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US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

Tensions between the US and China were raised earlier this week when a Chinese naval vessel operating in the South China Sea seized an underwater research drone belonging to the US Navy. The issue was quickly escalated when the US's Department of Defense demanded the device's return, while President-elect Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter, calling the seizure an "unprecedented act." Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed, as China has stated it will be returning the drone to US possession.

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China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

Back in August, an interesting concept project in China was revealed: a large elevated bus that promised to carry up to 300 passengers while allowing cars on the road to drive directly underneath. Unfortunately it's been discovered that the Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been completely abandoned since September, only a few weeks after the project was said to have been approved for testing.

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BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

2016 may be remembered as being unkind to smartphone makers, be it because of slumping, or at least plateauing, sales, or distinct problems and scandals that rocked even mainstream news. Miami-based BLU Products would have had a normal year if not for the one last minute issue that gripped its business. Security firm Kryptoware discovered and reported that some of the company’s smartphones used a particular piece of software sourced from China. And that piece of software regularly phone home with data collected for the sake of advertising. Or so the story goes.

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Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone will soon be home to a Chinese solar power plant. The region in which the solar plant will be constructed has not been revealed, however, one source claims it has already been inspected for suitability. If all goes as planned, GCL System Integration Technology will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp to start the plant's construction in 2017.

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Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

BLU Products is a US-based smartphone maker known for selling low to mid range unlocked smartphones at dirt cheap prices. Almost like Xiaomi, but without the impressive sales numbers. But what buyers, and even BLU itself, didn’t know is that the low price may have come at the cost of privacy. Security firm Kryptowire has just revealed that a small piece of code hidden deep inside some of BLU’s smartphones was actually private user data, not to some US company, but to an undisclosed OEM in China.

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LeEco running out of cash after ambitious market grab

LeEco running out of cash after ambitious market grab

They say pride cometh before the fall, or something like that. That does seem to be the case for Chinese technology giant LeEco, who just last month made a very big grab for the US smartphone market. But that hasn’t been the only thing LeEco has been busy with. In a proverbial “biting off more than you can chew”, company co-founder Jia Yueting admitted in a lengthy internal memo that the company is indeed running out of money, thanks to its unrestrained and ambitious expansion.

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Amazon Prime arrives in China

Amazon Prime arrives in China

Amazon Prime has arrived in China as of today, and it works more or less the same way it does in the U.S. Customers in China can subscribe to a year of Prime for the equivalent of $28 USD during a promotional period, with the regular price being $57 USD. With this comes free shipping, including on imports from the Amazon Global Store. With this new business move, Amazon takes on Alibaba and other competitors.

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Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

A Chinese Long March-2F rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center recently and aboard were a pair of Chinese astronauts. The pair of astronauts is headed to a rendezvous with an experimental space station where they will spend a month living and working, the Shenzhou 11 mission lifted off at 2330 GMT.

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China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

China’s humongous single-dish radio telescope goes online

The desire to scour the heavens for proof that we aren’t the only intelligent life in the universe is not limited to a few countries and nations. In its ambition to also become a major power in space, China is also jumpstarting its own exploration of the galaxies outside our own. That exploration will now be powered by a gigantic, single-dish radio telescope that just went live Sunday, becoming not only the largest of its kind, snatching the title from Puerto Rico, but also attempting to be the most powerful.

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Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Warranted or not, the phrase “Made in China”, even in tech, evokes all sorts of negative imagery and emotions, mostly related to the quality or originality of said products. Never mind that nearly almost all smartphones, including the iPhone, could trace their origins to China, be it from components, manufacturing, or both. That bias, however, has led many to underestimate, even ignore the slumbering dragon that has now woken up and is taking the smartphone market by storm, much to the detriment of the old guard like Samsung and Apple.

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China unveils Mars mission probe and rover aiming at 2020 launch

China unveils Mars mission probe and rover aiming at 2020 launch

China announced its ambitious Mars mission back in January of this year, then came forward, and detailed its Mars plans even further in April. China has now stepped back into the space exploration limelight and unveiled the design for its Mars mission probe and rover that it wants to have ready to launch by mid-2020. For now the probe and rover have no names, China is holding a contest to name both components for the mission.

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China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

Public testing of autonomous cars in China has been put on hold, with regulators insisting automakers must wait until the government has figured out the necessary regulations. Several self-driving vehicle projects are underway in the country, but the moratorium means that, for now, prototypes can only be trialled on private facilities.

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