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China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target the half a billion users not yet online

Ruan Long works as an internet professional in Beijing but even he was surprised at some of the unexpected uses of the smart speaker he recently brought home.For one, his second child, now an eighteen-month-old toddler, has already been interacting with the gadget, though he is unable to recite the full name of songs, like his grandparents can. “At first, the smart speaker ignored him most of the time, as he would mumble the wake-up word ‘Xiaodu’ as ‘Aodu’,” he said.When it comes to Ruan’s… Source link

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Smartphone use, internet access critical to building a ‘smart’ HCM City – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, speaks at a conference held yesterday in the city on information and communications applications for a smart city.  VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp HCM CITY — To achieve smart-city status, at least 90 per cent of residents in HCM City should be using a smartphone by 2022, a top official said at a communications conference held in the city on Tuesday. Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, Minister of Information and Communications, said that smartphones were being used by only 60 per cent of people in the city that leads the…

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Singapore ‘poor’, ‘less developed’ and ‘very dangerous’: Online comment riles internet, Singapore News

Singapore is a lot of things. Small, check. Green, check. Hot and wet, usually. Kiasu, definitely. But words such as “poor”, “less developed” and “very dangerous” cannot be further from the truth, regardless of how wholeheartedly you believe in them. An answer to a question on Quora from May 2018 has been dug up by cyber sleuths for its baffling negligence of facts. The question posed: “Where can I get a piercing in Singapore without a parent’s consent needed? I’m under 16.” And the response that caught many people’s attention…

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China Internet Report reveals how tech firms have gone from copycats to trailblazers

China’s internet giants used to be called copycats for creating clones of Western social media platforms back in their home market – but those days are long gone and that trend is now in reverse.Today, global internet companies from the US to Southeast Asia are looking to replicate Chinese concepts – from models such as the all-in-one super app, to social commerce as well as short video, according to findings from the China Internet Report 2019.The second edition of the China Internet Report,… Source link

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Can Chinese internet pioneer Sohu finally pull off a comeback after missing the mobile era?

Years after Sohu.com, once known as one of China’s leading internet portals, fell from grace by missing the mark in some of the hottest realms of the mobile internet age – social media, live broadcasting and short video – it has vowed to make a comeback with new initiatives in videos and more.Sohu is at the stage of bottoming out and is set for a “comeback”, Sohu founder and CEO Charles Zhang Chaoyang said at a media briefing on Wednesday, detailing plans to launch new self-developed drama… Source link

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Chinese tech giants form alliance to help advance industrial internet technologies

Some of China’s largest hi-tech companies, including Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings, have teamed up in a quest to accelerate initiatives related to the industrial internet, as the world’s second-biggest economy remains locked in a heated tech and trade dispute with the United States.These firms have recently established the Shenzhen Industrial Internet Union, which aims to help drive the development of new technologies and business models for the industrial internet era in the… Source link

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Is short-video start-up Kuaishou too ‘Zen’ for China's internet culture? Its founders think so

Kuaishou operates one of China’s most popular short-video sharing apps with more than 200 million users logging in every day. Yet its founders worry that the Beijing-based start-up is at risk of sliding into irrelevance.In a call to arms to its more than 8,000 employees on Tuesday, Kuaishou’s founders, Su Hua and Cheng Yixiao, set a target for the company to reach 300 million daily active users by February 2020 and to shake off a laid-back corporate culture that sets it apart from its peers in… Source link

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

China’s popular short-form video apps have now become the primary driver of internet usage in the world’s biggest online population, according to American venture capitalist Mary Meeker.Known as the “queen of the internet” for her bullish stock calls during the dot-com bubble, Meeker said in a presentation of her 2019 Internet Trends Report that the daily time spent by users of short-form video apps in China reached an average of 600 million hours as of April.The leading platforms were… Source link

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Yunnan’s digital makeover showcases Tencent’s industrial internet ambitions for government and business

Yunnan, the ancient province in southwestern China famous for hand-picked tea, snow-capped mountains and the mystical hidden paradise of Shangri-La, is undergoing a digital makeover.Facial recognition is deployed at the gates of tourist attractions to facilitate faster entry and sensors are installed along highways for instant toll payments without the need for drivers to slow down or stop. Tourists can skip the queues by buying tickets online, watch live videos of crowds at sites to better… Source link

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