Hon Hai unit partners with Meitu for SE Asia, India

TaiwanFIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry, said Wednesday that the company will work with a Chinese photo software developer to penetrate emerging Southeast Asian countries and India. FIH said that it is planning to set up a joint venture with China-based smartphone photo software developer Meitu, taking aim at the booming smartphone markets in Southeast Asia and India.


Samsung begins construction of $14.3 billion chip plant

KoreaSEOUL: Samsung kicked off construction of a new chip plant to help fuel growth as smartphone sales slow, saying it would invest 15.6 trillion won ($14.3 billion) until production begins in 2017.  The South Korean electronics giant, which has seen a surge in demand for chips, broke ground on the new plant in the city of Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometres (44 miles) south of Seoul. Production at the 2.89 million square-meter plant will begin in the latter half of 2017, Samsung said in a statement.


China market: Xiaomi launches Mi Note Pro

China.gifXiaomi Technology has unveiled its new high-end smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, which sports a 5.7-inch QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU, and 13-megapixel camera with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The new model is to go on sale in China on May 12 at CNY2,999 (US$484) unlocked, further expanding the portfolio of the vendor’s mid-range to high-end product line.


The mbed IoT ecosystem: Q&A with ARM CEO Simon Segars, from TW

TaiwanThrough intensified cooperation with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and MediaTek, semiconductor IP provider ARM performed well in 2014, seeing its clients ship over 12 billion units of ARM-based SoCs and over 550 million units of Mali-based GPUs, mostly to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.  Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, made a visit to Taiwan recently where he held talks with TSMC chairman Morris Chang about future cooperation on the next-generation 16nm and 10nm processes.


Australia-US project achieves SDN routing breakthrough

AustraliaThe Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have demonstrated internet-scale software-defined network routing to the United States, using open source components. Using a high throughput programmable Corsa OpenFlow DP6410 data plane, the Australian institutions set up a production SDN-based peering router with a switch deployed in AARNet’s data centre in Haymarket, Sydney, and an Open Network Operating System (ONOS) application 15km away in Marsfield.


Security vendor Tencent found cheating in tests

ChinaChinese anti-virus developer Tencent will lose its certifications after it was found to have submitted products with optimisations designed to improve their ratings in independent third-party testing. Tencent is the second Chinese security vendor to be caught cheating recently. Last week, rival anti-virus developer Qihoo 360 was stripped of its awards after it was found to have submitted products for testing with its default detection engine disabled, instead using BitDefender for improved results.


China’s Kingsoft sees strong growth in cloud computing from Xiaomi link

ChinaChinese software company Kingsoft expects sustained growth in its cloud computing and storage businesses as it begins to serve Xiaomi’s rapidly growing overseas users this year, its chief executive said. The Zhuhai-based, Hong Kong-listed firm also hopes to diversify beyond Xiaomi, which made up most of Kingsoft’s revenue last year, as it gains new customers in the rapidly growing Chinese market for cloud services.


How geospatial technology is changing government workflow

APACIn order to maximise efficiency and best serve the needs of the citizens, collaboration between government organisations is key. Governments which have adopted this philosophy would now be looking for the best possible way to facilitate that collaboration – and geospatial data sharing offers a massive opportunity for governments to maximise their potential. A report, ‘Improving collaboration using geospatial technology’, shows how by creating a common GIS environment, agencies can improve collaboration practices through spatial data and fully leverage GIS investments that they have made.


Japan wants citizens to create apps with disaster maps

JapanJapan has called for people to create smartphone apps using the government’s database of disaster-response maps. The apps should be able to display the user’s current location through GPS and directions to the nearest evacuation centre. Other features could be displaying the safest route for evacuation, highlighting dangerous areas, and accounting for loss of data connections and disabled users.


Open dataset of the week: Hong Kong accessibility guide

Hong KongThis week FutureGov looks at Hong Kong’s open dataset on accessible facilities. The dataset has the names of shopping malls, food courts, museums, theatres, churches and more which can be accessed by people with movement, visual or hearing impairments. Each listing has details on which parts of the building have accessible facilities. You can see whether the ticketing counter at a museum is accessible to wheelchair users, or whether a carpark has lots reserved for disabled drivers. It also gives the address and contact number of these venues.


Winbond reportedly to place orders with China 12-inch foundry

ChinaTaiwan-based Winbond Electronics will likely place orders with Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), a 12-inch wafer foundry in China, according to industry sources. Winbond will reportedly contract HLMC to manufacture NOR flash memory chips on 12-inch wafers, the sources revealed. HLMC will use 65nm process technology to make Winbond’s NOR chips with production to kick off in the second half of 2015, the sources said.


Lenovo users exposed to “massive security risk”

ChinaLenovo has been accused of putting users at “massive security risk” through newly-discovered flaws in its online product update service which allow hackers to download malware onto user systems through a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack. The holes were revealed by security firm IOActive, just weeks after Lenovo was found to be shipping PCs with pre-installed ‘Superfish’ adware that also left its users open to MITM attacks.