• Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest out of Europe to date

    If you thought the problems Rocket Internet has had bringing its portfolio of startups and its business overall into the black would have spelled setbacks for future investing, think again. This week, the firm — based out of Berlin — reported that it had raised a new $1 billion fund, the biggest tech fund of any VC firm to date in Europe, it claims. The Rocket Internet… Read More

  • Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones Crunch Network

    Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones

    One of the biggest technology trends of 2015 was virtual reality (VR), from Oculus Rift to Google’s cardboard headsets. TechCrunch SF Disrupt 2015 saw a lot of VR experiences where users could wear headsets and navigate in an immersive 3D world. In Las Vegas, CES demonstrated a range of new gadgets and gaming experiences involving both VR and AR (augmented reality, e.g., Magic Leap). Read More

  • IPO-Bound E-Commerce Giant Rocket Internet Consolidates, Holtzbrink Takes 2.5% Stake

    IPO-Bound E-Commerce Giant Rocket Internet Consolidates, Holtzbrink Takes 2.5% Stake

    More shareholder activity over at Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce incubator and investor that is widely expected to go public. Holtzbrinck Ventures, a firm that has been a longtime investor in Rocket Internet portfolio companies around the world, is exchanging the shares it has in those companies for a 2.5% share in Rocket Internet. No cash is changing hands here: this is a… Read More

  • Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO & Others Pulled From The App Store [UPDATED]

    Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO & Others Pulled From The App Store [UPDATED]

    Yo, the simplified messaging app backed by an optimistic $1.5 million in funding, has apparently had it with the clones. The company is now trying to get the parody app YOLO and other similar efforts removed from the App Store by filing a complaint with Apple, claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Yo…YOLO? Surely you can see the potential consumer confusion? According to the… Read More

  • Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones

    Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends. The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!  Read More

  • Summit Partners Puts $26M Into Samwer Brothers’ African Amazon Clone Jumia

    Summit Partners Puts $26M Into Samwer Brothers’ African Amazon Clone Jumia

    Rocket Internet, the e-commerce startup incubator started by the Samwer Brothers, is once again ramping up its operations in emerging markets. Today it is announcing that Jumia, an Amazon clone launched last year in Africa, has received a €20 million ($26 million) investment from Summit Partners. Jumia is already active in Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco, and the company says that it will be… Read More

  • Can Open Source Hardware Companies Survive Clones?

    Can Open Source Hardware Companies Survive Clones?

    In theory, this Kickstarter project aiming to sell a sub-$2,000 MakerBot clone shouldn’t be that much of a big deal. The MakerBot Replicator, one of the first (and best) home 3D printers in the world, is an open source product, and as such, anyone with a little wood, some soldering experience, and a dream should be able to build one – or a hundred and one. But in practice the… Read More

  • The GT5: A Really Good Looking iPhone 4 Clone (Video)

    We’ve been seeing clones of the iPhone 4 for a while now. But this one, this one looks legit. The software is surely garbage, but, you have to admit they’re getting pretty good at copying. The GT5, not named after Grand Turismo 5, is one of many Chinese copycats that no one in the US would ever buy. But hey, it looks good. Read More

  • Most Accurate iPad Clone Yet Runs Windows 7

    We’ve seen clones of the iPad before, but this one looks like the best imitation yet. Critically, though, it runs Windows 7 and not iOS. It’s got a 10.1″ 1024×768 LCD, a 1.66GHz Atom N455, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 10.1 1024*768 TFT capacitive touchscreen, 2GB DDR3, 8GB,16GB or 32GB SSD for options, with dimensions… Read More

  • MacBook Air lookalike is more netbook-y but only costs $250

    Oh wow, take a look at that MacBook Ai—hey, that’s not a MacBook Air! It’s a $250 netbook from China! That’s actually not too bad of a deal, considering that the machine has a 12.1-inch 1366×768 display, weighs just under three pounds, and is less than an inch thick. Read More

  • German "PearC" Apple clones aim to succeed at the Psystar game

    The long-running Psystar dispute may be settling down as the controversial PC-maker runs out of steam, but don’t think that’s the end of… the Clone Wars. (sorry) German PC company HyperMegaNet UG has started selling its own line of cloned Apples. But good heavens, you say, aren’t they scared of Apple? Won’t they see the smoking ruins of Psystar and fear the same… Read More

  • BlueBerry L900i: Like a BlackBerry, but not

    Look out, RIM, there’s a new kid in town. The BlueBerry L900i features a “2.4 inch 240*320 pixels screen, bluetooth, and so on,” according to China Grabber. And so on? Brilliant marketing if I’ve ever seen it. Read More

  • OpenTech, Apple clone makers, now selling themselves on eBay

    Good news! You can now buy OpenTech’s website, (!!!) and assets for $52,000. But if you’re sneaky, you can start bidding at about $35,000 and rock out when the bidding ends in seven days. Looks like no one decided to bite in August when they tried to sell themselves the first time. As you know Open Tech has been up for sale on the Open Tech Site. (… Read More

  • Apple calls for the destruction of the clones

    Last week Apple filed a copyright infringement suit against Psystar, alleging the company “misappropriated Apple’s proprietary software and intellectual property.” That’s no shocker, but that Apple is asking for, along with damages and an injunction, that every Psystar Mac OS-based OpenComputer be recalled, could turn into more than just the usual lawsuit. Psystar… Read More

  • Interview with the creator of an R2D2 impostor

    Don’t let the glossy outer shell and blue markings fool you — this is not the droid you’re looking for. In fact, it is a meticulously designed copy of R2D2 created by Chris James and is radio controlled and can play back R2D2 sound bites and hum the Star Wars theme. It cannot, however, save you in the event of a rebel attack. Sadly, this model is remote controlled and… Read More

  • Non-Psystar PCs running Leopard appearing

    John Biggs has a Psystar. It’s a generic PC that runs OSX Leopard, and runs it well at that. It was roughly $550 shipped, and there’s something that gives one a sneaky feeling when using it, as if you’re getting away with something. The Psystar, though, may be just the tip of the iceberg. Apple Insider points out that there are now other PC clones running OSX, and you can… Read More

  • FC Mobile: Full, portable NES

    Meet the FC Mobile, a really interesting looking cloned NES console that’s perfectly portable. But unlike most NES clones, this one takes old school NES cartridges, so you can dust off the ones in the back of your closet, blow into the slot, and play Zelda just like you used to. We haven’t tried one out ourselves, but it’s really hard to muck up a decent emulator. My main… Read More

  • Psystar shipping $399 Mac clones; Apple still mum

    According to its website, Psystar has started shipping the first of its $399 Open computers, which they will pre-install with Leopard for an additional $155. They also note that they have a new location and signs in the windows, further showing that they might be real, but until I see an Open running Leopard myself, I’m a skeptic. Still no word from Apple on what action, if any, the… Read More

  • X-ITE's fake iPod Touches aren't that X-ITING

    [photopress:MP24.jpg,full,center] I love my iPod Touch to death, and the clones coming out can’t really touch it, though they are getting interesting. This X-ITE PMP is aimed right at the Touch, from form factor to interface. It has a few niceties the Touch doesn’t have, such as DivX and Windows Media support, FM tuner, minSD slot for expansion, and a built-in speaker. There are… Read More

  • Fabrik Launches Myfabrik – Google Yawns, Has Sandwich

    Oh boy. I hope you guys are excited on this bitterly cold Tuesday because in Silicon Valley, things are getting HOT! A service called Myfabrik is being released today after beta testing. It’s going to change the way you use the web, I swear. You’ll be able to do things you’d never thought possible, such as share files online (up to 1GB), share videos, photos, and the ability… Read More