Ravi Hiranand

Hong Kong

Ravi Hiranand

Executive Producer, Abacus

Ravi Hiranand is the head of Abacus, covering China tech for a global audience. After 14 years at CNN International, he joined the Post in 2018 to indulge his lifelong passion in technology.

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Tencent’s Pokémon Unite is like League of Legends with Pikachu for Nintendo Switch and smartphones

Tencent is converting another world-famous game franchise for smartphones

25 Jun 2020 - 3:39AM

Tencent is converting another world-famous game franchise for smartphones

Tencent’s Pokémon Unite is like League of Legends with Pikachu for Nintendo Switch and smartphones
Abacus is moving
16 Jun 2020 - 11:46AM
Abacus is moving
Can Sony finally crack China with the PlayStation 5?

China’s gaming market is becoming more console-friendly than ever, but there are still serious roadblocks facing the PS5

11 Jun 2020 - 4:34PM

China’s gaming market is becoming more console-friendly than ever, but there are still serious roadblocks facing the PS5

Can Sony finally crack China with the PlayStation 5?
Is Octopus on Apple Pay too little, too late?

Hong Kong’s universal smart card finally launches on iPhones, but it’s facing an assault from QR code payment systems like Alipay

4 Jun 2020 - 4:39PM

Hong Kong’s universal smart card finally launches on iPhones, but it’s facing an assault from QR code payment systems like Alipay

Is Octopus on Apple Pay too little, too late?
Surprise: Xiaomi’s Mi Watch looks like the Apple Watch

Mi Watch runs the Android-based Wear OS and has a familiar shape, but it’s much cheaper than the Apple Watch

6 Nov 2019 - 5:31AM

Mi Watch runs the Android-based Wear OS and has a familiar shape, but it’s much cheaper than the Apple Watch

Surprise: Xiaomi’s Mi Watch looks like the Apple Watch
Apple’s GIF search won’t find some images from China

Using Apple’s iMessage app to search for “Chinese” GIFs gives you a blank page

1 Oct 2019 - 1:41PM

Using Apple’s iMessage app to search for “Chinese” GIFs gives you a blank page

Apple’s GIF search won’t find some images from China
Why China is the perfect place for cloud gaming to succeed

Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are pushing cloud gaming, but Tencent could be the real one to watch

30 Sep 2019 - 10:33AM

Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud are pushing cloud gaming, but Tencent could be the real one to watch

Why China is the perfect place for cloud gaming to succeed
Watch Dogs, Breath of the Wild 2 headline E3 on our gaming podcast!

Believe it or not, Victoria has only just finished the first Breath of the Wild, so we talk about that too on You Died!

20 Sep 2019 - 9:07AM

Believe it or not, Victoria has only just finished the first Breath of the Wild, so we talk about that too on You Died!

Watch Dogs, Breath of the Wild 2 headline E3 on our gaming podcast!
The top ten games about China (that aren’t from China)

British-made games like Total War: Three Kingdoms and Tomb Raider II show how the best games about China don't always come from the country

20 Sep 2019 - 9:06AM

British-made games like Total War: Three Kingdoms and Tomb Raider II show how the best games about China don't always come from the country

The top ten games about China (that aren’t from China)
What to watch for at E3, gaming's biggest event, on our podcast

Nintendo Direct, Microsoft xCloud, Square Enix's Avengers game and whatever Bethesda shows us of the next Elder Scrolls... next week is going to be great for gamers

20 Sep 2019 - 9:06AM

Nintendo Direct, Microsoft xCloud, Square Enix's Avengers game and whatever Bethesda shows us of the next Elder Scrolls... next week is going to be great for gamers

What to watch for at E3, gaming's biggest event, on our podcast
Did Detective Pikachu kill the curse of gaming movies? Find out on our new podcast!

We discuss Detective Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and many more gaming movies on this edition of You Died!

20 Sep 2019 - 9:05AM

We discuss Detective Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and many more gaming movies on this edition of You Died!

Did Detective Pikachu kill the curse of gaming movies? Find out on our new podcast!
Here are the best Game of Thrones memes from China

From Lord Varys the communist to a scene Chinese users wish the censors had cut out, here are the best reactions to Season 8 of Game of Thrones

20 Sep 2019 - 9:04AM

From Lord Varys the communist to a scene Chinese users wish the censors had cut out, here are the best reactions to Season 8 of Game of Thrones

Here are the best Game of Thrones memes from China
Hands-on with the OnePlus 7 Pro

Impressions of the latest OnePlus flagship handset from an Apple iPhone user

20 Sep 2019 - 9:04AM

Impressions of the latest OnePlus flagship handset from an Apple iPhone user

Hands-on with the OnePlus 7 Pro
Crackdown 3, Sekiro and Dynasty Warriors headline this episode of You Died

And we discuss how subscription services like Microsoft's GamePass change the value of games

20 Sep 2019 - 9:03AM

And we discuss how subscription services like Microsoft's GamePass change the value of games

Crackdown 3, Sekiro and Dynasty Warriors headline this episode of You Died
Game companions, Iron Man VR and Yoshi vs Kirby on this episode of You Died!

We also go over the Sega Genesis Mini, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and look forward to the next Nintendo Direct

20 Sep 2019 - 9:01AM

We also go over the Sega Genesis Mini, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and look forward to the next Nintendo Direct

Game companions, Iron Man VR and Yoshi vs Kirby on this episode of You Died!
Razer's CEO is "super excited" about 5G's impact on gaming

I'm not the only one excited by game streaming: The CEO of Razer, a company dedicated to making hardware and accessories for hardcore gamers, told me that he's really excited about how 5G will enable him to play any game on any device, no matter where he is. We spoke to Min-Liang Tan live on Twitch, so check out the story for much more -- including his take on Razer's tie-up with Tencent, and his favorite game of all time.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:59AM

I'm not the only one excited by game streaming: The CEO of Razer, a company dedicated to making hardware and accessories for hardcore gamers, told me that he's really excited about how 5G will enable him to play any game on any device, no matter where he is. We spoke to Min-Liang Tan live on Twitch, so check out the story for much more -- including his take on Razer's tie-up with Tencent, and his favorite game of all time.

Razer's CEO is "super excited" about 5G's impact on gaming
Will Google Stadia be the Netflix for games? We discuss on our podcast!

If you hadn't figured it out by now, I'm a huge gamer. And I'm fascinated by the vision of the future presented by Google Stadia, a game streaming service that effectively puts your console in the cloud -- allowing you to play any game on any device. It strikes me that it's perfect for China: A country of 459 million mobile gamers, already playing complex PC-style games on mobile like PUBG. And China is also investing heavily in 5G, technology that would make a huge difference to game streaming. It's the topic of our podcast this week, so listen in for much more!

20 Sep 2019 - 8:59AM

If you hadn't figured it out by now, I'm a huge gamer. And I'm fascinated by the vision of the future presented by Google Stadia, a game streaming service that effectively puts your console in the cloud -- allowing you to play any game on any device. It strikes me that it's perfect for China: A country of 459 million mobile gamers, already playing complex PC-style games on mobile like PUBG. And China is also investing heavily in 5G, technology that would make a huge difference to game streaming. It's the topic of our podcast this week, so listen in for much more!

Will Google Stadia be the Netflix for games? We discuss on our podcast!
Does the Marie Kondo method work on games? Listen to our latest podcast to find out!

Ravi and Victoria try to slim down their gaming collections... but one of them is having a lot more trouble letting go

20 Sep 2019 - 8:58AM

Ravi and Victoria try to slim down their gaming collections... but one of them is having a lot more trouble letting go

Does the Marie Kondo method work on games? Listen to our latest podcast to find out!
We dive deep into Red Dead Redemption 2's storyline in a spoiler-filled podcast!

The saga of Arthur Morgan, John Marston, and Victoria's love for Dutch

20 Sep 2019 - 8:53AM

The saga of Arthur Morgan, John Marston, and Victoria's love for Dutch

We dive deep into Red Dead Redemption 2's storyline in a spoiler-filled podcast!
Apex Legends might be coming to China

EA's hit battle royale game is topping Fortnite and PUBG on Twitch, and now Tencent is reportedly trying to bring it to China

20 Sep 2019 - 8:53AM

EA's hit battle royale game is topping Fortnite and PUBG on Twitch, and now Tencent is reportedly trying to bring it to China

Apex Legends might be coming to China
Review: The Hong Kong Massacre is a bloody good time

Take Hotline Miami, add some John Woo, and you get this stylish action game

20 Sep 2019 - 8:52AM

Take Hotline Miami, add some John Woo, and you get this stylish action game

Review: The Hong Kong Massacre is a bloody good time
From Solid Snake to Raving Rabbids, our podcast covers gaming animals for Lunar New Year!

Year of the Pig, or Year of the Duke Nukem Pig Cops? (OK, that doesn't sound nearly as nice.)

20 Sep 2019 - 8:52AM

Year of the Pig, or Year of the Duke Nukem Pig Cops? (OK, that doesn't sound nearly as nice.)

From Solid Snake to Raving Rabbids, our podcast covers gaming animals for Lunar New Year!
China's top court rips off Super Mario in a social video

Nintendo's mascot romps around a Weibo video to show... the achievements of the Hunan People's Court in 2018?

20 Sep 2019 - 8:52AM

Nintendo's mascot romps around a Weibo video to show... the achievements of the Hunan People's Court in 2018?

China's top court rips off Super Mario in a social video
How do you juggle gaming with adult responsibilities? Our podcast tackles that question

Bonus: Stories of gaming while parenting, otherwise known as... Red Dad Redemption (rimshot)

20 Sep 2019 - 8:51AM

Bonus: Stories of gaming while parenting, otherwise known as... Red Dad Redemption (rimshot)

How do you juggle gaming with adult responsibilities? Our podcast tackles that question
Five takeaways from Xiaomi's foldable smartphone tease

Xiaomi's prototype, unveiled on Wednesday, is notable because it folds... twice. Both sides of the phone can be folded back, or folded out to create a big, almost tablet-sized screen. After spending way too long staring at the video, we've got five key takeaways. The biggest one is pretty simple: Where are the cameras?

20 Sep 2019 - 8:51AM

Xiaomi's prototype, unveiled on Wednesday, is notable because it folds... twice. Both sides of the phone can be folded back, or folded out to create a big, almost tablet-sized screen. After spending way too long staring at the video, we've got five key takeaways. The biggest one is pretty simple: Where are the cameras?

Five takeaways from Xiaomi's foldable smartphone tease
The Hong Kong Massacre mashes up John Woo with Hotline Miami

Action game is bloody and violent in the tradition of Hong Kong action films

20 Sep 2019 - 8:51AM

Action game is bloody and violent in the tradition of Hong Kong action films

The Hong Kong Massacre mashes up John Woo with Hotline Miami
What defines a Chinese game? We tackle that in our new podcast

The most common bit of Chinese tech that people outside the country experience are games. But what was it like growing up as a gamer inside the country, where consoles were banned for years? Josh joined Victoria and I on this week's show to talk about the changing face of Chinese games.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:50AM

The most common bit of Chinese tech that people outside the country experience are games. But what was it like growing up as a gamer inside the country, where consoles were banned for years? Josh joined Victoria and I on this week's show to talk about the changing face of Chinese games.

What defines a Chinese game? We tackle that in our new podcast
We break down our games of the year on our podcast, You Died

Keeping with the end-of-2018 theme, the second episode of our podcast is all about the games of the year. We're not just talking about the best, but also a few, shall we say, "alternative" awards... like the best game to play on the toilet.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:49AM

Keeping with the end-of-2018 theme, the second episode of our podcast is all about the games of the year. We're not just talking about the best, but also a few, shall we say, "alternative" awards... like the best game to play on the toilet.

We break down our games of the year on our podcast, You Died
PUBG, Smash Bros and Brawl Stars: Our favorite Twitch streams of the year

We run through our best streams and best moments of the year!

20 Sep 2019 - 8:48AM

We run through our best streams and best moments of the year!

PUBG, Smash Bros and Brawl Stars: Our favorite Twitch streams of the year
Spider-Man's chat app is real (and it's huge in China)

Into the Spider-Verse's Miles Morales uses QQ thanks to a tie-up with Tencent

20 Sep 2019 - 8:48AM

Into the Spider-Verse's Miles Morales uses QQ thanks to a tie-up with Tencent

Spider-Man's chat app is real (and it's huge in China)