BEIJING: Taking pride of place in 28-year-old Beijing lawyer Wu Ge's bedroom are dozens of small figurines displayed on clear plastic shelves with designs ranging from cherubic dolls to characters from Japan's Pokemon series. Wu estimates that she has spent more than 5,000 yuan (US$766) in the past three years buying the pieces from Chinese toy seller Pop Mart International Group, amassing a collection of more than 80 figurines. Millions of young Chinese toy lovers like her are behind the popularity of Pop Mart, a Beijing-based company due to list in Hong Kong on Friday (Dec 11) after raising US$676 million in an initial public offering that priced at the top of its range, valuing the decade-old firm at as much as US$7 billion. The company's main product is "mystery" toy boxes that each hold a single figurine such as "pool babies" from the elf-like Pucky range, which Wu says are her favourite, or different versions of its best-selling character, the large-eyed, round-faced … [Read more...] about Chinese mystery box maker Pop Mart rakes in millions from millennial fans
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We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Nerd Party What to expect from the biggest Google conference ever. Alex Dobie 13 May 2016 43 [ ]/google-io-2016) It's Google I/O time! The 2016 installment of Google's annual developer conference kicks off Wednesday, May 18 in Mountain View, California with a two-hour opening keynote. With a new venue and the promise of announcements on the future of Android N , VR, Chrome OS and much more, it's sure to be one of the highlights of the year in mobile tech. With just a few days to go until developers descend on Shoreline Amphitheater, we've rounded up details of what we're expecting from Google I/O 2016. A new venue Shoreline Amphitheater. Photo credit: Coolcaesar on Wikipedia. Aside from what's actually announced and shown at Google I/O 2016, attendees will experience this year's conference in a new way, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Google's hometown of … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2016 preview: Android N, Android VR, Project Chirp, Play Store on Chromebooks and more!
Androidbooks Android apps on Chrome OS are so more than just an interesting sideshow. Alex Dobie 5 May 2016 92 It's looking more and more likely that Android apps will be officially coming to Chrome OS through the Google Play Store, after a brief sighting of an option checkbox and splash page on at least one device. And it's been a long time coming — almost two years in fact, since Google first demonstrated Android apps on a Chromebook at Google I/O 2014. Since then, we've seen the ARC Welder tool released to help developers port and test their apps on Chrome OS, along with a basic version of Google Play Services for the platform. So it's no huge surprise to see signs that Google is about to open up the Play Store, and "over a million apps" to Chromebooks around the world. Indeed, the technical underpinnings of Android are designed to help it run on anything with enough computing power, whether it uses ARM-based hardware (like most smartphones), Intel's … [Read more...] about Android apps on Chromebooks: Google’s shortcut to a full desktop ecosystem
A face for video Video chat needs to escape its current social limitations, and Duo is the first attempt. Russell Holly 25 May 2016 33 [ ]/google-io-2016) The act of communicating in real time through video hasn't really changed in nearly 20 years. Two devices with the same software initiate a connection, you wait for the video to load, and if you're lucky the connection is good enough for a conversation to happen at a close to real world cadence. The technology surrounding video chat has changed in amazing ways, but the act of starting that conversation and having that conversation remains mostly the same. For years we've been sold on the idea that smartphones with great front-facing cameras would enable the ability to simply pick up your phone and call someone through video, but rarely does that experience go smoothly even between two people who are familiar with how the tech works. VPN Deals: Lifetime license for $16, monthly plans at $1 & … [Read more...] about Duo is Google’s attempt at the most human video chat service ever
Forget HQ2. Amazon is already in Denver and rapidly expanding. And it’s relying on few public funds to do so, at least compared with what the state is offering for the big prize. A growing number of Amazon tech employees work in Broomfield and Denver, and those offices still have 33 openings . On another career page, Amazon has about 80 full-time openings in Colorado, including hiring for “ a new team ” in Boulder to focus on digital advertising , consumer electronics software engineers and tech workers with security clearance to help U.S. Department of Defense organizations roll out cloud computing. The Seattle behemoth is also expanding nontech jobs — it needs a manager for its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in the state at a mall in Lone Tree; it needs more Prime Now associates for new locations in Lakewood , Broomfield and the Denver Tech Center ; and there are its two distribution centers operating in Aurora, with a third one opening this fall in Thornton. … [Read more...] about HQ2 or not, Amazon is already in Colorado — and rapidly expanding