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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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Redmi Note 2 and Mi Wi-Fi Nano launch in China

Redmi Note 2 and Mi Wi-Fi Nano launch in China

About this time last month the Redmi Note 2 smartphone was crossing TENAA to get the certifications it needed to launch. When that device showed up it was missing the fingerprint scanner that we had expected to see it bear. If you liked what you saw at TENAA, and happen to live in China the Redmi Note 2 is launching today.

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China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is making its way across the ocean to the western United States, according to new research. The report details ozone ('smog', essentially) from China being blown by winds across the Pacific ocean to the westernmost states, bringing with it negative health and environmental consequences, including irritation of the respiratory system. One of the researchers who participated in the study quipped that China is, essentially, "Exporting its air pollution to the West Coast of America."

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Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z1 with multi-talented home button

Another Chinese vendor has joined the smartphone scene, but this time it has the backing of Lenovo to add weight to its name. Simply called ZUK, the manufacturer has announced its first ever smartphone, aptly dubbed the ZUK Z1. A rather odd mix of old and new specs, the Z1 smartphone sports some interesting, if not perplexing, features. All wrapped in a very familiar package. And by that, we mean an overall design that you will most likely quickly associate with a rather fruity smartphone.

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