TikTok’s fall from grace and its hurdles to come

Zhang Yiming, the founder of TikTok’s mother company ByteDance, wanted to make a global Chinese tech company, but he knew what needed to be done to accomplish that. He made TikTok unavailable in China and stored data outside the country. This kept Chinese censors away from the app and user data, supposedly, out of Beijing’sContinue reading “TikTok’s fall from grace and its hurdles to come”

Why the two most popular manufacturing alternatives to China aren’t as flawless as the media makes them out to be

Vietnam and India have long been touted as manufacturing alternatives to China. This year, their governments have been welcoming foreign investment consideration relocation from China. However, the two countries aren’t quite the exemplary options that some make them out to be. The world has long relied on Chinese factories and firms to provide all kindsContinue reading “Why the two most popular manufacturing alternatives to China aren’t as flawless as the media makes them out to be”

Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱June 2nd

Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan.

Will facial recognition really be able to identify covered faces?

Before the pandemic, the fingerprint scanner was gaining popularity as a new way to identify ourselves to authorise payments or clock into offices. Now, we can expect that the technology will be dropped in favour of a contactless one – facial recognition. But facial recognition technology relies on seeing our whole face, or as muchContinue reading “Will facial recognition really be able to identify covered faces?”

The 7th-century technology helping keep millions of Japanese from working at home

On May 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe extended Japan’s state of emergency until May 31, amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave in Japan. A month earlier, Abe had asked people to reduce social contact “by 70-80%.” Unlike compulsory lockdowns prevalent worldwide, Japan’s measures are unenforced and rely on voluntary cooperation. Nonetheless, as COVID-19 casesContinue reading “The 7th-century technology helping keep millions of Japanese from working at home”