Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

WeChat marketing campaign

China's Tencent seeks to accelerate growth of WeChat outside China

Chinese Internet giant Tencent is rolling out a global marketing campaign for its WeChat messaging app in a bid to expand the product's reach across 15 different markets, and boost its popularity among users outside China.

Apple's iWatch trademark filings spotted in Taiwan, Mexico

Apple has filed for the "iWatch" trademark in two more countries - Mexico and Taiwan, signaling that the company could be preparing to launch a smart watch.

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Foxconn wearable tech

Foxconn eyes smartwatches with new wristband technology

Manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group also wants to ride the upcoming wave of wearable tech, and has unveiled a wristband that can monitor a user's health and sync with a smartphone.

on techhive.com

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Foxconn to speed up 'robot army' deployment

Manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group is on track with its goal to a create a "million robot army", and already has 20,000 robotic machines in its factories, said the company's CEO Terry Gou on Wednesday.

HP's Slate 21 all-in-one PC rocks Android, not Windows

Hewlett-Packard is also bringing Android to the PC, and has unveiled a 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop installed with Google's operating system.

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HTC One

HTC One, Droid DNA and more face possible U.S. ban in Nokia patent spat

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to investigate HTC for patent infringement based on a complaint Nokia filed in May that targets several phones from the Taiwanese handset maker, including the HTC One.

on techhive.com

Lenovo Miix

Lenovo outs a new $500 Windows 8 tablet and 5 touch-based laptops

Lenovo is bringing another Windows 8 tablet to market -- this one made with keyboard cover in mind -- along with five new touch-based laptops that are slated to arrive globally in July and August.

Foxconn to hire 3000 to support Firefox OS and software development

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group is putting yet more effort behind Mozilla's Firefox OS, and plans to hire up to 3000 people in Taiwan with expertise in HTML5 and cloud computing.

Qualcomm targets China, emerging markets with new lower-end Snapdragon chips

Chip maker Qualcomm is introducing six new processors meant for entry-level phones in China and emerging markets.

HTC butteryfly s

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.

Myanmar tech industry (14)

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.

kindle china

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.