China

  • How companies can beat the counterfeiters

    Fake versions of luxury goods can cost pennies to manufacture and millions to track down.

    By Iris Mansour

    FORTUNE -- "We want to know what you think is the real or the replica Beats," says the voice off camera, belonging to Jack Gilbert, a British teen hosting a segment on his YouTube channel, TechFusions. He's talking about Beats by Dr. Dre luxury headphones. Gilbert and his co-host conclude that they look MORE

    Aug 27, 2013 10:42 AM ET
  • The gold iPhone: Who says gold is a popular color in China?

    Based on the cars the Chinese buy, Apple would be better off exporting a silver iPhone.

    FORTUNE -- The rumor that Apple (AAPL) may be making a gold iPhone -- floated last Friday by iMore's Rene Ritchie and picked up by four dozen of the usual suspects -- led some commentators to opine that the color was chosen for the Chinese market, where gold is supposedly an especially popular color.

    That was MORE

    - Aug 20, 2013 7:52 AM ET
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  • Katy Huberty: iPhone 5C could push Apple to No. 1 in China

    AlphaWise survey finds Chinese willing to pay up to RMB 4,000 ($486) for the Apple brand.

    FORTUNE -- Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty has some good news for Apple (AAPL) and bad news for everybody else trying to sell smartphones in China.

    On Monday, the same day the Wall Street Journal put its imprimatur on rumors that have been floating around for weeks -- namely, that Apple is set to launch a pair MORE

    - Aug 20, 2013 4:37 AM ET
  • Apple: Bring us your weird, 3rd-party and counterfeit chargers

    Will replace suspect USB power adaptors with Apple-branded models for nearly half off.

    FORTUNE -- The news media had a field day last month reporting the death by electrocution of a Chinese flight attendant, apparently after she answered her iPhone while it was still plugged into a third-party charger.

    A Google Search for "Chinese iPhone electrocution" turned up more than 3 million results.

    Let's see what the press does with the USB Power Adapter MORE

    - Aug 6, 2013 8:07 AM ET
  • Inside Japan's invisible army

    The country's constitution bans it from having a traditional standing army. But its so-called Self Defense Force is one of the world's most sophisticated armed bodies.

    By Michael Fitzpatrick

    FORTUNE -- On paper, Japan is a pacifist nation. It ranks 6th on the Global Peace Index, a list tabulated by peace activists at Vision of Humanity. Japan's constitution makes illegal a traditional standing army. But a recently published defense white paper shows MORE

    Aug 5, 2013 10:19 AM ET
  • Apple Genius Bar scalping: Why didn't we think of that?

    If you want a free repair at a Beijing Apple Store, be prepared to pay.

    FORTUNE -- When Wang Bin's iPhone 4S developed a glitch, he went online to book a slot at the nearest Apple Store Genius Bar.

    No luck.

    Mr. Wang, a correspondent for the Beijing Morning News, soon discovered that every appointment at all three Beijing Apple Stores had been booked four weeks in advance.

    They'd been snapped up by scalpers MORE

    - Jul 30, 2013 7:12 AM ET
  • Another day, another round of iPhone electrocution headlines

    What's a news cycle without a good Apple scare story?

    FORTUNE -- It is a truth universally acknowledged that one bizarre incident in possession of good news value and an Apple (AAPL) hook must be accompanied by another.

    So it is that the reports of the death by electrocution last week of a 23-year-old Chinese stewardess, apparently by way of a faulty third-party iPhone charger, were followed Friday by reports of a second MORE

    - Jul 19, 2013 11:11 AM ET
  • Was this Chinese stewardess killed by her Apple iPhone 5?

    No. If anything, it was a faulty charger. But Apple has promised to investigate her death.

    FORTUNE -- The news first appeared on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, posted Saturday under the official @Stewardess network account. It went (as translated by reader Anne Nimick):

    "Ma Ailun, a Southern Airline stewardess, was going be married on Aug. 8 and would have turned 24 on Aug. 16. In the evening of Jul. 11, 2013, while MORE

    - Jul 15, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • How Huawei can dial down the fear factor

    Huawei can't do much about its Chinese origins or the phobia that comes with it, but there are certain steps it can take to put foreign governments at ease.

    By John Foley, Reuters Breakingviews

    FORTUNE -- How scary is Huawei? The Chinese telecom equipment maker has met resistance from politicians who fear it could be used as a Trojan horse by the Chinese government.

    Most recently a group of UK parliamentarians complained MORE

    Jun 12, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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  • Huntsman finds reason for optimism on Chinese cybercrime

    The U.S. finally seems to care about it.

    FORTUNE -- Jon Huntsman, one of the most vocal U.S. voices against Chinese government-sponsored intellectual-property theft, said Friday there is some cause for optimism on the topic.

    If nothing else, Huntsman said, U.S. concern over Chinese behavior has become so pronounced that the issue for the first time is getting top billing among senior policymakers. "In the past it has always gotten second-tier billing," MORE

    - Jun 7, 2013 7:52 AM ET
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