Xiaomi s had a rough 2016.Once the top-selling phone maker in China and the go-to reference whenever media in the West wrote about Chinese tech, the Beijing-based company suffered a 38 per cent sales drop in the second quarter of this year, and by the third quarter, had fallen behind Huawei, Oppo and Vivo to become just number four in China.Introduced last month in a surprise announcement, the Mi Mix drew immediate excitement from the tech community for its near bezel-less design.Much like the way gadgets are depicted in futuristic sci-fi films, the Mi Mix s front is almost all screen it s got a 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio.Well, tech geeks have always craved the thinnest bezels possible, for reasons both pragmatic and superficial.The lack of bezels around the display means the Mi Mix can cram a 6.4-inch display into a body that s only a little larger than the iPhone 7 Plus whose display is almost an inch smaller .
WATCH: Episode 2 is now available to watch but it's not gone down well with fansThe Grand Tour finally launched earlier this month with the first episode receiving universal praise from fans and TV critics.And it's probably no surprise the opening show got such rave reviews as it's been suggested that the first scene to The Grand Tour was most expensive to ever broadcast on TV.Priced at a total of £2.5million, the scene featured 150 cars, 2,000 acrobats and six jet planes.However, after a car-packed first episode Clarkson, Hammond and May decided to ditch the motoring and try something different for episode 2.Titled "Operation Desert Stumble", the famous three embarked on the role of action heroes in a SAS-style training camp.
OFFLINE: Netflix has just announced the ability to download movies and showIt's the feature Netflix users having been wanting since the app first launched in 1997.Now, the movie sites' army of followers are finally getting the ability to download and watch films and TV shows on the move.Netflix has just tweeted the announcement, explaining that members across the globe are now able to download series and films at no extra cost.All users have to do is click on the show they fancy watching on their smartphone or tablet and tap download button.Director of Product Innovation, Eddy Wu said: "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited.
Delivered by Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com, a decidedly technical flavour was felt throughout as the CTO continued to showcase AWS as the most innovative of the cloud vendors.With 10 announcements made for new products and services, it would fall short of the 14 from the first day, but still an impressive number when typically conferences I ve attended tend to be light on news after the first day.Developers are the life blood of any successful cloud platform, without them and it s very unlikely that any longevity will be achieved.Often the conferences are salesmen in suits, AWS feels more like an OpenStack conference where jeans and t-shirts are plentiful and many of the announcements are aimed at pleasing them.Next Page: See what AWS is doing for those living in fear of DDoSProtection against DDoS attacks, containers, and an open source project were the big announcements.
The jury is still out on if bigger is better, but bigger is usually more popular hence Elephant s decision to build a larger phone.At 6-inches, the Elephone Max will be the companies largest smartphone produced to date and follows the trend of larger displays which we ve seen even Apple follow with larger iPhone models.The 6-inch Elephone Max promises to offer a decent screen to body ratio, i.e a narrow border design perhaps similar to new phones from Xiaomi and Huawei and will boasts dual rear cameras which are rumoured to record video at up to 4K.An ultra-slim metal body will contain the rest of the hardware, RAM and processor which will run an Android 7.0 operating system.The final details we know so far are that the Elephone Max won t be too expensive as the company says they plan to make it as cost effective as possible with an attractive price.News of the Elephone Max joins news of the Elephone H1, Elephone ELE Box 2 and a couple more new Elephone handsets due to launch in the coming months.
Gionee isn t a company that we write about much here on Gizchina.This isn t because they re devices are bad, but simply because they don t make many interesting devices.The same goes for this new Gionee device that appeared on the TENAA website today.This new Gionee device takes many cues from their Marathon line of devices, which we assume it ll be part of.The design is somewhat reminiscent of the Huawei P8, while the specs read like any other big battery Chinese device.The device will sport a 5-inch 720p display, along with a 1.25Ghz quad core processor backed by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.The codenamed GN5005 also sports an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.Finally, there s the headlining 4000mAh battery, which isn t really all that impressive these days.Aside from that, it ll also ship with Android Marshmallow, so no Nougat here.
Battery woes are daily bread and butter for most of the phone users and such hypothetical question as the one in the title is probably getting asked a lot.Everybody would love for the phone to survive through the day without an urgent need of a charger and then moving on for a second or third day.But that s of course highly dependant on the battery capacity and the optimizations.And Uhans want to convince us that their new model Uhans H5000 with its massive 5000 mAh battery is the right solution to the problem.With such capacity the battery life should easily exceed a day or even two of power user abuse.So let s first take a look at the video showing that even with 1 % of battery the H5000 can still function for about half an hour more before finally dying out.And the second video focuses on the amount of time needed for the H5000 s battery to drop from 100 % to 90 %.Brightness set at 100 %, Wi-Fi and GPS on to stress the battery even more.And after 15 minutes of online video playback, 15 minutes of gaming and 10 minutes of app usage it finally dropped to 90 %.Check out the video yourself.But the battery capacity is just a tip of the iceberg with Uhans H5000 and the phone can offer much more.
Ulefone announced today that their latest rugged Ulefone Armor model is doing quite well in the presales achieving 50.000 presold pieces and that the shipping has already begun for the first orders.Presales of Ulefone Armor started roughly two weeks with a discounted $159.99 price, which looked quite good for the specs of the phone.What specs are those again ?Well 4,7-inch HD display, octa-core MT6753 processor, 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32 GB ROM, 13 Mpix main camera, NFC and 3500 mAh battery capacity.And of course the most important rugged aspect, IP68 certification making it dust, water and weather proof device.Ulefone allegedly have enough stock reserves of Armor so all the pre-orders will be sorted and shipping within a week.And those still without an active order can also use Ulefone partner Aliexpress store to order it for the same $159.99 price.
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MGCOOL just released a video introduction of the newly launched MGCOOL Band 2.The smart band comes with some features such as wireless sync and sleep tracking.But what else is there?Let s have a look at their video.The MGCOOL Band 2 syncs over bluetooth using the 4.0 protocol, so you don t have to manually connect it to your smartphone or PC to log your stats.This technology is still encased in a relatively small body, which makes it more comfortable and less bothersome, mostly if you re in the middle of any kind of exercise.MGCOOL says the Band 2 is more than just a fitness tracker, it can track your sleep time as well.In addition to the ordinary smart band features such as step counting, distance walked and calories burned, which could give you some motivation to do better if you had lack of it.The Band 2 has a sleek design and it s made of environmental-friendly materials, it coming in a black color makes it good pretty good for anybody to wear.The MGCOOL Band 2 also has a waterproof rating of IPX7, that means the band can withstand being underwater up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
HOMTOM are going to add new smartphone to their lineup, the HOMTOM H27.Here we all have a glimpse at the exterior design of the upcoming smartphone.Let s begin with the basics: colors, the HOMTOM HT27 will come in two variants, a black and white one.A pretty safe decision as those are most mainstream choices.The back cover on the HOMTOM HT27 is made of a super light plastic to reduce the overall weight and it features a circular pattern which gives it a unique design, makes the phone look slimmer and helps holding the phone more firmly.The HOMTOM HT27 comes with a CNC crafted metallic frame ensuring some sturdiness to the phone.The aluminum edges are also covered in a nano protective layer to prevent it from getting oxidized or scratched.This should also avoid obvious fingerprints on the outer frame of the phone.On the hardware side, all we know so far is that it ll sport a 5.5-inch large HD screen, so it ll should be a great device to watch videos and other media consumption.All in all, the HOMTOM HT27 has a pretty cool design and if it ll be supported by some good hardware inside, it should become a new cool option for customers looking for a 5.5″ device.You can find more info over at HOMTOM s official website.
Jack Ma Yun, Chairman of Alibaba Group, attends SCMP China Conference in Admiralty.Photo: Nora TamJack Ma, founder of the world s largest e-commerce platform, has coined a new phrase to define the mission of Alipay to help more young people, small companies and poor nations gain access to capital, advocating a concept of techfin to turn the trendy fintech on its head.Fintech takes the original financial system and improves its technology, said Ma during Friday s China Conference organised by the South China Morning Post.What we want to do is to solve the problem of a lack of inclusiveness.Ant Financial Services Group, backed by Ma s Alibaba Group Holdings, would rather strive to provide equitable payment systems and access to capital for emerging economies like India, the Philippines and Malaysia, instead of focusing on competing in developed markets like Europe and the United States, he said.The Alipay service, which boasts 450 million registered users, has its largest market in China, where it runs third-party payments and e-wallet services.
Everybody knows that the latest curved Bluboo phone, the Bluboo Edge is already selling and judging by the customer feedback and numbers it is selling well.But it s not the only Bluboo model calling for an attention.Upcoming Bluboo Dual is also not looking bad with dual camera setup, dual curved design and solid metal body.This metal unibody is made from aviation grade aluminum alloy and should be fairly resistant against scratch and corrosion.The alloy is also very light with excellent heat dissipation properties.Thanks to CNC cutting the lines are smooth and sand blasting is giving the back cover a nice texture and grip.Bluboo Dual will be avilable in three color variants, specifically black, gold and rose gold versions.All the information about the model are already listed on the official website so surely check it out too.
Uber s European business has been indicted in a Danish court on charges of assisting two drivers of breaking local taxi laws, Reuters reports.It s a test case seeking judicial assessment of whether Uber is complicit in illegal acts by its drivers.In a news release, the Danish public prosecutor, Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen s, said translated via Google Translate : It is now established that the drivers have run contrary to taxi legislation.Therefore, we indicted the company behind to help these illegalities.There is a fundamental test case where prosecutors want to get the court s assessment of contributing sense lasted for illegal taxi services.Last month an Uber drive in the country was convicted of violating taxi laws, and fined 6,000 Danish crowns $855 .
The endless wait for the Vernee flagship model is finally over and Vernee Apollo is already sailing to the presale ports.Even though we would have preferred it much sooner it s still a hell of a phone and we hope it will find some happy customers out there.After all it s supposed to be world s first MTK VR flagship even coming with a VR box.But before we get to the presale offer and the $50 discount lets check out the official video and summarize the specifications.Display:– 5,5 inches– 2K resolution 2560 x 1440 px – 1500:1 contrastProcessor:– deca-core Helio X25– 4 GB RAM dualchannel LPDDR3
Users of WeChat, China s most popular messaging app, have stopped being informed when their messages are being censored in a move that further erodes user privacy, according to a new report from Citizen Lab.Tencent, the $232 billion dollar giant that operates WeChat, has always practiced forms of censorship on its users — that s an inevitable part of running a popular online service in China — but at some point in recent years it ceased informing users when their messages were blocked.In the past, the app would notify users when a message they intended to send wasn t delivered because it was controversial, such as references to free speech groups or the Tiananmen Square massacre.By removing notice of censorship, WeChat sinks deeper into a dark hole of unaccountability to its users, wrote Ron Deibert, who is director of Citizen Lab, a research unit within the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada.The development is troubling, but even more so when you consider the scale of WeChat, which has over 840 million active users each month and has become an essential platform that includes payments, taxi-hailing, news services and food delivery.Although we ve known for some time that there is censorship of international users, too.
Chen Jie, ZTE s chief information officer and chief strategy officer addresses the SCMP China Conference in Admiralty on Friday.ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications giant, plans to leverage its 5G and smart cities technology to better connect countries across the One Belt, One Road region, according to a senior executive.Speaking at the South China Morning Post s annual China Conference, Chen Jie, ZTE s chief information officer and chief strategy officer, said the regions and countries where her firm offers information and communication services have already seen an increase in gross domestic product, improvement across various industries, and helped improve the livelihoods of many people .Apart from roads, railways and bridges, it is also important to have an information superhighway … to which we plan to contribute positively, she added.Chen added that ZTE could play a huge part in building the superhighway across the 64 countries involved in the One Belt, One Road initiative, given it is already present in over 50 countries in the region.One Belt, One Road was launched in 2013 by the central government with the intention of linking economies into a China-centred trading network.
Photo: Asa Mathat/D: All Things DigitalSpaceX s plan to take people to Mars in a giant rocket could cost just US$200,000 for a round trip, a board member for Elon Musk s space exploration company told CNBC on Thursday.In September, Musk revealed plans for an interplanetary transport system – a giant rocket able to fit 100 people and enough cargo to build self-sustaining colonies on the Red Planet.The aim is to get humans to Mars around the year 2025.As more and more people travel, the cost of flying to Mars will be dramatically cheaper , according to Steve Jurvetson, a board member of SpaceX.At the limit when there s millions of people going to Mars so you are amortising the asset over many trips and all the business terms of depreciation and fuel costs, it actually pencils out to about US$200,000 round trip.
The trend of live streaming caught on in China in 2016: tons of money was poured into the emerging field.At least a dozen live streaming platforms were launched in the first half of this year; almost all the main traditional video streaming platforms now offer live streaming services.A top live streamer s monthly income can be as high as USD 291,000 per month.Big name entrepreneurs, investors and web celebrities fuelled the trend.Wang Sicong, a web celeb and the only son of China s richest businessman Wang Jianlin, founded Panda TV in September last year.Wang Sicong s dog with 7 iphone7s.Photo from Baidu ImagesFame-seeking young Chinese rush to the new sector to livestream their performances, esports competitions, and daily life.MC Tianyou, 25 years old, is a top live streamer who entered the business two years ago: in July his income climbed as high as RMB two million USD 291,000 .Kim Kardashian.Holding in hand a selfie stick, in a cute plush hat and jeans suspenders, singing and talking to viewers in bubbly and energetic voice, Wen er is the queen of China s leading live streaming platform, YY.Live streamer Wen er.Wen er has gradually attracted more than 12 million followers since she began live streaming in 2013 in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan.
Harshdeep RapalTwo years ago, everyone wanted to become a Unicorn the term that is used to refer to a rare mythical creature in general and to a billion dollar company in the startup world .Every morning there was news of one more startup raising a few or a few hundred million dollars in funding at a valuation, which you would have never heard of earlier.Fast-forward to 2016, the funding freeze has set in, and there are people advising on how to become a cockroach startup.Scores of articles have been written on how to survive the funding winter until the sun rises again and investors start showering you with millions — not sure if that is going to happen anytime soon.As a founder of two ventures earlier wherein I did not have any funding, and then having led a venture wherein I had a few million dollars at my disposal from Rocket Internet, and now again that I am building a seed-funded startup, I have been through the grind.These few years spent in building startups have given me a perspective of how important it is to create a business out of an idea.There would be millions of businesses across the globe.The range of size of these businesses in terms of revenues and employees would be astonishing.There are businesses run by the single-man show of a roadside street-food vendor, and then there are the likes of Coca Cola and Boeing.How many of them have raised funds?The answer is … a negligible minority.One thing they all have in common is that they focused on creating sustainable businesses.