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Past articles by Iris:

Video game developer uses AI to recreate faces of ancient Chinese emperors, Digital News

In a span of more than 4,000 years, many great emperors have ruled China. While people know them through what has been depicted in books and ancient illustrations, artificial intelligence (AI) technology now makes it possible to put a realistic face on a number of these historical figures. Hu Wengu, an independent Chinese video game developer and programmer, has used... → Read More

China says it now has more 5G base stations than rest of world combined, Digital News

China said it has built close to 700,000 5G base stations this year, exceeding its original target of half a million, as the country continues to push ahead with ambitions to lead in the next generation of ultra-fast wireless technology. The figure is more than twice the number of 5G base stations outside China said Ministry of Industry and Information Technology... → Read More

China has seen a boom in livestreaming but only a few make it to the top, Digital News

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, He Zhiqing supplemented his income as a factory owner in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai with a lucrative side business – live streaming daily life with his wife and their triplet daughters. Within three years of starting, He and his wife Lin had more than four million online followers who tuned in regularly to... → Read More

Buyer's remorse common among those who buy off live streams in China, Digital News

Live-streaming to sell products is the fastest-growing internet application in China this year, with 309 million users in June – about a third of the country’s internet population – but nearly half of the shoppers who buy through these channels are unhappy with their purchases, according to a new report. The report by government-affiliated China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA) was... → Read More

Is China's power bank sharing industry getting its juice back?, Digital News

Renting power banks at restaurants or stores used to be part of Timothy Chen’s routine whenever he was out and found his iPhone running out of juice. “I don’t want to carry a portable charger in my pocket every time I go out, especially when I can find a shared one almost everywhere and it costs only a few yuan... → Read More

Online eating shows under scrutiny as China pledges to end food waste, Digital News

Popular Chinese video platforms are taking steps to regulate online eating shows after they were criticised by state media following an earlier call by China’s President Xi Jinping to end food waste. Now if users search certain keywords such as “eating show” or “competitive eaters” on short video platforms Douyin and Kuaishou, a cautionary message pops up above the search... → Read More

Online services expansion to continue amidst Covid-19 crisis, industry executives say, Digital News

A range of online services – from videoconferencing, remote learning and delivery to cybersecurity and video games – is expected to grow and become more deeply entrenched in people’s everyday lives, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies around the world. That was the consensus reached by a panel of speakers in their discussion on Tuesday at a South... → Read More

China penalises live-streaming sites for spreading lowbrow content , Digital News

China’s internet watchdog has called out some of the country’s major live-streaming sites for their “lowbrow content” as the country tightens its grip on an emerging internet sector that has flourished since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cyberspace Administration of China named 10 live-streaming platforms, including Bilibili, Tencent-backed Huya and Douyu, as well as Xigua Video… → Read More

Computer, your biases are showing, Digital News

Three years ago, while testing an artificial intelligence model for automatically labelling images from the web, Jieyu Zhao spotted a trend: it repeatedly associated images of people in kitchens with women, even when they showed men. Suspecting social biases might play a part, Zhao, then a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, teamed up with several peers to investigate.... → Read More

Chinese officials paid live-streaming viewers for praise, state media says, Digital News

China's official news agency has criticised local government officials for using live-streamed shopping events as publicity stunts to try and improve their own image, pointing out that the original purpose of the e-commerce initiative was to help small merchants and farmers during the coronavirus pandemic. Some officials, who jumped on the live-streaming bandwagon to sell local products on… → Read More

Foodpanda Asia CEO says Covid-19 has been a 'roller-coaster ride', Digital News

The Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled a new appetite for food deliveries in Asia and around the world as more people work from home but it has also brought urgent challenges for the industry, says the regional head of online food delivery service Foodpanda. “It has been quite a roller-coaster ride for us,” Jakob Angele, chief executive for Foodpanda Asia-Pacific, told... → Read More

Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak, Digital, China News

China's internet watchdog is tightening controls on social media platforms after a brief period of tolerance, as it cracks down on content that may sow fear and confusion amid the coronavirus crisis. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina… → Read More

Video game launches worldwide may be delayed due to China's coronavirus outbreak, Digital News

The spread of the new coronavirus in China is beginning to disrupt the global video game industry even as it receives a boost from the millions of Chinese players who are spending more time gaming while they are confined to their homes to reduce the risk of contagion. China is key to the game industry's supply chain with a third to a half of art creation for Western game developers done in the… → Read More

Surge of Chinese employees working from home crashes office apps, Digital, China News

Popular office apps in China crashed temporarily on Monday due to soaring demand as employees nationwide resumed work after an extended Lunar New Year break, with most people logging in remotely amid the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus. Authorities earlier extended the Spring Festival break - initially set to run from Jan 24 to 30 - by three days until Sunday in an attempt to help contain… → Read More

Chinese food delivery giant to deliver meals to Wuhan medical staff, China, Digital News

Chinese food delivery service giant has gathered 100 restaurants to prepare food for frontline medical staff in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, after previously suspending food deliveries to hospitals in the city to prevent the spread of the epidemic. → Read More

China introduces new technologies to ease Lunar New Year travel rush, Digital, China News

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people are expected to travel across the country for family reunions over this year's Spring Festival, and China has unveiled new technologies to improve the experience for them. At the Hangzhou East Railway Station, passengers who lose their identification cards can get temporary IDs within 30 seconds with the help of facial recognition, according to a report by… → Read More

WeChat may hold lessons for Facebook in reducing social pressure to chase 'likes', Digital News

In China, the world of social media is no longer just about taking a snapshot and clicking the "post" button. It has become a stressful daily activity in the world's most populous nation, as users spend more time online obsessing over the "likes" they get and what other people are posting. That has prompted the country's giant platforms to rethink their efforts on driving user stickiness and… → Read More

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

This tiny 'cockroach robot' could be the future of search and rescue when disasters strike, Digital News

Cockroaches are near-indestructible little creatures. These hardy insects have existed since at least 320 million years ago, outliving dinosaurs. A cockroach can also carry loads of up to 900 times its body weight, shrink to a quarter of its height to fit into small crevices and live for a week without its head. → Read More

Tencent to work with Qualcomm on bringing 5G to gaming, Digital News

Tencent Holdings, China's biggest social media and games company, will collaborate with US chip giant Qualcomm to bring 5G and other new technologies to gaming devices as the Chinese tech giant pursues new growth at a time of growing tech tensions between the US and China. → Read More