15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong across Asia, where a number of relatively new phone-makers are playing to their strengths in home markets, aiming to get consumers hooked on their own keenly-priced but strongly-specced devices. Let’s look at 15 of the strongest new contenders across Asia. They’re all – individually and collectively – keen to steal sales from more established phone-makers. To quote a Bob Marley song: If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.

http://www.techinasia.com/2013-list-new-asian-homegrown-smartphone-brands/

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore on September 19

As expected, the new iPhone 6 is larger – and it comes in two variants, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. They both launch in selected countries on September 19. But in Asia-Pacific, only Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore get the two new devices during the first wave of launches, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) confirmed this morning. In all those eligible countries, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders commence on September 12.

http://www.techinasia.com/iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus-launch-australia-hong-kong-japan-singapore-september-19-prices/

Asia telecom Power Systems Market (2014-2019): Forecast By Powering System and By Country

Telecom towers are among the key entities in network service and telecom infrastructure, with the growth in telecom services subscriber base and launch of new service features, new tower installation activities started getting uproar. Telecommunications industry has shown tremendous growth in past few years due to value added service features, advanced technologies such as 3G and 4G, increase in number of industry participants, increasing sales of smart phones and telecom service subscriber base, and rising disposable income of individuals.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3178262

External disk sales spin down as firms turn off high-end storage

Spending on storage inched up in 2014’s second quarter on the same period last year. But the small rise disguises a fall in the amount firms are spending on external disks. The real picture for external storage systems is that second-quarter factory revenues worldwide were down 1.4 percent on the same period a year ago to $5.87bn. Causing a modest 0.3 percent overall rise in revenues between second quarter 2014 and 2013 are strong internal storage sales in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets, analyst firm IDC said. Overall spending on storage reached $7.8bn in the second quarter this year.

http://www.zdnet.com/external-disk-sales-spin-down-as-firms-turn-off-high-end-storage-7000033366/

South Asian Mobile Carrier Selects Teclo Networks for Super-Fast Mobile Internet

Zurich, Switzerland – 4 September 2014 – Teclo Networks, the leader in TCP data optimization, today announced that its TCP optimization solution, the S-Series, has been chosen by a leading mobile operator in South Asia. Teclo Networks accelerates data networks by up to 60 percent and millions of subscribers across the country will now benefit from lightning-fast mobile Internet. Taking up just a single industry-standard rack server, the S-Series delivers unrivalled mobile Internet speeds through TCP/IP acceleration.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3173277

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

Red Hat Launches Asia Pacific Forum To Answer Open Source Questions

Open source solutions provider, Red Hat, will be hosting its annual Asia Pacific forums to address pain-points and share strategies with public sector agencies and businesses interested in open source. Red Hat customers, partners and executives will be sharing their experiences with open source technology at a series of events across 10 cities in the region, kicking off in Malaysia on 11 September.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/26/red-hat-launches-asia-pacific-forum-answer-open-so/

E-Government Shortlist Announced For 2014 Futuregov Awards

The shortlisted government agencies for the E-Government category of the annual FutureGov Awards have been announced – with departments from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand making it through to the final stage. 2014 E-Government Shortlist : Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency, Indonesia : Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Malaysia : Business Victoria, Australia : National Environment Agency, Singapore : Land Information New Zealand

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/25/e-government-shortlist-announced-2014-futuregov-aw/

Asian consumers turning to tablets to make phone calls

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21 — Phablets have been big in Asia for some time — their sales already outstrip those of notebooks and tablets in the region. However it appears that sometimes phablets just aren’t big enough. Because now, consumers are reaching for tablets with voice-calling capabilities instead. And this interest is not a blip, according to research and analytics firm IDC, it’s a growing trend. Its latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, details from which were published yesterday, shows that demand for the devices has grown over 60 per cent year-on-year.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/asian-consumers-turning-to-tablets-to-make-phone-calls

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

Microsoft’s Pocket Friendly $25 Phone for Asia and Africa

Software maker Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) unveiled a new ultra affordable Nokia ( NOK ) mobile phone, Nokia 130, intended for the entry-level market. The Nokia 130 will be priced at $25 and will be available in the third quarter in different markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam.  The latest move will help Microsoft broaden its footprint in the fast-growing entry-level mobile phone market. It will help the software maker target first-time smartphone buyers globally.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/microsofts-pocket-friendly-25-phone-for-asia-and-africa-analyst-blog-cm379437

Google joins Asian telcos in trans-Pacific cable build

Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390917,google-joins-asian-telcos-in-trans-pacific-cable-build.aspx

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

Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/08/06/middle-east-africa-and-asia-will-win-the-smart-city-market/

Research and Markets: Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market Report 2014

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market” report to their offering. This research discusses the fiber optic test equipment market in Southeast Asia. The market is currently at a growth stage. Government directives to increase national broadband applications are among of the main drivers of this market. The research provides a forecast and analysis of the key fiber optic product segments, end-user verticals, countries, and applications that will be driving the growth of the market.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3138755

Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

Google today announced that it has launched two new Compute Engine zones: one in the U.S. (us-central1-f) and one in Asia (asia-east1-c). Google says this will make it easier for developers to run systems like MongoDB and others that use a quorum-based architecture for high availability by working across multiple data centers. The new zone will run servers based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, while the two other U.S. zones Google already offers will use older Sandy Bridge-based machines.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/05/google-compute-engine-adds-new-zones-in-us-and-asia/

Allied Asia Pacific Developed Facebook Crowdsourcing Service "ReFUEL4," Now API Partners of Facebook Advertising; Partnership Pact with Nanigans

TOKYO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Asia Pacific Pte LTD., subsidiary of Allied Architects, Inc. which offers social media marketing support business, is recognized as an official API Partners of Facebook advertising (*1) by Facebook, Inc. (Head Office: United States, California, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and developed the crowdsourcing service “ReFUEL4″ which is specialized for Facebook advertising creation. Signed a partner agreement with sPMD (*2) certified company, Nanigans, Inc. and will start the service to the countries of the world.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3129915

THE EVOLVING ASEAN DATA CENTER MARKET

An increasing amount of attention has been focused on the Asia Pacific data center market in recent years, thanks to strong economic growth in China and India, two of the most populous nations on the planet. Usually overlooked is a smaller grouping of countries within this region known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Formed to promote economic cooperation and regional stability, ASEAN consists of ten countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/07/evolving-asean-data-center-market

Singapore, Bangalore could be twin sisters in innovation, entrepreneurship: Amit Anand

Singapore: The Indian government should look at public-private partnership (PPP) to make its Rs.10,000 crore start-up fund a success, says Amit Anand, founding partner of Singapore-based Jungle Ventures, an entrepreneur-backed venture firm focused on funding start-ups in the Asia-Pacific region. In an interview, Anand said India is among the top five start-up ecosystems in the world and despite limitations such as a lack of sufficient funding, the country is on track to produce several $1 billion companies, riding trends such as cloud computing and mobility.

http://www.livemint.com/Money/lXj6G8xXNAokNqsR5JC5TL/Singapore-Bangalore-could-be-twin-sisters-in-innovation-en.html