Rally Software Partners with NCS to Propel Faster Software and Product Development for Enterprises in Singapore

SINGAPORE, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Rally Software, a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions to drive business agility, today announced a partnership with NCS, a leading infocommunications technology (ICT) service provider in Singapore. This is the company’s first reseller partnership in Asia.  Rally’s cloud-based solutions and coaching of Agile practices have helped companies transform their businesses, some achieving a 50 per cent faster time-to-market than industry peers and 25 per cent increase in global productivity.

http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2014/06/09/rally-software-partners-with-ncs-to-propel-faster-software-and-product

White-box server players gaining support from first-tier component suppliers

Upstream component suppliers such as Intel and hard disc drive (HDD) makers, have started providing support to white-box server players such as Taiwan-based ODMs and the strategy is expected to significantly raise white-box server players’ R&D and cost management ability, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140609PD216.html

SoftBank to cut smartphone charges in Japan

TOKYO: SoftBank Corp, Japan’s No 3 mobile carrier, will cut its smartphone charges in Japan with a flat rate for unlimited voice calling and cheaper data plans, in a sign that price competition may be starting to pick up in Japan’s mobile market.  The lower rates, to take effect next month, are similar to reductions this month by rival NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan’s largest wireless provider. Regulators have grown increasingly critical of the three dominant carriers, blaming them for high smartphone fees and oligopolistic practices.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/06/09/SoftBank-to-cut-smartphone-charges-in-Japan/

India has the second largest mobile user base in APAC, after China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: The GSMA today issued the latest report in its Mobile Economy series, which reveals that the Asia Pacific region now accounts for half of the world’s mobile subscribers and will remain one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets through 2020 and beyond. According to the report, there were 1.7 billion unique mobile subscribers in the Asia Pacific region at the end of 2013, accounting for half of the 3.4 billion global subscriber base. The number of Asia Pacific subscribers is expected to grow by 5.5 per cent a year (CAGR) until 2020, reaching 2.4 billion.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/215791/india-largest-mobile-user-base-apac-china

Social Media Important Tools For Governance: President

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee said the government will work for digitization of its records, establish Wi-Fi zones in critical public areas and use social media as a tool for participative governance. “My government will work for the digitization of government records. Digitization of government records will be done for improving accessibility. E-governance brings empowerment, equity and efficiency,” said Mukherjee while addressing the joint session of parliament.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Social-Media-Important-Tools-For-Governance-President-nid-167628-cid-2.html

ZTE plans to open handset R&D centre in India

SHANGHAI: Betting big on the burgeoning affordable handset market in India, Chinese telecom major ZTE today said it plans to set up a new R&D centre dedicated to mobile phones. The firm will also launch six new smartphones this year to tap the multi-billion dollar opportunity in India.  ZTE will price the smartphones between Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 catering to entry, mid and high-end segments.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/zte-plans-to-open-handset-rd-centre-in-india/articleshow/36306501.cms

HCL Learning forays into Nepal, Middle East & Africa

NEW DELHI: Bullish on the multi-billion global education sector, HCL Learning today said it has forayed into international markets, including Nepal, the Middle East and Africa to offer customised content in these regions.  HCL Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of IT firm HCL Infosystems will offer K-12 content in these markets in partnership with local educational service providers and schools.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/hcl-learning-forays-into-nepal-middle-east-africa/articleshow/36308190.cms

TAITRA, Amazon sign a memorandum of understanding on close links

TAIPEI–The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the country’s major trade promotion body, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Monday with Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, to forge a partnership agreement. Following cooperation with eBay Inc. and Newegg.com Inc. of the United States, along with Japan’s IPROS Corp., the signing of the MOU marks TAITRA’s latest efforts to promote e-commerce platforms, expand overseas markets and boost exports.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/06/10/409808/TAITRA-Amazon.htm

China Mobile looks to overseas growth, takes stake in Thailand’s True Corp

True Corp – a holding company of TrueMove, one of the main telcos in Thailand – has announced an alliance with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL; HKG:0941) through a private placement of approximately 28,600 million baht (US$882 million). The amount is equivalent to China Mobile taking 18 percent of True’s total shares. The news was first mentioned earlier today by Reuters as True Corp shares were suspended earlier on in the day pending the announcement. The news was confirmed by True moments ago.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-mobile-overseas-growth-takes-stake-thailands-true-corp/

One telco in Thailand just confirmed the military forced it briefly to block Facebook

Remember the panic in Thailand on the afternoon of May 28 when Facebook was inaccessible for most people in the country? It came less than a week after the military coup that ousted the Prime Minister, and it left many Thai netizens concerned that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) could be blocked for the duration of the coup.

http://www.techinasia.com/telenor-dtac-says-thailands-government-forced-facebook-block/

China driving development of "Internet of Things"

PARIS: China is in the forefront of the development of an “Internet of Things”, leading the way with the number of machine-to-machine connections and opening a new market for operators, a study showed Monday. In the past four years, the number of machine-to-machine connections via mobile networks has grown by 35 percent annually and now accounts for more than 3 percent of total mobile connections, according to the GSMA association of mobile operators.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-driving-development/1142780.html

Sony winning console wars

TOKYO: Sony is winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed on Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm’s otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic giant a huge leg up over rival Nintendo, which has dominated the console market for eight years.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/sony-winning-console-wars/1142556.html

Vodafone reveals global extent of government wiretapping

The world’s second-biggest mobile phone company Vodafone has revealed that government agencies in six unidentified countries use its network to listen to and record customers’ calls, showing the scale of telecom eavesdropping around the world. The United States and Britain both came in for global scrutiny and criticism after Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), disclosed their vast phone, email and internet surveillance operations.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387773,vodafone-reveals-global-extent-of-government-wiretapping.aspx

China Leads Global Connected Living Market With Over 50 Million M2M Connections, Finds New GSMA Report

China is the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology with over 50 million connections or more than one quarter of the total M2M market in 2013, according to “How China is Set for Global M2M Leadership”, a new report issued today by the GSMA. Close collaboration between the country’s leading mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, state-owned enterprises and the government has enabled the market to grow dramatically in a relatively short period of time, laying the foundations for further expansion and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3101768

Cloud computing and self storage – 2 AREITs to watch

An interesting trend in the Australian Real Estate Investment Trust sector is the arrival of small, specialist AREITs with exposure to long-growth sectors such as self-storage and cloud computing. These AREITs offer decent yield and reasonable growth, albeit with higher risk. Achieving yield and growth from AREITs has been hard work in the past 12 months. Only a third of the S&P ASX 200 AREIT index’s 9 per cent return (including distributions) came from price growth over 12 months to June 3, 2013, S&P data shows. Thank heavens for yield.

http://www.thebull.com.au/premium/a/46520-cloud-computing-and-self-storage—2-areits-to-watch.html