Emerging markets to push smartphone sales up 23.8% to 1.25 billion

NEW DELHI: Emerging countries in regions like India and China will help smartphone sales jump close to 24 per cent this year to 1.25 billion, even as the growth pace slows down in mature markets, research firm IDC said.  According to IDC, more than 1.25 billion smartphones are expected to be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8 per cent increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/emerging-markets-to-push-smartphone-sales-up-23-8-to-1-25-billion/articleshow/41356658.cms

Alibaba vs Amazon in an infographic

Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic  comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-amazon-infographic/

‘Cloud computing offers significant benefits for corporates’

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Majority of the decision makers in Indian corporates have ranked business intelligence as the major use of big data. They also agree that cloud computing and big data can give significant impact for their business. According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65 percent of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging big data – huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Cloud_computing_offers_significant_benefits_for_corporates-440833/BUSINESS/5

Taiwan Mobile Internet Users Reached 9.87 Million In H1 2014

During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan’s Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and it also reached 77.6% in 2014. Meanwhile, the development of mobile devices has promoted the rise of the mobile Internet.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/27/20849-taiwan-mobile-internet-users-reached-9-87-million-in-h1-2014

4 of 5 smartphones in China are Android, most with at least 3 Tencent apps installed

Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends  (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.

http://www.techinasia.com/4-5-smartphones-china-android-3-tencent-apps-installed/

Digitimes Research: All-in-one PC shipments to decline in 2014 – from Taiwan

Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth. Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD206.html

Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

The deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech . He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices.

http://www.techinasia.com/quarter-chinas-population-shops-online/

VN smartphone software to save data usage

A Vietnamese smart phone is now offering Opera Max software that can compress data by up to 50 per cent compared with the limited 3G packages available now. Now available in Mobiistar’s Black Diamond Prime508 model, it will only be uploaded on Viet Nam’s Google Play after three months. The software allows users to easily manage their mobile data usage and enjoy video clips with less buffering than usual. Nearly 70 per cent of videos on 2G and 3G networks in Viet Nam have to buffer. This is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia after only Myanmar, where it is over 88 per cent.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/110462/vn-smartphone-software-to-save-data-usage.html

United Nations Builds Big Data Lab With Baidu

The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/25/20835-united-nations-builds-big-data-lab-with-baidu

Samsung is the leading smartwatch brand, latest figures reveal

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-is-the-leading-smartwatch-brand-latest-figures-reveal

Research and Markets: Asia-Pacific B2C E-Commerce Market 2014

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific B2C E-Commerce Market 2014″ report to their offering. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region on the global B2C E-Commerce market. Between 2013 and 2018 it is forecasted to grow by over 20% annually and surpass North America to become the number one region worldwide in terms of B2C E-Commerce sales. The large population base coupled with increasing Internet connectivity and disposable incomes set the stage for this rapid growth.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3152229

Entry-level 4G handset demand in China to increase during 2H14; expected to push down penetration rate of high-end panels

Entry-level 4G smartphones are gaining traction in the China market and are expected to see increased shipments throughout the second half of 2014, which will subsequently push down the penetration rate of high-end panels used in 4G units. China’s three main telecom operators are now all offering 4G services in addition to various subsidies to push the technology in the market. Handset vendors have since been promoting high-end units in conjunction with the new service, which has helped push the penetration rate for high-end panels used in 4G handset in China.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140818PD204.html

‘Indian Internet Users To Surpass U.S. In 2014′

NEW DELHI: Indian Internet users will surpass the number in the U.S. by the end of this year and around 500 million people will be online by 2018, Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India said. “Even at the current growth rate, we will have 500 million Indians on the Internet by 2018. By the end of this year, India will become larger than the U.S. in terms of number of Internet users. By 2018, India will have twice the number of Internet users as the US does.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Indian-Internet-Users-To-Surpass-US-In-2014-nid-170968-cid-2.html

Why Only A Few Indian Companies Into The Next Level Of Technology?

BANGALORE: India has been a land sourcing out many exceptional engineers in technology. We hear news of Indian engineers working for big companies, developing some of the most astounding apps and software that are being used around the world. All these achievements are to be hailed but the real question is why is not India venturing into the next level of Technology? The IT world is buzzing around the latest topic of Cloud and faster information detailing from massive storage of data. 

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Why-Only-A-Few-Indian-Companies-Into-The-Next-Level-Of-Technology-nid-170969-cid-2.html

CIO research: More Indian CIOs moving to hybrid cloud

Indian CIOs are looking at the hybrid cloud with new-found love. According to CIO India’s Mid-Year Review 2014 research this year, 48 percent of Indian CIOs are currently using, or planning to implement hybrid clouds in their organizations this year, compared to 35 percent last year. There is a whopping 13 percent hike in that number over last year. This is a clear indication that hybrid cloud adoption is going up. The hike is directly proportional to the fall in private cloud adoption figures. Last year, 51 percent of Indian CIOs said that they were using a private cloud or were considering its use. This year, that number has come down to 37 percent.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/cloud-computing/cio-research-more-indian-cios-moving-to-hybrid-cloud/

Enterprises Adopt Cloud Computing to Boost Business Efficiency in Asia

Cloud computing is the future of business in Asia, and companies around the region are beginning to jump on board the train, although infrastructural and regulatory challenges remain, according to the Economist Corporate Network’s recent report. Given the immense cost-saving, convenience and efficiency benefits brought about by cloud-based services, Asian firms have been eager to invest in internet technology for their business. Almost a fifth of Asian-based enterprises are actively converting most of their IT capabilities into cloud, “on-demand” or other utility models, indicative of a technologically forward-looking culture, according to the study.

http://www.asiabriefing.com/news/2014/08/enterprises-adopt-cloud-computing-boost-business-efficiency-asia/

APAC leading mkt growth in home automation

CALIFORNIA, USA: A new market research report on Home Automation, shows that the United States represents the largest market worldwide, followed by Europe. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 29.5 per cent over the analysis period. Growing employment opportunities, steady economic development, easy availability of housing finance, strong residential construction activity, increasing urbanization, rising standards of living, and increase in consumer spending for lifestyle products, represent key factors driving growth in the region.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/218806/apac-leading-mkt-growth-home-automation

Digitimes Research: Top-5 vendors, top-3 ODMs see sequential drops in July notebook shipments

The five largest notebook vendors’ combined shipments in July decreased 25% on month while the three largest ODMs’ combined shipments also slipped 17%, according to Digitimes Research. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Lenovo saw over 30% declines while Acer and Asustek Computer saw roughly 20%. Dell, however, saw an increase in shipments. In terms of ODMs, Compal saw a 20% decline while Wistron saw an 11% decline.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140808PD200.html

High definition calls and high speed Internet now come to Myanmar

The Information Age will finally come to Myanmar as 68 of its cities and towns acquire access to high definition calls and high speed Internet access starting August 15. A press statement by Ooredo Myanmar quoted their mobile telecoms operator firm as saying that the launch of this service marks the very first time such services will be available to people in the country.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/networking/high-definition-calls-and-high-speed-internet-now-come-to-myanmar/

Indonesians started their e-commerce activities earlier during Ramadan: aCommerce

A study by aCommerce, an e-commerce solutions provider in Southeast Asia, found that Indonesians started shopping online as early as 4 am during the recent Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The study analysed e-commerce data of five retailers selling apparels, beauty and sports products during the two weeks prior and two weeks during Ramadan.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indonesians-started-their-e-commerce-activities-earlier-during-ramadan-acommerce/