Why China’s mobile gaming explosion isn’t really about mobile games

ChinaBy most standards, 2014 was a banner year for mobile gaming in China. The size of the industry itself doubled, with more than 300,000 people now working at over 5,000 mobile development companies (there were fewer than 3,000 at the end of 2013). Correspondingly, mobile gaming revenues went through the roof in 2014, reaching more than RMB 27 billion (US$4.3 billion) and shattering 2013’s revenue numbers. For the first time ever, mobile games in China took in more revenue than web-based browser games.


Melbourne IT services struggle under major firewall issue

Australia’s largest web registry Melbourne IT has suffered ongoing network issues over the past week related to an issue with the company’s firewall that resulted in it dropping up to half its data packets. The service degradation issues started last Wednesday at the same time as the company struggled with a separate email delivery issue as well as difficulties migrating users off its legacy platform and onto that of its subsidiary NetRegistry, which it purchased for $50 million in February last year.


Asian markets to see 10% growth in 2015: analyst

Asian stocks and foreign exchange markets are expected to achieve a growth of 10 percent this year and surpass 2014 levels, according to analysis by Amundi Asset Management (東方匯理資產管理) Director Leon Goldfield. Goldfield believes that among industries riding growth, South Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese electronics firms will outperform all other sectors.


Taiwan, China to work on standards of four information technology sectors

TAIPEI–Taiwan and China will jointly set up a working group this year to develop common standards for four information technology sectors, a Taipei-based cross-Taiwan Strait association promoting industrial standards said Tuesday. The four IT segments are key components such as integrated circuits and panels, communications such as the fifth-generation mobile network, the Internet of Things and cloud computing applications, and smart cities, said Rock Hsu, vice chairman of Taiwan’s Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation.


New Zealand introduces 2015 Occupation Outlook mobile app

A newly released mobile app by the New Zealand government is expected to enable students compare job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help them make good study choices. The 2015 Occupation Outlook app was launched with third annual Occupation Outlook report that pulls together the latest information from employers, industries, the education sector and the labour market.


Asustek seeking partnerships with Xiaomi supply chain

Asustek Computer reportedly is seeking cooperation with Xiaomi’s upstream partners such as earphone designer 1more Design and software designer Cheetah Mobile, to strengthen its smartphone competitiveness, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek shipped about eight million smartphones in 2014, despite a great improvement from 2013, the company’s performance was still far off compared to Xiaomi, which shipped 61.12 million units in 2014, up 227% from 2013.


Tasmania to overhaul authentication in new network deal

The Tasmanian government is looking to make life easier for its staff, who currently struggle with a multitude of professional logins, as part of a revamped networking deal set to replace arrangements with Telstra and a number of other providers. The state government revealed in late 2013 that it would take the end of the contracts as an opportunity to rethink how it operates its network infrastructure.


Verizon Extends Its 100G Network in Asia-Pacific

NEW YORK – Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on the Verizon global network. This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network. These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.


Super Micro Computer, Inc. Announces 2nd Quarter 2015 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), a leader in application optimized, high performance server solutions, today announced second quarter of fiscal 2015 financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Net sales for the second quarter ended December 31, 2014 totaled $503.0 million, up 13.5% from $443.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. One customer accounted for more than 10% of net sales during the quarter ended December 31, 2014.


Lenovo forms cloud research centre in Hong Kong’s Cyberport

Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of personal computers, has tapped Cyberport in Hong Kong to serve as its research and development base for new “cloud computing” products and services. The computer giant’s cloud research operation represents the latest high-profile tenant landed by the Hong Kong government-backed technology complex, which opened in 2002 with Microsoft among its anchor tenants.


China’s slowdown

MUCH of the analysis of China’s 2014 GDP data, which the government published today, has focused on the economy’s slowdown. That is, on one level, understandable. Growth of 7.4% was China’s weakest in 24 years (see chart below). It was also the first time this century that China has missed its official growth target, falling just short of the official goal of 7.5%. But on another level, the focus on the slowdown seems almost myopic.


Microsoft’s Outlook in China hacked, says GreatFire

BEIJING, Jan 19 — Chinese users of Microsoft Corp’s Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google Inc’s Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said today. People using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla’s Thunderbird and apps on their phone with the SMTP and IMAP email protocols, which are used to send and receive messages, around Saturday were subject to a “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack, said China-based GreatFire.org.


Opera CEO: ‘We’re more like a Chinese company than a Western company’

For many smartphone owners, it’s tough to get excited about a mobile browser. While power users will always have their app of choice for specific features, most internet users likely default to a mobile browser for no reason at all. As a result, many Western consumers don’t even understand why Opera exists. With Safari for iOS, Chrome for Android, and Firefox for nerds, does the world really need another app to surf the web?


Samsung to release superfast Galaxy Note4

Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.


Alibaba Health Reaches Settlement With Oracle

Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited, formerly known as CITIC 21CN Company Limited, has settled a legal dispute with Oracle. Alibaba Health will pay about CNY37.2 million to Oracle for a licensing agreement for database management software signed in 2006. Meanwhile, the company will be refunded a deposit of USD11 million plus USD1.2 million in interest as part of the settlement.


India public cloud service mkt to top $800-mn in 2015: Gartner

NEW DELHI: Public cloud services market in India is expected to grow about 33 per cent to touch $ 838 million by the end of this year, driven by strong growth in cloud infrastructure and security solutions, research firm Gartner said today.  The public cloud services market stood at about $ 632 million in 2014.  High rates of spending on cloud services in India is expected to continue through 2018 and the market is poised to reach $ 1.9 billion by the same time, Gartner said in a statement.


Google, Naver, Daum Kakao face probe

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.


IBM unveils servers targeting e-commerce, mobile app economy

NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM today unveiled the z13 mainframe servers, which will provide real-time encryption on all mobile transactions, targeting e-commerce and m-commerce firms in India. z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day. Its transactions are persistent, protected and auditable from end-to-end, IBM said in a statement.


Qld Police to get 5400 more iPads under re-elected LNP, from AU

Queensland’s LNP government has promised to add 5400 extra devices to the state police’s iPad fleet, a capability it expects will deliver efficiencies equivalent to 300 extra officers on the beat over four years. Less than two weeks out from the state election, Premier Campbell Newman pledged to boost the number of iPads on the beat to 8250, making it the largest law enforcement device fleet in the country by a significant margin.


Level 3 to Enhance Networking Capabilities and Resilience in Singapore

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has launched two additional points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore to address the growing demand for enhanced network and cloud connectivity within the Southeast Asian business hub. The PoPs feature access to Level 3’s global network and extensive portfolio of Internet protocol (IP), virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), broadcast (Vyvx), cloud and collaboration solutions.


Bangkok Bank Deploys @Akamai’s Web Solutions

Akamai Technologies has announced that Bangkok Bank is using Akamai’s Web Performance Solutions to deliver high quality user experiences for its growing customer base across all geographies.mIan Guy Gillard, Executive Vice President, Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, said, “Akamai’s ability to provide a fast, secure and quality web experience has directly supported our plans to expand our business internationally, ensuring we provide all our customers with seamless and secure access to our banking services wherever they are.”


Top trends to impact IT landscape in 2015 #cloud #cloudcomputing

With new technologies emerging and dominating the way organizations and the workforce function, businesses can no longer afford to remain behind the curve. But as I travel around Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) to meet with customers, I continue to be impressed by how they are using technology to drive their businesses forward. The past year has seen greater adoption of trends like big data, cloud computing and BYOD.


MPT picks up speed in telecoms race, from Myanmar

After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations and launch new tariff deals. Its latest mobile plan, Swe Thahar, cuts voice and SMS prices and changes the way MPT charges customers for internet usage, from by-the-minute to by-the-megabyte.  KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) managing director Takashi Nagashima, MPT general manager Khin Maung Tun, chief technical officer Kenichi Ono and other company officials sat down with a small panel of journalists


Internet connection to be resumed on January 24

According to the latest notice of the AAG operator sent to Vietnamese Internet service providers, the repair began on January 17 and will finish on January 28. However, Internet connection between Vietnam and the world will be resumed on January 24. Earlier, on January 8, the operator said the repair would complete on January 23. The AAG submarine cable was cut at 8:04 am on January 5, at a point about 117km from the landing station in Vung Tau.


Bangladesh shuts down messaging services to quell violence

DHAKA – Bangladeshi telecoms authorities Sunday shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango, which have become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.  The Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission closed down the apps “for the time being” on orders from law enforcement and security agencies, a commission spokesman told AFP.


MobiFone gets approval to add 2 million numbers

The approval, granted on January 9, means the Mobifone network will now have an additional two million 10-digit numbers with the ‘0901′ and ‘0931′ prefixes serving the domestic market. While mobile phone number prefixes have been diversified in Viet Nam, mobile network operators see ‘090′, ‘091′ and ‘098′ as popular ranges that are also considered strong brands. Following the Ministry’s approval, the company can now expand its subscriber base.


Xiaomi unveils sensor panels for its smart home ecosystem

The hype from Xiaomi’s new product launch last week hasn’t even died down yet, and Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin has already showed off more new smart home gadgets at Beijing’s annual GeekPark Innovation Festival over the weekend (h/t 36kr). These new devices come in the form of sensors placed around the home. The sensors measure things like light, sound, temperature, and movement.


Tiger Global invests in India again, leads $100M funding for online retailer ShopClues

Money_CashIndian online retailer ShopClues has raised US$100 million in a Series D funding round led by Tiger Global and two of its existing investors, Helion Venture Partners and Nexus Venture Partners. This is yet another big bet made by Tiger Global on the Indian ecommerce sector. The New York-based investment firm has so far put money into Flipkart, real estate portal CommonFloor, and messaging app Hike – among others.


Tumblr, still not blocked in China, soon to offer Chinese version

Free blogging and social networking site Tumblr is working on a Chinese version of its platform, according to iFanr. Some Tumblr users in China received invites to join the closed beta test of the translated site. While blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger are blocked by China’s Great Firewall on the mainland, Tumblr is not (I used it to blog before starting this job for that reason). That’s probably due to the site not having a Chinese version and most of the content being more fun and shareable rather than serious and informative.


Hallelujah! China’s train ticket site accepts help from Alibaba

Riders of trains in China, rejoice! China’s state-run 12306 train ticket sales site, which has a total monopoly on online ticket sales despite being buggy and inefficient, has finally consented to team up with a competent ecommerce company (Alibaba). This is something I’ve been begging them to do for years, and now that it’s finally happened, all I can think is this: