Month: February 2019
Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u
pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 public security departments nationwide.
The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f
amily members or close friends. Should any abnormalities on transactions occur, the system would send
out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds.
“Security is the lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru
nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’s parent company.
Alipay users can choose to delay payment for two hours or 24 hours and raise an alert
on the platform if they deem such transactions potentially misdirected or fraudulent.
The system has been linked to local public security authorities to help freeze any transaction
s in doubt. The money will be credited back to the user’s account if authorities determine fraud has been committed.
A number of local anti-fraud centers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhe
n also pledged to cooperate with Alipay on financial security education and anti-fraud alarming systems.
On Sunday, China’s tech giant Huawei officially unveiled Huawei Mate X, its first foldable smar
tphone. That came just five days after Galaxy Fold, the first foldable smartphone of Samsung. But fol
dables might not be the future of smartphones, comment two experts with China Daily’s Zhang Zhouxiang:
Yuan Xuanhua, a renowned industrial designer with 20 years’ experience in smartphone engineering
Some media outlets have described foldable smartphones with so many sweet w
ords as if they were a technological breakthrough. Unfortunately, they are not. The te
chnology of foldable displays were invented as early as 20 years ago in a quite easy way — By replacing the glass th
at supports the display with foldable organic materials. Such displays can not only fold, but also curve.
Concerning the foldable screens of Huawei and Samsung, they have better displays with higher density rate and cl
earer, more stable display performance, but in essence they are still using the same technology. Therefore, f
oldable smartphones are more like a consumption-led innovation rather than a technology
China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways
to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.
The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find
the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister.
“Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli
tical advisory body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.”
For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that
once seriously harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated.
Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p
ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.
Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.
”Green Book” won best picture at the Oscars, marking the final twist on a night of historic firsts, filled with suspense until the final prize.
Despite controversies surrounding the film, and many outspoken critics, the per
iod drama about race relations in the 1960s felt like a more conventional best-picture choi
ce than its two top rivals, both of which had to overcome key hurdles: “Black Panther” represented the fi
rst superhero movie to earn such recognition, while “Roma” not only would have been the first foreign-lan
guage winner, but was likely hobbled by those who still see its distributor, Netflix, as an upstart in the movie world.
The Oscars compensated for a host-free ceremony with a nigh
t of breakthroughs, moving briskly through the categories in a concerted effort to sh
orten the run time, amid a night marked by greater inclusiveness and that spread the wealth among the nominees.
Award voters extended honors to a number of blockbusters, including “Black Panther,” which
earned several technical awards; and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biography of Queen and the band’s fron
tman, Freddie Mercury, earned four Oscars — the most of any film — including Rami Malek’s first for the central role.
red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id
ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st
reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.
In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia
l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co
nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.
Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la
st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall
ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net
work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.
d to persuade the world to use its 5G technology and not cave to pressure from Washington.
”This is not something that should be decided by politics,” Huawei’s chairman Guo Ping said on Sunday, ahead of the formal start of Mobile World Congress.
Guo said he was hoping “independent sovereign states” will make “independent decision
s based on their own understanding of the situation and will not just listen to someone else’s order.”
Huawei is taking the center stage at this year’s MWC in Barcelona. The event is expected to attract around 100,000 visi
tors. To get in, they will all need a badge like this, with a Huawei lanyard. pic.twitter.com/D6PRmZpqxe
— Ivana Kottasová (@IvanaKottasova) February 24, 2019
The US government is trying to convince its allies to shun Huawei equip
ment, which it says could be used by the Chinese government for spying. The company vehemently denies that claim.
”Just because you are from a certain country doesn’t mean your equipm
ent is not secure,” Guo said. He added that Huawei must abide by Chinese law and the
laws of countries where it operates. “Huawei will never, and dare not, and cannot violate any regulations,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence described Huawei as a “threat.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned other cou
ntries that using Huawei would make it more difficult for the United States to “partner” with them.
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming
event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.
The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.
The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c
are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.
It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”
”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri
enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement.
”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can
make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee
n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation
al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu
reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.
Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.
Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
are a number of our colleagues that are deeply unhappy, particularly about no-deal Brexit,” Soubry said, responding to a quest
ion about whether more Conservative MPs would follow their lead. “We do expect people to stand up for w
hat they know is right for our country, which is not a no-deal Brexit.”
The question now is whether the now 11-stron
g Independent Group will establish itself as a new party, and it if does, whether it will have any success at general election.
Britain’s electoral system makes it tough for any new political party to win re
presentation in Parliament. A group that broke from Labour in the 1980s, the Social Democratic Party, fizzled after some early successes.
But small parties can nevertheless wield significant influence over larger ones. “UKIP is an example of a party that won su
fficient votes to frighten the Conservatives into changing its policy very significantly, ultimately forcing a vote
on Brexit,” Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, told CNN on Tuesday.
Council, was critical of Trump at a rally Saturday.
”The US has long been dealt blows by our country and our region and thus regularly bares its warmongering teeth,” Shamkhani said, according to state-run Press TV.
”And when a missile is tested thousands of kilometers away, after (issuing empty) threats, all their preside
nt does is put out a tweet,” he said in an apparent reference to North Korea’s missile tests.
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Shamkhani said the United States is rethinking the election of Trump.
”American politicians and people are having second thoughts about their choice of presi
dent and acknowledge that the US has been defeated in materializing its foreign policy,” Shamkhani said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that Iran must resist the United States.
”Giving in to the US will make it impudent; the only way is to resist,” Khamenei said.