Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecom and Internet in China for the IDG News Service.

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HTC unveils new Butterfly s phone that packs more battery life

Taiwan's HTC has unveiled an updated version of its 5-inch Butterfly smartphone that comes equipped with a bigger battery, more powerful processor and the company's BlinkFeed homescreen.

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Microsoft partners with Samsung, HP to help stop Windows piracy in China

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Electronics will now ensure that their PCs in China are installed with licensed Windows and Office software as part of new agreements signed with Microsoft meant to fight piracy.

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Local developer aims to bring mobile apps to Myanmar

How do you build a blockbuster app in Myanmar, one of Asia's poorest countries? You go and ask a fortune teller for help, according to 25-year-old Htoo Myint Naung, a local developer.

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Decades-old bets in Myanmar's tech industry finally reap rewards

After years of facing a stagnant business environment, Myanmar's tech industry is starting to tap into opportunities brought on by the nation’s move toward democracy.

Myanmar braces for mobile phone boom as Internet access trickles in

Things are starting in Myanmar to change as that country transitions to democracy. For the first time, mobile phones are becoming affordable under reforms brought on by the new government.

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Amazon launches Kindle tablet and e-reader in China

After remaining quiet on the hardware front for years, Amazon.com's China business has finally brought the company's Kindle tablet and Kindle e-reader to the country.

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Android infiltrates Computex via tablets, PCs, set-top boxes

New Windows PCs have always been the main attraction at Computex, the annual trade show in Taipei. But notable on the show floor this year is the growing presence of Google's Android OS, which is creeping into more and more tablets, televisions, set-top boxes and even PCs.

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Intel, Microsoft see their influence slip as mobile and Android ascend at Computex

Surging tablet sales and the muted response to Windows 8 have opened the door for Android at this year's Computex and exposed deeper cracks in the Wintel powerhouse of Windows software and Intel chips.

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ZeroDesktop hopes to spark mainstream change with $99 Android PC

At US$99, the mini PC developed by thin-client expert Young Song is meant to be affordable. In fact, the price is so low, most consumers won't hesitate to buy one, he said Wednesday.

Lenovo in talks for joint venture, possibly to shore up smartphone business

Lenovo is in preliminary negotiations to start a joint venture with an unspecified party, the company said on Tuesday, setting off speculation that the company could be looking to bolster its expanding smartphone business.

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Hands-on with Acer's Iconia W3, the world's first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

After months on the market, Windows 8 tablets have yet to rack up the sales Microsoft and PC vendors were originally hoping for. But on Monday Taiwanese PC maker Acer showed off what could be the first of many Windows 8 tablets to come in smaller screen sizes, following the success of Apple's iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7.

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Foxconn developing 5 Firefox OS devices, could include tablet

Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, has become the latest company to back Mozilla's Firefox OS and is developing more than five devices running the mobile operating system for its customers.

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Acer to launch 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, unveils 5.7-inch smartphone

Windows 8 is joining the 8-inch tablet bandwagon with a new device from Acer that will launch later this month and come with a price tag between $400 and $500.

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Foxconn's Hon Hai sets up new research center in Sharp's backyard

Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has set up a new research center devoted to display and touch technologies in Japan that could end up hiring staff away from Sharp.

14-year-old worker found dead at possible Asus supplier in China

A 14-year-old worker has been found dead after working at an electronics factory in China that may make products for Asus, another potential case of underage labor abuse in the country.