Matt Haldane

Matt Haldane

Production Editor, Abacus

Matt Haldane is an editor with Abacus. He previously wrote about tech trends in Shenzhen where he got familiar with the intricacies of China's tech transformation and all the quirky contraptions showing up in Huaqiangbei. He has still never owned a hoverboard or drone. Matt holds a master's degree in Global Business Journalism from Tsinghua University and bachelor's degrees in journalism and economics from Arizona State University. He previously wrote for The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Business Journal and Reuters before moving to China.

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Xiaomi introduces RAM drives to smartphones so gamers can load games like PUBG Mobile faster

Xiaomi is allowing Mi 10 Ultra owners to use their RAM as storage to speed up games.

6 Oct 2020 - 3:30PM

Xiaomi is allowing Mi 10 Ultra owners to use their RAM as storage to speed up games.

Xiaomi introduces RAM drives to smartphones so gamers can load games like PUBG Mobile faster
Piracy hurt Disney’s Mulan in China in 1999, and it appears to be happening again

Mulan was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times ahead of its theatrical debut, mirroring rampant piracy of the animated version in 1999.

16 Sep 2020 - 3:24PM

Mulan was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times ahead of its theatrical debut, mirroring rampant piracy of the animated version in 1999.

Piracy hurt Disney’s Mulan in China in 1999, and it appears to be happening again
Cord-cutting was already the norm in China when the coronavirus hit, as people turn to the likes of iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku

Deregulation in 2014 brought sports to streaming services, permanently changing the industry.

31 Aug 2020 - 11:42PM

Deregulation in 2014 brought sports to streaming services, permanently changing the industry.

Cord-cutting was already the norm in China when the coronavirus hit, as people turn to the likes of iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku
TikTok has officially pulled out of Hong Kong, but you can still use it if you try

After TikTok vanished from Hong Kong app stores, the only way to use it in the city is by removing the SIM card

11 Jul 2020 - 5:49AM

After TikTok vanished from Hong Kong app stores, the only way to use it in the city is by removing the SIM card

TikTok has officially pulled out of Hong Kong, but you can still use it if you try
Xiaomi’s first OLED TV costs nearly US$2,000
Xiaomi browser update lets users turn off data collection in incognito mode

The Chinese smartphone brand previously said there was nothing unusual about its anonymous data collection practices

4 May 2020 - 8:02PM

The Chinese smartphone brand previously said there was nothing unusual about its anonymous data collection practices

Xiaomi browser update lets users turn off data collection in incognito mode
Wuhan coronavirus outbreak causes Huawei to postpone developer conference

Huawei joins other Chinese tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Meituan and more in the scramble to respond to the spread of the new coronavirus

16 Feb 2020 - 5:08PM

Huawei joins other Chinese tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Meituan and more in the scramble to respond to the spread of the new coronavirus

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak causes Huawei to postpone developer conference
PUBG Mobile is China's most profitable mobile game overseas for 2019

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile raked in US$776 million in 2019, topping competing battle royale game Knives Out from NetEase

16 Feb 2020 - 5:28PM

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile raked in US$776 million in 2019, topping competing battle royale game Knives Out from NetEase

PUBG Mobile is China's most profitable mobile game overseas for 2019
DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

27 Dec 2019 - 12:10PM

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019
Huawei, 5G and censorship export: Our top five China tech stories of 2019

From the US-China tech war to the tech-fueled Hong Kong protests, we look back on the most important events this year

24 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

From the US-China tech war to the tech-fueled Hong Kong protests, we look back on the most important events this year

Huawei, 5G and censorship export: Our top five China tech stories of 2019
Trump wants Apple to build 5G for the US

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has drawn inspiration from Apple, but US President Donald Trump thinks the companies should be more similar than they currently are

22 Nov 2019 - 10:20PM

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has drawn inspiration from Apple, but US President Donald Trump thinks the companies should be more similar than they currently are

Trump wants Apple to build 5G for the US
Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla

Panasonic doesn’t want a new battery plant for Tesla’s Gigafactory in China as the business has struggled to turn a profit

22 Nov 2019 - 6:15PM

Panasonic doesn’t want a new battery plant for Tesla’s Gigafactory in China as the business has struggled to turn a profit

Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
DJI is making an app for people to identify drones

The Shenzhen-based drone company plans to release an app next year that will allow anyone to identify nearby drones

14 Nov 2019 - 7:31PM

The Shenzhen-based drone company plans to release an app next year that will allow anyone to identify nearby drones

DJI is making an app for people to identify drones
Google is using a tool Chinese users developed to bypass the Great Firewall

Shadowsocks was developed in China to jump the Great Firewall, and now companies like Google are adopting it even as some debate its security and longevity

4 Aug 2020 - 10:59PM

Shadowsocks was developed in China to jump the Great Firewall, and now companies like Google are adopting it even as some debate its security and longevity

Google is using a tool Chinese users developed to bypass the Great Firewall
DJI drones helped fight Notre Dame fire, not France’s Parrot

Parrot is the second largest drone company in the world… a very distant second

20 Sep 2019 - 9:03AM

Parrot is the second largest drone company in the world… a very distant second

DJI drones helped fight Notre Dame fire, not France’s Parrot
There’s a crackdown on China’s beloved digital poker games

Tencent hit hard as regulators are no longer approving new poker and mahjong games

20 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

Tencent hit hard as regulators are no longer approving new poker and mahjong games

There’s a crackdown on China’s beloved digital poker games