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  • Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further

    Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher — to give users of Google’s mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer. Read More

  • Big In Asia? Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Finally Go On Sale In China And India

    Big In Asia? Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Finally Go On Sale In China And India

    Today’s a big day for Apple in Asia. Fresh from launching new iPads and Macs in the US on Thursday, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally went on sale in China and India today, opening the new phones up to a combined population of more than 2.5 billion people. (They are also now retailing in Monaco, with a more modest population of less than 40,000 people, for what it’s… Read More

  • Lenovo Will Launch Its Own Xiaomi Clone To Boost Its Smartphone Brand In China

    Lenovo Will Launch Its Own Xiaomi Clone To Boost Its Smartphone Brand In China

    Lenovo may be closing the gap on Apple and Samsung when it comes to global smartphone sales, but its position on home turf in China is under pressure from upstart Xiaomi. Predicted to sell at least 60 million smartphones in Asia this year, Xiaomi unexpectedly stole the top spot for smartphone sales in China during the last quarter of business to underline its arrival as a major player. Now… Read More

  • Messaging App Line Finally Launches An iPad App

    Messaging App Line Finally Launches An iPad App

    Asian messaging giant Line, which has built a substantial business selling stickers and in-app games purchases to an engaged multi-million strong user-base of its free core app, has finally released a dedicated iPad app. It already had a desktop client, and multiple smartphone apps. Read More

  • Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    As newly public Alibaba continues to invest in startups to build out its presence in the U.S., it’s also looking at ways of expanding its ecosystem and platform at home. The latest move was announced this week, as the company unveiled Baichuan – Chinese for “hundreds of rivers.” Taking a page from Amazon — which has built up a large range of services for… Read More

  • SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus

    SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus

    Fresh from announcing a $250 million joint venture with media giant Legendary, SoftBank is increasing its focus on entertainment with an undisclosed deal to buy DramaFever, a five-year-old startup that streams global TV shows and movies online. DramaFever, which has raised over $12 million in funding from investors that include SoftBank Ventures Korea, isn’t limited to Korean content. Read More

  • Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, its Internet.org initiative has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial in Indonesia — the fourth-biggest country for… Read More

  • Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    I don’t mean to pile onto Snapchat in the middle of the #Snappening. But I thought there was something interesting that went missed in CEO Evan Spiegel’s multi-generational chat with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week at the Vanity Fair Summit. During the Hong Kong demonstrations that blew up this month, he and his team briefly discussed turning the protests… Read More

  • Yahoo Lays Off 400 Employees In India

    Yahoo Lays Off 400 Employees In India

    Just ahead of its Q3 earnings, Yahoo is laying people off in its international business. Specifically, it is downsizing its software development center in Bangalore, India. We understand that 400 people, mainly working in product engineering, have been affected. Yahoo has issued a statement to us confirming “consolidation” into fewer offices: “As we ensure that Yahoo is… Read More

  • iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

    iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

    Apple has announced the official launch date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. On October 10, customers will be able to pre-order the devices from Apple’s site. On October 14, they’ll be able to put earlier orders in at Apple’s retail locations, and devices will become available for pickup on October 17. Read More

  • The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    Although word ‘disrupt’ has taken a lot of flak recently, there are still innovations that can reorder an entire market – and one has just crossed the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, August 19, Sprint announced the release of App Pass, a subscription service that allows customers to access a curated selection of premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. Subscribers also get… Read More

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