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…
AT&T is launching a transformative solution that lets businesses easily and flexibly manage their network services. With AT&T Network Functions on Demand, businesses can deploy a single universal piece of equipment, choose virtualized functions and set them up in different countries. It helps save costs, it’s quick to set up and easy to manage. Businesses will benefit from the consistent, integrated management experience – in locations around the globe. AT&T Network Functions on Demand simplifies the process of buying and…

Alibaba expanding into Australia and New Zealand

Written on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:02
Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce platform based in China, founded by billionaire Jack Ma, is expanding its presence in Australia and New Zealand, with a planned office opening in Melbourne, Victoria, by the end of 2016. The expansion will add to the company’s goal of serving two billion consumers. The management team has already been lined up, including Maggie Zhou as MD, supported by John O’Loghlen as business development director, and James Hudson who will be running corporate affairs and…

Asia Pacific lagging in digital maturity, says IDC

Written on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 06:07
IDC Asia/Pacific has released as report assessing Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) organizations’ maturity and progress in their digital transformation initiatives, saying it shows Asia/Pacific organizations to be still at a nascent stage of digital transformation, with 45.4 percent of enterprises surveyed operating at the basic ad hoc level (ie digital resisters) and yet to establish basic digital transformation capabilities and adopt digital solutions systematically. "The pace of digital transformation is accelerating in Asia/Pacific, but 45 percent of organizations are still in…
Google Fiber has entered into an agreement to acquire Webpass. Google Fiber and Webpass share a commitment to creating fast, abundant Internet connectivity in the U.S. By joining forces, they can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the U.S. Webpass will remain focused on rapid deployment of high speed Internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point to point wireless. The transaction is expected to close this summer, subject to customary closing conditions, including…

AWS opens Mumbai data centers

Written on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:04
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened its Mumbai ‘Region’, its sixth in Asia Pacific. AWS says more than 75,000 India-based customers are already using other AWS Regions. “Starting today, global and India-based developers, start-ups, enterprises, government organizations, and non-profits can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their technology applications from infrastructure in India, and provide even lower latency to India-based end users,” AWS said. AWS defines a ‘Region’ as being “a physical location in the world where we have multiple…
Facilities-based telecom and fiber consulting company APTelecom announced several milestones achievements to Active Telecoms for the first half of 2016. Among the most notable milestones the company achieved over the first six months of 2016 include: Network Builds: APTelecom has proudly been involved in the network builds and contract in force (CIF) milestones for clients Angola Cables and NTT Docomo Pacific. Angola Cables went CIF for its highly-anticipated South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) network earlier this year, and NTT Docomo…
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (AsiaSat) and KBZ Gateway Company (KBZ) have forged a partnership to provide satellite-based networks serving Myanmar with high speed data connectivity services. And the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar is to use services on two Intelsat satellites to advance the deployment of the country’s wireless communications infrastructure, and expand broadband access for businesses. KBZ will use C-band and Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 4 and AsiaSat 7 satellites to establish high speed data networks…
Some of Saudi Arabia’s largest organizations recently announced that nationwide digital transformation will be essential to accomplish Saudi Vision 2030’s six-fold growth in non-oil revenue to SAR 1 trillion by 2030. Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan aim to grow non-oil government revenue from SAR 163 billion (USD 43 billion) in 2015 to SAR 1 trillion (USD 266 billion) by 2030. The share of non-oil exports in the non-oil GDP is set to triple from 16 percent in…
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