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Apple Sends Separate Invite To Chinese Media For Sept. 11 iPhone Event, Adding To Increased Focus On The Region

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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.

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The $99 TouchPad Returns To HP’s Employee Purchasing Program On Sept 28th

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It’s not very often I get to write that it’s a good day to be an HP employee. But it’s also not everyday that HP employees are offered some of the last TouchPads.

The company is set to release a final batch of the $ 99/$ 149 HP TouchPads to employees starting September 28th at 9:00am PDT. This is per an email I received from an HP employee (embedded after the jump), which notes TouchPads are available on a first come, first serve basis and employees are only allowed to buy one TouchPad — which some will likely list on ebay where TouchPads are currently selling for over $ 200. The sun is setting on the TouchPad’s life and HP is likely ready to move forward, thoroughly burned by their venture into the land of the iPad.

This comes, as stated in the email, as HP is “clearing out inventories and winding down manufacturing operations.” HP previously canceled the TouchPad and allowed retailers to clearance them out at an astounding price: $ 99 for the 16GB and $ 149 for the 32GB. Stores sold out nearly overnight, leaving some hopeful that HP would release another batch. Unfortunately the email I received doesn’t detail any other TouchPad retail sales although I would pay close attention to Best Buy, Amazon and HP’s website the days before and after the 28th. It’s such a good deal.



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Acer Iconia Tab A501 with HSPA+ hits AT&T on Sept. 18

As promised, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is hitting AT&T just before summer draws to an official close. The carrier just announced it’ll start selling the 16GB model next Sunday, September 18th for $ 480 — or $ 330 with a two-year contract. When we first heard about this way back in March, we knew it would be a “4G” device, and today AT&T clarified that this means HSPA+, not LTE, so sorry to burst anyone’s bubble. Even so, five months after the A500 went on sale it remains one of a select few slates with a full-sized USB port, so there’s that to consider if you’re still on the fence about getting a tablet. As planned, it’ll ship with Android 3.0, and an Acer rep confirms 3.1 is coming via an over-the-air update, though she couldn’t say when, exactly, that’ll happen. If you walk into an AT&T store and you can sign up for a monthly plan, if you so choose, though you can also pay as you go, with $ 15 getting you 250MB and $ 25 expanding your allowance to 2GB. Customers who commit to two-year agreements will have the same choices, to be honest, except they’ll also have to contend with overage fees — $ 10 per gigabyte or $ 15 per 250MB, depending on the plan.

Acer Iconia Tab A501 with HSPA+ hits AT&T on Sept. 18 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Police and Fire Log: Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010

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Microsoft Sets Sept. 15 Date for IE9 Beta Launch

Microsoft Sets Sept. 15 Date for IE9 Beta Launch
On Thursday afternoon, Microsoft sent out invitations to the launch of Internet Explorer 9 beta on Sept. 15, in San Francisco. The invitation to the event, dubbed “Beauty of the Web,” includes an HTML5 invitation site with an animated word game.

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