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Oppo announces AR glasses and IoT products

Oppo is investing big in 5G and AR, which are part of its planned US$ 7.1 billion R&D investment over the next three years

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Oppo is investing big in 5G and AR, which are part of its planned US$ 7.1 billion R&D investment over the next three years

Oppo announces AR glasses and IoT products
Chinese Twitter bots are clearly fake, but they might still be influential

Pro-Beijing accounts attacking the Hong Kong protests might not look authentic, but that doesn't matter if they're trending

10 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Pro-Beijing accounts attacking the Hong Kong protests might not look authentic, but that doesn't matter if they're trending

Chinese Twitter bots are clearly fake, but they might still be influential
Japan hasn’t warmed up to Chinese phones, but can Xiaomi change that?

Huawei lost momentum in Japan because of the US-China trade war, and now Xiaomi is giving it a try

9 Dec 2019 - 7:13PM

Huawei lost momentum in Japan because of the US-China trade war, and now Xiaomi is giving it a try

Japan hasn’t warmed up to Chinese phones, but can Xiaomi change that?
Nearly 80% of people in China worry about facial recognition data leaks

Deepfakes, fraud and theft are high among concerns about facial recognition

9 Dec 2019 - 6:50PM

Deepfakes, fraud and theft are high among concerns about facial recognition

Nearly 80% of people in China worry about facial recognition data leaks
Anime site Bilibili to feature news from state broadcaster CCTV

Bilibili is China’s leading video site for anime and internet subculture, and CCTV is making an appeal to the demographic with a rap

9 Dec 2019 - 5:24PM

Bilibili is China’s leading video site for anime and internet subculture, and CCTV is making an appeal to the demographic with a rap

Anime site Bilibili to feature news from state broadcaster CCTV
Huawei’s HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year

Huawei previously started China's first open-source software foundation amid concerns the country might lose access to GitHub

9 Dec 2019 - 3:31PM

Huawei previously started China's first open-source software foundation amid concerns the country might lose access to GitHub

Huawei’s HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has a lot to love... and a lot to hate

For US$2,000, a phone should be close to perfect, but the Galaxy Fold has too many flaws

9 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

For US$2,000, a phone should be close to perfect, but the Galaxy Fold has too many flaws

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has a lot to love... and a lot to hate
Eccentric CEO who was blacklisted in China is back pitching “shark skin”

Flamboyant founder of Smartisan Luo Yonghao is using his brand built on bold pitches to sell a bacteria-repelling plastic inspired by sharks

6 Dec 2019 - 8:30PM

Flamboyant founder of Smartisan Luo Yonghao is using his brand built on bold pitches to sell a bacteria-repelling plastic inspired by sharks

Eccentric CEO who was blacklisted in China is back pitching “shark skin”
Razer CEO accused of threatening and publicly shaming employees

Former employees tell gaming news site Kotaku that Min-Liang Tan runs the company like a “dictatorship”

6 Dec 2019 - 6:02PM

Former employees tell gaming news site Kotaku that Min-Liang Tan runs the company like a “dictatorship”

Razer CEO accused of threatening and publicly shaming employees
China issues first fine for an unapproved game since reform
China has its own Hong Kong protest game that lets you beat up activists

After protesters turned to video game activism, a new web game lets players beat figures like Joshua Wong and Martin Lee with a flip-flop or baseball bat

6 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

After protesters turned to video game activism, a new web game lets players beat figures like Joshua Wong and Martin Lee with a flip-flop or baseball bat

China has its own Hong Kong protest game that lets you beat up activists
China ranks as the worst country at collecting, using and storing biometric data

There’s growing concern among Chinese citizens over how their biometric data is used, but China has no law to protect it

6 Dec 2019 - 3:56AM

There’s growing concern among Chinese citizens over how their biometric data is used, but China has no law to protect it

China ranks as the worst country at collecting, using and storing biometric data
Devil May Cry mobile game gets a gameplay trailer, eyeing a 2020 release

Licensed and supervised by Capcom, the game is being developed by Chinese company Yunchang Game

5 Dec 2019 - 6:56PM

Licensed and supervised by Capcom, the game is being developed by Chinese company Yunchang Game

Devil May Cry mobile game gets a gameplay trailer, eyeing a 2020 release
ByteDance sued for collecting children’s data from Musical.ly

It’s illegal to collect data from kids under 13 without parental consent in the US, which landed TikTok in hot water earlier this year

5 Dec 2019 - 5:18PM

It’s illegal to collect data from kids under 13 without parental consent in the US, which landed TikTok in hot water earlier this year

ByteDance sued for collecting children’s data from Musical.ly
Four Chinese video apps among best iPhone apps of 2019

Four Chinese video apps were recognized by Apple this year, and TikTok isn’t one of them

5 Dec 2019 - 4:09PM

Four Chinese video apps were recognized by Apple this year, and TikTok isn’t one of them

Four Chinese video apps among best iPhone apps of 2019
People in China use ride-hailing apps less than last year

Didi Chuxing saw rider and driver usage drop for yet another quarter

5 Dec 2019 - 2:36PM

Didi Chuxing saw rider and driver usage drop for yet another quarter

People in China use ride-hailing apps less than last year
New swarm of pro-China Twitter bots spreads disinformation about Xinjiang

Is Harry Potter's Ginny Weasley tweeting you about how great life is in China’s western region of Xinjiang? She might be a bot

5 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Is Harry Potter's Ginny Weasley tweeting you about how great life is in China’s western region of Xinjiang? She might be a bot

New swarm of pro-China Twitter bots spreads disinformation about Xinjiang
As the Switch goes on sale in China, Nintendo’s own games are mostly absent

Tencent announced the Nintendo Switch will arrive in China this month with Mario and Chinese indie games, and it’s cheaper than in the US

5 Dec 2019 - 12:44AM

Tencent announced the Nintendo Switch will arrive in China this month with Mario and Chinese indie games, and it’s cheaper than in the US

As the Switch goes on sale in China, Nintendo’s own games are mostly absent
Google both pursued and abandoned China under Larry Page and Sergey Brin

A decade after leaving China, Google is losing its "moral compass" Sergey Brin, but CEO Sundar Pichai takes a more practical approach to China

4 Dec 2019 - 9:19PM

A decade after leaving China, Google is losing its "moral compass" Sergey Brin, but CEO Sundar Pichai takes a more practical approach to China

Google both pursued and abandoned China under Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Apple’s iPhone game of the year is Sky: Children of Light

The company behind the game is backed by NetEase and was co-founded by a Chinese developer

4 Dec 2019 - 7:43PM

The company behind the game is backed by NetEase and was co-founded by a Chinese developer

Apple’s iPhone game of the year is Sky: Children of Light
China is getting a Star Wars-themed Amazfit smartwatch

Xiaomi-backed wearables maker Huami is the latest to jump on the Star Wars bandwagon in China

4 Dec 2019 - 5:51PM

Xiaomi-backed wearables maker Huami is the latest to jump on the Star Wars bandwagon in China

China is getting a Star Wars-themed Amazfit smartwatch
When online stunts turn deadly, should video sites be held responsible?

A Chinese court ruled a streaming platform is partially responsible for a daredevil’s death as the US debates whether internet companies should be liable for user-generated content

3 Dec 2019 - 9:01PM

A Chinese court ruled a streaming platform is partially responsible for a daredevil’s death as the US debates whether internet companies should be liable for user-generated content

When online stunts turn deadly, should video sites be held responsible?
China wants 30% of car sales to be autonomous vehicles by 2025

The country also aims to have new energy vehicles account for a quarter of all car sales

3 Dec 2019 - 6:25PM

The country also aims to have new energy vehicles account for a quarter of all car sales

China wants 30% of car sales to be autonomous vehicles by 2025
Realme says goodbye to 4G phones in 2020

The smartphone brand said it will only release 5G phones in China in 2020

3 Dec 2019 - 3:28PM

The smartphone brand said it will only release 5G phones in China in 2020

Realme says goodbye to 4G phones in 2020
China tests next-gen subway train with touch-panel windows

The new carbon fiber train can reach nearly 90 miles per hour, but some question if it’s too costly or even necessary

3 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

The new carbon fiber train can reach nearly 90 miles per hour, but some question if it’s too costly or even necessary

China tests next-gen subway train with touch-panel windows
Are video streaming platforms killing film studios in China?

Dominance of Youku, iQiyi and Tencent Video adds to film industry’s “cold winter”, a state newspaper says

3 Dec 2019 - 12:19AM

Dominance of Youku, iQiyi and Tencent Video adds to film industry’s “cold winter”, a state newspaper says

Are video streaming platforms killing film studios in China?
Pictures of more than 5,000 faces found selling for less than US$2 in China

For an additional fee, pictures could be sold with ID numbers, bank account information and mobile phone numbers

2 Dec 2019 - 7:49PM

For an additional fee, pictures could be sold with ID numbers, bank account information and mobile phone numbers

Pictures of more than 5,000 faces found selling for less than US$2 in China
Xiaomi is arriving in Japan earlier than expected

Chinese gadget maker tweets that it’s entering Japan on December 9 as the company proceeds with plans to expand internationally

2 Dec 2019 - 5:59PM

Chinese gadget maker tweets that it’s entering Japan on December 9 as the company proceeds with plans to expand internationally

Xiaomi is arriving in Japan earlier than expected
Getting a SIM card in China now requires a facial recognition scan

China says it aims to prevent identity theft and online fraud, but privacy concerns over facial recognition have been rising

2 Dec 2019 - 2:54PM

China says it aims to prevent identity theft and online fraud, but privacy concerns over facial recognition have been rising

Getting a SIM card in China now requires a facial recognition scan
ByteDance says TikTok and Douyin are different, but they face similar criticisms

Both TikTok and the Chinese version called Douyin find themselves at the center of controversy related to detention camps in Xinjiang

2 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Both TikTok and the Chinese version called Douyin find themselves at the center of controversy related to detention camps in Xinjiang

ByteDance says TikTok and Douyin are different, but they face similar criticisms