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The China Edit | ZTO Express Eyes IPO, Alibaba's Payment By Nodding

“ZTO Express Eyes Largest Chinese Company US IPO Since Alibaba” (Reuters)“ZTO’s IPO later this month, which could raise as much as $1.5 billion, is the latest example of a Chinese company seeking to capitalise on its growth prospects to lure Western investors, while also avoiding the red tape associated with launching IPOs in mainland China.” “Alibaba’s New Payment System Lets Virtual Reality Shoppers Pay by …

The Fitbit Flex 2 can go in the pool with you

Apple’s latest Watch was met with great applause when the company announced in September the thing could take a dive in the pool and keep on ticking. But the price and other bells and whistles of the Watch might be too much for those just looking for a simple way to track steps, laps and calories. Enter Fitbit’s Flex 2, which starts shipping tomorrow morning. It’s …

Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into the haphazard images they’re collecting from crowd-sourced contributors, while others are …

Apple adds Sonos speakers to its stores as it focuses on wireless audio

Did you hear? Wireless audio is the future — at least to Apple. And to that end, Sonos, perhaps the best wireless speakers available, are now available in the Apple Store alongside speakers from B&O, Logitech, and Apple’s Beats. Apple already sells several wireless speakers but the Sonos speakers would be the first multi-room system available. The Sonos PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 are available online today …

The invisible @apple tweet

Here’s a silly thing because it is the ass end of a Friday. Apple just started using the Twitter account — @apple — that they’ve had since 2011. And they’re using it to send out a tweet that promotes the Apple event next week where they’ll introduce new iPhones including a twin lens model with images that rival an SLRs in low light capability, sharpness …

Apple’s cash on hand decreased for the first time in nearly two years

Apple just reported earnings for Q3 2016, and the company soundly beat analyst’s expectations. However, there was one number that we’re not used to seeing. Apple’s cash on hand actually decreased for the first time in seven quarters. Cash on hand this quarter amounted to $231.5 billion, which is down $1.4 billion from the $233 billion on hand at the end of Q2. As a refresher, …