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BlackBerry Phone Knockoff

Most techies know that Barack Obama has been using a BlackBerry for years, but it may finally be about to call time on his relationship with his beloved BlackBerry for an Android smartphone. The special military unit responsible for handling White House communications is testing a batch of new handsets for use by government staff, possibly a Samsung Galaxy with beefed-up security to better cater for the U.S. president's phone and web-browsing needs. However, one Chinese company wants to lure the president back to the BlackBerry side with a clever knockoff named BlockBerry. Continue reading for more.

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Cube Home

It may be the same size as many dorm rooms, but don't let its cube design fool you. Inside this tiny wooden home is a kitchen, bathroom (with shower and toilet), loft sleeping area, and even a small study area as well. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny exam answers and fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most efficient way to peel an apple.

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Hou Weilin, a 29-year-old SWAT officer from the Chongqing Armed Police Corps, is getting married soon, but couldn't get time off for his wedding shoot due to his 24-hour on-call work schedule. So, he decided to ask the photographer to visit a SWAT training center for a non-traditional shoot. Hou put on his uniform, while the bride-to-be put on her wedding gown and veil, for a photo series both will remember for a lifetime. Continue reading for more images.

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Properly trained waiters are one of the keys to success for any restaurant, and now, robots are replacing humans by providing no nonsense service in Chinese restaurants and hotels. While humans eventually tire, these robots can carry trays of food steadily to diners all-day, and perform repetitive arm motions to 'cook'. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about China's strange robot restaurants.

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Photo credit: TMZ

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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Photo credit: Casey Chan

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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Photo credit: The Supercar Kids

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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