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Xiaomi’s US$1B for Digital Content, Poaches Online Media Guru Chen Tong [Updated]

“Content is king”, as they say, and even hardware manufacturers want in on it. Xiaomi, the Chinese smart hardware and internet service provider, announced this afternoon that it is allocating US$1 billion to digital content, especially online videos for the Xiaomi Smart TV and set-top box. The company has hired Chen Tong, editor-in-chief of Sina since […]

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Riding the Internet-of-Things Trends, Solution Providers Emerge in China

We’ve previously written about smart hardware platforms in China, most of which come from the big Chinese internet companies. They all want the newly emerging smart gadgets and home appliances to be compatible with their platform – for instance, WeChat, the leading Chinese mobile messaging app, has released an API for connected hardware that enables users to […]

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JD+, Smart Hardware Accelerator by Chinese Online Retail Giant JD.com

Chinese online retail giant JD.com has become one of the first distributors smart hardware makers would turn to whenever they are about to ship products. When maker revolution was about to explode JD established a sub-channel for selling smart hardware products only. Earlier this year,  the company launched JD+, an accelerator for smart hardware products, offering funding, […]