China Telecom gains Xbox One exclusivity

China Telecom will be the exclusive carrier of Microsoft Corp’s video game console Xbox One, the first of its kind to launch in the Chinese mainland this autumn, the Chinese operator announced on Thursday. The console will be sold in China Telecom’s sales outlets from September, the state-owned telecom firm announced at a press conference. […]

China vows heavier penalties for Internet rumormongers

China will redouble its efforts to rid cyberspace of rumors and slanderous content and dish out heavier punishments for Internet rumormongers, a government statement said on Tuesday. The joint statement issued by the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the State Internet Information Office said the move aims to “protect […]

1st official Apple store to open in Chongqing

1st official Apple store to open in Chongqing

With the creation of the new slogan tailored to Chongqing by Apple, “Share in Chongqing’s abundance”, the largest official Apple store in southwest of China is counting down the days till opening. Early in the morning, the external wall curtain hiding the interior of the Apple store, located in Beicheng Paradise Street (北城天街), Chongqing, was […]

China breaking Latin alphabet’s domain name monopoly

Chinese-speaking Internet users are increasingly able to type the address of a website into a browser using Chinese characters rather than the Latin alphabet. On Thursday, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)formally launched two top-level domain names using Chinese characters, the Chinese parallels to “.com” and “.net.” The Chinese domain names were approved in […]

Overseas WeChat users reach 100 million

Overseas WeChat users reach 100 million

WeChat, a mobile text and voice messaging application developed by Chinese Internet service portal Tencent, now has more than 100 million overseas users, Tencent vice president Sun Zhonghuai said at a communications forum held on Thursday. The mobile app supports 18 languages and is available in more than 200 countries and regions, Sun said. Tencent […]

China sees slowing tablet PC sales growth

Tablet computer sales growth in China slowed during the second quarter of this year with sales totaling 3.57 million units, a major technology industry analyst said. The figure represents a 5.2 percent increase over first quarter sales, compared with a 6.3 percent quarter over quarter increase reported in the first quarter, according to a report […]

China refutes cyber attack allegations

China on Wednesday refuted allegations of hacking activities as groundless, calling for international cooperation to fight cyber crime rather than criticize each other in an irresponsible way. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing, noting that groundless criticism is “irresponsible and unprofessional, which will not help to solve the […]

Sina Weibo boasts 500 mln users

Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, had attracted over 500 million users by the end of 2012, a year-on-year increase of 74 percent, Sina Corp. announced on Wednesday. Sina Weibo’s active daily users have exceeded 46.2 million, the company said. The site’s revenues totaled 66 million U.S. dollars in 2012, of which 23 percent […]

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