“What in the world are we doing here?”
That was a prevailing thought in the early stages of the Future With Ford, which we attended over the course of this week. But as the keynotes and experiential tours passed, we noticed that the group of global journalists invited were not merely from automotive publications: there were people from economic dailies, radio talk shows, other tech media, and even analysts in global trends. One of the keynote speakers was Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.
Clearly, this was a different sort of global event.
Members of the Malaysian Taxi Drivers’ Transformation Association (PERS1M) picketed in front of the MyTeksi headquarters in Petaling Jaya to protest against the continued operation of app based ride sharing services like MyTeksi-owned GrabCar and Uber. The taxi drivers claim that these services are taking away their livelihood by offering rides cheaper than taxis.
Vertu is easily the world’s most premium mobile device maker, with prices ranging into thousands of US dollars for a simple phone. Its most recent device, a mobile phone made in conjunction with Bentley, is the ultimate expression of form over function. Which is especially important if you want your electronics to match the aesthetic of your really expensive Bentley.
Nokia may really be preparing to divest itself of the Here maps service. A collective group of German car-makers, supported by Chinese firm Baidu. Here provides maps for a large portion of the automotive industy, and gaining control of it would be a very strategic move for the German manufacturers.
Have you ever been in an unfortunate encounter with a road bully? Did you ever cross paths with rude drivers, who do not have a problem with making offensive gestures on the road? In an effort to cut down on the number of irresponsible drivers on Malaysian roads today, Allianz has recently launched a new app called MyAID. The insurance company is reaching out to all Malaysians via its extensive social media campaign on Facebook and YouTube.
Ustwo, the company who developed the very popular game called Monument Valley, isn’t just a company that make games with beautiful artworks. The company is also an accomplished design studio and it looks like they want to redesign your car’s dashboard to not only make things a whole lot prettier, but also more useful than ever.
Are you a big fan of Halo and also a biker? Well, soon you will be able to show your passion for the popular game franchise while riding your motorcycle with the upcoming Master Chief Modular Motorcycle Helmet from a US-based company called National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA).