Indonesia hasn’t had a tsunami detection buoy system in place since 2012: National Disaster Agency

Residents of Indonesian city Palu in Central Sulawesi had little time to escape let alone react to a tsunami that hit hard on Friday evening, following a 7.5 earthquake. The events were in quick succession: the quake’s epicenter was just about 50 miles north up the coast from Palu. A tsunami warning was issued by ...

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Bali News: All of the island’s most essential stories on one app

Bali News: All of the island’s most essential stories on one app

Get all the latest and greatest stories fresh outta Bali faster than a falling coconut. This is not a drill. Coconuts has just launched our newest, freshest, and coolest app ever...

SafeSearch on: Indonesia IT Ministry instructs all ISPs to restrict pornography from search engines by tomorrow

SafeSearch on: Indonesia IT Ministry instructs all ISPs to restrict pornography from search engines by tomorrow

The Indonesian government is escalating their long-yet-ultimately-futile battle against internet pornography.

Uber app will no longer work in SEA from April 8 onwards; Grab promises no fare hikes

Uber app will no longer work in SEA from April 8 onwards; Grab promises no fare hikes

Yeap, it’s official — Grab has won the long ride-hailing battle against Uber in Southeast Asia. The Singapore-based firm announced today it has bought its US rival’s...

Government requesting Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, other social media to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Government requesting Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, other social media to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Bali will block social media platforms and streaming services like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, and other such sites for the 24-hour...

Mobile data, not internet service providers, to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Mobile data, not internet service providers, to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Bali’s going offline this year for Nyepi, the fast approaching Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence.” But only sort of. There have been plenty of international...

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Bali just might be experiencing an island-wide internet shutdown on March 17 in time for the Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence,” aka Nyepi, if Hindu...

Drone worth IDR600 million lost flying over Mount Agung

Drone worth IDR600 million lost flying over Mount Agung

A very expensive drone was lost flying over the crater of Bali’s rumbling Mount Agung on Tuesday evening. The signal was lost for the AI 450 drone, worth IDR600 million...

Bank Indonesia launches investigation against Bitcoin use in Bali, cautions against the cryptocurrency

Bank Indonesia launches investigation against Bitcoin use in Bali, cautions against the cryptocurrency

Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank, has lowered a special police team to investigate the use of the crytpocurrency Bitcoin across several points in Bali. “We are...

Climate scientists see silver lining in Bali volcano’s ash cloud

Climate scientists see silver lining in Bali volcano’s ash cloud

By Hans Nicholas Jong The normally idyllic resort island of Bali in Indonesia has hogged international headlines since last month, following the eruption of Mount Agung that has...


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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.