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  • This Ching Ming Festival, more opt for virtual tomb-sweeping and online shrines
    by Yujie Xue on April 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    In Beijing’s Jiugongshan Public Cemetery, staff silently perform rites for 25-year-old Liu He’s grandparents, cleaning their tombstones, placing flowers and fruits, and taking bows on behalf of Liu’s family a day ahead of Ching Ming Festival, or China’s “tomb-sweeping day”.At the family’s home, Liu’s mother also bows three times in the direction of an iPhone surrounded by fruits and incense, which is streaming the proceedings live.“Mom and dad, sorry we can’t come to visit you this year due to…

  • Will gadget shopping ever be the same again after the pandemic?
    by Abacus on April 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    This article originally appeared on ABACUS Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro and MacBook Air two weeks ago, but most fans still can’t try them out in stores. Since March 13, the Californian giant has shuttered all of its retail outlets except in Greater China, along with Samsung and Microsoft, which also closed their US stores. Trying to find a good laptop to buy now that everyone in the family is staying home? Or wondering how Apple’s updated keyboard feels? All of sudden, it’s no longer an…

  • First wearable from Xiaomi budget spinoff Redmi is a US$13 fitness band
    by Abacus on April 3, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    This article originally appeared on ABACUSXiaomi is the world’s best-selling wearables brand after Apple, with cheap Mi fitness bands making up the bulk of its sales. While the Mi Band 4 costs no more than US$40, its spinoff Redmi is now beating that price with a US$13 fitness band. The Redmi Band sports a 1.08-inch touchscreen — larger than the Mi Band 4’s 0.95-inch display. Like most fitness bands, it can measure your heart rate, track your sleep and remind you to get up for a walk. The…

  • Space shooter Boundary comes to PlayStation 4 this year
    by Abacus on April 3, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    This article originally appeared on ABACUSOne of Sony’s China Hero Project games is coming to the West. Boundary, a first-person shooter set in space (like the Sandra Bullock film Gravity… but with guns) from Shenzhen-based studio Surgical Scalpels is coming to PlayStation 4 in the US this year. Boundary is one of a number of Chinese games developed with assistance from Sony. It’s part of the China Hero Project, an initiative to boost the number of Chinese-made games on PlayStation. Due to…

  • China’s version of TikTok suspends users for speaking Cantonese
    by Abacus on April 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

    This article originally appeared on ABACUSWith about 68 million native speakers, Cantonese is the second most widely spoken Chinese language. But if you’re trying to use it in a live stream on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, it might get you banned. This is what happened to Nicolas Leung. His account received three 10-minute bans over the last three weeks accompanied by prompts to switch to Mandarin, China’s official language, while using Douyin’s live streaming function. And he’s…

  • Alibaba, JD.com, Pinduoduo help revive sales of farm goods from Hubei after coronavirus lockdown
    by Jane Zhang on April 3, 2020 at 10:45 am

    China’s biggest e-commerce services providers, Alibaba Group Holding, JD.com and Pinduoduo, are pushing separate initiatives to help revive sales of farm goods from Hubei, as the province hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis emerges from its months-long lockdown.“Hubei has made great sacrifices and contributions to the fight against the epidemic nationwide,” said Hou Yi, a vice-president at Alibaba and chief executive of its supermarket chain Freshippo, in a statement on Wednesday. “We will…

  • China’s Netflix wants to become China’s YouTube too
    by Abacus on April 3, 2020 at 8:05 am

    This article originally appeared on ABACUSVideo site iQiyi is one of China’s largest Netflix-style platforms, offering a large streaming library of movies and TV shows. But with a new app called Suike, it’s becoming a little more like YouTube. The Suike app offers movies and shows already available on iQiyi, but it also highlights user-produced short videos. The Baidu-owned streaming company said it already has more than 3 million content creators. While Youku and Bilibili have both been…

  • TikTok owner ByteDance leads funding round in Guangdong-based robotics company Narwal
    by Coco Feng on April 3, 2020 at 7:16 am

    TikTok owner ByteDance recently co-led a funding round into a robotics developer as the Chinese entertainment giant continues to diversify its business.Narwal Robotics said on Thursday it had completed a series-B funding round of nearly 1 billion yuan (US$141 million), co-led by Source Code Capital and ByteDance. Some existing investors, including Infore Capital and Dami Ventures, also joined.Founded in 2016, the Dongguan, Guangdong province-based Narwal develops cleaning robots that can wash…

  • Apple tells staff US stores to remain closed until early May amid Covid-19 pandemic
    by Bloomberg on April 3, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Apple on Thursday told employees that its retail stores in the United States will remain closed and work-from-home procedures will stay in place until early May because of the Covid-19 pandemic.In a memo to employees, Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice-president of retail and people, said the company anticipates that “flexible work arrangements will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May”.O’Brien said that Apple is “continuing to monitor…

  • In coronavirus fight, oft-criticised Facebook data aids US cities, states
    by Reuters on April 3, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook mobile location data to provide daily updates to US cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders aimed at slowing the novel coronavirus.The Covid-19 Mobility Data Network, a group of 40 health researchers from universities including Harvard, Princeton and Johns Hopkins, said that since mid-March its members have been sharing insights gleaned from the social media giant’s data with California, Massachusetts and New…

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