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  • Apple Turns To Old iPhone Models, And Lower Prices, To Woo Users In India

    Apple Turns To Old iPhone Models, And Lower Prices, To Woo Users In India

    Executives at Apple in India are preparing to celebrate passing $1 billion in annual revenue in the country for the first time this financial year. But Apple today remains a small player in India, accounting for less than 2% of all mobile sales in 2013 according to one estimate. In a market where more than 90% of the 224 million phones sold in 2014 will be bought by first-time users… Read More

  • Bluetooth Headset Vigo Knows When You Are Tired Before You Do

    Bluetooth Headset Vigo Knows When You Are Tired Before You Do

    When I was a student, sometimes I’d stab myself in the leg with the tip of my mechanical pencil to keep from dozing off during lectures. That usually didn’t work. Now sleepy students–and other people who need to stay alert for long periods of time–can benefit from Vigo, a Bluetooth headset that measures blinks and body movements to warn users if they are getting too drowsy. Read More

  • Tim Cook Celebrates China Mobile’s iPhone Launch

    Tim Cook Celebrates China Mobile’s iPhone Launch

    The iPhone is finally available for sale in China Mobile stores after Apple spent years negotiating for a deal with the carrier, the world’s largest by subscriber number. In a sign of how important the partnership is to Apple, CEO Tim Cook showed up at the China Mobile launch today to meet customers, pose for pictures, and autograph iPhones. Read More

  • Microsoft Open Tech Expands To China

    Microsoft Open Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft, has long been the company’s main vehicle for reaching out to the open source community. Its main mission is to build technical bridges between Microsoft’s products and open source projects. To allow it to more efficiently work with the fast-growing Chinese market, Open Tech is opening its first international office… Read More

  • Tencent Launches New Mobile Open Platform Initiative Ahead Of Alibaba’s IPO

    Tencent Launches New Mobile Open Platform Initiative Ahead Of Alibaba’s IPO

    Over the last week, we’ve been keeping an eye on Tencent and Alibaba as the two Chinese Internet giants ramp up their competition ahead of Alibaba’s highly-anticipated IPO, which is expected to have a $100 billion valuation. Tencent has been holding its own with products like its popular messaging app WeChat, but it has taken several additional steps to strengthen its position… Read More

  • Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba

    Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba

    Chinese Internet giant Tencent is probably best-known in the rest of the world as the creator of WeChat and for its reported investment in Snapchat. On its home turf, however, Tencent is engaged in an aggressive battle with Alibaba, which dominates China’s lucrative and fast-growing online shopping industry. Now Tencent has strengthened its e-commerce strategy with an investment worth… Read More

  • Rocket Internet-Backed Fashion Site Zalora To Launch Marketplace In Asia

    Rocket Internet-Backed Fashion Site Zalora To Launch Marketplace In Asia

    Zalora, a fashion e-commerce site that has raised $238 million from investors such as Rocket Internet and Access Industries, plans to launch its marketplace in South East Asia early this year. The new model will help Zalora build a leaner e-commerce model without having to own any inventory. For Rocket Internet, the marketplace model is already gaining momentum with other companies in the… Read More

  • Indix Is Building A Catalog Of Over 1 Billion Consumer Products To Help Brands Sell Better

    Indix Is Building A Catalog Of Over 1 Billion Consumer Products To Help Brands Sell Better

    Indix, a big data startup based in Chennai, is building a catalog for all of the world’s over 1 billion consumer products to help brands compare prices and make crucial business decisions. Indix is positioning itself as a neutral aggregator of all the world’s e-commerce inventory, and hundreds of millions of products that can be otherwise searched on Google, but without any… Read More

  • Uber Will Focus On Southeast Asia Launches Over The Next Two Months

    Uber Will Focus On Southeast Asia Launches Over The Next Two Months

    Uber is preparing to launch in several Southeast Asian cities over the next few weeks, said its head of Asian expansion in an interview last week. The well-funded startup’s decision to focus there is a sign of the many opportunities for consumer mobile startups in Southeast Asia. Not only are there high mobile penetration rates throughout the region, but also a growing base of… Read More