Douyin to expand food delivery service to more Chinese cities
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by Cheyenne Dong
3h ago
ByteDance-owned video-sharing platform Douyin, China’s equivalent of TikTok, plans to offer its “group-buying delivery” service in more cities, but has no timeline for a national rollout, TechNode has learned. Why it matters: The gradual entry into the food delivery sector of Douyin, the most popular short-form video app in China with nearly 700 million daily active users, poses a serious challenge in an industry which has been dominated for years by Meituan and Alibaba’s Ele.me. “We would consider expanding the [“group-buying” packages] feature to more cities in the future depending on the ..read more
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Nothing Phone (2) expected to launch in 2023 with Snapdragon 8-series SoC
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by TechNode Feed
3h ago
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the Nothing Phone (2) will be launched in the third quarter of 2023, with a strong focus on the software experience. The Nothing Phone (2) model A065 is expected to be equipped with a yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 8-series SoC. It will offer 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, 5000mAh battery, and an exterior design similar to its predecessor, with a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen. Carl Pei stated that while both Nothing (1) and Nothing Phone (2) are important flagships, Nothing Phone (2) is a more premium product with a more advanced chip. [IThome, in Chines ..read more
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Nominations for BEYOND Awards open now: details and benefits
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by TechNode Staff
3h ago
Although the global economy faces enormous challenges in the post-epidemic era, technological innovation is showing us extraordinary potential. With cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things, and 5G as core technologies, new technological innovations and product solutions today are revolutionizing all aspects of traditional businesses, such as autonomous cars, robots to reduce costs and increase efficiency, and the metaverse that transcends the boundary between virtual reality and reality. Earlier, BEYOND officially announced that “Technology Redefined” will b ..read more
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Volkswagen-backed Gotion to build EV battery with European partner
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3h ago
Gotion High-Tech, a Chinese electric vehicle battery maker largely owned by Volkswagen, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Slovakian battery startup InoBat, as part of the company’s move to up its overseas production capacity to 100 gigawatt-hours (GWh) worth of batteries a year by 2025. The two companies will explore opportunities to co-establish a battery cell factory with an annual capacity of 40 GWh, as well as the potential to make energy storage batteries together at InoBat’s existing facility in Slovakia, according to a Tuesday statement. [Gotion statement, in Chinese ..read more
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Shengqu Games said it won’t take over Blizzard’s China dealership
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by TechNode Feed
3h ago
On Tuesday, Activision Blizzard announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2022 for the first time since its split from NetEase Games. According to the financial report, Activision Blizzard achieved a 27% increase in net revenue in the fourth quarter in the Asia-Pacific region, including China. In addition, fourth-quarter net bookings increased 43% to $3.54 billion. Some industry insiders believe that the separation of Activision Blizzard and NetEase does not mean that Activision Blizzard is abandoning the Chinese market. On Tuesday afternoon, some sources claimed that listed co ..read more
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BYD-backed lidar firm Robosense secures pilot deal from Toyota, among others
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6h ago
Robosense, a Chinese laser sensor startup backed by big names such as BYD and Alibaba, said on Monday that it has secured a pilot deal with Toyota, as the Japanese automaker plans to integrate Robosense’s lidar sensors into many of its production vehicles. The lidar maker said its M1 lidar sensors, which currently detect objects within 200 meters ahead of a car, will be used in more than 10 million vehicles from nearly 20 carmakers. Other than existing partnerships with giants such as BYD, Geely, and Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao, the Shenzhen-based company recently reached a deal with Huawe ..read more
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Nio ramps up charging and battery swap network as execs remain bullish on 2023 growth
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by Jill Shen
1d ago
Nio will expand its charging network by building at least 400 battery swap stations across China this year, alleviating a major concern among potential buyers that cars have insufficient driving range to travel between charging points, its president said on Monday. Riding the wave of China’s speedy EV adoption, the electric vehicle maker also launched a special service campaign for owners during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday season, including unlimited free battery swapping and personalized customer service. Why it matters: Nio’s recent moves to shore up its charging network and customer ..read more
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Shanghai issues first license to produce “ready-to-eat” meals
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by TechNode Feed
1d ago
On Monday, Shanghai Pudong New Area issued the city’s first “ready-to-eat” packaged meal production license to a subsidiary of Tramy Green Food Group, following the creation of a new regulatory framework for the product category, which took effect on Feb. 1. “Ready-to-eat” meals became hugely popular in China in the last three years amid Covid outbreaks and related lockdowns, helping people who were unable to cook as normal save time and energy. Mainstream on-demand grocery delivery services including Alibaba’s Freshippo and Dingdong Maicai have helped spur this popularity by marketing the mea ..read more
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Xiaomi 13 series and Xiaomi 10GB routers to be upgraded to Wi-Fi 7
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1d ago
Lei Jun, the Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, announced on his official Weibo account on Feb. 6 that the Xiaomi 13 phone series and Xiaomi 10GB router will be upgraded to the new generation of Wi-Fi 7. Wi-Fi 7 introduces new multi-link operation (MLO) technology, which helps devices simultaneously receive information in two high-speed channels to achieve higher throughput. The Xiaomi 13 can achieve dual-frequency simultaneity of 2.4GHz and 5GHz to give it a transmission speed of 3.6Gbps. The Xiaomi 13 Pro, on the other hand, can achieve ultra-fast dual-frequency concurrency of 5GHz and 5GHz, and wh ..read more
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Huawei auto business unit COO Wang Jun suspended: report
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1d ago
Huawei has suspended its auto business chief operating officer Wang Jun, who also served as the president of its intelligent driving product line. A number of Huawei insiders and former auto business unit employees believe the decision was related to the poor progress of Huawei’s HI mode, used to package its smart driving system, and its auto parts business. Huawei has launched two models in its HI mode, namely the Seres SF5 and the Avatr 11. The Seres SF5 has only sold around 1000 units per month since its launch in July 2022, while it’s too early to tell how the Avatr 11 is doing, as it was ..read more
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