China

  • 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

  • Chinese man builds world's largest cellphone for some reason

    Chinese man builds world's largest cellphone for some reason

    We all have to have hobbies, it keeps our minds from going to mush. Mr. Tan of Songyuan City, China, has a pretty good one: He built the world’s largest cellphone, hoping for a world record. As phones are getting smaller and slimmer it’s a dubious record at best. Still, the phone itself is fully functional and looks to be based on a Nokia model. Hats off to you, Mr. Tan, for… Read More

  • The zzzPhone is real, on its way soon

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    I just got back from checking out the zzzPhone and I can say without a doubt that it’s real. It’s definitely not a scam, but the first generation ran into some problems with the manufacturer and they don’t work stateside. I’m told the newest generation is on its way very soon. Maybe within a month. The OS is still uncertain… Read More

  • Chinese OEM to manufacture Xbox 360 and PS3

    Chinese OEM to manufacture Xbox 360 and PS3

    Two spinoffs from Asustek have reportedly landed deals to manufacture Xbox 360 consoles. Unihan and Pegatron’s initial shipments should total 500k units which may help Microsoft quell the ongoing shortage of 360s that have led to the PS3 being numero uno the last few months. Coincidentally the two Chinese OEMs are also in works to contract deals with Sony to manufacture PS3… Read More

  • Sharp to sell Phones in China Starting Around June

    Sharp to sell Phones in China Starting Around June

    Sharp Corp. will start selling cell phones in China before the Beijing Olympics are scheduled to start. Sharp will target the high-end buyers in China’s vast market. Kyocera Corp. withdrew from the Chinese market this month, so Sharp will be the only Japanese company selling handsets in China. Chief strategist of the equity management department at Daiwa SB Investments, Soichiro Monji… Read More

  • Scorn'd Chinese lady burns $50,000 worth of husband's mobiles

    Scorn'd Chinese lady burns $50,000 worth of husband's mobiles


    Hell hath no fury, indeed. Mrs. Wang in China was, understandably, angry at her husband for leaving her. So she hit him where it hurt: in the business. The cell phone business, that is. She gathered up their new stock of 400 phones and set fire to the suckers. That explains the great disturbance I felt earlier in the force, as if many RAZR knockoffs suddenly cried out in terror and were… Read More

  • LG secrets leaked to Chinese manufacturing company

    LG secrets leaked to Chinese manufacturing company

    Apparently life’s NOT so good at LG nowadays (see how I did that?), as word’s come out that a former manager leaked almost 1,200 secret company files to a Chinese manufacturing company. The company, Changhong-Orion PDP-Chaihong, hired the 49-year old LG manager to give the company secret information in exchange for $300,000 a year, an apartment, and a car. He handed over… Read More

  • Everex CloudBook delayed again until mid-March?

    Everex CloudBook delayed again until mid-March?

    Those of you waiting for tomorrow — when the Cloudbook is supposed to be available at fine retailers like Walmart — might want to prepare yourselves for a longer wait…again. Already delayed to begin with, the Everex Cloudbook has been, you guessed it, delayed again. First it was Chinese New Year coupled with OS refinements and now it’s snow. Snow. Snow is delaying… Read More

  • Newman two-in-one smooching heart MP3 player

    Newman two-in-one smooching heart MP3 player

    Awww, will you look at that? Brought to you by a company named Newman (not to be confused with Newman, left), it’s two halves of a heart-shaped MP3 player exchanging a tender kiss. You and a loved one could exchange your own tender kiss before work, split the MP3 player apart, and each listen to your half on your separate trains. Then when you get back home, reattach the two MP3 players… Read More

  • China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    Handset shipments from manufacturers based in China grew greatly in 2007, moving 229 million units for the year. This growth is 76% over the 2006 numbers of 130 million handsets shipped. According to iSuppli Corp this growth rate will slow down dramatically in 2008. It is predicted that around 274 million units will reach the market from China, which means a growth of nearly 20%. These… Read More

  • Teclast T50: could be an iPod Touch rival

    Teclast T50: could be an iPod Touch rival

    Teclast just might have a real iPod Touch competitor on their hands with the T50. It claims to have a capacitive touch screen with multi-point touch recognition on a WGVA widescreen display. The Chinese PMP supports RMVB/RM/FLV/AVI formats and has a dual-core processor. Not much else is known and my Chinese is a little rusty and by rusty, I mean non-existent. Teclast [via thegadgetsite] Thanks… Read More

  • 'HiPhone' looks mighty familiar, almost iPhone-like

    'HiPhone' looks mighty familiar, almost iPhone-like

    All hail the new king of fake iPhones. It’s $239.00 (plus $15 shipping) direct from China, has two (count ‘em, two) SIM slots, triband GSM, is unlocked and carries no contract, comes with two (count ‘em, two) batteries, and I have no idea how much storage is onboard. Could be nothing, could somehow be a terabyte of flash memory. Check out this hot demo video, complete with… Read More

  • China's getting a fake iPhone for fakey fakes who like fakery

    [photopress:0097.jpg,full,center] Hey, China! Have we got something for you! No, it’s not an iPhone, it’s an iFauxne! The T32 is an iPhone clone running Windows Mobile 6: Smartphone Edition, and features many iPhone-like features, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, touchscreen, motion sensors, and EDGE. But, well, it runs Windows Mobile. Not sure on the price, but you’re better off… Read More

  • Life under house arrest in China

    Life under house arrest in China

    Headed out to China for the Olympics? Don’t forget your “I’m being watched by the State Police” T-shirt. Blogger Hu Jia posted this video of him and his wife under house arrest, showing the world how ham-handed — and frighteningly dangerous — a centralized, fearful authority can be. We have a lot of fun over here but it’s folks like these who remind… Read More

  • Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) announced today that it is negotiating with Apple for the right to carry the iPhone on its network. Apple plans to expand the iPhone franchise to Asian countries this year. The popular handset is currently available in the United States and large European countries. “We are negotiating on details, including a revenue sharing standard. Apple… Read More

  • China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile announced today that it is no longer negotiating with Apple to provide the world’s most populous nation with the popular iPhone. This opens the door for China’s number two mobile service provider, China Unicom, to talk with Apple. “We can only say that negotiations have ended for now. We have no other news to report,” said Li Honghui, a spokeswoman for… Read More

  • The inscrutable Chinese are Googling for money

    The inscrutable Chinese are Googling for money


    While the rest of the world has been Googling “iphone,” “webkinz,” and “club penguin,” visitors to the great World Wide Wall are googling for “stock,” “China Merchants Bank,” and “thunder…” why thunder? Oh, it’s a P2P download service. That’s strange… anyway. China Daily is reporting that four of… Read More

  • For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    BEIJING — China might lack safe water and air, but it does have something the United States lacks: Nintendo Wiis. In fact, CNET recently chronicled a reporter’s failed quest to find the infamous Wii just before the holidays. But in Beijing, finding a Wii isn’t difficult. Shortly before Christmas, I strolled through a random section of Beijing and curiously walked into a… Read More

  • China blocks imports of American DVDs

    China blocks imports of American DVDs

    China has stopped importing American DVDs for the same reason you’ve stopped buying them at Target: it’s way easier and cheaper to get pirated copies on the Internet. And Hollywood’s mad about it. While piracy has always been a problem with China, the MPAA is really up in arms about China denying or losing import requests from the studios. Normally, they’re limited to 20… Read More

  • Naneu Pro K3 Heads Back to the Motherland

    Naneu Pro K3 Heads Back to the Motherland

    BEIJING — As an urban warrior on the streets of New York City, it’s almost a requirement for me to own a backpack with a laptop compartment. For the past year and a half, I’ve used the STM Sports backpack with much success and originally planned to take it on my trip to China. But then I was given the chance to bring the Naneu Pro K3 back to the motherland (it, like me… Read More