Asia Technology
Episode 229: AI in Asia Pacific with Ayesha Khanna - Analyse Asia
China's Vivo to enter Singapore smartphone market for first time
Singaporean entrepreneur sends message that SMS is here to stay
Android TV box sellers charged in court for infringing Premier League, Fox copyright
Flipkart to expand MarQ brand, to launch ACs and smart TVs
Meltdown, Spectre: Microsoft admits security patches are slowing down PCs, servers
CES 2018: Lenovo unveils Miix 630 laptop, ‘Mirage Solo’ VR headset
Using Blockchain to fight corruption | J.A. Chowdhary | TEDxLavelleRoad
2018-01-17 17:10:22 With governments across the world embracing the use of technology for better governance, Blockchain offers an effective means to fight corruption and ensure common man's interests are safeguarded. Mr. JA Chowdary, or JA as he is popularly known, is one of the prime movers in establishing the IT industry in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and in a career spanning close to three decades, has played many key roles in various capacities in both the government and corporate sectors. In his capacity as the founding Director of STPI at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai, Mr. Chowdary played an important role in developing the IT industry in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the 1990s   Read More ...
Google to make artificial intelligence accessible to every business
2018-01-17 15:19:13 Artificial intelligence is no more going to remain the secret-sauce of some of the biggest technology companies. Google on Wednesday unveiled 'Cloud AutoML ' which would help businesses with limited machine learning expertise start building their own high-quality custom models using advanced techniques provided by the internet giant. The applications range from automating product attributes like patterns and necklines styles for clothing companies to helping various organisations conserve the world’s wildlife by analysing and tagging millions of images of various animal species   Read More ...
Artificial intelligence vs. dark energy
2018-01-17 15:07:30 I am a big fan of astrophysics and artificial intelligence (AI). Thus far, I didn't think the two interesting topics would mix so well before I read "Life 3.0," which was written by MIT Prof. Max Tegmark. It is so exciting but at the same time so apocalyptic. The author starts the masterpiece with a question of whether human-level AI, otherwise called strong AI, will lead to the birth of "superintelligence," which would be smarter than homo sapiens by far   Read More ...
Google launches IT Support Professional Certificate on Coursera
2018-01-17 13:16:56 Google on Tuesday launched Google IT Support Professional Certificate, an online certification programme meant for IT support aspirants. The programme, which Google says is the first of its kind, will be hosted on Coursera. It will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of IT support like troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security, according to a Google statement   Read More ...
OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T get OnePlus 5T’s ‘Face Unlock’ feature in latest OxygenOS update
2018-01-17 08:26:41 OnePlus’s latest Open Beta 30 update to its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T brings the ‘Face Unlock’ feature that lets you unlock the phone by looking at it. The feature, which debuted with OnePlus 5T, was recently made available to OnePlus 5 through a software update. Unlike iPhone X, OnePlus 5T doesn’t come with any special sensor on the front camera to enable Face Unlock   Read More ...
Expert sees big role for 3D printing
2018-01-17 07:12:31 In the age of disruptive technologies, 3D printing will have a significant role, mainly in manufacturing and engineering and healthcare, says N. Viswanadham, INSA senior scientist and emeritus professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Prof. Viswanadham, an expert in computer science and automation, was here to take part in an international conference organised by the Computer Society of India on disruptive technologies   Read More ...
Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco’s fight for survival
2018-01-17 06:05:34 Shattered by the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and bleeding customers to nimbler rivals, Tokyo’s lumbering, 66-year-old electric-power behemoth has a new strategy for long-term survival: reinventing itself as a cutting-edge innovator. Tepco, known formally as Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., is scouring the periphery of the industry for the latest ideas and technologies — using blockchain to manage power flows is one possibility   Read More ...
Disabled woman uses tongue to operate smartphone - Nation
2018-01-17 05:06:19 PENDANG: Who would have thought that a person with deformed hands and feet will be able to operate a smartphone using only her tongue? Nursamawati Mahmud (pic), 33, uses her smartphone not only to access social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and WeChat, but also to promote her family's soy and chilli sauce business under ‘Mahmudah' brand. Nursamawati, who is from Kampung Gelong Gajah here, said her efforts had increased the demand for the products and each month about 4,000 bottles were sold since 2015   Read More ...
Galaxy S9 ve S9+ çıkış tarihleri netleşiyor
2018-01-16 18:00:31 Samsung, geçtiğimiz yıl ufak bir ara verdiği Mobile World Congress macerasına bu yıl kaldığı yerden devam edecek. İspanya'nın Barselona kentinde 26 Şubat'ta başlayacak ve 1 Mart'ta sona erecek olan MWC'de tüm gözler bir kez daha Samsung'un iki yeni amiral gemisi Galaxy S9 ve S9 Plus'ın üzerinde olacak. Bu iki telefon hakkında bugüne kadar birçok şey söylendi. Bununla birlikte artık kongreye sayılı günün kalmış olması nedeniyle, sızıntıların sayısı da gerçeklik oranı da arttı   Read More ...
New ride-hailing service DACSEE rides on blockchain technology
2018-01-16 17:01:47 PETALING JAYA: A new ride-hailing service that was introduced today will test regulators’ tolerance of the use of cryptocurrency in business, as it looks to grow its driver base by paying out commissions in cryptocurrency. The brand-new ride-sharing service offered by Decentralised Alternative Cabs Servicing and Empowering Everyone (DACSEE) uses an e-wallet system powered by blockchain technology. A soft launch was held today and the app for the ride-sharing service is to be officially rolled out in April   Read More ...
Leweko's unit to explore export of patent technology with Indian party
2018-01-16 13:00:54 PETALING JAYA: Leweko Resources Bhd's subsidiary Dura Technology Sdn Bhd is exploring a licensing agreement with India-based Shinde Developers Private Limited (SDPL) for the use of its know-how and intellectual property rights to manufacture and market ultra-high performance cementitious composite technology (UHPCC) under the "DURA" brand within India and other countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan. UHPCC is registered and patent in Malaysia by Dura Technology   Read More ...
Azure AD connect- Deep Dive
2018-01-16 08:01:44 C# Corner Bengaluru Chapter announces a new webinar on "Azure AD connect- Deep Dive". Note: There are 100 seats only. First come first serve. Agenda: What is AAD Connect? Features provided with AAD Connect Syncing your on-premises identities using AAD Connect Setting up AAD Connect Conclusion Queries concerning your registration should be addressed   Read More ...
Episode 229: AI in Asia Pacific with Ayesha Khanna - Analyse Asia
2018-01-16 00:02:21 Ayesha Khanna, CEO of ADDO AI joined us in a conversation on the subject of artificial intelligence aka AI. We discussed the key technologies, major applications in fintech and manufacturing and at the same, discussed the major trends on AI dominating Asia Pacific. Last but not least, Ayesha discussed the implications of AI, particularly in how they will reshape traditional industries and the displacement of knowledge workers’ jobs by AI   Read More ...
AI-based story-summarizing system to debut at Nagano newspaper
2018-01-15 20:14:41 Fujitsu Ltd. said Monday that it will provide the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun, a regional Japanese newspaper, with a system that automatically summarizes articles using artificial intelligence. Using the system developed by the electronics maker, summarizing jobs will be finished in an instant, versus 3 to 5 minutes per article if done by hand, according to Fujitsu. The newspaper’s publisher, based in Nagano, will use the system in its news distribution services for cable TV starting in April   Read More ...
Virtual reality, interactive avatars among cruise trends of 2018
2018-01-15 16:18:22 Experts at Cruise Critic have come up with a list of the top trends they expect will up the ante in cruising next year, thanks to innovations in technology and evolving traveler interests. Here are the top five trends from the list: Augmented technology. Innovations in technology will change the way guests cruise in 2018, from virtual reality dining experiences, to interactive avatars that follow cruisers around the ship   Read More ...
Alibaba's AI software surpasses humans in reading test
2018-01-15 13:30:48 SINGAPORE: Alibaba Group's research team on Monday (Jan 15) said its deep learning software has scored higher than a human being on Stanford University's reading comprehension test - an achievement it touted as the first win for the machines. In a press release, Alibaba's Institute of Data Science of Technologies (iDST) said its neural network generated a score of 82.44 in providing exact answers to questions, beating the humans' score of 82   Read More ...
Bharat Go: Micromax to launch India’s first Android Go smartphone this month
2018-01-15 12:21:08 Domestic handset maker Micromax is set to launch the first smartphone in India with Google’s Android Oreo (Go Edition) on January 26, the company announced on Monday. This would make Micromax the first company in India to launch an Android Oreo Go-smartphone. Named “BHARAT GO”, the smartphone will be the best-in-class mobility device and an optimised entry-level Android smartphone, the company said in a statement   Read More ...
India, Israel ink 9 pacts on cyber security, other sectors after Netanyahu-Modi talks
2018-01-15 11:08:24 India and Israel on Monday inked 9 pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cybersecurity and energy, after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Modi and Netanyahu held talks for bolstering bilateral ties in strategic areas. The two prime ministers, accompanied by their respective senior Cabinet colleagues, held delegation-level talks during which they also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interests   Read More ...
China's Vivo to enter Singapore smartphone market for first time
2018-01-15 10:02:07 SINGAPORE: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday (Jan 15) announced that it will enter the Singapore market for the first time later this week, with the introduction of its flagship V7+ and Y65 handsets. In a press release, the company said the two devices will go on sale from Jan 20 via mobile retail stores here, and prices will be revealed on the same day   Read More ...
Humanoid robots overcoming uncanny valley
2018-01-14 15:04:45 People appear to have come closer to possibly coexisting with robots having strong resemblances to them, as technology is helping "humanoids" overcome "the uncanny valley," the hypothesis stating that once robots resemble humans, but not fully, they incite horror and discomfort in people. Since the concept was coined by Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mori in the 1970s, it has explained the reason why people regard less-humanlike robots, such as Lotte's concierge robot and a Seoul whisky bar's bartender robot carving ice, as adorable, while news outlets describing lifelike robots as "creepy creatures   Read More ...
Top value-for-money: Windows 10 laptops under Rs 15,000
2018-01-14 13:11:36 As smartphones are becoming more advanced, we are increasingly shifting towards smaller screens. From streaming music and videos to playing games, smartphones are gradually replacing the tablets and laptops. But a lot of people still prefer laptops, especially for their work purposes. Because, laptops are just more comfortable to work, say writing your next college project or drafting a complex excel sheet   Read More ...
Cyber threats outpacing abilities of governments, companies: WEF
2018-01-14 09:10:05 As cases of data breach and online fraud fox the authorities in India and abroad, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned that cybersecurity threats are outpacing the abilities of the governments and companies to overpower them unless all stakeholders cooperate. In a new report to be discussed in detail at its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos by over 3,000 world leaders including from India, the Geneva-based WEF said working collaboratively in the cybersecurity space is difficult and there is no “simple policy solution or silver bullet here“   Read More ...
Singaporean entrepreneur sends message that SMS is here to stay
2018-01-14 00:30:20 SINGAPORE: Short Message Service, more popularly known as SMS, is considered by many today as an afterthought, an anachronistic function that should be consigned to the tech scrapheap along with outmoded innovations like the Walkman and CD player. After all, with chat apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram and WeChat favoured by consumers, why do we need SMS? Yet, Mr Kevin Yang has managed to build a business of sending SMS messages – and a sustainable one too – with Hello Technology founded in 1997   Read More ...
IIIT Delhi to offer M.Tech with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
2018-01-13 09:06:16 IIIT MTech: Good news for those interested in studying about Artificial Intelligence (AI)! The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi has planned to start a new MTech programme with specialisation in AI from the academic year starting in July 2018. Through the programme, graduates will be able to undertake industry careers involving innovation and problem solving using AI and Machine Learning (ML) technologies   Read More ...
Android TV box sellers charged with copyright infringement in unprecedented move against piracy
2018-01-12 10:01:53 SINGAPORE: In the first prosecution of its kind here, two Android TV box sellers have been charged with "wilfully infringing" the copyright of four companies - telcos StarHub and Singtel, entertainment giant Fox Networks Group and football’s Premier League. Local distributor Synnex Trading and retailer An-Nahl, as well as their respective directors Jia Xiaofeng and Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz, face multiple charges each under Section 136(3A) of the Copyright Act   Read More ...
IT industry watches for fallout on blockchain due to cryptocurrency bans
2018-01-12 08:05:44 SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- Local IT firms and academics raised concerns on Friday that the government crackdown on cryptocurrency trading may adversely affect the blockchain sector, the core technology of such transactions. The justice ministry on Thursday moved in on the virtual currency market that has become overly speculative, with regulators currently unable to keep pace with developments in areas such as security against hacking, money laundering and other potential abuses   Read More ...
Android TV box sellers charged in court for infringing Premier League, Fox copyright
2018-01-12 08:00:15 SINGAPORE - Pay-TV operators Singtel and StarHub, entertainment titan Fox Networks Group and football's Premier League have hauled two Android TV box sellers in Singapore to court in an unprecedented move against piracy. In court on Friday (Jan 12), retail firm Synnex Trading and its director Jia Xiaofeng, and trading firm An-Nahl and its director Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz faced several charges, in what could be a landmark case to determine the legality of media streaming boxes   Read More ...
[CES 2018] Safer vehicle systems gain traction at tech fair
2018-01-12 05:06:55 New smart vehicle systems were unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here. Self-driving vehicles are all the rage at the world's largest tech tradeshow, which opened Tuesday (local time).   Read More ...
Flipkart to expand MarQ brand, to launch ACs and smart TVs
2018-01-11 20:13:48 E-commerce major Flipkart has announced the expansion of 'MarQ' brand of consumer durables to offer ACs and smart TVs as it looks to drive more revenues from its private labels. Flipkart had launched the MarQ brand in October last year and currently sells microwave ovens, TVs and washing machines under the brand. MarQ's 'InnoCool' range of ACs (1 and 1.5 ton variants) will be available on Flipkart from April, while the 32-inch HDR smart TV will go on sale in May   Read More ...
MoneyGram shares jump on partnership with bitcoin-rival Ripple
2018-01-11 17:30:31 REUTERS: Shares of MoneyGram International Inc jumped 10.5 percent on Thursday, after the money-transfer company said it partnered with blockchain firm and bitcoin-rival Ripple. As part of the arrangement, MoneyGram will test the use of Ripple's cryptocurrency, XRP, to move funds in a faster and cheaper way. Ripple, created by the founder of bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has risen 31,000 percent over the past year, overshadowing bitcoin's 1,200 percent increase   Read More ...
Scientists develop artificial intelligence that can read your mind
2018-01-11 15:17:23 What’s next for artificial intelligence? A question that every tech enthusiast is asking after the technology driven machine learning and user data has started to hit smartphones and smart home devices to millions around the world. Even though it may sound futuristic and even creepy, the next generation of AI will be able to read your mind. Yes, you read that right   Read More ...
Aadhaar data leak: Let us not overblow this issue of privacy, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
2018-01-11 14:45:53 Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today appealed not to "overblow" the issue of data breach, even as he asserted that innovations taking place in the country as part of digital revolution, cannot be killed under the garb of privacy. Speaking at the inauguration of the 6th Annual International Commerce Conference here, he lamented that the country missed the industrial and entrepreneurial revolutions in the 80s and 90s due to licence raj   Read More ...
Aadhaar data breach: Innovations in India can’t be killed under garb of privacy, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
2018-01-11 12:18:44 Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday appealed not to “overblow” the issue of data breach, even as he asserted that innovations taking place in the country as part of digital revolution, cannot be killed under the garb of privacy. Speaking at the inauguration of the 6th Annual International Commerce Conference in New Delhi, he lamented that the country missed the industrial and entrepreneurial revolutions in the 80s and 90s due to licence raj   Read More ...
Schools tapping smartphone and tablet apps to engage a new generation
2018-01-11 07:16:30 Smartphone and tablet computer apps are seeing increasing use in Japanese schools as teachers look to capitalize on what has become many young people’s preferred window to the world. Artificial intelligence-assisted apps have become prevalent in education, particularly in subjects many Japanese teachers struggle to teach well. One subject educators need help with is teaching English, a task that will become all the more important when speaking ability enters the joint achievement test in 2020, part of Japan’s high-pressure university entrance exams   Read More ...
Virtual Aadhaar IDs to plug data breach
2018-01-11 00:43:23 Aadhaar card-holders can generate virtual IDs from March and use them for various purposes, including SMI verification, instead of sharing their actual 12-digit biometric code that's been hit by privacy and data breach concerns. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that runs the government's Aadhaar programme also introduced a limited 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) scheme under which only need-based details of a user will be provided to an authorised agency providing a particular service, say, a telco   Read More ...
FLIP the innovation switch for legal sector
2018-01-10 15:45:19 SINGAPORE - A new breed of professionals known as "legal technologists" is being groomed as part of efforts to modernise the delivery of legal services in Singapore. They will be trained with the latest IT tools and also armed with know-how in cybersecurity and computer systems integration before being deployed across law firms here. Their mission will be to identify issues in the firms' business processes, coax them into adopting technology, and make recommendations on what the firms should do   Read More ...
Punjab Haryana HC Will Hear Aadhaar Data Breach Case Tomorrow
2018-01-10 12:25:54 After a Chandigarh-based NGO filed a PIL demanding a thorough probe into the alleged Aadhaar breach reported by The Tribune, the Aadhaar leaks case has reach   Read More ...
Meltdown, Spectre: Microsoft admits security patches are slowing down PCs, servers
2018-01-10 12:25:05 Microsoft said on Tuesday that software patches released to guard against microchip security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance. The comments in a blog post were the clearest signal from Microsoft that fixes for flaws in microchips from Intel and rivals described last week could meaningfully degrade performance   Read More ...
Kolon Glotech showcases high print tech at CES 2018
2018-01-10 12:09:20 SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Kolon Glotech Inc., a manufacturer of car seat fabrics, said Wednesday it has unveiled its unique print technology at the world's largest consumer electronics trade show in the United States. Dubbed Geonic, the technology showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas allows color, design and decorative patterns to be printed on leather or other fabrics, the company said   Read More ...
CES 2018: Lenovo unveils Miix 630 laptop, ‘Mirage Solo’ VR headset
2018-01-10 06:15:16 On the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Lenovo launched three new products to bring tech advancement in Virtual Reality (VR), tablet/PC and smart home devices -- priced to reach out to a large segment of buyers. The tablet/PC combines the capability and versatility of both and Lenovo ensured that the battery in the Lenovo Miix 630 laptop -- that runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform -- lasts for 20 hours with full video playback   Read More ...