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China's education tech startups score new pupils in pandemic

AI homework app from Zuoyebang finds answers in a flash

When users send photos of problems through Zuoyebang's homework-help app, artificial intelligence provides the answers along with an explanation. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

BEIJING -- Educational technology companies are booming in China, propelled by artificial-intelligence-equipped startups, as students find online platforms a convenient way to keep learning during coronavirus restrictions.

Beijing-based startup Zuoyebang has picked up about 50 million users over the past year, and now boasts a total of 170 million.

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