Myanmat Times — Barcamp Yangon, held earlier this year, saw thousands register for the January 31 to February 1 event. The 2015 meet-up heard topics discussed touching on everything from data visualisation to “A brief history of life on earth”. At Barcamps, attendees are invited to share their knowledge in 45 minute spurts on a myriad of topics that span fields from technology to agriculture to ancient culture.
IT News — One of the world’s most notorious providers of offensive information technology to governments has had its internal systems breached and customer documentation dumped on the open internet. Hacking Team, founded in 2003 and based in Milan, Italy, provides surveillance software and intrusion tools to law enforcement agencies around the world. On its website it boasts clients across the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific, assisted by more than 50 employees providing “all aspects” of offensive IT tools.
Want China Times — Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, has spared no efforts implementing its CTE (China technology ecosystem) initiative in Shenzhen over the past two years to set up a Chinese technology ecosystem and white-box industry chain as part of its efforts to build a solid presence in the mobile terminal market, the Beijing-based Caixin Weekly reports.
Want China Times — Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Asustek has made it to second in the Japanese tablet market in the first quarter, just after market leader Apple, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. IDC said Asustek launched the larger 7-inch and 8-inch MeMO Pad before the end of the lifecycle of its Nexus 7, which was the main driving force on the market and led the company’s shares from 5.9% in the forth quarter last year to 8.7% in the first quarter this year.
Digital Trends — By 2017, smartphone market size will be directly correlated with population size — at least when it comes to the top three players in the game. According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, India will unseat the United States as the second largest smartphone market within the next two years, with China remaining the clear leader of the pack.
Digi Times — Intel, in a move to tighten its partnerships with the China-based supply chain, is planning to host a summit prior to its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) San Francisco starting August 17 to unveil its newest strategy with the supply chain for the Internet of things (IoT) industry, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
IT News — iiNet is now “over the hump” of the capacity issues it faced with the introduction of Netflix, with further network improvements to fix remaining issues to be rolled out over the next two months, according to chief technical officer Mark Dioguardi. Dioguardi cited Netflix’s Australian ISP speed index figures as an example how much progress iiNet has made in resolving its capacity issues, especially given the company offers its customers unmetered use of the streaming video service.
India Times — NEW DELHI: Eyeing the multi-billion dollar business opportunities opened by Digital India, billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Sterlite TechnologiesBSE 4.22 % will invest up to Rs 400 crore on capacity expansion as it targets a major part of the Rs 72,000-crore BharatNet project. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) or BharatNet, which forms the backbone of the Digital India initiative, seeks to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with high speed broadband by December 2017.
New York Times — NEW DELHI : Standing alongside some of the titans of Indian industry and senior ministers in his cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the start of a “Digital India week” at a packed stadium in the capital last week, highlighting his government’s push for greater Internet connectivity and services for more of the country’s people and a desire to jump-start Indian manufacturing in electronics.
BBC — Among key investors were the Ambani brothers, Tata group chief Cyrus Mistry and Wipro head Azim Premji. Companies also pledged to manufacture in India, estimated to add 1.8 million jobs to the economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “India Digital Week” on Wednesday, to reinvigorate an $18bn campaign to strengthen digital infrastructure.
Business Wire India — The GSMA today announced the details of new programmes and exhibition features at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held 15-17 July at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The GSMA also announced further exhibitors, sponsors and partners for the Shanghai event. “With just two weeks until Mobile World Congress Shanghai, we’re gearing up for our largest and most ambitious Asia event ever,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.
India Com — Tripura will be gateway for reliable and super-fast Internet facility as Bangladesh government has agreed to allow India to use unspent bandwidth in the neighbouring country’s Cox Bazar, a BSNL official said today. ”An agreement of using unspent bandwidth available at Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar has been signed recently. The BSNL has taken initiative to implement the ambitious plan at the earliest,” Chief General Manager (NE-circle) of BSNL, D P Singh said.
PRNewswire — TEL AVIV: Following years of serving the Asian markets’ biggest mobile companies, AreaOne now becomes the first Facebook Marketing Partner to open offices in Beijing, China. “As one of the most important markets for AreaOne, opening a branch in China was a natural strategic next step for us,” explains Alon Michaeli, AreaOne CEO.
Digital News Asia — INDIA’S online marketplace powerhouse Flipkart has started rolling out image search on its mobile app, using technology from Singapore’s ViSenze for visual search and image recognition. The image search feature allows users to upload photos of fashion items and find similar products in terms of colour, pattern or style, inside the Flipkart merchandise database.
China Tech News — Coolpad Group’s board of directors says it received a notice from controlling shareholder Data Dreamland, which sold an 18% stake in Coolpad to Letv’s subsidiary Leview Mobile HK Limited on June 27, 2015. Data Dreamland agreed to sell 780.38 million shares, which accounts for 18% of total issued equity of Coolpad, at the price of HKD3.508 per share.
MIS Asia — Toyota, Nissan and Honda today announced they will increase efforts to produce more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and said they will work together to build more fueling stations to support them. The three Japanese automakers agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure in Japan. The companies pledged up to $90,000 per station to cover construction and operating costs.
China Tech News — China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom all published their operating statistics for May 2015 and China Mobile, who has over 800 million mobile users, continues to lead the Chinese telecom market. Statistics showed that China Mobile gained 373,000 new users in May 2015 and its user group reached 816.335 million.
MIS Asia — Huawei isn’t a name that’s easy to pronounce. Nor has it been free of controversy. In 2012, U.S. politicians called the Chinese company a potential security threat. So it helps that Huawei is building up a separate consumer brand, one that’s been growing fast in China and hopes to take the world by storm.
Korea Times — Daum Kakao, the operator of the nation’s dominant Kakao Talk messaging service, is on track to diversify beyond its mobile platform for further growth. Daum Kakao has enjoyed remarkable success on its home turf with KakaoTalk and more recently launched services such as KakaoTaxi and KakaoPay. But its performance outside the Korean Peninsula has been viewed as underwhelming.
MIS Asia — Certified data centre training courses, which are supported and accredited by the International Data Centre Authority (IDCA), are now available across the Asia Pacific (AP) region. This was made possible by a partnership between IT Learning Solution (ITLS) — a wholly owned subsidiary of global IT enablement firm Fastlane — and global data centre training and solutions provider TechXact.