Soon You Can Sleep in This Fake Bavarian Castle in the Middle of China

China loves to counterfeit, and architecture is no exception. So it was no surprise when a massive, massive German-style castle popped up in the seaside city of Dalian. It's exciting, however, that Starwood Hotels has announced that it will open a giant hotel inside of it. » 5/22/14 2:40pm 5/22/14 2:40pm

Designer furniture is all too easy to knockoff—but Modern Ruins, a makeshift showroom by artist Stephanie Syjuco, makes art out of imitation. Each classic piece in her collection is made entirely from scavenged materials. These "shanty-life" reproductions look legit, but hint at the complex relationship between… » 2/04/14 4:55pm 2/04/14 4:55pm

North Korea's State Computers Run This Delightful Mac OS X Knockoff

At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the gray, rounded windows, the whole layout; it's Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain't OS X, it's Red Star, North Korea's state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like. » 2/04/14 12:40pm 2/04/14 12:40pm

China Is Building a Titanic Replica That Simulates the Disaster

From faked Austrian villages to cloned Russian jets, China's reputation for shameless counterfeiting is well-earned. Now, a Chinese firm has plans to build a replica of the Titanic and take visitors on a morbid ride that recreates the sinking of the original. » 1/13/14 1:20pm 1/13/14 1:20pm

Don't Buy Knockoff Prescription Drugs on Cyber Monday

Items directly related to life and death should not go on sale. Sure, the price of any product can be affected by market conditions, but you just don't want to be buying bungee jumping cords half off. You just don't. » 12/01/13 10:40am 12/01/13 10:40am

There's Already an iPad Mini Knockoff

From the makers of the iPhone 5 knock-off, comes an iPad Mini knock off just one day after Apple revealed its dwarfpad. Hilarious, but also not surprising considering how much we actually knew about the baby tablet. » 10/24/12 1:29pm 10/24/12 1:29pm

China's Already Knocking Off the iPhone 5

According to highly suspect rumors website, an industrious Chinese company has already copied the design for the iPhone 5—even before we officially know what the iPhone 5 looks like. Meet the Goophone i5, the bastard child of cobbled together rumors and unyielding ambition. » 8/28/12 3:47pm 8/28/12 3:47pm

Who Is This Fake iPhone Mini Air Conditioner Going To Fool?

It will certainly help keep you cool at work, but if you were hoping to fool your co-workers into thinking you've got the latest and greatest Apple hardware, think again. Not even a toddler would mistake this iPhone 'shaped' compact air conditioner for the real deal. » 5/28/12 10:00am 5/28/12 10:00am

This Silicone Rolex Watch Isn't Ashamed That It's an Incredibly Obvious…

Any random person on the street could easily spot Shelter Serra's silicone Rolex watches as being obvious knock-offs. But that's exactly their point. They're cool because they're so obviously fake—not only lacking the famous sweeping second hand, but any branded markings whatsoever. » 5/05/12 3:00pm 5/05/12 3:00pm

Knock-Off Neck Massager Soothes and Tears Your Hair Out

You probably don't need another reason to avoid buying cheap knock-off electronics on the street or eBay. But in case you were tempted by a surprisingly sweet deal on a neck massager, here's an important PSA to stay clear of them. » 4/21/12 6:00pm 4/21/12 6:00pm

Everything You Need to Live on the Cheap After the Tax Man Cometh

So you left filing your taxes until the last minute, and it turns out that instead of getting a nice fat check in the mail in the coming months, you owe Uncle Sam quite a bit of coin. » 4/17/12 4:20pm 4/17/12 4:20pm

This Fake Chinese Ikea Store Might Be Better Than the Real Ikea

After seeing the fake Apple Chinese store, I was pretty much prepared to see a knockoff store of anything. Who could they steal from next? Microsoft? Dell kiosks? 99-cent stores? Nope. Instead, they copied the pride (or bane) of Sweden: Ikea. » 8/10/11 4:20pm 8/10/11 4:20pm

Samsung Kills That Knock-Off Smart Cover Because They Would Never Copy…

Turns out, Samsung had nothing to do with the knockoff Smart Cover. According to them, the accessory maker that made it, Anymode, didn't receive official approval from Samsung to do so. And plus, Samsung would never steal from Apple. » 7/19/11 9:38am 7/19/11 9:38am

Minecraft for iPhone Briefly Appears, Then Disappears from iTunes

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of your cave, a new app puts the Java hit Minecraft on your iPad or iPhone. How did the developer do it? » 11/15/10 11:20am 11/15/10 11:20am

Can't Decide Between an iPhone and Palm Pre? Get Both—In One Phone!

Ok, so you'll have to import it from dodgy Chinese site M8Cool, but surely a gamble with your credit card security is worth the slight chance of getting a working Palm Pre, running iPhone OS? » 8/26/10 11:40am 8/26/10 11:40am

Adidas Sneaker Phone Must Be Really Fast

We're so conditioned to retching whenever we see a knock-off, that I did a doubletake when I clapped eyes on this Adidas sneaker phone. Want to know the coolest thing? It's a clamshell. In this case, that's cool. You'll see: » 8/11/10 8:40am 8/11/10 8:40am

Unsurprisingly, Chinese iPad Knockoffs Are Here

With the iPad still not available overseas and demand high, it's not too surprising that there are knockoffs available in Shenzhen already. And hey, this one has three USB ports! Better than the original, amirite? » 4/26/10 6:00pm 4/26/10 6:00pm

"Leady Apple" Phone Shows Off Chinese iPhone Knockoff Industry's Softer…

Is this yet another iPhone knockoff, a cosmetics mirror, or some super-secret prototype that proves Apple is getting into networked birth control case design? Shoot, how about all three? » 4/18/10 4:30pm 4/18/10 4:30pm

Apple Finally Gets Its Patent for That "iPhone" Thing

A design patent, to be exact, meaning: You can't make a brazen copy of the iPhone and iPod Touch's "ornamental design," or else you'll get sued to death. Of course, this isn't just about crude knockoffs. » 4/13/10 1:31pm 4/13/10 1:31pm