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.


Boosted by WeChat, China's mobile gaming market worth $590 million in Q3 2013

WeChat reaches 438 million monthly active users as growth slows

WeChat is now at 438.2 million monthly active users (MAUs). The messaging app helped Tencent pull in over US$480 million from social gaming ...

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 5:17 pm
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This Chinese startup lets kids easily make and program their own robots

Wang says the company sold RMB 3 million worth of kits last year, and projects that number will hit RMB 20 million by the end of this year.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 1:28 pm
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Ganji gets $200 million funding as China’s online classifieds battle heats up

The recent IPO of China’s top online classifieds site has sparked new competition in this very unsexy sector.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 10:48 am
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Startup that lets you demo an app without downloading or installing wins gold at Techcrunch Beijing

VM5′s premiere product, AdPlay, virtualizes an app demo on mobile and desktop browser to let users stream a demo of an app without downloa...

  • August 12, 2014
  • at 8:40 pm
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Indonesian estore Blibli, impatient for Xiaomi’s official launch, starts selling Mi 3 smartphone

Indonesia’s top online store Blibli is beating the much-anticipated official Xiaomi launch by selling the Xiaomi Mi 3.

  • August 11, 2014
  • at 8:08 pm
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Sina Weibo updates iOS app, now supports video uploads

Weibo updates iOS app, now supports video uploads

Today the Weibo app got an update on iOS that enables video recording, uploading, and playing those videos directly in Weibo.

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 1:39 pm
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The complete English-language guide to shopping on JD’s mobile app

This is a guide for expats in China on how to shop online using the JD Mall app with cash-on-delivery payment.

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 7:51 pm
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US travel giant Priceline invests $500 million into China’s Ctrip for up to 10% stake

The investment comes in the form of a convertible bond, and Priceline will be allowed to buy up to 10 percent of Ctrip over the next year on...

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 11:55 am
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Having sat over 10 million diners in Singapore and Hong Kong, Chope expands to mainland China

Having sat over 10 million diners in Singapore and Hong Kong, Chope expands to mainland China

As a start, Chope’s online reservation technology will be rolled out to the thousands of restaurants listed on City Weekend.

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 7:31 pm
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Hot or not? App Annie’s guide to worldwide app trends (#StartupAsia preview)

Yuji Kuwamizu, the Japan GM at App Annie, will present a keynote (in English) on the subject of Japan and worldwide app trends at Startup As...

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 3:59 pm
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Born in Vietnam and raised in Y Combinator, Kimono wants to API-ify the entire Internet

Kimono puts the power of data analysis into the hands of anyone. No coding required.

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 11:32 am
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Mi 3 sells out again in seconds. Is India Xiaomi’s hottest market after China?

Xiaomi’s sellout sales have become a recurring phenomenon. After China, will Xiaomi make India its home?

  • August 13, 2014
  • at 12:36 am
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Look out Oculus Rift, China’s rival virtual reality headset goes on sale next month

ANTVR was clearly designed for Asian faces with flatter noses. I could see the bottom edge of the screen, and I noticed some distortion in t...

  • August 12, 2014
  • at 11:32 am
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hippo adk robot

This startup turns your Android phone into a fully programmable robot

Hippo-ADK plugs into a user’s Android phone, allowing it to utilize the phone’s proximity sensor, gyroscope, Bluetooth, camera, and othe...

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 5:15 pm
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iDreamSky IPO beats expectations, Cookie Run and Fruit Ninja to hit WeChat later this year

The mobile game publisher responsible for localizing international hits like Temple Run and Fruit Ninja for the Chinese market, iDreamSky, s...

  • August 8, 2014
  • at 10:41 am
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New crackdown on WeChat in China mandates real-name registration and other curbs

Want to use WeChat? You better ‘abide by the socialist system’

Authorities in China today issued interim provisions that crack down on WeChat and other messaging apps.

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 5:42 pm
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Fleksy starts beta signups for Chinese keyboard on Android, iOS 8 version coming later

Fleksy starts beta signups for Chinese keyboard on Android, iOS 8 version coming later

Fleksy, the gesture-based keyboard for smartphones, is now ready for Chinese.

  • August 7, 2014
  • at 10:58 am
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Tesla sales in China

Tesla expands sales across China, now shipping to customers in 38 cities

Today Tesla revealed that it’s opening up sales across China by taking orders from people in a grand total of 38 cities.

  • August 6, 2014
  • at 7:18 pm
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