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Robot chefs and free software among masks, gloves and biohazard gear as China Inc donates to contain Covid-19 outbreak
Country Garden Holdings, one of China’s biggest real estate developers, has donated its Foodom robot to a quarantine centre in Wuhan to prepare meals for health officials. The product is among the billions of dollars of products that have poured into Wuhan since the outbreak started.
Visits to medical-related mini-programs on Chinese super app WeChat rose 347% over the past 20 days, compared to data recorded in December. The impact of the countrywide lockdown on the economy has the potential to cut China’s gross domestic product growth in the first quarter from 6% to 4.5%.
Faced with rows of inaccessible shops and cafes, wheelchair user Rita Ebel has devised a low-tech high-fun solution – ramps made of Lego.
Coronavirus: China’s private bookstores struggling to survive as sales drop 90%, stores remain closed
China has over 70,000 brick-and-mortar bookstores, but they are among numerous small and medium-sized enterprises struggling due to a lack of customers. The virus is a further blow to the industry that was already under pressure from online rivals, as well as a growing trend of reading books on electronic devices.
A stone's throw from a power station on the barren outskirts of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital, a grey warehouse surrounded by metal containers hums to the sound of money.
Can AI speed up a cure for coronavirus? This Hong Kong startup opens its resources to global drug firms for free
Insilico Medicine says pharmaceutical firms can use its AI-created compounds that are designed to work on a key “target” of the coronavirus. Co-founder Zhavoronkov expects non-profit research institutes to also join the effort to test some of the drug compounds.
Amid fears of a Big Brother-style society ruled by machines, the EU will urge authorities and companies to think hard before rolling out facial recognition technology.
Apple will reopen some stores in Beijing from Feb 14 with reduced opening hours, it said on its website.
Drivers can soon pay for their fuel without leaving their car by using a Touch 'n Go RFID sticker at Shell stations. Some customers can also get free fitments, which would otherwise cost RM35.