People around the world love their pet dogs, which is why they’re understandably horrified that a province in southwestern China is having a festival that revolves around the slaughter and consumption of 10,000 dogs every year. The BBC informs us that despite worldwide outrage at the festival, the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province will continue as planned this year. More →
If you’ve ever played games like The Last of Us or watched movies like I Am Legend, then you know one of the eeriest details shown in those worlds is the way plant life slowly takes over the remains of human civilization after an apocalyptic cataclysm. Mashable draws our attention to some photos that were recently taken of an abandoned village called Shengshan in China. More →
Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.”
With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores.
In every country around the world where the Tesla Model S is sold, demand far outstrips supply. That is, every country except one. The lone outlier is China, where Model S have been wildly disappointing and way below both analyst and Tesla’s expectations. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that part of the problem was that he was “misled” by Chinese speculators who ordered cars but never ended up buying one.
China is slowly becoming Apple’s main iPhone market and Apple has a new initiative in place to help it sell more iPhones while simultaneously increasing market share in the highly competitive market. Instead of cutting prices on top devices or worrying about launching cheaper devices, Apple plans to enlist Foxconn’s resources to sell used iPhones in the region, Bloomberg has found out. More →
China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, film and Television (SARFT) on Monday announced that Internet users who want to post videos on any of the available online video sharing sites in the region will have to register their real names before being able to do so, Reuters reports. According to the publication, there are more than 428 million users in China that access online video sites. So far, Youku Tudou and Renren, which operate such popular sites, have not commented on the new policy. More →
Despite a “soft” launch with few lines and seemingly abundant availability, China is going crazy for the iPad mini according Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White. His checks in China and Hong Kong reveal consumers are snapping up iPad minis at rapid rates, causing short supply, even with Apple (AAPL) opening two new retail stores in Hong Kong and three in China. White wrote in a research note on Friday that the iPad mini was sold-out at virtually all Apple Stores in both regions this week and is already more popular than the fourth-generation iPad thanks to the tablet’s smaller size and lower price.
Little green robots have invaded China and conquered its mobile market. The Android operating system has seen substantial growth in the Asian country and is now estimated to have captured 90.1% of the market, a year-over-year increase from 58.2%. The numbers come to us from Analysys International, which in a new report also revealed that Apple’s (AAPL) Chinese market share declined from 6% to 4.2% in the same timeframe. Numbers for both operating systems may be higher than recent estimates, however. The research firm does not include knock-off Android smartphones, nor does it include iPhones that have been smuggled in from Hong Kong. Budget smartphones continue to be a hot seller in the country with the average price of an Android device being roughly $220, compared to the iPhone’s average of $720. While China has more than 1 billion mobile subscribers, Google’s (GOOG) mobile monopoly isn’t as lucrative as it sounds. A number of the Internet giant’s services are blocked or constricted in the country and make it difficult for it to capitalize on Android’s success.
Relations between Google (GOOG) and China haven’t been anything short of ugly since Google discovered Chinese hackers had broken into hundreds of Gmail accounts last year. According to Greatfire.org (via Bloomberg Businessweek), Gmail, Google Maps and Google Drive are now all being blocked in China. Google told Bloomberg that it “checked and there’s nothing wrong on [its] end.” It’s believed that China’s 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress is responsible for the block and is forwarding Google searches “to another site located in Korea, using a tactic known as DNS poisoning,” reports Greatfire.org.
As HTC (2498) continues to lose market share to Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930), the troubled Taiwanese manufacturer is looking toward China to help stabilize the its plummeting sales. HTC is expanding both its engineering team and sales channels in China, and hopes to become one of the top two smartphone brands in the country by 2015, Ray Yam, head of HTC’s China operations, told the Wall Street Journal. More →
Despite an on-going legal dispute with Proview Technology over the iPad name, Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad, will reportedly go on sale this Monday, June 4th, according to Patently Apple. The blog’s sources claim the Cupertino-based company was recently granted a network access license for the Chinese mainland and a release is imminent. Apple’s latest tablet is equipped with a model number of A1430 and is compatible with China Unicom’s 3G and 4G networks. More →
Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs, plans to invest $210 million in a new Apple production line in China’s east Jiangsu province in October, according to a report from China Daily. The 40,000 square meter plant will employ as many as 35,800 workers and will be located in Huai’an City. The office of Taiwan Affairs of Huai’an City confirmed that the plant will house a production line for Apple devices and is expected to output between $949 million to $1.1 billion a year. The report did not indicate which Apple products would be assembled at the new plant, however. More →
Last week, Apple and Proview initiated talks in an attempt to resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, and the Chinese company is confident that it will receive a settlement offer from Apple, the Associated Press reports. “It is likely that we will settle out of court. The Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it and the court also expects to do so,” said Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview. “Actually Proview always expected to settle out of court from the beginning. I don’t know if Apple has changed its attitude, but I believe that the key point now is the price.” In a previous statement, Apple claimed it would never “knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks,” and said that Proview “still owe a lot of people a lot of money, they are now unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for.” Fu Shuangjian, the Deputy Director of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, however, has already stated that Proview is still the legitimate owner of the iPad trademark in the country. If the companies cannot reach a settlement, the Guangdong High Court will rule over the matter.