Zen Soo

Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.
Zen Soo
Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.

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Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

12 Sep 2019 - 2:50AM

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?
Will the house that Jack Ma built be safe into the next century as Alibaba chief bids adieu?

Ma’s relatively early departure from Alibaba marks a divergence from common practice in China where “cult of the founder” sees many leaders stay on into old age

10 Sep 2019 - 6:51AM

Ma’s relatively early departure from Alibaba marks a divergence from common practice in China where “cult of the founder” sees many leaders stay on into old age

Will the house that Jack Ma built be safe into the next century as Alibaba chief bids adieu?
Creating an innovation culture - Singapore’s not-so-secret formula to becoming a regional tech hub

Apart from cultivating the local start-up scene, Singapore has also become a magnet for foreign technology firms.

7 Sep 2019 - 10:40AM

Apart from cultivating the local start-up scene, Singapore has also become a magnet for foreign technology firms.

Creating an innovation culture - Singapore’s not-so-secret formula to becoming a regional tech hub
Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for Hong Kong protests

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

4 Sep 2019 - 7:07AM

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for  Hong Kong protests
US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:06AM

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact
Inside China Tech: How to create a successful podcast platform with lessons learnt from China

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

3 Sep 2019 - 2:35PM

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

Inside China Tech: How to create a successful podcast platform with lessons learnt from China
Pinduoduo eclipses Baidu to become one of China’s top five most-valuable listed tech firms

Pinduoduo has managed to go from an e-commerce upstart to one of China’s biggest e-commerce platforms in just four years.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:56PM

Pinduoduo has managed to go from an e-commerce upstart to one of China’s biggest e-commerce platforms in just four years.

Pinduoduo eclipses Baidu to become one of China’s top five most-valuable listed tech firms
How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

29 Aug 2019 - 12:33AM

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry
US and China need to work together for the world to benefit from the digital era, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Ma’s calls for the US and China to cooperate comes as the two countries are locked in an escalating trade war that has been ongoing since July 2018, when the first US tariffs came into effect

28 Aug 2019 - 12:00PM

Ma’s calls for the US and China to cooperate comes as the two countries are locked in an escalating trade war that has been ongoing since July 2018, when the first US tariffs came into effect

US and China need to work together for the world to benefit from the digital era, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma
Pinduoduo targets greater logistics support for merchants, rivalling Alibaba’s Cainiao

Shanghai-based e-commerce firm plans a range of services that will ensure faster and more efficient product deliveries.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

Shanghai-based e-commerce firm plans a range of services that will ensure faster and more efficient product deliveries.

Pinduoduo targets greater logistics support for merchants, rivalling Alibaba’s Cainiao
Pinduoduo founder says latest results prove its e-commerce platform isn’t just for cheapskates

Shanghai-based company posts 169 per cent increase in revenue, while narrowing losses in the second quarter.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:30AM

Shanghai-based company posts 169 per cent increase in revenue, while narrowing losses in the second quarter.

Pinduoduo founder says latest results prove its e-commerce platform isn’t just for cheapskates
Inside China Tech: Inside a Chinese internet addiction treatment centre

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:51PM

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

Inside China Tech: Inside a Chinese internet addiction treatment centre
Alibaba posts 42 per cent gain in quarterly revenue, defying slowdown in China

China’s largest e-commerce company saw its latest quarterly revenue reach US$16.7 billion amid the domestic economy’s slowdown.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:42PM

China’s largest e-commerce company saw its latest quarterly revenue reach US$16.7 billion amid the domestic economy’s slowdown.

Alibaba posts 42 per cent gain in quarterly revenue, defying slowdown in China
Huawei unveils smartphone OS called Harmony as it prepares for a world without Google’s Android

Huawei’s consumer business is in the spotlight as it loses access to critical US components and software such as Google’s Android operating system.

9 Aug 2019 - 6:27PM

Huawei’s consumer business is in the spotlight as it loses access to critical US components and software such as Google’s Android operating system.

Huawei unveils smartphone OS called Harmony as it prepares for a world without Google’s Android
Inside China Tech: How AI helps count accurate crowd numbers in Hong Kong protests

AI concluded that 265,000 people joined the protest on July 1, while organisers said 550,000 people marched and the police estimated it was 190,000.

5 Aug 2019 - 5:25PM

AI concluded that 265,000 people joined the protest on July 1, while organisers said 550,000 people marched and the police estimated it was 190,000.

Inside China Tech: How AI helps count accurate crowd numbers in Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong start-up Tink Labs ends Handy smartphone service to nearly all markets amid restructuring

Tink Labs informed employees in early July that operations would cease August 1 amid a restructuring, according to sources

5 Aug 2019 - 10:55AM

Tink Labs informed employees in early July that operations would cease August 1 amid a restructuring, according to sources

Hong Kong start-up Tink Labs ends Handy smartphone service to nearly all markets amid restructuring
Huawei enters period of reckoning for smartphone business as Android resumption hangs in the balance

The successful overseas launch of Huawei’s newest flagship device, the Mate 30, would depend on a host of factors – chief among them is whether the firm will be cleared to use Google’s Android operating system.

31 Jul 2019 - 7:17AM

The successful overseas launch of Huawei’s newest flagship device, the Mate 30, would depend on a host of factors – chief among them is whether the firm will be cleared to use Google’s Android operating system.

Huawei enters period of reckoning for smartphone business as Android resumption hangs in the balance
As China turns towards facial recognition payments, are QR codes on their way out?

Facial recognition tech promises next wave of payments convenience for consumers and has potential to include less tech-savvy users, such as the elderly.

7 Aug 2019 - 5:38PM

Facial recognition tech promises next wave of payments convenience for consumers and has potential to include less tech-savvy users, such as the elderly.

As China turns towards facial recognition payments, are QR codes on their way out?
Huawei first-half revenue surges 23 per cent as China telecoms giant fights off US tech ban impact

Huawei has managed to boost sales despite the pressure it faces from a US trade ban, which has prevented it from buying American-made technology.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:53AM

Huawei has managed to boost sales despite the pressure it faces from a US trade ban, which has prevented it from buying American-made technology.

Huawei first-half revenue surges 23 per cent as China telecoms giant fights off US tech ban impact
Alibaba unveils first self-developed chip processor as China looks to bolster self-reliance in semiconductors

The Xuantie 910 processor is based on the open-sourced RISC-V architecture which is not affected by US tech sanctions imposed on Chinese companies like Huawei

26 Jul 2019 - 11:35AM

The Xuantie 910 processor is based on the open-sourced RISC-V architecture which is not affected by US tech sanctions imposed on Chinese companies like Huawei

Alibaba unveils first self-developed chip processor as China looks to bolster self-reliance in semiconductors
Salesforce and Alibaba in tie-up to bring business cloud solutions to Greater China region

The partnership comes as competition heats up in China for cloud computing and cloud-based business solutions.

25 Jul 2019 - 10:47AM

The partnership comes as competition heats up in China for cloud computing and cloud-based business solutions.

Salesforce and Alibaba in tie-up to bring business cloud solutions to Greater China region
Forget street addresses or GPS coordinates, this start-up thinks three words are all you need

London-based what3words has split the entire world into 57 trillion 3-metre by 3-metre squares – with each square possessing its own unique three-word address assigned by the company’s algorithm.

23 Jul 2019 - 8:56PM

London-based what3words has split the entire world into 57 trillion 3-metre by 3-metre squares – with each square possessing its own unique three-word address assigned by the company’s algorithm.

Forget street addresses or GPS coordinates, this start-up thinks three words are all you need
US e-commerce platforms “far behind” Alibaba on anti-counterfeiting efforts, US subcommittee hears

Alibaba has used technology such as artificial intelligence to identify and take down suspicious listings on its marketplaces

22 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM

Alibaba has used technology such as artificial intelligence to identify and take down suspicious listings on its marketplaces

US e-commerce platforms “far behind” Alibaba on anti-counterfeiting efforts, US subcommittee hears
Hong Kong VR startup creates Star Trek’s ‘Holodeck’ experience

Founded in Hong Kong in 2016, Sandbox VR has developed into one of the world’s leading virtual reality (VR) game companies.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:51AM

Founded in Hong Kong in 2016, Sandbox VR has developed into one of the world’s leading virtual reality (VR) game companies.

Hong Kong VR startup creates Star Trek’s ‘Holodeck’ experience
Here’s how Hong Kong start-up Sandbox VR built hyperrealistic virtual reality games

Strap in for realistic-looking nightmares as Sandbox VR recreates a Holodeck-like experience

22 Jul 2019 - 10:19AM

Strap in for realistic-looking nightmares as Sandbox VR recreates a Holodeck-like experience

Here’s how Hong Kong start-up Sandbox VR built hyperrealistic virtual reality games
Inside China Tech: How Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, bet his life savings on creating hyper-realistic VR games

How Steve Zhao staked his life savings for ten years to create a real-life holodeck.

21 Jul 2019 - 10:01PM

How Steve Zhao staked his life savings for ten years to create a real-life holodeck.

Inside China Tech: How Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, bet his life savings on creating hyper-realistic VR games
Visa invests in Indonesia’s Go-jek, eyes digital payments across Southeast Asia

Companies like Grab and Go-jek are among a slew of tech start-ups and firms that are hoping to use technology to promote financial inclusion and digital payments across Southeast Asia

17 Jul 2019 - 10:52PM

Companies like Grab and Go-jek are among a slew of tech start-ups and firms that are hoping to use technology to promote financial inclusion and digital payments across Southeast Asia

Visa invests in Indonesia’s Go-jek, eyes digital payments across Southeast Asia
Singapore-based e-commerce start-up Zilingo is a winner from the US-China trade war

Zilingo runs an online business-to-business platform that connects suppliers directly with brands, which reduces the cost of production because the middlemen are removed.

17 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Zilingo runs an online business-to-business platform that connects suppliers directly with brands, which reduces the cost of production because the middlemen are removed.

Singapore-based e-commerce start-up Zilingo is a winner from the US-China trade war
Too early to tell who will emerge as 5G winner as tech innovation still to unfold, Cisco executive says

Smaller nations should not neglect investments in 5G because the ultrafast telecoms networks can bring benefits, with the true extent of innovation surrounding the technology still to unfold, according to a Cisco executive.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:54AM

Smaller nations should not neglect investments in 5G because the ultrafast telecoms networks can bring benefits, with the true extent of innovation surrounding the technology still to unfold, according to a Cisco executive.

Too early to tell who will emerge as 5G winner as tech innovation still to unfold, Cisco executive says
Inside China Tech: We thought VR was just hype till we tried Sandbox VR (Trailer)

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

15 Jul 2019 - 3:55PM

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

Inside China Tech: We thought VR was just hype till we tried Sandbox VR (Trailer)