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Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

We've seen homemade hardware mods that combine the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One into a single console before, but no one outdoes the Chinese when it comes to such shenanigans. Errr, wait, unless you were expecting something that actually plays PS4 or Xbox One games. Meet the OUYE, the Chinese crowdfunding console that looks exactly like a PS4, and comes with a controller that rips off the Xbox One's. It's not even a real gaming console, as it's actually an Android-powered micro-console, which means even the name is an OUYA ripoff!

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TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

In the US as a new smartphone prepares to come to market, it has to go through the FCC to get approvals it needs to be sold. China has a similar organization that gives approvals to devices being sold in the country, that organization is called TENAA. TENAA commonly tosses images of new smartphones that haven't gone official yet out to the public as it grants certifications and the latest smartphone to be spied getting certified is from Huawei.

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China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is making its way across the ocean to the western United States, according to new research. The report details ozone ('smog', essentially) from China being blown by winds across the Pacific ocean to the westernmost states, bringing with it negative health and environmental consequences, including irritation of the respiratory system. One of the researchers who participated in the study quipped that China is, essentially, "Exporting its air pollution to the West Coast of America."

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Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Another Chinese vendor has joined the smartphone scene, but this time it has the backing of Lenovo to add weight to its name. Simply called ZUK, the manufacturer has announced its first ever smartphone, aptly dubbed the ZUK Z1. A rather odd mix of old and new specs, the Z1 smartphone sports some interesting, if not perplexing, features. All wrapped in a very familiar package. And by that, we mean an overall design that you will most likely quickly associate with a rather fruity smartphone.

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Report: China’s spies have been reading US officials’ emails since 2010

Report: China’s spies have been reading US officials’ emails since 2010

China has been accused in recent months of orchestrating a massive hack against the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management, the insurance company Anthem, and more. According to a recently leaked report and unnamed government official, Chinese spies have also been reading emails from top Obama administration officials since at least April 2010. According to the leaked report, the email hack was first spotted in early 2010, and was codenamed both “Dancing Panda” and “Legion Amethyst” by the NSA. The report was made in 2014, and indicates the email breach was still actively happening at that time.

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Samsung will allow bloatware to be removed but only in China

Samsung will allow bloatware to be removed but only in China

Caving in to pressure, or perhaps the threat of a government lawsuit in China, Samsung has revealed that it will be issuing patches that will finally let users uninstall non-essential pre-installed apps, a.k.a. bloatware from their smartphones. This is definitely an unprecedented move for the OEM, one of the worst offenders when it comes to packaging 3rd party services and apps on their devices. Sadly, it's a development that, at least for now, is localized only in China and doesn't seem to have any effect on Samsung's other markets.

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Counterfeit iPhone makers busted by police in China

Counterfeit iPhone makers busted by police in China

Chinese authorities recently revealed details about the bust of a factory responsible for producing counterfeit iPhones. While this kind of thing happens all the time, and with all kinds of products, in China, the news is interesting in how many fakes they were making compared to their relatively small size. According to a report from Reuters, when the Chinese police shut down the operation, they had made over 41,000 knock-off iPhones which were valued at 120 million yuan, or roughly $19.3 million.

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China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

In late 2014, China lifted an almost 13 year old ban that prevented gaming consoles from being sold anywhere in the country. But that new freedom came with one caveat: the companies making and selling these consoles can only do business in one specialized area. Now China is removing even that, which will allow the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to sell their popular gaming hardware anywhere in the country. More than giving these foreign companies a new cash cow, this could also change the landscape of gaming in China, which is heavily slanted towards mobiles and PCs.

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Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple's Q3 2015 earnings report this afternoon suggested that a revenue of $49.6 billion was lead by sales in China and the iPhone. While the Apple Watch was also on the docket, Apple did not reveal any sort of sales numbers on the device. Instead the company suggests that sales of the Apple Watch surpassed their "Other" category, which isn't saying a whole lot. This earnings report was mostly reserved for the 35 percent year over year growth in sales of the iPhone.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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