Xinmei Shen

Hong Kong

Xinmei Shen

Reporter, Technology

Xinmei Shen joined the Post in 2017 and is a technology reporter. She covers content, entertainment, social media and internet culture. Previously, she was with the Post’s tech news site, Abacus. Before that, she was a reporting intern at The Information whilst studying at the University of Hong Kong.

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Why China’s central bank leads antitrust drive and how this may affect Alipay, WeChat Pay

Alipay and WeChat Pay, the country’s top mobile payments providers, have been put on notice by new antitrust regulation drafted by the People’s Bank of China.

22 Jan 2021 - 11:46PM

Alipay and WeChat Pay, the country’s top mobile payments providers, have been put on notice by new antitrust regulation drafted by the People’s Bank of China.

Why China’s central bank leads antitrust drive and how this may affect Alipay, WeChat Pay
NetEase Beijing employee tests positive for Covid-19, company orders staff to work from home: local media

NetEase has asked staff at its Beijing office to work from home after an employee tested positive for Covid-19, according to local media reports.

22 Jan 2021 - 11:38PM

NetEase has asked staff at its Beijing office to work from home after an employee tested positive for Covid-19, according to local media reports.

NetEase Beijing employee tests positive for Covid-19, company orders staff to work from home: local media
Beijing sets up satellite internet measures as China aims to build new space infrastructure

The Chinese capital is already home to a comprehensive supply chain for satellite manufacturers and space transport providers.

15 Jan 2021 - 1:27PM

The Chinese capital is already home to a comprehensive supply chain for satellite manufacturers and space transport providers.

Beijing sets up satellite internet measures as China aims to build new space infrastructure
Cultivating internet celebrities: rural governments answer Beijing’s call to use online personalities to boost tourism and local economies

Online personalities from rural China, like viral Tibetan star Dingzhen, are drawing huge followings as Chinese authorities seek to boost rural economies.

9 Jan 2021 - 7:41AM

Online personalities from rural China, like viral Tibetan star Dingzhen, are drawing huge followings as Chinese authorities seek to boost rural economies.

Cultivating internet celebrities: rural governments answer Beijing’s call to use online personalities to boost tourism and local economies
Chinese web firms are ‘bullying’ customers with data and algorithms, says country’s consumer watchdog

Companies must stop using systems to scan through consumers’ personal data and offer them different prices for goods, says watchdog.

8 Jan 2021 - 6:18PM

Companies must stop using systems to scan through consumers’ personal data and offer them different prices for goods, says watchdog.

Chinese web firms are ‘bullying’ customers with data and algorithms, says country’s consumer watchdog
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.

22 Dec 2020 - 3:45PM

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
WeChat advertising practices called out by watchdog group as mobile ads come under tighter scrutiny in China

Mobile ad practices from Tencent’s WeChat and other apps are facing more scrutiny in China amid a broader crackdown on big tech companies.

19 Dec 2020 - 7:53AM

Mobile ad practices from Tencent’s WeChat and other apps are facing more scrutiny in China amid a broader crackdown on big tech companies.

WeChat advertising practices called out by watchdog group as mobile ads come under tighter scrutiny in China
Beijing tightens grip on Big Tech titans in drive for ‘healthy’ internet economy

New regulations in China bring tighter scrutiny of internet giants like Tencent and ByteDance, joining a global attitude shift regarding Big Tech as officials push for a ‘healthy’ online economy.

9 Dec 2020 - 8:13AM

New regulations in China bring tighter scrutiny of internet giants like Tencent and ByteDance, joining a global attitude shift regarding Big Tech as officials push for a ‘healthy’ online economy.

Beijing tightens grip on Big Tech titans in drive for ‘healthy’ internet economy
Covid vaccine reality: supply, anxiety, QR codes & 'Covid normal' travel
TikTok owner ByteDance bets on free web novels in challenge to Tencent’s China Literature

TikTok owner ByteDance hopes free content on Tomato Novel will help it take on Tencent’s China Literature, its dominant competitor that continues to attract top talent.

2 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM

TikTok owner ByteDance hopes free content on Tomato Novel will help it take on Tencent’s China Literature, its dominant competitor that continues to attract top talent.

TikTok owner ByteDance bets on free web novels in challenge to Tencent’s China Literature
Bilibili, Weibo remove Ma Baoguo videos amid state media criticism of tai chi ‘master’

Popular user-made viral videos of a ridiculed martial arts personality can no longer be found on Bilibili and Weibo after China’s state media criticised companies for hyping him up for profit.

1 Dec 2020 - 8:21AM

Popular user-made viral videos of a ridiculed martial arts personality can no longer be found on Bilibili and Weibo after China’s state media criticised companies for hyping him up for profit.

Bilibili, Weibo remove Ma Baoguo videos amid state media criticism of tai chi ‘master’
Google removes Baidu apps in wake of Palo Alto research report which said they collected sensitive data

Google removed Baidu’s search and map apps after researchers found the apps were collecting sensitive data, including numbers used in SIM cards that can track users across devices.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:25PM

Google removed Baidu’s search and map apps after researchers found the apps were collecting sensitive data, including numbers used in SIM cards that can track users across devices.

Google removes Baidu apps in wake of Palo Alto research report which said they collected sensitive data
iQiyi and Tencent Video raise streaming prices for the first time but some users question whether the extra money is worth it

As Tencent Video and iQiyi users face higher prices for the first time, some complain that user experience on the streaming platforms does not justify the price hike.

17 Nov 2020 - 12:43PM

As Tencent Video and iQiyi users face higher prices for the first time, some complain that user experience on the streaming platforms does not justify the price hike.

iQiyi and Tencent Video raise streaming prices for the first time but some users question whether the extra money is worth it
Netflix’s Over the Moon praised in China but bigger box-office bomb than Disney’s Mulan

With an all-Asian cast, Netflix’s new animated film is being applauded for its handling of Chinese culture, but it has failed to attract a wide audience.

17 Nov 2020 - 12:16PM

With an all-Asian cast, Netflix’s new animated film is being applauded for its handling of Chinese culture, but it has failed to attract a wide audience.

Netflix’s Over the Moon praised in China but bigger box-office bomb than Disney’s Mulan
Will China’s Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza shine as country continues to recover from pandemic?

The Singles’ Day shopping spree will embrace content like live streaming as part of its strategy to reach untapped shoppers in smaller Chinese cities and rural areas

10 Nov 2020 - 6:00PM

The Singles’ Day shopping spree will embrace content like live streaming as part of its strategy to reach untapped shoppers in smaller Chinese cities and rural areas

Will China’s Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza shine as country continues to recover from  pandemic?
Singles’ Day: Mini games keep shoppers coming back for more on Taobao and JD.com

E-commerce platforms in China are gamifying the world’s largest shopping festival to capture more of shoppers’ attention in a world flooded with online entertainment options.

10 Nov 2020 - 2:17PM

E-commerce platforms in China are gamifying the world’s largest shopping festival to capture more of shoppers’ attention in a world flooded with online entertainment options.

Singles’ Day: Mini games keep shoppers coming back for more on Taobao and JD.com
30 virtual idols are facing off in a talent show on iQiyi, but viewers complain of glitches and shallow characters

Video streaming platform iQiyi is trying to connect with younger users by letting virtual avatars compete in front of human judges on the show Dimension Nova.

30 Oct 2020 - 9:44AM

Video streaming platform iQiyi is trying to connect with younger users by letting virtual avatars compete in front of human judges on the show Dimension Nova.

30 virtual idols are facing off in a talent show on iQiyi, but viewers complain of glitches and shallow characters
Older women on China’s TikTok are being scammed by flirtatious fake celebrities, highlighting a prevalent problem on the platform

China’s elderly population is quickly moving online, where older people are being cajoled into buying products from celebrity impersonators.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:47AM

China’s elderly population is quickly moving online, where older people are being cajoled into buying products from celebrity impersonators.

Older women on China’s TikTok are being scammed by flirtatious fake celebrities, highlighting a prevalent problem on the platform
Web browsers hopping the Great Firewall in China suggest a new era of opening up and a new means of control

Popular browsers Tuber and Kuniao disappeared after they offered access to blocked websites, but lesser-known alternatives do not get the same treatment from authorities.

28 Oct 2020 - 3:52PM

Popular browsers Tuber and Kuniao disappeared after they offered access to blocked websites, but lesser-known alternatives do not get the same treatment from authorities.

Web browsers hopping the Great Firewall in China suggest a new era of opening up and a new means of control
ByteDance apps Toutiao, Douyin engage Chinese consumers longer than Tencent’s WeChat, survey says

TikTok owner ByteDance is engaging Chinese consumers longer every day through popular apps Toutiao and Douyin, compared with rival Tencent’s ubiquitous WeChat.

22 Oct 2020 - 6:45AM

TikTok owner ByteDance is engaging Chinese consumers longer every day through popular apps Toutiao and Douyin, compared with rival Tencent’s ubiquitous WeChat.

ByteDance apps Toutiao, Douyin engage Chinese consumers longer than Tencent’s WeChat, survey says
Chinese browser that helped users bypass Great Firewall disappears after racking up millions of downloads

Tuber briefly let people in China use blocked Western services like YouTube and Facebook but was quickly removed

12 Oct 2020 - 1:22PM

Tuber briefly let people in China use blocked Western services like YouTube and Facebook but was quickly removed

Chinese browser that helped users bypass Great Firewall disappears after racking up millions of downloads
No smartphone, no health code, no problem. A railway station in China offers relief to seniors

A railway station in eastern China is being praised for helping people without smartphones or health codes travel in China, a particular problem for the country’s elderly.

10 Oct 2020 - 10:15AM

A railway station in eastern China is being praised for helping people without smartphones or health codes travel in China, a particular problem for the country’s elderly.

No smartphone, no health code, no problem. A railway station in China offers relief to seniors
China’s own Kung Fu Mulan takes on Disney and becomes another 2020 flop

Kung Fu Mulan was pulled from cinemas within three days after opening on Saturday to terrible reviews and poor turnout.

12 Oct 2020 - 5:38PM

Kung Fu Mulan was pulled from cinemas within three days after opening on Saturday to terrible reviews and poor turnout.

China’s own Kung Fu Mulan takes on Disney and becomes another 2020 flop
Facial recognition data leaks are rampant in China as Covid-19 pushes wider use of the technology

Incorrectly configured databases remains a widespread security problem in China even as citizens increasingly express concerns.

8 Oct 2020 - 10:38PM

Incorrectly configured databases remains a widespread security problem in China even as citizens increasingly express concerns.

Facial recognition data leaks are rampant in China as Covid-19 pushes wider use of the technology
Apple removes RSS readers Fiery Feeds and Reeder from the iOS App Store in China in a new crackdown from censors

Fiery Feeds and Reeder are the latest RSS apps purged from Apple’s App Store in China after Feedly and Inoreader got the same treatment in 2017.

2 Oct 2020 - 10:52PM

Fiery Feeds and Reeder are the latest RSS apps purged from Apple’s App Store in China after Feedly and Inoreader got the same treatment in 2017.

Apple removes RSS readers Fiery Feeds and Reeder from the iOS App Store in China in a new crackdown from censors
China internet services struggle to recover from Covid-19 as country’s internet users reach 940 million

Online entertainment such as live-streaming and short video services continue to prosper, while ride-hailing and food delivery enterprises struggle.

30 Sep 2020 - 9:31PM

Online entertainment such as live-streaming and short video services continue to prosper, while ride-hailing and food delivery enterprises struggle.

China internet services struggle to recover from Covid-19 as country’s internet users reach 940 million
Abandoned Ofo bikes cry out for help while piled up in a bike-sharing ‘graveyard’

A video circulating on Weibo shows Ofo bikes asking to be helped up while piled up in an abandoned construction site.

2 Oct 2020 - 2:22PM

A video circulating on Weibo shows Ofo bikes asking to be helped up while piled up in an abandoned construction site.

Abandoned Ofo bikes cry out for help while piled up in a bike-sharing ‘graveyard’
Chinese publishers see AI translation as the killer app for pushing web novels overseas

AI is helping China’s digital publishers translate novels faster and cheaper, but some remain sceptical.

28 Sep 2020 - 7:00AM

AI is helping China’s digital publishers translate novels faster and cheaper, but some remain sceptical.

Chinese publishers see AI translation as the killer app for pushing web novels overseas
The Royole FlexPai 2 launches in China to little fanfare as the follow-up to the world’s first foldable smartphone

The Royole FlexPai 2 launches in China, boasting better screen and software performance and a price tag under US$1,500.

23 Sep 2020 - 2:45AM

The Royole FlexPai 2 launches in China, boasting better screen and software performance and a price tag under US$1,500.

The Royole FlexPai 2 launches in China to little fanfare as the follow-up to the world’s first foldable smartphone
Sexism in gaming is rife in China and more stark than ever following comments from CEO behind Black Myth: Wukong

Sexism in gaming is common worldwide but more openly tolerated in China, where feminism is silenced and stigmatised.

9 Oct 2020 - 12:59PM

Sexism in gaming is common worldwide but more openly tolerated in China, where feminism is silenced and stigmatised.

Sexism in gaming is rife in China and more stark than ever following comments from CEO behind Black Myth: Wukong