Baidu Research, the research division of search giant Baidu, unveiled last night a speech recognition technology it has dubbed “Deep Speech.” According to an official release, Baidu’s team of artificial intelligence researchers in Sunnyvale designed Deep Speech to recognize and interpret voice input in noisy environments like restaurants, where ambient noise or other factors can muddle accuracy.
I can see why Lei Jun doesn’t want to be called the Steve Jobs of China. If you look at his history, he’s more like a quasi-Bill Gates with a hint of Jeff Bezos, with Marc Andreesen tendencies, and only a soupçon of Steve Jobs. Given what we know of Lei Jun’s history and numbers, you would be hard pressed to make a deeper comparison of Lei Jun and Steve Jobs that goes beyond black shirts, blue jeans, and smartphone icons.
Qualcomm will contract both Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its 1Xnm chips, whereas MediaTek is also likely to have more than one foundry build its high-end solutions in 2015, according to industry watchers. Judging from tight wafer production capacity and persistent high foundry costs in 2014, Qualcomm, MediaTek and other IC vendors will be eager to look for multiple foundry partners in 2015 as their shipments and performance are likely to be affected by TSMC’s supply capacity due to its dominance in the foundry industry, said the sources.
The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenues by 28.1% on year to US$2.3 billion during the third quarter of 2014, according to the IDC. The market generated more than 898PB (petabytes) of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 46.6% compared to same period a year ago.
The NSW Police Force will train 1000 officers across 16 locations to use a new fleet of body-worn video cameras in order to improve evidence gathering and encourage officers to be on their best behaviour. The NSWPF expects that at any time around 242 cameras will be worn by officers on duty across the state. It has gone to market to buy a first installment of 267 devices – giving it a 10 percent leeway for repairs – plus the storage, searching and authentication system that will back up an inevitable flood of information the devices will produce.
A hacker group that leaked confidential e-mails and recent movies belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment last month reportedly used Singapore as one of its sites to launch its cyber attacks, according to a recent New York Times report. Responding to The Straits Times’ queries, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) said the attacks on the Hollywood movie studio may have been routed from command-and-control centres across the world, including a server owned by a private company in Singapore.
The global interest towards South East Asian economies is going steady in spite of competitors from countries like India and China. This is powered by recent innovations in healthcare, information technology, automation& electronics and chemical markets. This report highlights the key trends and the innovation climate in these industries in South East Asian countries.
Rocket Internet, the German startup dynamo that focuses on emerging markets, has already been operating in Myanmar for just over two years with several classifieds sites. But now the company says it’s ready to do something new and very challenging – launch an actual ecommerce site in Myanmar.
MoneyForward, an online accounting startup servicing both individuals and companies, announced today that it raised a series B round of JPY 1.5 billion (US$12.6 million). Credit Saison, software publisher Sourcenext, Jafco, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, GMO Venture Partners, and Dentsu all participated in the round, with Jafco being a repeat investor.
NEW DELHI | MUMBAI: The Centre is exploring the use of third-party cloud data centres with companies such as NetMagic and Microsoft that will form the backbone of its Digital India initiative as it increasingly adopts cloud technology for faster delivery and looks to reduce hardware procurement costs. The chief executive of NetMagic, Sharad Sanghi told ETthat the company has held discussions with the information technology ministry, which is looking at adopting cloud not just for people services but also some of the government projects.
Notebook orders from channel retailers and regional brands in Russia have been decreasing due to impacts of the Russian rouble’s drastic devaluation, according to Taiwan-based ODMs. Because of economic sanctions by the US and European Union and the dropping crude oil pricing, Russia, whose economy heavily relies on oil exports, is facing an economic decline.
SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today announced that it has been rated as a top supplier for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions for the second consecutive year by leading telecoms operators, according to a 2014 survey conducted by analyst firm Current Analysis.
Akamai Technologies has opened a new data center in Japan as part of an on-going expansion of its global network to fight distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are designed to render websites unavailable either by an overwhelming flood of fake requests, or with the use of malicious requests which exploit legacy protocols and programming weaknesses.
Hai Quan newspaper quoted its source as reporting that Vietnam imported approximately 20 million mobile phones in 2013 through the official channel, worth $1 billion. In the first 10 months of 2014 alone, another 20 million mobile phones came to Vietnam. The figures show Vietnam is a lucrative market for mobile phone manufacturers and distributors. Gfk, a market survey firm, noted that mobile phones bring the highest turnover and highest growth rate in the hi-tech product market. In the second quarter of 2014, the revenue from mobile phones reportedly reached VND11.4 trillion.
Indian phone maker Micromax launched its newest – and perhaps most important – smartphone in India this afternoon. Priced at US$142 (INR 8,999), the Micromax Yureka is the first phone from the company to be based on the CyanogenMod version of Android. The new Yureka will be available for pre-registration on Amazon India from tomorrow, December 19, and the sale is expected to start sometime January 2015.
Rumors swirled around Yahoo’s major restructuring in November, and yesterday the tech giant confirmed (via Detik) that the company is shutting its Indonesia office this month. Besides Indonesia, Yahoo is reportedly laying off its employees in Malaysia and Vietnam too. In October, the tech giant laid off hundreds in India. Barsha Panda, Yahoo head of corporate communications in India and Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia the following:
Tencent is China’s second-biggest internet company, recently stripped of its number one spot by Alibaba. It’s also one of the country’s most active venture capitalists. While Alibaba made headlines with massive investments into big established companies, Tencent got down and dirty with early stage investments into nascent startups.
While it may have been overshadowed in the global press by Baidu’s high-profile investment in Uber, make no mistake: Qihoo’s US$400 million partnership with Coolpad earlier this week is a big deal. Qihoo CEO Zhou Hongyi has been interested in getting into the mobile market for years. Qihoo experimented with mobile partnerships repeatedly in 2012, releasing three separate phones with manufacturing partners including Haier and Huawei, but none did particularly well. This week’s investment is a much stronger push, though:
The Thai government’s use of virtual simulations and gamification to train the military can reduce training costs, Professor Peter Haddawy, Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Mahidol University claimed. Thailand’s military research agency, Defence Technology Institute, has signed an agreement with the University to develop virtual environments to train military forces.
New Zealand’s new e-government web site – govt.nz – is focused on meeting user needs, the government has said. FutureGov spoke with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to find out how the agency has used user feedback in the new web site. Users have told the government that they don’t want something flashy and with a lot of images, but a service that gets the job done, said Nadia Webster, Principal Adviser, Digital Engagement at DIA.