HTC left far behind Apple in US cellphone market in Q4: survey

TaiwanTAIPEI–A poll among cellphone users in the United States found that Apple Inc. had the largest share of that market in the fourth quarter of last year, way ahead of Android phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), indicated that 50 percent of all phones sold in the U.S. during the October-December period last year were iPhones, a slight increase from the previous year when it was 48 percent.

China’s Alibaba Will Ban Toy Sales To American Buyers

ChinaAlibaba will prevent Chinese vendors from selling children’s products that are considered dangerous or illegal to American consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has provided a list of up to 15 products which are considered illegal or have been recalled by manufacturers. Those products include baby seats and powerful magnets, and they are currently being sold on Alibaba to global buyers.

Japan’s SmartNews booming in US with 1M monthly active users

JapanJust three months after debuting in the US, Tokyo-headquartered news app SmartNews has achieved a major milestone: one million Americans are already monthly active users. It has also reached the number-one spot in the news category for apps on the US versions of the App Store and Google Play.

Alibaba in major initiative to court China consumer for US retailers

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans a major move to win US business this year, by offering American retailers new ways to sell to China’s vast and growing middle class. Anchored by Alipay, the dominant Chinese electronic payments system that works closely with Alibaba and is controlled by its executives, the world’s largest Internet retailer is using the calling card of China’s consumers to attract US partners, two sources close to the company told Reuters.

Infosys implements IT solutions for US-based L A Care Health Plan

NEW DELHI: IT services major Infosys today said it has implemented billing and payments solutions for L A Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the US.  Its US-based subsidiary Infosys Public Services has implemented the IT solution for L A Care Health Plan, which serves over 1.6 million members.  This solution will help improve access to health benefits for 24,000 members on its L A Care Covered plan offered through the Covered California health insurance marketplace, Infosys said in a statement.

Modi promises ‘unlimited’ reforms in India

GANDHINAGAR, India–Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised “truly unlimited” reforms Sunday in his bid to transform India’s economy into a global powerhouse as he showcased his long-time fiefdom to global political and business leaders. Speaking at a major investment summit in the western state of Gujarat attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and World Bank supremo Jim Yong Kim, Modi pledged to slash red tape and banish India’s reputation as a hard place to do business.

Singapore’s Block 71 takes flight and lands in San Francisco

Singapore’s Block 71 is well-known globally as an example of how the government can foster and bring together a startup ecosystem under one roof. Housing about 250 startups – the new expansion will double its capacity to 500 companies – the model is now being transplanted halfway across the world to the mecca of tech startups, San Francisco.

10 lessons U.S. tech managers can learn from their counterparts in China

China is on a technological roll these days — one that American companies ignore at their own peril. Contrary to outdated Western perceptions, 680 million Chinese have access to either a laptop or a mobile phone, and some 95% of homes in every city in China are now wired for the Internet, according to figures from the Chinese government. In comparison, in 2013, 74.4% of all households in the U.S. reported having Internet access, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau (though that figure includes urban, suburban and rural households combined).

Reports: North Korea’s Internet access, mobile networks down

North Korea is reportedly suffering Internet and mobile phone service outages Saturday, as the country lashes out against the U.S. government and President Barack Obama. Late Saturday local time, Internet access faltered for the few North Koreans who can go online, and the country’s 3G mobile network also malfunctioned, according to multiple reports citing Chinese news agency Xinhua.

HCL Technologies signs 30-month contract with Washington Gas

NEW DELHI: India’s fourth-largest information technology company HCL Technologies said it signed a 30-month agreement with WGL Holdings’ unit Washington Gas, which distributes natural gas to about 1.1 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia in the United States.  As part of the deal, whose value was not diclosed, HCL will modernize the billing software for Washington Gas’ legacy mainframe customer care and billing software. Washington Gas will also replace its scheduling and dispatch mobile workforce software with a single, integrated and more efficient platform for utility billing.

China’s Singles Day shopping spree was way more mobile than America’s Cyber Monday

China’s Singles Day is well behind us at this point, but its American analog, Cyber Monday, just happened earlier this week. China’s online shopping spree brought in more money – there was little doubt of that – but according to Sina Tech, it was also way more mobile: Mobile ecommerce is growing in the US too, and this year’s Cyber Monday mobile numbers were up compared to last year, but they’re still nothing compared to China’s.

NSA chief admits Chinese cyber attacks could shut down US infrastructure

China may have the ability to remotely shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, according to director of the US National Security Agency Mike Rogers. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks are put together.,nsa-chief-admits-chinese-cyber-attacks-could-shut-down-us-infrastructure.aspx

US follows Asia Pacific’s lead in developing earthquake warning apps

California has this month seen the arrival of two new earthquake early warning systems, but how do they compare to what’s available in Asia Pacific? FutureGov has rounded up the leading regional apps and platforms, and compared them to the latest thing from Silicon Valley. The two California systems are a work in progress, and represent a partnership between the US Government and commercial providers, namely startups and the large GIS firm Esri.

China’s Tencent Invests In U.S. Space Travel Company

Jane Poynter, co-founder and chief executive officer of World View Enterprises, revealed that the company recently gained a new round of investments and its investors included the Chinese Internet technology giant Tencent. Focusing on the research and development of space travel business, World View operates high-altitude balloons that offer an accessible and affordable way to access near space. The company plans to launch a near space travel service in 2016.

India-US tech summit ‘unique opportunity’ for both countries; American diplomat

WASHINGTON: The India-US Technology Summit next week presents a “unique opportunity” for both countries to showcase how technology and innovation partnerships can meaningfully change lives, a top American diplomat has said.  “The India-US Technology Summit, taking place next week in New Delhi, represents a unique opportunity for both countries to showcase how technology and innovation partnerships — both between our governments and our private sectors – can meaningfully change the lives of every single person on Earth,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal said.

Cyberattack ‘from China’ hits US weather service: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Cyberattackers believed to have been working from China broke through defences of the US weather service recently, according to a Washington Post report. US media outlets on Wednesday (Nov 12) said that the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that some of its websites had been compromised but declined to discuss who may have been responsible.

Huawei to Deploy Wi-Fi Network at Washington Redskins Stadium

Huawei Enterprise USA is partnering with the Washington Redskins to deploy its Agile Stadium Solution that will allow fans in the stadium to access the Internet. Reports claim the installation of the network will be completed by the end of this year. Fed Ex Field has 85,000 seats and is one of the biggest stadiums in the National Football League (NFL), according to official reports. With the new Wi-Fi network, fans will be able to access mobile apps, watch videos and even share their game experience via social media sites.

Line reports 25 million registered users in the USA, global revenues jump 16% from last quarter

Today popular messaging app Line revealed its revenues for the three-month span of July to September. If there were any doubts that the firm is poised to replace longtime heavyweights DeNA and Gree as Japan’s next big tech hope, the latest news should put them to rest. In those three months, the company raked in JPY 23 billion (US$211 million), a 16.6 percent rise from the previous quarter and a whopping 82.9 percent increase from the same period last 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.

US-Vietnam sign agreement on nuclear research cooperation

Several days after the 123 Agreement on the US-Vietnam civil nuclear cooperation took effect on October 3, the cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Lightbridge Corporation was signed as a first step in the implementation. The agreement was signed by VINATOM’s director Tran Chi Thanh and Jonathan Baggett, Vice CEO of Lightbridge Corporation, in Hanoi on October 17. Local newspapers commented that the agreement showed significant improvement in the strategic relations between Vietnam and the US.