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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-08-20 16:54

Bulletproof backpacks [Photo/IC]

>Bulletproof backpacks

With every mass shooting in the US comes renewed fear of another.

It's a fear particularly potent among parents of young children and especially now, days away from the start of the school year.

Instead of letting their children choose a plastic backpack covered in Hello Kitty or Spider-Man, some parents are purchasing bags that double as shields in case kids get caught in gunfire.

Companies like Guard Dog Security, Bullet Blocker and TuffyPacks designed bulletproof backpacks to quell those concerns.

The retailers said backpack sales spike during the back-to-school season, and all three said they saw a significant uptick in the aftermath of mass shootings.


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>Anti-sex toilets to be built

A Welsh seaside town plans to install public toilets with measures to prevent people having sex inside.

Porthcawl, on Wales' southern coast, plans to replace its public toilets with models that include a squealing alarm, the doors shooting open, and a chilly spray of water.

The toilets will cost Porthcawl Town Council £170,000, while users will pay an as yet undetermined fee to access them.

Movement sensors inside the toilets will respond to "violent" activity, while weight sensors will be installed to detect the entrance of more than one person, triggering the deterrent measures.

The toilets have also been designed to prevent rough sleepers taking shelter inside: If a user remains in the toilet for too long, a warning message will play, while the lights and heating will switch off.



>Phone users install 56 apps

China's smartphone owners installed 56 apps on average in the second quarter this year as the number of people using the mobile internet reached 1.134 billion by the end of June, according to a report by Aurora Mobile, a leading mobile developer service provider in China.

Mobile phone users spent 4.7 hours with various apps per day on average, with instant messaging apps the most popular software in the first half of the year, followed by short video apps, said the report.

It also showed people spent less time on news apps since the second quarter, down about 1.1 percentage points from the previous quarter.

Growth was registered in time spent on shopping mall apps, surpassing the time used in online reading.

Among entertainment apps, users spent most of their time on online videos.



>Gun found in FedEx parcel

Police in Fuzhou, Fujian province, said on Sunday they had seized a handgun found in a FedEx parcel and launched an investigation into the case.

The parcel, carried by the US express delivery service provider, was shipped to a sporting goods company in Fujian from an American client, according to a statement released by the public security bureau of the city's Jin'an district on its Sina Weibo account.

The gun was discovered in the package and seized by Fuzhou police, the statement said without releasing further details of the contents of the parcel.


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