Scientists look at how A.I. will change our lives by 2030

APACMIS Asia — By the year 2030, artificial intelligence (A.I.) will have changed the way we travel to work and to parties, how we take care of our health and how our kids are educated. That’s the consensus from a panel of academic and technology experts taking part in Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/scientists-look-at-how-ai-will-change-our-lives-by-2030/

Big data in Vietnam: the untapped treasure

VietnamVnex Press ーーー Enormous data is waiting to be turned into gold in Vietnam. While giant technology firms like Google, Facebook and Amazon are cashing in on their users’ data, Vietnamese companies remain largely oblivious.

http://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/big-data-in-vietnam-the-untapped-treasure-3459321.html

IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea

KoreaGeek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/ibm-will-emphasize-watson-ai-new-cloud-computing-center-korea/

Blockchain proves successful in Myanmar microfinance test

MyanmarNikkei — TOKYO — An experiment to create a low-cost and highly reliable blockchain infrastructure to record financial transactions is gathering steam in Myanmar. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records that are difficult to tamper or revise. The technology serves as the public ledger of transactions using the virtual currency bitcoin.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Blockchain-proves-successful-in-Myanmar-microfinance-test

​IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — IBM plans to open its first blockchain innovation centre in Singapore, with one of its first projects to focus on developing trade solutions using blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of multi-party trade finance processes and transactions.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-to-open-blockchain-innovation-centre-in-singapore/

InMobi sued for collecting location data without consent

IndiaTech in Asia —- InMobi will pay a US$950,000 fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to a complaint filed against it on Wednesday. According to the complaint, the adtech startup has been collecting cellphone users’ location data without their consent. InMobi ties up with apps to get access to user information. It then feeds that info back into its database to help companies send out more relevant ads.

https://www.techinasia.com/usftc-sues-inmobi

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

NEC technology uses AI to automatically detect unknown cyberattacks

JapanNetwork Asia — NEC Corporation has announced the development of a “system operations-visualization and anomaly-analysis technology” that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect unknown cyber-attacks against social infrastructure and enterprise systems.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/nec-technology-uses-ai-automatically-detect-unknown-cyberattacks.1466614006

IBM To Invest in Blockchain and AI Development in Asia

SingaporeThe Blockchain. — IBM has opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore – an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, Blockchain and design capabilities.  IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

IBM To Invest in Blockchain and AI Development in Asia

China Clears Way For Cloud Computing Industry In Himalayan Plateau, Despite Immense Obstacles

ChinaIB Times — GUIYANG, CHINA — The promotional showroom for China’s data storage and analysis industry here combines a computerized other-worldliness straight out of Hollywood’s “The Matrix” with the hard-sell of Madison Avenue. Sleek artwork outside the building plays on the phrases “cloud computing” and “Big Data.”

http://www.ibtimes.com/china-clears-way-cloud-computing-industry-himalayan-plateau-despite-immense-obstacles-2379198

IBM takes Watson to Asia

APACBusiness Cloud News — IBM has opened a new research centre in Singapore as it aims to expand its cognitive computing offering Watson into the Asian markets. The Watson Centre will be located in IBM’s current office at Marina Bay Financial Centre will help commercialize the cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities through partnering with local organizations and co-creating new business solutions.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2016/06/10/ibm-takes-watson-to-asia/

Microsoft widens Digital Transformation path for Malaysian NGOs

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been offered a Digital Transformation path through cloud and productivity solutions provider Microsoft’s new ‘Tech4Good’ initiative.  During the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director K Raman said Tech4Good offered a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that would support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/microsoft-widens-digital-transformation-path-for-malaysian-ngos/

IBM SolutionsConnect: Technology leadership in the cognitive era

APACMIS Asia — We are living in the digital age in which anything that could be digitized is being digitized. Also, because of the mobile revolution, there has been an exponential growth in the number of connected devices. Both these trends have led to the explosion of data and devices. According to one estimate, the numbers of devices will reach 75 billion by 2020. And about ninety percent of data created in the last two years was because of this proliferation of devices.

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/applications/ibm-solutionsconnect-technology-leadership-in-the-cognitive-era/

Why are Australia’s banks so interested in blockchain?

AustraliaIT News — If you use the term “cloud computing” at your next barbeque, owing to the invention of smartphones, you might find yourself in a conversation about privacy. If you mention the term “big data”, you might also get a flicker of recognition and end up in roughly the same place. However, if you drop the word “blockchain” into the discussion you’re almost guaranteed a blank stare.

http://www.itnews.com.au/feature/why-are-australias-banks-so-interested-in-blockchain-419397

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

UWA researchers demonstrate new quantum algorithm circuits, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new methodology for performing algorithms using a quantum computer, which the university claims could potentially be used in a future supercomputer.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/uwa-researchers-demonstrate-new-quantum-algorithm-circuits-419669

Flipkart collaborates with MapUnity to launch Map Services

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/flipkart-collaborates-mapunity-launch-map-services-1703963519

IBM Watson partners with 8 universities to tackle cybercrime

APACEnterprise Innovation — IBM said it plans to collaborate with eight universities to expand the collection of security data for IBM Watson. The company unveiled on Tuesday Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version of its cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/ibm-watson-partners-8-universities-tackle-cybercrime-1486581380

Of course China has its own Amazon Echo clone

ChinaThe Star — LOS ANGELES: Looks like Google isn’t the only company that’s been inspired by the success of Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com also took some cues from the Echo in developing DingDong, its very own smart loudspeaker.

http://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2016/05/16/of-course-china-has-its-own-amazon-echo-clone/

Geospatial bill: Bengaluru finds a route to save the map from government

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: A campaign against the Union government’s move to govern how companies and individuals use maps is gaining momentum, with a number of thinktanks, research organisations and activists launching efforts to rally resistance against the proposed law.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Geospatial-bill-Bengaluru-finds-a-route-to-save-the-map-from-government/articleshow/52233478.cms

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2016&no=345721

Singapore ready for digital transformation, says US software giant

SingaporeStraits Times — SINGAPORE – Singapore is well placed to transform itself into a digital economy because of government support for innovation, good business environment and a globally connected technology infrastructure. Mr Mike Gregoire, chief executive of software firm CA Technologies, said these factors prepare Singapore companies to use digital technologies to create new revenue streams, capture market share and develop a loyal user base.

http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/singapore-ready-for-digital-transformation-says-us-software-giant

Optus revenue dragged down by lower mobile call, SMS rates

AustraliaIT News — A mandated industry-wide reduction in mobile call and SMS termination rates forced revenues of Optus and parent SingTel down as much as 9 percent in the last quarter, with the bottom-line impact expected to grow fourfold next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/optus-revenue-dragged-down-by-lower-mobile-call-sms-rates-419431

Fujitsu builds first maritime big data platform

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Fujitsu has built a maritime big data platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, an international ship classification society also known as ClassNK. The platform collects and accumulates machinery operational data from moving vessels, such as engine data, as well as marine weather information, as big data.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/fujitsu-builds-first-maritime-big-data-platform-787150185

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800019&year=2016&no=345721

‘Digital India augurs well for data centre business’

IndiaFinancial Express — Data centres are an important part of infrastructure and there are several sectors spurring this growth, says Sunil Gupta, executive-director & president of Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a leading managed hosting and cloud service provider.

http://computer.financialexpress.com/interviews/digital-india-augurs-well-for-data-centre-business/17429/

Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for Maps in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.

‘Among first three guests of Airbnb, one was an Indian’

IndiaTimes of India — What started as two friends accommodating guests on air mattresses and providing homemade breakfast has turned into a profitable business, valued at around $25 billion, spread across 191 countries. Airbnb (Airbedandbreakfast) is eyeing India as one of its fastest growing markets. It is also talking to companies here to launch its business travel model.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Among-first-three-guests-of-Airbnb-one-was-an-Indian/articleshow/52116985.cms

Google may soon need a license to offer maps in India

IndiaMashable — The Indian government has proposed a bill that will require companies like Google to get a license to offer and publish maps in the country. If it becomes a law, then anyone who create maps ‘incorrectly’ can be fined millions of rupees or imprisoned. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, says that “no person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form”.

http://mashable.com/2016/05/06/india-google-maps-fine-imprison/#9OuJOhSQDsql