The good thieves of China

Alia | November 25th, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Who has the best work ethics in China? The answer may just as well be thieves.

London Olympics, Apple and Weibo lottery scams

Alia | August 8th, 2012 - 9:06 pm

The on-going London Olympics gives rise to probably the largest scale of lottery scams on Sina Weibo. Numerous legitimately-sounding Weibo accounts started to spread prize-for-everyone lotteries betting on China Olympic team’s gold medal counts.

Infographic: Smartphone users in China – iOS vs. Andriod

Alia | May 14th, 2012 - 3:23 am

An infographic put together by Guohead, a mobile advertising agency in China, gives an overview of app usage among Chinese smartphone users and their acceptance and preference of advertising in apps.

Infographic: Apps ripped off by Tencent, China’s tech copycat empire

Alia | April 16th, 2012 - 11:47 pm

Every iPhone or Andriod app that Tencent has copied is put side by side in an infographic. The amazing thing is that Tencent’s copycats oftentimes rank higher than the original in app store.

Who needs a real iPhone when fake iPhone signature lines are 5 yuan per month?

Alia | March 14th, 2012 - 12:16 am
IPhone signiture 3

Counterfeiting in China has apparently reached a new level. Chinese consumers, young in particular, start to buy fake “Sent from my iPhone” and “Sign in from my iPhone” signature lines – words showing up on social networks that make people believe you actually own a real iPhone.

Man killed for selling fake iPhone

Alia | March 2nd, 2012 - 1:11 am
Man killed for selling fake iphone

Feburary 28, 12:58 pm, in Zhengzhou, a man who was tricked into buying a fake iPhone stabbed another knockoff mobile phone seller to death.

Apple home appliance in China, The iPhone gas stove

Alia | February 28th, 2012 - 4:23 am
The iPhone gas stove

On February 23, 2012, local police in Wuhan seized a warehouse of gas stoves, branded as “iPhone” with Apple’s log on. The manufacturer, as shown on the certificate, is “Apple China Co. Ltd”.

Paper iPhones and iPad 2 burned for the deceased on Tomb Sweeping Day

Alia | April 5th, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Does anyone care for a facetime call with their deceased friends? The Chinese would probably say yes should there be WiFi in the afterlife. iPhones and iPad 2 appeared on the list of sacrificial-offerings at this year’s Tomb Sweeping Day (Qingming Jie). Not grey market ones, but fake paper ones.