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Despite being able to buy unlocked iPhones in many cities at third party importers, it seems that there will be no official iPhone for China at this time.  This could be the product of putting a partially government owned telecom in the same room with a reportedly stubborn electronics dealer and expecting them to hammer out an agreement.The net result is no formal agreement, but those that want iPhones can still buy illegally unlocked ones without any trouble.  Apple is losing out on at least some form of revenue sharing to an audience of consumers that is larger than the entire U.S. Population.“China Mobile remained cool in its response about the split, with a spokeswoman merely stating,... Read more...
It appears that the Apple iPhone is so in such high demand around the world that even China Mobile may be trying to get in on the action.It should be easy to make incredible sales numbers in China, especially with the rapidly growing middle-class in China.  Perhaps brisk iPhone sales might even encourage Apple to open up stores on the mainland where currently several local players are selling imported Apple products at a severe markup.“China Mobile Ltd. is in talks with Apple Inc. about bringing the iPhone to China, but no agreement has been reached yet, the telecom's chief executive said Tuesday.The companies still need to iron out their differences over revenue sharing, Wang Jianzhou told... Read more...
Yahoo has been embroiled in a lawsuit over information it gave the Chinese government regarding several Chinese dissedents.  Last week it took a huge amount of criticism at a Congressional hearing.  Today it settled that case.No details have been given of the settlement but Yahoo will be covering legal costs.The case alleged that Yahoo had provided information to the Chinese government that had then been used to prosecute the dissidents.Yahoo said it had to comply with Chinese laws to operate in the country.A statement released by the World Organization for Human Rights USA, which brought the case, said Yahoo had decided to settle the case following criticism at a US Congressional hearing... Read more...
Doing business internationally always comes with compromises and tough choices, even more so when a company decides to open shop in a country as unique as China.Yahoo was put in the unenviable position of either turning over confidential records that could help convict or refusing on the grounds of privacy laws which may not even apply in China and risk losing their investments in that country.Yahoo chose the former and it appears that they're not being raked over the coals for it, strangely enough, on Capitol Hill.  Here's what lawmakers had to say:"While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies," Rep. Tom Lantos (D., Calif.), who called the hearing on Capitol... Read more...
At least, unlike the Hannah Montana fiasco, the servers just crashed rather than end users getting the shaft.Ticket sales for the Games were halted after demand proved to be far too much for the database to handle. The ticketing database could supposedly process 150,000 transactions an hour, but in just the first hour, the Games' site had 8 million hits, its hotline had 3.8 million calls, and 200,000 orders were taken from customers.Originally, the Olympics organizers had planned to sell tickets in three phases. Of the 7 million tickets available, 1.6 million were allocated in the first phase, through a lottery earlier in the year. The second phase - which was intended to be a first-come, first-served... Read more...
No, we (China) really, really don't want you to hear anything about the Dalai Lama.  Or so that's the theory behind search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search being redirected to Baidu.Various reports indicate that YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search are all being redirected to Baidu, in a possible move to block out news of the Dalai Lama's receipt of the Congressional Gold Medal.Such a move would not be surprising, considering China has already done something similar in the past. In 2002, it redirected Google surfers away from the site ahead of the Communist Party Congress meetings.In what should surprise no one, there's been no comment from Chinese authorities.... Read more...
In what should probably be a surprise to none, China hosts nearly half of all the world's malware sites.  The U.S. places a distant second (but we are trying harder, right?).  What's more surprising is the daily number of newly detected malware sites. According to a report released Monday by antivirus company Sophos, China--including Hong Kong--hosted 44.8 percent of the world's infected sites in August. The U.S. ranked a distant second, hosting 20.8 percent of sites that contain malicious code.The number of infected Web pages has also grown. Sophos said it detected an average of 5,000 new infected pages each day in the month of August. Once again, protection, protection, protection... Read more...
Today Hi-Tech Wealth Inc., a Chinese company at the forefront of consumer sales and marketing of well-known digital mobile devices, launched the world’s first commercial solar-powered mobile phone, which they call the S116. The S116 integrates Hi-Tech Wealth’s trusted and famous information security technology, a 1.3 MP camera, and supports a T-Flash card. Its advanced technology is protected by 20 patents filed in China. “When exposed to direct sunlight for 60 minutes, the S116 battery allows for 40 minutes of talk time.” Moreover, even in weak lighting conditions such as on overcast days, with indoor lighting, or with candle light, the S116 is able to extract enough energy to charge its... Read more...
We know what you're thinking. "it's about time somebody stepped up with this idea".  We couldn't agree more but just think of all those poor unsuspecting cheesy mall vendor cart retailers that might get put out of business with the complete lack of inventory selection.  Can I get an ahmen? "SHANGHAI — China will start to enforce a compulsory universal cell phone charger standard this month. Some see it as a benefit, while others are grumbling that it will add cost and cause hassles in the supply chain. All cell phones designed after June 14 must adopt the universal charger interface, based on USB, otherwise they will not be approved for sale in China, according to the Ministry... Read more...
Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China Fab 68 in Dalian is $2.5 Billion Investment BEIJING, March 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China. "China is our fastest-growing major market and we believe it's critical that we invest in markets that will provide for future growth to better serve our customers," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.... Read more...
In reaction to the rising number of Chinese youth addicted to the internet, many new centers have opened to help treat these addiction such as The Internet Addiction Treatment Center in China's Daxing county. Half boot-camp and half rehab center, the center uses military discipline coupled with therapy to help treat teens and their addictive cyber-surfing ways. Rehabilitation centers are not the only step China is taking to stop internet addiction, the Chinese government is also cracking down on violent video games as well as restricting the opening of new internet cafes. Combining sympathy with discipline, a military-style boot camp near Beijing is at the front-line of China's... Read more...
Mozilla, the company that brings you the internet browser Firefox, has targeted China as a big opportunity to preach its open source sermon. They've decided to open an office in Beijing. China's the second largest pool of internet users in the world, after the US. In China, stricter government rules on piracy and expensive software licences might encourage more consumers to turn to open-source technology, industry watchers say. Ever keen to develop home-grown technology, Beijing is also working on its own computer operating system and third-generation wireless standard, as well as its answer to the open-source movement -- state-backed... Read more...
According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated to cost Intel roughly $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion USD. Just several years ago, a full plant would cost Intel nearly $5 billion. Intel already has an established presence throughout China, making the new 65nm plant its third major operation in the country. Shanghai and Chengdu are two locations where Intel branches staff roughly 6,000 employees. CNET's... Read more...
Now this is interesting.  We've seen this coming for a long while here in the US, at least those of us that pay attention to such things relative to the world economy.  It seems as though, after years and years of prosperity as the worlds foremost manufacturing super-power, China or more specifically Chinese workers are no longer the most cost efficient workforce to employ.  "Made In China" may go the way of "Made In The USA", someday soon... "China has become a victim of its own success," sighs Peter Tan, president and managing director of Flextronics in Asia. He finds it especially hard to hire and retain technical staff, ranging from finance directors... Read more...
AMD EXPANDS CHINA OPERATIONS WITH OPENING OF NEW SHANGHAI RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Largest AMD Center for Platform Innovation Outside the U.S. to Support Worldwide Customers and Technology Partners in the Design and Validation of Next-Generation AMD-powered Systems- SHANGHAI, CHINA - Aug. 22, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially opened the Shanghai Research and Development Center (SRDC), a multi-million dollar research and development facility driving next-generation AMD processor-powered platform innovation through increased technology partner and customer collaboration. Initially, the SRDC's engineering staff will focus on the development of AMD's next-generation mobile... Read more...
The debate over how to ethically handle China's internet censorship carried on in Congress today, as major tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, and Google were brought in for questioning. While the argument over internet freedoms is only about as old as the internet, the debate on Business vs. ethics, and where do draw the line is nothing new. "Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications and public affairs for Google, said Google's decision to censor its Chinese Internet search engine was "not something we did enthusiastically or something we're proud of at all. ... We have begun a path that we believe will ultimately... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB ringing in the weekend with the Friday morning news.  It's funny, since I've relocated to North Carolina and decided to work from home, weekends and holidays don't mean so much anymore.  I used to look forward to the weekend, and long weekends like Memorial Day, and now it really doesn't matter anymore.  Takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Well, enough of my babble, let's get this show on the road: Review of the Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for the iPod @ WhiningDog.net: "With the TuneDok in place, the iPod looks right at home inside your car. Granted the wires coming out of your iPod do appear to be a bit unsightly but... Read more...
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