Celia Chen

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12 Sep 2018 | 8:00 PM

QQ, China's 'granddaddy' of social media scene, gains new life by appealing to Gen Z

In China’s fast-changing technology space where new options pop up almost every day, the ability of platforms to maintain a loyal following can often mean life or death.

When QQ was first launched, each user was simply issued with a unique QQ number, user name and profile, which enabled them to chat with other desktop PC users. — SCMP
30 Aug 2018 | 11:00 AM

China’s smaller city net users are mobile junkies, prefer short videos over chatting

Over 80% of netizens in lower tier Chinese cities described the mobile phone as their favourite pastime and said they were happy to spend almost all their leisure time on it.

According to the report, China’s internet users have more than tripled the amount of time they spend watching short videos in the last year. — AP
8 Aug 2018 | 7:30 PM

Tencent Cloud says 'improper operations' led to data loss for client

Tencent Cloud said employees broke operational rules concerning data relocation and improvements are being made.

Tencent Cloud announced a series of improvement measures in the statement, without offering the customer an immediate solution. — SCMP
26 Jul 2018 | 7:24 PM

Grandparents and their private WeChat accounts: What are they up to?

Some young Chinese wanting to use the ubiquitous social media app WeChat to keep up with what their parents and grandparents are doing might be in for a surprise – a new study found that 1.35 million elderly users block their family members from viewing their WeChat Moments posts, a feature similar to Facebook’s Timeline.

What are the elders getting up to on their private WeChat accounts, eh? — SCMP
24 Jul 2018 | 4:29 PM

Police in China smash hi-tech WeChat gambling rings that use counting robots

WeChat has become a ubiquitous feature of everyday life in China with 1 billion users.

Since last year, Shenzhen authorities have arrested 71 people for gambling activities on Tencent’s WeChat and QQ platforms, with the largest sum involved at more than 60mil yuan (RM35.77mil), according to the official Xinhua News Agency. — SCMP
18 Jul 2018 | 6:00 PM

China crowdfunding platform closes down driver who asked for money to help bury his accident victims

Easy Raising said the project did not meet its application requirements.

Easy Raising deleted Yang's project, saying it didn’t meet [crowdfunding] application requirements. — SCMP
4 Jul 2018 | 5:26 PM

Tencent's WeChat is now host to 1 million mini-programs

Mini programs are helping to boost customer retention on WeChat, which has 1 billion users globally.

The Shenzhen-based company reached the million mark in the first half, increasing from the 580,000 sub-applications reported by Allen Zhang, a Tencent senior vice president, in January. — SCMP
16 Jun 2018 | 3:00 PM

Foxconn looks to AI after maker of Apple and Amazon products celebrates 30 years in China

With one million employees and half a dozen factories contributing 4% of the country’s export value, Foxconn’s expansion symbolises China’s role as tech manufacturing powerhouse.

Gou said that Foxconn aims to become an artificial intelligence platform rather than just a manufacturing company. — SCMP
31 May 2018 | 5:49 PM

Homework, not games, the reason why China’s teens go online: study

Tencent released the findings of the survey ahead of Children’s Day, which falls on June 1 in China. The Shenzhen-based internet giant has been criticised by state media for not doing enough to prevent gaming addiction among the young.

More than 70% of teenagers encountered some form of abuse and harassment online, the study found. Girls are more likely than boys to discuss the harassment with their parents, the study found. — SCMP
29 May 2018 | 12:00 PM

Tencent CEO Pony Ma says China risks falling behind without strong base in scientific research

Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and chief executive of Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, has emphasised the importance of basic scientific research in microchips, operating systems, artificial intelligence, and especially quantum computing.

Ma stressed that China should pay more attention to core scientific research and not only the quick development of applications. — SCMP