Line urges app users to change passwords amid hacking probe

TOKYO, June 19 — Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, was urging people to change their passwords today as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorised access were confirmed between late May and June 14, including three that involved cash trades resulting in financial loss, a Line spokesman told AFP, without providing further details.

VNPT to hold 20% of Mobifone’s capital after equitization

Mobifone split from the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) this June and will be under the direct management of the MoIC. This is part of the plan to restructure VNPT. Minister Nguyen Bac Son said the Ministry aims to finalize the restructuring of VNPT this year so that the group can operate in the new model from 2015. This process will include the transfer of three VNPT’s subsidiaries (including Mobifone) to the Ministry.–of-mobifone-s-capital-after-equitization.html

iOS 7’s high security level an inconvenience to Vietnamese users

The owner of Nhat Huy Mobile shop in HCM City, which distributed iPhone products, said a recent visitor to the shop logged in with his personal iCloud account and then left. The operation allowed him to “hijack” the mobile phone. In this case, though the phone was still usable, it could easily have been controlled by the ID owner from a distance, who could have locked the phone or erased all the data. As soon as discovering that the iPhone was “infected” with a strange account, he immediately “tracked down” the guest, the ID owner. He finally found the guest after learning his email and called for assistance on Facebook.

Intex Aqua 3G Budget Smartphone Launched in India; Price, Specifications Details

New Delhi-based consumer electronics firm Intex has launched budget smartphone Aqua 3G in India. The new entry level Intex phone sports a 4.0-inch WVGA (800x480p) display and ships with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 256MB RAM and 512MB memory (expandable up to 32GB). Priced just under ₹3,600, it boasts two-cameras – a 2.0-megapixel primary camera on the rear side and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) snapper on the front for video chatting – and is backed by a 1400 mAh battery.

Micromax Canvas Gold A300 Octa-Core KitKat Smartphone Goes on Sale; Price, Availability, Specification Details

Indigenous smartphone manufacturer Micromax appears to be gearing up to launch a new smartphone- Canvas Gold A300 in the highly competitive handset market. The Micromax Canvas Gold A300 smartphone has made online debut in the country via the e-retail store Infibeam. For the last few weeks rumours have been swirling that Micromax had plans to announce a new smartphone during the company’s 16 June event.

Lenovo Launches Windows 8.1 OS Powered Yoga 2, Flex 2 Laptops in India; Price, Specifications Details

Top PC maker Lenovo has launched two new generation laptops – Yoga 2 and Flex 2 – in India. The new Yoga 2 convertible ultrabook series comes with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS wide-view touch-screen screen and, as the name suggests, users can flip the laptop a full 360 degrees to fours modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

Asustek, Gigabyte motherboard shipments differ by only 100,000 units in 1H14

Asustek Computer’s competition with Gigabyte Technology over the motherboard business is growing fiercer as the two firms’ shipment gap will only be 100,000 units, according to sources from channel retailers. Asustek shipped 10.4 million motherboards and Gigabyte 10.3 million units in the first half of 2014.

Telstra expands cloud services to US

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.”,telstra-expands-cloud-services-to-us.aspx

Alibaba’s mobile commerce endeavors may benefit from new merger

China’s e-commerce behemoth Alibaba has established a new department, which is responsible for the integration of businesses involving the mobile browser, search, and gaming services. This department will take care of the mergers that Alibaba is looking to make with other companies that exist in the mobile space. The first such company is UCWeb, which is a prominent mobile Internet browser company. By teaming with UCWeb, Alibaba is expected to further solidify its growing dominance of the mobile space.

China Unicom to build $387M global center in Hong Kong

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.

New IR-PR Agency Representing Asia-Based Public Companies Launches Website

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 06/18/14 — Asia IR-PR, a new investor relations and public relations agency representing Asia-based publicly traded companies, today announced the launching of its website, The site features information on the agency’s staff and services as well as a blog, Asia IR-PR Voice, carrying news and opinion on the agency’s clients and their industries.

HTC partners with Far EasTone to create largest 4G mobile service provider

TAIPEI, Taiwan — HTC Corp. (宏達電) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Far EasTone Telecom (FET, 遠傳電信) to form a strategic partnership for providing fourth-generation mobile service. The signing ceremony of the MOU between FET and HTC was hosted by FET President Yvonne Li (李彬) and HTC Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) in Taipei. As FET is expected to launch 4G services soon, the strategic partnership with HTC will give FET an advantage in winning the title of Taiwan’s largest 4G mobile service provider.

Digitimes Research: Global SSD sales to grow 60% in 2014

Global SSD sales are expected to grow 60% on year in 2014 after nearly doubling a year earlier, buoyed by continually declining NAND flash prices, slimming-down of notebooks, and the rise of convertible tablets, according to Digitimes Research. SSD products with a storage capacity of 60GB were the mainstream in 2012, but shipments of 120GB and 240GB models began gaining momentum in 2013, buoyed by falling prices. By 2014, 240GB models have become the mainstream, while the roll-out of 480GB devices is likely to drive a new round of shipment growth, said Digitimes Research.