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  • Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

    CHINA, 2017/10/14 Chinese messaging app WeChat has reportedly apologised next an AI error resulted in it translating a neutral Chinese phrase into the n-word .WeChat is blaming machine learning for erroneously converting a neutral phrase meaning ‘black foreigner’ into something far more offensive The WeChat error was reported by Shanghai-based theatre producer and actor Ann James, a black American. In a post on the service’s Twitter-like Moments feature, she wrote that it had translated hei laowai – a neutral phrase which literally means “black foreigner” – as the n-word. “We’re very sorry for the inappropriate translation,” a WeChat spokesperson told Chinese news site Sixth Tone. “Next receiving users’ feedback, we instantly fixed the problem.”
  • China launches demonstration areas to boost Made in China 2025

    CHINA, 2017/07/20 China is buttressing the Made in China 2025 strategy with new national-level demonstration areas to spur the development of smart, green and service-oriented manufacturing. The decision is made at a National Council executive conference presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. One focus is to foster the development of emerging industries and upgrade traditional sectors by furthering the integration of manufacturing sector and the internet. Market-oriented reform, supporting policies will be rolled out to ensure that businesses of all origins can receive the same national treatment.
  • The company showcases both Israel’s chip-making power and its communications acumen

    CHINA, 2016/11/02 atellite communications startup SatixFy is celebrating this morning following the announcement Tuesday that they had raised a $25 million Series B investment led by the Israeli-Chinese venture, Catalyst CEL Fund. SatixFy sells indoor and outdoor VSAT units (“Very Small Aperture Terminal” that links a computer with a transceiver), plus designs its own chips that are capable of supporting IoT networks. They recently opened a new research center in the UK next receiving a grant from the UK Space Agency via ESA.
  • Baidu to Share Artificial Intelligence Platforms

    CHINA, 2016/09/06 China's Baidu decided Thursday to make its artificial intelligence (AI) system's core capabilities and underlying technology available to program developers, start-up entrepreneurs and traditional companies to help develop AI for the public good. The company will launch two AI platforms for public use, PaddlePaddle and ai.baidu.com, to help companies develop AI systems for their own sectors, according to Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, speaking at the Baidu Technology Innovation Conference. AI will be a core tool for remarkable changes in daily life, just as electricity was over a century ago, said Robin Li, founder, CEO and chairman of the search engine titan.
  • China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

    CHINA, 2016/07/22 Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market. The move is leading the South Africa-China joint venture down a fiercely competitive path as Facebook's WhatsApp is by presently part of the social media fabric in most African nations.
  • Brazil and China launch sixth CBERS satellite

    CHINA, 2015/12/31 The sixth CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) satellite is scheduled to be launched into space in December 2018, said the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The announcement of the date came as technical teams from both nations concluded that the CBERS-4A satellite project should proceed to the production phase of the flight models and their subsystems and equipment. On the Brazilian side, a team made up of experts from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), both linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), assessed whether the satellite project met the requirements set for the CBERS-4A mission.
  • EU, China sign key partnership on 5G

    CHINA, 2015/09/28 The European Union (EU) on Monday announced that it has signed a key agreement with China on the "fifth generation" of telecommunications systems, or 5G, a move aimed to seek an edge in the world digital competitiveness. "Both parties are committed to reciprocity and openness in terms of access to 5G networks research funding, market access inclunding in membership of Chinese and EU 5G associations," the EU said in a press release. Signed at Monday's EU-China high level economic and trade dialogue in Beijing, the agreement was described by the EU as a "milestone" in the world race to develop 5G networks.
  • US Secretary of National John Kerry shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China

    CHINA, 2015/08/03 In February 2014 Chinese President Xi Jingping declared his intent to do everything necessary for China to become a cyber power. Since again Xi and his government have been hyperactive on all relevant fronts: political, legal, economic, organisational and diplomatic. The Chinese leadership’s attention became even additional focused on cyber issues in May 2014 at the same time as the United States indicted five Chinese military personnel for cyber espionage involving commercial secrets of US-based corporations. But, as documented in my 2014 book Cyber Policy in China, Xi’s cyber focus had been decades in the making. China has been struggling since 1983 to overcome its technological backwardness for the data economy and, since around 2000, for a potential cyber war.
  • Ratan Tata Investment Underscores How Xiaomi Defies Odds

    CHINA, 2015/05/03 It was only last December at the same time as Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi was getting bad press for a reported intellectual property trouble in India. Five months later, that story has faded, restored by a well-received product launch in the country in April along with even additional striking news: Esteemed Indian tycoon business leader Tata has bought a stake in the company. Terms weren’t disclosed. That quick reversal in perceptions and new partnership in India underscores how Xiaomi, a “startup” flush with experienced leadership at the top of the company, has been finding ways to challenge odds and advance in business. Though only five years old, its chief Lei Jun combines two decades of experience in the industry. Co-founders hail from Google, Microsoft and Motorola, bringing ideas about how small businesses can get ahead of entrenched ones. Xiaomi shook up smartphone sales in China, the world’s major market for the devices, in part by eliminating middlemen in its sales channels and passing savings from an online business model along to grateful, mostly young, consumers.
  • Chinese pay-television operator StarTimes

    CHINA, 2015/03/28 Chinese pay-television operator StarTimes said Monday it has deployed Conax certified Set-Top Box (STB) chipset solution from ALi Corporation to further expand their African markets. StarTimes, with branches in 26 African nations and operations in 14 nations, has accumulated nearly 5 million subscribers across Africa and ranks part the top three digital TV operators in the region. StarTimes chairman Pang Xinxing said the collaboration with world leading partners, ALi and Conax, helps them deliver optimized total solutions in terms of performance, security, and costs that drive DTV expansion in Africa.