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Forget AlphaGo; China’s Alibaba is using its AI to predict TV talent show winners

China's Alibaba is using its AI to predict the winner of a popular TV talent show. Aside from analyzing data, the program will also assess a singer’s “voice pitch and energy" to guess the contest's outcome.
Cars

Volvo's self-driving cars will hit the road in China

Volvo will launch an autonomous car experiment in China, putting self-driving cars in the hands of ordinary Chinese drivers. This coincides with public tests of the technology in Volvo's home country of Sweden.
Cool Tech

Chinese funeral parlor repairs the dead via 3D printing

Some people die in horrible accidents, and that's why The Longhua Funeral Parlor decided to repair damaged bodies. The service can also be used to make you look better dead than alive.
Mobile

Thinking he bought an iPhone 6S, this man found out he bought a Chinese pancake instead

A Chinese man thought he got away with the deal of the century when he purchased an iPhone 6S for an incredibly cheap price. Unfortunately, once he opened the box, he didn't find what he was expecting.
Mobile

It hasn’t even been a year, and there’s already an improved Samsung Galaxy A9

Announced for China, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a slightly updated version of the original Galaxy A9, which was announced last December. As such, the Galaxy A9 Pro carries a slightly higher price tag than the original.
Web

China may soon block access to all domains outside the country

China's iron grip on the Internet is tightening, as its government considers further restrictions to keep "outsiders" on the outside. A draft law would require all websites in China to register their domains.
Web

Google was unblocked in China for more than an hour

For an hour and 45 minutes, Google's search engine was accessible by users in mainland China for the first time since being blocked blocked in late 2012. The unblocking was due to Google introducing new servers into Asian areas.
Computing

The Chinese government can soon use Windows 10, but it’s not the same as elsewhere

Microsoft has completed the development of Windows 10 Zhuangongban, or “Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition.” This is a joint venture with the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), and brings extra security controls…
Computing

Chinese government paper praises convicted hacker of U.S. defence firm

Su Bin stands accused of hacking defence contractors in the U.S. between 2009 and 2013. While the Chinese government denies any involvement in his alleged actions, the state-sponsored newspaper, the Global Times, has praised him as a hero.
Mobile

$1 billion in global profits is helping to keep Uber's Chinese operation alive

In the wake of rather alarming reports regarding Uber's huge losses in China (to the tune of $1 billion a year), the transportation giant now says that it's using its profits from other markets to prop up the difficult situation.
Cool Tech

China unveils its first armed drone helicopter aimed at close-range unmanned combat

State-owned defense manufacturer NORINCO debuted China's first unmanned combat helicopter drone, capable of both launching missiles itself and guiding other munitions to their targets.
Social Media

Zuckerberg talks business culture at China Development Forum despite Facebook ban

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ditched his infamous grey t-shirt for a suit and flexed his Chinese alongside Alibaba Group Holding co. CEO Jack Ma onstage at the China Development Forum in Beijing.