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Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple’s legal troubles in China continue. This time Cupertino is being sued by a company called Zhi Zhen Internet Technology over voice recognition patents. Zhi Zhen claims it holds patents for a Chinese voice language assistant used for its Xiao i Robot service, and that Siri infringes those patents. There's quite a big gap between Siri's introduction in October and the lawsuit that's just been filed, although the company says it reached out to Apple back in May and heard no response.

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Apple’s China bottleneck: More bricks & mortar needed

Apple’s China bottleneck: More bricks & mortar needed

China is a huge market for Apple, as evidenced by the $60 million Apple recently paid to settle the iPad trademark dispute with Proview. That trademark dispute was preventing Apple from selling the new iPad inside China. China has a huge population, a robustly growing economy, and already accounts for an estimated 1/5 of the revenue Apple generates.

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Call of Duty hits free online play in China

Call of Duty hits free online play in China

This week China has been announced to be getting a healthy dose of none other than Activision's hit shooter game Call of Duty for completely free online play. This game will be "free-to-play" entirely online and Activision will be using this move to expand their footprint across Asia. They'll be partnering with Tencent Holdings Limited, a group that provides Internet and wireless services across the nation, with them having exclusive license to operate Call of Duty online throughout China.

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Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple finally settled the iPad trademark case in mainland China, paying Proview $60 million to put the issue to rest. Now it looks like Cupertino will be coming under fire from another target: a Chinese chemical company is suing Apple over a Snow Leopard trademark. Jiangsu Xuebao claims to have filed the electrical equipment trademark protection back in 2000.

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Chinese astronauts achieve milestone after milestone

Chinese astronauts achieve milestone after milestone

This Sunday was the first time a manned Chinese spacecraft successfully docked with another spacecraft, this being just one of several brand new achievements of the crew that blasted off last week. This crew aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft also included the first female astronaut in the history of China, and makes up only the four crew of humans sent from China to explore space. This mission was launched in order to test the viability of the craft the Chinese already had in space and will be part of the decision on how China chooses to proceed with their space program from here on out.

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Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

China's Internet giant, Tencent, has purchased a minority stake in leading US game developer Epic Games, maker of the Unreal gaming engine that powers many of the high-end console-quality franchises such as Mass Effect and Gears of War. Epic Games is also behind the popular console-quality iOS mobile game Infinity Blade.

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Chinese automatic manned space docking completed successfully

Chinese automatic manned space docking completed successfully

I mentioned last week that China was set to launch its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in an attempt to dock with its orbiting space station module with astronauts on board for the first time. This mission also had China's first female astronaut aboard. The automated docking procedure between the manned spacecraft and orbiting station module China previously placed in space was successful.

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China to send its first female into space tomorrow

China to send its first female into space tomorrow

China plans to send three astronauts into space on Saturday aboard a Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. This will be the country's first manned space docking attempt if all goes well. One of the astronauts of the three-member crew will be Liu Yiang, a 33-year-old major in the Peoples Liberation Army and the country's first woman to ever go into space.

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