Lenovo catching up new retail trend with launch of a cashier-less store

Image credit: Lenovo Lenovo has launched its first-ever AI-powered cashier-less store, the Lecoo Unmanned Store, in Beijing after four months of pilot operation, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting. After a quick registration through WeChat, users can enter the store through facial recognition. No smartphone operations will be needed at the cashier because the charges will be deducted…

JD.com logs RMB 6 billion in sales within the first hour of Singles’ Day campaign

The world’s biggest annual online shopping festival Singles’ Day is just around the corner. JD.com, the second biggest e-commerce company in China, kicked off the Flash Deals campaign yesterday as a run-up to the actual festival that takes place every year on November. According to figures provided by JD.com (in Chinese), its shopping platforms logged a record RMB 6 billion in sales within the…

Alibaba launches China’s biggest robotic warehouse ahead of Singles Day

Image credit: Alibaba E-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing for the rush of the upcoming Singles Day, which falls on November 11, by opening what is said to be the country's biggest robotic warehouse. On October 25, Alibaba's logistics affiliate Cainiao Network opened the warehouse, which is located in Wuxi, in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. The facility will help cope with increasing…

Briefing: Autonomous driving startup JingChi sets up 5G partnership with China Unicom Guangdong

景驰科技与广东联通达成5G战略合作 共建创新实验室 - Tencent Tech What happened: JingChi has announced a 5G partnership with China Unicom's Guangdong branch. The branch has already established a full-coverage 5G network for JingChi's test fields at its' Guangzhou headquarters. The partnership also includes an innovation lab which will look into the remote control for L4-level unmanned driving. Why it's important: The…

Announcing the winners of Asia Hardware Battle 2018 Bangalore!

The 2018 Asia Hardware Battle Bangalore competition was a huge success.  After several rounds of fierce competition, we finally selected the top three hardware startups to represent Bangalore at the India finals in Delhi before selection to enter the grand final round of Asia Hardware Battle in Shanghai. In this competition, the three startups rose above seven other startups, and proved…

China’s ride-hailing resurgence is just another step into the future of mobility

Image credit: Jens Schott Knudsen via Flickr China’s ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing earned the title of “Uber Slayer” in 2016. By selling its China business to its rival, Uber confirmed that the Chinese market was not only full of potential but peril. These days, however, things are changing with new arrivals challenging Didi’s dominance. Meituan Dianping, the Tencent-backed O2O service…

Shanghai announces AI World 2018

On the afternoon of July 4th, the AI World 2018 was held in the Press Office of Shanghai municipal government. At the press conference, Wu Qing, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai introduced the conference. Shanghai Deputy Mayor Wu Qing AI World 2018 will be held in Shanghai from September 17 to 19 of this year by National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the…

GeekPwn 2018: Fooling AI is not actually as hard as you think it is

Editor’s note: This article was supported by GeekPwn. We believe in transparency in our publishing and monetization model. Read more here. You may have heard the machine learning term, “adversarial examples”, and perhaps even seen some demonstrations of it. However, have you ever seen a contest in adversarial attacks and defenses that happens in real-time? To boost research on adversarial…

Changchun law enforcement use drones for city management

Government officials from Chaoyang District in Jilin's Changchun city established its Drone Law Enforcement Unit (无人机执法中队) in May, with the new division actively taking on city management duties. Drones with cameras are connected via a smart remote operation system equipped with an iPad-like screen. Trained law enforcement officers control the drones to patrol, monitor, and investigate areas…

Jack Ma goes all-in on smart logistics infrastructure network

In a surprise appearance at last week’s Cainiao’s Global Smart Logistics Summit, Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma announced that Cainiao Network, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba, is going to invest more than RMB 100 billion ($15 billion) to build the technical backbone for a smart logistics network aimed at improving delivery reach and efficiency. (Read our live blog of the event for a blow-by-blow…