he Jobsehouse an 上海楼凤ir neighborhood were built

he Jobses’ house 上海楼凤and the others in their neighborhood were built by the real estate developer Joseph Eichler, whose company sp

awned more than eleven thousand homes in various California subdivisions between 1950 and 1974. Inspired by Frank

Lloyd Wright’s vision of simple modern homes for the American “everyman,” Eichler built inexpensive houses that featured floor-to-ceiling glass walls, open floor plans, e

xposed post-and-beam construction, concrete slab floors, and lots of sliding glass doors. “Eichler did a great thing,” Jobs said on one of our walks around the

neighborhood. “His houses were smart and cheap and good. They brought clean design and simple taste to lower-income people. They had awe

some little features, like radiant heating in the floors. You put carpet on them, and we had nice toasty floors when we were kids.”

Jobs said that his appreciation for Eichler homes instilled in him a passion for making nicely designed prod

ucts for the mass market. “I love it when you can bring really great design and simple capability to something that doesn’t cost much,” he

said as he pointed out the clean elegance of the houses. “It was the original

vision for Apple. That’s what we tried to do with the first Mac. That’s what we did with the iPod.”

Across the street from the Jobs family lived a man who had become successful as a real estate agent. “He w

asn’t that bright,” Jobs recalled, “but he seemed to be making a fortune. So my dad thought, ‘I can do that.’ He worked so hard, I

remember. He took these night classes, passed the license test, and got into real estate. Then the bottom fell out of the ma

rket.” As a result, the family found itself financially strapped for a year or so while Steve was in elementary school. His

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A spokesperson at Volkswagen China said SEAT is schedu

uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i

ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.

Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos

ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”

Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.

JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.

“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil

l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.

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The report said 12 countries announced their nationa

onal strategies on AI in 2018, including the US, Germany and the United Kingdo

m, and another 11 countries are in the process of drawing up their national AI strategies.

The report pointed out that the weakness of AI research in China lies in the insuffi

cient collaboration between universities and industries, while Israel and the US are ahead in this respect.

“AI research in China is largely limited within universities, result

ing in a low rate of technology transfer from research to commercial products,” Li said.

Wang Yingchun, director of Shanghai Science and Technology Development Res

earch Center, said technology diffusion has been taking places in the Yangtze River Delta.

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Special trains connecting Xinjiang with major tourist are

areas such as the cities of Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao will be launched during the coming summer vacation, which usually spans June to August.

In the second half of the year, more trains for tourists will go into operation, linking the region to the Guangdong-Hong K

ong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guiyang city in Guizhou province, and Guilin city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

Huang said more services will be provided on a regular basis on the trains, including karaoke, dining, bathing and internet.

Herder Ahmat Abla is considering returning to a livelihood abandoned by his people almost 100 years ago – fishing.

Ahmat currently grazes his sheep on a small pasture near the lower reaches of the T

arim River, China’s longest inland river. Once upon a time, there were dozens of dried-up

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Condolences flooded social media at the news of Pei’s passing.

Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of

Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas

ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem

embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.

“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t

he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und

erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.

“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla

ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co

mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and

the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin

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Health campaign targets lung diseasews the X-ray che

The National Health Commission will take steps to prevent new cas

es of a lung disease often associated with dusty occupations, a senior official said on Monday.

The campaign is “the most important and compelling work” the commission will conduct with several other ministries to curb

the development of pneumoconiosis, the commission’s vice-minister, Li Bin, said in a policy briefing.

Pneumoconiosis damages lungs and is caused by inhalation of differen

t kinds of dust. It is the No 1 occupational disease in China, mostly in the mining industry.

Pneumoconiosis accounts for about 90 percent of reported occupation

al diseases, according to the commission. And patients are getting younger.

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In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

one of the most popular items bought on e-commerce websites during the holiday period.

Leading e-commerce platform JD claimed that high-quality household items such

as home appliances, home building materials and cooking utensils, saw a sales uptick during the past few days.

Data from another online e-commerce firm Suning showed that sales of home appliances jumped 49 percent from the same

period in 2018, with air-conditioners, electric fans and televisions being the top sellers.

“This year’s May Day Holiday showed that people have stronger high-quality consump

tion demands, reflected not only in high-quality products but also in services,” said Zhao Ping, head of int

ernational commerce of the Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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The Maputo-Katembe Bridge, opened in November after

 four years of construction, is part of the Maputo Bridge and Link Roads project built by CRBC. It is 187 kilometers long and s

erves as an arterial highway that directly links Maputo to the border with South Africa, to the south.

CRBC mainly undertakes contracting, investment and infrastructure pro

jects, including roads, bridges, ports and railways, and has operations stretching ac

ross more than 60 countries and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

“China Road and Bridge Corporation has a wealth of experience in building bridges of the highest quality, including many brid

ges in China that presented even tougher challenges than the Maputo-Katembe Bridge,” Wang said.

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Developments in space plans announcedious types

China aims to place a scientific research station near the

moon’s south pole in about 10 years, as well as conduct other explor

ation missions using astronauts on the lunar surface, a senior space official said on Wednesday.

Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administrati

on, made the announcement at the opening ceremony of t

he 4th China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province. He did not elaborate on the plans.

He noted ongoing plans to launch the Chang’e 5 lunar probe later thi

s year to collect samples and return them to Earth an

d that Shaoshan, the hometown of Mao Zedong, will be one of the permanent storage centers for the lunar samples.

Zhang added that the country plans to launch its first probe to explore Mars next year.

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It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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