CHINA VOICES | JD’s vision of the future

Entrance to a JD unmanned convenience store (Image credit: Michael Norris) This week, China Voices brings TechNode Squared members a detailed take on JD’s quest for profits, reprinted by courtesy of Huxiu. TechNode has not independently verified the claims made below. This article was co-authored by Jordan Schneider. JD’s stock performance in 2019 has ticked up from its disastrous 2018,…

Chinese manufacturer tests advanced military drone: report

(Image credit: BigStock/Principal) A Chinese drone manufacturer is testing reconnaissance and strike drones designed for use in cities, according to a South China Morning Post report on Thursday. Why it matters: This is likely the first made-in-China unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and one of the few in the world that can carry out attacks and reconnaissance missions in densely populated…

XAG unveils delivery drone developed with Airbus

XAG co-founder Justin Gong handing out food delivered by the "Project Vesper" at XAG's headquarters in Guangzhou on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (Image credit: XAG) Drone maker XAG unveiled a new cargo delivery drone in a test flight on Monday at its headquarters in Guangzhou, a project developed in collaboration with Airbus, the world's second-largest aviation manufacturer. Why it matters: The…

CHINA VOICES | Can China save co-working?

A man takes a call near finance offices in Beijing's Galaxy SOHO office park on April 9, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Cassidy McDonald) This week, China Voices brings TechNode Squared members an exclusive roundup on the troubles facing WeWork in China, according to the local media. TechNode has not independently verified the claims made below. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son didn’t quite hit…

What to expect at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019

Inspired by technology’s power and potential, we invite you to join us at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019, which will take place from November 11 to 12 at Shenzhenwan Chuangye Plaza, Shenzhen with the theme - “Technology, Unbounded.” Through the Main Stage, Side Stages, Startup Alley, VC Meetup, and Hardware Battlefield, TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 will showcase the power of cutting-edge technology.…

Chinese passenger drone maker Ehang files for US IPO

(Image credit: BigStock/Principal) Guangzhou-based drone maker Ehang filed on Thursday an application for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US, using a placeholder amount of $100 million, following reports in late September about a confidential submission. Why it matters: The first to receive a license to test unmanned aerial passenger vehicles, Ehang is one of several Chinese tech…

US Interior Department to ground Chinese-made drones: report

(Image credit: Bigstock/jpgon) The US Interior Department said on Wednesday that it is grounding all drones made in China or containing China-made parts on fears of espionage and cyberattacks, Bloomberg reported, a move which effectively pulls from the field its entire fleet pending an agency review. Why it matters: The grounding is the latest in a flurry of US decisions to shun…

TechCrunch Shenzhen | Don’t miss the 250+ startups showing off their stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSOh_dXMsjY The video above is hosted on YouTube. Please note that VPN is required if you are in China.  Tim Castell once said, "Innovation is not just about having an idea, it's about executing on it to create value." The three keywords are thought, execution and value creation. Today, we live in a rapidly changing world. Technology and globalization…

ORIGIN Indonesia | 4th edition of ORIGIN by TechNode is coming up in Jakarta

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to cross the $100 billion mark by the end of 2019 before tripling by 2025. Indonesia, the world’s fourth most-populous country and also the largest country in Southeast Asia, with 264 million people, is a promising market given its large, youthful population who is contributing to the high smartphone penetration rate. It is undoubtedly a hotbed for…

XAG drone coverage of Xinjiang cotton crop rising swiftly

(Image credit: BigStock/igor stevanovic) Farmland coverage from unmanned aerial system (UAS) fleets from Chinese agricultural drone maker XAG will triple this year in Xinjiang's cotton defoliation operation, the company said on Monday.  Why it matters: Agricultural technology, or agritech, is an important part of the central government's "Made in China 2025" initiative, which will help…