Facebook to give SEA startups a leg up

Social media giant Facebook is partnering with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore to give Southeast Asia startups a head start in developing data-driven technologies.

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Singapore launches SEA’s first geospatial centre

Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has launched GeoWorks, the first geospatial industry centre in Southeast Asia (SEA). The centre will kick off by housing 22 geospatial technology start-ups from across the region to network and interact with government agencies and the industry with the aim of developing geospatial solutions.

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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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Samsung launches low temperature video wall

samsungSamsung has introduced what is claimed to be the world’s first low temperature video wall. Specifically calibrated for the broadcast industry, the UD55E-S has a specialised panel with a lower colour temperature range of 2800k-6500k that corresponds to broadcast camera standards, ensuring that the colours of news footage and graphics are displayed accurately at all viewing angles.

The high resolution UD55E-S raises the quality of video wall solutions in the broadcast industry, where there are specific needs due to lighting conditions within the enclosed studios. The video wall also comes with MagicInfo, Samsung’s flagship signage and content management solution, which allows users to design and manage a complex, interactive multimedia display system.

“To deliver a quality viewing experience for home viewers, broadcasters require equipment with higher standards that are tailored for their unique environment. The UD55E-S addresses this challenge as it is specially optimised for the broadcast industry. With this technology, our broadcast customers will reap time and cost savings with ease of maintenance and minimum tuning while end-viewers enjoy more true-to-life images and footage on their television screens. With our commitment to innovation,” said Yong Sung Jeon, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania.

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ThiEYE looks beyond China

5Action cameras are all the rage, thanks to the popularity of GoPro. Even Xiaomi has delved into the market with its own iteration. Spotted at Computex 2015 today was ThiEYE, a China company that quietly but surely launched the i60 in China in March.

Priced at US$169, the action camera is aimed at the mainstream market instead of GoPro’s targeted enthusiast market. It comes with a 1.5-inch TFT display and 152-degree wide super lens to deliver HD video (1080p 60fps) and is waterproof up to 40 metres. ThiEYE is looking to move beyond China and brining its products to Southeast Asia.

ZTE introduces new SDN-based OAM solution

ZTEZTE has demonstrated a new OAM (operations, administration and management) solution based on SDN architecture at the Broadband & TV Connect Asia conference in Singapore.

The new Elastic SDN IPRAN OAM solution, powered by ZTE’s Elastic SDN technology, is claimed to enable operators to perform 90 percent of routine network OAM functions with one-touch control on mobile devices, generating at least 30 percent labour cost savings.

As operators accelerate deployments of 4G LTE networks to meet rising demand, it is becoming increasingly challenging to manage IP RAN mobile bearer networks. This problem is especially acute in Southeast Asia, where operators need to manage their IP RAN networks efficiently on outlying islands and mountainous terrain.

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Business intelligence and analytics top priorities for Asean CIOs

GartnerBusiness intelligence and analytics are the top priorities of CIOs in Southeast Asia (SEA), according to a Gartner survey.Next on their list are mobile, ERP and cloud.

Eighty-four percent of CIOs in SEA recognise the need to adapt their leadership style in the next three years to succeed in digital business, compared with the global average of 75 percent. To achieve this, 69 percent said that they want to decrease their controlling approach to focus on significantly increasing their visionary and coaching attributes.

The annual survey covered more than 2,810 CIOs worldwide, representing more than US$397 billion in CIO IT budgets in 84 countries. It included responses from 117 CIOs from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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NVIDIA GRID Test Drive comes to SEA and Australia

NVIDIANVIDIA has availed GRID Test Drive in Southeast Asia and Australia. GRID Test Drive is a simple and secure way to test the power of NVIDIA’s GRID technology for cloud-delivered graphics acceleration.

NVIDIA GRID technology allows knowledge workers and high-end graphics users such as engineers and designers to utilise graphics-rich applications through the cloud anywhere on any device – with the same quality and performance they would have on a professional workstation.

As the demand for virtualised desktop infrastructure (VDI) continues to grow, NVIDIA’s GRID Test Drive allows anyone considering VDI, or those frustrated with the performance of their current VDI deployment, to easily test GRID for free and experience the difference of having powerful graphics behind their remote desktops and applications, without first having to build a proof-of-concept private cloud.

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APAC PC market dips for 8th consecutive quarter

IDCThe Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined eight percent sequentially and 11 percent year-on-year in 2014 Q1 to reach 23.8 million units, according to preliminary results from IDC.

Elections in some of the bigger markets contributed to the region’s overall decline. In India, an ongoing large education project was postponed due to the upcoming elections, shaving off about half a million units from the commercial PC segment. In Thailand, political unrest continued to have an adverse impact on the economy, while in Indonesia, government funds were diverted in the run-up to the elections, resulting in lower commercial spending in PCs there this quarter.

“However, as these markets stabilise after the elections, IDC expects commercial activity to resume in the second half as a result of pent-up demand,” said Handoko Andi, Research Manager for Client Devices of IDC Asia/Pacific. “On the consumer side, ongoing distractions from smartphones and tablets as well as cautious channel intake impacted most markets in the region, especially in Southeast Asia.”

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Samsung Electronics appoints Moon Soo Kim as President and CEO of SEA HQ

Kim Moon SooSamsung Electronics has appointed Moon Soo Kim as President and CEO of Southeast Asia Headquarters. Kim will lead all of Samsung Electronics’ businesses in Southeast Asia and Oceania to further strengthen the company’s position in the region.

He has previously served on Samsung Corporate’s Strategy team for nearly four years, advancing Samsung’s mission to devote its talent and technology to create products and services that contribute to a better global society. Prior to that, he was also Managing Director of Samsung Electronics United Kingdom for three years where he was instrumental in leading its growth.

In his new role, Kim will leverage his experience in operational excellence and business management to continue to build Samsung Electronic’s success in the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.

NVIDIA bundles games for extra holiday cheer

NVIDIA‘Tis the season to be jolly and NVIDIA is giving PC gamers more for their dollar. In Southeast Asia and Australia, every purchase of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 and 700 series card will come with a bundle of games. And we’re talking about the latest games!

Buy an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, 780, 780 Ti, or Titan and get Assassin’s Creed IV — Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman: Arkham Origins free. During this holiday season, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and GTX 680,  670, 660 Ti, or 660 will come bundled with Assassin’s Creed IV — Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist. Additionally, every NVIDIA GeForce card purchased also includes free-to-play games Marvel Hero and Warframe.

The NVIDIA GeForce holiday bundle is available across the region. Redemption of games will be through http://www.geforce.com/holidaybundle, where buyers can get their game codes.  The holiday bundle programme will end on February 28, 2014

 

NVIDIA and HP deliver unprecedented workstation capabilities to professionals

HP Z1NVIDIA and HP are meeting the demanding needs of professionals with a range of NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics products powering HP Workstations, including the market’s first 27-inch all-in-one HP Z1 Workstation and the HP Z820 Workstation, showcased to editors from around Southeast Asia at the NVIDIA Quadro Day in Kuala Lumpur on April 26.

Built on the NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture, the NVIDIA Quadro lineup offers unprecedented workstation performance and capabilities for professionals in manufacturing, engineering, medical, architectural, and media and entertainment companies. The dual-socket HP Z820 Workstation leverages the power of NVIDIA Quadro graphics to deliver exceptional performance in an expandable chassis, while the HP Z1 offers blazingly fast rendering and interactive performance, enabling digital artists to spend more time being creative.

“NVIDIA closely collaborates with technology providers like HP and with ISVs, so professionals can enjoy outstanding performance with CAD and DCC applications,” said Sandeep Gupte, senior director of the Professional Solutions Group at NVIDIA. “With NVIDIA Quadro, professionals have a choice that is stable, reliable and affordable – that’s why it powers a vast range of consumer product design.”

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Nanyang Technological University becomes Southeast Asia’s first CUDA Teaching Center

CUDA Teaching CenterNVIDIA has appointed Nanyang Technological University as the first Southeast Asia CUDA Teaching Center (CTC).

The CUDA Teaching Center Program is designed to support and encourage teaching establishments to include GPU Computing using CUDA C/C++ as part of their course offerings.

Under the program, NVIDIA will donate CUDA enabled GPUs to be installed in teaching lab computers at NTU’s School of Computer Engineering. Students and other members of the university community will have direct access to CUDA enabled systems for hands-on experience of CUDA C/C++ development, debugging and experimentation.

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