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China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

China completely opens wide its doors to gaming consoles

In late 2014, China lifted an almost 13 year old ban that prevented gaming consoles from being sold anywhere in the country. But that new freedom came with one caveat: the companies making and selling these consoles can only do business in one specialized area. Now China is removing even that, which will allow the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to sell their popular gaming hardware anywhere in the country. More than giving these foreign companies a new cash cow, this could also change the landscape of gaming in China, which is heavily slanted towards mobiles and PCs.

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Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple's Q3 2015 earnings report this afternoon suggested that a revenue of $49.6 billion was lead by sales in China and the iPhone. While the Apple Watch was also on the docket, Apple did not reveal any sort of sales numbers on the device. Instead the company suggests that sales of the Apple Watch surpassed their "Other" category, which isn't saying a whole lot. This earnings report was mostly reserved for the 35 percent year over year growth in sales of the iPhone.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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Samsung, Xiaomi phones are the most cloned devices in China

Samsung, Xiaomi phones are the most cloned devices in China

Perhaps you can consider it poetic justice. Samsung, and to some extent Xiaomi, have long been criticized for copying designs from Apple, but these manufacturers are also getting a taste of that medicine in even more massive degrees. Popularity does have its price, especially in China, which even today still has a stigma of rampant cloning, fakes, and pirated products. And it turns out, the favorite victims of smartphone clones are, unsurprisingly, those from Samsung and Xiaomi, proving that not even homegrown products are exempt.

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Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.

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OPM hack tipped in link to Anthem breach

OPM hack tipped in link to Anthem breach

The recent OPM hack that resulted in personal data on millions of federal workers being nabbed has been linked to the Anthem breach that happened earlier this year, at least according to sources who claim to have knowledge of the matter. The OPM breach hackers, which have been pegged as originating from China, is said to have been caused by hackers who have a different mission than the Chinese military hackers allegedly behind cyberattacks on US companies and organizations.

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Uber threatening to fire Chinese drivers involved in taxi protests

Uber threatening to fire Chinese drivers involved in taxi protests

Uber wants in on the China, and Chinese taxi drivers aren't too happy with that proposal. Uber is hoping that with over a billion people, China could be its golden goose in the global market. Traditional cab drivers have been protesting in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou and Uber is ordering its drivers to stay away or face consequences. Uber has sent two official messages to drivers in Hangzhou, ordering them to not to get embroiled in the protests and to leave immediately if they were already involved.

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Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba has announced its plans to create its own media streaming platform. Alibaba will be calling the new platform TBO, Tmall Box Office. TBO will run licensed domestic content from China was well as foreign content. The service even has plans to create its own in-house programs, as Netflix did with House of Cards. Competition is heating up as Chinese companies are in a bit of a spending war with each other, trying to gain market share in the emerging market of media streaming technology.

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US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

The recent hack of government data, at least according to those who know of the matter, is far worse than previously revealed. At least 4 million people were comprised, it was originally reported, but a recent letter to the OPM indicated that every single federal employee might have had some data stolen, including former federal workers. Now a second hack has been disclosed by sources, and it is said to have involved the theft of data related to intelligence employees and military personnel.

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HTC One ME sports HTC’s sharpest display, and you can’t have it

HTC One ME sports HTC’s sharpest display, and you can’t have it

This morning HTC revealed the HTC One ME, a device with a display pixel density of a whopping 564.85 PPI. With 1440 x 2560 pixels (otherwise known as "2K"), across its 5.2-inch display, this machine out-sharps the HTC One M9, a device with a 5-inch display at 1080p - that's 441 PPI. This new HTC One ME works with a brand new processor as well, MediaTek's Helio X10. This is a 64-bit mobile processor with a 2.2GHz octa-core CPU. This device will be appearing in China first in three color variations.

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