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Baidu Smart Bike rolls with onboard navigation, activity trackers

Baidu Smart Bike rolls with onboard navigation, activity trackers

How would you like to roll with a bicycle that's able to charge your smartphone? How about one that works with onboard navigation? One that monitors your health while you ride? All of these bits and pieces work with the Baidu DuBike, a smart bicycle created by the Chinese search engine company, one that'll be released in China very, very soon. For the moment though, details are limited to features - no pricing or distribution is prepared for the public at this time.

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A “version of” Google Play may come to China

A “version of” Google Play may come to China

If you’re in China, Google is hard to come by. The search company pulled out of China in 2010 due to repeated hacking attempts and censorship. There’s also the sticky situation of China’s desire to have all information about Chinese users stored in their country. We’re not sure how, but a new report suggests Google will be bringing — of all things — the Play Store to China. Well, a “version of” the Play Store, at least. Light on details, the new report is intriguing nonetheless.

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Apple adds China UnionPay to its list of partners

Apple adds China UnionPay to its list of partners

Continuing its courtship of the Chinese market, Apple has just announced that its App Store has just added UnionPay as a payment option in the region. Being the only domestic bank card network in China, UnionPay's presence will make it much easier for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to get their app fix, no matter their actual credit card. This also makes it easier for them to get hooked into the app-buying fever, which could very well boost China's position as Apple's second largest app consumer.

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OPPO N3 camera turns on its own, R5 vying for thinnest title

OPPO N3 camera turns on its own, R5 vying for thinnest title

OPPO did reveal the the OPPO N3 today, but that wasn't the only thing it had in store. Aside from a new roster of accessories, the Chinese OEM also announced the OPPO R5 to the crowd as well. Both are intriguing smartphones, especially if you're in the Chinese market. The OPPO N3 turned out to be everything we gathered it would be, auto-rotating camera and all. The OPPO R5, on the other hand, has just probably successfully claimed one of the most coveted title of all: the thinnest smartphone in the world.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

As language challenges go, learning Chinese has to be one of the toughest, never mind doing what Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has achieved and picked up enough Mandarin to handle a Q&A session in Beijing entirely in the native tongue. Zuckerberg surprised students at Tsinghua University by breaking into Chinese from the outset of the question session; Facebook is on a charm offensive in China, where the social site is officially blocked, though expansion wasn't the only strong motivation to expand his linguistic abilities, however.

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Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi is growing out of its shell. It has already started making some of its devices, unfortunately not always the latest ones, available in other countries, hoping to replicate the same wild success it enjoys in China. But in order to scale better to an international audience, especially as far as its services are concerned, the company is now also relocating some of its data away from Beijing and into other territories, some of them in the US. But is that really the only reason for this move?

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iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were done on people attempting to access the iCloud webpage. There weren’t any attacks on the iCloud servers themselves, nor were there any drops of user information. Apple does, however, suggest that you pay attention to "certificate warnings."

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China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

While Apple fans, both around the globe and in China, might be celebrating the availability of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the country, they should probably start rethinking their merry thoughts, depending on their beliefs on how much the government should be able to access about their personal lives. A report is now surfacing that the Chinese regime is using its famous (or infamous) "Great Firewall of China" to compromise the security and privacy of iCloud users using an age-old man-in -the-middle attack.

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iPhone 6 Plus buy in China might come with tailored pants

iPhone 6 Plus buy in China might come with tailored pants

Be honest, now: you went into the Apple Store to check the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus out, didn’t you? When you did, I’d venture a guess that the iPhone 6 Plus just seemed a bit too big for most of you, and that’s alright. The biggest iPhone ever won’t please a lot of users, but for those who just can’t pass up the big screen, problems persist. A big concern is whether or not it will actually fit in your pocket, but one Chinese carrier thought ahead.

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