Chinese CEO Compares Apple to Hitler

Jia Yueting, CEO of Chinese video website Leshi TV has posted an image to his personal Weibo page that show a cartoon Adolf Hitler that, in the place of the familiar Swastika, has the Apple logo emblazoned on his armband. The image compares Apple to Android, with the Google operating system depicted with happy, smiling children.

The banner above the image translates as “Crowdsourced freedom versus arrogance and tyranny”. The stark message coincides with Leshi’s rumoured entrance into the smartphone market. Can you guess which OS it’ll be using?

Accompanying the image, Yueting writes, “Under the arrogant regime of iOS domination that developers around the world love yet hate, we are always carefully asking, ‘is this kind of innovation okay?'”

Yueting may have reasoned arguments against Apple, but as the internet knows, to invoke Godwin’s Law is to invalidate one’s argument. Plus, it makes you look like a dick.

Source: Gizmodo

How App Store Rankings Are Hacked

The image along with that title makes this really self-explanatory. You can probably guess what is going on there. In China, it appears that there’s a growing industry of App Store rankings manipulation. It’s quite simple – an app developer pays a company with loads of iPhones, the company with loads of iPhones download the app many times and voila – it has a higher position in the rankings.

The image above was taken from Chinese Twitter-equivalent, Weibo, shown alongside the caption”hardworking App Store ranking manipulation employee,”. There’s also this price list, which suggests that you can pay $11,200 to get your app into the top 10 and an additional $65,000 to keep your place.

Whether or not you get what you pay for is debatable, but it’s clear that this is certainly becoming something that may well cause quite a problem for Apple.

Source: The Verge

Nokia’s N1 Tablet Sold Out; Sells 20,000 Units in Four Minutes

Within four minutes of being made available for pre-order, the Nokia N1 Android Tablet sold every one of its 20,000 units in China yesterday. Nokia made the announcement through its Weibo (China’s answer to Twitter) account, and warned prospective customers that 566,438 people were on the waiting list for the next pre-order cycle, and that the number is rising all the time.

The sleek N1 tablet priced at 1,599 CNY (that’s only $260 USD), and comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia’s Z Launcher, a handwriting-controlled navigation interface. The device is due for launch in Europe later this year, assuming China doesn’t snap them all up first.

Source: Neowin

Supposed iPad Pro Manufacturing Mould Leaked in Photo

An image of what appears to be a manufacturing mould for the rumoured iPad Pro have leaked online. The image was uploaded to China’s Twitter equivalent – Weibo.

The mould appears to have a place for an Apple logo and a camera. But of course the most notable aspect of this is its seemingly larger size compared to current iPads. It has been said that the mould may not be for manufacturing directly, but rather for a mockup of a finished device.

We’ve previously reported on rumours of this ‘iPad Pro’, a device that could feature a 12.2-inch display and be aimed at creative professionals such as photographers and graphic designers. It’s also being touted by some analysts as Apple’s way of rejuvenating the iPad, following slow sales thanks to ‘phablets’ like the iPhone 6 Plus effectively taking their place.

Source: MacRumors

Mental Millet: 1.62 Million Phone Orders in 72 hours

Chinese phone company and electricity provider Millet have just reported that after 72 hours of continuous operation, they’ve dispatched over 1.62 million total units of their new phone release amounting to a total sales amount of $254.5m USD. This shipping figure doesn’t include their TV orders processed in the same time frame according to technical director Wang Haizhou as announced today to the Chinese public via Weibo. He’s also stated that they will be in constant contact with the courier company, ensuring all users receive their phones as fast and efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately due to this being a Chinese-only brand, it’s quite hard to find any information about the phone, the company or release schedule/information. Comparing this to iPhone sales over the same time period which sat at 10 million devices – 1.62 million by Millet is certainly nothing shabby for a one-country project.

Many users reportedly begun receiving their brand-new Millet phones in the early hours of the 73rd hour onward as Millet’s couriers seem to have been keeping their word. If you’re capable of having a read, here’s their official Weibo release as published by Wang Haizhou.

Information and images courtesy of MyDrivers

Microsoft Blog Post Accidentally Leaks “Windows 9 is Coming Soon”

Who better to give us more information on Windows 9 than Microsoft themselves! Looks like the technology giant will be having words with their Chinese division after the team leaked a logo (now believed to be a mockup, not the final) with the phrase “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” but quickly removed the post after it was posted on their weibo blog.

As is always the case with these things, people saw it before it was taken down and while I believe that “leaks” tend to happen on purpose quite a lot these days, as a genuine marketing technique, the location of this post makes me think it wasn’t meant to reach the public at this time.

The posting certainly implied that the OS is coming soon and with Microsoft set to hold a press event on September 30th, as well as a Technology Preview of the OS being distributed to developers later this month / early October, we shouldn’t have long before we find out just how far away Windows 9 really is.

All we know of the OS so far is that it will introduce the new mini Star Menu, the Charms Bar has been removed, it will feature UI changes to how the desktop handles Windows 8-style apps and that at some point it will integrate Cortana.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

China Imposes New Restrictions on Instant Messaging and First Detained

Last year, China launched a campaign to clamp down on on-line rumour mongering and “clean up” the internet. The crackdown has led to an exodus of users from microblog platforms such as Weibo after authorities detained hundreds of outspoken users.

The latest restrictions will affect hugely popular mobile messaging apps such as Tencent’s WeChat, which has almost 400 million users. Other instant messaging tools include Tencent’s QQ, Laiwang app, Yixin and Miliao.

The official Xinhua news agency said, “Accounts that haven’t been approved by the instant messaging service provider are forbidden to publish or reprint political news. Service providers must verify and publicly mark accounts that can publish or reprint political news.”

Public account users must also sign an agreement with the service provider when they register, promising “to comply with the law, the socialist system, the national interest, citizens’ legal rights, public order, social moral customs, and authenticity of information,” Xinhua said.

These new regulations could have a similar effect to the one seen on Weibo last year. “The new rules could cool down the traffic of WeChat public accounts and discourage journalists from setting up individual WeChat public accounts,” said Fu King-wa, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Tencent said it would work within the new regulations which it stressed would only apply to public accounts and not to everyday users. “We will take measures against offensive and abusive activities to ensure compliance with relevant regulations,” a spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement to Reuters. The other companies could not be reached or declined to comment.

On Thursday, South Korea said Chinese authorities had blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk and Line in an effort to fight terrorism, but the disruptions to the network already started a month ago. Other services such as on-line video streaming sites have also been targeted by censors in recent months.

[Update]

I had barely finished this article and about to publish it as more news ticked in. Chinese authorities have detained someone for the first time for spreading panic on mobile messaging app WeChat. Just hours are the new rules were imposed.

The man was taken into custody after writing on WeChat that three people carrying explosives had been shot dead by the police outside a hospital in the eastern province of Juangsu. A report said the police had investigated the claim and found it to be untrue, it’s intention was to gain attention and boost his on-line business as an e-commerce merchant.

It is not clear what sanctions he might face from the Chinese authorities, but we can assume it will be more then a slap on the wrist. Up until now, Instant-Messaging apps had been considered pretty safe compared to microblog sites like twitter. This view has already changed.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechAttitude.

ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition Leaked

Both the ZTE Nubia Z5 and ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini have been released in the United States a few weeks before and the Chinese telecommunication giant signed a partnership with NBA team  Houston Rockets. ZTE’s  latest handset, Nubia Z7 has been leaked through the Chinese social network.

The press shot of ZTE Nubia Z7 was spotted on Public Relation manager of ZTE Nubia’s Weibo page . He posted the rear look of the Nubia Z7 and asked his followers whether they like the design of Nubia Z7.

The image shows that there is a camera, Nubia logo and NBA logo on the rear-side of the Z7. It seems like the Nubia Z7 has NBA edition and will launch in the American market. Sources mentioned that a NBA star is going to be the product ambassador of ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition.

According to sources, the Nubia N7 NBA Edition is powered by the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB SoC, with faster graphics and memory bandwidth, which would make it the second device in the market to feature Qualcomm’s superior Snapdragon 800 variants, such as Xiaomi who announced the Mi3 already, but the device won’t go on sale until next year, according to reports.

Thank you NextPowerUp and GSM Insider for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of GSM Insider.