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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WeChat and Alipay ramp up ecommerce race with new features for online and offline merchants

Alibaba has an edge in terms of the number of merchants already on board its Taobao marketplace, but WeChat has an advantage in its huge mob...

  • August 29, 2014
  • at 12:22 pm
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China’s favorite video site Youku gets into the movie making business

Youku says Heyi Films will produce films "to the tastes of the Chinese audience" and "improve film marketing and distribution."

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 4:53 pm
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Jack Ma is now China’s richest person. How far is he from becoming the richest on earth?

Ma's net worth is now $21.8 billion, even before his company goes public in what's expected to be the biggest IPO for an internet company in...

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 11:44 am
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4 of 5 smartphones in China are Android, most with at least 3 Tencent apps installed

Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one...

  • August 27, 2014
  • at 1:42 pm
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Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

The deputy minister of China’s MIIT says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total.

  • August 26, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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Crowdfunded in China: Android-powered projectors, steering wheel mods, and all-in-one credit cards

This list of our five favorite successful campaigns is proof that the crowdfunding trend in China is showing no signs of slowing down.

  • August 22, 2014
  • at 7:00 pm
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Struggling indie console maker Ouya finds a friend in Xiaomi and a new home in China

China's all-the-rage phone maker Xiaomi has just partnered with Ouya to get a dedicated channel on Xiaomi's smart TVs and set-top boxes.

  • August 22, 2014
  • at 12:52 pm
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Chinese wine e-tailer gets $49 million funding to take over the world’s second-biggest wine market

Jiuxian specializes in wines and Chinese baijiu. It claims to have over 100,000 paying customers across 55 cities in China.

  • August 21, 2014
  • at 12:19 pm
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Maker of Chinese Farmville knockoff seals China’s biggest ever gaming deal, sells subsidiary for almost $1 billion

FunPlus, the Chinese game maker responsible for some of China’s biggest mobile and social games, has sold its main subsidiary for US$960 m...

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 7:30 pm
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Makers of Camera360 go for a fresh start with highly configurable Mix photo app

Makers of Camera360 go for a fresh start with highly configurable Mix photo app

Mix has lots of photo filters and several layers of special effects that can be applied on the same image (if you so wish).

  • August 29, 2014
  • at 8:58 am
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Renren, once hailed as China’s Facebook, is dead in the water as active user numbers drop

Renren, the social network once lauded as “China’s Facebook”, is on a slow and agonizing path towards its own vanishing point.

  • August 28, 2014
  • at 3:11 pm
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Chinese social network for following celebs – or even becoming one – secures $6.5M funding

Xingyun, a Chinese niche social network, has just raised an RMB 40 million (US$6.5 million) series A round of funding led by Shenzhen Capita...

  • August 27, 2014
  • at 8:00 pm
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Individuals have free speech, groups are gagged: Harvard study shines light on China’s internet censorship

You can say pretty much whatever you want on Chinese social media without fear of being censored, as long as you don’t say it in unison wi...

  • August 26, 2014
  • at 5:11 pm
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Why China’s new domestic desktop operating system could actually stick

China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut. Here's why it might actually work.

  • August 25, 2014
  • at 1:46 pm
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India this week: Hello OnePlus. What’s up Xiaomi? Goodbye Moto G!

A lot has happened over the week in India’s smartphone arena. OnePlus announced its entry, Xiaomi’s fifth flash sales repeated its earli...

  • August 22, 2014
  • at 6:35 pm
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Geeky Chinese video site that makes its own editing tools gets $38M funding

What makes Aipai stand out from the dozens of nerdy niche video aggregators out there? The secret sauce is Aipai’s suite of bespoke editin...

  • August 21, 2014
  • at 3:31 pm
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Wearable tech made by women for women

“The only way to speak to women is to make sure their voice is integrated into the product, from concept through completion,” says Elemo...

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 8:29 pm
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Chinese crash course education startup for designers and animators secures $30M funding

Chinese online education startup Xingshuai Teach today received a US$30 million series B round of funding from Northern Light Venture Capita...

  • August 20, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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