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Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

Chinese robot scores new longest distance walked record

A walking robot equipped with four legs has set a new “longest distance walked” record at 134 kilometers. The record was announced by Guinness World Records this week, which reports the robot was created by a team from China’s College of Automation of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. All in all, the robot walked just a touch over 83 miles in 54 hours, beating the last record holder.

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Huawei dethrones Xiaomi in China in smartphone shipments

Huawei dethrones Xiaomi in China in smartphone shipments

For the first time in known history, Xiaomi is no longer China's top smartphone dog, at least as far as shipment numbers are concerned. And it has been unseated by an unexpected rival. Not Samsung, not Apple. Research firm Canalys revealed that Huawei has overtaken Xiaomi in shipment numbers for the third quarter of 2015. While it's is undoubtedly good news for Huawei, who has been trying to make a name for itself in both local and global markets, it does not bode well for Xiaomi's plans to expand outside China.

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Apple steps up its clean energy programs in China

Apple steps up its clean energy programs in China

True to the promise it made last May, Apple has launched several programs that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its operations in China. But rather than just keeping the benefits to itself, it is moving to apply its environmental achievements to a wider range, including its own manufacturing partners in the country. And to prove that it isn't all just words, Apple announced that it has finally completed the construction of its 40-megawatt solar project in Sichuan Province which can power all of Apple's offices and stores in China and more.

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Glass bottomed Chinese bridge cracks days after opening

Glass bottomed Chinese bridge cracks days after opening

A week or so back we talked a bit about a new bridge that opened in China that had a glass bottom. Some may have wondered at the safety factor that goes along with a Chinese engineered glass panel standing between the person walking across the bridge and a 600 foot plummet to certain death.

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Karma Automotive ressurrects Fisker

Karma Automotive ressurrects Fisker

The folks at Fisker Automotive and Technology Group have changed their name to Karma Automotive. After declaring bankruptcy back in November of 2013, the company was acquired in February of 2014 by the Chinese auto-parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group. Chairman and founder of the group, Lu Guanqiu, was quick to suggest that he would "put every cent that Wanxiang earns into making electric vehicles" back in May of 2014 - fast forward to September of 2015 and the company appears to be back with a whole new name.

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Glass-bottomed bridge in China is 600-feet in the air

Glass-bottomed bridge in China is 600-feet in the air

A new tourist attraction opened in Shiniuzhai Geopark in Hunan central China this week. It’s said to be the longest glass bottom bridge in the world at 984 feet long and it is 590 feet over the canyon beneath it. The bridge was previously a wooden bottom bridge that was updated with glass to terrify visitors.

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Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks launch in China

Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks launch in China

Continuing its quest to conquer the Chinese market, Apple has announced the arrival of some of its entertainment apps and services to the country. For the first time ever, Chinese users will be able to enjoy Apple's entertainment ecosystem, or at least a part of it, through Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks. This opens up China's doors to a wealth of new content to devour and gives Apple a new market to chew on that is marked to be a billion strong.

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World’s smallest snail fits in the eye of a needle

World’s smallest snail fits in the eye of a needle

The world's smallest snail species has been discovered in southern China, and it is small enough that its shell fits in the eye of a needle. The snail species has been named Angustopila dominikae, and researchers determined the discovered snail is an adult, not a juvenile. Its shell measures a mere 0.03 inches from one side to the others. Half a dozen other species were also discovered, though they aren’t as small.

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China plans to put unmanned spacecraft on far side of the moon

China plans to put unmanned spacecraft on far side of the moon

In the history of mankind, only three countries have put spacecraft on the moon- the US, Russia, and China. China was the last country to do so with its lander placed on the surface of the moon in 2013. China now has bigger plans that will see it blaze a path into new lunar territory, assuming the mission is successful.

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Moto 360, Android Wear comes to China via Mobvoi

Moto 360, Android Wear comes to China via Mobvoi

We usually report the availability of devices in different countries, so this might sound like small news. But the official arrival of the Moto 360 in China is definitely huge, at least for Google and perhaps for Chinese consumers as well. For the first time, Android Wear will have Chinese voice search and voice control. This also marks one of Google's steps to take a piece of that market, something that it has been reported to be slowly doing through strategic partnerships with Chinese companies such as in this case.

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Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

We've seen homemade hardware mods that combine the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One into a single console before, but no one outdoes the Chinese when it comes to such shenanigans. Errr, wait, unless you were expecting something that actually plays PS4 or Xbox One games. Meet the OUYE, the Chinese crowdfunding console that looks exactly like a PS4, and comes with a controller that rips off the Xbox One's. It's not even a real gaming console, as it's actually an Android-powered micro-console, which means even the name is an OUYA ripoff!

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TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

TENAA shows off shots of the Huawei Mate 7s

In the US as a new smartphone prepares to come to market, it has to go through the FCC to get approvals it needs to be sold. China has a similar organization that gives approvals to devices being sold in the country, that organization is called TENAA. TENAA commonly tosses images of new smartphones that haven't gone official yet out to the public as it grants certifications and the latest smartphone to be spied getting certified is from Huawei.

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