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China May be Close to Its ‘United States v. Microsoft’ Moment

In a move that may seem all too familiar to long-serving Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) executives, another government has announced that it is investigating Microsoft for anti-competitive practices — this time in China. In a briefing and public statement released by authorities, Zhang Mao, chief of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said that Microsoft was being investigating for bundling both its browser and media player into copies of Windows. “Microsoft is suspected of incomplete disclosure of information related to Windows and Office software, as well as problems in distribution and sales of its media player and browser,” the statement read. This is far from

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Shenzhen's Power Moves: China’s Rising Technology Hub Grabs SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 Exhibition

China’s Shenzhen is a city on the rise, an example of China’s industrial transition. What was once a small industrial outpost in the 1990s is now a major technological hub that may soon rival Taiwan in importance to the global technology supply chain. According to a release from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), this year’s SIGGRAPH Asia conference will be hosted in Shenzhen in December. SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques, is a big tent computer graphics conference attracting everyone from animators to GPU engineers. This year’s North America SIGGRAPH conference is held in Vancouver, home to a number

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深圳的權力移轉:中國日益茁壯的科技中心將主辦SIGGRAPH ASIA 2014展覽

中國深圳市逐漸崛起,正反映出這個國家的產業轉型之路。在1990年代僅是小型產業邊陲的深圳,現已發展為規模龐大的科技中心,而且就全球科技供應鍊的重要性而言,可能很快就會成為台灣的競爭對手。 計算機協會(Association for Computing Machinery,ACM)公佈的消息顯示,今年的SIGGRAPH Asia會議將於12月在深圳舉辦。全名為繪圖及互動技術特殊興趣團體(Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques)的SIGGRAPH,是包羅萬象的電腦繪圖會議,吸引包括動畫師和GPU工程師等所有業界人士與會。今年的北美SIGGRAPH會議則於溫哥華舉行。許多特效工作室都座落於溫哥華,其中Sony Pictures Imageworks也將於明年在此設立總部。 堅守國家資本主義的中國正戮力發展國內科技產業。廣東省政府提供科技公司豐碩的投資獎勵,並與高等教育機構合作,盡力在當地創造友善的環境,以吸引企業在此設置商店。ACM發表的新聞稿宣佈SIGGRAPH Asia即將在深圳登場,並強調多虧擁有政府政策支持,中國的動畫業產值有望從2010年的208億人民幣,在2015年年底成長至500億人民幣。此外,當地遊戲產業的年增率也成長了大約30%。 雖然因為中國致力發展國內產業,而讓許多美國科技公司認為中國市場變得充滿敵意,今年在深圳舉辦英特爾科技論壇(IDF)的Intel,卻獲准擴展公司在中國的營運規模,特別是在深圳設立新的研究中心,並斥資設立價值1億美元的創新資金,供設置於深圳的原廠設備製造商運用。位在中國的科技大廠有望透過SIGGRAPH Asia進行測試,了解在電腦繪圖和GPU界訂定類似協議的可能性。 SIGGRAPH Asia將於12月3日至12月6日在深圳登場。

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Apple, Companies, Mobile Computing, VR World

Apple Delisted From China Government’s Approved Vendor’s List

Apple Logo iMessage iWatch Backdoor

The Chinese market continues to sour for US technology companies as China’s government has removed another from its approved list procurement vendors for government purchases. According to a report from Bloomberg, 10 Apple products — including the iPad Air, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — have been dropped from July’s procurement list of approved products. If Bloomberg’s report proves to be correct, Apple would have joined the ranks of Symantec and Microsoft which have both been barred from government procurement over tension from cyber espionage allegations and fears of possible backdoors for US electronic eavesdropping. While Apple will not be barred entirely from

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Shifting to Emerging Markets, AMD Launches Two CPUs in China

AMD Restructuring

AMD has launched two processors in China this week: the FX-8300 CPU and the Athlon X4 860K. The FX-8300 will be sold exclusively to OEMs in China, while the Athlon CPU will be available worldwide later this month. The FX-8300 is based on the older Piledriver architecture, and slots in between the FX-8320 and FX-8350 despite its naming convention. The main focus with the FX-8300 is to enable multi-threaded performance at a lower price point. The TDP is still 95W, but the higher clocks at 3.2 GHz base/3.5 GHz turbo make the CPU an enticing option for OEMs, considering that it is priced between the

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Technology Security, VR World

China Government Targets Symantec, Kaspersky

Anti Virus firms Symantec and Kaspersky have been removed from China’s official list of anti-virus vendors approved to sell to the government and state-owned corporations, continuing a trend of creating a hostile market for foreign technology companies. The removal of these two companies from the list leaves only five, which, uncoincidentally, all all Chinese firms: Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising remain on the list. Last year, the list, which comes via a procurement bureau for government agencies had many recognizable foreign brands including ESET, Panda Security and Trend Micro. But while Symantec and Kaspersky are no longer allowed to sell to

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

RoboBee Could Save Mankind from Starvation

RoboBee

Harvard University researchers are busy improving RoboBee, a substitute robotic method of pollination, because honey bees aren’t doing the job they used to. Bees that have always pollinated plants are disappearing. Without pollination, crops will also disappear leaving our dinner plates empty. Many food producing plants depend on bees flitting from blossom to blossom collecting and depositing pollen which causes the plant to fruit. Without this transfer, there would be fewer crops to harvest. One third of what we eat, including apples, pumpkins, carrots, sunflowers, blueberries, avocados, and almonds need bees to survive. Pesticides, disease and parasites have all been blamed for the bee’s demise,

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2014, Analysis, Business, Comic-Con, Enterprise, Event, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

Post-Computex Blues – Yet Another Bloodbath on the Horizon

Computex Taipei_1000

Or… The Vendors Never Learn It’s been a full 2 weeks now since the end of Computex, and the associated roaming around Greater China and certain (mostly Chinese speaking too) neighboring realms. This being at the very least fifteenth Computex for me, I didn’t bother much with press conferences and such, but checking the show floor to see what’s really going on, and then do a real check with selected vendors after the event is done with. The Taiwanese, with diminishing focus on high end ‘added value’ PC stuff, moving towards mainstream consumer things with corresponding reduction in differentiation and ability to charge larger margins,

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware, VR World

IBM Becomes Target of Chinese Bank Security Study

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In what appears to be a retaliation to the US official claims of Chinese Government Officials hacking US companies, the Chinese government has quietly advised their banks to review their security policies and hardware implementations, especially those with IBM hardware. While this study of Chinese Banking security risks is not an official or public one, Bloomberg has spoken to four sources that confirm that such a review is under way and is currently focused on IBM, but likely involves others as well. IBM itself has a very interesting history in China as the company claims to have been doing business there for the past 30

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Intel Partners with Rockchip to Accelerate x86 Mobile Adoption

Rockchip Intel

Intel today announced that they would be partnering with Rockchip to launch a series of Android-focused mobile SoCs based on Intel’s SoFIA architecture which combines Intel’s x86 architecture with their own modem technology into a single SoC. This would include Intel providing Rockchip with quadcore SoCs running Intel’s own x86 architecture and modems. The SoFIA is essentially a culmination of all of Intel’s work in the mobile space  but lacks Intel’s own GPU IP because it utilizes Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR graphics architecture instead. Intel has traditionally used PowerVR graphics in their mobile chips for many years but as their desktop and laptop GPUs got better

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Enterprise, Technology Security, VR World

DoJ Charges Five Chinese Military Officers with Hacking

Department of Justice Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged five Chinese Military Official with the charge of Cyber Espionage based on the hacking of US companies’ systems and the theft of their trade secrets. According to the Department of Justice (DoJ) Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, U.S. Steel, the United Steelworkers Union and SolarWorld were all victims of Chinese Military hacking. The charges claim that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) officials (mostly Generals) cooperated to steal information from US companies and access proprietary information from those companies and use them for the benefit of Chinese companies. This has been an ongoing charge by the US Government and

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Enterprise, Technology Security, VR World

DoJ Charges Five Chinese Military Officers with Hacking

Department of Justice Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged five Chinese Military Official with the charge of Cyber Espionage based on the hacking of US companies’ systems and the theft of their trade secrets. According to the Department of Justice (DoJ) Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, U.S. Steel, the United Steelworkers Union and SolarWorld were all victims of Chinese Military hacking. The charges claim that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) officials (mostly Generals) cooperated to steal information from US companies and access proprietary information from those companies and use them for the benefit of Chinese companies. This has been an ongoing charge by the US Government and

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Business, Enterprise, Rumors, Technology Security, VR World

NSA Bugged Foreign-Bound Networking Equipment

NSA Logo

According to Glenn Greenwald, who seemingly quotes himself in his own titles, the NSA has routinely been intercepting US-based networking hardware bound for countries abroad. While Glenn Greenwald doesn’t specifically implicate any networking companies, it would be safe to assume that companies like Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Dell, HP and many more. This is in the face of the fact that the US government had been criticizing the use of Huawei networking hardware due to the beliefs that the Chinese would be presenting a security risk to the US. They essentially claimed that Huawei was bugging their networking equipment for the Chinese government and that their

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Chinese Company, Transtar, Makes a Perfect Samsung Galaxy Mega Copy

Galaxy Mega

It isn’t very often that we see knock offs of mainstream products that are really good ones, and it isn’t very often that they come forward to us and proudly exclaim how well they’ve managed to copy a popular product, but today we got both. The company that contacted us, Transtar, proudly exclaimed how they’ve managed to make a 1:1 copy of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ phone. And to be honest, by looking at it, it is actually really hard to tell the difference between the phone they’ve made and the phone Samsung makes. The Galaxy Mega itself isn’t an incredibly complex phone, or

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Costa Rica Suffers as Intel Pulls Out… and heads to China?

Microprocessors are Costa Rica’s primary export according to their Foreign Trade Ministry. The country was building a name for itself as a tech center in Central America. Intel just put a damper on those plans. The influential company is closing their microchip assembly and testing operations leaving 1,500 locals unemployed. Intel previously touted their contributions to their Central American host country. They indicated that the company participated in social responsibility projects in the community, focusing on education and the environment. Earlier, Intel proudly proclaimed: “While Costa Rica has historically been known for exporting coffee beans and bananas, thanks to Intel’s investment there, those traditional exports

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