Samsung opens first Executive Briefing Center in HK

Samsung Executuve CentreSamsung has opened its first ever Executive Briefing Center (EBC) in Hong Kong to serve as a one-stop shop with business-to-consumer and business-to-business products and solutions.

Located at 1/F, 33 Des Voeux Road Central, it comprises six themed experience zones (hospitality, retail, restaurant services, corporate, education and transportation & logistics industries) to allow business partners and their clients to experience Samsung products and solutions in action.

“We are aware that consumers are expecting more and more from different industries and their heightened expectations are reshaping the business environment and operations. As the world leader in technology, Samsung utilises its strongest edge to work together with different business partners across a wide spectrum of industries,” said Raymond Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics HK.

India PC market up on consumer PC rebound

IDCStrong demand for consumer PCs has helped the India PC market grow to 2.55 million units in Q2, jumping 23.6 percent over Q1 2014, according to IDC.

Overall consumer PC market recorded 1.16 million units, a quarter-on-quarter growth of 12.8 percent over Q1.

“The overall sentiments have picked up and IDC observes improved discretionary spending from consumers across devices. It is expected to have a  positive influence on the market as we enter the festival season starting Onam,” said Manish Yaday, Market Analyst of Client Devices at IDC India.

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VMware, NVIDIA and Google to deliver graphics-rich applications to Chromebooks

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The Google Chromebook is often associated with simplicity — a simple and affordable notebook that offers connectivity and provides access to everyday applications. Well, that’s about to change with a collaboration between VMware, NVIDIA and Google.

The three tech giants are working together to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. This would give the humble Chromebooks power to handle even the most demanding visual computing applications.

“We are breaking down traditional barriers to adopting virtual desktops and offering new economics for the delivery of graphics-intensive applications through the power of the cloud. Organisations of all industries and requirements will soon be able to embrace the mobile-cloud using a solution that offers a new way to work from three proven industry leaders.,” said Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware.

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China Mobile deploys Huawei LTE TDD Easy Macro

China MobileIn order to meet increasing demand for mobile broadband, China Mobile has deployed Huawei LTE TDD Easy Macro, which is claimed to improve download rate by 40 percent for outdoor users and 180 percent for indoor users.

The telco has more than 20 million LTE TDD subscribers and the number is expected to rise to 50 million by the end of this year. Huawei LTE TDD Easy Macro has been deployed in a Beijing Hutong in a compact area with dense population.

The quick deployment and attractive scalability of the Easy Macro will help China Mobile to mitigate challenges in site acquisition, improve poor user experience in the cell edge, while addressing increasing mobile traffic and keeping costs low.

ZTE teams up with Blue Jeans Network on videoconferencing services

ZTEZTE is collaborating with Blue Jeans Network on video conferencing services, under which ZTE customers will be able to experience Blue Jeans Network’s cloud-based video conferencing services (VCS) and connect easily to one another via their ZTE VCS products, creating a uniform user experience that fosters collaboration.

Starting in August, ZTE VCS room system with Blue Jeans video conferencing services will be available in Singapore, Australia, the US, and Europe.

Blue Jeans Network extends high-quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of virtual conference rooms by allowing individuals, employees, partners and family and friends, to connect and interact with each other seamlessly and effectively. Its technology is used by customers such as Facebook, Foursquare, Match.com, and Stanford University.

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Fitness band market jumps 684% in H1

mibandA wrist accessory with a silicon strap has become the latest fashion statement and a must-have for the sporty. We’re talking about the fitness band, which helps to keep track of distance covered, calories burnt and sleep among other things.

According to Canalys, the global wearable band market grew an astonishing 684 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period of 2013.

“Fitbit and Jawbone have very successfully grown and strengthened their relationships with channel partners internationally to grow global shipment volumes. They took first and second place respectively in the basic wearable band market in the first half 2014,’ said Chris Jones, Vice President and Principal Analyst of Canalys.

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More enterprises eyeing DDoS solutions

frost and sullivanIn our highly networked society, corporate networks are becoming more at risk. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are growing in scale and sophistication and increasingly difficult to stop without purpose-built platforms.

According to Frost & Sullivan, DDoS mitigation solutions are rapidly gaining traction among businesses of all sizes. Government and industry regulations that mandate proactive investments in DDoS mitigation will further propel market development.

It pointed out that the US$354.0 million market in 2013 is estimated to reach US$929.5 million by 2018.

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Consumer 3D printing not quite there yet

GartnerWhile 3D printing is a much talked about topic these days with several startups getting crowdfunding to deliver such solutions, Gartner beileves that the technology is five to 10 years away from mainstream adoption.

The research firm pointed out that consumer adoption will be outpaced by business and medical applications that have more compelling use cases in the short term.

“Consumer 3D printing is around five to 10 years away from mainstream adoption. Today, approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups worldwide are developing and selling consumer-oriented 3D printers, priced from just a few hundred dollars. However, even this price is too high for mainstream consumers at this time, despite broad awareness of the technology and considerable media interest,” said Pete Basiliere, Research Vice President of Gartner.

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Intel, NVIDIA and Qualcomm charge into automotive head-unit processor market

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Intel, NVIDIA and Qualcomm are leaders in their respective markets but all of them have set their eyes on and foot into the automotive market. Building on their leading edge technologies, these consumer chipmakers have developed solutions that are competing against established automotive chipset suppliers such as Freescale, Renesas, TI, and STMicroelectronics.

The reason is clear as the automotive head-unit processor market is expected to grow from US$680 million in 2013 to US$1.95 billion in 2020, according to ABI Research.

“Automotive head-units are transitioning from proprietary architectures requiring long development cycles and Tier1-led integration efforts towards platform designs. Ford set the tone back in 2007 with its SYNC solution based on CPU hardware from Freescale and the Windows Embedded OS allowing quicker development time frames and independence from the previously dominant Tier 1 suppliers,”said Dominique Bonte, Vice President and Practice Director of ABI Research.

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NVIDIA unveils new Quadro lineup

NVIDIA QuadroNVIDIA has unveiled its next generation of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs — the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620, and K420.

The new lineup delivers an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation.

“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets. It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment. The new Quadro lineup lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device or in tandem with cloud-based services,” said Jeff Brown, Vice President of Professional Visualisation at NVIDIA.

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Global smartphone shipment soars past 300m units in Q2

DIDCemand for smartphones are on the rise with more 301.3 million units shipped worldwide in Q2, up 25.3 percent from the 240.5 million units shipped in the corresponding quarter last year, according to IDC.

The dominant smartphone operating systems (OS), Android and iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4 percent for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors.

Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in Q2, up 33.3 percent year over year. Meanwhile, iOS saw its market share decline despite posting 12.7 percent year-over-year shipment growth. While Android and iOS both realised gains from a year ago, the rest of the market recorded losses.

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Iray VCA renamed NVIDIA VCA to reflect expanded support

NVIDIA VCAAt GPU Technology Conference in March, NVIDIA introduced Iray VCA (Visual Computing Appliance). Today, NVIDIA has renamed the appliance as NVIDIA VCA to reflect its expanded industry support for GPU rendering across multiple applications.

NVIDIA VCA dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. In addition to native support of NVIDIA Iray, Chaos Group is supporting V-Ray RT on VCA for Autodesk 3ds Max, with Autodesk Maya, McNeel Rhino, and Trimble SketchUp for later in the year. Dassault Systemes 3DXCITE Bunkspeed support is also scheduled for later this year.

The scalable, network-attached GPU rendering appliance comes with eight high-end NVIDIA GPUs and is designed to do just one thing — provide designers and artists with the fastest and easiest way to create photorealistic images of their creations. It’s claimed to be so fast that designers can interact with their models or scenes in real-time rather than waiting minutes or even hours for rendered images to come back. This means that designers can study the play of light and reflection from their designs and catch flaws like glare on the interior windshield of a digital car model or see how the lobby of a proposed office building will look at different times of day.

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Shenzhen hosts SIGGRAPH Asia for the first time in December

SIGGRAPH Asia 2014SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, Asia’s largest computer graphics (CG) event, will be held in Shenzhen, China, for the first time from December 3 to 6

More than 7,700 attendees from over 60 countries are expected at the conference and exhibition, which will feature a myriad of experts and exhibits in fields such as hardware and software, film and game production, as well as research and education.

The conference will include a Business Symposium, dealing with discussions related to the business, creative management, production and efficiency, as well as best practices of the computer graphics industry; Computer Animation Festival that showcases the most innovative and compelling of international animation and visual effects works; courses on contemporary topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, and a showcase of emerging technologies which features hands-on demonstrations and installations focusing on virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, wearable devices, 3D graphics, haptic devices and more .

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Chromebook sales to nearly triple by 2017

Acer Chromebook 13Acer has launched the Acer Chromebook 13, its first 13-inch Chromebook as well as the first Chromebook to use the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which gives the new Chromebook a performance edge and longer battery life of up to 13 hours.

This rollout should help Acer concretise its position as the number in the Chromebook market, behind leader Samsung, which had 64.9 percent market share in 2013.

Gartner expects sales of Chromebooks to reach 5.2 million units this year, a 79 percent increase from 2013. By 2017, sales of Chromebooks are set to nearly triple to reach 14.4 million units.

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Gaming, datacentre & cloud and mobile drive NVIDIA growth in Q2

NVIDIANVIDIA has posted sterling results in Q2, driven by strong growth in gaming, datacentre and cloud, and mobile.

Q2 revenue hit US$1.10 billion, up 13 percent from $977 million a year earlier. Revenue for the first half was up 14 percent to a record US$2.21 billion from US$1.93 billion a year earlier.

“We had a great quarter with strong gains in each of our three growth areas – gaming, datacentre and cloud, and mobile,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, President and Chief Executive Officer of NVIDIA. “Our Tesla datacentre business is in high gear, benefiting from strong demand from cloud service providers, and our new SHIELD tablet is generating considerable excitement.  NVIDIA’s accelerating growth stems directly from investments in extending our visual computing leadership to the mobile-cloud revolution.”

China Mobile deploys world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R AAU

China MobileChina Mobile has successfully deployed the world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R Active Antenna Unit (AAU) in Hebei, China. It was also the first to install Huawei’s LTE TDD AAU with 10,000 Huawei 4T4R AAU units in 2013. Once 8T8R AAU was rolled out, China Mobile adopted this solution in Hebei province and plans a large scale deployment in the near future.

The newly improved Huawei AAU simplifies installation and has improved the cell edge download rate by 55 percent in field tests. It integrates the antenna unit and the remote radio unit (RRU) in one box, removing the need to install two units separately. This improved installation efficiency reduces ongoing maintenance costs and site space.

Huawei has implemented its AAU solution in more than 10 countries including the UK, Germany, Singapore, and Russia.

Tablet growth stagnates, notebook decline eases

CanalysWorldwide PC shipment hit 123.9 million units in Q2, representing year-on-year growth of 14 percent, according to Canalys. With no sequential growth, the positive effect that tablets have had on overall PC shipments is beginning to wear off.

Tablet shipment in Asia Pacific (including China) came in 8 percent below Q1 numbers, mainly due to a fall in shipment by Apple and Samsung.

Apple continued to lead the market with a 14 percent market share, though a 10 percent increase in Mac shipments could not make up for a decline in iPad sales, resulting in the company’s overall shipments declining by 5 percent.

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