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China ready for manned spaceflight in mid-June

China ready for manned spaceflight in mid-June

With all the hubbub centered on SpaceX and its successful mission to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station, China is set to make some news of its own. China wasn't invited to the ISS party, and launched its own space station module called the Tiangong 1 a while back. China has announced that in the middle of June it will be performing its fourth manned spaceflight.

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Tim Cook D10 interview video highlights available now

Tim Cook D10 interview video highlights available now

This week Tim Cook did what will certainly go down in history as a landmark interview with the folks at All Things D, and today several highlights from this D10 talk are available online. Below what you'll see is a selection of great moments in the talk with the Apple CEO that we've also got covered in individual post form if you're in a reading mode instead. This interview took place between Cook, Kara Swisher, and Walt Mossberg and explored subjects ranging between China and Steve Jobs, convergence and charity, and of course what we'll be seeing this year at WWDC.

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Tim Cook pushes Apple manufacturing in USA at D10

Tim Cook pushes Apple manufacturing in USA at D10

When asked at the All Things D conference by Kara Swisher why Apple does not have its own factories in China, Tim Cook spoke highly of the plants already in place. "We decided a decade ago that there were things Apple could do best and that there were other things that somebody else can do as well or better. Manufacturing was one of those. I think that's still true." Cook's comments come at a time when critics have been relatively silent on manufacturing plants such as Foxconn, while Walk Mossberg continues to question him on the subject.

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iPhone 5 supply purchases tipped for 2012

iPhone 5 supply purchases tipped for 2012

This week we're seeing no lack of iPhone 5 rumors, with this latest tidbit being a selection of supply reports from China pointing toward shakeups in the global supply economy as a result of Apple's next big titan. This next-level smartphone is set to have components that are not necessarily working with the same companies Apple has been working with before, with the most recent supply shock being Apple's leaked purchase of flash memory products with Elpida, a competitor with the then $10 million USD poorer Samsung, for over half of their total parts in-house.

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Foxconn dropping $210m on new Apple production line

Foxconn dropping $210m on new Apple production line

The alliance between Apple and Foxconn seems to be going swimmingly. It wasn’t too long ago that we heard the two companies would split the costs to improve working conditions, and a new report from China Daily shows that Foxconn will invest $210 million into a new Apple production line. The new plant will be located in Huai’an city, occupy around 40,000 square meters, and eventually hire 35,800 workers.

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China Mobile hoping to offer iPhone

China Mobile hoping to offer iPhone

Apple continues to roll out the iPhone to additional carriers across the United States, and more importantly, the world. Bloomberg reports that China Mobile is in talks with Apple to carry the iPhone, which would bring Cupertino’s smartphone to the largest phone company in the world in terms of user base. The new chairman of China Mobile, Xi Guohua, said that he couldn’t predict if the talks would be successful, however.

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Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Android and iOS may be seeing massive success in Europe and the United States, but Baidu is poised to compete against both in China. The search based company is planning to launch a new version of its operating system, Baidu Cloud, which will feature cloud-based products such as storage. Executives at Baidu have told Reuters that the company is in talks with “global” partners.

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Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive has seen China's Great Firewall slam it its cloud-storage face, the latest service from the big search firm to be blocked from billion-strong population. Launched earlier this week to take on DropBox, Box and SkyDrive, Google Drive offers 5GB of free storage and the option of a monthly subscription for extra capacity, using optical character recognition (OCR) to pull text and objects out from photos and PDFs. However, Chinese web users will have to make do with homegrown alternatives.

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Motorola RAZR HD coming soon

Motorola RAZR HD coming soon

There's no denying that Motorola has stuck to their guns when they said that the RAZR was a hero for them and that they'd be staying the name for some time to come as this week we're seeing a 720p version called the RAZR HD hit the wild. A couple of photos have been seen over in China at Gfan where this Motorola RAZR HD will be bringing not just 720p, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. Can we expect this titan to hit Verizon just like its predecessors over the past few months?

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iPhone 5 to have ‘nano’ companion

iPhone 5 to have ‘nano’ companion

Now that we're within a half-year of the next Apple iPhone being launched, the iPhone 5 rumors, tips, and secret confirmations are flying - today's being a whole bonus model for the masses. It's the "iPhone nano" that we're hearing about today, straight from the China Times to your doorstep. This tip comes from that continent and suppliers which remain unnamed saying that they are, indeed, creating units which point to a low-cost entry-level iPhone for the next generation iPhone 5 this fall.

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