The rise of anonymous social apps in China

Following all the rages for anonymity and secrecy led by Secret and Whisper, Chinese clones of these hit secret-sharing apps mushroomed this year. In the past month, around eight apps of this genre surfaced in China, pushing the total number of such apps to more than twenty.

Alibaba’s mapping service AutoNavi talks monetization plans

AutoNavi, the Chinese mapping company Alibaba Group has fully acquired, made its monetization plans quite clear at the 2014 World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC): (1) transaction-based commissions from third parties who use its data and solutions; (2) enabling services on its platform to trade user data and take commissions.

SoundCloud’s new office in Berlin puts yours to shame

On Wednesday, Berlin’s The Factory opened (more on the opening) its 16,000 square-meter startup office. While all the other startups (such as 6Wunderkinder, Mozilla, Zendesk, and others) are still waiting to finally move into Berlin’s new startup space, SoundCloud’s office is the only one that is ready.

In defense of the laptop. ‘I’m not dead yet!’

I am often asked about the state of innovation in the seemingly mature world of laptop hardware. At a time when smartphones and tablets have become the darlings of modern computing, is there still room for new breakthroughs in laptop design and user interface?