Singapore is perhaps the most cliché-ridden startup hub in the world. Everyone knows about its business-friendly status, the lack of capital gains tax – which prompted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin to set up shop in Singapore – and how it’s a testbed for technologies and a gateway to the region. But that’s scratching the surface. At our Startup Asia Singapore event on May 7 and 8, we’ll have a number of Market Expansion Tracks (MET) sessions covering five countries.
BANGALORE: Indian IT bellwether Tata Consulting Services (TCS) has been evaluated as leader in enterprise mobility services by industry market researcher IDC for securing highest scores in customer satisfaction, innovation and productivity. “Of the 14 mobility service providers evaluated on 117 parameters, customers rated TCS high in resource scalability, HTML (hyper text mark-up language) skills, thought leadership and ability to improve,” the US-based International Data Corporation (IDC) said in a statement here Monday.
Singapore, Mar 31, 2014 – (ACN Newswire) – To broaden access for users in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, HootSuite, the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, is introducing a refreshed set of Chinese app integrations in its App Directory: Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, as well as Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo Analytics by Klarity. Built for global social business, the HootSuite App Directory makes it easy for enterprises to localize reach and engagement with over 90 free and premium apps, including Mixi, Nexalogy, Statigram and YouTube Analytics.
Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is spewing out more numbers than the Count in Sesame Street today. After saying that Xiaomi plans to sell 100 million smartphones next year, the phone-maker boss revealed that the upstart company has already shipped a stellar 11 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year – that’s more than half of its sales for the whole of 2013. ‘Shipments’ don’t equate to sales, but it shows that Xiaomi is off to a rocketing start to 2014. So much so that Lei Jun has revised his sales target for the year from 40 million to 60 million.
Even more people than usual in the Philippines are bemoaning their woeful internet speeds right now. Philippine telco company PLDT, which is the country’s largest broadband ISP, is currently hit by a slow-down that’s affecting many of its subscribers nationwide. This is following the reported breaks in two internet fiber lines in the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN). The telco company explained what’s happening in a post to Facebook late last week.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with the 14nm nodes to be released by Intel and Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources. According to TSMC’s original roadmap, the 16nm FinFET process is expected to enter trial production at the end of 2014.
There were 1.24 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of February 2014, growing 0.36% sequentially and 9.52% on year, and 429.79 million (34.67%) of them were 3G users and 839.05 million (67.68%) mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The number of subscribers in February accounted for 90.8% of the country’s population.
Sina Weibo is now officially just Weibo. China’s Twitter-like social forum dropped the former half of its name as it prepares for a public listing in the US (hat-tip to TNW for spotting). The site’s logo has been altered accordingly. The news no doubt irked other weibo platforms – weibo tranlates to “microblog” in Chinese. Those include Tencent Weibo and Netease Weibo, among others. But let’s be honest, Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) won that war the day it bought the http://www.weibo.com domain name.
At the Global Mobile Game Congress in Beijing earlier this week, I was invited to moderate a panel on a subject I admittedly was not an expert in. Luckily, I was joined by an experienced panel who gave me a crash course in Southeast Asia’s mobile gaming industry. They included global head of game partnerships at Google, Sergio Salvador; chieftain of Inzen Studio, Gerald Tock; founder and CEO of Sanuk Games, Yan Marchal; CEO of Appota, Do Tuan Anh; and founder and CEO of Mig33, Steven Goh.
The global semiconductor industry will remain promising in the second and third quarters of 2014, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The production value of Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is expected to reach NT$2 trillion (US$65.46 billion) in 2014, buoyed in part by TSMC’s leading market position in the 28nm process and the commencement of the 20nm process, Chang said on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).
The mobile industry’s future will no longer be decided in Silicon Valley or Korea. It’s being determined at the Beijing headquarters of Xiaomi, often described as the “Apple of China,” and at Micromax’s campus on the outskirts of India’s capital, New Delhi. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently visited Xiaomi’s headquarters and declared, “They’re good enough to break the American market.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Having established key collaborative agreements for its enterprise business in Malaysia, China’s information technology giant Huawei Technologies is keen on more government contracts. Fresh from a deal in October 2013 with Khazanah Nasional Bhd for a regional data hosting centre and logistics centre in Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia, the company now believes its competitively priced products and services would be an advantage for government bids.
Japan- and Korea-based vendors have recently released more orders for 8- to 10-inch Windows tablets to ODMs in Taiwan, which is expected to boost Windows’ share in the tablet market, according to sources with Taiwan’s supply chain. The fierce price competition in the 7-inch tablet market and the gradually saturated tablet demand are driving Japan- and Korea-based vendors to seek to rely more on product differentiation.
Microsoft has set an internal goal of increasing global Windows tablet shipments, including its Surface, in 2014 to 25 million units, five times the five million units shipped in 2013, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The target shipments are too optimistic, and 18-20 million units is more likely, according to the sources.
HDD vendors have been promoting 5mm ultra-slim HDDs for ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices and above 10-inch tablets, with Dell, Asustek Computer and Lenovo expected to be initial adopters. Large-volume shipments will begin at the end of 2014, according to supply chain makers. The sources pointed out that consumers should be able to see ultra-slim HDDs in mobile devices between the end of 2014 and early 2015, competing against SSDs for the mobile device storage market.
Twitter is the world’s fourth most popular social network. Although it originates from the US, English is not the most common language on the platform. In fact, only 34 percent of all Tweets are in English. Malay, which is spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and a few other countries, is actually the fourth-most popular language on Twitter, accounting for 8 percent of all Tweets. But of those tweets, how many actually come from Malaysian residents?
The NSA’s global spy operation may seem unstoppable, but there’s at least one target that has proven to be a formidable obstacle: the Chinese communications technology firm Huawei, whose growth could threaten the agency’s much-publicized digital spying powers. An unfamiliar name to American consumers, Huawei produces products that are swiftly being installed in the internet backbone in many regions of the world, displacing some of the western-built equipment that the NSA knows — and presumably knows how to exploit — so well.
India will also be part of the $1.2 billion investment that IBM plans to invest in increasing its global cloud footprint. As part of this investment IBMs data centre will go up from 13 now to 40 in 2014. Among the newest IBM cloud centres to launch will be in China, the US, UK, Japan, India, Canada and Mexico. This is part of the strategy where IBM aims to bring cloud to every corner of the globe.
The Azure cloud now reaches all the way to China. Microsoft’s cloud computing service reached “general availability” commercial status Wednesday, prompting Microsoft to tout that it’s the “first” multinational company to offer public cloud services in the country. Windows Azure services are provided by Chinese Internet service provider and Microsoft partner 21Vianet. The company currently supports “more than 3,000 customers in China,” according to an announcement by Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise marketing.
Singaporeans – if you’re looking for a reason to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S5, you might have one. The Korean hardware manufacturer will be partnering with PayPal, the global third-party payment service, to launch PayPal fingerprint login for all Galaxy S5 owners residing in the city-state. This means that Galaxy S5 owners who want to buy a pair of shoes on their mobile phones via PayPal, or at a shoe store that accepts offline payments from PayPal, now don’t have to go through the tedious process of thumbing in one’s PayPal username and password. Swiping one’s finger across the phone’s fingerprint sensor does the trick.