Is it time for the U.S. to relinquish its leadership position in the tech industry and hand over the baton to rising star China, or even India? Perhaps, but questions about innovation and market environment will first need to be addressed.
By The Way
Eileen Yu checks out industry developments across the Asia-Pacific region, discussing their relevance to the global tech business landscape.
Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 15 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored in Journalism at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she wrote an honours thesis titled: To Censor or Not: The Great Singapore Dilemma. In her By The Way blog, she enjoys seeing how far she can push the line when blogging about technology, government regulations, and politics in Singapore and the rest of Asia.
Korean mobile device maker is said to be keen to partner SAP and Microsoft to expand the deployment of healthcare services in wearable devices.
After its dismal quarterly results, the Japanese electronics company will no longer make smartphones specifically for Chinese consumers, but is expected to continue peddling its wares in the world's largest smartphone market.
Asian nation emerges as world's largest adopter of smartphones with a penetration rate of 85 percent, but businesses still aren't providing great experience with 88 percent of mobile consumers reporting access problems.
Cost benefits make it tough for enterprises not to adopt cloud services in spite of the security risks, so they should embrace it by putting in place the necessary processes, say panelists at a discussion moderated by ZDNet blogger Eileen Yu.
Japanese telecoms giant has paid up US$627 million for a stake in Indian e-commerce website, Snapdeal, and will lead a US$210 million investment round for India's answer to Uber, ANI Technologies.
Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and Apple CEO Tim Cook say they're open to a partnership involving their mobile payment systems Alipay Wallet and Apple Pay.
Infocomm Development Authority unveils a new pilot aimed at increasing the "visibility of datasets" via quality metrics, offering free AWS credits to drive participation, and adds "near real-time analytics" to its cloud service provider registry to better assess vendor performance.
IT vendor launches one-stop portal offering third-party cloud applications and services running on Azure, and inks partnership with SingTel to enable Asia-Pacific customers to move their data and workload between various cloud environments.
Some 72 percent of CIOs in Asia-Pacific feel weighed down by having to deal with more stakeholders who want their say in how IT budgets are spent, reveals a Microsoft survey.
Increasing security breaches indicate that any data, once online, will never be completely safe from theft and malicious attacks, so enterprises and users may be better off focusing on risk mitigation.
Intel's investment unit distributes the first batch of its US$100 million China Smart Device Innovation Fund to several Chinese companies including EyeSmart Technology and Shenzhen Fibocom Industrial Development.
Alibaba's e-commerce website offers self-collection service at more than 70 locations in the country through its collaboration with local postal service, SingPost, enabling online shoppers to pick up purchased goods themselves.
Singapore telco and IT security vendor unveil partnership to build security monitoring facilities in Singapore and Sydney, including "data stores" to address data sovereignty concerns.
Singapore government confirms plans to develop a "next-generation" satellite-based road system to enable distance-based pricing for motorists, but mentions nothing about what it would do to address privacy concerns.