Tag Archives: China

Lenovo Planning on Entering the Smartphone Market with NEC

English: Lenovo IdeaPad U8

With concerns about privacy and foreign government spying being in the forefront lately, do smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Lenovo make sense for the U.S. market? Chinese manufacturers have been accused of providing spy technology instead of communications technology in the past, and China has been busy infiltrating our businesses and government agencies to obtain valuable Intellectual Property and government secrets.

Lenovo said on Tuesday that it was in talks over a smartphone venture, without naming its potential partner, while a source familiar with the situation said NEC and Lenovo had moved into detailed discussions on a joint venture although nothing had been finalized.

NEC has been in talks with Lenovo since early this year on a possible sale or tie-up involving its mobile unit, according to media reports and a source familiar with the discussions.

 

The World’s Best Presentation on the State of the Internet

Mark Meeker's Presentation about Internet Trends

Mark Meeker’s Presentation about Internet Trends

I’ve posted Mary Meeker’s presentations before, and I have spent hours studying them.  Mary’s a technologist who turned investor and has been researching Internet trends for years to help her own pocketbook.  Lately, she’s been sharing much of her research with us.

This time, she’s bullish on wearable/everywhere computing, drones for business, scannables (QR codes) and has noted a 9x increase in shared content online, much of it coming from our mobile world.

Mark Meeker's Presentation about Internet Trends

Mark Meeker’s Presentation about Internet Trends

China’s New Military Build-Up

China has had a busy few months of announcements.  It’s military build-up grew by more than 13% year-over-year and its technology and posturing has been a major threat to its neighbors.

Some of its latest innovations:

  • China unveiled its first stealth jet
  • Reached the early operating phase of a “carrier-killer” missile, the first-ever capable of targeting our carriers under way from a long distance
  • Sea-tested its first-ever aircraft carrier capable of delivering their new missiles

“There’s nothing particularly magical about any one particular item,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Michael Schiffer told reporters in a Wednesday briefing.

China’s initial military intent seems to be regional. ”China has made less progress on capabilities that extend global reach or power projection,” the report, released Wednesday, reads. “Outside of peacetime counter-piracy missions, for example, China’s Navy has little operational experience beyond regional waters.”

“Although this alone is a serious concern,” the report says, “the accesses and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks.” It carefully parses Chinese official writings to highlight a growing importance of cyber — far more than the 2010 version did.

“It’s no secret that cyber is a realm where deeper engagement between the United States and China — so that we can work on common rules of the road and a common way forward — is necessary,” Schiffer said.

Cyber Attacks on Government and Business by China

David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for ...

Image by US Mission Geneva via Flickr

The US has a problem with cyber attacks, and those attacks seem to be originating from China.  Or maybe Russia.  Or…  Well, they are a problem.

McAfee has said that hundreds of servers have been attacked by what has to be described as professional hackers who appear to be looking for ways to get at secrets.  From government weapons systems and our diplomatic papers through the Associated Press and computer programs from companies like Google. On top of that, they’re looking for financial information from just about everybody.  And it keeps getting worse.

Don’t think that they’re not interested in your, or your company.  These hackers are quite interested in finding information which they can provide to your oversees competitors just as much as they’d like your bank account information.  Most people here in the US don’t consider that, due to the fact that there are no Intellectual Property rights in China and the fact that the Chinese government runs the entire economy, that they are very likely behind these exploits in an attempt to give their People’s Liberation Army every manufacturing advantage possible.