Articles about China

Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

WAHckon Manipulation of small amounts of data among huge data sets could be an unrecognised threat to scientific organisations, security man Craig Searle says. Searle is founder of Melbourne-based security consultancy Hivint and says altering a few data points inside important databases - say those held by meteorological organisations …
Darren Pauli, 02 May 2016
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Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has offloaded his Apple shares after the stock dropped below $100 a piece this week following the vendor's first sales slip in 13 years. The world's most valued tech company reported a 13 per cent drop in turnover to $50.6m for the three months ended 31 March, Apple's Q3 of fiscal '16 …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Apr 2016
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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

For those wondering if we've reached Peak Smartphone: global smartphone shipments saw their first ever quarterly drop, say analysts. Research house Strategy Analytics says that shipments in the first quarter of 2016 declined by three per cent over the same period in 2015. This marks the first time analysts have recorded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2016
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SanDisk's enterprise flash sales are embiggening nicely

SanDisk enjoyed fatter revenues on an annual compare in its first quarter, driven by higher enterprise product sales. First 2016 quarter revenues of $1.37bn were three per cent up the $1.33bn recorded a year ago and, as expected, seasonally down on the final 2015 quarter’s $1.54bn by 11 per cent. There was a profit of $78m, a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

Prospects for handset-makers just got worse, with the smartphone market recording its worst quarterly growth ever. Remember how at the end of March, Gartner predicted a mere seven per cent smartphone growth for 2016, the first time the market hadn't managed double-digit growth? That forecast is starting to look like rose- …
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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016

China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

Pics What's the difference between China's "first" robot security guard AnBot and a Dalek? One is a ruthless, slow moving and slightly menacing autonomous machine fitted with a space-age anti-human weapon and designed to weed out all those who stand against its authoritarian rule – and the other stars in Doctor Who. AnBot was …
Chris Williams, 27 Apr 2016
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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Apple has confirmed analysts' fears of a drab quarter, reporting its first year-over-year sales decline in more than a decade. Its share price is down 8.2 per cent to $95.76 in after-hours trading – dipping below the magic hundred-buck mark. The Mac maker said that in the three months to March 31 – the second quarter of its …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Alcatel-Lucent embarks on cloudy board shake-up

Networking biz Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is replacing its chief exec Jeff Ma with Jack Chen, as the outfit vows to make itself all about the cloud. Prior to joining Alcatel, Chen was the head of the Asia Pacific and China region at Alcatel and its China Wireless biz. The biz has also unveiled a new cloud strategy to provide …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2016

Hackers so far ahead of defenders it's not even a game

Cybercriminals are way ahead of the game against defenders without having to try anything new, according to the latest edition of Verizon's benchmark survey of security breaches. The study shows that miscreants have no need to switch up, because the same old tactics are still working fine. Security defenders are still …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016

175 teams, 4 continents, $36,000: It's the Amazing HPC Cluster Race

HPC Blog The largest student cluster competition in the known world kicked off last Monday in Wuhan, China. Sixteen teams representing universities from China, South America, the US, and Europe are participating in the fifth annual Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge. The competition just gets bigger and bigger. This year, it started …
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BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software

Interview BlackBerry’s purchase of rival Good has begun to convince people it can make the big shift from phones to enterprise software. The company’s global sales chief Carl Wiese shared his view of the post-Snowden, post-Schrems landscape with The Register. “On conference calls last year almost all of the questions from financial …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2016
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China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor

Apple has reportedly been banned from offering movies and books through its iTunes and iBooks portals in China. The New York Times cited anonymous sources in reporting that Beijing has decided that the Cupertino giant will no longer be able to offer the movie and book download services on the mainland. The reason for the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2016
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

An explanation for Roger Shawyer's seemingly impossible EmDrive has been offered. The RF resonant cavity thruster was first proposed by British aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer in 1999. It bounces microwaves around within a cone-nosed container, with the container moving in the direction of the cone end. Despite skepticism …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2016
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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

Analysis 3D XPoint memory represents a door way to non-volatile profits for Intel and a passage away from NAND production, which is bedevilled by over-supply from costly fabrication plants with high costs. This idea starts from a simple question: how is Intel’s flash business doing? Not well, according to a financial analyst. In its …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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EMC results: It'll all come out in the post-Dell deal wash

+Comment EMC saw many pockets of growth in its first fiscal 2016 quarter’s results but overall revenues declined because core legacy product revenues fell, as did RSA and the enterprise content business. These declines more than offset the impressive growth rates of newer products. In the EMC earnings call, CEO and chairman Joe Tucci …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016

Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

The UK has ranked 38th in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index - a league table of "the degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries". Topping the Reporters Without Borders (aka Reporters sans frontières, or RSF) index is Finland, followed by The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. China, Syria, …
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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Lexmark sold for $3.6bn

Lexmark has been sold to an Asian consortium for $3.6bn. China's Apex Technology and Legend Capital, along with Hong Kong-based PAG Asia Capital will pay $40.50 per share to acquire Lexmark and form a consortium. Lexmark will continue to operate out of US headquarters in Kentucky. It has about 12,000 employees and was spawned …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2016

Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Apple's fight with law enforcement has stepped up again, with the iPhone giant forced to deny that it hands over user information to Beijing while refusing the authorities at home. Speaking at a hearing of US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell said that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016

Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

A computer technician at a Chinese state encryption lab has been sentenced to death for selling government secrets to foreign intelligence agencies. For nine years Huang Yu, 48, sold 150,000 state documents for "a foreign spy organization" and earned over $700,000, Shanghai Daily reports. These included ciphers for the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2016
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Blighty gears up for first UK Robotics Week

The acronymically-abundant UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) tentacle of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced further events which will feature at the first UK Robotics Week from 25 June to 1 July. As we previously reported, the event is backed by the Royal …
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2016
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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Analysis Google structures its entire organisation to avoid privacy laws, minimise taxes and de-risk itself from competition oversight*. Today Google’s European supremo hinted that being in China might be less of a hassle, and that losing Google would serve us Europeans right for being so backward. Of course, it’s a sheer coincidence …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2016
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They Came From Beyond Our Galaxy And Landed In The Ice!

“Big Bird”, a neutrino spotted in December 2012, probably started its life nine billion years ago in a quasar far, far away: so says the international team of boffins who run the IceCube detector beneath the Antarctic ice. By 2013, the IceCube collaborators believed they'd spotted extragalactic events: now they believe which …

Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

It might be time to reconsider the evils of China's censorship regime, after the Middle Kingdom slapped a ban on reality TV shows featuring celebrities' children. China's not super-keen on reality shows: this 2015 speech by official Tian Jin urges their producers to make people, not celebrities, the real heroes of such …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2016
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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

Chinese national Daofu Zhang has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy top-end field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) stolen from a US Navy base and replacing the swiped silicon with counterfeit duds. Last Friday, in Connecticut's New Haven federal court, Zhang, 40, admitted offering to purchase military-spec chips from a US …
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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to …
Wireless Watch, 18 Apr 2016
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Intel's XPoint emperor has no clothes, only soiled diapers

Opinion Intel's XPoint marketing is such frenetic, hype-filled BS that it is setting up the world to be utterly underwhelmed by the reality. We have had a mini deluge of XPoint memory chip news recently, with Frank Hady – Intel Fellow and Chief 3D XPoint Storage Architect – giving a pitch at the 7th Annual Non-Volatile Memories …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

Review Huawei has grabbed the headlines with its audacious partnership with Leica – but does it measure up? Here’s the verdict on the P9: that is, the regular 5.2 inch model, not the larger P9 Plus, which has a few tricks of its own. Once you leave the hype behind – the P9’s dual-camera imaging is good, but not that good. I had hours …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2016

Seagate revenue numbers rain on cloud after market misses

+Comment Seagate has issued an early warning that its third fy2016 quarter revenue will be off by $100m from its forecast of $2.7bn. The company expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6bn and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23 per cent, for the quarter which ended April 1 – no, this is not a late April Fool joke. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Facebook's big trouble in its little world domination plan: China

Analysis One of the central themes of Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco this week has been Mark Zuckerberg's plans to wire up the world with Facebook internet access. Attendees were repeatedly reminded that even in this day and age, there are people not using Facebook – at least four billion people, allegedly. A fair …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2016
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Juniper bleeding data and money: slaps Band-Aids all over Junos OS and warns markets

Juniper's code reviewers have been hard at work, and have shipped a bunch of security bug-fixes. First up: the company has turned up a bunch of Junos OS privilege escalation vulnerabilities that need patching. As the advisory states, CVE-2016-1271 covers a set of CLI commands that can be exploited to get root access to the …
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Overstock CEO signs off

The founder and CEO of Overstock.com has gone on "indefinite medical leave." Patrick Byrne informed stakeholders that he has stage 4 Hepatitis C, has finished treatment for it, and will be stepping down. He recommended that the company's general counsel Mitch Edwards take over as acting CEO – which the board immediately agreed …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016
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Graphene solar panels harvest energy from rain

Solar panels could generate power at night and during inclement weather by harvesting energy from raindrops, research finds. The panels are built from highly-conductive graphene. In the presence of water, the material binds positively charged ions with its electrons. It is difficult to mass produce. Key to the operation of …
Darren Pauli, 12 Apr 2016
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Total cloud: Huawei's plan for planet's telcos and its own bottom line

Huawei reckons it can outgrow its enterprise competitors without seeking a bumper acquisition and is going to spend two years cloud-enabling its entire networks product line. Reports from the company's 2016 analyst summit in Shenzhen, China, suggest that rotating CEO Eric Xu (the company has three CEOs, who take six-month …
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Baddies' brilliant plan to get mobile malware whitelisted: Bribery

Criminals have resorted to bribes in order to smuggle malware into the source code of mobile gaming apps. The scam, in which malware authors bribed the employees of a legitimate mobile games company in China to embed malware into mobile apps, was uncovered by security researchers from Check Point. The bribe ensured that …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2016
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XMC builds 3D NAND fab

Chinese contract chip manufacturer XMC is building a 3D NAND fab. It’s funded up to $24bn by the China IC Industry Investment fund, Hubei IC Investment Fund, CDB Development Fund and Hubei Technology Investment. The China IC Industry Investment Fund is a state-backed funding initiative aimed at lessening China’s dependence on …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016

'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

China has awarded a prestigious “Pineapple Prize” to a fart-detector. The Pineapple Prizes are organised by Guokr.com, a Chinese popular science publication that named the award after the fruit which in China is said to be so ugly that only the brave and curious would explore its delicious interior. The prizes therefore look …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016
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ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

DNS overlord ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions. Earlier this week, the three senators, including Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, complained to ICANN chairman Steve Crocker that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Apr 2016

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Interview Which platform will the next billion people on the internet use? Is it more likely to be Microsoft’s Windows squeezed onto low-cost mobile hardware, or a mobile OS given some steroids? Three former Google executives are betting it's the latter. And based on Jide’s early showing, a revved-up Android called Remix OS is a serious …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016
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India starts to pull its weight as an enterprise IT buyer

India's modernising at a frantic rate and has justifiably earned a reputation as one of the planet's top sources of technology talent. But as a market to sell into? It's getting interesting now. To understand why, consider two nuggets of data emitted this week by the abacus-wranglers of analyst firm IDC. The company's latest …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2016
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Galaxy S7 sales slay S6

Memory cards matter and waterproofing matters: analyst outfit Counterpoint says sales of the Galaxy S7 are 25 per cent higher than those recorded by the S6 after a month on sale. "In the US, sales are up 30 per cent, Western Europe up 20 per cent and China 10 per cent higher," the firm says. In some other nations sales are up …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2016

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

The architect of China's Great Firewall was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation in a lecture this week on internet safety. Fang Binxing was speaking at his old university, the Harbin Institute of Technology in Heilongjiang, China, when he attempted to access webpages hosted in South Korea as a way to illustrate a …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Apr 2016
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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

China has announced the successful launch of its SJ-10 probe, which ascended into the heavens atop a Long March 2-D rocket overnight and will one day return to Earth. China's always happy to talk up its retrievable space technology, as it's successfully recovered 25 missions in recent years. That capability means China is …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2016
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China drinks Uber, IoT and e-health Kool Aid

China's State Council has signed off on a plan to place the internet of things at the heart of new efforts to upgrade the nation's manufacturing capabilities. The “Made in China 2025” strategy aims to get China out of low-value manufacturing and into more impressive stuff. The State Council, China's equivalent of a …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016
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Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China

Toy maker Mattel has recovered some US$3 million it shipped off to Chinese hackers who sent a well-crafted phishing email to a finance executive. The recovery was mostly down to luck: the cash was wired on a Chinese bank holiday which meant the funds were held up and returned by fast-acting authorities. Sources told …
Darren Pauli, 06 Apr 2016

Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

Near field communications (NFC) readers can now be baked into in-flight entertainment devices, making it possible to offer contactless payments in the sky. Panasonic Avionics, a dominant provider of in-flight entertainment units and the back-endery required to make them fly has announced its NFC readers are ready to take off. …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016
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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz, along with two other Senators, has lambasted DNS overseer ICANN a second time for failing to answer questions over its former CEO's ties to China. In a letter [PDF] sent to ICANN chairman Steve Crocker on Monday, Cruz and Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Michael Lee (R-UT) demanded …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016