Citizens of Hong Kong and Singapore will be able to use automated immigration clearance services when visiting each others’ cities. Starting on Monday, all passport holders older than 11 with no adverse record can enrol. The move will “provide greater convenience for holders of the Singapore passport and HKSAR passport. It will also enhance trade, business and tourism links,” an official statement said.
Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited in line without reservations.
The Hong Kong government has pulled together 120 types of data from various government departments into a single digital map that the public can access on their mobile devices. Residents and visitors can now search for information on local landmarks, streets, and public facilities including public toilets, post officers, libraries, car parks and government offices. Users can view their current location on the map and find facilities and buildings within 1 kilometre of where they are.
The OpenStack cloud platform is gaining momentum around the world, according to Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor. In an announcement earlier this month, Mirantis says it has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, with a customer list that includes the likes of AT&T and Orange. Also identified as customers were Pacnet, headquartered in Hong Kong, and China’s Huawei.
The new iPhone 6 models didn’t get a simultaneous release in China this year, which has already created a lucrative grey market for Apple’s hit smartphones. China still doesn’t have an official release date, and some Apple fans are buying grey market units for up to RMB 30,000 (US$4,890), according to Techweb. The average grey market price for the Hong Kong and US versions is over RMB 10,000 (US$1,630).
HONG KONG: Qualcomm’s latest 210 Snapdragon processor will power sub-$100 4G-enabled smartphones by the middle of next year as the US chipmaker gets into a segment that is expected to see strong growth. Larry Paulson, vice president, product management, told ET that his company was working with several Indian handset manufacturers to develop reference designs to bring out the entry-level 4G devices next year.
Hong Kong residents can now use library services on the go with a new mobile app called My Library. The app allows users to access personal library accounts and sign up for personalised alert services. The notifications include reminders to pick up reserved items once they are available and alerts when borrowed items are due. The app is developed and managed by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
In an effort to achieve greater efficiencies and environmental sustainability, global sportswear brand Puma Asia Pacific has entrusted Dimension Data with the task of modernising its data centre in Hong Kong. Within two months, the ICT solutions and services provider designed, planned and implemented a green data centre in which mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems were as energy-efficient as possible.
Finland-based smartphone maker Jolla has taken its first steps in greater China today, as it announced a partnership with Hutchinson Telecom carrier Three to sell its devices in Hong Kong. Consumers looking to get their hands on the Jolla can purchase one exclusively on Three’s website . Most consumers, if they’ve heard of Jolla at all, probably know little about it other than the fact that it doesn’t run on Android. Instead, it comes installed with Sailfish OS, a mobile operating system with origins dating back to Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo OS, built by the company’s in-house team.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Bank of Thailand (BOT) have jointly launched a new cross-border payment-versus-payment (PvP) link between Hong Kong’s US dollar real time gross settlement (RTGS) system and Thailand’s Thai Baht RTGS system (BAHTNET). This link is the third cross-border PvP link in Asia for HKMA’s RTGS system, said Peter Pang, deputy chief executive of the HKMA. The other two existing links are with Malaysia and Indonesia, he added.
The Asia America Gateway has announced to complete the repair of the Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet cable at 12pm on Sunday, July 27. Internet connection from Vietnam to the world via the AAG cable, therefore, was fully restored from 12.15pm the same day, after 12 days of interruption and three days earlier than expected. The repair started on July 26 and it was scheduled to complete on July 30. The submerged cable was broken on July 15 off Vung Tau’s coast, causing widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.
HONG KONG: Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong’s comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PlayStation went head-to-head with their new consoles. The Ani-Com show at the city’s harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.
3 Hong Kong has exclusively introduced NTT DOCOMO’s popular Japanese Translator app in Hong Kong, the mobile service provider announced recently. 3 Hong Kong is the mobile telecommunications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited. According to the service provider, ‘this amazing travel aid enables users to communicate with ease in Japanese, even if they do not know the language.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for 21.6 percent of Taiwan’s total foreign trade in the first five months of the year, showing no significant change in their share of Taiwan’s total export value. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) recently said that the government’s efforts to diversify the country’s export markets are paying dividends given that this number has hovered around the same level since 2010 and increased 1.8 percentage points since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008.
Equinix has started off the second phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, HK3-II, in Hong Kong, the data centre company announced today. The additional investment of US$23 million provides space for an additional 650 cabinets, which brings the total capacity to 2,700 cabinets. According to Equinix’s media statement, HK3-II has direct fiber connectivity to its other IBX data centres in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in HK3 to easily expand their businesses within the Equinix platform.
Data center service provider Internap has expanded its bare-metal public cloud service to data centers in London and Hong Kong. The service was previously available at the company’s Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara, California, locations. Bare-metal cloud servers are essentially dedicated managed servers customers can provision like they provision cloud virtual machines. The offering, also available from Internap rivals like Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer, provides performance of dedicated servers along with elasticity of a public cloud service.
China Unicom held a foundation stone laying ceremony for its Hong Kong data center, in which the company will invest CNY3 billion. The company will invest CNY3 billion to build a communications hub building in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O. This new building will be used as data center to enhance China Unicom’s network services and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said that this new center will have an international network platform, cloud computing service platform, and Internet data center, which will help improve the company’s communications products development abilities outside of mainland China.
Tencent Cloud will officially launch its Hong Kong data center by the end of this week, marking the start of the Chinese Internet giant’s globalization strategy in the cloud computing sector. Tencent Cloud’s Hong Kong data center will reportedly focus on the Asia Pacific, Europe and American regions, providing comprehensive cloud computing services to those marketplaces. With Hong Kong’s outstanding network hardware environment, Tencent Cloud’s new data center will use an international BGP line, which is currently the fastest network line in the world. It has direct connections to America via a submarine cable, which will ensure the fast connections to Tencent Cloud’s host.
“Due to China Unicom’s extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the global centre will boost China Unicom’s competitiveness on the global stage,” said Mr. Lu Yimin, executive director and president of China Unicom.
China Unicom has set aside HK$3 billion (US$387.03 million) to build its first and largest facility overseas, in Hong Kong, as it looks to expand into global markets. The new site will support six key functions, serving as the operator’s global network operations center with sub-cable landing station, global network solutions and support center, cloud computing service platform, internet data center, Hong Kong service platform, and product innovation and development center.