A new report published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at China's Nanjing University reveals the myriad of fossils found in northern China are, in all likelihood, the result of multiple volcanic eruptions that took place in excess of 120 million years ago. As a result of these, says the researchers, a Pompeii-like blanket of ash resulted in both encased and preserved carcasses.
There are a couple of reports out this week on the state of the mobile smart device industry, both of them centered on shipment and both of them suggesting that Android is doing exceedingly well. The first comes from Strategy Analytics and focuses on the entire year in smartphone shipments, suggesting that Android has "captured 79 percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide." Meanwhile ABI Research has suggested that the fourth quarter of the 2013 season has also shown itself to belong to Android, ringing in a cool 77% market share for the Google-made mobile operating system in smartphone shipments.
Tesla discussed its Model S pricing for the Chinese market yesterday, doing so alongside the launch of its online design studio in the nation. For Chinese buyers, the Model S will come with a 734,000 CNY price tag, a figure the auto maker has described as both risky and fair in comparison to its competitors' prices.
The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.
In a move that probably shocks nobody, the Chinese government has implemented a new rule that will require anyone who uploads a video online to register with their real names. No matter what justification China has for this, it will always be seen by people outside as yet another attempt to control citizens' freedom of expression.
Supposing you were at China Mobile's headquarters store in Beijing on the 16th of January, 2014, you may have been part of the iPhone launch - one that brought Apple CEO Tim Cook to the store to shake hands personally. This launch has been a long time coming, with Apple aiming to move into China for several years and China Mobile being one of the more important steps toward a large spread. Cook visited the headquarters store of China Mobile and helped with distribution - at least for the first few phones.
When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of a wave of releases that'd forever be called copycats. While devices like the Sony Xperia RAY have been appearing in gold for many moons now, there seems to be no end in sight for the odd, internationally tapped color set. Here we're seeing the LG G2 in a particularly interesting shade of the precious metal.
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.