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China’s first private WiFi satellite meets public

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:46 AM

 

WiFi satellite | CCTV via REUTERS

China’s first private WiFi satellite met the public in Shanghai on Tuesday.

The satellite “LinkSure No.1,” independently developed by LinkSure Network, a Shanghai-based mobile internet unicorn company specializing in free internet access, will be launched into space together with the Long March rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China in 2019.

The company also launched its satellite network program — “LinkSure Swarm Constellation System,” which aims to provide free satellite network around the globe in 2026.

Compared with the already existing networks, the system will be more helpful for areas that are uncovered by Internet.

“There are still many places in the world still uncovered by the Internet. According to information released by the United Nations last year, 3.9 billion users had no access to the Internet by the end of 2017. The Earth has many different terrains like ocean or dessert, where Internet infrastructure cannot be constructed, so we got the idea of developing such satellites,” said Wang Jingying, CEO of LinkSure Networks.

The system plans to launch the first 10 WiFi satellites in 2020. The entire system, consisting of 272 satellites of different orbits at different heights, will finally cover the whole world.

Wang said it is costly to launch so many satellites, but what the LinkSure Networks eyes is the broad application prospect of the system in communication, navigation, environment monitoring and other areas.

“Such a satellite plan is actually very costly in the early stage. Our own budget is three billion yuan (about 431 million U.S. dollars). We believe it will pay off, with many scenes, many applications and different modes,” said Wang.

Wang’s view was echoed by Huang Zhicheng, an aerospace technology expert.

“Aerospace programs have high risks and need big investment. Programs that you can see return in three to five years are very few. So patience is very important,” said Huang. — Reuters

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Chinese bamboo weaving master makes bamboo QR code

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:29 AM


Bamboo weaving master Xie Shiyang weaving QR code in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, east China | Reuters

For most Chinese, QR codes are symbol of modern technology achievement, but in the eye of a bamboo weaving master, it is just another item that can be made with bamboo strips.

In east China’s Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, 65-year-old bamboo weaving mater Xie Shiyang managed to blend the centuries-long traditional skill with modern technology. In his hands, a QR code is not generated by a software, but by his bamboo strips.

“Our county’s ancient village preservation and development office first brought up the idea of bamboo QR code. They wanted to develop creative cultural products with bamboos for a rural revitalization forum. They asked if we can make bamboo QR code. So we began to try in October 2018,” said Zhang Qingming, director of a localart craft factory.

The experiment was not smooth at first, though. QR codes usually have complicated patterns so it requires different sizes of bamboo strips to be weaved together to depict the lines, dots and cubes. After half a month’s effort, Xie made the first bamboo QR code.

Now Xie needs three hours on average to complete a bamboo QR code and had received orders from many companies.

“Although bamboo QR codes may not have high economic interests, it can let more people know about our traditional bamboo weaving skills and value our skills. Now many schools and kindergartens in our county have expressed their willingness to know more about bamboo weaving,” said Zhang. — Reuters

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Girl rescued after falling into panda enclosure in southwest China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:27 AM

Pandas approaching girl as security guard trying to pull her out of Panda enclosure in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China on February 9, 2019 | CCTV via Reuters

A young girl was rescued after falling into a panda enclosure in southwest China, state media reported on Sunday (February 10).

State broadcaster CCTV showed video of a security guard first trying to rescue the girl in red with a stick, then leaning through a gap to hold the girl’s hand and pull her out as pandas were approaching with no apparent attempt to attack human.

The incident took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Saturday (February 9), CCTV said.

The girl was not injured and the cause of the incident was still under investigation, it added. — Reuters

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Chinese ancient towns revive ancient way of celebrating Spring Festival

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:24 AM

Aerial shot of dragon dance in Bozhou City, Anhui Province, east China on January 28, 2019 | Reuters

Ancient towns in east China are immersed in a festive atmosphere as the Chinese Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is only a week to go.

In the centuries-old city of Bozhou in east China’s Anhui Province, 18 streets of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1912) have completed their makeover to relive their former glory, with not only festive delicacies but also all kinds of non-tangible cultural heritage objects on display, such as paper-cuts and traditional Chinese food.

The five-animal exercises or Wuqinxi in Chinese, invented by Hua Tuo, one of the greatest doctors more than 1,800 years ago, is now popular among people in the city, just like square dances.

In the Ancient Town of Anchang in Zhejiang Province, which has a history dated back the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC), people are busy preparing preserved meat for the coming new year. All kinds of preserved meat and fish are now hung along the streets, creating a unique landscape.

The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year. — Reuters

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