This Week in the Gadgets Republic

This Week in the Gadgets Republic!

  • Apple Store Opens its Online Doors to the Chinese
  • The fastest train in the world begins service in China
  • China Leaves The World in It’s Cyber Dust
  • Intel Has Begun Production at It’s Brand Spanking New Chinese Plant
  • More Troubling News Surfaces About Working Conditions at Apple Manufacturers
  • First Multi-OS Smartphone hits the market
  • Get all the details after the jump!


    Shanzhai Tablets Entice With Colors

    Shenzhen’s ILong has produced another Shanzhai Android Tablet, named the Gpad. Obviously its design is based on the iPad, but unfortunately that’s about the only thing it has in common with the Apple device. The 7″ Tablet runs on a Telechips 720Mhz processor, and runs Android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2), but those are the only somewhat positive specs. The main selling point is the fact that it comes in a wide array of colors for people who love to have a custom looking device. In the end the only truly positive thing about the Gpad is it’s price tag. You can own this pretty piece of Shanzhai for only RMB 900 (approx. US$ 135).

    More pictures after the break!


    China Leaves World in Its Cyber Dust

    China has just become the proud parent of the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A. Located at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, the Tianhe-1A was built using 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs and 14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs consuming 4.04 megawatts. With this setup the system scored 2.507 petaflops, according to the LINPACK benchmark. More importantly, a 2.507 petaflop system built entirely with CPUs would consume more than 12 megawatts. Thanks to the use of GPUs in a heterogeneous computing environment, Tianhe-1A consumes only 4.04 megawatts, making it 3 times more power efficient. The difference in power consumption is enough to provide electricity to over 5000 homes for a year. The now former title holder was Cray’s 2.3 petaflops Jaguar, located at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, U.S.A.

    Sources: NVIDIA via Engadget

    Pears Are Better Than Apples Anyways

    Chinese Tech company, MunanSoft, has developed the next generation of notebooks for the masses. MunanSoft has taken the a step towards the future with it’s notebook having little to no power consumption, making it the greenest tech out there. The developers have decided to brand their product The Pear, a clear affront to Apple who is their main would-be competitor. MunanSoft claims that The Pear notebook is vastly superior to Apple products like the iPad and iPhone. Pictures of the Munansoft have been making the rounds on Chinese Tech sites and they’ve created quite a buzz.

    Check out more pictures after the jump!


    Intel’s First “Fab”ulous Asian Plant Begins Production in China

    Intel began production of at its first ever Asian Fab plant in Dalian, China on Tuesday. The 2.5-billion-U.S.-dollar plant is located in the high-tech Jinzhou New District north of the port city of Dalian. It covers an area of 163,000 square meters, roughly the same area as 23 soccer fields. With more than 1,700 employees, 88 percent of whom are locals, it will initially produce chipsets for laptop computers, high-performance desktop PCs and powerful servers. The plant has been dubbed “Fab 68,” as the numbers six and eight are auspicious in Chinese culture.

    Sources: Xinhua

    China’s Really Really Fast Train Begins Service

    China’s high speed “bullet” train, which recently broke the world speed record, has just begun service from Shanghai to Hanzhou. The new route brings the length of China’s high-speed railways in operation to 7,431 kilometers, which is the longest in the world. A ticket for a first-class seat on the new Shanghai-Hangzhou express train costs 131 yuan ($19.3), while a second-class ticket is 82 yuan ($12).

    Sources: Beijing Review via Engadget

    Poison Apple Spells Trouble For Workers

    Australia’s ABC News is reporting that a group of workers have fallen “seriously ill” while making Apple Laptops and iPhone’s. The workers apparently inhaled fumes while working with the hazardous chemical n-hexane and are now unable to walk. The workers have been undergoing treatment at a local hospital to recover from symptoms for about 6 months so far.


    Here’s Your Chance to Own A Porsche 911

    We came across this random little Porsche 911 replica mouse at the grey market this weekend. Like most other random gadgets, this little guy doesn’t seem to really have a place in the world. Just remember that practicality is not always the priority when building tech, unlike some other awesome peripherals we’ve seen. Sometimes the most important reason for building or buying something is just pure, unadulterated entertainment, and I believe this clearly falls under that reasoning. The number of crazy gadgets we see at the grey markets here in China never ceases to amaze us, and neither does the amount of creativity

    Shenzhen Makes An OS Sandwich

    The new Tops-A1 is clearly a Shanzhai HTC Diamond2, but with one huge difference worthy of your attention. Now we’re not exactly sure what to call it…so we’ll try multiple-boot? With its latest update, the A1 runs both Windows Mobile OS and Android.


    This Week in the Gadgets Republic

    This Week in the Gadgets Republic!

  • Mark Zuckerberg is Interested in China
  • China Creates a Method of Painless Injection
  • Apple Introduces a Few New Things at the “Back to the Mac” Press Conference
  • Youku Has Surpassed Youtube
  • China’s Customs Will Tax your iStuff
  • The Apple Store in Beijing Buffs Up Security to Deal With Scalpers
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