The euphoria Apple investors felt when the company finally unveiled a plastic, lower-priced iPhone on Sept. 10 was short-lived. Before the news conference, analysts expected a cheaper device that would create a new class of Apple smartphone customers in China and other emerging markets. But the 5c, with a contract-free price tag starting at $549, was still too expensive.
Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest maker of phone equipment, got word out about its new MediaPad tablet computer by creating a page on a site where Web users in the Asian nation are forbidden to go: www.facebook.com.
Youku.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Victor Koo says he’s tired of being asked whether his company, China’s biggest online-video provider, is the nation’s version of YouTube or Hulu. It’s both and better, he says.
A former Nokia Oyj engineer is building a private social network in China where children share art projects online with parents or grandparents. Japan’s phone and Internet giant Softbank Corp. is betting he’ll succeed.
Instagram, the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook Inc. last year, offers special effects that can give pictures a weathered black-and-white cast or retro tints. In Beijing, Xu Chaojun’s PaPa app does that, too. In addition, it lets users attach voice messages that can sound like robots or cats.