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China’s most popular app is a propaganda tool teaching Xi Jinping Thought

Released by China’s Communist Party, the app is helping cadres learn more about its political doctrine.

The Xuexi Qiangguo app is now the most downloaded item on Apple’s App Store in China. — SCMP

Real-life bracelet from Honour of Kings video game for Valentine’s? Tencent and Chow Sang Sang think so


World’s top-grossing mobile title announced partnership with Hong Kong jewellery retailer Chow Sang Sang
More than 100 million women play the game, according to estimate

Teen builds an app to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with their loved ones

The 'Timeless' app developed by Emma Yang helps Alzheimer’s patients identify people in photos.

The app uses an artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition system to help Alzheimer’s patients identify people in photos and remember who they are. — SCMP

Can WeChat defend its social media predominance by blocking its competitors?

The Tencent-owned super app turned eight years old this month amid criticism about its monopolistic behaviour.

Criticism about WeChat’s anti-competitive stand snowballed earlier this month after it blocked links to three new social media apps. — SCMP

China created a unicorn every 3.8 days in 2018


The valuation of China’s biggest unicorn, Ant Financial, has exceeded 1 trillion yuan

Tencent’s fake news debunkers reached nearly 300 million WeChat users last year

A claim that onions can kill the flu virus was shared over 400,000 times on the social media app.

Popular fake news topics ranged from food safety and health care to stories about society. One of the most widely circulated rumours, a claim that onions can kill the flu virus, was shared over 400,000 times on the social media app, mainly among males aged 25 to 55, according to the report. — SCMP

Five media resolutions every family should make in 2019

What do you remember from 2018? Did you share pics of your kid on Facebook? Did you sneak a peek at their texts with their friends?

Be curious about your kid’s media – maybe even play one of their games with them. — Dreamstime/TNS

China’s gaming giants Tencent, NetEase miss out on first round of new license approvals by government

Regulator approves 80 titles, the first since March amid a government restructuring.

NetEase's game Survival In The Wilderness. The list of newly approved games was dominated by small and medium developers, with no titles from Tencent and NetEase. — NetEase

Here’s how China’s new e-commerce law will affect consumers, platform operators

E-commerce platform operators are jointly liable with merchants for selling counterfeit and copycat merchandise on their websites.

The new law, which aims to help clean up China’s reputation as a major source of counterfeit and knock-off merchandise, also addresses other important aspects of e-commerce, including false advertising, consumer protection, data protection and cybersecurity, according to Deacons. — SCMP

Meet the Chinese Stan Lee obsessive who is a superhero to Marvel collectors


Sichuan man quit his job in advertising to adapt model comic book figures, earning a living from his hobby
The Marvel Comics enthusiast even earned an endorsement from Stan Lee himself