Global adoption of universal profile for RCS gathers momentum

GSMAA global initiative to define a common, open and universal Rich Communications Services (RCS) profile has gained momentum with backing by 57 global operators and manufacturers.

They include operators AIS, Axiata Group, Beeline, Bell Mobility, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Claro Brazil, Claro Colombia, Indosat Ooredoo, M1, Megafon, MTS, Optus, Personal Argentina, Personal Paraguay, Reliance Jio, Rogers Communications, Singtel, StarHub, Telcel Mexico, Tele2, Telefónica, Telkomsel,  Telus, and T-Mobile US.

These operators are joined by handset manufacturers Alcatel, ASUS, General Mobile, HTC, Intex Technologies, Lava International Ltd., LG Electronics, Lenovo/Motorola, Samsung Electronics, and ZTE, as well as mobile OS providers Google and Microsoft.

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China’s world’s fastest supercomputer built without US chips

TaihulightChina has continued its lead in the race for the world’s fastest supercomputer with the Sunway TaihuLight, whose Linpack mark of 93 petaflops outperforms the former TOP500 champ, Tianhe-2, by a factor of three.

What’s more remarkable is that the new powerhouse is driven by a new ShenWei processor and custom interconnect, both of which were developed in China. This breaks a traditional reliance on US supercomputing technologies.


Located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, it will be used for research and engineering work in areas such as climate, weather and earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics.

Philippines is fastest growing smartphone market in SEA

IDCThe Philippines smartphone market jumped 20 percent in Q1, according to IDC. With a projected annual growth of 25 percent this year, this makes the country the fastest growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia (SEA).

“While many of the more mature smartphone markets of the world already displayed signs of saturation, the Philippines smartphone market continues to enjoy robust growth owing to a relatively low smartphone penetration rate (30 percent in 2015), active local brand presence, and healthy consumer spending,” said Jerome Dominguez, Market Analyst for Mobile Devices of IDC Philippines.

Local vendors continue to dominate the Philippines smartphone market as they flood it with the most affordable smartphone options.

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Pebble pitches Time Round in silver and gold

Pebble Time Round

Pebble has introduced the new Pebble Time Round in polished gold or silver with a black bezel. Only 2,000 units of each model are available at US$199 each on Kickstarter.

Backers can get one Pebble Time Round and one Pebble 2 for US$298. The second generation of Pebble’s original device, the monochrome Pebble 2 comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and is sold individually at US$99.

Wearables market to grow 29% in 2016

IDCWorldwide shipment of wearable devices are expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016, representing 29.0 percent growth over 2015, according to IDC.

The market for wearable devices will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, culminating in 213.6 million units shipped in 2020.

“Unlike the smartphone, which consolidated multiple technologies into one device, the wearables market is a collection of disparate devices,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst of IDC Mobile Device Trackers.

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NTT Com Asia names new C-team

Hideaki OzakiHong Kong-based NTT Com Asia, the East Asia headquarters of NTT Communications, has named Hideaki Ozaki as President and CEO, Theodoric Chan as Chief Commercial Officer and Mr. Taylor Man as Chief Technology Officer.

The three executives will oversee business strategies and development in the East Asia region covering Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Korea. They bring decades of industry experience driving development of NTT Communications’ business with enterprises and ICT partners in Japan and other Asian markets to their new roles at NTT Com Asia.


VR takes centre stage at Computex

NVIDIA Experience CentreVirtual reality (VR) was the talk of the town at Computex in Taipei a couple of weeks ago.

At the NVIDIA Experience Centre in Grand Hyatt Taipei, a never-ending queue of people waited for the opportunity to check out VR demos powered by the newly-launched NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs.

In the halls — both at TWTC and Nangang — many exhibitors were up in force with their own flavours of VR. At one booth, a visitor put on a harness to try virtual parachuting while in several others, they checked out virtual Grand Prix racing and other demos.

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