ZDNet — 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.
Networks 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.
Channel 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.
Talkin 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.
BBC — 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.
Digital 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.
Scoop — 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.
Business 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.
CSO — 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.
India 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.
PRNewswire — 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.
China 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.
Times 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.
Times 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.
Tech 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.
As 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.
Times 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.
Digi 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.
TOKYO — 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.
Tech 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.
Times 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.
Digi 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.
Fortune — 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.
Tech 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:
Times 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.
The 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.
Bangkok 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.
Digi 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.
Tech 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.
Times 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.