China Technology
CryptoKitties: Blockchain-based collectible hit debuts in China
For this iPhone clone maker, it's all about survival
Flying 3D-printer concept gets off the ground in Shanghai
Alibaba sets up AI research centre in Singapore
Chinese capital dangles carrots to lure foreign talent to its Silicon Valley
'Big data' predictions spur detentions in China's Xinjiang - Human Rights Watch
Xiaomi, Microsoft plan AI cooperation
China Catches Smugglers Using Drones to Transport $80M Worth of iPhones From Hong Kong to Mainland
2018-04-02 13:04:12 The cables are hanging from the drones so that they don't have to come all the way down and land, which means the drones are further up and less likely to be heard. What single drone is going to have enough power to fly from Hong Kong to Shenzhen carrying a 660 ft cable with up to 10+ iPhones hanging from it at the bottom? And getting past that issue, what if there is a little wind pushing on that super-long tether? I suspect it's more toward the zip line concept   Read More ...
Foreign companies in China brace for VPN crackdown as March 31 deadline nears
2018-03-30 06:00:04 BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese people and foreign firms are girding for a weekend deadline that will curb the use of unlicensed software to circumvent internet controls, as the government plugs holes in its "Great Firewall". A virtual private network (VPN) can tunnel through the country's sophisticated barrier of online filters to access the global internet. VPNs give users a way to see blocked websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Western news outlets, as well as certain business network tools such as timesheets, e-mail and directories   Read More ...
Best Buy to stop selling phones from Huawei; Chinese company has been accused of spying
2018-03-23 12:03:47 The CIA, FBI, NSA, and other intelligence heads are all warning against using Huawei and ZTE phones for risk of being spied upon. Nathan Rousseau Smith explains. Huawei, the Chinese smartphone giant which has seen its ambitions to break into the U.S. market curbed by U.S. concerns about Chinese espionage, was dealt another blow as Best Buy made plans to stop carrying its phones   Read More ...
Gov't plans blockchain standardization committee
2018-03-13 09:30:09 China plans to establish a national technical standardization committee to promote the development of blockchain technology, the country's top industry regulator said. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on its official website that it had discussed plans to build a blockchain technical standardization committee. The informatization and software service bureau at MIIT will accelerate steps to establish such a committee, to help standardize technical requirements related to blockchain technologies in the country   Read More ...
TCL plans AI center in Eastern Europe
2018-03-13 07:30:09 An employee works on a TCL air conditioner production line in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province. (Photo provided to China Daily) Consumer electronics giant TCL Corp will set up a research and development center in Eastern Europe with a focus on artificial intelligence research, and pour more resources into the next-generation semiconductor display technology such as flexible displays, as part of a broader push to drive high-quality growth   Read More ...
Artificial intelligence targets circulation of fake news
2018-03-12 10:02:08 It started as a game. Or Levi, a former Israeli scientist at eBay, challenged his friends: Could they differentiate between automatically generated fake news and real news? The game was a success and Levi realized that if fake news could be generated automatically, artificial intelligence (AI) could be utilized to recognize fake news that is circulating. "I wanted to use AI to break the problem into smaller problems that are solvable by AI," Or Levi tells Xinhua   Read More ...
FIRST Robotics Competition held in Shenzhen
2018-03-12 08:00:41 (ECNS)--The 27th FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Shenzhen Regional kicked off on March 9. More than 30 high-school student teams from China, the United Kingdom, Turkey and other countries joined the event with their hand-crafted robots.   Read More ...
New Generation of AI
2018-03-11 20:03:14 CHINA will soon publish a guideline and detailed regulations on artificial intelligence development to make breakthroughs in critical technologies, Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said on Saturday. China is speeding up the research in the new generation of AI, Wan said on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress. “We will promote AI application to address problems in security, health, environmental protection and so on,” he said, adding that China is also working on laws and regulations to tackle issues related to social ethics, personal privacy and national security, brought about by AI development   Read More ...
Ex-French PM says China embodies essence of innovation, opportunity
2018-03-11 03:00:35 China embodies the essence of innovation and opportunity, said former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in a recent interview with Xinhua. "In the book written by (Chinese) President Xi Jinping on the governance of China, the most common word is innovation among all the big strategic words," Raffarin said. The importance of China is due to its commitment to innovation, which allows it to be a very important partner in this sector, said Raffarin, adding that China and France can do a lot together in this field   Read More ...
‘Govt to boost use of AI in public sectors’ - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-03-11 02:02:19 BEIJING: China will strengthen the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve security, health, environment and other key public issues, said Wan Gang, science and technology minister. Since the 1980s, China has attached great significance to AI research and placed it as part of the nation’s science agenda, Wan said yesterday. Now, many AI applications are used in many industries and in daily lives, ranging from the bike-sharing technologies to package delivery, he said   Read More ...
NPC 2018: China to boost use of AI in key public sectors
2018-03-10 10:45:24 BEIJING - China will strengthen the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve security, health, environment and other key public issues, said Wan Gang, science and technology minister, on Saturday (March 10). Since the 1980s, China has attached great significance to AI research and placed it as part of the nation's science agenda, said Wan. Now, AI applications are used in many industries and in daily lives, ranging from the bike-sharing technologies to package delivery, he said   Read More ...
China to publish guideline on AI development: minister
2018-03-10 09:31:51 China will soon publish a guideline and detailed regulations on artificial intelligence (AI) development to make breakthroughs in critical technologies in this industry, Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said Saturday. China is speeding up the research of key technologies for the new generation of AI, Wan told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress   Read More ...
Govt to boost use of AI in key public sectors, says minister
2018-03-10 09:31:28 China will strengthen the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve security, health, environment and other key public issues, said Wan Gang, science and technology minister, on Saturday. Since the 1980s, China has attached great significance to AI research and placed it as part of the nation's science agenda, said Wan. Now, many AI applications are used in many industries and in daily lives, ranging from the bike-sharing technologies to package delivery, he said   Read More ...
Love balloon: when romance meets high tech
2018-03-09 08:30:10 (ECNS)--A lovable high tech balloon attracted attention at Appliance & Electronics World Expo in Shanghai on March 8. Through controllable wings, users can navigate the balloon via smart phones. Dubbed "helium balloon robot", it is made to carry the rings during marriage proposal.   Read More ...
Baidu sets up quantum institute
2018-03-09 07:01:10 Baidu Inc announced on Thursday that it will set up an institute for quantum computing, where it will conduct research on the application of quantum computing software and information technology, according to media reports. "We are planning to develop the institute to a world-class level and will gradually apply quantum computing in Baidu's future businesses within five years," the report said, citing Duan Runyao, founder of the Baidu Quantum Computing Institute   Read More ...
CryptoKitties: Blockchain-based collectible hit debuts in China
2018-03-08 23:01:32 CryptoKitties became a sensation after it debuted in November as a collectible game built on top of blockchain and the Ethereum cryptocurrency. Now the Axiom Zen game studio is announcing that it’s launching CryptoKitties in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. CryptoKitties don’t come with a cryptocurrency themselves. Rather, the company calls them cryptocollectibles, which use blockchain technology to authenticate ownership of a particular CryptoKittie character   Read More ...
Tech titans on blockchain at Two Sessions
2018-03-08 03:01:46 With China's Two Sessions gathering business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials to pitch new development ideas and strategies, blockchain technology has been a common refrain so far this year. Beyond its links with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the potential for innovation through blockchain is being recognized by members and deputies at this year's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and National People's Congress (NPC)   Read More ...
China’s Huawei Is at Center of Fight Over 5G’s Future
2018-03-07 21:19:15 HONG KONG — When top tech minds sat down to set the global standards underpinning today’s cellphone networks, China was left largely on the sidelines. Companies in the West owned much of the crucial technology, and they prospered. Now, as the world prepares for a new generation of mobile internet that could let you download a feature-length movie in mere seconds, a Chinese company is determined to lead, putting it at the center of an international fight over the technology’s future   Read More ...
Samsung CEO touts partnerships with Chinese mobile leaders on Galaxy S9
2018-03-07 18:19:45 Samsung Electronics’ head of smartphones Koh Dong-jin is trying to appeal to Chinese consumers with the latest flagship Galaxy S9 series smartphones as part of efforts to restore Samsung’s position in the market. “Samsung will try to provide new value for Chinese consumers and economy, while continuing to invest in technological innovation,” said Koh in his keynote speech during a launching ceremony in China on Tuesday   Read More ...
Chinese Report Says $150-$200 HomePod and $799-$899 MacBook Air to Launch This Year
2018-03-07 18:00:36 Wednesday March 7, 2018 8:00 am PST by Joe Rossignol Apple will launch lower-priced versions of four products this year, including an iPad, iPhone, MacBook Air, and HomePod, according to a translated report from Taiwan's via Japanese blog . We've already heard rumors about more affordable iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Air models, but this is the first word of a supposedly lower-priced HomePod being on Apple's roadmap   Read More ...
Chinese company files more European patent applications than any other
2018-03-07 12:37:16 A Chinese company has topped the European Patent Office's 2017 patent-filing league table for the first time, according to results announced on Wednesday in Brussels. Chinese telecoms giant Huawei filed 2,398 patents, more than second and third placed Siemens and LG. In 2016, the Dutch electronics company Philips filed more patent applications than any other company, followed by Huawei and Samsung   Read More ...
Talent dearth worsens cybersecurity problems
2018-03-07 12:33:19 Zhou Hongyi (right), a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, speaks at a panel discussion on Sunday. (Photo/China News Service) China should set up more education and training institutions to cultivate cybersecurity talent, as the country faces a huge talent gap in this sector, said Zhou Hongyi, chairman and CEO of 360 Security Technology Inc   Read More ...
Prodigal Tech Stars May Shun China’s Latest Gambit: Gadfly
2018-03-07 07:00:51 After years of watching its tech stars head for listings in the U.S. and latterly Hong Kong, China has had enough. Beijing’s plan to bring home the smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. (whose float might give it a mind-boggling $100 billion value), and the U.S.-listed search engines Baidu Inc. and Sogou Inc., centers on Chinese depositary receipts. Beyond a couple of big names, though, it’s unclear there’s much of a future for these certificates issued by Chinese banks   Read More ...
China Mobile plans 5-city 5G rollout as government demands lower data prices
2018-03-06 19:00:54 China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, will launch what it describes as the world’s largest 5G trial network across five Chinese cities this year, according to a report by RCR Wireless. The announcement coincides with a new Chinese government mandate requiring sharp cuts to cellular data prices as high-speed coverage expands. Initially, China Mobile’s 5G trial network will place over 500 total base stations across Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Wuhan to provide outdoor 5G service   Read More ...
Google expands Gboard Android app to Chinese, Korean, and 20 other languages
2018-03-06 15:01:35 Google is adding more than 20 new languages to its Gboard virtual keyboard app, including Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean. The internet giant first launched Gboard for iOS , integrating Google Search functionality into the keyboard while also letting users find GIFs, emojis, and other content. The app arrived on Android later that year and replaced the existing Google Keyboard app   Read More ...
The increasing use of artificial intelligence is stoking privacy concerns in China
2018-03-06 13:02:59 As artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies become more prevalent, a survey has found that three out of four people in China are worried about the threat that AI poses to their privacy, challenging the popular notion that the Chinese care little about giving up personal data. State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) and Tencent Research surveyed 8,000 respondents on their attitudes toward AI as part of CCTV’s China Economic Life Survey   Read More ...
Tencent CEO says not ready for ICOs, values blockchain
2018-03-06 10:01:01 (ECNS) ― Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings, said on Tuesday that blockchain is good technology though still at an early stage and that the Internet giant is actively exploring its application. Ma said blockchain, the technology that underpins the digital currency bitcoin, can be applied in many areas because it creates an indelible record that cannot be changed   Read More ...
New big data center set to spur growth
2018-03-06 04:01:43 Hohhot data-assessment unit to aid China's efforts to unlock innovation. China's first officially authorized data-asset assessment center was launched Saturday in Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, as the local government scrambles to develop big data industries to spur innovative economic growth. The center provides verification and evaluation of data assets, helping to explore the value of data resources and in turn driving the use and exchange of big data   Read More ...
Chinese banks see surging mobile payments in 2017
2018-03-06 03:00:55 Chinese banks saw a surge in mobile payments last year, official data showed Monday. Banking institutions handled 203 trillion yuan (32 trillion U.S. dollars) in mobile payments in 2017, up 28.8 percent, according to the People's Bank of China (PBOC). A total of 37.6 billion payments were made through mobile banking services in the period, an increase of 46.1 percent, the PBOC said   Read More ...
Top scientist: China's advances in quantum computing leads the world
2018-03-05 08:30:23 Pan Jianwei, member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), takes an interview on March 3, 2018, ahead of the opening of the first session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in China's capital, Beijing. (Photo/China.org.cn) Pan Jianwei, one of the world's leading quantum physicists and a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), affirmed on Saturday at the first session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing that China expects to make significant breakthroughs in quantum computing in the next three to five years, which will further the field of supercomputing and better safeguard public information   Read More ...
Chinese space firms to launch satellites for planet-wide internet services
2018-03-05 02:01:07 Two Chinese space companies to launch planet-wide broadband services. Two Chinese companies are competing to build a planetary mobile broadband internet service based on low-orbiting satellite networks, officials from Chinese aerospace firms revealed in Beijing on Sunday. The first company, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, will launch 54 satellites in the first phase and another more than 246 in subsequent phases, China's Science and Technology Daily reported on Sunday   Read More ...
For this iPhone clone maker, it's all about survival
2018-03-03 22:57:13 A Chinese company called Leagoo made headlines at MWC for showing off its S9, a cheap Android phone that looks like an iPhone X and swiped Samsung's flagship name. These kinds of clones have been a part of the industry forever, clogging up eBay and disappointing whoever buys them. The S9 is indeed the latest in a long line of clones, but as I discovered, the forces that brought it to market are more interesting than the facsimile itself   Read More ...
Press conference of China International Big Data Industry Expo 2018 held in Beijing
2018-03-03 22:52:26 BEIJING, March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- China International Big Data Industry Expo 2018, to be held in Guizhou, was officially announced at a press conference arranged by its organizing committee in Beijing on Feb 28th. Data security, Internet of Things (IoT), targeted poverty alleviation and the application of big data in the real economy and daily lives are among the themes of the 2018 Expo to be held on 26-29 May in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province   Read More ...
VR technology officially enters courtrooms in China
2018-03-03 04:30:28 Virtual Reality (VR) technology was officially used at a courtroom in Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday. Zhang, 30, stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Liu, 19, to death in a Beijing office in September 2017. After the murder, Zhang stayed at the crime scene till the police arrived. The only witness, Mr. Dong, one of the victim's colleagues, attended the court and became the first person in China to use VR technology to revisit a crime scene   Read More ...
China Railway’s Private Cloud Infrastructure Provides a Roadbed for Business Growth
2018-03-03 00:00:13 Building and managing the world’s largest railway network on the open sourced OpenStack suite of technologies is fundamentally changing the way China Railway thinks about its business, and, as lead architect Mingxing Gao, points out, has implications for any large traditional enterprise looking to move to cloud infrastructure. Between 2010 and 2016, the China Railway has seen massive growth across its operations: with operating mileage jumping 30 percent and passenger volume increasing from 1   Read More ...
China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe
2018-03-02 23:07:31 SHANGHAI — Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world. For years, China has exerted digital control with a system of internet filters known as the Great Firewall, which allows authorities to limit what people see online   Read More ...
Flying 3D-printer concept gets off the ground in Shanghai
2018-03-02 15:38:17 DediBot – a 3D printer manufacturer out of Hangzhou, China – has created quite a buzz in Shanghai this week with the launch of something it's calling the Fly Elephant. The prototype that took flight at the company's booth at the TCT Asia trade show is no ordinary multi-rotor drone, but features an extruder that can be used for rapid prototyping of large structures   Read More ...
Dubai tests autonomous pods in drive for smart city(1/4)
2018-03-02 10:01:14 The world's first autonomous pods launched by the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai is seen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 28, 2018. The autonomous pods - launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation - are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached - depending on the riders' destination - in five seconds   Read More ...
AI development needs global cooperation, not China-phobia
2018-03-02 10:01:10 China is gaining momentum in the artificial intelligence (AI) industry, which has been translating its huge market size into commercialized innovations. This is a boon instead of a threat. The cry-wolf alarms that America is losing a race for supremacy in the AI industry by comparing China's catching-up to America's Sputnik panic in the late 1950s, have, in a sense, misinterpreted or misrepresented the true AI story   Read More ...
Beijing court turns to virtual reality
2018-03-02 02:01:01 A witness wearing a pair of VR glasses and operating a hand set replicates the crime scenes he had seen on March1, 2018, at a courtroom in Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. (Photo/Beijing Evening Post) While virtual reality (VR) technology may be most used at home or museums, it could also help lawyers and judges in the courtroom to get a better idea of how an alleged offence took place   Read More ...