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  • What's News? December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Lei Jun: iPhone still the best

    In a recent interview with the Beijing News, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun--angel investor in Chinese tech notables like Kingsoft, Joyo, and Vancl--admitted that, despite Xiaomi's increasingly global ambitions, "the iPhone is still the best smartphone in the universe." Xiaomi is often characterized as "the Apple of China", although the company's PR strategy and reliance of software set it apart from its American rival. Xiaomi's marketshare in China surpassed Apple in the second quarter of 2013. Lei Jun's interview also touches upon new Xiaomi products for 2014 and his recent appointment to China's National Congress. Source: Netease

  • What's News? August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Apple: (almost) free chargers

    Apple phones combined with unauthorized third-party chargers have led to a spate of accidents in recent months. Apple is now responding by cutting out the middle man: from August 9 to October 18, iPod, iPhone and iPad owners can buy official Apple chargers for RMB 68. The chargers typically retail for RMB 149. After a year of bad publicity in the Chinese press, domestic media is praising the move as a PR positive. Source: China Byte

  • What's News? July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Samsung chargers trouble, too?

    After recent weeks of allegations in the Chinese press surrounding the safety of Apple phone chargers, is Samsung next in the media cycle? Recent news of a fire caused by a Samsung handset certainly sets the stage. According to reports, a 47-year old Hong Kong male saw his house burned to the ground after his Galaxy 4S exploded when the phone was being used while simultaneously charging. The man claimed that both his phone and charger were official Samsung products; after iPhone charger safety scares, Apple warned customers away from third-party chargers. Source: Hexun

  • What's News? July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Apple service gets scalped

    While Chinese consumers are less likely to queue up for new Apple products now that cheap alternatives are plenty, the wait to repair previous purchases is still long. Apple's in-store service desk is so busy, in fact, that a secondary ticket scalping industry flourishes around the company's online registration system. With customers facing weeks and months of full bookings, Taobao merchants sell time slots at the RMB 10 to RMB 40 price range. Like other train ticket and football match scalpers in China, consumers have a love-hate relationship with the shadowy intermediaries; scalpers provide convenient service to paying customers, but also employ zombie accounts and other tech tricks to snap up a disproportionate share of Apple service appointments from the intended marketplace. Source: Tencent

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