SEA companies will invest more in 2015 to create and build awareness: LinkedIn #cloud #cloudcomputing

More than half of companies (56 percent) in South East Asia (SEA) are spending more to raise general awareness of their company to establish a strong employer brand. With the view that competition for top talent is increasing (54 percent), coupled with a planned increase in hiring (53 percent), companies have said that spending on the employer brand will increase.

Panasonic opens smart town targeting zero-emission houses

As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.

Our technology more effective for last-mile connectivity: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik

NEW DELHI: Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik has taken a pot shot at rivals Google and Facebook over their proposals to tackle the country’s last-mile broadband connectivity problem, and said the technology that the software giant is offering is potentially more effective to take high-speed Internet to remote villages.

China to open up Internet broadband market with upcoming trials

With China’s Internet growth slowing, the country is opening up the broadband provider market to private enterprises as part of government sponsored trial. The country on Wednesday released a draft of the upcoming trial rules, which will let private enterprises sell broadband services in 16 cities across the country. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology didn’t mention when the project would begin, but is proposing it last for three years.

Taiwan’s Jumpy is betting on Foxconn smarts to crack the childrens wearables market

With the now-fledging wearables market set to explode thanks to Apple’s upcoming smartwatch, many hardware startups are looking for creative ways own wristband real estate. Taiwan’s JoyRay is hedging its bets youngsters with Jumpy, a smartwatch for kids that’s currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

Australia is well prepared for Apple Pay: Infosys

Australia has a better prepared payment ecosystem for Apple Pay than the US, according to Infosys. Consulting and systems integration managing partner, Robert Liong, said all payments terminals in Australia are already accepting EMV chip and PIN-based cards.

Lenovo reportedly to start producing wearable devices soon, says report

China-based electronics maker Fenda Technology recently announced it has been selected by Lenovo as a qualified supplier for the vendor’s wearable devices, which implies that Lenovo is poised to start mass producing a wearable device in the near future, according to a Chinese-language report. Fenda declined to provide further details about the cooperation.

The Largest Ever "G-STAR 2014" Ended in Great Success

The largest ever G-STAR 2014 commemorating its 10th anniversary was held with various attractions, such as additional events for celebrating the 10th anniversary, along with the BTC and BTB exhibitions. In addition, it provided greater satisfaction to visitors with high quality contents and events corresponding to the scale of the exhibition.

Micromax-Cyanogenmod Tie up, Put OnePlus One at Stake in India

Just when Amazon India and OnePlus One were gearing up for the release of One’s phone, Cyanogen, the Android ROM developer, has announced an exclusive deal with Indian Smartphone manufacturer Micromax. According to the deal, Micromax will be the sole copyright holder of CyanogenMod based smartphones.

Sony Xperia Z4 Release Date: Expected Features of New Device Leaked; Launch at CES 2015 Likely

Sony hasn’t officially announced the release date of its upcoming devices – Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra – but several reports have claimed that they would be unveiled at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES 2015) to be held on 5 January at Las Vegas. The Japanese electronics could also unveil the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra at the Mobile World Conference 2015 (MWC 2015) to be held a month later but the company has scheduled a conference at CES 2015,

Industry Transformation, Software Defined Everything, the Internet of Things and Cybersecurity to offer greatest opportunities in APAC for 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

SINGAPORE, Nov. 27,2014 /PRNewswire/ –Digital disruption is set to be the norm across industries as they look to transform to keep their business relevant amidst the ever changing technological landscape. The implementation of enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility are expected to drive this revolution.–Sullivan-3633740

Cybercriminals targetting web-connected devices: Symantec, from IN

NEW DELHI: Cybercriminals are targetting the expanding network of Internet-connected devices like smart phones and CCTV cameras, security solution firm Symantec said.  While mobile devices will continue to attract cyber criminals, Symantec anticipated that commoditised ‘plug and play’ consumer devices like CCTV cameras and remote access controls for alarms, lighting and climate control will be exploited by cybercriminals in the coming year.

Indonesia to regulate so that ministries use shared services in 2015

The Indonesian government will regulate to push all ministries and agencies next year to use shared services, the Ministry of Bureaucratic Reform has exclusively told FutureGov. The government is working on regulations to “push every single ministry and agency to use … [a] single system”, Rini Widyantini, Deputy Minister for Institutional Affairs told FutureGov.

Huawei Showcases its Safe City Solutions

About 400 attendees gathered at the summit to discuss and explore security and information and communication technology approaches to support smart and safe cities. “A smart and safe city system helps to improve incident prevention, enables efficient processing, supports investigations, and enhances national security.” said Zhang Hongxi, Huawei’s vice president of Northern Latin America region.

Australian government should do more on identity assurance, says NICTA

Australian Government agencies must adopt identity authentication techniques, according to a new report by the agency which advises the public sector on ICT. A white paper from National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) said that using these tools will verify that people on the website are citizens, and allow them greater flexibility in how they access government digital services.

Samsung leads India tablet market with 22.2 per cent share: IDC

NEW DELHI: Korean electronics giant Samsung continues to lead the tablet market share with 22.2 per cent, followed by Micromax (10.9 per cent) and iBall (10.6 per cent) in Q3, 2014, said research firm IDC.  Samsung continues to lead the market by a wide gap over its next competitor. “With a fresh product line in the premium segment, it fared well on the higher screen sized tablets,” IDC added.

Malaysian PM: connectivity raises quality of governance

As the world becomes more connected, citizens are able to share their ideas on how they are governed and hold their governments to account said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in a speech earlier this week. “People can access a huge range of statistics, indicators and international comparisons. They can read and engage with opinions and political philosopies from different systems around the world,,,

Cloud computing firm 8K Miles buys US-based SERJ Solutions for Rs 16 crore

MUMBAI: Cloud computing firm 8K Miles Software Services today acquired US-based SERJ Solutions for around Rs 16 crore to step up its presence in the healthcare market.  8K Miles — the only listed cloud computing firm in the country — said that it expects Rs 45 crore in incremental revenue in the first year. Commenting on the deal, 8K Miles Founder Chairman and Chief Executive Suresh Venkatachari said the buyout will help the company serve hospitals and healthcare providers by providing end-to-end software as a service tech platform.

Open dataset of the week: Healthcare in Jakarta

Primary health centres are the most basic unit of the public healthcare network. Jakarta’s open dataset on its primary health centres can uncover a host of services for Indonesians and benefits for the government. This is why FutureGov has chosen this dataset as its open dataset of the week. The dataset lists the names, addresses and contact details of 394 clinics across Jakarta. It also indicates a breakdown of staff and the state of infrastructure in each of these clinics, including the condition of the buildings, ambulances, internet connections.

Indian tablet market records strong third quarter; close to 1 million units shipped

The Indian tablet market reported a strong third quarter, clocking 8 per cent growth over the previous quarter. Tablet makers shipped 0.94 million units in the third quarter of 2014, said International Data Corporation (IDC).  In the previous quarter (Q2), tablet market shipments in India stood at 0.86 million (mn), a 9 per cent growth over the first quarter of the year.

Tablet shipments expected to decline 3.5% in 2015, says firm, from TW

Notebook shipments will grow 0.6% in 2015 to 174.6 million units, while tablet shipments will decline 3.5% to 185.6 million units, according to TrendForce. Notebook manufacturers largely competed for market share in 2014 by slashing prices, and business procurement of notebooks was also stable in 2014 as companies upgraded equipment. In 2015, a more diverse array of products will enter the notebook market along with a new operating system, the company said.

Infosys organizes US hackathon to attract global talent

BENGALURU: Indian IT has often been accused of hiring low level, low-cost programmers, pejoratively referred to as “cyber coolies”. But Infosys’s new CEO Vishal Sikka looks now to be trying to win the best of global programming brains. The $8.2-billion IT company organized its first big hackathon in the US in Princeton University earlier this month. Called HackPrinceton, it saw the participation of more than 600 students. Princeton is a private Ivy League research university in New Jersey.

China market: VMware tying up with China Telecom to offer hybrid cloud services

VMware has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Telecom and will begin to provide VMware hybrid cloud services through China Telecom’s networks starting January 2015, according to company vice president and president of Greater China, David Sung. Demand for hybrid cloud services will begin to take off in China with related sales to see explosive growth in 2015, Sung said.

Whatsapp most used messaging app in India, followed by Facebook Messenger: Study

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the top messaging application in India with 52% market share, followed by Facebook Messenger with 42%, Skype with 37% and WeChat with 26% share, according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI) study. Viber stood at fifth spot with 18% share and Line stood at sixth position with 12%.

Foxconn to cooperate with Alibaba, 21 Vianet to set up Wi-Fi network in southwestern China

Foxconn Electronics, Alibaba and 21 Vianet Group on November 26 jointly signed with the city government of Guiyang, southwestern China, to set up a citywide network of Wi-Fi hot spots to provide free Internet-access services, according to Foxconn. The first phase of the Wi-Fi network will come into operation in June 2015 and the entire network will be completed in three years, Foxconn said.

ASIC to lobby Govt for metadata access, from AU

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has expressed concern at being excluded from the initial batch of approved agencies under the Government’s mandatory data retention scheme, and has promised to apply for access within six months of the scheme’s implementation. The Government’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 will allow organisations classified as “criminal law enforcement agencies” to access metadata stored for two years under the regime without a warrant.,asic-to-lobby-govt-for-metadata-access.aspx

The artist transforming your face with a digital mask

A collaboration between Japanese media artist Nobumichi Asai, make-up artist Hiroto Kuwahara and digital image engineer Paul Lacroix is turning faces into digital works of art. The Omote project uses projection mapping techniques to put make-up and effects onto a model’s face in real-time.

TCL Links Hardware With Software For Chinese Smart Home Investment

TCL Group plans to team with its two subsidiaries TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited to invest CNY90 million to create a joint venture in Hong Kong through which the group will build a foreign-invested company in China for the operation of smart home projects. TCL Group and TCL Multimedia will hold a 30% stake in the joint venture respectively; while TCL Communication will hold a 40% stake.

Qld Govt lawyers up for battle against IBM

The Queensland Government has hired Minter Ellison lawyers to argue its case against technology giant IBM, as it goes after compensation for the botched replacement of Queensland Health payroll systems. The appointment of the top tier law firm to the case marks the first public step the state has taken in its legal battle to secure compensation from its former contractor since it filed a statement of claim in the Queensland Supreme Court in December 2013.,qld-govt-lawyers-up-for-battle-against-ibm.aspx

Spoilt for choice in a hot cloud computing market, from AU

Australia is now awash with public cloud providers. Here’s what you need to know to make a decision. Choice abounds for Australian customers looking to outsource computing infrastructure to the cloud. Besides Australian facilities by US providers Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace, there’s now also Microsoft’s Australian Azure, IBM’s SoftLayer, Fujitsu and Macquarie Telecom among others. Next year they’ll be joined by VMware’s vCloud Air with Telstra – which already has other cloud offerings – while the federal government will be served its own trio of dedicated clouds from Telstra, DiData and SAP.