IC demand from China’s smartphone market is showing signs of a pick-up, as inventories at non-Apple vendors ease, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses. Strong sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 devices in China resulted in excess inventory levels at other mobile device brands in the fourth quarter of 2014, the sources said. However, inventory digestion is near its end, the sources observed.
Foxconn Electronics has introduced robots to automated production lines at its factory in Kunshan, eastern China, reducing labor from 80,000 workers to 40,000 and doubling its production value, according to a Chinese-language Xinhuanet report. The average cost of a worker is about CNY50,000 (US$8,000) a year. A robot costs CNY130,000 but it is equivalent to three workers because it is able to work 24 hours a day, noted the report citing a Foxconn executive as saying.
Xiaomi Technology has unveiled five new products to celebrate its five-year anniversary. The new products include a pink edition Xiaomi Note, Hongmi 2A, Xiaomi 2 TV, Xiaomi scale and Xiaomi power supply adapter. The Hungmi 2A is powered by a Leadcore Technology 1.5GHz quad-core L1860 CPU and a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1GB DDR3 memory. The model is priced at CNY599 (US$97), unlocked.
BEIJING: China will punish Internet companies including Tencent Holdings Ltd , Youku Tudou Inc and Baidu Inc’s iQiyi for hosting videos suspected of containing violence and pornography, which it said causes juvenile delinquency. The offending material is primarily Japanese animation on the video streaming websites of Tencent, Youku Tudou, iQiyi, Sohu.com Inc and Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing (LeTV) , the Ministry of Culture said on its website on Tuesday.
Chinese ecommerce and daily deals site Wowo (also known as 55tuan) is having a bit of a bumpy ride on its way to the US market. Wowo has been planning a US IPO for some time now, and was originally scheduled to list on the NASDAQ under the tag WOWO back in February. But that date came and went without an IPO. So did a subsequent date in March. Now, the company is reportedly scheduled for an April 1 IPO. But there are signs that might not come off either.
Philippine telecommunications giant Globe Telecom announced today it is injecting up to US$50 million into its incubator arm Kickstart Ventures, which will use the fresh capital to support high-potential startups. The amount the group dubs as “Fund 2” is possibly the largest commitment to early-stage startup investing coming out of a Philippine company, Globe claims. It will target startups expanding anywhere in the world with clear regional and global prospects.
Australia’s competition watchdog is considering whether or not to limit the amount of 1800 MHz spectrum that bidders can snare in an upcoming auction. Communications authority ACMA is planning to hold an auction for licences covering parts of the 1800 MHz band in regional Australia this November. The spectrum release is highly sought-after by 4G mobile network operators, with all three of Australia’s mobile carriers have existing 4G deployments in the band.
Huawei is making more money than ever before, with a 33 percent increase in year-on-year profit from 2013, with smartphone sales driving these figures. The tech giant’s full-year net profit for 2014 rose to 27.9 billion yuan ($4.5 billion), up from 21 billion yuan in the previous year, citing better management of foreign exchange risks as well as borrowing costs as the factors contributing to the level of its success.
The analysts forecast the Cyber Security market in the APAC region to grow at a CAGR of 15.15 percent over the period 2014-2019. Demand for cloud-based security solutions is one key trend emerging in this market. End-users prefer cloud-based security solutions because they are cost-effective and can be easily managed. Therefore, both large enterprises and SMEs in the APAC region are increasingly adopting cloud-based cyber security solutions.
Computer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) are deepening their collaboration with Google Inc, with plans to start shipping new Chrome-based computers and devices this quarter. The two Taiwanese firms are some of the global PC brands that have been working with the US search engine giant to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011, as Google steps up its challenge to Microsoft Corp in the market for low-priced computers.
In addition to India, Inventec is also planning to establish plants in Southeast Asia and Japan for server production, mainly to serve its clients’ demand, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Inventec’s main server clients are Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, bu the ODM has seen the majority of server orders come from HP, which has made aggressive moves in the server market.
NEW DELHI: Alibaba founder Jack Ma is back in the capital after a gap of four months and has backed business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce as the model best suited for India and China, while pointing out that B2C, being pushed by the likes of Amazon and Flipkart, was the American model. Ma — a schoolteacher who became China’s richest man after listing Alibaba last year — met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and indicated to the possibility of a larger India presence, sources said.
Telstra today further bolstered its portfolio of electronic health offerings with the acquisition of Medibank telehealth business Anywhere Healthcare. Telstra has been actively pushing into the ehealth space since teaming up with HCF and Healthways to offer telemonitoring of health devices in July last year, ahead of formally launching its standalone health division Telstra Health the following October. It has also previously partnered with Swiss provider Medgate to deliver ‘ReadyCare’, a telephone-based GP consultation service.
NEW DELHI: Motorola, which sells phones exclusively via an online retailer, in India, has announced the launch of its first ‘Moto Care’ centre in India. Located at Jayanagar Road in Bangalore, the facility will provide service and support to customers and act as an experience zone, allowing potential consumers to get ‘hands on’ with the company’s product portfolio. The facility is spread across 3000sq ft.
Quanta Computer has reported 2014 revenues of NT$926.32 billion (US$29.6 billion), up 5.2% from a year ago and EPS of NT$4.90, up from NT$4.84 in 2013. However, in the fourth quarter, despite a growth in gross margins from 4.5% in the third quarter to 4.57%, the company’s operating profit margins were only 1.26%, down from 1.49% of the third quarter because of expenses related to preparations for a new product, the company noted.
NEW DELHI: Successful spectrum bidders, including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone, have made over Rs 7,000 crore towards upfront payments — a move that will help the government narrow its fiscal deficit target for the fiscal ending. Also, others telecom firms such as Reliance Jio and Tata Teleservices that won airwaves in the recent spectrum auction have committed to pay by evening today. Airtel has paid about Rs 5,000 crore while Idea Cellular deposited around Rs 2,000 crore as part payment for spectrum they acquired in auction last week. Vodafone has also paid some amount but the exact number could not be ascertained.
Asustek Computer is planning to add fingerprint identification functionality to its ZenFone smartphones in the second half, at the soonest and the function will become a default feature for the ZenFone 3 in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report citing company president Jerry Shen as saying. Asustek’s new inexpensive smartphones for China will also feature the function in the second half of the year.
NBN Co has earmarked a further 550,000 premises across Australia where work is to be started by September 2016. It brings the targeted number of premises where work will commence by September next year to more than 3 million, as outlined last year in NBN Co’s 18-month construction plan. At its most recent financial results briefing, NBN Co had over 748,000 serviceable premises, with an average weekly run rate of 10,200.
MediaTek has unveiled a new mobile processor family targeted at high-end smartphones. Dubbed Helio, the new system-on-chips (SoC) combine both high performance and low power consumption. “Helio is MediaTek’s premium mobile processor family which integrates leading heterogeneous computing technology with advanced multimedia innovations,” the company said.
Microsoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.