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BlackBerry partners with Baidu on driverless cars

BlackBerry’s efforts to push into self-driving cars took a new step forward as the former smartphone maker signed a deal with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to work together on automotive software. Baidu will bundle BlackBerry’s QNX

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HTC facing an uncertain future

HTC is exploring its options. That’s exactly what the former smartphone high flyer should be doing. An adviser has been engaged and the Taiwan manufacturer is considering bringing in a strategic investor. A full or partial

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Tencent’s plunge reveals its Achilles heel

Beware of Beijing: that’s the lesson of Friday’s selloff in the shares of China’s most valuable company. Tencent – a stock-market favourite for its 66% surge this year – slid 4.9% in Hong Kong in its steepest drop since February 2016

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Tencent tumbles on China Internet crackdown

China’s online watchdog has launched an investigation into reports of multiple violations at news services run by Tencent, Baidu and Weibo, as the government continues to tighten scrutiny over Internet content. The Cyberspace Administration

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Naspers’s Tencent dominates in messaging

Tencent Holdings’ messaging services were by far the most popular Chinese mobile apps in 2016, leading steady growth in the world’s largest Internet and smartphone market, the government’s online industry overseers said on Sunday. WeChat remained the most

James Francis
Hello, computer

I never get tired of this: hold down the button and tell Siri to set a timer. It has, at the very least, made me a better cook. As Marco Pierre White said, cooking is part art and part exact chemistry, so measure and time precisely. I’m not alone, at least as far as

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Why tech giants love the sound of your voice

Amazon’s Echo has made tangible the promise of an artificially intelligent personal assistant in every home. Those who own the voice-activated gadget (known colloquially as Alexa, after its female interlocutor) are prone to

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China cracks down on apps

More than half a billion Chinese smartphone users face increased monitoring of their mobile app usage thanks to new laws targeting operators including Apple. App stores and providers must establish the identity of users, while

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Tencent now a $100bn company

The market capitalisation of Tencent has rocketed through US$100bn for the first time, helping lift the share price of South Africa’s Naspers, which holds a one-third stake in the fast-growing Chinese Internet company, nearer to the R1 000/share level. In trading in Hong Kong on Tuesday

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