Affordable LTE chips to make IoT real by 2018: Altair co-founder

KoreaZDNet — The trend of a wide availability of cost-effective LTE modem chips and mobile carriers’ moves to change their business model to offer low-cost bandwidth will allow the public to truly feel the advent of Interent of Things (IoT) by 2018, according to Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of worldwide sales and marketing of Israeli firm Altair Semiconductor, which specializes in LTE solutions for IoT.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cost-effective-lte-chips-will-make-iot-a-reality-by-2018-altair-co-founder/

Can the cloud unlock Asia’s potential for supply chain convergence?

APACNetworks Asia — One sector which will benefit from embracing the Internet of Things is the logistics sector, as businesses are constantly looking for ways to respond to the increasing complexity of logistics operations. A survey conducted with 66 senior supply chain executives across a broad range of industries by global management consulting firm Bain & Company revealed that only half of the respondents felt ready to face their most pressing challenges.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/can-cloud-unlock-asias-potential-supply-chain-convergence.1464609020

1-Net North Data Center officially opens

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: A new data centre offering high-speed networks between Singapore and the region opened on Monday (May 30), in response to growing demand from companies looking for secure data storage solutions. The 200,000 square foot 1-Net North Data Center, which has been running since April, has bomb blast-proof walls and eight tiers of security barriers for added protection.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/1-net-north-data-center/2830546.html

Cloud Enables APAC Businesses to Expand Worldwide: Report

APACTalkin Cloud — Asia-Pacific businesses that use the cloud are more likely to have expanded to new geographic markets within the past five years and be internationalized, compared to non-cloud users, according to a new report commissioned by NetSuite and conducted by Frost & Sullivan.

http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing/cloud-enables-apac-businesses-expand-worldwide-report

N Korea could be linked to cyber-attacks on banks, security firm says

North KoreaBBC — A top cyber-security firm is investigating whether North Korea could be linked to attacks on banks in recent months. Symantec said it had evidence that the same group attempted to steal money from a bank in the Philippines, one in Vietnam and Bangladesh’s central bank. It also said the rare malware deployed was similar to that used in the hacking of Sony Pictures in 2014.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394986

Get a peek inside your next PC with our preview of Computex 2016

TaiwanDigital Trends — Nestled between CES, which is hosted in January, and IFA, which comes around in September, Computex dominates summer tech news. And we won’t be there alone when the fun begins on June 1. As the largest computer exhibition in Asia, Computex sees attendance of around 130,000 and includes over 1,600 exhibitors, numbers that put it just behind CES, North America’s largest electronics trade show.

Get a peek inside your next PC with our preview of Computex 2016

MyRepublic Ranks First on Netflix Speed Index

SingaporeScoop — Following Netflix’s international expansion into 130 new countries, Internet Service Provider (ISP) MyRepublic has debuted on the Netflix Speed Index this month, ranking 1st in this measure of Netflix prime time performance for Singapore and Indonesia, as well as achieving the top score for the Asia Pacific region.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1605/S00731/myrepublic-ranks-first-on-netflix-speed-index.htm

Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook’s 6,600km fibre optic cable from USA to Spain

APACBusiness Review Europe — Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic, connecting America to Spain. The new “MAREA” cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.

http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/technology/872/Telefonica-Microsoft-and-Facebook’s-6600km-fibre-optic-cable-from-USA-to-Spain

Telstra flags more cyber-sec investments after vArmour

AustraliaCSO — Telstra’s venture capital arm has flagged fresh rounds of investment in cyber security in Asia after revealing details of a new cloud computing security investment. Telstra Ventures partner Marcus Bartram said that there was still scope for more investment in cyber security companies despite announcing a large investment in vArmour – a California-based company that has developed policy-based software theoretically capable of securing so-called “East-West” network traffic moving within a company’s network perimeter.

http://www.cso.com.au/article/600720/telstra-flags-more-cyber-sec-investments-after-varmour/

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Delhi ‘celebrates’ India’s technology, invokes Ghalib

IndiaIndia Today — On a cloudy Monday morning in Delhi, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who can’t stop emphasising the potential and opportunities of cloud computing, said it was time to “celebrate the technology that India creates”. “It is not about celebrating our own technology, it is about celebrating the technology that India creates. I want us to be the platform to foster the ingenuity of the people of India,” said the Microsoft CEO.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-in-delhi-celebrates-indias-technology-invokes-ghalib/1/680633.html

Cloud Enables International Growth For Businesses In Hong Kong And Singapore

Hong KongPRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Research commissioned by NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced the findings of a joint study with Frost & Sullivan, revealing a strong correlation between the use of the cloud to access IT resources and the degree of internationalisation of a business.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cloud-enables-international-growth-for-businesses-in-hong-kong-and-singapore-300276505.html

Microsoft and Facebook laying undersea internet cable together

APACChina Post — SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced they will work together to lay a high-speed internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A new, sub-sea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2016/05/28/467514/Microsoft-and.htm

Internet penetration: Microsoft follows in Facebook, Google’s steps

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Internet-penetration-Microsoft-follows-in-Facebook-Googles-steps/articleshow/52431126.cms

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Airtel-completes-acquisition-of-Videocons-spectrum-in-six-circles/articleshow/52430649.cms

Google: Southeast Asia’s digital market to grow more than sixfold to $200b by 2025

SingaporeTech in Asia — There’s a US$200 billion opportunity in Southeast Asia for tech entrepreneurs and investors, according to research by Google and investment firm Temasek. The two industry heavyweights revealed their findings during the E-conomy SEA event in Singapore today. A slideshow containing key conclusions from the research is embedded below and also available to view here.

https://www.techinasia.com/google-temasek-economy-sea

Microsoft pledges to use more renewable energy in its data centers

APACAs more services move to the cloud, online giants are building more data centers to keep up. Every Netflix video we stream and every Uber ride we order goes through a massive compute farm somewhere. On Thursday, Microsoft said it will step up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment. That means using more wind, solar, and hydropower to generate electricity.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/data-centre/microsoft-pledges-to-use-more-renewable-energy-in-its-data-centers/

Cyberattack: SWIFT to launch new security plan #cloud #asia #bangladesh #security #hacking #swift

BangladeshTimes of India — LONDON: The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security programme as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt will tell a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Cyberattack-SWIFT-to-launch-new-security-plan/articleshow/52411742.cms

Global solar wafer demand, prices to fall in 2H16, says GCL-Poly Energy CEO, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times —  there was tight global supply of solar wafers in fourth-quarter 2015 and first-quarter 2016, global demand is expected to decrease and thus prices will slip in the second half of 2016, according to China-based solar wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings CEO Zhu Zhanjun at SNEC PV Power Expo taking place in Shanghai during May 23-26.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160525PD201.html

Amazon snuggling up to Japan’s game developers

JapanTOKYO — Amazon.com will hold a three-day event here starting Tuesday to forge closer ties with Japanese developers of games for smartphones. Some 90 executives from Amazon bases around the world, including the U.S., Europe and China, will mingle with Japanese developers and gain exposure to such unique cultural experiences as the tea ceremony.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Amazon-snuggling-up-to-Japan-s-game-developers

Singapore government to call for $2b in tech bids in 2016

SingaporeTech in Asia — The Singapore government will be calling for a projected US$2 billion in information and communications technology bids in 2016, it announced in a press release. The majority these contracts will go towards IT infrastructure, IT security, and building systems for government agencies.

https://www.techinasia.com/singapore-government-call-2b-tech-tenders-2016

India to test reusable launch vehicle technology on Monday

IndiaTimes of India — SRIHARIKOTA: India will test on Monday a reusable launch vehicle technology (RLV) space agency ISRO developed to reduce cost of firing rockets to deploy satellites in orbit, a senior official said. “A mini-rocket with the winged reusable launch vehicle demonstrator (RLV-TD) on its top will lift-off during the launch window between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, depending on wind and weather conditions,” Indian Space Research Organisation director Devi Prasad Karnik said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-to-test-reusable-launch-vehicle-technology-on-Monday/articleshow/52388510.cms

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 11.3% sequentially in 2Q16

ChinaDigi Times — Having digested their excessive inventory, smartphone vendors have stepped up the pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Smartphone vendors are also gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD207.html

Symantec Says SWIFT Malware Is Linked to Cyber Attack in the Philippines

PhilippinesFortune — The malware that was used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank has been linked to another cyber attack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, cyber security company Symantec said in a blog post on Thursday. The company said it had identified three pieces of malware that were used in limited targeted attacks against financial institutions in South-East Asia.

Symantec Says SWIFT Malware Is Linked to Cyber Attack in the Philippines

Facebook co-founder’s new $143m fund wants to close funding gap in Asia

APACTech in Asia —- Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has closed US$143 million in funding for his venture capital firm B Capital, according to US regulatory filings. It’s targeting a fund size of US$250 million. What’s unique about this fund though is its global focus, especially on Asia. B Capital founder Raj Ganguly explained the opportunities in Asia, and further said that the continent faces a funding gap:

https://www.techinasia.com/facebook-cofounders-143m-fund-close-funding-gap-asia

Amazon India will no longer offer refunds on electronics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Amazon India has silently upgraded its return policy for electronic items. As per the new , electronics are no longer eligible for refunds. However, customers can still get defective items replaced. It is important to note that this is applicable only for products that are fulfilled by Amazon. For items that are seller-fulfilled, it is up to the seller to issue refunds for items that can’t be repaired or replaced.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-India-will-no-longer-offer-refunds-on-electronics/articleshow/52405076.cms

Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic

APACThe Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/26/11787822/facebook-microsoft-marea-internet-cable-atlantic-ocean

Microsoft’s strategy can boost Thailand, says chief

ThailandBangkok Post — Thailand remains one of Microsoft Corporation’s main growth drivers in Asia-Pacific with a strong foundation of outstanding IT developers, says chief executive Satya Nadella. Speaking at a forum in Bangkok yesterday, the boss of the Washington-based software giant outlined his visions of the group’s new computing paradigm in a drive to court local developers and more businesses to build their own software on its cloud and Windows operating platforms.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/988697/microsofts-strategy-can-boost-thailand-says-chief

Huawei to launch Daydream-based smartphones, HMDs

ChinaDigi Times — Huawei plans to integrate its Kirin CPU products with Qualcomm’s processors to roll out smartphones and head-mounted devices (HMD) supporting Google’s Daydream VR (virtual reality) platform before year-end 2016, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report, citing sources from the company.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD205.html

10 reasons why India’s new map law might make life tough for its startup entrepreneurs

IndiaTech in Asia — If you’re stuck in a new city, want to find a street, but can’t speak the local language, your smartphone can come in really handy. Driving a car and can’t stop every few meters to ask for directions? Your GPS device becomes a savior. And if you’re stuck in a mountain pass, with nobody around to ask, a GPS-enabled map might save your life.

https://www.techinasia.com/10-reasons-indias-map-law-kill-dreams-startup-entrepreneurs

What’s the reason behind Tim Cook’s India visit?

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: He came. He saw. But Apple CEO Tim Cook is yet to get the biggest bite into the huge consumer base in the country, of which every tech player — from China to Korea to Taiwan — is trying to get a bigger share. If we look at why, in the first place, Cook came to India in this sweltering heat, it would not be wrong to interpret his first visit to the country as an exploratory mission rather than as one with a clear-cut investment agenda.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Whats-the-reason-behind-Tim-Cooks-India-visit/articleshow/52396278.cms