Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Apple, Jabil to investigate alleged labor violations at China factory

Apple is investigating a supplier factory in China for alleged labor violations, after a watchdog group claimed the facility had been forcing its employees to work long hours assembling iPhones.

Apple supplier of iPhone criticized for labor violations in China

A labor watchdog group is slamming one of Apple's suppliers for allegedly exploiting its Chinese workers to build the upcoming budget iPhone.

Fire-hit SK Hynix DRAM plant in China to resume operations soon

A fire at a SK Hynix memory chip plant in Wuxi, China will have no impact on the company's DRAM production, the company said on Thursday, adding that the factory will resume operations soon.

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A crowd of Chinese people wait outside an Apple Store in Beijing to buy an iPhone 4.

Apple to hold rare event in Beijing, suggesting imminent iPhone launch in China

Apple is holding perhaps its first ever media event in China on Sept. 11, signaling that the U.S. company is paying greater attention to the nation's thriving tech market.

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Apple iPad market share plummets in China as domestic vendors grow

The market share of Apple's iPad fell dramatically in China during the second quarter as a result of competition from Android tablets made by little-known "white box" vendors.

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China Telecom's YiChat takes aim at Tencent's WeChat

China Telecom is moving into the mobile instant messaging space with its own app that will compete against WeChat, the rival product from Internet giant Tencent that's become a hit in China.

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In China, Apple overtaken by Xiaomi in smartphone rankings

Apple saw a dip in its smartphone market share in China as the company was overtaken by local rival Xiaomi, a seller of low-priced handsets that has been making waves in the country's tech industry.

China investigating IT suppliers linked with Apple for polluting rivers

Local authorities in China are investigating two electronics suppliers linked with Apple and also reportedly HTC of dumping heavy metals in the country's rivers after watchdog groups accused them of damaging the environment.

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Apple supplier Pegatron slammed for alleged labor abuses in China

Apple supplier Pegatron is facing criticism from a watchdog group for poor working conditions at its factories in China.

Apple's iWatch trademark filings spotted in Taiwan, Mexico

Apple has filed for the "iWatch" trademark in two more countries - Mexico and Taiwan, signaling that the company could be preparing to launch a smart watch.

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Foxconn to speed up 'robot army' deployment

Manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group is on track with its goal to a create a "million robot army", and already has 20,000 robotic machines in its factories, said the company's CEO Terry Gou on Wednesday.

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Apple selling iPhone 4 in China to gain market share

As rumors of Apple's budget iPhone continue to circulate, the U.S. tech giant has been pushing sales of its older iPhone 4 model in China as a way to grab market share in the nation's mid-tier market, according to research firm IDC.

Foxconn's Hon Hai reports Q1 revenue drop, likely on weak iPhone 5 demand

Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry posted a 19.2 percent year-over-year decline in revenue for the first quarter, with sales likely affected by weak demand for Apple's iPhone 5, according to an analyst.

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Apple regains fifth spot in Chinese smartphone market, shipments soar

Apple retook its spot as China's fifth largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter, as the country's market grew to triple the size of the U.S.'s.

Evernote originally wanted to make 'egg-like' hardware

Note-taking software provider Evernote originally wanted to delve into the hardware business as far back as 2007, with an egg-like device capable of recording conversations, the company's CEO said on Tuesday.

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