Chinese telecom device maker Huawei acquired Neul, a Britain-headquartered Internet of Things technology provider, for USD25 million. As a company focusing on the research and development of Internet of Things technologies and products, Neul is known for its “Weightless” platform, which offers super-low energy consumption air interfaces for products like smart testers and street lights. It is a new wide-area wireless networking technology designed specifically for the Internet of Things, achieving coverage, battery life, module cost and efficiency goals that far out-reach today’s GPRS, 3G, CDMA and LTE WAN solutions.
To compete for more datacenter server orders, Quanta Computer reportedly will establish a service center in Europe in October, helping its server business to cross North America, Asia and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Other Taiwan-based makers such as Wistron, Inventec, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Mitac will also strengthen their competitiveness through improving software and services.
In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers. Qualcomm, Marvell, Taiwan-based MediaTek and China-based Spreadtrum Communications have offered multi-mode and multi-band TD-LTE chips solutions in hot price competition, the sources said.
NEW DELHI: Microsoft will offer its commercial and cloud services- Azure and Office 365 from local data centres in India by the end of 2015, chief executive Satya Nadella said here on Tuesday. Calling cloud a “$2 trillion opportunity”, Nadella said the company will look to partner with Indian corporates, government, and entrepreneurs. Nadella did not disclose the investment involved in setting up the data centres, but said they will have ” sizeable” capacity.
A hospital in Singapore is trying to reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits to better allocate limited resources. The Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been receiving many patients who frequently admit themselves for medical treatment that can be provided by alternative health and support providers. The hospital is now using mapping technology to analyse the profile of these patients and their proximity to more appropriate providers so it can better transition these patients to outpatient and specialist care.
NEW DELHI: By the end of the current fiscal, five million officials will be using government’s secure email, which seeks to ban use of popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo! in official communication to safeguard critical and sensitive government data. Government has approved the proposal moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials.
BANGALORE: Wipro has started a threeyear exercise to become a leaner company, initiating its most ambitious reorganisation effort since it started selling computers in 1981 and presaging similar moves in an industry that has been a prolific job-creator. India’s third-largest software company employs 1.46 lakh employees and the aim, according to people familiar with the process, is to slim down by about a third without resorting to mass layoffs of the kind that IBM and Microsoft have effected this year.
MUMBAI/BANGALORE: A new software security threat is giving sleepless nights to India’s information guardians and has prompted companies such as ITC and Future Group to take swift action to protect their systems. The Bash bug, or Shellshock as it is popularly known, is said to be more dangerous than the Heartbleed computer security flaw discovered earlier this year. Unix-based operating systems such as Apple’s Mac OS X and Linux are vulnerable to the bug, which allows hackers to gain control over a user’s computer remotely without authorisation.
China’s InnoLight Technology announced today via a press release that it has closed a US$38 million round of Series C funding led by Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners. “We are very excited to have world class investors like Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners,” said InnoLight board chair Dr. Hsing Kung. “We look forward to working with them closely to [help] InnoLight to become a world class optical component company.”
Privacy advocates have raised concerns about functionality built into West Australian school student email accounts which offers some education staff unsupervised access to stored messages. The so-called ‘duty of care’ feature was built into WA schools’ Microsoft Office for Education cloud email service in late 2013, according to the WA Department of Education’s recently released annual report.
The ceremony for the signing of the agreement was held at a Viet Nam-Myanmar business matching session in Yangon, Myanmar, on Wednesday. The two sides have agreed to share their resources to implement e-government projects in Southeast Asia, and work in government-to-government (G2G) systems on the projects. They will also exchange information, experience, technology and experts to build OEP communities in order to expand OEP functions and carry out projects of the two countries.
TAIPEI, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — GigaMedia Limited GIGM, +0.60% today updated its short-term product pipeline and launch schedule for GigaMedia’s online games business. The company’s online games business plans a robust launch schedule in the short term with six new games and two new social games platforms in the next four months. “Over the next several months, we expect to benefit from our efforts to quickly build our pipeline with relatively low cost licensed mobile games and high-quality Web games,” stated GigaMedia Limited Chief Executive Officer Collin Hwang. “We also expect to begin benefiting from new self-developed products in the period, starting with a new social casino platform launched this month in Taiwan.”
Surprisingly, as activists prepared to gather, a mobile app that that first caught the attention of the media last spring resurfaced among participants. FireChat, available for iOS and Android, is a mass chatroom app that lets communicate with one another over wi-fi and cellular networks, along with Bluetooth and Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The latter two features means that users can, in theory, chat “off-the-grid.” In anticipation of poor cellular network connectivity (and perhaps a deliberate network shutdown), student activist leader Joshua Wong posted a message urging people to download FireChat.
Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.
China-based foundry houses, including Shanghai Huali Microelectronics, XMC and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), have stepped up efforts to solicit foundry orders from Taiwan-based IC design houses, according to industry sources. Shanghai Huali, which focuses on specialty processes, reportedly has teamed up with MediaTek and now aims to land orders from Taiwan-based LCD driver IC and flash chip vendors, said the sources.
With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has led rival suppliers to release its 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 610/614/410 chips, which have won design-ins from China-based Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei and Vivo as well as Taiwan-based HTC, said the sources.
Microsoft has provided brand vendors its Windows 8.1 with Bing solution, offering low Windows licensing fees enabling them to sell notebooks at US$249 or lower. Following the initial release on June 1, 2014, Microsoft is set to release a new solution in February 2015. To prevent the product line from hurting its brand partners’ profits, Microsoft will limit the solution to only 14-inch and below models in mature markets. But vendors will still be allowed to release 15-inch models using the solution in emerging markets.
Mumbai: Digital India is proving to be a magnet for global technology companies, a point driven home by the visits of three global executives to the country in September alone—a month that also sees manifold increases in the pre-Diwali offline and online sales pitches for electronic gadgets that Indians love to buy. On 15 September, Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president at Google Inc. A couple of weeks later, Jeff Bezos, president, chief executive and chairman of the board of the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc. This was followed by the visit of Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft Corp.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest smartphone developer, recently announced plans to move 500 software engineers from its mobile division to focus on other areas with emphasis on the Tizen platform. The other areas include TVs, networks, electronics, printers and enterprise software. Samsung’s shift in focus intends to strengthen its overall software prowess and enhance its competitive edge in the “Internet of things (IoT)” industry, the company said.
Mobile operators, which have an infrastructure base and technical solutions, and CSPs, which produce information content, had not been able to agree on the profit-share ratio. They believed that without their infrastructure systems, the content services would never be able to reach to customers. The majority of the customers are the mobile networks’ users. However, CSPs believe that content is the “spirit” of the service, and they deserve to enjoy higher profits. But the mobile operators had only accepted to give 30 percent of revenue to CSPs, a ratio which CSPs said was too low and unfair for them.
Google Capital and Lightspeed China Partners have led the charge to invest in Cloud computing optical transceiver company InnoLight. The company has just closed a series C investment of $38 million. Google Capital general partner, Gene Frantz, said InnoLight’s technology was uniquely suited for next generation datacentre environments, and its vision and execution have been excellent.
If you’re a Facebook user in Japan, you may have noticed a new feature flooding your Newsfeeds: Pusheen, Meep, and the rest of the Facebook sticker gang are now making an appearance in the comments section of posts. The feature appears to be specific to Japan at present, but members of the Tech in Asia staff report being able to comment with stickers on posts made by users who are located in Japan. If you see the smiley face on the right-hand side of the text box, you can comment with a sticker.
(UPDATED on September 29: Tencent has just bought US$100 million in extra shares in 58.com, which effectively takes its stake to 24 percent from the previous 19.9 percent. The article’s title and timestamp is updated also. The original article was published on June 27.) Chinese web giant Tencent (HKG:0700) – now best known as being the maker of WeChat – announced today that it’s paying US$736 million for a 19.9 percent stake in 58.com (NYSE:WUBA), which is China’s answer to Craigslist.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has disclosed its knowledge of tentative plans inside Australia Post to outsource the organisation’s end user computing functions. The union today warned that any decision to go ahead with the proposal would cast a shadow over 300 workers that manage end user computing within the organisation’s 1200 strong information, digital and technology unit.
We’re seeing reports from users on Twitter that Instagram has been blocked in mainland China. It’s likely due to the protests happening in Hong Kong. Citizens in Hong Kong are protesting the government in Beijing to allow them to practice “full democracy.” If Instagram is blocked in China as the Twitter reports indicate, it’s likely to keep images of the protest, which include police firing tear gas at demonstrators, from spreading.
NEW DELHI: Some mobile phone retailers have threatened to boycott Apple’s much-awaited iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models after their expected pre-Diwali launch because they are miffed that the iPhone 5S is being offered at heavily discounted prices on popular e-commerce sites Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. According to sellers that ET spoke to, some of the 1.5 lakh retailers claimed they have returned their iPhone 5S models, saying they can’t compete with the discounts, which have lowered the price of the device to less than their cost.
Australian e-commerce merchant, eWAY, has expanded its global business into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The launch adds three more countries to eWAY’s growing global operations and now supports businesses operating across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Since launching, the company has processed more than 110 million transactions worth $15 billion for more than16,000 active businesses both large and small.
The operators of one of the fastest supercomputers in the southern hemisphere, iVec’s 35,000 core Magnus, have commemorated its first months in operation by offering a select group of Australian-based researchers an unprecedented level of computing power. The Pawsey Centre has chosen 14 projects, dubbed ‘Petascale Pioneers’, that will each have access to roughly 10 million CPU hours’ worth of Magnus-based processing, rather than the 500,000 CPU hour blocks it usually deals out.
Global Card Payments Company Visa, Inc. plans to establish a new technology development base in India by next year. With the new center, Visa plans to create 2,000 new full-time jobs around the world, while taking advantage of India’s software engineering talent. “Visa Inc will open a new technology center in India in 2015 and strengthen its technology resources by creating 2,000 full-time technologist positions around the world,” Visa said.
China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts Thursday through Saturday in Hong Kong, including from men with a speedboat who were loading contraband onto a wooden sampan-style boat in a mangrove, the official Xinhua News Agency said.