China’s Huawei rides Google coattails into new markets

China.gifShanghai Daily — WITH a partnership to make one of Google’s flagship Nexus smartphones, Chinese tech giant Huawei is gaining new prominence which could help its efforts to win broader global consumer appeal. Huawei was tapped this week to produce the Nexus 6P, one of two handsets unveiled this week by Google to showcase its Android mobile operating system.

This Google project impressed PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Impressed by Google’s flagship Project Loon — that takes internet to the remote and inaccessible areas — Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes this has multiple uses like long distance education, rural schools and telemedicine, officials said. He was given a briefing about Loon during his tour to the Google headquarters in the Silicon Valley over the weekend.

Equinix (EQIX) Helps to Build FASTER Marine Internet Cable

APACNASDAQ — Data center company, Equinix Inc. has scaled a new level of technological success in the field of subsea communications by backing the development of a high-speed underwater cable network between the U.S. and Asia.  The company will help to build the fiber-optic cable system, FASTER, on the Trans-Pacific route connecting the U.S. and Japan. As is evident from the name of the project, the latest subsea cable system can support channel rates of 60Tb/s.

India fastest growing startup nation: Sundar Pichai

IndiaTimes of India — SAN JOSE: India will play a big part in driving technology forward in the future, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Sunday as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accelerating India’s effort to become the next global hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Driving technology forward would really improve people’s lives in India and all around the world, Pichai said.

PM Narendra Modi’s speech at Digital India dinner in Silicon Valley: Full text and video

IndiaIndia — Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Digital India and Digital Technology Dinner in Silicon Valley, California on September 26. He met with global technology chief executive officers (CEOs) at the summit, some of whom were India. Modi began his speech by thanking the CEOs present, including Google CEO Sunder Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Some tech leaders also announced India-specific projects like free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations by Google, and Microsoft’s cloud platform plans.

Google Play Gift Cards now available in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Following the launch of Google Play prepaid vouchers in June, Google has announced the rollout of physical gift cards in retail outlets across India. Google Play Gift cards will be available in 3 denominations Rs 750, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 via retail stores of Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales, Planet M, Planet Mobile and Sangeetha Mobiles. The cards can also be purchased online on as COD (cash on delivery) shipments.

Microsoft, Google and Apple promote Hindi apps

IndiaTimes of India — BHOPAL: The ongoing three-day World Hindi Conference here is turning out to be a hi-tech affair with big global brands showcasing electronic gadgets having inbuilt Hindi software and apps that can be downloaded promptly.  Representatives of Microsoft, Google, Apple and other big companies were seen jostling and competing with each other to attract people at the conference in demonstrating how their apps could be downloaded quickly in Hindi from playstore of their gadgetry.

Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) Update: Leaked Images Of Huawei’s First Laser Auto-Focus Device Shows All-Metal Build!

ChinaChina Topix — Huawei Nexus 6 is once again the subject of recently leaked images showcasing its rear fingerprint reader, laser autofocus, a bulging camera, dual front speakers, as well as its all-metal build. Google is rumored to be rolling out two Nexus devices before the end of this year. One of which will be a Nexus smartphone with 5.2-inch display made by LG, while the other will be a phablet with 6-inch display that will be manufactured by Huawei.

Google faces battle-hardened competition in return to China

ChinaWant China Times — After its dramatic withdrawal from the mainland China market five years ago, Google is ready to try again, this time on Beijing’s terms, reports the US tech news site the Information. Its first step will come in the form of a stripped-down version of Google Play, part of the Android mobile operating system platform, the report said.

Facebook, Flipkart, 28 others testify against Google India

IndiaFlipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.

Google finally speaks out on net neutrality, bats against zero rating

IndiaIndia Times — After being tight lipped for a few months, Google has finally spoken in the matter of net neutrality in India and it seems to be a stern no. It has asked Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which regulates Internet companies, to oppose zero rating. Zero Rating is a plan conceived by (cash rich) Internet operators in collaboration with telecome providers to offer apps and websites for free.

Google marks India’s Independence day with virtual tour

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: To mark India’s Independence Day, search giant Google is hosting a virtual tour featuring some of the landmarks part of India’s independence movement on Google Maps and virtual exhibits on Google Cultural Institute. It will have a special collection of images and artifacts from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Google Security: Search Engine Giant To Work With Samsung; Plans To Issue Monthly Security Updates To Fix Bugs

KoreaChina Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.

Google brings internet closer to home, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Home-grown internet has received a boost that could help users get what they want from the internet faster. Though a sizeable chunk of Myanmar’s internet content currently still has to be imported, a new crop of servers has sprung up that will keep some of it nearby – making it faster and easier to get to. According to American internet performance firm Dyn, both Norway’s Telenor and local company Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) have gone live with Google Global Cache (GGC).

Google names LG as Nexus producer

KoreaKorea Times — Google has named LG Electronics as its partner to produce the upcoming Nexus smartphone, industry sources familiar with the issue said, Thursday. “Senior LG Electronics executives met with their Google counterparts in the United States recently. The main issue was how to expand their bilateral partnership in areas other than smartphones,” said a source. He added LG was working on developing the Google Nexus at its technology center in Seoul.

Google’s web balloons get their first stop, from Sri Lanka

Sri LankaTimes of India — COLOMBO: Free Wi-Fi connections will be available across Sri Lanka by March 2016 under an agreement the government signed on Tuesday with multinational technology company Google, a media report said. The service will be provided with the aid of Google balloon, a technology which provides internet to large areas using high-altitude balloons, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.

Google Play Movies rolls out in Malaysia

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — GOOGLE Inc has announced the addition of movies to Google Play in Malaysia, which would allow users to watch high-definition, full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios, including blockbusters like Kingsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and oldies like Ghostbusters.

Google can now translate English signs to Hindi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Technology giant Google has introduced a new update to its Translate app that will allow visual translation from English to Hindi and 19 other languages, a move aimed at strengthening its translation and transliteration offerings.  Using the app, users need to click on the camera option, and point it at the text like street signs, ingredient lists or instruction manual that needs to be translated and the same will be translated in languages like Hindi, Thai, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and Filipino.

Telx to Tap Into FASTER US-Asia Submarine Cable System

APACDatacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe 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.