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According to TMZ, this prototype iPhone 6 was smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China by an ex-employee who worked in the company's hardware department designing the outer casing for the new model. It's apparently running a test version of iOS, "which is SOP during the development stage for security purposes." The employee says the "phone is noticeably lighter ... and appears to have a new sensor on the front." Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an immensely talented guitar player that's younger than most.

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Xiamoi's Mi4 looks like the iPhone 5S, but it's far more powerful. For starters, it features a full HD 1080p 5" Sharp-sourced display and 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Despite Xiaomi handsets being only available in China and a few other emerging markets, the company's brand is already incredibly popular in that region. According to Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, a UK-based market research company, Xiaomi's gross sales totaled $5.4 billion in the first half of the year earning an overall market share of 21%, which surpasses Apple's market share of 16% and inching closer to Samsung's market share of 23%. Continue reading for more.

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At $145, this iPhone 6 knockoff, known as the Goophone i6, features a 4.7-inch (960x540 resolution) display, 2.4-GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 12.6 megapixel back camera, and a 2.4 megapixel front-facing camera. While it may appear to run iOS, rest assured that this is just a reskinned version of Android. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lion cub sneaking up on an unsuspecting dog.

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This past Thursday morning, a river in eastern China turned a shade of crimson red, which residents say reminds them of a blood-like color. China Radio International reports, "Local residents say the river was running normally at 4am, but it started to redden at around 6am, and in no time turned as crimson as blood. The villagers pointed out that there wasn't a chemical plant along the upper stream." Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how every park bench should work.

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Researchers have just discovered a new member of the Megaloptera on a mountain in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. This giant insect has a wingspan of 8.3 inches and can be found in or near a variety of wet environments including ponds, lakes and swamps. Don't let its mandibles fool you, they are not used for eating, but rather attracting females. Continue reading for the news report and more images.

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Limited to just 3 units worldwide, the €3.12-million (possibly much more expensive in China due to import taxes) Lamborghini Veneno has hit Beijing. It's powered by an Aventador-sourced 740bhp 6.5L V12. Car Zero, which was the vehicle on display at many shows, will be retained by the factory for the museum. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of one guy who managed to pour a beer with his forehead.

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Another week, another batch of strange knockoff products that actually exist and should be avoided at all costs, especially if someone on Craigslist tries to pull a bait and switch at night in a dark parking lot. First up, we have "Deats by Nani", which almost certainly pale in comparison to the real Beats By Dre. Others include: Kic Ker (Kit Kat), Tids (Tide), Michaelsoft Binbows (Microsoft Windows), and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Another month, another batch of bizarre product knockoffs that are actually being sold in stores (or entire store knockoffs). First up, we have yet another iPhone knockoff, and to make matters worse, this one isn't even a smartphone. Currently in Asia, there are near-exact clones of the iPhone 5S running Google Android. Continue reading for twenty more examples from around the world.

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Southwest Jiaotong University scientists in China have built a super-maglev train that can hit 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h), thanks to a vacuum that is used to minimize air resistance. Practical uses include military or space launch systems, says project lead Dr Deng Zigang. For those unfamiliar with the technology, maglev trains utilize electromagnetism for propulsion and to lift the train off a track for substantially reducing friction. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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If you thought standardized tests were nerve wracking, think again. China's National College Entrance Examinations, also known as the Gaokao, is the most important event for students in the country. Kotaku says that the "test is deemed so important that streets around testing locations have police guards, and people who cause noise during testing days can be fined." Continue reading to see five unusual gadgets students used to cheat on the exam.

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