Apple gives into China’s pressure

Those who logged into the iPhone maps to have a glimpse of communistic China, would have been shocked and surprised to see a new addition to its territory. As you guessed it right, it is Arunchal Pradesh(AP) that is shown as part of China.
AP is in fact a part of democratic India. Apple Inc. has been literally forced by China into showing it this way, mainly because it lured the former about the business possibilities in its market and to step into which the support of the communist government is needed. More than 200,000 Chinese are expected to become owners of the iPhone 4 in coming weeks, following its recent launch.

Currently, the Chinese people are using Virtual Private Networks(VPN) to gain access to websites that are not blocked by the Chinese censorship programme. So with that possibility, they have been advised by bloggers all over the world to use Google maps as an error-free alternative.

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Google to logout of China: The countdown starts

Google is expected to wind up its operations in China, by april 10, though this news has not been officially released by them. Googles move to quit China was brought to the knowledge of the tech community after it announced about its plan in January  this year. Googles decision was the result of the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government to filter its search results. Google currently holds  35 percent of the Chinese search market, compared to its local competitor Baidu which dominates with 60 percent share. Baidu was in news recently for its fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements that blocked smaller websites in its search results for not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising pograms.

The Chinese government seems to have no regret for its moves in the Google issue  and its  Minister for  Industry and Information Technology has been quoted saying that Google should either abide to the law or pay the consequences, giving no sign of possible compromise in their dispute over the censorship and hacking.

Even if Google shuts down its Google labs, it would continue to run a development center in Beijing for a full fledged mobile  phone business. The workforce at the Google camp in china is expected to be around 700.

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North Korea’s home-made OS

Following China’s Red Flag Linux, North Korea has has come out with its “home-made OS”. This OS, named “Red Star“, has been brought to light by a Russian student of  Kim Il-sung University. N.Korea has been developing this Linux fork since 2006. Though based on Linux, its interface resembles Ms Windows.Its available only in  Korean language and costs $5. Earlier China had created its own Linux distro  after an anti-trust developed due to Microsofts Venus mismanagement. Microsoft Venus was a project that aimed to enable millions of Chinese who had TVs but not PCs to use their televisions to get online. This project was dropped due to some issues.

The latest news on China’s Red Flag Linux is that Internet cafe’s in China have been forced by the Chinese govt. to switch over to Red Flag Linux, even if they had a legal version of Windows.Obviously questions about spying and surveillance have arisen, with no comment from the Chinese Government.

Chinese products banned in India

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The Central Government of India has banned cheap and low quality Chinese products.

Amongst all the imported low quality products , the Chinese  mobiles are the major source of headache to the Indian Government. 99% of the imported Chinese mobiles dont carry an IMEI number(International Mobile Equipment Identity)and even if they do have it ,more than one mobile carry the same IMEI number.These are major concerns as they are a good tool for the terrorists who plan attacks in India.Several terrorist operations earlier have proved this point.

Apart from the mobiles,imported Chinese milk is highly adulterated and Chinese dolls have deadly chemicals as their constituents.

So now ,not only the Chinese military is a threat to India , but also their products follow the same policy !
Beware ! Watch out !

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The whole world is scared of China made “black hearted goods”
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? Let me
tell! u … If the  first 3 digits of barcode are  690.691.692 then it is “Made in China” .
Do not ever buy it for your own health.

471 is Made in Taiwan

00-13: USA & Canada

20-29: In-Store Functions

30-37: France

40-44: Germany

45: Japan (also 49)

46: Russian Federation

471: Taiwan

474: Estonia

475: Latvia

477: Lithuania

479: Sri Lanka

480: Philippines

482: Ukraine

484: Moldova

485: Armenia

486: Georgia

487: Kazakhstan

489: Hong Kong

49: Japan (JAN-13)

50: United Kingdom

520: Greece

528: Lebanon

529: Cyprus

531: Macedonia

535: Malta

539: Ireland

54: Belgium & Luxembourg

560: Portugal

569: Iceland

57: Denmark

590: Poland

594: Romania

599: Hungary

600 & 601: South Africa

609: Mauritius

611: Morocco

613: Algeria

619: Tunisia

622: Egypt

625: Jordan

626: Iran

64: Finland

690-692: China

70: Norway

729: Israel

73: Sweden

740: Guatemala

741: El Salvador

742: Honduras

743: Nicaragua

744: Costa Rica

746: Dominican Republic

750: Mexico

759: Venezuela

76: Switzerland

770: Colombia

773: Uruguay

775: Peru

777: Bolivia

779: Argentina

780: Chile

784: Paraguay

785: Peru

786: Ecuador

789: Brazil

80 – 83: Italy

84: Spain

850: Cuba

858: Slovakia

859: Czech Republic

860: Yugoslavia

869: Turkey

87: Netherlands

880: South Korea

885: Thailand

888: Singapore

890: India

893: Vietnam

899: Indonesia

90 & 91: Austria

93: Australia

94: New Zealand

955: Malaysia

977: International Standard Serial Number for Periodicals (ISSN)

978: International Standard Book Numbering (ISBN)

979: International Standard Music Number (ISMN)

980: Refund receipts

981 & 982: Common Currency Coupons

99: Coupons

With more and more milk products from China and Taiwan having problem.
We really got to check where the things are produced. Here is a way to
differentiate Taiwan made products and China made products : by
looking at first three digits of its Bar Code.

If the 1st 3 digits are 690, 691 or 692China made
If the 1st 3 digits are 471 Taiwan made

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Cheap chinese mobiles to be banned in India

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Is your friend  boasting of his newly bought low cost and fully featured  Chinese mobile phone ? then soon it would be one of those million sets in India that would become a heavy paper weight !!

After the 9/11 of India , the Government of India has realised how these cellphones without IMEI numbers are really a boon to terrorists and pose a threat to national security !

The International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI is a number unique to every GSM and UMTS and iDEN mobile phone as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed on the phone underneath the battery.The IMEI number is used by the GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used to stop a stolen phone from accessing the network.By using the IMEI number, the security agencies not only can block the handset, but also retrieve call details from the recovered handset.

Most of the  Chinese and Korean mobiles that are available in grey market ( or gray market ) either dont have these IMEI numbers or have  fake IMEI numbers or use the same number for a large number of mobile phones.

An IMEI number consists of 15-17 digits. Genuine branded phones carry valid IMEI numbers. When the SIM card in a mobile phone gets activated, the IMEI number gets automatically registered with the GSM service provider and it becomes possible to trace a call and find out the caller’s identity and the location from where the call was made .

There are approximately 1.5 crore China-made and locally-assembled handsets in use that don’t have IMEI numbers. Even mobile phones that have all zeroes or no zero in their IMEI code will be barred.

Sales of Chinese handsets constitute about 13 per cent (or Rs 4,000 crore) of the Rs 30,000-crore annual mobile handset market in the country. IMEI numbers can be checked by dialing “*#06#” in any keypad.