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Apple begins use of China-based iCloud storage

Apple begins use of China-based iCloud storage

This week its become official: Apple is using China Telecom data centers to extend iCloud storage of user data. China’s Telecom platform began being utilized by Apple on August 8th, this after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" according to China Telecom.

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China’s government banned from using Apple products

China’s government banned from using Apple products

A source that spoke to Bloomberg has revealed that the iPad and the MacBook have not been included on the Chinese government's procurement list that was distributed back in July. A total of ten Apple devices were left off, and as a result they cannot be used by government agencies or otherwise purchased with public money.

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Samsung beaten by Xiaomi in China for smartphone shipments

Samsung beaten by Xiaomi in China for smartphone shipments

This quarter appears to have been the haymaker for Xiaomi in China as, according to analysts at Canalys, the vendor tripled shipments in three months. What’s more, it would appear that Xiaomi has done what Apple - thus far - has been unable to do: they’ve out-shipped Samsung. Samsung’s shipments fell this quarter as well while Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, and Huawei all grew.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 debuts: 5-inch screen, top specs, steel body

Xiaomi Mi 4 debuts: 5-inch screen, top specs, steel body

At its annual conference in Beijing, Xiaomi has unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 4, naturally called its fastest phone ever. Sporting some of the best hardware in the mobile market today, all crammed in a 5-inch smartphone with a stainless steel frame, Xiaomi's latest and greatest is poised to yet be another fast seller in China. And yes, it does look a tad like the iPhone, which is something that Xiaomi might have been consciously going for.

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iPhone 6 clones appear way ahead of actual device

iPhone 6 clones appear way ahead of actual device

Of course, iPhone clones are almost a fact of life by now, no matter how much authorities try to crack down on them. That said, it is quite amusing, if not ridiculous, that an iPhone 6 clone would start getting distributed around the Chinese market, when the iPhone 6 itself is months away from being revealed. Talk about efficiency!

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Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

China's state-run broadcaster has called the iPhone a "national security concern" because of its location tracking features, basically the same GPS-based features you can find on any modern smartphone and mobile platform. Apple has now released a statement via it's China office claiming that it does not participate nor does it condone any act of spying using its products. However, the Chinese government might have been looking not for an explanation but for a scapegoat instead.

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Will China’s politicized Apple slam hurt iPhone 6 sales?

Will China’s politicized Apple slam hurt iPhone 6 sales?

Apple has found itself at the heart of a fresh national security storm in China, with the iPhone branded a danger not only to individual users but to state secrets as a tool of the NSA. The accusations, made by state broadcaster China Central TV (CCTV) this week, are being described as the latest example of "post-Snowden" fallout, with the US surveillance activities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden raising tensions between the two nations.

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Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

A patent case against Apple in China two years in the making has almost come to a close and, unlike its victory over Samsung in the US, things aren't looking good for the Cupertino-based company. A court in Beijing has ruled that Apple's popular voice-controlled virtual personal assistant Siri uses speech recognition technology in violation of the patents held by a a Chinese tech company.

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Sony Xperia C3 totes 5MP soft flash camera for selfies

Sony Xperia C3 totes 5MP soft flash camera for selfies

Even Japanese OEM Sony is now trying to cater to the selfie-loving crowd. With a 5 megapixel front camera complete with soft LED flash, the Xperia C3 is being poised as the best selfie smartphone. While that may arguably be true, in almost everything else, the mobile device falls rather flat.

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LG G3 Beat could be the G3 mini for China

LG G3 Beat could be the G3 mini for China

LG has just unveiled in China what could very well be the LG G3 mini, though it is really stretching what the word "mini" really means. While the LG G3 Beat is indeed smaller than the current LG G3 flagship, it still sports a 5.5-inch display that comes close to crossing that very thin line that separates a smartphone from what most would call a phablet.

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Huawei Honor 6 flaunts very thin bezels, high-end specs

Huawei Honor 6 flaunts very thin bezels, high-end specs

You might have been distracted by Microsoft's colorful glossy Nokia X2 reveal, but Huawei will grab your attention with its somewhat strangely named Honor 6 flagship. Aside from sporting what is touted to be a processor as fast as Qualcomm's beasts, this smartphone boasts of a incredibly thin bezels that give more space to the device's screen.

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Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.

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