Masha Borak

Hong Kong

Masha Borak

Reporter, Abacus

Masha Borak is a reporter at Abacus. Before joining the Post, she reported on China tech from Beijing.

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Artificial intelligence is helping 11 science fiction authors write new stories for publication every week

AI algorithms are helping writers fill in additional details after the first sentence, but past efforts were less than perfect.

31 Oct 2020 - 6:06AM

AI algorithms are helping writers fill in additional details after the first sentence, but past efforts were less than perfect.

Artificial intelligence is helping 11 science fiction authors write new stories for publication every week
China’s digital currency will not compete with mobile payment apps WeChat and Alipay, says programme head

China’s digital yuan will not compete with private apps like WeChat Pay and Alipay, but it may have to contend with counterfeit digital wallets.

27 Oct 2020 - 12:47PM

China’s digital yuan will not compete with private apps like WeChat Pay and Alipay, but it may have to contend with counterfeit digital wallets.

China’s digital currency will not compete with mobile payment apps WeChat and Alipay, says programme head
Couriers in China protest late wages during an e-commerce boom resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic

Competition among delivery companies is hurting the couriers they rely on, pushing workers to protest late payments amid increasingly demanding work.

29 Oct 2020 - 12:16AM

Competition among delivery companies is hurting the couriers they rely on, pushing workers to protest late payments amid increasingly demanding work.

Couriers in China protest late wages during an e-commerce boom resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic
China calls the US an ‘empire of hacking’ following NSA advisory accusing Chinese hackers of exploiting cybersecurity bugs

The NSA published a list of 25 common software vulnerabilities exploited by Chinese state-backed hackers, but China calls the accusations “ironic”.

22 Oct 2020 - 10:44PM

The NSA published a list of 25 common software vulnerabilities exploited by Chinese state-backed hackers, but China calls the accusations “ironic”.

China calls the US an ‘empire of hacking’ following NSA advisory accusing Chinese hackers of exploiting cybersecurity bugs
Zoom is selling ticketed virtual events and offering its own mini programs with OnZoom and Zapps

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

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.

Zoom is selling ticketed virtual events and offering its own mini programs with OnZoom and Zapps
Beyond the Great Firewall: China’s vast censorship apparatus ropes in companies to do the work themselves

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

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.

Beyond the Great Firewall: China’s vast censorship apparatus ropes in companies to do the work themselves
Facial recognition in video games comes with security risks, Chinese 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

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.

Facial recognition in video games comes with security risks, Chinese industry group warns
China’s Shenzhen giving away millions in sovereign digital yuan to test technology and boost consumption

Distribution of China’s sovereign digital currency via 50,000 digital ‘red packets’ in Shenzhen is latest move in a series of trials across the country, but an official roll-out date has still not been announced.

12 Oct 2020 - 4:47PM

Distribution of China’s sovereign digital currency via 50,000 digital ‘red packets’ in Shenzhen is latest move in a series of trials across the country, but an official roll-out date has still not been announced.

China’s Shenzhen giving away millions in sovereign digital yuan to test technology and boost consumption
Baidu has a new Douyin and Kuaishou rival called Kankan, but it’s mostly just a video search engine for now

With Kankan, Baidu is competing for a larger slice of China’s massive online video market, which has more than 880 million viewers.

9 Oct 2020 - 9:10PM

With Kankan, Baidu is competing for a larger slice of China’s massive online video market, which has more than 880 million viewers.

Baidu has a new Douyin and Kuaishou rival called Kankan, but it’s mostly just a video search engine for now
China’s digital currency can soon be used in China to buy toys from Japanese vending machines

China’s digital currency can soon be used to buy toys, including ones based on popular anime series One Piece and Detective Conan, from Japanese vending machines.

7 Oct 2020 - 11:00AM

China’s digital currency can soon be used to buy toys, including ones based on popular anime series One Piece and Detective Conan, from Japanese vending machines.

China’s digital currency can soon be used in China to buy toys from Japanese vending machines
Huawei Mate Xs foldable smartphones gifted to Tencent employees turn up on second-hand e-commerce store

After 10,000 Tencent employees reportedly got Huawei’s new foldable Mate Xs smartphone, additional listings started showing up online.

2 Oct 2020 - 5:23AM

After 10,000 Tencent employees reportedly got Huawei’s new foldable Mate Xs smartphone, additional listings started showing up online.

Huawei Mate Xs foldable smartphones gifted to Tencent employees turn up on second-hand e-commerce store
Plastic waste from e-commerce packaging is a big problem in China, so Shanghai is trying to fight it

China is on track to have packaging waste as heavy as more than 400 aircraft carriers by 2025.

1 Oct 2020 - 10:51AM

China is on track to have packaging waste as heavy as more than 400 aircraft carriers by 2025.

Plastic waste from e-commerce packaging is a big problem in China, so Shanghai is trying to fight it
Didi Chuxing hopes ride-hailing subsidies will make it a little better to travel in China on the worst day to hail a taxi

Didi says there’s less than a 60 per cent chance of successfully hailing a taxi the day before China’s week-long national holiday.

30 Sep 2020 - 10:37AM

Didi says there’s less than a 60 per cent chance of successfully hailing a taxi the day before China’s week-long national holiday.

Didi Chuxing hopes ride-hailing subsidies will make it a little better to travel in China on the worst day to hail a taxi
Shared laptops are the latest sharing economy idea from Huawei’s Honor, with doorstep delivery through Meituan

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

29 Sep 2020 - 5:16AM

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

Shared laptops are the latest sharing economy idea from Huawei’s Honor, with doorstep delivery through Meituan
Romance and court intrigue: how female-focused games find success in China despite sexist stereotypes

A virtual boyfriend dating sim kicked off a wave of games in China designed specifically for female gamers.

7 Sep 2020 - 9:49PM

A virtual boyfriend dating sim kicked off a wave of games in China designed specifically for female gamers.

Romance and court intrigue: how female-focused games find success in China despite sexist stereotypes
E-commerce schemes involving empty boxes, QR codes and fake tracking numbers are linked to gambling and money laundering in China

Police uncovered 2,700 websites involved in empty package schemes that are used for money laundering.

4 Sep 2020 - 11:20AM

Police uncovered 2,700 websites involved in empty package schemes that are used for money laundering.

E-commerce schemes involving empty boxes, QR codes and fake tracking numbers are linked to gambling and money laundering in China
Chinese scientists say their neuromorphic computer Darwin Mouse has the same number of neurons as a real mouse

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

3 Sep 2020 - 10:02PM

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

Chinese scientists say their neuromorphic computer Darwin Mouse has the same number of neurons as a real mouse
China pins its hopes on Gitee as an open source alternative to Microsoft’s Github amid US tech tensions

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

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

China pins its hopes on Gitee as an open source alternative to Microsoft’s Github amid US tech tensions
5G towers are consuming a lot of energy, so China Unicom is putting some of them to sleep overnight

China Unicom decides to shut down some of its 5G base stations overnight, prompting concern from users.

27 Aug 2020 - 11:32PM

China Unicom decides to shut down some of its 5G base stations overnight, prompting concern from users.

5G towers are consuming a lot of energy, so China Unicom is putting some of them to sleep overnight
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer gets censored in China over Tiananmen Square crackdown footage

Chinese streaming platforms edited the trailer for the next highly anticipated Call of Duty game, cutting out a second-long clip of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

25 Aug 2020 - 1:36AM

Chinese streaming platforms edited the trailer for the next highly anticipated Call of Duty game, cutting out a second-long clip of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer gets censored in China over Tiananmen Square crackdown footage
AR driving navigation arrives on Alibaba-owned AutoNavi’s popular map app, beating Google and Apple to the punch

A new AR navigation feature in Gaode warns drivers of upcoming collisions, pedestrians and traffic lights.

20 Oct 2020 - 2:14PM

A new AR navigation feature in Gaode warns drivers of upcoming collisions, pedestrians and traffic lights.

AR driving navigation arrives on Alibaba-owned AutoNavi’s popular map app, beating Google and Apple to the punch
Mini games in Tencent’s WeChat are turning everyone into casual gamers in China, especially adults

Low-skill casual games within China’s favourite chat app are upending stereotypes about what it means to be a gamer.

21 Aug 2020 - 10:40AM

Low-skill casual games within China’s favourite chat app are upending stereotypes about what it means to be a gamer.

Mini games in Tencent’s WeChat are turning everyone into casual gamers in China, especially adults
Huawei unveils a new MateBook X and teases its first desktop computer as US chip restrictions loom

Huawei is saying nothing about a desktop image on its website while marketing the new MateBook X as the ideal work-from-home computer.

20 Aug 2020 - 10:10AM

Huawei is saying nothing about a desktop image on its website while marketing the new MateBook X as the ideal work-from-home computer.

Huawei unveils a new MateBook X and teases its first desktop computer as US chip restrictions loom
Chinese tech hub Shenzhen says it’s the first city in the world to to have full stand-alone 5G coverage

Shenzhen aims to have its stand-alone 5G is network power smart factories, medical technology and more.

19 Aug 2020 - 10:02PM

Shenzhen aims to have its stand-alone 5G is network power smart factories, medical technology and more.

Chinese tech hub Shenzhen says it’s the first city in the world to to have full stand-alone 5G coverage
Some Chinese internet users are hoping that 5G will kill wired broadband

Experts warn you shouldn’t dump your Wi-fi router for 5G just yet.

17 Aug 2020 - 9:36PM

Experts warn you shouldn’t dump your Wi-fi router for 5G just yet.

Some Chinese internet users are hoping that 5G will kill wired broadband
Forbes’ top Chinese CEOs list includes names from Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan among the top five

Alibaba’s Daniel Zhang takes the top spot but some big names in Chinese tech are missing

20 Oct 2020 - 2:14PM

Alibaba’s Daniel Zhang takes the top spot but some big names in Chinese tech are missing

Forbes’ top Chinese CEOs list includes names from Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan among the top five
Nreal Light AR glasses offer affordable competition to Microsoft and Magic Leap, but only in South Korea

While other high-end AR glasses cost thousands of dollars, the Nreal Light is debuting in South Korea for under US$600.

11 Aug 2020 - 9:18PM

While other high-end AR glasses cost thousands of dollars, the Nreal Light is debuting in South Korea for under US$600.

Nreal Light AR glasses offer affordable competition to Microsoft and Magic Leap, but only in South Korea
Huawei smartphones could be less appealing to consumers without in-house Kirin chips that compete with Qualcomm and Apple

Huawei’s Kirin chips make smartphones like the P40 and upcoming Mate 40 top-performers in areas like photography.

11 Aug 2020 - 11:30AM

Huawei’s Kirin chips make smartphones like the P40 and upcoming Mate 40 top-performers in areas like photography.

Huawei smartphones could be less appealing to consumers without in-house Kirin chips that compete with Qualcomm and Apple
Give up WeChat or lose your iPhone? Chinese users wait to see what impact Trump ban will have

Apple customers worry WeChat could be pulled from app stories, leaving them with a dilemma.

9 Aug 2020 - 11:38AM

Apple customers worry WeChat could be pulled from app stories, leaving them with a dilemma.

Give up WeChat or lose your iPhone? Chinese users wait to see what impact Trump ban will have
YouTube stars are flocking to Chinese counterpart Bilibili, once known for its anime

Some YouTubers are becoming popular in China, but censorship means stars can lose their accounts at any moment.

7 Aug 2020 - 10:26PM

Some YouTubers are becoming popular in China, but censorship means stars can lose their accounts at any moment.

YouTube stars are flocking to Chinese counterpart Bilibili, once known for its anime