Posts Tagged: China

China is often called a land of contradictions, and its tech industry is no different. Yes, the middle kingdom is the source of some hackers and copycats, but it’s also the source of some startling innovation, one of the world’s most unique and vibrant internet cultures, and some of the most passionate techies and gamers in the universe. China’s internet may be censored but that hasn’t stopped web, gaming, and mobile startups from springing up all over the country. Here at Tech in Asia we’ve got it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The hottest startups, the craziest copycats, and the darkest tales of censorship in Asia.


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After cybersecurity spat with US, China issues new ‘security review’ system that could block foreign IT companies

All foreign IT products and services sold in China are required to pass a new safety review. Failure to pass results in banishment from Chin...

  • May 27, 2014
  • at 12:24 pm
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In China, there’s now a “Xiaomi of condoms” startup. And it just got $5M in funding

Startups around the world love to nickname themselves after other successful startups. Right now in the US, there’s the “Uber of...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 3:52 pm
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China’s Xunlei, once ousted for piracy, has another go at US IPO

The company aims to raise US$100 million - although this could just be a placeholder figure - on New York's NASDAQ exchange with a valuatio...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 11:06 am
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Crowdfunded in China: smart pianos, skin moisture detectors, and smartphone-controlled drones

We had a hard time choosing from all the projects on the Kickstarter-esque Demohour that successfully hit their fundraising goals.

  • May 23, 2014
  • at 10:57 am
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Secret clone made in China cleans up its act, changes name, set to relaunch with fresh UI

China’s top Secret clone cleans up its act, changes name, set to relaunch with fresh UI

Earlier this week, the pixel-perfect Secret clone vanished from the iOS App Store in mysterious circumstances. Now it’s heading back with ...

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 4:51 pm
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China’s Soundcloud-esque Ximalaya nets $11.5 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins

Ximalaya, a Shanghai-based audio-streaming startup, recently closed a series A funding round of $11.5 million. According to the company̵...

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm
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Weibo just released its first earnings report since IPO, racks up a $47.4 million loss

Weibo just released its first earnings report since IPO, racks up a $47.4 million loss

China's Weibo pulled in $67.5 million in revenue in Q1 2014. This is the first earnings report since its IPO.

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 10:54 am
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Lenovo sold 50 million smartphones globally last year, remains China's number 2 smartphone brand

Lenovo sold 50 million smartphones globally last year, remains China’s number 2 smartphone brand

Lenovo sold 50 million smartphones and 9.2 million tablets in the previous year, marking the fourth quarter in a row that it has sold more t...

  • May 21, 2014
  • at 6:40 pm
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Tencent puts money into new $36 million funding round for Whisper

Tencent puts money into new $36 million funding round for Whisper

The new funding for Whisper was led by Shasta Ventures, along with participation from Chinese web giant Tencent and several others.

  • May 21, 2014
  • at 11:05 am
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Video portal and smart TV maker LeTV adds its name to list of new Chinese smartphone makers

LeTV plans to reveal not just one, but as many as three new devices next quarter and put them on the market in the fourth quarter of this ye...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 5:30 pm
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Sony finds Chinese partner to make PlayStation consoles in China

This move comes after Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox One hitting China this September. However, Sony has yet to reveal any launch da...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 11:49 am
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Here’s our roundup of Alibaba’s investments in US-based companies

Stock market speculators are salivating over Alibaba’s eventual IPO later this summer, but it’s far from the first appearance China’s ...

  • May 23, 2014
  • at 7:30 pm
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JD floats on stock market higher than expected in China’s biggest ever ecommerce IPO

Chinese estore JD (NASDAQ:JD) hit stock markets moments ago. After initially pricing its shares at $19 earlier today, the stock actually deb...

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 11:11 pm
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Crowdfunding in both China and the US, these headphones sync wirelessly so people can listen together

Dubbed "Arc", the headphones can sync up with other nearby Arc users' headphones to listen each other's music in real time, without lag or l...

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 3:57 pm
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Alibaba rival JD set for US IPO today, prices shares at $19 to raise $1.78 billion

Alibaba rival JD set for US IPO today, prices shares at $19 to raise $1.78 billion

JD goes public today upon opening of Thursday’s trading. The company has just priced its shares at $19 each, which is above the initial $1...

  • May 22, 2014
  • at 12:06 pm
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Webcast of Chinese startup’s phone launch becomes country’s most-watched live tech event ever

If you include external sites where the Youku player was embedded, a whopping 10 million people watched Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao intro...

  • May 21, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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In first Malaysia flash sale, Xiaomi sells 4,000 Mi3 smartphones in 17 minutes

While 4,000 phones in 17 minutes is nothing to scoff at, the Mi3 units sold markedly slower than in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

  • May 21, 2014
  • at 12:30 pm
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Chinese startup Smartisan unveils China’s newest Android smartphone, the T1

The Smartisan T1 will be priced at RMB 3,000 (US$485) for the 16GB version and RMB 3,150 (US$500) for the 32GB version.

  • May 20, 2014
  • at 10:10 pm
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