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Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

This morning the folks at Xiaomi have released their long-awaited "Mi Drone" to the masses in two editions. You'll find one version coming with a camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and one with a camera ready for full 4K. Mi Drone's more high-end version costs just a bit more than the lower end, and the lower end version will be "crowdfunded on the Mi Home app" starting on the 26th of May, 2016. And yes, that is very weird.

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Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

The folks at Xiaomi are set to reveal their first drone - at last. We've seen teasers for this device for what seems like months, having suspected that the device might come out as early as late last year. Now the company has all but confirmed the appearance of this device at their event this week. It's been tipped that several models will be introduced, the most of expensive of which will be in line with some of the more reasonably priced high-end personal drones - right around $600 USD.

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Minecraft to finally make its debut in China

Minecraft to finally make its debut in China

Minecraft may have captured the imaginations of gamers old and young, as well found a place in educational environments, around the world, but there's one significant population that still doesn't have access to the game: the people of China. Fortunately that's about to change, as developer Mojang and franchise owner Microsoft have announced that Minecraft will be launching in China thanks to a five-year partnership with NetEase, a local internet company.

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ZTE Axon 7 launching at Chinese event May 26

ZTE Axon 7 launching at Chinese event May 26

ZTE is set to launch a new flagship smartphone in China this month. The launch event will be held on May 26. The name many expected the device to go by was the ZTE Axon 2, which would follow the company’s traditional naming convention. According to the invites that have gone out to Chinese media, the flagship device launched at the show will be called the Axon 7.

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Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

For years now, people have been speculating on Apple's more formal entry into the automotive business, especially after Google revealed its self-driving car project. But while Cupertino remains coy on that matter, it is entering the industry through yet another door. It has just invested $1 billion in a Chinese company named Didi Chuxing, formerly Didi Kuaidi. While practically unheard of overseas, this company is seen to have single-handedly threatened Uber's dominance in the ride-hailing service market. And, quite surprisingly, Apple suddenly seems to want a piece of that as well.

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Newly discovered stick insect is world’s longest at over half a meter

Newly discovered stick insect is world’s longest at over half a meter

The bug you're seeing here is no doubt creepy as hell, but it also happens to be a new species of stick insect, and one that is now believed to be the world's longest insect in general. Discovered in China in 2014 in the Guangxi Zhuang region, scientists say it belongs to the Phryganistria genus, and measures an incredible 62.4 centimeters long.

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HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

The HTC 10 might in the end suffer the same fate as the HTC One (M7). Both smartphones have been warmly received and praised by critics and even users but ended up flopping in terms of actual sales. Of course, it's still too early to tell, but in China, the signs are quite damning. According to media, there have only been 251 pre-ordered units on two e-commerce platforms since the period started April 25. And the main reason for that is because HTC, for whatever reason, decided to offer only the gimped HTC 10 Lifestyle in China.

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Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

The term "iPhone" is synonymous with Apple the world over, but in China, where trademarks are often ignored, a court has ruled that's not exactly the case. Apple has lost a trademark suit in the country against the Beijing-based Xintong Tiandi Technology, which sells leather goods like phone cases and handbags under the product name "IPHONE." This means the Cupertino company no longer has exclusive use of the iPhone brand name in China, as it must share it with the local accessories maker.

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Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Uber and Alipay have announced a tie up that will make it easier for Chinese Uber users to pay for rides. Under the new agreement Chinese travelers can pay for rides using either the Uber or the Alipay apps in all 400 cities where Uber operates. Alipay currently boasts over 450 million active users.

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China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants to have its own rover rolling around Mars by the year 2020, and it said in a recent statement that its efforts are proceeding as planned. The project would involve sending a spacecraft to orbit Mars, then have it land on the planet where it — or a rover it deploys — will travel around much like the Curiosity, Opportunity and former Spirit rovers. China has had previous success landing its own rover on the moon.

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China to develop floating nuclear plants to power island projects

China to develop floating nuclear plants to power island projects

China is looking into building a floating nuclear power platform that could be sent into the South China Sea to help power construction projects on islands. According to the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Director Liu Zhengguo, China is planning to construct however many are needed to meet market demands, which he said is “pretty strong.” Past reports indicated China planned to develop 20 of the floating nuclear stations.

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Chinese gov’t reportedly behind iTunes Movies, iBooks shutdown

Chinese gov’t reportedly behind iTunes Movies, iBooks shutdown

The Great Firewall of China strikes again, or so this New York Times report claims. Last week, hundreds of Apple device users in China suddenly found themselves blocked from the company's iTunes Movies and iBooks services, which was just launched in the country last September. Although no official statement has been made yet, the report claims that a Chinese regulator is behind the shutdown. Rather than a simple isolated case, the move is being painted as part of a larger crackdown on foreign companies operating in China.

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