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Brought to you by the people behind Asian Correspondent, TechWire Asia offers insights and an overview on the technology scene in the region. Their regional staff focuses on daily news, views and reviews on the startup scene, gadgets, social media, enterprise software, and green technology.
  • Apple becomes second biggest brand in Asia, but Samsung is number 1

    Campaign Asia-Pacific and Nielsen have just published the 2012 Asia’s Top Brands report — a list of the most popular brands in Asia based on a survey of 4 800 consumers across the continent. This year’s report has seen Apple climb to the number two spot for the first time — although it is still behind competitor Samsung, which has taken the top spot from Sony. Sony has now dropped down to third place, followed by Nestlé in fourth and Panasonic in fifth. Apart from Nestlé, the top five spots are all held by electronics firms. This is the third...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III sales set to top 10 million in July

    Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, is a hit among consumers, and Samsung expects it to hit cumulative sales of 10 million units this July, according to the firm’s Head of Telecommunication Business Shin Jong-Kyun. Samsung launched the Galaxy S III — considered to be the Apple iPhone 4S’ main competition — on May 29 in Europe and 7 June in South Africa. Samsung is now planning to include more emerging markets as part of its global roll-out, to double its smartphone sales to 200 million devices. As of May, Samsung has reached 28 markets across Europe and...

  • Anonymous claims responsibility for hacking Japanese government websites

    Hacking and online activist group Anonymous has been linked to attacks to Japanese government websites, which briefly brought down ministry and judiciary websites. The group, which uses the Twitter account @op_japan has claimed responsibility, and said the attacks were due to the Japanese government’s proposed anti-piracy legislation. The Japanese anti-piracy bill aims to impose jail terms on users who illegally download copyrighted content. Anonymous said in its website that this would “result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens.” The websites of the Finance Ministry, Supreme Court and two political parties — the DPJ and LDP — were...

  • Connected devices in China will be worth over US$700 billion by 2020

    The GSMA and Machina Research are forecasting a six-fold increase of connected devices in China — currently worth US$116-billion to US$707-billion by 2020, bringing forth what they are terming “the Connected Life”. Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and devices that have machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. No, it’s not Skynet taking over the world, it just means your car can communicate with your house and let your family know your ETA. Or that it can locate the nearest charging station and inform you to juice up or face a long walk home. This future may not be so far-fetched,...

  • Facebook to pay $10-million in sponsored stories settlement

    Ever thought that the ads proclaiming how your Facebook friends “like” some or other fan page are an invasion of their privacy? No? Well, some Facebook users did — and they took Facebook to court over it. Five Facebook members recently filed a class-action suit against the social networking giant, alleging the “sponsored stories” feature in Facebook violated Californian law by publishing users’ “likes” without compensation and with no opt-out function. They agreed on a settlement, which means Facebook will have to pay US $10-million to charity as compensation. California law prohibits the unauthorised appropriation of anyone’s name or...

  • 3 up-and-coming Asian startups to keep an eye on

    It’s a crowded marketplace for startups, but there are quite a few companies who are doing something interesting. Hopeful startups battled it out in pitch sessions at the recent Echelon 2012 event in Singapore, hoping to walk away with the title of the top startup and a smattering of prizes. Builk, a niche social network for construction industry professionals, eventually came out on top, but some of the other finalists are just as innovative. Here are three startups working in the cloud storage sphere, developing HR solutions for businesses and streamlining consumer rewards. PayrollHero This payroll management software from the...