WeChat

How To Preserve An App For 100 Years

The V&A Museum acquires WeChat for its permanent collection–and has a clever preservation technique that ensures we’re saving today’s culture for tomorrow’s anthropologists.<p>WeChat–China’s largest social media platform–is officially part of design history. Friday, the V&A Museum, in London, …

Digital Culture

Inside WeChat’s Growing Micropayment Ecosystem

<i>Crunchbase News</i> previously covered Medium’s micropayment strategy. The online publisher, founded by Ev Williams of Twitter and Blogger fame, wants to …

Payment Systems

China vs US: Who is copying whom?

China is gradually shedding its reputation as the world’s technology copycat. It still spawns lookalikes, whether they be GoPro-style action cameras …

QR codes

WeChat will now disclose user information to the Chinese government on request

WeChat, a messaging app, in a statement has said that it will now disclose <b>private user information</b> to governing authorities, if they requests …

Privacy

Crackdown on WeChat drives bitcoin devotees to Telegram

WeChat is starting to see its first wave of defectors: Chinese cryptocurrency afficionados.<p>The country’s crackdown on bitcoin and WeChat, the …

Cryptocurrency

Chinese Users Ditch WeChat for Telegram to Conduct Bitcoin Trades

<b>No one will be surprised there is still a big interest in Bitcoin as far as China is concerned. More specifically, enthusiasts are no longer using</b> …

Bitcoin

WeChat Admits It Gives All Private User Data to the Chinese Government

Share Email Comments<p><b>WeChat users have now been informed that their favorite messaging app is sharing pretty much all of their private data with the</b> …

Privacy

Thanks to China, Apple has updated its app store policy to allow tipping

Apple has taken a tip from China’s internet users.<p>A recent update to the company’s global App Store Guidelines shows that Apple now permits users to send monetary tips to one another—a practice which, while widespread in China, the company had previously shown ambivalence towards. The revision …

Tim Cook

Did you catch Apple’s nod to China on Tuesday?

You may not have caught it<p>Apple made a subtle overture to China during its iPhone event on Tuesday as part of its long-term goal to win over the giant market. During a segment presenting the revamped Apple Watch, Apple COO Jeff Williams made a quick reference to WeChat, a messaging app popular in …

Apple Watch

WeChat is quietly developing its own AR platform

Photo credit: Tech in Asia.China’s most popular messaging app WeChat is quietly developing its own framework for augmented reality (AR).Made with …

Augmented Reality

V&A acquires WeChat as the first social media platform in its collection

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) today announced it has added a version of WeChat (Weixin) to its collection. WeChat is the most widely …

Museums

China's Latest Crackdown on Message Groups Chills WeChat Users

Self-censorship is kicking in fast on WeChat as China’s new rules on message groups casts a chill among the 963 million users of Tencent Holdings …

Business

China jails Muslim man for 2 years over Islam WeChat groups

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach Islam.<p>Huang …

Islam

Hi Mom, Stop Sending Me Voice Messages

Whenever Wang Ziwan receives a series of voice messages on the WeChat messaging app from her mother, the 32-year-old chef-in-training looks at them and sighs. She dreads having to listen to them one by one, sometimes over a dozen in total, and having to listen again if she misses something. “I …

Business

Wanda Strikes Back, Sues WeChat, Weibo Accounts For Alleged Rumors

Dalian Wanda Group has filed lawsuits against accounts on popular China social media platforms WeChat and Weibo for spreading “malicious rumors” that the company’s chairman, billionaire Wang Jianlin, had recently been stopped from traveling overseas, Wanda said in a statement today.<p>The WeChat …

China

Still going strong after 30 years - ASEAN/East Asia

Beijing: An online post marking the 30th wedding anniversary of President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan has jumped in popularity after its …

China

What will be the future of messaging apps?

It is the year 2017 and we carry the future with us in our pocket – that is a simple and sleek mobile device. Texting is one of the most common activities that are performed in a smart phone. Apart from exchanging text and picture messages and videos, the messaging Apps has gone far beyond these …

Chatbots

Questions over pace of growth as WeChat nears 1bn users

WeChat, China’s most popular social media app, is fast approaching 1bn users — but analysts say growth is likely to taper sharply as the company …

China

Apple teams up with China's WeChat to accept payments

Following an agreement between Apple and Chinese company Tencent, the US-based company will allow payments through WeChat, one of the most popular …

China

‘Like an old people’s home’: We chat about mental health units on our podcast Mentally Yours

In this week’s Mentally Yours, Tina Campbell talked about her time as an inpatient in a Mental Health Unit and how they’re nothing like the wards and …

Mental Health

How Peninsula Used WeChat to Boost Mooncake Sales

<b>What:</b><p>To celebrate the upcoming Autumn Festival on September 15, Peninsula offered its followers the chance to pre-order mooncakes exclusively on …

Marketing

Desperate to hit their goals, WeChat users risk money—and public shaming—to motivate themselves

If you want motivation to reach your personal goals, a healthy dose of public shaming and the fear of losing money can help.<p>These methods are being employed by a new kind of WeChat support group, sprouting online among Chinese audiences. WeChat is a popular social media app developed by the Chinese …

The Dark Side of China’s Tech Boom

China’s tech giants are helping the state build a digital panopticon.

China

As China Tries to Go Cashless, Government Casts a Wary Eye

China is often mentioned as having the potential to become the world’s first cashless society thanks to the near omnipresence of QR codes among …

Banking

Alipay, WeChat Take Battle for Mobile-Payment Dominance Overseas

China’s tech titans are expanding into foreign markets, signing partnerships with merchants in Southeast Asia and Europe and looking to invest in payment systems in other countries<p>A pitched battle between China’s technology titans for control of the world’s largest mobile-payments market is …

Banking

Alipay and WeChat take battle for mobile-payment dominance overseas

A pitched battle between China’s technology titans for control of the world’s largest mobile-payments market is starting to ripple overseas.<p>The biggest combatant is Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, +2.18% and the owner of China’s …

Banking

Nicole Saldana Designs Shoes For The Refined Punk

We chat with the designer about her new namesake label<p>Nicole Saldana is no stranger to the world of fashion design.<p>Not only does she have an eight-year stint as design director at Opening Ceremony under her belt, but she also worked alongside Carol Lim and Humberto Leon on the relaunch of Kenzo, …

Nylon

WeChat Leads Tencent to Big Earnings Beat

Tencent Holdings (TCEHY) shares were up 6.09% to $43.35 in midday trading Wednesday after the company, China's largest gaming and social media firm, …

Investing

Tencent results blow past forecasts on strength in games, WeChat

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd (HK:0700), China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, trumped forecasts to post its …

Stock Markets

Tencent's Mix of Games, WeChat Drives Best Growth in 7 Years

Tencent Holdings Ltd. is reaping the rewards of marrying social media with mobile gaming.<p>The Chinese internet giant posted its fastest revenue growth …

Business