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Chinese Chipmaker Unveils Speedy 64-Core ARM Processor

Chinese Chipmaker Unveils Speedy 64-Core ARM Processor | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Phytium Technology has announced a 64-core ARM server CPU, which according to the press release will deliver 512 gigaflops of performance.
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This should be a serious wake-up call for Digital Europe : why not trust european talent and dive in this open race (thinking OpenRiscV) while it is still time ?
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How Xiaomi lost $40bn: Where it all went wrong for the 'Apple of the East'

How Xiaomi lost $40bn: Where it all went wrong for the 'Apple of the East' | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
It was just four days after Christmas 2014, and for Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi, the presents kept on coming as it announced a funding round of $1.1 billion (£850 million) at a valuation of $45bn. Just 18 months on from Xiaomi's last funding round, new analysis of its business suggests it is worth less than $4 billion. So what happened to the world's once most valuable startup?
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Oops. In french we have a saying about Le Capitole & La Roche Tarpéienne ...
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(Xcode)Ghost in the Machine: Apple, Developers Unwittingly Aid App Store Malware

(Xcode)Ghost in the Machine: Apple, Developers Unwittingly Aid App Store Malware | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of non-jailbroken devices are believed infected after a Trojan compiler malware struck in China.


It involves a maliciously modified version of the XCode integrated development environment (IDE) -- a nasty trick that places it among a family of malware known as "compiler malware".  While not a wholly new strategy, this is the first time that we've seen proof of such a strategy being used to target the iOS crowd.  It's also remarkable in its ability not only to threaten users of non-jailbroken devices but every version of iOS, as well.


And by the looks of it, it's a very succesful indeed as it in effect transforms Apple's walled garden and singular source -- an approach that for so long helped to secure Apple's userbase -- into a digital weapon to attack users.  After all developers trust XCode -- they have to because they have no other choice.  But if they get their copy of Apple's software from a third party (as many even in the U.S. do) they may find their apps secretly Trojanized.


And to make matters worst, in this case Apple is the Trojan dealer, not some sketchy piracy site.  iOS users trust the App Store -- because they have to.  Officially, Apple contends any other source of apps for the iPhone is illegal.  But in this recent breach Apple was very cleverly -- and some would say alarmingly easily -- tricked into distributing malware to 25,000+ iPhone owners.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Babel minute 6 : Very interesting piece putting Apple iOS security in context, and explaining what lead Apple to currently clean its Appstore from infected apps.

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Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi doubles its market share with 15 Million Signups For Its Newest Phablet

Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi doubles its market share with 15 Million Signups For Its Newest Phablet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

XIAOMI DOUBLES ITS MARKET SHARE: Xiaomi shipped 11 million devices in the first quarter of 2014, according to a statement from the company. That amounts to year-over-year growth of 146%, faster growth than any other smartphone vendor globally during the quarter.

Xiaomi's global market share of shipments doubled compared to last year, to 4%. The results have rocketed it into the top rankings, and Xiaomi now numbers among the eight largest smartphone vendors in the world. The growth is impressive and disruptive. Xiaomi began selling handsets just over two years ago and is now larger than legacy vendors like Nokia and Motorola — companies that were recently acquired for $7.2 billion and $3 billion, respectively. 

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That's more iPhones than Apple sold the weekend the iPhone 5S launched.

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Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence

Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs as it undergoes a makeover after an industrial explosion killed 146 people in 2014.

The county, one-seventh the size of neighbouring Shanghai and the mainland’s first county to achieve US$4,000 per capita income, was adjudged the best county for its economic performance by Forbes for seven years in a row.

However, the blaze, blamed on poor safety standards and haphazard industrialisation, dented Kunshan’s pride.

More than a year on, the county, which attracts much of its investment from Taiwan, is trying to reinvent its growth strategy. It is accelerating growth by replacing humans with robots and encouraging start-ups.

 

Thirty-five Taiwanese companies, including Apple’s supplier Foxconn, spent a total of 4 billion yuan (HK$4.74 billion) on artificial intelligence last year, according to the Kunshan government’s publicity department.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian.

“More companies are likely to follow suit.”

As many as 600 major companies in Kunshan have similar plans, according to a government survey.

The job cuts do not augur well for Kunshan, which had a population of more than 2.5 million at the end of 2014, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers.

 

Factories and other buildings cover about 46 per cent of the land – a figure which is far higher than the cap set by the central ­government.

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Rage against the Machine ?

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580-Ton Segmental Bridge Building Machine at work in China

580-Ton Segmental Bridge Building Machine at work in China | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We’re obviously looking at 21st-century technology of building segmental bridges, and as far as we can tell, this video was shot in China. Watching this buddy at work will most likely scare the hell out of those people who believe the end of humanity is the rise of artificial intelligence, but there’s a lot of superior engineering to it that is quite appealing.


First of all, building a bridge in short sections as opposed to traditional methods that make them in huge sections is a rather novel practice. As a matter of fact, the first segmental concrete bridge, built in 1950, was cast-in-place across the Lahn River in Balduinstein, Germany. The first precast segmental concrete bridge, created 12 years later, crossed the Seine River in France.


However, this method still wasn’t fast enough for China’s massive development pace, which is probably the reason they started using launching machines. These bad boys come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are regularly personalized to suit the specific bridge design, construction conditions, and structural dimensions of beams.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Technically speaking, SLJ900/32 is a "segmental bridge launching" machine. The launching part looks scary to me, and the video is properly insane when you focus on the worker's relative height...

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Tyler Morris's curator insight, October 28, 2015 5:37 PM

The future of construction is here! All thanks to China, not always something you hear everyday but yes China has created a bridge section setting machine. This machine goes from pillar to pillar and sets each piece of bridge on to it and then moves to the next. Diffusion of this idea could quickly move from China to other countries and this would allow countries that are not China to be able to build bridge just as quickly. Now, it looks very scary when watching the video but if the job gets done any quicker I would be all for the machine, as long as it is safe. Other countries may not be willing to share the idea with others, but may sell it to other countries and make some money on it and just maybe boost their own economy. 

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FBI Director: China Has Hacked Every Big US Company

FBI Director: China Has Hacked Every Big US Company | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

James Comey had the following to say on Chinese hackers: 

There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese.

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Bold statement.

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Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market

Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Android's share of the Chinese smartphone market ended the third quarter at 90 percent.

According to Analysys International, Android's share is up from 83 percent a quarter prior and 58 percent a year ago.

With the Chinese market now accounting for a quarter of global smartphone shipments, Android's dominance there is driving its widening lead in global smartphone platform market share.

In China, Android's gain has mostly come at the expense of Symbian, Nokia's antiquated platform that will eventually disappear as Nokia shifts its product offerings on to Windows Phone.

Interestingly, despite its dominance, Google only offers limited support for Google Play in China and Android apps are usually downloaded in third-party app markets.

Apple, meanwhile, has never really gained traction after a weak market entry on only one of the country's major providers. The iPhone 5 will be available on two carriers, but as of now will not be distributed by the largest carrier, China Mobile. Additionally, while many Chinese consumers may fawn over iPhones, they are simply out of reach financially for a substantial part of the market.
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