Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer. She started her career in New York City at the Wall Street Journal Online and Barron's Online before moving to Asia. After studying Mandarin Chinese, Catherine put her language skills to the test by covering the design industry and culture in Taiwan's capital for the Taipei Times. Her other journalism experience includes an investigative reporting internship at the Village Voice and numerous freelance writing gigs. Catherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet announced today that it has landed a $1.125 million seed round from Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures, SparkLabs Global Ventures, and Launch Capital. Petnet (a different company from the Australian pet supply seller of the same name) will use the investment to commercialize its first product, the Petnet Smartfeeder, which is scheduled to ship to customers in the middle of this year. Read More

  • Life Graphy Is A Simple But Refreshing New Take On To-Do List Apps

    Life Graphy Is A Simple But Refreshing New Take On To-Do List Apps

    There are so many to-do list apps now that instead of figuring out the differences between all of them, it might seem like a better use of time to just go back to pen and paper (or the infamous white board). But iOS app Life Graphy lends a refreshing new twist to task management. It lets you visualize how many things you manage to complete over the course of each month with a unique calendar… Read More

  • Baidu Translate App Features A Cool Image Recognition Tool

    Baidu Translate App Features A Cool Image Recognition Tool

    Baidu, the company best known for making China’s top Internet search engine, just made its translation app available for iOS. The descriptions for the iPhone and Android versions are in Chinese (search for “Baidu Translate” in the stores), as are its intro/instruction screens, but don’t worry–the app’s user interface is mostly in English. Read More

  • Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger ARK Lets Mobile Users Cut The Cord

    Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger ARK Lets Mobile Users Cut The Cord

    ARK is one of the latest wireless device chargers for people who are tired of having to tether their smartphone or tablet to an outlet when it runs out of juice. The small, square-shaped base uses Qi, an interoperable standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium and is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. 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

  • Easy Budgeting App Level Launches Android Version

    Easy Budgeting App Level Launches Android Version

    Out of all the financial planning apps I’ve tried, Level is one that I like best. The app, which bills itself as a “real-time money meter” has data visualizations that let me know at a glance how much money I have left to spend and still stay within my budget. I also appreciate the way it automatically draws up a recommended financial plan that includes recurring payments from… 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

  • Keepod Unite Wants To Bring PCs to Nairobi’s Poorest Residents

    Keepod Unite Wants To Bring PCs to Nairobi’s Poorest Residents

    Israeli startup Keepod and LiveInSlums, an NGO, have united to launch an important project, Keepod Unite, that seeks to bring personal computers to the slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The team is currently seeking $38,000 on Indiegogo and will use the funds to distribute 1,500 Keepod devices, a secure operating system that runs from a USB drive, and a total of 50 recycled… Read More

  • Mobile Browser Dolphin Hits 100M Installs, Launches Innovation Lab Focused On Smart Devices

    Mobile Browser Dolphin Hits 100M Installs, Launches Innovation Lab Focused On Smart Devices

    Dolphin, the third-party browser made by Sequoia Capital-backed startup MoboTap, announced today that it has reached 100 million downloads globally, fueled in large part by tackling emerging markets such as Russia, India, and Brazil. Dolphin also officially launched the second part of its growth strategy, Dolphin Labs, a team of engineers who will find ways to extend Dolphin’s ecosystem… 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

  • Crowdfunding Site Pozible Offers A Kickstarter Alternative For Asia-Based Projects

    Crowdfunding Site Pozible Offers A Kickstarter Alternative For Asia-Based Projects

    Kickstarter is undoubtedly the top crowdfunding site in the world, with over $480 million pledged in 2013. For projects outside of the five countries (the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) the platform is available in, however, launching a campaign is very difficult. That’s where Melbourne-based Pozible comes in. The site recently launched in Singapore and Malaysia, the… 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

  • Wandoujia, One Of China’s Leading App Stores, Lands $120M In New Funding Led By SoftBank

    Wandoujia, One Of China’s Leading App Stores, Lands $120M In New Funding Led By SoftBank

    Wandoujia, one of China’s largest mobile app distribution platforms with 300 million users, announced today that it has raised $120 million in funding led by SoftBank Corp. Other investors participating in this round include existing Wandoujia investors DCM and Innovation Works Development Fund (IWDF). In a statement, Wandoujia CEO Junyu Wang said that the funding will be used… Read More

  • Tina Fey Mocks Michael Bay’s CES Bomb At The Golden Globes

    Tina Fey Mocks Michael Bay’s CES Bomb At The Golden Globes

    The CES has made it to the big time! Or the Golden Globes, at least. Consumer electronics have become much easier to sell since the first CES was held in 1967 and there’s been a lot of discussion about how important the event still is to the tech industry, even for top hardware makers. As TechCrunch’s John Biggs wrote just before last week’s event “It’s as if the… Read More

  • Aereo Apologizes To Customers Affected By Service Outage During Golden Globes

    Aereo Apologizes To Customers Affected By Service Outage During Golden Globes

    Aereo, the streaming TV startup backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has apologized for a brief service outage tonight. The outage only lasted about an hour, but was especially unfortunate because it coincided with the Golden Globes. Read More

  • Meet ChoiceMap, A New App That Helps You Make Better Decisions

    Meet ChoiceMap, A New App That Helps You Make Better Decisions

    Making complicated decisions is an emotionally fraught process and (if you are like me) the whole thing can leave you feeling paralyzed. ChoiceMap is a new free iPhone app that helps you break down complex dilemmas into a list of priorities, rate them by how they will affect your life, and then uses an algorithm to score decisions. You can use it for everything from figuring out the future of… Read More

  • Airlock, Facebook’s New A/B Testing Framework, Will Help Improve User Experience On Its Mobile Apps

    Airlock, Facebook’s New A/B Testing Framework, Will Help Improve User Experience On Its Mobile Apps

    Facebook has developed a new mobile A/B testing framework, it announced today. In a post on the company’s engineering blog, engineers Ari Grant and Kang Zhang explained that when Facebook switched to native development stacks two years ago, it gave them finer control over many aspects of mobile development, but also meant losing the ability to A/B test. With Airlock, Facebook can make… Read More

  • The Jalapeño Beat Maker Adds A Dash Of Spice To Your Workouts

    The Jalapeño Beat Maker Adds A Dash Of Spice To Your Workouts

    Like most people, I depend on fast-paced music to stay motivated during my workouts, which usually consist of running around a park or flailing along to cardio fitness videos. But even adding new tracks to my playlist isn’t enough to keep me from getting bored sometimes. That’s where the Jalapeño Beat Maker comes in. It’s a portable device that you can attach to your… Read More

  • E-Commerce Business Lender iwoca Raises $8.2M To Expand In The UK And Europe

    E-Commerce Business Lender iwoca Raises $8.2M To Expand In The UK And Europe

    iwoca, which provides short-term loans to online retailers based in the UK, announced today that it has raised £5 million (about $8.2 million) from Global Founders Capital, a new private investment fund launched by the Samwer brothers of Rocket Internet fame, and Luxembourg-based Redline Capital Management. All of iwoca’s existing investors also returned for the current round, which… Read More