Alibaba Cloud partners with SK Holdings to provide cloud services to Korean and Chinese companies

KoreaNetworks Asia — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, and Korea-based SK Holding C&C announced an agreement that furthers Alibaba Cloud’s strategy to provide sophisticated cloud-based solutions to accelerate the growth of global businesses in China and abroad.

Qualcomm and LG Electronics Resolve Arbitration Dispute Over Licensing Terms

KoreaPRNewswire — SAN DIEGO and SEOUL: Qualcomm  and LG Electronics, Inc. today announced that the companies have resolved through good faith negotiations an arbitration dispute over certain terms in their license agreement under Qualcomm’s leading portfolio of patents covering 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE wireless technologies as well as numerous other technologies implemented in wireless devices.

SK Telecom completes field trial for its 5G system

KoreaZDNet — SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, and Samsung successfully tested a 5G system using 28 GHz millimeter wave technologies last Thursday, bringing the country a step closer to launching super-fast data for a host of new tech, such as VR, holograms, IoT, and driverless cars.

SoftBank backs a mobile utility app made by a Korean expat in India

IndiaTech in Asia — Mobile utility apps have flooded India over the past couple of years, in tandem with the boom in smartphone usage. These are mostly from Chinese firms like APUS and Cheetah. There’s also the caller ID app Truecaller made in Sweden but hugely popular in India. Now there’s an app made in India in the mix – True Balance, which today announced series A investment from SoftBank Ventures Korea.

Singtel and Samsung get in on EZ-Link public transport NFC action

SingaporeDigital News Asia — Singtel has announced that customers can pay for their MRT, LRT and bus rides with the company’s Transit NFC SIM, while Samsung Electronics Singapore said that 10 of its phone models have been approved for use. In a statement, Singtel said its Transit NFC SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

Singapore, South Korea have Asia’s fastest data centers

SingaporeDatacenter Dynamics — Singapore and Korea have the fastest data centers in the Asia/Pacific region, with more than two in five boasting network connections of at least 1Gbps to enterprise customers. Not too far behind is China and Thailand, with the proportion of such networks in data centers there pegged at one in three.

KT plans $130M “Internet of small Things” investment

KoreaMobile World Live — South Korea’s KT will invest KRW150 billion ($130 million) on building a network for the so called “Internet of Small Things (IoST)”. Korea Times claims the company will launch the “world’s first” nationwide LTE-M network dedicated to IoST, which will allow “massive connectivity between sensors collecting low volume data, with minimum electricity consumption”.

Korean government prioritizes growth of cloud computing

KoreaBusiness Cloud News — The Korean government has announced a new policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the country, according to Business Korea. Speaking at a cloud computing conference in Korea, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have announced that it will be running a number of initiatives to increase the adoption of cloud computing from 6.4% to 13%, seemingly over the next twelve months.

SK Telecom’s T Pay attracts 100,000 subs

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom has revealed that its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based mobile payment service T Pay has surpassed 100,000 subscribers just two weeks after launch. T Pay offers the ability for customers to pay for purchases without touching their phones, and be charged through carrier billing. It is based on a BLE payment platform developed by SK Telecom.

Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics

VietnamHANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.

China market: Samsung smartphone share sinks to 7.7% in 2015, says Counterpoint

VietnamDigi Times — Samsung Electronics saw its smartphone shipments to China tumble 39% on year in 2015, reducing its share in the market to 7.7%, from 12.8% in 2014, according to Counterpoint. Xiaomi Technology saw its shipments increase 14% on year, ramping its market share by 1.6pp to 14.9% and making it the number one smartphone vendor in China, Counterpoint said.

Google’s AlphaGo scores 4-1 against South Korean Go player

KoreaMIS Asia — Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program won the last round in a five-game contest against top Go player Lee Se-dol, despite making a bad mistake during play. The 4-1 margin for AlphaGo in the games played in Seoul, South Korea was not as large as the 5-0 win by the program against an European Go player in October, but carries more impact because of Lee’s standing in the Go game.

Korea joins Asia-Pacific cybersecurity drill

KoreaKorea Herald — South Korea has participated in an international exercise against cyber terror this week, the government said Thursday, amid growing threats from North Korea. The Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team, a coalition of regional countries on promoting cybersecurity, conducted the annual drill on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Why Apple and Samsung have already lost the mobile payments war in China

ChinaTech in Asia — If you’re a smartphone company – even a big, successful one – looking to get into the Chinese market with your own mobile payments system, here’s a piece of advice: don’t. Over the last month, we’ve seen Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and even Huawei Payenter mainland China. There are reports that Xiaomi, ZTE, and Lenovo are working on their own services as well.

North Korea denies cyber attacks on South Korea officials

North KoreaAsia Times — North Korea on Sunday denied that it conducted cyber attacks against officials from rival South Korea, calling the South’s accusation that it did so a “fabrication”. South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers on Friday that North Korea had recently stepped up cyber attack efforts against the South and succeeded in hacking the mobile phones of 40 national security officials, according to members of parliament who received a closed-door briefing.

SKT plans nationwide LPWA network

KoreaMobile World Live — South Korea’s largest mobile operator, SK Telecom, plans to deploy a nationwide low-power wide area (LPWA) network this year as part of its long-term strategy to support Internet of Things (IoT) services. The operator, with a 49 per cent market share, said it will invest more than KRW100 billion ($84 million) in IoT projects of over the next two years. It also will develop IoT-dedicated modules and set up an IoT control centre.

Microsoft’s Korea Cybersecurity Center to advance fight against cyberthreats

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Microsoft recently opened its new Cybersecurity Center (CSC) in Korea, which is envisioned to drive greater public-private partnerships to fight cybercrime and strengthen the cooperation with local businesses, governmental and academic organizations on cybersecurity.

North Korea slams Seoul’s cyber attack accusations

North KoreaStraits Times — SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea on Sunday (Mar 13) blasted Seoul’s accusation that Pyongyang had launched a series of cyber attacks targeting South Korean government officials, calling the allegation a “bulls**t” fabrication. Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) last week accused North Korean agents of hacking into the smartphones of dozens of key South Korean officials, stealing phone numbers and texts.

North Korea tried to hack South’s railway system: spy agency

North Korea has tried to hack into email accounts of South Korean railway workers in an attempt to attack the transport system’s control system, South Korea’s spy agency said on Tuesday. South Korea has been on heightened alert against the threat of cyberattacks by North Korea after it conducted a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch last month, triggering new U.N. sanctions.

Cyber Five More Vulnerable To Cyber-Attacks In Asia Pacific Region; DTTL Report

APACDefense World — South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore appear nine times more vulnerable to cyber-attack than other Asian economies. “We’re seeing a huge shift in defense focus across the region as more than half of global container traffic now moves through Asia-Pacific waters, and regional navies are building up to defend these economic lifelines.“

Qualcomm scores points in promoting Snapdragon 820 chips

APACDigi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.

China’s Ali Music Rubs Elbows With Baidu In Korea

China.gifChina Tech News — Ali Music Group, the music branch of Alibaba Group, announced that they will implement a music and e-commerce business cooperation with South Korean entertainment company S.M.Entertainment. At the same time, Alibaba’s Ali Music will take a 4% stake in the Korean company. Alibaba Group established Ali Music in July 2015.

Cisco approaches Samsung for acquisition

KoreaKorea Times — BARCELONA, Spain ― Cisco Systems, the U.S.-based networking giant, has approached Samsung Electronics to acquire the latter’s network business division, a person familiar with the matter told The Korea Times. “Despite repeated denials by the two companies about the issue, Cisco is still interested in purchasing Samsung’s network business division,” the official said on the sidelines of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Thursday (KST). “Samsung was contacted several times by Cisco.”

Taiwan passes South Korea to become No.1 in total IC wafer fab capacity, says IC Insights

TaiwanDigi Times — As of December 2015, Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with nearly 22% of worldwide IC capacity installed in the country, according to IC Insights. Taiwan surpassed South Korea in 2015 to become the largest capacity holder after having passed Japan in 2011.

Apple And Samsung: The Drivers of NFC Mobile Payment Growth In 2016

KoreaDaze Info — The exploded adoption of smartphones has allowed manufacturers to embrace many mobile based solutions, most important of all being Mobile Payments. According to the latest study, titled Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearable & Payment Cards 2016-2020, from Juniper Research, the number of smartphone users making payments via their NFC based mobile payment solutions, i.e. Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, will reach 148 million in 2016.

Samsung wins appeal in Apple patent fight

KoreaIT News — A US appeals court has overturned a US$120 million (A$168 million) jury verdict against Samsung, handing the South Korean smartphone maker a significant win in its longstanding patent feud with top rival Apple. The court said Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid. The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents.

Seoul launches $370 million digital plan

KoreaGov Insider — Seoul’s Mayor has launched a plan to grow its economy and improve public services with digital technologies. The government will spend KRW460.5 billion (US$370.34 million) over the next five years to support startups, train employees and install sensors across the city. “This year will be the starting point in our city’s journey towards becoming the real global digital capital. [The] initial plans for Digital Seoul 2020 will serve as a guide map,” said Mayor Park Won-soon.

Samsung intros 256GB UFS storage for mobile devices

KoreaDigi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced it is now mass producing 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices. The newly introduced embedded memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs, claimed the company.

Korea’s Gmarket, Japan’s Rakuten partner to boost cross-border trading

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — Korea’s  e-commerce shopping mall Gmarket  and Japan’s Internet shopping mall retailer Rakuten have partnered to boost cross-border trading in both countries. Henry Chun, Head of Gmarket, and Masato Takahashi, Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten, recently signed the agreement in Tokyo. Under the agreement, Gmarket will launch an online flagship store on Rakuten Ichiba featuring mini-shops that will offer Korea’s diverse fashion and beauty products to Rakuten’s membership base of over 100 million users.

SKT to show off 20Gbps 5G tech at MWC

KoreaTelecom Asia — SK Telecom is demonstrating what it calls the world’s first functioning 5G network at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The 5G platform can provide a 20 Gbps transmission speed over the air – which meets the performance requirement set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the next generation of mobile networks, SK Telecom said in a statement.