6 must-read tech stories in China this week


CTW - China tech news this week

Xiaomi is hot once again this week. Meanwhile, a wide variety of interesting developments in China – touching on startups, gaming, mobile, and Windows XP.

1. This Lenovo-funded startup connects English teachers with learners in China

Although some analysts feel that English is losing its luster in China as a job-enhancing (and wage-boosting) skill, the nation is still a major market for English classes.

2. Chinese phone maker Xiaomi raked in $242 million in 12 hours during its day-long sales blitz

In Singapore, Xiaomi’s most recent destination, the company raked in S$ 2.28 million in total orders (about US$ 1.9 million).

3. Support for Windows XP is over, but China still has 200 million PCs using it

Yes, a staggering 22 percent of the world’s web browsing is made up of mainland China rocking IE6: Since XP users can update their default browser up to IE8, China inevitably has even more XP users than its IE6 usage indicates.

4. Alibaba and maker of failed Nintendo NES clone team up to create China’s next game console

Along with the console, several peripherals like yoga blankets, an exercise bike, and more will be available.

5. It turns out that North Korea’s ‘homegrown’ smartphone is made in China

Remember in August last year when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un toured a factory that claimed to be producing the nation’s first ever homegrown smartphone? Turns out to be not true.

6. China’s tourism ecommerce site Tuniu plans to raise $120 million in US IPO

Tuniu is partnered with over 3,000 travel suppliers across 70 countries, including more than 1,000 tourist attractions.

That’s all for this week, folks! For our full spread of China coverage, you might like to subscribe to our China RSS feed.

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