Following Line’s disruption, Korea’s KakaoTalk confirms it’s experiencing issues in China

More than a day after Tech in Asia first observed that Japanese chat app Line was malfunctioning in China, it looks like another mobile messenger is hitting roadbumps in the Middle Kingdom – South Korea’s KakaoTalk. Reports of the disruption first surfaced in Korean media last night, with the first English-language report arriving this morning. A Kakao representative confirmed with Tech in Asia that pre-registered users in China were still able to maintain one-to-one chats but could not add new friends or use other features. Steven Millward, our colleague in Suzhou, was unable to register for KakaoTalk as a new user.

Singapore’s first nano-satellite launched

SINGAPORE: Orbiting in space, some 650 km above Earth, is Singapore’s first nano-satellite. Named VELOX-I, it was launched on Monday (June 30), in what is touted as a step forward for the country’s aerospace industry. Designed and built by students and researchers from Nanyang Technological University’s Satellite Research Centre, the satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on a space rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Xiaomi sees smartphone shipments jump 271% on year in 1H14, outperforming Taiwan rivals

Xiaomi Technology shipped 26.11 million smartphones in the first half of 2014, increasing 271% from a year earlier, an achievement far ahead of Taiwan-based rivals including HTC, Acer and Asustek Computer. Based on its shipment momentum, Xiaomi is likely to achieve its goal of shipping 60 million smartphones in 2014, according to industry sources. Although Asustek is currently enjoying strong sales of its latest ZenFone-series smartphones, the company is unlikely to reach its target of shipping 10 million units in 2014 due to a short supply of key components, the sources noted.

‘Why spend US$15K to test when you can do it for US$5′ – Rackspace

Cloud computing can be called a boon for young startups. But it is essential to understand what a cloud can do for them, how to make the most effective use of it, and which model is best suited for their needs. Alan Perkins, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace Asia Pacific, decodes cloud for entrepreneurs. Here he talks about how cloud can help startups, the hybrid model, adoption in e-commerce, trends in the space, and the imperative challenge of security. Excerpts from the interview:


Neelam Dhawan, Managing Director of HP India, believes that the new federal government is set to make dramatic progress in smart cities, cloud computing and Big Data adoption. Speaking exclusively to FutureGov in Mumbai, Dhawan says that the Indian government was set to change the way the public sector used ICT, following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier successes in Gujarat, where he was Chief Minister prior to winning the national elections in May.