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Huawei Excluded from Canadian Government Network Plan After Bad Press

Over the last few months, Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE have been the subjects of attack in US Congressional Reports. According to the reports, these companies have grown notorious for suspicious behavior of their equipment, as reported by both employees and customers. The Congressional report urges American companies to stop doing business with Huawei and ZTE, and urges network providers to seek other vendors. Although there are no solid proofs being released here, the Congressional Reports probably suggest possibilities of spying on communication and threats to vital equipment.

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Following the Huawei ban from the US Government, and the Australian Government, recently, the Canadian Government has taken a stern step to exclude Huawei from a national networking project. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman, explained it as,

Canada has invoked a national security exception to let it discriminate, without violating international trade obligations, against companies deemed as too risky to be involved in putting together the network for carrying government phone calls, emails and data center services.

Huawei is the world’s largest manufacturer of telecom equipment, and ZTE is the fifth largest. Both of them have rejected any affiliation with the Chinese Government and the Chinese Government has also rejected these Congressional Report claims as being “groundless accusations”. A sweet cyber-warfare is brewing here, and China is already notorious for its cyber-warfare policy. This entire incident will leave a bad taste in the mouth Huawei customers worldwide which will eventually be bad for their business.

Lenovo Announces The Dual-SIM A660 Smartphone

Lenovo has previously launched a number of smartphones in the European and Asian market which failed miserably. However, the manufacturer release new devices for the Chinese market every now and then. The latest handset to enter the Chinese market is the mid-budget Android powered Lenovo A660 smartphone.

There is nothing much to talk about the specs, since you can’t expect much from a mid-range smartphone. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update won’t make its way to this device in the near future. Lenovo A660 is the company’s first water-proof and IP67 certified device.

It comes with a 4 inch WVGA Gorilla Glass display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) capabilities, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. It is expected to be available for less than $200. Lenovo A660 won’t be available in other European and Asian markets.

iPad Takes 70% of Chinese Tablet Sales

iPad Takes 70% of Chinese Tablet Sales

Recently, Apple  has  cashing in on China with the iPad, iPhone and Mac line of computers. Because of this, all of Apple’s platforms have been gaining markershare like crazy in China and parts of Asia. In fact, China Daily reports that Apple controls roughly 72.6% of the tablet market in China. These numbers are up just over 20% from Q1. These numbers are coming from the market researcher Analysys International.

The expected reason for this jump in iPad sales is because the new iPad was finally approved for sale in China and the iPad 2’s price was dropped. Another reason these numbers are so high is because China does not yet offer the Kindle Fire, Nook Color/Tablet or the Nexus 7, so there isn’t much competition from the lower end of the tablet market within China. If you’re curious, the second leading tablet in China is produced by Lenovo and holds just 8.38% of tablet marketshare in China. China Daily also reports that Samsung holds only 3.59% of the tablet marketshare. China Daily has not revealed markershare for other Android tables as of now, however, we hope to see more marketshare specifics in the future.

Source: China Daily Europe
Image Source: Yutaka Tsutano


Motorola Launches The Android 4.0 Powered Motoluxe XT685 In China

Earlier this year, Motorola launched the Motoluxe smartphone at the Consumer Electronics show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has launched a new Motoluxe smartphone for the Chinese market. The Motorola Motoluxe XT685 runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. There are no major changes to the specs of this device except the newer version of the OS and a 1 GHz processor. It also comes with a WCDMA + GSM dual-mode dual-standby capabilities.

Frank Meng, Senior Vice President and President of Greater China, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Motorola is making smartphones that push the boundaries between fashion, technology and computing power. This new, more powerful MOTOLUXE XT685 sets a new standard with its amazing combination of style, power and value.”

Motorola Motoluxe XT685 features a 4 inch FWVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1 GHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, dual-mode dual-standby capabilities, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 4x digital zoom and auto-focus, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, Google Play Store, up to 6.5 hours of talktime, up to 450 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

Motorola Motoluxe XT685 comes with a price-tag of just 1,999 Chinese yuan (approx. $315). This handset is available in white and brown colors from authorized Motorola resellers across Mainland China.

China’s Shenzhou-9 Space Mission A Success!

China’s Xinhua news agency reports today that “China’s Shenzhou-9 Mission Successful“. The crew of the groundbreaking space mission landed safely in inner Mongolia on Friday. This marks a significant milestone in China’s rapidly developing space program.

This mission was historically significant on many levels. As earlier reported by our own Debjyoti Bardhan, China successfully docked their spacecraft with the Tiangong-I Space Station module not only once automatically, but a second time using manual controls. Also, of historical significance is the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang, pictured on the far right below.

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Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang, and Liu Yang being celebrated after their return(Courtesy Xinhua/Zhang Ling)

Once on the ground, medical staff entered the capsule to report that all were in good condition. While in the capsule the astronauts reported to their command center, “We have returned, and we feel good.”

The success of this mission serves to bolster confidence that China can be a formidable player in manned space exploration. They are now confident that they can move on with the next stages of their space program.

The success of the procedure shows that China has completely grasped space rendezvous and docking technologies and the country is fully capable of transporting humans and cargo to an orbiter in space, which is essential for the country’s plans to build a space station around 2020.

It will be interesting to see how China’s future plans work out. Until now only the Russians and Americans were able to achieve such missions to space. Until this point the Americans had mostly objected to any participation by China in the International Space Station missions. China is spending massive amounts of money to bring this program online to the tune of billions of dollars. Hopefully, someday our countries can unify around a common goal and pool their resources to better serve all of humanity. For the time being, it appears everyone is just showing off what they can do on their own. Congratulations to China on this historic achievement!

China Achieves Successful Manual Docking Of Spacecraft With Space Station

China has done what only the Americans and the Russians have had the right to brag about till now. Not only that, they did it, undid it and did it again! I am talking about the manual docking of the Shenzhou spacecraft on their Tiangong-I Space Station module.

Docking with the Tiangong-1 space station module.

The First Docking

The Chinese had launched their their Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to rendezvous with the Tiangong space station module on the 16th of June. Now, finally, on the 24th of June, the Chinese have attempted and succeeded in docking the modules. While Tiangong-1 is unmanned, Shenzhou wasn’t.

This is China’s first shot at an unmanned docking, marking a historic day when they achieve what only the Americans and the Russians have been able to achieve before them. But then, if it’s the Chinese, there’s always something more.

Docking Once More!

The Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts as they are called, undocked the two modules earlier today, and drove them apart by almost 400 meters. Then they attempted to manually maneuver the Shenzhou capsule, with Liu Wang, China’s first woman astronaut and a former fighter pilot, at the steering wheel. The procedure was a grand success! The refitted spacecraft-module configuration is now orbiting the Earth about 343 meters above the Earth’s surface.

China’s Manned Space Mission Program guys are a happy lot. Says Wu Ping, spokeswoman of the Manned Space Program:

The success of the manual rendezvous and docking mission represents another important phase achievement of the Shenzhou 9 and Tiangong 1 rendezvous and docking mission

And then adds

The three astronauts will once again enter the orbiting module of Tiangong 1 to carry out scientific experiments.

The crew returns on the 28th of June, touching down on Earth on the 29th.

China Sends Its First Woman Into Space As It Sets Up Its Space Station

China has joined the space race. The Asian giant with a booming economy launched its Shenzhou spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including the 33 year-old Liu Yang.

Liu Yang, the Chinese astronaut and first Chinese woman in space. (Courtesy: Reuters)

The spacecraft will dock with the spacestation module Tiangong 1. Tiangong means Heavenly Palace in Chinese. This is the second step in China’s long-time plans to put a space station in orbit, rivalling the International Space Station. The target year is 2020.

The Shenzhou spacecraft

While Tiangong 1 is nowhere close to the magnificence of the International Space Station, it has to be remembered that this is just a test module. The docking techniques being used by China have been mastered by only the Soviets and the Americans before. A space lab is on the cards and China is putting heavy stress on manned missions.

This is in complete contrast with the ambitions of the American space program, which is now focussing on unmanned and a future manned mission to Mars. While it has been only the Chinese government which has been funding and operating the space program, NASA has been encouraging private players like SpaceX and Orbital Corps into entering the space race. Of course, the end of the Space Shuttle program has a lot to do with that!

The Chinese are optimistic about their chances. Said Zhou Jianping, the chief designer of China’s manned mission:

I believe that we can achieve this goal, because we already have the basic technological capability

The Sino-US competition is getting hotter and, in a twist of fate, entering a space race just like the one of the Cold War days. History does repeat itself… hopefully in a more positive way.

HTC Unveils Three New Desire Handsets For China

HTC has announced a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market – the VT T328t, VC T328d and V T328w. Except for their complex names; the handsets are similar to each other. The spec sheet of the handsets include a 4-inch WVGA (480*800) S-LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. The usual connectivity features and sensors are also present.

At the back of these Desire branded handsets is a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. If you have not guessed it by now, these three new Desire handsets from HTC are nothing but re-branded HTC One V. Even though the handsets don’t use the One brand, they come with HTC’s ImageSense and Beats technology. The handsets will also be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 out of the box.

The VT T328t will be available on China Mobile, while the VC T328d will be available on China Telecom, and finally the V T328w will be available under China Unicom network. Talk about too much ‘China’ eh? All the three handsets will be available by the end of this month.

Via – GSMArena

 

Five People Charged After Boy Sells Kidney For iPad

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You may remember that in April of 2011, a 17-year-old from the Anhui province in China sold one of his kidneys for ¥22,000 (roughly $3,400). The teen, who goes under the surname Wang,  claimed he sold one of his kidneys because he wanted an Apple iPad 2, but could not afford it. When asked by his mother how he acquired the Apple tablet, Wang told her about the sale. Wang is now suffering from renal deficiency, which occurs when a person’s kidney is too small to sustain normal life.

Xinhua News Agency, a government-run news network in China, has recently stated that five people have been charged with intentional injury of Wang. While we are not completely sure who these five people are, Xinhua said that the surgeon and the broker have been charged. Xinhua has not stated who bought the kidney.

The broker reportedly received ¥220,000 (approximately $35,000) for the transplant. While Wang only received ¥22,000, the rest of the cash was divided between the defendants and medical staff. As of now, we are unsure if the buyer of the kidney will be charged as the trade of organs has been illegal in China since 2007.

Unfortunately, stories like these are becoming a regular occurrence because of the growing popularity of Apple products in China. Scalpers are getting in on the deal by purchasing mass quantities of Apple products on launch day and selling them for large profits in  tthe grey market. In the end, this causes people to go to perform outrageous acts in order to get the latest and greatest Apple device.

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Anonymous Brings Down the Great Firewall of China with a Massive Hack

After a long inactive period, Anonymous has resurfaced with a massive hack in China. Nearly 500 websites have been hacked in this operation and these attacks have been carried out by an Anonymous group based off China. A Chinese Anonymous Twitter account was created to announce this operation involving the takedown of government websites, contractors and several trade groups. This marks the most successful hack by the Anonymous faction, because the Great Firewall of China was believed to be impenetrable until now.

Anonymous China started announcing the hack on a Twitter account, @AnonymousChina. However, the account was taken down later and all its tweet were removed. Nonetheless, Anonymous China has another Twitter account in place (WeWorkForGlobal) to spread its propaganda. Most of the hacked websites are still showing a message from Anonymous. It was reported that some of these websites came back online for a brief period, only to be DDoSed again. The complete list of hacked websites can be found on this page.

The message on all the hacked websites reads,

Hello, everyone! Message to the Chinese government: Over the years, the Chinese communist government to unfair laws and unhealthy process to control the people. Dear Chinese government, you is not never fall, and today the website is black, tomorrow is your evil regime fell. So do not think we will give up, never give up. All you have done to the people today, tomorrow will double back. Not a hint of tolerance. No one can stop us, not your anger, nor your arms. Not deter us, because you can not be intimidated by the thought. Chinese friend’s message: You have been in a do not understand you suffer under the tyranny of the government. We are with you. At this point, here with you. Tomorrow and beyond will be to ensure your freedom. We never give up. Do not give up hope, and revolution created since your heart. The silence of other countries has highlighted the fact that China’s lack of democracy and justice. This is intolerable. We are fully committed to fighting for your freedom.

Just last week, one of China’s defence contractors, China National Import & Export Corp. (CEIEC), was hacked by a hacker who likes to call himself Hardcore Charlie.

This breach of the Great Firewall of China proves the futility of having a government regulated censorship of this form. However, the matter might not end here. China itself has many pro-government hackers and they might retaliate with a counter attack or a dox of the hackers involved in this breach. We have seen Anonymous getting pwned by the ruthless Mexican drug mafia earlier. Let us just hope that this does not end up in bloodshed.