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Beijing to Track Citizens' Cell Phones 'To Ease Traffic Congestion'

A savvy reader has informed Slashdot that the city of Beijing will soon begin tracking its citizens' cell phones -- ostensibly "to ease traffic congestion." According to the website of the Central People's Government, Beijing's cell phone-owning population (about 70-percent) will be tracked in real time as part of the project, which is called "Platform for Citizen Movement Information."...

Young Beijing Architect Lives in Mobile Egg House on Sidewalk

Acting on an impulse familiar to many young people these days, Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing, said to hell with high rents, and built himself a house. The six-foot-tall, solar-powered, egg-shaped abode is made of bamboo, wood and grass seed, and fits easily on a sidewalk. "The seeds will grow in the natural environment and it's cold-proof," Dai told China Daily. He then added tha...

China Plans Giant, Road-Straddling 'Buses' to Defeat Traffic

China thinks it may have a solution to its growing car and congestion problem: giant buses that straddle the road. Although calling these monstrosities "buses" seem misguided (as they run on tracks, and independently of other street traffic), it's obvious that they could greatly increase the speed and quality of your average Beijing commute. The shuttles arch over the road, allowing other vehicle...

Elaborate Fake ATM Found in Beijing

Users of an ATM outside a cigarette shop in Beijing were surprised to find that, shortly after dipping their bank cards into the kiosk, their accounts were emptied out. The ATM wasn't hacked, but rather completely fake. The full-sized device bore all the familiar trappings of an ATM, such as credit card logos and a cash slot, and was set up in an otherwise empty glass room in the corner of the bui...

Resistance Is Futile: Architectural Casemod Makes Us Swoon

We love it when the worlds of nerdiness and design collide. Compulsive case-modder Nick Falzone recently built this wooden mini-ITX mod dubbed Chiaroscuro, based on the Beijing Digital Building from the 2008 Olympic games. He lifted the circuit-like depressions from the facade of the building for the outside of his case, resulting in a modernized Borg cube form that glows from the inside. Two ...

Were Parts of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies Faked?

After all the drama leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Tibetan demonstrations, the censorship, and the bogus tickets, it seems some news organizations couldn't let the amazing opening ceremonies themselves pass without trying to stir up a little more drama. The show went off without a hitch on Friday night, but some are complaining now that one particularly impressive portion of the...

Olympics Opening Ceremonies Now Streaming Live Online

The 2008 Olympic Games are getting underway right this very moment. Yes, right now, even though your television listings say that all the action kicks off late tonight. You see, Beijing is a full 12-hours ahead of the eastern coast of the U.S., so while you're still sipping your morning cuppa here, thousands of folks are screaming in Bird Nest Stadium for their nation (or nations) of choice. Than...

International Olympic Committee Allows China to Censor Web

During the build-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics earlier this summer, it was revealed that China had plans to maintain its censorship of the Internet during the games, stepping away from earlier pledges of "complete freedom" of surfing for journalists. Now, with the Opening Ceremonies just over a week away, the full implications of censorship are becoming apparent as media arrive on the scene and ...