ICT Happening Updates Week 1 of Dec 2012

Apple’s iPhone 5 gets final approval for China release

Nov 30, 2012 - Apple’s latest iPhone has received final clearance from Chinese regulators, paving the way for a December debut in a highly competitive market where the lack of a new model had severely eroded its share of product sales.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority, under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, showed two iPhone 5 models on its website that received approval on Thursday. The two are the A1429, a WCDMA model that runs on China Unicom’s network, and the A1442, a CDMA model that runs on China Telecom’s network.

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Google strengthens its SME focus in Malaysia

Nov 30, 2012 - Google Malaysia today announced the launch of a new initiative to reach small to medium sized enterprises and help them grow their businesses with digital advertising. Called Premier SME Partnership Program, the program is designed to bring digital marketing to more Malaysian SMEs by fostering a network of partners dedicated to providing specialised services that help SMEs grow.

(L-R: HK Song, CEO of CBSA,Sajith Sivanandan, Country Head for Google Malaysia,Alfian Abu Talib, CEO of TM InfoMedia)

Premier SME Partnership (PSP) program helps experienced Adwords providers connect underexposed businesses with the expert help they need to reach new customers online, by creating, managing and optimizing their online advertising campaigns – only a select group of highly qualified providers can become PSP.

Other similar programs.
  • Google Engage: It is a separate program that provide supports to agencies. Only agencies are allowed to join this program
  • GCP program: It's a globally recognized stamp of approval - a program that the interested individual need to signed up with to take the GCP exams and be GCP certified. It is open to anyone. It's a certification program for local agency or individual.
  • Malaysia GCP Challenge: It is basically a challenge that we are going to run to attract more individuals to be GCP certified.

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'Green' programme to help bridge Malaysian digital divide

Nov 29 2012 - A programme called TECH CYCLE, which will help bridge the digital divide in Malaysia by up-cycling and re-purposing e-waste such as unneeded computers, mobile phones and cameras, has been launched by SOLS Tech in partnership with Hong Leong Foundation.

People could contribute to TECH CYCLE by donating digital devices whether or not they are in working order but should be older than 2004. As well as batteries, chargers and other peripherals, the equipment that can be repurposed for disadvantaged communities include desktop or notebook computers, mobile phones, digital cameras, keyboards and computer mice, printers, scanners, servers, fax machines and monitors.

People could donate their old digital devices at any of the 40 designated drop-off locations, consisting of Hong Leong Bank branches and Hong Leong Group member companies such as Hume Cemboard and Guocera, across all state capitals in Malaysia including Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

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Maxis Registers 1.9% YTD Growth With 9 Months' Revenue at AT RM6,661m

Nov 29 2012 - Maxis Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated communications service provider announced its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2012. The company registered an overall growth in all its core business segments during the period under review.

It maintained momentum in data products which stood at 45.4% of mobile revenues that resulted from Internet usage from smart-phone users.

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Algebra app DragonBox Overtakes Angry Bird as No.1 Mobile App

Nov 28 2012 - The startup behind the algebra app that overtook Angry Birds as No. 1 in the Norwegian app store earlier this year aims to replicate that success globally next year with four more mathematics games.

The company will roll out a new version of DragonBox later this year and in 2013 it will introduce games for functions, probability, geometry and numbers, the other key fields of mathematics.

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HP rebuffs ex-Autonomy CEO, warns of legal action

Nov 27 2012 - HP said on Nov 18 2012 that it discovered "serious accounting improprieties" and "a willful effort by Autonomy to mislead shareholders," after a whistleblower came forward following the May ouster of former Autonomy Chief Executive Mike Lynch.

HP had acquired Autonomy for $11 billion, a move which analysts argued was a misstep and resulted in departure of former CEO Leo Apotheker.

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Ericsson Mobility Report Shows Rapid Smartphone Uptake and Doubling of Mobile Data Traffic

Nov 21 2012 - The latest Ericsson Mobility Report, formerly known as the Ericsson Traffic and Market Report, reveals that approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 were smartphones. Data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 50 percent between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video.

Mobile Subscriptions by technology, 2009-2018
  • Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones and the growth of smartphone data traffic is expected to exceed the overall average
  • Mobile data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is expected to grow 12 times between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video
  • Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion in 2012 and 9.3 billion in 2018
  • There were an additional 13 million LTE subscriptions in Q3 2012, and numbers are predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018

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Intel CEO Paul Otellini to Retire in May

Nov 19 2012 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company’s president and CEO, Paul Otellini, has decided to retire as an officer and director at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting in May, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next six months. Otellini’s decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of nearly 40 years of continuous service to the company and its stockholders.

Achievement uner Otellini's leadership, Intel has achieved:
  • Transformed operations and the cost structure for long-term growth
  • Achieved breakthrough innovations, including High-K/Metal gate and now 3-D Tri-gate transistors; and dramatic improvement in energy efficiency of Intel processors
  • Reinvented the PC with Ultrabook™ devices
  • Greatly expanded business partnerships and made strategic acquisitions that expanded Intel’s presence in security, software and mobile communications
  • Delivered the first smartphones and tablets for sale with Intel inside
  • Grew the vast network of cloud-based computing built on Intel products

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AMD Powers Brilliant HD Game and Video Performance for Nintendo’s Wii U

Nov 16, 2012 -AMD powers Nintendo's Wii U Home console with its custom AMD Radeon™ HD GPU technology.

This custom-for-Nintendo AMD graphics processor enables Wii U to provide exciting, immersive game play, brilliant HD video and game graphics and new forms of interaction for consumers. Since 2001, AMD technology has been included in more than 118 million Nintendo Wii and GameCube hardware units around the world.

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