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China Catches Smugglers Using Drones to Transport $80M Worth of iPhones From Hong Kong to Mainland

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A group of criminals in China were caught smuggling 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of refurbished iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, using drones connected via cables to transport the smartphones. Reported by the Legal Daily (via Reuters), customs officers in Shenzhen caught the group and ceased its illegal actions, arresting 26 total suspects in the process.

Photo by Liu Youzhi/Southern Metropolis Daily via Reuters

The group was using drones to fly two 660-foot cables between Hong Kong and the mainland as a method of transporting the iPhones. They typically operated after midnight and into the morning hours, and “only needed seconds” to transport small bags that held 10 iPhones or more using the cable-connected drones. In one night, they could reach a quota of as many as 15,000 iPhones transported.

According to a news conference held by the customs officers, this marks “the first case found in China that drones were being used in cross-border smuggling crimes.”

Shenzhen customs was quoted by the Legal Daily as saying it would closely monitor new types of smuggling with high-tech devices and enhance their capability with technical equipment, including drones and high-resolution monitors, to detect smuggling activity.

Drone regulations are said to be “an important task” for Chinese officials, with the government publishing a series of strict rules in 2017 after drones were found to be interfering with aircraft flight paths. Civilian drone owners are now required to register any drone “up to a certain weight” using their real names.

While using drones might be new, the act of individuals attempting to smuggle iPhones out of Hong Kong has certainly been around for years. In early 2015, a man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones into mainland China by strapping them onto his body and under his clothes. Smuggling operations pop up frequently because of higher import taxes, which cause the iPhones to be more expensive in the mainland than they are in Hong Kong.

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Upgrade Your Earbuds With ZaanU Headphones

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ZaanU Tech located in Washington DC have created a new set of headphones designed to be compatible with your earbuds allowing you to benefit from extra comfort while also experiencing “amazing sound”. If you are tired of earbuds falling out or simply going about your daily activities then the new ZaanU Headphones might be worth more investigation.

The development team at ZaanU explain more about the inspiration behind the unique headphones. “We didn’t want to create another typical headphone and argue over whose audio is better. Instead, we wanted a unique and dynamic headphone that focused on you. First, we decided not to add speakers, instead, we wanted to utilise what most everyone already has, earbuds. So we designed a specialised chamber that enhances the audio of earbuds, mainly those from Apple and Samsung due to their dual channel earbuds. We place the earbuds in a precise distance from your eardrums to truly experience all the nuances of the music, while capturing the bass channels and amplifying back to your ears.”

The ZaanU Headphones are now available to back via Kickstarter with early bird pledges available from just $35 or £25 allowing you to upgrade the sound from your earbuds easily and quickly. If all goes well and the Kickstarter campaign is successful backers can expect to start receiving their headphones during July 2018. For more information and full specifications jump over to the crowdfunding campaign page by following the link below.

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Avengers-Themed OnePlus 6 Could Cost $800

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Recently it was revealed that OnePlus is working on an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6. No word on how much it would cost, but if you were hoping that it would be priced like a OnePlus handset, you could be mistaken because according to reports out of China, the handset could cost around $800.

The report comes from MyDrivers (via PhoneArena) where they claim that the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 will be a limited edition handset that will be priced at $800. From what we know about the OnePlus 6’s pricing, at least based on the rumors, it is expected to cost a little over $500 for the base model, which means that $800 would be a huge premium over the regular version of the phone.

However none of this can be confirmed yet so it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt for now. In terms of what features the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 could sport, it’s really anyone’s guess but if it’s anything like OnePlus 5T Star Wars handset, we’re expecting an exclusive coat of paint along with some Avengers media like wallpapers, ringtones, and etc. preloaded onto the handset.

As it stands there is still no launch date for the OnePlus 6, but last we heard it could be launched on the 18th of May, a little under a month following the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie.

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Microsoft To Retire Enterprise Chat Apps For Windows Phone

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Microsoft’s efforts at bringing Windows onto mobile has been somewhat stagnant as of late, which is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft has recently announced that they will be ending support for some Windows Phone enterprise chat apps come 20th May 2018.

In an announcement on its support page, Microsoft writes, “Effective May 20, 2018, the Windows Phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer will be retired. Starting on that date, these apps will no longer be available for download from Microsoft Store, and Microsoft will no longer support them.”

Microsoft also made it a point to say that they are still supporting Windows 10 Mobile as a platform in general, it’s just that these apps will no longer be supported and that the company isn’t focused on building new features for the platform for now. They also point out that while support for these apps on Windows 10 Mobile will be coming to an end, that’s where it ends and that it will not affect those apps on other platforms.

According to Microsoft, “We will continue to invest in the Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer mobile apps for iOS and Android, and also in desktop apps for Windows and Mac.”

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