Category: China

Apple offers charger exchange after electrocution claims

August 7, 2013

Apple offers charger exchange after electrocution claimsApple has launched a discount program for users who want to trade in a third-party gadget charger for an official model. It follows claims that a Chinese woman was electrocuted by a cheaply made iPhone charger.

China is moving into the Detroit auto business

May 13, 2013

China is moving into the Detroit auto businessDetroit and Michigan are experiencing a Chinese invasion.  Chinese car companies are opening offices in Detroit and hiring laid off American auto engineers.  Meanwhile other Chinese businesses are buying up land to create economic zones and cities within Michigan.

China dismisses cyberattack claims

February 20, 2013

China dismisses cyberattack claimsThe Chinese government says claims the country’s military is running a major hacking operation lack technical merit. A spokesman said that by the logic of a report pointing the finger at China, the US is the world’s biggest hacker.

U.S. cyber security firm traces hacking attacks to single Chinese military building

February 19, 2013

Chinese hackers allegedly infiltrate New York Times in response to critical story

January 31, 2013

The New York Times claims that it suffered a major hacking operation, and was infiltrated by what appears to be Chinese hackers over the last four months, according to a report published by the Times on Wednesday, January 30th. The hackers were apparently retaliating against the international news organization for its critical story of new Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao’s wealth, and gained access to the passwords of every Times employee. Especially targeted were the journalists who wrote the story on Wen and his family.

Twitter has to reveal racist tweeters per French court

January 24, 2013

Twitter has to reveal racist tweeters per French courtWhere does the right to free speech end?  According to a recent French ruling, it ends with racist Tweets.  Twitter had refused to release the identities of users who had posted anti-Semitic Tweets.  That’s when the court stepped in and said hand over the information.

Lazy US developer pays Chinese firm $50,000 to do his six-figure job

January 16, 2013

A U.S. software developer who worked for Verizon (UPDATE, see below) has launched himself to the pinnacle of lazy. How’d he manage this? By paying a Chinese consulting firm to do his work for him. It shouldn’t concern many, then, that the work he ‘did’ for a company using Verizon’s services handled critical infrastructure, according to PCmag.

Chinese search giant targets African smartphones

January 15, 2013

Baidu, China’s largest search engine company, is teaming up with France Telecom to try to capture the growing African search market. They are producing a special browser aimed at customers with unreliable or slow connections.

Iran’s government-censored version of YouTube aims to promote Iranian culture

December 9, 2012

As big and open as the Internet feels, it’s not difficult for governments to control what goes on it. That’s the case with “Mehr,” Iran’s version of YouTube.

Siri silenced over Shanghai sex shops

November 1, 2012

Siri silenced over Shanghai sex shopsIt appears Apple has altered its voice search service Siri to no longer give tips on where to find so-called massage parlors. The change comes after embarrassing newspaper reports in China.

Taiwan thinks Apple maps are great – which is a problem

October 10, 2012

Taiwan thinks Apple maps are great - which is a problemApple has finally found somebody who thinks its new iOS maps are pretty darn accurate. Unfortunately it’s the Taiwan government, and in this case the accuracy is a problem in itself.

Energy software firm hacked; China to blame?

September 28, 2012

Energy software firm hacked; China to blame?A Canadian software firm that supplies industrial software to major energy producers has been compromised by hackers. Government officials in the country aren’t commenting on claims that China may be involved.

Chinese PCs ship with viruses preinstalled

September 14, 2012

Chinese PCs ship with viruses preinstalledMost virus creators rely on exploiting human behavior such as tricking people into clicking bogus links. Now it appears scammers in China find it simpler to just put the virus on the computer before the customer even gets it.

Samsung accused of child labor abuses

September 5, 2012

Samsung accused of child labor abusesIt seems mobile gadget design isn’t the only area where Samsung is uncomfortably reminiscent of Apple. Now the company stands accused of having its devices made in factories that abuse both adult and child laborers.

Google’s Nexus Q is made in the USA

June 28, 2012

Google's Nexus Q is made in the USAWhat a novel concept, building electronic gadgets in the good old USA.  Most of our devices are manufactured in Korea or China. We all know that Apple products are made by Foxconn in China.  The fact that Google has decided to manufacture it’s new home media device in the United States may be the start of an American manufacturing renaissance.

Mike Daisey’s disgrace tops his lies

March 28, 2012

This American Life’s January airing of a Mike Daisey monologue, which was later shown to be riddled with lies and exaggerations, was the centerpiece of the radio program’s most listened to and downloaded episode of all time. That mark stood for a bit more than two months only to be eclipsed by the episode that detailed Daisey’s fall from grace.

US rare earth mine on the mend

February 25, 2012

Back in 1998, an “environmental disaster” shut Molycorp’s Mountain Pass open pit mine. Up until then, most of the rare earth metals used to manufacturer everything from cellphones to wind turbines were produced there, but the cost grew too high. Ten-plus years later, China’s resource brinksmanship has brought the facility back to life.

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