NSW Electoral Commission answers iVote critics

AustraliaThe NSW Electoral Commission is refusing to shy away from its pro-electronic voting position despite the recent discovery of a flaw in its iVote system just days before the 2015 state election. iVote is the online tool used in NSW to allow the blind and vision impaired, disabled and overseas or interstate residents to cast their ballot remotely. It was used by 286,000 voters in the March 2015 poll.


Russian Glonass welcomed in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam has been using GPS (Global Positioning System), a space-based satellite navigation system created by the US government. If the negotiations succeed and Russia can place Glonass, a GPS-like system, in Vietnam and three other countries, Cuba, Nicaragua and China, this will benefit Vietnamese users because it offers more choices for them.   Dr. Doan Minh Chung, head of the Institute of Space Technology Institute, said so when asked if Vietnam could get any benefits from the placement of the satellite in the country.


Telenor racks up 6.4 million subscribers

MyanmarThe firm has seen a steady increase in users since launching in October 2014, with nearly 60 percent of its subscribers actively using data, its first quarter 2015 report said. “In the coming quarters, we plan to ramp up network investments to cater for the strong demand for digital services in this connectivity-hungry nation,” Telenor Group president and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas said in a statement. “While we are encouraged by the promising start in Myanmar, it has to be noted that it is still early days.”


Cyanogen Terminates Chinese OnePlus Deal

ChinaCyanogen will terminate its cooperation with OnePlus, a Chinese smartphone maker, and find a new hardware manufacturer partner. Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster and founder Steve Kondik reportedly made the announcement at a conference in Beijing. As a result of this decision, the exclusive system dispute between OnePlus and MicroMax, a smartphone maker in India, will also end. In 2014, OnePlus launched a smartphone product named OnePlus One in India, which runs on Cyanogen OS customized system and was well received in the local market.