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China hits record 940 million internet users after Covid-19

Online entertainment such as live-streaming and short video services continue to prosper, while ride-hailing and food delivery enterprises struggle.

30 Sep 2020 - 9:31PM
Abandoned shared bikes crying out for help creep out nearby residents

A video circulating on Weibo shows Ofo bikes asking to be helped up while piled up in an abandoned construction site.

1 Oct 2020 - 11:28AM
Huawei’s latest sharing economy idea is loaning out budget laptops

Huawei’s Honor is offering shared MagicBook laptops delivered straight to users’ doors during China’s national holiday.

29 Sep 2020 - 5:16AM
Can AI help China’s web novels find more English readers?

AI is helping China’s digital publishers translate novels faster and cheaper, but some remain sceptical.

28 Sep 2020 - 7:00AM
The world’s first foldable smartphone gets a new model in China

The Royole FlexPai 2 launches in China, boasting better screen and software performance and a price tag under US$1,500.

23 Sep 2020 - 2:45AM
China’s bestselling carmaker has sky-high ambitions

China’s largest private carmaker launches a civilian drone and promises flying cars.

17 Sep 2020 - 11:05AM
‘Boring’ Apple event has China eagerly awaiting the iPhone 12

Disappointed by iPhone 12’s no-show at Apple’s latest launch event, many in China say new Apple Watch features are old news.

23 Sep 2020 - 6:55PM
Meet Realme, the breakout smartphone brand rivalling Xiaomi

Realme is the budget-conscious sibling of Oppo and OnePlus that’s winning over millions of fans across India and Southeast Asia.

16 Sep 2020 - 11:52AM
Seized ‘counterfeit’ Apple AirPods might actually be OnePlus Buds

US authorities intercepted what looks like wireless earbuds from Chinese brand OnePlus, calling them fake Apple wireless earbuds.

15 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM
Man banned from China’s TikTok for streaming himself harassing women

Live-streamers in China who post content considered inappropriate can land on a government blacklist that forbids them from performing.

9 Sep 2020 - 9:20AM
China’s netizens scoff at city’s plan to score people’s ‘civility’

The Suzhou Civility Code, still under trial, earns comparison with Black Mirror and outdated ideas of governance in the Qing dynasty.

8 Sep 2020 - 10:43PM
Shanghai’s Covid-19 health codes are also personal IDs now

With Covid-19 largely under control in China, Shanghai is expanding the functionality of its Suishen health code to outlast the pandemic.

5 Sep 2020 - 12:16PM
This computer mimics the brain of a mouse with man-made neurons

Neuromorphic computers mimic real brains and could have a big impact on the development of artificial intelligence.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:02PM
Auto-renewals for app subscriptions are a ‘trap’, state media says

State-run People’s Daily takes aim at automatic payments in apps, a commonly used business model.

2 Sep 2020 - 7:35AM
This is the world’s cheapest 5G smartphone right now

Realme targets younger users with a new affordable 5G handset.

1 Sep 2020 - 10:52PM
Chinese netizens think Beijing’s new export rules will help TikTok

ByteDance faces online backlash for seeking to sell TikTok as many netizens hope new Chinese export rules could stop any US sale

31 Aug 2020 - 6:35PM
Xiaomi says it’s got the ‘perfect’ under-display camera on a phone

Invisible under-display camera phones could be mainstream soon, but there are still problems to solve

29 Aug 2020 - 10:05AM
Meet Gitee, China’s backup plan if Microsoft’s GitHub pulls out

Open source technology is important for programmers and those in China fear they could fall behind without a domestic substitute.

28 Aug 2020 - 12:20PM
Terracotta warrior brought to life in AI-generated video

An indie game developer uses computer tools to create a video of realistic-looking historic figures in motion based on portraits and sculptures.

28 Aug 2020 - 11:31AM
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