Censorship in China may force Google.cn to close

Gerald Lynch Google, Internet, Tech Digest news, Websites Leave a Comment

A post on the Google blog titled "A New Approach to China" has revealed Google's plans to stop censoring search results gathered at their .cn domain. The decision follows a number of attacks on the Gmail accounts of Google users…

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Learn Chinese Characters with this freeware application

Duncan Geere Software Leave a Comment


Chinese isn’t the easiest language in the world to learn. Unlike our 26-letter Western alphabet, there are estimated to be more than 50,000 characters, depending on how one counts variants. However, you only (only!) need to know about 3,000 for basic literacy, and a well-educated person would know around 5,000 characters…

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The Chinese are building an "impossible" space drive

Duncan Geere Space Leave a Comment


There’s a school of thought in Science, not widely subscribed to, that says “if it looks impossible, keep trying to do it until it works”. That’s the attitude China are taking towards perpetual motion, and they reckon they’ve cracked it. It’s an electromagnetic drive, which converts electromagnetic energy into thrust via microwaves. That’s a picture of it, up there.

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Hundreds of thousands of dodgy AC adaptors flood UK: potential deathtrap

Andy Merrett Peripherals Leave a Comment


I can almost see Lynn Faulds Wood shaking her head, tutting, and muttering about a potential deathtrap, on hearing the news that hundreds of thousands of cheap Chinese power adaptors are being sold on the British high street.

Some of the worst knock-off adaptors are labelled as working with the Nintendo DS, DS Lite, and Game Boy, no doubt because they’ll attract more sales from those hoping to save a few quid…

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"Robot receptionist" dream finally made real thanks to Chinese tin-man monster

Gary Cutlack Robots, Weirdness Leave a Comment


That absolutely hideous MONSTROSITY to the left there has been given the name Siasun and set to work as a receptionist in the Chinese city of Shenyang.

It/she works at the fantastically Communist-sounding “administrative examination and approval service center” in Shenyang, where it/she nods, waves and even, so it is alleged but we would have to see it to believe it, talks to businessmen…

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Chinese manufacturer Penchan has done it! A 5.5 terapixel camera!

Katherine Hannaford Cameras 13 Comments

Who woulda thunk it? The Chinese company Penchan has developed a camera with a whopping 5.5 Terapixel resolution, or in layman’s terms, 5,500,000 megapixels. Yes, really. We just got off the phone to Canon and Nikon and it’s safe to say, they’re petrified.

When we told Hasselblad about Penchan’s new product, they vowed to get out of the industry as fast as their little Swedish legs could carry them.

But, to obviously soften the blow to their competitors, they encased it in a powder blue cover…

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Pasen LAZYBUM portable media player (PMP) perfect for, well, lazy bums

Katherine Hannaford Gadgets, MP3 players Leave a Comment

pasen-MP3.jpgThe Italian company Pasen has taken on the task of re-branding the VX989 Chinese MP3 player from ONDA, and called it…LAZYBUM. Your eyes don’t deceive you – that’s LAZYBUM, and rightly capitalised, too.

They’re claiming it’s the world’s first ‘mini-PMP’, able to play MP3, WMA, WAV, AVI, XviD, DivX, ASF, MP4, FLV formats, plus a bunch more. Never mind the fact that their claim isn’t all that special – who wants…

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