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Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Pad, announces iOS-like Android skin

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Not content with a blatant copy of the iPad mini and a smartphone called the Mi Phone, Xiaomi’s latest Android overlay – MIUI 6 – bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS 7. The flat icons, the icon screens scrolling above the fixed app tray at the bottom, the calendar, calculator, compass … 

Xiaomi global VP and former Google exec Hugo Barra has said previously that suggestions that the company copies Apple’s designs are “sweeping sensationalist statements” and that similarities are coincidental.

“If you have two similarly skilled designers, it makes sense that they would reach the same conclusion,” he argues. “It doesn’t matter if somebody else has reached the same conclusion.”

Seems Xiaomi’s software designers, like their tablet designers, reached very similar conclusions here.

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Design protection is very limited in China, making it tough for Apple to take legal action, and it’s also possible that Apple doesn’t want to rock the boat in a sensitive market. How long Apple’s tolerance will last, however, as Xiaomi expands internationally is something that will be interesting to see.

Via TechCrunch


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Apple starts using China Telecom’s data centers to store iCloud data for China users, rather than US locations

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Update: Apple confirmed the use of China Telecom servers in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

But the company said Friday in a statement to The Wall Street Journal that all data stored is encrypted, meaning China Telecom won’t have access to its content.

“Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China,” it said.

Apple has begun using Chinese data centers to store iCloud data for local Apple customers, the first time Apple has used mainland China for iCloud account and information storage. On a municipal government website, Fuzhuo City Telecom said that ‘Apple China has completed the iCloud data dump into China Telecom’s cloud services’. The post has since been taken down from the government site, however.

By moving the site closer to the country itself, reliability, performance and uptime should be maximised for Chinese Apple users. The statement also notes that uptime availability should be at the 99.99% level. The site will end up taking responsibility for hundreds of petabytes of user data.

Apple’s use of localized cloud resources to supplement its own facilities is an interesting strategy and may be part of its larger effort to run its own CDN’s, which rely on proximity for low-ping situations. In the United States, for example, Apple has negotiated deals with Comcast for direct interconnect between its servers and the Comcast network.

There is speculation that a potential consequence that moving data into China will make it easier for government to spy on users’ private data, due to the change in regional laws. We have reached out to Apple for comment on this matter.


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Tim Cook shares ‘deepest sympathies’ and makes $1.6m donation following Yunnan, China earthquake

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In an email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his “deepest sympathies” to the people of Yunnan, China after the region was struck by a disastrous earthquake this past weekend. The earthquake took the lives of 589 people and caused the relocation of over 200,000 people, according to reports. Here’s Cook’s internal memo to employees, which was provided by a source:

Team,

Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China’s Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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Cook says that Apple will be making a monetary donation to groups that provide relief efforts for those hurt by the earthquake and its ramifications. Reports indicate that the donation is worth 10 million Yuan, which converts to just over $1.6 million. Cook also notes that Apple has deep ties to the area as Apple has over 6500 employees in China, many third-party developers, and family members of supply chain personnel. Apple has also posted a message on its China homepage:

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