China gets key iOS 8 upgrades and QuickType love from Apple

Apple’s Tim Cook at WWDC today just announced that nearly half of China’s new iOS users switched away from Android. But this small claim to Chinese mobile growth, an hour later, is eclipsed by Apple’s announcement that it would be supporting China on iOS in even more ways. In fact, China was the only country that Apple’s executives Tim Cook and Craig Federighi mentioned on stage.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-gets-apple-love-at-wwdc/

Microsoft made a creepy robot that talks to you on WeChat, and Tencent just banned it

Just two days after going live, the WeChat-integrated robot made by Microsoft Asia’s Internet Engineering Academy has been blocked by Tencent. The conversational AI project dubbed Xiaobing functioned as an official account that could be invited to chat with both individuals and groups.

http://www.techinasia.com/microsoft-creepy-robot-talks-wechat-tencent-banned/

Computex 2014: Toshiba, Seagate aggressive about enterprise storage solutions

Toshiba and Seagate are set to showcase their latest storage products at the Computex 2014. Toshiba has unveiled its new enterprise hard drive recently. The hard drive is designed for bulk storage systems and servers supporting cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Meanwhile, Seagate has cooperated with Qnap and Thecus to release a new 6TB enterprise-level hard drive as well as its QNap Turbo NAS technology. Both will be showcased at Computex.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140529PD207.html

IBM Selects Virtustream’s Cloud Management Platform Software, xStream, to Deliver SAP Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service Globally on SoftLayer

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced IBM will use Virtustream’s cloud management platform (CMP) software, xStream, as an option to deliver SAP and SAP HANA environments on the SoftLayer, an IBM Company, cloud globally for both managed and customer managed SAP environments. This partnership will enable companies to easily move existing mission-critical SAP applications to the SoftLayer cloud with confidence – gaining cloud efficiency and enhancing both security and performance.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3097868

India losing out data centre business to small nations

India is miles away from becoming a global data centre hub even though the country has been the world’s backyard for IT and back-office services for many years. Infrastructure bottlenecks, the precarious power situation and outdated telecom policies have resulted in the country losing out business to smaller rivals such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/india-losing-out-data-centre-business-to-small-nations/article6075646.ece

BAHRA UNIVERSITY PARTNERS IBM FOR CUTTING EDGE COMPUTER EDUCATION

To keep abreast with industrial needs, Rayat Bahra education group has partnered with global leading computer company IBM to launch a B Tech computer courses at its institutions. Talking to Hill Post, group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said that job placements was a priority and it was often noticed that the courses offered at institutions are not able to keep pace with changes coming about in industry.

http://hillpost.in/2014/06/bahra-university-partners-ibm-for-cutting-edge-computer-education/99240/

IBM Opens SoftLayer Data Center in Hong Kong as Part of $1.2 Billion Cloud Push

IBM opened up a new SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong over the weekend, a month later than the company expected after a slight delay in approval from the Chinese government. The SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong is the first of 15 data centers IBM will open as part of its $1.2 billion investment to extend its cloud services around the world.

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ibm-opens-softlayer-data-center-hong-kong-part-1-2-billion-cloud-push

Indoor GPS app makes COMPUTEX Taipei more accessible

TAITRA this year teamed up with a Taiwanese developer supplying the modules powering Apple’s iBeacon technology, which enables near proximity communication between mobile devices via Bluetooth connectivity. The iBeacon technology overcomes the limitations of GPS-assisted navigation in indoor environments and will be incorporated into TAITRA’s exclusive app that will be available for download at each operating system’s respective app store by COMPUTEX Taipei visitors, providing the swiftest path to exhibition booths.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2014/05/31/409005/Indoor-GPS.htm

COMPUTEX Taipei hosts pre-show conference, unveils new productsng

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 對外貿易發展協會) yesterday held an international press conference previewing the COMPUTEX Taipei, one of the world’s premier trade shows for the global information and communication technology (ICT) sector, while presenting accolades to the winners of this year’s COMPUTEX d&i Awards.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2014/06/03/409243/COMPUTEX-Taipei.htm