Didi Chuxing prepares to enter Mexico — [Reuters]
The Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has opened a announced a series of job openings as it plans to open the service in Mexico. While Didi is not challenging Uber on its homecourt (as Uber did — and lost — in China), Mexico is stronghold for Uber.
If Didi launches in the country, Mexico will become Didi’s first international market outside of China (although it is tied up in numerous investments in companies like Grab). It will be interesting to watch if this signals the beginning of a more aggressive international expansion plan.
Apple’s data migration to China runs into potholes — [TechCrunch]
Just a day after Apple announced it would be migrating iCloud data from China-based users to a local firm, it has been revealed that some of the data included information from non-Chinese users.
TechCrunch spoke with people who opened their accounts in the US, are connected to the US app store and are paying for products in USD. According to the report, a “number of users” received emails notifying them their data was being transferred to China.
Apple responded to enquires from TechCrunch by saying the transfer is based on the device registration ID and not the specific account information.
Southeast Asian ride hailing giant Grab has received investment from the South Korean car company Hyundai. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
The goal of the investment is to begin joint projects in across Southeast Asia. One such project might include using the Hyundai electric model called the IONIQ Electric.
Consumer Electronics Show hit by blackout
In one of the more ironic stories you’ll read, the electricity went out at today’s Consumer Electronics in Las Vegas. CES is technically the world’s largest tech showcase and is a haven for seeing weird, futuristic and cutting edge hardware products. So, obviously, a blackout far from ideal.
Here is a good Twitter video from a reporter who was there:
Razer was an undisputed winner at last year’s CES conference. While there has been less buzz this year, they did use the platform to reveal Project Linda, a product that mixes its core offering (computers) with its mobile phone push.
Linda is essentially a laptop with a phone-sized hole near the keyboard that allows people to switch seamlessly between their mobile and the computer. This idea is not in itself new, but Razer’s branding as a premier source for gaming makes it an interesting use case.
The product is still a prototype.