Stories by Michael Kan

Apple faces privacy suit following Chinese TV report

An iPhone user has filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy against Apple, about a week after a Chinese state broadcaster raised security concerns about the device's location-tracking functions.

Baidu reports strong mobile ad sales, echoing Facebook

Chinese search giant, Baidu, reported a 34 per,cent jump in profit for the second quarter, with mobile ad sales accounting for almost a third of revenue for the first time.

Lenovo shows smart glasses prototype as it seeks hardware partners

Lenovo showed off a smart glasses prototype on Thursday, part of a push to attract developers and other hardware manufacturers to a new partner program.

Qualcomm faces hurdles collecting royalties from China

China's anti-monopoly investigation of Qualcomm is starting to disrupt its licensing business and making it harder for the U.S. company to collect royalties from the country.

Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 4, a high-end handset, with an iPhone look

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi jokes that its newest handset, built out of stainless steel, is like a "kitchen knife," but iPhone-esque might be the better comparison.

China's Xiaomi to sell $US13 smart wristband, trumpets global ambitions

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is bringing its low-price strategy to wearables, and offering a smart wristband that will sell for a mere $13, the company announced on Tuesday.

China's Internet adoption sags to levels not seen since in 8 years

China's rush to the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years.

Baidu launches search engine for Brazil

China's Baidu is stepping into another major market with a search engine geared for Brazil, and is preparing to set up a research and development center in the country.

Chinese authorities find no underage workers at Samsung supplier

Chinese authorities have so far found no underage workers at a local Samsung Electronics supplier accused of using "child labor," but have started a campaign to crack down on the illegal activity.

TSMC Q2 profit up 15.2 percent, 20-nanometer chips start shipping

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. posted record earnings in the second quarter, as the company has begun shipping better-performing chips built with its latest 20-nanometer manufacturing process.

Samsung suspends Chinese supplier over charges of using underage workers

Samsung Electronics has temporarily suspended business with one of its Chinese suppliers, after a labor watchdog group accused the factory of hiring five underage workers.

IBM tries to forecast and control Beijing's air pollution

China's nagging pollution problems could start to abate with the help of an IBM project that seeks to predict and control the air quality in Beijing, using new computing technologies.

Flickr, OneDrive and messaging apps face disruptions in China

A massive pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong may have prompted China's censors to block several foreign Internet products, including messaging apps Line and KakaoTalk, and Microsoft's OneDrive storage service.

HTC's Q2 earnings rebounds on flagship phone

HTC posted a year-over-year gain in net profit for the second quarter, following the release of the company's latest flagship phone, and new low-end handsets coming to China.

China's Xiaomi reports booming smartphone sales

Rising Chinese handset maker Xiaomi shipped nearly four times as many phones in the first half as it did a year earlier -- and could end overtaking Lenovo to become the second largest smartphone vendor in the country, behind Samsung.