China’s first shared education satellite, Young Pioneer 1, carried by the Long March-2D rocket, was launched into space from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday afternoon.
The 3-kg CubeSat (100 * 100 * 340mm), Young Pioneer 1, enters an orbit of 502 km above the Earth. The rocket also carried Zhangheng 1, an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake data, and five other miniaturized satellites.
Young Pioneer 1 was manufactured and tested by Commsat, a Beijing-based private satellite company funded by the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
It will perform wireless storage and transmission of radio waves at UV frequency, space imaging and the verification of user links to the Internet of Things, said Xie Tao, founder and CEO of Commsat.
After in-orbit tests, Young Pioneer 1 will share its data resources with primary and secondary schools and other education institutions equipped with sub-stations in China. It will provide students with experiences like wireless communication and space photography, Xie said.
“Since our company is based in an industrial park for start-ups, Young Pioneer 1 could also be seen as China’s first satellite made in a warehouse,” Xie said.
When Max Wu came up with the idea of Vinci, a pair of smart headphones that had a fully functional Android operating system built-in, he “envisioned a computer that sits on your head.”
And the co-founder of the Beijing-based Inspero Inc. built and released just that last year: a set of bulky headphones that almost looked like it was sitting on the user’s head. While many reviewers — including myself — praised Vinci’s ability to stream music and offer AI voice assistant all without the need to tether to a phone, almost all of us found the device too big and cumbersome.
Wu noticed the consensus: “For the follow-up, it was important for us to shrink the form factor from the original.”
The sequel, named Vinci 2.0, is here. And it weighs 84 grams, a big drop from the 260 grams of the original. That’s because, as you can see from the image above, the 2.0s are earbuds instead of headphones. But despite shredding so much physical size, the 2.0 keeps every feature of the original plus offers a few more.
This means it is still a fully self-contained all-in-one headset. It can, as mentioned earlier, stream music from Spotify, Amazon or Soundcloud; track your heart rate and runs; offer not one but two voice assistants (Amazon’s Alexa, plus Inspero’s own Vinci) to do things like map search and navigation. And new this year is the active noise cancellation and use of bone conduction microphones which directs user voice commands to the Vinci in a more clear acoustic path.
Presented by OVH, the major player in the European cloud market, and URights, the global music copyright management system co-developed by Sacem and IBM, Midemlab finalists delivered their pitches today at Midem in front of an audience and jury of investors and potential partners.
Previous editions of Midemlab proved to be a valuable launchpad for many leading startups in the entertainment field such as SoundCloud, The Echo Nest, Kickstarter, BandPage, Songkick, Next Big Sound and Stagelink – to name a few.
Vinci won in the Experiential technologies – AR/VR, high resolution, IoT & hardware category
CMC Capital, a Chinese investment firm focused on the media and culture sector, and Chinese private equity firm HG Capital, have led a RMB180 million (US$26 million) series B round in Newrank, a Shanghai-based social media content monitoring and ranking start-up.
Fortune Capital also participated in the round, according to a company announcement.
“In the past few years, a large number of content start-ups and new media companies have been established because content distribution is being decentralized, and original content are becoming really innovative,” said Li Ruigang, chairman at CMC Capital. “Newrank is the leading platform in the new media market with its knowledge in data and social media. We are optimistic about the future of Newrank, and will support the company’s developments in data consulting, marketing, e-commerce and copyright distribution.”
Founded in 2014, Newrank provides ranking services for content published on Chinese media platforms, including WeChat official accounts and Weibo accounts, where users have turned to for content consumption.
The company currently monitors over ten million WeChat official accounts. As of February 2017, it oversees the daily activities of over 350,000 high-quality accounts, covering 20 sectors and 30 cities, the company claims.
Newrank also partners with a number of media platforms including social media platform Weibo, personalized news app Toutiao, video platform iQiyi.com and Youku Tudou and distribute its rankings and data.
The company previously raised a RMB20 million (US$2 million) series A round from SkyChee Ventures in 2015. Last year, it raised an undisclosed amount of series A+ round from Zhen Fund, Banyan Capital and Weiying Capital.
First, the issue of having to carry your device (cell phone/music player) in your pocket or on an arm band is resolved with Vinci’s internal storage, touchscreen interface, and independent data through mobile internet and/or Wifi. This is truly the first of it’s kind for a headphone as it does not require additional third party devices and can be controlled via Amazon Alexa based voice assistant. Of course, Bluetooth connectivity is also available for those that want to use their phone for more of a personal experience.
Beijing-based lifestyle holiday company Tsingpu Travel announced on March 20 that it has received RMB 200 million in its series A round funding. The round was backed by Sunshine Insurance Group’s investment arm, SkyChee Ventures and Satisde Capital.
Tsingpu Travel raised RMB 68 million in the 2015 angel round supported by Fengyun Capital, China Lodging Group and Heyi Capital.
In the meantime, Tsingpu Travel has become a “major shareholder and close partner” of Blossom Hotel Investment Management in Suzhou, operator of boutique hotel Blossom Hill, through a strategic investment.
Tsingpu Travel provides vacation service in scenic resorts and aims at becoming China’s largest cultural holiday operator. The company has built experience centers in popular travel destinations such as Yunan, Fujian and Zhejiang
FiFish is the first underwater drone for consumer market, It fulfills the demands of customers with desires of underwater exploration, and provides a brand new way for photographers, diving and water sport lovers, and underwater explorers.
As a convention recognized internationally, CES’s awards are considered as ” the Olympic awards in consumer electronic industry”. After last year’s debut, FiFish has another “intimate contact” with this industry this year.
In a move that is bringing new quality to the experience of internet radio and audio streaming, Mr. Dejun Zeng, the passionate radio technologist known as the “Father of the Tube Amplifier” in China, is expanding his company, Muzen Audio Group, to the United States.
The company is premiering in the U.S. at CES, where they are receiving a 2017 CES Innovation Award for their new AM/FM/internet radio and Bluetooth speaker product (the fifth CES Innovation Award to be received by Mr. Zeng). With its vintage design, the internet radio product serves as a bridge from the past to the future.
There’s a good chance your smartphone has more processing power than a 1985 Cray-2 Supercomputer. What it doesn’t have is a display big enough for a spreadsheet, or a keyboard good for more than cramped fumbling.
Enter the Superbook, currently available for $99 through a Kicksterter campaign. It looks like a slim laptop, but it doesn’t have its own storage or processor. Instead, it gets its power and data connection from your Android phone, via a simple USB cable and a free app. In addition to the keyboard and screen, the Smartbook has a battery, which will last 8 hours and actually charge your phone as you use it.
Together, a phone and the Smartbook are plenty for basic word processing, email, and web browsing—all most people really need.