Iris Deng

Recent and archived articles by Iris Deng

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
21 Aug 2018 | 1:06 PM

Chinese Internet users surge to 802 million in test of government’s ability to manage world’s biggest online community

China is home to the world’s biggest online community, with about two in five Chinese still offline.

There are now as many Internet users in China as there are people in the US, Indonesia and Brazil combined. And two in five Chinese are still offline. — SCMP
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
7 Aug 2018 | 12:30 PM

Chinese mech start-up takes us back to the good ol' days when robots were fun toys

Shenzhen-based GJS Robot is making robots for hobbyists but also hoping to capitalise on educational market

The company has started working with educational institutes to modify the robots so that they can be used as a tool to teach kids the basics of coding. — SCMP
16 Jul 2018 | 5:50 PM

Women drive cross-border transactions on WeChat Pay as ‘she economy’ expected to be worth US$700bil by 2019

Female shoppers contributed around 70% of total cross-border transactions on Tencent’s WeChat Pay in Hong Kong and Macau, and spent it mostly on cosmetics and beauty products, according to a new report published on Thursday.

Mainland Chinese shoppers spend the most on cosmetics, daily necessities, and items for everyday convenience, the study found. — SCMP
1 Jun 2018 | 2:57 PM

Chinese companies are testing civilian drones that can carry a tonne of cargo

Chinese companies are testing civilian drones that can carry more than a tonne of cargo as the country’s couriers and on-demand services increasingly look to adopt unmanned aerial vehicles for deliveries.

Drone makers such as Beihang UAS are tapping into the growing interest from couriers and on-demand service providers to use drones to deliver goods and services. — 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
7 Apr 2018 | 1:37 PM

Chinese store owners ordered to switch to government-verified routers for Wi-fi service

Replacement routers made by Beijing-based supplier will help the government monitor internet activities.