Australia Post has completed a years-long data centre overhaul that saw the organisation decommission a number of legacy computer rooms and shift into two modern facilities. As part of its ongoing Building Future Ready IT program, AusPost spent the past two years consolidating its data centre footprint from 1500m2 to 610m2, while upgrading from the Uptime Institute’s Tier II to Tier III classification.
British mining giant Rio Tinto has opened an Analytics Excellence Centre in the central Indian city of Pune to improve global equipment productivity through the use of big data. Built by American IT services firm IGATE, the analytics centre will process what Rio TInto said is massive volumes of data, captured by arrays of sensors attached to the miner’s fixed and mobile equipment.
iiNet has paid out $204,000 in penalties over advertisements for its 250GB naked broadband plan after being issued with two infringement notices by the consumer watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said the ads had failed to prominently display the minimum price of the service, giving the ACCC “reasonable grounds” to believe iiNet had contravened consumer law.
SINGAPORE: To get free shipping on their online purchases, Singaporeans are willing to spend more just to qualify, a new survey by logistics company UPS showed. The extra spend could be from adding more to their shopping cart (45 per cent), searching for promotion codes (37 per cent) or joining a loyalty programme (32 per cent), the survey revealed on Wednesday (Mar 3).
The Victorian government will soon start accepting applications from providers interested in operating the state’s smartcard public transport ticketing system Myki. Myki was introduced as a replacement for Metcard in the Melbourne metropolitan area and paper tickets for V/Line commuter services when the contract for the ticketing solution was first awarded in 2005.
The Games Solution Center (GSC) in Singapore, initiated by the Media Development Authority and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic, is going all out for the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this year. It’s not only hosting the largest number of Singapore game companies to date – 21, if you’re curious – it’s also sponsoring three different events and parties at the con.
Australia’s aviation services body Airservices Australia has partnered with mobile satellite comms provider Inmarsat and two local airlines to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial flights. Airservices started working with Inmarsat, Qantas and Virgin last month to develop the operational concept for the trial, which uses Inmarsat’s automatic dependant surveillance – contract (ADS-C) satellite-based positioning and messaging technology on flights within Australia’s oceanic regions.
HackOsaka 2015, held earlier this month in Osaka, featured a pitch contest where 10 startups pitched their services and products. The event was hosted by Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH) and Osaka Economic Strategy Bureau. I would like to introduce prize winners and other presenting startups. mClinica CEO Frouk Meralli is originally from Canada but now based out Manila, the Philippines.
Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced that PrimeTime Entertainment, Thailand’s newest on-demand streaming service, has partnered with Brightcove to power transcoding for its over-the-top (OTT) entertainment channel. With Brightcove’s Zencoder cloud-based encoding service, PrimeTime is able to rapidly deliver high-quality video on-demand (VOD) content to satisfy audiences across platforms and devices.
More than a year after it first hit Japan, Line’s standalone ecommerce app has finally arrived in Taiwan. Currently available on Android, Line Mart features the same interface as Line Mall, its analogous Japanese counterpart. Users can browse through an assortment of categories like clothing and electronics, to find an item they’re interested in. Buyers can “heart” an item they like and leave messages for sellers.
China’s government policies for supporting the local IC design industry have put less emphasis on intervention measures such as offering tax breaks, providing direct financial support, and making purchases of domestic products, while shifting their focus to the establishment of investment funds, according to a recent Digitimes Research Special Report.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON: China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security “backdoors”, a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world’s second largest economy. A parliamentary body read a second draft of the country’s first anti-terrorism law this week and is expected to adopt the legislation in the coming weeks or months.
American game developer Zynga announced that the company will close its office in Beijing. Zynga announced the decision while publishing its performance report for the fourth quarter of 2014. The company said that they will cut the 71 jobs in Beijing office and the related expense of USD7 million will be included in the first quarter of 2015. According to Zynga’s financial report, the company reached operating revenue of USD183 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, a year-on-year increase of 9% and an increase of 9% compared with the previous quarter.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foxconn’s Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer electronics, yesterday said he hopes 70 percent of assembly can be automated within three years. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which trades as Foxconn Technology Group, sees robotics as a major investment direction for the coming year, Gou said at a prayer ceremony marking the Year of the Goat.
The geographical expansion paid off in fiscal 2015 as revenue growth was led by jointly by the Americas and Europe with 33% year on year acceleration in revenue in each region. Asia-Pacific followed with 21% year on year revenue growth in fiscal 2015. It should be noted that Europe achieved the same revenue acceleration as the Americas despite foreign exchange headwinds from a weakened Euro.
Bandai Korea unveiled new online and mobile games using cartoon intellectual properties “Gundam” and “Digimon” in Korea, Thursday. Gundam is a sci-fi television anime series depicting giant robots and Digimon is a cartoon and video game content about creatures in an imaginary digital world. Both Japanese media contents have garnered significant popularity around the world.
Bitcoin enthusiasts in China exchanged a total of RMB 10 million (US$1.6 million) in Chinese New Year gifts using the cryptocurrency, according to Beijing-based exchange OKCoin. This mostly happened through WeChat, the popular messaging app, as half a million people used OKCoin’s mobile wallet and WeChat account – called OKLink – to gift bitcoin to their buddies during the course of the week-long holiday.
Indonesia’s Lippo Group announced today the launch of its massive ecommerce venture MatahariMall – the online version of one of the nation’s biggest mid-priced department stores. Lippo Group is one of the archipelago’s largest and richest conglomerates, and has invested US$500 million into the initiative. Lippo plans to spend the money over the next two to three years in hopes that the site can create US$1 billion in sales.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC台積電) and MediaTek Inc.(聯發科) moved up in a ranking of top research and development spenders in the semiconductor industry, according to a report released Tuesday by market research firm IC Insights. TSMC’s 15 percent R&D spending increase in 2014, along with a decline in spending at Toshiba Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV, helped the Taiwanese company climb two slots to fifth place in the annual ranking.
Jakarta’s public bus operator TransJakarta will develop a mobile app for people to track the arrival times of buses at bus stops. The app will allow people to track the location of bus drivers and estimate when buses will arrive at the bus stops, said Steve Kosasih, CEO of TransJakarta. The city will work with the makers of a popular delivery tracking app, Go-Jek, and will use the same system for the bus app. Go-Jek allows people to track the location of their deliveries through the GPS on the drivers’ smartphones.