South Korean search giant Daum has a better map of North Korea than Google

South Korean internet search giant Daum has added free new maps of North Korea to its mapping service , according to North Korea Tech . The new online maps reportedly provide greater coverage and detail than the existing Google Maps. It includes details, roads, railways, buildings, and landmarks. Google Maps’ satellite imagery shows many of the same details, but the actual maps are “largely devoid of roads and other landmarks.” They also claim to cover rural areas whereas Google only covers major cities. However, Daum’s satellite images are less crisp because of a lower spatial resolution than Google’s.

http://www.techinasia.com/south-korean-search-giant-daum-map-north-korea-google/

Google tests drone delivery in country Queensland

Google has been secretly working for two years on a drone-based delivery system for both dispatching products to customers and assisting in disaster relief situations. The web giant today unveiled “Project Wing” – its latest effort in the autonomous vehicle space alongside experiments with self-driving cars – which sees it working to create a delivery system using self-flying vehicles.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391525,google-tests-drone-delivery-in-country-queensland.aspx

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/

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

Acer unveils its first Chrome-based desktop personal computer

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.’s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses. The computer boots up in about eight seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode thanks to its 16GB solid-state drive, Acer said in a statement. The device’s compact form also helps save space in libraries, classrooms and offices, the company said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/22/415486/Acer-unveils.htm

Google to bring startup mentorship programme to India

BANGALORE: Google will bring its startup mentorship programme to India. The internet giant has also identified over ten startups to be part of it. Sunil Rao, country head of the startup programme in Google India is quoted by The Times of India as saying that the launchpad is an exhaustive mentorship programme to help startups build at scale. By next year we want to do this every quarter, and a year from then, we hope to do it every month.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/219120/google-bring-startup-mentorship-programme-india

Acer foresees new opportunities in move towards mobility business

Acer Inc president and chief executive officer Jason Chen told the media during his first visit to Thailand since becoming the company’s head seven months ago that the new focus would also include two-in-one notebooks and Chromebooks. He said worldwide Chromebook sales were expected to grow by 76 per cent this year. In the first six months, Acer sales grew 114 per cent. The key reasons for ChromesBook’s success are its affordability and low maintenance costs. “We think Windows [PCs and notebooks] will still continue, but Chromebook is an alternative option – they will co-exist,” he said.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/technology/Acer-foresees-new-opportunities-in-move-towards-mo-30241182.html

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

China Mobile, China Telecom Participate In Google’s Optical Cable Project

Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France’s Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named “Faster”. The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan’s KDDI, and Singapore’s SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/14/20809-china-mobile-china-telecom-participate-in-googles-optical-cable-project

Google, Tourism Bureau team up for campaign

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Tourism Bureau is teaming up with Google to launch a global YouTube campaign and contest — “Anytime for Taiwan — Film Taiwan, Action!” (台灣旅行無攝限 — 全球網路影片投稿大賽) — inviting international travelers to share Taiwan’s beauty and national heritage through YouTube videos. According to the Tourism Bureau, statistics show that over 60 percent of international visitors that come to Taiwan search for the travel information about the nation online.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/14/414834/Google-Tourism.htm

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

Google joins Asian telcos in trans-Pacific cable build

Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390917,google-joins-asian-telcos-in-trans-pacific-cable-build.aspx

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

Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

Google today announced that it has launched two new Compute Engine zones: one in the U.S. (us-central1-f) and one in Asia (asia-east1-c). Google says this will make it easier for developers to run systems like MongoDB and others that use a quorum-based architecture for high availability by working across multiple data centers. The new zone will run servers based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, while the two other U.S. zones Google already offers will use older Sandy Bridge-based machines.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/05/google-compute-engine-adds-new-zones-in-us-and-asia/

Google Brings 76 Indian Heritage Sites Online

NEW DELHI: People across the world can now view over 1,400 cultural objects from India, including images from 76 heritage sites like Safdarjung Tomb, Ellora Caves and Purana Quila on Google Cultural Institute. With the support of the Archaeological Survey of India, Google is releasing new 360-degree online imagery of 76 iconic historical sites, Google said in a statement.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Google-Brings-76-Indian-Heritage-Sites-Online-nid-170448-cid-2.html

How ‘China’s Google’ Baidu uses deep learning to make your phone smarter

Deep learning has been a hot topic in recent times, particularly after Google brought it to the forefront of the tech industry with Google Brain that started in 2011. Early this year, the internet giant went further to step up its efforts in deep learning with its acquisition of artificial intelligence startup DeepMind, scooping up its talented team. There is, however, another serious contender in the deep learning space that most people in the US may not have heard of — and that’s Baidu, commonly known as ‘China’s Google.’

http://thenextweb.com/asia/2014/08/04/how-chinas-google-baidu-uses-deep-learning-to-make-your-phone-smarter/

Taiwan 1st half investment hits US$22.3 billion

A total of NT$666.5 billion (US$22.3 billion) was invested by the private sector in the first half of 2014, 51.27 percent of the annual target, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs July 29. “Investment by overseas Taiwan businesses hit NT$55.1 billion, while foreign direct investment stood at US$5.65 billion,” the MOEA said at the Invest-Taiwan summit in Taipei City. The figure brought total investment by overseas Taiwan businesses since the implementation of an MOEA promotion program in November 2012 to NT$199.4 billion, with the figure expected to easily top NT$200 billion in the coming quarter.

http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=220163&ctNode=445

Microsoft facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD206.html

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html