Designed in China, self-powered turnstile: Green Pass

| September 7th, 2010

(ixiqi) Have you ever noticed the widely used turnstiles at the subway stations, the Olympic Games, the World Expo etc. venues wherever that has a huge crowd? When everyone passes through them, you need to rotate the stile in one direction once – in most cases, this rotation is overlooked and neglected by most people, but the “most people” do not include the students of the VIVA design team at the Guangdong University of Technology, in their eyes, this […]Read more…

Turning iPod touch into iPhone, Chinese shanzhai technology at its best

| August 9th, 2010

(PConline) Apple not only stands out from the crowd in innovation but also is a trend setter, its products attracted many companies in the world to make accessories for them, and even the well-known Sony could not escape. Recently a heavy-weight apple product accessory was born, when it was announced, which suddenly stirred up some huge waves in the Apple world, hitting everyone who pays close attention to the latest trend, making them to get ready to take out their […]Read more…

“Straddling” bus–a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute

| July 31st, 2010


A big concern on top of urban transportation planner’s mind is how to speed up the traffic: putting more buses on the road will jam the roads even worse and deteriorate the air; building more subway is costly and time consuming. Well, here is an cheaper, greener and fast alternative to lighten their mind up a bit: the straddling bus, first exhibited on the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May this year. In the near future, the model is […]Read more…

Making cell phone calls during flight passes safety test and awaits for approval, 15 yuan per minute

| June 25th, 2010

From Sohu: news, Beijing. According to the news reported by Voice of China “Peak Evening News” at 17:39 on June 24, Air China cabin service department vice-president Wang Xiaolun said, some passengers need to be constantly reminded by the flight attendant to turn off their cell phones before the plane takes off, this indicates people’s need of communicating with the outside world (when on a plane). Achieving communication via cellular phone in above 10,000 meters altitude will become […]Read more…

Facebook, “Must Die” (in China)

| June 10th, 2010

From Zhangshuyue’s blog:


The inside information of Facebook to enter China came in mid-April 2010, said that the earliest will be within three months. Then followed by a Chinese headhunter company said that Facebook already commissioned them to recruit the relevant General Manager in China, mainly in charge of the gaming business. On the surface, according to various sources Facebook is really going to enter China. These speculations on the king of the SNS industry created heated discussions all over […]Read more…

Facebook to enter China within three months?

| April 6th, 2010

Two years ago, there were reports about Facebook entering China, but now there is new inside information? I was pretty surprised when reading this news, especially because I just did a post comparing Renren (Chinese Facebook) and Facebook.

From iFeng:

On April 7, according to a reliable source, the world’s largest social networking site, Facebook, is preparing to enter China. If all goes well, this plan will be implemented within 3 months. Facebook has two ways to enter China: first, through […]Read more…

Why Renren is better than Facebook

| April 5th, 2010

In this age of mechanical reproduction, China is often very much guilty of making less-than-impressive versions of things that the West did first. However, I have found some exceptions and one of them is Renren (人人网, translation: Everyone’s Network), China’s version of Facebook (and no it’s not blocked).

Last year I started using because I was about to study for a year at Peking University and wanted to understand college students in China before I actually got there. And while […]Read more…

Infinite USB plug created by Chinese design student

| March 22nd, 2010

So honestly I’ve gotten a little bored of all the scandals, internet celebrities, political issues, censorship stories, protests, riots, etc. that China blogs usually cover so I’ve recently tried to post things that are a bit more fun and quirky – for example, the Chinese version of a Danish bacon commercial, the magic tricks by Liu Qian, the strangely totalitarian dating rules, etc. Of course, this does not affect Key, Annie, or Nancy – they will continue to do whatever […]Read more…

China shuts down BitTorrent websites

| December 10th, 2009

The largest BitTorrent website BTChina was shut down by the Chinese authority couple days ago and yesterday another popular media sharing site was also offline. This created a buzz among the Chinese netizens. If you search for the term BTChina in twitter the most twitted phrase is BTChina+VeryCD连起来读就是变态中国很操蛋! (BTChina + VeryCD is Retarded China very fucking stupid. BT is the acronym of Bian Tai – retarded, perverted or abnormal in Chinese and CD is the acronym of Cao […]Read more…

Google China Kai-fu Era

| September 6th, 2009

On September 4th 2009 Google China sent an internal email to all of its employees, announcing the founding president of Google China Kai-fu Lee (李开复)  has resigned. He will officially leave Google in mid-September to start his independent venture. Many Chinese writers and bloggers have responded to this news, reviewing the solid job Kaifu Lee has done with Google China in the past years and speculating the reason of Lee’s resignation. I am going to translate a blog post by […]Read more…

First Homebuilt Aircraft miniMax in China

| August 5th, 2009

[nddaily] He spent two years and 100,000 yuan, a Chinese Photographer Yang Weiming (杨伟民) turned his air plane drawing on paper into the real thing. Couple days ago, his Homebuilt aircraft “little horse” had its first flight in Shenzhen. It was safely landed after a 25 minutes of flight at 400 meters in altitude. An American homebuilt aircraft manufacture CEO also participated in the first flight, said his work is perfect.

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In the first part of the […]Read more…

China Orders Google to Suspend Foreign Internet Searches

| June 19th, 2009

From Financial Network, Beijing, Intern reporter: 王奇华 China internet department on June 18 announced to impose penalty to “Google China” website ( to suspend foreign internet searches, also the feature that automatically suggests different search keywords once start typing in search textbox. Google is being punished for linking to pornographic content. Chinese government ordered its rectification to immediately cleaning up pornographic and vulgar content.

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China Does Not Need iPhone

| March 30th, 2009

From NetEast

Recently, China Unicom CEO Chang Xiaobing (常小兵) while attending IT leaders’ summit in Shenzhen said the rumor of China Unicom is currently about to reach an agreement on a deal with Apple is not accurate. China Unicom is still negotiating with Apple on the deal however the negotiation could succeed or fail.

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