Chinese restaurants fire robot staff
Published in News


Here I am, a brain the size of a planet, and they want me to serve fries.

Three Chinese restaurants in Guangzhou have been forced to fire all of their robot staff because they were about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Best year in the last seven for Huawei
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Who needs the US markets when you have Chinese 4G adoption

China's Huawei posted its biggest annual revenue growth since 2008, thanks mostly to China's adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology.

Tablet slide faster than expected
Published in Notebooks


Will sink below 140 million global shipments in 2021

Tablet shipment volumes are tumbling faster than expected and beancounters at ABI Research think that it will have fallen to 140 million by 2021.

TSMC advanced wafer plant in China
Published in Processors

$3 billion investment in 12-inch fab

TSMC is building a 12-inch fab Nanjing City Government and will write a cheque for $3 billion as part of the deal.

Chinese want shedloads of fingerprint sensors
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Expected to buy 2-300 million of them

Chinese smartphone vendors will ship an estimated 200-300 smartphones featuring fingerprint-recognizing functions this year.

Chinese fume over US’s ZTE ban
Published in Mobiles


Could be bad news for ZTE fans

The Chinese government is cross that the Americans have slapped sanctions on telecom manufacturer ZTE.

Qualcomm settles in US over China corruption
Published in News


“gifts, travel, and entertainment”

Qualcomm has settled charges with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it hired relatives of Chinese officials who could influence the selection of its mobile technology products.

Asustek lowers zenfone sales expectations
Published in Mobiles


30 million too high

Asustek has decided that it is unlikely to met its target shipments of 30 million ZenFone-series smartphones to all markets except China in 2016

China wants to buy Opera
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Prepared to pay $1.2 billion

A group of Chinese investors are prepared to write a cheque for $1.2 billion to buy the Opera browser.

China gets its paws on another Taiwanese chipmaker
Published in Processors


The little red chequebook opens

The Chinese government appears to be opening its little red chequebook and buying up chipmakers from what it calls its renegade province.