Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

Foxconn to rely more on robots for manufacturing

Foxconn, the maker of Apple's iPhone and iPad, plans to rely more on robots for manufacturing over the coming years, allowing the company to invest more in research and development and save on labor costs.

iPad still top tablet in China despite rivals

Apple's iPad continues to reign as the top-selling tablet in China while rival Android devices from Motorola, Lenovo and Asus struggle to gain a sizeable presence in the country's market, according to a Beijing-based research firm.

Apple's China sales up six-fold in fiscal third quarter

Apple believes it is just "scratching the surface" of the Chinese market, as the company's revenue from the country for its fiscal third quarter increased by more than six times from the year-ago quarter.

Nokia unveils N9 smartphone using MeeGo

Nokia unveiled Tuesday its new N9 smartphone that runs the MeeGo operating system, and is being marketed as a "pure touch screen" device without buttons.

Intel to add new hibernation features to PC chips

Intel is adding a pair of new features to chips used in notebooks and netbooks, one of which will allow the devices to turn on within five to six seconds after being put in hibernation mode.

Opinion divided on impact on iPad of Foxconn blast

Opinion is divided on whether a blast on Friday at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China will affect the production of Apple's iPads.

Apple investigates, as Foxconn blast death toll rises to three

A third employee had died from injuries caused by an explosion at a factory of Foxconn in Chengdu, China. Initial findings show the blast was caused by "combustible dust in a duct."

Future iPhone will support China Mobile's 4G network

Future versions of Apple's iPhone will support China Mobile's fourth generation (4G) network, China's largest mobile carrier said.

White iPhone sparked skirmish at Beijing Apple Store

More details have emerged about what caused the skirmish at an Apple Store in Beijing over the weekend that reportedly left one customer bloodied and a door smashed.

Apple's iPad 2 attracts big lines in Beijing

Nearly two months after it went on sale in the U.S., the Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 arrived in China, attracting large crowds outside the company's Beijing store.

Rovio to design versions of Angry Birds for China

Rovio plans Chinese versions of its Angry Birds game, with a target of 100 million downloads in China this year

White iPhone 4 creates long lines in Beijing

The launch of Apple's iPhone 4 in a white casing generated a long line of Chinese customers outside one of the company's stores in Beijing on Thursday.