China

  • iPed: A bootleg iPad grows in China

    The iPed? Well that’s fine then. If it had been iPid, well, then I would have thrown a fit—that’s my idea! It’s in China, of course. You know, the land of bootleg electronics. Read More

  • Hi Lux Pico Projector phone for $174? OK, I'll bite

    This Chinese phone is trying desperately to look like a Vertu but features one of the most massive pico projectors I’ve ever seen. The NCBC 888 phone with a built in pico projector takes media on a mobile phone to the next level. Anyone who has ever had to stare at a smallish screen (even if it is up to 4 inches) knows that after a while there eyes will begin to tire. Not with the… Read More

  • Computer virus mucks up Russia-China border crossing

    This isn’t the best time to be a traveler. Europe is still fighting plumes of volcanic ash—FC Barcelona had to take a bus from Barcelona to Milan for tomorrow’s game against Inter!—and now there’s word that a computer virus has wrecked a Russia-China border crossing. Some 2,000 Russians visiting the Chinese city of Heihe found themselves stranded when the… Read More

  • Microsoft in hot water over China factory conditions

    Yet another scandal coming out of China relating to its factories. Last time it was Apple that got in trouble, now it’s Microsoft. An undercover investigation, carried out by the National Labor Committee over a period of three years, discovered that several factories there, including ones used by Microsoft to produce things like webcams and mice, were treating their workers like garbage. Read More

  • Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China, Part 2

    Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government’s SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Cornell University. Adam’s writings can be found on his blog at… Read More

  • Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China


    Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government’s SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Cornell University. Adam’s writings can be found on his blog at… Read More

  • Sorry, China's 3D TVs are no less expensive

    Incoming, Chinese 3D TVs! A couple of Chinese manufacturers have announced details of their very own 3D TVs. There’s really nothing too crazy, so I don’t even know why I’m mentioning it. Oh, yes: trying to avoid talking about that… thing. Read More

  • Chinese Censors Turn Up The Heat On Google

    When Google shut down its Chinese search operations and moved them to Hong Kong, it placed its search results outside the so-called Great Chinese Firewall. China immediately started blocking politically sensitive search queries, just as it does for all Web content outside the firewall. That was a week ago. But reports are coming out of China today that censors are turning up the heat on… Read More

  • The $65 Creation Tech netbook. You know it's going to be great!

    I’m not sure how useful this will be, but it sounds interesting. Chinese manufacturer Creation Tech is selling a 7 inch ultra mobile PC for $65. The specs aren’t very impressive, but for that kind of money what do you expect? Read More

  • China has every right to be upset with Google right now

    Here’s a story I simply do not understand. Yes, we all know that Google has pulled out of mainland China, choosing to redirect all Chinese traffic through its uncensored Hong Kong hub. What I don’t understand is, what gives Google the right to flout a country’s laws, no matter how “bad” they may seem? China doesn’t want its citizens to read up on… Read More

  • China Calls Google's Bluff, Blocks "Certain Sensitive Queries" From Hong Kong Site

    China Calls Google's Bluff, Blocks "Certain Sensitive Queries" From Hong Kong Site

    The Chinese government is definitely not pleased with Google right now. In response to Google’s decision yesterday to stop self-censoring its search engine and other sites in China by redirecting them to its site in Hong Kong, China is now censoring some search queries itself. A Google spokesperson confirms to us “it seems that certain sensitive queries are being blocked. However… Read More

  • Even more cheap Android tablet computers

    Today seems to be the day of cheap Android tablets, and while I doubt we’ll ever see any of these in the U.S. they are worth mentioning. These particular tablets are produced in China by HiVision, a company not exactly known around the world. That could change however, because these little (7-inch) tablets look to be selling for around $100 each. Read More

  • Shock! Apple admits it uses factories that employ children

    It seems that quite a few children were discovered working in the factories where they assemble Apple products and components. Why this would come as a surprise to anyone is beyond me. Did people think Apple had a special brushed-aluminum facility surrounded by parks and fountains, where volunteer workers happily put together iPads just for the chance to be part of something magical? No, Apple… Read More

  • Shanzaistudios.com: The next big thing in China is "socialist" production

    The guys behind Shanzai.com – a blog covering the very best in China and Indian shanzai products – are taking the world of shanzai online with a new crowdsourcing site called Shanzaistudios.com Basically, its your standard crowdsourcing model or better yet “Social Production” – the site puts up a product they can manufacture in China and everyone visiting the… Read More

  • U.S. authorities identify Chinese hacker partly responsible for Google attacks

    The Chinese hacker saga continues, with some pretty huge news having emerged in the past few hours. U.S. authorities have identified, so they think, the sole person responsible for the underlying code used on attacks on Google and others. He’s a “freelance security consultant” in his 30s, and he was able to take down almighty Google by exploiting a previously unknown hole… Read More

  • Trying to track down those Chinese hackers

    More news from that China hacking deal. Investigators have tracked the attacks that befell Google and other victims to two schools in China, one of which has ties to the Chinese military. Whether or not this was an officially sanctioned series of attacks, or merely a couple of comp-sci students testing out their skills, clearly nobody knows. That’s the beauty of these hacks… Read More

  • In English-Crazy China, 8D World Teaches Kids To Speak In Virtual Worlds; Lands A Deal With CCTV

    In English-Crazy China, 8D World Teaches Kids To Speak In Virtual Worlds; Lands A Deal With CCTV

    In China, learning spoken English is giving rise to a huge and growing market. For instance, in addition to English classes in public schools, parents send their children to about 50,000 for-profit training schools around the country, where English is the most popular subject. Instead of American Idol, on CCTV, the national government-owned TV network, they have the Star of Outlook… Read More

  • Panasonic No. 1 in global patent applications in 2009, US takes top spot in country ranking

    It lost the top spot in 2008, but in 2009, Panasonic submitted the most international patent applications (according to a preliminary report released by the World Intellectual Property Organization on Monday). Panasonic filed a total of 1,891 applications, topping the 1,847 of major Chinese telecommunications equipment producer Huawei Technologies (which was the No. 1 in 2008). Read More

  • Corning invests heavily into China's LCD market

    Corning Inc. is betting that big that LCD’s popularity will exploded over in China. It recently announced plans to build a $400 million to $700 million glass-melting plant within China under the forecast that the country will see a 70% growth in the LCD TV market. Corning probably knows what its doing, too. After all, the company is responsible for 60% of the world’s LCD glass. Read More

  • Cell phone has built in cigarette lighter. In other news, I have officially seen it all.

    Straight out of China comes “The Machismo!” – billed as “the world’s hottest cigarette lighter mobile phone.” Does that mean there’s more than one? Like, are there other, lesser, not-as-hot cell phones with built-in cigarette lighters? Nothing would surprise me after seeing this. Read More