For first time ever, Baidu now sees most of traffic come from mobile

ChinaBaidu, China’s top search engine company, now gets more traffic on mobile than it does on desktop computers. This little nugget of info is hidden in plain sight in Baidu’s Q3 earnings report (PDF link), which came out last night. “This is quite significant,” says Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, in an email exchange with Tech in Asia. “To be a bit more specific, average daily mobile traffic surpassed average daily PC traffic,” he adds, emphasizing that this refers to total traffic, not just search queries.

China software January-September revenues total nearly CNY2.7 trillion, says MIIT

China’s software industry generated revenues of CNY2.682 trillion (US$435 billion) in January-September 2014, growing 20.6% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Exports of software products and services in the period reached US$35.3 billion, accounting for 8.11% of the total revenues and rising 13.7% on year.

Huawei’s Chen: Advanced Tech Can Help Us Enter the U.S. Market

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Huawei Technologies Co., which has been effectively shut out of the U.S. telecommunications-equipment market on security concerns, hopes that investments in advanced technology will help the Chinese company eventually break through. “It will take a longer time than it took in Europe and Asia for entering the U.S. market,” Huawei Senior Vice President Chen Lifang said at the WSJD Live global technology conference Wednesday. “My confidence comes from advanced technologies” like fifth generation, or 5G, mobile technology, optical networking, cloud computing and big data, she added.

Xiaomi Denies Copycat Allegations by Apple; Says Apple Also Copies

Hugo Barra, a vice president of Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, Inc. defended the company’s product designs after Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, accused the firm of “being lazy” and a design thief. Barra, who already responded to Ive’s comments Oct. 9 at a Vanity Fair conference, spoke out again since the issue is far from being settled. “Our designers, our engineers, are inspired by great products and great design out there. In today’s world, who isn’t?” Barra said at The Wall Street Journal’s Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Huawei Launches New ‘Honor’ Brand of Smartphones

Huawei announced its new Honor brand of smartphones for Europe in Berlin on Oct. 28, Tuesday.The company describes the new product as “a brand that’s not afraid to do things differently, to be the brave and bring about change” Customers can only get the Honor phones directly from the company, rather than from mobile phone networks or shops. Industry analyst Daniel Gleeson of IHS states that Huawei is trying to cement its image as a high-quality brand among consumers.

China develops its first homegrown server amid cybersecurity concerns

A Chinese company has developed the country’s first homegrown servers, built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. China’s Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed a series of four servers using the Loongson 3B processor, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. “Servers are crucial applications in a country’s politics, economy, and information security. We must fully master all these technologies,” Dawning’s vice president Sha Chaoqun was quoted as saying.

Alibaba’s Jack Ma tops China rich list: Forbes

SHANGHAI–Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is China’s richest person with a fortune of nearly US$20 billion, as billionaires increase despite a slowdown in the country’s economy, Forbes magazine said Tuesday. The number of Chinese billionaires surged to 242 this year from 168 in 2013, Forbes said in its annual “China Rich List”, which ranks the wealthy. Ma’s personal wealth ballooned to US$19.5 billion from US$7.1 billion last year after his company’s record breaking initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange in September, according to the magazine.

VMware Labs Asia Established to Expand and Diversify Technology Innovation Through Joint Solution Development

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced VMware Labs Asia has been established. Under this new framework, VMware aims to expand and diversify technology innovation through joint solution development. Initiated in China, VMware aims to deepen its reach into the technology ecosystem with the purpose of collaborating with academia, developer, open technology and partner communities in the country. The first project under VMware Labs Asia is a Linux-based VDI solution that will address the unique market opportunity for open technologies in China.

U Mobile partners with Oppo Mobile Malaysia

U Mobile Sdn Bhd is collaborating with Oppo Mobile Malaysia to offer bundle plans for the Oppo Joy and Oppo Neo 5 smartphones, the first local telco to do so. “U Mobile and Oppo both strongly believe in delivering best value offerings at the most affordable prices to our customers and that has become the main foundation of this partnership,” said U Mobile chief marketing officer Jasmine Lee.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Eyes Partnership With Alibaba In China

Apple’s (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook sat down for a 30-minute talk at The Wall Street Journal Live technology conference and spoke about Apple Pay, iPhone, iPod and partnering with Chinese e-commerce provider Alibaba. On the subject of Apple Pay, Cook said he understands why retailers are looking to cut the costs of credit and debit cards by establishing their own payment service. But he also said that he believes customers will only use these retailers if they offer the right payment options.

Huawei to be strong competitor in cloud computing industry, says CCAT executive

Commenting on recent cloud computing developments, Tzi-Cker Chiueh, secretary general of the Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan (CCAT), has pointed out that business opportunities have become more solid, especially for cloud computing data centers and currently only Taiwan has accumulated sufficient experience for the industry. However, China is catching up quickly, especially Huawei, and the company is expected to become Taiwan players’ biggest competitor in the industry, Chiueh said.

Jack Ma on how to find happiness at work

You probably know the name Jack Ma. The man is, after all, the chairman and founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, and his word carries some serious weight in Asian tech circles. What you may not know is that Jack Ma occasionally blogs. I’ve translated his latest piece below, as I think it’s something that everyone should consider, especially those of you working long hours trying to get startups off the ground.

Why is the Indian Air Force so trigger-happy in shooting down Xiaomi?

Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.

Tencent makes a play for China’s Snapchat generation with $20M investment in Blink

Tencent has made a new social play in the same vein as Snapchat to appease China’s “post-90s” youths. The web giant made a fresh US$20 million series A investment into Blink, a new photo sharing and messaging app out of China. Sequoia Capital, H Capital, ZhenFund, and Innovation Works also participated in the round, according to Techweb.

Digitimes Research: Sales of 4G smartphones to remain sluggish in China in 4Q14

Major China-based handset vendors including Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi Technology are unlikely to reach their shipment goals set for 2014 due to slow sales of 4G models in the third quarter and gloomy prospects for the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research. The conclusion comes after Digitimes Research researchers and analysts made a visit to dozens of upstream and downstream makers in China’s handset supply chain during the August-September period.

China’s Xiaomi to set up India customer data centre to deflect privacy concerns

MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

Baidu Embraces ‘Indoor GPS’ Systems Technology

Chinese Internet technology company Baidu, Inc. has stepped into the geolocation technology arena, an emerging technology currently captivating retailers and other industries. The company invested US$10 million last month in Finnish-based mapping service provider IndoorAtlas to develop new GPS systems. IndoorAtlas had already developed computer software that lets a compass in smartphones identify a person’s indoor location using the Earth’s geomagnetic fields, instead of relying on wireless signals.

Xiaomi to talk to Indian authorities after IAF red-flags Redmi 1s phones

NEW DELHI: Stressing that it does not collect any user data without permission, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today said it will engage with Indian authorities to address the concerns about security of user’s data. Last week, in an advisory, the Indian Air Force asked its personnel and their families to desist from using Chinese ‘Xiaomi Redmi 1s’ phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk.

China’s most expensive smartphone is shockingly underpowered

Usually when people talk about Chinese-made smartphones, they’re focused on the low-price-but-high-quality part of the market that Xiaomi, Meizu and other domestic mobile startups have planted their flags in. But here’s something from the other end of the spectrum: a Chinese made smartphone that features and absurdly high price for almost shockingly low specs. Meet the VEB V2.

China Mobile’s ARPU Drops While Net Profit Sinks 9.7%

China Mobile’s operating revenue reached CNY481.2 billion during the latest reporting period, a year-on-year increase of 3.9%; but its net profit was CNY82.6 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 9.7%. At the same time, its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were CNY176.3 billion, a decrease of 5% compared with the same period of last year. China Mobile said that the Chinese mainland mobile communications sector has reached a high saturation stage and the development of traditional communications services have come to a bottleneck.