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Internal Documents Show Huawei Linked to China’s Surveillance Programs: REPORT

Huawei was involved in creating mass surveillance programs for Beijing and offered to produce technology that would enable the authorities to monitor the forced "re-education" of Uighurs in detention camps, an investigation has alleged. A review of the telecommunications company's confidential marketing materials by The Washington Post uncovered evidence that appears to contradict Huawei's denials...

Apple Becomes No. 1 Phone Brand in China for First Time in 6 Years

Apple ranked no. 1 for smartphone sales in China during October 2021 — reports Patently Apple, citing data from market analytics firm Counterpoint Research. [caption id="attachment_364417" align="aligncenter" width="998"] Image: Patently Apple, data from Counterpoint Research[/caption] Following Huawei's fall from the top that began last year, the Chinese smartphone market has been ripe for the taking....

Apple Pledges Donation to Flood-Hit North China Province Shanxi

Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to make a donation to the affected communities dealing with severe flooding in Shanxi, China. Cook announced the relief on Weibo: "As the Shanxi region turns toward recovery, we want to do our part supporting relief efforts and helping with the rebuilding," he wrote, stating that Apple would be...

Lithuania Urges Consumers to Throw Away Xiaomi, Huawei Phones

Amidst souring relations between Lithuania and Europe, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry's National Cyber Security Centre launched a probe into phones sold by Chinese manufacturers. The results of the investigation have revealed that Xiaomi phones sold in Europe are capable of detecting and censoring terms considered politically unacceptable by the Chinese government, like "Free Tibet", "Long...

Apple Reportedly Increasing Its Anti-Leaker Campaign in China

Apple has reportedly threatened leakers in China with legal action. According to a new report from Vice, Apple has reportedly threatened at least one Chinese citizen with legal action over the sale of stolen iPhone prototype hardware. It is quite common for resellers in China to get their hands on stolen iPhone prototypes through Foxconn...

Apple Supplier Says Major iPhone Factory Unaffected by Floods in China

The "iPhone city" of Zhengzhou in China's central province of Henan was hit with heavy torrential rains on Tuesday, causing massive flooding in the region that has so far claimed 25 lives and displaced over 100,000 residents. Apple supplier Foxconn says that its iPhone factory in Zhengzhou has not been affected by the floods —...

Judge Denies Huawei’s CFO’s Request to Submit Key Banking Evidence

According to CBC News, a B.C. judge has denied Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's application to enter a stockpile of banking documents into evidence in her court battle against extradition to the United States. The Huawei CFO is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. on charges of fraud for allegedly misrepresenting the activities of Skycom, a...

Apple Launches App Store Search Advertising in Mainland China

Five years after launching in the United States, Apple's search advertising service finally arrived in mainland China this week. Called Apple Search Ads, the targeted ads feature works similar to Google ads by letting developers bid to get advertising space for certain keywords, reports AppInChina. The new rollout brings with it the option to advertise in...

New COVID-19 Surge in Asia Now Affecting Global Chip Supply Chain

A recent report from The Wall Street Journal documents rampant COVID-19 outbreaks across Asia, and how they are not only delaying global shipping but also worsening an already bad shortage of semiconductors across the world. As economies across the planet make their way to recovery, a COVID-19 outbreak at one of the world's busiest freight ports...

Apple Makes User Data Less Secure in China: NYT

Apple makes much of their commitment to privacy, but when it comes to China their principles are much more flexible. In July 2018, when Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) agreed to a deal with state-owned telco China Telecom to move users' iCloud data belonging to Apple's China-based users to the latter's servers, the shift raised concerns...