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Apple orders white box servers from Taiwan for data centre refresh

Apple's future bit barns look to be built around white box servers from Taiwan, according to a Digitimes report. The Taiwanese outlet notes that Apple recently clambered aboard the Open Compute Project, and says local white-box server makers have recently received orders from Cupertino. Those orders are to replace servers in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015

Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

A Taiwanese watchdog claims 12 of the world's largest makers of cellphones have broken laws safeguarding privacy. The state's National Communications Commission, which has probed several tech giants, wouldn't name all of the accused – but officials at the regulator mentioned Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung, Sony and HTC, according to the …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2014

Taiwan Mobile unveils Granny-tracker smart bracelet

State-of-the-art smartwatches and wearables are garnering many of the headlines at the Mobile World Congress this week, but in Taiwan a local operator has a different idea – a smart bracelet designed specifically for the elderly. The wearable device is fitted with NFC technology so that the user can swipe it over an NFC-enabled …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Feb 2014

ARM to open CPU design centre in Taiwan

Computex ARM is following the gravity of the hardware industry, saying it's going to open a CPU design centre in Taiwan – its first such presence in Asia and just its fourth anywhere in the world. Announced today at Computex in Taipei in the presence of Taiwan's minister of Science and Technology San-Cheng Chang and deputy minister for …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jun 2014
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BEASTED: Apple fined $666k in Taiwan for iPhone price meddling

Colossal shiny-gadget empire Apple has copped a festive shoeing from Taiwanese regulators, receiving a T$20 million (US$666,700) fine for attempting to the fix prices that could be charged for its iPhones sold on the island. The Taiwanese Fair Trade commission told media that Apple Asia, Cupertino's regional tentacle, was being …
Lewis Page, 27 Dec 2013

Taiwan bids to bolster security with free malware database

Taiwan’s National Centre for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) has launched what it claims to be the world’s first free malware database designed to help businesses, academics and researchers better identify and defend against criminally-coded attacks. The centre, one of the 11 which comprise Taiwan’s National Applied Research …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Sep 2013

Trend Micro turns RAT catcher as Taiwan cops cuff hacker

Security vendor Trend Micro has embiggened its industry collaboration credentials this week after helping Taiwanese police arrest one man in connection with a widespread targeted attack, and teaming up with Interpol on a new cyber crime prevention centre. The targeted attack in question used the notorious Ghost remote access …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jun 2013

Taiwan to ramp up cyberwar efforts

While budget constraints are crimping its overall military spending, Taiwan is to increase its outlays on cyberwar, according to the Taipei Times. The newspaper says the Ministry of National Defense has published plans to expand the Communication Electronics and Information Bureau, CEIB, adding a specialist “electronic and …
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Dropbox used as command and control for Taiwan time bomb

A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says. The upgraded PlugX RAT is the first targeted attack to use Dropbox to update command and control settings, Menrige said, as distinct from other malware and ransomware …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014
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China and Taiwan complete historic undersea cable

China and Taiwan have edged just a little bit closer with the completion of the first submarine telecoms cables between the two nations. An unnamed official with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom told AFP that the project, which was first announced back in September 2011, will go into operation on Tuesday. Rather than travel all the …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Aug 2012
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First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship. The Republic of China, which claims ownership of Taiwan, has proposed SOPA-like amendments to the country’s copyright law - and netizens fear these could be misused in …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013

Team Taiwan: We're ready to win this thing

SC12 Video I’ve covered Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) Student Cluster Competition team for three years now. And every time I talk to them they’re personable, friendly, and modest. Very modest. Too modest. This is a team with a serious pedigree that’s backed up by the best track record in the game. First of all, …

Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

Some 1,000 sex-obsessed civil servants in Taiwan have been sent on an internet security course after being caught in a kind of online honey trap set up by their local government employer. The government of New Taipei City, next door to the Taiwanese capital, sent an email to its 6,000 employees in order to test their resolve, …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Sep 2012

Taiwan's Polytron promises see-through phones

Taiwanese manufacturer Polytron has showed a prototype of a transparent smartphone and thinks they could reach the market by year's end. The Taoyuan-based firm, which describes itself as a leading manufacturer of “electronic and optical vision glass”, demoed an almost completely transparent touchscreen device to Mobile Geeks. …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2013
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China links with Taiwan undersea

The first cross-strait cable linking Taiwan and China has been given the green light. The JV has been launched by Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom who holds a 50% stake and China's China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom. Chunghwa Telecom has invested NT$100 million ($US3.4m) in the project and the three Chinese companies have …

SCC11: Meet Team Taiwan

Team vid The team from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University is on a mission: to become the first university to repeat as Student Cluster Competition champions. The team in Seattle this year is almost entirely new, but they have the same coach and have been mentored by their predecessors from the 2010 championship team. They've added a …
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WD to research flash in Taiwan

Disk drive supplier Western Digital is planning a solid state drive (SSD) research and development centre in Taiwan. Digitimes reports it could be located in Hsinchu and employ some 50 local technicians. It would focus on enterprise SSD applications, and would complement WD's existing R&D centre at its headquarter offices, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2011

Team Taiwan Finishes Strong

SCC11 We had a chance to talk to Team Taiwan as the Student Cluster Competition came down to the wire. Although they were their typical friendly selves, there was an air of tension and anticipation in their booth. They have a lot riding on this. They could become the first team to repeat as champions. It's a pretty tall order to fill …
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ARM plans to win 20 per cent of the server market by the year 2020

ARM Holdings is telling investors it will take 20 per cent of the server silicon market by the year 2020. The company made the claim last week at an event in Taiwan, sending ripples through the Asian media. A little searching shows that presentations like this one (PDF) shows that the 20 per cent claim has been used in chats …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2015

Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Microsoft has invested in two new cables to connect its North American data centers with facilities in Ireland, and it says it will soon help build similar data networking links to Asia. "Over the past 9 months, Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber …
Neil McAllister, 11 May 2015
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Penang fraud gang 'ringleader' snared by Taiwan police

The suspected ringleader of an internet and telephone fraud gang based in Penang, Malaysia, has been nabbed by police after being lured to Taiwan by his former gang-mates, it has emerged. A Taiwanese man known as Huang was reportedly arrested at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei as he re-entered the country at the end of …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Feb 2012
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Steve Jobs sighted in Taiwan flogging Android tablets

In the cut-throat tablet market, a Taiwanese company has found one way to make its product stand out: paying an actor to dress up as Steve Jobs and make tasteless jokes about how he's dead. Tasteless, yes. Successful on Youtube, yes. The advert for the Action Pad from Action Electronics is light on the new tablet's features …
Anna Leach, 03 Feb 2012

Siri sued again as Taiwan uni cries foul over patents

Apple’s know-it-all voice-operated assistant Siri is in more legal trouble after a Taiwanese university launched a patent infringement lawsuit against it in a Texas court. Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University is alleging that the iPhone service infringes two voice-to-text patents granted to it in the US in 2007 and 2010. …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2012
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LIVE BLOG: El Reg at the Computex 2014 opener

The Register's Simon Sharwood is in Taiwan to cover Computex 2014. Today is Day Zero of the conference, but the organisers still throw the press a bone in the form of a press conference at which local manufacturers reveal a few new products. Simon live-blogged the event, bringing news of a win for Brit speaker company GP …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jun 2014
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HTC reveals recently embiggened Wang as thrusting new chief

Taiwanese phone-maker HTC has named co-founder Cher Wang as its next CEO. Wang will replace outgoing chief exec Peter Chou, who will take a "strategic new role" at the company as head of the HTC Future Development Lab. Chou joined HTC when it was founded 18 years ago and was promoted to president in 2004. The company said Chou …
Kat Hall, 20 Mar 2015
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Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has embarked on a hiring spree in Taiwan and will welcome more than 15,000 new workers through its doors during the coming year. More than a million people now work for Hon Hai, which builds iStuff for Apple. The new staff will work in 4G wireless services, cloud computing …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Mar 2014
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Boiler Makers swing hammer at SC12, Team Taiwan tries for a three-peat

SC12 Video Team Taiwan (from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University) has a chance to become a three time Overall Award winner at the SC12 Student Cluster Competition here in Salt Lake City. They notched their first win at SC10 in New Orleans, repeated the feat the next year in Seattle, and are now looking for the hat trick in Salt …
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Acer puts fundraising plan on ice as stocks struck by chilly winds

Acer could well postpone cash-raising activities on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange due to some volatility in its share price, according to founder Stan Shih. The plan was to issue shares with a target price of NT$20 per unit but the PC maker’s valuation dipped NT$0.35 on the Exchange yesterday to NT$19.80, so investors are …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014

Chip giant TSMC, flush with record sales, plans $16bn fab build-out

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported sales for January 2015 that were the highest of any single month in its history, amid rising demand for silicon for graphics and mobile computing. TSMC said [PDF] on Tuesday that its net revenues for January hit $2.76bn in US dollars – a company record and a whopping 69. …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2015
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Foxconn devours $390m stake in Taiwanese 4G mobe network

Apple supplier Foxconn is planning to buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for $390m to gobble up more of the country’s early 4G market. Foxconn, which is listed on the Taiwan stock exchange as Hon Hai Precision Industry, said in a filing with the market that its subsidiary Ambit Microsystems would pay $ …
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Alca-Lu's Chinese joint venture in corruption scandal

Alcatel-Lucent's operation in China, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), has been accused of graft by an HR manager who has since gone missing. According to a Caixin report, 45-year-old Jia Lining took to the WeChat messaging application to post accusations against “high-level” executives of ASB that they engaged in corruption …
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Samsung swallows $340k fine for renting trolls to TRASH-TALK HTC phones

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung 10m New Taiwan Dollars ($340,510) after the South Korean giant hired an army of commentards to diss the handsets of rival HTC and praise its own smartphones. The trade commission started its investigation into Samsung in April after a website called TaiwanSamsungLeaks.org began …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013
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SCC Final: Taiwan crowned champs

SC11 The final results of the 2011 Student Cluster Competition (SCC11) in Seattle are in the books and can be revealed. Well, they should have been revealed last night, but a series of meetings, bad hotel Wi-Fi, and perhaps alcohol played a role in the delay. In upcoming articles, you’ll see more videos and analysis of the results, …
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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe. Ten peeps, some of whom are still employed by the firm, were held and quizzed about the alleged offence, according to the New Taipei District …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014
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Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets. The Middle Kingdom's smartphone upstart is virtually unknown in the West but is already outselling Samsung in China and has lately moved …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014
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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

Apple scrapped a whole batch of Apple Watches after finding a fault with the wristjob's vibrating Taptic Engine, say reports. According to the Wall Street Journal, "people familiar with the matter" have said that after mass production began in February, "reliability testing revealed that some Taptic Engines supplied by AAC …

Lugging an HPC cluster to the plane as carry-on luggage? DON'T

HPC Blog In our most recent article, we took a look at the US-based SC14 Student Cluster Competition university teams who are intent on keeping the SC crown firmly in the good ol' US of A. As usual, the SC competition attracted a wide variety of student teams from around the world. At SC14, we interviewed almost all of them to give you …

Pacnet becomes 'potential' prey for Australia's Telstra

Australia's dominant telecommunications company, Telstra, has told the nation's stock exchange “that it is in discussions with the owners of Pacnet around a potential transaction to acquire the company.” The announcement of the exploration is so brief it reads a lot like it's a tick-the-boxes reveal under the continuous …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
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Acer pair charged with insider trading for '$72k pre-results stock dump'

Two senior Acer staffers have been charged with insider trading – after allegedly offloading shares worth $72,300 just before the PC giant announced fresh financial losses. Former company mouthpiece Henry Wang and investor relations division senior manager Jiong Yuan Chen were charged in Taiwan late last week along with five …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Chip-baking industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) emerged from another quarter of gangbusters year-on-year growth on Thursday, even as it reported flat revenue from the previous sequential quarter and it warned that the next quarter might be somewhat less spectacular. The firm – which fabs chips …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015
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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

A new report claims Microsoft hasn't been offering Android device vendors any money to bundle its mobile apps on their phones and slabs; rather, it has offered to reduce the tolls it collects from the mobe-makers. Citing sources among supply chain players in China and Taiwan, DigiTimes Research says Redmond has offered to cut …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

Kiwicon Christchurch bus hacker William Turner has demonstrated how to trick home detention ankle monitors used in New Zealand. The monitor hack meant the location of criminals could be falsely reported to contractor G4S, triggering alarms. The feat was a tool of mischief makers and blackmailers, Turner said, but importantly could not …
Darren Pauli, 19 Dec 2014
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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

Apple and Samsung have fought bitterly in the courtroom when it came to patents, but the two firms are still prepared to do business: namely the buying and selling of chips. Earlier this year, Apple reportedly decided to drop Samsung as its manufacturer of A-Series system-on-chip processors used in iPads and iPhones. Instead, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2014

Intel in Taiwanese IoT tie-tup

Intel has attracted another name to its SDN and Internet of Things strategies, this time in Asia. According to reports out of Taiwan, Chipzilla has signed an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom extending their existing cloud computing partnership with IoT and SDN work. As CTimes reports, the two have signed an MOU to accelerate …

EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

Analysis Europe’s unelected competition czar has signed off with a sour burp aimed at his elected critics in Parliament. "I don't think antitrust investigations should be part of the conventional political debates," Joaquín Almunia complains in the Wall Street Journal. He was quizzed on his failure to deal with Google, a case which …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014
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IBM opens Power Systems lab in Taiwan

Big Blue is opening up its first Power Systems development laboratory in Asia in an effort to do development less expensively and to better crack the high-growth Asian IT markets with its Power-based AIX, IBM i, and Linux systems. But don't get the wrong idea. IBM is not shifting development of its Power processors, to Taiwan. …
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Ex-Systemax execs Carl & Gilbert Fiorentino jailed over $27m fraud

Shamed former Systemax execs Gilbert and Carl Fiorentino were last night sentenced to five and six years in the slammer respectively for masterminding a $27m fraud when employed at the company. The Feds charged them in November with taking kickbacks from components suppliers in exchange for steering business to them, and with …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2015
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DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

A new mobile Trojan is being pre-loaded onto smartphones somewhere in the supply chain. DeathRing masquerades as a ringtone app and is impossible to remove because it’s pre-installed in the system directory, according to mobile security firm Lookout. Samples of the malware are restricted to entry-level phones purchased in Asian …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2014
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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

Slablet sales will be stuck in a U-bend next year and it may take a re-think from the manufacturers before they can be flushed out again. A forecast from Taiwan-based TrendForce indicates tab shipments will decline 3.5 per cent in 2015 to 185.6 million units, the first backwards motion since Apple launched the iPad. “We expect …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2014
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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

Samsung Electronics has decided to spend a massive $15bn building a memory fab in South Korea. Samsung is the world’s largest DRAM chip maker, followed by Micron and SK Hynix. It also leads the NAND chip market, being ahead of Toshiba, SanDisk, Micron and SK Hynix. Toshiba and SanDisk are partners in flash fabrication. The new …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2014