China

  • Chinese Supercomputer Threatens Weaker American Computers

    A mainframe in China running a number of NVIDIA GPUs in parallel just hit 2.5 petaflops, a number that places it in the number one slot in the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers. The Chinese machine, called Tianhe-1A, looks like it will be the fastest supercomputer for at least six months and experts are suggesting that we could see the waning of the great American… Read More

  • Chinese Apple Store Open And Ready For Your Yuan

    In typical hyperbolic Apple style, the company has just announced the launch of Apple.com.cn, the Chinese hardware as well as the Chinese version of the “legendary” App Store (yes, they actually used “legendary.”) The store includes all the standard goodies like engraving and Mac customization. Read More

  • Video: Chinese Vending Machine Sells Live Crabs

    We have covered the one or the other obscure vending machine in the past, but this one’s a first: a vending machine that sells live crabs. This model is located in a subway station in Nanjing, China, and keeps the crabs at 5°C at all times. In other words, the crabs inside are alive, “hibernating” in a frozen state. Read More

  • Yet Another Chinese iPad Clone (But This One's Only $130)

    Here’s another China-produced iPad knockoff for your growing “iPad Knockoffs” sticker collection. It doesn’t have a name or anything fancy like that, but it does have a price: approximately $130. Read More

  • The iPhonc Looks Good, Until You See The Front

    The latest knock-off from China is the iPhonc – a curved back mobile phone that looks good up to a point. Details are non-existent, but you probably don’t want to buy this thing anyway. Read More

  • The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market

    The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market

    The third quarter IPO market is like looking at a Rorshach test: You can find data to support that liquidity is getting better or data to support that it’s getting worse. Here’s the reality check: There is an increase in deals– a big increase if you look at the first nine months of the year and compare it to the first nine months of 2009. And the pipeline is building: 67… Read More

  • Revo-Round: Bravely Saving China From the Square-Eye Menace

    In one of the most baffling moves I’ve ever seen in CE, a company named Revo-Round is creating a “roundtop” computer with a round screen and keyboard. Why? To “preserve the characteristic proud Asian look for future generations to come!” Yeah, you read that right. Square screens are causing Asians to lose their Epicanthic folds. Read More

  • Apple Forced To Temporarily Close Beijing Store To Ward Off Grey Market Re-sellers

    Here’s a fun story out of China, the home of fun stories. It’s also the home of, like, many, many grey market iPhone re-sellers. It used to be that Apple had a two-iPhone limit at its Beijing store. Used to be? Yes, Apple removed the limit, and then chaos ensued. Read More

  • The Surprising Religion of Jack Ma

    Jack Ma– CEO of The Alibaba Group and president of the Carol Bartz fan club— was on Charlie Rose this week, and while he didn’t offer any more insight into the Yahoo situation, he said a lot of interesting things. Ma is a force. He’s going at half-normal-speed in this video. I saw him speak at the World Economic Forum last week in Chinese and the translators… Read More

  • Internet Control Issues: It's Not Just China

    Internet Control Issues: It's Not Just China

    Fighting international cyber-terrorism isn’t easy, but it’s a mission on which we can all agree, right? Not so fast. Russia has been pushing a proposal in The United Nations agency for information technology, which describes the greatest cyber-threat not as hacking or stealing but as using the Internet to spread ideas that might undermine a country. Russia wants any such use of… Read More

  • Day One at Summer Davos: It’s all about the Soft Power

    Day One at Summer Davos: It’s all about the Soft Power

    “Summer Davos” is the World Economic Forum’s four-year old conference in China, titled “The Annual Meeting of the New Champions.” It’s all about the economic challenges and opportunities emerging markets. Wandering between panels where heads of multinationals, entrepreneurs, government officials and social entrepreneurs are talking about the Chinese… Read More

  • Bartz in a China Shop: Has Yahoo's CEO Wrecked the Valley’s Most Valuable Chinese Relationship?

    Bartz in a China Shop: Has Yahoo's CEO Wrecked the Valley’s Most Valuable Chinese Relationship?

    The Chinese aren’t exactly prone to emotional outbursts in front of Western reporters. In China, if you insult a business partner in the press, there’s likely a calculating reason behind it. Witness the latest volley by Alibaba.com’s CEO David Wei towards Yahoo, which owns 40% of the parent company for his Chinese ecommerce powerhouse. “Why do we need a financial… Read More

  • Is Google’s Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee’s Gain?

    Is Google’s Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee’s Gain?

    Former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, insists—insists—that he is not happy that Google imploded its business in China. “Seeing the work that I put in, how could I be happy to see that?” he says. In fact, in a press release all about his incubator’s companies being built on top of Android he doesn’t use the G-word once. “Given the pull out… Read More

  • Report: China Unicom To Sell iPhone 4 Starting Next Month, iPad Soon

    Telecom giant China Unicom, which exclusively carries the iPhone in China today, will be selling Apple’s iPad in the world’s largest mobile market starting very soon, an unnamed company insider told Chinese media company Caixin. That is in line with earlier reports, which foresaw an August launch for the tablet computer in China, although admittedly a definitive launch date for… Read More

  • Chinese Laptop-Maker Rips Off HP

    Our buddies at Shanzai found this great Chinese computer box containing a laptop made by Tenda that costs about $280 and runs a poky Atom processor. But if you were wandering the stalls at the computer bazaar, what would you notice: the sub-standard notebook or the excellent fake HP box? Read More

  • The Chinese Bus That Allows Traffic To Pass Underneath

    We learned yesterday of a new Chinese Future-Train that can travel at speeds of up 620 mph. It’s quite impressive, yes. Now we learn of the 3D Express Coach, a honest-to-goodness bus that has a hollowed out bottom that allows “regular” traffic to pass underneath. All the cool stuff’s in China these days. Read More

  • China Revving Up For The iPad

    Apple has just pushed the iPad through China Compulsory Certification by the China Quality Certification Center in, get this, China. This means the iPad will be landing on those misty shores sooner than later, although the 3G model may not arrive for some time. Read More

  • Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone


    China may overtake Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy this year. On its heels is India, and countries such as Brazil and Russia are not far behind. What does this mean for entrepreneurs? That, increasingly, the big opportunities lie outside the U.S. Most people aren’t aware of another advantage in emerging markets: you can freely leverage the wealth of proven… Read More

  • Is It Real, Or Is It A Bootleg Sony Vaio?

    It’s all pretty formulaic. “Company in China releases [knockoff product] that looks so much like the real thing.” See: iPed. Now: some Sony Vaio. Read More

  • China now the world's top energy consumer (but the U.S. has become more energy efficient)

    Is there a green movement in China? Maybe there ought to be, considering the numbers that have just come out. China is now the planet’s number one consumer of energy, overtaking the U.S. in the process. But at the same time, the U.S. has improved its energy efficient more so than China, meaning that the U.S. can get the same amount of work done while consuming less, say, coal or oil. Read More