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Foxconn expanding work force by 15,000 this year

Foxconn expanding work force by 15,000 this year

In a recent statement, Foxconn (Hon Hai) announced plans to increase its work force numbers by 15,000 in Taiwan, a move that will help bolster its business growth efforts. Though the number pales in comparison to its Chinese employee numbers, it will be a significant increase to the company's 46,000 workers in Taiwan.

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HTC Desire 816 eyes-on: aiming for kingship of mid-tier

HTC Desire 816 eyes-on: aiming for kingship of mid-tier

With the HTC Desire 816, the company brings on a smartphone that aims to be the king of the middle tier. This does not mean it’s a price leader - nor does it cut the most corners. Here HTC aims to be the king of the middle with a smartphone that has many of the features that are present on the HTC One, here on a phone that’s aimed at the international and mid-tier market.

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Dropbox available again in China after years-long block

Dropbox available again in China after years-long block

For reasons never made clear, Dropbox was given the banhammer by the Chinese government a few years ago, blocking users in the country from accessing the cloud-storage service. Now, again for reasons that aren't entirely clear, it seems the service is available again in China, according to Tech in Asia.

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Huawei snubbed in South Korea over spying concerns

Huawei snubbed in South Korea over spying concerns

According to US officials that spoke with The Wall Street Journal, South Korea has fallen in line with US requests that sensitive communications be routed to bypass Huawei network equipment. The reason, as with similar movements that have happened elsewhere, revolves around US concern about possible spying.

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China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

The public is grieving this week as China's Yuta moon rover appears to have kicked the bucket once and for all. While Space.com confirms that China's moon lander Chang'e 3 is running just fine after a brutal battle with a lunar night cycle, its closest relative Yuta seems to be down for the count.

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Bing Chinese search results raise censorship concerns

Bing Chinese search results raise censorship concerns

In a write up today, Greatfire.org, a website that revolves around the issue of China's Internet censorship, published a report expressing concerns about Microsoft's Bing search engine, claiming results for Chinese-language searches are filtered for those located outside of China.

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Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

A new report published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at China's Nanjing University reveals the myriad of fossils found in northern China are, in all likelihood, the result of multiple volcanic eruptions that took place in excess of 120 million years ago. As a result of these, says the researchers, a Pompeii-like blanket of ash resulted in both encased and preserved carcasses.

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Android smartphone shipments skyrocket as AOSP (for China) sounds off

Android smartphone shipments skyrocket as AOSP (for China) sounds off

There are a couple of reports out this week on the state of the mobile smart device industry, both of them centered on shipment and both of them suggesting that Android is doing exceedingly well. The first comes from Strategy Analytics and focuses on the entire year in smartphone shipments, suggesting that Android has "captured 79 percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide." Meanwhile ABI Research has suggested that the fourth quarter of the 2013 season has also shown itself to belong to Android, ringing in a cool 77% market share for the Google-made mobile operating system in smartphone shipments.

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Chinese Jade Rabbit lunar rover suffers control abnormality

Chinese Jade Rabbit lunar rover suffers control abnormality

China has been operating its lunar rover mission for a few months now without issue. The Chang'e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover have been on the surface of the moon since December 2013. China recently reported that its lunar rover had run into issues on the surface of the moon.

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Model S pricing in China both risky and fair, says Tesla

Model S pricing in China both risky and fair, says Tesla

Tesla discussed its Model S pricing for the Chinese market yesterday, doing so alongside the launch of its online design studio in the nation. For Chinese buyers, the Model S will come with a 734,000 CNY price tag, a figure the auto maker has described as both risky and fair in comparison to its competitors' prices.

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Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.

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China now requires video uploaders to use their real name

China now requires video uploaders to use their real name

In a move that probably shocks nobody, the Chinese government has implemented a new rule that will require anyone who uploads a video online to register with their real names. No matter what justification China has for this, it will always be seen by people outside as yet another attempt to control citizens' freedom of expression.

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