NVIDIA makes two masterstrokes with Microsoft Surface and Nintendo Switch

NVIDIA provides the graphics grunt for both the Nintendo Switch (left) and the Surface Studio (right).
NVIDIA provides the graphics grunt for both the Nintendo Switch (left) and the Surface Studio (right).

The Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Surface Studio are two of the exciting announcements in recent weeks. While one thrilled gamers, the other is set to transform the desktop.

What both have in common are NVIDIA GPUs.

The Nintendo Switch is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra, a high-efficiency scalable processor based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.

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Smartphone shipment up 6% in Q3

CanalysThree Chinese smartphone vendors — Huawei, Oppo and vivo — helped drive the global smartphone market in Q3. Together their shipment grew 60 percent while the overall global market just moved up six percent that quarter, according to Canalys.

The standout performer was Oppo, which had a stellar quarter, taking hold of the Chinese market from under the noses of its rivals. Its smart phone shipments grew around 40 percent sequentially and 140 percent year on year. Tough competition in China has affected Huawei’s global position, with it now looking increasingly unlikely that it will reach its annual shipment target of 140 million units.

Samsung continued to lead the market, but its issues with the Note 7 are starting to affect its business. It shipped just over 76 million units (excluding all Note 7s), down nine percent on the same quarter a year ago. In second place, Apple’s iPhone shipments also suffered an annual decline, falling five percent  to just over 45 million units.

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Fuji Xerox launches next-generation printers in Hong Kong

fuji-xerox-docuprint-p365-d-and-c315-seriesFuji Xerox (Hong Kong) has introduced three printers — DocuPrint CP315 dw and CM315 z colour printers and the DocuPrint P365 d monochrome laser printer.

Designed for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), they offer high-performance print technology, outstanding usability and flexibility, and features to reduce their impact on the environment.

“We are thrilled to introduce the DocuPrint C315 series and DocuPrint P365 d, which offer a host of new technology, productivity and cost-saving features for SMEs. Designed with the needs of SMEs in mind, the DocuPrint C315 series leverages Fuji Xerox’s award-winning CCSLED technology and includes a new Super-EA ECO toner to deliver unrivaled print quality in a small, stylish footprint. Meanwhile, with features that mimic those of large enterprise printers, DocuPrint P365 d provides the best of both worlds to ensure lower running costs and efficiency are prioritised,” said Lee Cheung, Director, Printer Channels, Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) Limited.


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Disappearing into thin Air

macbook-airA noticeable absentee in Apple’s announcement last night was the MacBook Air. The thin ultraportable that awed the world when it made its debut in 2008 was not shown as the new line-up was revealed.

A check with the Apple site showed that the 11-inch version has disappeared online. Only the 13-inch model was still listed.

It looks like Apple is nudging consumers towards the newly-announced MacBook Pro.

Gearing up for the next industrial revolution

BabyX is a computer generated simulation of an infant who learns and interacts in real time using AI.
BabyX is a computer generated simulation of an infant who learns and interacts in real time using AI.

By Edward Lim

It’s been a long time coming but the next industrial evolution, dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution is nearly, if not already here.

Each revolution since the first led by water and steam power used to mechanise production in 1784 has been driven by technology in various forms. The Second Industrial Revolution leveraged electric power for mass production while the Third Industrial Revolution used electronics and information technology to automate production.

The next revolution builds on an increasingly digital economy and the fusion of various technologies, including the Internet, which is shaping the way people live, work, play, and relate to one another.

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Oppo tops China’s smartphone market

The Oppo R9 has helped propel the Chinese smartphone vendor to the top.
The Oppo R9 has helped propel the Chinese smartphone vendor to the top.

Move aside Huawei and Xiaomi because Oppo is now the leader in China’s smartphone market. And the number goes to vivo, another Chinese maker.

According to IDC, the China smartphone market grew 5.8 percent year-on-year and 3.6% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 with Oppo and vivo overtaking Huawei for the first time.

Oppo and vivo rose because the Chinese market has evolved beyond operator and online driven channels over to an offline structure that dovetails with Oppo and vivo’s strengths.

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Smartwatch market drops 5.6% in Q3

apple-watch-2One of the hottest products recently is experiencing growing pains. Smartwatch shipment slid 51.6 percent to 2.7 million units in Q3 compared to the same period last year, according to IDC.

Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that Q3 was the first time Apple’s Watch had widespread retail availability after a limited online launch. Meanwhile, the second generation Apple Watch was only available in the last two weeks of Q3.

“The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning. Apple revealed a new look and feel to watchOS that did not arrive until the launch of the second generation watch at the end of September. Google’s decision to hold back Android Wear 2.0 has repercussions for its OEM partners as to whether to launch devices before or after the holidays. Samsung’s Gear S3, announced at IFA in September, has yet to be released. Collectively, this left vendors relying on older, aging devices to satisfy customers,” said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager of IDC’s Wearables team.

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Samsung sets up airport customer service counter for return/exchange of Galaxy Note 7

airportWith an increasing number of airlines banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 completely from their flights, Samsung has set up service counters  at several airports for Note 7 customers to return and exchange their phones.

These include airports in Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Incheon (Korea), Singapore, Taipei (Taoyuan and Songshan), Kaohsiung, and Taichung.

This is a relief for customers who may otherwise have to junk their phones or find alternative ways for the phones to be sent to their home countries.

Bye, bye Galaxy Note 7


The Galaxy Note 7 page on Samsung Singapore’s website says it all. It’s a dark day for Samsung.

Just two months after the Korean giant announced its newest Galaxy Note, the smartphone has gone into history, in possibly the shortest lived model. The company has discontinued production of the smartphone.

The Galaxy Note 7 had the features to take on the Apple iPhone 7 but somehow things didn’t work out properly. Exploding phones while charging led to recalls and even bans from airlines. Even newly-exchanged phones were reported to be facing the same problems.

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CSIRO first in APAC to deploy NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers

NVIDIA Fellow David Kirk announcing the CSIRO deployment at GTCx Australia in Melbourne.

Australia’s federal research agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has become the first in Asia-Pacific to deploy the NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning supercomputers.

Installed in CSIRO’s Canberra data centre, the two supercomputers will expand the capability of Australian scientists and broaden the science impact possibilities for the nation.

The NVIDIA DGX-1 is the world’s first deep learning supercomputer to meet the computing demands of artificial intelligence. It enables researchers and data scientists to easily harness the power of GPU-accelerated computing to create a new class of computers that learn, see and perceive the world as humans do.

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Global devices market continue to shrink for second year

GartnerWorldwide combined shipments for devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to drop three percent in 2016, according to Gartner.

This will mark the second consecutive year of decline as the global devices market fell by 0.75 percent in 2015. And the immediate future remains bleak for this market.

“The global devices market is not on pace to return to single-digit growth soon,” said Ranjit Atwal, Research Director of Gartner.

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