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10 must-read tech stories in China this past week

CTW - China tech news this week

Here are the most read stories about China’s recent tech developments that you should know about.


1. China’s media and tech giants show no restraint in posting hacked Hollywood nude selfies

The controversy around this week’s hack attack that leaked nude selfies from dozens of Hollywood celebrities has taken many turns, but throughout it reputable media in the US and Europe have largely avoided showing the stolen photos. But in China, major media outlets and tech giants are showing no such restraint – including China’s biggest web company, Tencent (HKG:0700) – in publishing the private images taken by stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst.


2. Xiaomi Redmi 1S sold out in Indonesia in 1 hour

Xiaomi has finished its first flash sales in Indonesia.


3. Xiaomi Mi4 is a bombshell in the $300 smartphone war (REVIEW)

The Xiaomi Mi4 is undoubtedly a bombshell in the $300 smartphone war, though it doesn’t get full marks from us. Check out the full review.


4. Meizu unveils new MX4 smartphone, drops the price to take on Xiaomi

After years of pricing its flagship phone at around the US$400 mark, Meizu is this time slashing the price-tag in an apparent attempt to compete with Xiaomi.


5. Baidu’s smart chopsticks sample your meal for food safety scares

The smart chopsticks, called Kuaisou, can test food for safety issues. It’s limited to sampling the oil to detect dangerously substandard cooking oil.


6. Here’s Baidu Eye, the Google Glass rival from China’s top search engine

Chinese search engine titan Baidu has just teased a working prototype of its upcoming Google Glass rival that’s called Baidu Eye.


7. Fashion brands in China work hard to get dedicated followers on WeChat

WeChat, China’s most popular mobile messaging app, has already become a handy tool for businesses in China – including foreign brands – to engage with Chinese customers.


8. Razer picks ecommerce partner to sell Nabu smartband in China

The gaming ninjas at Razer revealed today that its Nabu smartband will arrive in China in Q4 with an exclusive online sales partner.


9. Forget WeChat: China’s coolest new messaging app changes the game with selfies

The strength of China’s web giants and the diversity of its startups usually means that no one service dominates to the extent that, say, Google or Facebook does in other nations. But that hasn’t been true of messaging apps.


10. Chinese drone maker joins quadcopter craze with new $20M investment

China-based personal drone maker XAircraft today announced a US$20 million series A funding round led by Chengwei Capital.


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