Indonesia, Pakistan pioneer mapping project to find renewable energy sources

Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Maldives and Nepal are partnering with the World Bank to map out their most-promising locations for solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources. The US$22.5m, five year project installs measuring stations and uses geographical information systems (GIS) to plot the solar and wind potential of regions. Pakistan is the most developed in this process, having commissioned a measuring station that was installed in Punjab province at the end of October.

Virtustream Named a Leader in Hosted Private Cloud Report by Independent Research Firm

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced that The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2014, has recognized Virtustream as a Leader in its evaluation of the market. The report details Forrester Research Inc.’s findings on how well each of 16 vendors fulfills enterprise customer requirements to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros select the right partner for their hosted private cloud solution.

Who decides the dos and don’ts of Facebook use? from VN

The students in question had expressed themselves on the social networking site too freely, using vulgar words, curses and insults against others, including their own parents and teachers, and speaking ill of, isolating and threatening friends. “Living with our children in the virtual world is not easy at all,” admitted Nguyen Thu Hang, a mother residing in Ha Noi. “I used to know nothing about information technology. While all of my colleagues have accounts in Facebook, I didn’t care about it,” she said. “But after my daughter, a fifth grade student, joined Facebook, I had to join too.”

Ministry protects OTT services, from Vietnam

Impacted by sharp falls in revenues, local mobile carriers are reportedly trying to block OTT services, which allow users to make free phone calls and send free text messages. In reality, users have found the quality of OTT services is declining. The ministry is collecting suggestions for a draft circular managing Internet-based call and texting services. The draft stipulates that telecom firms are disallowed to bar OTT services in Vietnam.

Viber to be put under strict control for paid services

The circular stipulates that OTT (over the top) services will be under control. Viber will be most affected because it provides internet-based text and voice services, both free and paid. The draft circular says that foreign firms will be allowed to provide paid internet-based text and voice services in Vietnam if they cooperate with Vietnamese telcos which have the license to provide the services.

VN has 10th-largest number of Facebook users

GWI actively collects data from 32 countries by asking Internet users which sites they visited during a period via any device. The survey revealed that the United States has the largest share of Facebook users with 15 per cent, followed by India and China with 13 per cent each. Viet Nam is in the 10th position with 3 per cent. Meanwhile, Similar Web, which does IP-based analysis, released very different results, saying that India is the only Asian country in the top 10 for Facebook traffic.

Sophisticated hackers attack VC Corp’s data center

Six online newspapers could not be accessed by readers on October 13 (Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Day) and following days, resulting in a loss of VND2.5 billion a day for VC Corp, the service provider that runs the websites. In the latest news, VC Corp’s deputy CEO Nguyen The Tan confirmed with VietNamNet that the hackers must be a professional crime group. Regarding the method the hackers used to deploy the attack, Tan said hackers spread a highly professional spyware program by installing the spyware into the commonly used Adobe Flash Player.

Samsung near licence for new US$3bil Vietnam mobile phone plant: newspaper

HANOI: A subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be awarded a licence to invest US$3bil (RM9.98bil) in a mobile phone plant in northern Vietnam, the second such facility in the country, a state-run newspaper said.  The facility will be built in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics Vietnam has operated a US$2bil (RM6.65bil) plant for mobile phone production since March 2014, the Planning and Investment Ministry-run Dau Tu newspaper said.

Vietnam ‘needs a stronger push on ICT development’

Vietnam’s public sector ICT infrastructure must develop faster, according to Dr Pham Hong Quang, Director of the Centre for Informatics and Computing at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The central government invested in its ‘112 Programme’, developing ICT infrastructure for administrative processes like office software, databases and sharing information between different agencies, he told FutureGov.“But this 112 programme is not much of a success. The tool is not really bringing benefits – people are still booking on paper”.

India region’s greatest source of smartphone cyber crime

India, Vietnam and Malaysia are the top three regional sources of smartphone cybercrime, according to a new report published by INTERPOL. India ranks second globally, comprising 4.95 per cent of reported cases of mobile device hacking. Vietnam ranks fourth, with 3.30 per cent, and Malaysia comes 9th with 1.97 per cent.  The data was gathered between April 2013 and July 2014. No other country in the region made the top 15, although some have provided more data than others.

Slow sales for next-generation iPads, from VN

Although they have been in the local market for two weeks, sales have been slow, according to distributors. Duc, the owner of Shopdunk, a mobile phone shop in Hanoi, said: “Demand for iPad Air 2 is equal to 40 percent of the demand for iPad Air which hit the market last year. The demand for iPad mini 3 is even lower.” He also said that most iPad Air 2 buyers wanted the yellow version, with 4G and 64 GB capacity. The owner of another shop in Hanoi confirmed that though iPad Air 2 has a “reasonable price”, the products have been selling more slowly than last year’s iPad Airs.

Online newspapers warned about using “programmatic ads”

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, head of the e-information management division of the Broadcasting and Electronic Information Agency, warned that online newspapers may face very high risks as they cannot control the content of the ads. Meanwhile, under current laws, newspapers must take responsibility for their content, including advertising content. If the content in ad pieces is “problematic”, the online newspapers’ editorial board will have to claim responsibility for infringing the law and will have to bear sanctions.–programmatic-ads-.html

Fujitsu, FPT to collaborate on IT-based agricultural project

The aim of this partnership is to support restructuring in Vietnam’s agricultural sector so as to make the country a world-class agricultural producer based on innovative technologies. Fujitsu provides this service in Japan and other countries to help farmers raise crop quality and productivity, and at the same time to cut costs. Under the agreement, Fujitsu and FPT will carry out this one-year trial project, from 2015 to 2016. Fujitsu will provide cloud services, equipment, and expertise, and as Vietnam’s leading ICT company, FPT will facilitate the spread of Information technology in the country’s agricultural sector.–fpt-to-collaborate-on-it-based-agricultural-project.html

Foreign companies charged with software copyright infringement

Recent inspection tours conducted by government agencies have discovered copyright infringement at many different levels committed by FIEs. Only a few software used at FIEs were found to be copyrighted, while most of the important software was pirated. The inspectors, for example, discovered many pirated software products worth billions of dong at Perfect Vietnam, a 100 percent Taiwanese medical technology company in Vinh Loc Industrial Zone in HCM City.

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.

Online games firms lose ground to Chinese, foreign companies

Niko Partners forecasts that the revenue of the games industry in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, could reach $1.7 billion by 2017. The Vietnamese industry, despite being only 10 years old, is promising, with a high growth rate of 50-100 percent per annum and approximately 20 million gamers. However, PC and console games are not dominated by domestic games developers, including major companies like VNG, which is valued at $1 billion, and VTC and FPT, the largest information technology group in the country. An analyst estimated that 90 percent of the PC games available in the market are sourced from China.–foreign-companies.html

iCloud on iOS 8 unlocked in Vietnam

A “techman” in Hanoi said that before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple had patched vulnerabilities and upgraded the security level of iCloud, which contains a feature that allows users to locate and find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac in case they are lost or stolen. This made it more difficult for them to unlock Apple’s products. However, in mid-October, the techmen announced that iCloud on iOS 8 had been successfully unlocked, one month after iOS 8 was launched in the market on September 17.

Authorities found copyright infringement in reputable enterprises, from VN

Among the violators were Ho Chi Minh City-based Anh Duong Company Limited, known for famous Vinasun taxi trademark; Bien Hoa Sugar Company, based in Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa 1 Industrial Zone; and Saigon-My Xuan Paper Corporation, based in My Xuan A Industrial Zone in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. At the headquarters of those enterprises, the authorities discovered a big quantity of Microsoft software which had been used without authorisation, besides to diverse other software copies like AutoCAD, Adobe and more.

ASOCIO ICT Summit to focus on agriculture restructuring

The event, the biggest of its kind in Asia-Pacific, will offer a good chance to Vietnam to learn from international experience in creating new agricultural and rural development models, thus bringing about a socio-economic facelift, said Truong Gia Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA). More than 700 delegates from 22 economies in the region are expected to participate in the event to discuss visions and strategies to use IT as a pedal for socio-economic development, towards the building of a dynamic, creative and civilised Asia-Pacific community.

Facebook’s new sticker feature unpopular with Vietnamese netizens

Stickers had previously been available within Facebook’s Messages and Messenger app, but not outside messages. But now, they can be used in Comments as well. “The new feature will not bring anything good, and it will create more spam,” Hoang Anh said, an office worker who reportedly spends 2.5 hours in the evening on Facebook. “It seems that Facebook is trying to create a new communication style, the Doraemon-like style, childish and odd with spam messages,” she said.