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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
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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
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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

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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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

Team Taiwan: We're ready to win this thing

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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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

SCC11: Meet Team Taiwan

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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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 …
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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

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 …

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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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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Boiler Makers swing hammer at SC12, Team Taiwan tries for a three-peat

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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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
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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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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

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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Google puts kibosh on Hong Kong data center plan, says it's too costly

Google has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to build a new data center in Hong Kong, citing the cost and difficulty of acquiring land for the facility. Taj Meadows, a Google communications manager for the Asia-Pacific region, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the Hong Kong effort, which it first announced …
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013

So long, Samsung! TSMC is fabbing Apple's A8 chip, insiders claim

The next generation of Apple's custom system on a chip (SoC) for mobile devices will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) rather than Samsung, and so will several other chips to be used in the forthcoming iPhone 6, a report has claimed. According to Taiwanese financial newspaper Commercial Times, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014
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Acer names Jason Chen as its white knight

Acer has named the man it thinks can dig it out of the hole created by the collapsing PC market. Jason Chen, currently the senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), steps into the CEO and president's chair on January 1st, 2014. Chen doesn't have a high profile …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2013

Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

Yahoo! has been ordered by a US judge to get on with the rollout of Microsoft Search in Hong Kong and Taiwan as per their partnership deal. The Purple Palace had tried to delay the deployment of Microsoft's search tech in the markets, claiming that chief exec Marissa Mayer was keen to discuss things with the successor to …

Asia's internet in peril as cable network breaks in TWO places

Asia Pacific’s internet traffic is likely to be up the spout until mid-April after a key pan-regional undersea cable system suffered damage in two places. The news was revealed on the Facebook page of Asian telco giant the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (via TechInAsia). It said that the Asia Pacific Cable Network ( …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Apr 2014
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Samsung outsources notebooks to Taiwan - report

Korean electronics giant Samsung has reportedly begun outsourcing notebook production for the first time, with Taiwanese ODM Compal Electronics the lucky manufacturer and shipments to begin as early as June. Taiwanese tech title Digitimes spoke to its familiar “notebook supply chain manufacturers” who blabbed that the deal would …
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2012
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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares. A company spokesman confirmed that as part of a wider management re-shuffle, Maverick Shih (for it is he) is now president of the Build Your Own Cloud …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 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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FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays. The ex-falcons hoping to fly again are Eric Chen, ProphetStor's founder and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013
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National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Student Cluster Competition time is fast approaching. Below is our first competitor profile and check out our introduction here. Last year, the team from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) overcame some adversity to take the 2010 Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) crown* as the overall winner. The team also won a blue …

Telstra, Infinera announce sub fibre build

Infinera has scored another win in Australia, with Telstra announcing that it will deploy the company's Intelligent Transport Network on three key submarine cables. The companies say the rollout will let Australia's incumbent roll 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet services on its Endeavour cable (from Australia to the US), …

Trend Micro buys Taiwanese deep packet sniffing firm

Global security firm Trend Micro, which has announced a deal to buy smaller network security firm Broadweb. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. Broadweb's deep packet inspection technology will be dovetailed into Trend's existing lines of network security kit to improve the blocking of malicious …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013

Apple stalls iWatch, 12.9-inch iPad from Quanta rumored for mid-2014

Apple has reportedly chosen its manufacturing partner for a 12.9-inch "MaxiPad" that's scheduled for mass production in the second half of next year, and is presiding over a bidding war to determine which companies will get the lion's share of producing Cupertino's long-rumored iWatch. So say the rumormongers at DigiTimes, the …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Nov 2013
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HTC Beats off loss, but shares slip after disappointing quarter

HTC saw its shares slip 3.61 per cent in Taiwan as it narrowly avoided a quarterly loss, saved only by booking a profit from selling its stake in headphone brand Beats Electronics. The Taiwanese smartphone maker reported a worse-than-expected net profit yesterday, of just $300m ($10m) compared to a net loss in the previous …
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Acer suffers terrible let-down after unexpected withdrawal of Wang

Shares of Acer fell by their daily limit in Taiwan after the company announced that chief exec JT Wang was abandoning ship and it was going to cut seven per cent of its staff to try to save some money. Acer stocks opened the session already down 6.9 per cent, the maximum they are allowed to fall in any one trading session, to T$ …

Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

If you have been wondering when the chip designers at Qualcomm were going to come up with an eight-core processor, as have competitors Samsung and MediaTek, you can stop wondering. They're not. Why? Because octo-core chips are "dumb." "We don't do dumb things," Qualcomm SVP and marketing headman Anand Chandrasekher said in …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
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Taiwan parts firms point to iPad 2 res rise

Confirmation - kind of - for the iPad 2's screen resolution increase has come from Taiwan's component maker community. Sources from within that group have indicated that Apple's next-gen tablet will indeed sport a resolution of 2048 x 1536 - four times as many pixels in the same area as the current iPad's screen delivers. The …
Tony Smith, 20 Jan 2011

Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Reports are popping up all over the intertubes about countries in which Apple has filed for a trademark on the term "iWatch". As The Reg mused on Monday when we reported that Apple had filed for such a trademark in Japan after filing in Russia last month, it's possible that Apple is protecting "iWatch" merely as a defensive move …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Google, Foxconn team to build ROBOT ARMY

Contract manufacturer and long time Apple-assembler-extraordinaire Foxconn is now helping Google achieve its ambitious plans in the robotics space, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two firms have apparently been working on something since last year. People familiar with the matter told the paper that Google’s new robot …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Feb 2014
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Taiwan source forecasts mass exit from tablet biz

PC companies will begin to exit the tablet market in 2012, it has been claimed. The notion, put forward by "sources from [the] upstream supply chain" cited by DigiTimes, is that Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and others will "gradually phase out from the market", leaving it to the likes of Apple and Amazon, who not only sell hardware but …
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2011
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Samsung and Apple finally divorcing after years of court battles

Apple has signed a deal with a new chip manufacturer which could see its troubled relationship with Samsung finally brought to an end. Cupertino has reportedly inked an agreement with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) which will eventually see it take over full production of mobile processors for all iOS …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013

Hong Kong to welcome planet's second EVER Bitcoin ATM

Hong Kong is set to make waves in the crypto-currency industry after it was revealed as the location for the world’s second Bitcoin ATM. Robocoin Technologies CEO Jordan Kelley told the South China Morning Post the company is looking at several potential sites in the Chinese SAR. "I think Hong Kong is a very progressive …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Jan 2014

TSMC sole supplier of Apple's A8? NO WAY, says Samsung, US TOO

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may not have the exclusive contract to fab Apple's next-generation mobile processor, the A8, after all, as had previously been suggested. Last week, China's Commercial Times reported that TSMC had ramped up production of the new chip and that it would replace Apple's erstwhile …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2014
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Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

Samsung staffers slated smartphone arch-rival HTC in fake online reviews - and now a Taiwanese watchdog is investigating. Sammy has since ended the practice of allowing its employees to post anonymous comments, describing the whole affair as "unfortunate" and one that went against its "fundamental principles". It has even been …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013

Dell files suit accusing Hitachi and pals of 'price-fixing conspiracy'

Dell has filed a lawsuit alleging that six suppliers which manufactured the optical drives used in its computers had illegally agreed to set the components' prices. In a complaint filed at a federal court in Austin, Texas, the world's third-largest computer manufacturer said it was seeking damages for a "price-fixing conspiracy …
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2013
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Taiwan consumer org 'froze' Dell bank account

Taiwanese authorities froze one of Dell's bank accounts for two days during a consumer law suit about pricing fiascos, local media report. The account lockdown was part of the fallout after the company's Taiwanese online store incorrectly priced 19-inch LCD monitors at only $15, instead of $148. Twenty-inch monitors were also …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2009

Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

Remember that 12.9-inch Apple iPad that was the darling of the rumor mill just months ago? Sources out of the Asian supply chain say, in their best New York accents, "Fuggedaboudit." The market-watchers at Taiwan's DigiTimes report that although large-size tablets have been all the buzz recently, those projects face problems due …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Mar 2014

Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

Taiwanese doctors have warned that men who are glued to their smartphones late into the night are at risk from suffering erectile dysfunction. Increasing numbers of men in their 20s are visiting their urologist with ailments more commonly found in the middle aged, according to WantChinaTimes. The report details one young couple …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013