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17 Jun 2019 | 4:14 PM

Didi opens the door to third party ride-hailing players as fight to build China’s best super mobility app heats up

Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan province, has been used to trial a pilot project since late May.

Didi, which counts hi-tech giants Apple, Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group among its biggest shareholders, is battling new competition from broader platforms. — SCMP
13 Jun 2019 | 2:30 PM

‘Queen of Internet’ Mary Meeker says short-form video apps now drive online usage in China

The daily time spent by users of short-form video apps in China reached an average of 600 million hours as of April.

The daily time spent by users of short-form video apps in China reached an average of 600 million hours as of April, according to Meeker. — SCMP
11 Jun 2019 | 1:43 PM

How technology is helping China’s fight against the encroaching deserts

China began its anti-desertification efforts in 1978. Since its launch in 2016, Ant Forest has attracted 500 million users who have helped plant 100 million trees.

Since its launch in 2016, Ant Forest has attracted 500 million users who have helped plant 100 million trees. — SCMP
4 Jun 2019 | 7:30 AM

Rising Chinese AI star Megvii gets caught in the US-China tech war

China wants to adopt AI in all walks of life, from health care to financial services to driverless cars and robots.

Megvii's technology has helped China's Ministry of Public Security make more than 5,000 arrests of fugitives since 2016. — SCMP
22 May 2019 | 1:02 PM

Apple’s China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides


Last year Apple ranked fifth in China with a 9.1 per cent share, which fell to 7 per cent in the first quarter
Ongoing nationalist sentiment could play to Huawei’s favour and hurt Apple’s sales in China, analysts said

22 May 2019 | 1:00 PM

US said to be mulling restrictions on China surveillance group Hikvision’s ability to buy US technology


Hikvision is one of the world’s largest makers of video surveillance products
It is central to China’s ambitions to be the top global exporter of such systems

17 May 2019 | 12:28 PM

Cities should regulate facial recognition instead of banning it, China’s SenseTime says

The CEO of the world’s most valuable AI startup says guidelines would help manage how these systems are deployed.

The CEO of the world’s most valuable AI startup says guidelines would help manage how these systems are deployed. — SCMP
16 May 2019 | 12:36 PM

How 9/11 and China’s plan for blanket surveillance benefited CCTV camera makers

Hangzhou’s Binjiang district is home to three of China’s biggest surveillance camera makers. Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview benefited from rise in demand for surveillance after 9/11 terror attacks.

Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview benefited from rise in demand for surveillance after 9/11 terror attacks. — SCMP
13 May 2019 | 9:30 AM

Lazada extends e-commerce edge in South-East Asia despite lull in overall visits to site

The Alibaba-backed e-commerce company scored the highest average monthly active users in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

The Alibaba-backed e-commerce company scored the highest average monthly active users in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. — SCMP
18 Mar 2019 | 3:30 PM

Chinese university uses AI to check class attendance rates and find the reasons behind absenteeism

Early results have been positive, with attendance rates up in the two weeks since university adopted the system. University says main goal is to find deeper reasons behind why students miss class and categorise them accordingly to build a database.

In China, the days of asking your mates to mark you as present in the class attendance sheet are over. — SCMP