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Recent articles by Iris:

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

Hong Kong start-up that counts protesters applies AI to other uses in city, Digital, Asia News

C&R Wise AI, the Hong Kong start-up that provided artificial intelligence technology to accurately count the number of street protesters in the city, is also helping universities and railway operators better manage their crowds as private businesses and the government in the former British colony step up their use of AI. → Read More

Nearly 70% of companies in Asia-Pacific don't trust blockchain technology, survey says, Digital News

Most companies across the Asia-Pacific remain slow to adopt blockchain technology, according to a recent survey, because they are still grappling to understand how reliable it is. About 68 per cent of companies in the region cited the lack of understanding and education as the reason their senior management and executives have not adopted the technology, the poll by London-based consultancy… → Read More

Chinese-made DJI drones widely adopted by US safety agencies amid data security concerns, Digital News

US public safety agencies are rapidly adopting unmanned aircraft from Chinese drone maker DJI Technologies even as the Trump administration voices security concerns that the devices could be sending sensitive surveillance data back to China. → Read More

Spotify launches 'lighter' music streaming app for emerging markets, Digital, Lifestyle News

Music streaming service Spotify is launching a simplified app aimed at smartphone users in emerging markets as the company continues its global expansion amid ongoing financial losses. Spotify Lite, which will be free to download, speeds up installation at only 10 megabytes in size compared to the traditional version three times larger, Cecilia Qvist, global head of markets at Spotify, announced… → Read More

Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo urge removal of tariffs on gaming consoles, Digital News

Gaming giants Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have penned a joint letter to the Trump Administration urging the removal of console games from a list of new products that may be subject to import tariffs if the trade war between the US and China escalates. Console game consumers would pay US$840 million (S$1.1 billion) more as a result of the US government's proposed tariffs, which would cause a net… → Read More

Razer expanding payments network to 54 million merchants via tie-up with Visa, Digital News

Gaming hardware company Razer is expanding its payments network through a partnership with Visa, which will allow Razer’s e-wallet users to pay at 54 million Visa merchants globally. Without the need for a bank account or a credit card, up to 60 million users of Razer’s online payments service, Razer Pay, will be able to use the newly-developed virtual prepaid solution by Visa in their e-wallet… → Read More

Tencent set for a rebound in 2019 as hit patriotic game expected to rake in US$1 billion, Digital News

Tencent Holdings looks set to put its gaming business back on track with an estimated US$1 billion (S$1.35b) in annual revenues from its new title Peacekeeper Elite, as the country's biggest social media and gaming company continues to shake off the impact of last year's game licensing freeze. Peacekeeper Elite, also known as Game for Peace, is estimated to have generated US$150 million in gross… → Read More

China to lose its crown as the world's biggest gaming market to the US, Digital, China News

The US is forecast to take China's crown as the world's biggest gaming market in 2019, driven by console titles, with the Chinese market slowing down in the wake of last year's regulatory freeze on approval of new games, according to market research firm Newzoo. The US is forecast to rake in revenue of US$36.9 billion (S$50.2 billion) globally this year, taking the top spot for the first time… → Read More

Tencent steps up overseas games expansion with mobile Call of Duty, Digital News

Tencent Holdings, China's biggest social media and games company, is stepping up its international expansion with plans for a mobile version of Call of Duty as regulatory pressure continues to depress sales in the China market. Call of Duty, a first person shooter game originating from the hit video game franchise operated by US game company Activision Blizzard, will launch as a mobile version… → Read More