Tokyo’s first Bitcoin ATM arrives… at a bar in Roppongi

Despite the recent meltdown of Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, Japan Tokyo has received its first fully-operational Bitcoin ATM. The Robocoin-branded machine, provided by domestic Bitcoin exchange BMEX, was powered on Wednesday night at The Pink Cow, a popular expat bar and restaurant in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district.

http://www.techinasia.com/japans-bitcoin-atm-arrives-bar-tokyo/

Thailand social media stats: 28 million on Facebook, 4.5 million on Twitter, 1.7 million on Instagram

Back in March, Thailand had roughly 24 million Facebook users and 1.5 million Instagram users. Twitter saw 35 percent user growth and 45 percent more use per user in 2013 compared to 2012 in Thailand. The number has grown significantly since then. Earlier this week at the Thailand Zocial Awards in Bangkok, some interesting numbers were presented. Zocial Inc, the company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, hosted the event.

http://www.techinasia.com/thailand-social-media-stats-28-million-facebook-45-million-twitter-17-million-instagram/

Taiwan’s Acer to launch ‘smartband’ wearable device

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leading personal computer maker Acer announced on Friday that it will debut its first wearable device at the upcoming Computex trade show before shipping the products later this year. Liquid Leap, a one-inch touch-screen smartband with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification and music control, will be sold together with the Liquid Jade smartphone in selected markets from the third quarter, Acer said.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-acer-to-launch/1129816.html

Sequoia Capital Raises $530M For India-Focused Fund

By Kukil Bora – Sequoia Capital, one of the most prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley to have invested in India, announced Friday that it has raised $530 million for its fourth India-focused fund, taking its total investments in the country to nearly $2 billion. Sequoia Capital Raises $530M For India-Focused FundSequoia Capital Raises $530M For India-Focused Fund. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm, which is known for its early and seed-stage investments in companies such as Google Inc , Apple Inc.  and Yahoo! Inc., said that the fund will be used to expand its investments in India and Southeast Asia.

http://www.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/sequoia-capital-raises-$530m-for-india-focused-fund-287053

SoftBank gets in on China’s P2P lending craze with $10 million investment in Edai

There’s no shortage of peer-to-peer lending sites in China, but neither has a distinct market leader emerged. Sina Tech reports Softbank China is getting in on the action with an estimated US$10 million investment into financial services company Edai. In addition to the P2P lending service that it launched this year, Edai offers traditional loans and free loan consultation. The Chengdu-based company was founded in 2006 and now exists both online and has brick-and-mortar offices in China.

http://www.techinasia.com/softbank-chinas-p2p-lending-craze-10-million-investment-edai/

After Thailand’s coup, rulers want to meet with Facebook, Google, Line, to discuss censoring individual users

It’s been a little over a week since the military took over Thailand. Under the pretext of maintaining peace in the country (after more than half a year of intense political instability), the junta has not only censored old media but also found ways to filter online content. That could soon extend deeper into censorship of social media. According to Post Today, Thailand’s IT ministry plans to send a government representative to Singapore to talk to Facebook and Google, and another team to Japan to talk to NHN, the company behind the popular messaging app Line.

http://www.techinasia.com/thailands-coup-rulers-meet-facebook-google-line-discuss-censoring-individual-users/

ASRock server subsidiary to turn profitable in 1Q15

ASRock Rack, a server subsidiary of ASRock, is expected to achieve break-even operations by the fourth quarter of 2014 and start earning profits in the first quarter of 2015. ASRock Rack has already landed orders from clients in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia and will start shipping orders later in 2014, the market watchers noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140528PD207.html

Creator’s Vietnamese keyboard app a hit on Google Play store

Commenters on hi-tech forums are calling Laban Key the best Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based devices. The app is favored for its high customization, which can serve users’ specific requirements, its fast operation, and low consumption of system resources. The app creator, Pham Kim Long, was also the person behind the Vietnamese data input methodUniKey, which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. That was created 20 years ago.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/103582/creator-s-vietnamese-keyboard-app-a-hit-on-google-play-store.html

Aircel partners with ASKME to empower SMEs

CHENNAI, INDIA: Aircel, a mobile service provider in India and ASKME a local discovery platform to provide ‘Pay per lead’ generation plan through an operator billing system, entered into partnership with ASKME. The business service will provide SMEs the convenience to pay only for the potential leads, thereby helping SMEs address the challenge of upfront investment for increasing business.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/215320/aircel-partners-askme-empower-smes

Philips enters the Indian mobile market

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Philips Mobile has announced its foray into the Indian mobile market with its new range of smartphones W6610, W3500, S308 and also a feature phone E130 targeting at business professionals, technology enthusiasts and durability segment.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/215315/philips-mobile-enters-indian-mobile-market

The Most appreciated Apps on iOS – India

BANGALORE: Applications for the smartphones are available on the App stores for everything, from scanning your documents to food recipes. With an app available for every individual’s taste, we would like to introduce some of the best, people friendly apps out there, as compiled by Paste media.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/The-Most-appreciated-Apps-on-iOS-nid-166823-cid-2.html

Hon Hai Acquires 15% Stake In Asia Pacific Telecom For NTD11.64 Billion

Hon Hai Group submitted a filing to Taiwan Stock Exchange which revealed that its subsidiary Ambit Microsystems Corporation will invest NTD11.64 billion to buy newly issued shares of Asia Pacific Telecom, a Taiwanese telecom carrier. The company may implement a merger with the latter in the future. Hon Hai said in the filing that Asia Pacific Telecom will issue 826.407 million new shares.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/05/29/20569-hon-hai-acquires-15-stake-in-asia-pacific-telecom-for-ntd11-64-billion

Chunghwa launches Taiwan’s first 4G service

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s leading telecommunication company Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信) announced its launch of the 4G broadband service yesterday, one month prior to market expectations, making it the first company to launch the 4G service in Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom held an “Experience 4G” press conference yesterday. It was attended by Chunghwa’s ranking officers and its various partners, including HTC, Samsung and other distributors, network providers, media content providers, etc.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/30/408893/Chunghwa-launches.htm

British analytics firm DC Storm acquired by Rakuten

Rakuten Marketing, the digital marketing arm of Japanese conglomerate Rakuten, Inc., announced the acquisition of DC Storm, a British marketing analytics firm. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2004, DC Storm has steadily grown over the past nine years and established local headquarters in Frankfurt (2008) and New York City (2013).

http://www.techinasia.com/british-analytics-firm-dc-storm-acquired-rakuten/

Japan’s family-centric social network nets $500,000 in funding led by Venture United

Compath Me, the startup behind Kiddy, a photo diary social network targeted at families, has completed a US$500,000 financing round led by Venture United. The company has previously received investments from DG Incubation, Archetype, and Netprice.com. With more money in the bank, co-founder Hiromichi Ando tells us that the funds will be used to improve its app and to accelerate overseas expansion.

http://www.techinasia.com/compath-me-kiddy-venture-united-funding/

Taiwan’s Acer launches software "cloud" service drive

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer on Thursday unveiled its cloud service centre as the struggling computer maker seeks to revive its fortunes by diversifying away from the low-margin hardware business. Stan Shih, chairman and company founder, revealed further details about its software service programme called “Build Your Own Cloud” (BYOC), which he initiated late last year after returning to the helm of the company to launch a series of reforms.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-acer-launches/1127478.html

Samsung unveils new digital health platform

SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new digital health technology platform that uses sensors to track a range of body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. Unveiled at an event in San Francisco the new platform dubbed “Simband” does not include any commercial products, but Samsung demonstrated how it might work with a wristband.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/samsung-unveils-new/1126924.html

Asustek to establish unified cloud platform and increase personal cloud users

Asustek Computer has announced plans for the cloud computing industry at the Asus Cloud Day event on May 28 and the company is set to establish a unified platform to integrate resources and expand to the worldwide market. Asustek currently has about 30 million users on its personal cloud platform and is planning to increase the number to 50 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140528PD206.html

After boosting sales with iPhone, Japan’s NTT Docomo to offer iPad

Japan’s NTT Docomo, the country’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will begin offering Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display from June 10. Amid pressure from rivals who embraced Apple devices much earlier than Docomo, the company hopes to boost subscribers – while Apple stands to widen its commanding share of the Japanese market.

http://www.techinasia.com/boosting-sales-iphone-japans-ntt-docomo-offer-ipad/

Some StarHub subscribers to get both fibre and cable – just in case

SINGAPORE: StarHub will combine its fibre and cable networks for its 500Mbps (megabits per second) fibre home broadband plan, which it said would offer customers additional service reliability.  In a statement released on Thursday (May 29), the telco said new and re-contracting customers will get access to both networks at no extra charge if they sign up for the 500Mbps fibre plan from this Saturday. A 100Mpbs cable home broadband service will come bundled with it, the company added.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/some-starhub-subscribers/1126652.html

iiNet to build $4 million free wi-fi network in Canberra

The ACT Government has awarded iiNet a five-year contract to offer free wi-fi to Canberra residents and visitors, with over 700 wireless access points to be rolled out across 12 business districts by June next year. iiNet will utilise Cisco technology to deploy 300 wireless access points in high traffic areas and 400 points within businesses across the city, connecting users with its fibre and VDSL2 broadband network.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/386792,iinet-to-build-4-million-free-wi-fi-network-in-canberra.aspx

Research and Markets: Global LTE Market Report 2012-2020 – Forecasts for the $997 Billion Market

LTE market is to soar as high as $997 billion by 2020, experiencing a CAGR of 58.2% during 2013-2020. Asia Pacific is forecast to surpass other geographical markets by 2020 with approximately 40% of the global LTE market. Current revenue (2013) from LTE market in Asia Pacific accounts to $2.8 billion and is expected to reach a value of $390 billion by 2020.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3095287

Aviation looks to the cloud, global framework in pipeline

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Following a two-day ‘Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data’ hosted in Kuala Lumpur (KL), members of the global aviation and telecommunications industries reached an agreement to develop a roadmap and initial framework for the implementation of real-time global flight monitoring.  

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/aviation-looks-to-the-cloud-global-framework-in-pipeline

Apple’s iPhone Manufacturer Morphs Into a Wireless Carrier

You probably know Foxconn as the rather controversial manufacturer of the iPhone, the iPad, and many other consumer electronic devices from a wide range of U.S. companies. The Taiwan-based company is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, and the third largest private employer in the world, behind Wal-Mart and McDonalds.

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/foxconn-wireless/

WHAT COULD A PRINCIPLES-BASED CLOUD COMPUTING FRAMEWORK FOR REGULATORS LOOK LIKE?

There have been reams of articles written about cloud computing for both government and the private sector. These have focused primarily on the agility of cloud, its economics of scale and security. Gartner predicts that almost half of large enterprises will have deployed some form of cloud by the end of 2017. Many industries in the private sector provide services that are subject to government oversight through regulatory regimes.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/may/21/what-could-principles-based-cloud-computing-framew/

Creationline makes a partnership contract with Cloud Spectator Company that offers the service of cloud migration examination and comparision

Creationline Inc. providing cloud integration service makes a partnership contract with Cloud Spectator Company, which supports the service of cloud provider examination and data transfer, and consulting of cloud migration. Since 2011 Cloud Spectator Company has provided the services of providing data comparision and examination of cloud provider for over 20 companies as well as the service of consulting and analysis of those cloud-related troubleshootings. 

http://www.creationline.com/en/news/4702

RED HAT OPENS OFFICE IN INDONESIA TO TARGET OPEN SOURCE OPPORTUNITY

Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Indonesia (KOMINFO) [pictured] was the guest of honour at the opening of Open Source technology company Red Hat’s new Indonesian office in Jakarta. “Customers in Indonesia have always been very supportive of open source solutions and we have seen increased interest from local customers,” said Damien Wong, senior director and general manager, ASEAN, Red Hat.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/may/28/red-hat-opens-office-indonesia-target-open-source-/

Data center excellence: Essar reaps benefits of key implementations

Essar is a multinational corporation with annual revenues of US$39 billion and investments in Steel, Energy, Infrastructure and Services. With operations in more than 25 countries, it employs over 73,000 people. Within Essar, number of branches and number of Business applications are increasing day by day. The prime requirement from the business is faster Data transfer and higher throughput with low latency. The prime requirement from the business is faster Data transfer and higher throughput with low latency.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/resource-center/214944/data-center-excellence-essar-reaps-benifits-key-implementations

China Mobile to cut 4G prices by half

BEJING, CHINA: China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, said it would cut 4G prices by as much as 50 per cent next month. The surprising decision comes amid shareholder concern about profitability and high network investment. At a shareholder meeting in Hong Kong, reported by the Wall Street Journal, China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua tried to allay fears by saying network upgrades and renewed marketing efforts were essential for future growth.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/215191/china-mobile-cut-4g-prices-half

Indian software market grew 9.9 per cent to $3.78 billion in 2013:

NEW DELHI: Impending elections and lower profits from government sector investments led the software market in India to grow at a lower pace of 9.9 per cent to $ 3.78 billion in 2013, research firm IDC today said.  “Software market in India witnessed slowed growth last year, due to multiple factors including impending elections, delayed payments, lower profits from government sector investments and rupee depreciation among others,” it said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/indian-software-market-grew-9-9-per-cent-to-3-78-billion-in-2013-idc/articleshow/35684957.cms