Digi Times — Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the cusp of a change as Google Android regains momentum and fights back against Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.
Myanmar Times — The Norwegian mobile operator now nips at the heels of the Myanmar market’s state-owned incumbent, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which in April said it served more than 19 million customers. Meanwhile, the country’s third operator, Qatari entrant Ooredoo Myanmar, said earlier this year it counted more than 6 million users on its network.
Enterprise Innovation — Visa unveiled a 7,000 square foot innovation facility in Singapore as a destination for clients, partners and developers across the region to work alongside Visa experts and jointly create the next generation of commerce applications.
Straits Times — Singapore has fallen from 5th to 7th in the latest worldwide ranking of “cloud readiness” – a measure of a country’s support for the growing trend of cloud computing. Even though the Republic had a higher raw score of 79.5, one point up from the previous report released in 2013, its improvement was outpaced by that of others.
Digi Times — China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Xiaomi and TCL have stepped up their pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. The May 1 holiday season encouraged China-based smartphone vendors to build inventories. Meanwhile, the vendors are gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models, said the sources.
Times of India — German luxury fashion firm Hugo Boss leads the list of global companies which filed the highest number of cybersquatting cases in 2015, with fashion emerging as the sector with the greatest activity in terms of domain name complaints, according to data from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
IT News — A Russian man who spent about three years behind bars in the United States for creating the malware known as Gozi has been ordered to pay US$6.9 million (A$8.9 million) to cover losses to bank customers, but was spared further US prison time.
Enterprise Innovation — As the government starts to take serious steps in developing Hong Kong into a smart city, leaders in both the government and private sector must change their mindset to enable the quick execution of various initiatives being laid out for the city’s smart city journey.
Tech in Asia — Last week, WeChat rolled out its answer to Slack, WeChat Enterprise. But while Slack itself has never had a large presence in China, WeChat isn’t waltzing into this market alone – Alibaba’s DingTalk was there first, and the company isn’t looking to give in easily.
IT News — Security researchers have uncovered new insights into how attackers were able to compromise the SWIFT software platform used by the Bangladesh central bank to steal US$81 million (A$107 million). SWIFT, a cooperative owned by 3000 financial institutions, confirmed it was aware of malware targeting its client software.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest telecom company, reported a smaller than expected fall in quarterly profit helped by strong voice and data revenue. The company, which has 184 million mobile subscribers, posted a 38.9% fall in profit to 5.76 billion rupees ($86.60 million) in the three months to the end of March, hurt by higher financing and spectrum fees of its 4G network.
IT News — An unknown group of criminals have been successful in extorting Cloudflare customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars simply by threatening denial of service attacks, but never actually executing one. Cloudflare’s founder and chief executive Matthew Prince revealed that over a hundred Cloudflare customers had received emails from the “Armada Collective” demanding “protection fees” of 10 to 50 Bitcoin (A$6000 – A$30,000) over the past two months.
Tech in Asia — Singaporean telco Singtel wants to build a wall. Unlike Donald Trump’s lofty architectural plans, however, Singtel’s wall aims to keep out cyber criminals. The company today announced the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute (whose acronym is, rather awesomely, CSI), which will be permanently housed in a 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) space in the Lion City.
Digi Times — Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses. Apple and Samsung have both seen disappointing sales of their flagship models while Huawei has reportedly cut its 2016 shipment goal to 120-130 million units from 140 million due to poor sales of its high-end models, said the sources.
Tech in Asia — China just beat Japan to take second position for global revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, a new report says. The US is still the king of iOS app revenue generation in Q1 2016, according to App Annie (PDF link). However, China’s snapping at its heels, with a 2.2 times growth year-on-year that made it move up a notch since January.
IT News — Telstra has begun wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be capped below those available to the carrier’s retail customers. The launch will see a number of retail service providers including AldiMobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life progressively enable 4G on customers’ existing 3G accounts from today.
Tech in Asia — Analysts expected that when Apple announced its quarterly earnings this morning, it would be the company’s worst quarter in more than a decade. Now, the results are in, and they’re not pretty. iPhone sales have dropped year-on-year for the first time ever, and revenue dropped for the first time in a decade. And China, which has often been the engine of growth Apple can lean on in the lean times, saw a big drop, too.
Times of India — Bharti Airtel’s pricing is now at par with that ofIdea Cellular, given that the Aditya Birla Grouptelecom operator is curbing promotional activities in voice, saidHimanshu Kapania, managing director, Idea Cellular. The company has consolidated its 9,700 telecom towers under a single subsidiary to increase operational efficiency, he told ET’s Deepali Gupta in an interview.
Digi Times — Shipments of iPhone devices are expected to continue to decline to around 40 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (or Apple’s fiscal third quarter) after shipments dropped 16% on year to 51.19 million units in the first quarter, sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan have estimated.
IT News — Telstra has announced a $50 million injection into its mobile network to avoid a repeat of the three major outages that hit the telco’s customers in the first few months of this year. The telco has spent the last month conducting a “deep dive” into its network to improve its resilience with the help of network partners Cisco, Ericsson and Juniper.
Tech in Asia — China, with its 688 million internet users, is about to hit another major milestone in its shift to digital. This year, the amount of time that adults in China will spend with digital media every day will surpass the time they spend with traditional media for the first time, according to new data from eMarketer. Yes, the internet is about to overtake TV, radio, and print combined.
Enterprise Innovation — India has become the third most favourite destination for financial Trojan infections globally. Global software company Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report suggests that Indian enterprises were the sixth most targeted globally by cyber-criminals, with victim firms often being subjected to at least two attacks.
Telecom Asia — Singapore’s M1 has launched the nation’s first public native HD voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) trial using HetNet technology. The trial service supports calls to and from fixed numbers without having to use a separate calling app, and allows for two-way mobility between Wi-Fi and mobile networks for seamless handover.
Times of India — BLOOMBERG: Tata Group now wants to add wearables to its list. It’s developing wrist devices for two very distinct markets: Yoga enthusiasts and factory workers. One’s a watch that tracks breathing patterns, alertness and other metrics key to practitioners of the ancient discipline. Another will detect falls or other mishaps on plant floors, and is currently being tested among crane workers at Tata Steel Ltd.
Digi Times — China Telecom has reported operating revenues of CNY86.426 billion (US$13.22 billion) growing 6.1% on year for the first quarter of 2016, according to the company. China Telecom recorded first-quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization) of CNY23.811 billion, up 2.9% on year, net operating profit of CNY7.346 billion, down 5.4%, and net profit of CNY5.119 billion, up 1.5%.
Business Standard — Even as Indian enterprises are increasingly going online, there has been a notable uptick in the number of attacks, especially targeting the small and medium businesses as most of them are not well protected. According to a recent report by security software firm Symantec, November 2015 was most vulnerable month for India Inc when, on an average, 2.5 targeted attacks took place every day.
Networks Asia — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, and Korea-based SK Holding C&C announced an agreement that furthers Alibaba Cloud’s strategy to provide sophisticated cloud-based solutions to accelerate the growth of global businesses in China and abroad.
Rappler — MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government seems to be a favorite target of hacking, given the number of defaced websites in recent years. Following in the footsteps of so-called hacktivists, some have resorted to breaching systems to voice their concerns to government.
Datacenter News — A new cooling system means Spark is saving a street’s worth of energy every year, according to a company statement. The New Zealand telecommunications firm says a new cooling system implemented in one of its Central Auckland data centres has turned into an annual energy savings equivalent to more than 45 homes.