Huawei brings OceanStor V3 storage solutions to India

IndiaHuawei, in partnership with Intel and Nextra, has unveiled OceanStor V3 series of mid-range storage systems in India. First unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, OceanStor series is the next generation IT storage solutions designed to meet the requirements of enterprise-class data center applications, the company said. The products include OceanStor 5300, 5500, 5600, and 5800 V3. The launch was held in the presence of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Huawei recently signed an extended partnership with the Indian cricket team.

Over 60 million iPhone 6s to be shipped in 2Q15, say Taiwan makers

TaiwaniPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments in the second quarter of 2015 are expected to exceed 60 million units, more than the originally expected 50 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. As the sales performance for the iPhone 6 series has been better than originally estimated, Apple may defer the launch of new iPhone models, the sources guessed.

Digitimes Research: Smartphone AP shipments in China to grow over 17% sequentially in 2Q15

ChinaShipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to reach 122 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 17.6% sequentially and 18.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research. Among the top-three AP suppliers in China, MediaTek, which saw its market share slide to 46.8% in the first quarter of 2015 due to competition from Spreadtrum Communications in the 3G segment, is expected to ramp up its share to 48.4% in the second quarter, buoyed by rising shipments of LTE and 3G products, said Digitimes Research.

Xiaomi, the Chinese phonemaker, wants to be an Indian company; in talks to set up plant

IndiaNEW DELHI: Xiaomi, the world’s fifth-largest smartphone maker, wants to become an “Indian company” as it looks to invest in a startup, set up an R&D centre, begin local manufacturing and emerge India’s No 1 handset player by 2020. “The most important market for us in 2015 is India. We want to become an Indian company. So, we want to build an R&D team, manufacture phones, set up data centre in India and invest in ecosystem companies in India,” Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, told ET.

SK hynix’s operating profit jumps 50%

KoreaSK hynix has reported 1.59 trillion won in operating profit in the first quarter, up 50.2 percent from a year earlier, on stronger margins for key products and cost-cutting. It beat the market consensus of 1.4 trillion won. Its first-quarter operating profit was the second-largest in its history, following a record 1.67 trillion won a quarter earlier. SK hynix posted 1.29 trillion won in net profit, up 61.5 percent from a year ago, it said Thursday. Sales came in at 4.82 trillion won, up 29 percent from a year earlier.

Alibaba Pictures acquires Yueke Software for cloud platform

China.gifAlibaba Group entered the film industry last year, having acquired ChinaVision Media Group and renamed it Alibaba Pictures Group and other related companies. On April 21, Alibaba Pictures announced it was acquiring Guangdong Yueke Software Engineering Company, a supplier of a cinema-ticketing system, through an open bidding for 830 million yuan (US$134 million), Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald reports.

Wireless charging module makers to offer dual- or multi-mode solutions, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanWireless charging module suppliers have geared up efforts to develop dual- or multi-mode models in order to cope with the rising popularity of wireless charging applications, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. Nearly all major smartphone brands, including Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, HTC and BlackBerry have all launched devices supporting wireless charging standards.

Gartner cuts forecast for 2015 chip market growth, from TW

TaiwanWorldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$354 billion in 2015, a 4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. However, the prediction is down from Gartner’s previous estimate of a 5.4% increase. “Concern is mounting about semiconductor revenue growth in 2015 as system suppliers start to grapple with the rapid depreciation in value of global currencies relative to the US dollar, excess inventories in the semiconductor and electronics supply chains, and the end of a PC upgrade cycle,” said Bryan Lewis, research vice president at Gartner.

Philippines pushing for cashless society, but it’s a long way off

PhilippinesImagine the day when scanning your face, waving your phone, or using some kind of a wearable are the new norms of paying for goods and services. The transactions could be anything – from buying a train ticket to sending money to a relative, buying clothes in the mall, or riding a jeepney. The world dreams of a cashless society. And as it acquires a multitude of non-cash payment options, this dream only comes closer. The progress of economies varies, though.

China will become the world’s top market for mobile games by 2016

ChinaEverybody knows that mobile gaming is big in China. How big? Big enough that, according to a white paper released today by GMGC, China will become the top global market for mobile games by 2016. Citing data from Newzoo Global Games Market Premium, the white paper estimates that mobile gaming revenues in 2015 will hit US$6.1 billion – just below the US’s projected revenues for this year at US$6.3 billion.

Infosys acquires US firm Kallidus for $120 million

IndiaBENGALURU: Infosys has acquired US-based digital experience solutions company Kallidus for $120 million that includes a deferred component and retention bonus. Kallidus offers including mobile commerce and in-store shopping experiences to large retail clients. It develops and host mobile websites, apps, and other digital shopping experiences across mobile, tablet, desktop, in-store and all emerging channels.  The latest acquisition is Bengaluru-based IT company’s second acquisition this year.

Australia to roll out facial recognition in airports

AustraliaAustralia’s Customs and Border Protection will install 92 facial recognition terminals in international airports as part of an $18 million deal with Portuguese smart-gate manufacturer Vision-Box. The contract represents a switching of smart-gate vendors for Customs – Vision-Box rival Morpho had been the provider of choice to date for the agency. Morpho delivered around 61 electronic gates at arrival terminals as part of a $53 million agreement with the border security agency that is due to continue out to 2019.,australia-to-roll-out-facial-recognition-in-overseas-airports.aspx

Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent exploring China’s mobile medical industry

ChinaChinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are likely to become major players in the mobile medical industry in China given their tremendous capital and well-developed platforms, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Tencent invested US$70 million in China’s largest medical and health website Dingxiangyuan in September last year, followed by an investment of US$100 million in the leading website used for making hospital appointments in China, Guahaowang, in October last year.

Thousands of Australian ecommerce sites vulnerable to ‘Shoplift’ bug

AustraliaMore than 4000 retailers in Australia could be vulnerable to a bug in the eBay-owned Magento platform which allows full takeover of ecommerce sites by attackers. The ‘Shoplift’ flaw can also be exploited for unauthorised access to customer details and credit card information from site databases, security vendor Check Point noted. Owner of Dutch Magento hoster, Willem de Groot, tested sites around the world to check if they had applied the SUPEE-5344 security update for Magento.,thousands-of-australian-ecommerce-sites-vulnerable-to-shoplift-bug.aspx begins transition to AWS

AustraliaQantas has begun the process of transitioning its entire website to the Amazon Web Services cloud, CTO Chris Taylor revealed this morning at Sydney’s AWS Summit. The airline began exploring cloud computing as a platform for – which takes up to a million bookings every day – more than a year ago. Taylor said the shift has now begun in earnest after he became “absolutely confident” that it would not fail once it was deployed.,qantascom-begins-transition-to-aws.aspx

Video streaming startup iFlix gets US$30M funding ahead of Southeast Asia launch

PhilippinesAccess to a whole new range of streaming movie and TV content is one step closer to viewers in Southeast Asia, as internet media startup iFlix has successfully completed a US$30 million funding round. iFlix’s parent company Catcha Group and telco Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company led the round. The funds will be used towards the continued rollout of the service throughout Southeast Asian territories, as well as acquiring the rights to more content and producing original content.

Qantas to use flight, travel data in first hackathon, from AU

AustraliaQantas will hold its first-ever weekend coding event next month, in which app developers will use public flight and travel data to come up with solutions to travelling problems. Fifty developers will hack it out in Qantas’ centre of service excellence facility in Alexandria, Sydney, between May 30 and 31 at the airline’s Codeshare event. The developers will be given access to flight and travel data to build apps.,qantas-to-use-flight-customer-data-in-first-hackathon.aspx

China building home-grown DRAM industry, to pose threat to existing leaders in 2017

ChinaChina is stepping up efforts to establish its own DRAM industry, which will likely pose a threat to the current industry leaders such as SK Hynix and Micron Technology in 2017, according to industry sources. China’s government is looking to support local companies to develop home-grown memory technologies, said the sources. Efforts include help for local firms to make mergers and acquisitions overseas, and to encourage partnerships and cooperation between the local and international companies, the sources indicated.

Spreadtrum chipsets adopted for Samsung WCDMA tablets and smartphone

KoreaSpreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730ST, and its dual-core mobile chipset, the SC7727S, have been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a series of tablets and smartphones. The SC7730ST is now shipping in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 V tablets, which are 7-inch models available with WCDMA (SM-T116 series) and Wi-Fi ( SM-T113 series) features. These tablets, designed with Spreadtrum’s 1.3GHz quad-core processor, feature a 7-inch WSVGA display, a 2MP camera, 8GB internal memory and 1GB RAM, a 32GB MicroSD slot and extended battery life of up to eight hours on video playback.

TSMC Reports 49.8% Operating Revenue Growth In Q1 2015

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. published its performance statistics for March and the first quarter of 2015. According to TSMC, the company achieved operating revenue of NTD222.03 billion, which was about CNY42.25 billion, during the first quarter of 2015, representing a year-on-year increase of 49.8% and a slight decrease of 0.2% compared with the previous quarter.