Apple’s App Store now lets you pre-order iOS apps and games before they launch

 Apple has quietly allowed developers to make their apps available for pre-order. It’s a basic feature — as Android fanatics will point out — but nevertheless one that has been missing from the App Store. Upcoming apps will now be allowed to list in the App Store as far out as 90 days ahead of ...

Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs

 Germany’s Penta is the latest European startup to throw its banking wares into the ring. The burgeoning company is launching a new digital bank account targeting SMEs. Read More Source: TechCrunch

Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than expected

 Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google. China and India typically dominate the conversation when looking at emerging economies in ...

With Norrsken House, ex-Klarna executive envisions a global network of co-working spaces focused on impact

 In 2016, Niklas Adalberth stepped away from day-to-day operations at the financial services startup Klarna, the billion-dollar company he helped create, to begin working on a new kind of impact investment fund. For Adalberth, the years at Klarna wondering and worrying about credit ratings, credit offerings, and payments had lost their luster, and the young ...

Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

 High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. ...

Watch SpaceX launch a reflown ship on a reflown rocket live here

 UPDATE: This launch has been moved and is now targeting the backup window of Wednesday, December 13 at 8:24 AM PST (11:24 AM EST). The live stream will be available 15 minutes prior to that time above. SpaceX is launching a space station resupply mission later this morning, with an instantaneous launch window opening at ...

Africa’s SureRemit joins the tokenized race to win the global remittance market

 Nigerian based SureRemit has launched a crypto token aimed at money sent home by global immigrants. The startup — which is incorporated in Mauritius — offered pre-sales of its remittance focused tokens this week, before a January 2018 ICO. SureRemit will use blockchain partner Stellar’s platform. The company is connecting its crypto product — which ...

India’s Vahdam Teas raises $1.4M to bring fresher tea to your door faster

 Vahdam Teas, an e-commerce that’s focused on selling the freshest brews on the planet, has closed a Series A funding round worth $1.4 million to grow its business. The funding was led by new backers Fireside Venture, Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel Network and undisclosed existing investors. The two-year-old company previously raised a $500,000 seed round ...

One month after denying it will exit China, AWS opens its second region there

 Amazon Web Services has opened its second region in China with a local partner, Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology. The launch comes just one month after Amazon denied reports that AWS is leaving China, but said the company sold “certain physical infrastructure assets” to Internet services company Beijing Sinnet, which operates its first region in ...

MyEtherWallet plans official iOS app after knockoff version is booted from App Store

 The organization behind MyEtherWallet is planning to release an official version of its popular cryptocurrency wallet for iOS after Apple removed a knockoff that had been in the App Store for around a week. The unofficial version of the open source software, which is used to hold ETH and other alt coins outside of bitcoin, ...