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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

By | api, Bluetooth, China, computer security, computing, encryption, Gadgets, lenovo, Password, spokesperson, web server, Zhongguancun

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. Available only for the China market, anyone who wants one has to buy one directly from the mainland. Lucky for Erez Yalon, head of security research at […]

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

By | Artificial Intelligence, Asia, autonomous vehicles, Boats, China, climate change, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, TC

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns.

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Xiaomi teases a double-folding smartphone… ohhai digital triptych!

By | Android, Asia, Bin Lin, China, foldable smartphone, Gadgets, Mobile, mobile phones, phablet, samsung galaxy s8, smartphone, smartphones, tablet computer, Xiaomi

China’s Xiaomi has become the latest smartphone maker to tease a folding smartphone, dropping the below video clip of its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, fondling the device on social media today. The twist is the tablet does not have a single center parting but rather two folds that divide it into three panels, with […]

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In major TV push, China’s Xiaomi buys 0.5% stake in TCL

By | Apple, Asia, Beijing, China, fitbit, Gadgets, Lei Jun, operating system, smart devices, smartphone, smartphones, Supply chain, TCL, Weibo, Xiaomi

A veteran TV maker just got a notable refresh as it enters the age of connected devices. Xiaomi, the Beijing-based firm best known for budget smartphones, has bought 65.2 million shares, or 0.48 percent, of Chinese home appliance maker TCL, said TCL in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Sunday. Shares of TCL, the world’s third-largest […]

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Move over notch, the hole-punch smartphone camera is coming

By | Apple, Asia, Canada, China, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, huawei, Mobile, paris, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, samsung galaxy, selfie, Sina, smartphones, TC, Technology, United States, Xiaomi

First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space. This week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic “notch” — pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone — […]

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Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

By | alibaba, alibaba group, alipay, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, China, CSR, Diversity, eCommerce Platform, Gadgets, iPhone, quora, smartphones, text-to-speech, Tsinghua University

Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who’s been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. “Though it was expensive,” […]

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Mobvoi launches new $200 smartwatch and $130 AirPods alternative

By | Android, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Assistant, China, computing, Gadgets, Google, indiegogo, Kickstarter, mobvoi, Qualcomm, smartwatches, TC, voice assistant, wearable devices

Chinese AI company Mobvoi has consistently been one of the best also-rans in the smartwatch game, which remains dominated by Apple. Today, it launched a sequel to its 2016 TicWatch, which was a viral hit raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, and it unveiled a cheaper take on Apple’s AirPods. The new TicWatch C2 was outed at a […]

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Happy 10th anniversary, Android

By | Amazon, Android, andy rubin, Angry Birds, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, AT&T, China, computing, consumer electronics, digital media, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, google nexus, Hardware, HTC, HTC Dream, HTC EVO 4G smartphone, huawei, india, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, LG, lists, Mobile, Motorola, motorola droid, motorola xoom, Nexus One, oled, operating system, operating systems, phablet, Samsung, smartphone, smartphones, Sony, sprint, T-Mobile, TC, TechCrunch, United States, Verizon, xperia

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps […]

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Chinese company claims its ‘laser AK-47’ can set you on fire from half a mile away

By | Asia, China, chinese academy of sciences, Gadgets, Hardware, military, Science, TC, Weapons

Lasers! Everyone loves them, everyone wants them. But apart from a few niche applications they have failed to live up to the destructive potential that Saturday morning cartoons taught us all to expect. In defiance of this failure, a company in China claims to have produced a “laser AK-47” that can burn targets in a fraction of a second from half a mile away. But skepticism is still warranted.

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