Telegram founder enjoys time in Bali, part of trip to Indonesia after the whole app getting partially blocked then unblocked thing

The founder of messaging app, Telegram, came to Indonesia on business earlier in August after his app got partially blocked by the country last month. But the business call wasn’t all tech talk: Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov apparently managed to mix some fun in during his trip, with a visit to Bali, as we can ...

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Indonesian ‘Iron Man’ says he’s ditched ‘robot arm’ for semi-manual prosthetic tool

Indonesian ‘Iron Man’ says he’s ditched ‘robot arm’ for semi-manual prosthetic tool

Bali man I Wayan Sumardana, aka Tawan, blew up national headlines last year when he was hailed as Indonesia’s ‘Iron Man’ for inventing what he claimed was a brain-controlled...

Bali Police is launching an app so you can file reports directly from your phone

Bali Police is launching an app so you can file reports directly from your phone

Bali Police is launching an app to make themselves more accessible in the event of a crime, traffic accident, emergency, or any other situation where you would need to get in...

Go beyond the beach and off the beaten track in Bali with this new travel app

Go beyond the beach and off the beaten track in Bali with this new travel app

[Coconuts Bali x iDiscover City Walks] There is much more to this tropical island than just sun-drenched beaches.

Green School Bali wins prestigious international energy prize

Green School Bali wins prestigious international energy prize

Bali’s Green School has the made the island proud, taking home the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the global high school category for the Asian region.

Telkomsel rolls out 4.5G service in Bali

Telkomsel rolls out 4.5G service in Bali

Indonesian mobile provider Telkomsel is trying to speed things up in Bali.

Telkom adds 200 ‘Wifi.id.corner’ hotspots in Bali

Telkom adds 200 ‘Wifi.id.corner’ hotspots in Bali

Indonesian telecommunications giant PT Telkom has added a number of new wifi hotspots in Bali.


 

Coconuts Bali Tech

Okay, we will level with you—Bali’s not exactly the tech center of Indonesia, or anywhere for that matter. You want big Indonesian tech stories, look to the capital, Jakarta, or happening, hip, student-filled Bandung in West Java. Bali’s big on island culture and the santai (relaxed) attitude here is strong. Come on, we’re talking about a place where much of the island is struggling to get a decent wifi connection. Sure there are a few high-speed fiber optic services, but most of us are in uncovered areas that involve getting UP TO 2 mbps and shelling millions of rupiah out for that snail’s pace speed—if we’re lucky. That said, tech stories occasionally make their way onto Coconuts Bali. Sometimes it’s Ngurah Rai Airport bragging about how fast their wifi is (best hotspot on the island), while other times it’s talking about how local police acquired a drone to help them with traffic monitoring. Other times, tech stories in Bali come courtesy of the island’s thriving digital nomad scene. Coworking space enthusiasts who have come to Bali to launch and work on their start-ups while sipping a lime squash by the pool.