Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecommunications, and the Internet in China for the IDG News Service.

iPhone built for China Telecom gains regulator approval

A version of the Apple's iPhone built for China Telecom's networks has received approval from a Chinese regulator, putting the iconic smartphone closer in the hands of customers of the mobile operator.

Apple MacBook component factory in China still shut down

Chinese authorities continue to inspect a factory that produces aluminum casings for Apple's MacBook laptops, following residents' complaints of unbearable odors coming from the facility.

Apple faces legal threat to iPad trademark in China

A Chinese court has rejected Apple's lawsuits to gain control of the iPad trademark in China, where a little-known Chinese firm is looking to ban the tablet from being sold in the country under the iPad brand.

Deal could bring Microsoft-compatible apps to iOS, Android

Microsoft said on Tuesday it will license the protocols for many of its enterprise systems to a company that will develop compatible applications for Android and iOS.

Research firm: China overtakes U.S. in smartphone shipments

China has passed the U.S. in the third quarter to become the world's largest smartphone market by shipments, but may find it tough to hold the position in the next two quarters, Strategy Analytics says.

Apple to audit suppliers after pollution concerns

Apple plans to hire a third-party auditing firm to investigate 15 of its suppliers suspected of violating environmental regulations.

Apple supplier Foxconn may start building robots

The parent of Apple supplier Foxconn has broken ground on a new R&D facility in Taiwan to produce what could be robots that will be used in the company's facilities.

China's fast growth makes it Apple's second-largest market

China has become Apple's second-largest market behind the U.S., with revenues increasing almost four times year-over-year for this past quarter, CEO Tim Cook says.

Apple's iPhone 4S selling for $2,000 in China

Apple has as yet to launch its new iPhone 4S in China, but the device is already selling in Beijing's gray market at whopping prices of up to about $2,000.

Close to half the iPads sold in China are from the gray market

While Apple's iPad reigns as the top-selling tablet in China, half of the sales for the iconic device have come from unauthorized resellers, according to a Beijing-based research firm.

Fruit Ninja aims to slice into China

The maker of Fruit Ninja has big hopes for China, and aims for the hit game to reach an additional 70 million downloads in the country over the next six months.

Fire at Foxconn facility in China, no injuries

Foxconn, the maker of electronics equipment including Apple's iPhone, said a fire broke out on Tuesday at one of the company's facilities in China. No injuries were reported.

Apple held talks with Chinese environmental groups

Apple held talks with Chinese environmental groups earlier this month after the U.S. tech giant was criticized for using manufacturers accused of polluting the environment in China.

Apple opens new store in Shanghai

The opening of the Shanghai store -- along with Saturday's Hong Kong opening -- brings the number of Apple Stores in China to six.

Apple plans to open Hong Kong store later this quarter

Apple plans to open its first retail store in Hong Kong later this quarter, according to a company spokeswoman.