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Apple's grip on China tablet market loosens

August 22, 2013 9:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier.

This is what a 550-ton hovercraft landing on a Russian beach looks like

August 21, 2013 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Alright, so technically the beach is a military zone and, technically, it's not a beach that people should be swimming from or sunbathing on, but that is one scary-looking piece of military equipment. According to a Russian defense ministry spokesperson, it's actually a government-owned beach and the landing was part of some military practice maneuvers.

Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from China

August 21, 2013 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.

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China Telecom profit rises after it offers iPhone

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

State-owned China Telecom, the country's third biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, said Wednesday that profit grew in the first half of the year as revenue from iPhone sales kicked in. Beijing-based China Telecom, also the world's biggest fixed-line telephone operator, stepped up marketing spending to woo customers...

Japan adds renewable energy capacity worth 2 nuclear reactors

August 20, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable energy facilities that newly started operating in fiscal 2012 in Japan totaled 2.08 million kilowatts in capacity, which is worth two nuclear reactors, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Tuesday. Solar power facilities, including those installed at homes and megasolar plants, largely contributed to the reading...

Consumers in Singapore have mixed feelings about the local economy in the next 12 months

August 19, 2013 10:12 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In a relatively safe and stable country such as Singapore, many locals are largely more concerned about issues directly related to the economy and finances over others such as crime and lawlessness as well as drug abuse, concerns which rank relatively high in some other countries around the region. 

China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

August 19, 2013 9:42 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.

Researchers slow light to a crawl in liquid crystal matrix

August 14, 2013 11:02 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have found an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Researchers embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one billionth of its top speed.

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Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions

August 14, 2013 10:27 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations...

ANA, Japan Airlines check 787s for wiring problem

August 14, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

2 Koreas move closer to reopening factory park

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

North and South Korea on Wednesday moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring. There was no word about when operations might resume, but the Koreas' meeting, while not conclusive, can be considered progress...

North Korean “indigenous” smartphone manufactured at unicorn factory by Keebler Elves

August 13, 2013 2:21 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

North Korea’s “supreme leader”, Kim Jong-un, recently toured a Pyongyang factory, where workers are busy “manufacturing” the DPRK’s first “indigenous” smartphone, the “Arirang.” And if you had the woe-begotten idea that this Android device is a cheap Chinese knock-off with the DPRK label slapped on it, think again — the official North Korean news agency assures us that the Arirang includes a camera function with “high pixels.”

Asia Pacific consumers are most worried about the economy: GfK

August 13, 2013 10:02 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Economy-related matters appear to be on top of the list of concerns for today’s Asia Pacific consumers. According to the latest global survey by GfK, two in every five surveyed are worried about recession and unemployment as well as inflation and high prices...

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Tibetan government-in-exile's site hit by hackers

August 13, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security researchers say the website of Tibet's government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified the Chinese-language website of the Central Tibetan Administration to infect visitors with rogue software.

Chinese businessman's plan produces few cars, jobs

August 12, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.'s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin "Charles" Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. The company said production of fuel-efficient vehicles would start in three years...

Chinese inaction gives technology thieves a shield

August 8, 2013 11:09 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

American prosecutors say Pangang Group aimed high. The Chinese state-owned company wanted a better process to make titanium dioxide, a white pigment used in paint, toothpaste and Oreo cookie filling. So it paid spies to steal it from industry giant DuPont.

Getting to the core of Fukushima

August 7, 2013 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan's Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor's core. A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

US criticizes Vietnam new Internet control decree

August 6, 2013 12:16 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States joined global Internet giants Google and Facebook on Tuesday in criticizing a new decree in Vietnam that further curbs online free speech and forces foreign companies to keep servers inside the country. The Internet has emerged as a major avenue of dissent in Vietnam, alarming conservative elements in the Communist government.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved using K computer

August 5, 2013 11:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST.

Panasonic to boost production of lithium-ion battery for cars

August 1, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. will increase domestic production of lithium-ion battery used for automobiles to meet robust demand in the United States, company sources said Thursday.The struggling electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at an Osaka factory...

Taiwan's HTC reports 83 percent drop in 2Q profit

July 30, 2013 5:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported an 83 percent drop in second quarter profit Tuesday, hit by intensifying competition in the smartphone market. HTC's profit totaled 1.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($40 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three months through June. The company...

Group accuses Apple supplier of labor abuses

July 29, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

A magnetic pen for smartphones adds another level of conveniences

July 24, 2013 11:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

NKorea halts rocket launch-pad work

July 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has stopped construction work at a site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets, a possible sign that Pyongyang is slowing or even halting development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.

Britain to review Huawei's UK-based cyber center

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links...

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