china

Tue
14
Aug
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Guess Who's Getting Cheap Vista?

Want a dirt-cheap version of Windows Vista? Move to China. Microsoft has posted an extremely low price for the new operating system in that country, with hopes of drastically improving sales. The Chinese will see a price reduction North Americans, ... for now, can only dream of. Vista Home Basic there will plummet from over 1,500 renminibi to just 499 renminibi ($66 USD). Home Premium will similarly drop, from 1,800 renminibi to 800 renminibi. That means Home Basic and Premium will drop 67% and 50%, respectively. For the record, China's Vista price is now less than a third of that charged to ... (view more)

Fri
13
Jul
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Are Motorola and Nokia Wrongfully Accused?

Recently, a 22-year-old Chinese man died after his Motorola cell phone exploded. In the wake of such a tragedy, government regulators in south China are now discovering unsafe Nokia and Motorola phone batteries that can combust under certain ... conditions. As a result, phones by these companies have recently failed numerous safety tests in the country. Despite the very serious circumstances facing Nokia and Motorola, both are pointing fingers elsewhere. According to company representatives, the batteries found by authorities were unauthorized copycats. (Source: pcworld.com ) The timing and ... (view more)

Tue
10
Jul
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BlackBerry Expands Overseas

After eight years of trying, Research in Motion has finally been given clearance to sell its BlackBerry wireless handheld device in China. Research in Motion's co-chief executive, James L. Balsillie, formally announced the Blackberry expansion into ... China during a recent conference call with analysts. It was during this conference call that Balsillie expressed the company's long-standing desire to appease those customers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou who have waited years to own their first BlackBerry. (Source: nytimes.com ) The expansion into China could not have come at a better time ... (view more)

Thu
28
Jun
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Flickr, Freedom, and the Fastest-Growing Economy in the World

Take a moment and thank heavens you live in a free, democratic country. In Canada and the United States, there are (almost) no restrictions on snapping photos and immediately posting them online for anyone to see. While some exceptions may apply, ... even videos of an intoxicated President Bush have made their way to YouTube without FBI or CIA interference. Unfortunately, this kind of freedom eludes the world's fastest-growing economy. Everyone remembers Tiananmen Square. The image of one, solitary man blocking a series of tanks from passing is unforgettable. For nearly two decades this scene ... (view more)

Thu
16
Nov
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China Accused of Being Worst Online Censoring Nation

A group that supports online freedom of the press has recently admonished China for being among the worst culprits of systemic online censorship. The organization, known as Reporters without Borders, has also claimed that of the 61 people currently ... imprisoned worldwide for "subversive" content, 52 originate from China. (Source: theglobeandmail.com ) Reporters without Borders is an international non-government organization that promotes worldwide freedom of the press and Internet etiquette. China is one of 13 countries singled out by the group following a recent protest against Internet ... (view more)

Fri
03
Nov
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Chinese Youth Addicted to Internet: Government Warns, Considers Ban

Imagine a world where minors can have their online game sessions legally ended after a fixed amount of playtime. Envision a place where psychiatric clinics are available to wean children away from compulsive Internet use. Picture a country that bans ... its youth from Internet cafes. Welcome to China. The psych wards are already open, Internet cafes may soon be closed to children in China if legislation passes, and Chinese Parliament is currently considering technology to shut down a minor's online game access after the designated quantity of time has passed. (Source: physorg.com ) The Reason ... (view more)

Tue
01
Aug
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Outsourcing: What Does it Mean for India, China?

In the last few years -- perhaps even decade -- the cost of wages has forced many technological jobs to a place in our galaxy far, far away. Manufacturing as a whole has exploded in China and the Far East, but in recent years, the boom has expanded ... to include other nations in the near-Pacific theatre with a workforce capable of technological achievement. The most recent market for manufacturing outsourcing has been India, but as its wage rates increase, its appeal to the North American and European tech industry decreases. Outsourcing is most widely known as the delegation on internal duties ... (view more)

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