Apple ranked as China’s No 2 smartphone vendor for a full year for the first time in 2022 on the back of solid iPhone demand. Photo: Shutterstock

Apple tops China’s fourth-quarter smartphone sales amid weak market demand

While China’s total 2022 smartphone sales contracted 14 per cent year on year to reach their lowest level in a decade, Apple outperformed the market with just a 3 per cent decrease.

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Pro-China spammers flood YouTube with unpopular videos, Google says

While most of the content failed to draw viewers or readers, the China-linked influence network has been persistently experimenting with new tactics, posing a continuous threat, researchers say.

While most of the content failed to draw viewers or readers, the China-linked influence network has been persistently experimenting with new tactics, posing a continuous threat, researchers say.

27 Jan 2023 - 5:30PM

Tencent’s Three-Body gets a thumbs up from Chinese sci-fi fans

Chinese viewers are speculating whether upcoming Netflix version, which is expected to premiere later this year, will be as loyal to original book by Liu Cixin.

Chinese viewers are speculating whether upcoming Netflix version, which is expected to premiere later this year, will be as loyal to original book by Liu Cixin.

27 Jan 2023 - 5:42PM

Chips and EVs are bright spots in China’s tech funding slump

Funding for Chinese tech start-ups fell 46 per cent last year to US$110 billion, but semiconductors and new energy saw biggest investment with continued momentum expected this year.

Funding for Chinese tech start-ups fell 46 per cent last year to US$110 billion, but semiconductors and new energy saw biggest investment with continued momentum expected this year.

26 Jan 2023 - 5:00PM

Tesla won’t build new assembly line in China amid weak premium EV sales

Tesla does not expect a near-term volume increase at its Shanghai Gigafactory, which the US electric carmaker says ‘has been successfully running near full capacity for several months’.

Tesla does not expect a near-term volume increase at its Shanghai Gigafactory, which the US electric carmaker says ‘has been successfully running near full capacity for several months’.

26 Jan 2023 - 4:30PM

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ByteDance-owned Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, is taking on Meituan in various segments of China’s vast on-demand local services sector. Photo: Shutterstock

ByteDance-owned Douyin looks to shake up China’s on-demand local services sector

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, is competing against Meituan in food delivery and other segments of on-demand e-commerce in the country.

25 Jan 2023 - 12:00PM

Microsoft invests US$10 billion in ChatGPT maker OpenAI

Microsoft is investing US$10 billion in OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT, which has lit up the internet since November, touching off a fresh debate over the role of artificial intelligence in the workplace.

Microsoft is investing US$10 billion in OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT, which has lit up the internet since November, touching off a fresh debate over the role of artificial intelligence in the workplace.

24 Jan 2023 - 12:58PM

Chinese tech workers on visas struggle under Silicon Valley lay-offs

As US tech giants from Facebook to Amazon trim their payroll, many Chinese tech workers on temporary visas are scrambling to secure a new job to remain in the country.

As US tech giants from Facebook to Amazon trim their payroll, many Chinese tech workers on temporary visas are scrambling to secure a new job to remain in the country.

24 Jan 2023 - 8:30AM

Analysis | TSMC’s invisible presence at CES 2023 exhibits Taiwan’s tech soft power

Global wafer foundry giant TSMC, which is known to stay out of the spotlight, has become a more conspicuous presence in the semiconductor industry amid US-China tensions.

Global wafer foundry giant TSMC, which is known to stay out of the spotlight, has become a more conspicuous presence in the semiconductor industry amid US-China tensions.

23 Jan 2023 - 12:23PM

China’s gamers bid farewell as Blizzard ends World of Warcraft service

Blizzard games have been popular among Chinese players for years. But as its partnership with Netease ends, some gamers say they are ready to move on.

Blizzard games have been popular among Chinese players for years. But as its partnership with Netease ends, some gamers say they are ready to move on.

23 Jan 2023 - 9:00AM

Xiaomi dethroned as India’s top smartphone brand in Q4 after five-year reign

Xiaomi shipments in India tumbled 40 per cent year on year in the fourth quarter after intensifying government scrutiny, but it held onto its title for the full year.

Xiaomi shipments in India tumbled 40 per cent year on year in the fourth quarter after intensifying government scrutiny, but it held onto its title for the full year.

20 Jan 2023 - 6:00PM

Didi Chuxing’s main app returns to iOS, Android app stores in China

It marks a crucial step for the company to fully resume its business after Beijing banned it from registering new users for 18 months.

It marks a crucial step for the company to fully resume its business after Beijing banned it from registering new users for 18 months.

20 Jan 2023 - 4:45PM

EU commissioner warns TikTok over complying with strict digital rules

In a video call with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, the EU commissioner said it is ‘not acceptable’ that ‘it takes users seconds to access harmful’ content.

In a video call with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, the EU commissioner said it is ‘not acceptable’ that ‘it takes users seconds to access harmful’ content.

20 Jan 2023 - 10:43AM

Chinese online shopping surges on back of Lunar New Year holiday demand

Sales of nianhuo, Lunar New Year specialities, rose 30 per cent year on year on Alibaba shopping platforms Tmall and Taobao during the period from January 1 to 16.

Sales of nianhuo, Lunar New Year specialities, rose 30 per cent year on year on Alibaba shopping platforms Tmall and Taobao during the period from January 1 to 16.

20 Jan 2023 - 7:30AM

Amazon kicks off job cuts affecting 18,000 workers

The eliminations started last year and initially fell hardest on the group behind the Alexa digital assistant and Echo smart speakers.

The eliminations started last year and initially fell hardest on the group behind the Alexa digital assistant and Echo smart speakers.

19 Jan 2023 - 7:06PM

Microsoft job cuts hit gaming studios behind Halo, Starfield

The Xbox-maker said Wednesday it’s cutting 10,000 jobs amid economic uncertainty, but the scale of the cuts in gaming were not clear.

The Xbox-maker said Wednesday it’s cutting 10,000 jobs amid economic uncertainty, but the scale of the cuts in gaming were not clear.

19 Jan 2023 - 10:04AM

Big Tech moguls step down from China’s top political advisory body

The founders of Baidu, NetEase and Sogou are no longer among the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s latest delegate list.

The founders of Baidu, NetEase and Sogou are no longer among the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s latest delegate list.

18 Jan 2023 - 8:15PM

Apple leads fourth-quarter smartphone rankings as 2022 global shipments fall

Apple overcame iPhone supply chain disruptions in China to reach its highest ever quarterly global smartphone market share at 25 per cent, as overall shipments last year declined 11 per cent.

Apple overcame iPhone supply chain disruptions in China to reach its highest ever quarterly global smartphone market share at 25 per cent, as overall shipments last year declined 11 per cent.

18 Jan 2023 - 8:06PM

Twitter auctions off signage and coffee machines in bid to reduce costs

The 27-hour online auction is the latest sign of upheaval at Twitter, which billionaire Elon Musk acquired for US$44 billion last year.

The 27-hour online auction is the latest sign of upheaval at Twitter, which billionaire Elon Musk acquired for US$44 billion last year.

18 Jan 2023 - 11:30AM

TikTok banned from University of Texas campus on cybersecurity concerns

The University of Texas at Austin has banned the use of the viral short video app owned by China’s ByteDance on the school network after the state governor banned its use on government devices.

The University of Texas at Austin has banned the use of the viral short video app owned by China’s ByteDance on the school network after the state governor banned its use on government devices.

18 Jan 2023 - 9:32PM