China software January-September revenues total nearly CNY2.7 trillion, says MIIT

China’s software industry generated revenues of CNY2.682 trillion (US$435 billion) in January-September 2014, growing 20.6% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Exports of software products and services in the period reached US$35.3 billion, accounting for 8.11% of the total revenues and rising 13.7% on year.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141029VL200.html

Online newspapers warned about using “programmatic ads”

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, head of the e-information management division of the Broadcasting and Electronic Information Agency, warned that online newspapers may face very high risks as they cannot control the content of the ads. Meanwhile, under current laws, newspapers must take responsibility for their content, including advertising content. If the content in ad pieces is “problematic”, the online newspapers’ editorial board will have to claim responsibility for infringing the law and will have to bear sanctions.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/115145/online-newspapers-warned-about-using–programmatic-ads-.html

Fujitsu, FPT to collaborate on IT-based agricultural project

The aim of this partnership is to support restructuring in Vietnam’s agricultural sector so as to make the country a world-class agricultural producer based on innovative technologies. Fujitsu provides this service in Japan and other countries to help farmers raise crop quality and productivity, and at the same time to cut costs. Under the agreement, Fujitsu and FPT will carry out this one-year trial project, from 2015 to 2016. Fujitsu will provide cloud services, equipment, and expertise, and as Vietnam’s leading ICT company, FPT will facilitate the spread of Information technology in the country’s agricultural sector.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/115125/fujitsu–fpt-to-collaborate-on-it-based-agricultural-project.html

MediaTek expected to see sales decline 6-11% sequentially in 4Q14

MediaTek is expected to see its revenues drop 6-11% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to declining shipments of 3G smartphone solutions and other ICs for consumer electronics, networking communication and optical storage applications, according to industry sources. Moreover, the slow sales for MediaTek is likely to continue into the first quarter of 2015, due to a high inventory level of smartphones in China and slowing overseas shipments of handsets by China-based vendors affected by seasonality, the sources added.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141027PD202.html

TSMC’s Chang plans to raise stake in company

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang said Saturday that he will continue to raise his stake in the world’s largest contract chip maker due to strong confidence in the company’s competitive edge over its peers. On the sidelines of TSMC’s annual sports day event, Chang said that his company is gearing up to develop the advanced 16 nanometer process and he has faith that the company will take the lead in 16nm technology development in 2016.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/26/420338/TSMCs-Chang.htm

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings. This week, China announced it had set up a fund to develop the country’s semiconductor industry, with local media reporting that the initial investments could amount to 120 billion yuan (US$19.5 billion).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

Indian Railways’ enquiry app now on Android

BANGALORE, INDIA: Railway passengers can now easily enquire about trains.The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has now launched Android mobile app  after it had launched on Windows 8. The new National Train Enquiry System (NTES) mobile app is free to download. The public can now get information regarding arrivals, departures on their Android devices.

http://www.ciol.com/indian-railways-enquiry-app-now-on-android/

MediaTek plays down impact of iPhone 6

TAIPEI, Taiwan —  Integrated circuit designer (IC) MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) said recently that the sale of the iPhone 6 will not impact the company’s performance, as its chips are utilized in budget phones that are tailored for a different market segment. As sales of the iPhone 6 picked up recently, the market is concerned that it will squeeze out sales of competing Android phones and consequently affect MediaTek, which supplies ICs to Android phones.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/25/420259/MediaTek-plays.htm

SK Hynix To Deliver Flash Returns On Mobile Growth

Every mobile phone has them. So too tablets. But very few users of the technology that pervades everyday life give this critical component much thought. We’re talking about semiconductors. Admittedly, it’s not an industry that captures the imagination of investors like big tech names such as Apple (ticker: AAPL ). But it’s an industry that forms the bedrock of the technology we enjoy and is leveraged to the growth of mobile devices. When you take and store a photo on your phone, it’s semiconductors that provide the memory to do that.

http://online.barrons.com/articles/sk-hynix-to-deliver-flash-returns-with-mobile-demand-1414055838

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated Digital TV

BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

http://www.ciol.com/airtel-samsung-launch-indias-first-integrated-digital-tv/

Telkom triples investment to support government’s urban broadband target

To achieve government’s ambitious target, private sector expected to invest aggressively in broadband roll-out. Indonesia’s government has set a target for  of 70 per cent of urban households, and 100 per cent of urban office buildings, to have broadband access in the next four years. In the same period mobile broadband in urban areas is targeted to hit 100 per cent.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5237-indonesias-cities-to-be-hooked-to-broadband-by-2019

International smartphone chip vendors enhance development of tablet chips, from TW

In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently, smartphone chip vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek, have increased resources for developing tablet chip solutions, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020PD201.html

Cloud, big data propel bank CISOs into the boardroom、from AU

The boards of Australia’s top four banks increasingly see information security as an issue worthy of their focus, according to the security chiefs at ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac. Taking part in a spirited and congenial discussion at the annual AISA conference in Melbourne, the four executives described how their organisations today regard the IS function as essential and no longer view it through the narrow lens of compliance and cost.

http://www.itnews.com.au/Feature/396892,cloud-big-data-propel-bank-cisos-into-the-boardroom.aspx

ASOCIO ICT Summit to focus on agriculture restructuring

The event, the biggest of its kind in Asia-Pacific, will offer a good chance to Vietnam to learn from international experience in creating new agricultural and rural development models, thus bringing about a socio-economic facelift, said Truong Gia Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA). More than 700 delegates from 22 economies in the region are expected to participate in the event to discuss visions and strategies to use IT as a pedal for socio-economic development, towards the building of a dynamic, creative and civilised Asia-Pacific community.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114172/asocio-ict-summit-to-focus-on-agriculture-restructuring.html

Navitime Transit Bangkok

If you rely on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), Bangkok Metro (MRT), Airport Rail Link and the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) to move through Bangkok each day, this is one handy app to have on your smart device. The featured map shows how different routes connect with one another from Sukhumvit to Ratchaphruek to Suvarnabhumi airport and others. Users can instantly look for the closest station to their current location and work their way from there.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/438219/navitime-transit-bangkok

Adobe to offer industry-specific solutions to boost India business

BANGALORE: American computer software company Adobe is trying to build industry-specific design solutions in partnership with Indian IT firms Wipro, TCS and Cognizant as it seeks to boost its revenues in the country that it has found a tough nut to crack. The company is taking a “solutions selling” approach in India, said Adobe’s senior vice president David Wadhwani. “

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/adobe-to-offer-industry-specific-solutions-to-boost-india-business/articleshow/44866697.cms

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

Disappointing TCS, HCL numbers leave IT defenceless

Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies each declined about 9 per cent on Friday, the worst daily fall in at least five years and HCL Technologies each declined about 9 per cent on Friday, the worst daily fall in at least five years, amid investor concern over growth prospects after the financial performance of both software exporters in the September quarter missed analysts’ expectations.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/disappointing-tcs-hcl-numbers-leave-it-defenceless/articleshow/44864835.cms

TSMC to start production of 16nm process products in 2Q15

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET process products in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2015, according to company co-CEO CC Wei. Despite rising competition, TSMC will continue to lead its peers in the combined segment of 20nm and 16nm processes, Wei said at the company’s latest investors conference.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141017PD209.html

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD206.html