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  • Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Shortly after the launch of TechCrunch.cn last year, we brought TechCrunch’s International City Event, organized by our official partner TechNode, to Shanghai, China. This year the event is coming to Beijing. It will take place on August 11 and 12 at T-Space, Chaoyang Park. The theme is “The Red Hardware” to highlight China’s smart hardware makers. Read More

  • The US Market Will Benefit From China’s Tech Growth

    The US Market Will Benefit From China’s Tech Growth

    Editor’s note: Si Shen is the co-founder & CEO of PapayaMobile, the Beijing-based mobile company that operates AppFlood, the largest global mobile RTB ad network out of China. Before Papaya, Si worked on Google’s mobile team in the U.S. and China.   This has been a whirlwind year for Chinese tech companies. Alibaba is in the spotlight as it’s on track for an… Read More

  • Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    A couple years ago, entrepreneur Sungdo Lee had a hit with a series of apps based on music hits, including Harlem Shake Booth, which turns users’ pictures into dancing avatars and scored 12 million downloads. Lee, however, wanted to do something that would have more longevity than entertainment apps. So he turned to 3D printing. Read More

  • Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

  • Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    WearYouWant, a fashion retail site, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. The round was lead by Digital Media Partners (DMP), a venture firm that specializes in emerging markets, as well as Japanese e-marketing firm OPT SEA. Other investors include IMG Investment Partners and WearYouWant co-founder Julien Chalte. Read More

  • Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Stock trading and financial management platform 8 Securities has closed a $9 million Series B to support its expansion in Japan and China. Returning investors include Velocity Capital and Leitmotiv Private Equity. Read More

  • Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube wants to be the all-in-one media hub for your home. You can use it to wirelessly back up photos and other files from all your mobile devices and cameras, while removing duplicates and organizing with its photo management software. It also functions as a home media cloud so you can access your files anywhere, while streaming photos and videos to iOS and Android devices, or Windows and… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

  • Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Just one day after Flipkart disclosed that it had raised as massive $1 billion round, Amazon has upped the ante by announcing that it will invest $2 billion in its Indian marketplace, which it launched about a year ago. In a statement, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said “At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross… Read More

  • Indian E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Raises Massive $1B Round

    Indian E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Raises Massive $1B Round

    Flipkart, the largest e-commerce company in India, announced on Twitter that it has raised a massive $1 billion round. The round was led by Tiger Global Management and Naspers, with participation by GIC and existing investors Accel Partners, DST Global, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Sofina. Read More

  • Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

    Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

    Migraines aren’t just awful headaches. They are a neurological condition that often come with cluster of syndromes before and after pain starts. These are called prodromes, which can warn some sufferers when a headache is coming, and postdromes, or “migraine hangovers” that can leave patients feeling exhausted. Read More

  • Thinknum Raises $1M Seed Round To Give Financial Analysts Better Tools

    Thinknum Raises $1M Seed Round To Give Financial Analysts Better Tools

    Thinknum, a financial tech startup that develops tools for analysts, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Pejman Mar Ventures (an investment firm that has also seeded companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club), with participation from Signatures Capital; Green Visor Capital; 500 Startups; 645 Angels; and HKB Capital. The funding will be used to add… Read More

  • Case Remote Lets You Wirelessly Control Your DSLR Camera From A Phone

    Case Remote Lets You Wirelessly Control Your DSLR Camera From A Phone

    Here’s a neat idea aiming to bridge the gap between older generation technology and today’s ubiquitous touchscreen smartphones. Case Remote is a wireless remote controller for DSLR cameras which links to an Android or iOS smartphone, allowing the camera kit to be controlled via a mobile app. Read More

  • Apis Partners Launches New Fintech Growth Fund For Africa, Asia

    Apis Partners Launches New Fintech Growth Fund For Africa, Asia

    Apis Partners, a new growth fund to back fintech startups out emerging markets like Asia and Africa, has launched, aiming to raise between $250 million and $300 million. Matteo Stefanel, previously a partner in emerging markets private equity firm Abraaj, created the fund with Udayan Goyal, a founder of fintech investment and advisory firm Anthemis Group. Plenty of innovation in financial… Read More

  • FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED seeks to stretch the boundaries of digital art and take it beyond the confines of computer screen. The full-HD IPS display itself is gorgeous, with a walnut frame, but it’s more than just an attractive monitor. It also allows viewers to interact with artwork through motion and sound sensors. Read More

  • Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Chinese search engine giant Baidu had a good month on the Google Play Store in June, shooting up seven ranks to crack the top 10 publishers by downloads, according to App Annie’s latest global app index. Baidu’s growth wasn’t on the back of its search capabilities. App Annie’s data shows that two apps, DU Battery Saver and DU Speed Booster, accounted for most of the jump. Read More

  • QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More

  • Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from two of the three founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Changseong Ho and Jiwon Moon saw how devoted fans on Viki were to translating and subtitling the dialogue in their favorite movies and TV series, and wanted to create a network were people could participate… Read More

  • Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?” The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which recently disclosed new funding of $12 million, bringing its total to $20 million)… Read More

  • POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a new version that can be used to create apps for iPads, Android devices, and desktop as well. Read More