Spread the news: BBC takes to popular messaging app Line

The BBC has just started using the popular messaging app Line to share news. The British broadcaster now has an official account on Line in 11 countries – the US, Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy, India, France, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. With this, the BBC is sharing a mix of headlined images and very short video clips overlaid with captions to its followers. It looks like this:

http://www.techinasia.com/bbc-sharing-news-line-messaging-app/

PDPC to investigate M1 ‘security loophole’

The Personal Data Protection Commission is in touch with M1 regarding an alleged security breach by a customer, wanting to flag a “loophole”, even though M1 says it has resolved the issue and put safeguards in place. SINGAPORE: The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is investigating a “security loophole” that caused M1 to temporarily suspend pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 6 smartphones on Monday (Sep 15). 

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/pdpc-to-investigate-m1/1364922.html

TSMC see follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Some analog IC suppliers indicated that Apple aims to ship 80-100 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and initial response to the new iPhone devices seems to be enthusiastic and could gain momentum.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140916PD212.html

China market: CNY500 4G smartphones expected to be launched by end of 2014, says China Mobile Device president

While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile. 4G smartphones priced at up to CNY500 will be mainly support TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and GSM, with chip solutions to be provided by Taiwan-based MediaTek, He said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140916PD210.html

How tax query to Amazon opens a Pandora’s box for ecommerce in India

Tax authorities in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, are looking into why Amazon India does not pay value-added taxes – as required under the VAT Act, 2003 – on goods stored in its warehouses. The investigation was first reported by Deccan Herald late last month. Now the matter has escalated. The Enforcement Directorate has issued notices to a number of vendors and stopped the sale of their products from Amazon’s warehouses, Mint reports.

http://www.techinasia.com/amazon-tax-mess-opens-pandoras-box-for-ecommerce-india/

Wikileaks: Singapore firm with government ties bought cyber snooping software

On September 15, Wikileaks released copies of invoices and support tickets from Germany-based software company FinFisher. This revealed the names of most of their clients, and how much they’ve paid for their technology. If you’re wondering why they deserve this, you should know that this particular firm deals in weaponized surveillance malware that reportedly includes the following:

http://www.techinasia.com/wikileaks-singapore-firm-government-ties-bought-cyber-snooping-software/

Alibaba IPO will make it biggest internet company in China and third biggest in the world

Alibaba will be the third-biggest internet company in the world by market cap if analysts’ estimates hold up. It will surpass both US ecommerce giant Amazon and Chinese rival Tencent. Chinese companies take up four of the top 10 spots and make up three of the top six. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) sits at number six, while JD (NASDAQ:JD) rounds out the top 10. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) leads by a long shot with nearly twice the market cap as runner up Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-ipo-biggest-internet-company-china-and-third-biggest-in-world/

Australia Picks Commercial Partner For Its Open Source Website Plan

The Australian Government has signed a deal with Acquia to deliver an open source content management system, govCMS, for its websites, John Sheridan, Government CTO has announced. GovCMS will use open source software Drupal and will be hosted on a public cloud, which will be provided by Acquia. Drupal was selected after the team assessed 18 other CMS systems. Acquia will also partner with local businesses so that govCMS can provide end-to-end services from website design and development to support and management.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/16/australia-partners-acquia-deliver-open-source-webs/

Singapore Launches Regional Disaster Centre To Coordinate Multinational Military Efforts

The Singapore government has announced plans to host a regional centre to coordinate large-scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. The centre seeks to support military efforts in disaster-stricken countries by providing more timely information and coordinating efforts with other militaries, said Chan Chun Sing, Second Minister for Defence. This will help them make more informed decisions on how best to deploy their resources.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/16/singapore-host-regional-disaster-centre-coordinate/

Adelaide City, Australia To Build Internet Of Things Innovation Hub

Adelaide City is developing an innovation space to enable entrepreneurs to develop and test new ways for everyday devices to communicate via the internet. The Internet of Things Innovation Hub will focus on trialling and then installing new services to improve transport, healthcare, education, utilities and energy sectors. Adelaide will be the first Australian city to set up such a hub.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/16/adelaide-city-australia-build-internet-things-inno/

MediaTek plans to use India as a springboard to scale up in US and Europe

NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42668267.cms

Hon Hai Eyes CNY5 Billion Investment Plan In Shanxi For Electric Cars

Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Group, announced that the company will invest over CNY5 billion in Shanxi to develop the electric car industry. Gou revealed that in 2014, Foxconn’s output in Shanxi will surpass CNY60 billion and the company already has 100,000 employees in this province. The company is expected to invest over CNY5 billion in Shanxi to develop the electric car industry by using the province’s rich energy resources.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/09/16/20917-hon-hai-eyes-cny5-billion-investment-plan-in-shanxi-for-electric-cars

Insyde to see increasing orders for Intel-based white-box tablets

Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel is aiming to ship 40 million tablet processors in 2014 and Insyde, which is an Intel-invested company, has received strong orders for related tablet BIOS recently and will start seeing its revenues benefit in the fourth quarter.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD216.html

Messaging app Hike aims to reach 100 million users next year

NEW DELHI: Targetting youth under 25, instant messaging application hike messenger is aiming to reach 100 million customers by the end of next year.  “We have reached a user base of 35 million in August, with 15 million additions in just two months, and are targetting to reach 100 million in the next 12-18 months,” Hike Founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal told PTI.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42633681.cms

Expect 2 million Android One handsets to be sold in 2014: MediaTek

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world’s second largest market for mobile phones.  The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality, yet affordable Android devices for consumers in emerging markets like India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42630601.cms

Sony thrashes military defence contractor in court

A federal judge has ruled in favour of Sony Corp in a long-running case, overturning a jury verdict for L-3 Communications Corp and invalidating several parts of an image sensor patent held by the defence contractor. Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court in Delaware said the jury in 2013 was wrong to find L-3’s patent claims were not “obvious,” a key criteria to ensure an invention is sufficiently unique to be patented.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/15/Sony-prevails-in-patent-suit-battle-with-defense-contractor-L3/

BSNL, Micromax partner to drive data usage in India

NEW DELHI: Micromax, India’s second largest samrtphone player, Tuesday partnered with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to drive data growth in the country.  Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter to the Indian consumers.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42642774.cms

Telecom operator Chunghwa sees strong iPhone 6 pre-orders

TAIPEI–Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, reported heavy demand for Apple Inc.’s new smartphone models on Tuesday, saying that the first batch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus put up for pre-sale “ordered out” within 40 minutes. The online campaign began at 10 a.m., and many Apple fans said on Facebook that they had difficulty placing their orders and were told by the website to “try later.”

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/09/17/417416/Telecom-operator.htm

4G smartphone prices expected to fall to below US$100 in 1H15, say Taiwan makers

Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100 in the first half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD214.html

Will Vietnam ever take its internet seriously?

This week, and not for the first time, one of Vietnam’s major internet cable was cut  by accident. That’s in a country with only five internet cables  and over 93 million people. By contrast, Singapore, a country of just over five million people, has 21 internet sea cables  connecting it to the world. This is ridiculous. This is at least the third time that an internet cable has been cut in Vietnam. Last time, it caused the internet to slow down to a near halt for an entire week before returning to normal.

http://www.techinasia.com/vietnam-internet-cable-cut-yet-again/