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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Xiaomi’s beta smart wi-fi router costs 15 cents – but you’ve got to build it yourself

Back in mid-November, Xiaomi hinted at a mysterious new device that [looked like a Mac Pro], and turned out to be a smart wi-firouter sort o...

  • December 16, 2013
  • at 7:24 pm
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Listen to local nightclubs’ music before deciding where to go out with Bobamusic

Electronic music fans can be pretty picky about their DJs, and keeping track of who performs where can be a hassle, especially for newcomers...

  • December 16, 2013
  • at 3:00 pm
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The Jade Rabbit has landed: China touches down robotic rover on moon

Two weeks ago, China blasted off on its third ever moon mission. But the objective this time was all new – to land on the lunar surfac...

  • December 14, 2013
  • at 11:09 pm
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The Great Xiaomi Debate? Not exactly. CCTV pits Lei Jun against Gree CEO to the tune of RMB 1 billion.

Yesterday, when Chinese state broadcaster CCTV ran its annual “Academy Awards for business” ceremony (think Forbes 500 but on TV), the o...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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Boosted by WeChat, China's mobile gaming market worth $590 million in Q3 2013

Boosted by WeChat, China’s mobile gaming market worth $590 million in Q3

Mobile gaming is still China’s fastest-growing game sector, with the market exploding 75 percent from Q2 to Q3 this year. New data fro...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 4:17 pm
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Alibaba founder Jack Ma is FT's person of the year

“Godfather of China’s scrappy entrepreneurial spirit”: Alibaba’s Jack Ma is FT’s person of the year

While Time magazine was busy weighing up the Pope and Edward Snowden, the Financial Times has been looking elsewhere for its most influentia...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 12:34 pm
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Oppo N1 now going on sale across Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand

Oppo N1 now going on sale across Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand

The Oppo N1, the Android-based smartphone that’s standing out from the crowd with its swiveling 13MP camera, is going on sale this wee...

  • December 12, 2013
  • at 9:09 pm
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China Autohome IPO

In yet another Chinese tech IPO, Autohome revs onto Wall Street

2013 has seen a surge of Chinese tech IPOs after a couple of years of quiet anxiety on the markets. The latest one is Autohome (NYSE:ATHM), ...

  • December 12, 2013
  • at 11:32 am
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China blocks censorship circumvention software Lantern after a surge of Chinese users

Authorities in China don’t like its citizens vaulting over the Great Firewall, bypassing its behemoth machine of online censorship. Th...

  • December 11, 2013
  • at 3:37 pm
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Tesla launches Chinese homepage

Ahead of car roll-out in China, Tesla launches Chinese homepage

With Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) all-electric cars due to hit China’s roads in February 2014, the US automaker has today launched a sp...

  • December 16, 2013
  • at 3:45 pm
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12 must-read tech stories in China this week

Even as China is touching the moon with its lunar mission, plenty is happening on Earth: the country’s Great Firewall is extending its...

  • December 15, 2013
  • at 1:42 pm
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As China's demand for domestic help grows, Ayibang gets series A funding

As China’s demand for domestic help grows, Ayibang gets series A funding

With China’s growing rank of middle classes and ever more hectic urban lifestyles, there’s inevitably a new niche market that ne...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Apple removes censor-evading FreeWeibo app from Chinese App Store

FreeWeibo, an app made by anti-censorship activist website GreatFire.org, is no longer available on the Apple App Store in China, according...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 7:02 pm
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Blame game: what’s the root of Chinese entrepreneurs’ “lack of creativity”?

It’s a common stigma: Chinese people aren’t creative. They can only copy, they aren’t good critical thinkers, and they can...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 2:00 pm
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Pickatale weaves stories and fairy-tales for kids on the iPad

When observing children playing with iPads, Pickatale CEO Sigbjørn Dugal thought of how to educate his kids using modern tools. He was find...

  • December 13, 2013
  • at 12:00 pm
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Xbox One to hit shelves in China by September 2014

The Xbox One will be released on the Chinese mainland September next year, according to Funshion CEO Luo Jiangchun (article in Chinese). S...

  • December 12, 2013
  • at 5:30 pm
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China’s Yodo1 to localize games for Korea and Japan with latest $11 million investment

Yodo1 has just closed an $11 million series B funding round led by GGV Capital. The Beijing-based mobile game localization specialists als...

  • December 11, 2013
  • at 5:00 pm
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Codoon Smartband - After a long wait, China's controversial Jawbone Up clone is up for pre-order

After a long wait, China’s controversial Jawbone Up clone is now up for pre-order

Back in May, we looked at a Chinese company that was causing controversy with what looks very much like a shameless clone of the Jawbone Up....

  • December 10, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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