Matt Haldane

Hong Kong

Matt Haldane

Production editor, Technology

Matt joined the Post in 2019 after covering technology trends in Shenzhen for more than three years. He previous covered business and technology for publications including The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Business Journal, and Reuters. Matt has a master's degree in business journalism and a bachelor's in economics.

Show more

Latest from Matt Haldane

Explainer | China vs video games: why Beijing stopped short of a gaming ban, keeping Tencent and NetEase growing amid crackdown

While often presented as another “spiritual opium” imported from the West, video games have become a big industry in China with global influence.

While often presented as another “spiritual opium” imported from the West, video games have become a big industry in China with global influence.

China vs video games: why Beijing stopped short of a gaming ban, keeping Tencent and NetEase growing amid crackdown
19 Nov 2021 - 9:00PM
End of Meng Wanzhou saga leaves little upside for Huawei

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what the future looks like for Huawei following the release of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what the future looks like for Huawei following the release of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. 

End of Meng Wanzhou saga leaves little upside for Huawei
11 Oct 2021 - 2:00PM
Explainer | What China’s new data laws are and their impact on Big Tech

Two new laws this year will make it even more costly for companies to store data overseas, tightening restrictions on China’s online platform economy.

Two new laws this year will make it even more costly for companies to store data overseas, tightening restrictions on China’s online platform economy.

What China’s new data laws are and their impact on Big Tech
2 Sep 2021 - 11:30AM
Explainer | China’s bitcoin crackdown: why is it happening and what’s next for the original cryptocurrency?

China’s widespread crackdown on bitcoin has sent the hash rate plummeting and miners fleeing China, but many remain optimistic about the cryptocurrency’s future.

China’s widespread crackdown on bitcoin has sent the hash rate plummeting and miners fleeing China, but many remain optimistic about the cryptocurrency’s future.

China’s bitcoin crackdown: why is it happening and what’s next for the original cryptocurrency?
16 Jul 2021 - 3:50PM
China’s bitcoin mining crackdown wreaks havoc, but what does it mean for the future of the cryptocurrency?

In this issue of Global Impact, we take a look at China’s recent crackdown on bitcoin mining. Beijing maintains its stance that it is all about reducing financial risks, but it has been suggested that environmental factors such as Beijing's plans for China to reach peak emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060 are playing a role.

In this issue of Global Impact, we take a look at China’s recent crackdown on bitcoin mining. Beijing maintains its stance that it is all about reducing financial risks, but it has been suggested that environmental factors such as Beijing's plans for China to reach peak emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060 are playing a role.

 China’s bitcoin mining crackdown wreaks havoc, but what does it mean for the future of the cryptocurrency?
28 Jun 2021 - 4:42PM
Explainer | Will Huawei’s Harmony operating system end the global duopoly of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS?

Huawei’s HarmonyOS is designed for the Internet-of-Things era, with the ability to run on everything from smartphones and tablets to home appliances as the tech giant tries to overcome US sanctions and move away from Android.

Huawei’s HarmonyOS is designed for the Internet-of-Things era, with the ability to run on everything from smartphones and tablets to home appliances as the tech giant tries to overcome US sanctions and move away from Android.

Will Huawei’s Harmony operating system end the global duopoly of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS?
4 Jun 2021 - 2:34PM
Explainer | How Xiaomi went from China’s hottest smartphone start-up to lifestyle brand

Xiaomi got its start by cultivating an avid fan base with its MIUI Android software before eventually making its own hardware and transforming itself in a lifestyle brand.

Xiaomi got its start by cultivating an avid fan base with its MIUI Android software before eventually making its own hardware and transforming itself in a lifestyle brand.

How Xiaomi went from China’s hottest smartphone start-up to lifestyle brand
8 Jun 2021 - 11:40AM
What blockchain is, how it works and how China will lead the world

Last year was a big year for blockchain projects in China after President Xi Jinping called for further development of the technology at the end of 2019, but the country continues to shun cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Last year was a big year for blockchain projects in China after President Xi Jinping called for further development of the technology at the end of 2019, but the country continues to shun cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

What blockchain is, how it works and how China will lead the world
18 Jan 2021 - 9:00PM
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
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.

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
6 Oct 2020 - 3:30PM
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.

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
16 Sep 2020 - 3:24PM
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.

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
31 Aug 2020 - 11:42PM
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

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
4 Mar 2021 - 10:12AM
Xiaomi’s first OLED TV costs nearly US$2,000
4 Jul 2020 - 12:52PM
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

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
4 May 2020 - 8:02PM
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

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
16 Feb 2020 - 5:08PM
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

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
16 Feb 2020 - 5:28PM
DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019

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

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

DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019
27 Dec 2019 - 12:10PM
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

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
24 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM
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

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
22 Nov 2019 - 10:20PM
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

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
22 Nov 2019 - 6:15PM
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

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
14 Nov 2019 - 7:31PM
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

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
4 Aug 2020 - 10:59PM
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

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
20 Sep 2019 - 9:03AM
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

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
20 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM