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Asia In Brief Japan’s effort to start a business disposing of space junk is off to a promising start, after the ADRAS-J satellite spotted its first target and sent back images.
Last Thursday, Japan’s space agency (JAXA) published an image of the booster captured by ADRAS-J from a range of “several hundred meters.”
Another hypothesis – that the spent booster would turn brown after time in space – was also confirmed.
In Phase 2, scheduled for 2026, JAXA aims to remove debris from orbit – as proof of concept for commercial space junk disposal services.
Sadly, the project relies on automated and/or remote-control equipment: at this time there are no plans for garbage removal jobs in space.
Analyst firm IDC last week reported that local brands Honor and Huawei enjoyed strong growth, surging to 17.1 percent and 17 percent market share respectively.
Oppo went from 19.8 percent market share to 15.7 percent, while gravity hit Apple as its share dipped from 17.8 to 15.6 percent.
By the end of 2024, the Administration wants 800 million active IPv6 users and 650 million Internet of Things connections using the protocol.


Asia In Brief After the ADRAS-J satellite identified and returned pictures of its first target, Japan’s attempt to launch a company that would remove space debris is off to a promising start.

When ADRAS-J was launched in February 2024, its mission was to locate an obsolete HII-A rocket body that had been used to put the GOSAT Earth observation satellite into orbit.

An image of the booster taken by ADRAS-J at a distance of “several hundred meters” was released by Japan’s space agency (JAXA) on Thursday. “.”.

Predictions regarding the orientation of the HII-1A, which was thought to be upright, have been verified, according to JAXA’s mission report.

It was also confirmed that the spent booster would turn brown after spending time in space.

As part of the Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration (CRD2) project, ADRAS-J is currently working on Phase 1 activities. As a proof of concept for commercial space junk disposal services, JAXA plans to remove debris from orbit in Phase 2, which is scheduled for completion in 2026.

Sadly, there are currently no plans for trash removal jobs in space, so the project depends on automated and/or remote-control equipment.

The Chinese smartphone market shows unanticipated expansion.

China’s market for these smartphones expanded during the Lunar New Year season due to strong demand for midrange smartphones, possibly indicating a recovery.

Local brands Honor and Huawei experienced rapid growth, rising to 17.1 percent and 17.1 percent of the market share, respectively, according to a report released last week by analyst firm IDC. Apple saw its market share decline from 17 points to 15 points, while Oppo saw its share rise from 19 to 15 points.

69.3 million units were sold in the first quarter of 2024, a 60.5 percent year-over-year increase.

With 67.7 million shipments, rival analyst firm Canalys also saw significant growth. However, it ranked Huawei first with a 17 percent market share, followed by Oppo and Honor with a 16 percent share each.

Canalys estimated that both Vivo and Apple held 15% of the market, despite Vivo shipping 10.3 million more phones than Apple.

“With its well-rounded product line and the Magic 6 series, which included well-liked AI features, Honor rose to the top spot,” said Arthur Guo, senior research analyst in client system research at IDC China. Meanwhile, Huawei pulled off a remarkable comeback to tie Honor, but supply issues will continue to be a problem. Despite Apple’s price reductions during the quarter, the fierce competition from Android players continued to have an adverse effect. “.”.

According to Toby Zhu, senior analyst at Canalys, Huawei’s HarmonyOS has emerged as the “third OS for smartphones and other edge computing devices, breaking the two-horse race of Android and iOS in Mainland China,” as a result of its performance. “.

Korea North cyberattacks South Korea.

The national police of South Korea issued a warning last week regarding North Korean attackers targeting defense companies in an attempt to obtain tech-related data.

As they scoured through servers, North Korean cyberoperatives—including the infamous Kimsuky gang—also left some malware in their wake.

The attacks will not stop, according to national police.

China revises its IPv6 objectives.

China’s Cyberspace Administration has established new targets for IPv6 adoption.

It is the Administration’s goal to have 650 million Internet of Things connections using IPv6 by the end of 2024, and 800 million active users by then.

By the end of the year, targets are for 65 percent of mobile traffic and 23 percent of fixed network traffic to be IPv6.

Beijing requests that government agencies switch to IPv6 as they modernize their networks and that more IPv6 home routers be installed.

Joining standards organizations to create “IPv6+” and other innovations is also on the agenda.

Elon Musk’s X will file a lawsuit to overturn Australian content removal mandates.

BlueVPS, an Australian web host, was forced to close due to storage issues.

Wipro names a new CEO: 32-year veteran and US CEO Srini Pallia assumes the role.

To assist Singapore in combating money laundering, six banks exchange customer information.

Malaysia offers VCs a golden visa.

Last week, Malaysia unveiled a “golden pass” aimed at luring tech executives and venture capitalists to the nation. If authorized, the visa cuts the six-week registration period down to two. Speaking at the KL20 Summit on Monday, Securities Commission Chairman Dato’ Seri Dr. Awang Adek Hussin expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Together with the other agencies, we are also happy to connect VC firms with the local community, and potentially identify partners in their foray to tap into Malaysian and regional opportunities.”.

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