Man Pleads Guilty To Leaking US Military Aircraft Blueprints

When it comes to security and privacy, there is little more protected than military details. As a result, the information is often protected by several layers of protection, and even if these are breached the chances of it going unnoticed are even slimmer than being able to gain access in the first place. Something Su Bin found out the hard way when he pleaded guilty to leaking US military aircraft blueprints. Su Bin, a Chinese national, has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing sensitive military data and distributing this material to China for financial gain. Bin’s role in the scheme was to obtain access to Boeing and other companies servers, in the process retrieving information about their military aircraft

Su Bin, a Chinese national, has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing sensitive military data and distributing this material to China for financial gain. Bin’s role in the scheme was to obtain access to Boeing and other companies servers, in the process retrieving information about their military aircraft such as the C-17 and even fighter jets. Once he obtained access, he told two associates, un-named in his plea deal, which servers to hack and what information was useful on the projects. He even provided a translating service, converting the documentation from English to Chinese before sending it back to China, all at a cost.Sending both server details and names of US executives (and their emails)

After being caught in Canada in 2014 and then extradited to the US last month, Bin will now be charged with stealing data listed on the US Munitions List contained in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

With countries becoming more and more aware of the risks and dangers regarding the digital world, catching anybody is a stark warning that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you will get away with it.

Chinese Soldiers Now Equipped With Laser Guns

The Chinese military has begun equipping its soldiers with handheld laser guns, in direct contravention of international treaties banning the use of blinding laser weapons. The PY132A laser gun, revealed during the Chinese Police Expo in December, is designed to blind enemy sensors and cameras and intended for use against enemy vehicles and drones, Popular Science reports.

In 1998, China signed a United Nations Convention that prevented the development of Certain Conventional Weapons [CCW], which included blinding laser weapons that could be used against humans. While the Chinese military claims that its PY132A laser are for use against mechanised combatants, it remains possible for the weapons to be used against humans, intentionally or not. The scattering effect of laser beams means people are at risk of being struck in the eye, risking blindness.

“China has been updating its home-made blinding laser weapons in recent years to meet the needs of different combat operations,” the official military newspaper PLA Daily reported on 9th December, via The Washington Free Beacon. “Blinding laser weapons are primarily used to blind … targets with laser[s] in [the] short distance, or interfere [with] and damage … laser and night vision equipment.”

“The United States is committed to the CCW and expects all parties to uphold the convention and its protocols,” a State Department official warned.

The US is also worried that these weapons could make their way on to the global arms market, with Chinese weapons systems expert Rick Fisher saying, “There is a strong possibility these new dazzlers are being marketed for foreign sale.”

China have ‘Gamified’ Your Life and It’s Frightening

China is one of the weirdest countries on the planet and I swear that they must have a weekly government meeting where they brain storm and there really are no bad answers or suggestions and one of these ideas was to have your life as a citizen ‘gamified’ and that is freakishly scary.

Instead of us explaining everything, we will give you a brief rundown and let the video explain things in more detail. To start with, it’s worth noting that the system is not mandatory now, but will be in 2020.

How will I be ‘gamified’?

The whole system is run partly by Tencent who own RIOT Games and have “interests” within EPIC Games and Activision Blizzard as well as Alibaba.com (China’s equivalent competitor to Amazon) and of course the Chinese government. Instead of monitoring your credit score like we have in the UK and US, where you can check if you’ve paid your bills on time, gone overdrawn and so forth, instead, it will measure other aspects of your life such as how obedient you have been as a Chinese citizen. This will include accessing information about you from social media such as sharing news stories that are favourable to China and therefore increasing your score compared to sharing bad publication pieces that would harm the worth of China as a country. To add to this, Alibaba will share information on your purchases such as if you are buying locally sourced produce and tools that are made in China compared to important goods from other countries which will have a detrimental effect as you’re not helping the Chinese economy.

Sounds bad right? It gets worse…

If you are a model citizen and are following all of the rules and have an amazing score, you’re onto a winner and will be the top of the town, but if you suddenly become friends with an old chum from school who posts news clippings onto social media that hurt the reputation of China, then your score will go down too. Not really fair is it?

It’s dubbed as Sesame credit and is quite scary as it uses the same mantra that we know and love from games but in a bad way. We see the whole republican/liberal/democrat stigma happen day in and day out in America and the UK and I can only assume that this will force people to be even more right wing which will have a negative outcome on the tourist industry to China among other aspects.

For the most part, the average citizen will not think much of this, but as it develops, it will become more mainstream and people will start obsessing over their score and this could lead to a lot of negative things such as violence, crime and the simple act of playing the blame game.

Would you like to live in a real-world video game like this? I know I wouldn’t.

New ‘Pregnant Mode’ for Chinese Routers

In today’s society, we are truly immersed in wireless communications; from our tv services to mobile phones. In recent years, a lot of panic has occurred due to the possible negative side effects of wireless transmissions, such as using a mobile phone too much possibly giving you cancer.

Chinese firm Qihoo unveiled a new device that is aimed at the previously baron market of pregnancy safe routers. This comes as an improvement to a previous product originally released and comes equipped with three settings; as listed on its website as Wall Penetration, Balance and the Pregnant Women option.

The third option supposedly decreases the radiation outputted by the device by 70% as they claim. The opposing tech giant Xiaomi has accused the Qihoo firm of scaremongering. “The so-called pregnancy mode is just a marketing tactic. Wi-fi usage is safe, so please rest assured when using it” Xiaomi said in a post on a social media site Weibo.

However, the two firms are rivals, and Xiaomi has very recently launched a new product of their own which offers six terabytes of storage and high speed connections, but does not include this setting.

Would router radiation concern you if you or your partner was pregnant? Would you buy this router based on the new feature? Let us know in the comments!

Thank you to the BBC for providing us with this information

Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

Fake Apple Watches Sold at CES

In what many are calling a sign of the ‘dumbing down’ of CES, a fake Apple Watch has been on sale at the trade show. The watch, made by Chinese company Hyperdon, is a complete rip off of the upcoming smart watch from Apple.

Mashable was first to share news of the watch online, calling it a “knockoff”.

“The watch’s screen only displays when it’s turned on, and many of its icons are blatant ripoffs of Apple designs. The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call.”

They say that company is based in Shenzhen, a city in China famous for the large presence of Foxconn factories and other consumer technology manufacturers. Foxconn is notable as one of Apple’s largest manufacturing partners.

Source/Image: Mashable Via: MacRumors

Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TNW

Samsung Losing its Lead in China Smartphone Market

Thanks to Chinese website t.qianzhan, we’ve learned that the kings Samsung are almost being dethroned. Since opening up their sales in China back in 2002, Samsung smart phone market share has seen a significant decline in recent years. Currently sitting at 13.5% of the market share, Chinese-Domestic brand Millet has almost caught up with a rating of 10.8% and Lenovo is close on it’s heels with 10.7%.

We’ve been reporting of the Chinese smart phone market being in some hot water. Sony’s sales have drastically plummeted and the Chinese public have shown that they are starting to lean towards the cheaper domestic made offerings, rather than shelling out the money for the big company offerings. As according to China’s mobile phone market quality monitoring report 2014, here’s what the second quarter of phone sales looked like:

  • Samsung 13.5% (Dropping from 15.4% in Q1)
  • Millet 10.8%
  • Lenovo 10.7%
  • Huawei 8.3%
  • Apple 6.9%

Although Samsung is still sitting at the top, they’re on a steady decline – dropping 1.9% from Q1 to Q2 alone. Samsung’s original market dominance is said to be due to their wide range of phone offerings – trying to supply many different models suitable for consumers of various pay grades and needs. However, this adds a premium cost to their whole product line, especially when they’re the number two spender in the world for research and development, as we reported yesterday.

Apparently their constant release of copious smartphone models has been causing a large amount of friction in local Samsung offices, constantly trying to compete with Chinese-Domestic brands like Millet but being frustratingly unable to do so due to the locals low-overhead and domestic dominance. We will continue to report on the seemingly-broken Chinese smart phone market as the story develops.

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Android 5.0 is Basically Useless in China

Android 5.0 has been released to a massive reception in Western nations, promising and delivering a handy new user interface amongst other spectacular features.

Unfortunately for the Chinese population, almost all of this will go unused. Due to some reported issues ‘left over by history’, most domestic acquired Android users will be using non-native Android operating systems. Most Chinese-domestic phones are running a customized third-party ROM, including offerings such as HTC’s Sense, the Millet Miui and Meizu’s Flyme amongst many other handhelds.

You can’t help but feel sorry for them, given the positive reports that have been coming out of Android 5.0 thus far. Since the birth of Android, it is according to some that the Android 5.0 update is the first time that they finally ‘get it’, offering an innovative, stylish and simple interface design that’s obviously meant to compete with and crush iOS’ offering. Alongside this, these limitations aren’t just set to their mobile phones – Lollipop extends over Android OS run tablets, TV’s and wearable technology. Meaning that some of their products will be running the fancy updated OS, alongside their ‘basic’ looking third-party phone interface.

It’s unfortunate that China shall have to miss out on such software advancements, but it’s obvious that they’ve got the hardware game down pat. We’ve recently reported of their domestic-made offerings selling through the roof, despite update news such as this. So maybe it’s becoming clear that price wins over all and they don’t care about a fancy UI. Alongside Chinese-domestic phone company selling a reported 1.62 million of their phones in a non-stop 72 hour period, we’ve also reported that many ‘big wig’ phone companies are experiencing a significant decline in sales.

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December Sees 4G Mobile Vehicle Networking Products Released

Finally, we are one step closer to Knightrider’s sidekick car ‘KITT‘ becoming a real-life thing! Shenzhen’s mobile 4G network construction has doubled in recent times and will be reportedly being utilized in motor vehicles as soon as December, 2014.

According to a report on November the 16th, Tencent Technology claim that later this month China Mobile will launch a 4G network based within motor vehicles (cars), allowing for advanced development of car networking and various other tasks. This technology will allow the car to place internet, entertainment, navigation, security, rescue, diagnostics and other functions all into one package. It will also provide users the ability to monitor fault checking and real-time remote viewing through their mobile devices – alongside applications for anti-theft and location methods.

Some other useful features on offer include mobile electronic central locking, cargo monitoring, route planning, yaw management and pet monitoring services.

The first 4G licenses were issued by the Ministry of Industry Operations to China Mobile earlier this year in April under the titles of “4G Utility Vehicle Machine”, “Travel Guardian” and “Bus Steward”. All of these were debut at the 2014 Bejing International Automotive Exhibition.

Shenzen Mobile has reportedly opened the first 10,000 4G base stations, citing Shenzhen as the forefront of China’s 4G technology. Shenzhen has now been provided with 4G coverage density as seen similarly in many major western nation cities. Why the upgrade from the commonly offered 3G? 4G technology offers up to 218 M/second transfer speeds, allowing for advanced applications such as what you’ve been reading above.

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Chinese Mobile Market Experiences a “Significant Decline”

Last month it was reported that the Chinese mobile phone market is experiencing an unprecedented “significant decline” given Octobers continuation of lackluster results.

During October, smart phone total shipment numbers reached 28,194,000 which is a decrease of 4.4 percent when compared to last years results. These figures are a further 6.5 percent decline from last month with 2014 providing 312 million smart phone shipments in total – a decline of 10.4 percent year on year.

According to the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications Research Institute of the domestic phone market, the market structure is undergoing a major change – seeing 4G phones become mainstream. Looking at the October results, we’ve noted that 4G mobile phones made for over 80% of total sales, with 3G and 2G models coming in in at similar figures respectively.

Comparing these results to January 2014 however, 3G phones made up for 77% worth of total handset sales, seeing them head in a steady decline every latter month up until today’s date.

Some industry experts have commented their opinions on this decline and market trend change, thinking that it’s due to:

  • The new mobile market has been converted to a ‘replacement market’. Phone upgrades from 2G to 3G were seen as a necessity upon release, but going from 3G to 4G is not something that is seen as totally amazing.
  • Phones are now used for personal applications like instant messaging but business applications are easy to put to use. This removes the need for multiple handsets to be owned by users – one for business and one for leisure.

What do you think about the decline in the market? Has technology reached a point where there is really not that much of a point to upgrade to a Galaxy S5 or iPhone 6? Will your S4 and iPhone 5 (or equivalent) function just fine for years to come? Or is this something we should expect, as users become generally more tech educated and don’t blindly purchase new phone models simply because they’re new.

Image courtesy of The Guardian

Mental Millet: 1.62 Million Phone Orders in 72 hours

Chinese phone company and electricity provider Millet have just reported that after 72 hours of continuous operation, they’ve dispatched over 1.62 million total units of their new phone release amounting to a total sales amount of $254.5m USD. This shipping figure doesn’t include their TV orders processed in the same time frame according to technical director Wang Haizhou as announced today to the Chinese public via Weibo. He’s also stated that they will be in constant contact with the courier company, ensuring all users receive their phones as fast and efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately due to this being a Chinese-only brand, it’s quite hard to find any information about the phone, the company or release schedule/information. Comparing this to iPhone sales over the same time period which sat at 10 million devices – 1.62 million by Millet is certainly nothing shabby for a one-country project.

Many users reportedly begun receiving their brand-new Millet phones in the early hours of the 73rd hour onward as Millet’s couriers seem to have been keeping their word. If you’re capable of having a read, here’s their official Weibo release as published by Wang Haizhou.

Information and images courtesy of MyDrivers

OPPO N3 Phone Being Released With Fingerprint Recognition

We’re seeing more high-tech contenders in the phone market come out of the Asian market in recent times, and we have been trying to follow a few of them. One of the leaders is this local industry is OPPO and their latest release is set to be a major contender.

OPPO are set to release their new phone, the N3, in Bejing soon. Featuring some high-class specifications such as an advanced camera level sensor, a 5.5-Inch FHD screen and a 1.6 MP camera. We understand this isn’t anything too ground-breaking, but these companies are often known for their price point placing, rather than offering industry leading features.

On top of their fingerprint recognition technology, the N3 is said to have a few tricks up its sleeve in the form of an electric rotating camera and their own exclusive VOOC flash charging technology to enable a much quicker charging time. There hasn’t been anything said for the strain given to the battery due to this charging technology, so that may be something to keep in mind.

The N3 will be encased in an alloy design featuring their ‘ice nest cooling system’ – said to enable the phone to operate at lower temperatures compared to competitors.

Set for release on October the 29th, there hasn’t been a price listed yet for this nor an expected release in the Western world – keep your eyes peeled and eTeknix will cover it if it happens.

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Apple Livestream Hiccups Anger Viewers

It’s been the hype of news for the last couple of weeks and tonight was finally the time, or so we hoped with Apple’s big event and unveiling of the new iPhone. Sadly the event has run far from smooth this time, with reports popping up all over social media sites about out-takes, blackouts, Chinese narration and more.

You can see hundreds of angry fans and fanboys alike flocking to twitter here for some of the latest reactions.

The audience was already limited by fact that the Live stream only works on certain versions of Safari on OS X, and Safari on iOS 6.0 or later, but now it looks like even those people can’t watch the event without trouble. This is not the best start Apple could have hoped for, on the launch of their new flagship smartphone.

At the moment it’s actually more hilarious to read all the tweets about the event than the actual coverage, with examples such as “In other news, Apple’s live keynote stream goes down as worse than Healcare.gov’s launch,” “Wonder if they have the Apple live-stream on 4Chan …”, or “Millions of Apple fans and media watching on for the biggest announcement in tech. Can’t figure out how to livestream correctly.”

Thank you Twitter for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Apple.

China to Release its own Operating System

State-run Xinhua news agency has reported that China may have their very own developed operating system by this October. China isn’t the first place to take on this kind of task either – Northern Korea already has one of their own.

In a country that already heavily controls its populations use of social media and other various websites, it’s obvious that China takes their technology policing seriously.

Ni Guangnan is leading this software development alliance which was established in March 2014. He’s told Xinhua news that this operating system is originally being developed for desktop computers, with a mobile version to be released at a later date. Ni also commented that there are still problems with the software, including a lack of research funds and too many developers all wanting it their way.

Ni commented:

“China has more than a dozen mobile OS developers with no independent intellectual property rights because their research is based on Android” Xinhua news

He also mentioned that the end of Windows XP and the Chinese government ban on Windows 8 means the door has been opened for local development studios to have a shot.

In closing comments, Ni said:

“Our key to success lies in an environment that can help us compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft” Xinhua news

What do you think this means for the Chinese population? Is is going to provide a valid alternative to what is currently on offer, or is this a way for its population to be heavily restricted and monitored?

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Chinese Authorities Pay an ‘Unexpected’ Visit to Microsoft Offices

Microsoft offices from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu have been unexpectedly visited by the Chinese State Administration for Industry & Commerce, according to a report from Reuters. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed the visit, but declined to give a reason for the inspection ‘outside of working hours’.

The company is said to have become a target for the Chinese government since former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, revealed the various spying programs enforced by the agency, including PRISM. However, Microsoft states that its goal is to provide quality products, security and reliability to customers.

“We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions.” the company’s spokesperson stated.

The Chinese state media have been out to get American tech firms since the NSA leaks went online, calling for “severe punishment” for companies found to be helping the U.S. government steal secrets and monitor the country’s activities. Microsoft’s OneDrive has even been targeted by activists this month, having its services disrupted in China.

Further anti-U.S. activities have been stated to be present in central government offices, where the Chinese have banned installing and/or using Windows 8 on new computers. The ban has been stated to still be in effect even today.

Given the above, Microsoft still plans to release its Xbox One console in China this September, while also aiming to form ties with China Telecom Corp and e-commerce company, JD.com Inc.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

Uncovered Hacking Plot Points to China Buying Stolen US Military Data

The recent news reveals that the US authorities have charged a Chinese business man with hacking into the Boeing computer systems and other firms with large defense contacts, stealing their data and then selling it to China.

Mr. Su Bin has been arrested last month in Canada after being accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects amongst other similar data. The prosecutors have stated that Mr Su was mostly targeting information regarding fighter jets, military cargo aircraft and weapons. The information does not come as a big surprise, given that the 2013 reports have revealed that industrial spying from China is continuously becoming a threat. Though no specific proof has been found that the Chinese government is involved in Mr Su’s case, the US still accuses China of systematically stealing American high-tech data.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber-security and confront cyber-crime,” spokesman Marc Raimondi said.

It is reported that Mr. Su runs a Chinese aviation technology company, having its office in Canada. On June 28, he apparently was detained while attempting to gain Canadian citizenship, being accused of attempting to sell the stolen data to state-owned firms in China. While the US justice department remains “deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information”, Boeing has apparently released a statement in which the company admits it was co-operating with the US authorities to uncover industrial espionage hacking attempts against the US companies.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information
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13 New Languages Added to Gmail Covering 94% of the World’s Internet Population

Google has announced it has added 13 new language support for its Gmail service, which previously had support for 58 languages, summing up the service’s language support to a total of 71 languages now. The company has stated that, along with the new languages addition, it also now covers 94 percent of the world’s internet population.

The additional languages added include Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.

Email is a universal way to communicate. No matter where you are, you can reach anyone else in the world with the press of a button. We take it for granted now, but it’s so much easier to keep in touch with people than it was in the old days of pens, paper, and stamps. But there’s still an important barrier we need to overcome to make email truly universal: language. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, and today we’re bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population and bringing us closer to our goal of making sure that, no matter what language you write in, you can use it in Gmail.

The company stated that the email service is a universal way to communicate and support for as many languages as possible make the whole experience as natural and smooth as possible. The additional languages are currently available on both web and mobile browsers.

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Huawei Reported To Be Selling High-End Smartphones Via Messaging App

The increased competition of smartphone manufacturers in China has apparently resulted in companies approaching unique marketing techniques. For example, Xiaomi is said to have success with its ‘Hunger Marketing’ technique, having customers pre-register their interest in a handset in order to grab the e-mail addresses of potential buyers. As soon as the particular handset hits the spotlight, a limited number is manufactured and sold. This is how the company recently sold an estimated 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note phablets in less than a second.

Networking and telecom manufacturer Huawei apparently has its own tactics. Sources indicate that the company is apparently using popular messaging application WeChat as a channel to sell its Huawei Honor 6 handset. The device is said to boast an Octa-Core processor, a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, as well as a 13 MP back camera and 5MP front camera.

The company previously used only local carriers to sell its handsets, but due to the increased competition, it is hoping to widen the distribution of its products using the WeChat app. The application, which is said to be in partnership with Chinese e-commerce company JD, has apparently hosted a competition in which the lucky winner was awarded with a Huawei Honor 6. The rules appeared to have been simple as well, having competitors guess the price of the handset in question. The winner would have had to answer ¥1999 / $322, the actual price of the Huawei Honor 6 handset.

Huawei is said to have 8% of the Chinese market, placing it on the 6th position in the country. This is due to change in the future, providing that the partnership between the company and WeChat app is successful. WeChat is said to have over 400 million users, having it be used as a text and voice messaging app, a gaming app and even a cab hailing app. Reports show that an update last year has even added a payment system, something which Huawei is attempting to exploit. Also, Huawei might have been the first to use this type of marketing camping, but it most certainly will not be the last.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

China’s Xiaomi Smartphone Sales Booming, Quadrupled in One Year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has enjoyed a busy first half of 2014, shipping 26.1 million units during the first two quarters.  It’s an impressive sales figure considering the company shipped just 7 million units year-over-year – as Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finding success selling lower-priced models.

In all of 2013, Xiaomi shipped 18.7 million units, according to company spokespeople, indicating a significant sales and marketing effort is finding success.

Xiaomi wants to ship 100 million units in 2015, as the company expands to Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, and other select markets not yet controlled by Apple and Samsung.  The company is No. 3 inside of China and No. 6 worldwide, focusing on expanding its product portfolio as device technology increases.

Here is what Nicole Peng, Canalys analyst, said regarding Xiaomi:

“They are starting to sort out their supply chain issues.  When they launched their first phone, Xiaomi had very high pre-orders, but it was doubtful whether they could fulfill them.  Consumers would just be forced to order something else.”

To cater to international phone users, Xiaomi recruited former senior Google executive Hugo Barra to drive sales outside of China.

Although Apple and Samsung dominate in the United States and in Western Europe, there is great potential in China, South America, Africa, and select countries where a demand for affordable smartphones is rising.

Thank you to PC Advisor for providing us with this information

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Latest iOS 7 Jailbreak Release To Lack Cydia, Has TaiG Chinese Alternative Instead

Following the release of Evad3rs’ new iOS 7 jailbreak for all iOS 7.x versions including 7.0.4, we now hear that it is not as expected. Meaning, the jailbreak posted on Evasi0n does not include a Cydia build in the jailbreak software, but a chinese alternative instead.

@saurik posted a series of tweets not long after the release informing us that he had no clue of the release, yet alone an early access to embed the official Cydia build in the jailbreak, pointing out that Mobile Substrate is bound to have issues. His presumptions were right as Mobile Substrate tweaks were not allowed to work “out of the box”.

The Evad3rs team quickly replied through @pod2g , one of the member’s account, stating that there will be a release soon with the Mobile Substrate issues fixed.

After the release, users reported that the Cydia build was missing from the jailbreak, and instead they were greeted with a Chinese alternative named TaiG.. Rumors has it that Evad3rs were paid off to include the Chinese build in the jailbreak release, and afterwards a recording followed by a letter to the community were revealed. However, Evad3rs state that they approved of it being bundled under two conditions: one is for Cydia to also be bundled in, and the other is for TaiG. to have a remove option.

Something else to add to the pile here is that TaiG has examples of piracy content in it as @saurik also mentioned. Not looking so good or ‘legitimate’, however Evad3rs’ letter also mentions that if TaiG does not resolve its piracy content, it will be removed from the jailbreak. On the other side of the barricade, @saurik agreed to work on a separate jailbreak with a goal of finding a jailbreak solution which didn’t include a “piracy-laden” bundled app. He also expresses frustration at the rushed launch, and mentions he handed an iOS 7 compatible version of Mobile Substrate out September 30th.

From a developer part of view, the whole debate gravitates around two main faults. The first is the lack of information about the TaiG app, it is installed without the user’s knowledge if the computer’s language is set to Chinese, and the other is that developers of major tweaks and Cydia itself were not given early access to the jailbreak for them to have time to work out a user-ready jailbreak software.

The story continues to unfold and fixed are in the works for a stable jailbreak tool that everybody is familiar with. What’s left now is to wait a few days for the dust to settle and a proper jailbreak tool to be released.

Thank you Modmyi for providing us with this information
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$2,000 Will Buy You A Replica Iron Man Mark III Suit… Awesome!

Fancy kicking it up a notch at your next fancy dress party? A company in China is offering custom full-body Iron Man costumes, complete with glowing lights. The aptly named Iron Man Factory is charging $2,000 for the suits, sure that’s a lot of money, but this isn’t your usual fancy dress attire, it’s freaking Iron Man!

It will take around eight months for your order to be complete and shipped as each one is built to order, there is a faster option is that you can order a 3D printed version, however that will set you back an insane $35,000 and let’s be honest, that’s freaking stupid.

The suits are made using injection moulded pieces that use reinforced polymer, and come fitted with a sensor on the side of the helmet that will allow you to open it up Iron Man style. Finally, the internal lights in the hands are powered by batteries and will offer up the glowing features that are a trademark of the suit. The suit is only suitable to be made for people between 5ft 6inch and 6ft 1inch (164cm to 185cm).

The suit isn’t even licensed from Marvel, but the company has made a statement on legality: “We will only charge your credit card when your order is shipped and we will still ship out all orders no matter what.”

So, who’s going to put in a pre-order?

Thank you T3 for providing us with this information.

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Huawei Ascend P6S To Feature K3V2+ SoC

For the better part of the last 12 months, almost all of Huawei’s top-end phones were launched with their home-made K3V2 chipset. Sadly, the chip is simply not fast enough to match up to its rivals. Even the Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 pulls ahead of it with ease, and that part can be blamed on the old ARM Cortex A9 CPU architecture based CPU cores in the said SoC.

Well, it looks like the rumored Huawei K3V3, which is based on the ARM Cortex A15 CPU architecture, is nowhere near ready as the Chinese phone maker’s next device, the Ascend P6S. The handset is an updated version of the P6 which is currently undergoing testing with some very impressive Antutu scores. Antutu benchmarks from the Huawei P6S have been discovered and posted across the Chinese technology scene and they are mighty impressive.

The P6S is allegedly powered by an updated K3V2+ chipset. Once again, Huawei’s solution is seriously underpowered compared to competition, with the leaked AnTuTu score lying in the less-than-impressive 22,000 range. And that can be attributed to the fact that Huawei didn’t move beyond Cortex A9 for the updated chip.

The Huawei P6S is likely to launch between the end of November to the start of December. Unless it gets any slimmer while offering a ton of other new features, we fail to grasp the device would get consumers excited in any way.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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