China Technology
Life-like robots made in HK - ASEAN/East Asia
China's Vivo to enter Singapore smartphone market for first time
China's Huawei says flagship smartphone will not be sold by US carriers
In 2017, Silicon Valley Got Cozier with China. In 2018, Washington Will Get Frostier
VPN owner jailed for evading ‘Great Firewall’ of China - ASEAN/East Asia
China jails VPN owner for more than 5 years
Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern
2018-01-19 12:10:02 How 2 allies have responded to concerns the Chinese phone maker is a national security threat For the past decade, Chinese tech company Huawei has found no shortage of success in Canada. Its equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure run by the country's major carriers, and some have sold Huawei's phones. The company has struck up partnerships with Canadian universities, and say it is investing more than half a billion dollars in researching next generation cellular networks here   Read More ...
GAC Enverge Wows Detroit with Virtual Reality Windows and Removable Foglamps
2018-01-19 07:13:31 Chinese carmaker GAC has set its sight on selling car in the United States in 2019 and it has been testing waters by bringing all sorts of vehicle at North American auto shows. GAC also joined this year’s Detroit showcase with a bunch of cars that are already available in China. Among them, the GS8, a midsize SUV that will become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U   Read More ...
Google announces patent agreement with China's Tencent
2018-01-19 06:27:32 BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Alpahbet Inc’s Google said it had agreed to a patent cross-licensing deal with Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent Holdings Ltd, the U.S. company said on Friday. The agreement covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, it said. Google has similar patent agreements with a handful of other firms, but the latest agreement represents the first such deal with a large Chinese tech firm   Read More ...
Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push
2018-01-19 06:26:36 BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators. The U.S. technology company has signed similar agreements before with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Cisco Systems Inc, but the deal with Tencent is a first with a large Chinese tech firm   Read More ...
JD to deliver goods via unmanned vehicles in Tianjin
2018-01-19 05:14:44 Chinese e-commerce giant JD is bringing its autonomous delivery vehicles to the streets of Tianjin, as part of its commitment to support smart cities. JD launched its unmanned delivery vehicles in Tianjin on Thursday, and expected to begin real delivery operations via its autonomous vehicles in Tianjin before the company's June 18 anniversary this year. The move marked a big step for JD's vehicles, as they will be required to navigate more complicated public areas with both vehicle and pedestrian traffic instead of confined areas like university campuses and office buildings   Read More ...
China police break up search engine hacking gang
2018-01-19 05:14:17 Police have arrested 26 members of a hacking group, which allegedly obtained the top listing for (counterfeit) cigarette sellers on China's leading search engine Baidu. Police in Yongjia County, east China's Zhejiang Province, uncovered the first case in May 2017, and found the suspect's business was listed on top of Baidu's search results for online cigarette shops. Through the investigation, police found that the suspect surnamed Zhan paid an Internet firm in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, for "obtaining" the top position on Baidu   Read More ...
University drivers AI research forward
2018-01-19 05:12:37 It announced on Thursday that it has set up a research institute on artificial intelligence for further exploration on AI's basic theory, technology and application, such as intelligent medical care. It is also aiming to combine AI technology with traditional industries, such as shipbuilding and exploration of marine resources. The institute also plans to set up a database of AI information and patents   Read More ...
Mobile wallets eye public transportation for growth
2018-01-19 05:12:32 Mobile wallets backed by various payment technologies are scrambling to grab a slice of China's public transportation market, which could become a multi-billion dollar business by 2020. From Saturday, passengers in Shanghai can board underground trains by tapping their smart phones, the latest instance of making mobile payment a default way of life. Through an app called Metro, passengers can choose to link their accounts with all bank cards issued by China's card payment processor UnionPay, or Alipay, the popular third-party payment platform from Ant Financial Services Group, and have the fees deducted every time they take a ride   Read More ...
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
2018-01-18 09:11:23 BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacked "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the U.S. Trade Representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data in listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as "notorious markets" engaging in commercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting   Read More ...
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
2018-01-18 08:31:25 BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacked "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the U.S. Trade Representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data in listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as "notorious markets" engaging in commercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting   Read More ...
ofo to share big data of bicycles with 200 Chinese cities
2018-01-18 03:31:10 China's bike-sharing giant ofo announced Wednesday plans to share its big data platform with city administration authorities in 200 Chinese cities. The move aims to help Chinese cities manage traffic caused and disturbed by the growth of shared bikes, and acquire reliable data for planning city transport systems. Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Chengdu are among the first 20 cities to have access to the company's big data platform   Read More ...
Regulators issue tighter rules on blockchain stocks
2018-01-18 01:30:24 Share prices of blockchain-related companies on China's A-share market plunged on Wednesday after the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses announced tightened regulations to crack down on irregularities and avoid risks. The "blockchain concept" stocks lost 4.54 percent, or 55.46 points, to end at 1166.10 points on Wednesday. Blockchain is a new computer technology that combines the application of distributed data storage, point-to-point transmission, encryption algorithm and other advanced technologies, providing a high level of security   Read More ...
Philippine lawmakers worry China Telecom may be a 'Trojan horse'
2018-01-17 12:12:15 MANILA (Reuters) - Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a “Trojan horse” aimed at giving China access to state secrets. The Southeast Asian country aims to name a third telecom operator within the first quarter that will break the duopoly of PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom Inc   Read More ...
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus Was China's Second Best-Selling Smartphone in 2017
2018-01-17 12:01:04 Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was the second best-selling smartphone in China. last year and outperformed iPhone 7 sales by some margin, according to new market research, suggesting price is not the only concern amongst Chinese consumers. Low-cost smartphones have dominated the Chinese market in recent years, while high-end devices from companies like Apple typically see low sales numbers in the country   Read More ...
Workers at Apple supplier in China describe health and safety hazards
2018-01-17 06:44:08 At a Catcher Technology Co. manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about six hours’ drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple Inc., handling noxious chemicals sometimes without proper gloves or masks. These conditions — some described in a report Tuesday by advocacy group China Labor Watch and others in Bloomberg News interviews with Catcher workers — show the downside of a high-tech boom buoying the world’s second-largest economy   Read More ...
Chinese carmaker Chery to use Nvidia's self-driving technology
2018-01-17 05:59:05 (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday China’s Chery Automobile Co [CHERY.UL] would use its self-driving technology that it has developed with Baidu and ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL]. Chery will be the first Chinese carmaker to adopt the new system, Nvidia said. () Chinese internet search firm Baidu and German auto supplier ZF had selected Nvidia Drive for their autonomous vehicle computing platform development in China, Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang said last week   Read More ...
Life-like robots made in HK - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-01-17 05:05:51 HONG KONG: David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based start-up Hanson Robotics are combining artificial intelligence with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid “social robots” with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them   Read More ...
Chinese EV startup debuts high-tech SUV concept at CES
2018-01-16 13:08:43 (8 Jan 2018) LEADIN: China-based electric vehicle startup Byton has unveiled its first creation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Brimming with new technology, including touch screens, a voice assistant and autonomous features, a version of the SUV concept is expected to hit roads in late 2019. STORYLINE: Rolling into Las Vegas, Byton's first automotive creation, an electric, smart and connected SUV. The Nanjing, China-based startup is hoping to woo young, tech-savvy drivers with its high-tech electric car, claimed to be the world's first smart, intuitive vehicle. "Presenting the the world's first smart, intuitive vehicle, which is the Byton Concept," says Byton CEO and co-founder Carsten Breitfeld   Read More ...
China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones
2018-01-16 12:12:12 A Chinese consumer group has asked Apple for information about the slowing of older iPhones after operating system updates, demanding a reply before Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported. The query from the Shanghai Consumer Council came in response to consumer feedback that old iPhones became sluggish after upgrading the software to iOS 10.2.1, it said. In a letter to Apple on Monday, the council requested an explanation for the slow-down and information about what Apple planned to do to rectify the problem, Xinhua reported   Read More ...
Alibaba's AI beats humans in reading test
2018-01-16 07:00:28 Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks during the first World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin, north China, June 29, 2017. (Xinhua/Bai Yu) Artificial intelligence programs built by China's e-commerce titan Alibaba scored better than humans on a Stanford University reading and comprehension test. "This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement on Monday   Read More ...
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in China last year
2018-01-15 12:11:19 Apple was the only foreign brand to have a smartphone model in the top 10 best-selling handsets in China in 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus managed 2.8 percent of all sales in the world's largest smartphone market, according to data from Counterpoint Research released Monday. Apple's large-screen device trailed the Oppo R9s which gained 3 percent market share. Apple's iPhone 7, which was released in September 2016, did well in the first half of 2017, then benefited in the second half thanks to a price cut in China, Counterpoint analyst James Yan said in a blog post Monday   Read More ...
China's Vivo to enter Singapore smartphone market for first time
2018-01-15 10:02:07 SINGAPORE: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday (Jan 15) announced that it will enter the Singapore market for the first time later this week, with the introduction of its flagship V7+ and Y65 handsets. In a press release, the company said the two devices will go on sale from Jan 20 via mobile retail stores here, and prices will be revealed on the same day   Read More ...
Alibaba's research team makes achievement in autonomous driving technology
2018-01-15 09:01:14 Alibaba appears to be making significant strides in autonomous driving technology, reports thepaper.cn. Research by Alibaba's autonomous driving team iDST has made it to the KITTI list, which is an analysis list of autonomous driving attributes developed by Germany's Karlsruher Institute of Technology and the Toyota Research Institute at Chicago. The iDST ranked the first in three items of the Road/Lane Detection Evaluation on Urban unmarked roads, urban multiple marked lanes and in the generalized urban road category   Read More ...
AI, computer games could be used for military training: PLA Daily
2018-01-15 02:31:07 Artificial intelligence (AI) and computer games are expected to help train military commanders to improve the combat ability of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a PLA-affiliated newspaper said on Friday. Real-time strategy games could be used in the military to help train commanders, and materials gathered from the country's intelligence system could be put into the games to vividly simulate wartime conditions, a PLA Daily article said on Friday   Read More ...
Zhou Youguang Google doodle honors Chinese linguist known as the ‘Father of Pinyin’
2018-01-13 18:02:46 Youguang helped create the Chinese phonetic alphabet called Pinyin. He spent three years developing the system of ‘spelled sounds’ that led to the international standard for Romanized Chinese — earning Youguang the title, “Father of Pinyin.” “The new system transformed China’s literacy rate, providing more natural passage into the written language, which requires mastering thousands of characters,” writes Google on the Google Doodle blog, “It bridged multiple Chinese dialects with its shared designations of sound   Read More ...
China warns tech firms to tighten their privacy safeguards
2018-01-13 04:06:48 China has warned the country's three top tech firms about potential privacy violations, as they face an increasing number of complaints for collecting customer data without consent. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Thursday named Ant Financial, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, search engine Baidu, and Beijing Bytedance Technology, owner of popular news app Jinri Toutiao, in a notice posted on its website   Read More ...
China's indigenously-developed CPU enters mass production
2018-01-13 04:06:03 A central processing unit (CPU) developed by a Chinese company has entered mass production to compete with global chip giants such as Intel and AMD. The ZX-C series, developed by Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. Ltd., adopt the same X86 architecture as Intel processors and are compatible with Windows operating system and software, which previous Chinese processors failed to do, said Ye Jun, chairman of Zhaoxin   Read More ...
[CES 2018] Chinese vendor copies Samsung FRAME TV at tech fair
2018-01-12 15:05:15 LAS VEGAS _ China-based TV maker TCL has raised another copycat controversy at the world's largest tech fair by displaying a lifestyle TV that looks almost identical to that of Samsung Electronics. A group of Chinese tech companies have drawn unprecedented attention from media and visitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with companies such as smart car manufacturer Byton and drone maker DJI displaying innovative new products   Read More ...
China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge
2018-01-12 09:41:38 SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of stock price surges this week. Blockchain mania continued to propel the shares of a dozen companies which recently disclosed their involvement in cryptocurrency technology, even though some admitted their investments in the technology were still at an early stage   Read More ...
China chides tech firms over privacy safeguards
2018-01-12 08:00:54 BEIJING: China reprimanded three top tech firms on Friday over poor privacy protections, as tech companies face an increasing backlash from consumers and authorities over excessive data collection practices. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd payment affiliate Ant Financial, search firm Baidu Inc and Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, which oversees popular news feed app Jinri Toutiao, were named by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in a notice posted on it website on Friday   Read More ...
China chides tech firms over privacy safeguards
2018-01-12 07:07:06 BEIJING (Reuters) - China reprimanded three top tech firms on Friday over poor privacy protections, as tech companies face an increasing backlash from consumers and authorities over excessive data collection practices. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd payment affiliate Ant Financial, search firm Baidu Inc and Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, which oversees popular news feed app Jinri Toutiao, were named by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in a notice posted on it website on Friday   Read More ...
Huawei wins China patent lawsuit against rival Samsung - The Mainichi
2018-01-12 05:46:37 HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese tech giant Huawei won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea smartphone rival Samsung on Thursday, according to information released by a Chinese court. The court ruled in the Chinese company's favor over two patents involving fourth generation phone technology, according to a notice released through the court's WeChat account and video of the trial   Read More ...
Chinese firms say blockchain work at early stage, after shares surge
2018-01-11 16:13:50 HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several Chinese companies, including Easysight Supply Chain and Shenzhen Kingdom Sci-Tech, said on Thursday their investments in blockchain technology were still at an early stage, following steep gains in their share prices. Easysight Supply Chain Management Co Ltd plans to halt trading in its shares on Friday, it said in a filing on the Shanghai stock Exchange, after its stock ended up by the 10 percent daily limit due to media reports about its involvement in blockchain technology   Read More ...
Tech-loaded Chinese electric vehicle that opens by facial recognition draws eyes at CES
2018-01-11 14:12:08 Jefferson Graham reports from CES 2018, where this year, with hot new robots from LG and Sony, it looks like robots are poised to finally go mainstream. USA TODAY. LAS VEGAS — One of the splashiest concept cars at this year's CES convention is a tech-filled $45,000 electric crossover made by a Chinese company that could go on sale in the U   Read More ...
Huawei wins China patent lawsuit against rival Samsung
2018-01-11 11:42:42 HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei won a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea smartphone rival Samsung on Thursday, according to information released by a Chinese court. The court ruled in the Chinese company's favor over two patents involving fourth generation phone technology, according to a notice released through the court's WeChat account and video of the trial. The judge ordered Samsung to immediately stop selling or manufacturing products using the technology and to pay a small court fee   Read More ...
Shenzhen's high-profile presence at CES 2018
2018-01-11 04:01:17 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 has recently kicked off its annual show in Las Vegas. It's the world's largest gathering for innovators to showcase their latest technology, devices and equipment. But some say it should be called "China Electronics Show". According to official data, about one third of the roughly 4,500 attending companies and organizations are from China. Shenzhen, China's tech hub, is in the name of nearly 500 participating companies, five times that of those from the US   Read More ...
Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, U.S.(1/12)
2018-01-11 04:01:04 Photo taken on Jan. 9, 2018 shows the booth of Skyworth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the United States. The show kicked off here Tuesday. (Xinhua/Li Ying)   Read More ...
Amazon adds its weight to smart city plan
2018-01-11 02:31:04 Amazon is bringing new blood to Shanghai's "smart city" plan by cooperating with the government to build a new innovation center. Its Amazon Web Services subsidiary, the city's economy and information commission and the Jing'an government signed a cooperation agreement on Wednesday to build a "Shanghai-Amazon AWS United Innovation Center." Officials said they will build a "smart city"experience and exhibition center, foster professionals on big data and set up international incubators   Read More ...
Microsoft sets up AI R&D Center in Taiwan
2018-01-11 02:30:10 Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it will invest one billion new Taiwan dollars (about 34 million U.S. dollars) to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) R&D Center in Taiwan. Ken Sun, general manager of Microsoft Taiwan, said the company will foster a team of more than 100 people for the center in the coming two years, and will train or hire more than 200 AI researchers and developers within five years   Read More ...
Chinese technology on show
2018-01-10 20:04:42 ABOUT 1,500 Chinese tech companies, including industry giants like Baidu and Alibaba as well as startups, put their home-grown gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Holding one-third of all booths, Chinese tech companies are holding a dozen press conferences and have thrilled audiences with a keynote speech by Huawei to promote its latest smartphone   Read More ...