Daily Cuppa: iPhone 5 sales disappoint, Foxconn riots, Vietnamese bloggers jailed

Daily Cuppa: iPhone 5 sales disappoint, Foxconn riots, Vietnamese bloggers jailed

Summary: Apple has suspended directly selling the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong, Sharp teamed up with Foxconn for smartphone sales in Southeast Asia, and Hitachi boasted its capability to store data for hundreds of millions of years.

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There are still a few days before the glorious long weekend for NSW, South Australia, and the ACT, but be patient. Sit down, relax, and read about what happened in tech land overnight.

Apple may have sold 5 million iPhones over the weekend, but Wall Street analysts had expected that number to be higher. Analysts had tipped the phone to sell around 6 to 10 million during its first weekend.

Despite the upset, there is still an iPhone 5 shortage in some areas. Apple has suspended direct sales of the phone in Hong Kong, and will be using a lottery reserving system to determine who will get the phone due to scarce supply. But this has made black-market iPhone 5 sales all the more lucrative.

Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn has temporarily shut down one of its factories in China due to a riot between workers.

At the company's Taiyuan facility, 2,000 workers clashed on Sunday, with 40 requiring medical assistance. The factory was closed on Monday.

In more positive news for Foxconn, Japanese electronics giant Sharp has paired with the company to launch smartphones in Southeast Asia.

In Vietnam, three bloggers were jailed for disseminating "anti-state propaganda."

Meanwhile, governments in the Asia-Pacific region can expect to experience more hacktivism due to increased unrest from citizens over unpopular IT laws being enforced, according to McAfee.

Speaking of hactivism, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, will be having a decision made for him very soon. The foreign ministers of Ecuador and the UK will meet later this week to end the standoff.

Lastly, Hitachi has claimed that it has found a way to store data for hundreds of millions of years. The quartz glass storage method was announced by Hitachi's chief executive officer, Hiroaki Nakanishi, in Tokyo on Monday.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Government, Government Asia, iPhone, Legal

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • Yep

    Saw that coming! It was only CNET who wouldn't face reality!

    The iPad will be the same if they half arse it like they did with iOS 6!
    slickjim
  • best sales of any iPhone opening ever...

    best sales of any iPhone opening ever... yet its spun negatively because some analyst expected even higher numbers? lol...
    doh123
  • It is likely over 10 million

    If you count the ones that have been order but not shipped, Foxconn just can't make it fast enough. All Apple have stock was 5 million units and Apple count sales only when they are shipped.
    ASPNET