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Posted inOn the Cusp, With Chinese Characteristics

How Chinese manufacturers’ interception of foreign IoT tech is a threat to our privacy

The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in the world of connected devices. Set to become an industry worth $8.9 trillion by 2020, it is, however, one of the rockiest industries for startups entering the field, according to industry insiders. In the “factory of the world,” getting your product manufactured can sometimes also get it […]

Posted inNews

Is Xiaomi Pivoting Away From Smartphones?

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun wanted to make one thing clear when he spoke at the Summer Davos event in Tianjin on Monday: “Xiaomi was never meant to be just a smartphone vendor.” The company, which rocketed to fame through mega-sales of budget smartphones, is now stepping back from its revenue-driving product, amid a stagnating smartphone market and […]

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China is a unique market and this startup is helping foreign hardware makers to crack it

China is arguably the world’s largest manufacturing center for smart devices thanks to the quick rise of hardware hubs like Shenzhen. Groups of foreign entrepreneurs come to the country in search of more affordable parts, efficient manufacturers, cheap labor, crowdsourcing, and the vibrant startup community. But even though their products are manufactured here, it is […]

Posted inNews

Four Chinese Drones You Can’t Miss In 2016

The global commercial drone market is taking off as improvements in technology transform drones from a specialty device into an affordable consumer product. A huge market for consumer drones is blossoming and already, and China is making its mark. Data from state media outlet Xinhua shows that drone exports from China’s hardware hub Shenzhen amounted to $2.7 […]

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Live from TechCrunch – How can a foreign hardware company enter China?

Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley in China, is becoming a must-destination for the foreign hardware startups to start their business. On the other hand, Chinese startups are starting from Shenzhen and expanding to global markets, such as educational robot kit Makeblock, drone maker DJI, and smartphone manufacturer Huawei. In the panel “Startup in Shenzhen”, Benjamin Joffe, Partner […]

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Xiaomi Is Expanding Their Smart Transport Empire With Bicycles

After tackling Segway-style smart transport last year, Xiaomi Inc. now has plans to expand further into smart bikes. The company will release a new Xiaomi-brand smart bike in the coming months, according to sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. At the same time Xiaomi-backed smart bicycle company IRiding will also release a ‘smart’ bike called the ‘QiCycle’ this week, […]

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