DIY: iPod Nano Watch

Not sure how we let this one slip by, but this Chinese DIY (do-it-yourself) genius has designed his own iPod nano watch using a knockoff iPod nano and pure ingenuity. I know this isn’t exactly a unique design, but you gotta give the guy credit. Who ever said the Chinese aren’t original?

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China Making it Harder for VPN Users

It seems that many users of the VPN provider Witopia (one of my personal favorites) have been having problems using the service in China. So many users have been reporting problems in fact that the company is recommending they report problems via e-mail instead of its live support service.

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Your Social Networking Site Isn’t Popular Until It Has A Chinese Clone

The Chinese have been known to make Shanzhai everything, from cell phones to cars. As social networking and media sites begin to take off around the world the chinese are stuck behind the Great Firewall of China (GFW) without access to them. In this time of need the Chinese begin doing what they do best…make clones. 9gag designer Toxicat has put together a great graphic comparing genuine and clone.

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Beijing Government Plans to Track Citizens Using Cell Phones

These days big brother always has an eye on you. Whether it be via security cameras in the subway or at your local super market, someone is always watching. The Beijing Government has decided to take it even one step further. They plan to implement a program to monitor the movements of the 17 million cellphone users in Beijing by tracking the signal of their mobile devices. What’s next? GPS Tracking implants under the skin?

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China’s Ministry of Truth’s Latest Directives – WikiLeaks and Japan

China’s Ministry of Censorship Truth has released it’s latest “directives” pertaining to topics in the media and on the internet. These directives are issued to the media and/or to internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, and are eventually leaked. This weeks directives include the infamous WikiLeaks, as well as “anti-japan” rhetoric.

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Beijing Pollution (Photos)

I know this is a pretty burned out story and such, but I just wanted to share with everyone just how the pollution can get here. I took these photo’s on the 25th floor of an apartment building facing west just outside of the east 4th ring road on Monday afternoon. That day’s AQI or Air Quality Index hit 500, the highest possible level on the scale. The AQI is not normally reported on by the government, but the US Embassy in Beijing has set up a twitter account @BeijingAir which gives hourly updates on Beijing’s air quality. If you don’t have a VPN or Twitter, GET BOTH! Or you can head over to this website (screenshot after the jump) for hourly updates pulled directly from that Twitter account.

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Where the Hell is Matt in China this Weekend, February 19th/20th!

Where the Hell is Matt will be dancing in Beijing this Saturday, Feb 19th, and in Shanghai this Sunday, Feb 20th! Matt Harding, the dancing legend behind the viral youtube videos will be showing off his skills and everyone’s invited to join! According to the Where the Hell is Matt Facebook Fan Page the event in Beijing has been moved from it’s original location in the SanLitTun Village:

PLEASE NOTE: WE UPDATED THIS EVENT TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION.
We have moved this event to a location that is about 100 meters from the original called San Li Tun SOHO.

Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong Location Photos and old videos after the break!

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China to Crackdown on Music Downloads

Yesterday, the China’s Ministry of Culture ordered local music websites to discontinue their playback and download services for all songs that “may not” have been approved by the authorities. In their statement they named 100 songs that have not been officially approved including some new pop/hip hop hits, but haven’t said anything about which websites are being targeted. All of this seems to be in some sort of vain attempt at enforcing copyright laws.

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Hacked iTunes Accounts Available on China’s Most Popular Online Retailer

It’s been reported, and I’ve just confirmed, that hacked US iTunes accounts are being sold on TaoBao.com. The worst part is that these hacked accounts come with (possibly your) full credit card information. Apple’s really dropped the ball on this one…

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China To Surpass Japan In Research & Development Spending

China hasn’t always been the most “innovative” when it comes to tech, but according to the people smarter than I at Battelle R&D Magazine they’re throwing some serious money at the issue. R&D Magazine has projected that China will overtake Japan on the list of countries with the largest Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D (GERD), with a whopping 153.7 MILLION BILLION US DOLLARS. This puts China second only to the US in R&D, but unfortunately it seems that most of the funds are set aside to develop manufacturing technology. As if they need more factories…

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