There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on the shut down of China’s Nokia flagship store, Baidu knockoff Google Glass, Huawei loosing business in U.S. and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: young woman sells herself online, but not for sex … Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week.
Passengers on Shenzhen’s subway system will soon be able to access high-speed internet via wifi transmitters installed in stations and trains. The service is due to be rolled out in June. The speed of the network will be two to four times faster than traditional networks, but will still be exceedingly slow compared with global standards. The official wifi network will also solve the problem that was encountered last year when several trains were halted due to the interference with passengers’ portable Wi-Fi devices. The train system suffered a signal interference because it uses 2.4GHz band, which is a free band open to public for Wifi channel. The Shenzhen subway has 3G radio coverage, but the rise in popularity of wifi hotspot devices is causing the problem. Obviously, the subway in major Chinese cities are lacking extensive testing of subway communication systems. We hope an official Wi-Fi hotspot will be the right solution.
Thank to some close-circuit television, we can get to see another amazing crash survival techniques which happened in China. The Chinese scooter driver is lucky to be alive after he was wiped out by a car at an unspecified Chinese crossing and, instead of being scattered across the road like his little bike, he landed in one available safe place – on top of the car which hit him. If you can survive like this in such a acrobatics way, you’re properly jumping into a good fortune
Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. has traveled to Beijing to promote “Iron Man 3″ this weekend, which was filmed partly in China and features well-known Chinese actors. At the news conference, Downey – who reprises the role of Tony Stark in the upcoming movie – said he’s fascinated with Chinese culture and loves Chinese movies, while urging the local audience to see the superhero film. During the event, Downey also by publicly eating crispy sugar-coated fruit, a popular Chinese local confectionery. The production of Iron Man 3 has received a lot of international attention for its friendly involvement with Chinese company while filming and for its use of Chinese actors. The movie will be opened in China on May 3 ….
Cui Tiankai, China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Washington, said he might use Facebook to make friends in US. The 60-year-old man previously was China’s ambassador to Japan between 2007 and 2009. While he was making interview with the Chinese press, Cui said the first thing he will do while he arrives Washington is to make himself known to Americans. The Chinese officer said Facebook might be his preferred way to communicate with Americans. His colleagues over at the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, its Facebook page already attracted more than 600 “likes.” China is among a few countries to have blocked Facebook, the country is a member of the “S.I.C.K.” group. Previously, Chinese web user were not happy after discovered their country news agency is allowed to use Twitter. Now the communist government is obviously telling their people certain authorities are allowed to use foreign social network to make new friends, but civilians are prohibited. And the most annoying part is the government doesn’t have the guts to admit they’re banning facebook
You could wait for tabletop computing device to drop in price so you can put one in your living room. Or you could build your own, like this Chinese IT repairer living at Foshan city, in southern China. The 40-years-old geek has spend about 8,000 yuan (US$1,282) to modify a coffee table into a 32-inch multitouch Android tablet. The DIY project took him half a month to complete. The cool looking “table PC” is powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 1GB RAM of memory and running Android Jelly Beans instead of the latest Windows 8 OS. And of course, the device has a few USB ports and installed with sound system. In order to make the surface of the coffee table with touch control, it also needs to custom made a 32-inch touch screen glass panel to cover on it …
Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their product lines. Ever since the Chinese PC maker took over IBM’s computer business, those ThinkPad laptop haven’t been a favourite to serious professional photographers, due to poor contrast and brightness and low color fidelity. It’s certainly surprise to hear Lenovo announced a professional 30-inch LCD display which will cover 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is a color space good for desktop publishing and digital printing. The new ThinkVision LT3053p display has so far only been made in Japan. The display sports a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels, promising crisp images and create a lot of area for photo and video editing. The monitor will start shipping from April 11, 2013 at a retail price of $1599 in the US. There is currently no information about the availability for other market region.
[UPDATE: Specs of HTC First] Facebook unveiled a software suite which stakes out a “home” on Android smartphones as it steps up its challenge to Apple and Google in the booming mobile market. The new software weaves into the home screen to focus experiences on social network. Home will be available through Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, which will launch its Facebook home-screen smartphone called HTC First, to be available through US carrier AT&T at a price of US$100. HTC chief Peter Chou said it is the only phone that has Facebook Home pre-loaded and optimized. Facebook is convinced that people will want a phone designed around people rather than apps. Some no doubt will. But previous attempts to produce “Facebook phones”, including the ChaCha from HTC, which allowed people to post photos directly to Facebook with the press of a physical button, have hardly been wildly successful …
Chinese Central Television’s news channel reported during its news that airline Virgin Atlantic was launching the world’s first ever glass-floored air plane. Embarrassingly, the story was an April Fools’ joke. Virgin linked to a report by the British tabloid The Daily Mirror, which identified the story as a spoof. Photos of the news report have gone viral on Chinese social media with thousands of retweets and comments. Most of the Chinese netizen are teasing their state broadcaster on their unprofessional journalism. One of the comment on Sina Weibo is truly the best: “They find time to attack Apple, but they don’t have time to fact-check, that’s true professionalism …” alluding to the public attacks against the Cupertino company for its warranty policy in China. It seems that the researchers, copyeditors and producers from CCTV don’t have the ability to determine the authenticity of any news.
The new HTC One has just released last week in Taiwan and there is already a clone device selling in China. The knockoff phone is calling itself the “HDC One”, the body is made of plastic instead of aluminum, it provides an accurate copy of the original, forgone are the Qualcomm CPU, 1080p display and Ultrapixel camera. The counterfeiter has returned us the most common 8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The “HDC One” (model name: Huaxin 9299A) comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 720 HD display (4.7-inch, IPS), system running Android 4.2.1. There is not much of battery power on board, a 1,600mAh cell is there to provide a decent usage time. It only supports 3G WCDMA 850/2100 MHz radio network, no 4G. The phone is now taking pre-order in “HDC” online store, priced at 988 yuan (US$158), it has already sold 3,700 units. More pictures after the jump …