Key manufacturer for Apple has halted hiring at its Chinese plants because it wants to further automate its processes with robots and replace employees.
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The ZDNet China editorial team, based in Beijing, reports on IT industry developments from the Chinese perspective.
Apple factory workers in China are still facing hefty work loads, harsh, sometimes demeaning, factory rules, and even sexual harassment, according to one undercover reporter.
China looks to lower the cost of 3D printing and make large titanium components to build the next-gen fighter jet and self-developed passenger plane.
Growing popularity of apps such as WeChat and Weibo, which enable users to send out greetings during the Chinese New Year, have substantially encroached revenue from voice call and SMS--the main income of traditional telecom players in China.
Called Kingsoft Install Essential, the app is designed by a Beijing software developer and was downloaded over 1 million times before it was removed. Apple ruled the app failed to comply with its recently added guideline.
Small and mid-sized e-retailers have started sacking people before the Chinese New Year amid pessimistic forecasts for the year, but despite Internet sales surging another 65 percent in 2012.
Originally thought to be a denial-of-service attack, a high number of train-ticket bookings brought down Web-hosting site GitHub as millions of requests were sent through online booking apps.
A company spokesperson said that ZTE has formed an "expert group" to seek profitability, after it warned of registering net losses of up to US$467 million in 2012.
Confusion remains over which TV makers and how much they will receive from the US$56 million penalty--$27 million of which has been earmarked as compensation--paid by Samsung and other companies over price-fixing.
During his recent visit to Beijing, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Chinese media the country--the second largest profit contributor--is set to surpass the United States to take the lead.