Russia Mulls Easing Visa Requirements as Chinese Tourism Grows

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is currently in China after getting invited by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in part prompted by a 35 percent increase in Russia-Chinese trade volume this year. Medvedev also took the opportunity to point out that cultural exchanges between the two countries are intensifying, with 1.2 million Chinese tourists visiting Russia … More Russia Mulls Easing Visa Requirements as Chinese Tourism Grows

China’s growing appetite for Indonesia shouldn’t discourage local founders, say VCs

Some of China’s biggest internet firms left no doubt about their intention to be part of Southeast Asia’s slowly awakening digital economy. In the past months, companies like Didi Chuxing, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD have poured billions of dollars into funding and acquiring businesses in the region, especially in Indonesia. Read More

Grab launches hawker center cashless payments as part of big play beyond transport

Ride-hailing firm Grab officially launched its in-store cashless payments solution today, marking its biggest move yet outside of the transportation segment. Grab said it’s aiming to make its GrabPay cashless payments platform available to 20,000 cash-based merchants operating in Singapore. Read More

Hafslund Nett reinvents smart metering with a Wide Area Mesh network

Had a really interesting chat with Wirepas CEO Teppo Hemiä in Telia Digitalist IoT Forum regarding their Wide Area Mesh technology – Wirepas Connectivity. In this case it is used by Hafslund Nett, which currently deploys a smart metering system which will cover 700.000 electricity con-nections in Oslo area by the end of 2018. The core … More Hafslund Nett reinvents smart metering with a Wide Area Mesh network

Ten ways digital tech is totally going to disrupt your HR department

Though it has the word ‘human’ in the title, don’t expect human resources (HR) to remain immune to the impacts of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Technology is reshaping every aspect of society, and its potential HR implications are vast and still revealing themselves. Hiring, training and record-keeping are just some of the ways … More Ten ways digital tech is totally going to disrupt your HR department

Fliggy and Hurtigruten Take the Lead in Chinese Travel to Antarctica

With ever-improving tourism links and visa agreements with countries around the globe, the world has never been a smaller place for Chinese travelers. While a trip to Hong Kong at one point was worthy of bragging rights, it’s now become a staple destination that instills little excitement in China’s increasingly experienced travelers. Read More

China Signals Thaw in THAAD Dispute and Likely End to ‘Tourist Ban,’ but Why Now?

China and South Korea have reportedly agreed to restore bilateral relations to a “normal development path swiftly.” What this means for the ongoing ban on the sale of tour group packages from China to South Korea is unclear, as tour group packages for South Korean destinations are still unavailable on Chinese online travel agencies (OTAs). … More China Signals Thaw in THAAD Dispute and Likely End to ‘Tourist Ban,’ but Why Now?