ManmanFounder: Wang LingFounded in: 2015Financing status: RMB 40 million (USD 5.8 million) financing in 2017Manman is a mobile comics platform that produces and issues original comics.Founded in Beijing in 2017, Manman has more than 980 original comics on its app, and 315 comics are exclusive.Manman has more than 14 million users out of which 3 million are active users, and 2 million users have more than 20 subscriptions on it.Manman is now trying to make profits with paid subscriptions, advertising and reward systems.Manman’s pre-Series A financing round was led by Fosun Kinzon Capital, Kaitai Capital and Cherubic Ventures.Its Series A financing round was led by Sigma Square Capital.The funds from these two financing rounds will be used to make new comics and increase Manman’s social media exposure.Media community Nanyouquan lands USD 3 M for pre-Series AScreenshot from Nanyouquan.netNanyouquanFounder: Gou HuaFounded in: 2015Financing status: RMB 20 million (USD 3 million) pre-Series A financing in 2017Nanyouquan is a media community that aims to help media professionals start their own business, and it provide services such as startup incubator, branding and financing services.
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Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.Paul William Bradley, chairman and founder of the Caprica International joined us in a conversation to discuss business leadership, working with Asian family businesses, the future of logistics and supply chain in Asia and his role to guide and mentor entrepreneurs.In the final part of our conversation, Paul shared his thoughts on the fourth party logistics (4PL) & supply chain sector, mentoring entrepreneurs as an advisor & the work he has done in contributing back to society.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):Paul William Bradley (@paulwbradley, LinkedIn), Chairman of Caprica International (@capricaint)Logistics and Supply Chain in Asia [0:36]The logistics and supply chain space have changed in the past few years with growing e-commerce trends.[1:00]Is it because the traditional companies conflating commoditization with value creation in the logistics and supply chain space?[8:23]Would you see the logistics infrastructure to be more on-demand and less optimized?[11:00]Mentoring Entrepreneurs & Giving back to the global community [14:22]You have also mentored startup founders, for example, you sit on the board of OpenPort, how do you mentor the startup founders so that they go ahead with what they believe in disrupting the space?
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Beijing is expected to put into operation the first domestically-developed unmanned subway line in China this year, according to local media (in Chinese).The Yanfang Line (北京地铁燕房线) will be part of the capital city’s subway construction spree, as authorities said they are pressing ahead with the construction of 20 subway lines stretching around 350 kms this year (in Chinese).The line connecting the city’s two suburbs Yanshan and Fangshan will play an important role in facilitating the economic development of the two suburbs while easing local residents’ travel.The line, connecting Beijing suburbs Yanshan and Fangshan, will span roughly 16.6 km and run at a maximum speed of 100 km per hour.It will be the first to adopt subway systems exclusively made by manufacturers in mainland China, following the country’s indigenously-made unmanned subway train put into operation in Hong Kong last December.Both the Yanfang fully automated subway system and the unmanned subway train in Hong Kong were developed by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles.In order to ensure the operation safety, the Yanfang line adopts the cutting-edge automatic train stop system that can automatically stop a train in case of derailments or meeting obstacles on the way.In addition, Shanghai is slated to put into trial operation of unmanned subway trains at the third stage of its SubwayLine 8.Since the world’s first unmanned subway was put into use in Copenhagen in 2002, other major metropolises have launched automatic driverless subway trains, including as Paris and Lyon in France, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Barcelona in Spain.
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Airlines are generally less digitally savvy than some other sectors when it comes to exploiting the likes of big data analytics and the Internet of Things.Some carriers are doing a great job when it comes to in-cabin service, online bookings, tracking bags and informing passengers about gate changes.But unfortunately, many airlines tend to tackle these services in a segmented way, not providing a visible and seamless presentation of their offerings online, and thus not giving consumers a full, 360 digital experience, says Nikunj Shanti, chief data and digital officer at AirAsia.While AirAsia was among the first to only do bookings online and has been proactive on social media, Mr Shanti could not help but perceive the airline as epitomising a low-cost carrier (LCC).AirAsia, Asia’s largest LCC in terms of passengers carried, is not looking at any airline as a role model for undergoing digital transformation.AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes says the airline is not moving rapidly enough to leverage information technology in a virtual world, which would bring about substantial cost savings, improve customer experience and satisfaction and ultimately boost revenue in the future.
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In recent years, China has passed Japan and is the second largest global market, which means that it would be a mistake for a business to ignore it.The first is for commercial sites, and also needs a Chinese business registration.Some foreign sites can be accessed without needing an ICP record, however, it is one of the things that Baidu takes into account.The domain can end in .com, .com.cn or .cn, and Baidu considers all of these equally.The Chinese consumer base trusts sites that end in .com, .com.cn or .cn more than sites that have any other domain.Baidu also considers the age of the site as a more important factor in site ranking than Google does.HostingThe site loading speed is considered in both Google and Baidu’s site ranking algorithms.
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Putting all your eggs into one basket is never a good idea, and the same could be said about companies using cloud providers to store data.A case in point was the outage at Microsoft’s Azure cloud management system on February 29, 2012, affecting users in parts of the US and Europe for several hours.On February 28 this year, an outage at the Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage service panicked IT departments, with websites and services - such as Imgur, Medium and the Docker Registry Hub - going offline and losing images.According to a recent study by Microsoft and 451 Research, nearly a third of organisations work with four or more cloud vendors.“In computing, redundancy is a good thing,” says Mart van de Ven, director and consultant at Droste, a data consultancy.“If one provider is ‘nuked’, our services would not be affected because [as a company using multiple providers] we are also running our services on another provider.”
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the verge of becoming a ‘bubble’ in China as a large influx of money and talent heat the market, analysts and experts warn.“For the job market in China’s AI sector, I see a bubble already exists now.Some practitioners in the AI industry and are paid salaries that are unfairly high,” said Wang Xiaochuan, chief executive officer of Chinese internet company Sogou.“The amount being invested in AI in Asia is growing by the day,” said KPMG partner Egidio Zarrella.“2017 will be the year investors will look at AI and say, ‘if you’re not investing in it, you’re missing the boat’.”Investors expect too high a return on their investments, and the valuations of China’s AI enterprises are much more expensive than those in the US
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Weibo has done it again and today we get to see the first real leaked image of the purported Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus model, from user Chen Guolin who managed to confirm that the device will indeed pack a dual camera on its back, right next to the dual LED flash.Join GizChina on TelegramAccording to the leaked photo, the new Mi 6 Plus model has a lot of similarities with last year’s Xiaomi Mi 5 – apart from the main camera of course.We can also confirm that we’re talking about the Mi 6 Plus model, and not the Mi 6, since the display in comparison to the hands of the leakster shows really big, not just 5,15 inches.According to the latest information, the Chinese company plans to unveil Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus flagship models sometime by the end of April or early May, both sporting a Snapdragon 835 SoC, impressive specs and top build quality.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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With just 3 days left until its official unveiling, Samsung Galaxy S8 has almost nothing else to hide from us – and we say almost- because today we get to see its lineup of official accessories along with their price tags for the European region!Slashleaks is responsible for all what you’re about to see starting from its Samsung branded covers that include the company’s Clearview and LED View options.According to the images however, there will also be several more covers available such as a Keyboard Cover, Clear Cover, Silicone Cover, Alcantara Cover and a 2-Piece Cover.According to the leak, the Korean company plans to sell their own screen protectors for both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 models, along with the DeX Station (Desktop Experience) which will offer an HDMI out port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet port.Along with it, Samsung plans to unveil a fast charging power bank and a wireless charger that also acts as a stand for the devices.Join GizChina on TelegramAnd what about their prices, you may ask?Here we go:Samsung DeX Station – 149,99 EuroSamsung Battery Pack (Fast Charging) – 69,99 EuroSamsung Wireless Charger Convertible – 79,99 EuroSamsung Screen Protector – 12,99 EuroSamsung Alcantara Cover – 44,99 EuroSamsung Silicone Cover – 29,99 EuroSamsung Clear Cover – 19,99 EuroSamsung 2-Pieces Cover – 19,99 EuroSamsung Clearview Standing Cover – 59,99 EuroSamsung LED View Cover – 59,99 EuroSamsung Keyboard Cover – 59,99 EuroWhat do you think about these prices guys?Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Neither company took the iPhone, with its iOS platform, seriously when it was introduced in 2007, and within five years their kingdoms had fallen to the iPhone and phones using Google’s Android.By the time Nokia and BlackBerry stopped making phones, in 2014 and 2016 respectively (the former was first sold to Microsoft and later passed to Finnish start-up HMD Global, while BlackBerry became the property of Chinese company TCL), the brands had been irrelevant for so long, no one but the most hardcore of mobile geeks cared – and even that was out of pure nostalgia.No one can objectively say the five new handsets (four Nokias and one from BlackBerry) introduced at the Mobile World Congress are going to do much damage to Samsung and Apple phone sales – not with their modest specs and solid but unspectacular hardware – but all five phones do have specific features that cater to niche audiences.Plus, nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and both brands are designed to conjure up plenty of that among fans.BlackBerry’s KEYOne, for example, is a clear continuation of the once mighty portable work machines, a mostly black aluminium device with a physical keyboard attached to a modest 4.5-inch 1080P display.The problem is that few consumers today are clamouring for a physical keyboard, and the KEYone also runs on an underpowered Snapdragon 625 processor – a far cry from the Snapdragon 835 that will feature in Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been one of the hottest selling Xiaomi phones.The device continues to sell in huge numbers in all markets it’s available in; and here’s your chance of snapping one up for a great price.Today we’re giving GizChina readers the opportunity to snap up the Redmi Note 4 3GB/64GB for a special price with $30 off of the regular price.Keep reading to know how!Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 $30 Coupon Join GizChina on TelegramTo avail the Redmi Note 4 with a $30 discount, head over to the listing (or click the button below) and add the device to your cart.Before checkout, use coupon note464 to get $30 off the price.Redmi Note 4 (Coupon: note464)It’s worth noting that the device will be shipped to you with the official Global ROM, which will also support OTA updates whenever available.Are you planning to get this 10-core phone this season?Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Xiaomi has released an enchanced version of its internet speaker, the Mi Internet Radio.The original version was launched last year but lacked, among other things, a battery.The latest Mi Internet Radio is a handy little portable speaker that is small enough to get lost in your backpack.It features Bluetooth connectivity and the MiHome app which is available on Play Store can be used to configure the speaker.Mi Internet Radio was launched last year at a price of ¥129 which is about $18.At that price point, it should have been no surprise that a built-in battery was not present.Even so, Xiaomi would have picked up hints from its customers and decided to launch a battery powered version of its popular portable Bluetooth speaker.Join GizChina on TelegramThe new Mi Internet Radio has been priced at ¥149 or about $21 and features a 1,000mAh battery.
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A Beijing court has overturned a ruling that Apple’s iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent which saw the US tech giant ordered to cease selling the smartphone in Beijing.In May last year the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that Apple violated design patents of Chinese maker Shenzhen Baili with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and would be barred from selling those models in the capital.Sales, however, were not suspended while Apple appealed against the administrative order.The Intellectual Property Court in Beijing on Friday ruled in favour of the California-based firm.The court “quashes the decision of the bureau” and “recognises that Apple ... has not infringed the design patent filed by the company Shenzhen Baili”, according to the verdict reported by the People’s Court Daily.The intellectual property office, an administrative body of Beijing municipality, had ruled that the two Apple phones infringed a Baili design patent.
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I’m personally not a fan, as UMi is much more recognizeable than UMiDigi, with the added benefit of being less confusing.Now with that out of the way, UMi has been on a roll lately releasing phones with many “firsts” and some gimmicks.The UMi Plus E was the first phone to use the Helio P20 processor, the UMi Z was the first to use the Helio X27, and now the UMi Z Pro is the first MTK device with identical cameras on the back, similar to what you see in phones like the Huawei P9 and the iPhone 7.UMi Z Pro ReviewThe specifications here are truly flagship worthy, a Helio X27 processor, 4GB of RAM, and now, dual cameras.However, I do feel that UMi missed the boat in terms of marketing.They did not properly explain the advantages of using one colour and one monochrome camera, one that could have been very beneficial (more details in the camera section below).A true dual camera phoneUMi Z Pro SpecificationsProcessorMediatek Helio X27 ProcessorDisplay5.5″ 1920 1080 px, Sharp LCDRAM4GBStorage64GB eMMCOperating SystemAndroid 6.0Cameras3x Samsung 13MP CamerasBattery3780mAhPhysical Dimensions1.3kg, 76 x 156 x 8.2 mm UMi Z Pro HardwareThis phone is not small.One sticking point I’ve seen with the build of the UMi Z/Z Pro is the removal of a physical home button, but rather similar to the Mi5s’ ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the button cannot be depressed but operates via a tap or a hold.I’m actually a fan of that so you won’t hear any complaints from me.There are also capacitive off screen buttons as well.UMi (or UMiDIGI) has created one handsome and well built phone.Handsome, well builtUMi Z Pro DisplayThere is a 1920 1080 Sharp branded IGZO screen that produces some good colours and is sharp and clear.Max brightness tops out at 500 nits, making it easy enough to see in direct sunlight.Dragontrail glass was also used in place of Gorilla Glass and for all intents and purposes it works well.UMi Z Pro AudioOne of the marketing points that UMi used was how great the audio was going to be because of its dedicated audio chip that was capable of this and that.
As of 4PM GMT, the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black officially went on a flash sale in the HBX store.Only 250 units went up for sale so if you’re learning about the sale now, you’re probably too late.However, if you are one of the lucky few who managed to bag the most stunning OnePlus to-date, then you would be glad to see the time and effort that has gone into making the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black version a reality.Here’s a video that captures the essence of the design team’s efforts.They put in a lot of effort trying to capture the perfect hue of black and the texture of metal.The video outlines the OnePlus design team’s shift from the OnePlus One’s sandstone black body to an all-metal design.After a customer survey in early 2016 revealed that many users were itching for a metal body, OnePlus decided to set the bar higher and live up to its tagline.Order the OnePlus X now!Join GizChina on TelegramWhat followed was an entire year’s worth of drawings, designs, tests and iterations.
The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus were officially unveiled at MWC 2017 but the launch in China was held back until today.Now both dual-rear camera smartphones have been launched in China with the same specs as their European cousins.The only difference between the Chinese and European versions is the lack of two color variants and a $150 price gap.The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus captured the airwaves with news about the collaboration with Leica, a global optics manufacturer.The dual lens setup features a 20 megapixel RGB sensor and a 12 megapixel monochrome sensor.Patched into this framework are large aperture lenses, Optical Image Stabilisation and laser autofocus.The Huawei P10 managed an average score of 87 points in the demanding DxOMark camera benchmark.That is to say, it performs well under a diverse set of conditions ranging from low-light to capturing snazzy colours.
Starting out as China’s most famous dating and hook-up platform, it later became a much more conservative app with a focus on networking and streaming services.How did this happen?Tingting Liu is a researcher at Queensland University studying (paywall) the impact of social networking on sexual culture.Liu argues that trailblazing startups such as these face particular limits due to China’s unique social and economic landscape.In 2014, Momo sought to list itself on the Nasdaq Stock Market.Momo built a “cleaner” image in line with the ideals propagated by the Chinese authorities.However, this does not explain how Momo came to be so successful in the first place.Screenshot from the newest version of Momo’s app.Liu attributes Momo’s initial success in China to the effect that entrepreneurial spirit has on building interpersonal relationships.Earlier, social media apps such as QQ and WeChat were mostly used to build and reinforce traditional networks in Chinese society including family, friendships, and acquaintances.
Apple and their design decisions and ideas have always gamebreaking impact on other manufacturers too and the recent unveiling of the red version of iPhone 7 is not an excepting.Just few days after that boom and we have a smaller chinese phone maker announcing an all red model coming, let’s say hi to the Geotel Amigo.You have to give it to the Geotel designers that they know something about their job, because the previous Geotel Note model with the MetalPring design looked quite great and the new Geotel Amigo is no different.So far all we have is one picture, but you can already tell there will be quite some interesting design choice with a semi-divided camera bump and it looks intriguing.Join GizChina on TelegramThere is nothing to report about the phone concerning the used hardware yet, but Geotel officials are promising “better and greater everything” to quote directly.Well let’s hope they mean business, because while the Note model looked great the hardware left quite a lot to be desired.Anyway we will keep monitoring the official Geotel website and channels so we can bring more info about it as soon as it’s revealed.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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We’re talking about an impressive all-in-one tablet that was first introduced during Mobile World Congress 2017 along with Galaxy S3 Tab.The impressive Samsung Galaxy Book made quite an entrance during those days, being available in two variants with 10.6 inch and 12 inch displays, impressive specs, S-Pen stylus and a snap on QWERTY keyboard.Join GizChina on TelegramBut days/weeks passed and while Galaxy S3 Tab is already available for pre-orders, there’s no info on the Galaxy Book model, until now that is.A couple of hours ago Samsung released its first official launch film that basically describes the best features of the device, a couple of weeks before its official release.The Samsung Galaxy Book will be available in 10.6 and 12 inch versions, both of which will have WiFi only or WiFi LTE variants, with snap on keyboards and S-Pens included.We have no official information on their pricing yet, but expect it to be quite high.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Starting out as China’s most famous dating and hook-up platform, it later became a much more conservative app with a focus on networking and streaming services.How did this happen?Tingting Liu is a researcher at Queensland University studying (paywall) the impact of social networking on sexual culture.Liu argues that trailblazing startups such as these face particular limits due to China’s unique social and economic landscape.In 2014, Momo sought to list itself on the Nasdaq Stock Market.Momo built a “cleaner” image in line with the ideals propagated by the Chinese authorities.However, this does not explain how Momo came to be so successful in the first place.Screenshot from the newest version of Momo’s app.Liu attributes Momo’s initial success in China to the effect that entrepreneurial spirit has on building interpersonal relationships.Earlier, social media apps such as QQ and WeChat were mostly used to build and reinforce traditional networks in Chinese society including family, friendships, and acquaintances.
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