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The latest innovative tech coming out of Asia

  • Data Is Becoming The Beauty Box End Goal

    Data Is Becoming The Beauty Box End Goal

    The beauty box concept is a few years old now, but some of the newer beauty box startups in Asia have modified their business models to be more data-centric, as competition floods the market. The way beauty boxes have worked is, subscribers pay a monthly fee to receive a shipment of surprise cosmetic items. A lot of these items are sample-sized or have been acquired at great discounts… Read More

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    CommonFloor Raises $7.5M From Tiger Global, Accel To Be India’s Zillow

    CommonFloor Raises $7.5M From Tiger Global, Accel To Be India’s Zillow

    CommonFloor, a real estate search engine and listings site in India, has raised $7.5 million in funding from existing investors, Tiger Global Management and Accel India. CommonFloor is similar to Zillow and Trulia, but is a marketplace for real estate listings in India, particularly for apartments and gated communities. Similar to other listings sites, the startup includes apartment and… Read More

  • Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian taxi-booking app TaxiMonger has just expanded its service outside the capital city of Kuala Lumpur to cover Johor Bahru (the state sharing the border with Singapore). Additionally, it will run a Singapore-to-Johor service in a deal with cab operator JB-Tek, which currently runs that route. The decision to expand its service coverage is set against a backdrop of an ongoing skirmish… Read More

  • Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    “Voice Twitter” app, Bubble Motion, has just rebranded itself as Bubbly, and revamped its interface as it enters version 3.0 of its mobile app. The Bubbly app has been around for two years now, but this rebranding marks a pivotal shift in the company’s direction away from its original model of providing voice text messages. When it started in 2005, its service allowed people… Read More

  • Nokia Launches Nimbuzz Chat App To Tell Indian Users To Trade Up To A Smartphone

    Nokia Launches Nimbuzz Chat App To Tell Indian Users To Trade Up To A Smartphone

    After biding it’s time in emerging markets, free messaging app Nimbuzz has ben ratcheting up the news and partnerships lately. It’s hit 150m users globally, is strong in Asia, India and Saudi Arabia, has been adding new apps for platforms like Windows 8, and signing telco deals. Read More

  • Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

    Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

    The Pirate3D Buccaneer printer has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, reaching $1,438,765 in funds—more than 14 times its original $100,000 goal. The Singaporean startup burst onto the scene in May with news of its relatively inexpensive printer. The Buccaneer cost $347 on Kickstarter, far cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator 2.0 at $2,199. For reference, the Form One, which… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen: Beijing Should Be Another Silicon Valley, But….

    Marc Andreessen: Beijing Should Be Another Silicon Valley, But….

    Marc Andreessen, the Netscape co-founder and namesake behind venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said that he’s skeptical that efforts globally to recreate the Silicon Valley ecosystem will succeed. Even the most promising city and rival to the U.S.’s Silicon Valley, Beijing, faces lots of potential complications because laws around contracts aren’t as straightforward… Read More

  • Viki Moves In On Chinese Audiences With Two New Video Deals

    Viki Moves In On Chinese Audiences With Two New Video Deals

    Video sharing site, Viki, is continuing its push into China with two new video distribution deals with Chinese video-on-demand sites, LeTV and Xunlei Kankan. This move follows its first distribution deal, set up last July, with Renren—also known as the Facebook of China. That deal with Renren was Viki’s first such agreement with a third party to serve videos on an external site… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft, unveiling a raft of product annoucements at its Build conference this week, is also making some advances further afield. Today, Bango, the UK-based mobile payments and analytics company that works with companies like Facebook, Amazon, Blackberry and Google so that app purchases can be billed directly to users’ phone bills, is announcing the first implementation of its service… Read More

  • Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Users on Xiaomi devices will now be able to send international text messages faster and more reliably, it said. The Chinese smartphone maker just announced its enterprise international SMS platform at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai. The new service looks like it’ll rival Apple’s iMessage service in function, but is based entirely on SMS technology. That means that while… Read More