The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
PR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system – a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Malaysia has launched a programme that it said would enable not-for-profit organisations in the country to better serve their respective causes by making use of some of the company’s tools for free or at “highly discounted” rates. Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan said the ‘Google for Nonprofits’ scheme has helped thousands of not-for-profit organisations find new donors and volunteers, and also empowered them to work more efficiently by using Google’s online productivity tools.
Times of India — KOLKATA: IIT-Kharagpur will honour 11 of its eminent alumni, including Google’s Android team head Sundar Pichai, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at its convocation next month. Pichai, now the senior vice president and product chief at Google, had completed his B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993.
Want China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.
IT Wire — Under the partnership, the Fujitsu Managed Chromebook Service will equip organisations with a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to employee mobility, comprehensively controlled by Fujitsu’s managed services. The Managed Chromebook Service is closely aligned with Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace Solution, which will allow Chromebook users to access their traditional applications and data via virtual desktop technology.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Engaged in various initiatives under the government’s ‘Digital India’ campaign, global tech giant Google is focussing on key areas like bringing more Indic language content online and helping 20 million small and medium enterprises set up internet presence by 2017. Though India is now the second-largest internet market in the world, there is still a great deal of work to be done, Google VP and managing director, South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan told PTI.
India Times — MUMBAI: A digitally connected India will bring “tremendous power” in the hands of citizens by connecting them to the rest of the world, Ratan Tata said today, lauding the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to give so much preference and priority to the fact that India will be a digitised nation,” Tata said here at the launch of an initiative to deepen Internet usage among rural women.
NEW DELHI: Google has gone back to the drawing board for Android One and come up with a version 2.0 as it were. Having met with a tepid response for the first phones based on the system in September last year, it appears to be reorienting the strategy toward people who’ve had smartphones before rather than first-time users, said a person with knowledge of the plan. That involves a shift in pricing as well.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Starting Tuesday, people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement here said. The other cities for which the facility would now be available are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: People can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said. Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
Google has launched a Ramadan companion site created to help Muslim users organise their fasts – and feasts. Launched in time with the start of Ramadan, when one billion Muslims begin a month-long fast that breaks daily at sundown, My Ramadan Companion serves as a digital assistant and features everything from Iftar recipes (the evening meal when followers break their fast) as well as local sunrise and sunset times.
An employee from China-based Huawei revealed that the company is working on the next model of Google Nexus. This news comes amidst rumors that were already indicating at a partnership between Huawei and Google for the upcoming Nexus model. On condition of anonymity, an employee from China-based technology firm has revealed that the firm could be working on the next model of the extremely popular Google Nexus smartphone. The representative confirmed the news in a statement given toIB Times UK.
GOOGLE Inc’s recent update to Android Wear to 5.1.1, which began rolling out to all smartwatches in late May, brought about a number of new features that have given the platform a bit of a boost. One of those new features is support for more than one Android Wear smartwatch, which means that you could own two (or more) Android Wear devices and both can be synchronised with your smartphone at the same time. This may seem like overkill, but since watches are also a fashion accessory, it’s not inconceivable that consumers may actually have two or more Android Wear smartwatches to use on different occasions.
NEW DELHI: In a bid to promote paid apps in India and make it easier for users to buy apps in the country, Google has launched prepaid vouchers that can be redeemed on the company’s Play Store. In a country where may people do not have credit cards and most are wary of sharing their debit and credit card information online, Google has launched a programme that allows users to buy prepaid cash vouchers via stores using cash or any other form of payment accepted by retail stores.
Android One, a budget smartphone project initiated by Google last September, has been hindered due to the fierce competition in the budget smartphone market, especially from Chinese brands, reports Tencent’s tech news web portal. Under the project, Google has partnered with smartphone companies in developing countries. The manufacturers are responsible for hardware manufacturing and sales while Google takes charge of the preinstall and upgrade of Android system and apps. Android One smartphones are mostly priced at under US$100 and use components with a lower performance than more expensive models.
Search engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.
Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek confirmed on Monday it is developing a mobile chip for use in low-cost laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system. The new chip is expected to hit the market by the end of this year or early next year, MediaTek president CJ Hsieh said at the company’s media and analyst cocktail party at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-largest computer trade show. MediaTek will count multiple major manufacturers of Chromebooks as its clients when their new laptops are released, said Hsieh, who cautioned that the company’s customer base in the Chromebook market would be limited initially.
Google will launch two Chromebox digital signage solutions for commercial application through cooperation with Taiwan-based AOpen in the middle of the third quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Google announced at the end of the first quarter of 2015 the cooperation with AOpen to launch the solutions. Google originally scheduled the launch for the second quarter but has to defer it until the middle of the third quarter due to issues with product certification, the sources indicated.