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10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading

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Too busy to read Tech in Asia twice a day? We forgive you (this time). Here’s a refresher course on the past week’s biggest stories.

1. In the wake of MH370, Flight Tracker wants to help families of flyers feel at ease

In light of the tragedy of flight MH370, Flight Tracker might just be the app worried families need for reassurance.

2. Xiaomi breaks into global top 10 for smartphone shipments, kicks out HTC

Boosted by buyers in China, half of the worldwide top 10 phone brands are now Chinese. Huawei is third, Lenovo fourth, Xiaomi debuts in sixth, Coolpad is eighth, and ZTE is ninth.

3. Pocari Sweat is putting the first ever ad on the lunar surface

Singapore startup Astroscale and Japanese sports drink company Pocari Sweat will deliver a time capsule to the moon next year.

4. This is China’s answer to the Oculus Rift, and it’s now on Kickstarter

Oculus is not the only company working on VR technology. Sony has already announced its plans to enter the arena with Morpheus, and now a Beijing-based startup, ANTVR, has launched a Kickstarter for its own virtual reality device.


Lists

1. Here are 5 websites to help you find your dream car in Indonesia

In Indonesia’s thriving automotive market, there are a lot of marketplace options for buying cars that you can find on the web.

2. 5 entrepreneurial inspirations from Japanese anime

Gengo’s CEO offers some fun entrepreneurial insights through an “otaku” lens.

3. Here are 5 indoor air quality monitors for homes in China

China’s health-conscious population is growing accustomed to donning face masks when outdoors, but indoor air pollution is also a fast-emerging concern.


Features

1. For Asia to leapfrog Silicon Valley, governments are a big piece of the puzzle

Wealth and talent are not lacking in the region. A mindset shift is needed, and governments can help.

2. iChef is bringing startup savvy to Taiwan’s new class of food entrepreneurs

Taipei’s iChef created an iPad-based point-of-sale system for small restaurant chains that’s tailor-made for the domestic market, but might have a shot at moving beyond Taiwanese borders.

3. From small town to running Indonesia’s biggest price comparison site, here’s Andry Suhaili’s story

Having the mindset to start a business is good, but having the mental strength to bounce back after several failed ventures and really make it in the end is something else entirely.


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