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  Rovio May Says “YES” To China’s Unauthorized Angry Bird Arcade Booth

September 9, 2012 | by:    | China |

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Like what we reported a couple of days ago, it is an unlicensed Angry Bird arcade booth. Shouldn’t it suppose to get sued by Rovio? Well, maybe not for this time. Miracle happened. Rovio is having a negotiation with the theme park for partnership instead of getting their lawyers to China.

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  iPhone 5 Leaks Out Of Foxconn Jincheng Factory? Boots Up iOS 6 Error

September 5, 2012 | by:    | Apple |

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We won’t see the new iPhone be officially introduced to the world until next week’s Apple event in San Francisco, but the device has been getting plenty of play in leaked photos lately, and now we get a peek at the device in a video, showing off the new iPhone booting up, and a look at how the snappy the device seems to be. Check out the video after the break, and more photos.
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  Chinese College Students Will Suffer Humiliation if They Don’t Own “Apple 3-Piece Set”

September 4, 2012 | by:    | Apple China |

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Electronic products are a must for new generation of college students in China. Stores across China have seen a rush to buy the gadgets in the run-up to the new school year, particularly among college students.

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  A Sexy Japanese Actress is Working at Google China ? (Video)

August 31, 2012 | by:    | China |

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Guess what ? Chinese netizens have discovered a part-time Japanese actress working at Google ! The young and cute Ayaka Ikezawa is currently doing an internship in Google, a senior engineer of Google China has already admitted she is one of their staff, doing coding for Google map. This is really amazing ! Check out more info after the break.
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  The Chinese Make Their Own iPhone 5: The Goophone i5 (video)

August 29, 2012 | by:    | Android Knockoffs |

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What’s this? Appearing on its Chinese forum, ahead of Apple’s special event on Sept. 12, Chinese company Goophone is able to “knock off” Apple’s upcoming sixth-generation iPhone based on renderings and leaks, and they present us the Goophone i5, featuring the new two-tone metal back design of the new iPhone. More photos after the break, and a never-before-seen video showing the production line of the Goophone.

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So, this Goophone i5 looks a lot like an iPhone, sporting a 3.5-inch display with 940 x 640 pixels, a 5-megapixel camera sensor on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. The best part? It runs a quad-core processor, however, GHz count is unknown. Also, other useful details like pricing and availability are still widely unknown. Well, we think we want one. Not to use as our everyday phone, but just to play with and show off our Chinese iPhone 5 ripoff before Apple unveils the new iPhone.

Source: Goophone BBS (Chinese Translated)

  Xiaomi Phone 2 Launch Event Looks Like Apple Keynote with Steve Jobs (Video)

August 17, 2012 | by:    | Android CHINA TECH |

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The Xiaomi Phone 2, the high-end Chinese smartphone that aims to challenge Apple’s iPhone’s market share in China, has announced in Beijing on Thusday. Aesthetically similar to Meizu MX 4-core, the new mobile device features Qualcomm latest quad-core chip, 2 GB RAM and 16GB memory, a 4.3-inch 720p IPS display with the highest pixel density, all at a compellingly super low price point at 1999 yuan (US$310, contract free). We have attended the launch party in Beijing, which is considered to be equivalent to Apple’s keynote event. We have round-up all the highlights of the event, click in to find out how the Xiaomi Phone 2 will shake-up the whole smartphone market in China …
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  Chinese Boy Who Sold Kidney for Apple Products Suing for Compensation of US$360,000

August 10, 2012 | by:    | Apple China |

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The 17-year-old boy who sold his kidney for Apple products is now suing for compensation of 2.27 million yuan (US$360,000) in the Chinese court.
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  Sexy Boob Party Heat Up Chinese Gamers (Video)

July 31, 2012 | by:    | China |

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CHINAJOY is the leading gaming and digital entertainment exhibition in China. A gathering of game companies from all around the world, Chinajoy 2012 is truly a melting pot for online gaming cultures. The show has just ended last week and the place was packed with serious gamers eager to try the latest technology on offer.
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  Apple Not Hiring Chinese Locals to Lead China Apple Stores ?

July 30, 2012 | by:    | Apple |

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We mentioned previously that Apple will be making its big push into China very soon. It seems our sources were correct on this but we have some rather shocking news. Apple will not be hiring Chinese locals to lead the stores, instead they will be hiring foreign workers and bringing them over. Why are they doing this? Jump past to find out.

So before we get into the bits we have about the hiring, we took the chance to have a little chit-chat with some of our contacts in the flagship Hong Kong Apple Store at IFC Center to explain to us just how the hierarchy in an Apple store works. Here is what we found out.


In every store you have a Store Leader, which is the head person for that store. They deal with all departments and act as the link between corporate and Retail divisions in Apple. Down them below that it gets split three ways.

The Red Zone

You have the Red Zone, which is usually the front of the store. That is the part where all the product gets sold. It is run by the Red Zone Leader. Note that the back of house, the shipping is also run by the Red Zone leader in many stores, but there may be one dedicated to it in bigger stores. Also of note is the Visuals Team, the team responsible for making everything look tidy and resetting all the Apple devices everyday when people prank on them (recently someone spent 2 hours to reset the browser’s default page on in-store iPads).

Family Room

You have the Family Room near the back of the store, or on another floor. This is where all the geniuses who fix things, creative who teach lessons and business customers come for service. It is run by another leader, from the Family Room. The Geniuses also have a Lead Genius to coordinate things and the creative likewise have a Lead Creative to ensure things go smoothly.

Business Team

Finally you have the Business team, which has of course a business manager. They are dedicated to both selling and providing service to business clients. They work with both the Red Zone and Family Room to provide the service the clients need.

One More Thing

One other thing, there is a very special Store Leader called a Market Director. He/She is the Leader for the whole market and has the responsibility to make decisions based on trends in the market. The one for the China market is in Pudong Shanghai Apple store, and the one for Hong Kong is in the IFC Apple Store.


So, now that we have an understanding of leadership in an Apple store, let us show you what we had passed onto us by one of our readers. It’s an internal recruitment ad for Apple, that may or may not be live yet. We quote:

“Apple Computer
Store Lead
Vancouver, BC
Store Lead-5946-Tricities/Pitt/Maple
Brief Description:
The Apple Store is not only one of the most innovative retailers in the world; it’s also one of the fastest growing. With more than 350 stores worldwide and counting, Apple is growing across Asia and we are looking for smart, engaging, supportive, and dynamic people who have a passion for Apple and its products to join the team.

Store Leader may be the official job title, but Visionary is more like it. We’re looking for people with premium-brand retail store or district leadership experience who are ready to take it up a notch. If you’re an innovative thinker, a master strategic planner, and an excellent coach, partner, and friend, then you could be a key player in our retail revolution.

This individual will be asked to lead a store in China or Hong Kong therefore we are looking for individuals who are interested in relocating. Candidates must have at least 10 years of senior management experience in a customer service rich field. The ability to speak Mandarin or Cantonese (or the willingness to learn) is essential.

We will be visiting select cities on the West Coast so you can have a chance to Get to Know Apple and find out more about Apple Retail and our Stores and opportunities in China and Hong Kong.”

So, it seems Apple is looking for those rare individuals that can handle the stressful job at a China Apple retail store that is routinely packed. However, they did not choose Chinese nationals. This is very interesting, because they have had the job open in both the Hong Kong and Chinese market for quite some time. Even more curious, they offer to train a candidate in one of the most difficult languages too. In our opinion this shows they are very desperate for candidates, or they are planning on opening up many China Apple retail stores in the near future as we have been following.

We will keep you informed as we find out more.

  Introducing Droid X360, A PS Vita Knockoff Running Android ICS (video)

July 23, 2012 | by:    | CHINA TECH Knockoffs |

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Behold, the world’s most badass named product: Droid X360. It is a PS Vita knockoff that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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