Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.