Smartphone sales in India to cross 53 million in 2014 #cloud #cloudcomputing

NEW DELHI: Falling prices of entry-level smart devices and growing demand for Internet access are expected to drive sales of smartphones to 53 million units this year.  According to research firm GfK, total mobile phone sales in India are expected to touch 200 million units this year, of which 53 million would be smartphones.  In value terms, revenue sales of total mobile phone market is forecast to be about Rs 75,000 crore, of which Rs 52,000 crore would be smartphones.

Data analytics lab in Melbourne will aid in smart city development #cloud #cloudcomputing

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has launched a data analytics lab this week in collaboration with RMIT University. Professor Mark Sanderson, Deputy Head Researcher of the Computer Science and Information Technology of RMIT University told FutureGov that the lab will improve how information is transmitted and analysed in transport and healthcare systems. “It might be that you have sensors that are telling you on how your roads are being used, or the number of passengers that you have on a train, or just the way that people are accessing your website

How Singapore’s environment agency has responded to rising public expectations

Singapore’s environment agency is engaging its citizens more and personalising services through its mobile app, driven by rising public expectations, its Chief Information Officer told FutureGov. “In recent years, citizens expect the government to give them up to date information and also expect the government to respond very quickly,” Elaine Phang (pictured) said in an interview. The National Environment Agency has used its mobile app to allow citizens to share more information with each other.

Widespread, free public wifi finally coming to Tokyo thanks to NTT and subway operators

Anyone who’s visited the Japanese capital can probably tell you that free public wifi is few and far between. Once a tourist ventures beyond the confines of the Narita or Haneda international airports, connecting to the web without a local SIM card can become an exercise in futility. Sure, you can usually register for a free one-hour session at Starbucks – if you happen to be hanging around one of the major train stations or sightseeing locales. But if you’re a hipster trying to avoid the crowds and get a real neighborhood experience, you might be out of luck when it comes time to Instagram that #best #bowl of #ramen everrr.

Google India bullish on SMBs sector

CHANDIGARH: With mobile internet users growing by leaps and bounds, Google India today said India is a “strategic market” for it for offering solutions to small medium businesses (SMB) to help them grow.  “India is a strategic market for Google and we are committed to invest in solutions that cater to the needs of SMBs in India,” said Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of SMB sales, Google India here.

Japan’s bitcoin community hears Mt. Gox’s final death rattle, releases the Kraken

When Mt. Gox, the former poster child for the wonders of Bitcoin, lost US$460 million worth of bitcoins in a hacking attack, the cryptocurrency world teetered on the brink of failure. Skeptics gained undeniable justification for their derision and public faith in the security of bitcoin exchanges dropped almost as precipitously as the currency’s value. Today, Mt. Gox, chastened and bankrupt, was essentially handed over to bitcoin exchange Kraken, officially turning the page on Bitcoin’s tumultuous first chapter.

Australian Govt to rethink cyber security strategy

The Australian Government will soon seek advice from industry on a proposed update to the nation’s cyber security strategy, giving in to calls to review the ageing policy in light of a vastly different technological landscape. The existing cyber security strategy [pdf] was written in 2008 and introduced by the former Labor Government in late 2009. It aimed to increase the country’s awareness of and reaction to cybercrime incidents, and ensure government and local businesses used secure and resilient IT infrastructure.,australian-govt-to-rethink-cyber-security-strategy.aspx

Tech Mahindra launches big data platform for Insurance firms

Tech Mahindra has announced the launch of Usage Based Insurance (UBI), a big data and predictive analysis driven platform for auto insurers. It allows them to adjust premiums according to actual usage patterns of individual drivers instead of industry averages. The platform is flexible to fit to the growing needs of global insurance enterprises, where the market is expected to grow $100 billion plus by the end of the decade.

Southern Cross Cable telcos ‘partnered’ with spy agencies

Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross – BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing – are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.,southern-cross-cable-telcos-partnered-with-spy-agencies.aspx

India fastest growing smartphone market in Asia Pacific: IDC

NEW DELHI: India continues to be the fastest growing smartphone market in the Asia Pacific region, with about 82 per cent growth in the July-September quarter of 2014 over the same period last year, research firm IDC said today. The growth in sales is being driven by increasing preference of consumers to upgrade to smartphones as well as shorter refresh cycles.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to reach 74.53 million in 4Q14

There will be 74.53 million tablets shipped globally in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing on quarter by 17.6% but decreasing on year by 10.1%, according to Digitimes Research. The shipments will consist of 20 million iPad series units, 27.8 million units from other international vendors and 26.7 million white-box units, Digitimes Research indicated.

Samsung stays India smartphone market leader in Q3: IDC

NEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung continued to be the smartphone market leader in India with 24, followed by Micromax (20%) and Lava (8%), research firm IDC in a statement said.  The research firm said that Samsung has witnessed shipment growth in Q3 2014 but it has been lower than than the industry average.  “There is a contraction in their (Samsung) market share”, IDC added.

Microsoft to pay China $160m for tax evasion

China has levied about 840 million (A$160 million) in back taxes from Microsoft in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on US corporations doing business there. China’s Xinhua official news agency on Sunday reported an unnamed US multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.,microsoft-to-pay-china-160m-for-tax-evasion.aspx

Australian Govt rolls out cybercrime reporting site

The Federal Government today launched a new website aimed at providing a secure way of reporting cybercrime incidents such as identity theft and online fraud. Dubbed ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network), the website will enable the public to report cases of cybercrime and also offer information to the public on how to avoid such attacks.,australian-govt-rolls-out-15m-cybercrime-reporting-site.aspx

Cloud challenges plague many Singapore businesses

Cloud challenges plague many Singapore businesses today, suggests a survey conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on behalf of iland. In fact, 86 percent of Singapore respondents reported they experienced at least one unexpected obstacle with their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, and downtime, performance, support and pricing topped the list of issues. Despite the reported challenges, companies continue to pursue cloud adoption as they seek to curb shadow IT (35 percent) and achieve faster scaling of existing workloads (53 percent), faster deployment of new workloads (49 percent) and less application downtime (45 percent).

NEXTDC: How to get 3626% revenue growth, from AU

The first thing you notice when you walk into data centre operator NEXTDC’s Sydney facility is that the business is serious about security. Not one but two fingerprint impressions are taken, with the prints saved as an algorithm and stored on your identity access card. No one gets into the building – the front of which is made from bullet-resistant glass – without security clearance. The airlock entrance offers extra protection, just in case an intruder is able to climb the 2.1-metre anti-scale fence that surrounds the facility. More than 160 cameras monitor the building.

Internet access, local content must for Digital India success: IAMAI

NEW DELHI: The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has said that Internet access is a key to the centre-driven Digital India program while local content remains a key challenge. Narendra Modi-led BJP government that came to power in May this year has embarked on an ambitious ‘Digital India’ umbrella program, at an initial cost of Rs 1.13 lakh crore that envisages encourage broadband penetration into the nook and corner of the country and delivering a slew of e-services riding the network.

Wipro promotes BU head Anand Padmanabhan to division president

BENGALURU: Wipro has elevated Anand Padmanabhan, who manages its vertical servicing the energy, natural resources and utilities sector, to the rank of president of the division, the first such reward given by the Bangalore-based company to any of its seven business unit heads.

In a counter to Xiaomi on Flipkart, OnePlus ties up with Amazon to launch in India

Last week, Xiaomi launched its Redmi Note in India. The smartphone will be sold on India’s leading ecommerce platform Flipkart exclusively. In fact, there’s nowhere else you can buy a Xiaomi phone in India. Flipkart is the exclusive sales front for Xiaomi’s entire range of popular, attractively priced phones with cutting edge specs in the country.

Worldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014 along with first year of iPad decline, says IDC, from TW

The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a deceleration in 2014 with on-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life-cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.