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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-07-30 13:36

Chinese animated film Ne Zha has proved to be a big winner in this summer's box office.[Photo provided to China Daily]

>'Ne Zha' tops box office

"Ne Zha," a Chinese animated film, continued to lead the Chinese mainland box office on Saturday, the China Movie Data Information Network said.

The film raked in about 224.72 million yuan on its second day of screening, accounting for nearly 67% of the daily total.

The fantasy film follows the birth and growing up of Ne Zha, a mythical male figure created in ancient China who is widely known as the incarnation of a lotus.

He is often depicted as a young hero standing on two flaming wheels in Chinese legends and literature such as the literary classic "Journey to the West."


Apple Store, Manhattan, New York, USA, North America [Photo/VCG]

>Siri records private moments

Apple's Siri voice assistant sends audio of private moments recorded without users' knowledge to human "graders" for evaluation, a whistleblower has revealed.

Recordings from Siri are fed to human contractors around the world, who grade the AI based on the quality of its response and whether its activation was deliberate, according to an anonymous contractor who spoke to the Guardian.

"There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on. These recordings are accompanied by user data showing location, contact details, and app data," the whistleblower revealed.

Apple said only 1% of daily Siri activations are used for grading purposes and the recordings are not associated with an Apple ID.


Seniors at a high school in Binzhou, East China's Shandong province, make a V for victory sign to encourage each other ahead of the gaokao, China's national college entrance exam, on June 2, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>More enrolled in colleges

China's gross enrollment ratio in tertiary education was 48.1% in 2018, registering a 2.4 percentage point increase from the previous year, according to official figures. There were a total of 38.33 million students enrolled in the country's universities and colleges, noted a statistical report on China's education in 2018 issued recently by the Ministry of Education.

Of the total enrollment, 2.73 million students were with post-graduate programs, including 389,500 in doctoral degree studies and 2.34 million for master degrees, the figures showed.

The number of students enrolled in full-time bachelor degree programs and full-time junior college diploma programs in 2018 was 16.97 million and 11.33 million respectively.



>Startups join space race

Chinese space startup iSpace, also known as Starcraft Glory, made history with the successful launch of its SQX-1 Y1 rocket. The launch sent two satellites and payloads into a 300-kilometer circular orbit and was the first time a private Chinese company put a satellite into orbit. The successful launch, which is considered a major step for private companies, came after two previous failed attempts by two other Chinese space startups.
近日,我国太空初创企业iSpace(星际荣耀)的双曲线一号遥一(SQX-1 Y1)运载火箭成功发射,将两颗卫星及有效载荷送入预定300公里圆轨道,这是我国民营公司首次将卫星送入轨道,标志着我国民企在太空探索之路上迈出了重要一步。此前,我国另外两家太空初创企业也曾尝试将有效载荷送入轨道,但以失败告终。

The 2016 China Space Whitepaper outlined appropriate mechanisms for space investment and encouraged private sector participation in space.

Over the following years, dozens of Chinese space startups have emerged, which are backed not only by national policy but also venture capital.

While the two failed launches raised skepticism, the success of iSpace is expected to inject renewed confidence in private sector space programs in China.


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