Tech

After the Clubhouse block, can audio-only chat apps go mainstream in China?

As Clubhouse fades in China after being blocked, several Chinese social audio apps are in the spotlight as potential replacements, but questions remain whether they can go mainstream.

11 Feb 2021 - 3:49PM
Will Chinese video app in massive Hong Kong IPO be a good investment?

Short video app has offered a place to shine online for millions of underdogs but investors have to gauge if it can turn this appeal into sustainable profits.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:39AM
Huawei founder sees decentralised control as a way to beat US sanctions

A newly published speech that Ren Zhenfei gave in June reveals the Huawei CEO’s thinking on strategies for surviving US sanctions.

24 Feb 2021 - 4:43PM
China Telecom launches quantum encrypted phone calls for smartphones

With a special SIM card and app, some China Telecom smartphone users in Anhui province can make phone calls protected by quantum encryption, which could tip people off to potential eavesdroppers.

7 Jan 2021 - 9:50AM
Eight holiday gift ideas for tech lovers at any budget

From laptops and keyboards to video games and wireless chargers, the SCMP Tech team wraps up our top gift ideas for 2020 at any budget.

22 Dec 2020 - 3:45PM
AI enables developer to recreate faces of China’s ancient emperors

Open-source artificial intelligence tools, such as Baidu’s PaddleGAN, enabled independent developer Hu Wengu recreate the faces of China’s ancient rulers.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:32AM
Deaf live-streamers join China’s online shopping craze

The Kaola shopping platform is China’s first to host deaf live-streamers, but real-time machine translation of sign language remains a challenge.

5 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM
ByteDance wants web novels to be free, but readers aren’t so sure

TikTok owner ByteDance hopes free content on Tomato Novel will help it take on Tencent’s China Literature, its dominant competitor that continues to attract top talent.

2 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM
Palo Alto researchers said Baidu apps could have tracked users ‘over their lifetime’

Google removed Baidu’s search and map apps after researchers found the apps were collecting sensitive data, including numbers used in SIM cards that can track users across devices.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:25PM
Millions of shoppers are raising virtual cats for Singles’ Day deals

E-commerce platforms in China are gamifying the world’s largest shopping festival to capture more of shoppers’ attention in a world flooded with online entertainment options.

10 Nov 2020 - 2:17PM
Too complicated? Singles’ Day frustrates some shoppers

In a social manifesto, NetEase Yanxuan declares that it opposes ‘complicated discount gimmicks’ that some shoppers say they find difficult to follow during overwhelming numbers of deals on the planet’s biggest shopping day.

5 Nov 2020 - 6:45PM
How two outdoor adventurers built an accessory that Apple didn’t know it wanted

Hong Kong-based startup Catalyst makes waterproof and drop-proof cases for AirPods, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches

5 Nov 2020 - 5:45PM
China’s first virtual idol talent show draws mixed reactions

Video streaming platform iQiyi is trying to connect with younger users by letting virtual avatars compete in front of human judges on the show Dimension Nova.

30 Oct 2020 - 9:44AM
Elderly women on China’s TikTok are falling in love with fake celebrities

China’s elderly population is quickly moving online, where older people are being cajoled into buying products from celebrity impersonators.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:47AM
ByteDance apps Toutiao, Douyin stickier than WeChat for Chinese users

TikTok owner ByteDance is engaging Chinese consumers longer every day through popular apps Toutiao and Douyin, compared with rival Tencent’s ubiquitous WeChat.

22 Oct 2020 - 6:45AM
Zoom wants to sell you concerts and Weight Watchers workshops

A new OnZoom platform for selling access to events and mini programs called Zapps are bid to keep users on Zoom longer as the company fights competition from the likes of Google and Microsoft.

16 Oct 2020 - 6:06PM
China’s internet censorship goes far beyond the Great Firewall

Online service providers have to use a combination of labour and automated technology to keep content within acceptable boundaries or risk fines and other punishments.

16 Oct 2020 - 8:04AM
Facial recognition in gaming has security risks, industry group warns

Tencent and NetEase already use facial recognition in popular games, while it comes with benefits, the technology’s wide use makes it ripe for abuse.

15 Oct 2020 - 9:15PM
An iPhone 12 without a charger compared to ‘eating without chopsticks’

The iPhone 12 series phones will not include wired EarPods or a wall charger in the box, sparking online outrage on Chinese social media.

14 Oct 2020 - 10:36PM