Huawei launches South Pacific OpenLab

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei has opened its Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with industry and partners At the opening ceremony, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solutions, a suite of public safety solutions that strengthens incident prevention capabilities and shortens emergency response time.

How Nikesh’s exit might impact India’s startup ecosystem

IndiaTech in Asia — It’s rare for CEOs of India’s unicorn startups to issue a statement on the departure of an executive at one of their investment firms. But Nikesh Arora was not an ordinary name. Nikesh, whom I met twice in his Google days, always came across as a sharp sales guy and a people’s person who knew how to move things around.

SAP Labs India launches accelerator programme for startups

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Enterprise application software company, SAP Labs India has launched accelerator programme SAP Start-up Studio, aimed at providing mentoring, infrastructure and technology support to early-stage start-ups.

Microsoft enriches campus experience for Singapore’s Institute

SingaporeMIS Asia — Microsoft is enriching campus experience for Singapore’s PSB Academy by delivering its cloud-based productivity suite. The education institution for tertiary and university studies has deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 to ramp up its productivity and inventiveness in serving its students and prospects.

Openstack gaining traction in Australia

AustraliaDelimiter — A survey of attendees at the country’s first OpenStack conference held in Sydney last month has indicated that OpenStack is likely to experience growth in the Australian market over the next 18 months. The survey polled attendees about their OpenStack experience and adoption, approximately 65% of whom had already adopted OpenStack.

Openstack gaining traction in Australia

Huawei’s new Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to accelerate digital innovation

SingaporeMIS Asia — Huawei recently opened its first OpenLab in the South Pacific Region. Located in Singapore, the Southern Pacific Openlab will act as an incubation centre for joint collaboration on industry solutions with leading software and industry partners to build a competitive industry ecosystem, according to Huawei’s press release.

Salesforce targets ‘citizen developers’ with new tools and training

APACMIS Asia — If there’s an overriding trend in the world of enterprise software lately, it’s democratization, as tools previously reserved for experts are put in the hands of average users. On Tuesday, climbed on board with new software, training and support services that aim to help more users — not just professional developers — build applications for the Salesforce platform.

Intel launches digital literacy projects in India

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — In a bid to bridge the digital divide, Intel India has launched three projects to accelerate digital literacy at the grassroots level by reaching out to the population in non-urban India, upskill citizens in tier two cities and beyond and encourage innovation from the local level.

TSMC to spend US$2.2 billion on R&D in 2016, says co-CEO

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) expects to boost its R&D spending to a record US$2.2 billion in 2016, increasing about 10% on year, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu. TSMC will be the industry’s first chipmaker to have its 7nm process technology certified, said Liu, adding that TSMC’s 7nm currently has 30-40% yield for 128MB SRAM.

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.

Amazon snuggling up to Japan’s game developers

JapanTOKYO — 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.

Lack of IT talent may slow APAC business

APACMIS Asia — Sixty-nine percent of CIOs in APAC believe a lack of talent will prevent their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change. The 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey says CIOs are challenged by the greatest technology skills shortage since the global financial crisis in 2008.

IBM’s Watson is going to cybersecurity school

APACMIS Asia — It’s no secret that much of the wisdom of the world lies in unstructured data, or the kind that’s not necessarily quantifiable and tidy. So it is in cybersecurity, and now IBM is putting Watson to work to make that knowledge more accessible. Towards that end, IBM Security on Tuesday announced a new year-long research project through which it will collaborate with eight universities to help train its Watson artificial-intelligence system to tackle cybercrime.

Apple CEO Tim Cook in China hails Chinese app developers

ChinaTimes of India — Apple CEO Tim Cook has hailed Chinese app developers and their contribution to world’s second biggest economy, as he began his visit here days after the tech-giant invested $1 billion in local ride hailing app Didi Chuxing. “The momentum is absolutely incredible,” Cook said in a meeting with developers, government officials and journalists.

Android Open Source market opportunities shrinking as Android One becomes viable market contender

ChinaDigi Times — Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the cusp of a change as Google Android regains momentum and fights back against Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.

Indian domain name plaints up 60% in 2015; country ranks 11th, US tops WIPO list

IndiaTimes of India — German luxury fashion firm Hugo Boss leads the list of global companies which filed the highest number of cybersquatting cases in 2015, with fashion emerging as the sector with the greatest activity in terms of domain name complaints, according to data from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Dell launches IoT solutions partner program

APACTelecom Asia — Dell is building an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented IoT landscape and identify the right technologies to develop IoT solutions. The Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program will provide participating partners with access to Dell’s  product portfolio and support.

Alibaba Cloud launches global start-up program

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Alibaba Cloud has launched its 2016 global start-up program dubbed “Create@Alibaba Cloud,” aimed at championing start-ups and maximizing their potential through Alibaba’s support network and suite of cloud infrastructure services. “Through our program, we hope to make our sophisticated networking solutions and big-data intelligence also available to start-ups and small enterprises to accelerate their business growth,” Yu Sicheng, VP of Alibaba Cloud.

Australia announces 6 new joint research centers with China

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne announced six new Joint Research Centres (JRCs) with China, which will be funded for three years under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF). The grants, totalling $5.95 million, would support the objectives of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and help Australian research institutions build links with China.

Salesforce: Customer satisfaction, engagement key to marketing success

APACEnterprise Innovation — Enterprise Innovation — Marketers are increasingly focused on customer satisfaction and customer engagement as their top measures for success, according to the 2016 State of Marketing annual report by Salesforce. The latest report saw Salesforce Research surveying 3,975 full- time marketing leaders in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, the Nordics, Japan, and Australia. Those polled are not limited to Salesforce customers.

Qualcomm names 10 finalists in Phase I of ‘Design In India’ drive

IndiaEconomic Times — KOLKATA: US chipmaker Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday announced the 10 finalists of the first edition of the Qualcomm ‘Design in India’ Challenge, that was launched in December 2015. Qualcomm Inc in association with National Association of Software & Services Companies (Nasscom), has launched the the Qualcomm ‘Design in India Challenge’.

Microsoft tries to upgrade local software developers

TaiwanChina Post — TAIPEI: Microsoft is scheduled to kick off a conference for software, app and data developers in Taipei on April 19, with the goal of helping them acquire new concepts and technologies. The DevDays Asia 2016 @Taipei is being organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA’s) Industrial Development Bureau and will be hosted jointly by Microsoft and MOEA’s Digital Content Industry Promotion Office.

TCS sets up open innovation platform to tackle local community challenges

IndiaTimes of India — PUNE: Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software services company, has set up an open innovation centre in Nashik to solve social problems in local communities. The centre will seek to find ways to reduce the number of school dropouts, improve soil and water health, and ease parking woes in the city, among other initiatives. The challenges are open to students, early-stage startups and even individual entrepreneurs who can come up with innovative solutions, the company said.

EMC expands in India, opens second advanced R&D centre in Pune

IndiaBusiness Standard — EMC Corporation today inaugurated its second research and development centre in Pune in addition to the current EMC®Centre of Excellence (COE) in Bangalore, the new centre in Pune expands and strengthens EMC’s presence and innovation engine within India, including plans to increase its workforce.

Singapore’s iFashion raises funding to help small online fashion retailers grow bigger

SingaporeTech in Asia  —- Ask Singaporeans to name things they love, and it’s highly probable that “fashion” and “online shopping” will be high on the list. As a result, a casual search offers up quite a few online retailers that are grabbing a chunk of the market.

Inside the Dell IoT Labs

SingaporeDell — As companies continue to experiment with the Internet of Things, Dell OEM Solutions is ramping up activity at its three IoT labs: in Santa Clara, California, Limerick, Ireland, and Singapore. Jointly funded with Intel, the labs provide potential and future Dell customers, from small startups to large telecommunications companies, with a facility to develop proof-of-concept projects in IoT.

Inside the Dell IoT Labs

IoT Asia 2016 Pushes for Sustainable IoT Ecosystem in Asia

APACCE Asia Mag — IoT Asia 2016, the region’s leading platform in the Internet of Things (IoT) returns with its third and largest edition from March 30-31, 2016 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed Closing the gap: From vision to reality, this edition will reveal new insights on emerging trends, new key technologies and directions for IoT’s proliferation in the region.

IoT Asia 2016 Pushes for Sustainable IoT Ecosystem in Asia

Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics

VietnamHANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.

How one computer can go from Alibaba’s office to a classroom in rural China

ChinaTech in Asia — Companies like Alibaba burn through computers. Every few years, it’s in with the new and out with the old laptops, desktops, monitors, and digital miscellany. But between sitting in the company’s cozy Hangzhou offices and getting disassembled in an electronics recycling plant, many of those computers take an unexpected detour – and spend a few years in poorly funded schools throughout China.

IoT ecosystems, trends and developments

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Rob van Kranenburg is the founder of the IoT Council and co-founder of Bricolabs. A leading thinker on IoT, he wrote “The Internet of Things: A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID”. Kranenburg is a consultant to IoT China, Shanghai 2014, community manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and a Startupbootcamp mentor on IoT & Big Data. Kranenburg will also be sharing his insights at IoT Asia 2016 in Singapore.