Asia

The latest innovative tech coming out of Asia

  • Hong Kong is showing promise as a destination for tech IPOs

    Hong Kong is showing promise as a destination for tech IPOs

    The U.S. tech IPO window may have reopened in 2017 following a lull last year, but the outlook is also looking rosier for another listing platform located on the other side of world. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) is experiencing a renaissance of sorts among the tech industry. Selfie app company Meitu held the largest listing from a tech company for nearly a decade in December —… Read More

  • The ORII smart ring lets you control your smartphone using only your voice

    The ORII smart ring lets you control your smartphone using only your voice

    ORII is a new smart ring that gives you full hands-free control of your smartphone. The device connects to your phone with Bluetooth and it can be used to provide crystal-clear audio, which makes it an interesting tool for those with sight or hearing issues. Read More

  • Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

    Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

    After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. I’ve asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms… Read More

  • Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market

    Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market

    If you’re looking for a market with smartphone sales growth potential then India usually comes to mind, but the market is moving forward with much promise in Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country. A new report from IDC shows that smartphones sales in the country accelerated by 13 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. A total of 7.3 million devices shipped… Read More

  • LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

    LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

    LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with more than 500 million members, is taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively more expensive for consumers. Read More

  • India’s Rentomojo raises $10M from Bain Capital and Lending Club founder

    India’s Rentomojo raises $10M from Bain Capital and Lending Club founder

    Indian startup Rentomojo — which lets consumers rent appliances furniture, motorbikes and other urban living essentials — has closed a $10 million Series B to continue its expansion. The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures; others that put in include Lending Club founder and former CEO Renaud Laplanche and existing investors Accel and IDG. Read More

  • Apple’s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time

    Apple’s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time

    Apple has appointed Isabel Ge Mahe as its first vice president and managing director of its business in Greater China. China-born Ge Mahe is tasked with managing Apple’s China business, and she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams when she takes up the role, which is based out of Shanghai, “later this summer.” Read More

  • Naked Hub emerges as WeWork’s main competitor in Asia

    Naked Hub emerges as WeWork’s main competitor in Asia

    Hours after WeWork announced plans to move into Japan, one of the U.S. co-working giant’s chief rivals made a move to increase the competition in Asia. Naked Hub, which was born out of China-based luxury resort company Naked Group, today announced a merger deal with JustCo, a fast-expanding co-working firm located in Singapore. It also revealed that it is working to finalize a $200… Read More

  • We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    TechCrunch was in Hong Kong last week for tech conference Rise — where we watched two robots talking together on stage, among other things. The event is well-known for its after-parties and social activities, but one night we sneaked away from the crowd with a few friends to check out a virtual reality arcade. Playdium is a new entry to the city, having only opened its doors at the start… Read More

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