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  • Samsung Electronics to set up AI research centre

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/11/22 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups. The minor changes to the tech giant's business structure were to "quickly respond to market changes," Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The move follows last month's appointment of a new generation of top managers that dispelled lingering worries about a leadership vacuum from the detention of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.
  • Mobile banking apps now cater for non-Koreans

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 As online-only banking proliferates across the Korean finance industry, additional and additional non-citizens living in Korea have been facing technical difficulties registering their apps and devices. Online-only banking services started their newest phase this year with the launch of the “K Bank” app on April 3. Again, the “Kakao Bank” app, which has drawn an astronomical number of customers in a short period of time, building off the base laid by the Kakao Talk chatting app, was unveiled on July 27.
  • 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.”
  • Japanese Technology Innovation behind the scenes

    JAPAN, 2017/08/09 Traditional technology pioneer Japan has faced increasingly stiff competition from the likes of Korea, Taiwan and China in the manufacturing stakes in recent years, and in a lot of cases, has been completely overtaken by its regional counterparts in international consumer markets as some of the country’s most well-known technology brands have experienced a dramatic fall from grace. To the outsider looking in, it would seem that Japan has somewhat lost its characteristic innovative edge. Both the Japanese and industry experts alike, however, argue that this is far from the truth. While goods made by once-leading Japanese electronics firms such as Sharp and Toshiba may have been steadily and undeniably restored by gadgets from their Asian competitors on department store shelves, the country’s manufacturers are indeed still ahead of the game in the technology sphere, only in areas where it’s not so obvious to customers.
  • 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, 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.