Poised to give China one of its biggest sugar rushes yet, Candy Crush Saga finally made its long awaited debut in the Middle Kingdom. Developer King Digital announced in a statement its mega-hit will will be made available through Tencent Holdings, a Chinese game publisher that also operates China’s largest instant messaging platforms Mobile QQ and Weixin, each with hundreds of millions of users. The game, where players have to align three items and solves puzzles to advance, will also be available through Tencent’s App Center and Apple’s App Store in China.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.
China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.
The Government of Thailand has approved the development of a website that will bring together services across all of its agencies, and is scheduled to be launched in three years, Sak Segkhoonthod, President and CEO of Thailand’s E-Government Agency, has told FutureGov. The biggest challenge for the government will be “how can we make sure that agencies can change the way they do their work,” he said, since agencies will have to work more closely to deliver public services.
According to Bac Ninh Province’s authorities, the firm has sent a document to related agencies in Vietnam announcing that it is going to shut down all or part of its factories in Komarom (Hungary), Beijing and Dongguan (China) and Reynosa (Mexico). Earlier, Nokia Vietnam said in a statement sent to relevant agencies to report on its business performance since 2011 and new business strategy after Microsoft took over Nokia that Microsoft has plans to relocate most smartphone production lines to Vietnam.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd., a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company and CA Technologies, has today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership to jointly deliver next generation DevOps solutions for testing. The partnership will enable Wipro to leverage the expanded portfolio of CA Technologies, including service virtualization, release automation/continuous delivery, continuous validation and continuous monitoring solutions to help customers optimize their application development and delivery processes with a DevOps strategy.
Spice Retail Limited has taken the lead in democratizing the handset category through an ultra low cost phone, the country’s first Firefox OS powered smartphone, Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. Priced at an unbelievable price of Rs,2,299, Spice Fire One is purely targeted to the nearly 90 per cent of the feature phone users wanting to switch to smartphones. The device is aimed at the masses that are looking for a larger than life phone statement but are deterred due to price sensitivity.
Today gumi Inc., a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, is announcing its first major North American expansion plans since the close of a $50 million round of funding. The company is officially expanding into the U.S. with the opening of a games studio and the hiring of former Microsoft Game Studios GM AJ Redmer. The U.S. studio, combined with others across the world, plan to release thirty new titles worldwide, including Chain Chronicles–a SEGA game, which is already a top grossing mainstay on both iOS and Android in Japan – soon to be released in the U.S.
Tokyo-based service provider KVH has launched a new cloud-based network virtualization service called Private Cloud Type-S – a new private cloud service. Type-S makes use of Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization software, which is based on OpenStack and supports software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to provide open and flexible next-generation cloud environments.
SAN FRANCISCO: US videogame service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker’s new streaming boxes and “smart” TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters.
The Chinese smartphone market is both the fastest growing and largest globally. Established electronic brands such as Samsung and Apple are placing a greater focus on these markets, but the leviathans are losing out to local Chinese smartphone companies, such as Xiaomi and Oppo. Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China recently, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first. Good Gear Guide has received an invitation to Oppo’s Australian launch. The event is scheduled within a fortnight on 2 September.
US chipmaker Intel Corp and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking. At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.
The Australian government buying back the copper network from Telstra almost 20 years after selling it to the public is a way for Telstra to move away from fixed line services, according to CEO David Thodey. Under the framework for a revise agreement between NBN Co and Telstra, the former government-owned incumbent telecommunications company will progressively hand over its copper and HFC network assets to NBN Co that will be used as part of a “multi-technology mix” model of the NBN that includes HFC and fibre to the node, in addition to the existing fibre to the premises, fixed wireless and satellite services.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided against a proposal of carriers to charge customers for using popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and others. The carriers had proposed to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government. The Trai has also shelved plans to initiate a consultation process as it feels that operators are able to offset their losses through growth in data revenue.
Every tech community has its heroes. In Japan, Gree founder and CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka is one such individual. When Forbes named him, at age 32, the world’s second youngest self-made billionaire – trailing only Mark Zuckerberg – he became proof that young Japanese entrepreneurs can reach the upper echelons of the industry. Tanaka’s stellar success is an inspiration not only for young techies, but also for the Japanese government. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a team working expressly for the purpose of supporting Japanese startups.
Vietnam’s telecommunications sector is poised to enjoy a change in fortunes, with prime ministerial Decision 888/QD-TTg set to be a game changer. The decision, dated June 10, 2014, approved the restructuring plan of state-owned Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), which has seen its prized asset MobiFone fall under direct management of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) from July 1, 2014, prior to its planned equitisation.
NEW DELHI: BlackBerry is expecting strong growth for its enterprise services in India as snooping-wary corporates strengthen the security of their communication systems. The Canadian company that makes smartphones and provides secure communication services says its enterprise services — BES 10 and BBM Protected – are witnessing increasing demand from Indian corporates, especially from those working in sensitive fields.
MUMBAI: Bangalore-based IT firm Wipro expects to land bigger deals for solutions based on digital technologies like social, mobility, analytics and cloud, a sign that companies are willing to increase their spend on these discretionary areas. “While our sweet spot is deals in the $2.5-3.5 million (Rs 15-21 crore) range, we are seeing deals worth $5-10 million (about Rs 30-60 crore) in the pipeline,” Jeff Heenan-Jalil, global head of Wipro’s advanced technology solutions unit said in an ..
American sensing controller manufacturer Leap Motion announced that the company will cooperate with Digital China to develop retail and other sectors in the Chinese market. The sensing controller product launched by Leap Motion has a camera and other sensors which can track users’ finger and arm movements. It can be connected to both PC and Mac, and users can complete various commands with gestures and movements.
The cloud land grab (cloud grab?) in China continued this week with news that Hewlett-Packard inked a deal with a local provider to build and operate HP Helion–based clouds for Chinese customers. Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., the local partner, is a big CDN and hybrid cloud operator in China and gives HP the “feet on the street” that U.S. companies need to build presence in this key market. Microsoft Azure is in China courtesy of its partnership with 21Vianet, for example. In December, Amazon Web Services said it’s working with multiple partners, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET, to bring its planned China Region online.