Women Who Code expands in Beijing and Shanghai

While China recognizes International Women’s Day every March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements in society, the world’s second-largest economy’s rank on the Global Gender Gap Report has dropped for three consecutive years and now sits at 91st in 2015. A San Francisco-headquartered nonprofit, however, celebrated International Women’s Day in Beijing by training their recently appointed regional directors, who are […]

Happy 2nd Birthday, WeChat Pay!

While WeChat celebrated its fifth birthday on January 22, WeChat Pay is only commemorating its second anniversary on Friday. Tencent completed internal testing and opened up WeChat Pay to verified service accounts such as enterprises and brick-and-mortar stores on March 4, 2014. Tencent said in the company’s 2015 third quarter results that WeChat has amassed 650 million […]

8 smartphone hacks for the non-tech savvy

A recent Chinese government report shows that 90% of Chinese access the Internet via mobile devices, which means they probably own a smartphone. It’s also a worldwide trend, with many netizens in emerging markets skipping PCs to access information. Many consumers are not sure how to quickly troubleshoot their devices. Steve Castro, a veteran graphic and web […]

Mobile World Congress: Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo debut new smart devices and services

The annual Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on Monday. But its Sunday press conference has already created some buzz, especially about Chinese tech firms. Here is what we know from MWC 2016. Huawei launches its first laptop-tablet device The world’s third-largest smartphone maker, according to research firm IDC, is expanding to the laptop […]

From LeTV to LeEco: A video website grows into a tech empire with global ambitions

Faraday Future, a California-based EV startup, unveiled its Batmobile-like concept car at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, causing a media storm. As it turns out, one of Faraday’s key investors is the Chinese company Leshi Internet Information & Technology, or LeTV for short. Electric vehicle production is only one of LeTV’s many arms of vertical integration. In […]

Wanda-backed travel site to set up joint venture in Thailand

After expanding its businesses in North Asia, Chinese online travel platform Tongcheng, or “Ly.com”, will enter the Southeast Asia market by setting up a joint venture with Wenmei Holidays, which already has a subsidiary in Thailand, Chinese tech media outlet TechWeb reported on Wednesday. The new joint venture aims to serve Chinese tourists traveling to […]

Traveler accuses online travel platform Qunar of selling invalid airline tickets

A disgruntled passenger complained to a Chinese media outlet about purchasing fake airline tickets from one of China’s leading online travel agencies, Qunar.com, Shanghai-based newspaper The Paper reported on Thursday. The passenger referred to by the surname Zhang, told the newspaper that he bought a round-trip Air Canada ticket from Shanghai to Toronto from Qunar. […]

Uber China confirms USD 2 billion from multiple Chinese investors

Uber China confirmed Thursday the ride-hailing firm had received nearly USD two billion from Chinese investors without disclosing exact amounts from individual investors. An Uber China spokesperson said China Minsheng Bank, China Vanke Group Co., and China Broadband Capital (CBC), along with other unnamed investors are behind the investment, in addition to HNA Group, China […]

Hainan Airlines leads Series B financing of Uber China to boost its valuation at $7 billion

To further expand Uber’s global business, Uber announced a strategic partnership with HNA Group, a parent company of Hainan Airlines, in Beijing on Monday, providing Chinese travelers with a door-to-door travel experience. HNA Group was a leading investor in Uber China’s Series B funding back in October. Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick disclosed investors […]