Chinese Gov’t ban children from playing games for more than 3 hours
China is banning children from playing online games for more than three hours a week, the harshest restriction so far on the game industry as Chinese regulators continue cracking down on the technology sector.
Minors in China can only play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays starting Sept. 1, according to a notice from the National Press and Publication Administration.
That limits gaming to three hours a week for most weeks of the year, down from a previous restriction set in 2019 that allowed minors play games for an hour and a half per day and three hours on public holidays.
The new regulation affects some of China’s largest technology companies, including gaming giant Tencent, whose Honor of Kings online multiplayer game is hugely popular globally, as well as gaming company NetEase.
Tencent’s stock price closed down 0.6% at 465.80 Hong Kong dollars on Monday ahead of the regulator’s announcement. Its market capitalization of $573 billion is down more than $300 billion from its February peak, a decline equal to more than the total value of Nike Inc. or Pfizer Inc.
New York-listed NetEase’s stock was down about 9% at the market’s open.
The gaming restrictions are part of an ongoing crackdown on technology companies, amid concerns that technology firms — many of which provide ubiquitous messaging, payments and gaming services — may have an outsized influence on society.
Earlier this month, Tencent said it would limit gaming time for minors to an hour a day and two hours during holidays, as well as ban children under the age of 12 from making in-game purchases.
The company issued the curbs hours after a state-affiliated newspaper criticized the gaming industry and called games “spiritual opium.”
Regulators said in Monday’s notice that they would strengthen supervision and increase the frequency of inspections of online game companies to ensure that they follow the regulations closely.
Chinese authorities in recent months have targeted e-commerce and online education, and have implemented new regulations to curb anti-competitive behavior after years of rapid growth in the technology sector.
Last month, authorities banned companies that provide tutoring in core school subjects from making a profit, wiping out billions in market value from online education companies such as TAL Education and Gaotu Techedu.
Google Equiano subsea cable to begin operations in Nigeria by December
Google has announced that its 12,000km Equiano subsea Internet cable, which arrived in Nigeria in April, will be operational by December.
Equiano is now running through Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa, according to Google, and is expected to provide faster, lower-cost Internet to the continent by connecting St. Helena, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa with Europe.
The American company announced this yesterday at the second Google for Africa event, where it stated that more than 20% of the $1 billion announced last year to be spent on the region over the next five years has been adequately deployed.
According to a recent economic impact assessment conducted by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics, the cable would accelerate economic growth in Nigeria by $10.1 billion, South Africa by $7 billion, and Namibia by $260 million by 2025.
At the same time, Equiano is expected to indirectly create 1.6 million jobs in Nigeria, 180,000 in South Africa, and 21,000 in Namibia as the digital economy and peripheral sectors expand.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, announced the company’s intention to establish a new Google Cloud region in South Africa, its first on the continent, during the virtual event.
Pichai explained that the new Cloud Region would assist users, developers, businesses, and educational institutions across Africa in moving more information and tools online, improving customer access options, and creating jobs.
Nitin Gajria, Managing Director of Google Africa, stated that the company is collaborating with governments, policymakers, NGOs, telcos, business leaders, creators, and media to help accelerate Africa’s digital transformation.
“We believe in growing an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to support Africa’s digital transformation goals, which leads to more opportunities for businesses,” said Niral Patel, Director of Google Cloud Africa. Respect for the environment is part of our corporate ethos, which is why we operate the cleanest cloud in the industry, enabling sustainable digital transformation.
“Along with the cloud region, we are expanding our network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi. In doing so, we are building full scale Cloud capability for Africa.”
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China debuts first flying car in Dubai.
The first public flight of a “flying car” built by Chinese electronic vehicle maker Xpeng Inc took place in the United Arab Emirates, as the company works to launch the electric aircraft on international markets.
The X2 is a two-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft powered by eight propellers, two in each corner.
The manufacturer described Monday’s unmanned, 90-minute test flight in Dubai as a “important base for the next generation of flying cars.”
We are gradually transitioning to the international market “said Xpeng Aeroht’s general manager, Minguan Qiu.
We chose Dubai because it is the most innovative city in the world “Aeroht was added.
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17-year-old Kano boy builds Robot with exoskeleton remote control system.
Isah Auwal-Barde, a 17-year-old boy from Kano State, has created a robot that works with a robotic exoskeleton remote control.
An exoskeleton remote control is a system in which the robot is controlled by the person operating it through the demonstration of the person’s body parts.
Auwal-Barde on Saturday said he grew up with a passion for creativity.
He finished his secondary education at Government Secondary School (GSS), Sabuwar-Kofa, Kano, in 2021 and obtained seven credits in science subjects in the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
“It took me two years to invent the robot using local materials like DC motors, copper wires, pipes, corrugated cardboard as well as metal, among others, and the robot works with electricity. I want to be a robotics engineer so that I can be producing robots that can be used in addressing security challenges bedevilling the country,” he said.
The teenager showered praises on his father for his support.
“Now, I want to get a scholarship to further my education abroad to fulfil my dream of becoming a robotics engineer,” he said.
The teenager further stated that his prowess in robotics caught the attention of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) who sent delegates to
According to him, the delegation pledged to ensure that he is admitted to an indigenous university to study computer engineering.
“I have been giving him words of encouragement and telling him that he will become a robotics engineer in future,” said his father. “And whenever our electricity or electronics had faults, he was the one to repair them.”
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