Taiwan top court rules in favor of TSMC in lawsuit against ex-R&D director

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan’s top court has ruled in favor of TSMC in a trade secret case against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC. Liang has been accused of revealing TSMC’s trade secrets and patents related to its advanced process technology to Samsung Electronics. The Supreme Court on August 24 maintained the determination made by the second-instance court, prohibiting Liang from working for Samsung in any form until December 31, 2015.


GSMA: Smart city tech could save Bangkok $1B per year

ThailandRCR Wireless — In a new report, the GSMA projects the city of Bangkok could save some $1 billion per year by implementing intelligent transport systems common in so-called smart cities. Researchers found that introducing intelligent transport systems would yield economic benefits equivalent to $1 billion each year through a combination of reducing traffic congestion and travel time, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions and helping avoid traffic accidents.


Digitimes Research: China government to support development of MCUs, CPUs, memory chips

ChinaDigi Times — The China government will support local IC-design companies’ development in the MCU, CPU,FPGA, MEMS and memory chips sectors through acquisitions during its current five-year economic plan running from 2015-2020, accordingto Digitimes Research. Since most China-based IC-design houses engaged in MCU, CPU, MEMS and memory products are at their infant stages at present, it is an established policy of the China government to provide financial support to local IC companies to acquire related businesses globally for capacity ramps or technology upgrades.


South-East Asia’s IoT market ripe for the picking: Pundit

APACDigital News Asia — The Internet of Things (IoT) is now a reality. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be 26 billion connected ‘things,’ while IDC believes that this push to connect every ‘thing’ will likely be spearheaded by Asia Pacific. Countries in South-East Asia have reacted to the emergence of IoT in different ways, with governments spearheading initiatives in some countries, and businesses taking the lead in others – and in some markets, the private and public sectors working together.


VN to boost IT application in gov’t

VietnamVietnam Net — The target is for the country to break into the UN E-Government Readiness Index (EDGI)’s top four in ASEAN by 2016, and the top three by 2017, reported Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper. The resolution aims to boost the development of e-government and enhance the quality and efficiency of state agencies to better serve the public and enterprises. It will also make state agencies’ activities on the internet more transparent. According to the 2014 EDGI, Viet Nam ranked 99th out of 193 countries worldwide, and fifth among ASEAN countries.


Rs 90,000 crore investment proposals for electronics manufacturing: Government

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Government has received investment proposals totalling Rs 90,000 crore in the last two months for electronics manufacturing in the country, with significant interest in making mobile phones by local and foreign firms. “About Rs 90,000 crore worth of proposals were received in the last two months. There is hardly any company which has not shown interest to manufacture in India,” said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary in Ministry of Communications and IT.


Oracle chief says US software giant’s China expansion on track despite Beijing protectionism, market slump

ChinaSCMP — Oracle, the world’s second-biggest software company, is betting on increased investment in manpower, research and development to fuel its growth in mainland China, despite Beijing’s drive to promote indigenous information technology suppliers. “It’s very important to get our technology China-ready, and make sure we have the ability to sell and support our products in the country. Those are our primary investments,” Oracle co-chief executive Mark Hurd told the South China Morning Post.


Aussies set for lower mobile call, SMS rates

AustraliaIT News — Mobile customers are expected to benefit from lower call and SMS rates after Australia’s competition regulator decided to halve the cost telcos can charge each other to receive calls on their network. The ACCC today released its final decision on the regulated price for the mobile termination access service (MTAS).  The MTAS is the price mobile network operators can charge others to land calls.


When one app rules them all: The case of WeChat and mobile in China

China.gifTech In Asia — This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it. Much has been written about WeChat in the context of messaging app trends, but few outside of China really understand how it works — and how it can pull off what for many companies (and countries) is still a far-off vision of a world managed entirely through our smartphones.


NSW cops to get portable fingerprint scanners

AustraliaIT News — NSW cops are set to receive yet another gadget to strap to their belts, adding fingerprint scanners to a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras being progressively rolled out across the force. The state’s police force has approached technology vendors for portable fingerprint scanner options, as it looks to digitise the day-to-day work of police on the beat so they no longer have to waste time returning to the station to register and verify IDs.


Taiwan wireless carriers sign up for 4G smart city project

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau signed a pact with four Taiwanese wireless carriers on Wednesday to develop smart city applications nationwide, based on the fourth-generation (4G) mobile network. The bureau has approved 19 proposals put forward by Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Asia Pacific Telecom and estimated to cost NT$5.8 billion (US$179 million) over the next three years.


Cloud computing set to become integral part of Smart Nation shift

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Cloud computing is expected to be the infrastructure upon which Singapore builds a Smart Nation. Through various initiatives, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been encouraging firms to adopt cloud computing solutions. Cloud computing is a virtual IT framework, giving users more flexibility than the traditional hardware-based systems. Singapore is one of the biggest adopters of cloud technology in the Asia-Pacific.


China summons Western tech firms, revives bank cyber rules

ChinaChannel News Asia — BEIJING: China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China’s president, people with knowledge of the matter said.


NSW wants to rent out govt car spaces via booking app, from AU

AustraliaThe NSW government is turning to the state’s mobile application developers to help it rent out its unused car spaces to members of the public. The state Finance department operates nearly 400 car spaces for the use of public servants and their fleet vehicles – many of which sit empty a lot of the time, Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet said today.


China arrests thousands for cybercrimes

ChinaIT News — Police in China arrested about 15,000 people for crimes yesterday that “jeopardised internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls of the web. Since taking over in 2013, President Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China’s internet, which the Communist Party views with greater importance and acknowledges it needs to control, academics and researchers say.


Singapore’s true way to a cashless society

SingaporeTech In Asia — I saw a similar surge 3-4 years ago over fintech in the United States – a large number of projects, a lot of discussions, and the customers who are ready for innovation. The US fintech market is all about products and technologies, while the Asian market is about execution. The US and Europe created fintech for hispsters and geeks, while there is a huge number of unbanked people in Asia. Local banks – DBS, OCBC, UOB, CIMB, Mandiri – have a very strong position in the region and high quality service.


Government extends deadline for comments on net neutrality to August 20

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Government today extended the deadline for submission of public comments on the proposed policy framework for ‘net neutrality’ till August 20. There has been a sudden surge in public comments on the proposed framework and the submission of views was earlier scheduled to close today. “Last date for submission of suggestions and comments on report of committee on Net Neutrality through discussion forum under MyGov.in has been extended till August 20, 2015,” the Department of Telecom said in a notice on its website.


PUC considers acquisition of GTA by Indonesia’s largest telco

IndonesiaKUAM — Telkom Indonesia is the company that is looking to acquire GTA TeleGuam. In a recent hearing held by the Public Utilities Commission, company representatives laid out a point-by-point presentation on why the PUC should approve the deal. Indonesia’s largest telco says it is a cash-rich, low-debt, high-growth company. Total group revenues for 2014 were US$7.2 billion, with gross income of $3.7 billion and net income of $1.7 billion.


APAC Internet users want more opportunities in policymaking

APACEnterprise Innovation — Internet users in the Asia-Pacific would like their government to provide more opportunities for multi-stakeholder involvement in policymaking for the Internet, a newly published Internet Society survey on Internet policy trends in Asia-Pacific found. “While a high proportion of respondents cared about matters related to the Internet, many felt that they were not adequately equipped with the tools and knowledge to participate in state-led policymaking. Rajnesh Singh, Internet Society’s Regional Bureau Director for Asia-Pacific, said.


India approves spectrum sharing

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s cabinet has approved new regulations allowing operators providing services within the same circle to reach spectrum sharing arrangements. But while the development has been welcomed by India’s mobile industry, the terms and conditions – including proposed extra charges – have not gone over so well. The Union Cabinet has given approval to Trai’s recommendations on allowing spectrum sharing, NDTV reported. The new norms will allow two licensees to share spectrum so long as they have airwaves in the same band.