Xiaomi Mi Note: The First Chinese Smartphone You'll Actually Want

You’ve probably never heard of the Xiaomi Mi Note. You can’t buy one in the US or in Australia. You should read this story anyhow. It’s about a smartphone — a really good smartphone — but it’s also about the future of personal electronics. You care about the future, no?

Incredible Aerial View Of Chinese New Year's Fireworks Over Beijing

Apparently, our New Year’s Eve ain’t got nothing on Chinese New Year in Beijing. This video was recorded on an aeroplane that was landing in Beijing at midnight of Chinese New Year and it shows all the fireworks going off at once across the city. It looks like every corner is firing off explosions at the same time.

Watch Molten Iron Transform Into Spectacular Fireworks Display

Video: Dashuhua is a 500-year-old Chinese tradition practised in Nuanquan town, in Hebei province, during the Lantern festival. It consists of throwing molten iron scraps to the cold bricks of the city gate to produce a spectacular shower of sparks that burst into the air creating a similar effect to a fireworks display.

China Used More Concrete In Three Years Than The US In 100 Years

Briefly: Bill Gates has an incredible statistic: According the USGS’ cement statistics, China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 (6.6 gigatons) than the United States in the entire 20th century (4.5 gigatons). It blows my mind but, then again, as Gates point out, look at Shanghai’s evolution.

A Map Of The World's Largest Annual Human Migration

In the days and weeks before Chinese New Year, some 700 million people cram onto trains, buses, planes and boats to go home. This mass migration is the largest annual movement of humans in the world, and now it can be tracked by smartphone.

Listen To 'Cyberspace Spirit', China's Anthem To Internet Censorship

It would be easy to make fun of China’s new anthem glorifying internet censorship. But I don’t want to pan”Cyberspace Spirit” or mock the Cyberspace Administration of China choral group signing it, because they literally don’t know what they’re missing.

This Is Allegedly How People Hack App Store Rankings In China

It’s become hard to manipulate App Store rankings, with Apple increasingly stamping out contributions made by bots. But what if you have a huge bank of iPhones to make (seemingly) legitimate contributions?

Chinese Police Destroy 3083 Sets Of Fireworks, Creates Huge Explosion

Briefly: Last Sunday, Chinese police destroyed 3083 sets of fireworks creating a huge explosion in a controlled area of the province of Shenyang. As Shanghaiist reports those fireworks were “posing hazards to workers during the process of manufacturing, managing, transporting and storing.”

What It's Like Inside One Of The World's Largest Bitcoin Mines

Bitcoin mines are a lot like mineral mines: dark, dismal, and dangerous. Most people wouldn’t know this, though, since these facilities are tucked away in weird, remote corners of the globe. That said, Motherboard recently visited one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines in a remote corner of China and made a documentary about it.

This Mechanical Keyboard Is Secretly An Android Computer

Your keyboard is boring — it doesn’t do anything special or unique. You could change that: some crazy bastards in China have built a keyboard that’s secretly a quad-core Android PC.