Stories by Michael Kan

Boosted by iPhone 6 sales, Apple ties with Samsung for top smartphone rank

The iPhone 6 has sold so well that Apple tied with Samsung for the top position in the smartphone market in the fourth quarter, closing the gap with its South Korean competitor.

Alibaba clashes with Chinese regulator over online sales of fake goods

Alibaba Group is facing harsh criticism from the Chinese government over sales of fake goods on its e-commerce sites.

China signals censors will continue to crack down on VPN services

China has defended its growing attempts to control the Internet, after disrupting several services that allowed users to view the Web free of censorship.

Motorola returns to China, touts phone customization

Would you like your smartphone's cover in wood or leather? And how about the device's metal trim?

China denies involvement in Outlook.com attack

The Chinese government has denied any involvement in a recent cyber attack against Microsoft's Outlook.com, and it even went as far to accuse a watchdog group of slander for suggesting that the country could be behind it.

Huawei's elusive founder tries to dispel spying concerns, and air of mystery

US security concerns may still haunt the reputation of Huawei Technologies, but the Chinese company's elusive founder brushed off any involvement in state-sponsored cyber espionage in a rare interview.

iPhone 6 Plus gaining steam in China

Not everyone may like the big screen size of the iPhone 6 Plus, but users in China are flocking to the device, suggests new data.

Acer brings two new Chromebooks to the education market

Acer is targeting students and teachers two Chromebooks, one a 15.6-inch laptop, the other a 11.6-inch model, that are built to withstand repeated use in the school environment.

Chinese smartphone brands conquer more of the market in 2014

2014 was a good year for Chinese smartphone brands, with vendors from the country catching up on Apple and stealing share from market leader Samsung Electronics.

Chinese company reveals 3D printed buildings

It might not exactly sound appealing to live in, but a Chinese company has constructed two buildings using a 3D printer that recycles industrial waste to form new building material.

Microsoft's Outlook.com faces brief man-in-the-middle attack in China

Microsoft's Outlook.com briefly faced a "man-in-the-middle" attack in China, according to a watchdog group, following similar eavesdropping attempts against Apple and Yahoo last year.

Xiaomi looks beyond smartphones to smart home products

Xiaomi may be best known for its smartphones. But over the long-term, the fast-rising company is betting it can take over living rooms across China, by turning everyday household appliances into smart devices.

Xiaomi beefs up its patent portfolio amid legal troubles in India

As Xiaomi faces a patent battle in India over its smartphones, the fast-rising company is trying to bulk up its patent portfolio in China and elsewhere.

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi Note, a super-light phablet

Chinese Handset maker, Xiaomi, wasn't afraid to take a few jabs at Apple when it unveiled its newest smartphone, a 5.7-inch phablet that could give the iPhone 6 Plus a run for its money.

Xiaomi's new phablet seeks to outdo Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

The latest Android handset from Xiaomi aims to overshadow Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, with a sleek design, cutting edge specs, and a starting price at less than half that of the competition.