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Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Doing business in China doesn't mean simply wooing the market with products that appeal to them. It also means playing by their rules and sometimes playing the same game they are playing. Apple is doing part of that today by announcing its commitment to using, promoting, and establishing renewable resources in China, aligning with the country's own environmental initiatives. This involves multiple projects and endeavors, ranging from nurturing managed forests that produce essential virgin fiber to installing solar panels that will power Apple's Chinese offices and stores.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Uber’s China office raided by government authorities

Police and other government officials in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou conducted a raid on the offices of Uber Technologies last week. The incident was initially reported by local newspaper Guangzhou Daily, who added that cellphones and other equipment were seized, and that transportation and business-licensing departments were taking part in the ongoing investigation. The office raid took place on Thursday, while on Friday the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's official broadcaster, reported that the operation was not targeting Uber specifically, but part of a general crackdown on illegal taxi services.

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Qualcomm steps up efforts to help Chinese OEMs go global

Qualcomm steps up efforts to help Chinese OEMs go global

Qualcomm, one of the biggest chip makers in the mobile industry, is facing quite some challenges on multiple fronts. It practically admitted taking a hit from Samsung's decision not to go with its chips for the highly popular Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge flagships. It also explicitly mentioned incurring no small amount of loss in settling an antitrust case in China. But despite the latter, Qualcomm is even more intent in wooing the large market, this time by establishing ties with Chinese smartphone makers to help them launch their products abroad.

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Fossilized dinosaur eggs cluster found in China

Fossilized dinosaur eggs cluster found in China

Dinosaur discoveries are nothing new in China, and it has recently been the source of yet another discovery. According to state media, a total of forty three dinosaur egg fossils were discovered in a southern China region during road construction. Says the reports, the eggs are large, with one in particular measuring in at 13 centimeters in diameter. Of the forty three that were found, nineteen of them are said to be entirely intact, while the rest are broken in some way.

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Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google will stop recognizing web security certificates issued by China's CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), it has been announced. This comes at a time when China is cracking down on foreign services in the nation, and tech companies are backing off in return, pulling or otherwise limiting their interactions with China. Google announced yesterday that it would stop recognizing the CNNIC certificates, and the agency has fired back today with a statement saying the move is "difficult to understand and accept".

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Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Looks like things are about to get real and about to get messy. At least as far as Google and Microsoft are concerned. It's no secret that Microsoft is going to provide a way for Xiaomi Mi 4 owners to wipe Android off their device and install a preview of Windows 10 for phones instead. And while there a few caveats to that story, it does practically mean that Microsoft is trying to take a nibble out of Google's pie in China. Now just a few weeks later, this video appears showing that exact setup, and the result might give Google reason to worry.

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The HTC One E9 Plus detailed: HTC’s first 2K display

The HTC One E9 Plus detailed: HTC’s first 2K display

This morning HTC China has released full details on the HTC One E9 Plus (aka E9 +), a device which may well be released worldwide. This device takes on the legacy of larger HTC Android devices and adds a dash of the successful standard headliner HTC One. This device is coming with a 5.5-inch Ultra High Definition 2K display, a big fat camera on the back, and newly minted Dolby Audio HTC BoomSound speakers up front. This device is available now in China and will likely be released internationally soon.

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Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Speculation often leads to more of the same, unless you act upon those speculations. It’s a lesson Elon Musk and Tesla learned the hard way, it seems. In China, Tesla has found itself withering on the vine with a slower-than-expected adoption rate among customers. Previously, Musk said misinformation was to blame for Tesla’s slow rollout in China; that Chinese consumers didn’t quite grasp what his all-electric vehicles were about. It seems analysts may have taken him for a ride, though.

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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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Apple will reportedly let Foxconn resell iPhones in China

Apple will reportedly let Foxconn resell iPhones in China

Stateside, we’ve got plenty of avenues for snapping up used smartphones. Swappa, Gazelle, and others make for an easy conduit for buying and selling devices. In China, things are a bit less official, and the pre-owned market is like the wild west. According to a new report, the iPhone re-sell market is getting a bit more polished, as Apple is reportedly set to allow their supply chain partner Foxconn to buy used iPhones, refurbish them, and sell them via their official web store.

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HTC ‘One M9pt’ leaked ahead of April launch

HTC ‘One M9pt’ leaked ahead of April launch

With the HTC One M9 having just come out, reviews are largely ho-hum. The barely updated design has a camera most find to be a mis-hit for HTC, rendering us mostly non-plussed about the device thusfar. That’s the version we see stateside, though. What about the rest of the world?! It seems China, at least, is about to see the One M9, but in a different form factor, with interesting new features. While we don’t have many details on the device, it’s already crave-able.

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