China

  • Apple sells only 5,000 official iPhones in China

    Not that this should surprise anyone, but Apple has sold only 5,000 iPhones since last week when it officially launched. The phrase “officially launched” is key, since people there have been able to buy the iPhone on the gray market for some time now. And it’s a superior phone on the grey market, since the official phone doesn’t have Wi-Fi. That’s right: a… Read More

  • World of Worldcraft in China: The story that never ceases to befuddle

    Clearly nobody has any idea what’s going on in China regarding World of Warcraft. The rules over there are such that Blizzard just can’t open up shop, but has to contract a local company to run the game for Chinese users. Fair enough, and Blizzard has contracted NetEase to do such a thing. The problem is that NetEase keeps running into problems getting the game’s expansion… Read More

  • The iPhone launches in China today, seems to arouse little interest (pictures from Beijing) [UPDATE]

    Japan went crazy over the iPhone when it made its debut in summer last year, but China as another big Asian market for Apple seems to react differently. The iPhone officially launched in China today, offered by China Unicom, one the country’s three big cell phone carriers. But our friends over at major Chinese news portal 163.com are reporting [Google machine translation] that not too… Read More

  • From The 3G Industry Summit In Kunshan, China: 16 Demos From Chinese Mobile Startups


    Earlier this week, I was in Kunshan, China, to attend the 3G Industry Summit [CN], a four-day event that has attracted a few dozen speakers and an audience of over 200 people, making it one of the biggest of its kind in this country. The annual event is organized by the Kunshan government and Mobile 2.0 Forum, a communication platform with more than 1,500 members, almost single-handedly run… Read More

  • Healthcare Reform, Chinese Startup Style

    BEIJING, CHINA– Give Yan Zhang (left) credit for honesty. You ask most expats about life in China and they talk up building bridges, mixing with the locals and their valuable expertise in building government contacts. When I asked Zhang about his expat life over breakfast he looked at me and said, “You do feel a little guilty about this life, because it can feel… Read More

  • BYD's Incredibly Sensible House of the Future

    SHENZHEN, CHINA– One of my very early posts for TechCrunch referenced the “futurism” of 1950s Americana, where companies like Monsanto and Disney played out dreamy visions of a new automated way of living that never quite came true. I’m writing this post from Shenzhen, in Southern China—a place whose jaw-droppingly impractical-yet-beautiful architecture and… Read More

  • Why Kai-Fu Lee Turned Down Steve Jobs (And Is Still Cool with That)

    BEIJING, CHINA– Kai-Fu Lee may have left his post as president of Google China, but he didn’t go very far. While still president he learned that Google was going to give up some of its space at Beijing’s Tsinghua Science Park. He called the landlord and told him he’d take as much as he’d give him. And now he’s in the next office on the same floor, hoping… Read More

  • World of Warcraft is back in China~!

    Chinese gamers can once again feel the joy of buying an epic on the Auction House for 100G, then selling it for 300G to some sap. Yes, World of Warcraft is officially, 100 percent back in China. This is clearly huge news that’s totally worth your time of day. Read More

  • MacBook Air lookalike is more netbook-y but only costs $250

    Oh wow, take a look at that MacBook Ai—hey, that’s not a MacBook Air! It’s a $250 netbook from China! That’s actually not too bad of a deal, considering that the machine has a 12.1-inch 1366×768 display, weighs just under three pounds, and is less than an inch thick. Read More

  • Apple finally enters the world's biggest mobile market: China to get the iPhone in October

    Major Chinese news portal 163.com is reporting [Google machine translation] that Apple has finally signed a deal with China Unicom to bring the iPhone 3G to mainland China in October. This is huge news for Apple, which is now to enter a market with around 700 million mobile phone users, the biggest in the world (US: around 270 million). Following months of negotiations between Apple and… Read More

  • Give this phone to someone you love, then run away


    China knows how to make products. It’s not enough to make this bastard gold-plated – they added flowers! The 999 is $120 from eemobi.cn and has a “gravity sensor” (SENSOR POSITION: DOWN!), a 2.6-inch display, and 1.3-megapixel camera. It also has “7 common games.” Read More

  • Dell just unveiled its China-only smartphone "Mini 3i" (updated with better pictures)

    TechCrunch first broke the news about Dell releasing a smartphone exclusively for the Chinese market eight days ago. Some pieces of information on the so-called Mini 3i leaked a few days after, and today the Android device finally saw the light of day during a China Mobile event in Beijing (China Mobile is the world’s biggest phone carrier and distributes the phone in that country). Read More

  • China scales down controversial web filtering plans

    (Relatively) good news from China for the World Wide Web as a whole today: The government today announced it will (partially) back down over its controversial internet monitoring filter software “Green Dam Youth Escort”. As a reminder, the software is supposed to protect Chinese web users from harmful content, especially from online porn, and was to be made mandatory with all… Read More

  • World of Warcraft is back in China, but censored (cue ominous music)

    Rest easy, friends, since the World of Warcraft-in-China saga has come to an end. Yes, the game is now up and running once again. Unfortunately, I guess, there’s a bit of censorship to contend with. Read More

  • Chinese Internet addict beaten to death by camp counselors

    Another day, another death in China by overzealous personnel. A boy of 16 was beaten to death at an “Internet Addiction” camp when adult counselers became agitated and beat him during treatment. The “camp” is currently closed and the local government is investigating the occurrence. The WSJ is reporting that there is currently a country-wide debate about the true meaning… Read More

  • Chinese iPhone to sell 1 million units first year

    iPhonAsia has some information on China’s exciting WiFi-crippled iPhone. The device will cost less than the smuggled, grey-market iPhones currently available in China and will include special apps for the Chinese consumer. Considering Apple and China’s track record these last few weeks I wonder how much good will Apple last left in the land of the violent Foxconn security team. Read More

  • In China: Acer, Lenovo and Asustek voluntarily ship PCs with filtering software

    Green Dam, a filtering software that’s supposed to protect China’s population from harmful content (and can be called a piece of garbage on more than one level), seems to trigger anticipatory obedience (you could also call it business sense, I guess) within some PC companies. Even though the Chinese government postponed its plans to make the software mandatory with all PC shipments… Read More

  • Phew: World of Warcraft on track for China return

    This could well be the biggest news on Planet Earth today. World of Warcraft is coming back to China, nearly two months after having been knocked offline because of a content dispute. Fox News Alert! Read More

  • On the apparent Apple suicide


    Every once in a while you get a story so strange and horrible that it takes a while to sink in. I’m talking about the suicide of a Foxconn employee who was caught doing something with an “iPhone prototype” and jumped out of the window. Matt wrote: So the story goes that a 25-year-old man at Foxconn – where iPhones are born – was to send 16 iPhone prototypes to… Read More

  • An update to the craziness that is World of Warcraft in China

    Nope, not health care. Nope, not the recession. My white whale is the status of World of Warcraft in China. No, the game isn’t banned, per se, but Blizzard is having a hell of a time getting it back online. After switching to a new local operator, NetEase, Blizzard had to re-submit the game to the Powers That Be. Apparently you need government approval to run online games over there. And… Read More