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People are now flying around in autonomous drones

The dream of flying taxis whizzing through the skies above our cities may be closer to reality than you think.<p>Chinese company Ehang offered a glimpse this week of what could lie ahead, releasing its first video of passengers climbing aboard its autonomous drones and taking off with the push of a …

Drones

EHang shows footage of its passenger drone in flight

EHang has been talking about its 184 passenger drone for ages, but there's been a curious absence of footage showing manned flights. Thankfully, it's rectifying that situation: the company has posted a video showing the EHang 184 in action through a series of manned tests. The clip shows both …

China’s breathtaking transformation into a scientific superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing the state of American technology. There are facts and figures on research and development, innovation and engineers. But the report's …

China

Volvo's parent company now owns a flying car startup

Those reports from the summer that Volvo's parent company had snapped up flying car startup Terrafugia? They were true. Geely has officially completed its acquisition of Terrafugia, turning it into a fully-owned subsidiary of the Chinese automotive giant. Terrafugia will remain based in the US and …

Xiaomi announces the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3, a better bezel-less flagship and mid-ranger for the end of 2017

Xiaomi made some waves last week with the announcement of its first Android One handset — the Mi A1. There’s certainly a lot of interest surrounding the Mi A1, but just a few days after its announcement, Xiaomi has already announced two additional new gadgets in the form of the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note …

Xiaomi’s first phone running stock Android looks impressive and costs less than $250

Xiaomi’s newest flagship smartphone will launch the day before the next iPhone, but Chinese firm has offered another new arrival before that date — and it marks a departure from the usual. That’s because Xiaomi has unveiled its first device running Google’s Android One software, and it’s called the …

Xiaomi’s take on the Amazon Echo smart speaker costs less than $50

Hot on the heels of reports that Facebook is developing its own take on Amazon Echo, China’s Xiaomi has joined the tech company masses by jumping into the increasingly crowded smart speaker space.<p>The Mi AI Speaker is Xiaomi’s first take at rivaling the Echo, which has already <i>inspired</i> a product from …

Volvo to end gas-only cars by 2019

Three new all-electric cars launching by 2021<p>Volvo just announced plans to phase out gas-only car production by 2019, at which time all new Volvos will either be fully electric or electric hybrids. The company also said that it would launch three new fully electric Volvos between 2019 and 2021, and …

Xiaomi is bringing cinema tech to a living room projector

When it comes to home theater setups, high-quality projectors have traditionally been the pricier way to enjoy your movies. Now, however, Chinese tech company Xiaomi is hoping to change that with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector. Priced at a reasonable 9,999 yuan (around $1,470), Xiaomi's …

In China, a robot has started delivering packages to people

Jingdong, or JD.com, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company after Alibaba, sent robots to deliver items for the first time yesterday (June 18), on the last day of a two-week-long shopping bonanza that recorded sales of around $17.6 billion, according to a spokesman with the company.<p>Designed by …

China

China Leads The World In On-Demand Services, Mobile Payments, Games, eCommerce - What Next?

China is continuing to leap ahead with innovations that will rock the world. From the mobile Internet, to online entertainment to on-demand cars and bikes, to mobile payment to e-commerce, China is setting world standards. It’s China’s tech titans Alibaba, Tencent, JD and Baidu that are leading the …

DJI's Spark drone is tiny and fast, but will leave you wanting more

DJI’s Spark drone is an exquisitely-built, incredibly easy-to-fly drone, but 16 minutes of flight time is not enough, especially when the reality is …

Drones

China signals new era as first homegrown jetliner takes off

China's first home-built large passenger jet glided into Shanghai skies on Friday, a breakthrough in its soaring ambitions to launch a new era in aviation and upend the dominance of American-produced airplanes.<p>Spectators crowded onto the tarmac and cheered as the green-tipped C919 jetliner rumbled …

​Yi's 360 VR camera should worry the competition

The compact dual-lens camera is loaded with top-end features for capturing and streaming spherical video, but it's not priced that way.<p>The Yi 360 VR camera is yet another example of what the imaging company does best: deliver big specs and features at a very competitive price. The all-in-one …

If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, It's This One

When will Chinese carmakers follow the Japanese, and Korean example, and take over the world? If it happens, who will it be? Sitting at a desk overlooking a glitzy Shanghai skyline that can put Manhattan, or downtown Tokyo to shame, I predict that scrappy Geely will be at the vanguard of Chinese …

This is Google Jump’s next-generation VR camera rig

Plus a promising new 360-degree consumer camera from Yi Technology<p>Chinese company Yi Technology has made a name for itself in the last two years by releasing some surprisingly capable GoPro competitors. Now the Xiaomi-backed Yi is expanding into the world of VR and 360-degree video with two new …

Camera Shootout: Xiaomi Mi 6 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S8

In the past week I’ve been testing the newest flagships from Xiaomi and Samsung, and while they’re phones aimed at different markets — the Mi 6 won’t be released in North America and sells for roughly half of what the Galaxy S8 is going for — there are quite a bit of similarities between the two. …

Xiaomi Mi 6 Hands-On: iPhone 7 Camera Tech, With Galaxy S8 Specs, But Half The Price

Among the many things Apple and Samsung have proved over the past few years, it’s that a good-to-great product + clever marketing + hype = you can sell your products at jacked up prices and people will still want them. This is how you explain lines around the block for iPhones or Galaxy S8s when, …

The army that conquered the world

The martial figures buried with the first Chinese emperor were discovered in 1974. But the tomb they guard hasn’t even been opened, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>In March 1974, Yang Zhifa, a farmer, along with his five brothers and their neighbour Wang Puzhi, were digging a well in pomegranate and …

Archaeology

Alibaba’s Ant Financial to develop services in Indonesia as global expansion continues

Ant Financial, the fintech company affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is continuing its global expansion. The firm has taken its first official step into Indonesia today after it announced a joint venture to develop local financial services.<p>The company has partnered with conglomerate …

How The Trump Presidency Opens The Door To China's Global Business Ambitions

The news last week that a Chinese billionaire has given $10 million to establish three joint artificial intelligence technology centers in Israel and China passed with hardly a headline.<p>The institutes funded by Zong Qinghou, the chairman of the Wahaha Group, a huge conglomerate, will be in Haifa, …

The 9 richest billionaires who earned their fortunes in tech

That includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who retains his title as the richest man in the world, as well as Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Though US moguls dominate the world of tech billionaires, China's Jack Ma of Alibaba and Pony Ma of Tencent also earn spots in the top …

It’s Alibaba versus Amazon in India’s e-commerce market

The battle for supremacy in India’s e-commerce space looks set to become a slug out between two gigantic global players: Amazon and Alibaba.<p>At stake is one of the world’s fastest growing internet markets. India’s online population is tipped to reach 450 million-465 million people by June 2017, …

eCommerce

Oppo’s 5x zoom camera is an ingenious prototype that actually works

China’s biggest smartphone maker comes to MWC with some original thinking<p>I find it surreal to think that a company can be one of the top five smartphone vendors in the world while selling the overwhelming majority of its phones within just one country. But that’s Oppo and that’s the grand scale of …

Mobile Technology

Xiaomi introduces the Surge S1, its first in-house chipset

Days after it was reported that Xiaomi would launch its own chipset, the China-based technology company introduced the Surge S1 chip that will be used to power its Mi 5c smartphone. In doing so, it becomes one of the few manufacturers in the world to have a proprietary smartphone chip — joining …

Xiaomi just announced its own processor

Moving beyond smartphones, laptops, and accessories, Chinese technology giant Xiaomi made a foray into the processor business, joining companies such …

Mobile

Xiaomi’s new Mi5c is the first phone to be powered by its custom chipset

Xiaomi may be skipping Mobile World Congress, the year’s biggest phone show, but it is still making news this week after it unveiled its first processor and the first phone it is powering.<p>The device is the Mi5c, an updated model of its 5.15-inch Mi5 that it launched at Mobile World Congress last …

These $40 in-ear headphones sound miles better than their price tag suggests

Despite the tech world's sudden aversion to headphone jacks, traditional 3.5mm headphones are still the best source of value. Bluetooth and USB-C will eventually be the norm, but for now, taking the jack away mostly gives audio companies a way to drive more revenue. It also gives them less …

Why did DJI acquire Hasselblad? Think Volvo

The Chinese startup believes it can breathe new life into a storied brand<p>One of the stranger stories to come out of CES this year was the news that Chinese drone maker DJI had acquired a majority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company. Neither side has officially announced the move …

Hands-on with the definitely-attractive Xiaomi Mi Mix (in white!) [Gallery]

Xiaomi launched the ceramic-bodied Mi Mix just a couple months ago, and this year at CES the Chinese company launched the same phone with a new white body. Really, that’s all there is to say about this device. It’s the Mi Mix, with its bezel-less-on-three-sides design and 91.3% screen-to-body …