ruby red iPhone 7 will soon be available around the world. Each Special Edition (Product) RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus shows with its color that the purchase of the phone helps generate funds for the fight against HIV/AIDs.

But in China, the picture is fuzzier.

There, where a red iPhone could a big seller for Apple (see China's flag, culture), the company's online retail web site has no mention of (Product) RED or that proceeds from the sale of the red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in China will help fund the fight against HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa via the Global Fund. (Apple has not disclosed what percentage of each phone's cost is donated to charity.) Read more...

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Why Apple won’t mention (Product) RED or HIV/AIDS in China

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Apple's ruby red iPhone 7 will soon be available around the world. Each Special Edition (Product) RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus shows with its color that the purchase of the phone helps generate funds for the fight against HIV/AIDs.

But in China, the picture is fuzzier.

There, where a red iPhone could a big seller for Apple (see China's flag, culture), the company's online retail web site has no mention of (Product) RED or that proceeds from the sale of the red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in China will help fund the fight against HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa via the Global Fund. (Apple has not disclosed what percentage of each phone's cost is donated to charity.) Read more...

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One woman in China proposed to her boyfriend by displaying her proposal on 900 taxis.

The message, which was displayed prominently on the luminous taxi top signs read "Zhang Jian Feng, I want to marry you, do you dare to marry me?"

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The woman paid the taxi firm over $1400 to get its entire fleet of taxis to display the message from 5-7pm on Thursday last week.

And if you're wondering, he said yes.

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Most netizens were left swooning over the proposal. Read more...

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Woman took out an ad on 900 taxis to propose to her boyfriend

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Here's a slightly unconventional way to pop the question.

One woman in China proposed to her boyfriend by displaying her proposal on 900 taxis.

The message, which was displayed prominently on the luminous taxi top signs read "Zhang Jian Feng, I want to marry you, do you dare to marry me?"

Image: weibo

The woman paid the taxi firm over $1400 to get its entire fleet of taxis to display the message from 5-7pm on Thursday last week.

And if you're wondering, he said yes.

Image: weibo

Most netizens were left swooning over the proposal. Read more...

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Airbnb's Chinese name is Aibiying, meaning to "welcome each other with love."

The company also announced on Tuesday it's bringing Trips to Shanghai.

Trips is an Airbnb feature which allows users to find and book local tours and activities while on holiday. It has recently launched in several Asian cities including Delhi, Singapore and Bangkok.

Some of the activities in Shanghai include dough sculpturing and local cooking classes. Read more...

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Airbnb is going all out to woo China, and even has a new Chinese name

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Airbnb is making a big play for China.

Not only is the home-rental company doubling investments in the country and tripling its local workforce — it's also got a new name to match.

Airbnb's Chinese name is Aibiying, meaning to "welcome each other with love."

The company also announced on Tuesday it's bringing Trips to Shanghai.

Trips is an Airbnb feature which allows users to find and book local tours and activities while on holiday. It has recently launched in several Asian cities including Delhi, Singapore and Bangkok.

Some of the activities in Shanghai include dough sculpturing and local cooking classes. Read more...

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Airbnb is doubling down on China

 Uber may have become the latest in a long line of Western tech firms to have failed in China, but fellow gig economy darling Airbnb is determined to succeed in the Middle Kingdom. Today, the company announced a new brand for its China-based business and the local launch of Trips, its travel services feature. Beyond those changes, the firm pledged to increase its local presence via plans to… Read More
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Watch this woman count money faster than a cash-counting machine

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This cashier from Shandong, eastern China, has gone viral after demonstrating her counting skills at a training session. 

She managed to count 550 notes of different denominations of yuan in 77 seconds, quite a feat considering that cash-counting machines do exist. 

She's not the only one who deserves some sort of record, however: check out this 10-year-old video of a Japanese clerk who managed to stamp 100 pieces of paper in 18 seconds.

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Bike-sharing companies are flooding the market, but this one insists its bikes are smartest

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Singapore now has a third bike-sharing company in just a few months.

One of China's largest bike-sharing firms, Mobike launched here on Tuesday, adding to the growing list of bike-sharing companies that have mushroomed.

Like many of its competitors, the bikes are stationless, so users are meant to just leave them on the side of the street and walk away when they're done.

But this convenience has led to issues like theft and even vandalism in countries like China, with many hogging the bikes by locking them in their private compounds. Read more...

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Crowded city builds a train track running through an apartment block

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Residents of this apartment block in China have lived with an actual train going through the building for 11 years now.

Amazingly, they haven't complained about the noise (if you take state-run media's word for it.)

All the same, the building's design seems to work remarkably well in mountainous and dense Chongqing, where builders say it was necessary to have the train go through the block.

The train reportedly runs on rubber tyres with air suspension units, and produce a mere 75.8 decibels of sound — 10 dB above a normal conversation. Read more...

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Local NGO SayTrees has set up the city's first organic garden on one of the pillars of a popular flyover. 

Over 3,500 saplings from 10 different species have already been planted, according to a Facebook post by SayTrees. The organisation aims to cover all pillars of this 9-kilometer (5.5 miles) long flyover with such creatively designed green patches.

Vertical gardens not only beautify a city and improve biodiversity but also check pollution, reduce smog, act as sound barriers and improve foot traffic.   Read more...

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India’s Silicon Valley gets a seriously impressive vertical garden

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Vertical greenery is a thing now.

After China last month, India's Silicon Valley, Bangalore, now has a vertical garden. 

Local NGO SayTrees has set up the city's first organic garden on one of the pillars of a popular flyover. 

Over 3,500 saplings from 10 different species have already been planted, according to a Facebook post by SayTrees. The organisation aims to cover all pillars of this 9-kilometer (5.5 miles) long flyover with such creatively designed green patches.

Vertical gardens not only beautify a city and improve biodiversity but also check pollution, reduce smog, act as sound barriers and improve foot traffic.   Read more...

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China has its own version of ‘The Hangover’ and Mr Bean and Mike Tyson are in it

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A bunch of guys go on a vacation, they get lost and Mike Tyson makes a cameo. Sound familiar?

It's the plot of Top Funny Comedian, a movie which has just premiered in China.

So don't go mistaking it for The Hangover. For one, Rowan Atkinson (as his most popular character, Mr Bean) makes an appearance, and Mike Tyson gets his ear chewed in a fight.

Yeah, we're equally confused.

The movie follows four guys and one girl who travel to Macau, the gambling capital of China, for a vacation.

Crazy things happen along the way, but eventually one of the group's members go missing, as the others try their best to save him. Read more...

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Chinese teen’s acoustic AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck’ cover will blow you away

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AC/DC is hard enough to emulate on electric guitar, but "Thunderstruck" on acoustic guitar is a sight to behold.

13-year-old Liu Jiazhuo is going viral after a schoolmate published his incredible fingerstyle performance of the rock number.

Liu was playing Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli's cover of the classic rock song.

According to local reports, the teenager from the Gansu province picked up the guitar when he was 7.

He's been posting covers regularly to Chinese video sites, but his "Thunderstruck" cover started going viral after musician Gao Xiaosong, Alibaba Music's director, noticed and shared Liu's video on Weibo. Read more...

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