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Expert: None of the Air Quality Detectors Sold in the Chinese Market Are Reliable

Xinhua carried an article reporting on the use of PM 2.5 detectors. [Editor’s note: PM 2.5 is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less. Referred to as "fine" particulates, they are believed to pose the largest health risk.According to an expert, none of the PM 2.5 detectors for home use that test air quality and are sold at China’s markets are reliable. The article stated that there are several hundred types of detectors sold on the market; the cost ranges from 100 yuan or less to several thousand. Both their accuracy and their reliability, however, are questionable. In a test discussed in the article, two different brands of detector gave two different results. The article also quoted the expert as saying that the state has not provided standard specifications for the air quality detectors in general; nor has the industry.

Source: Xinhua, July 25, 2016

Chinese Mobile Advertising Vendor Made Widespread Android Malware

Well-known Chinese IT news site ITHome reported on a widespread Android mobile malware called HummingBad. Its findings were based on research results that the leading U.S. information security company Check Point published. The Chinese mobile advertisement delivery vendor Yingmob made the HummingBad malware which has reportedly infected over ten million Android mobile phones. Over 50 Android mobile apps have HummingBad implanted that have delivered 20 million ads daily. This has generated a monthly revenue of US$300,000 for Yingmob. Technical experts have warned that the spread of the malicious HummingBad software could be used to do worse damage by stealing data on the mobile devices. [Editor’s note: According major U.S. technology news provider ZDNet, HummingBad has now infected 85 million Android devices across the globe.]
Source: ITHome, July 5, 2016

Xinhua: Sunway TaihuLight Became World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Xinhua recently reported that the TOP500 Organization, headquartered in Germany, ranked the new Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight the fastest in the world. The number two supercomputer is also Chinese, named MilkyWay-2. This is the first time China has more supercomputers (167) on the list than the United States (165). This is also the first time China made a supercomputer that uses all domestically designed and manufactured processors. Previous Chinese supercomputers all used U.S.-made key processors. The Sunway TaihuLight is two times faster and three times more efficient than the MilkyWay-2. The new supercomputer is deployed in the Wuxi Supercomputing Center in Jiangsu Province. Also among the top 10 supercomputers, four are from the United State. Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Saudi Aribia each have one. Supercomputers are playing a more and more important role in the fields of energy, medicine, airplane manufacturing, automobile and entertainment.
Source: Xinhua, June 20, 2016

Cuba Lifted Ban on Google and Facebook

Major Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily recently reported that Cuba announced its decision to lift its ban on Google and Facebook. Google also announced a willingness to assist Cuba in providing free Internet access. Chinese mainstream media did not report this news, but on Mainland social media, it quickly triggered a nationwide discussion. The biggest topic was that there are only two countries left in the world that still ban Google and Facebook – North Korea and China. To avoid having the Chinese authorities delete their postings, many Chinese netizens “protested the world’s attempt to isolate China from using Google.” Some expressed their “concerns” about the possibility that “North Korea might undergo a reform at any moment.” The primary Chinese search engine is Baidu, of which the Chinese government is a partial sponsor; the government actively filters it for censored content.
Source: Apple Daily, June 15, 2016

BBC Chinese: Chinese Official Media Gaining Ground on Facebook

BBC Chinese recently reported that official Chinese media channels such as the People’s Daily (newspaper) and CCTV (Chinese Central Television) are gaining popularity on the English Facebook platform. People’s Daily enjoys 18,923,312 followers, surpassing the New York Times. And CCTV has 25,838,015 followers, surpassing CNN. Most of the posts by these two channels are related to Chinese sightseeing, panda pictures and cultural reports. Sometimes there could be some news regarding South China Sea events and the U.S. Presidential Election. The front page stories these two carry in China never appear on Facebook. In the meantime, western studies raised some doubts. For example, a quarter of the People’s Daily followers were from India and Pakistan, as well as 12 million followers from Myanmar, which is one sixth of that country’s population. Facebook is blocked in China, so no Chinese domestic netizens can even read Facebook – very few can bypass the Great Firewall.
Source: BBC Chinese, May 18, 2016

Guangming Daily: China to Regulate Personal Information Collection and Safety Management

Guangming Daily carried an article that pointed out that the personal information safety violations of Chinese online users are very serious. The China National Information Technology Standardization Committee recently held a conference in which it disclosed that the committee plans to issue guidelines to standardize the personal information collection process. In particular, proper guidelines will be provided for businesses to collect customer information as well as for information management. According to a 2015 Investigation of Online Users Personal Information Safety Report, 63.4 percent of the telephone communication and online purchase information as well as 78.2 percent of the personal identification information including name, home address, personal ID number and employer information of the online users has previously been leaked.

Source: Guangming Daily, May 8, 2016 

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