Security firm: Qihoo’s new partner Coolpad is intentionally giving its phones a severe security flaw #cloud #cloudcomputing

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks have released a new report which says that many of the phones manufactured by Chinese handset maker Coolpad are being shipped with a serious security flaw. According to the report, most of the Coolpad phones researchers tested contained a backdoor (they call it “CoolReaper”) that allowed the phone’s software to autonomously do things like:

Baidu’s research lab announces “Deep Speech” recognition system #cloud #cloudcompuring

Baidu Research, the research division of search giant Baidu, unveiled last night a speech recognition technology it has dubbed “Deep Speech.” According to an official release, Baidu’s team of artificial intelligence researchers in Sunnyvale designed Deep Speech to recognize and interpret voice input in noisy environments like restaurants, where ambient noise or other factors can muddle accuracy.

Here’s why Xiaomi is China’s most important tech company #cloud #cloudcomputing

I can see why Lei Jun doesn’t want to be called the Steve Jobs of China. If you look at his history, he’s more like a quasi-Bill Gates with a hint of Jeff Bezos, with Marc Andreesen tendencies, and only a soupçon of Steve Jobs. Given what we know of Lei Jun’s history and numbers, you would be hard pressed to make a deeper comparison of Lei Jun and Steve Jobs that goes beyond black shirts, blue jeans, and smartphone icons.

Huawei Rated as Top SDN and NFV Supplier for the Second Consecutive Year in Survey Conducted by Current Analysis

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today announced that it has been rated as a top supplier for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions for the second consecutive year by leading telecoms operators, according to a 2014 survey conducted by analyst firm Current Analysis.

Vietnam spends big money on Chinese phones

Hai Quan newspaper quoted its source as reporting that Vietnam imported approximately 20 million mobile phones in 2013 through the official channel, worth $1 billion. In the first 10 months of 2014 alone, another 20 million mobile phones came to Vietnam. The figures show Vietnam is a lucrative market for mobile phone manufacturers and distributors. Gfk, a market survey firm, noted that mobile phones bring the highest turnover and highest growth rate in the hi-tech product market. In the second quarter of 2014, the revenue from mobile phones reportedly reached VND11.4 trillion.

WeChat’s growing empire: Here’s everything Tencent invested in or acquired in 2014

Tencent is China’s second-biggest internet company, recently stripped of its number one spot by Alibaba. It’s also one of the country’s most active venture capitalists. While Alibaba made headlines with massive investments into big established companies, Tencent got down and dirty with early stage investments into nascent startups.

Why Qihoo’s Coolpad investment is a good idea, but won’t set China’s mobile market on fire

While it may have been overshadowed in the global press by Baidu’s high-profile investment in Uber, make no mistake: Qihoo’s US$400 million partnership with Coolpad earlier this week is a big deal. Qihoo CEO Zhou Hongyi has been interested in getting into the mobile market for years. Qihoo experimented with mobile partnerships repeatedly in 2012, releasing three separate phones with manufacturing partners including Haier and Huawei, but none did particularly well. This week’s investment is a much stronger push, though:

Xiaomi Releases Financial Details For The First Time

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi achieved operating revenue of about CNY26.583 billion in 2013 and its net profit was about CNY347 million. These accounting details are the first concrete look into the private company’s financial health. The data was released to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange because of an investment deal between Xiaomi and Midea. The two parties recently reached an agreement for Xiaomi to invest CNY1.266 billion into Midea Group.

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.

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.

10 charts explain the difference between China and India’s smartphone owners

China and India are two of the most lucrative markets in the world for smartphone makers. But even though both are developing countries, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle them both. China’s massive, well-established mobile mobile market is nearing saturation, while India is just getting started.

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.

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.

Baidu partners with Nokia’s HERE to power Baidu Maps outside of China

Earlier today Here, the maps service owned by Nokia, announced a partnership with Baidu that will see it power the Chinese search giant’s mapping technology outside of China. According to a release from the Finnish company, Baidu Maps’ first Here-powered market will be Taiwan, with other countries expected to roll out soon. The news marks a minor but noteworthy development as China’s internet giants seek to expand their footprints abroad.

Digitimes Research: US server vendors see growing threat from China competitors

With the server market’s rapid growth and the China government’s aggressive efforts to build up the country’s server industry, China-based server brand vendors have all seen their annual shipment growths surpassing 50% in the past few years. As Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM’s server business in September of 2014, Digitimes Research expects the strong growth to continue in 2015.

Asustek vying for Indian market on Xiaomi setback

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Inc. (華碩) is gearing up to grab a larger market share in India after its major Chinese rival in that country, Xiaomi Inc., was barred from selling its handsets there by an Indian court last week for infringing upon technology patented by Ericsson, according to a report by the Commercial Times Sunday. With Xiaomi stopped from selling in India, the report said, Asustek is expected to surpass Xiaomi in terms of units sold in the coming months in the Indian market.

China now has 386 million active Android users

China now has 386 million daily active Android users, according to data from Baidu, China’s top search engine. This is the first time we’ve had an update on this figure since Q3 2013, when the search giant said the country had 270 million active Android users each day. A Baidu representative issued the figure to Tech in Asia, explaining that the new 386 million number was compiled for the company’s Q2 Mobile Distribution Report but was not actually included in the document.

Documents show Xiaomi made just $56M in profit in 2013

Xiaomi, the disruptive Chinese phone maker that sold 18.7 million phones in 2013, has revealed inadvertently how much profit and revenue it pulled in last year. Xiaomi generated RMB 347.48 million (US$56.15 million) in profit in 2013 from RMB 26.58 billion (US$4.3 billion) in revenue. The numbers emerged from documents filed by Xiaomi in relation to its US$200 million stake in Midea, which happened over the weekend. The figures were spotted by Reuters.

China rises as a patent giant

China continued to overshadow other countries in published patent applications, publishing 629,612 patents in 2013, which was over 200,000 more than the United States, according to Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters’ report titled Chinese Corporate Trends and Globalization for IP shows that, over a decade, the ratio of domestic to foreign applications has also shifted from just under 50% to over 75%.