Posts Tagged ‘China’
Apple’s mission to bring the iPhone to the world’s biggest mobile operator has apparently dragged on since 2007. Now, however, it finally looks as if Tim Cook’s latest round of secret negotiations has paid off. TENAA, China’s equivalent to the FCC, has released documents clearing a pair of iPhones …
A couple weeks ago we covered a new Indiegogo campaign from QSAlpha, a company aiming to produce a super-encrypted smartphone (along with a software-based platform for standard Android users as well). Despite the fact that the funding phase didn’t go so well, the manufacturer recently announced that …
Note: To everyone sending me the dinosaur smut novels story I already posted it on Monday. Don’t you people read?! “Not at all.” I didn’t think so.
These are giant hornets. They’re like regular hornets, but f***ing giant. And apparently they’ve been swarming and killing people in central China this year in numbers previously unheard of, possibly due to a population spike as a result of climate change. If there was ever a reason to reevaluate our outlook on climate change, this is it.
Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.
Victims described being chased for hundreds of metres by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.
The hornet attacks are a recurring problem in the area from May to as late as November. According to Ankang police, 36 people died in the city and 715 were injured by the creatures between 2002 and 2005. But Zhou said the issue had been particularly severe this year, possibly because of weather changes.
Jesus, just look at those things. The stingers alone are– “Bigger than your penis.” Good one, jerk! Here I am trying to talk about real world stuff and all you can think about is my corn dog. It’s a blessing and a curse. A special kind of curse when I’m out camping with the guys.
Thanks to john, who agrees Mother Nature must have been really uninspired when she stopped making new things and just started making giant versions of existing creatures.
An oversized smartphone with Zeiss optics and PureView camera technology? We wouldn’t expect anything less from Nokia, but it’s nice to see the rumors roll in, all the same. Noted Weibo leaker Houdabao has managed to get his hands on a large Lumia device with a PureView 20-megapixel camera, Zeiss optics and Verizon branding. The post describes the devices as a “big big Windows Phone,” which sounds an awful lot like the rumored Lumia 1520. The speakers and camera flash are in slightly different locations than the leaked image we saw earlier this month, but we’re willing to chalk that up to carrier variations. Nokia hasn’t said anything official just yet, but rumors suggest that the device will be officially unveiled later this month.
We’re usually quite skeptical when it comes to leaked phone parts, especially those that just show a new color, but this one seems fairly reliable. Courtesy of the same Sina Weibo user who previously showed us a blue HTC One (which has since been announced along with its mini counterpart), we’re now looking at what appears to be the front-half of a gold-colored One. Call it impeccable timing, but given the August 12th date stamp on the part, chances are HTC also had this planned some time ago. In fact, a 24-Carat gold One already exists.
In addition to the leakster’s track record, the hand-written marks on the parts lend credence to their authenticity. The One series’ designer Justin Huang (who’s sadly in a bit of trouble right now) previously told us that the letters somehow grade the form of the front-side frame, in order to help pick matching parts. It’s also worth pointing out that we’ve yet to come across any
fake custom HTC One parts in the Huaqiangbei market, which is likely because of the difficult manufacturing and disassembly process. That said, the phone’s relatively lower demand than, say, the iPhones and Samsung devices may be a bigger deterrent for those part makers. Let’s see if this new color option will change HTC’s course.
Source: Sina Weibo
Yesterday, many expected Apple CEO Tim Cook to announce that the company had finally partnered with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile provider, to sell its devices into its previously untapped market of 700 million subscribers. But even though plans for the deal haven’t been publicly announced, things do apppear to be coming together: the Wall Street Journal writes that a Chinese regulator has approved Apple’s new iPhones to run on China Mobile’s network. What’s more, certain models of the newly announced phones support the TD-LTE bands (38, 39, and 40) in use on the carrier’s emerging fourth-generation network.
While neither fact proves that a deal is imminent, it certainly looks like things are moving in that…
HTC Reportedly Building New Mobile OS Specifically For China Market, In Partnership With Chinese Government
HTC’s Hail Mary play might not take the form of another new smartphone: The Taiwanese company is reportedly working with Chinese government officials to build a mobile OS that includes “deep integration” with China-specific services like Weibo, aimed specifically at the Chinese market. The project could see the new mobile OS launch before year’s end, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.
The report said it wasn’t clear whether HTC’s China OS would be forked from or based upon Android in some way, and a source speaking to the paper said that in fact the company has changed plans throughout the year regarding whether it would be something completely new, or just a new user interface based atop Google’s mobile OS. Already HTC has some devices using the OS in active testing, and prototypes are in the hands of Chinese government officials.
Attempting to partner with a company to build a partially homegrown OS solution isn’t a new move for China. The Chinese government recently partnered with UK-based Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, to build a China-specific version of its own OS that likewise favored integrations with China-made apps and services. In general, the Chinese government has been actively trying to lessen reliance on foreign-made software. A white paper from China’s tech ministry released in March criticized its country’s over-reliance on the Google-made Android OS.
A strategic alliance with the Chinese government could help HTC secure some good lasting power even as it faces challenges in terms of worldwide market share and sales of its Android-based smartphones. It’s unlikely that its own China-specific OS will pose any major threat to the dominance of Android and iOS, especially in the short-term, but if China’s government is serious about putting lasting investment in home-grown alternatives that favor Chinese software and services, building significant market share early might not be a necessary component of its survival.
In other words, making yourself integral to a long-term China government plan for technological independence is probably a wise move for HTC in uncertain times, which isn’t to say it wouldn’t be better served by also improving its fortunes elsewhere in the world, too.
Apple is apparently stepping up its China operations, according to a number of new job postings found on LInkedIn by the Wall Street Journal today. The company has listed nearly 300 openings on the professional social networking site, which include key senior positions related to environmental program management.
Apple has been dinged by environmental and labor watchdog groups for its supply partners’ transgressions in both areas, and it consistently responds saying it will look into and improve these issues. Apple is also looking to hire more retail presence, and increased retail operations has really helped push product line growth in the past, for devices like the iPhone and iPad especially.
But Apple’s presence in China has been declining, at least relative to other smartphone makers. It was down to 5 percent share in Q2 this year, earning it a seventh place overall ranking, after owning just under 10 percent of the market a year previous, the WSJ points out. And its revenue during its fiscal Q3 this year dropped 43 percent in China sequentially, and 14 percent year over year.
Part of the problems Apple faces in the country might also be attributable to issues that arose between Chinese state media agencies and the company earlier this year. As Forbes put it, for all intents and purposes it looked as though China was potentially “declaring war” on Apple, as Forbes put it in an article at the time.
It’s no secret that China prefers home-grown businesses to those who come in from the outside. The Chinese government is even collaborating with UK-based Canonical to build a version of Ubuntu that’s a native, China-first OS, which, while it employs foreign expertise, is ultimately about weaning its citizenry off of more popular and U.S.-controlled operating systems.
Apple setting down deeper roots and putting more investment on the ground in China makes a lot of sense if it wants to avoid being locked out by Beijing. Combine that with being closer to a very key customer base, as well as having more direct oversight when it comes to supply partners, and a hiring surge in China is the most natural thing in the world for the Mac maker.
China is on the cusp of overtaking the United States as the world’s largest importer of oil, according to the latest projections from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In a report published last week, the EIA said Chinese net oil imports will surpass US net imports by as early as October 2013. China will likely be the world’s largest net importer on an annual basis by 2014, and the EIA expects the gap to only widen from there.
The EIA attributed its projections to growing demand in China, coupled with a surge in domestic oil production in the US. In its annual report last year, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that the US will become the world’s largest producer of both oil and natural gas by…
Xiaomi’s talk about doubling smartphone sales over last year sounded a tad ambitious, but it turns out it had a secret weapon. The company just announced the Red Rice smartphone, a pretty decently spec’d model priced at a mere 799 yuan ($ 130). For that pittance, Chinese buyers will get quite a bit: a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 4.7-inch 720p screen (312 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 2, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G, dual-sim / dual standby capability, an 8-megapixel rear camera and Xiaomi’s MIUI-flavored Android. Though it’s lacking the WCDMA-3G used by other Chinese networks, China Mobile’s 70 percent market share should give Xiaomi more than enough users to hit its targets, especially at that price.
Source: Engadget Chinese (translated)