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European wireless carriers raise concerns over reduced 5G competition

The advent of 5G will enable innovations in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data.

Huawei is fighting back amid accusations of violating US trade sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets. —SCMP

HK testing smart prisons with tracking wristbands and drug detection robotic arms

Hong Kong's Correctional Services chief Danny Woo says new technologies can help ensure safety by detecting prisoners’ abnormal behaviour more efficiently.

The department said the robotic arm would free officers from the unpleasant task as it automatically broke down faecal matter. — SCMP

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

Man fined US$3,600 after threatening his wife’s lover, who fell to his death

His wife's lover fell to his death while trying to flee after being caught red-handed.

China’s gig economy losing ability to absorb laid off factory workers

Ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, online food delivery platform Meituan Dianping as well as streaming services like Huya, Douyu and Kuaishou are facing challenges.

New economy’s ability to absorb unemployed workers from other industries hampered by economic slowdown, saturation of markets and tighter regulations. — SCMP

US-China trade war among most censored topics of 2018 on WeChat

Social media authors and corporate reviewers of official accounts self-censor while authorities clamp down on politically sensitive topics. Comments also silenced on #MeToo, gene-edited babies, health scandals and disgraced public figures.

WeChatscope – a research project at Hong Kong University’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre – tracked more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on the app throughout 2018 to analyse WeChat censorship. — SCMP

Hong Kong man convinced judge a sex attack was a ‘one-off’ – but he had raped his own daughter years earlier, High Court rules

Father found guilty on Tuesday on five counts of indecent assault and one of rape
But prior conviction, revealed after verdict, will not affect sentencing, as the crime in the present case predates it

Security guard admits molesting mentally disabled woman on Hong Kong building site

Defence lawyer says Shah Arshad ‘would have never touched her’ if he had known of the victim’s abnormality
Sentencing adjourned to April 3, pending impact assessment

AI firm aims to free up parents and teachers from checking children’s maths homework

Beijing-based online education start-up has developed an AI-powered app to check children’s arithmetic problems.

Using AI technologies, the company has already made it possible to recommend different courses to students based on their individual progress on a certain subject. — SCMP

Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday

Outbound travellers from China’s lower-tier cities also made more purchases than those from top-tier cities.

Total transactions on WeChat Pay reached 1.24 billion during the Lunar New Year holiday from Feb 4 to 9, according to data released by the Tencent-owned mobile payment system. — SCMP