Hello from Shunyi for Thursday 10th June, almost middle of the year. Again we are looking at a short round up of China Tech, Marketing, Social Media and business news making headlines in China for week 23 of 2021. In this issue we look at, or revisit sextortion, is TikTok following Huawei another look at Huawei, Smart Retail in China and yes, again those Elephants. Got something you fancy hearing about or sharing? Use our contact from or leave a comment.
About this time last month, 7th May to be precise, we wrote – in depth- about the uptick in the olde Bitcoin Sextortion scam. You know the one;
Its been around since about 2018 with a slight variation during the Covid lockdown to focus on Zoom meetings. Last month we exposed it for what it is, a fake, a scam, pack of lies and we discussed some of your options and ways you can report this.
The particular email used to scam us is a fake, a fraud. We never use it but leave it open as “bait.” That way we are abreast of what is happening. Today we were hit again, but a new variation. This time, the scammer indicates our cloud storage has been compromised and, again, the same sad, tired old story; he has access to our secret business deals, sex videos etc and would like some money. The problem here is, we do not have any cloud storage.
We feel for too long now, the issue of Internet security has been largely ignored by Josephine Public as just something that impacts organisations. We are hope, that along with the recent International police sting, Trojan Shield, making big headlines, more everyday people will start to take security more seriously. After all, in many cases, it is your unsecured PC that helps scam your bank out of your money~
As of today scammers a have wised up a little and know that they are being reported. They have switched to using the bc1 system: bc1qej30uk9medzyykvaghg38dtry7xuyc0f3fzg78.
This format is currently not supported by the Bitcoin reporting system we talked of earlier. However, you can still report it here and to Spam Cop and your local fraud squad. Short story is, no matter what the Bitcoin address it is still a fraud, a lie, report it, ignore it and do not pay. This site provide some useful background and info on the various Bitcoin scams and what you can do.
If you missed our May article and are being spammed with scam messages, you can catch it here; Bitcoin Sextortion – What do do?
Tiktok- woes or sign of the times?
Around the end of last month, May 31, it was reported that; Europe Gives TikTok One Month to Answer Claims It Endangers Children adding a little more pressure to the app already feeling the heat from the US claims it is a security threat.
In a more recent article, Caixin reported it seems to be facing a downturn in subscribers;
Last month, the ByteDance-owned short video app amassed more than 80 million downloads worldwide, representing a dramatic drop from the same period of last year, when the app was downloaded more than 112 million times globally, according to a report by research firm SensorTower.caixin
The article suggests that waning popularity may be due to political backlash; TikTok Retains Top Spot, But Will it Last Amid Global Backlash? However we can’t help wondering if TikTok may not be a victim of its own success? We appear to be living in times when human nature is always searching for the “next big thing.” Especially the current younger gen. TikTok, for all its brilliance does really only have a limited application. Survivors, such as Facebook offer more. Caixin may be right, but today’s consumers are very fickle, easily bored and not so brand loyal.
Huawei goes Open Source
Tuesday Huawei announced that their relativity new operating system, Harmony, will become available to open source developers. This has likely been well covered internationally as another arrow in their quiver to be a leading contender for IOT devices. However, it may also be a shrewd move as a hedge against future claims of security threat, non transparency in its bit to become a serious Android alternative. If you missed the fanfare, you can catch it here in a Caixin premium article: Huawei Makes HarmonyOS Open Source to Boost It as Android Alternative.
Smart Retail in China
The following is an interesting article courtesy of the China People’s Daily looking at Smart retail in China. New advances such as unmanned supermarkets, mini-program shopping and virtual fitting rooms, are offering consumers a variety of highly personalised products and services. E-commerce in particular is adopting smart retail to gain a deeper understanding of consumers needs. Driven by big data technology, e-commerce platforms can remember consumers’ habits, providing recommendations to them when they shop online. Personally, we can see this quickly becoming irritating, much as the KFC etal suggestive sell back in the 80’s. However, smart retail also facilitates – great word – customer convenience and UX by directing them to pages and goods a they are looking for without need of search or browsing. Please read the full article here: Technologies bring retail revolution in China
Elephants in China
Yep we are closing off with the big guys again. What strted iut as a local- as in China- feel good story has muchroomed into gloabl mews. Unual for Aim2D to be ahead of the curve. Anyway, we cam across this quote, whihc led to us-tongue in cheek – ask if this is aport of a promotion and the elephants were pid to peform. (kidding of course)
Kunming is to host the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity’s Convention of Parties to discuss topics such as human-wildlife conflict, and “this is a real-time example of the importance of addressing the issue and its root causes for the benefit of both wildlife and people
Our latest update comes courtesy of TVNZ One News ( via Associated Press) complete with a couple of cute videos: With visits to car dealership and retirement home, China’s wandering elephants become international stars
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