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TCL May Launch a Couple of Brand New BlackBerry Devices at the CES

24 Dec blackberry-wallpaper-14-990x557

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

BlackBerry washed its hands off hardware manufacturing this year. The company took this decision in order to focus more of its attention on the profitable software arm and to let go of the mobile manufacturing business, that was mostly redundant. (more…)

Snap Inc. Is Opening a New Research and Development Office in China

23 Dec snapchat-spectacles-990x534

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Snapchat’s spectacles are a pretty high point for the company. The company has really put in a lot of efforts in marketing the gadgets — even though the marketing was rather unconventional and in form of pop-up shops. The company seems to have some seriously high hopes from its spectacles and as such, it is now opening a brand new R&D technology office in Shenzhen, China. (more…)

China’s National IC Fund Will Begin to Shift Its Development Focus from Foundries to Fabless IC Design, Says TrendForce

21 Dec shutterstock_188522612-624x416

China’s National Integrated Circuitry Investment Fund (here referred to as “National IC Fund”) has committed to invest nearly RMB 70 billion into the domestic semiconductor sector since its creation in 2015. (more…)

China Mobile’s MIGU Partners with ODG to Bring Augmented Reality to Consumers in China

20 Dec migu-group-logo

ODG (Osterhout Design Group), a leading designer and manufacturer of augmented, virtual and mixed reality smartglasses and products, has announced an exclusive partnership with China Mobile Communications Corporation’s (“China Mobile”) subsidiary MIGU Video Co., Ltd. (“MIGU”) to bring ODG smartglasses to China. (more…)

Starbucks and Tencent Announce Strategic Partnership to Launch Social Gifting on WeChat in China

9 Dec 4086050844_e8c3485a95_z-624x468

Starbucks Coffee Company and Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet value-added services in China, today pioneered a strategic partnership to co-create a new social gifting feature on WeChat, China’s leading mobile social communications service, in early 2017. (more…)

ZTE Empowers Consumers Again to Name the Winning Project CSX Device

30 Nov ZTE_logo_EN

ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, has announced it is accepting product name ideas for the recently revealed Project CSX winner, an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone. (more…)

China’s Unigroup May Drop Deals with Taiwanese Companies as Government Approval Deemed Unlikely

30 Nov unigroup111301-624x414

As the government of Taiwan is seen unlikely to approve Beijing-backed Tsinghua Unigroup’s plan to acquire stakes in Powertech Technology Inc. (PTI) and ChipMos Technologies Inc. (ChipMos), two major IC packaging and testing companies, the Chinese company does not rule out the possibility to drop the deals and seek other channels of cooperation, Chinese media reported. (more…)

Uber China’s New App Makes Cab-Hailing a Seriously Terrible Chore for Foreigners

30 Nov uber-china-new-featured-tech-portal

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Didi Chuxing and Uber fought a very hard battle over China. After raising funds that would have put any other startup to shame, and going on discount and offer sprees, the battle finally ended with Didi acquiring Uber China. Well, months after the acquisition, Didi Chuxing is finally rolling out some major changes. Uber’s China app is now separate from its global counterpart. (more…)

Why is Huawei Having Such a Hard Time in the U.S. Market?

28 Nov 640_huawei_logo-624x415-490x325

U.S. carriers, which distribute more than 80% of mobile phones in the country, are not eager to work with Huawei because of its low brand recognition and security concerns, according to The Wall Street Journal. (more…)

Chinese Travel Giant Ctrip.com Acquires Scotland-Based Travel Search Engine Skyscanner for a Massive $1.74 Billion

26 Nov screenshot-170-990x557

By Disha Manocha, The Tech Portal

Ctrip.com International Ltd, listed on Nasdaq and boasting the place of China’s biggest online travel company, agreed to buy travel search website Skyscanner Holdings Ltd on Wednesday, in a deal that valued the Scotland-based company at about 1.4 billion pounds(approx $1.74 billion). The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016. (more…)