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All posts tagged "China"

  • 5 Chinese online trends every developer needs to know about

    With 1.3 billion people supporting a booming mobile and software development industry, China is the blue whale of emerging tech markets. China will be the No. 1 market for Apple moving forward, but everyone in the mobile sector needs to think about how to develop for China’s market and work with Chinese developers, who have a much better understanding of the culture than we do. With its recent deal to sell the iPhone on China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier, Apple, looks to move an additional 20 to 40 million devices. Currently, China’s mobile market is dominated by Android...

  • Dropbox allowed to pass through the Great Firewall as China uncensors it

    Dropbox got blocked in China in 2010. It was probably due to Chinese authorities finding politically sensitive material being shared or stored via the US-based cloud syncing site. However, in a surprise move, Dropbox is now unblocked in China, Tech in Asia has discovered. It’s not clear when Dropbox became unblocked in China. We noticed it was accessible in the country late last week, and then we waited a few days to verify it wasn’t a freak result and also to check that it’s available throughout the country. In addition to personal cloud syncing, we’ve also verified that sharing files...

  • Take a gorgeous tour of China’s Lantern Festival with Google Street View

    The Google Street View team recently sent its cameras into a few major tourist spots in China to get a 360-degree view of the scenery for this year’s Lantern Festival. This year, Google added three fresh sites in Shandong Province and Hong Kong. Below, we’ve embedded the interactive street view maps so you can take a virtual tour and see for yourself. First off is my personal favorite, Tai’erzhuang in Shandong. The place was made into a monument after a battle between the Chinese Kumintang and Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Up next is the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre in...

  • 5 reasons WeChat is way more innovative than you might think

    We has been covering WeChat, China’s most popular mobile message app, before it even had an English name. Meanwhile, international tech media outlets have also been following the evolution of other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Line, Facebook Messenger, and many, many others. Over the past year or so there’s been lots of talk about how these messengers are maturing into “platforms” – or, apps that users will use to buy things, and that business and organizations can use to reach an audience. However, as others have correctly pointed out, it’s not appropriate to lump China’s WeChat alongside these other...

  • This Baidu heatmap shows massive scale of human movement over Chinese New Year

    Baidu has launched a heat map of where Chinese travelers are heading to, coming from, and which routes are most popular during Chinese New Year, the country’s largest national holiday. It’s a time when most Chinese either return home to their families or go on vacation, and it’s the largest annual mammalian migration on Earth. During the 40-day holiday period – which is called Spring Festival in Chinese — 3.6-billion passenger trips will be made across all modes of transportation (Note: most people only get eight days off). Baidu gathers data from smartphones with Baidu Maps and other apps using its...

  • Tencent slide sees Naspers stock take 7% hit

    Media and technology giant Naspers’ stocks fell sharply today on the back Chinese internet company Tencent taking a beating on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The South Africa-based company saw its stocks fall over seven percent following a five percent slide from Tencent earlier in the day. It seems as if the Tencent fall is largely down to a fall in investor confidence on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as a whole. That lack of confidence may have been spurred by the banning of a number of US accounting companies from operating in China. The ban came about...

  • China’s massive internet numbers: 618m online, 500m connected to mobile web

    China now has 618-million internet users and 500 million mobile web users, according to new figures from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The new numbers from CNNIC are for December 2013. They show strong growth from the agency’s last report midway through 2013 when we saw that China had 591-million internet users and 460-million mobile netizens. The number of mobile web users has more than doubled from the end of 2009 when there were only 233 million accessing the web via phones. China’s smartphone boom — there are about 270-million active Android users in the country right now –...

  • 8 Chinese tech trends to keep an eye on in 2014

    The new year is a time for reflection, but it’s also a time for looking forward. In this regard, we’ve taken a broad look at some of the budding trends we expect to continue in China in 2014. In an ecosystem growing as fast as China’s tech scene, anything is possible within a year, but here’s a few predictions we think will change the country’s landscape. Weibo will go out of style Weibo was still growing as of Q3 2013, and revenues were up, but we still predict the service’s popularity will taper off. Many reasons factor into this. WeChat has...

  • It’s a blue world: Facebook’s empire grows in latest map of social networks

    Facebook may or may not be dead to teenagers. If it is, it could certainly be an issue in the future but right now, the world’s largest social network is on top in all but a few countries. The latest world map of social networks from Vinco shows that Facebook is dominant in 127 of the 137 countries analysed. That’s as many as it laid claim to when the last map was released in June 2013, but there has been a bit of shuffling. According to the blog’s creator Vincenzo Consenza, Facebook lost Kyrgyzstan, but managed to take...

  • Amazon Prime Air: just another pipe dream or technological breakthrough?

    On 1 December, Jeff Bezos revealed on CBS’ 60 Minutes that Amazon is working on the creation of a new drone delivery system. The new service, labelled Amazon Prime Air, will enable Amazon to offer 30-minute delivery through the use of unmanned Octocopters. These drones will be able to deliver packages weighing up to 2.3 kg within a 10-mile radius from the given fulfillment center. The announcement became the leading tech news globally, however its public reception was largely mixed. Due to current U.S. aviation regulations, the service cannot be implemented in the next couple of years. Many experts and...

  • Chinese government outright rejects Bitcoin as currency

    China’s central bank and five other government ministries today announced Bitcoin is not money, and it should not be used as currency in the market. However, the notice (webpage in Chinese) says, “Using bitcoins as a trade commodity on the internet, ordinary people have the freedom to participate at their own risk.” The notice stipulates that financial and payment institutions are not allowed to accept bitcoins for products or services. Bitcoins cannot be used to exchange legal tender for foreign currency, pay a mortgage, pay a legal settlement, make investments, or provide insurance. Furthermore, any Bitcoin-commerce websites must file with the...

  • Chinese government has no love for Windows 8, wants extended XP support

    Support for Windows XP officially ends on 8 April 2014, including all security updates. That’s bad news for China, where as of September about 54% of the population still uses the 12-year-old operating system. Furthermore, Micorsoft has stopped selling basic versions of the second-most popular operating system in China, Windows 7, which has 38% market share. In response, the State Copyright Bureau of China’s government says Microsoft is putting users at risk of serious security threats, according to Techweb. It has prodded Microsoft for longer support of Windows XP and to continue sales of Windows 7. The Bureau representative says...

  • WeChat set to launch banking venture by mid December

    WeChat’s upcoming financial services platform will be launched in mid-December this year, according to Yicai (article in Chinese). Tencent is working with four Chinese fund companies to create a financial product in which users can invest their savings, similar to Baidu’s Baifa and Alibaba’s Yuebao. Users can store their savings straight from their smartphones through China’s most popular messaging app WeChat via TenPay, Tencent’s very own third-party payment system. Their money will be accessible at any time and there will be no limit to the amount of money they can deposit (unlike Baidu’s product). Tencent has not announced the interest rate...

  • Baidu reports 270m active Android users in China

    If anyone is in the position to know what Chinese netizens get up to online, it’s Baidu, the nation’s top search engine. Baidu’s newest mobile trends reports reveals lots of details about what people in China are doing with their smartphones and feature phones – but let’s focus on the big picture. The report shows that China now has 270-million active Android users (in Q3 2013), up from about 130-million at the same period last year. Notice that the rate of growth of Android uptake is now slowing on average — to about 10 to 13% per quarter — but there’s...

  • Tencent throws a bone to international users with 10TB worth of free storage

    You might recall Chinese internet giant Tencent giving its domestic users 10TB worth of free storage back in August. It was a big deal at the time, not least because it dwarfed the 1TB of free cloud storage its competitors were offering. Now, it looks like Tencent, part owned by emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers, is extending the offer to its international users. According to US tech news site PandoDaily, an English-language version of the service will roll out early next year. As with the Chinese version of the service, in order to access your 10TB, you’ll have to...