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.


Hong Kong startup makes stylish ebikes for global market

Startup makes electric bikes that are the perfect blend of hi-tech and hipster

Electric bikes are a great way to take the pain out of cycling for those who want to avoiding jumping into a gas-guzzling car. But they̵...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 9:38 pm
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Virtual credit cards boom in China as Tencent issues one for WeChat users

Within 24 hours of Alibaba announcing it would hand out one million “virtual credit cards”, rival web giant Tencent (HKG:0700) reveal...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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Alibaba buys $804 million majority stake in ChinaVision, which Tencent also owns a part of

Oh, snap. Alibaba today announced that not only did it step on Tencent’s turf, the Chinese e-commerce kingpin bought the plot outright...

  • March 11, 2014
  • at 8:59 pm
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After JD deal, a little-known online marketplace could be Tencent’s secret weapon against Alibaba

Many analysts view Tencent’s new 15 percent stake in China’s largest B2C marketplace JD (a.k.a. Jingdong) as a landmark move i...

  • March 11, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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Tencent radically shakes up its ecommerce strategy as it takes a 15 percent stake in Alibaba rival JD

Tencent (HKG: 0700), the tech giant behind China’s QQ and WeChat messaging apps, is radically shaking up its ecommerce operations by formi...

  • March 10, 2014
  • at 11:07 am
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In pictures: Shenzhen factory strike against Lenovo-IBM deal

Factory workers in Shenzhen have been on strike for over four days now protesting the takeover of IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) server unit by ...

  • March 7, 2014
  • at 12:45 pm
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Qihoo apps return to iOS App Store after lengthy ban

Qihoo’s year-long ban from Apple’s App Store is over, some apps reappear

Chinese web company Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU), makers of China’s second most popular search engine, last year suffered the ignominy of being b...

  • March 6, 2014
  • at 12:46 pm
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Lychee FM revives the radio show host dream of Chinese youth

Lychee FM is an app that lets users to set up their own radio stations and record radio shows on their smartphones. The developers are aspi...

  • March 5, 2014
  • at 5:30 pm
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You can now pay for your coffee inside WeChat as brands get permission to do purchases in the app

Starting today, Chinese consumers will be able to buy almost anything inside WeChat

WeChat, the popular messaging app made by Tencent, is pushing even further into mobile commerce territory. Today Tencent (HKG:0700) added su...

  • March 5, 2014
  • at 1:36 pm
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Asia online shopping spending 2014 and 2015

These numbers from Asia’s half-trillion dollar ecommerce market will blow your mind (INFOGRAPHIC)

Take the world’s most populous continent and combine it with one of the best things about the internet and you have a recipe for huge ...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 4:24 pm
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Alibaba will hand out 1 million virtual credit cards next week

Alibaba’s third-party payment system Alipay next week plans to issue one million “virtual credit cards,” according to the company&...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 11:44 am
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Codoon Smartband - After a long wait, China's controversial Jawbone Up clone is up for pre-order

China’s top wearable tech startup nets $10 million in funding, but looks to be falling behind the competition

Codoon, the Chinese wearable tech maker, has received RMB 60 million – nearly $10 million – in series A funding. Local tech blog...

  • March 11, 2014
  • at 12:58 pm
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Made in China: one game company’s struggle to do what they love

You probably haven’t heard of Songtang Animations. It’s a small developer with a staff of just 25 operating out of Haicang, Xiamen. The ...

  • March 10, 2014
  • at 5:15 pm
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China tech news this week

9 must-read tech stories in China this week

Plenty of Xiaomi and WeChat news to keep you entertained this week, as well as some weirder stories from the nation’s tech scene. 1. S...

  • March 8, 2014
  • at 10:29 am
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Why Xiaomi is splurging $200 million on a company notorious for bittorrents

As Xiaomi starts shipping its smartphones to markets beyond mainland China, the company is still in the early stages when it comes to actu...

  • March 7, 2014
  • at 8:59 am
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I really want this Chinese store to make me a 3D-printed mini-me

3D printing can do a lot of things. Once it becomes more mainstream, it could save lives with 3D-printed body parts, or extend the life of o...

  • March 5, 2014
  • at 6:33 pm
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What’s WeChat’s latest viral hit in China? Not games, not stickers – it’s malignant tumor insurance

Over a month after Tencent’s WeChat scored a hit in China with a red envelope gifting feature, another promotion has gone viral on the me...

  • March 5, 2014
  • at 2:30 pm
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National Peoples Congress get off your phone

No Weibo. No games. No texting. China National Congress imposes grade school smartphone rules on Party members

It’s quite common for officials to be caught on camera hunched over their smartphones as the ceremony goes on around them.

  • March 5, 2014
  • at 11:25 am
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