Last week we were at Taipei Game Show 2013 (aka TPGS), the largest and most geeky event for Taiwanese gamers of the year. Enthusiastic gamers all over Taiwan attended this great festival that was being held from January 31 to February 4, and we felt excited to flock to the Nangang Exhibition Center to join the event. We took several photos, and some videos, so get in on the action through our coverage after the jump.
Apple’s Chinese New Year Gift Guide just went live as part of the online Apple Store in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. More info after the break.
If you are sick of CES news, here’s something that will definitely get your attention. China’s Twitter, Sina Weibo, is filling up with pictures of Tim Cook visiting Beijing, and we found some interesting photos showing Cook taking photos with Chinese Apple fans at an underground passageway, Wangfujing Apple Store, and an authorized Apple reseller store. And guess what, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is in Beijing too. Check out the photos after the break.
There’s a new Apple Store in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, and it’s making headlines for the past few days. Bloggers and local residents are amazed to see the new store which shows a huge glass storefront that is over 30-feet tall. It is set to open tomorrow and here we have a video and some photos to make you drool. Check it out after the jump.
Today, Apple’s popular iPhone 5 officially goes on sale in mainland China, and both China Unicom and China Telecom also start offering the iPhone 5 to customers. If you’re thinking iPhone 5’s launch in China will draw hundreds to thousands of Chinese Apple fans at Apple Stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, well, it’s not happening at all. Unlike during the iPhone 4S launch which also happened on a Friday this year during January, no long queues were formed outside the Apple Inc. stores in mainland China, to get a glimpse of the thinner, lighter, faster and better iPhone 5. No one camped outside the stores during the night, and perhaps Apple is happy to see no scuffles breaking out between security and shoppers today. We have videos and photos in this article to show you the death of Apple in China.
Google, which pulled its search engine from China in 2010, and shuttered its China-only music service back in September, has decided to close another of its remaining services in China: a three-year-old e-commerce searching service. More details after the break.
While Apple offers a 30-pin Camera Connection Kit — not a Lightning Connector version — the guys over at iPhone5mod has released a 3-in-1 Lightning Camera Connection Kit which is a versatile dongle with a trifecta of ports: USB, SD and microSD. Watch the promo video after the jump to see how it works.
Remember Steve Wozniak’s backpack? Woz’s backpack is full of gadgets, and there’s a ton of retractable USB cables and chargers inside his bag. So what if Woz needs a Lightning cable that is retractable to avoid cable tangle? Well, Chinese firm iPhone5mod has just released an interesting unauthorized iPhone 5 Lightning cable that is retractable. Check out a video promo after the break.
Looks like Apple’s Lightning accessories do not have any secret Apple security built in. Today, iPhone5mod, a Chinese company specializing in cracking the authorization chip inside Apple’s Lightning cable, has introduced their own version of Lightning to USB cable, and it’s available for purchase at a much cheaper price point of US$9.90 compared with Apple’s retail pricing of US$19. See the video demo after the break to see how the 3rd party Lightning cable do everything the official cable do. Oh, be sure to check out their one more thing: Lightning 3-in-1 Starter Kit Set.
So, Apple has finally announced the 7.9-inch iPad mini, starting at $329, it has a 1024 x 768 display, is 0.68 lbs, and 7.2mm thick. It will also come in 4G LTE models. Pre-orders start this Friday, the Wi-Fi models ship November 2nd in thirty-four countries. However, China — the world’s largest population — is not getting the iPad mini, no pre-order on October 26, no launch on November 2.
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