Taiwan market: Aurora to launch office computing services via cooperation with ITRI

Aurora, a distributor of office automation machines and furniture in Taiwan and China, will launch office-use cloud computing software services specifically for use by small- to medium-size enterprises in Taiwan through cooperation with the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141202PD206.html

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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/internet-access-local-content-must-for-digital-india-success-iamai/articleshow/45270913.cms

Open Data Center Alliance Announces Partnership with Asia Cloud Computing Association

HONG KONG, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced its partnership with the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ODCA Board Member Xinhua Zong, General Manager, IT & E-Commerce Business Unit, China Unicom, made the announcement at Cloud World Forum Asia where he also welcomed four China-based companies as new members of the Alliance.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/open-data-center-alliance-announces-partnership-with-asia-cloud-computing-association-welcomes-new-china-based-members-at-cloud-world-forum-asia-300000636.html

Intel Labs, ITRI unveil new low-energy DRAM memory

TAIPEI–U.S.-based Intel Corp.’s research arm announced that it has created a new low-energy prototype memory array alongside Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that could boost device battery life. The prototype dynamic random access memory (DRAM) array can achieve four times lower latency at 25 times less energy than the standard double data rate synchronous (DDR) DRAM devices that are generally used in computers, according to Intel Labs.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/11/23/422474/Intel-Labs.htm

Digitimes Research: White-box server users focus on rack, micro models pre-installed with Linux

As users of white-box servers (produced by ODMs and sold directly to clients) mostly need a large number of small-size, low-power and inexpensive models pre-installed with Linux and customized to some extent, white-box servers are mostly rack or micro types instead of towers or blades. The users usually have in-house technical teams to handle their servers’ maintenance and find server brand vendors’ designs limiting their operations; therefore, they have turned to supplies directly from ODMs.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141114PD205.html

Huawei to be strong competitor in cloud computing industry, says CCAT executive

Commenting on recent cloud computing developments, Tzi-Cker Chiueh, secretary general of the Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan (CCAT), has pointed out that business opportunities have become more solid, especially for cloud computing data centers and currently only Taiwan has accumulated sufficient experience for the industry. However, China is catching up quickly, especially Huawei, and the company is expected to become Taiwan players’ biggest competitor in the industry, Chiueh said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141028PD210.html

Kaist researcher elected as next director of ITU, from Korea

A Korean information communications technology (ICT) researcher was elected as the next director of the telecommunication standardization bureau at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).  Since Korea joined the ITU in 1952, it is the first time a Korean has been in the leader at the United Nations’ ICT agency. Lee Chae-sub of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s (Kaist) Institute for IT Convergence, won the election on Friday afternoon at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan.

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996498

Plans for Asia Internet superhighway

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), under the direction of the UN, expects its member countries to enter a pact on what it dubs the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway by 2017 to speed up the process of regional integration.  The initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband internet across Asia-Pacific and strengthen internet infrastructure in the region.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/438016/plans-for-asia-internet-superhighway

Mark Zuckerberg promises PM Narendra Modi mobile app for Clean India

NEW DELHI: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the firm would create and launch a mobile application devoted to Clean India, during a conversation where they discussed the PM’s pet projects such as Digital India and his hopes to use the networking site’s use for social causes and prevent its misuse by terror outfits.  Zuckerberg told the Prime Minister that he is extremely excited about the government’s Digital India initiative. Modi, a prolific user of social media platforms with nearly 7 million followers on Twitter and around 23 million people following him on Facebook, has asked Zuckerberg to identify domains of the program that it can get involved in and work with the government.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/mark-zuckerberg-promises-pm-narendra-modi-mobile-app-for-clean-india/articleshow/44779335.cms

Zuckerberg launches $1 million Facebook fund for apps that help India’s poorest

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his India visit today with a startling stat: 69 percent of Indians have no clue how the internet can help them. Zuckerberg shared this stark evidence of a digital divide during an address at the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi. Internet.org was founded by Facebook, Samsung, and several other groups, with a mission to bring internet access to under-served regions and people. As part of this initiative, Zuckerberg today launched a US$1 million fund for apps in numerous Indian languages for farmers and various social services. Internet.org will conduct a contest to pick the apps to back.

http://www.techinasia.com/zuckerberg-launches-facebook-fund-for-india-rural-poor/

I am excited about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who is visiting India, is on a mission to get more and more Indians online. In his keynote address, Zuckerberg talked about how he plans to get millions of Indians online. During an interaction, he also talked about net neutrality, starting up, privacy and meeting Prime Minister Modi.  The thing I am really excited about is the Prime Minister’s whole Digital India initiative.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/i-am-excited-about-pm-narendra-modis-digital-india-initiative-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg/articleshow/44765285.cms

United Nations Builds Big Data Lab With Baidu

The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/25/20835-united-nations-builds-big-data-lab-with-baidu

Taiwan science parks 1H14 revenues up 0.14% on year, says MOST

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The three science parks posted combined export value of NT$658.926 billion in the period, decreasing 4.37% on year, and combined import value increased 1.35% on year to NT$396.486 billion, MOST said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140821VL201.html

Baidu partners with U.N. to tackle e-waste in China

Chinese search engine Baidu and the United Nations Development Program are hoping to streamline the recycling of e-waste in China with a new app that can help users easily sell their old electronics for cash. The Web-based app called “Baidu Recycle Station” launched Monday as part a new joint lab established by the Chinese company and the U.N. group. The lab will use Baidu’s Internet services and data analytics to develop programs targeted at helping the environment, health care, education and more. Baidu has already been working to analyze data from the Internet for applications as various as forecasting flu outbreaks and predicting the outcome of the World Cup.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/baidu-partners-with-un-to-tackle-e-waste-in-china/

Robust IT infrastructures are steadily developing

According to Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are the 4 top countries ranked as ‘Cloud Ready Leaders’ by developing fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. “The countries’ cloud readiness are assessed against 10 criteria, namely privacy; international connectivity; data sovereignty; broadband quality; government regulatory environment and usage; power grid and green policy; intellectual property protection; business sophistication; data centre risk; and freedom of information.” Asia Cloud Computing Association.

http://prwire.com.au/pr/45036/robust-it-infrastructures-are-steadily-developing

Digital currency association formed to boost uptake in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A private sector initiative to boost local uptake of digital currencies such as Bitcoins has resulted in the formation of the Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups, SIngapore (ACCESS). In a statement released on Monday (June 16), ACCESS said it is a fully registered society with the Registry of Societies under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) representing various businesses within Singapore’s Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ecosystem. These businesses include exchanges, merchant transaction services, vending machines, and miners, it stated.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/digital-currency/1164726.html

Vice president of ITRI honored with Fellow membership of SID

TAIPEI — The vice president of Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), has been honored in Los Angeles with Fellow membership of the Society for Information Display (SID), a leading global display industry group. The award is in recognition of Janglin Chen’s contributions to the development of flexible displays, substrate technology FlexUPD, and thermally re-writable i2R e-Paper, an electronic paper, ITRI said in a statement released Tuesday.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/04/409311/Vice-president.htm

WHAT COULD A PRINCIPLES-BASED CLOUD COMPUTING FRAMEWORK FOR REGULATORS LOOK LIKE?

There have been reams of articles written about cloud computing for both government and the private sector. These have focused primarily on the agility of cloud, its economics of scale and security. Gartner predicts that almost half of large enterprises will have deployed some form of cloud by the end of 2017. Many industries in the private sector provide services that are subject to government oversight through regulatory regimes.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/may/21/what-could-principles-based-cloud-computing-framew/

ITRI predicts Taiwan’s laser industry will increase output

TAIPEI — The output of Taiwan’s laser industry will grow rapidly over the next few years as the government is promoting the sector, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said Monday. Aiming to make the government’s “Laser Valley” project in southern Taiwan a key player in the global market, Taiwan plans to set up 10 industrial clusters, with total production value reaching NT$20 billion (US$663.78 million) by 2016, the ITRI said in a research note.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/20/408120/ITRI-predicts.htm

Cloud Assessment Tool helps match needs with products

To help prospective users of cloud computing objectively assess the operational, performance and other critical capabilities offered by different cloud providers, the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) has put together a Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT). In doing so, it hopes users will be better positioned to select the right cloud solution for their given requirement. The product was the result of over 2 years of extensive and in-depth discussions within the group.

http://www.zdnet.com/cloud-assessment-tool-helps-match-needs-with-products-7000028095/