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Chinese Students Hiding Cell Phones in Oxford Dictionary Covers

Posted: 09/24/2014 3:45 pm

oxford faux dictionary cellphone coverGenerations of counterfeit culture have culminated in this.

China has come up with the perfect way to disguise a cellphone for use during class: use a faux cell phone cover that looks exactly like an Oxford pocket dictionary, reports Southern Daily.

oxford faux dictionary cellphone cover

What’s lost on these students is… does anyone use an actual printed dictionary anymore?

oxford faux dictionary cellphone cover

Netizens provide their comments on this new product:

This can only be used during English class.

Do you take your teacher for an idiot? While the teacher is giving his lesson on the podium, you’ve got either a cell phone or a dictionary in your hands. It’s so obvious at with one glance.

Gosh, now I want one too!

Not a bad idea.

Hee hee, and now I know. [nefarious.emoji]

Young people will be ruined by cell phones! It’s like a drug!

Bad influence

Whatever the motivation was of the people that designed this, this remains a disappointment.

Previously, student would have to dig out a hole in a real dictionary to hide their phones in. [laugh.emoji]

oxford faux dictionary cellphone coveroxford faux dictionary cellphone coverUnfortunately, using a dictionary cover to wrap around your phone will make it much harder to take selfies in mirrors, so it could be that carrying around a fabrication of a dictionary may prove to be a good influence in the end.

oxford faux dictionary cellphone coverPhotos: Southern Daily, Guangzhou Daily


Explosion On Shenzhen Metro Line 4 Caused by External Smartphone Battery

Posted: 05/8/2014 4:20 pm

A subway train had to stop suddenly and passengers evacuated after a fire broke out at the rear of a train on Line 4 of the Shenzhen Metro, reports the Shenzhen Evening Report.

The incident occurred at 11:33am, and suspended subway service from Lianhua North Station to Futian Checkpoint, affecting transfer stations along Lines 1, 2 and 3.

A source with the firefighters on the scene confirmed the fire as the result of an explosion originating from a external battery charger for a cell phone.

No injuries were reported. Trains resumed normal operations as of 12:24pm.

Cheap aftermarket batteries seem like a bargain in comparison to the high cost of smartphones that keep rolling out with new models every year. However, the savings may be hazardous as shown on numerous occasions.

An iPhone 5 user in Thailand said his phone exploded while taking a call. Kirsten Zastrow reported the Anker replacement battery in her Nexus S phone exploded when recharging it at night. Wu Jiantong fell into a coma after being shocked by his iPhone4, while Ma Ailun complained she received an electric shock when taking a call while her phone was charging.

Always answer when opportunity knocks, but use caution when receiving incoming calls.

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Knock-off mobile phone makers run into trouble in Shenzhen

Posted: 03/9/2011 6:00 am

The prices of mobile phones are going down faster than a beer at a frat house, and that is causing problems for some of China’s “no name” brand phones. Huaqiangbei is famous for being ground zero for mobile phones in Shenzhen, but declining prices on legitimate brands such as Nokia and Samsung are putting the squeeze on manufacturers. The Shenzhen Daily reports there are 3,000 manufacturers of knock-off (more commonly known as shanzhai) mobile phones in the Huaqiangbei area, and sales are down 12% already this year.

Phone buyers now have higher requirements in looking for mobile phones, and more buyers are buying branded phones plus around 300 new brands of registered mobile phones are released in the market since last year. For a unbranded mobile phone maker to release a new model the need to invest around one million yuan. Investing in making new mobile phones will help maintain their market share of unbranded phones but with a risk of bankruptcy if it doesn’t sell well.

This risk have forced companies to go out of business, and many said the knockoff mobile phone industry should undergo restructuring. With newer and intense market competition will surely out phase manufacturers, while those with a strong research and development ability will stay a little longer.

In nearby Hong Kong, some Nokia-branded phones are being given away with the purchase of other electronic items, underscoring how far their value has plummeted in recent years.

As bleak as the picture seems for knock-off mobile phone makers, Huaqiangbei, at last check, still had a vast selection of devices. So no need to panic…. yet.

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