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  • Man Who Hid 51 Turtles In Trousers Faces Jail
    Man Who Hid 51 Turtles In Trousers Faces Jail 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    A man who was caught at a US border crossing with 51 turtles taped underneath his trousers has admitted smuggling charges involving more than 1,000 of the reptiles. Kai Xu ordered the turtles online and would travel to Michigan to take them back to his home in Canada, or ship them to China. Prosecutors said Xu's "staggering" turtle shipments could earn him between $30,000 (£20,000) and $125,000. More »

  • China may pay 'international price' in South China Sea legal case, experts …
    China may pay 'international price' in South China Sea legal case, experts … 2 hours 2 minutes ago

    By Greg Torode and Manuel Mogato HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - When an international court ruled in late October that it had jurisdiction to hear a case filed by the Philippines against China over the disputed South China Sea, Beijing dismissed the decision, saying it would "lead to nothing". Philippine officials as well as some foreign diplomats and experts disagree, saying China could come under intensified diplomatic and legal pressure if the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ultimately decides in favour of Manila. Legal experts say Manila has a significant chance of success, citing the court's detailed rejection of China's arguments in the hearing on jurisdiction. More »

  • Yahoo board to discuss sale of core business: report
    Yahoo board to discuss sale of core business: report 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    A hedge fund with a stake in Yahoo has urged the Internet giant to drop plans to spinoff its stake in China's Alibaba and instead sell the "core" search business More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors and news
    Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors and news 6 hours ago

    Given the popularity of Samsung’s major smartphones, it isn’t surprising that speculation is running rampant well ahead of the company’s blockbuster reveals, but what  is a bit surprising is just how early it has started. Already, rumblings about the presumed successor to Samsung’s Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7, have begun in earnest. It has been revealed that the Galaxy S7 has the codename of Project Lucky. We can’t think of a more appropriate name since the number 7 is often referred to as a “lucky” number. Here’s everything we know about the “Lucky” Galaxy S7 so far: Updated on 12-01-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge rumors and news Click on a link to jump to a topic: High quality design Processor and specs Release date and price Amazing camera Screen sizes and Force Touch Similar design, but even higher quality A report out of Korea in early December indicates that Samsung will reuse the Galaxy S6 design for the Galaxy S7. This might be disappointing to a lot of fans, but let’s not forget that Samsung made huge strides in terms of style with the Galaxy S6. Sources claim the reason is to keep the costs down, but that doesn’t mean the Galaxy S7 won’t be a significant improvement over its predecessor. It’s believed that Samsung will concentrate on upgrading the innards such as the camera, display, processor, and RAM. Although the Galaxy S7 might look the same, Samsung might still make improvements to the quality of materials. The S6 featured a frame made of 6013 aluminum with a glass back, making it the best Galaxy S phone in terms of quality. Related: Samsung Gear S2 news, specs, compatibility, and pricing However, the Galaxy S7 might go one step further. A report out of China in mid-October claimed the phone will have a much stronger frame built from magnesium alloy. Samsung is also expected to utilize a similar glass back as well. In a nutshell, the Galaxy S7 probably won’t look all that different than its predecessor, but it will be of a higher quality. High-end specs and a return to Qualcomm’s processors The Galaxy S series has always been known for its awesome display, powerful processor, high amounts or RAM, and high quality camera. Up until recently, premium Samsung phones always had a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. Neither the Galaxy S6 nor the Galaxy Note 5 had a MicroSD card slot, which upset many Samsung fans, but the MicroSD card slot may finally return on the S7, according to a rumor picked up by The report also claims that the screen size will be 5.2-inches and the top and bottom of it may be curved. The Galaxy S series’ sound quality was never anything to brag about, but that might change with the Galaxy S7. A report out of China in mid-October claims that it will feature a high quality audiophile-grade Stereo D/A converter from ESS Technology. This converter (SABRE9018AQ2M) debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, and is the world’s most powerful 32-bit converter. It features 129dB dynamic range and -120dB (0.0001 percent) harmonic distortion. This report also claims that the Galaxy S7 will feature a 20-megapixel Isocell camera. However, it’s unclear whether Samsung will continue to use Sony sensors for certain models like it did with the Galaxy S6. Depending on the variant, the Galaxy S6 came with either an ISCOCELL or Sony sensor. Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review At the beginning of October, a report originating from Korea’s Electronic Times and picked up by Reuters, agrees that Samsung may return to Qualcomm power for the Galaxy S7, and cites anonymous industry sources. Not all Galaxy S7’s may use the Snapdragon 820, if the report is accurate — only those models released in the U.S. and China. S7 phones sold elsewhere may feature Samsung’s own Exynos chips. This wouldn’t be the first time Samsung has used both sources of power for a Galaxy phone, and in the past the decision has been necessitated by the accompanying modem, and international connectivity issues. Two variants of the Galaxy S7 were spotted in benchmarks in early September. The first such device showed up in the Geekbench database with a model name of Samsung Lucky-LTE. It’s sporting an Exynos 8890 processor, which is believed to have an internal codename of M1 Mongoose. No other specs were revealed other than that the device is running Android 5.1.1. The second device appeared in the AnTuTu database with the model name of Lucky. However, this model sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It has already been rumored that Samsung could implement both the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos on certain variants, so these benchmarks add credence to that rumor. Related: Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus This Snapdragon phone reveals a lot more specs too. It’s sporting a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) display, an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 5.1.1. Samsung has entered the 4GB RAM territory with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, so it’s no surprise that both sizes of the Galaxy S7 are rumored to also sport 4GB of RAM. According to internal documents obtained by a Chinese Weibo user in August, the Galaxy S7 is codenamed “Jungfrau” after a summit in the Bernese alps, and it may pack powerful new Qualcomm silicon. Specifically, Samsung’s said to be considering the Snapdragon 820, a zippy 3.0 GHz processor that bested Samsung’s Exynos 7420 — the chip in Samsung’s Galaxy S6 — in single-core performance in leaked benchmarks. A move back to Snapdragon processors wouldn’t be unprecedented. Samsung’s decision to source its own Exynos processor for the Galaxy S6 was reportedly motivated by the Snapdragon 810’s overheating and performance issues. Qualcomm is said to have addressed those problems in the 820. It features four custom-designed, 64-bit Hydra cores built on Samsung’s 14nm process, a powerful new Adreno GPU, and far more efficient heat dissipation than its notoriously throttled predecessor. Release date and pricing Samsung continues to feel the pressure from other lower cost handsets, so the company might have to change things up with the Galaxy S7. Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang thinks that Samsung will likely cut the price on the Galaxy S7 in order to boost sales. According to Jiutang, this cut could be as much as 10 percent. This means that if you paid $650 (off contract) for the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 could come in as low as $585. As nice as that would be, it not at all certain that it would be enough. The Nexus 6P is priced at $500 for 32GB, and appears to be a good starting point. Related: Get ready to roll: Samsung patents show flexible, foldable phones and tablets The Galaxy S7’s release date remains a mystery, but it could be sooner than widely expected. Samsung’s reportedly moved to a streamlined development process, dubbed “Agile,” that aims to shave months off of its design-to-sale device cycle. The company’s shooting to finalize the S7 by December, which could translate to a Spring 2016 launch. Korea Investment predicted in early December that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016. However, ET News reported in mid-October that Samsung could announce the Galaxy S7 in January, one to two months earlier than normal. In early September, it was rumored that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S7 by the end of 2015. Although Samsung did release the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than normal, it was only by a few weeks. A December launch would put the Galaxy S7 ahead of its normal schedule by two to three months. This seems highly unlikely, but Samsung has been known to shock us before. Camera may be major selling point Samsung filed a trademark application for “Britecell,” and according to the listing, it’s an image sensor for mobile phones. It also sounds very familiar to Isocell, which is Samsung’s current sensor technology. Isocell forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels, thus allowing more light to be captured. The name Britecell obviously is a play on the word “bright,” which would indicate that this sensor also deals with collecting more light. A rumor in early November indicated that Samsung might ditch higher pixels in favor of better image quality. While the Galaxy S6 had a 16-megapixel camera onboard, the Galaxy S7’s camera could actually drop to 12 megapixels. However, the sensor size could increase to 1/2.0” (from 1/2.6″) and could be equipped with dual-PD (dual-photodiode) technology. The increased sensor size would allow more light while the dual-PD technology would offer a more accurate auto focus through phase detection. This could be exactly what Britecell is referring to, and if so, there is a good chance this rumor is true. The move to a larger sensor would be similar to what Google did with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, in that those phones have 1/2.3″ sensors. Ironically, both of those phones are equipped with 12-megapixel (actual is 12.3) lenses too. At present, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have the largest sensors ever on a smartphone, but the Galaxy S7 would take the crown if this rumor is true. It should be noted that a contrary rumor published on the Chinese social network Weibo at the beginning of November asserted that Samsung is talking to Sony, with the intention of securing the IMX300 camera sensor for use on the Galaxy S7. The IMX300 is apparently the same sensor used in the Sony Xperia Z5, and is rated at 23 megapixels. However, Samsung apparently wants to use both its own Isocell 20-megapixel camera sensor, and Sony’s sensor for the S7, meaning it’ll have to bring them both into line, megapixel-wise, to avoid differences in models. The rumor is unconfirmed, and the source is unknown. Samsung used a mix-and-match strategy for camera components — with Sony — on the Galaxy S6, so the decision to use two different camera sensors in the S7 range wouldn’t come as a surprise. Sony has also acquired Toshiba’s CMOS sensor factory, increasing its ability to produce camera sensors. These two factors indicate that the rumor carries some weight. Before this, Chinese suppliers reported in August that Samsung had begun sourcing components for a dual-camera array. Unlike the primitive twin shooters on the HTC One M8, Samsung’s implementation is said to focus on low-light performance and “accuracy.” One lens will supply color information, and the other will focus on brightness, sources claim. The device will then combine the metadata to produce photos up to “double” the quality of single-camera shots. In a move which may belie Samsung’s intentions, the company’s Exynos 7420 shipped with dual-camera support enabled. Related: Apple and Samsung will break boundaries with new dual-camera tech for smartphones Some sources inside South Korea are unsure if this tech will be used on the Galaxy S7, however. Samsung may have plans to test the waters with a dual-camera setup on another smartphone shortly after the Galaxy S7 launch. Samsung execs want to see how the market responds to a small batch of dual-camera phones, before implementing the tech inside the flagship smartphone, the sources say. Samsung reportedly has an end-of-year goal for the dual camera, meaning if it does change its mind, it will still have a few months before the Galaxy S7 launch to add the dual cameras to its flagship phone. Two display sizes and Force Touch Samsung’s next S phone could come in two sizes just like the Galaxy S6, and now there are even more rumors about the technology that’ll sit behind the screen. The I Ice Universe Weibo account hinted that Samsung may follow Apple’s lead and add Force Touch to its next flagship phone. The Galaxy S7 will reportedly pack a special tech from Synaptics that’s called ClearForce. Much like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and Force Touch on the Apple Watch, ClearForce technology registers a firm press differently than a light tap. On the Galaxy S7, this tech could be used to bring up contextual menus and other cool features, CNet reports. A patent published by the Korean Intellectual Property Office in mid-October reveals that Samsung might bring force touch technology to the Galaxy S7 onscreen keyboard. Samsung’s implementation uses voltage to detect the force of touch, which in turn determines the output. For example, pressing the “a” key lightly would register a lowercase “a,” while a harder press would output an uppercase “A.” The patent further reveals that this technology could also be used in a keyboard accessory such as a flip-style cover with a built-in keyboard. Related: Read all the Galaxy S7 Edge rumors Another report indicates that the Galaxy S7 will come in two sizes: 5.2 inches and 5.8 inches. It’s unclear whether either one of these models will be an Edge model. If this rumor is true, it would mark the first time that Samsung offered two display sizes of a Galaxy S phone. Apple did something very similar with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung goes in this direction. Now that Sony debuted the first smartphone with a UHD 4K (3,840 x 2,160 resolution) display, Samsung may consider following suit. A report in early September indicated the Galaxy S7 is likely to sport a 4K display, but it’s not clear if both the 5.2-inch and 5.8-inch variants will get such treatment. It’s possible that Samsung will reserve this high end display for the larger model, which would put it at 759 pixels per inch. If Samsung does opt to offer a 4K display on the 5.2-inch model, it would come in at a whopping 847 pixels per inch. Samsung’s got a lot riding on the Galaxy S6’s follow-up — it badly misjudged demand for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, leading to dips in year-on-year profit. It won’t want to make the same mistake again. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated here. Previous updates: Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that Samsung might bring the MicroSD card back to the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung might price the Galaxy S7 for much less than the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-04-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung trademarked “BRITECELL” and this could be the technology used in the Galaxy S7 camera. Updated on 11-03-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news Samsung might use a smaller 12-megapixel sensor camera with a larger sensor size in the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news Samsung may be talking with Sony to acquire its 23-megapixel camera sensor for use in the Galaxy S7 Updated on 10-20-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Galaxy S7 could feature a magnesium alloy build and a high-end 32-bit Stereo D/A Converter Updated on 10-19-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung received a patent that involves force touch technology, Updated on 10-13-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that the Galaxy S7 may have Force Touch in its display. Updated on 10-02-2015 by David Curry: Added new information that Galaxy S7 might not receive the dual-cameras.  Updated on 10-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in further rumors Samsung will chose the Snapdragon 820 processor for the Galaxy S7 Updated on 09-11-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in specs from recent benchmarks and news that the Galaxy S7 is codenamed “Project Lucky” Updated on 09-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that the Galaxy S7 could come in two sizes along with rumored specs Also watch: Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • These new Japanese noodles are low-cal, gluten-free, and … made from trees
    These new Japanese noodles are low-cal, gluten-free, and … made from trees 7 hours ago

    Gluten-free dieting is all the rage, and alternatives to gluten products are getting more and more creative. Case in point? This new type of noodle they’re making in Japan. It’s gluten-free, fat-free, contains almost no carbohydrates, and is partially made from tree pulp. The producer of this pioneering new pasta, Omikenshi Co, is actually one of Japan’s leading textile manufacturer, and created the noodles by adapting one of its industrial textile manufacturing processes. The fiber-rich faux flour product is called “cell-eat”, and its ingredients are all-natural, even though you might not want to eat them on their own. Omikenshi is known for its best-selling rayon, a cellulose fiber product that’s traditionally made from tree pulp. By combining the indigestible pulp with a Japanese vegetable called konjac, the company has created a gluten-free flour that contains only 60 calories per kilogram, or about 27 calories per pound. Konjac is similar to a yam, but its unique flower blossom has earned it alternate names like “Devil’s Tongue” and “Voodoo Lily”. The plant’s bitter taste has kept other konjac noodle products on the shelves, but the addition of Omikenshi’s tree pulp has improved on the flavor and texture of the flour. The sudden move from textiles to the health food market is no accident for Omikenshi. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been working to transition farmers from billions of dollars in government subsidies to a more self-reliant system. When Abe allowed more manufacturers to promote food products’ health benefits by easing food labeling regulations, the Japanese health food market started booming. Omikenshi’s cell-eat product works within this system to boost the profitability of Japanese konjac farmers. Omikenshi Co. Omikenshi also hopes that cell-eat will become an internationally popular gluten-free option. This is especially thanks to the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in recent months. Konjac was subject to a 990 percent tariff before Japan agreed to reduce these fees under the TPPA. The tariffs were supposedly designed to protect local konjac growers in Japan’s Gunma prefecture. But these new trade allowances have inspired farmers and manufacturers alike to make their konjac-based products available internationally. Related: Scientists have developed a pill that could allow celiacs to eat gluten For their part, Omikenshi will spend approximately 1 billion Japanese yen on a manufacturing plant designed specifically for cell-eat. They have identified uses for the flour within Japanese cuisine and other culinary traditions where a gluten-free option would be useful: “It can be used as a substitute for wheat in products ranging from ramen, pasta, and Chinese dumplings,” said Takashi Asami, manager of the company’s strategic material development department. Omikenshi is also working with existing food companies to make cell-eat available for their own products. Starting in 2016, Omikenshi will produce 30 tons of cell-eat per month, which can be tripled based on demand for the product. Also watch: These Are The Mobile Apps You Need To Own This Week Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • China gets Point Break reboot 3 weeks early, signals box office global shif …
    China gets Point Break reboot 3 weeks early, signals box office global shif … 7 hours ago

    American moviegoers will have to wait until Christmas Day for the stunt-heavy fun of  Point Break, but their Chinese counterparts won’t have to suffer the same fate. The remake is set to open in China three weeks ahead of its U.S. theatrical debut, the furthest in advance a major Hollywood-backed film has ever been released, reports THR. While other films have opened in China ahead of the U.S., the delay is typically much shorter. As THR points out,  Iron Man 3, for example, came out in the U.S. just two days after it hit Chinese theaters. The early release in China serves as yet another indicator of the increasing importance of the Chinese box office. Related: Box office hits and misses: Creed goes the distance and Mockingjay survives another week It’s safe to say that China has firmly established itself as a box office power. In 2014, China’s box office revenue reached $4.9 billion, nearly three times what it had been in 2010, according to ABC News. Furthermore, Box Office Mojo data shows that 17 movies this year have grossed over $100 million in the country (at the time of publishing). Leading the list is  Furious 7, which raked in $390.91 million in China compared to about $352.79 million stateside. In early November, The Guardian reported that China is expected to dethrone North America as the global movie marked leader in 2017. Of course, the movie industry is well aware of this trend and is strategizing accordingly. The release date for  Point Break, for example, gives it what THR describes as “a relatively uncontested run at Chinese cinemas” for the first two weeks after it opens. After December 18, predicted heavyweight  The Ghouls will give Point Break a run for its money. The movie is also being billed as the first Hollywood film to have its world premiere in China, according to ABC News. At the massive event — complete with stunts — in Beijing on Tuesday, one of Point Break‘s stars, Luke Bracey, predicted that more premieres in the country would follow. He should be right, given the fast growth and impressive numbers China has been pulling in. Related: China and the U.S. just set up a ‘space hotline’ to communicate Point Break is a remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow film starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty, and Gary Busey. With its new stars — Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer, and Ray Winstone — the movie will once again follow FBI agent Johnny Utah (Bracey) as he goes undercover and joins a team of elite athletes suspected of committing crimes through unusual means, this time with added motorcycle chases, wingsuit flying, and more. Bracey recently told ABC News that the film will outdo the original because it incorporates extreme sports that weren’t around when the surfer-themed original film was released. The action thriller, which was budgeted for $120 million, comes from director Ericson Core, the cinemetographer behind The Fast and the Furious. The screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer ( Total Recall). Alcon Entertainment and China’s DMG Entertainment produced. Point Break is due out in China on December 3 and in the U.S. on December 25. Also watch: "Big Trouble in Little China" Trailer Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumors and news leaks
    iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumors and news leaks 9 hours ago

    Enjoying the feel of that sparkly new rose gold iPhone 6S in your hand, and the joy of 3D Touch? Well, we don’t want to spoil that, but Apple’s already working on the iPhone 7, and rumors about it are beginning to spread. Here’s what we think we know about Apple’s next major smartphone release so far. Updated on 12-01-2015 by David Curry: Added in rumors that Apple is testing five different iPhone 7 models with special features like an on-screen fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, USB Type C, dual-camera tech, and more. Apple might add fingerprint sensor on the display Reports from inside China suggest that Apple is testing five models of the iPhone 7, all with one major feature that is apparently in the pipeline for future iPhones. Not all of the features will launch on the iPhone 7, we suspect, although Apple might make a huge leap in technology next year to compete with cheaper, high-end Android phones on the market. Related: Here are all the rumors surrounding the possible release of a 4-inch iPhone 6C The features include wireless charging, fingerprint recognition on the display, multi Force Touch, dual-cameras, and a USB Type-C connector. Previous patents have suggested Apple is working on wireless charging and fingerprint recognition technology on the display, though the patent for wireless charging was filed three years ago. Multi Force Touch and dual-camera configurations would be new for Apple, but dual-cameras have been attempted by HTC in the past to middling success. Of course, it’s unclear which of these features — if any — will make it into the iPhone 7. It may be made of liquid metal and waterproof As we said before, if Apple follows its own mobile trend the iPhone 7 should come with an entirely new design. TrendForce published a press release last month asserting that say the iPhone 7 will be waterproof, which would make it the first such device from Apple. An earlier post made to the Chinese social network Weibo, and reported by Macotakara, also said the iPhone 7 will have a waterproof and dustproof body. Related: Here’s our comprehensive iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus buying guide While water resistant phones have existed for a while, the popularity with manufacturers ebbs and flows, with Samsung choosing to add it on the Galaxy S5, then abandon it for the Galaxy S6. Sony continues to make water resistance a feature on its Xperia smartphones, though it became less prevalent on the Xperia Z5. Another Weibo post talks about Apple using a new, but unnamed material to make the iPhone 7 case, and it won’t be metal. Rumors have spread in the past about an all liquid metal iPhone, but have never come true, and this may signal Apple has decided to go in a different direction with the next generation phone. Apple might be planning to axe the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, and replace it with a USB Type-C connector that supports proprietary headphones, according to sources in China. This would be a smart way for Apple to remove third-party headphones that don’t meet Apple’s standards, though it goes against the company’s move to open standards with the introduction of USB Type-C on the 12-inch MacBook. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest yet at between 6 and 6.5mm thick. That is around the same as the iPad Air 2, and a millimeter thinner than the current generation iPhone. More RAM and other high-end specs Up until the iPhone 6S, Apple’s phones only sported 1GB of RAM, even though many Android competitors used 3 or 4GB of RAM in their flagship phones. Now, reports hint that the iPhone 7 will get even more RAM than the 6S, with rumors of 3GB of RAM popping up for the iPhone 7 Plus. The claim has been made more than once, and TrendForce is the latest to join the fray. Analyst Kuo also chimed in on the iPhone 7 with another report, claiming it will run on a new A10 chip built entirely by TSMC, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer that has worked with Apple in the past, and built some of the current A9 processors. He also claims the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7 will only use 2GB. Foxconn will apparently manufacture the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and it should launch towards the end of next year, says Kuo. It’s very early days for the iPhone 7, despite what these rumors may make you think. We don’t even know if Apple will continue with adding an increasing number to the iPhone name, or if it’ll come up with something new for this edition. Whatever the case, we’ll keep you updated with all the news and rumors over the months leading up to the next iPhone’s 2016 introduction. Article originally published on 09-28-2015 Updated on 11-20-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that the next iPhone 7 will have more RAM than before and may be waterproof. Updated on 11-04-2015 by David Curry: Added in news the next big-screen iPhone may have more RAM than before. Also watch: Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Get ready, fitness fanatics: The Moto 360 Sport hits the U.S. on January 7
    Get ready, fitness fanatics: The Moto 360 Sport hits the U.S. on January 7 10 hours ago

    There’s another fitness smartwatch on the market, and this one even runs Android Wear. Motorola finally announced availability dates for the athletic Moto 360 Sport, which it unveiled back in September along with the classy second-generation Moto 360. The smartwatch, which is aimed at fitness enthusiasts, will be available in the U.K. and France on December 18. Sadly, those stateside will have to wait until January 7 for the sporty smartwatch. The wearable will also be available in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, and Spain in 2016, but Motorola didn’t specify exact dates. What differentiates the Sport from the Moto 360 2015 is that it uses silicone, instead of metal and leather, to prevent fading, staining, and resist absorbing sweat. Thanks to its IP67 rating, the watch is fairly water- and dust-resistant, which is a new feature for Android Wear watches. It also has side ventilation channels to keep the user’s wrist comfortable during exercise. The smartwatch has a built-in GPS to track speed, distance, and pace; a heart-rate monitor; and Motorola claims the Sport can provide all-day battery life from the 300mAh cell — even in ambient mode. Related: The Moto 360 and Moto 360 sport are the first smartwatches that you can truly customize However, the highlight of the Moto 360 Sport might be its 1.37-inch screen. Motorola is calling the new hybrid display “AnyLight.” It merges a backlit LCD screen with a front-lit reflective one, so that you can easily see the screen and keep track of your workout in broad daylight. Most other smartwatches are illegible in the sun, which is a problem for fitness fanatics. Unfortunately, even though Motorola devices are known for their customization options with Moto Maker, it seems that the Moto 360 Sport will only be available in black, white, and orange. The watch’s casing measures 45mm, as well, which is comparable to the largest size of the second-generation Moto 360. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip and 512MB RAM, which is standard for Android Wear watches. It’s got 4GB of storage onboard for offline music listening and apps. The company is also pushing its Moto Body app as a feature, which it says pairs well with the Android Wear device. The Moto Body app syncs data from other fitness apps like Strava and Google Fit. It summarizes and records your workout data, notifying you to keep you up to date. The Moto 360 Sport will cost $300, and will be available on and other online retailers. It will be available in Best Buy stores and at the Moto Shop in Chicago on January 10. U.S. users can register for updates on the watch on its site, too. We’ll keep you updated on more availability info as time goes on. More »

  • After leaders' rhetoric, climate negotiators start work on deal
    After leaders' rhetoric, climate negotiators start work on deal 10 hours ago

    By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) - With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government negotiators in Paris sought on Tuesday to turn that rhetoric of unity into the text of a global deal to slow climate change. The biggest obstacle is money: how to come up with the billions of dollars developing nations need to shift from fossil fuels and adapt to the impacts of climate change. China's delegate Su Wei "noted with concern" what he called a lack of commitment by the rich to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and help developing nations with new finance to tackle global warming. More »

  • Volvo Car Group sales hit record high in November
    Volvo Car Group sales hit record high in November 12 hours ago

    Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group's sales rose 26 percent in November from the same month last year to reach a record high, helped by strong demand for the XC90 and XC60 models in the United States where sales doubled. Sales in the United States rose 90.5 percent to 6,903 cars. The Sweden-based company, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. and one of Sweden's biggest employers, said U.S. sales were boosted by strong demand for its new flagship XC90 SUV and XC60 models. More »

  • Pepper robot: Now you can dress up your companion to make it look more like … 12 hours ago

    Japanese fans of Softbank's personal robot companion Pepper are making robot couture a thing by opening an online store selling a line of clothes, accessories, wigs and make-up stickers that can be used to decorate the robot. Pepper is an autonomous, sophisticated humanoid robot made by Aldebaran Robotics, working together with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn and SoftBank since 2012. Weighing 28kg, Pepper stands 1.2m tall and has two arms. More »

  • Chinese investors buy 13% stake in Man City group for $400m
    Chinese investors buy 13% stake in Man City group for $400m 12 hours ago

    China planted its flag in the English Premier League on Tuesday as a consortium of Chinese investors bought a 13 percent stake in Manchester City's parent company for $400 million (377 million euros). More »

  • China Nets Stake In Manchester City Owner
    China Nets Stake In Manchester City Owner 13 hours ago

    A state-backed consortium of Chinese investors is buying a 13% stake in the owner of Premier League giants Manchester City. The investors - led by China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and CITIC Capital - are paying $400m (£265m) for the stake in City Football Group. The move values the group, whose network of world clubs also includes New York City FC, at $3bn (£2bn). More »

  • It isn’t the fog that China is having difficulty seeing through
    It isn’t the fog that China is having difficulty seeing through 13 hours ago

    In some parts of the city smog has reached levels 17 times the recommended limit from the World Health Organisation. More »

  • 'Last-Resort' Antibiotics Fail Against New Superbugs
    'Last-Resort' Antibiotics Fail Against New Superbugs 14 hours ago

    Some bacteria have finally breached the last wall of humans' antibiotic stronghold, according to a new study from China. In the study, researchers found a gene in one strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) that protects these bacteria against one of the antibiotics considered to be a last resort. The results are "extremely worrying," study author Jian-Hua Liu, a professor at South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, said in a statement. More »

  • Vivo announces X6 and X6 Plus with slightly underwhelming specs
    Vivo announces X6 and X6 Plus with slightly underwhelming specs 15 hours ago

    Chinese mobile startup Vivo has announced two smartphones at the Beijing National Aquatics Center earlier today, the X6 and X6 Plus. The X6 and X6 Plus don’t have too many differences, as both feature a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor — a mid-range processor comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615. Alongside the mid-range processor sits 4GB of RAM, with Mali T760 graphics. Related: Asus VivoWatch might be the smartwatch of your dreams with 10-day battery life The X6 comes with 32GB of internal storage and a 2,400mAh battery, while the X6 Plus pushes ahead with 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The X6 has a 5.2-inch panel and the X6 Plus has a 5.7-inch panel. Both phones have full HD Super AMOLED displays — Samsung’s own brand of AMOLED. The cameras for the two devices are both the same — 13-megapixels on the back and 8-megapixels on the front with f/2.2 aperture. Both have microSD, 4G LTE, and dual-SIM support. Vivo has added a fingerprint sensor which it claims works 360 degrees and can unlock a phone in 0.4 seconds. We will have to wait and see if it holds up to Apple’s superfast Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6S. Similar to the company’s previous smartphones, the X6 Plus takes advantage of some high quality audio tech. It has Yamaha YSS-205X Hi-Fi audio on board, but sadly no front-facing speakers. Both phones will run Vivo’s Funtouch OS on top of Android 5.1. Vivo has not indicated when the phones will be upgraded to Android 6.0. Related: The Xiaomi MiPad 2 takes on the iPad Mini 4, costs less than half the price The X6 and X6 Plus come in three colors; silver, gold, and rose gold. The X6 is available for around $400 retail in China, while the X6 Plus will cost $500 — Vivo has not said if the phones will be available in the U.S. or Europe. Overall, the phones look like decent competitors in the Chinese market with a slick iPhone-like design, but earlier rumors leave us feeling a little underwhelmed by the end product, check the next page to see why. Next page: Rumors about the X6 before launch Vivo teased even more of the devices’ features on Weibo in mid-November. The company said that the X6 will be “faster than the iPhone,”which seems possible, based on the rumored specs. The X6 will supposedly pack MediaTek’s deca-core Helio X20 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an additional 1GB of RAM for graphics. Other rumored specs include a 4,000mAh battery and 21-megapixel Sony camera. Multitasking features Vivo posted another teaser for the X6 on Weibo, showing the smartphone running two apps side by side, a feature usually reserved for tablets. The multitasking option is available when a user is watching a video, allowing them to split the screen and message back. We can’t tell if the phone on the GIF is representative of the actual device, considering it has no buttons on the front. That would make it a near edge-to-edge display. Related: At 4.75mm thick, the new Vivo X5 Max is in danger of disappearing when turned sideways Other specifications The 4GB of RAM has already been confirmed by the company, alongside a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone for mobile payments. Vivo also confirmed that the X6 will be made of 98 percent metal, and will come in silver, gold, and rose gold — black and grey might also be added to that list. To prove the X6 offers better performance than the iPhone 6S, the company released a video showing various app loading times on both devices. The X6 seems to match or surpass the iPhone 6S in most cases, though it is hard to tell the condition and age of the two devices and how that affects performance. We still don’t know the screen size for the X6, with rumors varying between 5.2-inch and 6-inch. The X6 display will apparently support “Force Touch,” the term Apple coined with the Apple Watch, before using the term 3D Touch for its iPhone 6S line. Vivo has not mentioned which version of Android the X6 is running. The price for the X6 is another unknown, though if it’s in the same price range as the rest of the company’s high-end devices, it’ll cost between $300 and $450. The X6 will launch on December 16, just in time for the holiday season. It is unlikely that the X6 will arrive in the United States, considering Vivo’s lack of interest for the U.S. market in the past. European customers might find it available at some retailers like Amazon and Gearbest, which tend to stock international editions of Chinese smartphones. More »

  • China's giant cloning factory is 'advanced enough to experiment on humans' …
    China's giant cloning factory is 'advanced enough to experiment on humans' … 15 hours ago

    The world's biggest cloning factory currently being built in China would be advanced enough to clone humans, but scientists are holding off on doing so over backlash fears. Xu Xiaochun, chief executive of Boyalife Group, told AFP that in the future they could genetically engineer children so they had a percentage of DNA from each parent, rather than just 50/50. Plans for the cloning factory were revealed earlier this month, with the Xinhua news agency announcing a deal to create a commercial animal cloning centre in Tianjin, northeastern China. More »

  • Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit
    Mugabe welcomes China's Xi in rare VIP visit 15 hours ago

    Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) is greeted at the airport in Harare by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on December 1, 2015 in a state visit during which various economic deals are expected to be signed... More »

  • China needs more users for 'freely usable' yuan after IMF nod
    China needs more users for 'freely usable' yuan after IMF nod 16 hours ago

    By Pete Sweeney HONG KONG (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund's decision to add China's yuan to its reserves basket is a triumph for Beijing, but the fund's verdict that the currency met its "freely usable" test will have little financial impact unless Beijing recruits more users. It would also make it easier for Chinese firms to invoice and borrow offshore in yuan, reducing the risk of exchange rate fluctuations and prompting China's inefficient state-owned banks to improve their performance or lose business. More »

  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed in cash-strapped Zimbabwe
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed in cash-strapped Zimbabwe 16 hours ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of people lined Harare's roads and welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose visit has raised hopes that China will help stabilize Zimbabwe's faltering economy. More »

  • Artist sucks up Beijing air to draw attention to air quality
    Artist sucks up Beijing air to draw attention to air quality 16 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — For four hours every day, for 100 days, Chinese artist Wang Renzheng held up the attachment of an industrial vacuum cleaner to suck in Beijing's notoriously polluted air at various landmarks. More »

  • China's Xi in Zimbabwe to sign power, infrastructure deals
    China's Xi in Zimbabwe to sign power, infrastructure deals 16 hours ago

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the first visit by a Chinese leader since 1996, amid expectations that he would sign deals to fund infrastructure, electricity generation and other projects. Zimbabwe, which became a pariah in the West after President Robert Mugabe's government was accused of rigging votes and human rights abuses, has increasingly turned to China for investment to help an economy desperate for new infrastructure like roads, power and water. Zimbabwe and China's Import and Export Bank is expected to loan Harare more than $1 billion to fund the 600 megawatt (MW) expansion of Hwange coal power station, officials said. More »

  • Chinese investors buy 13% stake in Man City group for $400 mn
    Chinese investors buy 13% stake in Man City group for $400 mn 17 hours ago

    Manchester City's owners City Football Group (CFG)also owns New York City FC and Melbourne City FC and a minority stake in Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos More »

  • Manchester City owners confirm sale of 13% stake to Chinese investors
    Manchester City owners confirm sale of 13% stake to Chinese investors 17 hours ago

    City Football Group (CFG), the holding company that oversees the running of Manchester City as well as its sister clubs in both the United States and Australia, have confirmed the sale of a 13% shareholding to a Chinese investment consortium for a fee of $400m (£265m). Confirmation of the agreement was provided in an official statement released via City's official website and Citic Capital, which read: "City Football Group, the owner of football related clubs and businesses including Manchester City FC, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, and a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos, today announced a partnership with a consortium of high profile Chinese institutional investors led by China's leading media, entertainment, sports and Internet dedicated investment and operating company CMC (China Media Capital) Holdings. More »

  • China factory index at 3-year low, services improve 17 hours ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved, according to an official survey released Tuesday. More »

  • German jobless rate falls to lowest level on record 17 hours ago

    Germany's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in November, the lowest level since reunification in 1990, reinforcing expectations that private consumption will continue to support growth in Europe's largest economy. The seasonally adjusted unemployment total fell last month by a stronger-than-expected 13,000 to 2.772 million, data from the Federal Labour Office showed on Tuesday. The data came after a bout of weakness during the summer, driven by slowdowns in China and other emerging markets, which raised questions about the strength of exports and the broader economy. More »

  • COP21: Thick smog veils Beijing during extreme pollution alert 17 hours ago

    Thick smog continues to blanket Beijing for the fifth straight day. This far exceeds China's maximum permitted level of 75mcg and the World Health Organisation safe level of just 25mcg. The pollution spike is a reminder of China's severe environmental challenges as President Xi Jinping joins other world leaders at the Paris climate conference. More »

  • Chinese investors buy stake in Manchester City group
    Chinese investors buy stake in Manchester City group 17 hours ago

    By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese investors are paying $400 million (£265 million) for a stake in the group that owns football clubs including England's Manchester City and New York City FC, the country's most significant overseas investment in the game. The consortium is led by China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and CITIC Capital and will take a stake of more than 13 percent in City Football Group. The deal values the Abu Dhabi-owned City Football Group at $3 billion, it said on Tuesday. More »

  • China's Didi bullish on U.S. partner Lyft, criticises Uber 17 hours ago

    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Didi Kuaidi, the Chinese front of an anti-Uber Technologies Inc alliance, said it is seeing better than expected results from its September investment in Lyft, Uber's main rival on its U.S. home turf. "The strategic partnership we've built has been actually more successful than we anticipated from the beginning," said Didi's Stephen Zhu, vice president of strategy, in a group interview in Beijing on Tuesday. "Ever since we invested in Lyft, their market share has grown so much," Zhu said, without giving exact figures. More »

  • This Is A Brick Made From The Dust In Beijing’s Smog
    This Is A Brick Made From The Dust In Beijing’s Smog 18 hours ago

    It took just 100 days of traipsing around Beijing with a vacuum for a Chinese artist to collect enough dust to make the brick More »

  • Factories still struggling as U.S. rate hike looms
    Factories still struggling as U.S. rate hike looms 18 hours ago

    By Jonathan Cable and Nicholas Owen LONDON/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Manufacturing activity deteriorated across much of Asia in November and while European factories reports improved, the region struggled to gather momentum. Business surveys on Tuesday showed few signs of vigour across trade-reliant Asia, apart from Japan, with sluggish demand at home and abroad forcing manufacturers from China to Indonesia to throttle back production, cut selling prices and shed more jobs. Euro zone manufacturing growth picked up to a 19-month high in November but the pace was still relatively modest and with firms cutting prices for a third month, expectations for further easing from the European Central Bank on Thursday will solidify. More »

  • Driver Gets Lost In China Smog, Crashes Car Through A Garden Wall
    Driver Gets Lost In China Smog, Crashes Car Through A Garden Wall 18 hours ago

    With visibility down to less than a few metres, the driver failed to notice a T junction ahead and crashed through the wall of a residential building More »

  • Philippines official confident in South China Sea arbitration case
    Philippines official confident in South China Sea arbitration case 18 hours ago

    The Philippines on Monday wrapped up a week of arguments before judges in its case against China over the hotly disputed South China Sea, at a hearing boycotted by Beijing. The Philippines has asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to affirm its right to areas within 200 nautical miles of its coastline, under the terms of a U.N. convention. China rejects the court's jurisdiction. More »

  • IMF approves China's yuan for benchmark currency basket 19 hours ago

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) admitted China's yuan into its benchmark currency basket on Monday (30 November) in a win for Beijing's campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The IMF's executive board agreed to add the yuan to its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket alongside the dollar, euro, pound sterling and yen, in a move earlier backed by IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and in-house experts. More »

  • Manchester City gets $400M Chinese investment deal
    Manchester City gets $400M Chinese investment deal 19 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Manchester City announced Tuesday that a Chinese consortium is investing $400 million to buy 13 percent of the Premier League club's umbrella organization in a deal that values the business at $3 billion. More »