Myanmar tech sector sizzles amid Internet boom

YANGON, Sept 28 — From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. Myanmar web surfers were once paradigms of patience and ingenuity as they dodged and weaved through the former military regime’s communications blocks in decrepit backstreet Internet cafes.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/myanmar-tech-sector-sizzles-amid-internet-boom

Huawei aims for large-screen glory with metal-clad Ascend Mate 7

Huawei Technologies is hoping to steal market share from Samsung’s Galaxy Note family with the Ascend Mate7, which has a metal body, 6-inch full HD screen and a battery that has almost 30 percent more capacity than what the Note 4 offers. Consumer appetite for smartphones with screens larger than 5.5 inches is growing. This year shipments of devices with large screens are expected to increase by 209 percent from last year, compared to a 12.8 percent increase for smartphones with smaller screens, according to IDC.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/mobile-and-wireless/huawei-aims-for-large-screen-glory-with-metal-clad-ascend-mate-7/

Now, one smart SIM to do the trick for different devices, smartphones

NEW DELHI: What kind of SIM card do you have — nano, micro or regular? New-generation smartphones and devices use any one of these variants, making it difficult to switch cards among handsets and tablets, although adapters are available for about Rs 150-200 from the retail market but this can be a bit of a hit and-miss affair. Now the phone companies are offering a similar solution known as the Smart SIM — a nano card that can be increased in size with the use of two jackets.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/now-one-smart-sim-to-do-the-trick-for-different-devices-smartphones/articleshow/41825414.cms

Why China’s new domestic desktop operating system could actually stick

China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut, according to state-run news agency Xinhua . China Operating System , abbreviated COS, will first appear on desktop computers, and later reach smartphones. We already caught a glimpse of the mobile version at the beginning of this year, and noted its strong resemblance to Android. However, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which makes COS, said it is not another Chinese Android skin.

http://www.techinasia.com/chinas-domestic-desktop-operating-system-stick/

Acer gets smart in bid to halt PC slump

Acer Inc, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker, is diversifying in its latest effort to get its struggling personal computer (PC) business back on the road to sustained recovery.  Smart internet-connected and cloud computing capabilities will be delivered as value-creating differentiation on top of Acer’s computers, corporate president and chief executive Jason Chen said in Bangkok yesterday. Global shipments of PCs are down by double digits this year as consumers increasingly switch to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/426801/acer-gets-smart-in-bid-to-halt-pc-slump

Nexus 8 Release Date Update: What the Combined Android L and 64-Bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Can Offer

After four years of setting Android devices with the Nexus program, Google is rumored to work again with HTC for this year’s Nexus tablet project. Leaked specs and documents for the Volantis, better known as the Nexus 8, have emerged recently, offering the latest and more exciting details. Android Origin said that the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) from South Korea recently certified a new device which has the model number 0P82100. The device is supposedly the 8.9-inch Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis or Flounder. It confirmed that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus tablet after Google collaborated with Asus for the release of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013).

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/6598/20140813/nexus-8-release-date-update-what-the-combined-android-l-and-64-bit-nvidia-tegra-k1-can-offer.htm#

Acer’s Chromebook 13 ― a featherweight computer with a heavyweight punch

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12 ― The newest addition to Acer’s Chromebook range, simply called the Chromebook 13, offers an incredible 13-hour battery life and is just 18mm thick yet it can render and output 4K ultra-high-definition content. And that’s because the little laptop, launched yesterdapy, is the first to use an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Chromebooks might still be niche products within the PC landscape but the computers, which run Google’s Chrome OS and run a host of web-based apps rather than software installed directly on the computer’s hard disk, are starting to make a name for themselves, especially within education.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/acers-chromebook-13-a-featherweight-computer-with-a-heavyweight-punch

MICROSOFT WOES | ‘Naked PCs’ lay bare software giant’s emerging markets problem

On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates’ reply as he couldn’t believe the figure was so low. It’s a problem that hasn’t gone away. Indeed, Microsoft’s current issues in China conceal a deeper problem for the U.S. software giant – despite the popularity of its Windows operating system and Office suite, few people in emerging markets are willing to pay for legitimate copies.

http://www.interaksyon.com/infotech/microsoft-woes–naked-pcs-lay-bare-software-giants-emerging-markets-problem

Xiaomi MiPad is a pretty package for just $240 (REVIEW)

Xiaomi unveiled its first ever tablet in May in the form of the MiPad. Available initially only in mainland China, it costs RMB 1,499 (US$243) for the 16GB model and RMB 1,699 (US$276) for the 64GB one. The MiPad went on sale in June. Although it’s only available to Chinese shoppers, I wanted to review this from more of an international perspective, so I requested a review unit and loaded it up with all the apps that I use on my old Nexus 7. After living with the MiPad for a week, these are my thoughts.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-mipad-review-and-photos/

ASUS launches Chromebox in India

Mumbai: ASUS launched the Chromebox in India at a media gathering in Mumbai. The ASUS Chromebox is a fast, compact home or office computer that runs on Chrome OS. It has the latest Haswell processors and supports 4K ultra high definition video playback. The Chromebox works right out of the box with apps for work, play and communicating online or offline. It comes with virus protection built in and updates automatically. It starts up in seconds and gives you quick access to all your favorite websites and apps.

http://www.asianage.com/technomics/asus-launches-chromebox-india-036

Asus PadFone is a whole new kind of hybrid device

A LOT of chatter about the convergence of smartphones and tablets. There is a term now for phones with bloated screens: “phablet.” One company is going in a new direction altogether with a device called the PadFone. The PadFone X is not necessarily a completely new form factor, but rather both devices at once. It combines a 5-inch phone that can be docked to a 9-inch tablet.

http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=99668

Asus PadFone is a whole new kind of hybrid

There is a lot of chatter in the tech community about the convergence of smartphones and tablets. There is a term now for phones with bloated screens: “phablet.” One company is going in a new direction altogether with a device called the PadFone. The PadFone X is not neccessarily a completely new form factor, but rather both devices at once. It combines a 5-inch phone that can be docked to a 9-inch tablet. The thinking seems to be, “Why use a phone that is as big as a tablet and won’t easily fit into my pocket, and how much does it suck to use a phone for things a tablet could accomplish much easier with its larger screen?”

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/11571/20140729/asustek-padfone-is-a-new-kind-of-hybrid.htm

India snaps up 52.4 million smartphones in past year, but tablet boom slows dramatically

Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost phones and reduced data tariffs, smartphone sales more than trebled in India in the financial year 2013-14, growing by 244 percent. 52.4 million smartphones were sold in India in that time period, says MAIT, the body representing India’s IT hardware, training, and R&D services sectors, in its annual industry performance review. Surprisingly, India’s tablet boom slowed down dramatically. Unsurprisingly, desktop computer sales were down.

http://www.techinasia.com/india-smartphones-tablet/

This Is Volantis, HTC’s Nine-Inch Nexus Tablet

With Android Silver rumors brewing, and LG’s Ken Hong indicating that the manufacturer doesn’t have a Nexus phone in the cards, the fate of the Nexus line as a whole has been sort of up in the air. We don’t have news about whether a Nexus phone exists, but we do have information related to HTC’s Volantis (or Flounder), an 8.9″ Nexus tablet. The information provided to us indicates possible specs, features, and pricing, as well as an early look at the form factor, though the images we have don’t appear to be final renderings of the device.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/21/this-is-volantis-htcs-nine-inch-nexus-tablet/

Lenovo Launches Windows 8.1 OS Powered Yoga 2, Flex 2 Laptops in India; Price, Specifications Details

Top PC maker Lenovo has launched two new generation laptops – Yoga 2 and Flex 2 – in India. The new Yoga 2 convertible ultrabook series comes with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS wide-view touch-screen screen and, as the name suggests, users can flip the laptop a full 360 degrees to fours modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/lenovo-launches-windows-8-1-os-powered-yoga-2-flex-2-laptops-india-price-specifications-details-602508

The Most appreciated Apps on iOS – India

BANGALORE: Applications for the smartphones are available on the App stores for everything, from scanning your documents to food recipes. With an app available for every individual’s taste, we would like to introduce some of the best, people friendly apps out there, as compiled by Paste media.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/The-Most-appreciated-Apps-on-iOS-nid-166823-cid-2.html

Digitimes Research: Intel to achieve 80% of 2014 tablet AP shipment goal

Intel is set to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, though most market watchers believe the goal is rather difficult to achieve. Digitimes Research has found that Intel is currently placing its focus on penetrating into the Android tablet market and is persuading brand vendors and China white-box players to join its camp by offering subsidies and support from its China-based supply chain, which Intel has been nurturing.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140516VL200.html

Xiaomi unveils its first-ever tablet, the Mi Pad, set to retail starting at $240

At Xiaomi’s Baomihua (“Popcorn”) fan meetup in Beijing today, founder and CEO Lei Jun took the stage to announce three upcoming products for the growing company. First, Xiaomi will introduce its second smart TV, the Mi TV 2. Sporting a display with 4K resolution), the device is 23 percent thicker than its previous incarnation and will retail for RMB3999 (about US$640) when it hits shelves on May 27.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomis-first-tablet-to-hit-shelves-in-june-will-retail-starting-at-240/

Lenovo launches first consumer Chromebooks

SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 — The world’s largest PC maker has taken the wraps off two new notebooks that ignore Microsoft in favour of Google’s lightweight virus-free operating system, Google Chrome OS. Both Chromebooks use Intel Celeron processors, supported by up to 4GB of RAM and 16GB hard disks. However, in terms of cost, portability — they measure just 295 mm x 212 mm x 17.9 mm (11.6 in x 8.34 in x 0.70 in) and boast an eight-hour battery life — and ease of use, they have very few competitors, except for other Chromebooks.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/lenovo-launches-first-consumer-chromebooks

Sony warns investors of deeper loss as it exits PC business

TOKYO–Sony on Thursday warned it would report a bigger-than-expected annual loss, blaming costs tied to its exit from the personal computer business, as the once-mighty firm undergoes a painful restructuring.  The Japanese electronics giant said it would book a 130 billion yen net loss (US$1.27 billion) in the latest fiscal year to March, while it slashed its operating earnings outlook. The figure is worse than a 110 billion yen net loss forecast just three months ago, when Sony also announced it would cut 5,000 jobs in its struggling computer and television units.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/05/02/406661/Sony-warns.htm