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For our first edition, we’re already breaking with tradition: covering off June’s biggest Asia tech stories here and now…
Week 1: June 2020
Huawei cleaned up at this year's Tmall 618 live sale event
Huawei Takes All: Tmall Broadcast Sales Top RMB100 Million
Date: 06 June, 2020
Electronics giant Huawei stole the show at shopping network, Taobao’s live ‘Tmall 618’ mid-year sales event. As well as being the first brand to broadcast this year, Huawei’s sales topped RMB100 million (over US$14 million) from this single event.
Week 2: June 2020
Ready for rollout: Panshenzi's coronavirus test kit
Another Chinese COVID-19 Detection Kit Is FDA-Approved
Date: 08 June, 2020
Beijing Panshengzi Gene Technology Company announced that its new coronavirus detection kit (Genetron SARS-CoV-2 RNA Test) is sanctioned for use under the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Week 3: June 2020
The most sophisticated piece of kit your wrist will ever meet
Wearable Upgrade Is World’s Most Powerful Human Sensor
Date: 15 June, 2020
Chinese tech company, Huami, released its eagerly anticipated, upgraded BioTracker 2 wearable. As well as heart rate, exercise, and personal health assessments; wearers can now monitor their blood oxygen and sleep levels.
Week 4: June 2020
No such thing as a free ride? Or is there...?
Free Unmanned Taxi Rides In Guangzhou
Date: 23 June, 2020
Gaode Taxi and autonomous driving company, Wenyuan Co. have officially launched ‘Robotaxi’: an unmanned taxi service which will offer Guangzhou residents free rides during their first month.
Week 5: June 2020
Taiwan's Chunghwa: Backing 5G all the way
Taiwan’s All-In On 5G
Date: 30 June, 2020
Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom finally made its 5G network public on 30 June. As an incentive, the company’s currently offering early bird tariffs – starting at NT$599 (over US$20) per month for 24GB of data.
618: Mid-year shopping festival
Taobao: The biggest shopping platform in China (a.k.a. Chinese eBay), an Alibaba company
Tmall: An official version of Taobao (a.k.a. Alibaba’s Amazon)
Stock markets across Asia push higher on hopes of further government stimulus
Markets Summary: https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/stocks/world-indexes/asia-pacific
And the award for the ‘Most Committed Pokemon Go Hunter’ goes to…
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