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 →
China’s cyber chief rejected criticism of the country’s Internet censorship Wednesday.
The comments by Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, came ahead of next week’s state-sponsored World Internet Conference in the town of Wuzhen.
Lu said that China does not censor but “manages” Internet content, the Hong Kong Free Press reports, citing transcripts of Wednesday’s press conference in Zhejiang province provided by the Xinua state news agency. “It is a misuse of words if you say ‘content censorship’,” Lu said. “But no censorship does not mean there is no management. The Chinese government learnt how to manage the internet from Western developed countries, we have not learnt enough yet.” More →
As we informed you earlier this month, the new trend among tourist destinations in China is to build long glass walkways that are elevated hundreds and sometimes thousands of feet up in the air. While this may sound insane, officials have insisted that this glass is exceptionally safe: It’s three-quarters of an inch thick and has been treated to resist to both bending and shattering. However, it looks like one glass bridge suspended 3,500 feet in the air at the Yuntai Mountain Geological Park has already experienced its first terrifying cracks. More →
NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals.
As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years.
When your puppies kill and devour your pet chickens, it might be a good time to ask yourself whether you’re raising dogs or a different kind of animal. One man in China didn’t see that as a troubling sign though, and it took him a while to realize he had gotten himself a pair of bear cubs rather than puppies. More →
People around the world love their pet dogs, which is why they’re understandably horrified that a province in southwestern China is having a festival that revolves around the slaughter and consumption of 10,000 dogs every year. The BBC informs us that despite worldwide outrage at the festival, the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province will continue as planned this year. More →