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China requires Internet users to provide real names for video uploads

The chinese government requires users to enter their real names by registering to upload videos.

According to the Reuters reports, the requirement was issued on Monday by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). The new rule, which means less and less anonymity for users, is necessary to “prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in internet video having a negative effect on society.”

The notice from SARFT also says that Web video services can only host videos which have been uploaded by a user with a “true identity” — which suggests users will need to verify their identity according to their national ID — and cannot host any content that comes from users without real names.

Rights groups showed their  thumbs down, saying this move is another tool for the ruling Communist Party to limit criticism of it and further control freedom of expression.

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It is not the first time, when the country considers the idea of getting internet users register with the real name. In 2013 China’s new policy required users to provide their actual names to identify themselves to providers of Internet and telecommunications services.

As for Web video services, back in 2012 the Chinese government reached out to providers like Sina and Youku to let them know that they will be held responsible for all content posted to their services and issued a circular that emphasized ”good” Web series and micro-films would help develop a positive Web culture. According to the government, a lot of online programs contained seriously vulgar and violent content.

Moreover, the government had an attempt in implementing similar way of registration for buying SIM cards and signing up for instant messaging app WeChat. However, Web visitors managed easily to avoid these rules.

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iPhone thief sent document containing 1000 contacts to owner

One iPhone thief has proven that even criminals can be thoughtful. A Chinese thief scrupulously wrote out eleven pages of contact details from a stolen iPhone and sent them to the owner.

The odd situation took place in China. According to the publication, the thief is believed to have taken the Apple device from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi. Zou’s iPhone contained nearly 1,000 contact numbers with no backup copy. After the man had found the miss, he wrote a text message to the thief asking him to return the handset if he knew what was good for him.

Zou Bin said to the thief: “I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you. Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in,” he added. “Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible.”

According to the report, the man works in the “pub industry, which in China is widely held to have links with gangs.”

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Days after sending his message, instead of the device, Zou received a package with the iPhone’s SIM card and an 11-page handwritten document with all Zou’s contact numbers. All the 1,000 contacts were listed in the document.

The owner of the iPhone seemed pleased the approach the thief took.

“It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits. I suppose (the thief’s) hand is swelling,” Zou was quoted as saying.

Internet users also gave the thief plaudits for his care, dubbing him “the conscience of the (theft) industry”.

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Apple’s gold iPhone sold out in minutes in China

As reported by the Chinese news media, who analyzed launched pre-orders for the new iPhone, the gold iPhone 5S models were quickly bought up after online pre-orders began Tuesday morning.

The company’s first gold-color device was sold out immediately in Hong Kong and mainland China.

New Delhi report showed, that the demand was so strong that the company’s reservation page went down once. Yellow smartphone, previously referred to as “champagne”, after the presentation received the name “gold”, but this does not make it less attractive.

The current race for the gold iPhone 5S is called “the golden hysteria”, which is spreading throughout China with stunning speed. In forums around China people started buying the gold model and right after it became available, the champagne gold model was sold out. The number of gold phones available to pre-order wasn’t revealed.

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Residents of Celestial Empire tried to explain this phenomenon. The matter is, that in recent years, the most striking and distinctive feature, that distinguishes a rich layer of people in China, has been gold. It was also favoured by emperors living in a luxury and wealth. No wonder, that the European market is flooded with pseudo gold jewelry, interior design items, accessories and gadgets.

As reported, “There are also rumours on some mainland Chinese technology websites about the possibility of a new gold-color iPad.”

No matter how much was said by critics about the iPhone 5S, consumers worldwide are getting a huge thumbs up.

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Apple focuses on China with more than 200 senior job openings

Apple seems to focus on the Chinese market, with advertising more than 200 new positions on LinkedIn, including an environmental program manager. According to the description published by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, the company needs personnel that will “ensure that Apple’s products and processes meet and surpass regional and national environmental regulatory requirements.”

Some of job openings have appeared during the past three weeks, others were added during the last few days.

Apple is also seeking retail endeavors in China, and some positions related to its stores are also open. According to the Digitimes report, the company appears to need senior engineers in Taiwan.

Apple’s interest in China is not only connected with the spread of the company’s products in the territory of that country. Recently Tim Cook announced the desire to expand the geographical direction of Apple, first of all it concerns the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Open jobs in China is not only political, but also a marketing ploy.

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Despite the fact, Apple is a key customer for that most Chinese manufacturers, its government is trying to protect the brands of the country from foreign competition. Thus, Apple has recently come under attack from state-run Chinese media. The company was accused of prepossession to Chinese customers over warranty policies. Moreover, the company has been accused in violating working conditions and met some pollution claims.

Many experts see such step of Tim Cook as a kind of public apology.

China is expected to become a key target for the iPhone 5C, which is  supposed to be announced along with the 5S at Apple’s launch event on 10th September. By the way, Tim Cook recently met both China Telecom and China Mobile to discuss iPhone sales.

 

 

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Chinese customers receive apologies from Apple

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized to Chinese customers for a bad warranty policy.

“Some (our customers in China) said that the Apple’s attitude (for them) is arrogant and that for us it does not matter what our customers think about our products (in China),” – said Cook. “We offer our sincere apologies due to the inconvenience that our Chinese consumers experienced. ”

In recent weeks, Apple has been criticized in the Chinese state media, including China Central Television broadcast (CCTV) for an unfair warranty policy. As you remember, those issues came mostly from a TV segment, which claimed Apple provided Chinese customers with repaired parts instead of new replacements.

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On Monday, Apple posted Cook’s apology letter on its webpage, clarifying improvements in its warranty policy and new offered services. So, Apple offers Chinese consumers to replace iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, if their devices require a thorough overhaul and a one-year warranty will begin from the date of replacement.

Remind, that iPhone 5 was originally sold with such terms of service. Besides, Apple will simplify the description of the warranty service on its website and train technical support specialists its norms.

Such gesture from Apple’s chief stresses importance of China for business of the company. The figures of the Chinese market in recent years are the most successful in the financial statements of the company. For the quarter ended December 29, 2012, total revenue of Apple in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan rose by 60% to $ 7.3 billion.

 

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China vs Apple: is it a war?

China Central Television hailed its criticism on Apple, accusing it in unfair treatment with Chinese  consumers. As it became clear, the company was accused in violating the warranty terms. There are some suspicious, that the flow of such negative responses to  Apple came after the report of  China Central Television, which is controlled by the Chinese government.

The main claims were addressed to the Apple guarantee policy, the matter is that the warranty period in China is only one year, when in the U.S. it is about two years.
Their dissatisfaction was also expressed with regards to the return of defective devices. The fact is that, when consumers in other countries in exchange for defective phones receive completely new devices, Chinese buyers get rebuilt equipments.

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On Saturday, at its Chinese website Apple clarified its warranty policy, stating that by exchange of defective devices, all components are replaced with new ones, only the original back case is the same. The report also said that Apple has a 90-day warranty on repairs, while Chinese law provides for a period of 30 days.

What is the reason for such a negative reaction to the Apple? Why is the Chinese government putting pressure on the company? It turns out, that the prerequisites for such an attitude are enough. One of them, for example, constant  Apple hints at the bad conditions of human labor in Chinese enterprises, which put the government in a bad light.

Well, time will show, what is the real purpose of such Chinese actions!

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Cellular iPad Mini Is Coming To China In Late January

Tim Cook is on his second visit to China as Apple CEO this week, and during an interview with local reporters on Thursday, he confirmed that the cellular version of the iPad mini will be arriving in the nation in late January. The Wi-Fi only model arriving in China on December 7, just over a month after it launched in the United States.

The cellular iPad mini was awarded its Chinese network licenses back December, so we had a feeling its launch would be fairly close. Once those licenses are gained, Apple likes to get devices on sale pretty quickly. The iPhone 5 went on sale in China on December 14, just over two week after it gained regulatory approval.

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Cook acknowledged that Apple devices take longer to arrive in China because of the time it takes for them to be approved. However, he also noted that the company is making an effort to decrease those wait times, The Next Web reports. Apple could apply for approval in advance of a device’s unveiling, of course, but it would almost certainly lead to leaked information. Read more

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Images of Possible iPad Mini Rear Shell Unveiled in China

Apple prepares the release of a 7-inch gadget, the so called iPad Mini, rumors claiming that it will be released this fall, probably in November. The Chinese site Apple Pro (Google translation) unveiled some photos showing the leaked back metal case of the rumored iPad Mini.

The pictures provided do not possess a whole for the rear facing-camera and it’s not likely for Apple to ditch the camera. Other rumors wonder around that the future iPad will come with 8-megapixel camera and iPhone 5C with 12-megapixel. Not to mention the iPad Mini Cases prototypes highlighted by Think iOS have also designed the rear camera among the thin design, 7-inch screen and 19 pin connector.

Due to the fact that the site has not provided genuine leaked pictures from Apple until now, we can’t guarantee for the reliability of the pictures.

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Apple’s essence: the MacBook Pro fragrance

Each Apple product comes to life when its box is opened and we recall such memories each time the distinctive scent of a newly unwrapped device reaches our senses.

Melbourne artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn sniffed the solution that can bring to us the joy of opening a newly purchased Apple device without buying one. The three artists are members of the Greatest Hits group and with the help of Air Aroma they created Apple’s spirit in a bottle: the MacBook Pro fragrance.

The MacBook Pro fragrance is characterized by the smell of a new aluminum laptop combined with the smell of the paper box, of ink and of plastic. In order to create the accurate scent that will offer the best effects, Air Aroma sent a new unboxed Apple laptop to its fragrance lab in France, where professional perfume makers sourced various aroma samples. Multiple blends were tested in the Air Aroma laboratory until the one that was replicating the smell of the MacBook Pro coming straight from China factories was selected.

The Apple essence will be stored within the Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser and it will be diffused only at the ‘De facto Standard’ artistic exhibition of the group at West Space. Unfortunately for Apple fans, the fragrance is not meant for commercial purposes.

Source: Macworld and Air Aroma

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Glimpse from inside Foxconn while assembling an iPad

9to5 Mac provided a video from inside the Foxconn Company.  Rob Schmitz, the reporter that made the video highlights the assembly process of an iPad gadget and goes further in the assembly line at the company’s plant in Shangai.

As described in the video, workers are kids between 18-25 years old, the majority of them being migrant ones. When first staring, employees receive $14 a day, switching positions every few days.

So take a look at how iPads are built and tested.