China’s Alibaba Group has decided to power app searches for its mobile operating system using technology from U.S.-based Quixey, a company in which it invested. Quixey, which runs a mobile app by the same name, made the announcement on Friday, a year after it received funding from Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant perhaps best known for its huge IPO on the New York Stock Exchange last month.
More and more consumers are engaging with content across a variety of screens, and often accessing them via multiple screens simultaneously. This means advertisers have to take a holistic approach to their marketing strategy, and adjust the content to fit the context of various screens while considering consumers’ multi-screen habits. This is the gist of Appier’s research report, which aims to provide insights into how users interact on multiple devices.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Railway passengers can now easily enquire about trains.The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has now launched Android mobile app after it had launched on Windows 8. The new National Train Enquiry System (NTES) mobile app is free to download. The public can now get information regarding arrivals, departures on their Android devices.
Motorola’s new Moto G smartphone boasts a screen size that’s half an inch bigger than it predecessor. Measuring five inches, the phone also comes with stereo sound and the latest Android OS. The phone also comes with an 8MP rear camera that captures 720p video at up to 30fps, plus a second 2MP camera on the front for selfies. It has a scratch-resistant HD display with 294 pixels per inch.
WASHINGTON: A US prosecutor who successfully investigated a precedent-setting work visa fraud case against Infosys, resulting in the Indian IT giant paying a whopping USD 34 million in settlement, has been recognised by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson for his work. Shamoil T Shipchandler, former Eastern District of Texas federal prosecutor, and his investigative was presented with the Meritorious Service Award (Silver Medal), on October 21 in Washington DC by Johnson.
Alibaba’s mutual fund Yuebao garnered a lot of attention when it first launched last summer, and at first, it grew extremely fast. But by this July, it had begun to stagnate, and now according to the latest numbers, investment in Yuebao is actually dropping. Back in July, Yuebao held RMB 574 billion (US$92 billion) in assets, making it the fourth-largest money market fund in the world. But this past Friday, Tianhong Asset Management Co. (which manages Yuebao’s funds and which is also owned by Alibaba) announced Yuebao’s latest numbers: RMB 534 billion (US$87 billion).
[SAN FRANCISCO] Hewlett-Packard has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. HP is expected to sell at least 51 per cent of the business, H3C Technologies Co, which could be worth roughly US$5 billion in a full sale, the business daily said. HP declined to comment on the report.
Sony Mobile Communications will amend its policy for the launch of flagship models by releasing only one new model a year, instead of two models currently, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. A slowdown in hardware competition for smartphones and the maturing high-end smartphone segment have prompted Sony Mobile to modify its roadmap for flagship models, said the sources.
Acer has posted the highest level of growth among top PC makers, recording double digit growth despite a 1.4 per cent overall decline. The latest preliminary data from IDC for the third quarter of 2014 showed Acer has improved on its year-on-year worldwide PC shipment with growth at 11.8 per cent. This was in contrast to the overall industry decline of 1.4 per cent. Quarter-on-quarter, Acer saw a 12.6 per cent rise, which also surpassed the industry average of 5.2 per cent.
St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.
CHINA – China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users’ Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom’s cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumours of a CDN joint venture between the country’s second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year.
As it lays bets on new technologies and acquisitions, the $68 billion telco is struggling to explain where the next wave of growth is likely to come from. While there’s no shortage of ideas or new businesses opportunities for Telstra to pursue, the unanswered question remains: will any succeed? If you ask Telstra chief executive David Thodey, he will answer with an unequivocal yes.
SINGAPORE: Software giant SAP will be opening its SAP Innovation Center in the city-state by the end of the year, as it expands its regional footprint in its 25th year in Asia Pacific. The SAP Innovation Center will focus on developing innovations to address areas such as smart cities, healthcare, Industry 4.0 and digital consumers, it said in its press release on Friday (Oct 24).
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Integrated circuit designer (IC) MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) said recently that the sale of the iPhone 6 will not impact the company’s performance, as its chips are utilized in budget phones that are tailored for a different market segment. As sales of the iPhone 6 picked up recently, the market is concerned that it will squeeze out sales of competing Android phones and consequently affect MediaTek, which supplies ICs to Android phones.
Under SingTel’s pricing model, consumers pay less for the tablet devices upfront, but will incur a S$15 top-up fee over 24 months in addition to their monthly subscriptions. StarHub also announced it would start sales on Saturday. SingTel on Friday (Oct 24) started offering Apple’s latest iPads – the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – while competing telco StarHub said it would start sales for the two devices from Saturday.
This week Telstra announced a major investment into the development of its health business, but is our biggest telco facing an uphill battle to make money out of this new venture? The latest addition to its portfolio of health services will come through a collaboration with Swiss company Medgate. Medgate currently offers Swiss patients the ability to consult with a doctor via telephone or computer and to order prescriptions online for home delivery.
As the trend of Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding and the market is rapidly evolving, Intel has been aggressive driving this industry transformation and working with partners to grasp huge business opportunities. At the “Intel IoT Asia” Conference held in Taipei recently, Intel teamed up with leading partners, including Chunghwa Telecom, Tatung, and Advantech, to unveil the latest development trends and solutions for IoT.
The uptake of cloud computing amongst Australian enterprises in particular is skyrocketing, according to analyst firm Telsyte. In the ‘Telsyte Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2014′ report by the firm, it was revealed that the total market value for public cloud infrastructure services is set to reach $650 million by 2018, up from $305 million in 2014. In addition, more than half of all organisations greater than 20 employees are now using public cloud IaaS for at least some part of their IT infrastructure, according to the research firm.
The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple’s Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review security concerns. When Facebook’s multi-billion-dollar initial public offering launched more than two years ago, details of its prospectus shed light on Facebook’s possible entry into China.
Big data rightfully is considered as a “natural resource” today. It is being put to its maximum use in order to predict consumer behavior and demand and to earn consumer loyalty. Thus, developing to become a business relevant tool. Nevertheless, data alone is not sufficient to address business problems. The crux of the issue is to glean insight from the data in order to make better business decisions. For this purpose infrastructure can improve significantly, providing the much needed agility and make the business more result driven.