Baidu Research, the research division of search giant Baidu, unveiled last night a speech recognition technology it has dubbed “Deep Speech.” According to an official release, Baidu’s team of artificial intelligence researchers in Sunnyvale designed Deep Speech to recognize and interpret voice input in noisy environments like restaurants, where ambient noise or other factors can muddle accuracy.
Earlier today Here, the maps service owned by Nokia, announced a partnership with Baidu that will see it power the Chinese search giant’s mapping technology outside of China. According to a release from the Finnish company, Baidu Maps’ first Here-powered market will be Taiwan, with other countries expected to roll out soon. The news marks a minor but noteworthy development as China’s internet giants seek to expand their footprints abroad.
Indonesia has long been considered a mobile-first country, since users from its current generation onwards will get their first taste of the internet via their mobile devices. It is imperative for any company looking to break into Indonesia to understand these users better. If you’ve been wondering about the Indonesia market, you’d probably want to look at Baidu Indonesia’s report on the country’s mobile internet users, released at Startup Asia Jakarta 2014.
If China’s top Internet search engine controls Chinese literature the way it delivers Internet search results, be prepared for Baidu.com to censor, misrepresent, and deliver books to Chinese readers in a way only a book-burner could love. Baidu is now extending its government-influenced Internet monopoly into the Chinese literature sector. Baidu Literature announced its establishment and revealed a complete structure covering several sub-brands like Zongheng.com, 91 Panda Book, and Baidu Shucheng.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu, Inc. recently announced it’s established a literary website by integrating a number of existing websites under its name. The literary websites now under Baidu’s banner include 91 Panda Reading app, Zongheng and Baidu Shucheng. Zhang Dongchen, Baidu’s vice president, said the company plans to focus on original online novels and take advantage of its platform. It will collaborate with game companies, TV and film production studios to transform its original novels.
Baidu, China’s top search engine company, now gets more traffic on mobile than it does on desktop computers. This little nugget of info is hidden in plain sight in Baidu’s Q3 earnings report (PDF link), which came out last night. “This is quite significant,” says Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, in an email exchange with Tech in Asia. “To be a bit more specific, average daily mobile traffic surpassed average daily PC traffic,” he adds, emphasizing that this refers to total traffic, not just search queries.
Chinese Internet technology company Baidu, Inc. has stepped into the geolocation technology arena, an emerging technology currently captivating retailers and other industries. The company invested US$10 million last month in Finnish-based mapping service provider IndoorAtlas to develop new GPS systems. IndoorAtlas had already developed computer software that lets a compass in smartphones identify a person’s indoor location using the Earth’s geomagnetic fields, instead of relying on wireless signals.
Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures announced today that it has closed a fourth round of funding worth a total of US$194 million. And interestingly, this latest round includes investment from “several leading Asian strategic investors” including Chinese tech companies Baidu and Qihoo 360. Carmel Ventures did not disclose how much either of the Chinese tech giants invested, and a representative from Baidu confirmed to Tech in Asia that the company had participated in the funding round but declined to comment further.
Chinese Internet services company Baidu, Inc. is currently using deep learning algorithm, a new subfield of artificial intelligence (AI), to improve its search engine technology and other computing tasks. Deep learning is an area of machine learning that intends to train computer hardware and software to replicate the behavior of the human brain by using data representations. Andrew Ng, former artificial intelligence chief of Google, is currently leading Baidu’s AI research and development lab in Silicon Valley, California.
Chinese web giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) today launched a new personal investment fund that lets users crowd-invest in upcoming movies and television shows. Baifa Youxi (百发有戏; translates to “Baifa Me”) promises the same eight percent interest rate as the original Baifa fund, with returns reaching as high as 16 percent, according to Techweb.
Alibaba will be the third-biggest internet company in the world by market cap if analysts’ estimates hold up. It will surpass both US ecommerce giant Amazon and Chinese rival Tencent. Chinese companies take up four of the top 10 spots and make up three of the top six. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) sits at number six, while JD (NASDAQ:JD) rounds out the top 10. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) leads by a long shot with nearly twice the market cap as runner up Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).
Zhang Yaqin, the man who helped build Microsoft’s biggest technology research operation outside of the United States, is leaving the software giant to join Chinese online search powerhouse Baidu. Sources close to Baidu said Zhang would be named president for new business and become an integral part of the company’s senior management. He would report directly to Robin Li Yanhong, the co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Baidu.
The Chinese government already has direct access to the online activity of the country’s netizens, and that access is about to get even more pervasive through a new wearable technology from China’s top search engine. The newly-launched BaiduEye prototype was unveiled yesterday at the Baidu World 2014 conference. BaiduEye does not need a screen and users can give commands to BaiduEye by gestures like circling an item in the air with a finger or picking up the item to realize recognition and analysis of the item.
Chinese search giant Baidu has invested US$10M in IndoorAtlas , a Finnish startup that develops smartphone technology to track real-time movement indoors. The company will use the funds to improve its research and development, and it will also enter an exclusive agreement with Baidu that will bring its mapping technology to the Chinese market.
China’s largest tech corporations are rushing to penetrate an industry that’s historically not tech-savvy – brick-and-mortar retail. Dalian Wanda Group, a conglomerate best known for its chain of movie theaters , has launched a US$814 joint ecommerce venture with Baidu and Tencent for the purpose of accelerating the three firms’ reach for in-store mobile payments. Tencent and Baidu have confirmed news of the venture with Tech in Asia.
The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.
Chinese search engine Baidu and the United Nations Development Program are hoping to streamline the recycling of e-waste in China with a new app that can help users easily sell their old electronics for cash. The Web-based app called “Baidu Recycle Station” launched Monday as part a new joint lab established by the Chinese company and the U.N. group. The lab will use Baidu’s Internet services and data analytics to develop programs targeted at helping the environment, health care, education and more. Baidu has already been working to analyze data from the Internet for applications as various as forecasting flu outbreaks and predicting the outcome of the World Cup.
Deep learning has been a hot topic in recent times, particularly after Google brought it to the forefront of the tech industry with Google Brain that started in 2011. Early this year, the internet giant went further to step up its efforts in deep learning with its acquisition of artificial intelligence startup DeepMind, scooping up its talented team. There is, however, another serious contender in the deep learning space that most people in the US may not have heard of — and that’s Baidu, commonly known as ‘China’s Google.’
Chinese search engine company Baidu announced in Tianjin that the company’s developer start-up center in the city has been formally established. This is Baidu’s newest regional start-up center following those already operational in Chengdu and Xiamen. This new Tianjin Baidu developer start-up center is located in Hongqiao district. With an office area of over 3,000 square meters, it can accommodate more than 20 start-up teams.
Two months after Google unveiled its driverless and steering wheel-less car prototype, it turns out that Chinese search engine giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is working on the same tech as well. A Baidu representative confirmed to Tech in Asia this afternoon that it’s working on a self-driving car, but stated that the program is “at a very early stage.” This came in response to rumors on Chinese tech blogs earlier today. The Baidu driverless car project is being driven by its “deep learning” labs. No other details are available at this time. Baidu has R&D labs in this specialist arena in both China and Silicon Valley.