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Huawei shipped more smartphones in 2019 in spite of US trade blacklist, Digital, China News

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies shipped over 240 million smartphones globally in 2019, beating shipments of more than 200 million in 2018, and making progress despite being blacklisted in May by the US from doing business with American suppliers. Among the handsets sold last year, 6.9 million units were 5G phones, and its high-end Mate series and P series recorded year-on-year… → Read More

Madame Tussauds removes waxworks of Harry and Meghan from royal family display, World News

LONDON - Madame Tussauds waxwork museum has removed the figures of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan from its British royal family display, in response to the couple's announcement that they will be stepping back from royal duties. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Wednesday that they intend to divide their time between North America and the UK to carve out a "progressive new role" and… → Read More

Livestreaming is new hunting ground for Chinese online fraudsters, Digital, China News

The three most popular categories of fraud in China last year were finance, gaming and part-time jobs, with live streaming emerging as a lucrative new hunting ground for scammers, according to a study by an internet security company. Financial fraud saw the highest number of cases last year - 3,314 in total, according to Qihoo 360. Among the different kinds of financial fraud, per capita losses… → Read More

China dreams of becoming an AI utopia

For China, the advent of artificial intelligence is meant to be the silver bullet that unlocks further economic growth and helps solve deep-rooted social problems, such as the uneven distribution of resources in education and health care. The targets are ambitious - by 2025 China wants wide-scale adoption of AI in manufacturing, health care, education, agriculture and national defence, and is… → Read More

Trying out a self-driving robotaxi in China, a very 'considerate' ride, Digital, China News

From Batman to Transformers, self-driving cars have long captured the popular imagination. And China, where the pervasive use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies extends from sorting rubbish to traffic control, is a natural testing ground for companies jostling to make this sci-fi fantasy a reality. They are part of a global move towards autonomous vehicles, which are quickly becoming… → Read More

Here's how Alibaba powered billions of transactions on Singles' Day, Digital, China News

In just the first 68 seconds of November 11, shoppers spent US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) on Alibaba's e-commerce marketplaces, scooping up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars. By the end of the annual 24-hour Singles' Day shopping extravaganza, the Chinese tech giant reported a record-shattering 268.4 billion yuan (S$52 billion) of sales. All of this took place… → Read More

Why Chongqing residents aren't scared of cameras on every corner, Digital, China News

After a long and exhausting shift driving his taxi, 33-year-old Wu Fuchun pulled over to find a toilet. Five minutes later, a message popped up on his phone saying his car had been parked in the wrong place, in violation of traffic laws. What came next was three penalty points on his licence and a fine of 200 yuan (S$39). Far from being surprised, Wu accepted his fate, as being fined like this… → Read More

TikTok introduces reverse-image search tool to find in-video products, Digital, China News

Popular Chinese short video app Douyin, known as TikTok outside China, has introduced a reverse-image search tool that enables some users to find in-video products such as clothing, which they can then purchase directly within the app. The move could help Douyin's owner ByteDance capitalise on the growing popularity of the video app, which had accumulated 320 million daily active users as of… → Read More

Inspired by Marvel's Iron Man, Chinese entrepreneur brings exoskeletons to the masses, Digital, China News

Wang Chao shot to fame last month after he lifted a 1.6-ton car on a Chinese TV challenge show. The 25-year-old is not a muscle man - more like a geek - but he did have some help. Wang was fitted out with a smart, external structure not unlike what Marvel character Tony Stark wears to become the superhero, Iron Man. Although the exoskeleton Wang demonstrated on China Central Television was just… → Read More

Lazada says it is e-commerce leader in Southeast Asia with 50 million buyers, Digital, Business, Asia News

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BIGO Technology, the Singaporean company selling content moderation services, Digital News

A Singaporean company is now offering content review services in overseas markets amid rising demand from governments around the world, and as Beijing continues a drive to clean up its domestic cyberspace. BIGO Technology, a Singapore-based social media company owned by Chinese live broadcaster YY Inc, is helping the Indonesian government to filter its internet content, and is also in talks with… → Read More

Chinese researchers develop hybrid chip design that holds promise for 'thinking machines', Digital News

Chinese researchers have developed a hybrid chip architecture that could move the world a step closer to achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI) and a future filled with humanlike "thinking machines". The potential for attaining AGI, also known as "full AI", by adopting such a general hardware platform was set out by a team of researchers, led by Tsinghua University professor Shi Luping,… → Read More

China's short video apps experiment with longer-form content, Digital News

Popular Chinese short video apps Kuaishou and Douyin have started testing longer-form videos among selected users after their short video formats took the Chinese internet by storm. Starting this month, some Kuaishou users have been able to upload videos that run as long as 10 minutes. The Chinese online news site 36kr reported that the new function will be available for all users in future, but… → Read More

TikTok snaps up music tech from AI start-up Jukedeck, Digital News

ByteDance, the world's most valuable start-up, is ratcheting up the international expansion of its popular short-form video-sharing app, TikTok, with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can create music. The Beijing-based company has acquired for an undisclosed amount UK start-up Jukedeck, which built software that can autonomously compose music, and certain intellectual property assets… → Read More

After conquering short-video market, Kuaishou guns for China's gamers, Digital, China News

Kuaishou took China's internet community by storm with its 15-second videos. Now it is after the growing number of consumers who go online to watch other people play video games. The Tencent Holdings-backed start-up said in a statement on Monday that it plans to "support" about 1 million video game broadcasters on its Twitch-like live-streaming service. A Kuaishou spokesman declined to provide… → Read More

Picture of 'giant snake that caused Yibin earthquake' lands Chinese man in detention, China News

A man from southwest China has been detained for spreading rumours after he posted a badly manipulated image of a snake on social media and claimed it was a dragon that might have caused last month's deadly earthquake in Sichuan province. Police in Yibin, where 13 people were killed by a magnitude 6 quake that struck on June 17, said the 50-year-old suspect, identified only as Zhang, was taken… → Read More

Six dead after freak tornado tears through town in northern China, China News

At least six people died and 190 were injured when a tornado struck a city in northeastern China on Wednesday, according to police. The freak tornado formed in Jingouzi township in Kaiyuan, Liaoning province, at about 5pm, reaching speeds of about 23 metres per second before weakening after roughly 15 minutes, state news agency Xinhua reported. It tore through the township, demolishing homes,… → Read More

Chinese proposal to lower legal marriage age to 18 is widely mocked, China News

The latest proposal by China's legislators to lower the minimum legal age for marriage has been met with confusion and ridicule as the country continues its efforts to address a looming population crisis. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, some members of the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) - the executive arm of China's rubber-stamp legislature - proposed last… → Read More

Chinese kindergarten teacher fired for forcing children out into hot sun as a punishment, China News

A private kindergarten teacher in eastern China, has been fired for forcing two children to go out into the burning sun as a punishment for playing in the dormitory during nap time. A short video posted on social media showing the boy lying down in the playground while a girl stood next to him holding a quilt drew an immediate online backlash. → Read More

Chinese passenger jet lands safely at Beijing after windscreens are shattered by hailstones, China News

The windscreens on an Airbus A380 were shattered by hailstones as it landed at Beijing on Sunday, China Southern Airlines said. No one was injured during the incident, which was caused by a thunderstorm over the Chinese capital, the airline said on its Weibo account on Sunday. Flight CZ3101 left Guangzhou in Guangdong province at 8.35am. As it came into land at about 11.20am, the crew radioed… → Read More