THE popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground, a consumer survey showed. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said yesterday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share hit 25.4 percent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 percent a year earlier. That was a record for Apple in the world’s largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 percent.
BANGALORE: Flipkart will soon offer online advertising and brand consulting for vendors using its electronic marketplace, its diversification into fee-based businesses much like Google or Facebook aimed at chasing new high-margin revenue streams to accelerate profitability ahead of a potential public listing. On the commerce front, the company has picked furniture as a category it will seek to expand in as part of this thrust into higher margin areas, sources familiar with the company’s plans told ET.
CHINA Unicom plans to spend 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) to upgrade its network and on promotions to woo more 4G users this year, the country’s No. 2 mobile carrier said yesterday. The telco’s capital spending in 2015 is an increase from 84.8 billion yuan in 2014 and comes on the heels of a 15.8 percent annual jump in net profit to 12.1 billion yuan last year. Its revenue, however, slipped 3.5 percent to 284.7 billion yuan, missing analysts’ expectations for 286.7 billion yuan.
NEW DELHI: As many as 37,721 cyber fraud cases involving Rs 497 crore have been reported by the RBI and CBI in the last four years, telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Several cyber attack techniques are used in engineering these crimes and are normally reported as ATM/ debit card, credit card, internet banking frauds, Prasad said in a written reply to the House.
Mitac Computing Technology, a cloud computing affiliate of the Mitac Group, is expected to achieve a double-digit percentage growth on year in 2015. In addition to increased cooperation with system integrator clients, the company also sees its server and storage OEM business growing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
NEW DELHI: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45% in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the 4G devices.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments increased 4.8% on year, while revenues grew 2.2% from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. In all of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 2.2%, and server revenues increased 0.8%. “There were several factors that produced the strong growth in the server market in 2014,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
Data centre giant Equinix will open its long-touted fourth facility in Australia, the ME1 IBX data centre in Melbourne, in the coming weeks. Equinix first revealed plans for a Melbourne facility in 2013. At the time it said it would invest US$60 million in the 9800 square metre data centre, to be built at 600 Lorimer Street in Port Melbourne, the same street that houses NextDC’s M1 facility.
British airline Virgin Atlantic has begun an eight-week trial of Sony wearable technology within its engineering department for maintenance and repairs. The trial is being conducted at the airline’s busiest airport, London Heathrow. The aim is to ascertain how the technology can be used for “real time communication between the engineering team on the aircraft and in the engineering support areas”.
Signals intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand spy on friendly countries in the Pacific, gathering up full communications that are forwarded to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), acccording to leaked documents. The documents are the latest leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and were published jointly by the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept.
TAIPEI – The Foxconn Technology Group, constantly searching for opportunities other than assembling Apple gadgets, is joining hands with China’s Alibaba Group in e-commerce and cloud-computing ventures. Terry Gou, chairman of the Taiwanese contract manufacturer, has been aggressively branching into other sectors, including telecommunications and robots, as his empire grapples with tight margins from churning out iPhones.
BEIJING: China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Intel Corp are expanding an existing alliance to provide cloud computing to global telecoms carriers, as U.S. tech firms vie for Chinese tie-ups to retain access to a tough mainland market. The partnership, announced by Huawei in a statement, comes as U.S and other Western tech firms’ scramble to burnish their bona fides with China, which has become increasingly wary of foreign technology.
Pertino, a company reinventing networking for the mobile and cloud era, today announced the launch of a Japanese sales channel for its SDN-powered cloud networking service through a distribution partnership with SoftBank Commerce & Services Corp. (SoftBank C&S). This is the first major partnership in Japan and the second inked under the company’s BlueSky Partner Program—launched in September 2014—following last quarter’s announcement of an alliance with Dell to integrate and resell Pertino’s Cloud Network Engine service within the Dell Cloud Marketplace.
As Nikkei reported last week, Tokyo-based Crowdcredit, a startup behind a peer-to-peer lending platform focused on financing emerging markets under the same name, officially announced on Monday that it has fundraised 200 million yen ($1.7 million) from Japanese trading house Itochu. According to the Nikkei article, Itochu has taken an 18% stake in the lending company, so the latter’s market cap is valued at over 1 billion yen ($8.4 million).
Competition by foundry houses in China and Taiwan on specialty BSI (backside illuminated) technology is heating up after China-based SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International) announced recently that it is ready to fabricate CMOS image sensors using a 0.13-micron BSI process, according to industry sources. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) both have been using a BSI process to produce chips used in an array of consumer electronics products including smartphones and tablets, said the sources, adding that the process can also produce chips for telematics devices, industrial equipment and high-end monitors.
CHANDIGARH: Leading personal computer player Lenovo today announced the launch of a financing support scheme to help consumers especially youth to buy computers and laptops. “As part of the initiative, Lenovo is providing an end-to-end package to make computers more accessible to youth across these markets. This includes an attractive finance scheme, Internet access and huge-scale promotion to drive awareness,” said company’s Director- Home and Small Business, Shailendra Katyal here today.
Taiwan-based industrial computing solution provider Advantech and Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will establish a joint venture to provide Industry 4.0-based system integration services, according to Advantech chairman KC Liu.
It may not be a windfall gain but definitely signals an increase in potential business opportunity. The rise in e-commerce and e-commerce driven transactions has meant a significant jump in banking transactions. Numbers clearly validate this story. Industry-wide data provided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website suggests that outstanding credit card loans stood at Rs.30,300 crore as on 31 December 2014, up 24% from Rs.24,400 crore a year ago.
NEW DELHI: As the government looks to adopt open source software development for its applications, proprietary software vendors such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are worried, and are looking at alternative ways of doing business, say experts. “All the big players are already worried. They have made a lot of money in the traditional proprietary software model, but in the next 2-3 years, as people come out of the lock-in period of (their contracts), you will see the demise of a lot of these proprietary models,” said Professor Rahul De.