First big data analytics center established at HK university

Hong KongThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has established the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, the first tertiary institutions to do so in Hong Kong, it said in the city on Thursday. The research to be carried out by the center aims to address important issues spanning six major areas, including healthcare, the environment, social networks, finance, logistics and learning.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150328000003

LeTV just founded a music company that aims to take on China’s online music industry

ChinaChina’s LeTV is best known for its popular online streaming platform, but in the past year the company has really been branching out. Within that timeframe it has moved into smartphones, film production, and electric cars. Now it’s moving into the music business too, having on Thursday announced the establishment of the LeTV Music Company in Hong Kong. LeTV Music, which will be headed by former LeTV entertainment boss Yin Liang, is aiming for China’s music market by way of vertical integration, since it already has the technology and internet platforms to distribute smoothly to most of the country.

https://www.techinasia.com/letv-founded-music-company-aims-chinas-online-music-industry/

Hong Kong’s open data portal revamped

Hong KongHong Kong has revamped its open data portal, changing its name from Data.One to Data.Gov.HK. The data catalogue is now easier to search with new filters for government departments, data categories and formats. Users can also chart and map data on the web site itself for a preliminary analysis of the datasets before downloading them. The web site features a new look, with large, minimalist icons of data categories on the home page.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6335-hong-kongs-open-data-portal-revamped

With First Code Academy, a founder gave up her dream job to prepare kids for the future, from HK

Hong KongTo many, having a dream job can keep one motivated through the daily grind. For the rare few who manage to attain their dream jobs, they tend to cling to them for their dear lives. Michelle Sun, however, became an outlier when she left her position as growth hacker at Buffer to establish a Hong Kong-based coding school for kids called First Code Academy.

https://www.techinasia.com/first-code-academy-founder-dream-job/

Verizon cloud move targets Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne

APACWASHINGTON – Verizon on March 16 announced that it is expanding its cloud service offerings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne, three of the largest cities in Asia and hubs of international commerce and finance. Company officials said the new cloud services will facilitate enterprise growth through improvements in memory, storage and network uptime, along with better network flexibility and control.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150320/carriers/verizon-expands-cloud-services-in-apac

Pacnet Extends Software Defined Networking to Optical Layer

Hong KongPacnet, the Hong Kong-based telco that operates globally, is one of the companies leading the pack in employing software defined networking to provide services to their customers. Today, the company announced another step in that direction — deployment of Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch software. The integration of OTS extends software-enabled network automation into the optical layer, meaning lower latency, high transfer speed, and guaranteed performance for much bigger network capacity.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/03/10/pacnet-extends-software-defined-networking-to-optical-layer/

Twitter opens office in Hong Kong

Hong KongBEIJING: Twitter has opened a Hong Kong office, its first in the Greater China region, the company whose microblogging services are blocked on the mainland said on Tuesday.  The office, to be headed by Twitter executive Peter Greenberger, will allow the San Francisco-based company to tap China for advertising revenue, the company said, even if internet users on the mainland cannot see those ads.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Twitter-opens-office-in-Hong-Kong/articleshow/46515749.cms

Apple Watch coming to China, Hong Kong, and Japan on April 24

APACAt Apple’s press event today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company’s newest gadget, the Apple Watch, will be hitting some parts of Asia on day one. China, Hong Kong, and Japan are among the nine countries that will get the watches on their global debut: April 24. Other countries will follow, of course, but no specific launch dates were given.

https://www.techinasia.com/apple-watch-coming-china-hong-kong-japan-april-24/

Hong Kong gets more public Wi-Fi hotspots

Hong KongResidents and visitors in Hong Kong can now get easier access to free Wi-Fi. The number of hotspots for the public Wi-Fi.HK service has increased to 12,000. “The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots has been increased from the original 5000 at the launch of the scheme [in August] to the current figure of over 12,000″, said a spokeperson from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6197-hong-kong-gets-more-public-wi-fi-hotspots

Inside The Technology Driving The New Shanghai-Hong Kong Trading Link

Hong KongWith the introduction of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Asian investors now have a high-speed, reliable one-stop securities trading platform that processes large volumes of real-time transactions in seconds. Launched on Nov. 17, the trading link marks the first time that individual investors in Mainland China and Hong Kong have mutual access to each other’s stock markets. Financial experts say the link gives global investors a route into China, the world’s second largest economy, and expect to see billions of dollars in cross-border transactions.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/huawei/2015/02/24/next-generation-networks-feel-what-you-feel/

Hong Kong lawmakers urge clamp down on bitcoin

Hong KongThe future does not look bright for bitcoin in Hong Kong as local lawmakers are urging the central bank to ban the virtual currency, following the scam that could have duped investors of up to US$387 million. The company at the centre of the scam, MyCoin, describes itself on its website as the “leading global bitcoin trading platform and application service provider.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/hong-kong-lawmakers-urge-clamp-down-on-bitcoin/

Bitcoin pyramid scheme in Hong Kong makes off with $387M of investors’ money

Hong KongA scam involving bitcoin in Hong Kong has robbed investors of HK$3 billion (US$387 million), according to the South China Morning Post. MyCoin.hk, a small local bitcoin exchange, suddenly closed and boarded up its office last month. The company reportedly ran a pyramid scheme wherein as many as 3,000 local investors signed up for the promise of a HK$1 million (US$129,000) return on HK$400,000 (US$52,000) bitcoin mining contracts.

https://www.techinasia.com/bitcoin-pyramid-scheme-hong-kong-387m-investors-money/

Lenovo Group Will Build Development Center In Hong Kong’s Cyberport

Hong KongLenovo Group has reached a deal with Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited to jointly build a cloud service and product research and development center. According to the agreement signed by the two parties, Lenovo and Cyberport will cooperate in various sectors, including science and technology development and innovation; talent training and employment; local cloud computing; big data; and Internet industry development.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/09/21401-lenovo-group-will-build-development-center-in-hong-kongs-cyberport

Megaport launches services into Hong Kong

TaiwanMegaport has launched its services in Hong Kong as part of its Asia Pacific expansion, the cloud services company announced on Feb 3.   According to a press statement, Phase one of this deployment includes Equinix HK1 and Mega-iAdvantage. “Users in Hong Kong can now order services to any other Megaport user in many locations using Megaport’s innovative Virtual Cross Connect,” a company spokesperson said.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/cloud-computing/megaport-launches-services-into-hong-kong/

Alibaba to launch $130M foundation to invest in Hong Kong entrepreneurs

Hong KongOver the weekend Alibaba announced it will launch an HK$1 billion (about US$128 million) not-for-profit foundation to support Hong Kong startups. The organization, which will be known as the Alibaba Hong Kong Young Entrepreneurs Foundation, will be Alibaba’s first entrepreneur-support initiative exclusively for Hong Kong, according to the company.

https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-to-launch-130m-foundation-to-invest-in-hong-kong-entrepreneurs/

UTStarcom Displays Broadband and Optical Network Infrastructure Technologies at Convergence India 2015 Conference

IndiaUTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, participated in the 23rd Convergence India Exhibition and Conference in New Delhi, India in 21-23 January 2015. The Company showcased its advanced broadband and optical network infrastructure technologies offering to the Indian market and mapped out its operating strategy to serve the rapidly growing demand in the market for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming, and other applications.

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/01/29/701009/10117644/en/UTStarcom-Displays-Broadband-and-Optical-Network-Infrastructure-Technologies-at-Convergence-India-2015-Conference.html

Open dataset of the week: Hong Kong traffic data

Hong KongSome open datasets are great because they provide a new level of access to government. Others are worthy simply because of the richness and utility of the data. This week’s open dataset of the week comes from Hong Kong, which has released data that doesn’t make the government more transparent, but does greatly assist citizens. Hong Kong publishes a dataset showing traffic speed across the city.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6084-open-dataset-of-the-week-hong-kong-traffic-data

Lenovo To Establish Cloud R&D Center In Hong Kong

Hong KongLenovo Group and the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) have entered into a collaboration to establish the region’s first cloud service and product development center, as reported by Laura Luo on Datacenter Dynamic’s Chinese website. Paul Chow, chairman of Cyberport and Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in a number of areas, including research and development (R&D), personnel training and employment, cloud computing, assisting start-ups, big data, and Internet industry development.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2015/01/lenovo-establish-cloud-rd-center-hong-kong

Dimension Data helps HK beverage company migrate to a UC platform

Hong KongDimension Data has been selected by a leading beverage manufacturer in Hong Kong to migrate its traditional PABX systems to a unified communications (UC) platform, said the global ICT solutions and services provider in a statement. The UC platform will enhance employee mobility and their communication productivity by an expected 30%, Dimension Data said.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/dimension-data-helps-hk-beverage-company-migrate-to-a-uc-platform/

Hong Kong spending US$387m on smart ID cards

Hong KongHong Kong plans to spend HK$3 billion (US$387 million) to upgrade citizen ID cards, according to the Legislative Council Panel on Security. The storage capacity on the chip will be increased so that a higher resolution photo can be stored on it. The government can then use facial recognition to read and verify the image on the chip.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6046-hong-kong-spending-us387m-on-smart-id-cards