This Week in the Gadgets Republic
Apple introduced some big updates to some of their products at their “Back to the Mac” event at midweek. A new Macbook Air was showcased, as well as an updated iLife line of applications. Who knows when all this will be coming to the Chinese market, but it’s guaranteed to be big when it does.
Earlier this week in an interview at the Y Combinators entrepreneurship school, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he (and by extension, Facebook) is interested in China. He’s already begun to formulate a strategy on how to enter the Chinese market successfully, which is something many other western companies have a hard time doing.
Chinese scientists at Suzhou Natong Bionanotechnology, Ltd., in China’s Jiangsu Province, have created a method for painlessly injecting patients with drugs using nanotechnology. It’s only a matter of time before needles are a thing of the past…I hope.
China’s Customs on the country’s southern border with Hong Kong have begun to Tax travelers entering the country with iPhones and iPads. A 20% tax is now being collected on these items regardless of whether they’re brand new or used.
The Chinese online video company, Youku, has surpassed youtube in the amount of viewers. Considering China has over 420 Million internet users, it was only a matter of time. It seems though that this marks a distinct shift away from the dominance of western media sites.
Apple managers decided to up the security at the Apple store in Beijing this week after a few incidents with scalpers. Scalping has been a big problem for Apple in China ever since the release of the iPad but was compounded with the release of the iPhone 4.
Have a great weekend!