Category: Asia

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July 17, 2019

Netflix will roll out a lower-priced subscription plan in India

Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to find ways to accelerate its slowing growth worldwide. The company added 2.7 million new...


by Manish Singh in Amazon
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July 15, 2019

No technical reason to exclude Huawei as 5G supplier, says UK committee

A UK parliamentary committee has concluded there are no technical grounds for excluding Chinese network kit vendor Huawei from the country’s 5G networks. In a letter from the chair of the Science & Technology Committee to the UK’s digital minister Jeremy Wright, the committee says:...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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July 9, 2019

India’s NiYO ‘neo-bank’ raises $35M to help blue-collar workers access financial services

NiYo Solutions, a Bangalore-based ‘neo-bank’ that helps salaried employees and blue-collar workers access company benefits and other financial services, has raised $35 million in a new funding round to expand its business in the nation and explore international markets for some of its products. The...


by Manish Singh in Apps
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July 9, 2019

India’s Android antitrust case against Google may have some holes

India ordered an investigation into Google’s alleged abuse of Android’s dominance in the country to hurt local rivals in April. A document made public by the local antitrust watchdog has now further revealed the nature of the allegations and identified the people who filed the complaint. Umar...


by Manish Singh in Amazon India
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July 3, 2019

Reliance Jio partners with Facebook to launch literacy program for first time internet users in India

Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, has enabled tens of millions of people — if not more — to come online for the first time with his disruptive telecom network. He has changed how many Indians, once thrifty about each megabyte they spent browsing the internet,...


by Manish Singh in Akash Ambani
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July 1, 2019

Atlan raises $2.5M to stop enterprises from being so bad at managing data

Even as much of the world is digitizing its governance, in small towns and villages of India, data about its citizens is still being largely logged on long and thick notebooks. Have they received the subsidized cooking gas cylinders? How frequent are the power cuts...


by Manish Singh in Asia
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June 24, 2019

Xiaomi’s new Mi CC brand will develop ‘trendy’ smartphones for young people

Huawei may be on the ropes as it battles sanctions from the U.S. government, but fellow Chinese smartphone rival Xiaomi is in expansion mode with the launch of a new brand that’s aimed at winning friends (and sales) among the young and fashionable. “Mi CC”...


by Jon Russell in Asia
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June 3, 2019

With iOS 13, Apple delivers new features to court users in India

Apple has finally listened to its small, but slowly growing user base in India. The iPhone-maker today announced a range of features in iOS 13 that are designed to appease users in the world’s second largest smartphone market. First up, the company says its Siri voice...


by Manish Singh in alibaba
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June 3, 2019

US/China trade uncertainty adds to global smartphone growth woes

Analyst Canalys has updated its forecast of global smartphone shipments — saying it expects just 1.35 billion units to ship in 2019, a year-on-year decline of 3.1%. This follows ongoing uncertainty around US-China trade talks and the presidential order signed by Trump last month barring...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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May 30, 2019

Alibaba pumps $100 million into Vmate to grow its video app in India

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is doubling down on India’s burgeoning video market, looking to fight back local rival ByteDance, Google, and Disney to gain its foothold in the nation. The company said today that it is pumping $100 million into Vmate, a three-year-old social video...


by Manish Singh in alibaba