Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Apple to open new Beijing store on Saturday

Apple plans to open a new company store in Beijing this coming Saturday, ahead of a likely launch of the iPhone 5 in this large market for the company.

Apple supplier refutes claim of suicide at China factory

Apple supplier Foxlink, a maker of iPhone cable connectors, is disputing claims that a company worker committed suicide after being denied a leave of absence, suggesting instead that drug use may have played a role in the worker's death.

Victim's family blames suicide at Chinese Apple supplier on mistreatment

The family of a worker who committed suicide at an Apple supplier in China is blaming his death on the harsh management at the factory and has tried demonstrating against the company, only to be detained by local police.

Will robots build your next iPhone?

They build cars, assemble TV panels and vacuum floors. But can robots build an iPhone?

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Tech factory contrast: Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles

China's Foxconn manufacturing sites are expanding based on cheap labor, while Japan's older, traditional Sharp plants hang on through cost-cutting measures.

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Riot at Foxconn factory in China blamed on harsh security guards

Foxconn workers are blaming company security guards for Sunday's unrest at a manufacturing facility in China.

Foxconn Chinese factory reopens after mass riot

Apple supplier Foxconn reopened a manufacturing facility in China on Tuesday a day after it closed following a mass riot involving 2,000 workers.

Mass riot erupts at Foxconn factory in China

Apple supplier Foxconn said an "incident" involving 2,000 workers erupted late Sunday night near a company manufacturing facility in China, as photos posted online showed cars turned over and store windows broken in what appeared to be a mass riot.

Foxconn worker in China found dead, authorities investigating

A Foxconn worker was found dead on Wednesday morning, with Chinese press calling it a suicide, but authorities are still investigating.

Apple supplier Foxconn denies using forced student labor

Apple supplier Foxconn has denied forcing vocational school students in China to work at its factories.

Samsung slammed for alleged worker mistreatment in China

A labor rights group has accused Samsung of "illegal and inhumane violations" at its factories in China, reporting cases of excessive overtime and exhausting conditions.

China's smartphone shipments overtake feature phones earlier than expected

China's smartphone shipments surpassed those of feature phones for the first time ever during the second quarter.

Labor group: Foxconn making progress with factory conditions

Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple as well as other tech companies, has been steadily improving the working conditions at three of its Chinese factories following a February audit, according to the Fair Labor Association.

Apple hit with patent lawsuit in China over FaceTime feature

The number of lawsuits against Apple in China continues to grow: A Taiwanese man has sued the company, alleging that the FaceTime feature on its iPhone and iPad infringes on one of his patents.

Watchdog group: Samsung supplier in China uses underage workers

A Samsung supplier in China allegedly employs workers under the age of 16, according to a labor watchdog group, which found the student workers earn about US$1 an hour.