China’s three state-owned telecommunications companies announced on Thursday that they will scrap domestic roaming charges for mainland users from September 1, one month ahead of the original schedule.China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom made the announcement in separate statements.China Telecom also said it would cancel domestic long-distance charges from Septmber 1.At the same time, the three companies have pledged to lower internet access and leased line fees for small and medium-sized enterprises, and cut international long-distance voice tariffs as part of China’s overall effort to cut consumer costs and encourage companies to adopt new technologies.In March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices”.The three companies had immediately agreed and pledged to implement the changes by October 1.
For all its drawbacks as a system of governance, you have to admit that communism, with its rich history and Big Brother overtones, makes for an ideal video game setting.Two-fisted shooters that let you blow the brains out of evil reds?Sneaky super-spy stealth games in which you set up both sides against each other?Even communist-friendly versions of city- and world-builders are out there.All of that makes Black the Fall (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) easy to enjoy from the get-go.It’s a moody little thriller in which you’re a machinist trying to escape from a communist country that’s closely based on Ceausescu’s Romania – in fact, the developers called on their own experiences of living through that horrifying regime.
Think again–good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores have been attracting investment, the latest coming from Meituan-Dianping.The Tencent-backed on-demand services provider is planning to invest into so called “new retail”, Reuters is reporting.The term, coined by Jack Ma, refers to a new format where internet technology connects and optimizes offline outlets, online stores, and the overall supply chain.Some of the goals for new retail include intelligent self-service, anytime anywhere access, and high efficiency.Brick and mortar stores still make up over 80 percent of total retail sales in China.Alibaba and JD have both been investing in the offline retail market, with many projects covering un-tapped rural areas.
Chinese bike sharing platform Mobike announced its entry into the Italian market with Florence and Milan as its first stops.With this move, Italy becomes the first country in Continental Europe to introduce Mobike.Meanwhile, it is Mobike's fourth overseas market following Singapore, UK, and Japan.Hu Weiwei, founder and president of Mobike, said that they are very glad to enter the Italian market and especially honored to start operation in Florence and Milan.They will cooperate with local partners to provide smooth riding experience to citizens and tourists in the two cities to help them feel the beauty of the cities.Mobike will first place hundreds of smart shared bikes in Florence for trial operation.
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank by asset scale, said that its subsidiary Touch n Go, in which the bank holds a 52.22% stake, has reached an investment agreement with Alipay to set up a joint venture entity in Malaysia.According to CIMB, Touch n Go will hold a majority stake in the joint venture, while Alipay will hold a minority stake.The joint venture will launch a new payment and related financial services mobile platform in Malaysia.CIMB also said that it is expected that the establishment of this new joint venture will not have major influence on CIMB's profit or net asset value in 2017.If calculating by assets, CIMB is the fifth largest bank in Southeast Asia.Chinese Internet finance enterprises like Ant Financial and WeChat payment are actively expanding overseas recently.
Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
Fany Gerson grew up in Mexico and always wanted to share her home country's tastes with Americans.She started out with a cart serving paletas and finally opened La Newyorkina, an ice cream shop in New York City's West Village.The restauranteur recently introduced chapulines (grasshoppers) as a topping for its sweet treats.I recently visited La Newyorkina to speak with Gerson about this addition to the menu, and of course, try it myself.Part 1 of my interview with Fany Gerson, owner @LaNewyorkina , where she introduces the newest item on the menu, grasshoppers.— Stephen J. Bronner (@StephenJBronner) July 24, 2017
The app allows users to automatically share their locations with trusted friends and family membersTrusted Contacts application on Android in December 2016, released the personal safety app on iOS devices.The app allows users to share their location with “trusted” contacts even if they’re offline or are unable to get to their devices.With the Trusted Contacts app, users can mark specific contacts as “trusted,” and then share their location with these users at any time.For instance, if the user ever feels unsafe in their current environment, they can share their location with their trusted contacts for added security.In addition, a trusted contact can request the user’s current location, and the user can deny the request if they’re safe.
Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook's security boss.Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference.He said there was too much focus on technically complex "stunt" hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe."We have perfected the art of finding problems without fixing real world issues," he told attendees."We focus too much on complexity, not harm."He cited examples of technically brilliant presentations at the show, such as insulin pumps being hacked, that had little relation to real issues experienced by people who use technology rather than work with it or understand it well.
According to a new report that comes from Asia supply chain sources, the most awaited iPhone 8 flagship model by Apple will start shipping in October or early November, although it will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a launch event that’s slated to occur on September 7, 8 or 9.The same sources now suggest that we should forget about TouchID technology and the implementation of a fingerprint sensor on top the side positioned On/Off button.Instead they insist that all official cases for the phone don’t have a hole for that button so the probability of TouchID hiding in there is low.The rumors also suggest that the company will probably ditch the TouchID sensor for another type of security technology we all know today: iris scanner along with face recognition.The image above shows a purported screen protector for the device, and as you can see it has way too many sensor holes for a phone without an iris scanner.Whereas if such a setup is in, all of those cutouts suddenly make sense.
Microsoft has been running a bounty program for a few years now, launching it just ahead of the release of Windows 8.1 back in mid-2013.At the time, the company was awarding up to $50,000 for exploits, in an attempt to help address any potential security issues before they could become a larger public concern.It’s a tact taken by a number of tech’s biggest names, like Google, Facebook and, more recently, Apple.The software giant’s expanding things a bit today, with the simply named “Windows Bounty Program.” It’ll cover a bit more ground in Windows 10, and features much loftier rewards for bug finders (thus perhaps making it a bit more compelling over selling the exploits to the highest-bidding third party.)This time out, awards go all the way up to $250,000 for anyone who’s able to discover exploits in Microsoft Hyper-V, the company’s virtualization software.Of course, that’s on the high end.
AllCall might be a new brand but in their short time on the market, they’ve already built a brand that listens to customer feedback.AllCall has had success this year starting with the AllCall Bro Android phone and then followed by the AllCall Rio.The Rio was a huge step for the brand and saw the company adopt technologies that other new brands have found difficult to perfect.For those of you unfamiliar with the AllCall Rio, the phone comes with a curved display, curved rear panel, dual rear camera and front fingerprint scanner.Impressive stuff for a company that has only just started to offer products to international markets.While the Rio was a great start for the brand, the company has taken on board customer feedback and are now preparing to launch an updated version of the phone with upgrades suggest by you!
Sporting a 5500mAh battery the HOMTOM HT50 is one of the new breed of big battery phone, and like many it has an excellent price.HOMTOM’s latest Android phone comes with a large battery and decent mid-range hardware and for a limited time only it is on offer for just $96.79!The limited time offer is only available through the BlackPeach webstore via Aliexpress and customers wanting to get this stylish large battery phone will have to act before 30th July.After this date, the price will rise to the regular RRP listing price.In addition to being one of the better looking large battery phones, the HT50 gets a 5500mAh battery pack, Mediatek MT6737 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and Mediatek’s fast PumpExpress 2.0 charging system.HOMTOM has also ensured that this LTE phone can benefit from additional internal storage via a 64GB SD card, and also get’s all the latest Android OS features thanks to the stock Android 7.0 system that comes with double tap and split screen options.
The marriage of technology and cannabis entrepreneurship has gone from a passion-project for growers, to a full-fledged venture capitalist (VC) bonanza in just the past year and a half.Marijuana startups are no longer simply the domain of experts on cultivation and plant-strain for medical dispensaries.The profits are now measured in billions and developers are being offered increasingly high-paying positions at cannabis startups .Investors looking for an emerging industry that’s worth billions, doesn’t have stiff competition from major international companies, and is as close to a ‘sure thing’ as possible need look no further than cannabis.The Motley Fool expects a 300 percent increase in cannabis revenues, in the US alone, over the next five years.This stands in contrast to the laws of the States that have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, or medicinal use by prescription.
Landing a date with your celebrity crush has never been easier - as long as you are verified on Twitter.A new dating app boasts that its users can “date celebrities discreetly” by linking blue-ticked Twitter accounts in a members-only community.The "Blue" version of the Loveflutter app claims to connect “the most happening singles on Twitter nearby” in the “largest pool of 100 per cent real users online, anywhere”.It describes itself as the “safest dating community ever”, creating an exclusive club for the nearly 200,000 verified Twitter users across the world.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we are leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” Loveflutter said.“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern.
After multiple rounds of speculation, leaks and rumours, Xiaomi today made the Mi 5X official.In a nutshell, the Mi 5X is something like a OnePlus 5 alternative from the company, compete with dual rear cameras and an iPhone-inspired look.Have a look at the full specifications here.Xiaomi Mi 5X Full SpecificationsRear Cameras: 12 megapixel dual camerasOS: Android 7.1 based MIUI 9
The forthcoming electric version of BMW's next-generation Mini is to be built in the UK, as the company's bosses have decided that our Oxford base is the best place to knock them out from, despite all the UK/EU/Brexit hoo-haa that had some worrying end production might be handled elsewhere.This news comes via official confirmation that an all-electric version of the Mini is due in 2019, which is to use a powertrain built in Germany that's then to be assembled into one of the cute little cars in the company's existing plant in Oxford.BMW's only electric Mini option at the moment is a £32k hybrid Countryman with an advertised maximum battery-only range of 26 miles, so it's about due for a full electric upgrade.Business Secretary Greg Clark said of the choice: "BMW's decision recognises the strength of the excellent workforce, our record of innovation and the productive relationship between the automotive sector and the government.
Wanda Internet Technology said it will officially launch its public cloud service in China in the first quarter of next year after it inked a partnership deal with IBM in March.Despite being a latecomer to the sector, Chinese property-to-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has plans to become one of the country’s biggest public cloud providers in five years by leveraging IBM’s knowhow in cloud computing and an investment estimated at “billions of renminbi”, a company official said.“We aim to become one of the major players in pubic cloud business in China because there will be no room left for small participants in five years,” said Sean Yang, vice president and chief technology officer for Wanda Internet Technology Group, a unit of Wanda Group.Yang is positioning Wanda as a high-end public cloud provider, serving only big enterprises that prefer value over price.In an interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, Yang laid out the roadmap for the future development of the company’s cloud business, which only kicked off in March after a partnership deal was inked between Wanda Internet Technology and IBM, one of the leading public cloud providers in the world.Through a newly formed venture called Wanda Cloud Company, the two parties will offer selected IBM cloud infrastructure and platforms in China, according to IBM’s statement in March.
Finding a messaging app all of your friends can agree on can be quite difficult.If you live in China or another country with heavy government restrictions, you might even suddenly lose access to your favourite messaging services and no longer be able to use them.However if you connect to the Internet using a VPN , you will be able to access your favourite sites and services from anywhere in the world.Most VPN service providers offer services globally and thus charge in US Dollars rather than in local currencies, so we've listed pricing in Dollars for the sake of simplicity.Bear in mind that when you click through to the actual deals, you may find the prices automatically displayed in pounds, or whatever your native currency may be.Here are some of the best deals we found for bypassing region blocking to access our favorite messaging apps: