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Ensogo to cease all operations in Southeast Asia

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You may want to hold off from shopping on any of Ensogo’s marketplaces. The troubled ecommerce platform announced this week that it will cease all operations in Southeast Asia amid job cuts that halved its staff of 600 at the start of the year and accusations of delayed payments to its merchants.

In a statement to Tech in Asia, the Australia-based company said it “will no longer provide financial support to its subsidiary Southeast Asian flash sales and marketplace business units.” “These business units will be shut down. All staff have been informed and communications will be made to customers in the coming days,” Ensogo added.

The firm said the decision was made to preserve capital “for new investment opportunities.” Co-founder, Kris Marszalek, who was named CEO in 2014, has stepped down without a successor in place.

Ensogo started as a daily-deals website in 2010 but later pivoted from offering coupons and limited-time offers to selling all kinds of products. When business didn’t seem to be going well, it went from being a Groupon rival to being Amazon’s and Lazada’s. Ensogo has websites in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

It remains to be seen what will happen to items customers have already bought and paid for, but it appears Ensogo will have a lot on its plate in the coming months. Customers in Thailand have already taken to Facebook to complain that some stores are no longer accepting Ensogo coupons.

Source: Tech in Asia

Image credit: Retail News Asia

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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Zalora pop-up store is a shopping and Instagram haven

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In 2017, shopping looks different. With a few swipes and taps on your smartphone, you can have anything delivered to your doorstep.

Zalora, a company of Global Fashion Group, is pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between online and offline shopping. (more…)

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