Singtel mobile app eases the way for donations to Community Chest

SingaporeDigital News Asia — SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said that members of the public can now donate to Community Chest, direct from their mobile phones with Dash, its mobile wallet app. “Singtel is a long-standing partner of Community Chest. We are proud to strengthen our partnership with Community Chest with Dash as one of its donation channels,” said Gan Siok Hoon, vice president of m-commerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Supportive ecosystem pushes Thai tech start-ups forward

ThailandNation Multimedia — Thailand is a hot spot for the Asian boom in tech start-ups, having grown continuously for several years. A lot of these start-ups are finding success through a supportive ecosystem, especially investments, acceleration programmes, conferences and other events. One key event is the “Start It Up Conference”.

Singapore is using spyware, and its citizens can’t complain

SingaporeDigital News Asia — THe Singapore Government is using spyware that can copy files from your hard disk; record your Skype calls, e-mails, instant messages and passwords; and even turn on your webcam remotely – and if you’re Singaporean, you have no constitutional right to complain. Yes, that’s right – the Singapore Constitution does not include a right to privacy.

Slowdown? E-commerce rakes up $2.68 trillion in China

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China’s e-commerce raked up a whopping $2.68 trillion in 2014, registering a 59.4% jump from the year before despite a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. China’s e-commerce trade soared in 2014 thanks to improved internet infrastructure and an increase in cellphone users, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Snapdeal to raise $500 million from Alibaba, SoftBank, Foxconn: Sources

IndiaTimes of India — BEIJING: Indian online marketplace Snapdeal is set to raise $500 million from a group of foreign investors including China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday. One of the people said the deal could be finalized within a few days at the earliest but may also take weeks.

Corporations to be main IoT products and services consumers: report

ChinaWant China Times — Corporations instead of individuals are likely to be the main customers for products and services using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, reports, the website of Shanghai’s China Business News. According to a report from consultant group Deloitte, although the media has been betting IoT technology’s future on individual consumers, the amount of IoT equipment, sensors and controllers that individual consumers have purchased failed to meet expectations.

Federal govt spends $11m to keep agencies on Win 2003, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The federal government will spend just over $11 million to keeping four of Canberra’s largest agencies using the now out-of-support Windows Server 2003 operating system. It has signed a two-year deal with Microsoft that will cover the costs of custom support licences at the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration.,federal-govt-spends-11m-to-keep-agencies-on-win-2003.aspx

Xiaomi, Huawei push Apple to third spot in world’s biggest smartphone market

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9% market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.

BTC China/ OKCoin heads: Bitcoin state of play and 6 years until it’s mainstream

ChinaSilicon Angle — BTC China Chief Executive Officer Bobby Lee and OKCoin, Inc. Head of International Jack Jiu took to the stage at the Rise Conference in Hong Kong Friday to discuss where Bitcoin was and what’s ahead for the popular cryptocurrency. “Bitcoin can mean different things to different people,” Lee explained to the crowd at the conference which has attracted thousands from across Asia, but, unfortunately didn’t cater to the volume of people well.

VN tops ASEAN with number of new domains

VietnamVietnam Net — This information was revealed by the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) on July 28. Some 55,944 new domain names ending in “.vn” were registered in the first six months of this year. The increase in registrations for this domain name is in line with the national management goal, VNNIC said. Domain names written in Vietnamese hit 1,075,286, with over 34,500 new domain names registered in the first six months of this year.

Techwave Consulting Inc opens 2nd office in Hyderabad

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: US headquartered global system integratorTechwave Consulting Inc has opened its second office in Hyderabad at an investment of $3 million. The facility was formally inaugurated by Telangana IT and panchayat raj minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday.

Baidu nod for share repurchase scheme

ChinaShanghai Daily — CHINA’S largest Internet search engine Baidu yesterday said it had approved a share repurchase scheme worth up to US$1 billion to showcase its confidence in the online-to-offline (O2O) opportunity. The share repurchase will be funded by existing cash balance over the next 12 months, according to a stock exchange filing.

Malaysia’s nanotechnology initiative targets 30% E&E growth by 2020: MIMOS

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysia’s national applied research agency MIMOS has announced the signing of four  nanotechnology agreements, involving  one industry player, two government agencies and two universities, which is expected to boost the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector to a record level, up to 30 percent within five years.

Kingsoft Teams With HP For Chinese Cloud Computing

ChinaChina Tech News — Kingsoft Cloud has reached a deal with HP to provide medical, banking, and gaming industry customers with platform and application services based on private and mixed clouds. As both companies have private cloud businesses in China, Zhang Hongjiang, chief executive officer of Kingsoft, said HP has a deep understanding of the Chinese market.

Why online payment provider Alipay is more than just the Chinese equivalent of PayPal

China.gifTech in Asia — The recent events of PayPal and eBay splitting into two separate entities and the newly released version of Alibaba’s mobile payment app Alipay 9.0 inspired me to take a closer look at these two unequal rivals. However, comparing Alipay with PayPal directly doesn’t seem to do the former much justice. As with many of the leading Chinese digital players, Alipay is an integral part and closely connected within Alibaba’s ecosystem.

Huawei Launches Inaugural Asia/Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit with Goal of Creating a More Connected Asia/Pacific

ThailandPRNewswire — NEW YORK: In early July, Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin, hosted Huawei’s first-ever Asia/Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, and drew more than 400 telecom leaders from throughout Asia/Pacific, including fromIndia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Australia, Singapore,Malaysia and Thailand.  Regional efforts to meet aggressive plans to roll out broadband services were the focus of Huawei’s Ultra Broadband Summit, with the goal of working toward ways of achieving the ITU’s Connect 2020 agenda.

Reliance Arm Offers Direct Access to Amazon Web Services

IndiaNDTV — Reliance Communications’ arm Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) on Friday announced a direct access to Amazon Web Services via its cloud platform. “Using our Cloud X Fusion, businesses can take advantage of our enterprise grade connectivity from 90 countries to connect their on-premise environment into an Amazon Web Services port over our global infrastructure,” GCX chief executive Bill Barney said in a statement here.

Hybrid IT, cloud-enabled technologies fast becoming the ‘new normal’

APACWith the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment which is fast becoming the new normal. Besides helping enterprises to drive digital disruption, the latest Hybrid IT environment is also enhancing the customer experience and encouraging business model innovation.

Waterfall Security’s Unidirectional Security Gateways Deployed to Safeguard Leading Asia-Pacific Power Distribution Company

APACPRNewswire — NEW YORK: Waterfall Security Solutions (Waterfall Security) announced today the successful deployment of Waterfall’s stronger-than-firewalls Unidirectional Security Gateways at a leading energy distributor in the Asia-Pacificregion, together with Power Automation (PA), Singapore. Waterfall Security is the leading provider of Unidirectional Security Gateways for industrial control networks and critical industrial infrastructures.

Rapid cloud adoption marks end of the beginning

APACInquirer Net — The Cloud has won. In Asia, for instance,   Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and South Korea were tagged as the leaders in cloud readiness by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), based on its 2014 Cloud Readiness Index. These countries, according to the ACCA report, retained or even extended their lead by fostering innovation and fresh approaches toward next generation technology and cloud computing services.