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Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Beijing's trainware busted by bustling commuter bunches

The German manufacturer of Beijing subway’s ticket barriers has been forced to fly out engineers to the Chinese capital to deal with problems caused by impatient commuters. An unnamed manager with the firm told the South China Morning Post that while European commuters wait for the person in front to pass through before …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2013

This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

Residents in romantic Paris are advised to take public transit and avoid cars as the city was today shrouded with a heavy cloud of pollution. City officials have made public transportation free in the French capital through the weekend as the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned of "unusually high" pollution levels across …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Mar 2014
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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

A 30-year old man has been in a coma in a Beijing hospital for over ten days after being electrocuted whilst charging his iPhone 4, the second such incident reported in China this week. Wu Jiantong is now breathing unassisted and undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment in an effort to help his brain recover, according to Beijing …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2013

Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

Citizens of smog-choked Beijing can watch a sunset on a massive LED display in Tiananmen Square, which will remind them of what the sun and sky look like. Sunset being televised in Beijing's Tiananmen Square due to heavy pollution Tiananmen Square's virtual sunset ... a reminder of better days "I couldn't see the tall …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2014
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Sweaty palm time at Qualcomm after Beijing launches probe

Qualcomm is the latest US technology giant to find itself in trouble in China, having been placed under investigation in an anti-monopoly probe and suffering from the fallout over NSA spying revelations. The San-Diego-headquartered chipmaker put out a short release on Monday local time revealing that a probe had begun under the …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

The Chinese government has urged Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP in order to boost Beijing’s anti-piracy efforts and head off a potentially huge security threat. Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, met Microsoft and other software companies in a bid to put some pressure on, …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013
Photo of the iPhone 5S in various colors

One more thing ... Beijing green lights iPhone in China

Apple's infamously stage-managed launch events have been upstaged by China's government, which let it be known the fruity phone company has been granted a license to operate its new iPhone 5S and 5C models on China Mobile’s forthcoming 4G network after its Beijing launch yesterday. The Ministry of Industry and Information …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2013

Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Apple chief Tim Cook has been doing the rounds in China with national telcos, drumming up interest in carrying iPhones and iPads to the country's massive mobile market. Cook met China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing to "discuss matters of cooperation", Reuters and Bloomberg reported. The world's largest mobile carrier by …

Beijing offers cons reduced sentences for friendly Tweets

The Chinese government is offering to reduce prison sentences for inmates who post pro-Beijing comments on social networks, according to a new study on the Middle Kingdom’s murky censorship regime. Xiao Qiang, professor at Berkeley’s School of Information and founder of China Digital Times, has acquired and sifted through over 2 …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jul 2013
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Beijing hits back at US: Don't you DARE blame China for collapse of duty-free IT talks

Chinese commerce minister Gao Hucheng has said it was "irresponsible" of the US to stop trade talks on abolishing tariffs on tech products and to blame China for the breakdown in negotiations. Both the US and the EU said at the end of last week that China's insistence on exempting more than a hundred products from the list of …
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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 customers could be in for a tricky time in China after a Beijing IT company called on Redmond to prove it has the legal authority to operate in the country or risk being blocked. Enterprise IT service provider and Microsoft customer Baihui Zongheng Technology made the calls at a press conference at the China …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2013
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W3C steps up China outreach with Beijing centre

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has established a new centre for its activities in China with the aim of encouraging more local developers and companies to get involved in the global debate to shape the future of the web. The science and tech-centric Beihang University in Beijing will join MIT, Tokyo’s Keio Uni and the …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2013
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Cops shutter net cafes to save Beijing's youth

Beijing police have announced yet another ‘clean-up’ of the web, this time closing hundreds of internet cafes and arresting thousands in the name of protecting the Chinese capital’s vulnerable youth. Fu Zhenghua, who heads up the city’s Public Security Bureau, said that just over 5,000 people had been arrested and the owners of …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jul 2012

Apple Beijing store egged in botched iPhone 4S launch

Apple closed its flagship store in Beijing after frustrated fanbois rioted and pelted the windows with eggs when they were told the shop didn't have the iPhone 4S. A crowd of 500 people waited outside the Sanlitun Apple store in Beijing yesterday morning for the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4S, and the mood turned ugly when they …
Anna Leach, 13 Jan 2012

Social network bins Beijing's banned buzzwords

Japanese Whatsapp-like service Line has come under uncomfortable scrutiny by international users after appearing to prepare self-censorship capabilities for its Chinese service Lian wo. Twitter user @hirakujira spotted a chunk of code in the social messaging app including “<key>warning.badwords<key>” which would trigger a user …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2013
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Beijing cluster brawlers warm up for undergrad cluster tussle

China’s biggest export in June, at least measured by FLOP/s, could likely be the two teams they’re sending to the second annual Student Cluster Challenge at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). This is the second major cluster competition of 2013, coming hot on the heels of the recently completed Asia Student …
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Beijing to get free Wi-Fi with obvious strings attached

Over the next five years Beijing will get 480,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, but using them will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored. The network is being put together by China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and will be free to use for least the next three years. However, …
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2011
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In the red corner: TV star and prof in Beijing blogger brawl

Two prominent Chinese micro-bloggers decided to settle their differences offline on Friday, after a Sina Weibo spat between a female regional TV presenter and a pro-government academic ended up in fisticuffs in a Beijing park. The stand-off in Chaoyang Park, a transcript of which has been provided by Beijing Cream, pitted – …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jul 2012
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

China to blow away smog with DRONES

China is set to unleash a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles to clear the smog from its skies as part of Beijing’s newly declared “war on pollution”. The smog-busting drones were designed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China and will be tested later this month at airports and ports, according to a Chinese language Xinhua …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2014
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Beijing removes all online mentions of fleeing activist Chen

China’s online censorship machine flew into overdrive at the weekend to remove all mention of blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest and is reportedly now under protection in the US embassy in Beijing. Guangcheng, who has been a vocal campaigner against China’s oppressive one-child policy and has become …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2012
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'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

China's smartphone darling Xiaomi has revealed ambitious expansion plans that will see the Beijing-based firm launch across Asia and Latin America. Xiaomi Global VP and former Googler Hugo Barra told the audience at the China 2.0 forum in Beijing last Friday that the firm would soon be expanding into Malaysia, Indonesia, the …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Apr 2014

China's 'Airpocalypse' forces pilots to learn BLIND landings in smog

China's air pollution is so bad, the country's Civil Aviation Administration has ordered all pilots of domestic flights to be trained in low-visibility landings. It's hoped this will defeat the smog that has lowered the on-time flight performance at Beijing Capital International Airport to 18 per cent – the "the worst record …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Dec 2013
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

The heavy air pollution gripping China has become so severe that experts fear crops in the region will be unable to grow properly this season. The South China Morning Post cites research from China Agricultural University in reporting that the air pollution which has settled over Beijing in recent months has blocked out so much …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2014
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Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs

The Communist Party’s chief official in western China’s Xinjiang region has blamed online videos and virtual private networks (VPNs) for the knife attack at Kunming station last week that left 29 dead and dozens injured. Speaking during a meeting at the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Zhang Chunxian …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

Sync 'n’ share service Dropbox is available again in China almost four years after the Great Firewall decided to block it, but it may struggle to pull in punters given the large number of local rivals that have launched in the meantime. Dropbox was banned by the authorities in May 2010 in a typically Chinese way; without warning …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2014
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Apple throwing separate Chinese iPhone event

Chinese press have received an invitation to an Apple event, in Beijing, to take place just hours after the fruity phone factory does its usual thing in Cupertino. Local news outlet Sina brought the world the news , and the image below that apparently translates as a promise of a “dazzling” day for China. The event will take …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013

One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work

The Chinese operatives behind two major advanced persistent threat (APT) groups have fully resumed their activities despite being exposed publically last year, in a sign that diplomatic efforts by the US aren’t working, according to Mandiant. The FireEye-owned company said in its M-Trends report that over the past year it has …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Apr 2014

China's e-petitioners crash government site on first day

China’s attempts to drag its centuries old petitioning system into the 21st century left Beijing rather red-faced on Monday after a web site designed for the purpose unceremoniously crashed on its first day. The government agency which deals with petitions – the State Bureau for Letters and Calls – was subject to widespread …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013
Huawei campus Shenzhen crowd

Huawei coming in from the cold in Oz?

A couple of years into its charm offensive, a change of government seems to be thawing the chill that left Chinese vendor Huawei out in the cold in Australia. Huawei had been excluded from bidding for projects like Australia's National Broadband Network on national security grounds. Although there was little official …
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Beijing erects giant pong-away sprays at rubbish dumps

Beijing is putting up 100 giant deodorant sprays which can jet perfume over rubbish dumps in order to reduce their acrid smell. Continued economic growth in China means increasing pressure on landfill sites. Pressure also comes from China's growing middle class which increasingly complains about government decisions, just like …
John Oates, 26 Mar 2010
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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

The Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) has reported that its lunar rover and lander have reawakened after being powered down for two weeks. Earth in monochrome The black and white marble "During the lunar night, the lander and the rover were in a power-off condition and the communication with Earth was also cut off," …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2014

Chinese hacker bust drove crims underground says report

The public exposure of Chinese hacking group APT1 and its alleged affiliation to the People’s Liberation Army has done nothing but drive its members deeper underground, according to a US congressional report. The US-China Economic and Security Commission, which advises Congress on China, said in a draft report seen by Reuters …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Nov 2013
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Amazon cuddles up to Chinese public sector with AWS rollout

Amazon has sent its cloud service floating high over China for the first time after announcing a limited rollout of its AWS cloud platform, making the Middle Kingdom the 10th country to be offered the service.. A "select group of China-based and multinational companies" will be offered the chance to try out the cloud at the …
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013
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Google, please DRILL through Great Firewall of China with your HTTPS LANCE

A non-profit anti-censorship body has called on Eric Schmidt and Google to lead by example and call China’s bluff on web censorship with a simple two-pronged approach. GreatFire.org co-founder Charlie Smith claimed in a blog post that Google should switch its China search service to HTTPS by default, as it does in the US, which …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor has issued a statement reporting that, tragically, 20 of its employees were aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which appears to have crashed into the South China Sea. At the time of writing, the jetliner, which was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur carrying 239 passengers and crew, is …
Team Register, 09 Mar 2014

Qualcomm pleads innocence as Chinese regulators turn the screw

Mobile CPU giant Qualcomm has released a lengthy statement denying any wrong-doing after Chinese media claimed regulators have “substantial evidence” in an anti-monopoly investigation which could lead to over $US1bn in fines for the firm. Qualcomm revealed at the end of November that China’s National Development and Reform …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Dec 2013
That expensive glass door before it was broken, credit Apple press photo website

Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

Chinese scalpers have found a new way to make a few extra yuan: book up all the Genius Bar slots in the nation’s Apple Stores then sell them on at a profit. Black market traders are snapping up time slots months in advance and then charging 10-40 yuan (£1-4) for each appointment on third party sites like the popular C2C trading …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2013
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Sorry Dick: 3 reasons why Twitter will NEVER be unblocked in China

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is in China this week visiting the country but rumours of the microblogging platform’s resurrection there have been greatly exaggerated. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in the Middle Kingdom since 2009, when the government claimed they had been used by protesters to organise ahead of deadly anti- …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014

China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

Non-profit anti-censorship body GreatFire.org has created a mirrored site that allows users in China to view the recently blocked Reuters site, in a move which could take down thousands of websites in the PRC if the authorities decide to play hardball. Reuters China and the local language version of the Wall Street Journal were …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2013

BlackBerry binned JV plan to become China's official mobile OS: report

Struggling BlackBerry launched a bold bid back in 2010 to corner the Chinese smartphone market through a joint venture, but despite significant interest from Beijing internal feuding in the company ended up scuppering a deal, it is claimed. In summer 2010, Research In Motion chairwoman Barbara Stymiest and then co-CEO Jim …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Oct 2013

11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

A choking cloud of air pollution 4,000 per cent as dangerous as the World Health Organization's recommendation of daily airborne particulate exposure has virtually shut down one of northeastern China's most populous cities. Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013 No, it's not a foggy …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Oct 2013
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

Citizens in a smog-choked part of China have been queuing for bags of air imported from the country's mountain regions. According to both the Wall Street Journal and the Chinese state-run China News Service, a promotional campaign has been offering users the opportunity to take hits from pillow-sized bags of air collected in the …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014
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AWS imposes national borders on Cloudland

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has drawn up borders within its cloud with a new 'Geostriction' feature for its CloudFront service. CloudFront is AWS' content distribution offering and speeds downloads for all manner of media, often by locating it closer to users. AWS can now ensure that only the users you want – or at least those …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013
Spam

Chinese cops cuff 1,500 in fake base station spam raid

China’s police have arrested over 1,500 people on suspicion of using fake base stations to send out mobile SMS spam. The current crackdown, began in February, according to Reuters. Citing a Ministry of Public Security missive, the newswire says a group operating in north-east Liaoning province, bordering North Korea, is …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014
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Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

Apple has failed to conquer the Chinese market with the iPhone 5C, its (slightly) cheaper and more garishly coloured release. Despite the gold version of the iPhone 5S selling out across the massive nation, Chinese consumers have not warmed to the other versions of the flagship phone and appear to have entirely rejected the 5C, …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

China stalls WTO trade talks on tariff-free IT goods

Chinese negotiators have come in for heavy criticism after global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a range of technology products broke down because Beijing wanted to exempt nearly half of them from the discussion. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was originally signed in 1996 but …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013
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London's Tech City welcomes first Chinese tenant

London’s Tech City hub has welcomed its first company from mainland Chinese to Silicon Roundabout, with the news that gaming biz Rekoo is setting up its European HQ there. Rekoo, which was founded in 2008, describes itself as Asia’s “largest social games developer” and outside of its Beijing headquarters already boasts offices …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2013

Chinese government builds its own 'ChinaSo' search engine

The Chinese government is having another pop at the local search market after merging two previous failures into a new service, dubbed ChinaSo. The search engine has risen from the ashes of Jike, launched three years ago by Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, and Panguso, which was launched by Xinhua in the same year …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Mar 2014
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Beijing snuffs Google.com

Chinese net censors appeared to block Google's worldwide website last night, as that country's government continues to grapple with the company over pornographic links turned up by its search engine. After 9pm local time, the The Financial Times reports, attempts to access google.com and gmail.com from separate computers in …
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009
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China finally lifts 13 YEAR gaming ban

China has officially overturned a 13-year ban on gaming consoles by allowing the production and sale of “gaming entertainment” in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The official pronouncement by the State Council on Monday will open the way for foreign companies like Microsoft and Sony to sell their wares nationwide …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jan 2014