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Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Warranted or not, the phrase “Made in China”, even in tech, evokes all sorts of negative imagery and emotions, mostly related to the quality or originality of said products. Never mind that nearly almost all smartphones, including the iPhone, could trace their origins to China, be it from components, manufacturing, or both. That bias, however, has led many to underestimate, even ignore the slumbering dragon that has now woken up and is taking the smartphone market by storm, much to the detriment of the old guard like Samsung and Apple.

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China unveils Mars mission probe and rover aiming at 2020 launch

China unveils Mars mission probe and rover aiming at 2020 launch

China announced its ambitious Mars mission back in January of this year, then came forward, and detailed its Mars plans even further in April. China has now stepped back into the space exploration limelight and unveiled the design for its Mars mission probe and rover that it wants to have ready to launch by mid-2020. For now the probe and rover have no names, China is holding a contest to name both components for the mission.

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China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

Public testing of autonomous cars in China has been put on hold, with regulators insisting automakers must wait until the government has figured out the necessary regulations. Several self-driving vehicle projects are underway in the country, but the moratorium means that, for now, prototypes can only be trialled on private facilities.

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Keecoo K1 is the newest ‘women-friendly’ smartphone, perfect for ladies’ hands

Keecoo K1 is the newest ‘women-friendly’ smartphone, perfect for ladies’ hands

Listen up smartphone-using women, no longer need you burden yourselves with the large, rectangular shape of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Now there's the Keecoo K1, a bright pink phone with a unique hexagonal shape that's been designed to fit the "small hands of women." As the first release from China's Keecoo Mobile, the Android-powered device features a plethora of gender stereotypes!

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Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

China's internet and e-commerce giant Alibaba made its entry into the automotive industry earlier this week with the unveiling its first car, the internet-connected OS’Car RX5. In development for over a year in partnership with the state-owned SAIC Motor Corp., the SUV runs Alibaba's own YunOS operating system and is packed with enough high-tech features and smarts to qualify it as an Internet of Things (IoT) device for the road.

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Apple sued in China for streaming 1994 propaganda film

Apple sued in China for streaming 1994 propaganda film

Is the honeymoon between Apple and China really over? After what seemed like the start of a beautiful, not to mention profitable, relationship, Apple has been hit with setback after setback in the notoriously impenetrable Chinese market. For this latest round, it is being sued by Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center, a subsidiary of the country's media regulator, for allegedly streaming a "propaganda" film hailing from 1994. The odd part is that Apple isn't the one streaming the said film but simply one of the apps available from its iTunes App Store.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

The next Samsung smartphone with an S Pen has appeared in a new set of specs leaked from microblogger "I Ice". This new set of specifications seems to confirm several of the more important details we'd been told in the past, like a 5.7-inch display with Super AMOLED technology. That same display is tipped to have 2K resolution (that's 2560 x 1800, like the Galaxy Note 5), and will come in two iterations - one with an Edge, one without.

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China government imposes new restrictions on search engine results

China government imposes new restrictions on search engine results

Chinese authorities have launched new regulations for the nation's search engines and the results they display to internet users. But as a country with some of the tightest controls over the internet, its use, and what information people have access to, China's new rules are actually beneficial for its citizens. Under the new rules, search engines are required to identify paid ads within search results, as well as verify advertisers.

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Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

In an announcement that should surprise nobody, Xiaomi has entered another new market with an electric bicycle. It's called the Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike, and it's just launched this morning in Beijing, China. According to Xiaomi's Vincent Khoo, "Xiaomi is not a smartphone company, but we are a technology company. Why not enter another field such as transportation?" This bike folds up, runs on a rather massive battery, and comes with its own app.

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iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

iPhone 6 almost banned in China via barely existing company

Over the weekend, Apple was almost dealt a fatal blow in China. The Beijing Intellectual Patent Office ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 infringed on patents held by a certain company named Shenzhen Baili, which would have meant sales of the smartphone would need to be suspended. Apple gained a slight reprieve while the ruling gets reviewed. Now it would seem that the company that sued it, as well as its parent company Digione, might not exactly be what they say, with Shenzhen Baili barely existing as a "flesh and blood" company.

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China’s new food guidelines try to curb nation’s meat consumption

China’s new food guidelines try to curb nation’s meat consumption

It's no secret that eating meat contributes to climate change; environmentalists and more have long urged the world's citizens to reduce the amount of meat they eat, replacing it with food that is more sustainable and easier on the planet. China recently issued revised dietary guidelines that reflect this, and it could lead to a drastic reduction in the nation's emissions related to meat consumption.

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