Sunday, May 12, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of May 12, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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Indian innovators competing in Grand Challenges Canada have won seed grants totaling $1 million with technology solutions such as a mobile phone turned into a glucose monitor for diabetes patients, a needle-free handheld device for testing anemia, an ultrasound probe that can be attached to a smartphone via USB and a rapid blood test to detect a heart attack.  Read Original Content

China's three mobile operators - China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom - plan to spend a combined $56 billion this year on network upgrades that will include investment in 4G.  Read Original Content

E-commerce firm Alibaba is buying an 18 percent stake in China’s Twitter-like Weibo, and will focus on social commerce, sharing data, learning the best ways to go about payments online, as well as marketing.  Read Original Content

Antenna Software provides a complete cloud-based enterprise mobility suite that enables both IT pros and business executives alike to create and manage mobile apps, websites and content across the entire business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Antenna Software.

South Korea’s Small and Medium Business Administration and the developer of chat platform KakaoTalk created the “Kakao Young Entrepreneur Fund,” an initiative to support the increasing number of young companies working with mobile technology, apps, and the information and communications technology industry in general.  Read Original Content

Christchurch, New Zealand will become the first city in the South Island to receive Vodafone’s 4G mobile network starting the end of May.  Read Original Content
According to Symantec's Nigel Tan, mobility has evolved into one of IT’s top priorities in Malaysia.  “Today, more and more Malaysian organizations view mobility as a tool to improve productivity and innovators in particular, feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.”  Read Original Content

Mobile technology insight firm Lumi Mobile has expanded into the Asian market with a Hong Kong based subsidiary, which will be used as a base for further market research in the region.  Read Original Content

Insurer AXA Philippines has launched the country’s first mobile insurance payment system, MSwipe, enabling AXA customers to make real-time credit card payment transactions using mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Germany’s Seeburger opened a new microsite as a research and resource center for financial services CIOs in the Asia Pacific region.  One of the goals is to create higher awareness of the need for data integrity and security in the financial services industry arena.  Read Original Content

Customer spending in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) is leaning away from PCs and toward tablets and smartphones.  Research data from IDC indicate the region’s PC market declined eight percent sequentially and 13 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2013.  Read Original Content

The Software Alliance Asia Pacific’s latest global software piracy study revealed the Asia Pacific region accounted for one-third of the total commercial value of unlicensed software.  Read Original Content

Korean mobile technology startup Perples uses ultrasound tagging to enable smartphones to display relevant content upon detecting inaudible sound signals. The company is beta testing its technology with Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea.  Read Original Content

The e-Government Excellence Awards in Singapore saw 18 government services receiving awards in categories including data sharing, e-services, m-services, and websites.  Read Original Content

A team led by an India-born technologist has developed a concept for the world's first shape shifting mobile phones.  The “Morphee” adapts a new shape on its own according to the user’s context, such as an ATM keypad or a gaming console.  Read Original Content

The Bank of the Philippine Islands has unveiled a mobile point-of-sale device that can be attached to a smartphone or tablet, transforming it into a mobile point-of-sale system.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.