Karen Chiu

Hong Kong

Karen Chiu

Senior reporter, Technology

Karen Chiu is a technology journalist who regularly covers social media, internet culture, games and the everyday experiences of netizens in China. Before joining the Post in 2018, Karen was a writer and associate producer at CNN International, where she contributed to the award-winning Asia flagship show, News Stream. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Hong Kong.

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Explainer | What Bilibili is, how it makes money and what’s next for ‘China’s YouTube’

First established as an online home for China’s young anime fans, Bilibili now hopes to expand its user base to embrace older audiences beyond millennials and Gen Z.

First established as an online home for China’s young anime fans, Bilibili now hopes to expand its user base to embrace older audiences beyond millennials and Gen Z.

What Bilibili is, how it makes money and what’s next for ‘China’s YouTube’
8 Jun 2021 - 11:42AM
Huawei looks to cloud services in 2021 as US sanctions strangle smartphone business

Firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei says the Chinese giant should learn from global leaders Amazon and Microsoft.

Firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei says the Chinese giant should learn from global leaders Amazon and Microsoft.

Huawei looks to cloud services in 2021 as US sanctions strangle smartphone business
3 Jan 2021 - 10:47PM
Hong Kong’s TVB to broadcast mainland streamer Bilibili’s New Year’s gala after Victoria Harbour fireworks are axed

After the usual waterfront fireworks display was cancelled, Hong Kong’s TVB viewers will be watching a New Year’s Eve event from mainland video streamer Bilibili, known for catering to China’s younger generation.

After the usual waterfront fireworks display was cancelled, Hong Kong’s TVB viewers will be watching a New Year’s Eve event from mainland video streamer Bilibili, known for catering to China’s younger generation.

Hong Kong’s TVB to broadcast mainland streamer Bilibili’s New Year’s gala after Victoria Harbour fireworks are axed
30 Dec 2020 - 7:56AM
Eight Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers in 2020

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.

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.

Eight Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers in 2020
22 Dec 2020 - 3:45PM
Esports debuts as official medal event at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games

After debuting as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games, esports finally wins approval to be included as an official event in 2022.

After debuting as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games, esports finally wins approval to be included as an official event in 2022.

Esports debuts as official medal event at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games
17 Dec 2020 - 1:58PM
Alibaba experiments with basic captions for deaf live-streaming e-commerce sellers

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

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

Alibaba experiments with basic captions for deaf live-streaming e-commerce sellers
5 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM
China orders live streamers and gift-giving fans to register with real names

New rules in China force live-streaming viewers to register with the real names, preventing underage users from tipping hosts but also increasing scrutiny of foreigners and influencers.

New rules in China force live-streaming viewers to register with the real names, preventing underage users from tipping hosts but also increasing scrutiny of foreigners and influencers.

China orders live streamers and gift-giving fans to register with real names
24 Nov 2020 - 10:33PM
Meet Kim Leitzes, the US-born female entrepreneur behind Chinese influencer marketplace Parklu

As the prominence of influencers expands, global beauty and luxury brands are on the hunt for these key opinion leaders to entice Chinese buyers. A start-up wants to help.

As the prominence of influencers expands, global beauty and luxury brands are on the hunt for these key opinion leaders to entice Chinese buyers. A start-up wants to help.

Meet Kim Leitzes, the US-born female entrepreneur behind Chinese influencer marketplace Parklu
18 Nov 2020 - 9:28AM
The world faces a shortage of 3 million cybersecurity professionals, mostly in Asia-Pacific, study says

More workers are needed to help organisations protect themselves against hacks as the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted remote work, a cybersecurity survey finds.

More workers are needed to help organisations protect themselves against hacks as the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted remote work, a cybersecurity survey finds.

The world faces a shortage of 3 million cybersecurity professionals, mostly in Asia-Pacific, study says
12 Nov 2020 - 2:30PM
Bootleg gaming console maker Subor faces bankruptcy as frontman barred from air travel

Children living in China in the 1980s grew up playing Subor’s Nintendo knock-offs and iconic “learning machines”.

Children living in China in the 1980s grew up playing Subor’s Nintendo knock-offs and iconic “learning machines”.

Bootleg gaming console maker Subor faces bankruptcy as frontman barred from air travel
9 Nov 2020 - 5:00PM
‘Quitting’ Singles’ Day: NetEase platform decries complicated gimmicks for world’s largest shopping festival

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.

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.

‘Quitting’ Singles’ Day: NetEase platform decries complicated gimmicks for world’s largest shopping festival
5 Nov 2020 - 6:45PM
TikTok owner ByteDance’s China head debuts on Fortune’s list of most powerful women in business

ByteDance China CEO Kelly Zhang debuts at 45th place on Fortune magazine’s international list of the 50 most powerful women in business, joining Chinese tech veterans such as Ping An’s Jessica Tan, Gree’s Dong Mingzhu and Alibaba’s Maggie Wu.

ByteDance China CEO Kelly Zhang debuts at 45th place on Fortune magazine’s international list of the 50 most powerful women in business, joining Chinese tech veterans such as Ping An’s Jessica Tan, Gree’s Dong Mingzhu and Alibaba’s Maggie Wu.

TikTok owner ByteDance’s China head debuts on Fortune’s list of most powerful women in business
2 Nov 2020 - 8:05PM
NetEase game Justice holds world’s first AI conference, taking place in the hit MMORPG

NetEase repurposed a scene from its hit MMORPG Justice so AI scientists could meet and share their research after Covid-19 spoiled the real-world event.

NetEase repurposed a scene from its hit MMORPG Justice so AI scientists could meet and share their research after Covid-19 spoiled the real-world event.

NetEase game Justice holds world’s first AI conference, taking place in the hit MMORPG
28 Oct 2020 - 9:46AM
Among Us is taking the world by storm, but it’s just ‘Space Werewolf’ to gamers in China

The latest breakout game amid the Covid-19 pandemic follows a format that is better known among Chinese gamers as Werewolf.

The latest breakout game amid the Covid-19 pandemic follows a format that is better known among Chinese gamers as Werewolf.

Among Us is taking the world by storm, but it’s just ‘Space Werewolf’ to gamers in China
22 Oct 2020 - 3:38AM
Censorship sweep punishes deepfake app Reface and online school Xueersi in China’s latest internet crackdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China targets thousands of apps and websites, including an online school, in its latest effort to clean up the Chinese internet.

The Cyberspace Administration of China targets thousands of apps and websites, including an online school, in its latest effort to clean up the Chinese internet.

Censorship sweep punishes deepfake app Reface and online school Xueersi in China’s latest internet crackdown
21 Oct 2020 - 6:45AM
Smartphone addiction is more prevalent among men and parents with many children, China study says

Researchers look at residents in Beijing to study smartphone addiction, often defined as stressful phone use that leads to anxiety and depression.

Researchers look at residents in Beijing to study smartphone addiction, often defined as stressful phone use that leads to anxiety and depression.

Smartphone addiction is more prevalent among men and parents with many children, China study says
20 Oct 2020 - 12:01AM
iPhone 12 launching without earbuds or wall chargers is compared to eating without chopsticks in China

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

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

iPhone 12 launching without earbuds or wall chargers is compared to eating without chopsticks in China
14 Oct 2020 - 10:36PM
Earphone wearables designed at Cornell convert facial expressions into emoji with nearly 90 per cent accuracy

C-Face uses earphones connected to a Raspberry Pi to recognise facial expressions and convert them into emoji, helping those who need hands-free communication.

C-Face uses earphones connected to a Raspberry Pi to recognise facial expressions and convert them into emoji, helping those who need hands-free communication.

Earphone wearables designed at Cornell convert facial expressions into emoji with nearly 90 per cent accuracy
14 Oct 2020 - 11:00AM
Police drone busts an alleged drug deal in China after tailing a suspect and filming the exchange

Police filmed an alleged drug dealer exchanging goods with a customer at a secret location discovered by a drone as privacy concerns about UAV use by law enforcement persist .

Police filmed an alleged drug dealer exchanging goods with a customer at a secret location discovered by a drone as privacy concerns about UAV use by law enforcement persist .

Police drone busts an alleged drug deal in China after tailing a suspect and filming the exchange
13 Oct 2020 - 7:12PM
Google Chrome remains China’s most popular web browser, even with Google search and other apps blocked

Internet users in China cannot access the Google search engine without a VPN, yet the Chrome browser has flourished in the land of no Google.

Internet users in China cannot access the Google search engine without a VPN, yet the Chrome browser has flourished in the land of no Google.

Google Chrome remains China’s most popular web browser, even with Google search and other apps blocked
5 Oct 2020 - 11:17AM
Cloud gaming with PlayStation titles generates more carbon emissions than playing with physical discs and downloaded copies, study says

A PlayStation-sponsored study looks at the carbon footprint of gamers.

A PlayStation-sponsored study looks at the carbon footprint of gamers.

Cloud gaming with PlayStation titles generates more carbon emissions than playing with physical discs and downloaded copies, study says
29 Sep 2020 - 11:06PM
A teacher explains pregnancy to kids in China and a viral online debate about sex education ensues

Sex education remains taboo in Chinese schools despite efforts from educators and publishers.

Sex education remains taboo in Chinese schools despite efforts from educators and publishers.

A teacher explains pregnancy to kids in China and a viral online debate about sex education ensues
25 Sep 2020 - 8:35AM
How a Chinese network of fake Facebook accounts influenced online debate on South China Sea, US politics

This is the first time that Facebook has taken down Chinese-based accounts for foreign interference and engagement in US politics.

This is the first time that Facebook has taken down Chinese-based accounts for foreign interference and engagement in US politics.

How a Chinese network of fake Facebook accounts influenced online debate on South China Sea, US politics
28 Sep 2020 - 3:29PM
Smartphones bridged the digital divide for China’s urban and rural children, but 5G and IoT devices are widening the gap again

China’s rural residents under 18 years old are less likely to have used smartwatches, voice assistants and computers to get online, new study says.

China’s rural residents under 18 years old are less likely to have used smartwatches, voice assistants and computers to get online, new study says.

Smartphones bridged the digital divide for China’s urban and rural children, but 5G and IoT devices are widening the gap again
23 Sep 2020 - 11:05AM
What US users can expect after Donald Trump’s ban on WeChat was suspended

A California judge has blocked the Trump administration from imposing a US ban against WeChat, allowing the continued use of Tencent’s super app in the world’s largest economy.

A California judge has blocked the Trump administration from imposing a US ban against WeChat, allowing the continued use of Tencent’s super app in the world’s largest economy.

What US users can expect after Donald Trump’s ban on WeChat was suspended
22 Sep 2020 - 7:03AM
Sony PlayStation 5 launch has gamers in China scrambling for grey market imports

The next-generation Sony console arrives worldwide in November, except in mainland China, where some gamers are scouring e-commerce sites for imports.

The next-generation Sony console arrives worldwide in November, except in mainland China, where some gamers are scouring e-commerce sites for imports.

Sony PlayStation 5 launch has gamers in China scrambling for grey market imports
18 Sep 2020 - 2:25AM
Volvo owner Geely, China’s bestselling carmaker, is selling drones and building flying cars

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

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

Volvo owner Geely, China’s bestselling carmaker, is selling drones and building flying cars
17 Sep 2020 - 11:05AM
Realme is taking on Xiaomi’s Redmi and Poco budget brands, winning devoted fans in India and Southeast Asia

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

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

Realme is taking on Xiaomi’s Redmi and Poco budget brands, winning devoted fans in India and Southeast Asia
16 Sep 2020 - 11:52AM
Ikea and Asus ROG team up to launch gaming furniture and accessories in China

Ikea is developing about 30 gaming-related products in Shanghai that will go on sale in February 2021, followed by worldwide release later in the year.

Ikea is developing about 30 gaming-related products in Shanghai that will go on sale in February 2021, followed by worldwide release later in the year.

Ikea and Asus ROG team up to launch gaming furniture and accessories in China
15 Sep 2020 - 11:03PM
US Customs seizes ‘counterfeit’ Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, but photos show boxes of OnePlus Buds

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

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

US Customs seizes ‘counterfeit’ Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, but photos show boxes of OnePlus Buds
15 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM