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  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...

  • Alibaba sold goods worth $476bn in fiscal year 2015

    For the fiscal year ending 30 March 2016, Alibaba's China retail marketplace platforms sold goods worth more than 3 trillion yuan, about US$476-billion. This is according to Alibaba's Group Executive Vice Chairman, Joe Tsai. Writing on Alizila, the company's blog, Tsai claimed that the company has seen a growth of about 23% in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) from the previous year, 2015. The growth, according to Tsai, is not only reflective of an impressive year by Alibaba but a shift in China's economy trend. Tsai proposes that Alibaba is seeing the emergence of a new economy, one driven by...

  • Uber users in China can now pay with Alipay when travelling

    With an actual population of over 1.4 billion and an internet population of 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million accessing the internet on their smartphones, it is no mystery why many tech companies are looking to establish a footprint in China. Uber has announced a new partnership with Alipay. The ride hailing service announced that its China users will now be able to pay for their rides using Alipay when they are travelling outside of mainland China to other regions. According to the company, during China’s week-long ‘National Day’ holiday in 2015, Uber...

  • 3 ways China’s position in Africa is good news for other foreign investors

    Nothing good can come from Chinese investments in Africa — at least that’s what naysayers would have you believe. Critics suggest that China’s African projects lay the groundwork for neocolonialism and leave poor communities vulnerable to exploitation. But as a recent Quartz article put it, when it comes to Africa, “Chinese investment is everywhere.” And with polls showing more than 50% favourability of China in a number of African countries, many people on the continent don’t think that’s a bad thing.

  • Apple turns manufacturing process green with WWF China partnership

    Apple is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to help protect as much as 1 million acres of forests responsible for pulp, paper and wood products in China. This is part of the tech conglomerate's mission to take all its global operations off-the-grid. Although as 87% of Apple’s global operations is already run on renewable energy, which include its offices, data centres and stores, the multinational  is now looking to green up its manufacturing processes as well. "We’ve set an example by greening our data centres, retail stores and corporate offices, and we’re ready to start leading the way toward reducing carbon...

  • Instagram reportedly blocked in China after mass Hong Kong protests

    Instagram has become the latest victim of online censorship having reportedly been blocked in most parts of China. While certainly not the first site to be blocked by China, the move does reflect the amount of pressure the local government is currently experiencing amid the pro-democracy protests. On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of financial hub Hong Kong. The protest has continuously been cited as being peaceful, though the local government has been using tear gas in order to disperse the crowds. Instagram has been one of the few Western social networks not blocked in...

  • Alibaba officially registers biggest ever US IPO

    Alibaba has raised US$21.8-billion ahead of its stock market debut, meaning that it is responsible for the largest IPO in US history. According to multiple sources, the ecommerce giant, its executives and early investors split some 320-million shares up at a value of US$68 a share. The value of Alibaba's IPO puts it well ahead of the US$16-billion Facebook managed to raise in its IPO a couple of years back. It's even larger than the US$17.9-billion Visa managed to raise in its 2008 IPO and falls just short of the US$22.1-billion raised by the Agricultural Bank of China in what...

  • In China, they now have designated sidewalks for people on their phones

    China has over half a billion smartphone users. It's then almost no surprise then that in the City of Chongqing, a new sidewalk has been unveiled exclusively meant for people walking around, looking down at their glowing screens. China's People Daily popularised the news when it tweeted that it's an "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users to avoid possible crashes." --essentially, the lanes are designated areas for slow-moving, distracted people on-foot. Chongqing City has set up China's 1st "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users ” to avoid possible crashes on Fri pic.twitter.com/jFiCbbE1yk— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 13, 2014 Ever since...

  • China’s ecommerce light shows no signs of dimming

    If you're the kind of person who battles to understand why Alibaba's IPO -- set to be the biggest in tech history -- is going to be so very big, it's probably worth your while to have a look at the current state of ecommerce in China. According to a new report from digital marketing research group eMarketer, the Asian giant's ecommerce market is still showing signs of serious growth, something that's unlikely to change in the near future. eMarketer's research shows that retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 60% this year, with healthy gains projected through 2018. ...

  • With half a billion smartphone users, China’s internet future is pretty clear

    Watching the Chinese tech scene has a kind of inoculating effect on a person when it comes to massive numbers. This is, after all, a country where that has over 618-million internet users and where an ecommerce outfit can realistically aim for the biggest tech IPO of all time. Even in the face of those numbers however, it's still pretty astonishing to see that smartphone ownership in the country is set to go past the 500-million mark later this year. According to internet market research house eMarketer, reaching that milestone means that it'll account for just...

  • How Chinese tech companies are (finally) going global

    In light of the Alibaba IPO and the ecommerce giant’s plans to expand in the US, there’s a lot of talk on how Chinese tech companies are now finally ready to go global. I’d argue that the ambition to go abroad has always been strong for Chinese companies. Since China officially joined the WTO in 2000, its government has promoted the “Go Global” policy for its companies to expand the footprint and soft power of the country. It was just a matter of time. In the past decade, no country offered more opportunities for growth and development than China....

  • BurnCast: Alibaba and the biggest tech IPO in history

    Welcome to BurnCast, our weekly podcast that discusses tech trends, innovation and news. Hosted by Mich Atagana and Stuart Thomas. Alibaba's upcoming IPO is one of the most eagerly anticipated in tech history. The Chinese ecommerce giant is pushing for a stock market debut that could see it raise even more than the US$16-billion Facebook managed to raise in its IPO, giving it a massive valuation. On this week's BurnCast, our hosts...

  • Sina’s latest Chinese infraction? That would be sexing up the web

    As part of China’s ongoing clampdown on pornographic content on the web, Chinese authorities intend to strip web giant Sina of its audio-visual and online publication licenses due to alleged pornographic content on its video and ebook websites. According to Xinhua, the state run news agency, that threatens the shutdown of Sina’s video sites and ebook portal. The report says authorities found 20 articles and four videos posted by third parties that were found to promote pornography. The content was noticed after receiving a “huge amount” of tips from the public. Some Sina staff were arrested, and officials plan...

  • Just how vital is Gareth Cliff to making WeChat relevant in South Africa?

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the basics of Gareth Cliff’s next independent venture, CliffCentral. Cliff -- arguably the most well-known broadcast personality in South Africa -- is promising ‘unradio’, and while that may have more to do with giving the heavy-handed regulation of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission a wide berth, the format will probably be very different to what we’ve come to expect from commercial FM radio. The link with WeChat, where Cliff has an official account, is obvious. Programming will stream live within his channel, along with (the already active) soundbite updates and other...