Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’
Acclaimed movie director Zhang Yimou has admitted to violating China’s one-child policy, after authorities launched an investigation into longstanding rumors that he had fathered up to seven children. Zhang, director of the films Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and The Flowers of War, admitted to violating the rule in a Sina Weibo post published on Sunday, saying he fathered three children with his wife, Chen Ting. As the BBC reports, the director apologized for the violation, though he denied claims that he fathered more children with his wife and other women.
It’s no secret that the Chinese government isn’t a proponent of a free and open internet, but for some it appears that the Great Firewall doesn’t go far enough. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese Communist Party released a call for additional reforms today, citing social networks and mobile messaging apps as areas of particular concern. “Following the increasing power of online media, Internet media and industry management has lagged far behind the quick changes that have come with its development,” a translated version of the statement warns, noting that the technologies have the ability to quickly spread information and can mobilize citizens. Accusing current practices of having “low effectiveness,” the statement goes on…
Thor? LOKI?!: Chinese Theater Accidentally Displays Homoerotic Fanpic Poster Instead Of Real Thor Poster
This is a poster just recently on screen in a Shanghai theater to advertise the launch of Thunder God 2 (the brand-new Thor). Thing is, the image is in fact from a piece of homoerotic fan Photoshop work. How did that even take place? Are theaters responsible for making their own posters? Or– OR– did they just purchase a lot of knockoffs in a street? I’m not even going to go into Loki being Thor’s taken on brother, but you’ve got to confess whoever made the poster did a great job. You think they could Photoshop a man in the mouth of a t-rex holding its jaws open with his penis? I’m asking for myself. Thanks to sra and James, who agree in some cases knockoffs are even better than the originals.
Samsung has issued an apology to its customers in China after the country’s state broadcaster blasted the South Korean company’s warranty program in a televised report. CCTV reportedly accused Samsung of shipping faulty memory in its Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones, with repairs falling outside the warranty and often costing owners over $ 100.
According to a current study performed in China, Sprite may help reduce the impacts of a hangover and have you back to feeling 65 % and sufficient to go puke at work by noon. You understand, I do not mind vomitting at work due to the fact that a lot of people will sympathize with you thinking you’re really sick-sick and not just a boozehound who went too difficult the night before.
After drinking, the body undergoes two phases of a metabolic procedure to break down ethanol. First the liver metabolizes it into acetaldehyde by the enzyme liquor dehydrogenase (ADH) and then into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Unlike acetaldehyde, acetate is considered harmless and could even be accountable for some of the positive wellness advantages of alcohol usage. But exposing the body to acetaldehyde in fact triggers the signs of a hangover, consisting of nausea and a pounding headache. To see exactly what refreshments can help the body better metabolize alcohol, researchers at Sun Yat-Sen College in Guangzhou assessed 57 various beverages, consisting of herbal mixtures, teas, and carbonated drinks. The group measured their results on ADH and ALDH, finding that each drink had a various effect. Interestingly, some natural teas actually slowed down the process, extending a hangover. But the very best refreshments were Xue bi, the Chinese variation of Sprite, in addition to soft drink water, which were discovered to speed the enzyme’s process, shortening the body’s exposure to ALDH.
That’s extremely sciencey and all, but it seems like these researchers failed to check the very best hangover treatment there is– more booze. You simply have to hair of the dog it, that’s your answer. You know the number of times I’ve needed to take a taxi to work in the early morning since I took shots when I woke up to feel better? Many of them. But you understand exactly what? Screw it, it’s Friday. “It’s Thursday.” I cannot go on like this. Thanks to Ryan, who concurs the very best hangover remedy is a handful of Advil, a huge glass of water, and calling into work and chatting like your nose is all packed up.
Another downside of the Washington brouhaha is that the FCC is shut down, sending us scouring its foreign equivalents for tidbits about new hardware. The latest concerns HTC’s worst-kept secret, the HTC One Max, which has just passed through China’s TENAA. The filing reveals that the 6-inch …
“Being a Big V blogger felt like being an emperor,” Chinese online celebrity Charles Xue confesses from jail. For China’s news bloggers, going viral can mean three years in prison.
A Weibo user poking fun of China's new online “rumor-busting” law.
A few days ago, the South China Morning Post claimed that blocks put on websites like Twitter, Facebook and The New York Times were to be lifted in Shanghai’s new free-trade zone. And the justification made sense, too: relax restrictions to make visitors happy, and potentially cash in on accelerated foreign investment as a result. Plausible, sure, but according to state-run news outlet the People’s Daily, completely untrue. As it turns out, the Chinese powers that be allegedly have no intention of allowing web traffic in the free-trade zone to circumvent the Great Firewall, which means visiting Twitter addicts will still have to turn to Weibo for their social network / microblogging fix.
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Apple Sends Separate Invite To Chinese Media For Sept. 11 iPhone Event, Adding To Increased Focus On The Region
Apple has sent out a second round of event invitations to media today – this time directed specifically at Chinese publications and journalists, for a follow-up event to their September 10 shindig at Apple Campus in Cupertino. The invites have the same graphic as the original, but will occur September 11 at 10 AM CST at Beijing’s World Trade Center. This marks the first time Apple has held a standalone event specifically for Chinese media.
Recently, Apple has been doing a lot more to bring special focus to its operations in China. The company has been seeking new hires in China, for instance, as recently discovered via a considerable crop of LinkedIn job postings, and there are also rumblings that Apple is looking to build an engineering and R&D center in Taiwan, which it counts as part of its Greater China market. Greater investment in a local presence could be due to setbacks Apple faced earlier in the year apparently orchestrated in part by the Chinese government’s media agencies, which have reason to prefer local tech companies over outside influence.
Some suggest that Apple’s decision to host a separate event in China regarding its upcoming iPhone refresh is about it wanting to reveal a new partner in China Mobile. The carrier, which is China’s largest, hasn’t yet officially offered the iPhone, but recent reports suggest that both Apple and China Mobile had been nearing an arrangement to offer the smartphone on the network with this coming hardware update. That would give Apple access to some 744 million potential new customers (or at least 147 million, if you’re limiting yourself only to China Mobile customers with 3G access).
That’s a big carrot to be sure, and reason enough for a separate celebration, but there’s more at stake here than just a new carrier partnership (big as that is alone). Apple saw its China business suffer a setback during the last quarter, which is a very good reason for renewed attention being paid to customers in Greater China. A unique event for Chinese media should arguably do a better job of addressing the needs and wants of Chinese consumers.
There’s also the iPhone 5C, Apple’s low-cost iPhone hardware, which is rumored to be making its first official appearance at the September event. As Romain Dillet has noted, if real, this is clearly a device aimed at markets beyond the U.S. border. How better to highlight its international appeal than with an international spotlight?
Chances are the event in China will share much more in common with the one in Cupertino beyond just the invite graphic, but it’s still very noteworthy that it’s happening at all. In the past, Apple has seemed content to let China grow as a market key to its business organically; now, it seems more interested in taking an active role in shaping that side of the business.
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.