SAP and Souq.com partner to boost e-commerce in Middle East

Written on Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:26
Real-time digital transactions will transform Middle East e-commerce by 2020, Souq.com, the region’s largest e-commerce platform, announced in a tie-up with SAP. In line with this prediction, the partnership between Souq.com and SAP will help accelerate real-time transactions to support the scaling up of Middle East small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and further drive the e-commerce market. According to a recent report by online payment provider Payfort, the Middle East’s e-commerce market is set to nearly triple in value, from…
Google-owned YouTube recently began allowing popular online video personalities to broadcast on the go using mobile devices, which challenges Facebook and Twitter’s live-streaming appeal. For about six years YouTube has supported live video streaming through computers, even broadcasting US presidential debates online. The company has now moved into online portable device streaming, allowing YouTube content creators whose channels have more than 10,000 subscribers to broadcast through apps tailored for mobile devices such as smartphones, says product managers Barbara Macdonald and…

Alibaba to help Thailand build a digital economy

Written on Saturday, 10 December 2016 06:24
The Thai government is to cooperate with Alibaba on a range of initiatives to develop e-commerce in Thailand by providing training to SMEs and individuals and exploring ways to enhance the country’s logistics capabilities to support Thailand 4.0 and Digital Economy strategies. A letter of intent covering the cooperation was signed by Thailand’s permanent secretary, Wiboonlasana Ruamraksathe, and Alibaba group president, Michael Evans during a visit to Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China by a delegation led by Thailand’s deputy prime…
American entertainment company Netflix has developed a feature which allows viewers to watch content while offline – in an effort to avoid major data-connection charges for its viewership. In a statement management at Netflix said that many of its most popular TV series and movies will be made available for viewers when they’re offline. Netflix which was founded in 1997 – specialize in streaming media and video on demand online. It is reported to be worth around $33 billion that…
A UAE business has secured a lucrative digital contract in its attempts to create an online shopping empire. Alabbar Properties has entered into a joint-venture with Milan based online luxury fashion retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) in a deal worth a reported €130 million (Dh505.5m). It is remarkably the third digital deal secured by Alabbar Properties as the global property company seeks to stake its claim to the region’s underserved, but fast-growing e-commerce market. The latest announcement comes just a fortnight…
US Road Safety Authorities have called on smartphone makers to develop additional applications to its devices in order to combat the surge in deaths which have been caused due to distracted driving. The claim by US highway safety officials drew immediate objection and opposition from the electronics industry who have argued that distracted driving is not entirely caused by phone checking. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued voluntary guidelines to tech companies in an effort to try…
Telstra has released a ranking of the digital transformation status of 11 Asian nations, prepared for it by the Economist Intelligence Unit saying the region is a long way from being a global leader in digital infrastructure skills, and technology ecosystems – the building blocks of success in the modern economy. Martijn Blanken, Group Managing Director of Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, said: “The Index shows that Singapore, South Korea and Japan are leading the pack in Asia thanks in…

Asian cable operators moving to FTTP

Written on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:59
Cable operators Cemerland Multimedia (MegaVision) in Indonesia and Converge ICT (CICT) in the Philippines are deploying GPON systems from Calix GPON to provide fiber to customer premises. According to Calix, both operators are examples of a growing trend among cable operators globally who are making the leap to fiber to meet rising subscriber demand for ultra-high-speed broadband services and an unmatched subscriber experience. “In the Philippines, Manila-based CICT has already seen an enhanced subscriber experience and more responsive subscriber care…

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter launches in Hong Kong and Singapore

Written on Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:46
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter, based in New York City, made its Asia debut on Wednesday, August 31, with launches in Singapore and Hong Kong, giving entrepreneurs in the two technology hubs the opportunity to raise funding from global investors. Prior to its launch in the two Asian cities, Kickstarter was in 18 markets including the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and several other European countries. By late Wednesday, new projects in Hong Kong and Singapore were seeking funding on the…
BBC Worldwide, the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, recently announced a partnership with startup Thoughtly, leaders in artificial intelligence, to better understand its audience through intelligent technology. The partnership provides BBC Worldwide’s Insight team the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of how machine learning can support them in understanding which genres of content are most in demand, and where. After an initial trial, BBC Worldwide and Thoughtly reportedly completed a more “detailed piece of analysis - which…

Facebook updates News Feed to crackdown on click-bait news

Written on Monday, 08 August 2016 06:57
In an effort to control the amount of click-bait news shared on Facebook – news that often carries a catchy headline to suggest there is an interesting story to read when there really isn’t – the company announced that it has intensified its crackdown on click-bait news to provide its users with news that is “authentic”. Click-bait articles typically employ phrases such as “you’ll never guess what happened next” in an attempt to drive web traffic and entice people to…

NTT launches global cyber security business

Written on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 05:37
NTT Group has launched NTT Security Corporation saying it will bring together NTT’s advanced analytics technologies, threat intelligence and security experts to deliver “industry-leading managed security services (MSS) and specialized security professional services that support the full security life cycle.” NTT Security will be a wholesale provider. It services will be taken to market globally, and client engagement will be managed by NTT operating companies, Dimension Data, NTT Communications and NTT Data. NTT says NTT Security will be driven by…
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