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s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne
t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo
us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o
ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.
He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni
ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.
Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons
truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co
nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
hinese sales of passenger vehicles, MPVs, SUVs and minivans in March dropped 12 percent on a yearly basis to 1.78 million units.
This is the 10th consecutive monthly decrease, according to the C
hina Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Changjiang Times reported.
The MPV sector saw the largest sales decline, 20.2 percent to 130,000 units in the pas
t month, while SUVs and sedans dropped 10.7 and 12 percent, respectively.
The decreases in 2019’s first quarter are mild compared with those at the end of the last year, CPCA said.
As the State-VI emission standards will be implemented from July 1 this
year, some Japanese brands have launched corresponding products ahead of their co
unterparts, and performed well in sales and consumer confidence, CPCA said.
“Automobile sales in North China, and those in the county and township level, are still weak,” the association added.
Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that
the company announced in 2017 on t
he same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.
The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at
once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.
While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, chargi
ng three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challengi
ng. Furniture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three
phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.
In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will
not achieve our high standards.”
“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,”
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engin
eering, said in the statement. “We continue to believe that the future is
wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”