Alibaba vs Amazon in an infographic

Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic  comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-amazon-infographic/

Big Data used mostly for Business Intelligence in India: Survey

MUMBAI: Majority of the decision makers in Indian enterprises have ranked Business Intelligence as the major use of Big Data. They also agree that cloud computing and Big Data can give significant impact for their business.  According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65% of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging Big Data — huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tech/IT-Services/Big-Data-used-mostly-for-Business-Intelligence-in-India-Survey/articleshow/41259724.cms

‘Cloud computing offers significant benefits for corporates’

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Majority of the decision makers in Indian corporates have ranked business intelligence as the major use of big data. They also agree that cloud computing and big data can give significant impact for their business. According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65 percent of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging big data – huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Cloud_computing_offers_significant_benefits_for_corporates-440833/BUSINESS/5

Samsung, LG Unveil New Smartwatches S Gear, G Watch R; Specifications, Availability Details

South Korean consumer electronics giants, Samsung and LG officially unveiled two new smartwatches on Thursday (28 August) – S Gear and G Watch R respectively. Samsung’s new S Gear wristwatch flaunts a big 2.0-inch super AMOLED screen and run on the company’s proprietary wearable platform Tizen. One striking feature of the S Gear is that it can act as a standalone calling device without being paired to a smartphone.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/samsung-lg-unveil-new-smartwatches-s-gear-g-watch-r-specifications-availability-details-607856

Twitter confirms upcoming office in Indonesia

Indonesia is an attractive emerging market for many tech companies due to the large number of young consumers and the slowly expanding middle class. Along with its good internet penetration, Indonesia could become an important technology market in the future. Following Facebook’s and Apple’s moves to open representative offices in Indonesia, Twitter revealed today that it also plans to do just that.

http://www.techinasia.com/twitter-office-indonesia-confirmed/

Huawei abandons Windows Phone: "We were losing money for two years" on it

One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can’t make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn? In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, was direct about the company abandoning Windows Phone.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/mobile-and-wireless/huawei-abandons-windows-phone-we-were-losing-money-for-two-years-on-it/

APT to snub rival, launch 4G network later this year

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Asia Pacific Telecom (APT,亞太電信) Chairman Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) yesterday stated that shifting its 4G network launch date from the first quarter of next year to before the end of this year is the best path for the company, he said at the firm’s extraordinaire shareholders’ conference. Shareholders questioned APT executives on the lack of progress in its forthcoming 4G network, as the technology has already been implemented by rivals in the sector.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/30/416063/APT-to.htm

Viettel asked to stop “Internet for education” program

Sources from the Ministry of Information and Communications said that the Department of Telecommunication has told Viettel to stop the program to provide a fiber optic Internet connection for the education sector in the northern province of Ha Nam, called FTTH EDU. The agency said that the program violates the regulations on price management and promotion in the field of telecommunications. Reportedly, Viettel not only has to stop this program in Ha Nam, but also across the country, and to report on this issue to the Ministry.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/110819/viettel-asked-to-stop–internet-for-education–program.html

Taiwan-based music streaming startup KKBox raises $104M from Singapore’s GIC

In what comes as the largest funding round for a Taiwan startup this year, Taipei-based KKBox has announced it just raised US$104 million from Singapore’s GIC, a government owned investment firm. The company says it will use the funding to continue its overseas expansion and improve its technology.  “The investment stems from GIC’s confidence in the long-term growth potential of KKBox given its unique music streaming service and strong franchise in its home markets.

http://www.techinasia.com/taiwan-music-streaming-startup-kkbox-raises-us104m-singapores-gic/

DOCOMO Ranked Highest in Business Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Consecutive Year

Tokyo, Aug 29, 2014 – (JCN Newswire) – NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that business customers in Japan are most satisfied with mobile phone or PHS services from DOCOMO – the sixth consecutive year the company has achieved this top ranking – according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 Japan Business Mobile Phone Service StudySM. The study, which was released yesterday, determines rankings based on customer satisfaction benchmarks in four categories: handset and service, troubleshooting, sales representatives, and cost. DOCOMO scored highest in overall satisfaction.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3165879

Alibaba opens fifth data centre for public cloud business

BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/alibaba-opens-fifth-data-centre-public-cloud-business

Singapore Agencies To Appoint Chief Information Security Officers

Government agencies in Singapore will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to counter the increasing threat of cyber attack, Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has announced. Speaking at an event organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), he said: “The Government will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to strengthen the infocomm security governance in government agencies.”

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/28/singapore-agencies-appoint-chief-information-secur/

Tencent’s and Baidu’s $814M joint venture with Wanda signals the coming tide of in-store WeChat payments #cloud #cloudcomputing

China’s largest tech corporations are rushing to penetrate an industry that’s historically not tech-savvy – brick-and-mortar retail. Dalian Wanda Group, a conglomerate best known for its chain of movie theaters , has launched a US$814 joint ecommerce venture with Baidu and Tencent for the purpose of accelerating the three firms’ reach for in-store mobile payments. Tencent and Baidu have confirmed news of the venture with Tech in Asia.

http://www.techinasia.com/tencents-baidus-814-joint-venture-wanda-signals-arrival-instore-wechat-payments/

WeChat and Alipay ramp up ecommerce race with new features for online and offline merchants

Tencent today announced a suite of new features for businesses to better engage customers through their public WeChat accounts, according to TechNode . One day earlier, Alibaba’s mobile Alipay Wallet released over 60 new APIs for third party developers to build online storefronts, according to the company’s official English-language blog .

http://www.techinasia.com/wechat-alipay-ramp-ecommerce-race-features-online-offline-merchants/

Indian price comparison site PriceBag raises $2M

Product discovery and price comparison engine PriceBag.com, owned by Gurgaon-based Accentium, raised US$2 million in funding from undisclosed angel investors. The investment will be used to further develop the site and market it, the company announced . India is a very price-conscious society, and consumers could do with a little help on finding the right prices online. So this is a natural market for review and comparison sites.

http://www.techinasia.com/pricebag-funding-2-million/

Google tests drone delivery in country Queensland

Google has been secretly working for two years on a drone-based delivery system for both dispatching products to customers and assisting in disaster relief situations. The web giant today unveiled “Project Wing” – its latest effort in the autonomous vehicle space alongside experiments with self-driving cars – which sees it working to create a delivery system using self-flying vehicles.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391525,google-tests-drone-delivery-in-country-queensland.aspx

Vietnam adjusts VNREDSat-1 satellite to avoid cosmic object

Ngo Duy Tan, deputy director of the Small Satellite Operation and Exploitation Center, has confirmed that the satellite was saved from a possible accident as the center successfully adjusted its orbit. According to Tan, JSpOC (Joint Space Operations Center), the US command and control weapon system sent information that a possible collision would occur at 8.26 pm Hanoi time on August 15 with the probability rate of 0.279 percent. The center also said that the object which the satellite might collide with was moving at a speed of 14,000 meter per second.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/110733/vietnam-adjusts-vnredsat-1-satellite-to-avoid-cosmic-object.html

Chunghwa Telecom introduces new 4G deals #cloud #cloudcomputing

With growing competition in the 4G market, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) yesterday announced its new 4G data plan deals, increasing allowed data use while lowering prices, hoping to attract more customers. Those enrolled in the NT$636, NT$936 and NT$1136 data plans, with purchase of select 4G compatible phones, can have unlimited 4G data use in the first six months, and starting on the seventh month until the contract’s expiration, their allowed monthly data use will be tripled while landline calling minutes will be doubled.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/08/29/415972/Chunghwa-Telecom.htm

SingTel wants to find the next killer app to join its incubation program

Singapore’s largest telco SingTel has launched the SingTel Accelerator Challenge, which is a competition to develop consumer lifestyle and internet of things apps. The competition, which requires developers to build an app from scratch, has three stages. It starts with a “Hack Day” on September 6 where participants create their prototypes, get mentorship, and play around with SingTel’s APIs – which allow apps to send SMSes to users or enable users to make transactions through the telco’s payment services.

http://www.techinasia.com/singtel-find-killer-app-join-incubation-program/

Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia with Redmi 1S

Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi  officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-redmi-indonesia-launch-official-lazada/

VMware sees huge opportunity in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US-based VMware, which makes virtualization software, said India’s large base of desktop users and a growing mobile phone market made it an important country for its new suite of products.  Announced at its annual VMworld conference this week, the company’s products and initiatives were aimed at moving beyond its core focus of server virtualization, a market which has seen much saturation in the past few years.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/vmware-sees-huge-opportunity-in-india/articleshow/41146035.cms

ZTE Expands China’s Wireless Technology Presence To Eastern Europe

China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/28/20854-zte-expands-chinas-wireless-technology-presence-to-eastern-europe

China says Microsoft hasn’t been fully transparent in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government’s anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution. “Information relating to Microsoft’s suspected Windows and Office software has not been fully open,” said Zhang Mao, the head of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), at a Tuesday press conference.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/operating-systems/china-says-microsoft-hasnt-been-fully-transparent-in-anti-monopoly-probe/

SITA switches data centre over to Telstra

Waste management company SITA has decommissioned its Sydney data centre, migrating all of its applications to Telstra in a painless shift that took just a weekend. SITA had built a new internal data centre in 2010 prior to the appointment of Michael Salas as CIO in late 2011. Salas, a former executive at Perpetual and Ticketek, has spent the intervening years moving staff off “the plumbing” in order to focus on the delivery of business applications.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391378,sita-switches-data-centre-over-to-telstra.aspx

Can the £20 smartphone upset Google and Samsung?

Intel and Mozilla have collaborated on a cut-price smartphone which will go on sale in India for just 1,999 rupees (£19.90) in a bid to grab a slice of the country’s rapidly expanding market. The Intex Cloud FX uses Mozilla’s Firefox operating system and is powered by a 1GHz processor and memory which can be expanded to a 4GB limit. Users will also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual-SIM slots.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11061470/Can-the-20-smartphone-upset-Google-and-Samsung.html

Australian Government Plans To Continuously Refresh Panel Of Cloud Suppliers

The Australian Government has proposed setting up a panel of suppliers in December which will be continuously refreshed so that new products and vendors can be added. “As demand changes over time, Finance will add more categories through the iterative refreshes of the Panel,” said a Cloud Procurement Discussion Paper published by the Department of Finance earlier this month. “This will provide flexibility to capture new services available in the market and also increase competition. Providing multiple opportunities for suppliers to join the Panel will allow new industry participants to access government business,” it added.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/28/australian-government-plans-continuously-refresh-p/

What Is An ‘Ops Centre’? Futuregov Explains

Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, recently announced plans for the city to build an “ops centre” in his National Day Rally speech, following the example of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. But what does an ops centre do – and are there any in the region? An ops-centre combines real time information from CCTV feeds and other data sources, allowing responses to be managed by a single team. In Rio De Janeiro, “all the emergency services, all the key public agencies report to it,” Loong said. “They have cameras around the city so they can see what’s happening, it’s manned by 50 officers and they can give commands and make things happen if there’s a disaster.”

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/aug/27/what-ops-centre-futuregov-explains/

Cloud computing cable in Inner Mongolia deliberately severed

A section of optical fiber cable connecting Horinger county in Inner Mongolia and Beijing was deliberately cut, reports the state-run China News Service. China Telecom’s Hohhot branch has reconnected the cable and launched an investigation into the incident. The cable was being tested in preparation for the creation of the largest cloud computing information park in Asia, set to become one of China’s backbone networks. Around 300 km of the 700 km cable was installed in Inner Mongolia.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140828000133&cid=1102

This Japanese politician is crowdfunding a personal trip to the US to study Bitcoin

Mineyuki Fukuda, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, has taken a novel approach to fund an overseas Bitcoin research tour. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker and head of the central government’s IT Strategy Committee has launched a crowdfunding campaign  that will send him to the US as a private citizen – without using taxpayer funds – to author a report on American Bitcoin businesses.

http://www.techinasia.com/japanese-politician-mineyuki-fukuda-crowdfunding-us-bitcoin-research/

South Korea’s top Bitcoin exchange secures $3M investment to build an entire bitcoin ecosystem

Korbit , Korea’s leading Bitcoin exchange, wallet and merchant processor, has just closed a US$3 million series A funding round led by SoftBank Ventures Korea. Pantera Capital led the round from the US, with participation from BAM Ventures and previous investors Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, Tim Draper, Pietro Dova and initial investor Strong Ventures.

http://www.techinasia.com/south-koreas-top-bitcoin-exchange-secures-3m-investment-build-entire-bitcoin-ecosystem/