Lenovo becomes leading x86 server provider in China

IDCLenovo is now the biggest x86 server provider in China, following the completion of its acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business. And IDC believes this acquisition will enrich Lenovo’s x86 server portfolio and strengthen its products and channels.

According to the research firm’s latest data, Lenovo shipped 99,101 units in the first half of 2014 and is ranked 4th among all vendors in the same category.

Combining IBM and Lenovo’s shipments in this period of time would make Lenovo the biggest vendor in China x86 server market with a market share of 23.9 percent.

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Huawei presents stylish Prime mobile wifi

Huawei Prime E5878Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Mobile WiFi Prime E5878, claimed to be the world’s thinnest at 7.5mm, the equivalent of five credit cards stacked on top of each other.

Delivering download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and connectivity for up to 10 devices, Huawei Prime is so compact and portable at 109.5mm long and 58mm wide that it can easily slide into a pocket or bag to stay connected on-the-go, making it ideal for small and home office business professionals.

Huawei Prime features press and play functionality with a five-second start up to provide quick connectivity for up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices at once with a range of 100 metres.

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Emerging markets to give tech devices US$10b boost

gfk_logoIndia, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam are among the top five emerging markets that will drive tech devices sale in 2015, according to GfK.

The resarch firm has forecasted that the global technology device market will remain at US$1 trillion next year, just as it has been since 2011.

Top 10 tech device growth markets in 2015​ ​ ​ ​
2014 (U$b)​ ​2015 (U$b) ​Percentage YoY ​Growth (U$b)
​India 30.0​ 34.8​ 16%​ 4.8​
China​ 199.0​ 200.8​ 1%​ 1.8​
Nigeria​ 5.1​ 5.7​ 13%​ 0.7​
Pakistan​ 4.2​ 4.8​ 15%​ 0.6​
Vietnam​ 5.5​ 6.1​ 11%​ 0.6​
Bangladesh​ 3.3​ 3.8​ 13%​ 0.4​
Brazil​ 39.0​ 39.3​ 1%​ 0.4​
Egypt​ 4.6​ 5.0​ 8%​ 0.3​
Indonesia​ 12.4​ 12.7​ 3%​ 0.3​
​Philippines 3.8​ 4.1​ 6%​ 0.2​
TOTAL​ 306.9​ 317.1​ 3%​ 10.1

Source: GfK

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Cellular offloading strategies drive wi-fi test equipment market


frost and sullivanIn its revised mobile service bundles, SingTel added free wi-fi access for its mobile users in selected locations in Singapore. This is said to be part of its strategy to alleviate data congestion on its 3G and 4G networks.

The trend is set to continue across the globe as telcos wrestle to cope with the increasing demand for mobile data. To enable wi-fi access, they need to purchase wi-fi test equipment, creating strong opportunities for Wi-Fi test equipment manufacturers globally.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the wi-fi test equipment market earned revenues of US$528.9 million in 2013. This is expected to more than double to reach US$1.09 billion in 2020.

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Graphics-as-a-service a ‘very attractive business model to consider’

Sandeep GupteNVIDIA VCA (visual computing appliance), which began shipping in August, has opened up the possibility of graphics-as-a-service.

The scalable, network-attached GPU rendering appliance with eight high-end NVIDIA GPUs is designed to provide designers and artists with the graphics power needed to create photorealistic images. It 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.

While currently designed for ray tracing, NVIDIA is working with independent software vendors (ISVs) to apply VCA to other areas, according to Sandeep Gupte, Senior Director of Professional Services Group at NVIDIA (right).

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Gone Girl is first 6K film produced using NVIDIA Quadro

Gone GirlDavid Fincher’s highly anticipated thriller Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris hits theatres on October 3. The film is generating as much attention for its star power as it is for the highly advanced production approach of the filmmakers. It’s the first feature shot entirely in 6K and the first feature to use NVIDIA Next-Gen Quadro GPUs. Edited by two-time Academy Award-winner Kirk Baxter, ACE, it’s also the first studio feature edited entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

The production system and workflow for Gone Girl is the most advanced technical design of any feature film to date. The filmmakers opted to shoot in 6K, but frame for 5K to have an ability to reframe and stabilise, with greater resolution than before. They also wanted to retain control over a majority of the post-production in-house to improve turnaround and reduce overall costs.

“Shooting in 6K, we had a large amount of RED media content to be converted and reviewed,” explained Jeff Brue, Post Engineer. “This, combined with a need for an ability during editorial for every shot to be reframed, posed a unique challenge.”

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Samsung avails Curved Soundbar in Singapore

Samsung Curved SoundbarIf you own a Samsung Curved TV, match it with the Samsung Curved Soundbar HW-H7501 which is now available in Singapore for S$999.

Designed to work in conjunction with Samsung’s Curved UHD TVs. the Samsung Curved Soundbar is crafted with a finely brushed aluminium finish that  matches and complements the Samsung Curved UHD TVs.

It can be easily wall-mounted and installed under the TV without the need to drill separate holes into the wall. With a width of 42mm and same curvature radius of 4,200mm as the Samsung Curved UHD TVs, the soundbar delivers a greater sense of curve by surrounding the viewer and providing a powerful listening experience.

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ZTE unleashes 4G Qcell solution

ZTEZTE has announced the 4G Qcell solution uses cloud-based network coordination technology to overcome signaling leakage and interference. The solution supports multi-frequency and multi-mode network deployment, enabling operators to offer converged networks with superior indoor performance.

Unlike traditional DAS solutions, it implements Pico RRU network construction and power supplies through standard Ethernet cables, reducing construction difficulty and costs, and saving 60 percent of deployment time. The new solution helps operators quickly deploy low-cost and high-performance networks with integrated GSM/UMTS/LTE indoor coverage.

“ZTE’s 4G Qcell solution provides end-users with ubiquitous access to a superior network both indoors and outdoors, effectively addressing demands for both network capacity and service coverage in the 4G era. The new technology from ZTE outperforms existing solutions on the market, giving operators the advantages of large capacity, seamless coverage, rapid deployment, smooth evolution, manageability, and controllability,” said Zhang Jianguo, Vice President of ZTE.

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Huawei introduces IP Video Solution 2.0

HuaweiHuawei has launched IP Video Solution 2.0, which integrates diverse features and a new user experience to improve video business platform facilitation from Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) to Video Everywhere.

The platform is part of Huawei’s video everywhere strategy to enable video@home, video@move and video@enterprise. Over the next few years, more than 80 percent of total internet traffic will be in video format.

Leveraging cloud technology, the solution provides a disruptive new user experience by supporting 4K and Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast (eMBMS) over LTE on one convergent platform, delivering five key values for operators.

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Watch for it — US$30 smartwatches next year!

mi-bandSmartwatches are attracting lots of attention but the prices are keeping many at bay, at least for now. Come next year, the prices are expected to average US$30, as smartphone vendors and component suppliers look to tap this market. In fact, Xiaomi has already introduced the Mi Band at just US$13.

Gartner predicts that by 2016, smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wristworn devices. Nine out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are about to ship a first product, while a year ago only two vendors were in that space.

“Apple has finally unveiled its Apple Watch, which we expect to trigger more consumer interest once it starts shipping in 2015,” said Angela McIntyre, Research Director of Gartner.

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Maxwell is here! NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 980 and 970

NVIDIA has skipped the GeForce GTX 800 series with the launch of the new Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 and 970 GPUs. To showcase the new series’ capabilities, NVIDIA has produced a video clip to debunk the myth that Apollo 11 may not really have taken place. That is, that man did not really land on the moon then.

Based on the Maxwell chip architecture, the new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 GPUs deliver unmatched performance, major new graphics capabilities and twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation.

A new Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology enables gaming GPUs for the first time to deliver real-time dynamic global illumination. Scenes are significantly more life-like as light interacts realistically in the game environment — resulting in deeper levels of immersion for gamers.

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75% of mobile apps will fail security test


Enterprise employees are downloading mobile applications from app stores and use these applications to access enterprise assets or perform business functions. What’s scary is that many of these applications have little or no security assurances.

According to Gartner, more than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests in 2015. These applications are exposed to attacks and violations of enterprise security policies.

“Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance. Most enterprises are inexperienced in mobile application security. Even when application security testing is undertaken, it is often done casually by developers who are mostly concerned with the functionality of applications, not their security,” said Dionisio Zumerle, Principal Research Analyst of Gartner.

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Smartphones to grab lion’s share of mobile market by 2020

GSMASmartphones will grow from one in three today to two out of every three mobile connections globally by 2020, according to GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA.

It forecasts that the number of smartphone connections will grow three-fold over the next six years, reaching six billion by 2020. Basic phones, feature phones and data terminals such as tablets, dongles and routers will account for the remaining connections. The study excludes M2M from the connections totals.

“The smartphone has sparked a wave of global innovation that has brought new services to millions and efficiencies to businesses of every type. In the hands of consumers, these devices are improving living standards and changing lives, especially in developing markets, while contributing to growing economies by stimulating entrepreneurship.,” said Hyunmi Yang, Chief Strategy Officer of GSMA.

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Stratasys introduces multi-material 3D printers

Objet500 Connex2 Digital ABS Injection MoldWhile the attention of the technology world has been on gadgets, smartphones and wearables in recent weeks, Stratasys has turned the spotlight back on 3D printing with the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers — that’s right, the new printers can print on multi-materials.

The printers leverage Stratasys’ triple-jetting technology, which is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough Digital ABS.

Equipped with a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D Printer can produce parts from three  materials in a single production run. This allows users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials, or it can produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid Vero material.

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Apple Watch to spur worldwide wearable growth of 129% next year

Watch lineupJust a day after Tim Cook announced the much-awaited Apple Watch to a thrilled gathering of journalists, Canalys is predicting that the device will be the biggest driver behind wearable band shipment in 2015.

The global wearable market is expected to grow 129 percent year on year to reach 43.2 million units in 2015, of which 28.2 million will be smart bands and 15.0 million will be basic bands, according Canalys.

Canalys defines smart bands as those capable of running third-party applications, and basic bands, as those which are not.

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New iPhones are bigger with Watch to come in 2015

iPhone 6It’s confirmed. The new iPhone 6 and 6 plus are bigger than their predecessors. Of course, this is not exactly news with the numerous leaks over the past weeks.

Sporting a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, the iPhone 6 is the smaller of the two and is marginally thinner than the previous incarnation. The larger iPhone 6 plus ventures into the phablet space with a 5.5-inch display. Both smartphones come with the A8 processor, a 8MP rear and 2.1MP front camera.

Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia are among the 15 countries where the Apple products will be first sold on September 19.

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Fitness monitoring a major draw for wearables








Activity tracker: technology before sports brands

At IFA Berlin last week, vendors introduced a number of wearable devices. Of course, most are not available immediately but it’s a signal of things to come when wearables start getting nearly as much attention as smartphones. In fact, wearables are riding on the success and pervasiveness of smartphones.

According to a recent GfK survey in China, South Korea, Germany, the UK and the US, wearable devices are creating an even closer relationship between humans and technology, with innovations such computer-supported watches, fitness armbands and data glasses, which are generally used in conjunction with a smartphone.

Fitness monitoring is the most important area of application for consumers in Germany, the UK and the US, whereas recording health data is regarded as a priority in China. A detailed breakdown of personal statistics on fitness, health and sleep is ranked as the priority by South Korean consumers.

Opinions in the surveyed countries also differed with regard to the most important criteria behind making a purchase. In China, compatibility is  the most commonly named factor (19 percent), followed by accuracy (17 percent). However, brand is also seen as the decisive factor in the purchase decision for 16 percent of Chinese consumers. In South Korea, compatibility is viewed as the most important factor (19 percent), while there is a tie for second place between price and user-friendliness (both 17 percent).

Activity trackers are manufactured by companies operating in a range of sectors and the study found that well-known technology companies have the greatest sales potential in all countries surveyed. In South Korea, 69 percent of consumers say that such companies would be their first choice for any potential purchase, as do 54 percent in China.

However, the popularity of sports brands is particularly widespread among younger target groups. According to the study, the sales potential of activity trackers from specialised technology brands, fashion companies and luxury brands is only very limited.

In comparison to activity trackers, smartwatches offer a wider range of applications. Depending on the model, it may be possible to use these watches for telephone calls and navigation services, while some also enable users to search the internet and record data on sporting activity and health. According to the GfK study, this is considered the main area of application for smartwatches by consumers in all surveyed countries, which makes smartwatches a genuine competitor for pure activity trackers.

For Chinese consumers, the ability to monitor activity is a certain winner in this category, at 35 percent, followed by the telephone function (16 percent) and the GPS in third place (11 percent). Respondents in South Korea are also primarily motivated by the ability to monitor activity (27 percent), with the telephone function second (21 percent) and the use of apps coming third (11 percent) in the ranking.

Well-known technology companies are named as the preferred supplier of smartwatches by respondents in all countries. They are considerably ahead of sports brands in second place. The Chinese market, above all, holds potential for luxury brands from the fashion and watch industries.

Lithium-ion battery revenue to quadruple by 2020

frost and sullivanMany technologies have come and gone — replaced by new innovations. But, in the midst of the technological changes, one unsung technology remains and is expected to be in even greater demand in the years ahead.

We’re talking about the lithium-ion battery which powers most of today’s devices. In fact, it is innovation that makes the battery highly popular — beyond gadgets and computer wizardry to other industries

According to Frost & Sullivan, the global lithium-ion battery market is expected to quadruple from 2013 to 2020. Developing applications in the grid and renewable energy storage segment are helping boost demand for lithium-ion batteries.

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Wearables to boost smart mobile government projects in APAC

IDCWearable technologies are not only the rage among consumers and health fanatics but are also set to shape the way governments work and interact with the public.

According to IDC Government Insights, wearables will boost Smart Mobile Government (Smart mGovt) projects and consequently, pave the way for public sector Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems.

Its “Designing Tomorrow’s Smart mGovernment Landscapes Enabled by the Growth of Wearables and the Internet of Things” report has identified the IoT, context, instantaneous reach, privacy, security, technology readiness, and wearables as the seven key ingredients for Smart mGovt adoption.

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WhatApp: Mute for a year!

WhatsApp muteWhatsApp has just scored points for extending its group chat mute feature from one week to one year. This would certainly help those who want to be part of a WhatsApp group chat but don’t want to be bugged by every notification in a highly active group.

While notifications are good, they can be a source of irritation if the phone keeps buzzing, especially if a person is part of numerous chat groups.

The mute feature helps to bring respite — albeit for only a week previously. Users need to reactivate the feature if they want to continue muting that chat group.