Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, announced that new milestones have been reached in the manufacturing of Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system that will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands.

Read more: Hawaiki transpacific cable system nears completion of manufacturing stage

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its intentions to launch its products in the North American market with a launch of one of its devices in the continent. The company which has been valued at a whopping $45 billion by investors will attempt to penetrate the market by offering its Redmi Note 4 to consumers in Mexico.

Read more: Chinese smartphone maker to enter North American market with launch in Mexico

SK Telecom successfully showcased its AR·VR platform - 'T Real VR Studio' at Google I/O 2017, held in Mountain View, California from May 17 to 19.'T Real VR Studio' is an integrated AR VR service platform utilized in multiple VR platforms including Daydream, Google's VR platform. SK Telecom has interlocked 'T real', its AR VR service platform, with Google Daydream to provide opportunities for all to easily create, share, and play the virtual content.

Read more: SK Telecom showcases ‘T Real VR Studio’ at Google I/O 2017

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone – and the organization is confident the device can have a positive impact in the saturated smartphone industry. Xiaomi CEO conceded that the company had suffered a significant sales slump last year, and that it was going through somewhat of a ‘transitional period’.

Read more: Xiaomi hopeful new flagship smartphone can be catalyst for success

Inspired by the power of touch and the Brilliant U, HTC unveiled HTC U11, the world’s first smartphone with revolutionary new squeeze interaction. The highly-anticipated HTC U11 sets a new standard of what you can expect from a smartphone by combining revolutionary new squeeze interaction with a stunning liquid-surface design, intelligent personal audio, amazing cameras, and multiple AI assistants for a smarter smartphone.

Read more: HTC unveils new HTC U11 squeezable smartphone

Asia/Pacific CEOs expect productivity in their organizations to increase by 24 percent by the end of 2018, with revenue (cited by 26 percent of respondents) and profitability (15 percent) as the top two metrics of success, according to Gartner, Inc.'s 2017 CEO survey. However, the survey uncovers a gap between what they want to achieve and where technology investments are being made.

Read more: Survey reveals Asia/Pacific firms not moving fast enough to capitalize on technology potential

South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics has expressed its delight at how their new Galaxy S8 flagship series smartphone has been initially received by consumers. There had been fears amongst Samsung executives and stakeholders that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year would impact negatively on the new S8. However, it seems that consumers are unfazed by the Galaxy Note 7 fires and pre-orders for the S8 have exceeded those of its predecessor.

Read more: Samsung expresses delight as pre-orders for Galaxy S8 exceed that of S7

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