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Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Right on the heels of the announcement that Apple Pay is launching in China in early 2016, Samsung has done the same, revealing that its own mobile payments system will be available in the country at around the same time. Similar to Apple, Samsung Pay has reached a deal with China UnionPay, the nation's bankcard association, allowing its cardholders to user their compatible Samsung smartphone to make NFC-based payments at QuickPass point-of-sale terminals.

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Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will arrive in China early next year, Apple has announced. The service will work with fifteen of the nation’s top banks and UnionPay. This follows a report form late last month claiming the service would launch in China soon. Once it launches, Apple users in China will be able to make payments by holding their iPhone or other Apple device near one of UnionPay’s QuickPass POS terminals.

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Disney launches $125 DisneyLife streaming device in China

Disney launches $125 DisneyLife streaming device in China

Disney has announced its own streaming device, however it's only heading to China at this time. The device, which features the iconic shape of Mickey Mouse's head, is specifically tied to a new subscription service called DisneyLife, which is the result of a new licensing agreement between The Walt Disney Company and Alibaba, one of China's largest online retailers. DisneyLife allows users to stream various forms of Disney content, including movies, cartoons, e-books, and music.

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Baidu’s self-driving car passes mixed road test with flying colors

Baidu’s self-driving car passes mixed road test with flying colors

Most of the autonomous cars you read about these days come from Europe and the US, and at least one from Japan. China, of course, isn't going to take that sitting down. A year ago, Baidu and BMW forged a partnership to bring China's first self-driving to China's highways by 2015. 2015 is all but over but at least Baidu has made some significant progress as far as tests go. The Chinese Internet giant has proudly announced how its modified BMW 3 was put to the test, driving through mixed roads and under very trying conditions. And it was able to arrive at its destination without incident, showing promise for what could be China's first fully-capable autonomous car.

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China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China has issued its first ever red alert in Beijing related to smog levels, doing so as the levels of pollution in parts of China reach all time highs. According to a state run news organization, this is the first time China has had to issue a red alert in the city, which is the highest warning possible. In this case, the warning has been issued due to the anticipated high levels of smog set for coming days; presently, the smog levels right now are touch lower than they were last week. It is anticipated smog levels will reach severe levels for three or more days.

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License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

Qualcomm, the highest profile mobile chip maker in the market, has just announced that it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, the highest profile Chinese mobile device maker. Based on the deal, Xiaomi will be paying to be granted the license to develop devices that use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technologies. Patent licensing deals like this aren't exactly extraordinary, but the implications for the two companies are quite significant, most especially for Qualcomm who is struggling to secure a stronger foothold in the Chinese market.

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ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

Chinese company ZTE enjoys healthy success both in China and the United States, and as such a new report isn't much of a surprise: ZTE plans to launch its upcoming Nubia Z11 smartphone in both China and the U.S. at the same time, something spurred in part by the widespread success of ZTE’s Z9 handset, which has sold more than half a billion units across the globe.

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Galaxy A7 second gen smartphone gets TENAA clearance in China

Galaxy A7 second gen smartphone gets TENAA clearance in China

Earlier this month we saw some images of the Galaxy A7 and its little sibling the Galaxy A5 leak. Those images gave us a look at the metal design of both smartphones. This week the second generation Galaxy A7 has cleared TENAA in China and has the certifications it needs to hit the market.

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Apple Pay tipped to launch in China February 2016

Apple Pay tipped to launch in China February 2016

It seems that Apple is ready to one up Google once again, this time in China. While the search giant is still just preparing its re-entry into the Chinese market via Google Play Store, Apple will already be leading the race when it comes to mobile payments. Insider sources claim that the Cupertino-based company has already struck deals with the country's four largest state-run banks, opening the possibility of Apple Pay launching as early as February next year, just in time for the Spring festival.

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Google tipped to launch Play Store in China next year

Google tipped to launch Play Store in China next year

The search giant might finally be ready to once again try its luck in the dragon's territory. Insider sources claim that Google will be launching a version of the Google Play Store customized specifically for China and its censorship requirements. If true, this would be the first time Google would be making available one of its products in the Chinese market since 5 years ago, not only sending a message about how important that market is, but also showing what it's willing to do to get there.

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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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