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There is no doubt that the internet and smatphones have changed everything from the way people shop to how they communicate.

As internet penetration levels keep rising, steady streams of buzz words related to the industries were created and went viral in the country.

Here we excerpt some representative topics that were most discussed across the internet this year.

Young man's death causes an uproar for online search giant

In April, Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc was criticized for influencing the treatment choice of a cancer patient, Wei Zexi, by presenting misguided medical information.

Wei, 22, died after undergoing a controversial cancer treatment at a Beijing hospital, which the Wei family found through Baidu's online search platform.

The case was hotly discussed in the country's online community and the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the nation's internet regulator, later asked Baidu to improve its paid-for listings model and to rank the search results mainly according to credibility rather than price tags.

On June 25, the CAC publicized a regulation on search engines, ordering search providers to ensure objective, fair and authoritative search results.

All paid search results must be labeled clearly and checks on advertisers should be improved, according to the regulation. There also should be a limit on the number of paid results on a single page.

Moreover, the practice of blocking negative content concerning advertisers has been banned.

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Jia Yueting, co-founder and head of Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco and, formerly, as LeTV, gestures as he unveils an all-electric battery "concept" car called LeSEE during a ceremony in Beijing. [Photo/Agencies]

A fund raiser struggles for being not insolvent but a game-changer

Chinese technology company LeEco founder Jia Yueting recently released an internal letter to his employees, indirectly admitting some of the rumors about supply chain and capital issues that caused the company's shares to plummet.

Jia talked for the first time about what he thought about the overly rapid growth of the company in the letter.

"There is a problem with LeEco's growth pace and organizational capacities," Jia said, adding that the company's global expansion had gone too far despite limited capital and resources.

Jia revealed that the company spent heavily (about 10 billion yuan) on the LeSEE all-electric concept car in its early stages. The company unveiled the vehicle, a rival to Tesla's Model S, in April.

On Nov 2, shares of Leshi Internet Information and Technology, which went public in 2010, fell nearly 7.5 percent on rumors that LeEco defaulted on payment for suppliers.

Jia said the company will address the capital issues in three to four months.

LeEco, founded in 2004, started as a video-streaming service provider akin to Netflix Inc, but it rapidly grew into a firm with a presence in smartphones, TVs, cloud computing, sports and electric cars.

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A woman looks at her mobile phone as she rides an escalator past an advertisement for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 device at a Samsung store in the Gangnam district of Seoul. [Photo/Agencies]

An exploded phone put the manufacturer on a hot seat

In mid October, China's product quality watchdog said that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's local unit would recall all 190,984 Galaxy Note 7 phones that it sold in China.

The latest recall in China includes the 1,858 early-release Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that the watchdog recalled on September 14.

Samsung said earlier Tuesday that it had decided to stop selling Note 7 phones in China and is now communicating with the Chinese authority to deal with this matter.

The tech giant decided to temporarily halt the global sales and exchange of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, while it investigates reports of fires in the devices.

On Sept 2, Samsung suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and announced a "product exchange program", after it was found that a manufacturing defect in the phones' batteries had caused some of the handsets to generate excessive heat, resulting in fires and explosions.

However, in early October, reports emerged of incidents where these replacement phones also caught fire.

Year-ender: Most talked-about topics on the Chinese internet

The new Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, in this file photo from September 9, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

Consumers' query about smartphone's mystery power-off

US tech giant Apple Inc on Dec 2 announced the reason behind an abrupt shutdown problem that recently affected some users of the iPhone 6s.

"We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur," a statement posted on Apple's official website said.

The company also explained in the note that this was not a safety issue.

The statement was released after China's consumer protection watchdog - China Consumer Association (CCA) - issued a query letter earlier to ask the company to explain and provide solutions to malfunctions reportedly found in iPhones.

According to the CCA, many consumers continued to complain after Apple announced a free battery replacement program for iPhone 6s users, claiming that the abrupt shutdown problem also exists in iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus models.

On Nov 21, Apple introduced a free replacement program, to resolve recent reports of the unexpected shutdown of the iPhone 6s.

Year-ender: Most talked-about topics on the Chinese internet

A woman uses Uber Technologies Inc's car-hailing service via an electronic screen in Tianjin.[Provided to China Daily]

Taxi-hailing app implements localized strategy

Uber China shut its old mobile app interface on the last weekend of November, to be replaced by a new one that integrates its functions and the drivers' pool with Didi Chuxing four months after the companies' merger.

Didi acquired Uber's China operations in August and became the No 1 ride-hailing service provider in China with 15 million drivers and over 400 million registered users.

All the Uber China platform's drivers and users were urged to move to a new interface introduced in early November.

Foreigners with Uber accounts are also required to download the new app if they would like to use Uber services in China.

Prior to the tie-up, Uber was one of very few foreign tech firms able to compete with domestic rivals head-on in China. Though Didi had bigger market share, Uber managed to gain a foothold in lower-tier cities. The two had been locked in fierce price wars to compete for market share.

Source : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/tech/2016-12/21/content_27727996_5.htm

Categorized in Search Engine

The Chinese government has set more restrictive advertising policies on Baidu, the largest Chinese-language search site. But Baidu is not the only media giant that influences the way people interact with what they see.

Baidu is in for an overhaul.

The world’s largest Chinese-language search engine, used both within China and by Chinese speakers abroad, faces a government crackdown for advertising practices that promote certain results and blur the line between paid ads and other content.

In China, Baidu relies on income from advertising related to the country’s little-regulated healthcare industry. Analysis shows that the search engine gets between 20 and 30 percent of its search revenue from these types of ads. Revenue from search accounted for 84 percent of the company’s total income in 2015.

That’s come under fire following Chinese media reports that a Chinese student died after receiving an expensive, but unproven, medical treatment at a hospital that advertised its therapies on the first page of Baidu’s search results. The South China Morning Post reports that, after an investigation, Chinese regulatory authorities found Baidu gives undue weight to the bidding price paid by online marketing customers, which in turn influences its search results. The investigative team also found that some marketing results are not clearly delineated as advertisements in Baidu’s search results.

Recommendations from the Chinese regulatory authorities stipulate that Baidu improve its user and search experience, including curbing the amount of advertising people see when they search on Baidu to less than 30 percent per web page. The regulators also want Baidu to improve its transparency on which medical organizations it allows to advertise in its searches, and limit advertisements from healthcare firms that have not been cleared by authorities.   

Baidu appears to have taken the investigation to heart. In an internal memo circulated to employees on Tuesday, Baidu CEO Robin Li said the choice is stark: Baidu can either change the business model or face bankruptcy in as little as 30 days, according to the memo.

The company has also set aside $153 million to redress people who have been affected by fraudulent advertising. Baidu told media outlets that it is complying fully with the government investigation and is also conducting one of its own.ment investigation and is also conducting one of its own.

"Over the years, we have proactively cleaned up the customer base," a Baidu spokeswoman said in an e-mail to Reuters, adding that the number of ads depends on the search subject and whether the view is on mobile or PC.

Li has said he isn’t worried about how the new regulations could impact the company.

“These measures may hurt our company’s revenue,” Li said in a statement. “But we have to take decisive action because, we believe, this is the right thing to do.”

Baidu has faced scrutiny for its advertising practices since 2008, when Chinese media alleged the company let unlicensed medical service providers buy rankings to appear farther up in search results on the site. In January of this year, Baidu found illegal postings in its site content.

Google has more restrictive policies on healthcare advertising and more clearly delineates that content as an advertisement.

Yet Baidu’s apparent failure to clearly showcase what is and isn’t an advertisement highlights the challenge that search engines and social media companies face in ethically curating results. On Monday, former Facebook staffers alleged that the trending topics feature that showcases breaking-news stories being discussed on the site was, in some instances, manipulated to suppress stories about conservative issues.

Author:  Olivia Lowenberg

Source:  http://www.csmonitor.com/

Categorized in Investigative Research

SHANGHAI: Several Chinese iPhone users have claimed that their handsets caught fire or exploded, according to a Shanghai consumer watchdog which called on tech giant Apple to address the complaints.

Fresh on the heels of Samsung’s worldwide Galaxy Note 7 safety fiasco, the state-run Shanghai Consumer Council said it had received eight reports in recent months of iPhones that spontaneously combusted while being used or charged.

The report, seen on the council’s website, was posted Friday.

It quoted one woman as saying her iPhone 6s Plus exploded in August, shattering the screen and leaving the battery and back of the phone blackened.

Apple provided the woman with a new iPhone but did not address the cause of the incident, the report said.

“Apple should be responsible for consumers” and deal with complaints in a timely manner, the council said.

“A large amount of consumer complaints are not solved effectively.”

The council said it has received a sixfold surge in total complaints against Apple in the past two months, including sudden shutdowns of the iPhone 6 and 6s even though batteries still have enough power.

The council did not make clear where the complaining iPhone users were located.

Apple last month offered to change iPhone 6s batteries for Chinese users who complained of what the company called “accidental shutdown”.

The offer was effective for handsets made between September-October, 2015.

At the time iPhone insisted the shutdowns did not constitute a safety problem.

AFP was unable to immediately obtain a response from Apple in China over the consumer watchdog report.

Samsung suffered a severe blow over its Galaxy Note 7’s woes. The huge South Korean electronics manufacturer was forced to recall some 2.5 million units.

Apple saw its revenue in the Greater China market plunge 30 per cent in the three months ended September 24, with analysts saying it faces rising competition from Chinese smartphone brands.

Source : http://arynews.tv/

Categorized in Social

Apple is plotting two research and development centers in China. The designer of consumer electronics cites stronger collaboration with “manufacturing partners” as a reason. That’s probably just a slice out of the real fruit that’s hanging over Apple’s head. Other likely reasons suggest Apple is keener than ever to hold onto its threatened status as a must-have brand for Chinese consumers.

Here are five other reasons Apple is pushing its R&D in China, according to views collected from tech industry analysts.

1. More iPhone sales. Apple once had a market of 25.4% in China, edging out Samsung in late 2014. It now lags local Android-based brands such as Huawei and OPPO, which led market share polls for the first time in June. In the second quarter of this year, Apple shipped 8.6 million smartphones, a 31.7% decline from a year ago. Huawei led with 19.1 million units, market research firm IDC reports. Sales of iPhones went on to fall 33% in the third quarter this year versus the same period of 2015. More R&D in China means access to employees of those local brands, who might defect over to Apple for the right salary package.

This picture taken on April 22, 2015 shows Chinese workers posing with a cheaper local alternative to the Apple Watch, made on their assembly line in a factory producing thousands every day in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

2. The image it’s tied to China’s economy. Like other foreign brands, Apple gets accused in China of just wanting to make money and leave. This image issue matters as the nationalistic Chinese find they can make smartphones on their own and need not depend on a foreign brand even if it’s a traditional status symbol. “Foreign companies in the past have been accused of capitalistic carpet bagging in China, so R&D is a good public relations move to show commitment to Chinese consumers,” says Danny Levinson, an early-stage tech investor with Matoka Capital in Beijing.

3. A better idea of what the Chinese user wants. Chinese consumers traditionally look to foreign brands for durability and status. But foreign developers, especially those with a one-size-fits-all model such as the iPhone, easily fail to match other expectations. About half of Chinese digital consumers use an electronic device while watching TV, for example, and “switching between different platforms is becoming more common,” Accenture found in a 2014 report. And because China’s middle class is new and shy, consumers prefer Android models over the iPhone for the price. The Beijing and Shenzhen R&D centers will help Apple grasp these trends by being close to some of China’s top tech firms and universities. Can it develop a $320 iPhone?

4. A lead over Google. Google has a troubled history in China over refusal to censor search results. It shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010 after a hack attack. But Chinese smartphone brands all use its Android operating system and you hear murmurings about the Silicon Valley software icon’s hope to expand R&D if not in China at least near it. That reentry would be a direct threat against Apple. “The first and obvious (concern) is that they do not want Google to be back in China and not them,” says Alicia Garcia, chief Asia Pacific economist with the French investment bank Natixis.

5. Reliable relationships with supplies. Apple’s supply chain depends increasingly on China in addition to its historical sourcesJapan, Korea and Taiwan. Shenzhen, site of Apple’s second planned Chinese R&D center after Beijing, is bubbling over with companies that can supply or assemble high-tech gear at decent prices. Desay Battery and Sunwoda Electronics provide batteries, for example. Apple has worked as well with BYD, a Shenzhen assembler and component maker. BYD ended up filing a patent lawsuit. Analysts still warn that Chinese companies will steal technology, sometimes for relaunch it as a knockoff brand. It’s clear why Apple needs stronger relations with suppliers.

Author:  Ralph Jennings

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/

Categorized in Internet Technology

Founder of the dominant Chinese search engine urges Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs and coders to set up shop in China

Software coders, engineers and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are welcomed in China if they are put off by the anti-immigration comments espoused by the president-elect of the United States, said Baidu Inc’s founder and chairman Robin Li.

Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News and strategy adviser to Donald Trump, noted during a November 2015 interview with Trump on the website’s Sirius XM radio talk show that two-thirds or three-quarters of Silicon Valley’s CEOs are from South Asia or from Asia, according to a Washington Post report this week.

“I hope these migrants would come to China, so that the country can play a bigger role in the world’s innovations,” Li said on Friday during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. “Many entrepreneurs have said that they are worried that Trump’s victory will hurt creativity in the US.”

China, home to the world’s largest Internet-using population and biggest number of smartphone users, is throwing its doors open to attract talent and capital to help give the country a leg up in technology.

Interested technologists and entrepreneurs will have to contend with China’s “cyberspace sovereignty,” espoused by president Xi Jinping last year in Wuzhen and reiterated this year by the Communist Party’s propaganda chief Liu Yunshan, an unambiguous affirmation of Beijing’s tight grip on censorship and control of the Internet.

Still, the country’s size and growth pace offer rewards for entrepreneurs who are willing to live without accessing Facebook, Twitter, Google, or websites including The New York Times, and the South China Morning Post. Baidu, operator of the dominant Internet search engine in China, owes almost all its revenue to the country’s advertisers and users.

“China is the largest internet market in the world, and it’s also the fastest-growing market,” Li said. “I hope more talent comes to China, and we can embrace entrepreneurship together.”

Along with larger peers Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group -- which owns the South China Morning Post -- Baidu is at the forefront of China’s push to harness artificial intelligence to drive its business growth.

This week, Baidu showed off a fleet of 18 self-driving cars in Wuzhen, demonstrating its ability to power vehicles using its AI technology.

The lack of talents in the field has been a bottleneck that’s stumped the industry’s progress, analysts said.

There’s urgent demand for engineers specialising in artificial intelligence in China, but the current education system is unable to churn out enough talent, said Hao Jian, chief consultant at online recruiter Zhaopin.com

“China’s college training is unable to catch up with the changes in the Internet sector, forcing many companies to look overseas for talent,” he said.

Author:  Phoenix Kwong

Source:  http://www.scmp.com/

Categorized in Search Engine

Artificial islands above water, and nuclear submarines below

As tensions mount in the South China Sea, China has deployed its first operational nuclear-armed submarines in the undisputed Chinese waters on Hainan Island, which could pose an even greater danger to security in the region, Malcolm Cook writes.

The ripples of unease over China’s actions in the South China Sea are being felt across the world, but an even greater threat could lie beneath the ocean.

The decisions to rapidly build a number of large, military-grade artificial islands in the disputed Spratly islands and to enhance Chinese military activity on Woody Island in the Paracels have raised concerns about China’s long-term intentions in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Taiwan was the first to raise the alarm over Woody Island, the European Union was critical, and ASEAN – a consensus-based organisation not known for bluntness – adopted the sharpest language yet,.  There are signs that Malaysia, long seen as the quietest, most diplomatic Southeast Asian disputant in the South China Sea, may also push back against China and work more closely with fellow disputants the Philippines and Vietnam.

These increasingly vocal concerns in Southeast Asia are grounded in three deep strategic fears. Firstly,  that China is seeking to control the features and waters within the nine (sometimes 10)-dash line that covers over 80 per cent of the sea that links maritime Southeast Asia to each other and the rest of the world.

China’s current actions are also perceived as a worrying harbinger for how the country will act in the future as its power asymmetries with the “peripheral” states of Southeast Asia grow, and its power asymmetry with the United States reduces.

In addition, the South China Sea is or risks becoming a major arena of US-China strategic competition, undermining Southeast Asian states’ influence, autonomy and security, and ASEAN centrality and unity. This neuralgic fear was given voice in the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs’ sharp response to the US October 2015 freedom of navigation operation in the Spratlys.

To borrow a polar maritime analogy, China’s artificial islands may be the proverbial tips of a major iceberg where the real threat lurks below. There are signs that the artificial islands are also there to support growing Chinese submarine activities, which should deepen existing fears.

China has deployed its first operational nuclear armed submarines (SSBNs) on Hainan Island in the undisputed Chinese waters of the South China Sea. Yet, for this nuclear capability to pose a threat to the US mainland and make Chinese nuclear deterrence credible, these SSBNs will have to sail the breadth of the northern South China Sea and access the Western Pacific, most likely through the Luzon Strait between the northern Philippines and southern Taiwan. Similarly, to escape to the safer, less congested waters of the Indian Ocean, these less-than-stealthy SSBNs would have to sail the length of the South China Sea and exit through the Straits of Malacca, or further south through Indonesia’s Sunda Strait.

The deployment of China’s sea-based nuclear strike capability on Hainan Island changes the strategic significance of the South China Sea in a way that aggravates Southeast Asian fears. For China to protect its most important, expensive and vulnerable asset in its military rivalry with the US, China will need to have much more confidence in its ability to control the South China Sea. The artificial islands and their clear military uses could well be part of an extended bastion strategy to defend these SSBNs.

The US now has a vital homeland defence interest in being able to track these Chinese submarines in the South China Sea in times of non-conflict, and block them from the Western Pacific in other times.

The docking of US hunter killer submarines in January at Subic Bay in the Philippines is a sign of heightened interest. The US-Philippine Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, now that it has passed muster with the Philippine Supreme Court, will significantly revive the US-Philippine alliance in ways that benefit this US interest. The agreements with Singapore and Malaysia over supporting US P-8 flights also align with this heightened American interest.

Japanese submarines and anti-submarine warfare assets are a major feature of the military side of Japan’s ongoing rebalance to Southeast Asia. A Japanese submarine will visit the Philippines in April, the first such visit in 15 years, and two of the escort ships are then scheduled to make a historic visit to Vietnam’s Cam Rahn Bay. Last year, Japanese P-3C surveillance planes with anti-submarine warfare capabilities participated in bilateral exercises with the Philippines off the coast of Palawan, with Tokyo encouraging Manila to purchase some. While submarines were the big winners (in announcement terms) in Australia’s 2009 defence white paper, anti-submarine warfare capabilities more broadly are in the recently launched 2016 defence white paper, a document that stressed Australia’s enduring security interests in the South China Sea to Beijing’s ire.

Chinese military actions in the South China Sea above and below the waves are turning the whole South China Sea into a major arena of US-China strategic and military rivalry. China is seeking greater control over the waters and land features it claims, while the active US interest, and that of its allies, including the Philippines, in countering China’s military actions is growing. China’s sovereignty-challenging actions also are putting greater pressure on the Southeast Asian states with maritime boundary disputes with China, and increasing their demands for ASEAN to do more. The Philippines was widely criticised in the region in 2012 for taking China to court over their South China Sea dispute, siding closer with the US, and demanding ASEAN take a stronger stance. Today, these steps look less reckless and more prescient.

Source : policyforum.net

Author : Malcolm Cook

Categorized in Others

Police in China have exposed a child pornography ring involving more than 30 underage girls who were raped or molested, and have arrested hundreds of suspects from across China, the South China Morning Post reported.

Police arrested the primary suspect, surnamed Sun, in March after being informed by the US Homeland Security Department that Chinese Internet users had been uploading a large amount of child pornography on the dark web, Xinhua reported.

Hundreds of videos were uploaded on the dark web by the child pornography ring, according to Chinese media reports. The dark or deep web refers to Internet content inaccessible through conventional search engines, and is therefore a haven for cyber criminals.

According to the Jinghua Times, the videos showed more than 30 young girls being abducted. Some were taken by men on motorcycles, and then molested or raped.

The videos were accessed by Internet users more than 20,000 times, a police officer told the Jinghua Times.

Sun, 19, had three terabytes of pornography, including 400 gigabytes of child porn, when arrested at his Beijing apartment, Xinhua said.

Sun, a sophomore student at a Beijing university, revealed that he often purchased and distributed child pornography via instant messaging groups such as QQ, as well as via cloud drives. He would also upload the videos to foreign websites in exchange for porn videos that he "never saw in China", Sun was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Police said some videos on the dark web were produced and filmed in China, based on the language spoken and the surroundings they were shot in.

"Seeing so many children forced into such a nightmare at such a young age makes every one of our police officers involved in the case extremely angry and sad," said officer Zhang Min, who was in charge of the case.

The members of the chat groups Sun was in would also make requests to other group members to film videos of them sexually violating children, and then distribute these videos.

Some of the victims were neighbours of the suspects or living near their workplaces, officer Zhang said.

Sun was sentenced to 18 months in jail for distributing child pornography, the Xinhua report said. The other suspects are still being investigated.

Source:  straitstimes.com

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A former Yahoo and Amazon employee, and current marketing VP at mobile ad exchange Inneractive, has published an analysis of the Chinese mobile publishing and advertising market in TechCrunch. The article touches on the market’s competitive landscape, the ambitions of local players, and the opportunities for international firms. In particular, the author highlights growing demand for Chinese publishers to monetize traffic overseas, creating a golden opportunity for Western ad tech firms to lend a helping hand.

 

  • China’s online oligopoly. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, together referred to as BAT, account for 73% of the Chinese online ad market, according to an eMarketer analysis cited by TechCrunch. Baidu registered 667 millionmobile users for its search engine in June, Alibaba mobile active users is at 427 million, and Tencent’s WeChat and QQ apps have806 million and 667 million users, respectively. Analogies may be drawn here between Facebook and Google's dominance in the US, although a choice between three parties always trumps a duopoly. 
  • Eyes on the horizon. Chinese publishers are eager to expand beyond the mainland, partly because of the difficulty of competing against the BAT triumvirate, which retains the majority of user traffic there. Digital companies are therefore venturing overseas in search of riper opportunities. Southeast Asia accounts for most of Chinese publisher traffic, but companies are pushing harder for share in North American markets, where there are higher value users. CPM rates in western markets are typically 10 to 20 times higher than n Southeast Asia. This is driven by thelower spending per person in APAC, which is at $15 per capita, compared with $165 in the US and $95 in Europe.
  • Journey to the West. The search for high value users has caused some publishers to bypass their home market entirely, electing instead to launch in the US or Europe. Popular millennial app Musical.ly, which is partly-owned by Beijing-based Cheetah Mobile, was developed and launched in the US in 2015. Apus, an Android launcher for personalizing a mobile OS's UI/UX has more than 900 million downloads, 30% of which emanate from the US and Europe. Marketing products in the US also plays into recent migration flows. China was the leading country of origin among 1.2 million immigrants counted in the US in 2013,according to Migration Policy.
  • Utility apps over content. Chinese app publishers tend to focus on the utilities category – like Android launches, keyboard apps, memory and battery optimizers, and so on. This is a sensible strategy given the wide usage of these apps. Utility apps accounted for nine of the top 25 mobile apps in the US by unique visitors, according to the ComScore. Chinese developers have largely avoided releasing content-based apps in the US because of the language disadvantage, but are increasingly moving into this space, and into the gaming space too. For example, last year Tencent bought Riot Games, which publishes the popular League of Legends franchise.
  • A window for Westerners. Chinese publishers’ aims to be present in the US and Europe creates an opportunity for international firms to support these ambitions. The relationship can be two-way, with foreign firms guiding a Chinese partner through Western markets, and a Chinese firm providing an anchor for a Western firm to establish itself in Greater China and APAC. More specifically, the article mentions that there are large opportunities for ad tech companies specializing in native, video, and customized programmatic environments across a network of vetted, private marketplaces. With that said, not all Western firms have fared favorably in China. To begin, the major platforms – including Google, Facebook and Twitter – are all blocked in the mainland. Meanwhile, China has been a sluggish market for advertising giant WPP, which posted negative year-on-year growth in the region when it announced its interim results last month. 

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Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/

Categorized in Market Research

The number of China’s third-party mobile browser active users topped 450 million people with a growth rate of 6.3% QoQ according to BigData Research. The number is expected to reach 480 million by the end of 2015.

Growth rate of China’s third-party mobile browser market slowed down in Q3 2015, up 6.3% QoQ


Domestic third-party mobile browser market has entered a mature stage. China internet giants have started to develop the accurate delivery of information, socialized browsers, mobile web page gaming and others to build mobile browsers personalized information and entertainment platforms.

News and search are the top two applications on mobile browsers

UC Browser (Alibaba), QQ Browser (Tencent), and Baidu Browser led China’s third-party mobile browser market in Q3 2015


UC Browser (Alibaba), QQ Browser (Tencent), and Baidu Browser accounted for over 80% market share which led China’s third-party mobile browser market in Q3 2015. UC Browser ranked first with a penetration rate of 69.6%, followed by QQ Browser (48.3%) and Baidu Browser (29.2%).

Active users of UC Browser increased steadily with a growth rate of 6.3% QoQ in Q3 2015, followed by QQ Browser with active users growth rate of 3.0% QoQ and Baidu Browser of 2.9% QoQ.

UC Browser ranked first with 86.7% in terms of users satisfaction degree, followed by QQ Browser (83.2%) and Baidu Browser (79.8%). UC Browser has created a good consumer experience environment for users by massive data analysis and large accumulation of users.

Users access mobile browsers in fragmented periods. 62.8% users opened browsers during breaks; 16.6% used on buses or subways; 23.3% used before going to bed and 8.8% used at work or study.

Due to the diversified usage scenarios and fragmented usage time, mobile browsers were frequently used. 13% users opened mobile browsers over 5 times on average each day, 40.8% used 4 to 5 times each day, 41.4% used 2 to 3 times, and only 4.8% opened once or less every day.

Generally speaking, usage time for mobile browsing was relatively short. Only 13.5% users accessed mobile browsers for over half an hour, 16.8% used less than 5 minutes, 40.1% used 5 minutes to 15 minutes, and 29.6% used 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

Source : https://www.chinainternetwatch.com

Categorized in Search Engine

 

The telescope at China's Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing has captured images of an asteroid approaching Earth. The asteroid, coded as 2009ES by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), was observed Wednesday night. This is the first time that a telescope in China has captured images of the asteroid, one of 1,640 minor bodies listed by MPC that could have a close encounter with the Earth.

Scientists estimate that should an asteroid measuring 10,000 meters collide with Earth, the impact would equal the explosion capacity of 3 billion atomic bombs. Astronomers widely believe that such an asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs.

The observatory's 1.2-meter Schmit is the largest telescope of its kind in Asia.
The observatory was notified by MPC on Sept. 5 to observe the asteroid. It passed Earth within a range 18.8 times of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Zhao Haibin with the observatory said minor planets' trajectories could be changed by stellar attraction from planets such as Mars. Continuous observation is needed to keep track of any changes.

"With the help of our images, astronomers across the globe have a more accurate moving trajectory of the asteroid," he said. Previously, eight other telescopes around the world had captured images of the asteroid.

The Daily Galaxy via Chinese Academy of Science and Xinhua

Source : http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/09/chinas-largest-telescope-sights-an-asteroid-approaching-earth.html

 

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