China has been successful so far in its first mission to the moon. The Chinese launched their moon mission, which landed on the moon on December 14. Both the Yutu Rover and the Chang'e-3 lander have functioned as designed so far. One of the biggest tests for both the pieces of Chinese equipment is set to begin soon.
The first-person shooter Battlefield 4 has had its fair share off odd events since the dawn of its arrival, but this newest China-based oddity has to take the cake. Due to the supposed discrediting of China’s national image in the futuristic plot line of the game, Battlefield 4 has been banned from sale as of this week. As quick as possible, says the Chinese Ministry of Culture, the game is to be removed from physical shelves as well as all China-based online sales channels.
Images and specs for the OPPO R1 have leaked, and the smartphone is looking to be a worthy update to the Chinese electronics company's R-series line of Android handsets. While the R1 will not be OPPO's flagship handset by any means -- those honors go to the Find-series and CyanogenMod-enabled N1 -- the R1 is a step up in most respects from the R819 released in August.
The Bitcoin is a virtual currency that traditionally has a very high value in the form of currency in the real world. Bitcoin has had a bad week with Norway dismissing it as a currency. A major bitcoin exchange in China, called BTC China, has hit the virtual currency hard after announcing that it would no longer accept deposits in Chinese yuan.
Telsa has begun taking orders for the Model S in China, with the first deliveries of the EV expected to begin early in 2014, and car industry analysts predicting a huge increase in demand. Having opened a showroom in Beijing in November, its first in the Chinese market, Tesla began accepting preorders online, taking reservation down-payments of around $41,000 apiece. However, the overall price of the car is expected to be considerably higher than in the US market.
China's Chang'e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover launched Dec. 1 and landed on the moon yesterday without incident, and now we're getting footage of the event. The photos and videos show the moon up close and personal. We're also seeing shots of both robots on the moon, apparently in full working order.
China's "Long March to the Moon" has placed a lander and a rover on the moon. The Chang'e-3 lander and her accompanying Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover arrived inside the right eye of the "Man in the Moon" this evening at 9:00PM Beijing time. This marks the first time in more than 40 years anyone has performed a soft lunar landing. All sources point to a successful deployment for the robot visitors.
A pension fund has sued IBM for $12.9 billion in revenue losses caused by the recent revelation of its partnership with the US Congress and the NSA to spy on Chinese customers. Many of China's companies pulled out of business arrangements with IBM after it became known that IBM was using its technology to collect customer information for the NSA. The suit cites IBM's open lobbying effort to persuade Congress to pass the bill allowing the spying program known as Prism.
Network security company FireEye has reported a coordinated malware attack on five European foreign ministries. The attack took place last August just prior to the G20 Summit in September. It was achieved by sending the ministries email attachments bearing file names pertaining to the primary topic of the summit: military options in Syria. Once downloaded, the files allowed the hackers to monitor communications and steal data from the host machines. FireEye believes the hackers are from China, but it stopped short of alleging collusion with the Chinese government.
One of the bigger keys in Apple's move into China for iPhone retail sales in China Mobile has signed their final deal: they'll begin orders this week. There's little doubt now that Apple will be making big plays for the international market with their iPhone devices, especially now that China sales are ramping up. China Mobile's first offering of the iPhone will begin with the newest device, the iPhone 5s.
The so-called "Google of China", Baidu, has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment on any of its online properties -- as has China Telecom. This near-synchronous cessation of payment transactions for the two companies in the digital currency, many believe, exacerbated the recent sudden downturn of Bitcoin's long and unprecedented rise in value. The USD Bitcoin value currently stands at $679.43 according to CoinDesk, down from $1,147 just before the People's Bank of China all but outlawed the payment option for banks.