Robot nation in China factories +more

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China’s Factories Are Building a Robot Nation – Caixin – it is amazing how manual things like smartphone manufacture is. Apple moved production to China because pick and place ‘robotic’ automated machines had been used in phone manufacturer, but couldn’t handle the jewellery like manufacturing. Pick and place had been used in Japanese consumer electronics manufacturing since the early 1980s. We’ll see if the China robot nation works out in manufacturing. More related posts here

Google and Apple may be forced to pay more tax in Russia | Gigaom – it makes sense

Pablo by Buffer – Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds

Satya Nadella is cleaning up Microsoft’s ‘dirty little secret’ (MSFT) | Business Insider – the challenge is how do you give enough cloud away to encourage trial and adoption. It was easier with package software or OS where you just targeted C-suite and management consultants. I don’t think is necessarily that negative a story for Microsoft

Vince Vaughn and Co-stars Pose for Idiotic Stock Photos You Can Have for Free | Adweek – genius collaboration with iStockPhotos

Fund that hasn’t picked a stock in 80 years beats 98pc of peers | SCMP – Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund

What Is the Future of Chinese Trade? | Yale Global – interesting analysis of the Chinese economy

Brands must target digital strategies to local culture in Japan | Luxury Daily – great insights from L2

China manufacturing shrinks again in Feb. | WantChinaTimes – partly down to the timing of spring festival

Chinese shoppers are angry that their luxury Japanese toilet lids are made in China | Quartz – which says a lot about ‘brand China’ for its own consumers

AirCloset is a subscription fashion box startup with a twist | Techinasia – interesting wear-and-return model

Panasonic Developing ‘VR Goggles’ – Nikkei Technology Online – interesting that they can be worn as glasses implying a major reduction in weight in comparison to competitors