21Vianet Forms JV With Foxconn For Chinese Data Center

21Vianet and Foxconn have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a joint venture named Smart Time Technologies Limited. The two parties will jointly build and develop a global supply chain for the Internet data center and cloud computing infrastructure markets. In addition, the companies announced they plan to open a 21Vianet-Foxconn Internet infrastructure and engineering technology research and development center. This development is expected to further strengthen the technological collaboration between the two companies.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/21/21055-21vianet-forms-jv-with-foxconn-for-chinese-data-center

Apple’s revenues from China drop again, late iPhone 6 launch to blame

Apple has revealed its newest earnings report (for fiscal Q4 2014), showing disappointing drops in revenue from greater China, its third largest geographic segment. Apple’s Greater China revenues for the past quarter (July to September) fell to US$5.8 billion, down 2.7 percent from US$5.9 billion in fiscal Q3. Its newest number is alarmingly flat from a year ago, in fiscal Q4 2013, when it recorded US$5.7 billion.

https://www.techinasia.com/apple-china-revenues-fall-fyq4-2014/

Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

BEIJING: China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council, including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned.  Zuckerberg — who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito — will attend the business school’s annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/20/Zuckerberg-among-industry-chiefs-named-to-board-of-influential-Beijing-business-school/

ZTE Wins 30.77% Share of China Mobile Tender for High-Performance Routers

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased to be awarded 30.77% of China Mobile Group’s annual tender for high-performance routers, the second-highest allocation among all vendors. As a result of the tender, ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000-S broadband multi-service gateway will be qualified for deployment in China Mobile’s networks for services including 4G LTE, IP MAN networks, internet data centers, and enterprise-class services.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/10/20/zte-wins-3077-share-china-mobile-tender-high-performance-routers#axzz3Ghx69M4G

$400 smartphones are major new battleground in India, and that’s bad news for Samsung

Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.

https://www.techinasia.com/best-smartphones-in-india-for-400/

Digitimes Research: Lenovo starts price-cut competition for 7-, 8-inch tablets

Most 7-inch tablets’ prices have dropped significantly during October with several first-tier vendors’ 8GB models even dropping to as low as US$99. Meanwhile, 8-inch tablets also seen their prices decrease with stable panel supply and vendors expanding their investments in related products. Among the vendors, Lenovo was the most aggressive about price cuts.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020PD203.html

Chinese Store Hires Tailor to Re-size Pockets of iPhone 6 Plus Customers for Free

If you love your skinny jeans, then the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is probably not the best choice for you, considering its 5.5-inch length. However, if you are planning on overlooking the new Apple product just based on its bulky size, think again, because a Chinese tech store has just the perfect solution for this size trouble. Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India and China on Friday, and while the former would not have any issue fitting into an average pants pocket, as it is just 4.7 inches large, the iPhone 6 Plus, is at the best, going to be a bit snug in most pants pockets, if it does manage to slip in.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/chinese-store-hires-tailor-re-size-pockets-iphone-6-plus-customers-free-611778

China accused of wiretapping Apple iCloud data as new iPhones roll out to customers: report

Just days after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, anti-censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports  the country’s authorities are staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud. The attack is limited to users who access iCloud on a desktop or mobile browser where they are required to enter their username and password. A MITM attack happens when two parties – iCloud users and iCloud, in this case – believe they are communicating directly to each other, when in fact a third party is collecting and relaying all the messages in between them.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-accused-wiretapping-apple-icloud-data-iphones-roll-customers-report/

JD.com Launches Highly Automated Warehouse in Shanghai, Sets New Standard for China Logistics

BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2014 / — JD.com, Inc.,China’s largest online direct sales company, today announced it has launched operations for the initial phase of its first highly automated “Asia No.1″ warehouse, located in Shanghai. JD.com launched the initial phase of its Asia No. 1 Shanghai warehouse on October 20, 2014.  Comprising a total floor space of 100,000 square meters, the initial phase of the Shanghai facility will help increase JD.com’s logistics efficiency, particularly during peak periods such as the upcoming “Singles Day” period, one of JD.com’s biggest sales events of the year, which runs from November 1 to November 12.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3213918

Lenovo To Invest Additional USD5 Million In Thailand

Lenovo plans to increase its Thai market share as it invests an additional USD5 million in Thailand in 2014. Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, general manager of Lenovo Thailand, said that Lenovo’s Asian headquarters has approved this additional budget plan. Of the total investment, USD2 million to USD3 million will be used to expand marketing channels, enhance marketing, and improve operation and management; while the remainder will be used for office maintenance and the creation of a server demonstration center.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/20/21051-lenovo-to-invest-additional-usd5-million-in-thailand

Sony Confirms Launch Of PS4 In China At End Of 2014

Sony has submitted an application to the Chinese government stating that the company plans to launch the Chinese official version of PS4 at the end of 2014 with expected annual shipments of 200,000 units. However, the detailed launch time, place, or shipment mode was not disclosed. Microsoft has already launched Xbox One in China. As its major competitor in the gaming console sector, Sony does not want to fall behind and the company plans to tap the Chinese market with its latest PS4 in December 2014.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/19/21048-sony-confirms-launch-of-ps4-in-china-at-end-of-2014

Dell Appoints New Greater China President

Dell announced that the company welcomes the joining of Huang Chenhong as its new president for Greater China. Huang will lead the Greater China team to provide technical solutions to consumers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, cooperating partners, public organization, and large enterprises. Amit Midha, Dell’s Asia Pacific and Japan president and emerging market chairman, said that Dell realized it must continue having sustainable development in China.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/19/21045-dell-appoints-new-greater-china-president

Developing differentiated products for online & offline, says Lenovo

NEW DELHI: Amid cut-throat competition and allegations of predatory pricing between online and offline retailers, Chinese electronics major Lenovo is working on bringing in differentiated products for the two platforms to offer a wider choice of devices to end-consumers.  Many sellers on popular e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Snapdeal have been selling products, especially electronics, on discounted rates or what physical retail stores refer to as “predatory pricing”.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/developing-differentiated-products-for-online-offline-says-lenovo/articleshow/44875453.cms

Apple begins iPhone 6 sales in China, after nearly a month’s delay

SHANGHAI, Oct 18 ― Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China yesterday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/apple-begins-iphone-6-sales-in-china-after-nearly-a-months-delay

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

Cloud ecosystems can transform telecom industry

Huawei has emphasized the importance of building an ecosystem based on open cloud platforms. At a recent event, the China based telecom company said that open cloud platforms are important as they form the core component of future telecom network. Huawei helps in the evolution of network architecture by continuously upgrading its OpenStack-based FusionSphere Cloud Operating System.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/cloud-ecosystems-can-transform-telecom-industry/

Alibaba affiliate Alipay rebranded Ant in new financial services push

BEIJING: Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Thursday it has changed the name of its Alipay financial services affiliate to Ant Financial Services Group as it steps up its push into the financial services industry.  Alibaba has been aggressively offering new financial services around Alipay, including a money market fund for consumers, a mobile payment app and even a new private bank that was approved by the Chinese government in September.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/17/Alibaba-affiliate-Alipay-rebranded-Ant-in-new-financial-services-push/

China’s Hasee uses iPhone 6 launch to promote itself by breaking iPhones

The iPhone 6 launched in China today, and as usual there were crowds at Apple Stores across the Middle Kingdom. In fact, these launch events have become big enough that apparently other tech companies are now using them for viral marketing. Chinese tech company Hasee, which makes PCs and smartphones, dispatched people wearing yellow “Hasee” shirts and carrying big yellow signs to Apple stores in Beijing, Kunming, Chengdu, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanchang, Shenzhen, Hefei, Zhengzhou, and Guiyang.

https://www.techinasia.com/chinas-hasee-iphone-6-launch-promote-breaking-iphones/

Alibaba-backed Quixey wants to set the standard for the future of search in China

Quixey , the US-based search engine for apps that Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) invested $50 million into, announced today it has partnered with the Chinese ecommerce titan to launch deep mobile search in China. That means a few things: first, Quixey will now take over mobile search on YunOS, the Alibaba-made Android skin that comes installed on millions of phones sold in China. YunOS will act as a sort of pilot program before Quixey expands to two other Alibaba properties, and possibly much further if it succeeds.

https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-backed-quixey-set-standard-for-deep-mobile-search-in-china/

Apple starts iPhone 6 sales in key China market

[Shanghai] Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/apple-starts-iphone-6-sales-in-key-china-market