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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.
rather sinister. but not really all that different from Donald Trump recently saying that he wants to spend more on the military (even though, in 2014, the US spent more on defense then the next 7 countries combined - http://www.businessinsider.com/us-military-spending-billions-2015-7) to make it "so great that it never needs to be used" (paraphrasing).

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Tencent releases simulated war-porn video to celebrate peace
hi Kowarad. thanks for the AMA. i'd to ask: not many startups venture into China. so why and how are you doing that?

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I’m Korawad, 20 years old. CEO and founder of Eko, enterprise workplace chat app. AMA!
surprisingly no mention of alcohol

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How Tech in Asia runs a million-dollar sales and marketing team
impressive start! I wonder how he came up with the idea for a CMS business rather than, say, a mobile gaming startup.

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This 16-year-old self-taught coder probably has more entrepreneurial experience than you
yeah, I prefer it over IRC... er, i mean Slack.

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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 7 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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OnePlus 2 is a flawed but enjoyable sequel (REVIEW)