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Bluboo D1 is an $80 smartphone with dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor

Bluboo D1 is an $80 smartphone with dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor

Bluboo, a company based in Hong Kong, has taken the wraps off a new Android smartphone that features dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a price tag that tops out at $80. That likely makes this the cheapest smartphone available at the moment with such features, giving budget shoppers an opportunity to get in on the dual-camera game. Depending on how many units are ordered, the Bluboo D1's price goes as low as $9.99 each.

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China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

A Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country's Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, marking a significant achievement for the nation's space agency. The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship was launched on April 20th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Southern China, and is the first such supply delivery mission to the space station. Once the spacecraft arrived, it connected to the station via automated docking process.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 6, a sleek Android smartphone with a bunch of high-end features, including USB-C, a ceramic back (with the Exclusive Edition), 3D curved glass, optical image stabilization, dual rear cameras, and more. This follows several leaks surrounding the handset, which Xiaomi says achieved a 184,292 AnTuTu benchmark score. Storage capacity goes up to a huge 128GB.

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Apple didn’t copy iPhone design in China, says Beijing court

Apple didn’t copy iPhone design in China, says Beijing court

Apple has finally caught a break in its rather tumultuous relationship with the Chinese market. The Cupertino-based company has long been trying to woo one of the world's largest smartphone markets with mixed results. While iPhones are indeed popular in China, Apple has been experiencing rather strong opposition not just from rivals but also from government agencies and patent holding entities. At least Apple has gotten a slight reprieve now that the Beijing Intellectual Property Court has overturned a previous ruling that found Apple guilty of copying a design patent for the iPhone 6.

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Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

The Huawei Mate 9 represents a real maturation of Huawei in a number of areas - most importantly in the company's dedication to a solid final product. What we've seen from Huawei in the past is a set of fairly good or really great components mixed with questionable execution. Here in the year 2017, Huawei has a smartphone that's ready to compete with the biggest brands in the United States, as well as the rest of the world.

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Ford sets the 2017 F-150 Raptor loose in China

Ford sets the 2017 F-150 Raptor loose in China

Ford has taken its super-truck, the 2017 F-150 Raptor, to China, cashing in on the growing appetite there for unusual Americana. Chinese buyers are getting a special version of the Raptor especially designed for the market, complete with a tweaked example of Ford's EcoBoost engine. Initially, only one body-style will be offered, however.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review: Curved-edge Values

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review: Curved-edge Values

This week we're having a peek at the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, a device released internationally at a key time in the company's history. Given the look and the feel of the device at hand, this is also a key time for the company to do battle against one of its biggest adversaries in the market: Samsung. With no new Galaxy Note on the market and the Galaxy S7 Edge nearing a year old, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 looks - on the surface, at least - to be able to offer an alternative to Samsung defectors.

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LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

This week the folks behind LINE chat app have given the app an update it's needed for quite a while. With this update, users are finally able to send photos and videos at the same time. Where before, separate windows were needed to send photos and video, now they'll be able to be selected all from the same screen. It'll feel unnatural for users are first, but after a few tries, it'll feel like it's always been this way.

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Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

It's time to do a duel between two of Xiaomi's most popular "Note" devices - the Note 4 and the Note 3 - and toss in the new Xiaomi 4 Prime for good measure. This battle will be based on specifications, only - we'll have to get the whole collection in our hands at once before we're able to do any face-to-face comparisons. For now we'll go ahead and assume that more advanced processors mean bigger power and that all three devices are equally reliable.

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

In what may seem like a totalitarian move on the surface, the Chinese government's Cyberspace Administration has announced that it will require all the country's app stores to register with their offices. While this certainly opens the door to more direct government control, the move is said to be in the name of consumer protection, with a goal of cracking down on fraudulent apps.

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn reveals plans to fully automate factories

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn reveals plans to fully automate factories

Taiwan's Foxconn, the electronics manufacturing giant that builds Apple's iPhone along with dozens of other devices, has recently revealed its plans to eventually replace all the human workers in its Chinese factories with automated robots. This goal is to be accomplished over three phases, with 40,000 robots already in place on production lines, and a reduction of over half the company's workforce since the release of the iPhone 6 in 2014.

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