ABC, Telstra drones to capture NYE fireworks from 1000ft

Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters equipped with HD cameras and broadcast links 1000 ft above Sydney Harbour, which will feed live video to feature in its annual New Years Eve broadcast, alongside footage from nine harbourside cameras and a manned helicopter.,abc-telstra-drones-to-capture-nye-fireworks-from-1000ft.aspx

South Korean nuclear reactors hit by cyber attack

South Korea’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyber attacks on non-critical operations at the company’s headquarters are still continuing, a week after executives revealed that the organisation’s systems had been hit. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said on Monday last week that its internal systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen, and operations were not at risk.,south-korean-nuclear-reactors-hit-by-cyber-attack.aspx

No, Xiaomi is not about to launch a MacBook Air clone

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi was in the news a lot yesterday. The company announced a US$1.1 billion round of funding that values four-year-old Xiaomi at $45 billion, and then a number of sites ran with stories showing purportedly leaked photos (one is pictured above) of an upcoming Xiaomi laptop that looks like a MacBook Air. But that last story simply isn’t true, the firm stated today. “That’s false news,” says Kaylene Hong, Xiaomi’s communications manager, to Tech in Asia.

Taiwan says Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, other smartphone brands don’t breach privacy rules

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s communication regulator on Tuesday said 12 mobile phone brands sold locally, including Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc, do not violate personal data protection laws.  Handsets made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp also do not breach the laws, the National Communications Commission said.

ZTE banks on overseas markets for income growth

ZTE Corp expects its business to grow faster abroad than at home, boosted by huge demand in the emerging markets of Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. “We will try to maintain a balance between the developed markets and the emerging ones, with the US and Europe remaining our biggest markets even as the emerging markets provide huge potential,” said Shi Lirong, the chief executive of the mainland’s largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

Xiaomi confirms $1.1 billion funding, now valued at $45 billion

Xiaomi obliterated months of rumors and blind guesses today by confirming a new US$1.1 billion round of funding. Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin posted a statement to Facebook describing the funding as “a new phase for the company” after “stellar results in the four years” since it was founded. Lin also teased a new “flagship device” coming next month.

India may be mobile first, but mobile internet is 16 times faster in Singapore

Talk about technology startups in India and the de facto prefix you’ll hear is “mobile-first”. From ecommerce to data analytics, every company is raving about going mobile, being mobile only, and so on. Yet the truth is mobile internet in India is far, far slower than in developed countries. Mobile internet in Singapore, for example, is nearly 16 times faster than in India.

Android One makes its debut in Bangladesh with Symphony Roar

Bangladeshi phone maker Symphony Mobile, in partnership with Banglalink and Google, unveiled the Symphony Roar A50, a budget smartphone which runs on Android One. Priced at BDT 8,700 (US$111), the Symphony Roar is the first ever Android One phone made in Bangladesh. The phone is available for pre-registration on the Banglalink website and sales are expected to start sometime in mid-January.

Tencent ready to launch China’s 1st private internet bank, WeBank

Tencent today launched the website for what will likely be the first ever private internet bank in the People’s Republic of China. China began a trial program early this year that would allow five new private banks to be set up. Web giants Alibaba and Tencent signed up, and the maker of WeChat looks to be first out of the gate. The new WeBank website reads (translation ours):  Are we a bank? Are we an internet company? We are an internet bank!

Samsung Makes The Cut, Paves Way For 4GB RAM Phones

BENGALURU: Now-a-days, by the time you realize you would have already seen a smartphone which is ready for a release and Korean phone maker every week .’Samsung’ has joined the battle of hardware specification by launching a new chip that supports 4 GB of RAM, as reported by TOI. The South Korean electronic giant is making 8 Gb low power double data rate 4 mobile DRAM. DRAM, whose full form is dynamic random access memory, is a significant constraint in mobile devices, both regarding components and battery flattening power consumption.

China should give Alibaba or JD control of online train ticket sales

China’s government-run online train ticket sales site 12306 has been causing problems since pretty much the moment it was launched. It broke during its first Spring Festival rush back in 2011, and since then has been the source of a litany of complaints: not processing refunds, cheating customers, promising an app that didn’t materialize for years and then sucked when it finally showed up, breaking again, listing nonsensical departure/arrival times, being associated with corruption, facilitating ticket scalping, shutting down third-party services that fix its bugs, and more.

Google’s Gmail appears to have been blocked by China at IP level

China is apparently blocking Google’s Gmail service in the latest move by the country to curb foreign Internet services. Internet performance monitoring company, Dyn Research, said Sunday that China was blocking Gmail at the IP level when served from Hong Kong. All Gmail traffic to China is through Hong Kong and affected by the block, unless users deploy evasion techniques, wrote Earl Zmijewski, Dyn’s vice president of analytics, in an email.

PlayStation Network back online after four-day outage

Sony worked to gradually bring its PlayStation Network back online on Sunday US time, after a fourth straight day of outages suspected to have been caused by hackers. The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday. “We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed,” Sony said in a statement on PlayStation’s maintenance website.,playstation-network-back-online-after-four-day-outage.aspx

India logs 40 per cent annual increase in cyber crime cases

NEW DELHI: Hacking, publication of obscene contents, credit card and banking frauds among other cyber crimes have registered an annual increase of more than 40 per cent in the country in the past two years.  According to Home Ministry statistics, as many as 71,780 cyber frauds were reported in 2013, while 22,060 such cases were reported in 2012. There have been 62,189 incidents of cyber frauds till June this year.

Games2win launches world’s first multiplayer real-time cricket game, from IN

BENGALURU: In the run-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup this February, Mumbai-based Games2win has launched the world’s first multiplayer real-time cricket game, what it hopes will have a cult following from India after poker game Teen Patti. While cricketing games on mobile are there dime a dozen, Games2win is betting on its real-time offering – the difference is that players will now play and watch, as opposed to playing and waiting for the other player to come on board.

China’s antitrust regulator says Qualcomm case to be settled soon

BEIJING: The Chinese government said that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of US mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s anti-monopoly regulator which launched a probe of the San Diego-based company 13 months ago, said the case would be settled lawfully, according to an online statement. The notice cited Xu Kunlin, director general of NDRC’s anti-monopoly bureau.

3G subscribers increase as prices remain low, from VN

The figure was higher than the previous number announced by Viet Nam’s 2014 White Book on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which showed only 19.7 million subscribers, an increase of four million subscribers compared with last year. However, several various definitions of 3G subscribers provided different numbers. Telecommunications providers said that this year marked a strong development of 3G subscribers but indicated a sharp decrease in the number of Short Message Service (SMS) users.

Average Indian to spend Rs 10,000 on e-commerce in 2015: Study

NEW DELHI: The average annual spending of Indians on online purchases is expected to rise 67% to Rs 10,000 next year, according to a study. Currently, online shoppers spend around Rs 6,000 a year on average, said the Assocham-PwC study. About 40 million consumers purchased something online this year and the number is expected to grow to 65 million by 2015 with better infrastructure in terms of logistics, broadband and internet-ready devices.

Rage against Airtel spills onto social networking sites

BENGALURU: Bharti Airtel was at the receiving end of a brutal backlash on the Internet after it decided to impose special tariff for voice calls made over services like Skype or Viber.  The telecom operator’s decision to charge more for voice services that run using data is being vehemently opposed by consumers, many of whom took to the Internet to vent their anger.

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.

Careful planning and a strong channel partner key to mobility projects

People across Asia Pacific are working in new ways, at varying times and from different locations. They can work from home or semi-permanent locations including project sites, customer event sites or even on-the-go. The era of connectivity and technological speed has improved internal and external collaboration while enhancing employee engagement within and between organizations that transcends geographies.

Indian telco wants users to pay extra for using Skype, Viber

The Indian Government will look into Airtel’s plan to charge separately for VoIP (voice calls over Internet) services offered by apps like Skype, Viber, and Line. According to a statement on the website of the Indian telecom giant, “All internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p/10 KB (3G service) and 10p/10 KB (2G service)”.

Line denies government monitoring app messages, from Thailand

The parent company of the Line mobile-chat application Tuesday denied press reports that government is monitoring messages sent through the service in Thailand. “No monitoring by the Thailand government has been conducted,” Nam Ji Woong, a spokesman for South Korea-based Naver Corp., which owns Line Corp., said by e-mail today. “Line considers consumers’ privacy as a top priority.” The government was monitoring more than 40 million messages sent via Line each day, Khaosod reported, citing Pornchai Rujiprapa, Thailand’s minister of information, communication, and technology.

Hackers target Tor as PlayStation disruption continues

Hackers who apparently attacked Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day have taken aim at anonymous network Tor. Lizard Squad, which claimed responsibility for the outage , on Friday tweeted, “To clarify, we are no longer attacking PSN or Xbox. We are testing our new Tor 0day.” While at least one site that maps the Tor network showed numerous routers with the name “LizardNSA,” the extent of any attack was unclear.

Chinese phone maker OnePlus hit with sales ban in India (UPDATE: ban rescinded)

(Update on December 26: OnePlus can resume imports and sales in India. The Delhi High Court has set aside a previous order that barred the Chinese smartphone maker from selling handsets based on the Cyanogen operating system in the country, according to the Economic Times. Original post from December 17 is unchanged below.) Chinese phone maker OnePlus has been barred by the Delhi High Court from selling, marketing, or importing phones in India. The dispute centers around OnePlus using Cyanogenmod’s version of Android, which is licensed exclusively in India by rival phone brand Micromax.

More than 200,000 network devices in Vietnam under hackers’ watch

This is only a portion of the more than 12 million devices suffering from vulnerability as reported by Checkpoint. The hole lies in the RomPager web server, developed by AllegroSoft, often embedded in firmware for routers, modems and gateway devices of most of the leading manufacturers in the world. The HTTP server provides a friendly web-based interface for users to configure the devices.–watch.html

Compal plans to hike ODM prices by 5-15% to reflect wage hikes in China

Taiwan-based notebook ODM Compal Electronics is negotiating an increase in ODM prices by 5-15% with clients, with the adjustment needed to reflect ongoing wage hikes in China and expected to take effect after the 2015 Lunar New Year holiday in late February, according to company president Ray Chen.  Compal had weak gross margins and operating profit margins for the third quarter of 2014 as its US-based clients launched new products, which required the ODM to spend extra resources to recruit sufficient workers for related production, Chen said, adding competition for workers between IT players has always been fierce.

Commentary: Competition in cloud server market heating up, from TW

Since server products have longer product life cycles than PCs and smartphones, global server shipments have been hovering around 10 million units a year for some time. However, the industry is set for more volatile changes in 2015 following the establishment of a server joint venture by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Foxconn Electronics in May 2014. The non-equity joint venture means that the cooperation between HP and Foxconn is more like a contractual relationship, rather than ownership sharing, and that the joint venture aims to optimize resources available at the two companies to enhance competitiveness in the server segment.

Three telecom giants earn over VND330 trillion in 2014

Specifically, VNPT earned revenue of about VND101,055 billion ($4.81 billion), profit of VND6,310 billion (over $300 million), up 12% compared with 2013. By the end of 2014, VNPT had total subscribers of 30.5 million, including 26 million mobile subscribers. The number of new mobile subscribers of VinaPhone in 2014 reached 8.8 million and the number of broadband internet and IPTV subscribers were over three million and about one million, respectively.

Acer unveils smart classrooms in China

Smart classrooms with hardware and software provided by Taiwan-based vendor Acer were unveiled in a primary school in Chongqing, western China, on December 25, with Acer founder Stan Shih and chairman George Huang attending the ceremony, according to Acer. Such smart classrooms are equipped with Acer projectors and other devices, allowing teachers and students to use tablets in an interactive education environment based on Acer-developed Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) cloud computing platform, the vendor said.