10 Top tech stories from May 2015

The Top 10 tech-related stories from across the Asia Pacific for May, 2015. This article is TQ’s monthly collection of the most important stories, analysis, research, data, and announcements on tech-related issues in the Asia Pacific region for executives and other leaders. We take you to the primary source of the stories that made the headlines so you can make your own judgements and raise your own questions.

TQ Wrap for May 2015Source: Solar Impulse

As May drew to a close so did parts of the US’ Patriot Act which gave sweeping powers to the NSA. While the revelations by Edward Snowden of the NSA’s dragnet surveillance program in collaboration with other Five Eyes allies (New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK) have finally led to a much-needed debate on the spying programs, many note they are far from over. And many US IT vendors continue to fight requests for customer data in overseas locations, including in the Asia Pacific.

Japan’s Ministry of Defence announced it would be cooperating more closely with the US to mitigate cyber attacks.

Johnson Controls released a report, “Smart Workplace 2040” in which it paints a picture of the future of work. Useful for anyone planning a workplace strategy – a topic that will feature in TQ’s inaugural edition in August this year.

PwC came out with an annual research piece on the retail industry including insights and data on China, India, Japan, and Australia.

Australia’s federal government opposition party reignited a debate on whether coding should be taught more widely in schools. Many in the industry support such an effort and welcome the new move.

The Western Australian government announced much-needed funding for Australia’s most powerful supercomputer at the Pawsey Centre. While Asian peers continue to advance their own High Performance Computing capabilities, Australia has been slow to set a long-term strategy with adequate funding, sparking fears the country’s R&D and scientific communities will fall behind and impact the economy.

The Japan Pension Service joined a growing list of organisations that were hacked (link in Japanese), announcing it 1.25m customer details were leaked with http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/01/national/crime-legal/japan-p..." style="color:#3366FF">many of those lacking encryption.

The ambitious Solar Winds project, where a solar powered plane attempted to fly across the Pacific Ocean and continue on its circumnavigation of the globe was forced to land in Japan after taking off in China.

LG Uplus is opening a new data centre in the country, adding to the regions blossoming amount of facility floor space available and highlighting growth in IT use.

Google announced some new innovative projects including Project Jacquard, which it says “is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces”. Check out the video here:

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