False alert: Here's what OnePlus' Clipboard app actually sends to Chinese servers

 yesterday, we reported on yet another slightly-alarming security issue related to OnePlus’ devices and a potential security breach that had many worried their sensitive data leaked out to Chinese servers. This time, however, it would seem that this was a false alert as it turns out OnePlus is merely trying to prevent popular Chinese messenger Wechat from blocking certain links leading to some of the bigger Chinese online retailers. OnePlus’ Clipboard unblocks said links by sending a predefined hashcode token that essentially fools out Wechat into thinking the links are okay.

But why …


Chinese company will operate local Apple iCloud accounts, starting February

In a bid to comply with the China’s cloud computing regulations, Apple has granted permission to local company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) to operate Apple iCloud services on the territory of mainland China. The contract between the two companies comes into force next month, iCloud accounts outside of China won’t be affected by the change.

Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple last year invested $1bn …

Google invests in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform

Google has invested an undisclosed sum in Chinese game live-streaming platform Chushou, bringing the start-up’s total funding to north of $120 million, Reuters reported. Founded in 2015, Chushou is an e-sports and streaming service that lets users live stream games from their smartphones. The platform has an estimated total of 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day.
Live streaming and e-sports platforms are growing in popularity in Asia, and the world as a whole, and Google’s investment comes as no surprise. The U.S. company’s aim is to expand Chushou’s …

Nokia 6 (2018) could break cover sooner than expected, January 5th date tipped by big Chinese retailer

The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 could get unveiled sooner than expected. The mid-range phone, which recently passed certification with Chinese regulatory agency TENAA, might go official on January 5th. The latest information comes from Suning, one of the largest retailers in China. 
Today, the official Weibo account of Suning shared the following poster. It basically counts down the days left until the announcement of the Nokia 6. Earlier expectations were that the unveiling will happen in the second half of January, so the latest developments …

Chinese app finds you a surrogate drinker if you're a lightweight


In China, the amount of alcohol you consume is in relation to the amount of respect you have for your host. But what if you want to remain sober, or you are a lightweight when it comes to alcohol? In China, an app called eDaihe (which translates to “to drink on behalf of”) can find you a surrogate drinker who will consume enough booze to let your host feel very respected.

The surrogate drinking service is offered in 36 cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Pricing is determined through private negotiations between the app user and the surrogate drinker. Over 100,000 …

Chinese tech stocks slump after report that Apple has cut its iPhone X orders by 40%


Apple is a company that can make or break the fortunes of its suppliers, that is why when reports started emerging yesterday that the Silicon Valley juggernaut has cut its suggested iPhone X order forecast from 50 million to 30 million, a lot of Chinese tech stocks experienced quite a ravaging, swimming in a sea of red, as you can see in the stock exchange snapshot below.

All it took is one report in a Taiwanese publication for Apple’s supplier Lens Technology to plunge 8%, for instance. The report said that Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, where the iPhone X is assembled, stopped hiring …

Nokia 6 (2018) specs and pictures revealed by Chinese regulator agency

One of the major events in 2017 was Nokia’s return. Well, technically, it’s just the Nokia brand, while the phones are actually designed and commissioned by HMD Global — a young company, filled to the brim with ex-Nokia and ex-Microsoft head honchos. So yes, the spirit carries on and we are getting carried away, let’s get back on track.

The company released 5 different phones this year, covering all tiers of the market — from the entry-level, super-budget Nokia 2 to the flagship-class Nokia 8. They have been well-received and HMD is well on its way to build a steady …

Chinese iOS developers have earned 25% of Apple's pay outs since the App Store launch


Apple CEO Tim Cook happens to be in China this weekend and on Sunday he gave a speech at an event held by the Cybersecurity Administration of China. The latter is a regulatory agency that handles internet regulation in the country. During his talk, Cook mentioned that 1.8 million developers in China are writing apps for iOS. Thus far, since the launch of the App Store, they have earned 112 billion yuan, which is the equivalent of $16.93 billion USD.

The executive stated earlier this year that Apple has paid developers $70 billion globally for their share of app sales since the App Store …

Indian soldiers asked to delete 42 Chinese 'spy' apps, Truecaller: 'we are from Sweden!'

China’s grand plans for world domination apparently go through the Google Play store, as soldiers in the Indian army just got warned by their intelligence bureau to delete no less than 42 apps they deem untrustworthy. These include ultrapopular titles like Truecaller, the famed caller ID app (which is not even Chinese), the UC Browser and UC News, but also Chinese messengers like WeChat or the Weibo app.

The thing is, say intelligence official, you can never be sure what backdoor have the various Chinese military intelligence agencies forced on its fellow tech companies, and …