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Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail access has apparently returned to China, with users of the email service in the country reporting that the four day outage which nobody would take responsibility for seems to have come to an end. Google's POP and IMAP servers were unexpectedly unavailable over the weekend, with widespread claims that the "Great Firewall" China's government relies upon to limit access to the internet had clamped down on another victim. Just as suddenly, though, emails have begun to make it through, and Google's own metrics indicate a slight rise in Chinese traffic to Gmail.

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Chinese paper blames Google for Gmail woes in the country

Chinese paper blames Google for Gmail woes in the country

Yesterday we talked a bit about Gmail problems in China and the fact that some in the country were blaming the outage on China's massive firewall known as the Great Firewall. Chinese state media has announced that the issue with Gmail in the country is Google's fault for not being willing to obey Chinese law. Chinese paper Global Times laid the blame squarely at Google's feet in an editorial.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Though they’re still not making devices available the world over, Xiaomi is still the darling of the Android world outside of the United States. In China, they’ve quickly become the top smartphone vendor, seeding well-made devices via their own online sales portal. Those low-cost devices leave Xiaomi with a fairly thin profit margin, but that doesn’t seem to be worrying Venture Capitalists, who just cobbled together a $1 billion funding round for Xiaomi. The new funding values the company at over $45 billion.

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Gmail unavailable in China, Great Firewall blamed

Gmail unavailable in China, Great Firewall blamed

Google's Gmail is the most popular email platform out there and the service is hated by some governments that want to keep the populace in the dark about what is going on in their country and the world around them. One of the countries that has a problem with freely disseminated information online is China and word has surfaced that Gmail has been blocked in the country.

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Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Let's face it. Yesterday's smartphone crowd are pretty much today's young professionals. It is to these pioneers that most manufacturers are trying to woo with their dead serious models. Meizu, on the other hand, wants to make sure that nobody gets left out, that even today's young ones get a taste of a device that is serious on the inside but has personality on the outside. That seems to be the unspoken spiel for the new Meizu M1 Note, a more colorful take on the mostly black, white, and gray smartphone market.

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Uber facing pressure in China and Taiwan

Uber facing pressure in China and Taiwan

Uber is facing more backlash, this time in the Chinese city Chongqing and in Taiwan, and the issue is a familiar one: concerns about lack of proper licensing for the drivers, concerns shared by officials in cities across the globe. Chongqing is a very large city, and an investigation probing Uber's business there is said to be the first big critical look mainland China has given the company -- and, as points out Reuters, it follows an investment from Baidu, a Chinese company.

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Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay may cover 90% of credit volume here in the United States, but overseas the mobile payment service is still missing. That could change, though, as two Apple job listings point to their intent to make electronic point-of-sale transactions a big thing the world over. In London, Apple is looking for someone to spearhead their European rollout for Apple Pay, while a Shanghai based opening suggests Apple is cannonballing into the Chinese market. A timeframe for the respective rollouts for Apple Pay was not noted.

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PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

PlayStation 4, PS Vita launching in China January 2015

The Xbox One might have had the crown this recent holiday season, but Sony's consoles are getting ready to take on a completely fresh and potentially huge market next month. Going behind schedule by a month, Sony has just announced that it will start selling the PlayStation 4 (CUH-1000 series) and the PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000) in China starting January 11 next year. Given than Microsoft isn't far behind, this will mark a new arena in the battle for console supremacy between the two giants.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

Apple has announced plans to release the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular connectivity in China this week. Both slates will support a variety of high-speed cellular networks, and will otherwise bring with them the same features as the WiFi models, which were previously launched in the region. Apple has detailed the pricing, and though it didn't say when the slates would arrive, it seems they're listed on the company's China website now.

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