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Keen to stay with her belongings, a woman climbed into an X-ray machine

Security personnel operating X-ray machines at airports and other transport hubs have a hugely responsible job and need high levels of concentration as they carefully analyze the contents of each item passing through. And while most will see nothing particularly outstanding during a typical shift, there will be times when an object causes the operator to sit up and take notice. An object like … well … a human.

This is what appeared to happen at Dongguan Railway Station in southern China last weekend. As bags and other items passed through the X-ray machine, the operator suddenly noticed the unmistakeable shape of a person on the monitor, the BBC reported. The woman at the center of the incident had first placed her suitcase on the conveyor belt before walking through the scanner carrying her handbag.

Security insisted she put her handbag on the conveyor belt, too, but apparently keen to keep hold of it, she hopped onto the belt and disappeared into the machine. Clutching her bag. Looking like something out of a sci-fi movie, the woman can be seen in the X-ray image as she trundles along on the conveyor belt.

China’s state-run People’s Daily news outlet obtained a security video taken at the machine. It appears to show the moment a security officer told the woman put her handbag on the belt, and then cuts to footage of her emerging from the machine. The security officer can be seen laughing as she comes out.

The odd incident occurred during the Lunar New Year travel rush last weekend. It’s not clear if she was carrying something special inside her handbag, or if she was simply curious about what the inside of an X-ray machine looks like, though admittedly this seems unlikely. There’s also a chance that she mistook the instructions of the security officer, though again, this seems unlikely.

Some reports have suggested she may have had a large amount of cash inside the bag and so didn’t want to be separated from it even for a brief moment.

Many Chinese who work far from their home cities are known to take some of their earnings back with them on holiday visits.

Now, you yourself surely don’t need telling, but since the story went viral, staff at Dongguan train station have reportedly been advising passengers that it’s really not a good idea to take a ride on an X-ray machine as the radiation it emits is unlikely to do you any good.

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Mobile ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ games for China market look impressive

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Chinese game giant Tencent announced in November that it would be bringing a version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to mobile devices in China. It seemed like an impossible task given the game’s less-than-ideal performance on PC and Xbox One, but two separate games are now in their testing stage on the Chinese iOS and Android stores, and the footage we’ve seen has us hopeful they come to other regions. The first of the two offerings is called PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (some have translated it as “Thrilling Battlefield”), and it’s designed to emulate the basic structure of the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

You are dropped onto a giant map filled with 99 other players all looking to be the last one standing, and you can fully customize your character with many of the same tools available on the other versions. It includes first-person mode and third-person mode, and without the virtual buttons on the screen, it’s quite difficult to tell it apart from the PC version. Frankly, the framerate in the mobile game often looks better than it does on Xbox One X.

The other game is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Army Attack, and it’s a little bit different. In addition to containing naval battles, it has snappier combat that feels like it was designed with the platform in mind. Kills come quickly, and large hit markers help you to determine if you’re doing damage.

Like its sibling game, it runs at a buttery-smooth framerate on the iPhone X. So, which of the two has taken off in China? Actually, both of them have.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad revealed that the two games had 75 million players preregister, and they are currently first and second on the Chinese iOS download charts. Given the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ popularity on both PC and Xbox One, the latter of which already has 4 million players in just a few months, it appears the two mobile titles are certain t be a hit overseas. We’re hoping Tencent expands its vision for a global launch, as well as a version on the Nintendo Switch.

All we want is to eat a chicken dinner with the power of the Joy-Con controllers.

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To prove its SUVs are still the real deal, Land Rover sent one up 999 steps

Land Rover has started far from its origins. While it started out making basic utility vehicles, Land Rover now focuses more on cushy luxury models, and is making a push for electrification. So once in a while, Land Rover needs to remind people that it’s not just another automaker.

A Land Rover Range Rover Sport just climbed to Heaven’s Gate, a natural rock arch at the top of China’s Tianmen Mountain. Land Rover claims the Range Rover Sport is the first SUV to reach Heaven’s Gate. That isn’t surprising, considering that there isn’t really a road to this landmark.

The path to Heaven’s Gate is actually a staircase with 999 steps, and an incline of 45 degrees. We hope no people were trying to climb those steps when the Range Rover Sport came barreling through. Just getting to the steps required negotiating the 99 corners of Tianmen Mountain Road.

Also known as the “Dragon Road,” it stretches for 11.3 kilometers (7.0 miles). At the wheel was racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, who has a 24 Hours of Le Mans class win on his resume, and is currently a reserve driver for Jaguar’s Formula E race team. We’re not sure how relevant those experiences were to this particular driving challenge, though.

The vehicle used for this stunt was the new Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid model, and was completely stock, according to Land Rover, albeit with optional off-road tires. The P400e pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Together, they’re rated at 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

On flat ground, Land Rover claims the P400e will do 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Models like the P400e are the future of Land Rover. The automaker and its sibling Jaguar plan to offer a hybrid or electric powertrain in every vehicle they sell by 2020.

Anticipated stricter emissions standards are causing other automakers to make similar plans.

With stunts like this, Land Rover hopes to prove that its electrified models will offer the same performance as their predecessors.

Because even though no customer will likely ever drive their Range Rover Sport up a staircase, buyers want to know that they can.

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Xiaomi CEO vows more global expansion and renewed assault on China market

The founder and CEO of Chinese technology company Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has written an extensive, rousing open letter describing his plans for the company years. His grand strategy includes further global expansion and a major push back in China, where the intention is to retake the number one spot in the mobile market. Xiaomi hardware is available to buy in 70 countries around the world, which Jun describes as, “only the beginning,” and says he has seen “huge market opportunities” in places he has visited over the past year.

He specifically mentions India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, where Xiaomi products are already sold; but adds that there are many large parts of the world “waiting to open up” to Xiaomi. Jun says the company will support the development of more localized products, devote more resources to win over new global markets, and is prepared to increase the amount of Xiaomi staff dedicated to building international relationships. At the end of 2017 Xiaomi made an ambitious launch in Spain, where it opened official retail stores and began selling several phones and other products online.

This was viewed as a test case by many, examining how Xiaomi would perform with an official presence in a European country. Jun’s words do seem to indicate it has been successful. However, Xiaomi isn’t losing sight of the work it needs to do in China. “Only by winning in China can we win the world,” he writes, and has set a goal to retake the position of China’s number one mobile manufacturer in the next two-and-a-half years.

Which companies must it take on to achieve this? At the end of 2017 Xiaomi was fourth in China, behind Vivo, Oppo, and Huawei. Apple is also right behind Xiaomi, so Jun is giving his company a massive task; but it’s certainly well prepared.

Xiaomi has not only been number one before, but it’s currently ruling the market in India, and during the final three months of 2017, managed to increase its phone shipments around the world by 83 percent, while the top three only decreased.

Xiaomi has also been releasing some superb phones recently, including the Mi Mix 2 and the Mi A1, and there are rumors the company will hold its initial public offering (IPO) in 2018, which may explain Jun’s decision to publicly talk up the company to such an extent.

Regardless of intentions, it’s obvious Xiaomi is ready for a battle in China and around the world over the coming years.

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Apple teams up with Alipay to win over China

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Apple won a Chinese silver medal last year, with the iPhone 7 Plus being the second-highest selling phone in the populous nation in 2017. In 2018, though, the electronics giant is going for gold. In something of an uncharacteristic move, Apple is partnering with Ant Financial, an affiliated company of e-commerce giant Alibaba, to allow for customers to buy products in-store and online using Alipay, a payment system that competes with Apple Pay.

In exchange, the Alipay app will have a dedicated section for App Store purchases. Though services like PayPal and Alipay are useable on the App Store, iTunes and Apple Music, Ant Financial is touting this as the first time Apple has allowed for a third-party mobile payment method in its physical stores. China is a huge market for Apple, with £9.8 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone.

However, the company’s Chinese heyday came in the second quarter of 2015, in which it generated £16.8 billion. Meanwhile, China’s mobile payments transactions hit £9 trillion in 2016, with Alipay accounting for around 61.5 percent of those sales, an iResearch report said. “This is a classic case of ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,'” said Counterpoint research analyst Neil Shah. “This should definitely make users as well as overall government happy, as foreign brands start embracing popular localized services.”

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Apple has made many moves to woo the Chinese government, including opening up two data centres in the country, as well as local companies, such as its billion-dollar investment in ride hailer Didi Chuxing.

Originally posted Feb 7, 11:12 p.m.


Update, Feb 8, 3:16 a.m PT: Adds comment from Counterpoint analyst.