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Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Seems like it's an investment run this week. After the rumored Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, Inc., another startup is getting an infusion of cash from a giant. This time, that startup is former crowdfunding darling OUYA and the giant is Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Word on the street is that Alibaba is investing around $10 million in OUYA with the goal of putting OUYA's catalog of Android games inside Alibaba's set-top boxes for the Chinese market.

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Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

At 15-meters long, Qijianglong (pronounced “CHI-jyang-lon") was not a small dinosaur. Half of its length was made up of neck, while a tiny head sat on one end and a four-legged hulk of a body sat at the other. The digging site at which this animal was found was first discovered in 2006, and only now have paleontologists gotten to a point where they're comfortable confirming the new species, long neck and head included. This creature is from the mamenchisaurids family and the sauropodomorpha (sauropod) suborder - long necked, plant-eating dinosaurs found all around the world.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Apple crushes it in China

Apple crushes it in China

Perhaps you expected that Apple's last seven quarters in China were going to be an indicator of a less-than-stellar holiday quarter reported this week? Analysts like Ben Bajarin suggested earlier this month that Apple's China iPhone sales would be monstrous, and could very well overtake sales in the USA - as it turns out, this wasn't very far off the mark. With $16,144,000,000 in profit in Greater China this quarter alone, year-over-year change was a whopping 157%, and Apple boosted sales in China quarter-to-quarter by 70%.

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Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

This week the folks at Cablevision released a WiFi calling service called Freewheel without the iPhone and without the Samsung Galaxy S5. What does this say to the two biggest names in smartphone manufacturing inside the United States? What does it say to those consumers that seek out Samsung or Apple because they've seen their friends using said brands on phones? It says - clearly - that you don't need a top-end phone to go about your normal, everyday smartphone business. And you don't need a Galaxy phone or an iPhone to launch a nation's-first service like all-WiFi calling.

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iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

When it became clear that Apple was going to be able to enter China to grow their worldwide smartphone sales market, it was expected that this would be a major expansion. What we're hearing today is that Apple's sales of iPhones in China this quarter very likely surpassed those here in the United States. Estimates come from UBS and Creative Strategies, both analyst groups suggest that Apple's next quarterly earnings run-down will be a bit of a shocker.

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Apple may allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on products

Apple may allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on products

According to a new report from The Beijing News, Apple will begin allowing the Chinese government to carry out security inspections on its devices that it sells in the country. The purpose for this agreement would be to address China's recent fears about iOS devices allowing access to sensitive information from both customers and the government. The deal was reportedly made between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of the director of Chinese State Internet Information Office.

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China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China is cracking down on VPN services with ‘upgrade’

China has been cracking down on Internet freedoms lately, having blocked Gmail last month and been pegged for a man-in-the-middle attack against Microsoft's Outlook recently. A new report shows that isn't the end, however, with word surfacing that the Chinese government has now set its sights on VPN services. Some VPN users inside the nation have reported being unable to use their VPN service, and the reason is said to be due to a Great Firewall "upgrade".

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Mansion and apartment block created using 3D printer in China

Mansion and apartment block created using 3D printer in China

Last year news began surfacing of industrious folks who had big dreams -- literally big -- for 3D printing, namely using the technology to "print" houses one layer at a time. One Chinese company in particular demonstrated this last year by printing single homes, and it seems it has been busy refining the technology since then. Latest among its creations are two massive structures, both likewise created using 3D printing: a mansion and an apartment block. Both of them are said to be proof-of-concept creations, but they demonstrate how the future of affordable, quickly-produced homes might come about.

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Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Watchdog GreatFire.org, which we've previously spoke of, has reported that Microsoft Outlook users in China were attacked over the weekend, something that has notably followed the nation's blocking of Gmail. It was reportedly a man-in-the-middle-attack that targeted those using IMAP and SMTP to get their email in a client, and though there are no official reasons for why it happened or who was responsible, GreatFire has some speculation about what went down and who was responsible for the breach.

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