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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How one San Diego startup is betting on bloatware to help Chinese OEMs get rich

Bloatware stinks. Fire up your Galaxy S5 and you’re guaranteed to be greeted with dozens of apps that are irrelevant to your interests. Th...

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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On the hunt for a hat: find the fashion bargains nearest you with this app from China

The app taps into the Baidu Maps API to let users who still prefer to shop for clothes in person aggregate the stores and deals nearest them...

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 4:30 pm
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China’s top flirting app Momo passes 52 million active users, lets members rate each other

China's top flirting app released version 5.0 this week, adding a new user rating system that lets users rank their peers based on a 5-star,...

  • July 11, 2014
  • at 11:50 am
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How deliberately crippling its 4G rollout will help China bust a global monopoly and make billions

Hundreds of millions of people in China still have no 4G thanks to blatant protectionism. This is why the rest of the world should care.

  • July 11, 2014
  • at 10:00 am
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Tests reveal Line and Kakao disruptions in China mirror the government’s block on Facebook

One week ago, internet users in China started to report malfunctions on popular foreign services Line, KakaoTalk, Flickr, and OneDrive. The ...

  • July 10, 2014
  • at 3:04 pm
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Baidu is secretly developing unmanned self-driving bicycles for China: report

The bike sans rider can sense its environment well enough to avoid obstacles and navigate complicated road conditions. We could see a protot...

  • July 9, 2014
  • at 7:54 pm
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WeChat has a big problem with fake brand accounts

LV or not LV? WeChat has a big problem with fake brand accounts

WeChat is used by celebrities, media outlets, small companies, and major brands to reach out to people. Trouble is, it has a huge problem wi...

  • July 9, 2014
  • at 10:53 am
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On launch day, Smartisan only sells 1,000 phones, blames Foxconn for low production capacity

Smartisan may have severely understimated the phone’s popularity from the get go, or, as a new company, it lacks enough cash flow to open ...

  • July 8, 2014
  • at 9:09 pm
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LMBang: Chinese social network for moms gets $20 million

Mothers I’d like to fund: Chinese social network for moms gets $20 million

A Chinese social network for mothers has secured US$20 million in series B funding to help it grow. LMBang already has 20 million registered...

  • July 8, 2014
  • at 12:29 pm
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This Chinese startup that does your laundry just raised a fresh and clean seed round

Stuff-on-demand startups show no signs of slowing down in Silicon Valley, and that’s the case in China too. 24tidy, a startup that doe...

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 7:05 pm
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Rough week for Apple in China: court case tanks, media brands it a national security threat

Chinese authorities delivered a stiff one-two punch this week to their favorite foreign punching bag, Apple.

  • July 11, 2014
  • at 6:19 pm
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The power of women in China’s booming ecommerce market

In China, there are more male online shoppers than female online shoppers. However, women are the ones really shaping the thriving Chinese e...

  • July 11, 2014
  • at 11:25 am
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Some Google services unblocked in China after last month’s crackdown [UPDATE: They're blocked again!]

Today web users in mainland China are finding that some of Google’s sites and products are now unblocked and accessible.

  • July 10, 2014
  • at 9:41 pm
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Xiaomi teases launch of next flagship smartphone on July 22, promises it’s made of a hunk of metal

Is this the Xiaomi Mi4? Xiaomi founder Lei Jun today teased the launch of the ‘4’, presumably the successor to the Mi3, on July 22.

  • July 10, 2014
  • at 11:54 am
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Awesome chart shows 50 countries with homegrown tech titans, but only 13 of those nations are in Asia

An interesting report from the Economist yesterday crunched data from the World Startup Report and lists the top three most valued tech comp...

  • July 9, 2014
  • at 7:00 pm
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Following disruption of other foreign services, Instagram mysteriously disappears from China’s Android app stores [UPDATED]

In the latest development among a trickling of disruptions on China’s internet, popular photo-sharing app Instagram appears to be no ...

  • July 8, 2014
  • at 9:22 pm
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This minimalist writing app for Chinese bloggers looks a lot like Medium, and it just got seed funding

Jianshu (literally translates to "simple book") is a minimalist writing and blogging environment reminiscent of Medium and Svbtle.

  • July 8, 2014
  • at 3:03 pm
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WeChat opens up advertising platform to official accounts with over 100k followers

Tencent says advertisers can target audiences by gender, age, and region, and will get feedback about exposure, number of clicks, and click-...

  • July 7, 2014
  • at 9:35 pm
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