Stories by Michael Kan

China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain "compatibility problems" with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an anti-monopoly investigation.

Baidu, Tencent help Chinese shopping malls take on Alibaba

Baidu and Tencent are teaming up with a Chinese shopping mall operator in a joint venture that could steal business away from local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

Samsung clashes with labor group over allegations of Chinese underage workers

A labor protection group is accusing one of Samsung's suppliers in China of hiring over 10 underage workers to build company components. But the Korean electronics giant was quick to dismiss the allegations, and said it had no "child workers" at the facility.

China says Microsoft hasn't been fully transparent in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government's anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution.

IBM turns to local rival for help as China gets tougher for foreign firms

With the Chinese government turning up the heat on foreign IT vendors, citing security concerns, IBM is finding help from an unlikely source: a competitor, local server vendor Inspur.

Acer releases its own Chromebox, bringing the Google OS to desktops

Taiwanese PC maker Acer is bringing Google's Chrome operating system to desktops with a new unit that will arrive in the U.S. next month.

Amazon strikes deal in China to offer more imported goods

Amazon.com is hoping to attract more consumers from China, with a new agreement that will let the U.S. e-commerce company bring millions of products from its international sites to the country as imported goods.

Tablets with voice calling functions take off in Asia

Using a tablet to make a phone call may sound unorthodox. But in Asia's emerging markets, vendors are increasingly shipping 7-inch tablets with voice call functions, according to research firm IDC.

China paving the way for big Xbox One sales

China has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country's emerging console sector.

Baidu partners with U.N. to tackle e-waste in China

Chinese search engine Baidu and the United Nations Development Program are hoping to streamline the recycling of e-waste in China with a new app that can help users easily sell their old electronics for cash.

Apple bans two chemicals from product assembly after protests

Apple is banning the use of two toxic chemicals from final assembly processes for its products, after watchdog groups demanded the company replace the substances with safer alternatives.

Lenovo sells more smartphones than PCs, net profit up 23 per cent

Lenovo's growing presence in PCs and smartphones helped the company's net profit grow 23 percent in the second quarter.

Who is Xiaomi? A pictorial look at China's hottest smartphone maker

The 'little rice' that could

Chinese smartphone vendors meld tech savvy with low prices to win home market

In China's booming smartphone market, it are not foreign companies but domestic brands such as Lenovo and Xiaomi that are dominating, according to analysts

China's Xiaomi faces privacy hurdles ahead of international expansion

China's Xiaomi has apologized for causing privacy concerns, after the fledgling smartphone maker faced scrutiny over whether it can be trusted with users' personal data.