The New Zealand Government will be presenting its Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan in July, Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne has announced. The action plan will be built around improving public services, increasing public integrity, more effectively management public resources and creating safer communities. OGP is an international partnership of 64 countries committed to making their governments more open accountable and responsive to citizens.

Break from Android: Samsung launches smartphone with own operating system Tizen

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch the first smartphone based on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter, marking the company’s latest bid to build up its own ecosystem and reduce reliance on Google Inc’s Android. The South Korean firm on Monday said the Samsung Z, which comes with a 4.8 inch high-definition display and offers features such as a fingerprint sensor, will be unveiled at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Former SAP executive Vishal Sikka set to be new CEO of beleaguered Infosys

BANGALORE: Former SAP board member Vishal Sikka is all but certain to be chosen as the new CEO of Infosys, according to two people aware of the company’s plan. The appointment of Sikka, 47, who resigned from the German business software maker early last month, is likely to be announced within the next few weeks.

Samsung unveils first smartphone using Tizen operating system

SEOUL, June 2 — Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest maker of mobile devices using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, announced its first commercial smartphone using the Tizen open-source platform. The Samsung Z will be available in Russia in the third quarter before expanding to other markets, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a statement today. The device will have a 4.8-inch screen and will be on show at the Tizen developer conference in San Francisco tomorrow.

Smart lifestyle takes centre stage at Asia tech show

TAIPEI: Asia’s largest tech trade show will be a battleground for smart innovations when it kicks off in Taiwan Tuesday — from car systems which warn when you are driving badly to a toothbrush-style camera that films the user’s teeth.  More than 1,500 exhibitors, including some of the world’s leading technology brands, will set out their stalls at Computex, in the capital Taipei, with 130,000 visitors expected for the five-day event.

Award shows TSMC is good at more than just making chips

TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,台積電), the world’s largest contract chip maker, was honored Friday for excellence in promoting a balance between work and life, enabling employees to be as good at “producing” babies as making chips in 2013. TSMC said in a statement that it has won the first “Work Life Balance Award” presented by the Ministry of Labor in recognition of the company’s performance in three areas: employee initiative and achievements, care and support for employee families, and employee health and safety.

VN Facebook users snub negative posts

This was listed as the most common reason for turning friends into former friends, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they have done this to someone due to the constant annoyance of their meaningless posts. The survey done in April of 1,000 respondents also said 54 per cent “unfriended” people because of negative status updates. Other common reasons for jettisoning friends were too many unrelated tags (50 per cent), boastful updates, and game requests (both 49 per cent).

Vietnam should delay 4G: experts

Huawei Viet Nam’s General Director Yuan Song said that 3G was only introduced in Viet Nam in 2009 and was still in the fast growth stage. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, pointed out that while the world was converting to 4G, Viet Nam’s 3G market share was still on the rise and therefore the country should not be in a hurry to upgrade.–experts.html

Can big data fix Singapore’s public transportation woes? IBM and LTA say yes

Public transportation has been a subject of great discontent over the past few years. With sky-high car ownership costs in the island-state, it comes as no surprise that citizens turn to trains and buses as their main mode of transportation. In fact, according to Desmond Kuek, CEO of SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT), over 6.3 million passenger trips are made daily across the Singapore transport system, and each day trains cumulatively run one-and-a-half times the circumference around the Earth’s equator – that’s about 40,000km.

Huawei launches Ascend G6 in the Philippines, aims for 10% smartphone market share

China phone-maker Huawei launched the Huawei Ascend G6 in the Philippines last Saturday, dubbed as the more affordable version of its earlier launched slim smartphone, the Ascend P6. Priced at Php 9,990 (US$ 228), the Ascend G6 is roughly half of the Ascend P6’s Php 18,999 (US$433). The Ascend G6 features a 4.5-inch screen, making it 0.2 inches smaller and five grams lighter than the earlier-launched Ascend P6. Specifications wise, the two phones are very similar, both with an 8-megapixel back camera and quad-core processor.

China wants to kick its Android habit in three to five years

Officials in China have pushed for domestic operating systems on both PC and mobile for some time now, but they’ve never been able to unseat the foreign standard bearers on either platform. However, as cyber security tensions between the US and China ramp up in the wake of Snowden/NSA, the perceived need for domestic operating systems is higher than ever.

Huawei hits 10Gbps in wi-fi trial

A new Huawei-backed wi-fi standard is said to have reached a transmission rate of 10.53 gigabits per second at the Chinese vendor’s Shenzen campus. Currently the fastest commercially available wi-fi standard is 802.11ac which uses wide, 80 to 160MHz bands, signal beamforming and 256 level quadrature amplitude modulation for high spectral efficiency, providing real-world speeds of around a third to half of wired gigabit Ethernet.,huawei-hits-10gbps-in-wi-fi-trial.aspx

Rakuten Ventures’ Saemin Ahn: “No one should tell you what your vision is about.”

On May 20 at Singapore Polytechnic, Tech in Asia hosted its monthly Meetup event by bringing in Saemin Ahn (pictured above) for a fireside chat, which was moderated by our editor, Terence Lee. Ahn is a managing partner at Rakuten Ventures, and given that he owns the entire decision-making process there, he was able to share many interesting insights on the Japanese investment scene

Cisco’s India unit won’t cut jobs in routers and switches business

BANGALORE: The Indian arm of Cisco Systems is not cutting jobs in its routers and switches business, top executives said, despite reducing workforce globally as part of an effort to restore growth and shift focus from traditional networking hardware to newer technologies.  Cisco, the world’s largest networking equipment maker, last year said it will cut 5% of its global workforce or 4,000 jobs due to weaker sales for its products in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

NVIDIA Scoops Up Computex Tradeshow Awards for Tegra K1, GRID

Computex — For the sixth year running, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has clinched a Best Choice Award at Computex, picking up the honor for NVIDIA® GRID™ technology, as well as a coveted “Golden Award” for the NVIDIA Tegra® K1 mobile processor. NVIDIA’s honors mark the longest Best Choice Award win-streak of any international Computex exhibitor. More than 475 technology products from nearly 200 vendors competed for this year’s recognition.

Digital Realty bullish about Asia-Pac

DIGITAL Realty, the world’s largest provider of data centre (DC) real estate services, is benefiting from the ubiquitous growth of cloud computing in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, Asia-Pacific’s share of the company’s global revenue grew to 4 per cent, up from one per cent in 2012, which was a very meaningful shift. In the first quarter of this year, more than 30 per cent of the company’s incremental revenue came from Asia-Pacific.

Smart lifestyle to dominate Asia tech show in Taiwan

Taipei: Asia’s largest tech trade show will be a battleground for smart innovations when it kicks off in Taiwan on Monday — from car systems which warn when you are driving badly to a toothbrush-style camera that films the user’s teeth.  More than 1,500 exhibitors, including some of the world’s leading technology brands, will set out their stalls at Computex, in the capital Taipei, with 130,000 visitors expected for the five-day event.