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Xiaomi surpasses Samsung to become No. 1 smartphone vendor in China

Xiaomi surpasses Samsung to become No. 1 smartphone vendor in China

The latest statistics released by research group Canalys on Monday show that Chinese device maker Xiaomi Inc. has become the biggest smartphone vendor in China, overthrowing bigwig South Korean firm Samsung in the 2014 second quarter.

According to the Canalys data, a total of nearly 15 million smartphones were shipped by Xiaomi in the April-June quarter; beating Samsung's 13.2 million smartphone shipments in the same period.

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Xiaomi Smartphones Dominate Samsung and Apple in China

Xiaomi Smartphones Dominate Samsung and Apple in China

Xiaomi Corp, privately held smartphone-maker company in Beijing, is looking to take the world by storm. The four-year-old company is about to surpass market-leader Samsung Electronics, the Korean company, to become the No. 1 smartphone maker in China.

It has shipped 15 million devices in the second quarter and Samsung shipped 13.2 million smartphones. This provides it with a 14% share in Chinese market, up from Samsung's 12% share.

Xiaomi also recently surpassed Apple Inc. (AAPL: US) to become the second largest smartphone company in China in terms of units sold.

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Mercedes-Benz reduces Spare-Part Prices in China

Mercedes-Benz reduces Spare-Part Prices in China

After Chinese authorities launched antitrust investigation into auto sector, Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co. announced to cut the prices of some of its spare parts in the country. The German premium carmaker's sales, marketing and after-sales unit in China took the decision, which will come into effect on September 1.

The move will reduce the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts of all Mercedes-Benz models. The decline in prices is likely to be as much as 15% for some parts after the adjustment, said the companyin a statement e-mailed to the Global Times.

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CNNIC report reveals details about state of Internet penetration and usage in China

CNNIC report reveals details about state of Internet penetration and usage in Ch

A recently published report by the semi-official China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has revealed that the number of Internet users in China exceeds the entire estimated population of the US by slightly more than two times.

According to the report, which highlighted the state of Internet penetration and usage by the Chinese population, the total number of Internet users in the China - as of the end of June 2014 - was 632 million. The country has a total population of more than 1,350 million people.

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Four-Winged Changyuraptor Dinosaur Fossil Unearthed In China

Four-Winged Dinosaur Fossil Unearthed In China

An all-new fossil discovered in the northeast region of China has enabled the scientists generate details about a four-winged, nearly four-foot Changyuraptor dinosaur that existed approximately 125 million years ago.

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3 Samples of New Species of Anomalocarids Unearthed in China

3 Samples of New Species of Anomalocarids Unearthed in China

Fossils from a Cambrian era deposit in China have unveiled about three samples of a new species of Anomalocarids. The samples were so well preserved that researchers could even see the animals' nerves.

Brain's structure indicates resemblance for two different types of organisms. The novel species, Lyrarapax unguispinus, is a small anomalocarid as it is around 8 cm in length. Its unique features include neck, large compound eyes and large frontal appendages. The appendages were a bit different as these were more like claws.

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Apple rebuffs Chinese media’s allegations that iPhone is a threat to China’s security

Apple rebuffs Chinese media’s allegations that iPhone is a threat to China’s sec

In a bilingual statement posted on Apple's China website on Sunday, the US tech giant rebuffed the allegations of the Chinese state media that the iPhone's location-tracking functionality poses a threat to China's national security.

Apple's statement has come against the backdrop of the fact that China's national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) had said in a July 11 program - which was televised country-wide - that the location-tracking software of the Apple iPhone may result in a leak of state secrets.

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Chinese Media Terms Apple’s Location Tracking as Security Threat

Chinese Media Terms Apple’s Location Tracking as Security Threat

Mainstream Chinese Media has termed Apple’s iPhone as a national security threat. The state owned CCTV has reported that the location tracking feature in iPhone could collect data about location of the users.

Chinese authorities are not very comfortable with increased penetration of American technology companies in the local market. The media campaign against the spying activity carried out by United States has taken the technology major Apple as the latest victim.

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Daimler expects Mercedes-Benz brand sales to overtake Audi and BMW sales in China this year

Daimler expects Mercedes-Benz brand sales to overtake Audi and BMW sales in Chin

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, German carmaker Daimler is hopeful that the sales of its Mercedes-Benz brand in China will surpass the sales of Audi and BMW in the country this year.

The newspaper report is based on the information shared by Daimler's management board member Hubertus Troska, who asserted that the carmaker's strategy for China - the world's biggest car market - has started to pay off.

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Tibetans’ Specialized Gene Allows them to Survive on ‘Roof of the World’

Tibetans’ Specialized Gene Allows them to Survive on ‘Roof of the World’

The Tibetan Plateau is often referred as the Roof of the World. It is said so as the average elevation is over 4,500 metres, a height where people struggle for breath. But for the area's Tibetans, it is very normal to lead their normal lives and breathe as well.

Researchers from the University of Berkeley have carried out a study and have got to know how the Tibetans cope in the in the oxygen-poor air. Tibetans carry a specialized gene that dates back to one of the humanity's extinct ancestors, called the Denisovans.

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