Desktop version of WeChat comes to Windows PC nearly one year after Mac #cloud #cloudcomputing #wechat

ChinaWeChat, the mobile messaging juggernaut from China, unleashed the Windows PC version of its app (h/t QQ Tech). This comes nearly a year after the Mac client was released last February. Just like the Mac version, WeChat for Windows is fairly barebones. You won’t find the treasure trove of features and functions available on the mobile version, just basic messaging and file transfers.


Hike Messenger adds free voice calling #cloud #cloudcomputing #india

IndiaA few weeks after the acquisition of US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, India’s Hike today announced its free voice calling feature that works over 2G, 3G, or wifi. Hike’s voice calling is now in beta on the Android version of the app; it’ll arrive on iOS and Windows phones by the end of this quarter.  With the slow mobile internet in India and a small percentage of mobile users accessing 3G and 4G, Hike aims to please the mass market with the app’s low bandwidth consumption.



TCS best IT service provider in Europe: Survey #cloud #cloudcomputing #tcs

IndiaMUMBAI: Country’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said today it has been picked as the best IT service provider in Europe in terms of both customer satisfaction and performance, according to a survey.  The pan-European survey — conducted by Whitelane Research — polled 1,470 CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, COOs and CTOs from top IT spending European organisations controlling over 4,200 IT contracts across 13 countries.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments drop 8.8% sequentially in 4Q14 #cloud #cloudcomputing #china

ChinaShipments of smartphones by China-based vendors declined 8.8% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, affected by weaker than expected sales for some brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research. For the first quarter of 2015, China’s overall smartphone shipments are expected to suffer a further sequential drop of over 20% due to the impact of seasonality in overseas markets. As a result, vendors which have a high ratio of export sales, may suffer a decline of over 30% sequentially in the quarter.


Micromax unit Yu sells 10,000 Yureka smartphones in 3 seconds #cloud #cloudcomputing

IndiaNEW DELHI: Micromax’s fully-owned subsidiary Yu Televentures has Thursday sold 10,000 Yureka smartphones on Amazon in just 3 seconds, for its third online sale after launching the Rs 8,999 device last month. In the month of February, YU is looking at ramping up the availability of the device and will put almost double the amount of devices for sale, the company said in a statement.

Samsung Dropping Qualcomm Snapdragon For Galaxy S6 #cloud #cloudcomputing #samsung #qualcomm

KoreaQualcomm has changed the estimated amount of Snapdragon 810 sales following the loss of a “large customer” – most likely Samsung – after reported trouble meshing with the Galaxy S6. Reports started circulating around a week ago that Samsung would drop the Snapdragon 810, following Qualcomm’s decision not to make a custom version for the Galaxy S6.


China software industry posts 2014 revenues of over CNY3.7 trillion, says MIIT

ChinaChina’s software industry generated total revenues of CNY3.724 trillion (US$604 billion) in 2014, growing 20.2% on year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The total value of software products and services exports in the period was US$54.5 billion, accounting for 9.03% of the total revenues and rising 15.5% on year.

Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in a year in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Within a year of its exclusive partnership with Flipkart in India, Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in one of the fastest growing smartphone market in world.  Moto G and Moto E smart phones which fall in the affordable category, make up about half of overall sales of Motorola devices.  “We will be doubling up our efforts in India, which is a very critical market for us,” Amit Boni, head of India operations said.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments grow 16.9% sequentially in 4Q14

TaiwanAlthough white-box tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, global overall tablet shipments in the quarter still grew sequentiallyby 16.9% to reach 74.77 million units thanks to Apple and non-Apple first-tier vendors’ strong performances, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet industry.

Vodafone labels ACMA data request report “inaccurate”

AustraliaA yearly report compiled by the communications regulator on the number of requests law enforcement agencies make to carriers for user metadata is “unnecessary”, “inaccurate” and should be scrapped, according to Australia’s third largest telco Vodafone. Vodafone’s general manager of industry strategy and public policy Matthew Lobb made the comments today as part of a hearing into the Government’s proposed data retention scheme.,vodafone-labels-acma-data-request-disclosures-inaccurate.aspx

Foxconn wants to replace workers with robots

TaiwanTaiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of Apple devices, is hoping to slim its global workforce with the help of robots. The group currently employs about 1.3 million people during peak production times, making it one of the largest private employers in the world. As a key Apple supplier, the company has had a solid run in recent years, but faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.,foxconn-wants-to-replace-workers-with-robots.aspx

Apple ties with Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

KoreaSEOUL: Apple caught up with Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday (Jan 29). Apple reported a record net profit of US$18 billion in the quarter, on the back of what the California tech titan described as “staggering” iPhone 6 sales – especially in China.

Telstra refuses to disclose cost of data retention

AustraliaAustralia’s largest telco Telstra has refused to disclose how much it expects the Government’s data retention scheme will cost to implement, claiming the figure as commercial-in-confidence. The telco refused to budge under sustained questioning by Labor MP Mark Dreyfus on the cost of the scheme today as part of hearings into the Government’s proposed data retention legislation today.,telstra-refuses-to-disclose-cost-of-data-retention.aspx

JP Morgan, JETRO to help promote Mumbai as financial centre

IndiaMumbai: Maharashtra’s plans to promote Mumbai as a global financial centre have received a shot in the arm as Wall Street firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Japanese government arm Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) agreed to partner with the state government to hold road shows to attract financial services companies to Mumbai.

How your online public services can perform under stress – Red Hat

APACA government launches a new portal for people to get their social security benefits, but it’s not able to cope with the sheer number of people trying access it at the same time, and crashes. What can governments do to prevent such disappointment with public services? Red Hat explains. Cloud technologies can give governments the flexibility to keep up with the rising expectations citizens have of them, believes Bryan Che, General Manager, Cloud Product Strategy for Red Hat. “If I become wildly successful because a lot of users coming in, I can scale up to meet my demand,” he said.—red-hat

UTStarcom Displays Broadband and Optical Network Infrastructure Technologies at Convergence India 2015 Conference

IndiaUTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, participated in the 23rd Convergence India Exhibition and Conference in New Delhi, India in 21-23 January 2015. The Company showcased its advanced broadband and optical network infrastructure technologies offering to the Indian market and mapped out its operating strategy to serve the rapidly growing demand in the market for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming, and other applications.

Japan sees 12.8 billion cyber attacks a year. This Israeli company wants to help

JapanFrom today, Votiro, an Israeli cyber-security startup launches in Japan. The island nation’s pacifism has kept it out of war zones for nearly seventy years, but the online world presents a different battlefield. Japan experienced 12.8 billion cyberattacks last year, according to a recent report. Votiro co-founder Itay Glick tells Tech in Asia that the firm will be focusing on protecting companies in the fields of healthcare, financial, and critical infrastructure.

Spotify to replace Sony streaming music service

JapanSTOCKHOLM: Swedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said on Wednesday (Jan 28), spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented the Walkman. The deal – which makes the Swedish startup the exclusive provider for Playstation Music and Sony’s smartphones and tablets – sees the companies link up in 41 markets.

Websites that promote remote gambling to be blocked

SingaporeSINGAPORE: From Monday (Feb 2), websites that provide or promote remote gambling services will be blocked, when the Remote Gambling Act kicks in, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Wednesday. Payment transactions related to remote gambling will also be blocked. The Act had been passed in Parliament last October. It stipulates that it is an offence for a person to gamble remotely with unauthorised operators, or provide unauthorised gambling services, MHA said in a press release. The law is aimed at protecting young and other vulnerable people.

Daum Kakao considers Internet bank

KoreaDaum Kakao is considering setting up an Internet-based bank as the financial authority decided to allow non-financial companies to advance into the business. “We have an interest and we are positively reviewing the project, but no detailed plans have come up yet,” a Daum Kakao spokesman said. On Tuesday, the Financial Service Commission (FSC) said it will revise regulations on Internet banks to make way for non-financial companies to invest in them more easily.