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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The U.S. National Security Agency has approved Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy devices for use by government officials to hold classified information. The four devices include Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This is on top of the NSA using the Boeing Black, a device developed by aircraft manufacturer, with a core focus on defense and security.
Hugo Barra, global vice president of Xiaomi, recently issued a statement that claims Xiaomi is moving its international user data from servers in Beijing to U.S. and Singapore. This is reportedly a response to previous incidents which exposed that Xiaomi smartphones automatically returned global user data to Beijing servers. Chinese telecommunications regulations require Chinese companies to store domestic data on local Chinese servers.
The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently selected Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) for a 100G expansion to significantly enhance its trans-Pacific cable network to address the growing demand for anywhere, anytime broadband access. Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will add multi-terabit data capacity, and enable AAG’s network to reliably meet the demands of on-demand data networking services and traffic growth driven by mobile applications, high-definition video and cloud computing.
Back in July, blockbuster messaging app Line revealed a partnership with New York venture capital firm Collaborative Fund to give a boost to the Japan-based app’s western expansion. Today, the duo announced a pitch contest that will put six budding American startups on stage for a chance at future collaboration with Line. “The collaboration could be in the form of investment or partnership,” Sebastien Park, a Collaborative Fund associate, tells Tech in Asia. “The Line team will be at the event.”
Despite ambitions of boosting its enterprise business, Huawei is still finding the US a difficult market to crack. The Chinese tech giant is perhaps best known for making networking equipment for telecoms operators, though in recent years it has also been building up its enterprise tech and smartphone businesses. Speaking to journalists in Shanghai, William Xu, executive director and head of strategy at Hauwei, said the company will work to boost its enterprise business in the US
Shanghai — The U.S. Market remains on the focus of Huawei, although the U.S. government has labeled the Chinese giant IT and telecommunications company as a security threat. The main driver to grow in the U.S. market relies on the enterprise business, which, according to top executives listened by RCR Wireless News has “a pretty good development.”
Telstra has announced it will offer a point of presence on the East Coast of the United States for its VMware-based cloud infrastructure services, which are currently offered in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Nathan Bell, Telstra’s global marketing director told iTnews that the telco aspires to offer a suite of cloud services across a global footprint and with a consistent configuration.”
The global law firm Jones Day announced today that David Carden, the United States’ first Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will re-join the Firm, based in Singapore, as Partner-in-Charge of Asia. He was a partner based in New York and co-head of Jones Day’s Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice prior to confirmation of his ambassadorship in March of 2011.