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Samsung Pay mobile wallet now available in China

Samsung Pay mobile wallet now available in China

Samsung Pay fans in China can now use the mobile payment service with China UnionPay. With the service available China UnionPay customers can use their credit and debit cards with compatible Samsung smartphones to make payments on the go without digging out their credit cards. Samsung Pay is available on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 smartphone in China.

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iPhone SE pre-orders in China hit 3.4m but there’s a catch

iPhone SE pre-orders in China hit 3.4m but there’s a catch

Judging by the reactions on the Internet, the iPhone SE will be a big hit as any other iPhone, despite, or actually thanks to, sporting a size and design that is already two years old. In China alone, the pre-order numbers have reached an astounding 3.4 million units. While a healthy indicator at first glance, China is a country notorious for its consumer electronics black market, and vendors there are somewhat less optimistic about the real value that Apple's mid-year smartphone will have in the market.

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Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

Microsoft made a Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition for China

China is a very tough customers. It has very stringent requirements and limitations, especially for foreign companies intent on selling their wares in the country. Until recently, gaming consoles were prohibited completely. App stores needed to give the government censorship control. Despite those requirements, which sometimes even go against some companies' character, businesses still fall head over heels over the potentially lucrative market. The latest to give way is Microsoft, who has just revealed a "Specially-provided Edition" of Windows 10 crafted specifically to meet the demands of the Chinese government.

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Galaxy A9 Pro surfaces in China with 4GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow

Galaxy A9 Pro surfaces in China with 4GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow

Back in December Samsung went official with the Galaxy A9 phablet. An upgraded version of that phablet called the Galaxy A9 Pro has now turned up in China as it crosses TENAA to get the certifications needed to launch officially. The Galaxy A9 Pro looks just like the original; it’s what is under the skin that makes this one better than the original and deserving of the Pro name.

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ZTE faces US export restrictions for violating Iran ban

ZTE faces US export restrictions for violating Iran ban

Chinese smartphone OEMs already have a hard time breaking into the US market, but ZTE might soon find itself in more trouble than just smartphone sales in the US. According to some documents allegedly seen by Reuters, the US Commerce Department is about to impose some rather heavy restrictions on the company that will basically make it almost impossible for ZTE to get supplies from US companies. This export restriction will be a sanction against ZTE for allegedly violating the export control on shipping US technologies to Iran in 2012.

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Watch the trailer for Koi, the first PS4 game developed in China

Watch the trailer for Koi, the first PS4 game developed in China

Seeing big-name video games for a major console come out of China is not an everyday thing, let alone small, indie titles. So it's fitting that the first such game for the PlayStation 4 is a beautiful, vivid experience called Koi. Coming from Chinese developer Oasis Games, Koi will be one of the first title to be published Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai (SCES), and will be seeing its debut public appearance at the Game Developers Conference later this month.

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Meizu Pro 6 POLED display begs for NEXUS release

Meizu Pro 6 POLED display begs for NEXUS release

This week a set of images of a so-called Meizu Pro 6 have been released, and with them, a concept just begging to be Google's next Nexus. The timing would be perfect. Just as the folks at Meizu aim to become the next Chinese smartphone company to enter the United States, so too is Google in the market for another OEM to enter the Nexus environment. A new smartphone with a new look - not just made for developers, but for those looking for a more sophisticated piece of hardware.

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China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

In addition to working on decreasing its pollution levels, China has announced a ban on ‘weird’ architecture, and is instead seeking buildings that are, among other things, environmentally friendly. The announcement was made by China’s State Council this past weekend, and it likewise bans architecture the government considers “oversized” and “xenocentric.” Buildings that are “suitable” and “economic” as well as green are acceptable, however.

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Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

The long awaited and delayed, and by that we mean a week or so, big event for Apple's Chinese faithful has finally arrived. Apple Pay has finally launched in one of the world's biggest mobile market. Given that market size, it will be no small boost to Apple Pay usage, especially considering how more advanced the country is when it comes to adoption of contactless, mobile payment systems. That said, because of that, Apple might also have a tougher time competing with older, more established systems.

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Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

While Apple might be biding its time for its own huge March event past MWC 2016, it might not exactly be sitting still as far as expanding its products goes. A trio of leaks and sightings have revealed which countries Apple Pay will be hitting next. Earlier hinted for an "early 2016" launch, it seems that Apple Pay will really be rolling out in China on February 18. And although no date or even month has been given, France and Canada might soon join that so far exclusive list as well.

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China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

The space fever has reached the Far East. Or rather, the increased interest in space exploration and science may have helped push China to finally share to the rest of the world one of its biggest, though perhaps lesser known, achievements in this field of science. In 2013, it launched the Chang'e 3 lander and become the third country to ever make a soft-landing on the Moon. And although its accompanying Yutu rover is no longer functional, it was able to snap these clear, hi-res, true color photos of the moon.

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Huawei Mate 8 Review

Huawei Mate 8 Review

The Huawei Mate 8 (or NXT-L29 as it is also known) asks you to make a fundamental choice about what you are looking for in a phone. Or rather, it makes that decision for you by way of its generous form factor. The Mate 8 certainly puts the 'phab' in phablet - it's fast, features a beautiful display, and offers enough battery power to jumpstart your car - but along the way it also requires its users to accept some very specific compromises to how they use the device on a daily basis. It also charges a significant premium over its primary competitors both Apple and Android, despite not exactly matching its peers on the spec sheet.

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