What is an eVTOL? How flying cars are moving closer to reality

Alef Aeronautics wants to start delivering its $300,000 Model A flying car to customers by 2025. Source: Alef Aeronautics What if flying around in an electric vehicle is a key part of the way you travel in the future? That’s what dozens of companies around the world are betting on. EVTOLs, or electric vertical take-off … Read more

How India is challenging China as Asia’s tech powerhouse

For years, China has been Asia’s technology powerhouse. It is home to what once were some of the world’s most valuable companies, from Tencent to Alibaba. It is where most of the world’s iPhones and other electronics products are produced. And it is now a serious player in electric vehicles. But a shift appears to … Read more

Mumbai overtakes Beijing to become Asia’s billionaire capital for first time

With 92 billionaires, Mumbai ranks third behind New York and London, but ahead of Beijing, and Shanghai. Tuul & Bruno Morandi | The Image Bank | Getty Images Move over, Beijing. Mumbai is now the Asian capital with the most number of billionaires, according to Hurun Research Institute’s global rich list.  This is the first … Read more

Sam Altman’s Reddit stake worth over $600 million after NYSE debut

Reddit mascot Snoo is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as Reddit begins trading in New York on March 21, 2024.  Timothy A. Clary | AFP | Getty Images OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says he has no equity in the $80 billion artificial intelligence startup he co-founded in 2015. His … Read more

(RDDT) starts trading on NYSE

Reddit shares jumped as much as 70% in their debut on Thursday in the first initial public offering for a major social media company since Pinterest hit the market in 2019. The 19-year-old website that hosts millions of online forums priced its IPO on Wednesday at $34 a share, the top of the expected range. … Read more

China is making it much easier for foreigners to use mobile pay

Scanning QR codes with a mobile pay app has become the most common way to pay in mainland China. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Foreign visitors to China can now spend up to $2,000 a year using the mobile app Alipay without having to register their ID, the app operator said Friday. … Read more

UK neobank Monzo hits $5 billion valuation after $430 million raise

British digital bank Monzo on Tuesday raised $430 million in fresh capital from investors to help it relaunch its services in the U.S. Monzo raised the money in a new funding round led by CapitalG, the independent venture arm of Google parent company Alphabet. HongShan, the Chinese venture capital firm that split from Sequoia Capital … Read more

AMD reportedly hits U.S. regulatory roadblock for Chain-tailored chip

A smartphone with a displayed AMD logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken March 6, 2023.  Dado Ruvic | Reuters American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices has failed in getting a made-for-China AI chip past U.S. regulators and will need to apply for an export license, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The report … Read more

IQiyi posts first year of profits and says it’s ‘excited’ about Sora

A view of iQiyi’s website featuring a variety TV show, taken on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese video content and streaming company iQiyi CFO Wang Jun said he is “excited” about potential new business opportunities with the emergence of OpenAI’s text-to-video tool Sora. Speaking exclusively to CNBC … Read more

Electric air transport set to take off with air taxis, cargo deliveries

A model of a Wisk Aero LLC electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Among displays of defense jets, passenger airliners and high-tech aviation equipment at the Singapore Airshow were electric air transport vehicles — … Read more