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 ride-sharing and food delivery operations in the region for an undisclosed amount of money (probably a hella lot of it). But what does this mean for us normies who ...

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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...

Safety Check: Facebook makes event for ‘The Volcanic Eruption, in Bali’ so netizens can mark themselves ‘safe’

Safety Check: Facebook makes event for ‘The Volcanic Eruption, in Bali’ so netizens can mark themselves ‘safe’

Facebook has added Mount Agung’s eruption as a natural disaster event so users can mark themselves as “safe”. In Facebook’s Safety Check feature, netizens can show their...

GIFs no longer accessible on Whatsapp in Indonesia after government blocks Tenor due to ‘pornographic’ content

GIFs no longer accessible on Whatsapp in Indonesia after government blocks Tenor due to ‘pornographic’ content

While the inability of Indonesian Whatsapp users to search for and send GIFs may not seem like the greatest blow to free speech, it is nonetheless another win for the forces of...

LIVE: Watch Bali’s Mount Agung volcano on livestream

LIVE: Watch Bali’s Mount Agung volcano on livestream

To see the latest status of Bali’s rumbling Mount Agung, check out a livestream set up of the volcano. It doesn’t get any more up to date than real time. A CCTV camera,...


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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.