Why Singapore is moving to 3D maps for urban planning #cloud #cloudcomputing

Singapore has limited land, but its skyline is constantly changing. The city’s urban planning agency has found that 2D maps and physical models are not able to keep up with such a complex environment, its Chief Information Officer, Peter Quek said. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now using 3D mapping to get a more realistic view of the city and simulate future scenarios, so agencies can plan their services better.


Microsoft and Jakarta police team up to educate public on dangers of pirated software

In a report by Akamai Technologies last year, Indonesia was ranked as the number one source of hacking-related traffic in the world, overtaking China. The country is also a place where pirated software is used ubiquitously by individuals and businesses alike. Because pirated software often contains malicious malware, the widespread use of inauthentic software in Indonesia brings large potential threats each day to the nation’s digital infrastructure.


Huawei to do ‘anything it takes’ to protect its patents, from IN

NEW DELHI: Huawei Technologies, one of the world’s top five smartphone makers, has vowed to strongly protect its intellectual property, warning handset makers against potential infringements on its patents on technologies such as 4G, amid an increasing number of patent disputes in India ending up in lawsuits.  “In 4G, the largest percentage of essential patents belongs to us,” P Sanjeev, director of device sales at Huawei India, told ET on Wednesday. “As much as we respect others IPR (intellectual property rights), we will do anything that it takes to protect our own patents as well.”


OnePlus may contest High Court ban on import, sale of its phone

NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker OnePlus is likely to challenge a Delhi High Court decision that bars it from importing and selling its OnePlus One smartphone in India, even as the company said it will discontinue local production of the device which it makes with US-based operating system maker Cynogen.  The court’ directive had come on a plea by Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics, which sought a temporary injunction against OnePlus saying it had infringed upon the exclusive rights that Micromax had acquired from “ambient services and application distributions agreement” with Cyanogen.


Australian police fail to quantify metadata use in investigations

Australia’s police forces say they are unable to actually quantify how helpful metadata is to criminal investigations and convictions, despite today repeating their argument for a two-year period of mandatory data retention by telco providers. The country’s three largest law enforcement and national security agencies today fronted a parliamentary committee investigating the Government’s draft data retention bill to plead their case for the scheme, arguing it is necessary to protect the nation against 21st Century security threats.


Delhi High Court bars OnePlus from selling in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese device maker OnePlus has been restrained by the Delhi High Court from marketing and selling of handsets bearing the Cyanogen mark.  The court, after hearing the plea of Micromax Informatics, though allowed the Chinese company to clear its stocks through an interim order.  In the case 3761/2014 between the Micromax Informatics and Shanzhen Oneplus Technology, lawyers for the former argued that they have entered into “exclusive rights” with the US software developing company Cyanogen, and alleged that OnePlus has breached its rights.


Xiaomi’s India ban partially lifted

Last week, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi was hit with a sales ban in India. Today, that has been partially lifted by the Delhi High Court, reports The Hindu. Today’s ruling allows Xiaomi to sell only Qualcomm-powered smartphones in India, and only until January 8, 2015. This allows Xiaomi to sell three of the four models it had launched in India – the Redmi Note 4G, the Mi3, and the Redmi 1S. The MediaTek-powered Redmi Note remains fully banned.


Government’s crowdsourcing portal MyGuv to be revealed in a new avatar soon

NEW DELHI: The government’s idea crowdsourcing platform MyGov.in is ready to roll out an update in the next month or so, with the new version expanding scope of activities, along with upgrade of technology tools being used to analyse data.  Version 2.0 of MyGov.in will have opinion polls related to policy issues, detailed surveys to supplement field data collection, and collaborative writing for white papers across different ministries and government departments, Gaurav Dwivedi, MyGov chief executive officer told ET.


HC allows Xiaomi to sell Qualcomm-based handsets till January 8

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted temporary relief to Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, allowing it to sell its handsets in the country provided they use Qualcomm’s chipsets. The world’s third-largest smart phone maker will resume flash sales in India from December 23, the company said.  The order by a division bench set aside a total ban on Xiaomi devices sale in the country issued by a single judge of the same court last week.


Government plans to roll out WiFi in top 25 cities by June 2015

NEW DELHI: Government is looking for a speedy roll out of wifi services at select public places in top 25 cities with population of over 10 lakh by June 2015.  “Government has plans to empanel 3-4 wifi service provider for speedy roll out of wifi hotspots across top 25 cities in the country by June 2015. The services will be available at select public places within these cities,” according to an official source.


Hockey mulls selling off Canberra’s secure fibre network

The Government will investigate the feasibility of selling off Canberra’s secure public sector communications network to a third party provider, in an effort to reduce the operating costs of the federal government. The Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) is the secure fibre network connecting 400 government buildings and 80 agencies throughout Canberra. It began operations in 1991 as a private communications link between Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sites, and has since expanded to 150,000km of fibre across the nation’s capital.


Xiaomi’s India ban exposes wider patent risks

MUMBAI/BEIJING: The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world’s fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges. Xiaomi Technology only started selling in India in July and quickly became the country’s fastest growing smartphone brand; with minimal marketing, it is already outselling even low-cost smartphones running Google’s Android One.


Australia and New Zealand lead on data publication

Australia and New Zealand publish the most open government datasets in the region, according to the Global Open Data Index published by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) this week. Both Australia and New Zealand rank fifth out of 97 countries in the index, which judges availability and accessibility of 10 key government datasets based on whether they are available to the public for free on the internet. The United Kingdom has come out on top with all the 10 datasets published in open formats.


Government invites Samsung, LG to ‘Make in India’

HYDERABAD: India is inviting technology majors like Samsung and LG to set up manufacturing facilities in the country under ‘Make in India’ programme, said communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.  “We are promoting all the big guns like Samsung and LG to come to India in a big way under ‘Make in India’ programme,” the minister said in his address at golden jubilee celebrations of Computer Society of India (CSI).


China reminds Apple on need to support privacy, security in its products

Apple can have access to China, as long as it protects users’ privacy, a top Chinese official told the company’s CEO last week. The head of the country’s Cyberspace Administration, Lu Wei, met with Apple’s Tim Cook on Saturday as part of a visit to the company, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a Monday report.


India launches app to government and private services into one platform

Karnataka State, India this week launched Mobile One, a new app which pools together over 4000 private and government services for its citizens. Available on Android and iOS platforms, the app allows the public to access to government-to-citizen services and business-to-consumer services.Services include payment platforms for utilities, phone bills and taxes, and access to healthcare directories and transport services.


Indonesia aims to put all services online by 2019

Indonesia’s Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PAN-RB) has launched a new programme to put nearly every single public service online by 2019. The programme is jointly developed with the Ministry of Information and Communication (Kementerian Kominfo) and is looking to be completed by the end of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s five year term.


Xiaomi reportedly faces ban in India

The Delhi High Court in India has reportedly granted an ex parte injunction order against Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi for allegedly infringing on Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), according to a report published on NDTV’s website. The NDTV report comes from SpicyIP which said that the injunction stops the Chinese manufacturer from “selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices” that infringe upon Ericsson’s patents.


Singapore Tech agency fines broadband infrastructure provider

Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has fined the country’s nationwide broadband network provider US$40,000 due to missed standards. The national network company, NetLink Trust, failed to meet the minimum standard of 90 per cent of broadband requests fulfilled within seven business days.


Indian state decides not to share existing data centre

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which has recently been split into a new governmental unit, has decided it needs to procure its own data centre. Until June this year the state was a larger entity incorporating the now separate state of Telangana. It had an existing data centre in the joint capital Hyderabad, which it shares with Telangana, but has decided to create its own central state repository.