Vietnam rises in tech rankings

The country was ranked 4th in Southeast Asia and 12th among 27 countries in the Asia Pacific region, said the ministry at the E-Government Symposium 2014 held in the central city of Da Nang on Thursday. Meanwhile, the country’s e-government index climbed three positions to 34, thanks to the government’s effort to push the development of the ICT sector in Viet Nam. At present, all 22 ministries and 63 local governments in Viet Nam have official information portals.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107925/vietnam-rises-in-tech-rankings.html

Is the need for data analysts in India exaggerated?

The IT industry might be tripping over each other fighting for analytics professionals, but at some Indian enterprises, CIOs say it isn’t quite yet the time to hire separate data analysts–pointing to perhaps a mismatch between what enterprises are looking for and what’s available. In the last two years, the demand data analysts, data scientists, business intelligence professionals, has skyrocketed. In a recent Gartner report, the research agency pointed out that by 2015, big data will produce 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled. According to McKinsey, India will need 2 lakh data scientists in the next few years.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/is-the-need-for-data-analysts-in-india-exaggerated/

China’s Internet growth sags to levels not seen in 8 years

China’s rush to the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas, where about 450 million people never go online, said the CNNIC in its bi-annual report.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/chinas-internet-growth-sags-to-levels-not-seen-in-8-years/

Midea Predicts Profit Up 50% As Alibaba Cloud Strategy Takes Hold

Chinese home appliances group Midea is expecting a huge jump in its 2014 earnings. The company published its semi-annual performance prediction for 2014, stating that during the first six months of 2014, the company’s net profit is expected to increase by between 45% and 60% over the same period of last year; its earnings will reach between CNY6.059 billion and CNY6.686 billion; and its earnings per share will be about CNY1.44 to CNY1.59.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/22/20746-midea-predicts-profit-up-50-as-alibaba-cloud-strategy-takes-hold

Line launches ‘hidden chat’ to do what Facebook couldn’t – kill Snapchat

Line users who obsessively update the app noticed a new treat today – a Snapchat-like function called hidden chat. Hidden chat can be chosen from the same drop down menu as video chat or phone call. Currently only available for one-on-one chats, the feature allows users to engage in a private conversation that will be deleted. Each message will be visible for up to one minute and the exact time is adjustable by the user. Text, stickers, and photos are all covered. Video files, however, cannot be sent via hidden chat.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-hidden-chat-snapchat-killer/

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamers

SAN FRANCISCO: US computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device. The Nvidia Shield, with an eight-inch high-definition display, “was built specifically for gamers,” according to the California company. The US$299 gadget has an optional US$40 cover that can be used as a kickstand. A wireless controller can be added for US$60.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/nvidia-launches-tablet/1277270.html

China’s Xiaomi unveils the Mi 4 smartphone

SINGAPORE: China’s smartphone maker Xiaomi has revealed its latest smartphone, the Mi 4, on Tuesday (July 22), touting that the device is its “fastest” and would come with 4G capability. A Xiaomi representative told Channel NewsAsia that the Mi 4 will be on sale in China from July 29 and will be compatible with telco China Unicom’s mobile network, but the release dates for other markets – including Singapore – are not confirmed.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-s-xiaomi-unveils/1276732.html

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html

SoftBank Data Centers to Host VMware’s IaaS Cloud in Japan

VMware and SoftBank Commerce and Service (a SoftBank Telecom subsidiary) have brought VMware’s vCloud Hybrid service to Japan, the first Asian market for the Palo Alto, California, company’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering. For its part , VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud service and provide the primary sales route to market through its ecosystem of partners. SoftBank will contribute its data centers, network and a dedicated sales force, including more than 7,000 re-sellers in Japan.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/07/22/softbank-data-centers-host-vmwares-iaas-cloud-japan/

China’s Xiaomi Expands into India

Beijing-based consumer electronics company Xiaomi, Inc’s. rapid four-year growth has led it to target the potentially rich smartphone markets in India.  Xiaomi outdid sales of Apple, Inc. in China when it offered competitive and inexpensive smartphones and tablets. The emerging company has used social media to gain market share in other Asian markets. Now, it is teaming up with Flipkart.com to sell its newest device, the Mi3.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/4538/20140721/china-s-xiaomi-expands-india.htm

China’s mobile internet users now outnumber its PC internet users

China now has 632 million internet users, according to the latest report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). These numbers for June 2014 reveal internet penetration in the country is still shy of the halfway mark at 46.9 percent. Mobile internet users continued to surge to 527 million from 460 million six months ago. 83.4 percent of netizens access the web via mobile device, which for the first time ever has surpassed those who access the web via PC at 80.9 percent.

http://www.techinasia.com/chinas-mobile-internet-users-outnumber-pc-internet-users/

Apple to open new store in Chongqing on July 26 ahead of new retail push in China

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to open its 11th store in mainland China later this month. The upcoming Chongqing Apple Store will open on July 26, according to the company’s own website (hat-tip to 9to5Mac for spotting this). Chongqing is a municipality in central China with over 30 million people. This isn’t Apple’s first foray into central China – far from the usual hubs around Shanghai or Beijing – as the firm opened a store in neighboring Sichuan province (in Chengdu) in late 2012.

http://www.techinasia.com/apple-store-chongqing-opening-soon/

Alibaba has a second attempt at making a social network

Ecommerce titan Alibaba has a new social network. It’s a sort of Instagram that’s based around tagging brand names that appear in your photos. Rather than making it a standalone app, Alibaba’s newest effort, called Fun, is built into its Tmall shopping app and is rolling out to users in an update for iOS and Android. Tmall is an online marketplace for large vendors and major brands.

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-new-social-network-photo-app-tagging-brands/

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm in order to prevail in the 14/16nm segment. TSMC chairman Morris Chang admitted recently that TSMC will lose out to competitors in the 14/16nm process segment in terms of market share in 2015 before regaining its leading market position in 2016-2017.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140718PD202.html

NBN Co offers new satellite service for remote users

NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The new NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme (NSS) will not be provided by the government-funded company. Instead, NBN Co has appointed IPStar to act as a wholesaler for regional internet providers. IPStar also provides satellites for the ISS. Reachnet and Active8me are participating in the NSS trial, with others expected to come onboard later, NBN Co said.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390149,nbn-co-offers-new-satellite-service-for-remote-users.aspx

Asure Software Opens New Global Offices in Dubai and Singapore

Asure Software (Nasdaq:ASUR), a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, today announced that it has opened two new international offices in Dubai and Singapore to serve the Middle East and Asia Pacific markets, respectively. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas; its office in Staines, England (southwest of London) serves the European market and is driving global expansion into new markets. Nigel Clarke, Asure Vice President and General Manager, EMEA and APAC, oversees the new locations and the UK office.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3125324

Vodafone first to begin 4G rollout with 700MHz – NZ

It might only make up 1.1 per cent of New Zealand’s population, but Papakura has raced ahead to become the first district to receive super-fast 4G mobile technology with 700MHz spectrum. Responsible for the Kiwi first was Vodafone, the first telecommunications company to roll out 4G in New Zealand. The telco giant is also the first to successfully trial rural 4G using 700MHz spectrum at Lake Brunner on the West Coast of the South Island last year.

http://techday.com/telco-review/news/vodafone-first-to-begin-4g-rollout-with-700mhz/188379/

Cloud-first Microsoft targets triple APAC partner growth

As the region’s cloud market surges towards the US$8.6 billion mark, Microsoft Asia Pacific intends to replicate similar growth in its cloud reseller market. With 23,000 registered partners in the Microsoft Partner Network and over 60,000 resellers, the tech giant is positioning itself for further growth in its cloud partner community. Rising from 2,000 cloud resellers to 14,000 over the past two years, the Microsoft Asia Pacific cloud division business is accelerating at 4.2 times the market growth – with APAC VP Alvaro Celis acknowledging the need to expand.

http://techday.com/the-channel/news/cloud-first-microsoft-targets-triple-apac-partner-growth/188377/

China Internet population reaches 632 million: govt

BEIJING: China is now home to 632 million Internet users, a government agency said Monday, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown.  The Asian giant’s Internet population — defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months — has increased by 14 million since January, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC).

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/21/China-Internet-population-reaches-632-million-govt/

Telstra, Optus gain early access to 700MHz 4G spectrum

Telstra and Optus have secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum auctioned off by the Government last year, and will switch on the first 4G services in the band in a number of areas around the country over the coming weeks. The official launch of 700MHz spectrum, when technical trials are due to commence, is set for January 1 next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390144,telstra-optus-gain-early-access-to-700mhz-4g-spectrum.aspx