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

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.
Written by Spandas Lui, Contributor on

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.

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