Channel Newsasia — BERLIN: Russian intelligence agencies were probably responsible for a massive cyber attack on Germany’s lower house of parliament last year which forced its computer systems to be shut down for days, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said on Friday. The agency, known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), said a hacker group known as “Sofacy” was behind the attack.
Victor Xu, JD’s president for international business unit, said during an interview that the company will soon launch a brand in Russia. According to reports in Russian local media, Xu said JD plans to develop online video stream media services in Russia. He said they are seeking close cooperation with partners to form development opportunities.
Digi Times — Lenovo is giving priority to promote its handsets in emerging markets, especially in Brazil, India and Russia, according to a China-based tech.sina.com report, citing company chairman and CEO Yang Yuangqing. Lenovo currently holds a 22% share in Brazil’s handset market, Yang noted.
China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba sees promising prospects for the development of Russian online trading market, said Jack Ma, founder and chairman of the company. “Although we have only one employee working in Russia, Aliexpress managed to become the No. 1 most-visited e-commerce website in the country,” Ma told Xinhua. Launched in 2010, Aliexpress allows smaller buyers around the world to buy small quantities of goods at wholesale prices.
ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, revealed that it expects smartphone sales in Russia to triple this year. This was announced on the same day that China’s largest online direct sales company, JD.com, chose ZTE as one of its first partners to sell smartphones on its new e-commerce platform for Russia. “We’re proud to be chosen by JD.com as one of the first smartphone brands to support its e-commerce platform in Russia, a key market for ZTE,” said Jacky Zhang, CEO of Asia Pacific & Commonwealth of Independent States, ZTE Mobile Device.
YotaPhone 2, a dual-screen smartphone that Russian president Vladimir Putin sent to Chinese president Xi Jinping as a gift during the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, has been released in the Chinese market. Unlike other standard Android-based phones, the device has a second E Ink display on its back, which can provide notifications for social media updates, messages, weather and other information.
Vietnam 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.
The United States and Russia announced a joint effort to construct a new space station to replace the International Space Station (ISS), but festering geopolitical tensions might yet undo this plan. The announcement made March 28 in Moscow by the Russian Federal Space Agency or Roscosmos is being hailed as a welcome move despite stubborn tensions between Russia and the U.S., especially over the war in Ukraine.
Notebook orders from channel retailers and regional brands in Russia have been decreasing due to impacts of the Russian rouble’s drastic devaluation, according to Taiwan-based ODMs. Because of economic sanctions by the US and European Union and the dropping crude oil pricing, Russia, whose economy heavily relies on oil exports, is facing an economic decline.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — (Marketwired) — 04/11/14 — Webzilla, part of XBT Holding, announces its participation in the 8th annual Russian Internet Technologies Conference (ritconf.ru), held in Moscow on the 14th and 15th of April, 2014. Webzilla will join in as a silver sponsor and its representative, Igor Myzgin, will give a speech on “Webzilla’s experience in the functioning of high-load websites and new services resulting in a 99,999% uptime.”