The contraption in the image above started as a crazy concept only a few months ago, and it’s already being deployed as a functional product in China. The elevated bus is meant to be a cheaper solution to subways, and a way to use existing roads for public transport without contributing to traffic congestion.
Tackling the smartphone market in China has to be nothing short of an exercise in frustration for Apple. On the one hand, the country remains one of Apple’s most strategic geographic regions, bolstered by a population of 1.35 billion people. But on the other hand, Apple is finding that maneuvering within the company is fraught with no shortage of challenges.
From patent troll lawsuits and iPhone 7 clones already hitting the streets, it seems that we can’t go a week without some sort of obstacle emerging in Apple’s path. And to top it all off, now comes word that competition within the Chinese smartphone market is fiercer than ever before, leaving Apple in a position of playing catch-up.
A designer created the largest air purifier in history, which could be used to clear the air in some of the most polluted cities around the world. A trial is set to start in Beijing, China this September. In addition to removing pollutants from the air that could otherwise find their way into human lungs and blood, the city air purifier also turns smog into jewelry. More →
Looking at China from a tech perspective is always a fascinating endeavor. The country is more populous than any other place on the planet, and yet, the country’s citizens are often blocked from partaking in the latest tech advancements, all in the name of state wanting to control the dissemination of information.
All the while, the powers that be in China talk a big game about being more open but as a recent CNN look into the country reveals, there’s still a big lockdown on which pieces of software and websites individuals in the country are allowed to use. And further illustrating the degree to which the Chinese Government looks to control access to any and all types of content, Lady Gaga media content in any form was recently banned after the singer took a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the United States.
Technological innovation is something the US prides itself on, but the world’s leading superpower has been slacking a little on supercomputing. According to the latest edition of the Top500 world computers, a biannual ranking of supercomputers, China’s 10.65 million-core Sunway TaihuLight takes the number one slot.
What makes is even more impressive — and worrying for America’s processor dominance — is that the microprocessors inside are 100% Chinese.
Whether it’s suing Samsung over rounded corners, or being accused of plagiarism by the Android crowd, Apple and plagiarism seem to go hand-in-hand. Its latest copyright law is something a little different though.
According to Engadget, a “random Chinese company” has accused Apple of aping the design of its 100C smartphone. At first glance, you can kind of see where it’s coming from: the 100C looks vaguely like an iPhone 6, if you close your eyes, take a couple shots and squint real hard.
Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we’ve seen yet.
Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it’s just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn’t new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing.
Yes, it sounds like a terrible joke, but it’s a real business. People in China are paying for fresh air bottled in a different country and having it shipped to them from abroad. The air in some of China’s cities is so bad that this is actually a thing, and citizens who are concerned about their safety are paying more than $10 a pop for just a few breaths of clean air originating from anywhere but their home country. More →
The Chinese government decided to ban two iTunes products which may be detrimental to Apple’s continued success in the country, its second-largest market after America. China wants to encourage local products and business that rival Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks Store, which is why Apple users in the region won’t be able to purchase or rent movies and buy books from Apple anymore. More →
I’m not really surprised to see six bulldozers going against each other in the middle of the street, during an ordinary day, in China. Crazy things tend to happen over there, and the following video, recorded by an eye-witness, shows these massive machines fighting it out like it’s a demolition derby show.
You’d think there’s always a chance that this entire scene was staged for the sole purpose of going viral online, but that’s not the case here. It’s a real rumble in the streets, a fight between men operating heavy and dangerous machinery. More →
Apple’s tussle with the FBI over hacking into a terrorist’s iPhone has ignited a firestorm of controversy and debate surrounding the role tech companies should play in the realm of law enforcement and surveillance. Apple’s position on the matter is clear: acquiescing to the FBI’s request to develop a tool to unlock an iPhone, even if it belonged to a murderous terrorist, would set a dangerous precedent and slippery slope.
As one of Apple’s lawyers recently intimated, the company is wary about becoming “an agent of law enforcement.”
Scientists in China have successfully created monkeys that suffer from autism. Wait, what? Why would anyone do such a thing? It turns out that they believe creating autistic monkeys opens up new avenues for treating autism that haven’t been explored before, as Technology Review explains. More →