Xinmei Shen

Hong Kong

Xinmei Shen

Reporter, Abacus

Xinmei Shen is a producer at Abacus. Before Abacus, she interned at The Information while studying at the University of Hong Kong.

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Apps claiming to use Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou see a surge in downloads, but they might just use GPS

Using Beidou requires a smartphone with a compatible chip, not a new app.

6 Aug 2020 - 11:21AM

Using Beidou requires a smartphone with a compatible chip, not a new app.

Apps claiming to use Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou see a surge in downloads, but they might just use GPS
WeChat users renting out accounts for quick bucks could wind up as criminal accomplices

Some WeChat users make more than US$100 daily for renting out accounts, but some have been arrested as accomplices to scams.

5 Aug 2020 - 11:08PM

Some WeChat users make more than US$100 daily for renting out accounts, but some have been arrested as accomplices to scams.

WeChat users renting out accounts for quick bucks could wind up as criminal accomplices
Many cheap power banks sold across China aren’t as advertised and could be fire hazards, regulator finds

Nearly 40 per cent of power banks in China are below national standards, with some overcharging and catching fire, according to a regulator spot check.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:51AM

Nearly 40 per cent of power banks in China are below national standards, with some overcharging and catching fire, according to a regulator spot check.

Many cheap power banks sold across China aren’t as advertised and could be fire hazards, regulator finds
Facebook’s strategy of cloning competitors might be inspired by Chinese tech companies, Zuckerberg emails show

Emails unveiled in an antitrust hearing suggest that Chinese tech companies like Renren and Tencent inspired Facebook to quickly copy competitors.

31 Jul 2020 - 8:11PM

Emails unveiled in an antitrust hearing suggest that Chinese tech companies like Renren and Tencent inspired Facebook to quickly copy competitors.

Facebook’s strategy of cloning competitors might be inspired by Chinese tech companies, Zuckerberg emails show
How China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission compares with Nasa’s Perseverance rover

China and the US both launched rovers to Mars in the past week, but they’re designed for different things.

31 Jul 2020 - 12:15PM

China and the US both launched rovers to Mars in the past week, but they’re designed for different things.

How China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission compares with Nasa’s Perseverance rover
Huawei captures nearly half the smartphone market in China, where a lack of Google apps doesn’t matter

Huawei’s smartphone sales in China are now more than Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi combined.

27 Jul 2020 - 8:00PM

Huawei’s smartphone sales in China are now more than Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi combined.

Huawei captures nearly half the smartphone market in China, where a lack of Google apps doesn’t matter
Anti-facial recognition tool Fawkes changes your photos just enough to stump Microsoft and Amazon

Computer software Fawkes subtly changes pictures to prevent facial recognition tracking.

24 Jul 2020 - 8:41PM

Computer software Fawkes subtly changes pictures to prevent facial recognition tracking.

Anti-facial recognition tool Fawkes changes your photos just enough to stump Microsoft and Amazon
Mobile game Canal Towns is luring Animal Crossing players by building towns in Ming dynasty China

Some people say they’re ditching Animal Crossing in favour of a new mobile game that draws inspiration from Ming-era paintings.

23 Jul 2020 - 10:15AM

Some people say they’re ditching Animal Crossing in favour of a new mobile game that draws inspiration from Ming-era paintings.

Mobile game Canal Towns is luring Animal Crossing players by building towns in Ming dynasty China
Harry Potter 4K remaster hits Shanghai Film Festival as cinemas reopen in China

China’s moviegoers are anticipating re-releases of Hollywood hits like Pixar’s Coco after six months of cinema closures

20 Jul 2020 - 8:36PM

China’s moviegoers are anticipating re-releases of Hollywood hits like Pixar’s Coco after six months of cinema closures

Harry Potter 4K remaster hits Shanghai Film Festival as cinemas reopen in China
Popular Chinese content aggregator called out for running false advertising

A CCTV report resulted in an apology from Qutoutiao when it found the news and short video app was running false ads

17 Jul 2020 - 8:02PM

A CCTV report resulted in an apology from Qutoutiao when it found the news and short video app was running false ads

Popular Chinese content aggregator called out for running false advertising
AutoNavi Gaode map app raises concerns with new location tracking feature for families

Some users fear a location sharing feature on Alibaba’s Gaode map app could be abused

17 Jul 2020 - 8:36AM

Some users fear a location sharing feature on Alibaba’s Gaode map app could be abused

AutoNavi Gaode map app raises concerns with new location tracking feature for families
WeChat users in the US say a potential ban of the app would cut them off from friends and family in China

WeChat often used by people overseas to stay in touch with friends and family in China

15 Jul 2020 - 9:00PM

WeChat often used by people overseas to stay in touch with friends and family in China

WeChat users in the US say a potential ban of the app would cut them off from friends and family in China
Microsoft’s Xiaoice chatbot to become its own company in China

Microsoft’s 6-year-old chatbot has 660 million users and claims to have higher emotional intelligence than your typical voice assistant

14 Jul 2020 - 12:21AM

Microsoft’s 6-year-old chatbot has 660 million users and claims to have higher emotional intelligence than your typical voice assistant

Microsoft’s Xiaoice chatbot to become its own company in China
Signs of a coronavirus infection might be found in subtle changes in your voice, MIT research shows

Researchers found that changes in the movements of vocal muscles could be an indicator of whether someone has suffered an inflammation from Covid-19.

11 Jul 2020 - 4:56AM

Researchers found that changes in the movements of vocal muscles could be an indicator of whether someone has suffered an inflammation from Covid-19.

Signs of a coronavirus infection might be found in subtle changes in your voice, MIT research shows
A Chinese airline offers 100 Mbps satellite internet for the first time
Apple Pay could add QR code payments to iOS 14, similar to China’s WeChat and Alipay
A new Huawei Mate V foldable phone might be on the way
The top 10 takeaways from the China Internet Report 2020

US-China trade tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic are reshaping China’s internet landscape

14 Jul 2020 - 10:10AM

US-China trade tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic are reshaping China’s internet landscape

The top 10 takeaways from the China Internet Report 2020
Chinese fast fashion shopping app Shein is loved by Gen Z but banned in India

Shein is one of the most popular e-commerce apps in several countries around the world, but it’s barely known in China

7 Jul 2020 - 4:10PM

Shein is one of the most popular e-commerce apps in several countries around the world, but it’s barely known in China

Chinese fast fashion shopping app Shein is loved by Gen Z but banned in India
Indian gamers are relieved that PUBG Mobile isn’t one of India’s 59 banned Chinese apps
New Three-Body Problem movie gets acclaimed director of Monkey King: Hero is Back
The Pokémon Unite MOBA game is disappointing Nintendo fans in both China and the US
Before Hey, WeChat tried to take on Apple’s App Store policies

Some small online businesses are caught in a scuffle between Apple and Tencent over in-app purchases in WeChat

25 Jun 2020 - 2:11PM

Some small online businesses are caught in a scuffle between Apple and Tencent over in-app purchases in WeChat

Before Hey, WeChat tried to take on Apple’s App Store policies
Chinese AI system uses deepfake technology to turn drawings into realistic human faces

Deepfakes face stricter regulation in China as the country sees more academic research and commercial use of the technology

19 Jun 2020 - 8:29PM

Deepfakes face stricter regulation in China as the country sees more academic research and commercial use of the technology

Chinese AI system uses deepfake technology to turn drawings into realistic human faces
Satellite internet failed 20 years ago. But this time is different.
Gamers in China think the PlayStation 5 looks weird (but they’ll buy it anyway)

Console gaming is growing in China, but gamers say the look of the PS5 isn’t as important as the games it will have

12 Jun 2020 - 6:45PM

Console gaming is growing in China, but gamers say the look of the PS5 isn’t as important as the games it will have

Gamers in China think the PlayStation 5 looks weird (but they’ll buy it anyway)
12 arrested for selling cheats for China’s version of PUBG Mobile

Kunshan police crack down on game hacks amid clean-up campaign on online content

11 Jun 2020 - 8:04PM

Kunshan police crack down on game hacks amid clean-up campaign on online content

12 arrested for selling cheats for China’s version of PUBG Mobile
TikTok clone that pays users to watch videos removed from Google Play

One report says Zynn had been stealing videos from other platforms like TikTok, but it's unclear if that's why Google removed the app

10 Jun 2020 - 3:23PM

One report says Zynn had been stealing videos from other platforms like TikTok, but it's unclear if that's why Google removed the app

TikTok clone that pays users to watch videos removed from Google Play
Panned by critics, Netflix’s Space Force finds a happy audience in China

The new comedy is getting glowing reviews on Douban, but some see it as propaganda painting China as a threat

9 Jun 2020 - 9:05PM

The new comedy is getting glowing reviews on Douban, but some see it as propaganda painting China as a threat

Panned by critics, Netflix’s Space Force finds a happy audience in China
Harry Potter: Magic Awakened beta test players are disappointed with the game

Players of the NetEase mobile game complained about its repetitive gameplay and card-based dueling, but they like the art

8 Jun 2020 - 7:41PM

Players of the NetEase mobile game complained about its repetitive gameplay and card-based dueling, but they like the art

Harry Potter: Magic Awakened beta test players are disappointed with the game