Emirates Airline adapts in-flight entertainment for visually impaired travellers

In an industry first, the Dubai-based carrier is introducing an audio description option on part of its in-flight entertainment programming, opening up the content to visually impaired passengers. Travellers who are blind or visually impaired can now take advantage of audio description to follow 16 features, all from Disney, including Frozen, Saving Mr Banks, Cars 2, Monsters University, The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and all four Pirates of the Caribbean films. The selection will be expanded in the future, according to Emirates.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/19/Emirates-Airline-adapts-in-flight-entertainment-for-visually-impaired-travellers/

Yahoo confident its native ad service will expand in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Yahoo Inc. said Monday its native advertising service in Taiwan is very likely to expand, as the new marketing concept has attracted many brand customers in the country and helped them save costs. The Internet portal said it has landed major brands like Sweden’s furniture retailer IKEA Group, Japanese electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. and South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. on its native ads platform, which was launched in Taiwan in late June.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/19/415248/Yahoo-confident.htm

Konica Minolta Redefines Document Security and Compliance With the Launch of Konica Minolta Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

SINGAPORE – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia is proud and excited to launch its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solution, a dynamic system to help offices manage content across enterprise to maximise how data can be used, in Singapore and Malaysia. Konica Minolta understands that as content continues to grow, enterprises need help to process the data securely and use it effectively. The company’s ECM Solution addresses the rising concern of security and compliance while optimising the process flow, making it productive and secure from the entire document lifecycle.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3150649

TSMC 4Q14 production capacity almost fully booked

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has informed Taiwan-based IC design houses that its production capacity for the fourth quarter of 2014 is almost fully booked, and urged vendors which are short of production capacity to book wafer orders in advance, according to industry sources. While the supply of wafers at TSMC is tight for the third quarter, the nearly sold-out wafer production for the fourth quarter at TSMC has placed most IC design houses in a dilemma as to whether they should queue up at TSMC for capacity.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140814PD214.html

Philippine Airlines deploys Microsoft Office 365

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken  to cloud computing with its deployment of the Microsfot Office 365 suite of office automation applications for use by its employees. A press statement by the Seattle, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. said the deployment makes PAL part of the list of at least 10 other airlines in the Asia Pacific now using the Office 365 cloud computing suite. A few other airlines in Asia using the suite are Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines and Tiger Airways.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/philippine-airlines-deploys-microsoft-office-365/

Wafer foundry houses seeking better cooling solutions

Wafer foundry houses reportedly have been seeking cooperation with cooling module makers looking to apply cooling solutions into chips during the manufacturing process. So far the cooperation is still at an early stage and no substantial results have been achieved, according to sources from cooling module players. The sources pointed out that by packing more and more functions, mobile devices are creating heavy burdens on their processor chips and increasing power consumption. To resolve the resulting heat issue, the wafer foundry houses are considering placing cooling solutions directly into the processors.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140813PD222.html

India wins back voice-based BPO services from Philippines

MUMBAI: India is winning back some voice-based BPO services from the Philippines, as the small southeast Asian country grapples with high attrition and the advent of multi-channel customer service offerings.Voice call centres, which handle customer service, telephonic sales and collections, were the start of the BPO boom in India in the nineties. But the country lost a large chunk of that business to the Philippines over the past seven or eight years due to the closer cultural affinity and a natural American accent found there.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/india-wins-back-voice-based-bpo-services-from-philippines/articleshow/40210131.cms

Japanese gaming giant Gree continues to diversify with launch of new babysitting app 3cloud #cloudcomputing

Ahead of announcing its latest quarterly results later today, Gree (TYO:3632  surprised the gaming and childcare industries by unveiling Smartsitter , a babysitter matching service for Japan. It promises to act as a one-stop-shop for finding a reliable sitter, arranging the appointment, and handling the payment. Babysitting is a tricky business in Japan. Childcare is typically left to new mothers  with some assistance from other family members. As chronicled by Goldman Sachs’ chief Japan equity strategist Kathy Matsui in her seminal study on women in the workplace  (PDF file), the rarity of babysitting creates a difficult situation for new mothers who do not want to give up their working careers.

http://www.techinasia.com/japanese-gaming-giant-gree-continues-diversify-launch-babysitting-app/

Melbourne mall uses iBeacon to promote shopping offers

A regional retail complex in Victoria is using Apple’s Passbook and iBeacon technology combined with the centre’s free wi-fi network to allow stores to target passing customers with promotional offers. The Werribee Plaza shopping centre initiative follows in the footsteps of other retail properties including Chatswood Chase, Chadstone and DFO Homebush. iBeacons are small, inexpensive transmitters using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to detect nearby devices that can be housed in point of sale displays and merchandising areas. 

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391003,melbourne-mall-uses-ibeacon-to-promote-shopping-offers.aspx

Nvidia claims 64-bit Denver chip will outperform Apple’s A7

Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year. Nvidia shared a few more details about Denver at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. It’s calling it “the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.” Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones. Like Apple’s A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/nvidia-claims-64-bit-denver-chip-will-outperform-apples-a7/

ProMOS idle 12-inch fab is up for grabs

A number of semiconductor firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Micron Technology, Globalfoundries and Toshiba, are likely to participate in an open bid for taking over an idle 12-inch fab owned by ProMOS Technologies, according to industry sources. The 12-inch fab, located in Taichung Science Park (TSP), has been idle since March 2013 after ProMoS sold the bulk of production equipment of the fab to Globalfoundries. But the fab has completed the construction of its cleanroom and can resume operations if production equipment is reinstalled, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140811PD203.html

Qualcomm, MediaTek seeking additional 28nm PolySiON production capacity at UMC

Qualcomm and MediaTek reportedly are each holding a new round of negotiations with United Microelectronic Corporation (UMC) in order to gain an additional capacity for 28nm chips made using its PolySiON process, according to industry sources. Tight production for 28nm chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Globalfoundries’ plan to shift to its HKMG process have forced the two chipset solution vendors to seek additional capacity at UMC, the sources explained.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140805PD208.html

SMRT installs devices to monitor how bus captains drive

SINGAPORE: SMRT is looking to enhance the commuter experience on its buses by installing real-time tracking devices that can leverage Big Data to analyse the performance of its drivers. The transport operator said on Monday (Aug 4) that it began trials on telematics technology since early 2014 and following their success, SMRT installed telematics devices on its bus fleet from May. Telematics is the branch of IT that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerised information.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/smrt-installs-devices-to/1295784.html

China-based IC design houses ramping 28nm chip orders at TSMC

More than 10 China-based IC design houses and IC design service companies have placed 28nm chip orders at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicating the strengthening competitiveness of China-based IC suppliers, according to industry sources. China-based IC design houses that have tapped TSMC for 28nm foundry capacity include HiSilicon Technologies, Spreadtrum Communications, Rockchip Electronics, Allwinner Technology and RDA Microelectronics and Datang

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140804PD201.html

Intel launches first ‘Made-in-Vietnam’ CPU

This is the fourth generation of Intel CPU which is used for desktops, laptops and mobile phones, said CT Lau, Director of Intel Products Vietnam’s assembly and test factory. Intel expects that by the end of this year, 80 percent of its CPU for desktops provided for the world market will be made in Vietnam. Intel began production in Vietnam in June 2010 with chipsets for laptops and mobile devices. It later launched Atom SoC (System on a Chip) in late 2013.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108621/intel-launches-first–made-in-vietnam–cpu.html

In just 2 weeks, WeChat users book 5,000 Singapore cab rides on EasyTaxi

Just over two weeks ago, cab-booking app EasyTaxi started taking orders within the WeChat messaging app. How’s that working out so far? Joon Chan, EasyTaxi’s regional manager and director for Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia that 5,000 rides have so far been taken by people who booked in WeChat. Joon describes the WeChat tie-up as a “fantastic partnership.” It’s only available in Singapore at the moment ahead of rolling out across EasyTaxi’s other markets in Asia. To use it, a WeChat user must first search for the EasyTaxi ‘official account’ in the messaging app (called ‘EasyTaxiSGP’).

http://www.techinasia.com/5000-rides-booked-wechat-taxi-booking-with-easytaxi-in-singapore/

Shunned By Other Countries, Chinese Tech Firm Makes British Investment

Huawei Technologies recently made an investment in XMOS, a British fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers. This marks the Chinese telecom device maker’s first equity investment in a British technology company. Apart from Huawei, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany and Xilinx Inc. from the U.S. also participated in the strategic investment round. The three companies invested a total of USD26 million in XMOS. XMOS’ valuation during this round of financing reached over USD100 million; however, XMOS gave no comment on the rumor.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/30/20768-shunned-by-other-countries-chinese-tech-firm-makes-british-investment

Panasonic to Invest Over $200 million for Tesla’s Battery Plant in US

Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/panasonic-invest-over-200-million-teslas-battery-plant-us-605564

ABC to make the switch to cloud email

Employees of Australia’s national broadcaster will have a new suite of email and collaboration tools in the not-too-distant future, as the ABC looks to the cloud to replace Exchange 2007. The organisation of around 6000 workers will be forced to migrate off the Exchange email platform in the coming 12 to 18 months as the software reaches the end of its anticipated life span and as the business faces very public budget pressures.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390391,abc-to-make-the-switch-to-cloud-email.aspx

Baidu confirms it’s working on a driverless car

Two months after Google unveiled its driverless and steering wheel-less car prototype, it turns out that Chinese search engine giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is working on the same tech as well. A Baidu representative confirmed to Tech in Asia this afternoon that it’s working on a self-driving car, but stated that the program is “at a very early stage.” This came in response to rumors on Chinese tech blogs earlier today. The Baidu driverless car project is being driven by its “deep learning” labs. No other details are available at this time. Baidu has R&D labs in this specialist arena in both China and Silicon Valley.

http://www.techinasia.com/baidu-early-stages-working-on-driverless-car/