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For all the excitement and fanfare Tesla Motors enjoyed when it entered the Chinese market more than a year ago, the electric car manufacturer is fighting weak sales now. CEO Elon Musk has returned to China to help the company improve its image there and get sales back on track. At least part of the problem for Tesla in China has been a fear that customers have had in the United States: range anxiety, which is the worry that your car will run out of battery power before you can find an appropriate charger. While Tesla proved to Americans that they could easily charge their Tesla vehicles,... Read more...
WeChat users in China will have to keep stories of one-night stands to themselves. That's because China's Internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has posted new guidelines that prohibit sexual and otherwise vulgar content the popular messaging application owned by Tencent Holdings. Also out are stories of "wife-swapping, sexual abuse, and other harmful information." The same goes for explicit pictures and text, such as nude photos and erotic anime, all of which are now banned on WeChat. Users who ignore the ban will be subject to a one-week suspension the first time they're... Read more...
Flying high on the success of its iPhone trade-in program in the U.S., Apple is reportedly going to introduce a similar incentive in the China with the help of Foxconn. Beginning March 31, owners of older iPhone models will be able to trade their devices in at Apple Store locations in China and receive credit for the company's products.Apple isn't getting into the used phone business, though Foxconn is more than happy to purchase the traded-in models and flip them back to consumers who might not be interested in or able to afford a shiny new flagship model.As they're accustomed to doing, Apple... Read more...
Hot on the heels of its announcement that a Chinese tech company will be making Power8-style processors, IBM is taking further steps to publicly ally with China. IBM’s CEO and Chairperson Virginia Rometty attended the China Development Forum this week, where she discussed IBM’s stance on doing business with Chinese tech companies. “If you’re a country, as China is, of 1.3 billion people you would want an IT industry as well, Rometty said, according to Reuters. She went on to say that, where other companies might be frightened by the prospect, IBM considers it a “great opportunity.” (Image credit:... Read more...
Chinese gamers that have been anticipating the arrival of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console will only have to wait just a little bit longer. Sony officially announced today that the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will be available on Friday, March 20. Sony had originally settled on a January 11 launch date for its consoles, but was stymied by Chinese government. "The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date," said Sony spokeswoman Kaede Bun in early January. With things now firmly back on track, Chinese customers can expect to pay... Read more...
U.S. President Barack Obama is getting a little hot under the collar, and we’re not talking about the speech that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave this morning. Instead, President Obama is troubled over new regulations that are being proposed by the Chinese government, which would affect American tech companies that conduct business within China’s borders. President Obama is fearful that China’s plans — which include allowing the Chinese government to install security backdoors, requiring companies to hand over encryption keys, and keeping user data on Chinese soil — are an assault... Read more...
Will your next mobile device come from Huawei? Don't rule it out, even if you've never heard of the company. Huawei makes some downright sexy looking mobile devices, though its presence in the United States is limited, in part because of a House Intelligence Committee report in 2012 ago saying that Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE pose security threats to the U.S.Over two years removed from the report, Huawei plans to focus on the U.S. market and win over consumers by launching several new smartphones and wearable products stateside, which it will promote with a marketing push, according to... Read more...
China has banned several prominent technology brands from its approved purchase list, presumably because it fears that foreign companies are helping the U.S. government with its spying efforts. There are several well-known names on the list, including Apple, Intel, and Cisco, the latter of which is perhaps being hit the hardest by the ban. According to Reuters, Cisco had no less than 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Center's (CGPC) list in 2012, but they've all disappeared by the end of 2014. It's assumed that the ban on these and other products is in reaction to the disclosures... Read more...
Samsung's attempt to turn things around and boost its smartphone sales isn't getting much help from the Chinese market. Instead, Samsung has slipped to fifth place among China's top smartphone players, taking up the last spot before the catchall "Others" category, according to latest data compiled by International Data Corporation. The fall to fifth place was the result of "immense competition," particularly from Xiaomi and the other Chinese vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, IDC said. As a result, Samsung shipped 49.9 percent fewer smartphones... Read more...
Qualcomm managed to negotiate its way out of paying the full amount of what could have been a $1.6 billion fine in China over antitrust violations. Instead, China's National Development and Reform Commission imposed a record fine of $975 million, a figure Qualcomm agreed not to contest even though it's "disappointed" with how the investigation turned out. At the same time, Qualcomm said it's happy to have it done and over with. As part of the settlement, Qualcomm agreed to a number of terms and conditions mostly related to how it licenses technologies to companies in China. For example, Qualcomm... Read more...
Following a 14-month investigation into potential antitrust violations, Chinese regulators could fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm over 10 billion yuan, or $1.6 billion in U.S. currency. It would rank as China's largest antitrust penalty ever, though regulators and Qualcomm have been in discussions the past week and may reach a deal that would reduce the fine to $1 billion.According to Reuters, part of the deal includes Qualcomm taking a lower royalty rate on patents used in China -- it would reduce the amount by about a third of what it current takes. Qualcomm would also agree to change its licensing... Read more...
China is again tightening its grip on Internet access and policies (big surprise, right?), this time by issuing a ban on online accounts that impersonate people or organizations. China will also begin strictly enforcing a requirement that web users go by their real names, not nicknames, when registering for online accounts.Enforcing the latter is a difficult task, as China has found out in the past. Its efforts have seen limited success up to this point, though it's not clear how China plans to enforce the rule going forward compared to its current efforts.It's a daunting task when factoring in... Read more...
It should strike no one as a surprise at this point that the US and China have a bit of a strained relationship when it comes to trust. Both have accused each other of cyber offenses, and likewise, neither has much faith in the products it sources from the other. Post-Snowden, the situation has only become worse. That leads us to this point, where China is demanding that American companies that sell software products to Chinese banks must hand over their source code to be reviewed. And, it gets even better. China also wants these same companies to begin using Beijing-sanctioned algorithms in lieu... Read more...
Lenovo knows a thing or two about rising to the top. Just ask every other PC maker on the planet -- by volume, Lenovo is the top supplier of PCs around the world, sitting on top of HP, Dell, and every other player. Samsung and Apple should take note of this, as Lenovo is turning its attention to the mobile market and has its sights set on China. The company already has a mobile presence in China with its own branded devices, though with the $2.9 billion Motorola Mobility acquisition now complete, Lenovo is setting itself up to be a major force in the high-end handset market.... Read more...
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