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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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Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G Review

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G Review

This week we’re having a peek at the newest piece of hardware offered up by Huawei to the North American market: the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (aka the Ascend Mate2 4G). This device is made to delivery a little bit of everything, including a large display, nearly the newest version of Android, and a unique delivery. If you want a phone that none of your friends have, this might be the phone for you.

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HTC One (E8) official (again)

HTC One (E8) official (again)

This week the folks at HTC have made official their HTC One (E8) in full, complete with full specifications and details. Last week there was a note in China’s HTC front about this device, but now that the press release is out, we can have a more complete look at the ins and outs of this slightly more budget-friendly smartphone in the HTC One family.

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Motorola shuttering Texas plant, will assemble phones overseas

Motorola shuttering Texas plant, will assemble phones overseas

If the “assembled in the USA” tagline associated with Motorola’s Moto X was attractive to you, it’s soon to be a relic of the past. The handset maker will shutter its Texas plant, opened ahead of their Moto X release last year. The plant, which currently employs about 700, will shut down by the end of 2014.

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Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro leaked, jumps on the 2K train

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro leaked, jumps on the 2K train

It may not be the awaited first "Motorola by Lenovo" handset, but Lenovo's next smartphone will still try to make headlines. Joining the latest smartphone fad, its Vibe Z2 Pro was spotted bearing QHD goodness, albeit in a rather gigantic 6-inch screen.

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Sony PlayStation will be entering China soon

Sony PlayStation will be entering China soon

China is really everyone's darling market these days. Just after Microsoft announced that it plans to make its Xbox One consoles available in the country, Sony has formed two new ventures that heralds the coming of the PlayStation, in one form or another, to the formerly closed gaming market of China.

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