Japan – NEC Acquires Mobile Network Innovator Blue Danube Systems, Inc. to Enhance its 5G Product Portfolio and Customer Support Capability

NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Blue Danube Systems, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of CBRS/4G/5G RAN products and AI/ML-based software solutions that help mobile operators address the challenge of 5G network buildouts and spectrum optimization. The deal is expected to close around March of 2022, pending regulatory approval.

NEC, as a leading Open RAN provider that is recognized for its end-to-end Open 5G solutions and system integration capabilities, continues to invest in the 5G business through organic and inorganic initiatives, aligned with its “Mid-term Management Plan 2025.” This acquisition expands NEC’s customer support capability and assets in North America, and adds to the breadth of its Open RAN solutions portfolio to support the needs and demands of customers.

Blue Danube will join NEC with an innovative team that builds onto NEC’s global 5G R&D capabilities, and the company’s patented beamforming technologies will further enhance NEC’s leadership in 4G and 5G Radio Units based on O-RAN specifications. Additionally, it will accelerate NEC’s expansion of RAN software assets to help customers address issues related to spectrum efficiency, RAN optimization and reducing network OPEX.

“Blue Danube’s 5G products complement our Open 5G solutions portfolio, enabling us to meet growing market demands and accommodate diversified use cases,” said Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “This acquisition is a great opportunity for us to expand our 5G offerings and will bring substantial value to our customers. NEC has committed to a leadership position in Open RAN network development and this move extends our physical reach and innovation roadmap to deliver on that commitment.”

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

About Blue Danube Systems

Blue Danube Systems designs next generation wireless solutions for mobile networks and other applications. Our Coherent Massive MIMO solution brings 5G beamforming to today’s networks, dramatically increasing network capacity and end user experience. Together with a cloud-based software suite utilizing machine learning techniques, our technology enables up to a 10X capacity increase in cellular networks. Blue Danube Systems is a privately held US-based start-up backed by Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake along with other investors including AT&T. For more information, please visit www.bluedanube.com.

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Hong Kong – Use of “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app required on entering HAD and District offices and venues starting November 1

Use of “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app required on entering HAD and District offices and venues starting November 1

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     ​The Home Affairs Department (HAD) announced today (October 29) the arrangement of using “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application when entering the HAD and District offices and venues starting from November 1. Except for exempted persons, all persons will be required to use the app to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter the HAD offices and venues.

     The new arrangement is applicable to the following HAD and District Office venues:

  1. All community halls and community centres (including those used as temporary shelters);
  2. Home Affairs Enquiry Centres;
  3. Office of the Licensing Authority; and
  4. Office of the Estate Beneficiaries Support Unit.

     Under the new arrangement, persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above, those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult will be exempted from the requirement of using the app when they enter the HAD offices and venues. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances, including users of temporary shelters without smart phones. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their names, the first four digits or letters of their identification documents, their contact numbers and the date and time of their visits. They are also required to present relevant identification documents for verification at the request of the staff on-site during registration. The staff will also verify the contact numbers by making phone calls.

     As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant premises may be lengthened. The HAD suggests members of the public should arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The Department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

Hong Kong – Use of “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app required on entering LCSD offices and venues starting November 1

Use of “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app required on entering LCSD offices and venues starting November 1

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     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (October 29) the arrangement of using the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application before entering LCSD offices and venues starting from November 1. Except for exempted persons, all persons will be required to use the app to scan the venue QR code before they are allowed to enter LCSD offices and venues.

     The new arrangement is applicable to the following LCSD venues:
 

  1. All museums, public libraries and performance venues;
  2. Indoor sports facilities including sports centres, squash centres, standalone squash courts, badminton centres, table tennis centres and the Hong Kong Velodrome;
  3. Outdoor sports facilities including sports grounds, fee-charging grass pitches, tennis courts, tennis practice courts, bowling greens, archery ranges, golf driving range and practice greens; and
  4. Public swimming pools.

     Under the new arrangement, persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above and those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult will be exempted from the requirement of using the app when they enter LCSD offices and venues. Exemptions will also be granted to individual persons depending on the actual circumstances. All exempted persons are required to complete a record form to register their names, the first four digits or letters of their identification documents, their contact numbers and the date and time of their visits. They are also required to present relevant identification documents for verification at the request of the staff on-site during registration. The staff will also verify the contact numbers by making phone calls.

     As it will take time to verify personal particulars of exempted persons under the new arrangement, their waiting time for using public services or entering the relevant venues may be lengthened. The LCSD suggests members of the public to arrive early and appeals for their understanding. The department also encourages the exempted persons to use the app as far as possible to save time.

New LaCie Mobile SSD Secure and LaCie Portable SSD Deliver High Performance for a Seamless Workflow

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX) announced the new LaCie Mobile SSD Secure and LaCie Portable SSD. The drives provide up to 2TB of portable capacity and deliver a new standard of performance with enhanced features, so content-creators and tech trailblazers can keep files, movies, and photos secure in one place, wherever they go.

LaCie Mobile SSD Secure and LaCie Portable SSD deliver high performance with read speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000 MB/s, empowering content-creators with accelerated productivity and the ability to complete file transfers quickly or work directly from the drive. Equipped with additional hardware encryption including a lock/unlock feature in the LaCie Toolkit software, LaCie Mobile SSD Secure differs from LaCie Portable SSD by giving users an added layer of data safety and confidentiality. Both drives use USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C technology and are compatible with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers and tablets; the USB-C cable is included in the box. The drives are designed with out-of-the-box compatibility with Windows®, Mac®, and iPad®, and include file mirroring software that allows for seamless file access and syncing across multiple devices1.

Built with a minimalist design that is lightweight, travel-sized, and shock-resistant, LaCie Portable SSD and LaCie Mobile SSD Secure are packaged with LaCie Toolkit software for on-demand and scheduled backups and a one-month Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan2. Creative professionals also have long-term peace of mind with an included three-year limited warranty and Rescue Data Recovery Services to help defend against data loss and retrieval costs3.

Available this month, LaCie Mobile SSD Secure, exclusively for Apple®, is offered for MSRPs of US$139.99 (500GB), US$229.99 (1TB), and US$399.99 (2TB), and LaCie Portable SSD is offered for US$129.99 (500GB), US$209.99 (1TB), and US$369.99 (2TB).

About Seagate Technology

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, designs world-class external storage products for Apple and PC users. LaCie differentiates itself with sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Learn more about LaCie by visiting LaCie.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube and subscribing to our blog.

1 Minimum System Requirements: iPad OS 14 or later, iPad Pro 3rd generation/iPad Air 4th generation and higher.
2 One-month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan is redeemable during product registration with Adobe. Must redeem within one year of drive registration. Not available in all countries. Internet connection and Adobe ID required. Available only to users 13 and older.
3 Not available in all countries.

Hong Kong – Fraudulent mobile application (App) related to Bank of Singapore Limited

Fraudulent mobile application (App) related to Bank of Singapore Limited

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) wishes to alert members of the public to a press release issued by Bank of Singapore Limited relating to a fraudulent App, which has been reported to the HKMA. A hyperlink to the press release is available on the HKMA website.
      
     The HKMA wishes to remind the public that banks will not send SMS or e-mails with embedded hyperlinks which direct them to the banks’ websites to carry out transactions. They will not ask customers for sensitive personal information, such as login passwords or One-Time Password, by phone, email or SMS (including via embedded hyperlinks).
      
     Anyone who has provided his or her personal information, or who has conducted any financial transactions, through or in response to the App concerned, should contact the bank using the contact information provided in the press release, and report the matter to the Police by contacting the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force at 2860 5012.