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Seven year old App Store reviews show how farWeChat has come

Weibo account The Founder (创业家传媒) uploaded screenshots of users’ comments on WeChat 7 years ago. Though it’s not possible to tell the overall market response and rating given the limited feedback screenshots, from users’ harsh words, it’s hard to imagine that Tencent has remarkably transformed the hated social network program into one of the world’s […] …read more

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Smartphone integration highlight of new Vive VR ecosystem

“Since 2016, the ‘Year One’ of virtual reality, a VR ecosystem that encompasses users, hardware manufacturers and content developers has been gradually taking form. Two years later, the year 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Vive Reality, which will integrate the benefits of VR, AR, 5G, and AI technologies,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, […] …read more

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Suning tests China’s first autonomous logistic heavy truck in Shanghai

On May 24, Suning completed its first test of Xing Long 1 (行龙一号), the company’s autonomous heavy truck, at the company’s logistics park in Shanghai. This was the Chinese e-commerce company’s first attempt in autonomous driving and the industry’s first Level 4 test where little human input is needed. According to local media (in Chinese), […] …read more

Dot lets you invest in property without the hassle of a traditional mortgage

Dot, a new U.K. startup de-cloaking today, aims to make it easy to invest in property without the hassle of taking out a traditional ‘buy to let’ mortgage. The company is founded by Gray Stern, who previously co-founded London-based Buy to Let mortgage lender Landbay, and so knows at least a thing or two about investing in property. Namely, that it doesn’t need to be as arduous as it currently is.

In fact, Dot’s headline draw is that it makes property ownership a one-click affair via the “Dot Button” it wants to embed on property listings sites, including estate agents and property developers. Under the hood of the offering is what the startup describes as a “point-of-sale finance and management solution” that can be wrapped around any property that meets Dot’s lending criteria.

If you want to purchase the property as an investment, you simply click the button, pay the required deposit, and Dot will acquire and manage the property on your behalf, advancing 70 percent of the purchase price in the form of its pre-approved or “instant mortgage”. In addition, the property is furnished and Dot takes out buildings, contents and rent guarantee insurance. After those expenses, you receive monthly …read more

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Lenovo CEO admits phone business “has sunk to the bottom”

“Lenovo phone business in China has sunk to the bottom, and thus we have no fear anymore” Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo, said to a Chinese reporter on May 24 (our translation). “But, we’re far from giving up. This is part of the strategy.” In 2017, Lenovo Group’s revenue hit $45.4 billion, a 5.38% YoY […] …read more

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Alipay opens Future Pharmacy supporting facial recognition payment in Zhengzhou

Alipay has launched the first Future Pharmacy (未来药店) with local Zhangzhongjing Pharmacy in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. The Future Pharmacy allows payment via facial recognition. A consumer simply needs to have their face authenticated on the device and enter their registered Alipay phone number to activate the service. Facial recognition payment will allow prescription drug payment […] …read more

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The battle for China’s on-demand food delivery moves to Nanjing

Didi announced via their official WeChat account on May 24 that their food delivery service, Didi Foodie, will formally land in its second city, Nanjing, on June 1. On April 9, Didi launched its first foodie service in Wuxi. According to the company, the service in Nanjing will follow strict food safety and delivery standards. […] …read more

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Marketing, social media, and personal branding in China: Lessons from local entrepreneurs

On 24 May, TechNode hosted the first 2018 panel event “East and West Communication in the Attention Economy” at Hotel Jen Beijing’s Prototype Co-Working Lounge. Guest speakers shared their views on how Chinese companies and tech founders effectively establish and expand influence abroad. The event also looked at what players entering the Chinese market should keep […] …read more

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Kingdom Hearts 3: What We Think After Playing Both

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On a jam-packed show, our Xbox crew gives hands-on impressions of both Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Plus: a big discussion on the newly announced Halo: Fireteam Raven arcade game and what it does and doesn’t mean for Halo 6! Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check ’em out at

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