Friday, November 4, 2016

Mayor says comments not meant to offend

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China’s ‘citizen scores’ system gets people barred from flights – just like Black Mirror

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Remember that episode of Black Mirror that kicked off season 3 – the bit where the main character, Lacie Pound, can’t get a standby seat for a replacement flight because her social credit score is just below 4.2?

Black Mirror, citizen scores system

Netflix’s Black Mirror. GIF credit: Tech in Asia.

That’s the beginning of a series of unfortunate events (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it) as Lacie tries desperately to get to her friend’s wedding to schmooze with the high-ranking folks in attendance who can raise her score to the hallowed heights of 4.5.

Black Mirror, citizen scores system

Netflix’s Black Mirror. GIF credit: Tech in Asia.

It turns out that 4.9 million people in China are now in a similar situation after the nation’s controversial Social Credit System barred them from flights as punishment for very poor credit from outstanding debts. In addition, 1.65 million cannot take trains – ticket purchases require identification – due to their credit defaults, the China News Service reported today.

In a related development, China’s top online shopping company, Alibaba, has “restricted 511,000 discredited consumers’ overdrawing behavior” on the company’s online loans service, says the news agency.

“It’s incredibly sinister,” said Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker last month in reference to the Chinese scoring system, which was first outlined in detail last year.

“Am I right in thinking that your ranking is affected by your friends, so if you hang with the wrong crowd, your social ranking will go down? Wow. It’s completely mental.”

In reality, China’s system is not as transparent – and possibly even more sinister – than the one in Black Mirror, giving corporations control over people’s freedom of movement. It might even monitor one’s social media for dissenting opinions. The system will eventually cover “administrative affairs, commercial activities, social behaviors, and the judicial system,” said state news agency Xinhua.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Facebook Now Lets You Set the Initial View on 360-Degree Photos

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Facebook updated the experience of sharing 360-degree photos with other users. Specifically, users can now change the initial view on their 360 photos on iOS, Android and Chrome on desktop.

With this update, when a user uploads a 360 photo on mobile, they can now drag their finger to set the initial view for the photo. This will be the view that other users will see before they access the full 360 photo. On desktop, users can click the edit button and move the mouse to set the initial view.

In addition, in a post on the Facebook 360 Community group page, Caitlin Ramrakha, product marketing manager at Facebook, previewed two additional changes coming to 360 photos on Facebook:

Secondly, we’ve also heard many of you ask for album support, and we’ll be rolling out the ability to post 360 photos to albums in the coming weeks. Alongside this update, we’ll also roll out the ability to add 360 photos to multimedia posts—i.e., when you want to post a combination of 360 photos, regular photos, 360 videos and regular videos at once.

Readers: Do you share 360 photos on Facebook?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Users pissed as Alipay starts charging for money transfers (UPDATED)

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Ant Financial’s mobile wallet app Alipay.

UPDATE 9/13: Updated to clarify how Alipay’s $3,000 exception works.

Well, it couldn’t last forever.

Almost exactly a year after Tencent made a similar move with WeChat Pay, Alibaba’s Alipay has announced that beginning in October, the service will charge a 0.1 percent fee for transfers from Alipay to personal bank accounts.

Alipay is used as a mobile wallet app by hundreds of millions of people in China.

The new fee won’t apply to all transfers – there’s an exception for transfers whose “accumulated sum” is under US$3,000, but once users exceed that number, all future transfers to an account will be subject to the fees. That’s a bit different from Tencent’s WeChat Pay, which levies a fee on bank transfers that exceed US$3,000 per month. However, Alipay users can raise the US$3,000 lifetime quota by earning points for using Alipay services (like paying for things offline).

The new fees go live on October 12, so users who don’t want to fall victim do have some time to get money out of their Alipay accounts at no cost. (It’s also worth pointing out that the withdrawal fees won’t apply to Taobao merchants or to withdrawals from Yu’ebao money market accounts).

People not happy

People were pretty upset about the new WeChat fees last year, and the response to this year’s new Alipay fees has been similar. A Sina Tech article on the change, for example, has attracted thousands of comments, and the most popular comments are all negative or deeply cynical.

Millions of people are already in the habit of using Alipay.

“I don’t understand,” wrote a Zhejiang commenter who’s received nearly 2,000 upvotes, “so many people put so much of their money into Alipay, even though investing it could make more money, basically lending it interest-free to Alibaba. Then Alipay turns around and wants to charge fees!”

Alipay’s explanation for the added fees is that its own operational costs have gone up, but users don’t all buy it. A more popular explanation (via a Guangdong commenter with 1,200 upvotes): “This is called fattening the pig and then slaughtering it.” Another very popular comment chose the exact same metaphor; the implication is that Alipay got users to deposit lots of money by being fee-free, and now intends to cash in on that by charging this fee on users who want to take the money back out.

Some users have decided to take a stand: “If it’s like this, then I won’t use Alipay anymore,” wrote a Shandong commenter who has 1,800 upvotes.

Other users aren’t worried. “You fools! I don’t have US$3,000,” wrote a Fujian commenter, “so I’ve got time to write this comment and don’t need to rush off to transfer funds.”

Despite all the user anger, the ultimate fallout is likely to be minimal. A 0.1 percent fee is quite small, and millions of people are already in the habit of using Alipay. And with Alipay’s chief competitor WeChat already levying a very similar fee, there’s no obvious alternative for disgruntled Alipay users to turn to anyway.

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Earth Temperature Timeline

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

De retour de Shanghai: réflexions sur l'innovation en Chine

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Je ne suis en aucun cas un spécialiste de la Chine et mon expérience de l'Asie est même très limitée. Mais je suis récemment allé à Shanghai et à Hong Kong et ce que j'y ai vu m'a poussé à m'intéresser plus sérieusement  à ce qui se passe là bas. Malgré l'évidente barrière de la langue, les différences culturelles, je vous conseille d'en faire autant. 
En effet si l'innovation vous intéresse la Chine est incontournable aussi bien parce qu'elle est maintenant la source d'un grand nombre d'innovation, mais aussi parce qu'elle propose une perspective différente et intéressante sur les questions soulevées par l'innovation.

La Chine comme source d'innovation
Ces derniers mois, mes enfants ont acheté de nouveaux téléphones. A cette occasion je me suis rendu compte que les marques "désirables" pour les ados n'étaient ni Apple, ni Samsung ou HTC, mais  plutôt One Plus, Meizu, Xiaomi , ou  Honor... Toutes chinoises, elles proposent des téléphones aux designs impecables aussi bien pour l'appareil que pour son OS. Leur rapport qualité prix est imbattable.
Les drones, les monowheels et autres hoverboards font l'objet d'une offre performante, rapidement renouvellée et très concurrentielle.

Comme l'explique longuement Wired dans la vidéo ci dessous, Shenzhen est devenu un pôle unique au monde pour l'innovation et le hardware. Il propose un modèle original qui challenge nos convictions sur l'importance de la propriété intellectuelle et sur la force de l'open source.

Mais l'innovation en Chine ne se limite ni au Hardware, ni à Shenzhen. Derrière le "great firewall of China", Baidu, Ali Baba et Tencent : les BAT mènent une course à l'innovation qui n'a rien à envier à celle que suscitent les GAFA à l'ouest.
Tencent propose essentiellement une application WeChat, sorte de réseau social qui intègre des fonctions de paiement et tout un écosystème marchand très utilisé en Chine. Elle propose aussi des services de mobilité dont le plus connu est Didi. Elle vient d'entrer (septembre 2016) dans les 10 premières capitalisations mondiales. Evidemment, cela est difficile à comprendre pour nous. La version "occidentale" de WeChat se limite principalement et pour le moment à une sorte de Messenger mais des démonstrations des fonctions plus avancées sont accessibles en anglais sur Youtube et montrent bien l'avance de WeChat sur FaceBook. A titre d'exemple voici un petit tour dans le futur : 

Autre exemple proche des thèmes de ce blog, Baidu, qui comme Google propose, notamment, un service de cartographie, offre une fonction permettant de se faire une idée de la densité de la foule :

La Chine : des perspectives différentes sur l'innovation 
Le contexte chinois, très différent du nôtre, offre néanmoins de nombreux points communs qui peuvent être des sources d'inspiration. 
Par exemple, les BAT semblent, comme les GAFA, intéressés par les véhicules autonomes et par la mobilité en général.
La startup Mobike déploie, depuis mai 2016, 10 000 vélos en libre service sans station à Shanghai et souhaite s'étendre dans d'autres métropoles chinoises.
LeEco, sorte de "chaîne Youtube" à la chinoise, veut devenir un constructeur d'automobiles électriques...
A Shanghai comme à Paris, le développement des VTC pose de nombreux problèmes aux taxis traditionnels comme aux gestionnaires d'infrastructure : gares et aéroports... Là bas aussi le régulateur doit intervenir...
Au delà de la mobilité, l'internet chinois est aussi un moteur d'évolution politique et sociétal... Et de nouveau, la mise en perspective proposée est passionnante ,comme en témoigne CublicOpinion un blog écrit en anglais par un chinois de Shanghai.Il évoque les débats d'opinion publique en Chine. Environnement, équilibre entre libertés et sécurité, place des femmes, nationalisme, fossés numériques et sociaux.... ces thèmes qui animent le débat politique en France sont aussi ceux qui passionnent l'internet chinois.

Voici quelques ressources pour suivre, en anglais ou en français, ce qui se passe en Chine, mais n'hésitez pas à utiliser les commentaires pour en suggérer d'autres :

  • Technode est un blog affilié à Techcrunch qui suit l'actualité des start up chinoises,
  • China Start Up Pulse est le podcast du précédent,
  • Chublic Opinion : quelques sujets de sociétés et d'actualité en Chine, vus par un chinois qui écrit en anglais.
  • China file : est un vaste ensemble d'article sur la Chine avec notamment le podcast Sinica produit par Kaiser Kuo ex star du rock chinois, ex directeur de la communication internationale de Baidu....
  • Fredinchina l'émission sur BFM de Frédéric Raillard, fondateur de l'agence Fred&Farid installé par choix à Shanghai depuis quelques années. 
  • A compléter !

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mi Smart Camera-White : 360° Panaroma, IR,F1.8, 1080P HD, Voice Chat & more - Mi Gadgets - Xiaomi MIUI Official Forum

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Dear MIUIers,
In April-2016, MIJIA announced the new product an intelligent camera with a viewing angle of 360 ° degrees on home.mi.com. And also MIJIA posted a gif of a spinning ballerina on official Weibo account. Today Xiaomi officially announced Mi Smart Camera, priced at 399Yuan!. Mi Smart Camera sale starts 25.07.2016 I 10.00am on Mi Mall.

  • 360 ° panoramic view
  • Unique design
  • Two-way speech recognition + noise reduction
  • Motion detection
  • 1080p video shooting
  • IR filter 24-hour security

The main feature of novelty is the possibility of rotation of the lens in any direction, the angle of this intelligent camera is all a full 360 degrees and 85' vertical viewing.

You can control the camera via Mi Home app.

The device is made in the form of a sphere on a stand, as usual, dominated by minimalist white colors,friendly design,0.8mm speaker hole,scratch resistant. The power key is located on the “base” and is equipped with a new logo ecosystem Mi – MIJIA. Next on the camera itself has a perforation under the speaker and microphone.

Thus, the user can see a couple of top what is happening in his apartment, or spend a full online meeting with colleagues.Two-way microphone allows you to make video calls, helping you to be closer to your family. With the advanced technology such as DSP processing we have managed to achieve excellent sound quality, so you will only hear a pleasant voice without unnecessary interference and noise

Inside the processor installed Ambarella S2LM, which allows you to record Full HD video camera. With its 6 lenses Xiaomi MiJia Smart Home 360 ° camera has excellent optical performance. The aperture of f / 1.8 is able to pass enough light rays, so even at low light conditions you can shoot a qualitative, sharp video.

Using advanced image analysis algorithms, the camera can accurately capture a moving object. You will also receive a notification on your smartphone when the camera detects movement.

Histarical video play back.

IF Filter - Your can shoot well even in low light conditions. An infrared filter lowers the veil of darkness — Xiaomi MiJia Smart Home 360 ° camera has a night vision feature. You no longer have to worry about what is happening, for example, with your pet in the next room. You can see everything you need without even getting out of bed.

New naturally connects to your smartphone or tablet Xiaomi (Android or iOS) and can be controlled remotely. Here 3 steps to connect Mi smart camera.

Body weight                 : 248g
Power input                  : 5V /. 2A
Lens angle                    : 100.2 [deg.]
Resolution                     : 1080p
Focal length                  : 80 mm
Operating temperature : -10 deg.] C ~ 50 deg.] C
Connection                   : Wi-Fi the IEEE 802.11 B / G / N 2.4GHz
Storage                        : Micro the SD card (maximum support 32GB)
Supported devices       : Android 4.0 or iOS 7.0 and later devices
ID CMIIT                      : 2015DP3658


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Beijing’s JingA Beer Comes to Chengdu

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Earlier this summer we published an interview with local craft beer entrepreneur Hugo wherein Hugo said: “there will be more craft beer and people will take beer more seriously.” Less than two months later, Beijing brewery JingA (京A) is coming to Chengdu. This Saturday, June 9th Hugo is hosting the welcome party, featuring music by Chengdu Living contributor Dan.

In the run-up to the inauguration event at Hugo’s, we spoke with JingA founders Alex and Kris.

Chengdu Living: What is your background and what led to you coming to China? How did you get started brewing beer?

Kris and I have both lived in Beijing for over a decade, and fell in love with the city’s gritty charm and non-stop energy. Jing-A began as a homebrewing project that took off while we were still working corporate day-jobs. Our first set-up was classic homebrewing – big kitchen pots and plastic buckets with lids and airlocks, and we shared those first beers just with our friends. Brewing was a creative outlet for us, and it gave us something that everyone loves. We gradually increased the scale of our homebrew batches until we were borrowing space in commercial kitchens, and eventually we decided to get serious, investing in a small but full-featured commercial brewery, which we still use today. Once we finished building that in early 2013 we were able to transition to brewing full-time and we haven’t looked back since!

JingA beer

What characterizes Jing A, and the beer which you produce?

We brew dozens of different beers. Some of them are Jing-A’s renditions of our favorite classic beer styles. With the Flying Fist IPA, for example, our goal is to make an American-style IPA that’s as good – if not better – than the many other versions of that style that you can find, including those brewed in the US.

Many of our other beers make creative use of seasonal and local Chinese ingredients. We’ll start with a spice, fruit, or sometimes ingredients as unusual as baijiu qu (a unique kind of brewing yeast/bacteria from baijiu production) or a popular street snack like bingtanghulu (sugar-coated hawthorn fruit), and decide we need to make a beer that showcases that ingredient’s potential in beer. This is a great way to make our beers represent the best flavors that Beijing can offer and connect with our local drinkers. We try to source ingredients from nearby farms that grow their produce with pride and care, like the export-quality chestnuts in our Toasted Chestnut Brown Ale or the award-winning “L-600” variety of watermelons we use in brewing our Beijing Bikini Watermelon Wheat.

JingA beer

People often underestimate how long it takes to brew beer. Perhaps they think it’s like cooking food… you go into the brewery for a few hours, and at the end of the day you’ve got a finished beer. In reality every brew takes a full day (including lots of cleaning up afterwards), and the process doesn’t end there. It takes the beer several weeks of fermentation and cold conditioning in order to reach its optimal, clean and crisp flavor. We take care of the beer all throughout that period, taking samples, adjusting the temperature and carbonation, and in the case of our hoppy beers, opening up the top of the fermentation tank to add additional hops, a process known as “dry hopping”, which allows us to get more aroma and flavor compounds from our specialty hops (imported from the US, New Zealand, and Europe) without increasing the beer’s bitterness much.

In 2014 you opened your taproom in Beijing. Visiting the taproom says a lot, but for those who haven’t been, how would you describe it?

Our Taproom is the best place to try Jing-A beer, with around 16 varieties on tap at any given time, including many small-batch beers that can only be found there.

We’re located inside the 1949 compound in Sanlitun, which puts us right in the thick of Beijing’s main restaurant and bar area, but we’re surrounded by a beautiful green courtyard that acts a buffer between our Taproom and the busy urban center surrounding it.

JingA beer

Inside our Taproom we’ve focused on the social aspect of drinking beer by dedicating much of the floorspace to communal seating, such as our large U shaped bar and the long high table that runs through the middle of the Taproom. Our food menu also reflect this, as we offer many shared plates like burger sliders, chicken wings, salads, charcuterie & cheese boards, and other appetizers.

Every month we hold several events at our Taproom, whether it’s launch parties for new beers, kitchen takeovers by chefs from other popular restaurants, or activities like our “Beer Mile”, in which beer fans race laps around our Taproom while drinking beer at several checkpoints. We also welcome the city’s community groups to hold events with us. We’re very grateful for the warm reception we’ve gotten from Beijingers since opening 2 years ago!

JingA beer

We are on the eve of launching JingA in Chengdu. How did that come about?

Chengdu has always been famous for great cuisine, and there’s a lot of overlap between foodies and people who love craft beer. As a brewery, we’ve managed to reach a level of production that allows us to brew enough beer to satisfy demand in Beijing while also offering our beer to a few more cities, such as Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, and now Chengdu.

This coincided with a couple friends of ours from Beijing, Pernille and Ella, moving to Chengdu to work on their startup GreenFood. Lucky for us, they were eager to help us by acting as our brand ambassadors! They connected us with Hugo (of Hugo’s Brewpub) to be our partner for logistics and distribution, and are will be doing everything they can to get more Jing-A beer available around Chengdu… so here we are today!

JingA beer

What are you aspirations for the Chengdu market, and how is it different from Beijing?

Chengdu is bound to be a center for good craft beer in China. Geezer at Chengdu Harvest is just one example of a local brewer that’s thriving there. We’re proud to say that this past month we worked together with him on a new collaboration beer, which we’re calling the Buck Wild Summer Lager, because it features buckwheat tea from Chengdu. Look for it at our launch party this weekend!

Our brand will always be deeply rooted in Beijing, but no matter where you are, the craft beer community is always passionate about quality, creativity, and variety. Good craft breweries produce unique and distinctive beers, and that’s why craft beer bars often have dozens of different taps! We can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor with the craft beer drinkers here in Chengdu, and we hope they’ll love our brews.

What are the most notable achievements or milestones that come to mind for JingA in recent years?

There were a few.

Moment one: ramping up production & getting licensing for distribution

There was a period in which our most popular beers, like the Flying Fist IPA and Mandarin Wheat, were selling so quickly that we were struggling to keep up with demand. Thankfully over the past year we’ve worked with a local partner to allow us to ramp up production, as well as get the right licensing to legally distribute those beers wherever we like. This has opened up new doors both on the sales side of our business, but also on the brewing and “creative” side as well. Taking that pressure off of our smaller original brewery allows us to use that system to brew a greater variety of small batch beers, whether they’re collaborations with visiting brewers, seasonal beers that we brew specifically in winter or summer months, or experiments testing out new ingredients and beer styles.

Moment two – joining the international craft beer community

Back in Spring 2015 we traveled to Europe for our first international collaboration brews, with Bierfabrik in Berlin and Nøgne Ø in Grimstad, Norway. This was not too long after we had won our first international beer awards at the Asia Beer Cup in Tokyo (for Flying Fist IPA). This was a period where we really began to feel that our work in the brewery was beginning to be appreciated not just locally, but in the international craft beer scene as well.

JingA beer

We’re always working to help Chinese craft beer be recognized as an important and rapidly growing part of the global craft beer movement, and this year we’ll participate in a number of beer festivals and events in other countries, whether it’s nearby in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Japan, or all they way over in the US. At these events people are always curious when they see a craft beer from China, especially the ones that we brew featuring local Chinese ingredients. When they taste the beers, the reactions we get are usually very positive, if somewhat surprised, and these people leave with a new appreciation for Chinese craft brewing.
Craft beer was new to Japan not too long ago, but now they have a thriving scene, with nine different Japanese breweries picking up medals at this year’s World Beer Cup (think of it as the olympics of craft beer). We don’t see any reason why China can’t follow a similar trajectory.

Where can people in Chengdu get JingA? If they come to Beijing, where should they find you? Do you have any online presence which people should check out?

JingA beerIn Chengdu Hugo’s Brewpub acts like a “home base” for Jing-A, where you’ll always be able to find a couple of our brews, and even some specialty or small batch brews on occasion. By September there should be more places with our beer on tap, and Pernille and Ella will have the best knowledge of where it’ll be available.

In Beijing our beer is available at over 30 locations around town, so any visitor to Beijing has a good chance to come across our beer at one of the many restaurants and bars around town that stock it, but for the hardcore beer fans who want to sample as many of our beers as possible the must-visit spot would be the Jing-A Taproom in 1949. It’s also the best place to pick up Jing-A merchandise like T-shirts or growlers (if you’re looking to get beer to go).

We’re quite active on social media, and anyone interested in following our story and learning about new beers, tap locations, events, and promotions should follow us on WeChat (jingabeer), or our official accounts on Facebook (Jing-A Brewing Co.) and Instagram (@jingabrewing). Out website (jingabrewing.com) also has our blog, for those looking to read through the story of Jing-A, as well as a list of every beer we’ve ever made and all of our tap locations around China.

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In China, you can now pay your speeding tickets with a smartphone

via China – Tech in Asia http://ift.tt/29jiIv4 : In dozens of cities, Alipay users can now pay traffic fines instantly via their phones, saving them a major hassle and freeing up government resources at the same time.

This Ex-Uber Exec Is Creating China’s Uber For Bicycles

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Uber has inspired so many on-demand services that the phrase ‘the Uber of _____’ has become more than a little tired.

This time, however, we’ve come across a service that is not only Uber-like in spirit and interface, but also in its team makeup.

Founded by Davis Wang, a former executive of UberChina, Mobike is an on-demand bicycle rental service. Like Uber, Mobike’s app features a simple interface that tracks your location and shows available bicycles nearby. Users can book a bike 15 minutes before using it, and use an in-app navigation service to find it.

Riders scan a QR code to unlock the bikes, which are provided by the company, and the journey ends when the user re-locks their ride.

mobikePublic bicycle rental is nothing new in China. The government has tested similar projects in several cities to ease transpiration pressures in big cities. But for most of the current bike rental services in the country, riders have to to lock their bike to a special kiosk or bike station along their trip.

Mobike allows riders to lock the bike to any standard bike rack, so they can always park close to their destination. The bike’s return is recorded by GPS data. Once checked back in, the bike is immediately available to another customer.

The app also helps users track health metrics, such as distance traveled and calories burned. First-time users have to pay an refundable deposit of 299 RMB ($44.7 USD) and the services is charged at a flat rate of 1 yuan per 30 minutes no matter where you are.

The services is now operating in Shanghai with over 10,000 bikes in the city, according to Davis Wang.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” with Latest Release of WeChat Out Globally

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WeChat users in 12 countries including the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Thailand and India can now use WeChat Out to make calls to mobile phones and landlines in over 200 countries for nominal rates. WeChat Out is the latest milestone offering of the world’s fastest growing social app with 762 million monthly active users around the world.


New WeChat Out users will receive more than an hour* of free calling credit. And all users can earn even more rewards by participating in our “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” campaign.


One Click to a Free Call

“Invite Friends, Get Free Calls” is simple – the more you give, the more you get.

WeChat Out

1. After upgrading your app version, enter the event screen and tap “Invite Friends, Get Free Calls”

2. Share WeChat Out gift cards with friends

3. Once your friends redeem their gift card and make a call, you’ll receive one too for the same amount you gave. View all your gift cards under My Coupons.


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New and existing users can also enjoy top-up rewards. The more you top up, the greater the rewards you earn. You may even get a 50% off reward when purchasing credit to talk to friends and family abroad.


Start Calling Now with Low Fares!

WeChat couldn’t be easier to use: WeChat Out 31. Tap “Discover” – WeChat Out is waiting

2. Make your first free call by selecting an existing contact or dialing a new number on the keypad


To learn more about WeChat Out and receive the latest promotion offers, search “WeChatOut” in WeChat to follow us and be sure to upgrade your version to make your first call today.


*Exact duration dependent on location rates

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chinese drone startup comes out of hiding, unveils Hover Camera designed for use indoors

via Tech in Asia http://ift.tt/1NwbVRU : You've already heard of DJI. But here's a new one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Preview: Mojiang International Twins Festival

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Looks highly overproduced.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Beijing Crackdown: A Week of Closures, Cancellations and Uncertainty

via China Music Radar http://ift.tt/21c4Zfh : It’s been a sadly eventful week for Beijing’s independent music community. Last week, the live music venue DDC hosted the performance artist Lin Ce, a poet who explores, among other things, issues of body shaming and body image (link NSFW). Her…risqué act (see flyer below) generated some rather controversial images that spread quickly via Weibo and Wechat. Cut to Thursday the 21st, and DDC honcho 69 is temporarily detained and…

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A New Weapon for Battling Cellphones in Theaters: Laser Beams

via http://ift.tt/22gc4wd : Some performance spaces in China aim light beams at patrons to discourage them from using cellphones during shows.

Friday, March 11, 2016

9 nouveaux centres de visas en Chine en 2016

via La France en Chine http://ift.tt/24D1mlH : Les autorités françaises ont décidé de renforcer leur dispositif en Chine par l'ajout de 9 nouveaux centres visas.

Monday, February 22, 2016

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Featured Review: Xiaomi Redmi 3 | Androidheadlines.com

via AndroidHeadlines.com | http://ift.tt/249a9vk : Looking back at the evolution Xiaomi has made just in the last few years is nothing short of breathtaking.  When the Redmi line started it was really just

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Riding the bullet train – China’s high speed network

via Collective Responsibility http://ift.tt/1nMFV0y : Last week we wrote about how the nature of transportation in China is changing. In this second article of the series, we’ll take a closer look at China’s high-speed rail systems, and how they’re contributing to this shift. Railroad development has, and is, a fundamental part of economic expansion; it allows for the vital transport …

Friday, January 29, 2016

SimToo Dragonfly drone review: is this the Xiaomi to DJI’s Apple?

via Tech in Asia http://ift.tt/1SeIVQ3 : Tech in Asia takes the SimToo Dragonfly for a spin amongst the clouds to see if it has what it takes to keep up with the big boys.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Catching Tigers and Flies

via http://ift.tt/1OKTB2w :