ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Jan 2013

Jan 10, 2013 - IBM Won the U.S patent game in 2012

IBM announced that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.

All regular players;
  1. IBM-6,478
  2. Samsung-5,081
  3. Canon-3,174
  4. Sony-3,032
  5. Panasonic-2,769
  6. Microsoft-2,613
  7. Toshiba-2,447
  8. Hon Hai-2,013
  9. General Electric-1,652
  10. LG Electronics-1,624
This explains why these big boys are so rich and powerful - they 'sleep' with each other.

Interestingly, let's take a look at one example.

U.S. Patent #8,275,803: System and method for providing answers to questions - This patented invention was implemented in the IBM Watson system and describes a technique that enables a computer to take a question expressed in natural language, understand it in detail, and deliver a precise answer to the question.

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Jan 8,2013 - InMobi Acquires Overlay Media

InMobi, the leader in mobile-first technology platforms, and the largest independent mobile advertising network, announced the acquisition of Overlay Media, experts in context aware computing.

Overlay Media, which comprises of a team of data scientists, have built the Context Engine technology to deliver personalised content to mobile users. Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO at InMobi comments: "We are excited to add amazing talent to InMobi. This acquisition, along with Metaflow Solutions and MMTG Labs, will help us to continue to be at the forefront of delivering highly engaging content to consumers globally.”

“At Overlay Media, our goal has been to develop technology that enables mobile devices to provide a highly personal and immersive user experience. We are excited to join InMobi to further their position as a market leader in mobile advertising”, said Dr. Ian Anderson, CEO at Overlay Media.

The Overlay Media team will be based from the InMobi London EMEA HQ.

Jan 8,2013 - WeChat Advertises on Malaysian TV Network to Acquire Untapped Market

WeChat, the touted all-rounder social messaging application created by China’s Tencent, plans to expand its users in Malaysia’s growing market for smartphone application with its first TV commercial on Malaysian screens beginning this 7th January 2013. WeChat’s growth will soon hit 300 million user accounts milestone globally this January 2013 after hitting its whopping 200 million mark just four months ago.
Rainie Yang and Show Lo from Taiwan

“We intend to increase the user adoption in Malaysia through this very first WeChat TVC airing in Malaysia and continue to gain momentum here on top of the already well-developed base of users,” said Louis Song, Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore in Tencent’s International Business Group. “Malaysia is a very strong market like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand – we are witnessing a strong growth in mobile application platforms.”

WeChat’s star studded TVC for Malaysia features Asian Dancing King, Show Lo and all-rounder artist, Rainie Yang from Taiwan. In this 30-seconds TVC, Rainie and Show expresses a hint of romanticism and cheeriness through WeChat’s simplest functions – text messaging, voice messaging and emoticon services. WeChat’s TVC illustrates how WeChat can be of so much convenience even when you are occupied.

Jan 8, 2013 - Windows 8 sales steady, hit 60 mln since October launch

Microsoft Corp has sold 60 million licenses and upgrades for its new Windows 8 operating system in the 10 weeks since its launch, one of the top executives of the company's Windows unit said at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday.

The latest Windows 8 figure means Microsoft sold around 20 million Windows 8 licenses and upgrades since the end of November, when it announced 40 million sales in the first month on the market.

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Jan 7, 2013 - AMD Delivers Enhanced Gaming and Improved Application Performance Technology

AMD launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series of mobile graphics processing units (GPUs) set to deliver discrete graphics performance to a variety of notebook designs, including the incredibly portable ultrathin form factor. The AMD Radeon HD 8000M Series are the first notebook GPUs to be offered with the award-winning AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture, which delivers exceptional compute power and performance while stretching battery life through AMD Enduro™ Technology. Designs are currently shipping with ASUS and Samsung, with Lenovo and additional OEMs shipping soon.

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Dec 31, 2012 - YouTube, Angry Birds, Instagram, Facebook app continued to be among the most downloaded apps for 2012

Among other popular ones include Draw Something, LetterPress, ScrambleWithFriends, Songza - a music-discovery app for iPhone, Paper - a sketchbook app for iPad

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Dec 17, 2012 - When You Get Serious About Gaming, Put a BlackDiamond in the Core

The criteria for high performance gaming experience has always been associated with low latency (low ping times), low jitter and extremely consistent performance - gamers know when a network sucks.

During NorthCon 2012, BlackDiamond organized gaming party to test out its network technology capabilities.

Powering the fun (and the network behind it), a BlackDiamond 8806 was at the core, with a 10GbE backbone connecting Summit X450s which fan out connectivity for the various halls and server rooms, topped off with a 1 gig internet uplink. Combine hardware like this with the networking expertise of our partner, Innovalan, and you have a receipe for a high performance gaming network.

With a BlackDiamond at the core, the Extreme Networks supplied core network ensured extreme performance for NorthCon 2012

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Dec 12- 2012 - HP Pay-per-use Network Advantage Program Creates New Revenue Opportunities for CSPs

HP announced the HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to offer managed network solutions on a pay-per-use basis,creating new revenue opportunities without capital investment.

Enterprises spend more than 70 percent of their IT budget keeping the lights on, leaving less than 30 percent for innovation.(2) However, they need to invest in network upgrades that support initiatives like cloud, mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) and rich media, which drive innovation and business growth.

The HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program enables CSPs, in collaboration with HP, to help enterprise customers modernize their network with standard, prepackaged networking solutions, including hardware and software, with no upfront cost. Customers then contract with the CSP for the managed network offerings they need to support initiatives that speed innovation on a pay-per-use basis.

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