Open source software ignored by state agencies

Most of the computers at state agencies in Vietnam have been running on Windows operating system. In most cases, they use open source software only if they have financial difficulties. If they get money from the state, they use it to buy closed source software. In fact, many open source software products have been deployed at state agencies since 2001, when the government-initiated Program No 112 on computerizing the state’s administration kicked off.

Mozilla to Launch Low-Cost Smartphones in India and Indonesia

Mozilla has announced plans to release inexpensive smartphones for users in India and Indonesia in the coming months. The announcement was made during the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. Given the high competition in the smartphone market, it has become very difficult for smartphone manufacturing companies to stand out from the rest. And Mozilla is expected to take a large chunk of the market with the launch of its low-cost smartphones.

Lava Iris 350M Low-cost Android Smartphone Released in India; Iris 402e to Hit Stores Soon

Domestic smartphone maker, Lava has released a budget Android handset dubbed as Iris 350M via online store in India. The new Lava Iris 350M sports a 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) screen and ships with 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card) and a 1,200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Priced just under the ₹3,350, the Lava phone boasts of 2.0-megapixel primary camera, VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera on the front. As of now, it is has been made available at online store Home Shop 18.

Intelsat and SpeedCast join forces to provide enhanced global connectivity

LUXEMBOURG & HONG KONG: Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that it has established a strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider. Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity as well as to its terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOne?.

Taiwan firms in Vietnam up and running

TAIPEI — Over 90 percent of Taiwanese businesses that suffered damage during last month’s anti-China riots in Vietnam have resumed operations, a Taiwanese business group said Friday. “Taiwanese businesses have tried very hard to resume operations and are not considering withdrawing their investment,” said Hsu Yu-lin (許玉林), the chairman of the Bing Duong (平陽) Taiwan Business Association’s reconstruction committee.

Softbank to invest $20 million in startups in the Philippines

Japanese telco Softbank (TYO:9984) will invest over $20 million in startups in the Philippines with the creation of a new fund, Tech in Asia has learned. The Softbank venture fund in the Philippines is set up with the help of its regional partner, IP Ventures (IPVI). SoftBank China and India’s Bodhi Fund invested in IPVI in 2011. It will be led by IPVI’s CEO Enrique Gonzalez and also Softbank’s very own Kabir Misra, Katsumasa Niki, Teddy Himler, and Yen Theng Tan.

LG likely to ship 15-16 smartphones in 2Q14, say Taiwan sources

LG Electronics is expected to see its smartphone shipments grow 20-30% sequentially to 15-16 million units in the second quarter of 2014, buoyed by the brisk sales of its latest flagship model, the LG G3, according to sources at the handset supply chain in Taiwan. Sales of the LG G3 reached 100,000 units in the first five days in Korea since its launch at the end of May, the sources noted. The LG G3 sports a 5.5-inch QHD display, Qualcomm 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 13-megapixel camera.

Finnish steel firm to use Wipro IT services

Bangalore, June 13 (IANS) Finnish steel major Outokumpu has selected Indian IT bellwether Wipro as IT services partner for its operations across 10 countries. “The multi-year contract envisages applications maintenance and development of legacy applications across 10 countries to ensure cost efficiencies and optimal utilisation of IT infrastructure spanning human resources, finance, procurement, supply chain, production, marketing and communications,” Wipro said in a statement here. The countries are Britain, China, Germany, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the US.

Eutelsat Extends Ultra HD Reach to Asia with the First 4k TV Channel Introduction with ST Teleport

Extending its expertise in Ultra HD to Asia, Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), working in partnership with ST Teleport, one of Asia’s leading full-service satellite, fibre and IP communications solutions providers, will be introducing its 4k TV channel on the EUTELSAT 70B satellite that reaches across Southeast Asia and Australia. The content displayed by Eutelsat’s new 4k channel is encoded in HEVC by ATEME and Thomson Video Networks at 50 frames per second with 10-bit colour depth (one billion colours – HEVC Main 10 profile).

SAP to expand Asia datacenter footprint in cloud drive

Having launched three new data centers in Japan and Australia earlier this year, SAP is now targeting to add at least three more in the region and grow its global datacenter footprint to 20 locations by the end of 2014. Such plans are fueled by the company’s goal to deliver all its applications via the cloud and become “the cloud company”, powered by its cloud platform HANA. The German software vendor is also preaching a “run simple” business strategy that includes simplifying its own products, noting that 90 percent of companies fail because of complex IT infrastructures.