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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 ecommerce, mobile, smartphone adoption, smart home gadgets, and cars. He's currently based near Shanghai. If you have any tips or feedback, contact him via email, or on his Weibo or Twitter.
yeah, I prefer it over IRC... er, i mean Slack.

Commented 2 days ago on

Workplace chat app Eko gets $5.7M series A funding to make teams productive, quit Slacking
I wouldn't go that far. but, yes, it's not as mentally stimulating as positive interaction with another human - or perhaps with a pet, which gives a sense of responsibility. a craze that obsesses around an inanimate object does raise issues of - to put it politely - the owner's state of mind.

Commented 3 days ago on

Otaku dream: this smart anime body pillow responds to your caress
ignoring the tech for a moment, I wonder why the body pillow is so appealing rather than a soft, realistic-feeling mannequin of some kind. a mannequin would also be soft and huggable - plus it would have curves and squeezable br... er, areas.

Commented 3 days ago on

Otaku dream: this smart anime body pillow responds to your caress
yes, it happened quickly in China from 2007~2008 (the first iPhone followed by Android phones) to this year. now that smartphones are getting so cheap (and some budget phones for about US$120 are really good), I don't think smartphone growth will be bound too closely to India's overall economic growth - i.e.: even if India's economy stalls, smartphones are essential and affordable.

Commented 3 days ago on

China’s smartphone growth will grind to a halt this year: IDC
I really like the "CEO for hire" line about Rocket execs - that's always been my feeling about how Rocket operates. but, hey, it's working out OK for them.

Commented 3 days ago on

This guy turned Go-Jek from a zombie into Indonesia’s hottest startup
The next stage is to discover if the driver had a criminal record that Uber failed to identify.

Commented 3 days ago on

Uber nightmare: Chinese woman robbed, sexually assaulted in three-hour ordeal
it's great to see new brands emerge to push forward EVs because top automakers have been pretty slow. however, I'm skeptical about GLM and Tommykaira. full-size photos of the GLM EV reveal that it doesn't really look top-quality enough for the $67k price tag. and remember the Porsche Boxster starts at about US$55k in Japan - see http://www.porsche.com/japan/jp/models/boxster/boxster/. just being electric is not enough - it's also gotta feel as premium as anything from Porsche, Audi, Merc, BMW, etc. that's what Tesla has achieved. Tommykaira has been around for a while, but it hasn't yet nailed that kinda premium feel.

Commented 5 days ago on

Japan’s sexiest electric sports car lands $14M to speed into global markets
I really like this idea and I want to use one. but I wonder how tough it is for startups to get into an airport. from what I've heard from some startups that deal with retail, getting into a mall is difficult enough, so dealing with airports must be a nightmare. also factor in state-owned airports, etc etc.

Commented 6 days ago on

This startup is solving the worst thing about the end of your holiday – pesky foreign currency
it's a rainy day and that's a very fuzzy photo. oops.

Commented 7 days ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
Perhaps that's just me being a neat freak and only leaving open a couple of messaging apps and the Music app on my iPhone. but I'd never dream of leaving an app like Music running in Android or the phone would be dead by lunchtime.

Commented 7 days ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
close-up photo: https://d1h69ey09xg1xv.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/IMG_3926.jpg

Commented 7 days ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
everything seems to fit flush, though I don't know the One well enough to make a comparison. the metal frame doesn't go all the way around, so hopefully the plastic segment won't pull away from the metal.

Commented 7 days ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
Very tough call on the Mi Note or the OnePlus 2. i prefer a purer version of Android and I like the fingerprint scanner, so the OnePlus would probably get my money. However, if I paid for it and it was this buggy, I'd consider sending it back for a refund.

Commented 1 week ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
I actually like the current design even though it doesn't stand out that much. It looks solid. (and, yes, it looks a bit thick!)

Commented 1 week ago on

OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)
for the commenters who don't get it, consider that inequality is not one barrier - it's thousands. it's death by a thousand cuts. from kindergarten to high school to the workplace, prejudices and perceptions marginalise people. that's why we're in the dire situation of women making up only 24-37 percent of the workforce at major US tech firms - see: http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/20/9179853/tech-diversity-scorecard-apple-google-microsoft-facebook-intel-twitter-amazon the number is much worse if we could figure out a way of focusing only on developer/coder staffers, rather than general staffing levels. so this marginalisation happens all the time - from the teacher who asks a girl if she wants to be a nurse or a hair stylist, to the companies who make the workplace a hostile or uncomfortable place for women - like the startup pictured in the article. that startup could've done something to be part of the solution, but instead they did a dumb thing and now they're part of the vast, nebulous, global problem. great work, everyone.

Commented 1 week ago on

Fuck this startup for hiring cheerleaders to motivate its brogrammers
Are those like bitcoins? :-p

Commented 1 week ago on

Fuck this startup for hiring cheerleaders to motivate its brogrammers
was hoping that poop going down a rainbow was a GIF.

Commented 1 week ago on

China’s smart toilets are apparently disgusting
good to see this happening. new airports should be designed with this on top of every building to maximise space.

Commented 1 week ago on

This is the world’s first solar-powered airport – in India’s sunny Kerala
a lot of SG startups say they'll expand regionally when they get new funding, but few actually do.

Commented 1 week ago on

Singapore’s RedMart raises $26.7M to prepare for regional expansion