China

  • China opens Internet a crack

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

  • “Someone just knocked-off MiWi”, says Nintendo in a cockney accent

    “Someone just knocked-off MiWi”, says Nintendo in a cockney accent

    The latest Wii knock-off has at least one thing going for it, its name is fun to say in a British accent (give it a try). After your done saying the name 50 times, that’s about all the fun you’re going to get out of this thing. It is made by Eittek of China, it features Wii (and N64?) like controllers, 23 WiiSportish games, and various attachments… but they all suck. Read More

  • OH NOES! RoboCup not in China this year!

    OH NOES! RoboCup not in China this year!


    RoboCup lovers better get on the phone with China Air because they canceled the RoboCup in July of this year and will be possibly changing the venue, although nothing is definite. They cited “Olympics related issues,” which I suspect is code for “chance of robocup participants waving flags saying ‘Free Tibet.'” Dear all, Due to the Olympic related issues, the… Read More

  • American companies selling hi-tech police equipment to China?

    American companies selling hi-tech police equipment to China?

    Did American companies violate U.S. law by selling hi-tech police equipment to the Chinese? The Old Gray Lady asks this today, examining a recent Chinese police equipment trade show held in Beijing where several American companies, including Motorola and DuPont, were notably present. (An old law going back to Tiananmen Square prevents American companies from selling police equipment to China.)… Read More

  • China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, announced today that its first-quarter profits are up 37%. China has the largest population of mobile users, with around 520 million accounts. The government of China predicts that this number will increase to 600 million in the near future. “The rapid growth in China’s economy and the vigorous demand for… Read More

  • China says no to iPhone, states "Oh, we already have plenty of fake ones"

    China says no to iPhone, states "Oh, we already have plenty of fake ones"


    Apple and China Mobile have stopped discussing launching the iPhone in China this year. The carrier has 380 million customers (T-Mobile has 28 million and AT&T has 62.2 million, just to show you what kind of numbers we’re talking) and is always willing to reopen dialog provided, oh, I don’t know, Apple caves? Read More

  • Ericsson Bags $1.44 billion in China

    Ericsson Bags $1.44 billion in China

    Ericsson announced today that it has signed contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom. Ericsson is a wireless equipment maker. The two contracts will expand Ericsson’s Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks and bag the company a hefty profit from the $1.44 billion sale. The sale to China Mobile is by far the larger of the two, coming in at $1.3 billion. This will… Read More

  • Live from San Francisco, it's the Olympic Torch Protest

    Live from San Francisco, it's the Olympic Torch Protest


    We’ve got a man on the ground in San Francisco and we’re getting some nice pictures of protesters and miscellaneous people at the ceremony there. Looks like there are a lot of sightseers and people are generally having a good time — not the bloody melee you’d expect at a civil rights protest in the Bay Area (or at a Tibetan Monastery – ouch!). We’ll keep… Read More

  • 'G108' phone-watch could almost pass as just a watch

    'G108' phone-watch could almost pass as just a watch

    Slashphone.com has found a watch-phone doodad that you could almost wear without setting off the nearest Nerd Alert. Almost. It’s called the G108 (from China) and it’s got an impressive list of features crammed into its tiny body. Read More

  • Get ready to pay more for Chinese-made electronics

    Get ready to pay more for Chinese-made electronics


    Hopefully that doesn’t say anything inappropriate Speculation at Slate today on how you may end up having to pay more for cheap goods, including electronic gizmos, coming from China. No more $30 DVD players, knock-off iPhones and no-name portable media players. We’ll have to stretch our increasingly worthless dollar (well, compared the to Euro) even further, it looks like. Read More

  • Guiyu, e-waste capital of China

    Guiyu, e-waste capital of China


    Photos like these (check out the accompanying multimedia presentation) make me rethink my entire career as tech journalist. This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has destroyed the ground water and lead poisoning is effecting young children due to the overall mess created by this lucrative sweatshop industry. Money is money, however, and we should start talking… Read More