It doesn’t look like it, but it’s China’s latest AI smart speaker

November 21, 2017

Image: baidu Google Home and the Amazon Echo have new competition. Baidu, which runs China’s most popular search engine, has produced the Raven H, a voice-activated speaker that runs on an artificial intelligence platform. SEE ALSO: Baidu plans to put a driverless bus on Chinese roads next year and cars by 2021 The Raven H is the first product in Baidu’s upcoming AI plan, following its acquisition in earlier this…


Facebook is testing a secret photo sharing app in China, report says

August 12, 2017

Image: Schiefelbein/AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought. The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is dangerous for Democracyhere’s why The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the…


U.S. Army just kicked Chinese drone company DJI out of all official operations

August 6, 2017

Image: Alex Segre/REX/Shutterstock The U.S. army just kicked one of the biggest drone makers on the planet out of its barracks, all in the name of security. The maker of the drones in question: China’s DJI (also known as SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd.). SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone An Aug. 2 U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News and later…


Apple issues statement regarding removal of unlicensed VPN apps in China

July 31, 2017

Apple has issued the following statement regarding last-place lights removal of most major VPN apps from the App Store in China. Unsurprisingly, Apple says that it is complying with regulations put in place by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology earlier this year who are in need of VPN apps to be licensed by the government. VPN apps and works currently represent one of the only lanes that a…


Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

July 30, 2017

The Chinese authorities crackdown on the internet continues with the information that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the two countries censorship system, from the App Store in China. The move was first noted by ExpressVPN, a provider based outside of China, which said in a blog post all major VPN apps including its own had been purged from Apples China-based accumulate. The companionship…


Apple’s China App Store just disappeared all VPN apps, report says

July 30, 2017

Image: Sipa Asia/REX/Shutterstock In a move sure to put Apple’s ongoing activities in China under a more intense international microscope, a number of foreign-made VPN software apps have been removed from China’s app store, according to a report from The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Whatsapp users in China report issues sending pictures and video, fearing censorship The report cites several VPN makers, including ExpressVPN and Star VPN, after the…


9GAG CEO Ray Chan: Building a healthy community is a never-ending battle

July 27, 2017

If you enjoy getting lost in memes and social media, youve undoubtedly stumbled across 9GAG at some point. 9GAG is a Hong Kong-based site that hosts and distributes funny pictures, videos and memes. In terms of audience, its up there with content hosting and distribution sites like UNILAD and LADBible. With 41.1 million Instagram followers, 9GAG is one of the largest media entertainment brands on Instagram globally. So what exactly…


This country is using AI to predict who will commit crime next

July 25, 2017

)Image: AFP/Getty Images This sounds a little like Minority Report to us. China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects before a crime is committed. According to a report from the Financial Times, authorities are tapping on facial recognition tech, and combining that with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behaviour patterns. Guangzhou-headquartered Cloud Walk has been trialing its facial recognition system…


Chinafrica is a macro megatrend set to impact everything from Silicon Valley to Wall Street

July 8, 2017

Josh Wolfe is the managing partner and co-founder of Lux Capital. VCs and startup founders rarely pay attention to slow-moving but powerful macro global events, especially with so many fast-moving things to focus on at the micro level, like technology, teams and trends. While VCs and startup founders often are the earliest to know about cutting-edge technological advances bubbling from the bottom up (while public-market hedge fund and global macro…


Trump risks global trade war if he restricts imports of steel and aluminum

July 4, 2017

By invoking a rarely used law from the cold war era, Trump could limit imports of goods deemed critical to national defence and satisfy his America first policy Chinese and European diplomats have warned Donald Trump against reported plans to restrict imports of steel and aluminum a strategy that risks triggering a global trade war. By invoking a rarely used law from the cold war era, the US president could…