China

  • Skype President: "I SRY FR SPYING ON U, CHNA!"

    TOM, Skype’s local partner in China, was censoring and tracking Skype chats, flagging conversations that could have been embarassing to the ruling junta. Originally, TOM filtered by keyword and threw out objectionable material – a good comprimise – but now it seems TOM was also storing and reporting bad messages to certain Communist Parties. Not so good. They also discovered… Read More

  • Hong Kong gets unlocked iPhones for $794


    MacNN is reporting that Hong Kong Apple Stores are selling unlocked iPhones for $692 for the 8GB and $794 for the 16GB. This directly contradicts reports that mainland China will get a gimped up iPhone later this month but Hong Kong has always been an odd place. Notably, iPhones in the region can be “activated with any wireless carrier,” according to Apple, and require only that… Read More

  • China's ZTE ships 100 millionth handset



    If I managed to ship 100 million anything, I’d call it a day and go lay around on a beach somewhere. I don’t care if it’s 100 million pasta noodles; once you break the 9 digit wall, you’ve done some good. ZTE, China’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, has leaped past that hurdle, announcing this morning that they’ve shipped their 100 millionth… Read More

  • Chinese iPhone 3G: No 3G, no Wi-Fi, will make you hungry for another iPhone 30 minutes later


    This might as well be the Chinese iPhone
    According to the South China Morning Post, an analyst, Calvin Huang, is reporting that the iPhone 3G will ship in China without W-CDMA and Wi-Fi. The report states simply that both functions will be turned off, W-CDMA because the carrier will be using TD-SCDMA, a Chinas 3G standard and Wi-Fi because they want the phone to suck. I’d suggest… Read More

  • China's ZTE ships 100 millionth handset

    If I managed to ship 100 million anything, I’d call it a day and go lay around on a beach somewhere. I don’t care if it’s 100 million pasta noodles; once you break the 9 digit wall, you’ve done some good. ZTE, China’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, has leaped past that hurdle, announcing this morning that they’ve shipped their 100 millionth… Read More

  • China: Office 2007 price drops 70% to combat piracy

    In the war against software piracy, it seems that the rule is: If you can’t beat ‘em, lower the price to almost nothing and hope to make at least a little bit of money. Such is the case in China, where last year’s software piracy rate was over 80% according to the Financial Times. In the hopes of actually selling some stuff over there, Microsoft has lowered the price of… Read More

  • China blocks access to iTunes because of pro-Tibet album

    The Great Firewall of China strikes again! Chinese authorities have blocked access to iTunes because several Olympic athletes downloaded a pro-Tibet album. As an ignorant American, how China handles its business re: Tibet isn’t any of my concern, but blocking iTunes while the Olympics are still ongoing seems unsophisticated to me. Why play into the perception that you’re a… Read More

  • Olympics: Fireworks faked during opening ceremony

    This isn’t soooo bad, I suppose, but apparently about 55 seconds of the opening ceremony for the Olympics this year was rendered as computer-generated imagery, or CGI as we like to call it 95% of the time. While I was all set to slam my broken-hearted fist down on my desk, screaming “How could you?!! You bastards!!!”, it turns out that the part that was computer generated… Read More

  • Big Brother takes taxi to Beijing Olympics

    Just add it to the list. Hotel rooms, offices, residencies and now taxi cabs. Visitors to China will be closely watched, monitored and recorded. As the U.S. State Department has said: All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations. Microphones have been installed in most of Beijing’s 70,000 cabs. Integrated with GPS, the… Read More

  • Some guy: Go naked to the Beijing Olympics


    David Rice, an expert in the process of creating hysterical hype that is attractive to second-tier Washington, DC newspapers run by the Moonies, states that the Chinese will steal your crap and leave you for dead unless you buy a new, disposable camera, cellphone, and laptop. In short, he believes that the Chinese intend to spy on every single tourist in the country and the only way to… Read More

  • China opens Internet a crack


    After more pressuring China has, again, agreed to open the Internet for the press during the Olympics. After getting an earful from journalists arriving in Beijing to find the Internet not open, as previously promised, the International Olympic Committee exerted some pressure on the government, which once again promised to open the Internet and allow the press to report freely on the… Read More

  • The US beats Japan in patent application filing for the first time since 1963, becomes world' No. 1

    Photo credit: Pam Roth The World Intellectual Property Organization reports Japan dropped to second place worldwide in terms of patent application filing in 2006, giving up the pole position to the US for the first time in 43 years.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office received a total of 425,966 of patent applications. Japan’s Patent Office trailed with 408,674 filings. Read More

  • Pools and computers usually don’t mix, but China wants to change that

    If this product from China can really do what they say it can, it could make working from in the pool a reality. Not that I would want to work while I was relaxing in the pool but I still would be nice to be able to check if I got an impotent email from the boss man. So far the only information about this product is written in Chinese so I was not able to get any real details on it. By looking… Read More

  • Ancient Chinese technology said to spark Renaissance

    According to a new book, it was a Chinese ambassador that sparked the Renaissance. Gavin Menzies, a British amateur historian, claims that a 1434 Chinese fleet voyage included encyclopedias of unknown technology to Italy. The material was presented to Pope Eugenius IV and the rest was history… on not. By comparing pre-1430 Chinese books with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous illustrations… Read More

  • China says space is the place

    With sights set on a 2015 target completion date, the state-owned Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) announced their goal of expanding their aerospace industry. Currently the agency has four scientific research and production bases, and the new goal is to double that number by building bases in Tianjin, Inner Mongolia and Hainan. (We’ll just have to wait for Google Earth… Read More

  • Chinese anti-gun campaign backfires on reporters


    Reporters attending a press conference on the success of the police department’s anti-gun campaign were accidentally shot when a confiscated gun went off in an officer’s hand. One reporter needed surgery, while two others suffered minor injuries from the homemade gun. The press conference, in the Chinese city of Nanchong, was to promote the department’s campaign against… Read More

  • Apple capitulating on revenue sharing to get iPhone into China

    Bad news for Apple. Although a deal with China Mobile to get the iPhone available to the biggest untapped mobile market in the world will be nice, their margins are going to be as thin as the skin on their teeth. China Mobile spokesperson Rainie Lei: “Apple is no longer insisting on a revenue-sharing policy, so the biggest hurdle for China Mobile to bring in the iPhone has been… Read More

  • Jackie Chan wants Segway to manufacture in China, Segway doesn't think so

    Did anyone know that Jackie Chan is the owner of a Segway dealership in Hong Kong? Me either. The action superstar is hoping that Segway will allow the scooters to be assembled in China to help drive down the costs, which would in turn drive sales. The Segway currently retails for $10,000 in China and that’s double what we here in the US would pay. However, Segway doesn’t want any… Read More

  • China's hackers could have caused East Coast blackout… not!


    Well how’s this for a Die Hard scenario: Chinese hackers are believed to control some of the electric power grids and may have caused blackouts in Florida and on the East Coast. How, you ask? Spyware! Using “slurping” software, Chinese counterintelligence has grabbed data from businessmen. But wait, there’s more! Kevin Poulsen calls the story bogus and so would I if… Read More

  • Chinese gamer girl detained over YouTubed remarks regarding earthquake victims

    So let’s say your country has a huge natural disaster, like an earthquake, that kills thousands and thousands of your citizens. Your fairly repressive government mandates a three-day mourning period, which includes a few hours of your favorite games being offline. Do you: A) Contemplate life and realize you’re lucky to be alive? B) Quietly find something else to do during the… Read More