Armed with smartphones, Myanmar e-sports players battle power outages

ESports star Myint was on the cusp of victory when the screens went dark in the Yangon cafe where he competes, costing him thousands of dollars in missed prize-money and denting his reputation. Myanmar’s gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy. “Every time a black-out happens, ...

Facebook makes fresh sweep of bogus accounts, some connected to army

Facebook makes fresh sweep of bogus accounts, some connected to army

Just two days after eliminating a number of China-based pages and accounts engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” aimed at the Hong Kong protest movement, Facebook is...

Police draw jeers as they defend #JusticeforVictoria record, announce arrest of critic

Police draw jeers as they defend #JusticeforVictoria record, announce arrest of critic

Myanmar’s police force became the collective punch line for tens of thousands of the country’s Facebook users this week after attempts to defend their efforts to solve the...

Yangon residents take to streets to protest government’s electricity rate hike

Yangon residents take to streets to protest government’s electricity rate hike

Yangon residents have been protesting the first electricity rate hike in five years by the union government with protests yesterday and today.  A hundred protestors carrying...

US calls for end to Myanmar mobile internet shutdown

US calls for end to Myanmar mobile internet shutdown

The United States on Saturday called for an end to a mobile internet shutdown in two strife-torn states in Myanmar, saying the cutoff undermines transparency amid clashes between...

UN fears Myanmar human rights abuses in internet shutdown

UN fears Myanmar human rights abuses in internet shutdown

An internet blackout in parts of Myanmar could be cover for “gross human rights violations” in an area where a brutal army crackdown has already forced hundreds of...

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state

An unprecedented shutdown of mobile data across swathes of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state entered a third day Sunday, blocking villagers from the internet in areas where...

Get ready for more blackouts: YESC

Get ready for more blackouts: YESC

You know those two-hour blackouts we’ve been getting on the reg these days? We’ve got some bad news, Yangonites. The scheduled blackouts won’t only be continuing until June...

A Roboleague of Their Own: Youth-built robots to face off in Yangon on Saturday

A Roboleague of Their Own: Youth-built robots to face off in Yangon on Saturday

Two years ago, a group of Myanmar youth made a name for themselves at the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington DC, placing 6th out of 157 competing nations....

Banned: Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing gets the boot from Twitter

Banned: Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing gets the boot from Twitter

General Min Aung Hlaing’s tweeting days are over. The top-ranking general in Myanmar, notorious for insisting that there was no use of “excessive force” in the August 2017...


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Coconuts Yangon Tech

Like much else in Myanmar, tech is a fast-changing industry. Economic reforms, including the entrance of two foreign telecommunications firms in 2014, have given way to a spirit of innovation coinciding with widespread internet access. The tech hub Phandeeyar makes the news every every couple of months after it helps launch a new app, whether it be about local restaurants or Burmese slang. Like in many parts of the world, debate and discussion about gender often arise within the Myanmar tech world, hopefully resulting in a more equitable distribution of the fruits of the country’s tech boom.

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