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Trump will reportedly spare Apple products from latest China tariffs

If you were scrambling to buy the latest Apple Watch out of concern that Trump's next round of tariffs could lead to price hikes, you can likely relax. Bloomberg sources have claimed that the new tariffs don't affect a technology category that cover… Source: Engadget | Trump will reportedly spare Apple products from latest China …

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China pulls approval for Facebook startup incubator

So much for Facebook making inroads into China. Mere hours after regulators gave Facebook permission to open a startup incubator in the province of Zhejiang, the approval has disappeared — and a New York Times source claims officials have formally… Source: Engadget | China pulls approval for Facebook startup incubator

Apple's Chinese iCloud Data Moved to Servers Managed by State-Owned Mobile Operator

Apple’s Chinese iCloud operator has agreed a deal with state-owned China Telecom to transfer local customer data to the company’s Tianyi cloud storage business, according to TechCrunch. China Telecom reportedly announced the agreement in a WeChat post, saying that local Apple partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) had migrated all Chinese iCloud customer data to Tianyi …

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Apple bug crashed iPhones when you wrote 'Taiwan'

Many tech companies have to write code to adapt to China's strict rules, including its denial of Taiwan's independent status. However, Apple's approach to it may have been… slightly buggy. Security researcher Patrick Wardle has reported that iOS… Source: Engadget | Apple bug crashed iPhones when you wrote 'Taiwan'

Tesla raised its prices in China to offset US trade war tariffs

Just when it looked like China was going to be Tesla's boon, the US's trade war changed all that. Over the weekend, Tesla raised the price of the Model S and Model X by around 20 percent to compensate, according to stock-investing publication Seeking… Source: Engadget | Tesla raised its prices in China to offset …

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Food delivery drones take flight in China

You don't have to wait for food delivery drones… if you live in the right part of China. Alibaba's online meal giant Ele.me has been cleared to use drones for delivering orders in Shanghai's Jinshan Industrial Park. The initiative won't deliver dir… Source: Engadget | Food delivery drones take flight in China

Google's mobile augmented reality platform arrives in China

Google's ARCore is helpful for making augmented reality widely available to Android users, but there's a glaring problem: it requires the Play Store to get updates. That's no good in countries like China, where Google's services are either unavailab… Source: Engadget | Google's mobile augmented reality platform arrives in China

The US will help save ZTE even though it broke international laws

Last year the US imposed a trade ban on American companies supplying equipment to Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corp. Now, it appears the two countries are trying to work things out. According to sources briefed on the confidential negotiations, there h… Source: Engadget The US will help save ZTE even though it broke international laws

Apple Losing Ground to Android Competitors in India and China Due to Local Market Challenges

A pair of reports out this morning highlight Apple’s ongoing struggles in India and China ahead of the company’s Q2 2018 earnings results coming tomorrow, May 1. Within India, Apple has been dethroned as the country’s top selling high-end smartphone maker in the January-March period, losing out to Samsung. Specifically looking at India’s “premium price …

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Apple Transfers Chinese Users' iCloud Data to State-Run Servers in China

Today marks the official transfer of Apple’s Chinese iCloud services from a hosting location in the United States to servers owned and operated by state-run Chinese company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) (via CNN). With the move, all Chinese users’ iCloud accounts will now be hosted on GCBD’s servers, along with the iCloud encryption keys needed …

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Media Watchdog Advises Journalists in China to Avoid Using iCloud Accounts, Citing Privacy Fears

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB/RSF) has urged journalists using iCloud in China to migrate away from Apple’s cloud service this month, before control of their data is handed over to a Chinese company (via Hong Kong Free Press). Beginning February 28, Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by Guizhou on the …

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Apple Plans Second Data Center for iCloud Services in China

Apple is planning to build a second data center in China, with an operation date set for 2020 and location in Ulanqab City, according to a report today by Xinhua Net (via Reuters). Located in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the second center is said to provide various iCloud services for users on the …

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Chinese Consumer Group Demands Answers From Apple Over Older iPhone Slowdowns

Apple’s iPhone slowdown controversy extended to China on Tuesday after a Chinese consumer group asked the tech giant for information about iOS updates that reduce the performance of older iPhones (via Reuters). The Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple and requested an explanation for the slowdowns and information about what Apple planned to do …

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