If you’re a successful Chinese mobile startup, I’ve got some good news: Tencent wants to help you. As part of a recent event celebrating the 5.0 release of its mobile app platform Yingyongbao, the company has announced what it calls its “double-hundred plan.” According to Tencent social media services group VP Lin Yongtao, the double-hundred plan stipulates that over the next three years, Tencent will direct 10 billion user visits to 100 Chinese startups via its open platform, although the startups in question must be valued at RMB 100 million (US$16 million) or more.
Australia has become the highest growing co-location market in the world, adding data centre floor space at a rate of knots in the last three years, according to analyst firm TeleGeography. The analyst firm said retail co-lo capacity reached over 130,000 square metres in Sydney and almost 87,000 square metres in Melbourne this year, having grown at around 30 percent compounded annually from 2011.
This dataset is an enormously useful one for government and business. A regional breakdown shows changing visiting patterns from across the region, and also can be plotted to show cyclical trends in visitor numbers. The data can also be broken down to demonstrate national trends. For example, Germany seems to be increasingly enthusiastic about visiting the red dot. Does this indicate the success of local tourism campaigns, or perhaps improved business relations?
NEW DELHI/BEIJING: After the closure of its $2.9 billion Motorola acquisition, world’s fourth largest smartphone maker Lenovo today said it will continue to sell the US brand as a separate label in India, one of its “most important” markets. In January this year, Lenovo had announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion from tech giant Google, one of the largest acquisitions by a Chinese tech firm. Google, itself, had bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.4 billion.
WASHINGTON: Lenovo announced on Thursday (Oct 30) it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant’s position in the smartphone market. The US$2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google’s brief ownership of the one-time mobile phone star. By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.
Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network. The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra. This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices. It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.
Microsoft announced today that it has achieved the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard for Singapore (MTCS SS) Level-1 certification for Microsoft Azure and Office 365. This Level 1 certification was granted to Microsoft to operate an Information Security Management System for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services including development, operations and support for the compute, storage, virtual network and virtual machines services.
Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk® Enterprise won the 2014 NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Award for Best Big Data Solution. The annual NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Awards recognizes leading vendors for innovative technologies, product excellence and solutions provided to Asia businesses. This is the fourth consecutive year NetworkWorld Asia has recognized Splunk Enterprise with a big data or analytics award.
Chinese telecom operator China Unicom announced its financial report for the first three quarters of 2014, stating that by September 30 its operating revenue reached CNY215.34 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%; while its net profit reached CNY10.56 billion, a year-on-year increase of 36.1%. For the mobile sector, China Unicom’s revenue during the reporting period was CNY119.1 billion, the number of its mobile users reached 297.07 million, and its average revenue per user was CNY45.5.
The Indian startup ecosystem has reached an inflection point, with 800 new tech startups sprouting in a year. This, taken in conjunction with rising investment flows, makes it the world’s fastest growing startup ecosystem, says the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom). This was announced at the ongoing Nasscom Product Conclave in Bangalore. Nasscom conducted the study in collaboration with global research firm Zinnov, which benchmarked the Indian ecosystem with eight leading areas, in terms of both deal flow and emergence of new startups.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi might have the word “little” in its name, but the company is anything but tiny. According to IDC, it shipped 17.3 million devices in the three month period ending in October 2014, up 211 percent from the year prior. The company now sits behind Apple and Samsung, respectively, as the third biggest smartphone vendor when measured for device shipments.
There are no countries outside of Asia where smartphone penetration is higher than PC penetration, according to new research from Google’s Consumer Barometer. “Asia has gone mobile-first. This is no longer a future trend, on some dim and distant horizon—it’s already happened in the past year,” writes Google’s official Asia Pacific Blog.
Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has posted net profit of NT$5.837 billion (US$193 million) for the third quarter of 2014, hitting a quarterly record. Cyntec, a Delta subsidiary that makes passive components, has seen clients book up its production capacity through the end of 2014, Delta chairman Yancey Hai said, adding orders for industrial automation devices have so far fallen short of original expectation mainly due to weaker-than-expected demand from China.
LG Electronics has announced third-quarter consolidated revenues of KRW14.92 trillion (US$14.54 billion), an increase of 7.4% on year, and operating profit of KRW461.3 billion (US$449.61 million), more than double the figure from the same period a year ago. LG said its earnings reflected strong performance from its mobile business which saw record smartphone sales in the third quarter at 16.8 million units.
Baidu, China’s top search engine company, now gets more traffic on mobile than it does on desktop computers. This little nugget of info is hidden in plain sight in Baidu’s Q3 earnings report (PDF link), which came out last night. “This is quite significant,” says Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, in an email exchange with Tech in Asia. “To be a bit more specific, average daily mobile traffic surpassed average daily PC traffic,” he adds, emphasizing that this refers to total traffic, not just search queries.
China’s software industry generated revenues of CNY2.682 trillion (US$435 billion) in January-September 2014, growing 20.6% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Exports of software products and services in the period reached US$35.3 billion, accounting for 8.11% of the total revenues and rising 13.7% on year.
Project Ara, Google’s development plan for modular smartphones, is expected to become available on the market in 2015 with Quanta Computer reportedly being the main hardware supplier. Orders are expected to boost the Taiwan-based ODM’s non-notebook revenues, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta declined to comment about its clients or orders.
The Australian Government has “crossed the line” by trying to “rush through” legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill. This morning’s surprise introduction of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced fierce criticism within hours of its arrival, after the Goverment failed to respond to sustained calls for an exposure draft to be released.
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, today launches IZO, a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. A game changing new network platform – IZO brings a new way of tackling the complications and challenges that businesses face in realising the potential of the cloud. For the first time, a single provider offers access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity, making it simple for a business to connect and build its cloud, their way – be it private, hybrid or public.
SINGAPORE: Global trends suggest cloud computing will pave the road to the future the next phase of growth for enterprises. This was the highlight of Cloud Expo Asia 2014 which kicked off yesterday, focusing on cloud computing which is quickly gaining traction. IDA Singapore’s assistant chief executive Khoong Hock Yun highlighted that every year, cloud computing continues to gain momentum as more companies grasp the nimble, versatile and flexible nature of the cloud.
NEW DELHI: Country’s largest software services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was the only Indian company found place in the Boston Consulting Group’s global list of top 50 most innovative firms this year. Technology giant Apple topped the chart, followed by Google, Samsung, Microsoft and IBM as the most innovative companies globally in the list of the global management consulting firm. TCS secured the 43rd position in the list.
NEW DELHI: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme. “CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active participation of India Inc in Digital India,” Prasad tweeted. This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting on Digital India programme in Germany.
The Unity engine continues to fire on all cylinders ahead of the release of version 5.0. Nowhere is this more evident than in Korea. Today, Unity Korea and Korean publisher NHN Entertainment announced a “global games business alliance,” as reported by Asia Gyeongjae. With the announcement of the strategic partnership signed by Unity and NHN, the companies highlighted that NHN uses Unity for about 60 percent of its games already.
TOKYO: Food giant Nestle said on Wednesday (Oct 29) that its Japan unit would hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. The first batch of the robots – a chatty humanoid called Pepper – will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines. “From December, they will start selling coffee machines for us at big retail stores,” said Nestle Japan spokeswoman Miki Kano. “We are sure that our customers will enjoy shopping and being entertained by robots.”
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Huawei Technologies Co., which has been effectively shut out of the U.S. telecommunications-equipment market on security concerns, hopes that investments in advanced technology will help the Chinese company eventually break through. “It will take a longer time than it took in Europe and Asia for entering the U.S. market,” Huawei Senior Vice President Chen Lifang said at the WSJD Live global technology conference Wednesday. “My confidence comes from advanced technologies” like fifth generation, or 5G, mobile technology, optical networking, cloud computing and big data, she added.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, head of the e-information management division of the Broadcasting and Electronic Information Agency, warned that online newspapers may face very high risks as they cannot control the content of the ads. Meanwhile, under current laws, newspapers must take responsibility for their content, including advertising content. If the content in ad pieces is “problematic”, the online newspapers’ editorial board will have to claim responsibility for infringing the law and will have to bear sanctions.
Apps, cloud computing and open data are the top success stories from Hong Kong, according to Victor Lam, Deputy GCIO of the city government. Speaking in an interview with FutureGov, he said: “We have encouraged all departments to develop mobile applications for the convenience of the public, and have developed a portal on mobile applications in Hong Kong.” Currently, there are over 50 apps from departments on the government’s app store and the number is growing.
BANGALORE: A decade after IBM put India at the core of its global strategy for software services, by building an army of engineers, the company is shedding staff, scaling down investments and even shuffling the top leadership in the country. Already, from around 1.65 lakh employees on its payroll by 2011, IBM’s India headcount has now fallen to around 1.13 lakh and set to slide to 1 lakh by March 2015, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.
Hugo Barra, a vice president of Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, Inc. defended the company’s product designs after Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, accused the firm of “being lazy” and a design thief. Barra, who already responded to Ive’s comments Oct. 9 at a Vanity Fair conference, spoke out again since the issue is far from being settled. “Our designers, our engineers, are inspired by great products and great design out there. In today’s world, who isn’t?” Barra said at The Wall Street Journal’s Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.