Google to launch Campus Seoul, its first hub for startups in East Asia

Startups in South Korea will soon have another ultra-hip hangout spot. Google announced today that it will open Campus Seoul, a space for entrepreneurs, developers, and other members of the startup community to mingle and hold events. According to a post  on Google’s Asia Pacific blog, the space will hold programs including Campus for Moms , a startup school for women with babies, and Campus EDU , which offers workshops and office hours with Google employees.

http://www.techinasia.com/google-to-launch-campus-seoul-its-first-hub-for-startups-in-east-asia/

4 of 5 smartphones in China are Android, most with at least 3 Tencent apps installed

Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends  (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.

http://www.techinasia.com/4-5-smartphones-china-android-3-tencent-apps-installed/

Gaining an advantage in emerging markets: Q&A with India-based handset player Micromax

Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth recorded in China, indicating rising growth momentum in India, according to IDC. The market research firm expects smartphone sales in India to top 80.57 million units in 2014, with a CAGR of over 40% in the next five years.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140822PD213.html

Former Minister plans data centre at scrapped Fairfax plant

A company chaired by Howard-era minister Ian Campbell has proposed the build of a data centre in Fairfax’s defunct printing plant at Tullamarine, Melbourne, under a complicated capital raising that requires the backdoor float of a new company. ADX Management Limited, chaired by Campbell and formed on 18 August, 2014, plans to raise capital to refurb the facility after a reverse listing with ASX-listed IM Medical.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391438,former-minister-plans-data-centre-at-scrapped-fairfax-plant.aspx

KDDI to Build New Telehouse Data Centers in Tokyo and Osaka

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/27/14 — KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3162327

NTT Com Offers Enterprise Mail From Singapore

NTT Communications has unveiled its webmail-based Enterprise Mail cloud service which will be delivered from a newly constructed platform in Singapore. The company said it will be used to serve customers in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. NTT Com said the Singapore platform will ensure it continues to offer highly reliable and competitively priced enterprise communication services for mail, scheduling, file sharing, among other services, throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/08/ntt-com-offers-enterprise-mail-singapore

MyEG optimistic of another good year ahead

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG), one of the biggest Internet services companies listed in Malaysia, is optimistic about its growth prospects for the financial year ahead ending June 30, 2015, after it delivered another good run with its recent full year financial results. The e-government services provider, which saw full-year net profits jump 43 per cent to RM50.11 million, expects growth next year to be driven by new services as well as expanding volume of its existing services, on the back of an extension of its concession period with the Malaysian Government.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/myeg-optimistic-of-another-good-year-ahead

Instant messenger app Hike gets $65 million from Tiger Global, other investors

NEW DELHI: About a decade and half after Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel raised $60 million from Warburg Pincus, Hike, the instant messenger app company founded by his son Kavin, has raised $65 million from foreign investors led by New York-based Tiger Global.  “I raised my first $60 million at age 42, Kavin has done it at 26. Sign of a changing India. A youthful and tech savvy India. A big congratulations to Kavin and his stellar team at Hike,” Sunil Mittal told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/instant-messenger-app-hike-gets-65-million-from-tiger-global-other-investors/articleshow/40959805.cms

Red Hat Launches Asia Pacific Forum To Answer Open Source Questions

Open source solutions provider, Red Hat, will be hosting its annual Asia Pacific forums to address pain-points and share strategies with public sector agencies and businesses interested in open source. Red Hat customers, partners and executives will be sharing their experiences with open source technology at a series of events across 10 cities in the region, kicking off in Malaysia on 11 September.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/26/red-hat-launches-asia-pacific-forum-answer-open-so/

Thailand Reduces Over 30% Of Costs In Two Years With Government Cloud

Thailand’s government cloud has saved more than 30% of costs for hosting e-government services and internal government systems, Sak Segkhoonthod, President and CEO, E-Government Agency told FutureGov. “It turns out during the last two years, we have saved THB 600 million (US$18.8 million). I would say [this is] at least 30% reduction in costs,” he said. Over 100 Thai government agencies are currently hosting around 500 applications on the G-Cloud. The e-government authority’s initial budget for the project is THB 1400 million (US$43.8 million).

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/26/thailand-reduces-over-30-costs-two-years-governmen/

Digitimes Research: All-in-one PC shipments to decline in 2014 – from Taiwan

Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth. Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD206.html

Cloud in a box, Fujitsu launch VMWARE EVO: RAIL solution

VMWare announced EVO:RAIL on the first day of VMWorld in San Francisco and Fujitsu immediately announced their first VMWare specific hardware appliance. There were a total of six vendors named by VMWare who will produce the SDDC appliance (Software Defined Data Centre): Fujitsu, Dell,  Supermicro, EMC, Inspur and Net One. Of the six vendors, Fujitsu are the only one to have their appliance available immediately. Dell is due in September while Supermicro, EMC, Inspur and Net One have no ship date yet.

https://www.business-cloud.com/articles/news/cloud-box-fujitsu-launch-vmware-evo-rail-solution

HTC to unveil world’s 1st 8-core, 64-bit smartphone

TAIPEI — HTC Corp. (宏達電) confirmed it will launch the world’s first Android smartphone using an octa-core 64-bit processor on Sept. 4, trying to steal spotlights ahead of the annual IFA electronics trade show in Germany. The next HTC handset is codenamed with “820” as the company hinted in its teaser images posted on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblog in China. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has sent out media invitations for a press conference in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 4, which will be hosted by Chang Chia-lin, HTC’s president of global sales and chief financial officer.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/27/415883/HTC-to.htm

Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

The deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech . He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices.

http://www.techinasia.com/quarter-chinas-population-shops-online/

India government looks forward to cooperating with Taiwan to develop local handset industry

During Digitimes president Colley Hwang’s recent trip to India, he had the opportunity to meet with various government and industry leaders, including Shri R.S. Sharma, secretary (Electronics and Information Technology), Ministry of Communications & IT and Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeiTY) – two high ranking officers in the government unit that promotes and handles India’s handset industry development – in order to gain and provide more insight into the potential for closer ties between Taiwan and India in developing India’s local handset industry.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD210.html

Telstra trials 4G 700MHz services in Sydney, Adelaide

Telstra will add Sydney and Adelaide to its trial of 4G services on new blocks of 700MHz spectrum in mid September, ahead of the formal commencement of access licenses in early 2015. The telco kicked off commercial trials of 4G services using the 2x20MHz of 700MHz spectrum it purchased in the Government’s 2013 digital dividend auction across Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith in June this year, after being granted an early access license to the spectrum.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391414,telstra-trials-4g-700mhz-services-in-sydney-adelaide.aspx

IBM launches SoftLayer cloud in Melbourne, Sydney

IBM will offer its first SoftLayer cloud services to the Australian market via two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the company announced today, with both to go live before the end of the year. The company today confirmed the industry’s worst-kept secret by announcing its $35 million investment to build racks inside a Digital Realty-owned facility in Deer Park, Melbourne, from which it will offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service under the Softlayer brand from next month. The company also announced the same services will be available from a Sydney datacentre within two months.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391380,ibm-launches-softlayer-cloud-in-melbourne-sydney.aspx

Android One set for India debut in september; Micromax, Karbonn ready to launch smartphones

NEW DELHI: Android One, the Google project that promises rich smartphone experience on low-cost devices, faces its first big test when Micromax, Karbonn and Spice launch products based on it in India early next month. The three Indian manufactures are set to price the handsets between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000, which is higher than the initially expected sub-$100 (Rs 6,000) tag. At this price, these devices – at least one each initially from the vendors – would give the same experience of  ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/android-one-set-for-india-debut-in-september-micromax-karbonn-ready-to-launch-smartphones/articleshow/40876824.cms

Firefox phones arriving in India

MUMBAI, Aug 26 — The Cloud FX will be the first smartphone offered to the country’s consumers to run a cost-effective alternative to Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems. In terms of specifications, the handset, built by Intex Technologies specifically for the Indian market, is not going to give the iPhone a run for its money. It has a 3.5-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor and no front-facing camera. But that’s not the point; the point is the handset’s operating system which is open and created in a language that pretty much all web designers and developers are familiar with — HTML5.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/firefox-phones-arriving-in-india

Evernote scouts for partnerships with Indian software makers

BANGALORE: Silicon Valley start-up Evernote is scouting for partnerships in India as the notetaking app maker prepares to open its first office in its third fastest growing market after the US and China. On his maiden India visit, Evernote chief strategy officer Ken Gullicksen told ET that the company is in talks with Indian software makers to forge strategic alliances.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/evernote-scouts-for-partnerships-with-indian-software-makers/articleshow/40884389.cms