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Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

China is home to majority of the world’s manufacturing and assembling plants. It is also the most populated country in the world. These two factors together mean that China’s energy requirements and pollution output is higher than any other country and it’s not a sustainable situation, especially for those invested in China’s products. That’s why Apple and some of its suppliers are creating a fund that will help those suppliers switch over to renewable energy in the long run.

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US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

ZTE’s nightmares may finally be coming to an end. Of course, it will still have to recoup its losses from both paying the US’ penalties and months of stopping operations but at least it will have a chance to. That is, if it gets off the ground at all. The US government just announced that ZTE has signed an agreement to pay an escrow and install a monitor. Once that’s done, the company will finally be free, sort of.

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ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE is a Chinese company but it has found itself in the unfortunate position to need the US government’s permission before it can start operating again. That authorization has just been provided, allowing ZTE to breathe just a little bit. It is, however, a very small reprieve that will run only until August 1 as ZTE awaits the ultimate fate of its compromise with the Trump administration that is being blocked even by the US presidents’ allies in Congress.

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China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

Back in 2011, China Mobile took the first legal step to make its entrance in the US market, one that would allow it to offer wireless phone service to individuals within the nation. The Section 214 license application has been with the FCC for years, the agency having been tasked to seek info from the Executive Branch over whether authorizing the carrier would be "in the public interest of the US." That answer is officially no.

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Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Lasers, by their very nature, have the potential for harm but most of the dangerous applications of the technology has been limited to science fiction until recently. But while companies like Lockheed Martin are scrambling to weaponize lasers, their Chines counterparts may have just one-upped them. According to a recent report, a Chinese tech firm has successfully developed a laser rifle no heavier than an AK-47 but has the ability to pierce through glass and metal undetected and set clothes, and humans, on fire.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now around a month out from release - give or take a couple weeks. Now's the time we take a peek at what we know - and how that stacks up against the competition. That means the Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X, and big sellers in China - especially those from Xiaomi. This isn't EVERY phone people will consider when the Note 9 is set for release - and not long after launch, there'll be even MORE competition. But it's a start!

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

This week the folks at Xiaomi seem to have let some details slip on their next big, huge, gigantic smartphone. This is the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and it's coming with not only a big body, but a big display and a big battery, too. Much like the first two Mi Max devices, this handset's most major asset will be its relatively low price coupled with high-end performance and size - and, again, one big battery.

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Google expands its shopping clout with JD.com partnership

Google expands its shopping clout with JD.com partnership

Still don’t think Google is out to get Amazon? Just take a look at its most recent “strategic partnership”. The search giant has just inked a deal with one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, JD.com. While most of what ‘s involved with the transaction is buried in marketing-speak, one thing is clear: Google wants in on JD.com’s empire, which practically means penetrating markets still free from Amazon’s grasp.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 detailed: A new $150 hero phone

Xiaomi Redmi 6 detailed: A new $150 hero phone

Those Xiaomi smartphone fans looking for the next newest low-cost hero phone can now rest easy, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 is here. The latest in the Redmi series, there should be little doubt that this device will find a whole lot of customers wherever there are users looking to spend as little money as possible for as much phone as possible. This device has a 5.45-inch display and MIUI 9 inside.

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US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

ZTE was just handed a deal by Wilbur Ross, Trump casino investor** and current Trump-appointed Secretary of Commerce. In the year 2012, ZTE broke US embargo with Iran and North Korea. ZTE pled guilty in a US court, and agreed to several penalties - only to one of which it actually complied. Having broken agreement to NOT deal ship products to Iran and North Korea, then broken agreement to penalties for breaking the first agreement, the US government delivered a 7-year ban on US companies exporting ANY products to ZTE's businesses.

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China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China has been saying for at least three years now that it plans to land on the far side of the moon, something that'll go down as a historic achievement if it manages to pull it off successfully. We heard about such ambitions in 2015 and again in 2016, but now the nation is back with a hard launch date: by the end of this year.

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Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple has taken new action against app developers in order to comply with new cybersecurity laws in China. The company has begun warning iOS developers that any apps using Apple's CallKit will be pulled from the Chinese App Store unless they remove the framework's integration. This comes after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has started to enforce regulations that see CallKit as a way to help bypass censorship and surveillance.

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