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Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

June 11, 2013 10:26 am | by ANDY WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

US secrets leaker has options to stay in Hong Kong

June 11, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American defense contractor who says he leaked information on classified U.S. surveillance programs could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him. Edward Snowden's whereabouts were not immediately known on Tuesday, although he was believed to be staying somewhere in the Chinese autonomous region...

Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come

June 11, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents. "We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.

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China marks decade of human spaceflight

June 10, 2013 12:15 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science.

Leak of NSA programs tests US, China ties

June 10, 2013 10:14 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

JR Tokai to start trial run of superconducting maglev train

June 6, 2013 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Central Japan Railway Co. will begin test runs in September to pave the way for launching a magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, marking a milestone in its half-century of efforts to develop an ultrahigh-speed superconducting train system.

Former dot.com star wants entrepreneurial Japan

June 5, 2013 11:00 am | by AZUSA UCHIKURA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Takafumi Horie, the Japanese dot.com celebrity imprisoned for nearly two years on securities fraud charges, is cooking up dozens of ventures and demanding the nation reduce regulation to give more opportunities to young entrepreneurs. Japan has embarked on an ambitious attempt to break its economy out of two decades of stagnation.

Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

June 5, 2013 10:48 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

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Taiwan makers showcase computers at Computex

June 3, 2013 2:33 am | by ANNIE HUANG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan's struggling PC makers are unveiling a new generation of ultra-thin laptops at the world's second-biggest computer show this week, even as they tap into the ever-expanding tablet market to help compensate for declining computer sales. It won't be an easy transition for them, but the makers...

China says looking forward to cyber talks with US

May 31, 2013 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking forward to "even-tempered talks" on cybersecurity when a Chinese military delegation meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, as Washington continues to press Beijing over the issue ahead of a summit next week.

Hong Kong’s three screens market expands

May 31, 2013 10:57 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In today’s highly-connected and increasingly mobile society, it has become almost a necessity for modern consumers in developed markets to have round-the-clock access to at least one of the three screens— laptop, media tablet and smartphone.

China says US hacking claims faulty

May 30, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent allegations of Chinese hacking of Pentagon defense programs are faulty and underestimate China's ability to produce its own defensive weaponry, the country's Defense Ministry said Thursday. Newly publicized claims allege that China employed cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs...

US defense programs target of China cyber threat

May 29, 2013 10:58 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 U.S. weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on American leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches.

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Australian lawmaker confirms China hacked spy base

May 29, 2013 10:53 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints of Australia's new spy agency headquarters years ago and the breach has been dealt with since then, an opposition lawmaker said Wednesday in the first confirmation of media reports. "These events did take place some time ago," senior opposition lawmaker George Brandis told Sky News television...

Tightest job market ever for China's college grads

May 29, 2013 10:47 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the job market in China is still much better than in many other parts of the world, 2013 is being billed locally as the worst for young graduates. A record number of them — about 7 million — are leaving universities and graduate schools to seek their first employment at a time when companies are hiring fewer people.

China premier warns EU over solar, telecom probes

May 28, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Premier Li Keqiang, China's top economic official, has criticized the European Union for pursuing anti-dumping cases against Chinese solar power and telecommunications equipment that he warned will hurt both sides. In a speech in Swizerland, Li said the action will hurt European consumers and might encourage trade protectionism...

Plans for Australia spy HQ hacked by China

May 28, 2013 10:31 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done.

Online sign language service makes life easier for the deaf

May 28, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Internet-based sign language service launched by a university student a few years ago is finding its way into hotels, restaurants and other public places. The service involves a notebook or tablet computer through which a hearing-impaired person at, say, a shoe store, speaks in sign language to an interpreter...

Korean consumers snapping up new generation laptops

May 28, 2013 10:18 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Normal traditional laptops may not be attractive enough to appeal to the more tech savvy consumers these days. The latest and more sophisticated laptop models such as the ultra-thin and hybrid types which come packed with advanced features in slimmer frames are becoming increasingly popular with Korean consumers...

The long road to the 2000-watt society: How sustainable is Switzerland?

May 24, 2013 10:02 am | by EMPA | News | Comments

The vision of a society in which each inhabitant of the earth manages to consume only 2000 watts has already been around for 15 years. During this time, there has been a steady increase in environmental awareness in the West. Technology has become more efficient and there appears to be very little standing in the way of a sustainable lifestyle.

Taiwan cuts growth forecast on muted export demand

May 24, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan has lowered its economic growth forecast for 2013 to a muted 2.4 percent as global demand for the island's electronics exports remained subdued. In February, the government predicted 3.6 percent growth this year. The economy grew 1.3 percent in 2012.

Sanyo may sell stake in Chinese joint venture

May 24, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanyo Electric a group company of Panasonic, is considering selling a stake of about 30 percent in its joint venture in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. U.S. home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is one of the companies interested in buying the stake...

NYU researchers took bribes from Chinese group

May 23, 2013 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a U.S.-funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Monday. Zhu Yudong, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Yang Xing, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in court...

Softbank to revise or cancel Hokkaido megasolar power plant

May 21, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Softbank Corp. may revise or cancel its plan to build three megasolar power plants in Hokkaido as Hokkaido Electric Power Co. has rejected its electricity sales application, industry sources said Tuesday. The local utility in April vowed to limit its electricity purchases from solar power plants to 400,000 kilowatts...

SKorea analyzing NKorea's 4 projectile launches

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is analyzing whether projectiles North Korea fired into its eastern waters over the weekend are short-range missiles or a new type of artillery the country may be developing, officials said Monday. North Korea fired what Seoul officials called a short-range projectile Sunday, a day after conducting three similar launches.

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