Telstra to create Government Cloud #cloud #cloudcomputing

To help drive the adoption of Cloud services within the public sector, Telstra has announced it will create a Cloud environment built specifically for federal, state and local government. In a statement, Telstra said the Government Cloud was a key milestone in the implementation of its long term Cloud strategy, which is to offer customers scalable and flexible Cloud services.

Amazon Hints at Getting Exclusive Indian Selling Rights of OnePlus One Smartphones #cloud #cloudcomputing

The OnePlus One smartphone has started an invite distribution for buying their smartphones in India through an exclusive contest. In the contest, participants need to post a quote along with their #neversettle hash tag and take a selfie. OnePlus will choose 100 lucky winners from among the posted picture to get the right to buy a phone in India. The entire contest strongly hints that the smartphone manufacturer is about to start selling devices in India through a local seller. According to sources, Amazon India is about to get the unique selling right for this smartphone.

Singaporeans want more digital police services, poll finds #cloud #cloudcomputing

85 per cent of Singaporeans expect to their police force to use digital services, but only 57 per cent are happy with the current level of provision, a survey by management consultancy Accenture has found. “The use of websites and mobile apps fall short of citizens’ expectations,” the survey said, while 91 per cent of Singaporeans said that digital technology improves police services.

8 Amazing Inventions For The Common Man in India #cloud #cloudcomputing

BANGALORE: India’s rural innovators have proved that ordinary people are indeed capable of extraordinary inventions. Despite many constraints like lack of education and severe cash crunch most of them have succeeded in using technology cost-effectively to build ingenious products. Innovations from creative minds took India by storm; the innovations were pragmatic, sensible and can find wide prevalence in India and across the globe. Though these innovations were just in “idea” form, Indians are hopeful of striving to bring them to existence, may be in the future.

NSA chief admits Chinese cyber attacks could shut down US infrastructure #cloud #cloudcomputing

China may have the ability to remotely shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, according to director of the US National Security Agency Mike Rogers. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks are put together.,nsa-chief-admits-chinese-cyber-attacks-could-shut-down-us-infrastructure.aspx

Drones are helping battle malaria in Malaysia, Philippines

Researchers are using drones in Malaysia and the Philippines to track the environmental changes which allow malaria to flourish. Deforestation creates conditions that allow the easy spread of infectious diseases, and also indicate greater human activity. By using drones to track this, scientists can model the spread of a disease, estimate its likely impact and create early warning systems, according to a new scientific paper published this month by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

How the UN is using open data to tackle Ebola

The United Nations has launched a web page aggregating open data on the Ebola crisis from international organisations, governments and civil society groups. The page features an interactive map of the worst-affected areas, a graph of the number of cases and deaths since August, and the main figures for tracking responses to the outbreak. It also has 44 datasets for developers to build new tools. The Ebola crisis page is hosted on the UN’s humanitarian open data web site, Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).

Data sovereignty preventing Australian Crime Commission going cloud first

Data sovereignty is one of the biggest barriers to the Australian Crime Commission putting all of its data on a shared cloud system, Narelle Lovett, CTO of the agency has told FutureGov. Third party servers for cloud are often placed in another country, she said, so Australia may face challenges if the government in that jurisdiction asks for information hosted on the servers. “There’s a court case in Ireland at the moment where the US government is asking Microsoft for Irish data,” she said. “One of the reasons we haven’t moved to cloud is because of the data sovereignty issue… it has to be on Australian soil.”

Open data success of the week: NZ fire alerts are GO!

We picked New Zealand’s fire alert SMS data as our open dataset of the week two weeks ago because of its potential to create a real-time geographical alert system. It was with great excitement, then, that someone emailed us to say that such as a system has been built by private developers using this data. “There are a number of limitations with how the fire data feed is presented at present, but nevertheless we’ve managed to setup a free public fire alert service based off it,” explained Clint Van Marrewijk, Managing Director of ThunderMaps.

India far behind in data protection: Acronis International

SINGAPORE: India is far behind than other emerging Asian economies in protecting its data despite having a huge IT industry, said senior official of Singapore-based new generation data protection firm, which is expanding its operations in the country.  “India is absolutely in our global plans to investigate (study) and invest,” said Jan-Jaap Jager, the vice president and general manager of emerging markets at Acronis International Pvt Ltd.

India to have second largest online user-base after China by 2016

NEW DELHI: Availability of low-cost smartphones and increasing penetration of mobile broadband will help India overtake the US as the world’s second largest Internet user-base by 2016, research firm eMarketer said. According to the US-based firm, India’s online population will touch 283.8 million by 2016, leaving behind the US at 264.9 million in the same period.

Myanmar moves forwards on plan to join Open Government Partnership

Myanmar has acted on its promise to join the Open Government Partnership, forming two committees to look after open government initiatives, the President’s office announced. President Thein Sein (pictured) has pledged to join the partnership by 2016. Governments must meet minimum standards in fiscal transparency, access to information, income and asset disclosures, and citizen engagement to be eligible for membership.

Global forum says Asia to enter ‘new golden era’

An Asian resurgence is around the corner, notwithstanding the sluggishness in global growth and persistent geopolitical rivalries. The upbeat assessment was delivered at The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum Friday by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a long-time chronicler of Asian affairs. Asia is about to enter a “new golden era of peace and prosperity” over the next 10 years, Prof. Mahbubani said in his keynote speech before a 400-strong audience of policymakers, diplomats, businessmen and academicians.

India is one of our fastest growing market: Twitter

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the rising penetration of Internet in the country, a top official from Twitter today said India is one of the fastest growing market for the micro-blogging site. The US-based social networking platform said it will be investing more in India, which industry body IAMAI has predicted will surpass the US by December this year in terms of Internet users.

Nanya ranks as No. 4 mobile DRAM supplier in Q3

TAIPEI–Nanya Technology Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, has been ranked the world’s fourth largest mobile DRAM supplier in the third quarter of this year by DRAMeXchange. The research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said that Nanya posted US$62 million in mobile DRAM sales in the July-September period, up 98 percent from a quarter earlier.

Samsung files ITC complaint to block Nvidia chips from US: Bloomberg

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had accused Nvidia of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the company in September.

Intel Labs, ITRI unveil new low-energy DRAM memory

TAIPEI–U.S.-based Intel Corp.’s research arm announced that it has created a new low-energy prototype memory array alongside Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that could boost device battery life. The prototype dynamic random access memory (DRAM) array can achieve four times lower latency at 25 times less energy than the standard double data rate synchronous (DDR) DRAM devices that are generally used in computers, according to Intel Labs.

TSMC to turn new plant into packaging facility, says analyst

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) will turn a plant recently purchased from Qualcomm into a facility devoted to the development of the advanced integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO-WLP) technology, said a Hong Kong-based institutional investor. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip-maker, recently forked out US$85 million to purchase a plant in Longtan, Taoyuan, owned by the U.S.-based semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc.

Towards 2020 in Malaysia: VMware interview

As more than half of businesses (57 percent) expect their organisations to be at least 60 percent virtualised by 2016, VMware Malaysia considers that the country has the potential to achieve its vision to become a developed digital economy by 2020. During VMware’s recent annual Solutions Symposium in OneWorld hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Laurence Si, VMware’s Malaysia & Brunei country manager, Laurence Si told Computerworld Malaysia that the next six years would see a speeding up of IT transformation.

Netswitch Joins Equinix’s Cloud Ecosystem in Hong Kong

California—Nov. 21, 2014—Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, recently announced the continued growth of its cloud ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, with the number of cloud customers growing over 25 percent year-over-year. In Hong Kong specifically, cloud customers increased 15 percent as local and international cloud service providers (CSPs) are choosing to deploy with Equinix Hong Kong as an entry point into Asia-Pacific. Northern California-based Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. is one of noteworthy Hong Kong partners who joined Equinix’s cloud ecosystem while simultaneously leveraging its newly launched Cloud Exchange, a multi-cloud and multi-network solution.