Huawei successfully tests 10Gbps wi-fi

HuaweiJust as consumers are enthusing about 1Gbps fibre broadband, Huawei has upped the ante in wi-fi speed with the successful testing of 10Gbps wi-fi  in laboratory trials at its Shenzhen campus.

This is a significant milestone, as it is marks the dawn of a new era in big data applications using ultra-fast wi-fi technology to boost data rates to 10Gbps.

The 10Gbps prototype achieved a record transmission data rate of 10.53Gbps on 5GHz frequency bands. The success of this prototype development, and the tenfold increase in spectrum efficiency that made it possible, paves the way for the validation of technologies needed to support the creation of next generation wi-fi.

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Samsung introduces new Galaxy Tab 4 series

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 seriesSamsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Tab 4 series, which is designed with the whole family in mind. It can handle fun services such as Group Play for  sharing and playing  music, documents and games with family and friends in real-time, and Samsung Link, for sharing and playing content across smart devices anytime, anywhere.

The new tablets come with multi-user mode and a lightweight design that makes it easy to use and handle. Available in 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes, the Galaxy Tab 4’s vivid WXGA display with a 16:10 screen ratio provides users with a brilliant viewing experience while watching videos, playing games or reading digital contents.

The Galaxy Tab 4 series will be available in classic white and ebony black in Singapore at all telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics and IT stores, as well as the Samsung Experience Stores from May 31. Another model, the Galaxy Tab 4 (7.0”) will be available from end June.

Prices are:

  • Galaxy Tab 4 (8.0”) Wi-Fi® 16GB: S$448 (Exclusive to Best Denki)
  • Galaxy Tab 4 (8.0”) LTE 16GB: S$548
  • Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1”) Wi-Fi® 16GB: S$548 (Exclusive to Samsung Experience Stores)
  • Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1”) LTE 16GB: S$648 (Exclusive to Newstead)

Also available at launch are book covers in black, pink, indigo blue, and white for the Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1”) at S$78 and the Galaxy Tab 4 (8.0”) at S$68.

Sony follows Microsoft into China gaming console market

Though made in China, gaming consoles were banned in the country from 2000. That has since changed with the lifting of the ban last year, which allows gaming console makers in a free trade zone in Shanghai to sell to China.

This has prompted Microsoft, and this week, Sony to announce that they will be entering the gaming console market.

Microsoft plans to ship the Xbox One in September through a joint venture. And Sony intends to do likewise with two joint ventures with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development. It’s not only the international big boys that are keen on a slice of this pie. Huawei Technologies, TCL and ZTE are reportedly among Chinese companies keen to enter the market with Android-based consoles.

India PC market sluggish in Q1

IDCThe India PC market continued to slide in Q1, largely due to poor end-user demand, according to IDC. Overall PC shipment was 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of 25.2 percent over Q1 2013.

The Commercial PC segment accounted for 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1 percent sequentially over Q4 2013.

“The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the banking and government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014,” said Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India.

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HTC One mini 2 available in June

HTC One Mini 2The HTC One mini 2, the latest member of the HTC One family, isn’t exactly a mini with its 4.5-inch display, which is 0.2-inch bigger than its previous version.

Screen size aside, the smartphone does offer quite load of features — HTC Sense 6 with HTC BlinkFeed, 5MP front-facing camera and HTC BoomSound technology — clad in a smoothly curved back and brushed Gunmetal Gray finish casing.

The HTC One mini 2 will be available in Asia in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold from June.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom LTE available for pre-order in Singapore

Samsung KzoomThe next incarnation of Samsung’s camera specialised smartphone is available for pre-orders in Singapore till May 31. Pre-odered Samsung Galaxy K zoom LTE will come with a redeemable accessory gift pack (worth S$148) consisting of an Autopop Protective Cover, a 3,100 mAh Battery Pack, and a 8GB microSD Card while stocks last.

The Samsung Galaxy K zoom LTE features effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, offering users the mobile solutions they need with the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device.

“As the only smartphone on the market that features a unique retracting lens with 10x optical zoom, and a slim design that appeals with an ergonomic grip and sleek modern look, the Galaxy K zoom LTE is ideal for the mobile user who wants the most powerful camera system in a smartphone,” said Irene Ng, Vice President, Marketing of Samsung Asia.

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Xiaomi introduces NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Mi Pad

MiPad familyXiaomi introduced a slew of products in Beijing yesterday and one that really stood out was Mi Pad, it first tablet powered by the ultra-fast NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor.

Sporting a 7.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, this tablet comes with very long battery life — its 6700 mAh battery is good for up to 1300 hours of standby time or 11 hours of video streaming. It features 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB or 64GB of built-in memory. If more storage is needed, there’s a microSD slot.

What’s amazing is under the hood. Powering the Mi Pad is the 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is based on the parallel processing GPU architecture found in the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

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Motorola Solutions delivers cloud-ready wifi services

Motorola SolutionsEnterprises have more options for deployment cost effective wireless local area networks (WLAN). Motorola Solutions’ new VX 9000 is a scalable WLAN cloud solution backed by the functionality of Motorola’s robust NX hardware controller.

The VX 9000 software-based virtualised controller supports up to 25,000 access points in a single instance and can scale to support multiple instances.

Motorola’s new NX 7500 multi-service platform is designed for mid-size enterprises and campus environments and offers comprehensive management of more than 2,000 access points. Powered by WiNG 5, the NX 7500 ensures optimal RF performance, speed and throughput by enabling every transmission to follow the fastest and most efficient route to its destination.

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Technology keeps New Zealanders indoor

IDCBeautiful scenery, spectacular views and natural landscape make New Zealand a wonderful place to delight in outdoor activities. It’s no wonder then that New Zealanders are known to spend lots of time enjoying  outdoor activities.

However, technology seems to be changing the way New Zealanders live. According to IDC, New Zealand consumers are choosing to go out less often for shopping and leisure activities, as they prefer to do these activities in the comfort of their own home, thanks to advances in technology.

The new data reveals that 47 percent of respondents would prefer to do personal shopping online, rather than in a physical store.

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GAMDIAS aims to rock gaming market

Gamdias ZeusStarted in 2012, GAMDIAS aims to take on the big guns in gaming peripherals and be among the top three in the world. In its sight is Malaysia where it has unleashed its gaming products such as the ZEUS laser gaming mouse (right), HERMES gaming keyboard, HEPHAESTUS gaming headset, and AEGIS headset holder and cable management with four USB ports.

The company’s unique name is a combination of acronym and Latin with “GAM” standing for “Gaming Art in Motion” and “DIAS” being Latin for “god”. Together, it means “god of gaming”.

GAMDIAS provides a diverse range of gaming peripherals to all types of gamers, and owns a variety of patented features, including GAMDIAS ELEMENT of keyboard, tool-less adjustment of mouse side panels, and cooling system of headset ear cups.

PC shipment up 5% but tablet growth slows in Q1

Worldwide client PC shipment rose five percent year on year to hit 123.7 million units in Q1 , according to Canalys. Growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21 percent, yet at 50.8 million units they continue to outship notebooks. Tablets accounted for 41 percent of the market while notebooks had 38 percent.

Notebooks and desktops in China declined 13 percent and six percent respectively compared with the previous year.

In the tablet market, there was strong growth in the Middle East (100 percent) and Greater China (74 percent). The US market was adversely affected by a drop in Apple iPad shipment, which fell 40 percent. This was offset somewhat by 20 percent growth in China, Apple’s second largest market. Worldwide, iPad shipments in Q1 fell 16 percent year on year to 16.4 million and accounted for 80 percent of Apple’s total PC shipments. Despite this, Apple continued to lead the global PC market. Its share fell both sequentially and year on year from 20 to 17 percent, due chiefly to the increasingly competitive tablet market.

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Android is dominant smartphone OS in high-growth markets in Q1

abi researchAndroid once again dominated Q1 shipment for smartphone advanced operating systems with 80 percent market share (including AOSP) of just under 300 million smartphones shipped, according to ABI Research.

“Interestingly, basic mobile phones lost five percent market share and Android picked up almost all of these users, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the billions of mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones. Certainly, Android looks set to completely dominate the high growth developing markets and increase its market share still further,” said Nick Spencer, Senior Practice Director of Mobile Devices at ABI Research.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone continued its steady progress with 16 percent sequential growth and an increase of one percent in market share. “Microsoft Windows Phone is currently the only viable third ecosystem. BlackBerry has faded on all fronts (BlackBerry 10 and OS) and while Firefox remains a potential low-cost challenger, it has yet to make any significant impact,” added Spencer.

Global tablet shipment misses target

IDCWorldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 shipments slipped to 50.4 million units in Q1, according to preliminary data from IDC. The total represents a sequential decline of 35.7 percent from the high-volume holiday quarter and just 3.9 percent growth over the same period a year ago. The slowdown was felt across operating systems and screen sizes and likely points to an even more challenging year ahead for the category.

“The rise of large-screen phones and consumers who are holding on to their existing tablets for ever longer periods of time were both contributing factors to a weaker-than-anticipated quarter for tablets and 2-in-1s,” said Tom Mainelli, IDC Program Vice President, Devices and Displays. “In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments.”

Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 market, shipping 16.4 million units. That’s down from 26.0 million units in the previous quarter and well below its total of 19.5 million units in Q1 of 2013. Despite the contraction, the company saw its share of the market slip only modestly to 32.5 percent, down from the previous quarter’s share of 33.2 percent.

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