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Chinese Pirate A Ridiculous Amount Of Microsoft Software

China is on track to become the largest PC market in the world this year. Last year it was second only to the US, and it’s supposed to grow to at least match that of the US this year. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the market is only yielding 1/20th of the revenue that the US market is. This is in large part due to the fact that approximately 78% of PC software installed in China in 2010 was pirated.

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China Cell Phone Users Now Exceed 900 Million

According to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the number of mobile phone users in China now totals at 900.39 Million. The number of cell phone users has grown here by 41.39 Million in the first four months of 2011, while the number of 3G users throughout China grew by 20.52 Million in the same period to a total of 67.57 Million.

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Awesome Infographic Of Social Media In Asia

I’ve always been a bit curious about social media and its uses. In the US and most of Europe it’s pretty simple, Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms. Asia however is a completely different sort of beast, and many countries here have their own social media platforms that are better tailored to the language and social culture, like China.

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Chinese Prisoners Forced To Farm Digital WoW Gold

Prisoners at a Chinese labor camp are allegedly being forced to spend their hard time farming gold on World of Warcraft.Supposedly the guards of the facility were able to make between RMB 5,000 and 6,000 (~US$ 770-925) a day by selling the gold to black market retailers of the online currency. I’m not really sure how I feel about this, as I’ve played WoW for many years, and have admittedly purchased gold from retailers in the past. After reading more of the article you may change your mind about purchasing gold in the future.

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Wine Makers/Drunks Develop The MOPS Android Gaming Phone

The development of Android as a mobile gaming OS has been on the up and up, which I’m happy about. Until now though, I’d never seen a supposedly dedicated gaming Android phone that actually had an potential. Well it seems that developers just needed a bit of assistance from our good buddy alcohol to come up with a brilliant design.

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Apple Peel 520 Knockoff Gives Your iPhone Triple SIM Powers! (Video)

We’ve all heard of the Apple Peel 520 and it’s ability to turn the latest generation iPod Touch in to an iPhone 4. Well the guys over at the Shanghaiist have found a sweet knockoff of the Apple Peel that not only has the Peel 520′s transforming abilities, but adds triple SIM card compatibility as well. Personally, I’m not sure what the obsession with multi-SIM compatible phones are but it’s still a pretty cool feature.

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In-Depth Behind-The-Scenes Look At Shanzhai (Video)

Recently on the Pearl Report, a program on China’s TVB broadcasting network, they did an in-depth behind the scenes look at the world of Shanzhai (山寨). It’s definitely worth 20 or so minutes of your life, so check it out.

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Introducing the Gooapple G22: The Unholy Spawn of Google and Apple (Video)

We’ve seen plenty of Shanzhai gimmicks over the years but this is by far the most disturbing yet. It’s the Gooapple phone, and it’s basically the spawn of Satan’s attempt at creating a phone. As a pretty serious Android fan I’m feeling a bit quezy looking at the combination of both my favorite and most despised tech icons (although that could just be lunch). The designers didn’t put much thought into what my feelings would be on the phone’s branding, but they have actually put some thought in to it’s specs. At the end of the day though, the best thing about the G22 is it’s mind blowing boot up intro.

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Amazon Android App Store Goes Live, Works In China…For Now

Last week Amazon’s Android App Store finally went live, and it was about time too. All of us Android users in China have basically been stuck using Google’s (unfortunately crappy) Android Market. The problem with the Android Market isn’t the number of apps, or it’s ease of use. It’s problem is the fact that Android users here are not allowed purchase any of the paid apps available.

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IMAX Opening Over 100 New Cinemas In China Over The Next Few Years

For those of us living in China, I’ve got some great news. It seems that IMAX popularity has grown so much that deals have been made to build over 177 new IMAX cinemas throughout China over the next few years. This spike in popularity of IMAX in China was largely due to the release of Avatar last summer, which was HUGELY successful with over US$ 207 Million in sales. The craziest thing about this is that there were only 445 IMAX theaters last year, meaning that nearly 1/3 of all IMAX theaters will eventually be located in China.

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