• Weak PS3 sales: Now the Taiwanese government sponsors Sony

    Sony seems to be less happy with the PS3 sales numbers than one could think. Or why else would they cooperate with the Taiwanese government to make local developers create more games for their console? Yesterday Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has closed a cooperation deal with Sony that centers on the areas of human resources and financing. The aim of the project is to increase… Read More

  • China, don't install Green Dam! It's full of bugs!

    Well this ought to be of some use to our Chinese readers. And by that I mean people who are actually in China who visit, for whatever reason, crunch gear dot com. There’s some sort of software called Green Dam that will be required on all Chinese PCs soon that blocks all sorts of fun content from being downloaded and/or viewed. Salty political talk? Banned. Pornography? Banned. (Well… Read More

  • The Umbrellas of Tiananmen

    Chinese police are now holding umbrellas up on Tiananmen Square to prevent folks from shooting video or taking photos of the square during this, shall we say, delicate 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989. Chinese Twitterers are trying to break through the censorship by coding their reports of protests. Chinese censors are called “river crabs” and the even… Read More

  • The world gets its first Buddha phone (and it's no joke)

    For geeks who a) happen to believe in Buddha and b) are able of reading Chinese, this must be excellent news: Buddhists can now actually buy a Buddha cell phone in China. The device is not a joke product, but it actually works and makes kind of sense (if you are a Buddhist). Read More

  • BitAuto: A Chinese Canary in an Online Ad Coal Mine

    The hardest thing about being an American journalist in China is discovering local entrepreneurs. Part of the reason is that there is just so much going on. There are so many intriguing expats and returning Chinese nationals in Beijing’s start-up scene, you could spend months just meeting with them. But the bigger challenges are the language and cultural barriers. China has no shortage… Read More

  • Is Sequoia China in Trouble?

    BEIJING, CHINA– Starbucks is a franchise in China that worked. The company opened locations at the bottom of all the major tourist hotels and downtown areas where returning Chinese, expats and business people traveling to China would pop in for some familiarity and to hold meetings, much like they do in the U.S. For people hoping to mix with that crowd, Starbucks became something of… Read More

  • Chinese internet tablet touts 7-inch screen, 48-hour battery

    The “Smart Q7″ internet tablet represents a somewhat-intriguing step forward in coffee table internet devices in that it features a relatively large 7-inch screen and the promise of a full 48 hours of battery life before needing to be recharged. Read More

  • Japan and China cooperate in the development of next-generation cell phone services

    Two of the biggest country markets of the world, Japan and China, are on their way to develop a next-generation mobile phone network for the Chinese market that paves the way for Japanese phone makers. The Chinese cell phone infrastructure is still mainly based on 2G (Japan turned 100% 3G just a few weeks ago). Read More

  • Chinese Social Networks 'Virtually' Out-Earn Facebook And MySpace: A Market Analysis

    Despite China’s massively growing internet market, international giants like Google and Facebook are having trouble making gains with the 300 million Chinese online users. China’s netizens are on average very young – 66.7 % of them are younger than 29 years old and 35.2 % of them are teenagers—with social networking and entertainment applications being the most… Read More

  • Lenovo looks to emerging markets to cushion its bottom line

    There’s some changes going on at Lenovo. The corporation, of which the Chinese government is its largest shareholder, will turn its attention toward so-called emerging markets, such as the Middle East and Asia, China included. This necessarily comes at the expense of places like Western Europe and North America, where Lenovo will lessen its presence Read More

  • China isn't the only country that likes to censor the Internet

    Yesterday’s revelation that China blocks access to YouTube should not have come as any surprise, but did you know that other countries censor the Internet in their own special ways? (Happy families are all alike!) For example, did you know that India’s Computer Emergency Response Team’s has the power to block Web sites wily nilly? Ostensibly it was set up to help… Read More