Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

Apple offers to talk with Chinese environmental group

Apple wants to meet with a Chinese environmental group that accuses the company's suppliers of polluting the environment.

Apple suppliers accused of environmental damage

Environmental groups in China criticized Apple on Wednesday, alleging that it is employing suppliers that are damaging the environment and threatening the lives of residents

China stops fake Apple stores from using trademarks

The Chinese city of Kunming has stopped 22 fake Apple stores from illegally using the company's iconic trademarks after Apple lodged a complaint with authorities.

HTC invests in Beats for better smartphone audio

HTC has invested in Beats Electronics, a U.S. headphones company rap artist Dr. Dre helped found, as part of a move to improve the audio on its smartphones.