Stories by Michael Kan

Foxconn expects robots to take over more factory work

The electronics industry may still be reliant on human workers to assemble products, but Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group is hopeful that robots will take over more of the workload soon.

Google offers Gmail in Burmese language

Google is making Gmail a little more user-friendly for Internet users in Myanmar, and has introduced Burmese language support to the email service.

With no Google, Chinese app stores soar on high downloads

Chinese demand for smartphones is leading to a surge in app downloads from the country -- so much so that five of the leading app stores in the world are now from China.

Google targets Chinese developers with new YouTube channel

Even as China continues to block its services, Google has started a localized YouTube channel for developers in the country, aiming to bring more Chinese-made apps to its platforms.

Xiaomi leads China's smartphone market, despite Apple's iPhone 6

Apple's iPhone 6 has been a hit in China, but according to one account, rival Xiaomi still reigns as the country's largest smartphone vendor.

Asus seeks to expand smartphone presence in Europe, China and US

Asustek Computer isn't exactly known for smartphones, but the Taiwanese PC maker is aiming to bring more Android phones to U.S. and European markets this year.

Apple ends system of recruitment fees that tied labor to contractors

Apple has forced its suppliers to end a form of "bonded labor" that saddled assembly line workers with unnecessary hiring fees, and put them in debt to third-party recruiters.

Obama looks for common ground with China on cyber issues

President Barack Obama has called for "swift work" between the U.S. and China to narrow their differences on "cyber issues", amid persistent concerns from the two countries over hacking attacks and trade barriers related to tech.

Alibaba props up mobile OS with investment in Chinese smartphone maker

Alibaba Group is pumping $US590 million into a Chinese smartphone maker that's been helping the e-commerce company promote its own mobile OS against Google's Android.

LinkedIn's China bet starts paying off with increase in users

LinkedIn has doubled its user base in China from 4 million to 8 million in the year since it agreed to comply with the country's rules on censorship.

ARM unwraps its most powerful mobile chip yet

ARM's Cortex A72 will find its way into devices later this year.

China demands use of real names in social media accounts

To eliminate fake social media accounts that impersonate public figures, the Chinese government has issued new rules that go much further and outlaw anonymity in blogs, social networks, discussion forums and IM services.

ARM taps China to bring chip designs to emerging markets

To bring its microprocessor designs to emerging markets, ARM Holdings is looking to China and its growing number of electronics vendors to help pave the way.

Foxconn draws flak from Chinese trade union for overworking employees

Foxconn Technology Group, a key Apple supplier, is setting a bad example for industry by overworking its staff, according to a Chinese trade union.

Lenovo smartphone sales tilt away from China after Motorola buy

Lenovo's smartphone business is shipping more handsets to countries outside China, following the company's recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility and more competition in the local market.