A joint-venture deal between Sony and camera & medical equipment maker Olympus has been delayed because of Chinese regulatory approval. Olympus, which is recovering from a huge accounting scandal, said in a joint statement with Sony that the deal was held up over approvals from an unspecified authority. Both firms declined to elaborate on specifics of the delay. But sources confirmed to AFP that the hold up was linked to Chinese regulators. The issue comes at a time when Japan and China are embroiled in a tense territorial spat over at Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Sony has investd US$532 million in Olympus as part of a drive to tap the lucrative medical equipment market. Both companies had initially planned the launch of a joint venture from April 1. The delay must be frustrating to SONY and Olympus. Last year, China also held up the Google-Motorola deal. The reasons behind were due to bureaucratic sluggishness than outright opposition to the deal, as google and Chinese government are not in a good terms of relationship. The territorial dispute between Japan and China has now created a serious impact on commercial activities.
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories onSmart TV’s user habit in China, Alibaba’s online shopping credit, China better internet infrastructure and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: a tourism video of Dongguan city telling the world they are not “Dickensian Factory City”… Hope everyone have enjoyed your weekend and a fresh start to your week.
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.
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news we have left behind this week because we’re just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on Samsung big investment in China, difficulties on bringing Chinese games to the West, Apple desperately needs an cheap iPhone and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: watch how American satirical television show laugh at the China’s air pollution… Hope everyone have enjoyed your weekend and a fresh start to your week.
Early this week, there’s news reported that China is considering to end the 12-year ban on video game consoles, but now it seems this long-running ban won’t be lifting any time soon. Local journalist spoke to representatives from the country’s Ministry of Culture, who underscored that ending up the ban hasn’t come under consideration. The authorities emphasized that undoing the ban — which has been in effect for over a decade — wouldn’t be up to the Ministry of Culture alone. Rather, it’s a complicated process that necessitates input from various influential parties. Sony representatives also told the Chinese media that there was no confirmed news to report regarding the issue. Well, that’s sure to disappoint million of Chinese gamers, however it’s business as usual at the black market, continue its supply of game consoles through illegal import.
Because of the fears of potential harm to the physical and mental development of the young, sale and import of game consoles are banned in China since 2000. Microsoft, Nintendo and SONY made several attempts but failed to find a way to enter the Chinese mainland market officially. Now the three companies might see some daylight. Chinese authorities are now reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country’s video game hardware market. Rumors have circulated in the Chinese media that the communist government is changing attitude …
In a move of unanticipated benevolence, China’s 3C (China compulsory certification) appeared to have approved Sony’s video game console PS3. However, it does not imply Sony can officially announce PS3 in China too soon, it still might needs several other approvals from other departments in order to sell its consoles legally in the country. Many netizens are feeling happy and excited after the news was spread.
According to industry sources, Sony Mobile Communications will teamed up with Foxconn, and other Taiwanese manufactures to venture into the sub-US$200 smartphone segment. The vendor has launched its entry-level Android phone Xperia Tipo outsourced to Foxconn, with other comparable models manufactured by Arima and Compal to be rolled out in the first half of 2013. While Sony expects shipments of each entry-level smartphone to reach several million units, sources at Taiwan-based ODMs indicated that shipment volumes for each model may be lower than expected due to over diversified product lineups and marketing efforts …
The Sony Xperia acro S is one of the most intriguing Android handsets to be released this summer in Japan market, as it’s set to bring the best of two worlds: high-end hardware and extra protection for rough use. The ruggedized 4.3-incher has finally got some official availability details, and will launch in Taiwan and Hong Kong in August. According to the official Sony Taiwan store, the acro S will cost only 17,900 TWD (US$550, contract free), it’s clearly a good deal if you live in Asia. As for the product launch event in Taiwan, Sony has provided bikini girls to promote and test out the water resistant on Xperia acro S …
Behold, the world’s most badass named product: Droid X360. It is a PS Vita knockoff that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And it has one powerful feature that the original PS Vita doesn’t have. It has 9 different kinds of built-in emulators for the classic arcade games, Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Game boy Color, NES/FC, SNES, SEGA Mega Drive and SEGA Game Gear. Check out more photos and a hands-on video after the break!
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