Huawei was ranked as the world’s eighth-largest company in terms of research and development spending in 2016, according to EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, an annual ranking of the world’s top 2,500 R&D investors. The global technology manufacturer’s significant investment in research and development has led to major breakthroughs in the industry including the first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures.

Read more: Huawei’s R&D investment powers a major breakthrough for warm climates

Apple announced its intentions to start manufacturing their products in India a number of weeks ago – and now speculation is rife that the first device it will produce in the region will be the iPhone SE. Sources have suggested the manufacturing process will take place in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

Read more: Apple’s first device produced in India set to be the iPhone SE

DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics

South Korea’s Samsung confirmed on Monday, January 23, that faulty batteries were the cause for random Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions last year. Samsung Electronics was forced to recall the flagship device around the world and discontinued making them. The model was originally intended to compete against Apple’s iPhone. The faulty batteries cost Samsung billions in profit and reputational damage.

Read more: Faulty batteries determined as cause for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions

China is reportedly working towards developing a prototype exascale computer, which refers to computing systems capable of at least one exaFLOPS, or a billion, billion calculations per second. Such capacity represents a thousandfold increase over the first petascale computer that came into operation in 2008. If China is successful, it would secure the nation's status as a leading power in supercomputing.

Read more: China to develop computer capable of a billion, billion calculations p/second

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in 2017 – and speculation surrounding the capabilities of the device continues to intensify. Samsung is under increasing pressure to produce following the disastrous consequences of the Galaxy Note 7 last September – when it was forced to recall millions of units and end production of the device due to an issue over faulty batteries.

Read more: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to offer users PC experience straight from their smartphones

New Zealand-based Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd company specializing in subsea communications technology, announced on January 16, the completion of the route survey for Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. The cable will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, American Samoa, and potentially other South Pacific islands.

Read more: Hawaiki transpacific cable well on its way to mid-2018 completion

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