More Chinese firms on global top 100 brands list

China.gifA total of fourteen Chinese brands made their names to the global top 100 brands ranking listed by marketing and brand consultancy Millward Brown with technology the fastest growing category. China now has three technology brands in the top 100, with Tencent and Baidu increasing their brand value by 43 percent and 35 percent from a year ago respectively, faster than global average of 14 percent.

Infosys creates special team to manage top clients

IndiaBENGALURU: Infosys has created a special team under direct supervision of chief executive Vishal Sikka to manage the top 15 customer accounts at India’s second largest software exporter. It is also in the process of completely revamping its core banking software Finacle, with heavy investments underway in the US. During an investor conference in New York, Sikka said Infosys has hired a new chief technology officer ( CTO) for its products business.

Huawei unit to build 3-nation undersea cable

China.gifCHINA’S Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine network provider, said yesterday that it won a bid to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) undersea cable system. Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cambodia’s Telcotech and Symphony Communication of Thailand are the members of the consortium. Spanning around 1,300 kilometers, the MCT cable system will connect Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connecting from the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Huawei said in a statement.

Global Smartphone Market To Continue Experience Slowdown; Chinese Market Is To Blame, Says Analysts

China.gifAnalysts at IDC, the premier market intelligence firm, predict that the slowdown being experienced in the smartphone market will continue, citing the disappointing figures in the Chinese market, which happens to be the largest smartphone market in the world. While its position at the top remains intact even this year, thanks to its large customer base, the growth is not as positive as what was expected. The consistent slowdown of the Chinese smartphone market is emerging as a cause of concern by International Data Corporation who published an analysis which states that the smartphone market will continue to dwindle across the globe.

Samsung Patent News: Samsung Files New Patent That Will Make Android Smartphones Work Like Windows Laptop

KoreaIn what comes across as a pleasant surprise for Android users, a patent application filed last week under the American law reveals that Samsung is aggressively working on a device that will allow users to switch between Android and Microsoft Windows on their smartphones. The idea of being able to use smartphones like desktops and laptops has long been a fascination of gadget freaks across the globe. In fact, according to reports on Geek, both Microsoft and Canonical have been aggressively working on the idea, where it will be possible for smartphone users to get a desktop working experience through their mobiles itself.

4G devices account for 25% of all searches for mobiles, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Wider adoption may still be a few years away but consumers increasingly want their phones to be 4G-enabled. Surveys from online price comparison sites show 4G devices account for around a fourth of all searches for mobile phones. Of the 4.7 million searches over a month for cellphones on, over a million were for smartphones supporting 4G LTE (long-term-evolution) technology, which will allow playing videos without buffering due to much faster download speeds than 3G.

Intel builds smart energy lab with Chinese company

China.gifUS-based semiconductor chip maker Intel announced on May 28 the completion of a smart energy union laboratory jointly built with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union, reports yicai, the online portal of Shanghai’s China Business News. The Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union signed the strategic cooperation agreement with Intel at the first Intel energy solution summit last year.

Acer opts for slow approach to apps for IoT

TaiwanTaiwanese computer maker Acer said Thursday it will take cautious steps to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications as it seeks to explore new business opportunities in a shrinking PC market. Acer chairman George Huang told employees at an internal meeting that the company has failed in the past to keep pace with “paradigm shifts” in the PC industry, which grew about 15% annually from 2003 to 2010 and declined more than 10% per year between 2010 and 2013.

Telekom Malaysia in Cambodia-Malaysia-Thailand cable pact

MalaysiaTELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) said it has signed an agreement with Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia to form a consortium to build a Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system. The cable system will adopt 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upgradable technology with a design capacity of at least 30 terabits per second. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2016, TM said in a statement.

Gov’t pushes for 4th mobile carrier,from Korea

KoreaThe government said Thursday that it will award a license to Korea’s fourth telecom company by the end of the year. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it will provide policy incentives for the introduction of the fourth mobile carrier. The ministry has emphasized the need for an additional telecom operator ― following SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― to bring fairer competition in the market and lessen households’ telecommunications expenses.

WeChat hits 549mil global users, claims 95% penetration in Malaysia

MalaysiaTENCENT Holdings Ltd said its WeChat messaging app has reached 549 million monthly active users globally, up from the 500-million user milestone achieved three months ago in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. In Malaysia, it claims a 95% smartphone penetration rate. Citing research released by GlobalWebIndex (GWI), it said the active user base in Malaysia has grown by 1,187% from Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Parliament suspends 5% tax on top-up, from Myanmar

MyanmarThe proposal was approved following a long debate between members of parliament and ministers during a May 27 parliamentary session. The move follows a groundswell of opposition to the tax, announced at a May 18 event in Nay Pyi Taw by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). It said the 5pc tax on telecoms services would be collected from June 1, ending what it said was an exemption granted to the industry.

Micromax Canvas Doodle 4 launched at Rs 9,499

IndiaNEW DELHI: Micromax has expanded its Doodle series with a budget smartphone, Micromax Canvas Doodle 4, priced at Rs 9,499. For customers buying it online on eBay, it is available for Rs 9,199. The dual-sim phablet has a 6-inch qHD (960x540p) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the phablet comes with 1GB of RAM and offers 8GB of built-in storage. Users who want more storage can install microSD cards of up to 32GB.

Naver, Daum to form news screening committee

KoreaNaver and Daum Kakao, the nation’s two dominant portals, said Thursday that they will form an independent committee to screen news. Their move comes amid criticism that mushrooming minor news providers have used the two portals as a tool to promote pseudo, sensational news articles for commercial purposes. “Naver and Daum Kakao will overhaul their news evaluation system,” said Yoo Bong-seok, head of Naver’s media platform center, in a press conference.

Government working on guidelines for e-commerce sector

IndiaNEW DELHI: Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) is working on guidelines for e-commerce sector in the backdrop of ongoing tussle between online and offline retailers, a top government official said. The government is aware of the issues between e-commerce retailers and brick-and-mortar outlets and it would “shortly address” this by evolving guidelines through FDI policy, DIPP Joint Secretary Atul Chaturvedi said at a PHDCCI event.

Galaxy S6 Edge adds sleekness to high-powered hardware

KoreaPowerful multi-core mobile processors with an embedded graphic unit and faster network module have reduced the gap between what users can do with different smartphones. Consequently, external design has become one of the biggest selling points of a handset. Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has hugely invested in upgrading the Galaxy S series’ appearance.

Digital India launch likely in July

IndiaNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The Modi government, which completed one year at the Centre, is preparing for a big-ticket launch of Digital India, taking technology to the villages and block levels, through merchandise, hackathons and games spread over a week-long initiative across the country. The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), under the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), has empanelled agencies for a messaging campaign, gamification, printing and merchandise, advertising and creatives, including advertising for rural outreach and social media.

Data-oriented mobile plans to accelerate content service race, from Korea

KoreaKT’s new rate plan is expected to bring a major change to the local telecom industry, from voice calls and texting to data and content services. On Thursday, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier rolled out new mobile payment plans which include unlimited free calls and text messages. Instead, it offered subscribers more options in data packages.

Sony Mobile releases new phone in Taiwan, aims to topple Samsung

JapanThe mobile division of Japan’s Sony launched its newest Xperia Z flagship smartphone in Taiwan on Wednesday, aiming to unseat Samsung Electronics as the top vendor in the country’s high-end Android phone market. The Xperia Z3+ is an upgrade from the Xperia Z3, which was launched last September. The lighter and slimmer waterproof Z3+ features a 5.2-inch full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor, a 20.7-megapixel main camera and up to two days of battery life.

Successful but not entirely smooth debut for Letv smartphone

China.gifIn line with the trend for internet-based smartphone brands in China, video streaming website Letv staged a successful debut of its smartphone on May 19, shifting over 500,000 units, including 310,000 pre-order, according to, the website of Shanghai’s China Business News. “The scramble for our smartphones was beyond our expectations,” said Feng Xin, president of Letv Mobile, the smartphone arm of the company, admitting that demand has overstrained capacity.

Optus to Offer End-to-End Cloud Capabilities

AustraliaThe Optus Vision event held early this week in Sydney turned the spotlight on the company’s new cloud strategy. The Australian Telecommunication company is all geared up to provide enterprises for an entire gamut of cloud services. Optus Business is set to enable companies shift from being an on-premises hosting service to a public cloud model. They will provide a step-by-step service to match the demands of the enterprises migrating to cloud services. This transition will help the company target enterprises as well as government agencies.

Beijing boosts its defense budget, sets sights on information

China.gifIn a policy paper published May 26, the Chinese government outlined its latest military strategies, defense preparations and efforts to modernize its national defense and military forces. One of the strategies highlighted in the paper is the goal of winning the local information war, the Shanghai Securities News reported Wednesday. The policy paper shows that China’s national defense budget for 2015 has increased by an annual 10.1% to 890 billion yuan (US$143.4 billion). One of the areas to which higher funding has been allocated is the construction of Navy facilities and national defense-oriented information infrastructure.

Red Dot now in 3000 spots, from Manmar

MyanmarShop owners in every township of Myanmar’s three largest cities have set up Red Dot terminals – machines that act as payment gateways allowing customers to top up mobile phones without scratch cards. Based in downtown Yangon, Red Dot offers technology and services that can streamline top-up sales and management for vendors, which is currently a clunky and involved process, according to Mr Whelan.

Net neutrality: Google India puts zero rating plan on back burner

IndiaDELHI| BENGALURU: Google has put on hold plans to provide free data to end users in India by zero rating certain apps, due to recent public backlash against a similar initiative by Facebook and Airtel, two people familiar with the development said. The internet giant, which was in early discussions with telecom operators and applications developers to launch a zero rating platform, has now decided to take a wait and watch approach, they said. “Google has shelved the idea of any kind of zero-rating tie-up because they are very scared of the backlash which came up against (Facebook’s) in India,” said one of them.

Xiaomi Mi 5 to have fingerprint scanner, 4GB RAM: Report

China.gifNEW DELHI: Details of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 5 smartphones have leaked online once again, giving a glimpse of what to expect from the new model. The leak, which comes courtesy technology website, says that the handset will be launched in November and run on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Compared to the Mi 4 smartphone, Xiaomi Mi 5 screen will be larger: 5.5-inch. The smartphone will also receive a resolution bump 1440x2560p from Mi 4’s 1080x1920p.

TSMC to beat Samsung in 10nm race

TaiwanTSMC is confident that the company will beat Samsung Electronics in ramping up production on its 10nm lines, according to the Taiwan-based foundry. TSMC continued that in the 10nm FinFET race, Intel will be its major competitor. Samsung disclosed during a recent technology forum in the US that the company plans to enter mass production of chips using its 10nm FinFET process by the end of 2016, about the same time as TSMC.

Sharp to launch smartphones in Indonesia, says report

IndonesiaSharp will launch smartphones in the Indonesia market in 2015, starting with the Aquos Crystal, a model launched in North America in October 2014 through cooperation with Sprint, according to Japan-based Nikkei News. Since Sharp’s home appliance products have helped the company gain strong brand reputation in the country, the Japan-based vendor is hoping the reputation will boost local demand for its smartphones.

Telstra deploys Hadoop to pre-empt network issues

AustraliaTelstra has deployed a predictive analytics system that uses its operational data to help identify network issues before they occur. The big data facility is managed by CTO Vish Nandlall, who described it as “one of the largest Hadoop infrastructures in Australia”. Telstra has not revealed the cost of the facility, which has been rolled out progressively during the past nine months. “Conventional network problem solving generally only responds to events that have occurred,” a Telstra spokesperson said.,telstra-deploys-hadoop-to-pre-empt-network-issues.aspx

India’s Snapdeal says the country doesn’t have the programmers it needs

IndiaDespite India’s brainy army of computer engineers, of the country’s largest e-commerce companies and a US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) startup-says it’s not finding the coders it needs most. The company, which is backed by US-based eBay Inc. and Japan’s SoftBank Corp. is scouring the globe for programmers with a decade or more experience dealing with big data, cloud computing and the software used to interact with customers and suppliers. It’s already bagged one cloud specialist from a startup in Silicon Valley and expects to hire 12 more soon.

MacTel to sell Sydney data centre

AustraliaMacquarie Telecom has entered an agreement to sell the land and shell of its Sydney-based Intellicentre 2 data centre for $43.3 million to Singaporean Keppel Group. The 17-23 Talavera Road, North Ryde facility – MacTel’s second in Sydney – officially opened in September 2012. At the time, the $60 million eight-megawatt centre offfered 2000 square metres of technical floor space over two data halls, with capacity to expand to 6000 square metres. News Limited was an anchor tenant.,mactel-to-sell-sydney-data-centre.aspx