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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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JD.com adopts AI to drive growth in smaller cities and among female users amid wider e-commerce slowdown

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is exploiting artificial intelligence (AI) to help drive online consumption in smaller cities and among female users to help compensate for slowing growth in China’s e-commerce industry amid the uncertain economic climate.Zhou Bowen, head of AI at JD.com, said the company’s AI-powered SnapShop, which allows users to take a photo of a product and provide identical and similar product recommendations, is helping it grow business in smaller cities and among young… Source link

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China’s middle income claim causes uproar as Weibo users ask ‘why am I not that rich?’

A claim that Chinese citizens are receiving salaries “above the average level of other middle-income countries” has caused an uproar on China’s main social media network, forcing the National Bureau of Statistics to defend its statement.Many users questioned why they are not being paid in the region of the nominal gross national income (GNI) per capita of US$9,732 for 2018, which the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) claimed in a statement released on Monday as part of a publication… Source link

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Complaints against errant PMD users may soon be made through MyTransport.SG app, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Complaints about errant personal mobility device (PMD) users, with relevant photos, may soon be made through the MyTransport.SG app, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Thursday (June 20) as the July 1 deadline to register the devices draws near. The LTA said it is enhancing the app to make it easier and more convenient for the public to submit a photograph or video of irresponsible riding behaviour, to facilitate more targeted and effective enforcement. It has been collecting feedback on errant PMD riders through its website, which…

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Best SIM-only plans for light, moderate, and heavy data users, Digital, Singapore News

For years, fixed mobile plan contracts by Singtel, StarHub, and M1 locked you in for a period of 12- to 24-months with no way to switch telcos or plans without paying a hefty early termination penalty. How did they attract you to sign up with them? The main tactic was to dangle the latest smartphone at an attractive upfront “discount” – provided you sign up or recontract with them, locking you in again for another 24 months. Obviously, it wasn’t really a discount – the cost of the smartphone was…

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Large group of PMD users sound sirens, blast music as they ride among throng of people at Geylang, Singapore News

A group of personal mobility device (PMD) users made a nuisance of themselves as they were riding around Geylang. A video of the riders sounding sirens and blasting loud music was posted on SG Road Vigilante’s Facebook group page. It is unclear when exactly this happened but according to the caption, it was in May. The post added that the riders were using lights and sirens to “intimidate” other road users into giving way to them. Stomp earlier reported on a group of around 18 PMD riders seen crossing a…

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China says FedEx probe was launched after ‘complaints from users’

Beijing began investigating US delivery services giant FedEx after it received “complaints from users”, China’s top postal regulator said, telling foreign operators to safeguard the “legitimate interests” of Chinese companies.But Ma Junsheng, head of the State Post Bureau, did not name Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies or link the investigation to a deepening trade war between China and the United States.“The investigation into FedEx can help maintain order in the Chinese delivery… Source link

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New Japanese eatery Minka is now offering discounts for Huawei users who dine in, Digital, Food, Singapore News

M1’s not the only Singaporean entity standing in solidarity with Huawei right now; a local restaurant is also giving some love to the beleaguered tech company.  Surprisingly, the eatery’s not serving Chinese cuisine. Minka — a Japanese joint that just launched earlier this year at Oxley Tower — is now letting Huawei phone owners dine in with a 10 percent discount off their total bill as long as they can show their devices. “There is value in every Huawei phone,” the restaurant noted in the caption of their promo, which…

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Trial of priority MRT cabins for wheelchair users, elderly and expectant mums to start 2020, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A trial of priority cabins on trains here will begin in 2020 on one of Singapore’s MRT lines, the Land Transport Authority announced on Saturday (May 25). These cabins are meant for people such as senior citizens, expectant mothers and wheelchair users, though other commuters will not be excluded from these cabins. The LTA has not said which of the five current MRT lines the trial will be conducted on. “To further help people who need seats when none are available, we will introduce a new ‘please offer…

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Google confirms that its app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users

Google has affirmed that its Google Play app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users, following reports that the US company will suspend business with the Chinese telecoms giant, which last week was added to a US trade blacklist.Huawei Technologies and over 70 affiliates were added to the US Commerce Department’s Entity List last week on national security grounds, restricting the company from buying parts and components from US companies without government approval.“We… Source link

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