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Alibaba’s AI-powered speaker hits the shelves

Alibaba’s first consumer targeted artificial intelligence speaker Tmall Genie X1 was unveiled on August 8th, the same day as the “88 Member Day” (and WeChat’s Cashless day) where Alibaba invited its dedicated 10,000 shoppers to a music concert hall in Shanghai. Pictures of Tmall Genie X1 were shown on the ...

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WeChat’s older sibling QQ plans to stay forever young

WeChat may be the default app for almost every Chinese person, but not long ago its older sibling, QQ, had a similarly formidable position. For years, QQ had been the biggest social networking app in China. It wasn’t until Q1 2017 that WeChat, growing at 23% YoY, surpassed QQ for the first time to take ...

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Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s 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 ...

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