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Chinese Smartphone Company IUNI Cuts 60% Of Staff: Another One Bites The Dust

China’s saturated smartphone market saw another victim on Tuesday, as Chinese media reported the extreme downsizing of domestic smartphone company IUNI, which cut around 60 percent of its staff. IUNI is a wholly owned subsidiary of fellow smartphone vendor Gionee Communications Equipment Co. Ltd. “After this round of layoffs, the only employees left will be product development […]

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This Kickstarter Project Lets You Talk To Your Plants

Giving people the ability to control objects with their voice has typically been the domain of big tech companies: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple’s Siri. Shenzhen-based hardware company Seeed Studio wants to change that. “You can take a plant and make it something you can talk to,” says Xiaobo Ye, the product manager of ReSpeaker. “Now, raising a plant […]

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China Transportation Wars 2.0: Bike Sharing

The dust kicked up by ride sharing has settled, but the air is again charged with electricity. This time, it’s bike sharing, and companies are losing no time stocking up on ammo. The latest news is that Ofo, a dockless bike sharing company which started on campus, has completed a C round totaling 130 million […]

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Mobile is Reshaping Content Aggregation and Delivery in China

Different from the incumbent online content aggregators who produce a large portion of their content in-house and depend on traditional display advertising for revenue generation, a new wave of content aggregation apps in China use an open publishing system, an algorithm-powered recommendation engine, and a programmatic advertising system. This trend is led by four-year-old startup […]

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The Company Behind The Roomba Wants To Tap A Xiaomi-Like Formula in China

iRobot, the company behind the Roomba automatic floor vacuum, has turned their attention to China, setting up an office in Shanghai and seeking local investment opportunities. The company is seeking to grow its presence in the market, and lower manufacturing costs for their brand of home robots, the same formula that saw Xiaomi build a multi-billion USD ‘smart home’ […]

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