p VR learning platform Growlib receives undisclosed pre-Series A in millions of USD /p p Growlib /p p Founder: Zhang Kun /p p Founded in: 2016 /p p Financing status: Pre-Series A amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD) in 2017 /p p VR learning platform Growlib on Tuesday received an undisclosed pre-Series A financing round in millions of USD to create more VR learning content./p p Growlib is a VR learning platform that produces customized learning solutions for students and teachers under various courses.Students can use its VR equipment to experience real-life situations based on the curriculum.One such situation is taking a look at the underwater world through VR equipment while students learn about it.This learning method can help students master the knowledge better as well as increase students’ learning interest./p p Founded in 2016 in Beijing, Growlib has so far reached partnerships with some well-known hardware manufacturers, schools, museums and other institutions to sell its VR learning material.
p Electronic device makers, such as Hong Kong-listed Suga, and other start-ups are looking to cash in on a boom in China in so-called pet wearables, like smart collars, leashes and feeders.Pet ownership, denounced as a decadent and bourgeois habit after the Communist Party took power in China more than 60 years ago, has become popular again among the country’s growing middle class.Lia Yang Liu, 39, a lecturer in Chinese literature at a Beijing university, bought a GPS tracker that attaches to her dog’s collar.She is sceptical of other products, though.I don’t believe devices can translate a pet’s language for us.”The electronic pet device market in China is still quite small, but by some estimates is growing by a fifth or even a quarter every year, drawing developers and producers such as PetPace, Mars Petcare’s Whistle Labs Inc, i4C Innovations, Fitbark and DeLaval.
p LeSports, Chinese tech giant LeEco’s sports arm, on Thursday was rumored to cut its workforce to 200 from its current 700-strong workforce./p p This is the latest sign that LeSports is undergoing a series of setbacks including losing key management executives and broadcasting rights of international games.Here is a look back at LeSports’ short five-year history during LeEco’s volatile development./p p · 2012 – LeEco launched its sports arm LeSports to offer broadcasting and live streaming services for sports games including soccer, basketball, and tennis./p p · December 2015 – LeSports signs a five-year contract for naming rights to name Wukesong Gymnasium, one of Beijing’s landmarks and China’s top-notch stadiums./p p · February 2016 – Purchased copyrights for the Chinese Super League during the 2016/2017 season for RMB 2.7 billion (USD 392 million).
p Wearable favourites No.1 have announced details of the G9, a wearable that they say is the first with GPS and IP68./p p No.1 were once a smartphone maker but for the past few years, the manufacturer has focussed on producing wearables.The latest from the company is the No.1 G9, a wearable that boasts IP68 and built in GPS./p p /p p This smartwatch comes with all the usual features like a pedometer, fitness tracking, notifications, heart rate monitor etc, but being an IP68 watch the device can also withstand shock, dust and being submerged in water./p Join GizChina on Telegram p GPS tracking is also a very clever feature for the watch which is brought to the wearable with the use of a Mediatek MTK 2502 chipset.This is a smartwatch specific chipset that boasts excellent efficiency which hopefully means users won’t have to recharge their watches on a daily basis.
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p After some initial hiccups the Chuwi’s Indiegogo campaign for their latest convertible 2-in-1 device Chuwi Surbook is finally ready to go and will open its doors to the backers on 24th May 17:00 GMT 8.And there will be some interesting early bird promos available./p p If you check out the following link to the campaign you will see that there are 3 levels of the early bird promos.200 super early bird users can pay $299 to take home a Chuwi Surbook (6GB 64GB) with a 19% off; 200 super early bird users can pay only $349 to gift yourself a Chuwi Surbook ( 6GB 64GB) stylus keyboard with 26% off and finally 200 units are available for $399 (6GB 128GB) stylus keyboard with 20% off  for super early bird users./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p You can check all the specifications of the Chuwi Surbook in the table below, going directly against some heavy competition.Worth noting is mainly the fantastic 12,3-inch 2K screen with 2736 1824 pixel resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio.
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p Time for some good old fashioned snap deals, the Vernee newcomer phone already gets discounted and with the exclusive Aliexpress sale the price dips below the magical hundred bucks.Yes we are talking about the Vernee Thor E and here is what you are getting for the money./p p Vernee Thor E is boasting to be first 5-inch display smartphone to pack the huge 5020 mAh battery and it easily could be true.Aside the 5-inch HD display it packs MT6753 octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 13MP 5MP cameras, dedicated hardware key for the battery saving “e-ink” mode.9V/2A fast charging and VOS based on Android 7.0 Nougat.It’s also fairly thin and light with 8.2mm and 149g considering the big battery.
p Homtom is hoping to attract young buyers with the Homtom HT30 and their latest offer./p p Homtom has released the HT30 as a basic but attractive smartphone, one that would be ideal for a younger user who might not necessarily need full flagship features but requires a little style./p p The new HT30 gets its style from a textured body similar to the sandstone finish on the original OnePlus One smartphone.Red highlights on the darker phones and blue on the white help to enhance the look of the rear camera and rear fingerprint scanner./p Join GizChina on Telegram p /p p Homtom has been keen to keep the new HT30 as attractive as possible so has kept the body down to only 7.9mm thick with a tough CNC machined chassis.Other features include a 5.5-inch HD display, Mediatek MT6580 chipset, 1GB RAM and 8GB memory plus large 3000mAh battery.
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p It’s only been one month since the launch of the massive battery phone — Ulefone Power 2 — and the company is already releasing an OTA update to improve camera performance and more./p p /p p The new update comes with the build number 201605011 and as mentioned before it mostly boosts camera software as well as the battery indicator and some app compatibility./p p Ulefone had already released a video test of the Ulefone Power with the new and updated build, where you can see the improvements in the camera department.You can watch the video below: /p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p Although it’s hard to tell on video, the camera seem to offer more details in photos and light adjustment is also slightly better.Either way it’s nice to see companies like Ulefone that are really active into updating their device, sadly you can’t say that about many others./p p For those who aren’t aware of the phone’s specs, the Ulefone Power 2 comes with a MediaTek 6750T octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5Ghz, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 5.5-inch FHD display, 16MP/13MP cameras, front fingerprint scanner, gyro sensor and — of course — a massive 6050mAh battery.
p Chinese technology giant Huawei Technology unveiled three new Matebook products in Berlin on Tuesday, in an effort to expand income channels for its struggling consumer business group.Of the three newly-launched products, the Matebook X and Matebook D series, which feature indivisible keyboards in a conventional clamshell design, reflect the first laptops by the company in a conventional clamshell design.The MateBook X is an easy-to-carry 13-inch fanless laptop which is also the first notebook to feature Dolby Atmos Sound System with speakers co-designed with Dolby.Available in grey, gold and rose gold, the colour options show that Huawei is seeking to broaden its appeal to female consumers.The Matebook E series features a 2-in-1 tablet with a folio-style keyboard that rivals Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface products.The 15.6-inch Matebook D series features high-end specifications
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p Huawei launched earlier today the successor to last year’s A1 Band, that goes under the name Honor A2 Smartband and it’s surely an upgraded model with a lot of potential./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p Unlike the first model that lacks a display, this new one comes with a 0,96 inch OLED display with impressive luminosity, and offers a vast selection of features such as a continuous heart monitor, a calorie counter, a pedometer that counts your steps and that can even tell when you are cycling or just running etc./p p As most fitness trackers, it packs a sedentary reminder, a sleep monitor and can also provide the standard notification alerts.There is also a find-my-phone feature for those moments when you can’t remember where you dropped your device./p p The Honor A2 smartband is compatible with Android 4.4/iOS 8.0 and up devices, it connects with our phones via Bluetooth 4.2 technology, offers IP67 certification and  packs a 95mAh battery that should offer up to 9-days of battery life./p p It will be available in various colors (black, red, white, yellow) and it will go for sale on Vmall June 9 with a price tag of 30$.
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p The flip form factor of the phone has been one of the most famous form factors of all time.The flip form factor provided a one glance view of all the recent information without even opening the phone.The Samsung SM-G9298 is one such flip phone./p Samsung SM-G9198 p An unknown device dubbed SM-G9298 has received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).Rumors hint towards a dual screen flip phone from the house of Samsung./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p From what we can infer, the phone’s front seems to be a standalone screen with no sensors on top.
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p After the success of the Moto G5 Plus as one of the best mid rangers, Lenovo plans to bring to the market another, more premium G series model, the Moto G5S.Earlier leak from a Motorola event showed the timeline for the various devices slated for launch this year.Amongst them were the G5S and G5S ./p p /p p The leaks show a design similar to the Moto G5 Plus, minus all the plastic as the smartphone is speculated to have a full metal body.The antenna lines running on the back confirm the same.The front is similar to the G5 series, except for the addition of a front flash to aid in low light selfies.
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p The Elephone P8 Mini is the Chinese phone manufacturer’s latest budget camera-centric device with mid-range hardware and a killer camera setup./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p Today we get to know a very important detail which many GizChina readers will be happy to hear, that is: phone weight.Elephone have indeed just revealed that their freshly launched P8 Mini will weight only 133 grams!/p p That is quite a light phone considering it comes with a full metal body, don’t you guys agree?/p p Let’s now have a quick recap for those who have missed the Elephone P8 Mini in their news feed.The budget phone comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, 16MP front-facing camera and two 13MP shooters on the back.
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p Huawei just unveiled its Honor 6A affordable Android smartphone earlier today made especially for teenagers or those of us with “tight” budget./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p The device runs on Android 7.0.1 Nougat, has great battery life and it will be available in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage and a second with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, both with microSD expansion of course.It packs a 5 inch HD display and its powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC that can deliver impressive performance with minimal battery consumption according to the Chinese manufacturer./p p The Honor 6A comes with a 3020 mAh battery, has a 13MP main camera on its back with full HD video support and a fingerprint reader just below it.On the front it packs a 5MP selfie camera with wide-angle support for great portrait shots.The device offers full 4G/LTE connectivity with VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4GHz), and it will be available at an affordable price (115$ for the base model-145$ for the high end variant).
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p I guess we all knew this would happen, didn’t we?The Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic Edition was available today at 10 AM in China and a couple of seconds later it completely sold out as expected./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p The device went on sale exclusively on Xiaomi Mall with a pricing of 2,999 Yuan ($435) and just like the standard edition, this model also sold out quickly in under one minute.Now the Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic Edition is listed as “Out of Stock” on the official Xiaomi website but no one can be sure when (and if) we’re going to see it available again in the future.If Xiaomi is not facing any production problems, then the Ceramic variant may become available on sale soon./p p Don’t forget that this specific ceramic edition needs a special manufacturing procedure but it also has 18K gold rims around the rear-facing twin cameras so… it takes time to be manufactured.
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p State-owned telecommunications giant China Telecom is looking to do away with long-distance calling and roaming fees for its mainland customers by September, with its top executive saying the tariff cuts were unlikely to have a major impact on revenue.In March, Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three state-owned telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices” as part of the government’s plan to move the industry forward, and all three companies – China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom – have pledged to do so by 1 October this year.At China Telecom’s annual general meeting in Hong Kong on Tuesday, chairman and chief executive Yang Jie told reporters that the company was working towards removing the tariffs in September, a month ahead of the agreed deadline.Raising speed is an important way to keep the company competitiveYang Jie, China Telecom chairman“China Telecom has always been raising speeds, from 3G to 4G networks, the rate has gone up from 3.1 megabytes to 300 megabytes.
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p Azdome are a recently born dash cam manufacturer with the goal of creating simple and elegant products to make your life easier and more convenient./p p /p p The “A” and “Z” in the name signifies that they cover all the letters from A to Z, meaning that Azdome is a company open to the entire world, they want to show that people from anywhere can trust this brand and enjoy their innovatively designed products./p p Azdome is indeed spending a lot of time and efforts into creating useful and elegantly designed products for the masses, with a customers-oriented mindset and strict quality standards to ensure high customer satisfaction./p p /p Join GizChina on Telegram p If you want to know how Azdome was born then we can resume it in a few words here.Mr.Wayne — Azdome’s CEO — was born in an ancient city of eastern China, Yancheng.In 2010, he created his first company dealing with dash cameras in Shenzhen.
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p Over the past few years, the world has witnessed significant progress in technological development, especially in areas such as artificial intelligence, big data and robotics.Further progress on technology is likely to converge into “the fourth industrial revolution”, with a range of new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, and impacting all disciplines, economies and industries.Increased automation, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence put large numbers of job categories under pressure of disappearance, going from lower skill jobs such as drivers, secretarial and office administration to middle skill jobs such as legal, insurance and financial services.Such disruption will affect not only the lower working class but also the middle class that have lived under the tenet that higher education and confirmation to social norms would lead to personal prosperity.We may see government attempts to counter such development with different government policies, e.g.We will discuss how various advances in technologies affect the office, logistics and retail property sectors differently separately.
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p The first game is over, and Google’s AlphaGo has done it again, proving that it would take loads of effort to defeat the artificial intelligence Go robot.The computer program today defeated current Go world champion Ke Jie in the first out of three games in China./p p It has been a little over a year since Google’s AlphaGo stunned the world with its 4-1 victory over Lee Sedol, one of the top Go players in the world.Now, it is facing off against current number one player Ke Jie in three game matches./p p During the first game today, the 19-year-old Ke played it out till the end, counting the 0.5 win for AlphaGo.p “The speed of AI development is beyond our imagination… I believe the future belongs to AI,” Ke wrote on a note posted on his Weibo, China’s Twitter-like blogging platform, the night before the match.
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p Meizu M5C was unveiled officially earlier today in China and it surely looks good for the budget/mid-range market judging by its specifications./p p /p p The affordable smartphone now has a polycarbonate body and it’s available in 5 distinct colors: black, gold, red, blue and pink./p Join GizChina on Telegram p It’s also quite light (for a device of this type) weighing 135 gr.and somewhat thin at 8,3mm.It packs a 5 inch HD display and it comes equipped with a quad core Mediatek SoC clocked at 1.3GHz along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and microSD slot (it takes the place of one SIM slot unfortunately).The Meizu M5C has an 8MP main camera with f/2.0 and a 5MPixels selfie camera with support for ArcSoft beautification algorithm.
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