SMU uses NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer for food recognition project

salted-egg-yolkd-prawnsSingapore is renowned as a food paradise. And with so many mouth-watering dishes to pick from, sometimes even locals have difficulty identifying a specific dish.

Singapore Management University (SMU) is working on a food artificial intelligence (AI) application that is calling on a supercomputer to help with recognising the local dishes to achieve smart food consumption and healthy lifestyle.

The project, developed as part of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, requires the analysis of a large number of food photos.

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Xiaomi: No money from smartphones

xiaomi-mi-maxMany of us may know Xiaomi as a leading China handphone maker with its unique business model of selling in batches online.

In an interesting revelation to Reuters, Xiaomi Global Vice President declared that the company does not make money from selling handsets.

He is essentially saying that Xiaomi is giving away smartphones because the focus is on “recurring revenue streams over many years”. The company is looking at revenue from other products, such as smart-home device, software and services.

Cloud services in India to soar to US$1.3b in 2016

GartnerCloud services are soaring in India with projected growth of 35.9 percent to hit US$1.3 billion this year, according to Gartner.

The highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services, which is expected to grow 45.5 percent in 2016, followed by platform as a service projected to grow 33.5 percent.

“The overall global public cloud market will mature, and its growth rate will slightly slow down from 17.2 percent in 2016 to a 15.2 percent increase in 2020. While Brexit and other growth challenges exist, some segments such as financial SaaS applications and the PaaS user markets will still see strong growth through 2020,” said Sid Nag, Research Director of Gartner.

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Fuji Xerox Hong Kong announces Smart Device 2.0

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Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) has launched Smart Device 2.0, a new document management smart device that lets businesses achieve smoother workflow as well as higher operational efficiency and productivity by 25 percent. It also helps companies address information technology challenges in a comprehensive manner.

Smart Work Gateway is a brand-new concept that swiftly interconnects cloud network, Smart Device 2.0 and user’s personal mobile device. Office employees can enjoy unprecedented convenience of connecting to their workplace anytime, anywhere. Work is no longer bounded by time or place.

“The all-new Smart Device 2.0, empowered by Smart Work Gateway, truly redefines the ‘smart workplace’ with user-centric and intuitive features, enabling enterprises to not only work smarter, but also build competitive edge and sustainable growth,” said Herbert Hui, Managing Director, Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) (above).

 

As the next generation of Smart Device, the Smart Device 2.0 is analytics enabled, cloud enabled and business process enabled – all without the need for server support. Along with high scanning and printing speed, the redesigned multi-functional smart device features a brand-new Super EA-Eco Toner that delivers unrivaled print quality across large printing volumes, ensuring collateral produced will simultaneously achieve consistent quality, higher productivity and cost optimisation. Continue reading “Fuji Xerox Hong Kong announces Smart Device 2.0”

NVIDIA DGX SATURNV ranked most efficient supercomputer

nvidia_dgx_saturnvNVIDIA’s new DGX SATURNV supercomputer is ranked the world’s most efficient — and 28th fastest overall — on the latest Top500 list of supercomputers.

Powered by new Tesla P100 GPUs, it delivers 9.46 gigaflops/watt — a 42 percent improvement from the 6.67 gigaflops/watt delivered by the most efficient machine on the Top500 list released last June.

Compared with a supercomputer of similar performance, the Camphore 2 system, which is powered by Xeon Phi Knights Landing, SATURNV is 2.3x more energy efficient.hat efficiency is key to building machines capable of reaching exascale speeds — that’s 1 quintillion, or 1 billion billion, floating-point operations per second. Such a machine could help design efficient new combustion engines, model clean-burning fusion reactors, and achieve new breakthroughs in medical research.

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Move aside content. Culture is king!

20161110_094140_1478850013151In the age of the Internet, it is widely believed that content is king.

However, US strategist and serial entreprenuer Richard Nash (above) thinks otherwise. He believes that the 21st century will be about sorting demand and culture is king, not content.

At his keynote address at StoryDrive Asia, Nash said the book publishing industry should start modelling itself as a service, rather than a manufacturing business.

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WhatsApp video call on the way

whatsapp-logoLast year, WhatsApp added voice to its messaging application. This year, it’s taking it one step further with video calls.

WhatsApp video calling is on the way for more than one billion users on Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,” said WhatsApp’s official press statement.

Worldwide services market to cross US$1 trillion mark by 2018

IDCGlobal IT services and business services revenues are expected to cross the US$1 trillion mark for the first time in 2018, according to IDC.

Worldwide services spending totals for 2016 are expected to stay within the US$900 billion range and by 2020 expected to near US$1.1 trillion.

With more than US$100 million worth of spending each this year, the largest services markets will be key horizontal business process outsourcing (BPO) and systems integration services, which will also generate the largest revenue pools over the 2016-2020 forecast period. Business Consulting Services is forecast to outpace both markets in terms of growth.

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Inaugural StoryDrive Asia to focus on transmedia

assassins-creed-unitySingapore Book Publishers Association and Frankfurt Book Fair organiser Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH are putting together the inaugural StoryDrive Asia, a symposium for angel investors, incubators and professionals in publishing, software and gaming, photography and filmmaking and digital media.

The focus is on transmedia, which is about storytelling across media. For example, The Assassin’s Creed is more than just a computer game. It’s also a novel, comic book as well as a movie that’s slated for release on December 21. That’s transmedia, which is gaining traction across the globe.

“It’s a very exciting moment for publishing in Asia, especially in Southeast Asia, where media are interrelating in new and fascinating ways, and local content is getting better and better. And even as transmedia trends take root, our industry and local stakeholders have realised the importance of promoting the reading habit in this new media environment. We believe the best way to capture these trends, and reinforce Singapore’s role as a hub for IP and the media industry, is to partner with Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH for a new kind of event: StoryDrive Asia,” said Peter Schoppert, President, Singapore Book Publishers Association.

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Alibaba Cloud rises 128% in Q3

Alibaba Cloud has outpaced cloud service provider leaders with growth of 128 percent to reach US$221 million in Q3. However, AWS increased its lead, accounting for 32.2 percent of total spend, followed by Microsoft Azure with 17.3 percent and Google Cloud with 7.6percent, according to Canalys. Both Microsoft (up 115.6 percent) and Google (up 79.6 percent) grew faster than Amazon.

Global cloud infrastructure services expenditure increased 53.1 percent year on year to reach US$10 billion for the first time in Q.

“Alibaba has established itself as the largest e-commerce business in China and is starting to dominate the provision of cloud infrastructure services in the country,” said Daniel Liu, Research Analyst of Canalys.

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