China Mobile, the world s largest wireless network operator, is ratcheting up its 5G preparations with plans for over-the-air field trials on the mainland s 3.5-gigahertz spectrum band, employing key technologies from ZTE Corp and Qualcomm Technologies.The trials will be conducted in the second half of this year and comprise the second phase of China Mobile s 5G testing programme, part of efforts to help ensure a timely commercial 5G network launch, according to Wang Xiaoyun, the general manager at the operator s technology department, in a joint statement on Wednesday with the firm s two project partners.Wang said the collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE is also expected to support rapid validation of their devices and equipment, which are based on the 5G New Radio specifications being developed by the telecommunications association known as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 3GPP as part of future universal 5G standards.Shenzhen-based ZTE is China s largest-listed telecommunications equipment supplier, while Qualcomm Technologies is the operating subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed mobile chip giant Qualcomm.Their joint initiative has come more than two months after China Mobile outlined its 5G roadmapThe operator, which had 851.2 million mobile subscribers as of January 31, plans to build 20 5G sites in four to five mainland cities by 2018 as part of its large-scale trials.
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You must have noticed the boom bike-rental companies in China as an increasing array of rainbow colored bikes mushrooming on streets across the country.Endless financing rounds from big names like Tencent, Didi, and Foxconn have been injected into one or another of the startups that involved in a heating field.Despite the initial wows on the changes that bike sharing or, to use a more mundane term bike rental, have brought to our lives, the development of this sector has long been shadowed by pitfalls such bike vandalism and illegal parking.While these issues are still unsolved, the recent news that investors of Kala, a bike-rental startup operating in Putian of Fujian Province, walking away with all users deposits has sparked public concerns about the safety of their capital.With this question in mind, let s walk through some of the facts and problems with bike-rental deposits.Bike rental deposit is no small deal now In addition to a few firms like Qibei, which provides deposit-free services to Alipay users with high Sesame Credit scores, most of the companies require users to pay a deposit before using the service.The deposit varies: RMB 299 US$ 43 for Mobike; RMB 298 for Ubike; RMB 199 for Xiaoming Bike; and RMB 99 for Ofo.Deposits of bike-sharing platforms L-R Mobike, Xiaoming Bike, Ofo Bike rental companies promise that these deposits are totally refundable since the sum will be used solely as collateral; users will only be charged for each ride through a separate prepaid account.As the user base grows, the deposit is creating huge cash flows for the companies.Reports from BigData Research  in Chinese show that the weekly active users of Mobike and Ofo stood at 4.21 million and 4.36 million respectively in mid-January this year.For the two largest players, that s a billion yuan-level cash pool taking form 1.26 billion RMB for Mobike and 431 million RMB for Ofo .Prolonged reimbursement cycle Paying a deposit for using bike rental services sound quite natural for us all.
In an effort to gain control over the unregulated medium, Chinese authorities are now requiring various platforms to acquire licenses.This new regulation will affect a variety of social providers in the country, including WeChat, Weibo, and more.The regulation also requires social media networks to have traditional broadcast licenses for any and all distributed content, not just official media.In recent years, due to the nature of streaming content, a swath of filmmakers, producers and creators have published material unhindered.That means content has been beyond the purview of Chinese authorities, thanks to websites, mobile portals, set-top boxes and even social media networks.In other words, there s a great deal of unregulated and content available for consumption and it s not difficult to access.In 2014, Chinese regulators did crack down on this behavior by requiring set-top and streaming devices to provide content only from licensed and exclusive distributors.The new regulation will see films, TV shows, social media and similar platforms exposed to the same level of censorship as everything else in the country.Furthermore, sites that feature unlicensed and content from the West are fairly well-known and seemingly tolerated.
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The first co-working space in Shanghai now has more than 14 spaces around China and is focusing on segmentation to meet its member s specialized needs.People Squared are planning to launch co-working spaces for musicians, food startups, and content creators.Last week, we looked at seven co-working spaces in Shanghai, mostly born in 2015 along with the boom of co-working spaces in China.Started its first space in 2008, People Squared became home for Shanghai s startup accelerator Chinaccelerator and maker space Xinchejian  新车间 .While other co-working spaces are busy building their next spot in notoriously high-priced Shanghai, People Squared is moving towards vertical segmentation in music, content, and food.In Beijing, People Squared M M for music and movie will be created in a joint effort with Baidu Yinyue and Taihe Music Group, China s largest music group.As we created space for entrepreneurs, startups, we started to see a lot of talent.Co-working and music have a good harmony together, so we thought, why don t we provide a dedicated co-working space for them?
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It s now nearly a decade since Starcraft, Command & Conquer and Age of Empires regularly duked it out at the top of the charts.So all credit to Microsoft for having another go at taking its most treasured product in this most difficult of directions.Luckily, Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and PC arrives with plenty of shock and awe in its arsenal – not just a rollicking 13-level campaign, but a flurry of multiplayer modes and a whole new game type called Blitz.Development duties have switched to strategy specialist Creative Assembly the Total War series and Halo specialist 343 Industries , but otherwise this is instantly familiar stuff to fans of the original.The plot sees the battlecruiser Spirit of Fire, emerging from a 28-year cryosleep and confronted by a new Covenant faction; the Banished and their brutish leader, Atriox.Although the game takes place shortly after the events of Halo 5, the early feel is much more like Battlestar Galactica, as crusty old Captain Cutter and his depleted crew set about restoring order to the Ark.
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It s rumors day once again in China and today Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is in the menu .According to a leakster the Chinese company has already designed the Mi Max succesor dubbed as Xiaomi Mi Max 2, and plans to unveil it in May!All of the above come from a recent Weibo post saying that the purported model will stick to the same 6,44 inch display its predecessor had, but it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC.It will have 6GB of RAM and 128 of internal storage along with microSD support and a 5000 mAh battery with Fast Charge feature.As always we take these rumors with a pinch of salt, until we finally manage to confirm them, ok?Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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The trend of offline expansion have caught on among e-commerce firms, including Amazon and Alibaba in China.JD.com, China s second largest e-commerce platform, has joined the ranks and opened three offline stores, Chinese media Jiemian reported on Tuesday.JD s offline store measures about 20 square meters with three to four staff providing assistance to customers.It is home to a variety of items sold on its website, with consumer electronics – which JD.com is known for – making up the majority of items in the store.In addition, the store showcases foreign brand cosmetics and healthcare products, which are also major components for the e-commerce platform.Another category available for consumers is JD.com gifts cards.The offline store, which does not resemble a traditional physical store, offers QR codes for consumers to scan and purchase the items online.JD.com s offline store in central Beijing.Photo from Jiemian.com.So far, JD.com has three offline stores which are all located inside Yonghui Superstores.The stores are located in central Beijing, the southeastern suburb of Beijing, and Chongqing.In August 2015, JD.com purchased a 10 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores in a deal worth RMB 4.31 billion USD 626 million .Along with the signed deal, JD.com said they will cooperate with Yonghui Superstores on procurement, storage, and logistics, as well as online-to-offline services.JD.com opened different offline stores in third and fourth tier Chinese cities.
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An app called Coded Couture is blending the world of a custom fashion and personal dataWith help from Google, a new app is blending the world of a custom fashion and personal data.Called Coded Couture, the app was built by Ivyrevel — an online fashion house backed by H — in partnership with Google.Coded Couture s first product is the Data Dress, a personalised dress that s created by tracking the user s lifestyle for a week.One of Ivyrevel s founders, Kenza Zouiten, created the first data dress by letting the app log a week of her activities.To get started, you ll have to tell the Coded Couture app what type of dress you re looking for: business, party, or gala.
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Lenovo Group is looking to advance its data centre business in China through a major cloud computing initiative with Germany s SAP, the world s largest supplier of business management software.The two companies are to jointly announce on Wednesday an agreement to deliver in the first half of this year a new cloud service for large Chinese companies on the mainland that use SAP s Hana database technology.SAP s selection of Lenovo to partner in delivering its enterprise cloud for SAP Hana in China – as well as the trust and confidence implied in this decision – serves as compelling proof of our industry leadership capabilities in this rapidly expanding market segment, Peter Hortensius, the chief technology officer and head of strategy at Lenovo s data centre group, said in a statement.The deal marks an extension of a strategic alliance formed between the two companies in January last year to help develop the worldwide market for Hana, which competes against US software giant Oracle s more established database system.Lenovo s data centre group, which provides servers, storage, software and services, has largely been working with SAP to fine-tune hardware to specifically run Hana, as well as cooperating on joint marketing efforts.Lenovo has an opportunity to increase its data centre business and change the market s perception that it is mainly a PC company
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The new brand flagship Blackview P2 model is already available for sale in the market and so far this solid midranger is reaping quite positive feedback all around.The chinese creators decided to pump the brakes a bit more releasing a video showing the phone is not just a pretty face, but can withstand some serious abuse and testing including drop test, pressure test, and temperature & humidity tests.Blackview P2 can offer 5,5-inch FullHdD screen, octa-core MT6750T processor clocked at 1,5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of storage, 13 Mpix Samsung rear camera with f/1.8, PDAF and blue film coated camera lens protective cover, fingeprint scanner, massive 6000 mAh battery with 9V2A fast charger support, USB Type-C port, full metal body and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with officially supported root access.You can buy the Blackview P2 in four different color combinations – Matte Black, Champagne Gold, Mocha Grey and Iron Blue for example in here priced at $179.99.You can also visit the official website for more information about the phone.
Brand sales are always the perfect opportunity to snap up some of the discounted goodies from the respective brand and the one today is no different.Available at the Tomtop reseller the full portfolio of the current Oukitel smartphones is on display and it s just up to you which one to choose.Is it going to be for example the Oukitel U20 Plus featuring dual 13 Mpix Sony IMX135 cameras for mere $92.99 ?Or you would choose to go the budget-yet-still-4G route with Oukitel C5 Pro for $68.99 ?Or maybe the monstrous 10000 mAh battery inside the Oukitel K10000 would be perfect for you ?There are quite some choices in the lineup so make sure you check it out and something will surely stand out.The Oukitel Brand Sale event will be active until February 28th so still a full week to make your choice for the ideal Oukitel smartphone to your liking.Oh and did we forget something ?
We already know that UMIDIGI formerly known just as UMI will be presenting the UMIDIGI Z Pro model at the MWC 2017 in just few days.And while the phone inherits most of the specs of the normal UMI Z it will have something special thanks to the dual Sony camera setup – the 3D Capture mode.UMIDIGI Z Pro will be using two 13 Mpix Sony IMX258 sensors for the rear dual camera setup and thanks to that and the ISP of the Helio X27 chipset the 3D Capture mode will be available for your pictures shot with the Bokeh effect.And how this full 3D effect is going to look like ?Well check the video below for better idea about it.It s quite refreshing to see a higher spec dual camera phone with the quality Sony sensors and the good news keeps coming, because the phone should be released right after the MWC on March 9th with a $299.99 price tag.There will be some exclusive discount for the presale period so subscribe for it on the official website if you are interested.Of course you can find more information about the model there too.The UMI Z little brother is already in stock and available at various shops and resellers for a discounted price of $229.99 so visit either this, this or this link to check it out.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Seems like there will be one more brand on the mobile world map, or rather a sub-brand, because Cubot company decided to launch a new one called Hafury.Personally I m not so sure what for, because the previous Cubot models are mostly all budget ones so the diversification is not as needed, but I could be of course wrong.Hafury brand is aiming to be an Internet mobile phone brand and will be probably independent on Cubot directly, because it s operated by a separate Shenzhen HuaFuRui Technology Co. Ltd. company based obviously in Shenzhen.At present the company has invested over 1 billion RMB and has nearly 1000 employee at their disposal so the potential is surely there.First model of the new Hafury brand will be a budget model called Hafury Umax with big 6-inch display, MT6580 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage, 13 Mpix 5 Mpix camera combo, big 4500 mAh battery capacity and Android 7.0 Nougat.It s going to be released in April and we have to wait a bit more for the pricing.For more information about it and the new brand in general you can visit their official website.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
After the previous deals on the ZTE Axon series of phones, we re back with another which might just solve your dilemma around your next purchase.We ve scoured around for some amazing deals and found quite a kickass one — the LeEco Le Max 2 at under $200!Keep reading to know how you can avail the deal.DealFirst, a quick look at the specifications of this phone:5.7-inch 2560 x 1440p displayQualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor4GB RAM64GB ROM21 mega-pixel rear camera8 mega-pixel front facing camera3100mAh batteryFingerprint scanner Buy Le Max 2 @ $194.99You can head over here or click on the button above to avail the deal.Remember to use coupon code x829 at checkout to get the price down to $194.99!Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
It appears as the Elephone Z1 is getting launched regardless of how well the crowdfunding campaign works out in the end.The phone can be funded for $189.99 with an early bird pledge, this will go on until February 25th.Let s see what the phone is about.The Elephone Z1 is a premium looking handset crafted with both lumia-wave technique and In Molding Label technology IML to achieve a glossy and anti-scratch back cover.The phone will feature a 5.5-inch display with 1.6mm super-slim bezel to cover up 82% of the front.It ll be powered by an Helio P20 octa-core processor, an impressive 6GB of RAM — to get along with the competition —, 64GB of internal storage and USB type-C connectivity.The cameras on the Elephone Z1 will be 13MP on the back while the front shooter will have a resolution of 8.0MP.The phone also packs a 3100mAh capacity battery.As mentioned at the beginning, the Z1 is on Elephone s own crowdfunding campaign which appears to me as a way to make customers pre-order their phone at a lower price, which wouldn t be a bad deal considering you re getting a device with 6GB of RAM for $189.99.You can fund/pre-order the Elephone Z1 over at Elephone s official website.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Sohu.com on Tuesday reported a loss of US$65.9 million in its fourth quarter.On a per-share basis, the Beijing-based company said it had a loss of US$1.71.Losses adjusted for stock option gains came to US$1.79 per share.The operator of the popular Chinese web portal posted revenue of US$411.8 million in the period.For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to US$224 million, or US$5.83 per share.Revenue was reported as US$1.6 billion.
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One of the big expectations for the upcoming Xioami Mi5C is the self developed Pinecone chipset, but a new screenshot tells a different story.In their quest to take control of the entire supply chain, lower prices, speed up manufacture and maintain profits, Xiaomi has made plenty of bold moves.After launch a successful phone business they quickly moved in to tablets, smartphone home appliances, accessories and even whitegoods!Their latest move is to create their very own processor in a similar vain to Samsung and Huawei, and have true control over the operating system and performance of their phones.The first SoC is Pinecone and the first phone to get it?… Well it should have been the Xiaomi Mi5C..Xiaomi Mi5C Snapdragon?Rumours about the Xiaomi Mi5C have been circulating for months now, but one which says it would come with Xiaomi s own chipset might not be accurate.A new screenshot purportedly from the Xiaomi Mi5C shows the handset with an 8core 2.35ghz chipset.This sounds suspiciously like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset.The leak also identifies 4GB RAM, 64GB memory and Android 7.1.1.Xiaomi are expected to launch their new handset and new chipset on the 28th of this month in Beijing.Watch this space.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Ah Zopo, the once king of the Chinese phone market and now one of the brand we just wish would just go away!It has been a very very long time since Zopo has launched any device that was worth us getting excited about, and we re afraid to say that they ve fallen for their own usual trap once again with their latest smartphone launch.The Zopo Color range is made up of budget smartphones that feature attractive designs, but in a world where most rival phones are boasting metal bodies, FHD displays, big batteries and decent camera hardware, the Zopo Color C5 fails.Save $40 now buy ZOPO Speed 7 Plus at zopomobileshop.comThere isn t just one area where the Color C5 fails, it just fails full stop, even the specifications page for the phone fails… with Zopo stating the handset features a 1920 x 720 HD display…..Zopo also points out the top selling points of the C5 which include optional colour rear panel, a metal look finish, and a barcode scanner…Zopo Color C5 Specifications5-inch HD displayQuad-core MT6737 chipset1GB RAM5 mega-pixel F2.2 main camera2 mega-pixel F2.8 front cameraDual LTE SIM support2100mAh batteryWe have no idea what pricing the Zopo Color C5 will be sold at and we really don t care.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
MGCOOL just released a video showing off a new possible use scenario for their MGCOOL Cam 360.You can indeed employ this panoramic camera underwater and record some stunning 360-degree video on a device that only costs $99.99.MGCOOL released the Cam 360 back in 2016, following the trend of bigger brands like Samsung with their Gear camera, the Ricoh Theta, Insta360 and more.While these cameras produce good videos, they also cost exponentially more and do not feature a waterproof casing, available for the Cam 360.The waterproof case adds the possibility of going underwater — other than the usual outdoor activities you record with action cameras —  which could be pretty cool to rewatch when you re back home.But these are all words, let s have a look at the actual video MGCOOL posted:You can purchase the MGCOOL Cam 360 at Gearbest right now.Learn more about the camera at MGCOOL s website, Facebook page and Instagram handle.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding, will invest US$200 million in South Korea s Kakao Pay as the company seeks to further the global expansion of its services.Kakao Pay, the mobile payments unit of popular South Korean messaging app Kakao Corp, will be spun off as a Kakao subsidiary in April this year.Kakao Pay users currently can register their credit or debit cards with the service and conduct transactions via a passcode.The partnership between Kakao and Ant Financial will also allow Kakao Pay users to make payments on Alibaba s e-commerce platforms Taobao and Tmall in the future, according to the company.Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.The partnership also means that the 450 million users of Alipay, Ant Financial s third-party payments platform, will be able to use the app to pay at over 34,000 merchants in South Korea.
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