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Alibaba has teamed up with Norinco, a Chinese arms manufacturer, to roll out global positioning services using China's homegrown alternative to GPS. The two companies have sunk roughly $310 million into a new joint venture that'll harness Beidou's navigation satellites to provide mapping data to l...

August 20th 2015 at 6:20am 0 Comments
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Now that China is comfortable letting drivers access Beidou to get around the middle kingdom, it's decided that everyone else should get easy access as well. Talking to Xinhua News, state official Yang Qiangwen said that it won't be long before the nation's made-at-home GPS is adopted by local sma...

April 3rd 2013 at 4:08am 0 Comments
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Store-bought clothes are the norm for most people, but there's always one kid at school whose parents insisted on hand-making everything they wore. In this labored metaphor, China's the overbearing matriarch, demanding its progeny adopt Beidou, its made-at-home GPS system to rival GPS, GLONASS and...

January 16th 2013 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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This might not be the $199 Tegra 3 tablet that NVIDIA's keen to see, but hey, a 999 yuan ($160) quad-core phone is just as impressive. Unveiled in China earlier today, this ZTE U950 smartphone packs a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 2,000mAh battery beneath the 4.3-i...

October 29th 2012 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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The Russians have GLONASS, and the EU will eventually have Galileo, so China's probably been feeling left out of the GPS party so far. Not for much longer though, as the switch for its home grown Beidou system has just been flicked on, providing location and timing data to its home turf. There ar...

December 27th 2011 at 11:28am 0 Comments