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  • Inside China Tech: Apps under pressure
    by SCMP Reporters on July 10, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    A wrap up of some of the week’s best China tech stories on losing first mover advantageAfter India banned 59 Chinese apps over national sovereignty and security concerns following a deadly border clash with China, several home-grown video-sharing platforms that had previously been dwarfed by the wildly popular TikTok saw their user numbers jump, Tracy Qu reports.Roposo, a TikTok-like app that has been around since 2014, drew in 22 million new users in two days after the ban, the…

  • Amazon mistakenly tells workers to take TikTok app off phones
    by Agence France-Presse on July 10, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Amazon on Friday said it had mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to dump the TikTok mobile application from their mobile phones because of security concerns.The internal message told workers they could still access the popular video sharing platform using laptop web browsers, but would lose access to company email on smartphones that have TikTok.“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” an Amazon spokesperson said in reply to an inquiry without going into…

  • Signs of a coronavirus infection might be found in subtle changes in your voice, MIT research shows
    by Xinmei Shen on July 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Testing for Covid-19 currently involves a deep throat saliva sample or the dreaded nasal swab. But it might soon be as simple as listening to the sound of your voice.By some estimates, asymptomatic carriers of the new coronavirus make up 40 per cent of all cases. Researchers at MIT believe changes in people’s voices might indicate whether or not they have been infected.By analysing audio data from asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory have proposed a way…

  • Data privacy concerns weigh heavily on China’s AI leadership ambitions amid US trade sanctions
    by Minghe Hu,Yujie Xue on July 10, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    China must strike a delicate balancing act to advance artificial intelligence development, while ensuring the technology’s ethical application, according to industry officials, following recent US sanctions against local AI enterprises over data privacy and human rights violations.“Data governance is a major challenge we are facing in this era, not only in the field of artificial intelligence but also in platforms with more extensive information applications,” said Xue Lan, who serves as…

  • Chinese officials bemoan ‘significant catch-up’ needed with US on chipmaking, as industrial decoupling looms
    by Frank Tang on July 10, 2020 at 11:45 am

    China must redouble efforts to improve its hi-tech production capabilities – particularly in semiconductor manufacturing – to safeguard national development in the face of increased pressure from the United States, Chinese officials and experts have said.The world’s second largest economy must reduce gaps in the supply of key technologies and components, and consider replacing imports with indigenous development to offset US restrictions, said former industry minister Li Yizhong at a closed…

  • China’s patent filings back on track amid Covid-19 disruptions
    by Iris Deng on July 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Patent filings in China rose slightly in the first half of this year even as the number of licences granted declined, according to the latest government data, reflecting the country’s efforts to recover from the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.More than 683,000 patent applications were filed in the past six months, according to data released by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This was calculated as a 5 per cent increase from 649,000 applications in…

  • China chip expert warns that self-reliance in semiconductors will be tough, needs stable investment
    by Che Pan on July 10, 2020 at 8:30 am

    A prominent Chinese semiconductor expert has said that China’s deep integration with global technology supply chains would make it difficult for the country to develop all of the tech it needs from scratch and that better use of funds is needed to help close the gap with the US.“We are integrated with the global technology system,” said Wei Shaojun, a professor at Tsinghua University in the department of microelectronics and nano-electronics, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference …

  • TSMC’s June sales shine after virus drives demand for data centre chips
    by Bloomberg on July 10, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. posted monthly revenue that suggested June-quarter sales surpassed analysts’ estimates, underscoring how its technological lead is helping the chip maker weather the pandemic and US curbs on its No 2 customer Huawei Technologies.Apple’s main iPhone chip maker reported sales of NT$120.88 billion (US$4.1 billion) for June on Friday. That likely means TSMC’s revenue grew about 29 per cent to NT$310.7 billion last quarter, based on previously reported figures,…

  • TikTok’s Chinese owner mulls overhaul of app’s corporate structure amid overseas backlash
    by Coco Feng,Tracy Qu on July 10, 2020 at 4:56 am

    Chinese tech giant ByteDance is considering an overhaul of TikTok’s corporate structure as it seeks to distance the popular short video app from Beijing amid a political backlash in markets including the US and India.“As we consider the best path forward, ByteDance is evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business,” a TikTok representative said in an emailed response to the Post.Senior executives of the company are reportedly looking at options such as establishing a…

  • Chinese self-driving start-up WeRide to test fully driverless cars in Guangzhou
    by Jane Zhang on July 10, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Chinese self-driving start-up WeRide said it will be the first in China to test fully driverless cars on the open road as the world’s biggest auto market doubles down on efforts to develop autonomous driving technologies.After securing China’s first remote-control permit for road tests of Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (ICV) from local authorities in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong province, WeRide will conduct road tests of driverless vehicles within designated open roads in the…


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