Staff picks: 6 top news stories this week on Tech in Asia


NOTW - Asia tech news this week

I’ve been working hard on Tech In Asia’s new quiet project, Tech In Asia Vietnam, so haven’t been in the new cycle as of late, but across Asia we’re seeing some hot news as usual. Check it out.

Terence’s, Minh’s and Phoebe’s pick: In its first flash sale outside China, Xiaomi sold 10,000 smartphones in under 10 minutes

Terence:This is a sure sign that red-hot Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi is preparing for a big year in 2014 with an expansion outside China. It is slated to enter Southeast Asia too.

Phoebe: Xiaomi is so hot. And this flash sale in Taiwan proves so.With the buzz going around about Xiaomi in the region, I’m predicting its soon-to-be success once it starts to expand. Well, I want to own a Xiaomi phone, too

Minh: It’s amazing that Xiaomi is able to pull so many of these strong sales numbers in China. What I am looking forward to in the next few years is when Xiaomi starts to look at the US and Europeans markets for sales. This would be a big step for the company and a clear threat to consumer electronics dominance from South Korean and American giants.

Paul’s pick: South Korea considers anti-gaming law that groups online games with gambling, drugs, and alcohol

I’ve played Korean MMOs. I’ve taken drugs and drank alcohol. I find the games far more addictive. Still, equating them might be taking it a bit too far.

Josh and Dewi’s pick: Xiaomi sets its sights on Southeast Asia with plans to open Singapore office “as quickly as possible”

Josh: Welcome to Singapore, la.

Dewi: I have been craving for Xiaomi phone and I think my dream of having one will come true soon!

Saiyai’s pick: Google Translate adds support for 4 more Asian languages, including Punjabi

I don’t want to be a downer here, but while it’s nice to see Google add more languages into its translation tool, I’d also like to see the company invest more into R&D to improve the platform. Frankly, the translation system right now is not really accurate. But I don’t want to complain much as it’s free.

Steven’s pick: Apple removes censor-evading FreeWeibo app from Chinese App Store

Apple’s App Store is not only a ‘walled garden’ of curated content, it’s also – in terms of the Chinese iOS App Store – a China-based business that has to abide by local laws. And that means censorship.

Andre’s pick: Autonomous drones could’ve helped contain riots in Singapore and Thailand

Ever since Garuda Robotic’s presentation, I look forward to news which shed light on drone’s positive potential. Discussion and debates on pro’s and cons of drones are expanded from these articles.

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