iBlazr 2, a flash add-on for mobile devices, is now available in 108 official Apple retail outlets in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.
This technology has been developed by Concepter, a Ukrainian startup — a unique case so far in Apple’s retail network.
Manufactured in China, iBlazr 2 describes itself as “The World’s Most Ultimate Wireless Flash” for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and digital cameras (synced with native camera apps).
Picture the scene: Ukraine in 2035 has become a hub of IT innovation, with some of the sector’s leaders having their gleaming new headquarters located in the high-tech capital of Kyiv (Kiev).
Seems far-fetched? Not to Burak Ersoy, newly appointed CEO of Life :), Turkcell’s subsidiary in Ukraine. “Due to its huge human capital in terms of IT development, Ukraine might give birth to national IT giants and become the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe,” he told The Kyiv Post.
2,000 TMT professionals from across Europe gathered in Kyiv to discuss industry issues and prospects
Earlier this month, TIM Ukraine 2015: Telecom, IT, Media, a two-day international conference, expo and meetup, was held at the exhibition center Acco International in Kyiv (Kiev). The event brought together 2,000 industry professionals (top managers, owners, investors, CTOs and CIOs) from 117 companies representing 9 countries.
These included Belarus, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, in addition to Ukraine.
The company — which initially hoped to deal with US investors — raised $1.5 million in total from SMRK, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based fund, and Alexander Chernyak, a startup entrepreneur operating in the USA, Russia and Ukraine, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
Oleksandr has been an Apple fan since he was a student. In the middle of the first decade of the 2000s, earning only 200 hryvnas (about 20 dollars) a month, he couldn’t afford much. In one of computer shops in Kiev he was attracted by the desk-lamp-like iMac G4, but figured that he could only afford the Apple keyboard that went with it.
Oleksandr’s father and brother — like many Ukrainians — emigrated to the West, to Paris. Thanks to their support and his own savings, Oleksandr bought a PowerBook. At that time he was probably the only student at Kiev Polytechnic who was working on a Mac. He remembers that lecturers were glowering at him, since he was the only student who was taking notes not on paper, but on his laptop. Oleksandr’s diploma work was done on the Mac — a neural network app using image recognition to register the state of water meters.
The startup, which claims to have registered 400 taxi drivers and 7,000 users since its launch in spring, will use the money to develop new functionalities and relaunch its mobile app.
Yesterday Snapchat announced the launch of “Lenses,” a new feature that enables users to create a variety face effects while making selfies. These augmented reality filters will allow you to change eye or skin color, alter your face to remove blemishes or look thinner.
Behind these new types of avatars is a technology developed by Looksery, a startup originated from Odessa, Ukraine, with offices in San Francisco.
The startup itself has been acquired by Snapchat with Looksery’s team joining the company. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but AIN.UA, an authoritative Ukrainian tech blog, heard it amounted to “around $150 million.”
In early August Chernovetskyi Investment Group (CIG), an investment company backed by businessman and former Kiyv (Kiev) mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi, contributed $1 million in a funding round secured by Israeli startup Kidoz.
The round also involved several other investors, according to a CIG announcement reported by the Ukrainian media. However, neither these investors’ identity nor the total amount of the transaction were disclosed.
Resuming activities in Ukraine after two years of interruption, Mobile Monday gathered more than 90 industry professionals at Kyiv (Kiev)’s iHUB on June 25. In addition to mobile developers, project managers, top managers and investors, the event hosted industry figures from such companies as Groupon, ABBYY, Lohika Systems, Intersog, 4shared, Ciklum, Luxoft, PaymentWall.
Also attending were Ms. Arja Makkonen, Ambassador of Finland to Ukraine, and Dimitri Podoliev, co-founder and CEO at iHUB Network, with Mobile Monday’s founder Jari Tammisto speaking from Helsinki via via Skype.
Typing fast is a valuable skill, and even more helpful when one can do it on a mobile device in today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking world. OftenType, a keyboard application for iPhones running on the iOS 8 operating system, helps users master this skill. It simply lets one create quick keys with frequently used text.
Costing $1.99, the app has been downloaded around 50,000 times, half of which by American-based users. The brainchild behind the app is 30-year-old marketing specialist Artem Pochepetsky. An iPhone user with no coding skills, he found a team of several Ukrainian developers and designers who devised the app for him, investing $10,000 of his own money along the way.