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Six times Apple gave in to China

Hiding the Taiwan flag emoji is just one way Apple makes changes for China

11 Oct 2019 - 7:30AM

Hiding the Taiwan flag emoji is just one way Apple makes changes for China

Six times Apple gave in to China
Doxxing has become a powerful weapon in the Hong Kong protests

Having your private information leaked for political reasons may become the new normal

10 Oct 2019 - 10:16AM

Having your private information leaked for political reasons may become the new normal

Doxxing has become a powerful weapon in the Hong Kong protests
No regrets, says esports player banned for Hong Kong protest slogan

Hong Kong player Blitzchung banned for a year by Blizzard after wearing a gas mask to an interview following victory in Hearthstone Grandmasters

9 Oct 2019 - 10:15AM

Hong Kong player Blitzchung banned for a year by Blizzard after wearing a gas mask to an interview following victory in Hearthstone Grandmasters

No regrets, says esports player banned for Hong Kong protest slogan
Chinese propaganda game Homeland Dream is disturbingly addictive

Tencent created the most downloaded free game on the iOS App Store in China in partnership with state media outlet People’s Daily

2 Oct 2019 - 3:09PM

Tencent created the most downloaded free game on the iOS App Store in China in partnership with state media outlet People’s Daily

Chinese propaganda game Homeland Dream is disturbingly addictive
Apple’s GIF search won’t find some images from China

Using Apple’s iMessage app to search for “Chinese” GIFs gives you a blank page

1 Oct 2019 - 1:41PM

Using Apple’s iMessage app to search for “Chinese” GIFs gives you a blank page

Apple’s GIF search won’t find some images from China
Why China is the perfect place for cloud gaming to succeed

Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are pushing cloud gaming, but Tencent could be the real one to watch

30 Sep 2019 - 10:33AM

Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are pushing cloud gaming, but Tencent could be the real one to watch

Why China is the perfect place for cloud gaming to succeed
BlackBerry was once the internet in your hand, but now it's for people who want to go offline

Students in China are buying old BlackBerry phones because new apps like TikTok don’t work on them

20 Sep 2019 - 9:48AM

Students in China are buying old BlackBerry phones because new apps like TikTok don’t work on them

BlackBerry was once the internet in your hand, but now it's for people who want to go offline
Programmers complain that Huawei’s Ark Compiler is ‘not even half-finished’

The compiler is supposed to make it easy to port Android apps to Huawei’s new HarmonyOS, but it’s not going well

20 Sep 2019 - 9:36AM

The compiler is supposed to make it easy to port Android apps to Huawei’s new HarmonyOS, but it’s not going well

Programmers complain that Huawei’s Ark Compiler is ‘not even half-finished’
From a faulty kidney to the iPhone 11 unveiling, one developer’s strange path to the top

Before he was showing off Pascal’s Wager on the iPhone 11, Yang Yang took the money he'd saved for a new kidney... and poured it into a new gaming studio, TipsWorks

16 Sep 2019 - 11:39AM

Before he was showing off Pascal’s Wager on the iPhone 11, Yang Yang took the money he'd saved for a new kidney... and poured it into a new gaming studio, TipsWorks

From a faulty kidney to the iPhone 11 unveiling, one developer’s strange path to the top
Apple’s Huawei comparison trends on Chinese social media

Other online commenters criticize the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera design

12 Sep 2019 - 9:28AM

Other online commenters criticize the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera design

Apple’s Huawei comparison trends on Chinese social media
The one app in China making secure messaging possible

LeakZero will encrypt your WeChat messages, but the founder says he didn't create it for political purposes

10 Sep 2019 - 9:00PM

LeakZero will encrypt your WeChat messages, but the founder says he didn't create it for political purposes

The one app in China making secure messaging possible
We tested a messaging app used by Hong Kong protesters that works without an internet connection

Bridgefy is a Bluetooth mesh network app trending in Hong Kong

10 Sep 2019 - 7:00PM

Bridgefy is a Bluetooth mesh network app trending in Hong Kong

We tested a messaging app used by Hong Kong protesters that works without an internet connection
Why China’s farmers rocketed to fame as live-streaming video stars

Taobao Marketplace and Kuaishou are changing lives in rural China through live streams.

6 Sep 2019 - 7:53AM

Taobao Marketplace and Kuaishou are changing lives in rural China through live streams.

Why China’s farmers rocketed to fame as live-streaming video stars
Cloud gaming’s promise is why Microsoft, Google and Tencent are all diving in

Cloud gaming is like streaming video, but for games. Games run on servers in the cloud, sending video streams to your device -- meaning you can play virtually any game on any device, no downloads needed.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:10AM

Cloud gaming is like streaming video, but for games. Games run on servers in the cloud, sending video streams to your device -- meaning you can play virtually any game on any device, no downloads needed.

Cloud gaming’s promise is why Microsoft, Google and Tencent are all diving in
How power bank sharing startups defied skeptics in China

Research shows people are renting more portable mobile chargers than ever

30 Aug 2019 - 9:37AM

Research shows people are renting more portable mobile chargers than ever

How power bank sharing startups defied skeptics in China
Why are Hong Kong protesters targeting lamp posts?

Protesters tore down a smart lamp post and posted online what they found inside

30 Aug 2019 - 9:33AM

Protesters tore down a smart lamp post and posted online what they found inside

Why are Hong Kong protesters targeting lamp posts?
The gamer who quit his job to create a gadget empire

Min-Liang Tan is the founder of Razer, a company that makes gaming computers and peripherals and recently expanded into fintech for millennials. A lawyer by training, he’s considered one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Singapore’s startup scene.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:10AM

Min-Liang Tan is the founder of Razer, a company that makes gaming computers and peripherals and recently expanded into fintech for millennials. A lawyer by training, he’s considered one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Singapore’s startup scene.

The gamer who quit his job to create a gadget empire
China has its first cloned kitten and it’s adorable

Sinogene already offers dog cloning and will now clone cats for US$35,400

23 Aug 2019 - 10:58AM

Sinogene already offers dog cloning and will now clone cats for US$35,400

China has its first cloned kitten and it’s adorable
Meet the millennial entrepreneur behind China’s answer to Beyond Meat

Lu Zhongming will introduce Suzhou-style mooncakes filled with plant-based meat in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

23 Aug 2019 - 7:00AM

Lu Zhongming will introduce Suzhou-style mooncakes filled with plant-based meat in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Meet the millennial entrepreneur behind China’s answer to Beyond Meat
Bots or people? Pro-China disinformation campaigns make it hard to tell

Twitter’s crackdown on pro-China accounts attacking Hong Kong protesters reveals how bots and real people combine to spread disinformation

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Twitter’s crackdown on pro-China accounts attacking Hong Kong protesters reveals how bots and real people combine to spread disinformation

Bots or people? Pro-China disinformation campaigns make it hard to tell
WeChat looks even more like an operating system now thanks to Samsung

Now users can open WeChat mini programs directly from the home screen on Samsung handsets

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Now users can open WeChat mini programs directly from the home screen on Samsung handsets

WeChat looks even more like an operating system now thanks to Samsung
Music fans in China channel their patriotic fervor against Hong Kong protests on Twitter and Instagram

Online groups in China hop the Great Firewall to wage an 'unsophisticated' campaign against Hong Kong protesters on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Online groups in China hop the Great Firewall to wage an 'unsophisticated' campaign against Hong Kong protesters on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Music fans in China channel their patriotic fervor against Hong Kong protests on Twitter and Instagram
Some Chinese universities are now scanning faces for student enrollment

Beijing's Tsinghua University started using facial recognition for more than 3,800 new students this year

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Beijing's Tsinghua University started using facial recognition for more than 3,800 new students this year

Some Chinese universities are now scanning faces for student enrollment
China's budget ecommerce site Pinduoduo now growing in first-tier cities

Pinduoduo seeks to shed its reputation as a destination for cheap knockoff goods

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Pinduoduo seeks to shed its reputation as a destination for cheap knockoff goods

China's budget ecommerce site Pinduoduo now growing in first-tier cities
In China, where you live determines the tech you use

Even though there's no official definition, cities in China are often informally slotted into four tiers. In general, higher-tier cities are larger and wealthier compared to lower-tier ones. 

20 Sep 2019 - 8:10AM

Even though there's no official definition, cities in China are often informally slotted into four tiers. In general, higher-tier cities are larger and wealthier compared to lower-tier ones. 

In China, where you live determines the tech you use
The millennial entrepreneur creating China’s answer to Beyond Meat

Lu Zhongming is the young entrepreneur bringing artificial meat to mooncakes in China. He rose to fame after an appearance on China’s Shark Tank, which helped fund his first business selling protein bars.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:10AM

Lu Zhongming is the young entrepreneur bringing artificial meat to mooncakes in China. He rose to fame after an appearance on China’s Shark Tank, which helped fund his first business selling protein bars.

The millennial entrepreneur creating China’s answer to Beyond Meat
Spider-Man is out of the MCU, but China wants Andrew Garfield back

Some Chinese Marvel fans said this was a chance for Shang-Chi to take over, but others reminisced about past Spidey franchises

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Some Chinese Marvel fans said this was a chance for Shang-Chi to take over, but others reminisced about past Spidey franchises

Spider-Man is out of the MCU, but China wants Andrew Garfield back
Facebook and Twitter could see backlash to removing Chinese propaganda

Billions of dollars could be on the line as social media sites grapple with state-sponsored propaganda campaigns

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Billions of dollars could be on the line as social media sites grapple with state-sponsored propaganda campaigns

Facebook and Twitter could see backlash to removing Chinese propaganda
WhatsApp mobile payments could launch in Indonesia

Facebook has been looking for a way to replicate WeChat's success with mobile payments, and Southeast Asia might be the key

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Facebook has been looking for a way to replicate WeChat's success with mobile payments, and Southeast Asia might be the key

WhatsApp mobile payments could launch in Indonesia
Baidu's Robin Li sees "pain" ahead as search business lags

Baidu saw meager gains as it continues to bet on products outside of search, especially content

20 Sep 2019 - 9:12AM

Baidu saw meager gains as it continues to bet on products outside of search, especially content

Baidu's Robin Li sees "pain" ahead as search business lags