Meanwhile in China: Weekly News Roundup [9/18-9/22]

  • Chinese bike-sharing company Mobike expands to the US

    Mobike bicycles at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool, Washington DC. Photo credit: Mobike

    One of the biggest bike-sharing companies, Mobike, launched its service in Washington D.C. on September 20, 2017. The United States is the company’s seventh overseas market, following Britain, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Before the official launch in the States, Mobike has already partnered with AT&T and Qualcomm to better serve local riders with existing bike-sharing programs.

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Source: Xinhua News




  • Switch gets Tencent’s Arena of Valor mobile MOBA

    Arena of Valor, one of the most popular mobile games in China, will launch a beta on Switch in the upcoming holiday season. The game already has more than 1 million downloads on mobile devices, and it will reach more audience when it becomes the first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game on Switch.

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Source: VentureBeat


  • The first of China’s top bitcoin exchanges has announced it will suspend trading

    Recently, the Chinese government issued a new regulation shutting down bitcoin exchanges. BTC China, one of the countries top three bitcoin exchangs, announced on Twitter that it will stop all trading on September 30, 2017 while its other services remain intact. Before the regulation came out, the Chinese government has previously suspended bitcoin trading temporarily in 2013 and earlier this year.

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Source: TechCrunch



  • WeChat is developing its own AR platform

    Photo credit: Tech in Asia

    The most popular messaging app in China, WeChat, is developing its own augmented reality (AR) framework. It is a big step in WeChat’s plans to bring AR into its ever-expanding world of payments, entertainment, shopping, transportation, and other services. The framework will be an open platform for third-party developers, though there is not a definitive timeline of when it will be released yet.

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Source: Tech in Asia