Fake Sick Leave Certificates Target Soccer Fans
   2014-06-05 21:17:24    Xinhua      Web Editor: һ


 

CHINA NEWS SERVICE

China Set to Adopt Smart Transport Technology

China's Ministry of Transport has announced a guideline to adopt an intelligent public transport system to improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion.

The ministry said real-time information should be easily accessible via websites, electronic boards, apps and hotlines.

Citizens are also encouraged to make suggestions, comments and complaints about public transport services.

In future, citizens waiting for buses will be able to use their smartphones to find out updated arrival times, and also whether buses are jammed with passengers.

Beijing has already launched an app that provides real-time departure and arrival information for 125 of the 1,000 or more bus routes in the city.

NATURE CULTURE DAILY

Fake Sick Leave Certificates Target Soccer Fans

Some online shops have started to sell sick leave certificates for those who want to burn the midnight oil watching live Brazil World Cup games.

Most of the matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which starts on June 13, will start at midnight Beijing time. And many Chinese fans who watch the games may feel too tired for work the next day.

The online shops are selling sick leave certificates priced from 10 yuan to 300 yuan that purport to have been issued by doctors in hospitals.

The certificates can excuse the fans' absence from work to rest at home after watching the games.

Law experts said that those who make, sell or use such sick leave certificates are breaking the law and will be punished.

CHANNEL NEWS ASIA

More Than Half the Mobile Phones in SEA are Smartphones: Research

Smartphone sales continue to grow in South-East Asia.

Market research company GFK says 18 million units were sold in the first three months of this year.

The volume of smartphone sales grew 43 per cent in the first quarter over the same period last year.

The company says a mix of Chinese and local brands have penetrated into the smartphone markets of emerging economies.

Those brands are usually very attractively priced to appeal to the low-end segment, managing to convert those consumers who cannot afford the premium phones."

The report noted that smartphones priced lower than 100 US dollars turned in the strongest growth, accounting for some one third of the overall sales value in the first quarter.

BBC

Softbank Unveils 'Human-Like' Robot Pepper

Japanese firm Softbank has unveiled a robot called Pepper, which it says can read human emotions.

It uses an "emotional engine" and a cloud-based artificial intelligence system that allows it to analyse gestures, expressions and voice tones.

The firm said people could communicate with it "just like they would with friends and family".

It can also perform various tasks.

It will go on sale to the public next year for,930 US dollars.

Softbank said it planned to subsequently station Pepper at more of its stores nationwide.

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