New Challenger in the Entertainment Smartphone Market: Start24 Launched


Playground, leading various IT projects from its bases in Singapore, Korea, and Vietnam, has unveiled a new smartphone, START24. Despite being in the mid-low price range, START24 throws down the gauntlet to the market with a unique concept as an ‘entertainment phone’, equipped with a large 6.81-inch screen and flamboyant LED lighting.

The hallmark of START24 is that it offers an experience that goes beyond a mere communication tool. It adds joy to users’ daily lives through its various smartphone platform features. Notably, it comes standard with a digital wallet and the AI chatbot ‘ChatGPT’, allowing users to experience a level of convenience and fun that is different from conventional smartphones.

Furthermore, START24 has introduced a membership system for purchasers, offering up to a 30% discount on each new model released. This aspect strengthens START24’s competitiveness and is expected to be particularly appealing to young consumers who seek high value for the price.

Playground plans to aggressively target emerging markets such as Southeast Asia, the Middle EastLatin America, and Africa with START24. These regions are still relatively less influenced by major smartphone manufacturers, presenting a significant opportunity for an innovative product like Start24 to carve out a market.

In the era of Web3.0, Playground is attempting a new way of app store operation by introducing a decentralized app store, which will provide more value to both developers and consumers. This strategy represents a differentiated approach from the traditional centralized app stores, expected to offer users a broader freedom of choice and new experiences.

The launch of START24 is seen as more than just a product release; it heralds a shift in the tech industry’s paradigm. The industry is closely watching the innovative and transformative moves of START24.


New Data Shows Canadians Remain Concerned About Looming Recession


Concerns about the strength of the Canadian economy continue to weigh on the minds of many Canadians, with more than half (54%) anticipating the country will slip into a recession in the coming year – and nearly a third (32%) believing Canada is already in a recession.

The findings come from Dye & Durham’s newly launched Canadian Pulse Report for Q3 2023, a survey of 1,001 Canadians conducted amongst members of the online Angus Reid Forum looking at trends in the economy, technology and the real estate market. The Q3 Report looked at three key areas that impact all Canadian citizens and businesses, including legal professionals – familiarity and comfort with Artificial Intelligence tools, business and personal spending trends and perceptions and plans impacting the real estate market. The intent of the report is to generate new data that can provide insight into current trends and help professionals in the legal industry and others plan for the coming months.

High interest rates having a notable impact on Canadian financial wellbeing and spending patterns

The new report reveals that only 25% of Canadians believe they are in a better place financially than they were at this time last year. Significantly more (39%) say they are in a worse place financially than they were one year ago.

High interest rates have played a considerable role in this, as a majority of Canadians say they’ve had to spend more on items like groceries (76%), gas (65%) and auto (58%) and home (56%) insurance. At the same time many report they’ve had to put less money towards personal savings (53%), emergency savings (45%) and retirement/RRSP savings (35%) and reduce charitable donations (45%) due to high rates.

“It’s clear that many Canadians have been feeling pinched by this high interest rate environment and have seen their purchasing power throttled over the past year,” says Martha Vallance, Chief Operating Officer, Dye & Durham. “This has had a downstream effect on everything from housing and retail to legal services over the past 12 months. However, as rates begin to hold – and eventually decline – we expect to see a significant upswing in areas like real estate transactions, business originations and others that should help legal firms bounce back from a slower-than-normal year.”

Canadians getting comfortable with AI in their own hands – but not yet in the hands of service providers

Artificial Intelligence is proving to be more than just a buzzword as the vast majority (87%) of Canadians say that they’ve experimented with using Generative AI tools (like ChatGPT and others) for business or personal reasons (or both). However, frequent usage is significantly lower – with less than one-in-ten saying they use AI weekly for personal (8%), professional (7%) or both personal and professional reasons (7%).  While Canadians are beginning to get familiar with AI themselves, nearly half (44%) say they do not expect AI to have any impact on their own jobs during their career.

There remains considerable concern about skilled providers incorporating AI into the services they provide their customers. Three-in-five (60%) Canadians say the idea of lawyers or notaries using AI to support or conduct the services they provide to them makes them uncomfortable – second only to doctors and medical professionals (63%).

A better understanding of usage and benefits would significantly increase comfort levels. More than a quarter (27%) say they would be more comfortable if their lawyer/notary could guarantee using AI would lead to a better outcome or better accuracy for their service, and nearly as many say they’d be more comfortable if it significantly reduced costs (26%) or was used to improve the performance of the legal professional without replacing them outright (25%). Having the ability to opt-in or opt-out of AI being used in delivering their service (23%) and having the use of AI clearly explained in advance (19%) would also significantly increase comfort levels, according to those polled.

“It’s clear that there is considerable interest in the potential of AI amongst the average Canadian, but as with many new and revolutionary technologies there remains concerns – founded or otherwise – that can slow adoption and consumer benefit,” says David Nash, Chief Product Officer, Dye & Durham. “Canadian legal professionals see the enormous potential for AI to provide cost, efficiency and accuracy benefits in their day-to-day roles. It will be critical in these early days for legal professionals to educate their clients on how AI is both being deployed in their firms and how it will be able to improve the service their clients are receiving.”

Many Canadians still sitting on the sidelines of the real estate market, but brighter days appear ahead

The Canadian real estate market has been significantly impacted by higher interest rates over the past year, while prices have remained elevated due to limited inventory. While a significant part of the market continues to wait until purchase prices (24%) and/or interest rates (23%) drop, 10% of Canadians polled say they expect to sell their primary residence and purchase a new primary residence in the next year – double the number that said they did so in the past twelve months (5%). Nearly twice as many respondents said they plan to buy their first owned home in the next year (8% vs 4% in the past 12 months) or buy an investment/income property or secondary/vacation property (8% vs 5%) compared to those that did so in the past year.


Deepchecks unveils its open source solution for continuous validation of machine learning with $14M seed funding


Today Deepchecks announced the general availability of its solution for continuous machine learning validation and $14 million in seed funding led by Alpha Wave Ventures with participation from Hetz Ventures and Grove Ventures.

Machine learning is taking the world by storm, creating a tremendous amount of value. The market is expected to grow from $26 billion in 2023 to $226 billion in 2030 at a CAGR of 36%. But only half of machine learning models make it to production, and the ones that do often end up being over time and budget or failing in spectacular ways. In other words, most machine learning models could use some improvement.

Machine learning is transitioning from long research projects to something organizations expect to regularly deploy to production in software-like development cycles. It took classical software development decades to establish processes and tools to help deliver projects on time and to quality. It took ChatGPT just two months to reach 100 million users. But machine learning has more moving parts and is more opaque, which makes it less safe and predictable in comparison.

The way to move machine learning forward is to apply testing and validation, drawing on lessons learned from software. Deepchecks helps practitioners, developers and other stakeholders go beyond MLOps and gain visibility and confidence every step of the way: from development to deployment and operation in production.

“It makes little sense to deploy and monitor software that has not been thoroughly and systematically tested first. Yet, this is what happens today with machine learning applications. Deepchecks brings a new approach to MLOps, improving models by adding validation to every step of the machine learning lifecycle” said Deepchecks co-founder and CEO Philip Tannor.

“Deepchecks introduces a community-driven MLOps framework that enables people from data scientists and developers to C-level executives to have a clear picture of how machine learning applications behave from research to production”, said Deepchecks co-founder and CTO Shir Chorev.

Tannor and Chorev co-founded Deepchecks three years ago. They were listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list and have known and worked with each other since they were 18. From the IDF’s Talpiot program to the elite 8200 intelligence unit, they picked up machine learning and got real-world exposure, earning distinctions along the way. They started Deepchecks as a “traditional” MLOps solution, but quickly realized that the way to cater to data scientists and developers at scale, is with an offering that has open source at its core.

Deepchecks offers an open source solution that lets users reuse and tailor components to holistically test machine learning models and datasets. These components were developed leveraging years of collective expertise and have been battle-tested in production.

The solution also includes monitoring and root cause analysis for production environments as well as a comprehensive UI. Deepchecks has over 500K downloads and is used at the likes of AWS,, and Wix, as well as in highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare. The enterprise version includes additional collaboration and security features.

“Quality assurance is often assigned to people who are in the beginning of their careers. In machine learning, however, it’s often the most senior, highest paid person in the room who is tasked with this. That’s because as opposed to other domains QA has not yet been systematized for machine learning, so it remains a dark art. Deepchecks is here to address this, moving machine learning and businesses forward,” said Yuval Rozio, Director of Alpha Wave Ventures.


Kunlun Tech Launched The “SkyWork” Large Language Model And Was Selected Into The List of China’s “Next Tens of Billions of AIGC Products”


On the evening of May 23the Chinese technology media outlet 36Kr announced the results of “China’s ChatGPT Dream Team & the next tens of billions of AIGC products”. With its cutting-edge exploration and forward-looking layout in the field of AIGC, Kunlun Tech was selected for the list of “the next tens of billions of AIGC products”.

The emergence of ChatGPT, a phenomenon-level breakthrough product, opened the prelude to the vigorous development of the global large language model industry and the generative AI (AIGC) industry. The Chinese market is also full of competition. Many companies have announced the development or release of large language model products based on their own business and strategic layout.

“SkyWork” was jointly developed by Kunlun Tech and the leading AI team SINGULARITY AI, and was officially start invitation testing on April 17th. This is the first 200-billion-level large language model in China that is benchmarked against ChatGPT. It interacts with users through natural language. Its AI generation capabilities can meet the needs of copywriting, knowledge questions, and answers, code programming, logical deduction, mathematical calculations, etc.

The birth of the “SkyWork” 100-billion-scale model is the result of Kunlun Tech’s long-term technology accumulation. Kunlun Tech started to lay out the AI music field in 2020, launched the MusicX lab in January 2022, and reached the best effect in the field of artificial intelligence in April 2022. In the same year, Kunlun Tech expanded from AI music to multi-modal AI and reached a comprehensive technical strategic cooperation with SINGULARITY AI in the fields of tens of billions of language models, image AIGC, and programming AIGC. In December 2022, “Kunlun SkyWork” officially released, and its AI generation capabilities have covered content modalities such as images, music, text, and programming.

Judging from the current release version of “SkyWork”, it can support text dialogues of more than 10,000 characters at most, achieve more than 20 rounds of user interaction, and achieve a high level of output in various question and answer scenarios. Higher quality among similar products. SkyWork has been reported by many domestic and foreign media, including international media CNBC, with its outstanding ability.

Kunlun Tech is a leading Internet platform company in China, with an average monthly active user of nearly 400 million, and overseas revenue accounted for 78%. The business is mainly related to content and social networking. With the rapid progress of technology, AGI will come sooner.

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Tech Innovator Apoidea Group Launches TeamPrompt


Apoidea Group, a leading technology company in Hong Kong  with expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), has announced the launch of its latest web-based application, TeamPrompt. This innovative tool is designed to simplify communication with AI assistants (also known as Large Language Models ‘LLM’) such as ChatGPT, Microsoft 365 Copilot and Ernie Bot by Baidu, to improve work efficiency for individuals and organizations alike.

TeamPrompt offers a vast library of prompt templates, together with its auto-suggestion function, users can easily identify the potential prompts without browsing through the library. These templates are specifically designed to save users valuable time in crafting prompts and facilitate them in giving more accurate instructions to AI assistants.

TeamPrompt has enormous potential for working-class individuals, students, corporates, and the mass public in facilitating their daily life. By simplifying communication with AI assistants, it will improve work efficiency and productivity in various industries and occasions.

One of the features of TeamPrompt is its community contribution function.  This allows all users to build and share their own prompt templates with other community members or team members at work. TeamPrompt also comes with a prompt generator, which facilitates users to build their prompt templates based on their needs just by communicating their intention. The prompt library comes with a ranking system by the number of likes and usage, helping users to navigate through the library more efficiently.

Cheney Cheng, CEO of Apoidea Group, commented on the launch of the application, stating that “We are thrilled to introduce our latest product, TeamPrompt. Our team has been eagerly anticipating this moment in AI technology when it is massively adopted for daily use. With several powerful language processing AI models like ChatGPT becoming available, we noticed there are still room for general users to make the most from these powerful tools. As a company that has always believed in the potential of AI technology, our team of experts in data science and software engineering is committed and ready to deliver on our vision of driving AI transformation by developing practical solutions like TeamPrompt. TeamPrompt has achieved satisfying results after internal testing, and we are proud to launch it for public testing, our team is devoted to constantly improving its function based on the feedback from our users.”

Cheney also shared his insight on the potential of LLMs in education, saying “As more higher education institutions are embracing the use of AI assistants, we believe that the AI technology may transform education in the near future. It has the potential to facilitate both teachers and students in creating personalised learning experiences and freeing up more time for meaningful in-depth study ”

TeamPrompt is now available for free on without the need for any VPN configuration. A certain amount of prompt templates for the working class, students and corporation users are available for exploration.


Asia Innovations Group Integrates AI Technologies on Its E-commerce Platform to Optimize Online Shopping Experience


Asia Innovations Group (“ASIG” or the “Company”), a mobile social company based in Singapore with an integrated portfolio of social, gaming, payments and e-commerce platforms, has announced the implementation of cutting-edge, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into its globally popular e-commerce platform Hekka, an international online marketplace featuring a broad range of products that has emerged as a lifestyle shopping platform offering products at a fair price to netizens.

AI Propels the Hekka Shopping Experience to the Next Level

Utilizing Stable Diffusion, the cutting-edge AI technology for product imaging, Hekka can now satisfy its customer needs better than ever before while effectively reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Through the creation of AI generated images, costs have been reduced considerably. One key area of improvement has been AI-generated images that utilize ASIG_AIGC (a platform with a synergy of multiple AI technologies) text-to-image diffusion technology capable of generating stylized and photo-realistic images that eliminates traditional model photography that can cost between US$20-30 per item and can take a minimum of two-weeks to process. However, with the use of AI-generated images using ASIG_AIGC technology, costs have decreased by 95% while allowing customers a deeper understanding of the products they are buying.

In a similar way, Hekka has used ChatGPT to increase the quality of product descriptions at scale, which led to Hekka’s organic traffic growth by 25%, increased article click-through rates by 23%. Additionally, the implementation of AI has resulted in a significant boost in payment conversion rates for Hekka, with a notable increase of 42%. This improvement in consumer engagement is thanks to ChatGPT’s application in SEO optimization. Through analysis of marketing conversion rates and keywords, ASIG_AIGC technology can quickly and accurately identify new user needs, market trends, and competitor strategies. Combined with ASIG_AIGC and ChatGPT technologies, Hekka’s overall e-commerce operational and traffic conversion efficiency have increased by 69% and 43%, respectively.

Hekka’s Ongoing Commitment to Innovate

“The successful implementation of ChatGPT and ASIG_AIGC technologies into Hekka’s operations is part of our ongoing drive to ceaselessly innovate within the industry,” said Ouyang Yun, Chairman and CEO of ASIG. “With these innovative solutions, our e-commerce business can significantly reduce costs while also improving user experience, enhancing our position in a highly competitive market.”

As technology continues to profoundly shape the e-commerce experience worldwide, innovation provided by ASIG allows businesses to not only keep up with the changes but also set themselves apart from competitors. Hekka’s success story serves as an inspiration for other e-commerce companies worldwide, highlighting the significant improvements in operational efficiency and customer satisfaction achieved through investing in AI technologies.

For more information about Hekka and ASIG or for further insights into their work on ChatGPT and AI Technology offerings, please email [email protected].


SHAREit Group Launches Moss AI Chatbot to Supercharge Digital Life of Global Citizens


SHAREit Groupa world leading tech company, has recently launched Moss AI, the company’s first artificial intelligence-powered chatbot app. Developed using powerful GPT-3.5 capabilities designed to provide human-like conversation experiences by processing natural language inputs and generating relevant responses, the Moss AI App can provide users with accurate and useful consulting advice in multiple fields including personalized recommendations, career counseling, and document writing, among many others.

SHAREit’s Moss AI, which is available now for download on Google Play, utilizes GPT-3.5, a large language model (LLM) trained on terabytes of internet data that powers artificial intelligence (AI) applications to generate text, and ChatGPT which is an AI chatbot developed by OpenAI that uses GPT’s language model to interact with humans in a conversational way.

Calvin Kantono, SHAREit Product Manager, said: “The recent AI tsunami triggered by ChatGPT has swept the world and become one of the hottest topics in tech. Global internet giants have also announced an increased focus on the AI sector, and the AI competition has begun again in earnest and will dominate the development trend of the industry moving forward. SHAREit has long been committed to the research and development of internet AI technology. We are also currently working on related AIGC products and it is our hope to enrich the digital life of people in emerging markets through advanced internet technology.”

Moss AI’s powerful and revolutionary features and functions include:

Personalized Recommendations – Based on personalized user preferences and interests, Moss AI can make accurate recommendations such as which new books to read or top local restaurants to try out, all inside one convenient mobile application.

Career Counseling – Moss AI can provide specific personalized career planning advice based on users’ specific backgrounds and needs as well as resume editing, interview tips, and other services to help users get ahead in their professional lives.

Document Writing – Moss AI can evaluate and modify users’ written work while also providing users with writing tips, exercises, and grammar suggestions, all inside one handy app, negating the traditional need to use external search engines for multiple tasks.

Other tasks that Moss AI excels at include helping users learn about virtually any topic, translating multiple languages, creating a personalized fitness or diet plan, or even providing emotional support and personal counseling services based on users’ history and background.

The Company will also continue its drive to enrich the product matrix to eliminate the “digital content divide” caused by geography, language, class, among other factors, and maximise equitable access to digital entertainment content for global users especially in emerging markets.

To explore SHAREit’s Moss AI and discover more possibilities in the digital world, please download it here.