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TECH 10 Nov 2017 | 1:30 AM

In China’s e-commerce boom, it takes a village

Workers wielding screeching hand-held wood sanders toil overtime in Cheng Huaibao’s bunk bed factory, rushing to prepare for the wave of orders about to break on manufacturing businesses like his across China.

TECH 14 Oct 2017 | 7:00 AM

Twitter is crawling with bots and lacks incentive to expel them

On Oct 11, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: “Ban Russian Bots.” Someone – the company doesn’t know who – projected the demand onto the side of its building.

TECH 25 Jul 2017 | 10:30 PM

Were the raw materials in your iPhone mined by children in inhumane conditions?

Last year, I visited the sprawling mines of Cerro Rico, the "rich hill" that looms over Potosi, Bolivia. Four centuries ago, it supplied the silver that bankrolled the Spanish empire.

TECH 05 Jul 2017 | 5:17 AM

Xiaomi goes old school to reclaim smartphone crown in China

Xiaomi Corp pioneered an online flash-sales model that lifted it to dizzying heights and made it Asia’s most valuable startup, but it’s since fallen on hard times. Now it’s counting on old-fashioned retail to make a comeback, and that’s proving a much stiffer challenge.

TECH 23 Mar 2017 | 11:20 AM

Needy expat workers get new phones as Singapore moves to scrap 2G

A Singapore migrant welfare group has started distributing 3G-enabled mobile phones to cash-strapped foreign workers days before the city-state shuts down its 2G network.

TECH 23 Jan 2017 | 10:00 PM

Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide

When Singapore pulls the plug on its 2G mobile phone network this year, thousands of people could be stuck without a signal – digital have-nots left behind by the relentless march of technology.

TECH 27 Dec 2016 | 11:00 PM

Myanmar farmers reap rewards from 3D printing

In an industrial park south of Myanmar's commercial hub, 3D printing technology is now being used to design bespoke parts that are changing the lives of impoverished farmers.

TECH 13 Sep 2016 | 12:30 AM

Drones growing as a tool on California farms

Bay Area techies aren't the only ones experimenting with drones and robots. Farmers just a few hours away have begun using the machines to spray crops with pesticides, gather data, track crop health and find water leaks on their land.

TECH 05 Sep 2016 | 4:15 AM

LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said it will aggressively invest in robots, seeking to capitalise on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks.

TECH 24 Jun 2016 | 1:48 AM

HP, Apple top list of tech companies fighting forced labour risk

HP Inc and Apple Inc topped a list ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labour in their supply chains.