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Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam battled police and torched motorbikes on Thursday, in a rare outbreak of labor violence in the tightly controlled country. Eleven people were injured in the incident, which Samsung said occurred after a disagreement between workers and security guards over safety protocols at the site.

Wanxigang increases offer for Fisker

January 9, 2014 1:12 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. has increased its offer for Fisker Automotive, heating up the fight for the failed electric-vehicle maker. Wanxiang sweetened its bid with an additional $10 million in cash. An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors...

Popular Chinese microfilm turned into a movie

January 9, 2014 11:21 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese online microfilm, "Old Boys," which was watched by tens of millions and helped to establish the genre here, is being made into a feature-length movie. The filmmakers presented a trailer at a media event Thursday in Beijing and said "Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon" would be shown in Chinese cinemas in May.

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New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

Huawei phone is so big it can charge other phones

January 7, 2014 11:31 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones. The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5.

Sharp unveils TV positioned between HD and 4K

January 7, 2014 11:12 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker Sharp is bridging the gap between expensive 4K TVs and HD versions with an in-between solution that's also priced in the middle. Its new Quattron+ technology doubles the vertical resolution of a high-definition set by chopping the existing pixels in half.

LG to use Palm's mobile software for smart TVs

January 7, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG will bring the software that once powered Palm's smartphones to the majority of its Internet-connected TVs this year. The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair Monday in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co.

FireEye buys firm that tied cyberattacks to China

January 3, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FireEye Inc. said Thursday it has acquired Mandiant Corp., the firm that linked years of cyberattacks against U.S. companies to a secret Chinese military unit. FireEye said that the purchase of privately held Mandiant would increase its ability to stop attacks in their early stages. The company valued the deal at nearly $1 billion.

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'Saturday Night Live' comes to China's Internet

January 2, 2014 9:51 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humor of "Saturday Night Live" to China. The late-night U.S. comedy sketch show that regularly mocks politicians, popular culture and celebrities is being shown exclusively on the website of Sohu Video, a unit of Chinese online media group and Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com Inc.

Construction of maglev train lines to start next fall

January 2, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Central Japan Railway Co. is planning to start construction of its magnetically levitated train line to connect Tokyo and Nagoya around the fall of next year, sources close to the issue said Sunday. The railway operator, known as JR Tokai, will submit the construction plan to the transport ministry by the summer, with a senior company official saying...

Venezuelans angered by delay in inflation report

December 30, 2013 10:09 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's one burning question among economists in Venezuela these days: What happened to the November inflation report? It's been more than two weeks since the deadline passed for the central bank to publish its closely-watched consumer price index and so far authorities have been mum about when it will be released.  

Toshiba in talks with U.S. firms to sell part of stake in Westinghouse

December 27, 2013 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. is in talks with Bechtel Corp. and other American engineering companies to sell part of its stake in U.S. nuclear equipment-manufacturing unit Westinghouse Electric Co., sources close to the matter said Thursday. Toshiba, which currently owns an 87 percent stake in Westinghouse...

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

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Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

December 22, 2013 6:43 pm | by MARLEY SEAMAN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier. The deal ends a lengthy courtship and could boost sales of the iPhone in China. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from...

Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...

Samsung, LG to unveil 105-inch curved TVs

December 19, 2013 10:47 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. said their curved TVs will get bigger and sport the sharpness four times the regular HD television sets. The world's two largest TV makers will display ultra-HD TVs with curved screens that measure 105 inches diagonally in Las Vegas next month, they said in separate statements Thursday.

China Bitcoin exchange bans yuan deposits

December 18, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest Bitcoin exchange in China said Wednesday that it's no longer accepting yuan deposits, dealing another setback to the virtual currency. BTC China's announcement on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo account comes two weeks after China's central bank said the country's banks and payments systems were barred from handling the virtual currency.

China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017

December 16, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe. The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.

China's moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil

December 16, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The 140-kilogram (300-pound) "Jade Rabbit" rover separated from the much larger landing vehicle early Sunday...

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

Possible China deal could pep up iPhone sales

December 16, 2013 8:07 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from Samsung to...

OMEGA Engineering inaugurates new office in Brazil

December 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by Omega Engineering | News | Comments

OMEGA Engineering is celebrating its newest office in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil with an official grand opening on December 16, 2013. This is in line with OMEGA's strategy to expand its business and leadership globally. Headquartered in the USA, OMEGA has been a leader in process measurement and control in the USA...

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Brazil gov't may backtrack on auto safety laws

December 12, 2013 1:35 pm | by BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian government may delay "by one or two years" the implementation of a law requiring automakers to install frontal air bags and anti-lock braking systems in all new cars, the finance minister said Wednesday. Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind...

China asks pilots to master low-visibility landing

December 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of domestic flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog. Beijing Capital International Airport, China's busiest, has the worst record for flight delays of any major international airport...

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