I’ve worked at a lot of different jobs in my life, but there are a few I’d never like to try: picking crops on a farm, working in a chicken processing plant, and working in any kind of factory. The relentless assembly lines and the noise of the machines would be hard to deal with. Even those factories without deafening machines still seem like harsh places to work, if only because of the cadence they impose on employees.
TNS today revealed ten trends that are set to disrupt the technology landscape in China and beyond over the next five years. TNS has identified these trends based on ‘World of Convergence’, an extensive study of over 5,900 people in China to understand what they are most looking for from gadgets and tech services. “Our study highlights a real opportunity for tech companies, if they look beyond technology-led innovation.” says Chris Bonsi, CEO Greater China, TNS, “We’ve found that if you start with what people are actually looking to do with their devices – rather than the pure technology potential – you open up a whole new world of convergence opportunities.”
I can see why Lei Jun doesn’t want to be called the Steve Jobs of China. If you look at his history, he’s more like a quasi-Bill Gates with a hint of Jeff Bezos, with Marc Andreesen tendencies, and only a soupçon of Steve Jobs. Given what we know of Lei Jun’s history and numbers, you would be hard pressed to make a deeper comparison of Lei Jun and Steve Jobs that goes beyond black shirts, blue jeans, and smartphone icons.
The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenues by 28.1% on year to US$2.3 billion during the third quarter of 2014, according to the IDC. The market generated more than 898PB (petabytes) of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 46.6% compared to same period a year ago.
The global interest towards South East Asian economies is going steady in spite of competitors from countries like India and China. This is powered by recent innovations in healthcare, information technology, automation& electronics and chemical markets. This report highlights the key trends and the innovation climate in these industries in South East Asian countries.
Tencent is China’s second-biggest internet company, recently stripped of its number one spot by Alibaba. It’s also one of the country’s most active venture capitalists. While Alibaba made headlines with massive investments into big established companies, Tencent got down and dirty with early stage investments into nascent startups.
The Foxconn Group needs to hire more talent from outside to accomplish its goal of transforming its operations from manufacturing to a trading-centric approach, according to industry sources. To reach the goal of sustainable growth, the group is currently promoting the establishment of a corporate culture that will be based on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and therefore is mapping plans to hire more talent, revealed the sources.
China and India are two of the most lucrative markets in the world for smartphone makers. But even though both are developing countries, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle them both. China’s massive, well-established mobile mobile market is nearing saturation, while India is just getting started.
NEW DELHI: Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world’s largest social network platform Facebook expand its userbase in India to 112 million — the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users (MAUs) base touching 112 million at the end of September. The number of daily active users (DAUs) from India now stands at 52 million.
With rapid change a constant in the IT sector, it can sometimes be tough to discern long-term trends from marketing hype. However, on the doorstep of 2015, I believe there are three ‘hot buttons’ that will have a significant impact in the year ahead:
Taiwanese companies have higher-than-average maturity in cloud computing and big data analysis in the Asia-Pacific region due to their skilled employees and high standards for process control, according to research firm IDC. In a survey released Dec. 11, IDC divides companies into five phases — Ad Hoc, Opportunistic, Repeatable, Managed and Optimized — based on their adoption of cloud-based computing technology and analysis capability of huge sets of complex information, as well as the business values they have created with these applications.
MUMBAI: India companies lost around $4 billion due to cyber attacks in 2013 and the amount is set for a 30% jump this year, according to experts. Vadodara-based, BSE listed Deepak Nitrite was surprised that one of its old customers didn’t pay even after receiving its consignment. It transpired that the client had received an email just a few days informing it of a change in account details.
China now has 386 million daily active Android users, according to data from Baidu, China’s top search engine. This is the first time we’ve had an update on this figure since Q3 2013, when the search giant said the country had 270 million active Android users each day. A Baidu representative issued the figure to Tech in Asia, explaining that the new 386 million number was compiled for the company’s Q2 Mobile Distribution Report but was not actually included in the document.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese companies have higher-than-average maturity in cloud computing and big data analysis in the Asia-Pacific region due to their skilled employees and high standards for process control, according to research firm IDC. In a survey released Dec. 11, IDC divides companies into five phases — Ad Hoc, Opportunistic, Repeatable, Managed and Optimized — based on their adoption of cloud-based computing technology and analysis capability of huge sets of complex information, as well as the business values they have created with these applications.
More than half (57 percent) of the enterprises in Hong Kong experienced data loss and downtime in the last twelve months, causing a total loss of US$2.2 billion. These were the findings from EMC Corporation’s ‘Global Data Protection Index’. The study surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, of which 125 respondents were from Hong Kong.
5G mobile network adoption is predicted to be much slower than 4G. A lack of unifying standards, complex technology and spectrum auctions, alongside a lack of necessity will only see it mainstreamed by 2023, according to a new report. ABI research believes it will take more than five years for 5G to reach the 100 million subscriber mark – two years longer than 4G.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers around the world will keep increasing to 96.1 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 21.6% of the global total number of LTE (4G) users. 81.8% of the total will be users in China, 8% in Saudi Arabia and 6.9% in Japan, according to Digitimes Research. Of the number of LTE networks around the world, 87% will be FDD LTE networks and 13% TD-LTE networks in 2014, Digitimes Research indicated.
Server hardware shipments in the Chinese market increased by 15.63% year-on-year, according to latest data from Gartner. Market research firm Gartner recently published a report on the server market for the third quarter of 2014 which showed the global server shipment increased by 1% year-on-year to 2.53 million units, showing weak growth. Among various regional markets, only China maintained a high growth rate of 15.63% and the total shipments reached 498,000 units.
China Daily/Asia News Network– Shopping via mobile phones is fast becoming the main option for spending money in China, with transactions from the not-so-developed western region of the country being the driving force, a report said on Monday. The report, prepared by Alipay, the payment arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., said more than half of all online payment transactions were made with mobile phones so far this year.
Chief executive officers in the Asia Pacific are demanding more of their finance chiefs but many are concerned their CFOs aren’t up to the challenge, according to a survey released Tuesday. Nearly three-quarters of CEOs said they expected the CFO role would grow more important over the next three years, but about a third said their CFOs did not understand or help them address issues facing their companies, according to a survey for KPMG’s Asia Pacific branch.