China’s regulators give final approval to iPhone 6, set for launch October 17

Weeks after the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus first went on sale, Apple’s newest phones finally have full approval from China’s regulators. The last remaining rubber stamp comes from MIIT , which has approved the devices after analyzing both the hardware and iOS 8. (Update 3 hours after publishing: Apple has just confirmed its China launch for October 17 for both iPhone 6 variants, arriving on all three Chinese telcos. That’s the same date as for India. Online pre-orders in China begin October 10. We’ve updated the article’s headline with this new information.)

http://www.techinasia.com/china-regulators-give-final-approval-iphone6/

Singapore Hospital Maps Patients’ Profile To Predict Health Needs

A hospital in Singapore is trying to reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits to better allocate limited resources. The Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been receiving many patients who frequently admit themselves for medical treatment that can be provided by alternative health and support providers. The hospital is now using mapping technology to analyse the profile of these patients and their proximity to more appropriate providers so it can better transition these patients to outpatient and specialist care.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/30/singapore-hospital-maps-patients-profile-predict-h/

Government’s Secure Email Service To Cover 5 Million Officials By Mar 2015

NEW DELHI: By the end of the current fiscal, five million officials will be using government’s secure email, which seeks to ban use of popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo! in official communication to safeguard critical and sensitive government data. Government has approved the proposal moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials.

http://news.siliconindia.com/technology/Governments-Secure-Email-Service-To-Cover-5-Million-Officials-By-Mar-2015-nid-173235-cid-2.html

Vietnam’s Hanel DTT plans Myanmar e-gov’t platform

The ceremony for the signing of the agreement was held at a Viet Nam-Myanmar business matching session in Yangon, Myanmar, on Wednesday. The two sides have agreed to share their resources to implement e-government projects in Southeast Asia, and work in government-to-government (G2G) systems on the projects. They will also exchange information, experience, technology and experts to build OEP communities in order to expand OEP functions and carry out projects of the two countries.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/112969/vietnam-s-hanel-dtt-plans-myanmar-e-gov-t-platform.html

Mobile messaging app FireChat flares up in Hong Kong amid Occupy Central protests

Surprisingly, as activists prepared to gather, a mobile app that that first caught the attention of the media last spring resurfaced among participants. FireChat, available for iOS and Android, is a mass chatroom app that lets communicate with one another over wi-fi and cellular networks, along with Bluetooth and Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The latter two features means that users can, in theory, chat “off-the-grid.” In anticipation of poor cellular network connectivity (and perhaps a deliberate network shutdown), student activist leader Joshua Wong posted a message urging people to download FireChat.

http://www.techinasia.com/mobile-messaging-app-firechat-flares-up-in-hong-kong-amid-occupy-central-protests/

MIC tells MO to pocket 70% of information content service revenue at maximum

Mobile operators, which have an infrastructure base and technical solutions, and CSPs, which produce information content, had not been able to agree on the profit-share ratio. They believed that without their infrastructure systems, the content services would never be able to reach to customers. The majority of the customers are the mobile networks’ users. However, CSPs believe that content is the “spirit” of the service, and they deserve to enjoy higher profits. But the mobile operators had only accepted to give 30 percent of revenue to CSPs, a ratio which CSPs said was too low and unfair for them.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/113000/mic-tells-mo-to-pocket-70–of-information-content-service-revenue-at-maximum.html

Users In China Are Reporting That Instagram Has Been Blocked, Likely In Response To The Hong Kong Protests

We’re seeing reports from users on Twitter that Instagram has been blocked in mainland China. It’s likely due to the protests happening in Hong Kong. Citizens in Hong Kong are protesting the government in Beijing to allow them to practice “full democracy.” If Instagram is blocked in China as the Twitter reports indicate, it’s likely to keep images of the protest, which include police firing tear gas at demonstrators, from spreading.

http://www.businessinsider.com/instagram-blocked-in-china-2014-9

How Open Data Restored Citizen Trust In Indonesian Election

When both presidential candidates claimed to have won the July election, Indonesian citizens got together online and used open data to verify the votes. The General Elections Commission had earlier published scanned tallies from close to 500,000 polling stations on their website. Ainun Najib, an IT expert based in Singapore got his friends together and set up a website where 700 volunteers manually transcribed the scanned tallies into a spreadsheet.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/26/how-open-data-restored-citizen-trust-indonesian-el/

Government’s secure email service to cover 5 million officials by Mar 2015

NEW DELHI: By the end of the current fiscal, five million officials will be using government’s secure email, which seeks to ban use of popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo! in official communication to safeguard critical and sensitive government data.  Government has approved the proposal moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/governments-secure-email-service-to-cover-5-million-officials-by-mar-2015/articleshow/43702782.cms

Singapore Government on alert for Bash aka Shellshock bug threat

SINGAPORE: The possible risk of cybercriminals exploiting the bug known as GNU Bourne Again Shell, also known as Bash or Shellshock, is being closely monitored by local IT regulator the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Responding to a query by Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson said on Friday (Sep 26) that IDA is “aware” of the Bash vulnerability and is “closely monitoring the situation”. She added: “We would like to reassure the public that Government agencies are taking the necessary security measures to ensure the integrity of their websites and e-services.”

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/singapore-government-on/1384584.html

New Online Service For Australian Consumers To Report Medicine Side Effects

The Australian government has launched a new online service for consumers to report side effects of medicines and vaccines. Reports from consumers are useful in monitoring the safety of medicines. However, many people are unaware of the reporting channels. Last year, only 3% of reports received by the regulator came from consumers. The new online form allows the public to quickly submit brief details of the suspected medicine, including the batch number and the active ingredient, as well as the description of the side effect.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/26/new-online-service-australian-consumers-report-med/

Most Searched Indian Politicians On Google In 2014

BANGALORE: In today’s technologically advanced global world, politicians and new media go hand in hand. This is because it is the most preferred platform for people from all walks of life to express their views and opinions freely. Check out the most Googled Indian political leaders according to Google Trends. India’s first tech savvyperson Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also the most popular Indian politician on Google. As per the Google Trends, Modi scores 65 points out of 100; this is indeed remarkable for any leader all over the world.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/general/Most-Searched-Indian-Politicians-On-Google-In-2014-nid-173078-cid-1.html

Singapore One-Stop Municipal Services Office To Launch App

Singapore residents will soon be able to report complaints through a single smartphone app, without having to know or find out which of the eight government agencies is responsible for addressing the issue. The app will allow the public to reach the Municipal Services Office, the government’s coordination body for municipal service delivery, announced Grace Fu, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/26/singapore-one-stop-municipal-services-office-launc/

Seoul City, Korea Trials Mobile Charging Stations Using Renewable Energy

Residents and tourists can soon charge their smartphones and mobile devices at charging stations in downtown Seoul, Cheonggyecheon. The city government has installed five charging booths powered by running water from the 10-kilometre Cheonggyecheon stream. A city official has told local media that the government will consider setting up more stations if it receives positive public feedback during this three-month trial.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/24/seoul-city-korea-trials-mobile-charging-stations-u/

India promises investors more red carpet, less red tape

NEW DELHI–Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged Thursday to slash red tape and harness the benefits of a huge young population as he launched a campaign to attract global business to manufacture in India. India’s business-friendly new leader wants to revive his country’s flagging economic fortunes by kick-starting a manufacturing sector long eclipsed by that of neighboring China. “We don’t need to invite the world to India, they are ready to come. We just need to give them our address,” Modi said at the launch of his “Make in India” campaign.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia/india/2014/09/26/418024/India-promises.htm

Over 1,000 VN websites hacked within two-week period

Of the 1,039 hacked websites, there were 69 websites run by education organizations with the domain name “.edu.vn” and 30 government organizations’ websites with the domain name “.gov.vn”. “The figure that 30 government organizations’ websites were hijacked just within a short period of two weeks shows the alarming situation,” commented Tran Quang Chien from Security Daily. Security Daily figures have been published in internet security forums and hackers’ forums, and been added to warnings from the community and findings from Zone-h, zone-hc, hack-cn systems.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/112634/over-1-000-vn-websites-hacked-within-two-week-period.html

Victoria, Australia, Puts Traffic Offence Photos Online

Motorists in Victoria, Australia, will be able to view photographs of their road violation for free online from the first week of December. These photos will provide the motorists with a clearer understanding of their traffic offences, including running the red light, speeding and unregistered vehicle use. Currently, motorists have to visit the government office to view the photographs or pay a fee for the copy to be mailed to them.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/23/victoria-australia-puts-traffic-offence-photos-onl/

Byod & Cope: How The Philippines Government Manages Enterprise Mobility And Why

The Philippine Department of Justice has two approaches to enterprise mobility: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate Owned, Personally-Enabled (COPE). Geronimo Sy (pictured), Assistant Secretary and CIO speaks to FutureGov about why enterprise mobility has become more important and the benefits of these approaches. Cost savings is one of the main reasons for implementing BYOD, says Sy. “This approach cuts device and carrier costs by allowing employees to bring their own device. It reduces the need for company-owned devices.”

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/23/byod-cope-how-philippines-government-manages-enter/

Why Australian Defence Invested In A Us$118 Million Ehealth System

The Australian Defence Force has just bought a new A$133 million (US$118 million) eHealth system to provide health providers accurate, up-to-date health data on their personnel. The eHealth System will be made available to all stakeholders responsible for providing health services and benefits to defence staff, including clinicians, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and civilian health providers.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/23/why-australian-defence-invested-us118-million-ehea/

Taiwan bans Line on gov’t PCs

Taiwan banned all government workers from using instant messaging services including Naver Corp.’s Line and Microsoft Corp.’s MSN over security concerns, the Cabinet said in a statement Tuesday night. A ban on downloading the software onto government PCs will also be enforced, it said. The statement didn’t elaborate on the nature of the security concerns. Cyber security was brought to the government’s attention in August after Helsinki-based F-Secure Oyj alleged devices from China’s Xiaomi Corp. collect and transmit personal data to Beijing.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/computer/433971/taiwan-bans-line-on-gov-t-pcs