Man left bedridden after selling his kidney to buy an iphone and an ipad

A young man who sold one of his kidneys as a teenager on the black market in order to buy a new iPhone and iPad is now disabled.

According to recent reports on Chinese media the young man needs constant care after removing his kidney in an underground clinic.

The 25-year-old man, known by his surname Wang, had his kidney removed before selling it on the black market for 22,000 yuan (£2,528) in 2011 when he was just 17 years old.

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A kidney photo
A kidney photo

The teenager wanted an iPhone and iPad desperately in order to prove to his classmates that he was trendy, but his cash-strapped parents could not afford them.

His story shocked the country at the time, leading iPhones to be billed as ‘kidney machines’ by web users.

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In order to raise funds for his gadgets, the high school student found three middlemen on a Chinese online chatting platform QQ, who promised to help him realise his dream – but at the cost of one kidney.

To complete the transaction, Wang travelled from his hometown in the eastern Anhui Province – one of China’s poorest provinces – to the southern Hunan Province in April, 2011.

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He organised his travels secretly and neither of his parents was aware of his plan.

Upon his arrival, the middlemen introduced the boy to two surgeons, one surgeon’s assistant and one nurse, all of who worked at local hospitals and were moonlighting.

An operation soon took place at an uncertified clinic provided by one middleman to remove the right kidney from Wang, according to a report on at the time.

The kidney was then sold to a patient by the middlemen illegally and the recipient paid 150,000 yuan (£17,258) as well as $10,000 (£7,860) for the organ.

Wang was paid 22,000 yuan – 10 per cent of the total profit – while the middlemen kept the majority of the money.

The boy immediately bought an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 with the money before returning to Anhui Province.

His mother only discovered the situation when she saw him with his new digital products. She wondered where he had got the money and Wang told her he had sold his kidney.

His mother called the police.

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After the operation, Wang’s health quickly deteriorated. He suffered from renal deficiency and later became disabled, according to citing a report from local news site VOC.

In April 2012, nine people involved in the case including the three middlemen and two doctors were charged by public prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou where the operation took place.

The three middlemen were jailed for three to five years and the two doctors were jailed for three years each.

Wang’s family were given 1.47 million yuan (£169,000) as compensation, the court ruled in November 2012 as reported by Xiaoxiang Morning Post.

Seven years later after selling his kidney, Wang’s life has become extremely difficult.

The man, who used to be a good-looking 6ft3in teenager, has to lie in bed day in day out, relying on his family to look after him, reported Chinese website iFeng and Yahoo News in Taiwan.

He had to forsake his studies and was living on social benefits, the article said.

He is also said to suffer from renal failure and need regular dialysis.

Apple products were once the most desirable electronic gadgets in China, but were priced beyond the reach of many people in the country. The price for an iPhone is often the whole month’s salary of an office worker in a big city.

The Apple craze has slowed down significantly after products from several Chinese home-grown tech firms, such as Huawei, became popular. Huawei beat Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker last August.

Most recently, an anti-Apple phenomenon has been spotted in the country after the an executive of Huawei was last December arrested in Canada at the request of the United States.

Many Chinese companies have been reported to punish staff who wish to buy Apple products and reward those who use Huawei handsets.

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VIDEO: Furious Man Walks Into An Apple Store And Smashes Every iPhone In Sight

Customers at an Apple Store in France were left open-mouthed when a man strolled in and went on what can only be described as an iPhone-smashing rampage.

According to Mashable the incident happened at the world’s most valuable company’s Dijon branch, and the man – dressed in jeans and a hoodie and wearing a single glove – used a steel ball found in the bowling game pétanque to wreak havoc on thousands of pounds (or Euros, really) worth of gadgetry.

He begins smashing the phones one by one as staff tentatively attempt to stop him.

Then the guy, believed to be in his thirties, turns to the camera and begins shouting in French: “Apple is a company that violated European consumers’ rights.

“They refused to reimburse me, I told them ‘Give me my money back’. They said no. So you know what’s happening? This is happening!”

Watch the video below.

The iPhone Turns 8 years Old

Eight years ago the iPhone was born On June 29, 2007 the first batch was sold for $599 equivalent to sh. 59,000.

The first iPhone was 8GB it had no app store, no ability to send photos in texts, no video capability, no Siri.

The camera was two megapixels and you could only use the phone with a 2G connection.

Here is a video of the introduction of the first ever iPhone:

New phone case to power phones using air

Don’t we all feel a bit irritated when our phones run out of charge especially when we are busy or waiting for an important call? Well a new phone case has been developed that will use air to charge phones, but don’t be excited just yet especially if you don’t own an iPhone because you will not be able to use it.

Nikona Labs, who are producing the new case, have said that it can harvest 90 percent of the energy wasted by iPhones when connecting to WiFi/ Bluetooth and acquiring a network signal.

It’s set to go on Kickstarter later this month, where iPhone users can pre-order the device for $99 equivalent to sh 9,300.

According to their website, Nikola Technology efficiently converts RF signals like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE into DC power using its proprietary energy harvesting circuit.

The result is usable energy that can provide power to mobile devices wirelessly.


Jobs rejected Tim Cook’s liver: book

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook offered part of his liver for a transplant to Steve Jobs before the company co-founder died, but the offer was rejected, a new book states. The book said Jobs reacted angrily to the offer to help extend his life when he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” said Cook, according to the book, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” due to be released later this month by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. Cook quoted Jobs as saying, “I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.”

Jobs refused the offer even though Cook had the same rare blood type as Jobs and as a result would have been compatible, the book said. Because the liver can regenerate, a partial transplant from a living donor can often be successful.

Cook told the authors he was surprised by Jobs’s reaction to the liver offer, according to excerpts of the book released by the magazine Fast Company.

“Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” he said. “I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk.’

“Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them.”

The Apple co-founder later did receive a liver transplant in 2009. He died in October 2011 at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.

Apple Watch to include array of features to connect

Apple launched an assault on the fledgling wearable tech market Monday, unveiling a high-end smartwatch that offers new ways to stay connected and to track health and fitness.

The Apple Watch will be available in several major markets around the world from April 24, at a starting price of $349.

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology,” said chief executive Tim Cook, who spoke at a San Francisco media event.

Cook said “the most personal device we have ever created” can display a variety of faces ranging from a classic watch face to an animated Mickey Mouse.

Connecting wirelessly to a user’s iPhone, the watch is designed as a wrist device for messaging, calls and a variety of health apps.

An Apple statement described it as “an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion.”

Apple enters a market that already has a number of players, ranging from South Korean giants Samsung and LG, to Japan’s Sony and startups such as Pebble.

But analysts expect Apple to lift the market by integrating the watch with the iPhone and its software ecosystem, and its range of apps and sensors for health and fitness.

“It’s like having a coach on your wrist,” Cook said

For communication, Apple Watch offers a range of apps and can be used as a sort of wrist-radio from the Dick Tracy comics.

“With the built in speaker and microphone you can receive calls on your watch. I have been wanting to do this since I was five years old,” Cook said.

– Pay from the wrist –

The watch is integrated with Apple Pay’s mobile wallet and can be used to view pictures, monitor news and connect to social media.

The watch can use other apps ranging from Uber ride-sharing to music to home automation.

“Now it’s on your wrist, not in your pocket or your pocketbook,” Cook said.

“I think you’re going to be surprised at what developers can do when you unleash that community.”

Apple demonstrated using the watch to listen to music, with lyrics displayed on the watch face.

The company also demonstrated an app to open a garage door from afar to let in a family member who is locked out.

But one of the keys will be the health and fitness applications.

The watch has an accelerometer, a heart rate sensor and sensors for “a comprehensive picture of your all-day activity and workouts.”

It will prompt a user to get up and walk if sedentary too long.

– All-day battery –

Cook boated that the device will have “all-day battery life” — or some 18 hours.

Entry price will be $349 in the United States, with costs up to $1,049 for extra features.

A solid gold limited edition will be priced from $10,000.

Initially, it will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Britain and the United States.

Pre-orders will be taken from April 10.

Moor Insights and Strategy founder Patrick Moorhead, who attended the event, said “the secret weapon here is the ability to message each other by tapping on the watch, I think people, particularly kids, are going to go nuts over that.

“Apple has a big chance of success, and what that is going to do is set the bar for the experience that the entire smartwatch,” he added.

Jan Dawson at Jackdaw Research said Apple’s unveiling was “relatively unsurprising, with little new information other than price.”

Research firm Strategy Analytics predicts Apple will sell 15.4 million units worldwide in 2015, to give Apple a 55 percent market share.

More conservative, ABI Research expects Apple to ship 13.77 million units, just under 50 percent of the market.

At the event, Apple also unveiled a new Macbook laptop computer than weighs less than one kilo (two pounds), and a new initiative to use the iPhone to collect data for medical research, focusing on heart disease, diabetes, asthma, breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

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Apple post quarterly profits of £11.8 Billion

iPhone 6 helped Apple post the highest quarterly profits of ever made by a public company.

Record sales of iPhones were behind the surge in profits. Apple said it sold 74.5 million in the crucial holiday quarter including over Christmas, beating previous records.

Unlike the iPhones,  iPad continued to disappoint, falling by 18% in 2014 from a year earlier.

Apple’s revenue grew to £49.16bn in 2014 – a 30% increase from a year earlier.

However it was in China which saw the biggest explosion in sales with the Californian company raking in £10.5bn in 2014 – a 70% increase from a year earlier.

The iPhone launch in China results nearly match the entire sales figure for Europe which totalled £11.2bn.


Samsung is better than iPhone

Apple’s iPad mini and iPad 2 might be the top on people’s Christmas lists this year but when it comes to lasting past New Year, Samsung beat the iPhone  hands on.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S scored just 3.3 on breakability (on a scale of one to ten, with low numbers being better), compared to 4.4 for the iPad Mini and 6.1 for iPad 2.

The tests (seen in the video above) tested gadgets not just for fragility, but for how likely they were to slip out of your hands and how likely they were to survive an encounter with water.

Overall, smaller tablets are better when it comes to durability – Samsung’s 10-inch Tab S performed far worse than the smaller 8-inch model.


iPhone mini to be launched soon

A 4-inch version of the iPhone 6 is said to be in development as a replacement for the entry-level iPhone 5c.

The handset will be launched during 2015, according to Chinese rumour site, although there it’s unknown if the new model would be a scaled-down luxury phone or continue to act as the entry-level iPhone to Apple’s range.

If true, the move would be a return to creating smaller handsets following the runaway success of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, launched in September.

iPhones now account of 39.5 per cent of British smartphone sales, the Californian company’s highest ever UK market share, thanks to strong sales of the new models. The smaller 6 outsold the 6 plus by 4:1 across the U.K, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The two new handsets swiftly became Apple’s fastest-selling product to date, shifting more than 10 million units within three days. A return to manufacturing 4-inch handsets (the size of the current iPhone 5s and 5c models) would extend the iPhone 6 design across three differently sized phones.


Microsoft is free on iPhone and android

In a surprising announcement Microsoft said that it will let iPhone, iPad and Android users download and use its Office apps for free.

Users will be able to create and edit documents and store them online, just as they can do already for free via the company’s online apps.

It’s an odd move in some ways — Office for Windows, including its offline apps, is still charged at £5.99 equivalent to sh 540  a month for a personal account — but Microsoft said that the decision was just an extension of its existing mobile strategy.

Clearly it is betting that getting more people using Office is a net good – regardless of how much revenue it generates from day one.

“Anytime someone has an idea or an inspiration, we want to empower them to take action,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. “With over a billion Office customers worldwide, and over 40 million downloads on the iPad, it’s clear that Office applications are what people want to use to get things done.”

The Word, Excel and Power point apps are available for free now, on iPhone, and iPad, while a preview of the Android tablet app can be seen on their website.

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iPhone 6 crowned fastest mobile in the market beats Samsung’s Galaxy S5

It was the most eagerly anticipated handset launch this year, and now Apple’s iPhone 6 has been named the fastest on the market.

Independent researchers tested the processing speeds and performance of the latest phones from Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG. Processing speed determines how quickly the phones can open apps, play videos and games, multitask and more.

Apple’s iPhone 6 came out on top in Which? magazine’s poll, ahead of the firm’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S5.

Apple’s older iPhone 5S model came fourth, followed by the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The Sony Experia Z2 came in seventh place, ahead of the LG G3 and iPhone 5C.

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Apple says bent iPhones are ‘rare’

Apple has responded to claims that its new handsets are prone to bending by saying such damage would be “rare” during normal use.

Media outlets across the globe had reported that several iPhone 6 owners had complained of handsets becoming misshapen after being carried in trousers pockets without a case.

Several of the US firm’s rivals have also helped publicise the claims.

Apple said nine customers had told it their iPhone 6 Plus phones had bent.

In a statement the company noted that the handsets’ shells had been constructed out of “anodised aluminium, which is tempered for extra strength” and also featured stainless steel and titanium parts to reinforce the areas of the phones likely to experience the most stress.


Should The iPhone 6 Plus Be Able To Bend Like This?

The new iPhone 6 Plus can be severely bent with nothing more than a couple of bare hands, as seen in a new video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.

And no, it doesn’t automatically spring back into place afterward.

Of course, you shouldn’t try to purposefully bend a phone that you just spent thousands of shillings on.

But people have also been reporting that the newest iPhones are bending out of place without much effort at all.

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Technology adding pressure to texting conversations

Due to the advances in technology, we can now obsess over the context of communication.

Most phones will show you when the person you’re texting has read your text, and when the other person is typing out their message. This extra insight means that both text senders and receivers are suffering from texting anxiety, turning our conversations into tense back-and-forths with only the pretense of casualness. But the weight of expectations is nothing compared to the agony of those left waiting for a response. There’s the terrible feeling that the person is ignoring you.

A non-response to a read text can build up irrational levels of anxiety – especially if the receiver is a potential love interest. If you see someone frequently checking their phone for an “important work email” then there’s a decent chance that they’re actually glaring at the empty space below their last sent message. That empty space – worse than a spiteful rebuttal – can haunt lovesick texters long after the romantic liaison has ended.

Because unlike a painful conversation, an ignored message provides no answers, leaving texters to wallow in the agony of wondering if they made some faux pas. And if the unanswered message wasn’t agony enough, updates on whether a contact is typing out their response have added an extra layer of anxiety and deceit.

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Apple unveils iPhones, smartwatch and pay service

The iPhone 6 is officially here.Apple has unveiled its latest flagship smartphones: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California,Monday night.

The larger devices also translates into longer battery life. Apple is claiming that the iPhone 6 will boast 10 hours of standby time (the same as the iPhone 5 S), with the iPhone 6 Plus coming in at 16 hours.

For audio playback, the company is claiming 50 hours of battery life for the 6, and a whopping 80 hours for the 6 Plus (the iPhone 5 S is rated at 40 hours of battery life for audio playback.) The 6 Plus also includes optical image stabilization for its rear-facing camera to reduce blurring and produce crisper photos.

The new devices shoot 1080 p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second, along with Apple’s own slow-motion mode.

Both phones will also feature Apple’s new mobile payment system,Apple pay, which will let owners pay for goods and services with a tap on their touch screens.

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