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Qualcomm-backed chipmaker Kneron nails Foxconn funding, deal

A startup based out of San Diego and Taipei is quietly nailing fundings and deals from some of the biggest names in electronics. Kneron, which specializes in energy-efficient processors for edge artificial intelligence, just raised a strategic funding round from Taiwan’s manufacturing giant Foxconn and integrated circuit producer Winbond. The deal came a year after Kneron closed a $40 million round led by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures. Amongst its other prominent investors are...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, Samsung, Tech, Intel, Taiwan, San Diego, Taipei, Gpu, Qualcomm, Foxconn, Gree, Liu, Winbond, Li Ka Shing

This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Ios Apps, Developers

Origami Labs’ OFLO is a smart walkie talkie for frontline workers

OFLO is a voice communication system designed to replace traditional walkie talkies. Its hardware is more compact and lightweight, with a bone conduction headset, and capable of covering unlimited distances and multiple channels. Created by Origami Labs, OFLO is also connected to software that features auto logging and productivity tools for teams who don’t have access to screens while they are working. The startup, whose clients include property management company JLL and luxury hotel chain The...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Asia, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Walkie Talkie, Peninsula, Wong, JLL, Peter Wong, Orii, Origami Labs

3Drens helps fleet operators use their vehicles more efficiently

3Drens’ IoT mobility management platform not only lets fleet operators track where their vehicles are, but also produces data that helps them make business decisions. The company began operating in Taiwan, where it is based, before expanding into Southeast Asia. Currently presenting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena, 3Drens is focused on the increased demand for logistics during COVID-19. For example, its tech can potentially be used to enable smaller e-commerce retailers to rent unused capacity on deli...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Mobility, Iot, CES 2021, 3Drens

YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, Funding, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Telefonica, Latin America, Yc, Huang

HTC is apparently still making phones, announces the Desire 21 Pro 5G

After Google bought a major portion of HTC‘s phone-making talent back in 2017, the company has been largely quiet in the mobile department, focusing on its VR aspirations instead. But as it turns out, the company is still churning out phones, as noted by today’s unveiling of the Desire 21 Pro 5G. And no, this one has nothing to do with blockchain. Mouthful of a name aside, the phone looks decent enough for roughly $427 (11,990 TWD, as Taiwan is the only confirmed market). You get a Snapdragon 69...
Tags: Google, Startups, Taiwan, Htc, Insider, Plugged

Pat Gelsinger stepping down as VMware CEO to replace Bob Swan at Intel

In a move that could have wide ramifications across the tech landscape, Intel announced that VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger would be replacing interim CEO Bob Swann at Intel on February 15th. The question is why would he leave his job to run a struggling chip giant. The bottom line is he has a long history with Intel, working with some of the biggest names in chip industry lore before he joined VMware in 2009. It has to be a thrill for him to go back to his roots and try to jump start the company. “I ...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Tech, Intel, Taiwan, Michael Dell, Nvidia, Dell, Vmware, Pat, Maxim, Omar Ishrak, Moorhead, Pat Gelsinger, Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights Strategy

Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos

The spread of misinformation and fake news online has a dangerous impact on public well-being. Misinformation is difficult to fight, and 73% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research ahead of the presidential election expressed little or no confidence in the ability of major tech companies to keep their platforms from being misused. The open-source Starling Framework for Data Integrity was launched to protect the veracity of online content using blockchain technology, creating “birth certificates” f...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Numbers, Stanford University, Blockchain, Reuters, Taipei Taiwan, Yang, Pew Research

Yo-Kai Express introduces Takumi, a smart home cooking appliance

Yo-Kai Express is known for autonomous restaurant technology for venues like office campuses, malls and hotels. As people continue staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is introducing a smart home cooking appliance with multiple functions. Called Takumi, it includes a coffee maker, high induction cooktop and a steamer for sanitizing utensils and baby bottles. Takumi is connected by RFID to an app with preprogrammed recipes, which also sends alert when its water container is ...
Tags: Cooking, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Asia, San Francisco, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Smart Home, Bay Area, San Francisco International Airport, Metreon, Takumi, Yo-Kai Express, CES 2021

From crypto trading and home workouts to EV batteries and microLED displays, CES’ Taiwan startups cover a wide range of tech

For the past three years, the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has brought startups to CES . This year, its virtual pavilion, organized with Taiwan Tech Arena, is hosting 100 startups, organized into five categories: Smart Living, Tech for Good, Cybersecurity and Cloud, Healthcare and Wellness, and Mobility Tech. During two press events, 24 startups previewed their CES presentations, giving a sneak peek at what the pavilion will showcase. In a press conference on Sunday, MOST’s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Hud, Nfc, Qualcomm, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Pavilion, Koup, Binance, Taiwan Tech Arena, CES 2021

Content discovery platform Dable closes $12 million Series C at $90 million valuation to accelerate its global expansion

Launched in South Korea five years ago, content discovery platform Dable now serves a total of six markets in Asia. Now it plans to speed up the pace of its expansion, with six new markets in the region planned for this year, before entering European countries and the United States. Dable announced today that it has raised a $12 million Series C at a valuation of $90 million, led by South Korean venture capital firm SV Investment. Other participants included KB Investment and K2 Investment, a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Japan, New York, Media, Indonesia, Tech, Turkey, Cms, Taiwan, United States, Malaysia

Intel Talks With TSMC, Samsung To Outsource Some Chip Production

Intel has talked with TSMC and Samsung about the Asian companies making some of its best chips, but the Silicon Valley pioneer is still holding out hope for last-minute improvements in its own production capabilities. Bloomberg reports: After successive delays in its chip fabrication processes, Santa Clara, California-based Intel has yet to make a final decision less than two weeks ahead of a scheduled announcement of its plans, according to people familiar with the deliberations. Any components...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Bloomberg, Intel, Taiwan, Silicon Valley, TSMC, Santa Clara California, Swan, TSMC Samsung, Bob Swan, Intel Read, Baoshan

Meet the 7 winners of the Taiwan Excellence awards, presented by ShowStoppers and TAITRA

Taiwan is known for being a tech powerhouse, the headquarter of companies like Foxconn, Pegatron, TSMC, Acer and Asus. But while Taiwan’s tech industry is defined by well-established players, it is also home to a growing startup scene. Ahead of the official start of CES, the Taiwan Excellence awards were announced by non-profit trade promotion group Taiwan External Trade Development Council (known as TAITRA) and ShowStoppers, giving a preview of what its startups offer. Awards went to seven s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Sony, Intel Core, Advantech, Innolux, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Whiskey Lake, Dyaco, Taitra, CES 2021

Perfect Corp., developer of virtual beauty app YouCam Makeup, closes $50 million Series C led by Goldman Sachs

Spending on cosmetics has usually weathered economic crises, but that changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with stay-at-home orders and masks tempering people’s desire to wear makeup. This forced retailers to accelerate their online strategies, finding new ways to capture shoppers’ attention without in-store samples. Virtual beauty try-on technology, like the ones developed by Perfect Corp., will play an important role in this shift to digital. The company announced today it has raised a Series...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, China, E-commerce, Taiwan, Beauty, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder, Mckinsey, Chang, NPD Group, Chen

Apple Took Three Years to Cut Ties With Supplier That Used Underage Labor

An anonymous reader shares a report [the story is behind a paywall; alternative source]: Seven years ago, Apple made a staggering discovery: Among the employees at a factory in China that made most of the computer ports used in its MacBooks were two 15-year-olds. Apple told the manufacturer, Suyin Electronics, that it wouldn't get any new business until it improved employee screening to ensure no more people under 16 years of age got hired. Suyin pledged to do so, but an audit by Apple three mon...
Tags: Apple, China, Tech, Taiwan, Suyin, Suyin Electronics

Top Stories: Apple Car Rumors, Windows on an M1 Mac, AirPods Max Compared

The holiday season is in full swing, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for having joined us in another year that was jam-packed with Apple news and rumors. The calendar will shortly be turning over to 2021, and Apple has a lot more on its plate, as we've seen in rumors over the past week about the long-rumored Apple Car, next year's iPhone 13 lineup, and a new Apple TV. For highlights on these stories and more from the past week, read on below! Apple Car Pro...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Cook, Featured, Microsoft, Samsung, Tesla, Bloomberg, Taiwan, Top Stories, Barclays, Tim Cook, Sony, Snapdragon, Mark Gurman, Macbook Pro

Taiwan’s Wistron says iPhone factory riot won’t cause significant impact to its business

Dodges reports alleging Apple has put it on probation Taiwanese tech manufacturing concern Wistron has issued a stock market announcement in which it tries to hose down reports that Apple has put it in the naughty corner and shrugged off the riot at its Indian iPhone factory.…
Tags: Apple, Taiwan, Software, Wistron

Sketchy Report Says Apple Car is Years Ahead of Schedule, Will Debut Next Year

Apple's long-rumored electric vehicle is running at least two years ahead of schedule and will be released in the third quarter of 2021, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which cites unnamed executives at Taiwanese manufacturers. The report claims that Taiwanese manufacturers are preparing to ramp up for production of "Apple Car" components as early as the second quarter of next year, adding that Apple has been secretly testing dozens of prototype vehicles on the road in California. ...
Tags: Apple, California, Bloomberg, Taiwan, DMV, TSMC, Mark Gurman, Ming Chi Kuo, Economic Daily News, John Giannandrea

China accused of planning to exploit undersea cable networks to spy on other countries, report says

An undersea fiber optic cable is attached to a rope at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017. Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images China is being accused of supporting private investment in Pacific underwater cable projects to spy on other nations, Newsweek reported.  A Reuters investigation found that US government officials had warned Pacific island nations against awarding underwater cable contracts to Chinese state-linked firms. These contracts are...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, Technology, News, Microsoft, Washington, La, China, Nokia, US, International, Trends

Redesigning Search would harm American consumers and businesses

Our response to today’s lawsuit about the design of Google Search by state attorneys general:Google Search is designed to provide you with the most relevant results. We know that if you don’t like the results we’re giving you, you have numerous alternatives—including Amazon, Expedia, Tripadvisor and many others just a click away.So we keep working to improve our results, designing and rolling out helpful features in Search—including maps, links to products and services you can buy directly, flig...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Germany, Google Search, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Bing, U S Federal Trade Commission, Adam Cohen, Public Policy, Brazil Canada, Amazon Expedia Tripadvisor

Hong Kong-based Pickupp makes logistics more affordable for e-commerce sellers

Logistics startup co-founder and chief executive officer Crystal Pang Logistics is one of the biggest challenges in e-commerce, especially for smaller merchants. Pickupp helps them compete in the on-demand economy with flexible, customizable delivery services. Based in Hong Kong, Pickupp also operates in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, and claims it can save clients an average of about 28% in logistic costs. Pickupp is able to do this with an asset-light business model. Instead of operating w...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Supply Chain, Tech, E-commerce, Taiwan, Logistics, Delivery, On-demand, Malaysia Singapore, Pang, GoGoVan, Pickupp

Apple Releases watchOS 7.2 With Fitness+, Cardio Fitness Notifications, and More

Apple today released watchOS 7.2, the second major update to the watchOS 7 operating system that was released in September. watchOS 7.2 comes more than a month after the release of watchOS 7.1. ‌‌The watchOS 7.2 update‌‌ can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Spain, Apple TV, Taiwan, United States, Apple Watch, watchOS, Apple Watch fitness, Apple Fitness Apple, Cardio Fitness, Bahrain Canada Norway

Singapore is poised to become Asia’s Silicon Valley

Long established as a global financial center, Singapore also looks set to become the “Silicon Valley of Asia.” Tencent, ByteDance and Alibaba are reportedly planning regional hubs in the city-state, with ByteDance in particular expected to add hundreds of jobs over the next three years. They will join an international coterie of tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Stripe, Salesforce and Grab, that already have headquarters or significant operations, including engineering and R&D cente...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, Alibaba, Tencent, Silicon Valley, States, Lim, Liu

AirPods Max Market Segment Too Niche to Boost Sales, Say Apple Suppliers

Apple's suppliers don't expect AirPods Max to boost their sales anything like AirPods earbuds because they believe the over-ear headphones market segment is too niche, according to a new report out today. Taiwan-based Compeq and Unitech have been shipping rigid-flex boards for ‌AirPods‌ and are said to be supplying the printed circuit boards for ‌AirPods Max‌ too, according to DigiTimes. However, industry sources said the PCB suppliers don't foresee a significant boost to their sales from ‌...
Tags: Apple, Taiwan, PCB, DigiTimes, Unitech, JBL Sony, AirPods Max, AirPods Max zwnj, AirPods Max Market Segment Too Niche, Compeq

Apple's Chinese Suppliers Are Making AirPods Max in Vietnam

Apple's Chinese supply partners saw off competition from Taiwanese rivals to bag the majority of orders for Apple's newly unveiled AirPods Max over-ear headphones, a new report today claims. According to DigiTimes, Chinese manufacturers Luxshare Precision Industry and Goertek won the majority of ‌AirPods Max‌ orders, despite Taiwan-based Iventec's involvement in the early development of the headphones. The Chinese makers beat Taiwanese rivals to the ‌AirPods Max‌ orders, even though Inventec...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, China, Taiwan, Vietnam,, Inventec, Goertek, Luxshare, Inventec Appliances, Luxshare Precision Industry, AirPods Max, AirPods Max zwnj, Iventec

Apple Touts Next Week's Launch of Apple Watch ECG Feature in Taiwan

Apple is touting next week's launch of its Apple Watch electrocardiogram (ECG) feature in Taiwan, following the upcoming release of watchOS 7.2 and iOS 14.3. In a newsroom update on its regional Taiwanese website, Apple says the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 and subsequent models will be launched in Taiwan via iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 from Tuesday, December 15, Taiwan time. The ECG feature, which is now available in nearly 50 countries for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, and 6, allows users to d...
Tags: Apple, Taiwan, Apple Watch, ECG, Apple Fitness, Apple Watch SE

IonQ plans to launch a rack-mounted quantum computer for data centers in 2023

Quantum computing startup IonQ today announced its road map for the next few years — following a similar move from IBM in September — and it’s quite ambitious, to say the least. At our Disrupt event earlier this year, IonQ CEO and president Peter Chapman suggested that we were only five years away from having desktop quantum computers. That’s not something you’ll likely hear from the company’s competitors — who also often use a very different kind of quantum technology — but IonQ now says tha...
Tags: TC, Science, Tech, Taiwan, Computing, Machine Learning, Ibm, Manufacturing, Laser, Emerging-technologies, Qubit, Chapman, Quantum Mechanics, Monroe, Peter Chapman, Quantum Computers

Googler volunteers teach (and learn) important lessons

The COVID-19 pandemic has made distance learning the default option for many school-age children around the world. But many students, especially those in underserved communities, still aren’t familiar with using technology to learn.Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to help address this challenge as a Google volunteer mentoring with Ini Budi, a nonprofit organization in Indonesia that creates digital learning materials for teachers and students. This volunteering opportunity was ...
Tags: Google, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nonprofits, Googlers,, Ashoka, Google in Asia, Institute for Information Industry, Christa Sabathaly, Ini Budi, Changemaker Journey, Indi Budi, Pat Choa, Brian Weidenbaum Software Engineer SingaporeI, Max Tsai

Microsoft announces its first Azure data center region in Denmark

Microsoft continues to expand its global Azure data center presence at a rapid clip. After announcing new regions in Austria and Taiwan in October, the company today revealed its plans to launch a new region in Denmark. As with many of Microsoft’s recent announcements, the company is also attaching a commitment to provide digital skills to 200,000 people in the country (in this case, by 2024). “With this investment, we’re taking the next step in our longstanding commitment to provide Danis...
Tags: Cloud, Europe, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Renewable Energy, Taiwan, Austria, United States, Computing, Denmark, West Coast, Subscription Services, Microsoft Azure, Brad Smith

Mini-LED M1 MacBook Pro and Mini-LED iPad Pro Models Coming First Half of 2021

Apple is widely reported to be embracing mini-LED display backlighting technology for some products next year, and a new report today by DigiTimes has named several of Apple's partners in the supply chain that are expected to benefit from the switch. According to the report, Apple is set to launch its first mini-LED iPad Pro in the first quarter of 2021 and mass produce mini-LED MacBook Pro models in the second quarter, and a number of Taiwan manufacturers are building a "pre-emptive presence...
Tags: Apple, Taiwan, TSMC, Hdr, Foxconn, Macbook Pro,, Ming Chi Kuo, DigiTimes, Kuo, Compal Electronics, Quanta Computer, Foxconn Technology, Mini-LED, Apple Silicon, Zhen Ding Technology

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