ZTE launched the successor to their Axon 7, the Axon 7S this week.And just three days after the launch, a new device, the ZTE V0840 has been certified by TENAA.Photos and specs of the phone have been listed on TENAA.The ZTE V0840 has three capacitive buttons on the front for home, back and recent apps.On the top bezel lies the front snapper.On the back, it sports, what looks like a dual camera setup with LED flash, below which lies the fingerprint scanner.
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Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, has set up a 8.5 billion yuan ($1.24 billion) fund with China’s largest insurer China Life Insurance, to finance the expansion of its network of “smart” handling and storage facilities across China.Cainiao will operate and manage the assets and facilities.The fund’s creation is designed, the companies said, to help Cainiao maintain its asset-light strategy while gaining additional capital to cope with exploding delivery volumes, which Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma predicted earlier this year to grow tenfold to 1 billion/day with a decade.Cainiao is also expected to transfer ownership of some of its existing logistics centres to the fund in exchange for cash.The fund will be dedicated to improve Cainiao’s logistic system and will not be invested into other companies.Founded by Alibaba together with a consortium of Chinese logistics companies, Cainiao doesn’t employ a single delivery driver, but operates a logistics information platform that links to a network of independent providers, warehouses and distribution centres.
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Mobile POS startup Mswipe closes USD 31 million for Series DFinancing status: USD 31 million Series D round in 2017Mobile POS startup Mswipe has closed its Series D financing round for USD 31 million led by UC-RNT Fund.Existing investors Matrix Partners India, Falcon Edge Capital, and DSG Consumer Partners also participated in this round.Mumbai-based Mswipe is India’s largest independent mobile POS merchant acquirer and network provider.Mswipe’s terminal, Wisepad, accepts all major types of cards including VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, and Rupay.
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Urban bicycle-sharing service operator Mobike continues to push forward its ambitious international expansion by unveiling on Thursday a new subsidiary in Fukuoka, the fifth-largest city in Japan.The move comes a week after the mainland Chinese start-up raised more than US$600 million in its latest financing round, which was led by existing investor Tencent Holdings.Prior to that fundraising effort, Mobike had aggressively rolled out its service in Shanghai and across the mainland since April last year, while also establishing overseas operations earlier this year in Singapore as well as in the cities of Manchester and Salford in Britain.“Fukuoka City, known for its innovation and dynamism, is a natural partner for Mobike,” said Chris Martin, the company’s head of international expansion.“The city government and the Fukuoka Directive Council (FDC) have given Mobike an incredible platform from which to expand our business in Japan.”ukuoka – located on the northern shore of Kyushu, the third-biggest island in Japan – is one of the country’s National Strategic Special Zones and implements a start-up visa programme for foreign businesses.
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With Travis Kalanick’s departure from Uber, the ride-hailing app company he co-founded and nurtured into a US$62.5 billion behemoth, he joins a league of distinguished gentlemen, among whom are other over-the-top Silicon Valley renegades to leave under investor pressure, including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.However, Kalanick’s controversial exit leaves no succession plan and no immediate replacement as chief executive.Most of Uber’s most senior leaders have left in recent months, leaving it without a chief financial officer, chief operating officer, general counsel or head of engineering.In a start-up, the values of the founder are reflected throughout the company’s culture.Developing and bringing to market new technology demands an unusual level of drive that corporate executives have never experienced.But when publicity turns particularly odious, as in Uber’s case, tolerance and moral probity can be rapidly overcome by financial self-interest.
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VR content company appMagics receives undisclosed Series A+ in millions of USDFinancing status: 2017 Series A+ round amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD)VR content company appMagics on Thursday received an undisclosed Series A+ round in millions of USD to expand its marketing plans.appMagics is a fast growing virtual reality (VR) content creator that bridges the gap between smartphone users and VR content.Based on the idea that augmented reality (AR) and VR will soon blend seamlessly to become mixed reality (MR), the company is committed to lead the trend by developing technologies on image processing, environmental detection, advanced facial expression and gesture tracking, and photo taking.It has partnerships with mobile social live streaming platforms and intellectual property (IP) rights owners to create VR content based on smartphones.
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China’s elevated straddling bus surprised the world last year with its futuristic design that claimed to be able to solve the nightmarish mega traffic jams in China’s urban cities.The lifted passenger compartment is designed to glide over traffic so that cars can move beneath it.The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) – dubbed Batie – underwent a 300-meter road test in Qinghuangdao, a two-hour train ride east of Beijing, in August 2016.The preview obtained some media coverage around the world.However, the testing rail of the bus has been removed this week, marking the failure of a seemingly promising company, local media reported on Wednesday.The state-run Global Times reported that the road test could be a mere stunt, used by its creator to collect money.
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His firm, Atlas China, supports business leaders and entrepreneurs in their China staffing and growth, including both major multinational companies like Merck and the NBA as well as fast-growing technology companies.What we see shared on WeChat determines how we spend our time, the people we associate with, the events we attend, and our sense of what’s going on around us.WeChat isn’t a digital tool for us, but rather a digital extension of us: it situates each individual in a dynamic digital world of information based on our real-world social connections.My goal with this article is to get you to recognize and exercise your power to change your WeChat world so you can have more of what you want and less of what you don’t want in your life.I’ll share some best practices you can implement in WeChat as you read along and benefit from immediately.Create useful tags for your contacts
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Foreign VC funds have traditionally faced a lack of policy transparency and market volatility in China, but China is attempting to grant foreign VCs easier access and simplify investment procedures to sustain the entrepreneurial wave, according to a guideline released by the State Council last September.As the environment to invest across borders becomes friendlier and more lucrative, foreign VCs that are traditionally not active in China are gradually getting more involved with the China scene.500 Startups: One of the world’s most active investors in early stage startups, 500 Startups first entered the greater China region in 2013.Its newly appointed China Partner Edith Yeung previously serves as vice president of overseas markets for Dolphin Browser, one of the earliest Chinese mobile startups to achieve overseas success.Sparklabs: Founded in Seoul four years ago, Sparklabs opened its first China accelerator in Beijing this May with a focus to help Chinese companies go global.It is also launching a fintech vertical in Hong Kong and in Taipei later this year, according to Bernard Moon, co-founder of Sparklabs.
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Chinese internet entrepreneur Lei Houyi would be remembered not for his success, but his overnight failure.Lei’s little-known bike-sharing startup Wukong Bicycle has grabbed headlines in the mainland this week as the first to close shop even as China’s bike-sharing craze pedals full speed ahead.It also began to refund 16,000 users their deposits.Wukong’s fall is unlikely to be the last, as industry insiders say this could signal the start of a market consolidation, where most of the 30 bike-sharing startups could go under.I truly believed that there was a window for me to grow my business from Chongqing to the rest of China.But the competitor turned out to be so much bigger and faster,” the 26-year-old Lei told the South China Morning Post.
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One might think the system’s success has to do with its blending of a home console and a portable gaming system, but I think it really comes down to how Nintendo is using the Switch to redefine and broaden the appeal of eSports - a massively popular aspect of gaming.To fully understand Nintendo’s approach to gaming, it’s important to go back to the 2006 release of the Wii, and what that console’s design said about the company.What really sets Nintendo Switch apart is the ability to turn any coffee shop, dorm room or family road trip into a venue for some fun competitionsThe company’s next console, the Wii U, was an unmitigated flop, but it did produce one very important game that helped shape the future of Nintendo: Splatoon.Splatoon is essentially Nintendo’s family-friendly take on the first-person shooter, a genre usually riddled with bullets, blood and death.It took the typical military design of a first-person shooter and changed the language into something more about fun and less about death.
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Uber has teamed up with Li Ka-shing’s favourite braised goose restaurant to take a bite out of Deliveroo and Foodpanda in an already crowded Hong Kong food delivery scene.The San Francisco-based disruptor for taxis is now making waves on the city’s culinary landscape, launching an aggressive marketing campaign to sign up the city’s Cantonese restaurants sought-after among Hong Kong foodies.Among them is even Li Ka-shing’s favourite Sun Kee, a small eatery celebrated for its braised food in Sai Ying Pun.There are also a few dai pai dong restaurants with grassroots appeal, notably Chan Kun Kee which sells wasabi hand-shredded chicken in Sha Tin.With the market share battle among food delivery services heating up in Hong Kong, major players Foodpanda and Deliveroo have been in a race to partner up with the most ubiquitous eateries.In the case of Hong Kong, many are family-owned businesses whose owners are only starting to embrace online food delivery.
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Perhaps you remember a leaked video that appeared last week, purportedly showing a vivo smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor (embedded in the screen), but apparently that was fake.This however doesn’t mean that vivo isn’t indeed working on such technology, and today’s rumors hint that this could become reality.Today a teaser poster from the company has revealed that Vivo might be working on the same technology and is going to introduce it at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition that is taking place on June 28th.The teaser mentions: “Unlock the future” and the message is paired with what looks like the outline of a fingerprint going through the outline of a phone – one can easily think that we’re talking about an in-display scanner similar to what we saw last week on that fake video.As always we have no official confirmation that any of the above will happen for sure, so you’d better take them with a pinch of salt.After all this is just a purported teaser, and the company hasn’t yet said anything official about coming out with a smartphone featuring such a sensor.
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We are already almost halfway through 2017 so it’s time for some mid-year sales don’t you think ?Today we have for you some infomation about one of those, because Oukitel decided to offer their popular model Oukitel K6000 Plus for a flash deal price of $163.99.Oukitel K6000 Plus is best known for its big 6080 mAh battery capable of supporting 2 days of heavy usage without breaking a sweat and the powerful 12V/2A flash charger.But it’s no slouch in other areas too sporting MT6750T chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, 16MP + 8MP cameras with PDAF support and more.They are also working on ironing out the bugs in the initial software and the latest update brings full 5 GHz Wi-Fi support and plenty of optimizations for the various areas of the phone.And even though they still didn’t deliver the HDR option for the cameras, according to the official source they are not giving up and still working on that.
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Some breaking new from the Leagoo side today, because they just revealed they are working on some pretty non-budget for a change.And looks like with their new KIICAA series of phones, specifically with the KIICAA S8 they can claim the world’s first title utilizing the upcoming Mediatek MT6763 chipset.From the only picture available it looks like the phone will be looking pretty much like the Samsung S8 and just like it it should be sporting the 18:9 aspect ratio.After all the name could be already a pretty strong hint towards the Samsung resemblance.From what we know so far the phone should be equipped with the aforementioned MT6763 chipset, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB ROM, 5.72-inch/5.99-inch with 1440×720 pixel resolution.And looks like there is a dual camera with fingeprint scanner on the back too.
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Time for yet another brand sale event and the one currently happening on Geekbuying is taking it all pretty seriously, because you can get there pretty much everything from the vast Xiaomi portfolio.Well alright, not everything, because some niche products like TVs or the electric scooter are pretty touch to sell as an international e-shop, but close enough anyway.So until June 25th you can either try to hunt for some flash deals with limited stock availability or go for the safe route ordering the discounted normal offers.And there is really plenty to choose from.Your first stop will be surely the phone section and you can find for example the new Xiaomi Mi6 there starting at $429.99 or maybe the former revolutionaries like Xiaomi Mi MIX Pro for $559.99 eventually the best selling piece Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in the Global version for $179.99.But the offers are not ending with just the phones, because there are also interesting choices for the TV boxes, VR goggles, headphones and speakers, smart wearables and ending with the rarer stuff like the air purifier or smart shoes.
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It seems Samsung has special plans for the VR technology and their new Gear VR Headset (the successor to this year’s model) is expected to offer a much improved experience, along with a new 2000 ppi display!Rumor has it that the Korean company has already decided to use a special OLED display with impressive resolution (2000ppi) that will surely eliminate the unpleasant feeling of nausea caused from continuous usage of VR features.Also note that – unlike the current Gear VR that requires the use of your phone – the new headset will be able to deal with this independently, offering an even better performance.Have in mind that a resolution of 2000 ppi is extremely high: if you want some comparisons, then the Oculus Rift has a ppi of 461, same as that of the HTC Vive for each of its screens.The Galaxy S8 has a pixel density of 570 ppi which is extremely high as far as smartphones are concerned so you can understand what Samsung plans to do in the near future.The new Gear VR headset is expected to launch with the Galaxy S9 next year and is sure to have an expensive price tag – which is normal, given the fact that it will be equipped with such a display.
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A couple of months after the official launch of their first camera – smartphone Kodak is working closely with Archos to launch 2 tablets that are manufactured, sold and distributed by Archos, but both carry the name Kodak Tablet.Both of them come equipped with a Mediatek MTK8321 SoC with four Cortex-A53 CPU core, clocked at 1.3 GHz.Unfortunately they come with just 1GB of RAM, while the internal storage is either 16 GB for the Kodak Tablet 7 or 32 GB for Kodak Tablet 10 version.Thankfully both of them have microSD slot, allowing for an expansion up to 64 GB.Each tablet comes with two cameras: a main camera with 8 MP resolution and a front facing selfie shooter with a small 2 MP sensor.They come with preinstalled Cyberlink apps that give you the ability to edit photos and videos.
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I guess that could be awkward for the Chinese company, don’t you think?It turns out that the OnePlus 5 uses the same screen as the OnePlus 3T – yes it’s the exact same panel, with Roland Quandt leaking the story a couple of hours ago and others finally confirming it.According to benchmarking app AIDA64 both models pack the same Samsung S6E3FA5 panel, which is a change from the original OnePlus 3, which had an FA3 panel.So far we have no information on what the differences are between FA3 and FA5.So yeah, the OnePlus5 has the exact same Samsung S6E3FA5 display that was used in the OnePlus 3T apparently pic.twitter.com/HhH3chSyn5Still what’s important at this time is the fact that the newest addition of the OP family, the OnePlus 5, has no hardware improvements over its predecessor, at least as far as screen is concerned!
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So OnePlus finally released their OnePlus 5 yesterday and now that we’ve all had time to soak up the facts it’s time to decide if we’re going to buy it or not.After months of speculation, the OnePlus 5 was finally revealed and all the specs released to the public.The big surprise this time around was the total lack of a surprise.We had all seen images of the OP5 well ahead of launch, and the specifications that were suggested by insiders all came true.This time around the OnePlus 5 has been developed to address an area that OnePlus was struggling with, the camera.The rear of the phone features a dual camera design and is now marketed as a camera-centric flagship.
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