Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

As with Apple, Facebook, Samsung and many other tech companies, Amazon and Google are in the analog building business of late. According to the Seattle Times, the e-commerce giant had its plan for a “five-story office building formed by three intersecting spheres” unanimously thumbs-upped by that city’s design-review board. There are still other approvals to … Continue reading

China’s censorship on Sina Weibo in overdrive after former official Bo Xilai is charged with bribery

China’s censorship is in overdrive after a former high-ranking official Bo Xilai was charged today with bribery, embezzlement and power abuse, the Wall Street Journal reports. Censors have reportedly been taking down unfavorable comments on China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform, Sina Weibo, that criticize the Communist Party or express sympathy for Bo. Many of the deleted … Continue reading

Xiaomi will make joint announcement with Tencent next week on product-related partnership with QQ

Rumors typically abound in the Chinese tech scene, and Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been bombarded by plenty recently – with one report a few days back notably saying that Xiaomi had received an investment of $2 billion from Internet giant Tencent via Russian investment firm DST. In a bid to dispel these rumors, Xiaomi … Continue reading

Kamcord Raises Another Million for Mobile Gamecasting

Mobile gamecasting service Kamcord has raised $1 million from two Chinese investors. It’s the second round of seed funding for the startup, which lets players of connected mobile games record and share videos of their playtime. In December 2012, Kamcord raised $1.5 million from a diverse group including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Tencent. This … Continue reading

Has Apple Hit a Wall in China?

When Apple reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter back in April, CEO Tim Cook touted the period as the company’s “best quarter ever in Greater China,” and celebrated the eight percent growth it had seen in the region. Three months later, Apple’s trajectory in China has taken a decidedly different turn, and Cook’s upbeat … Continue reading

Overseas Hackers Have Been Snatching More Than 1TB of Data Per Day

According to a report obtained by The Verge, analysts from Florida-based Internet security firm Cymru have uncovered a massive foreign hacking enterprise that has somehow managed to steal more than a terabyte of data per day. Confirmed international targets include military and academic facilities in addition to a major search engine, among others. While the … Continue reading

Apple Hacked (Updated)

Reuters says Apple was targeted by the same crew that recently hit Facebook, and managed to infect a “small number” of the company’s computers. At the moment, Apple says “there was no evidence that any data left” its facilities, but that could change as the firm works with law enforcement. There are few details to … Continue reading

Wind power capacity grew 20% globally in 2012, figures show

A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by increases in the US, Germany, India and the UK Wind power expanded by almost 20% in 2012 around the world to reach a new peak of 282 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, while solar power reached more than 100GW, having more … Continue reading

Holy Crap, This Giant Sinkhole Swallowed an Entire Building

Imagine standing on the road one day and have a sinkhole swallow you whole. Or imagine sitting in your house and having a giant sinkhole vaporized your entire building. That’s what happened in China. Two buildings in Guangzhou, China tumbled straight into a giant sinkhole as the ground below them disappeared. Luckily, no one was … Continue reading

China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

China overtook the US as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became world’s largest energy consumer in 2010 China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. The country’s appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% … Continue reading