measure that only serves to harm ordinary people.” “Blocking access to Proton is an ineffective and inappropriate response to the reported threats. It will not…

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE gets February 2024 security update in USA, Latin America

Samsung has released a new security update to one of its best-selling Fan Edition devices: Galaxy S20 FE. The smartphone has started getting the February 2024 security update in North and South America. Galaxy S20 FE gets February 2024 security update in North America and South America The new security update for the Galaxy S20 FE has arrived in all Latin American countries with firmware version G780GXXS8EXA6. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is also getting a new security update, and it has arrived on the carrier-locked variant of…

Peak XV takes startups on a Silicon Valley trip in AI push

Peak XV, the venture capital firm that split from Sequoia Capital last year, is taking its portfolio companies from India, Southeast Asia and Australia on an “immersion” trip to Silicon Valley this week to meet several industry titans, the latest in the venture firm’s broadening offerings and networking flex. About 60 founders, many backed by Peak XV’s powerfully influential program Surge, will join partners from the firm on the trip to meet industry leaders and visit AI research centers,…

Apple Vision Pro resales fetching top dollar abroad — Sellers in Asia demanding up to $6,300 for spatial computing debut

Apple Vision Pro might only officially be available in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped some savvy early adopters from exporting the device for sale as far afield as China, Japan, and Singapore with prices almost double Vision Pro’s RRP. Apple Vision Pro launched on February 2 and has taken the internet by storm in the short time it's been available. While most Apple Vision Pro buyers are U.S.-based, and Apple has put in strong measures to deter customers from importing Apple Vision Pro, several have still made their…