Weekly Focal Tech News: July 18 – 24, 2011

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A fake Apple Store was discovered in Chinese city of Kunming, or Google+ reaching 20m users in less than three weeks after its launch, is among weekly focal tech news from July 18 to 24, 2011.

 

Fake Apple Store in Chinese City of Kunming

Located at a crowded, pedestrian-only shopping street in Chinese city of Kunming, an Apple Store was discovered to be fake by a 27-year-old American blogger working for one public health organization here though it was decorated like any Apple Store found all over the world.

After the fake Apple Store was revealed last Friday, many customers berated its staff and asked for refund. At present, there are only four genuine Apple Stores in China, situated in Beijing and Shanghai.


Inside the fake store, Apple posters are seen on the walls while iPads and Macbook computers are displayed on wooden tables

Inside the fake store, Apple posters are seen on the walls while iPads and Macbook computers are displayed on wooden tables


“The media is painting us to be a fake store but we don't sell fakes, all our products are real, you can check it yourself,” an employee of the fake store said

“The media is painting us to be a fake store but we don't sell fakes, all our products are real, you can check it yourself.” an employee of the fake store said

 

Hugo Chávez Using Twitter to Run Venezuela from Hospital

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is using Twitter as an effective tool to remotely govern as undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.

In more than 40 messages last week on his @chavezcandaga account, the powerful man had approved finance for a Caracas’s rubbish collection project, praised plans for a new park and supported the national football team.


Hugo Chávez has more than 1.8 million followers, and his messages are regularly broadcasted on state television in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez has more than 1.8 million followers, and his messages are regularly broadcasted on state television in Venezuela


References to his treatment have been filled with optimistic slogans on Twitter

References to his treatment have been filled with optimistic slogans on Twitter

 

Google+ Reaching 20m Users in Less than Three Weeks after Its Launch

According to calculations, Google+, a new social networking site run by the world’s biggest search engine, is approaching 20 million users only three weeks after its launch. Besides, the Google+ app for iPhone, which was unveiled earlier last week, was the top free app on Apple’s iTunes Store.


The Google+ is a combination of the Facebook and Twitter models of social networking

The Google+ is a combination of the Facebook and Twitter models of social networking


The Google+ has been a strong rival to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook

The Google+ has been a strong rival to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook

 

Angry Birds Maker Rovio Sued by Lodsys

Small American company Lodsys based in Marshall, Texas, has sued the Angry Birds app’s maker Finland’s Rivio in a Texas court because it claims that it owns patents on the method to buy new levels inside the game. The company also started suing some of the biggest names in mobile gaming, including Electronic Arts, Atari, Square Enix and Take-Two Interactive.


Angry Birds maker Rovio is being sued by US patents firm Lodsys

Angry Birds maker Rovio is being sued by US patents firm Lodsys

 

BlackBerry’s Maker RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

Canadian smartphone maker RIM announced that it would cut 10% of its global workforce, or equally 2,000 jobs, as the company struggles to maintain the profitability in the face of increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. Furthermore, RIM will also restructure its second-level management with the departure of chief operating officer Don Morrison, who went on medical leave in June 2011.


BlackBerry maker RIM plans to cut 10% of its global workforce

BlackBerry maker RIM plans to cut 10% of its global workforce

 

BlackBerry’s Maker RIM Cutting 2,000 Jobs

 

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This article was published on 2011/07/28