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Steven Millward

Steven follows the shininess and brilliance of gadgets, social media and other cultural phenomena across Asia. Specialist areas of research include e-commerce, Android, smartphone adoption, and apps in general. He's currently based near Shanghai. If you have any tips or feedback, contact him via email, or on his Weibo or Twitter.
would certainly make sense for a messaging app - Line or any other - to be used to control things like this. I'm currently really enjoying using WeChat Payments to pay for things in stores, and can imagine using it in the near future to control smart home gadgets. I wonder who'll do it first - Line or WeChat?

Commented 14 hours ago on

Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa talks Line’s global push, hints at IoT integration
I think Son is probably right. Add in smart clothes, cups, lightbulbs, etc., and we'll all very soon have just over 100 web-connected things at home - long before 2040 rolls around.

Commented 21 hours ago on

SoftBank CEO: the average person will have 1,000 internet-connected devices by 2040
This doesn't affect what people can message to each other, but it has a huge impact on media in China, as so many people read (and save to read later) articles from WeChat public accounts. Furthermore, people then share these articles within WeChat either direct to friends or as a post to their WeChat Moments wall.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

WeChat censorship report: 1.5% of posts get censored
This doesn't affect what people can message to each other, but it has a huge impact on media in China, as so many people read (and save to read later) articles from WeChat public accounts. Furthermore, people then share these articles within WeChat either direct to friends or as a post to their WeChat Moments wall.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

WeChat censorship report: 1.5% of posts get censored
tell the team at Groopic to make a few tweaks - https://www.techinasia.com/pak...

Commented 2 weeks ago on

For global friendships, an app for long-distance selfies
the whole TIA team should try this one day. with close to 100 people, we'd need a mosaic, not a collage!

Commented 2 weeks ago on

For global friendships, an app for long-distance selfies
Image from Li-Ning store:

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Xiaomi unveils smart running shoes, starting at just $30
just like the Mi Band (and any other fitness tracker), it does steps, distance, times, and locations/routes. all via the Mi Fit app, which the Mi Band also uses.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Xiaomi unveils smart running shoes, starting at just $30
I have some moral reservations against Uber when it disrupts regulated taxi drivers (i.e.: the system of regulations is designed to ensure safety and certain standards), but in a market that has no regulations or safeguards, an on-demand app can only be good be consumers.drivers who are against such apps are ones who won't make the grade because they have criminal records or no insurance or they stole the bike or something. Or, as the article says, drivers who are above the (rather low) age limit of 55.plus, haggling over prices is awful. haggling needs to die off this century.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Why motorcycle taxi drivers are ganging up against on-demand ride apps in Indonesia
this is great news for the founders, but the $40M figure seems shockingly low for a startup that covers 12 countries across Asia. Is South and Southeast Asia really such a tough place to build a business?Luxola covers India, which is actually a small market when you consider the number of middle class potential customers. and then its APAC nations and one Middle East country are all quite small. that seems to show the pain of running a business across a lot of small, fragmented, and culturally very different countries.the top cosmetics site in one large nation like the US or China would be worth billions.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

The numbers behind Luxola’s acquisition, and what they mean
this is great news for the founders, but the $40M figure seems shockingly low for a startup that covers 12 countries across Asia. Is South and Southeast Asia really such a tough place to build a business? Luxola covers India, which is actually a small market when you consider the number of middle class potential customers. and then its APAC nations and one Middle East country are all quite small. that seems to show the pain of running a business across a lot of small, fragmented, and culturally very different countries.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

The numbers behind Luxola’s acquisition, and what they mean
this is great news for the founders, but the $40M figure seems shockingly low for a startup that covers 12 countries across Asia. Is South and Southeast Asia really such a tough place to build a business? Luxola covers India, which is actually a small market when you consider the number of middle class potential customers. and then its APAC nations and one Middle East country are all quite small. that seems to show the pain of running a business across a lot of small, fragmented, and culturally very different countries. the top cosmetics site in one large nation like the US or China would be worth billions.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

The numbers behind Luxola’s acquisition, and what they mean
you might like to see this new article: https://www.techinasia.com/lea....It's 5 things that entrepreneurs can learn from the coder-turned-CEO.

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, after battle with cancer, dead at 55
He was impressively ahead of the curve on "mobile" and casual gaming, starting with the DS and then continuing with the Wii. However, he didn't see that smartphones would soon obliterate all of that as gaming went more truly mobile.

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, after battle with cancer, dead at 55
After seeing the device in the flesh, I don't think it'd suit dogs, as the fountain run-off area is quite shallow. But if the dog is big enough, it could lap up the deeper water in the middle of the device where it spouts upwards a bit.

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Meet the robotics scientist who’s trying something very different for his first crowdfunded gadget
but how can it make money? once you've promised something will be short, minimal, and easy, that leaves little space for ads or other interruptions. That's part of what killed Circa.

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Indian startup bags $20M funding to help you skim the news
wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Magic, America’s hottest startup, has a perfect business model for Asia
wow, that website truly is monstrously ugly!

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Magic, America’s hottest startup, has a perfect business model for Asia