China

  • Pardon my Engrish: RicT-007 AVRA

    Here’s a perfect companion to your Lolex watch and Mike shoe collection: the RicT-007 AVRA. It is basically a craptacular Motorola AURA clone. And when I mean craptacular, I mean aside from the looks, it is utter trash. Just look at the specs. Read More

  • Chinese man killed by exploding cellphone; a few helpful tips

    Make sure to say “I love you, honey” after hanging up on your wife today. You know why? Because if what happened to a man in China happens to you, you’ll be as dead as Colin Quinn’s career. The man was killed last week—I guess news trickles slowly out of China—when his cellphone exploded, breaking an artery in his neck. Ouch. Read More

  • China's Internet censorship getting more and more sophisticated

    Looks like China is working extra hard to prevent its citizens from freely expressing their opinions online. We’re on the good side of the Great Wall, so none of this affects us here per se, but it’s always fun to explore China’s Internet censorship. Read More

  • China licensing Western 3G standards

    Because of numerous delays, China has had trouble rolling out 3G on its TD-SCDMA cellular standard. Now they are allowing construction of CDMA 2000 and WCDMA networks, North American 3G and European/Asian 3G respectively. Read More

  • Nokia 6208c phone features pen-based input

    Nokia, the world’s most ubiquitous cell phone company, is showing off the new 6208c phone in China, which sports a pen for easy input of Chinese characters. Read More

  • Nokia 6208c phone features pen-based input

    Nokia, the world’s most ubiquitous cell phone company, is showing off the new 6208c phone in China, which sports a pen for easy input of Chinese characters. Read More

  • Your finger’s all sweaty, you been drinking tonight?

    A couple of grad students in China have developed a method for testing someone’s blood alcohol level directly from a middle finger. The system consists of a small box mounted inside of a car, connected to the vehicle’s ignition. A would-be motorist sticks his or her swear finger into the box for twenty seconds and the system first checks the fingerprint to identify the driver and… Read More

  • China's i6 Goal Android phone uses Wi-Fi in lieu of 3G

    This is the i6-Goal, an Android cellphone created by Chinese firm TechFaith Wireless and QIGI. Like all Android phones, it lets you browse the Web, watch dumb YouTube videos, send email, etc. Presumably it also makes and receives phone calls. There’s no 3G here (which is par for the course in China), with the Wi-Fi connection providing the speedy Internet connection. She also lacks a… Read More

  • Nokia gives up Japan (almost), will possibly focus more on China and India

    Nokia, the world’s leading mobile phone maker, announced it would stop selling and marketing its handsets in Japan because the market share remained flat over too many years (hovering at around 1% vs. around 38% worldwide). One of Nokia’s vice presidents said: “In the current global economic climate, we have concluded that the continuation of our investment in… Read More

  • MS: China not important due to piracy

    Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft doesn’t find China “important” due to its government’s lack of support in fighting software piracy. Although China is a huge market, Microsoft products can be found across the country – and online – for pennies and/or free. “China’s not really very important to our business right now,” Mr Ballmer said. Read More

  • Video: E-Waste in China, a toxic industry

    http://current.com/e/76355482/en_US Current has, in its Naked China series of videos, this interesting but scary breakdown of just what happens to all those old PCs, printers, and DVD players that are obsoleted every year and binned. In a place like China, where manual labor is their most abundant natural resource, it isn’t hard to turn a profit from tearing down imported e-waste and… Read More