Quanta, Wistron pushing new business measures to prolong competitiveness

Quanta Computer’s white-box server subsidiary is planning to establish new branches in Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China to tighten its partnerships with China-based Internet players Alibaba and Tencent, while Wistron has cooperated with industrial PC (IPC) player Arbor Technology to seek Internet of things (IoT) business opportunities.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140605PD206.html

Malware attacks VN smartphones

The virus called “SMS Trojans” has been sending SMS texts to premium-rate numbers, causing losses of VND3.9 billion for subscribers every day. According to the recently published BKAV Security Bulletin (No2/ 2014), in the first five months of 2014, BKAV detected 621,000 new malwares, compared to 528,000 in the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, every day, as many as 262,000 smartphones in Viet Nam are being infected with “SMS Trojans causing losses worth VND3.9 billion to phone owners.

http://m.english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/104350/malware-attacks-vn-smartphones.html

Xiaomi looks set to enter Indonesia in August

A lot of people in Southeast Asia have been hotly anticipating the arrival of Android smartphone brand Xiaomi in their country. The Chinese gadget-maker has made its way to Singapore and Malaysia in the past few months, and it has a few other countries on its roadmap. Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra (pictured above) is in Jakarta right now, and earlier today he gave a clear indication that Xiaomi’s Indonesia launch in imminent.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-set-enter-indonesia-august/

Akamai Names Hong Kong & Taiwan Country Manager

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, announced today the appointment of Andrew Wong as country manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his role, Andrew will lead all Sales, Marketing and Partner activities in the two markets.

http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3531

Acer Looks Beyond PCs

TAIPEI–Acer Inc. aims to expand its small but profitable corporate cloud-computing business and sell more low-cost smartphones as it seeks to offset falling laptop sales, its chief executive said in an interview. The world’s fourth-largest personal-computer maker by shipments behind Lenovo Group Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. has put its smartphone and cloud products front and center at Asia’s biggest computer show, Computex, this week.

http://stream.wsj.com/story/gadget-wars/SS-2-51456/SS-2-549305/

Regulator OKs upgrade to 4G with same number

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday approved telecoms carriers’ plans to offer their subscribers the option of upgrading their phones to the recently launched fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network with their current cellular phone numbers. The regulator announced yesterday that required amendments have been completed to extend phone number portability to Taiwan’s mobile phone subscribers, who may upgrade to the 4G network from 3G as soon as Monday.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/06/05/409351/Regulator-OKs.htm

Acer, MediaTek partner on cloud tech potential

TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) teamed up Wednesday with chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) to jointly explore the business opportunities in cloud computing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The partnership was announced at the Computex Summit Forum, where Acer Chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) invited MediaTek Chairman and CEO Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介) to join him on stage after Shih had given a keynote speech.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/05/409401/Acer-MediaTek.htm

Japan’s SoftBank unveils "family member" robot

URAYASU: Japan’s SoftBank on Thursday unveiled what it billed as an “emotional” humanoid robot that will entertain customers at the mobile carrier’s phone outlets — and maybe become a member of their family. Company president Masayashi Son joked around with the talking, dancing and singing humanoid named Pepper at an event just outside Tokyo.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/japan-s-softbank-unveils/1138016.html

Telstra builds monster mobile exchange

Telstra is building its biggest mobile exchange on wheels (MEOW) in response to a review of its emergency connectivity strategy in the wake of the 2012 fire at its Warrnambool exchange. The November 2012 fire knocked out services to up to 60,000 users and caused damage to 60 percent of the exchange.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387460,telstra-builds-monster-mobile-exchange.aspx

Singapore Power Completes Nationwide Deployment of Deregulated Energy Services on Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Infrastructure Platform

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, today announced that Singapore Power Group (SP) has successfully begun delivering deregulated energy services to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Singapore. As part of the Singapore Energy Market Authority’s retail contestability program, SP is leveraging a countrywide IPv6 smart infrastructure networking platform from Silver Spring to allow eligible C&I customers in Singapore to now choose from a variety of retail energy providers and purchase electricity at wholesale market prices.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3100599

Former Vmware chief Paul Harapin joins Decimal as CEO

Former VMware executive Paul Harapin has joined the recently listed software maker Decimal as chief executive. Mr Harapin, who started at Decimal on Wednesday, will lead the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations as it seeks to emulate the success of Xero in the financial planning market. His appointment comes shortly after Decimal finished listing on the Australian Securities Exchange through a mining back-door.

http://www.afr.com/p/technology/former_vmware_chief_paul_harapin_ZLfADH83YOGDJ9PEFoO7NO

IBM Wins Shanghai Airport Cloud-Computing Contract

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US) won a contract with China’s state-owned Shanghai Airport Authority to use cloud computing to help move traffic more efficiently. The IBM system, the first phase of which was completed in March, helps the airport manage everything from airplane taxi times to passengers waiting on a concourse, the Armonk, New York-based company said in a statement today.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-05/ibm-cites-shanghai-airport-trust-as-cyber-tensions-climb

New Zealand government urged to look offshore for cloud services #cloud #cloudcomputing

At a time when post-PRISM those of us outside of the US are being encouraged to be as nationalistic as possible when selecting our cloud services providers, an interesting reversal down under in New Zealand where the government is being urged to look overseas for its providers.

http://diginomica.com/2014/06/05/zealand-government-urged-offshore-cloud-services/