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Baidu unveils smart transportation plan for Xiongan

Nov 21, 13:39

China-based search engine Baidu plans to cooperate with the government of Xiongan New Area, northern China, to create a city featuring smart transportation in line with its ambition to develop self-driving vehicles, company chairman and CEO Robin Li revealed at a recent company event in Beijing.

Baidu plans to offer self-driving buses in 2018

Nov 20, 12:11

China-based Baidu, the developer of Apollo autonomous driving open platform, plans to cooperate with China-based Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry to begin small-volume production of autonomous buses and trial operation in July 2018, according to company chairman and CEO Robin Li.

Baidu chairman and CEO Robin Li introducing Apollo self-driving technology

Digitimes Research: Automotive OTA upgrade sees huge potential demand

Nov 20, 10:08

There is large potential demand for OTA (over the air) upgrading of firmware/software for in-car electronic devices because car owners need not drive to maintenance shops merely for such upgrading, according to Digitimes Research.

Over 1,100 VR applications available at Viveport, says HTC

Nov 16, 16:49

The number of VR (virtual reality) applications available at HTC's VR App store, Viveport, has reached over 1,100, including 800 supporting VR gaming arcades and over 300 supporting subscription services, according to sources at HTC.

HTC unveils Vive Wave VR platform to promote the develpment of VR

AI to bring opportunities, challenges for Taiwan semiconductor industry

Nov 16, 15:46

Artificial intelligence (AI) will bring huge business opportunities and challenges for Taiwan's semiconductor industry, and the industry will face fierce competition from China, where both the central and local governments are fully gearing up for developing semiconductor technologies, according to...

CC Wei, TSIA chairman and TSMC co-CEO

Quanta gearing up investments for AI, AR, VR and big data

Nov 15, 17:36

Quanta Computer is expanding its investments in AI, AR, VR, wearable devices and big data solutions and expects to roll out more new products starting 2019, according to company chairman Barry Lam.

Quanta chairman Barry Lam (left)

Digital transformation vital to survival of enterprises, says ITRI executive VP

Nov 15, 16:27

With the consumer-driven operation model gaining momentum, how to accelerate digital transformation to create new product values, optimize production process and efficiency, and achieve effective marketing effects has become crucial to securing the survival of enterprises, Liu Chun-ting, executive...

ITRI executive VP Liu Chun-ting

JD.com nets CNY1 billion for 3Q17

Nov 15, 16:09

China-based online shopping operator JD.com has reported net profit of CNY1.014 billion (US$152 million) for third-quarter 2017, compared to net loss of CNY921.59 million for third-quarter 2016.

Combination of 5G, IoT applications to bring huge biz, says experts

Nov 14, 15:00

The combination of 5G mobile network and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and applications will pose profound influences to the ICT industry and bring unimaginable business opportunities, as 5G applications will cover three major areas of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), LPWAN (low power wide...

The Shanghai forum attracts large audience

Advantech and 5 global firms to form Edgecross Consortium for Industry 4.0

Nov 14, 11:12

Intelligent systems supplier Advantech has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan, and Oracle Japan to establish the Edgecross Consortium to overcome boundaries between companies and industries in order to realize collaboration between factory automation (FA) and IT. The objective...

AI to help, not confront humans, says AlphaGo developer Aja Huang

Nov 14, 10:53

AI (artificial intelligence) will not confront human beings but serve as tools at their disopal, as human brain will remain the most powerful, although some say AI machines may be able to talk with people and judge their emotions in 2045 at the earliest, according to Aja Huang, one of the key developers...

Aja Huang, a Taiwanese senior researcher at Google DeepMind

Alibaba generates sales over CNY168 billon on Singles' Day

Nov 14, 09:55

All online shopping platforms under the largest China-based e-commerce operator Alibaba Group, mainly Tmall (B2B2C), Taobao (C2C and auction), Juhausuan (group buying), AliExpress (targeting consumers in overseas markets), generated sales totaling CNY168.27 (US$25.4 billion) in 24 hours on November...

Smart eCare solutions adopted by Taiwan hospitals

Nov 13, 18:30

Smart eCare's software-based smart solutions for medical care have been adopted by several large hospitals in Taiwan including Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Veteran General Hospital, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and National Cheng Kung University Hospital, according to the company.

Academia Sinica sets up Taiwan AI Academy

Nov 13, 14:24

Taiwan's Academic Sinica has newly inaugurated the Taiwan AI Academy as part of its efforts to help the industrial sectors nurture AI (artificial intelligence) talent and develop AI solutions, according to James C Liao, president of the country's top academic research body.

Ways to ease EU GDPR impacts: Q&A with Microsoft legal counsel Neal Suggs

Nov 13, 12:05

Following a two-year buffer period, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted by the European Union in April 2016, will officially take effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR, touted as the world's toughest-ever data protection act, will bring great challenges to enterprises, with violators...

Neal Suggs, Microsoft VP and legal counsel

Product marketability hinges more on user experience, says Dassault CEO

Nov 13, 10:59

The market catering to personalized and diverse demand hinges on user experience rather than product functionality, Bernard Charles, president and CEO of Dassault Systemes, has remarked at a company event in China.

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles

AI may reshape Taiwan role in global tech sector, says Google Taiwan chief

Nov 13, 10:40

As the world is moving into the AI First era from the Mobile First one, AI (artificial intelligence) development will be of great importance to Taiwan and likely to reshape its role in the global high-tech sector, Google Taiwan managing director LF Chien has said.

Google Taiwan managing director LF Chien

China AI unicorn SenseTime eyes new financing of US$500 million

Nov 10, 15:49

China AI unicorn SenseTime is reportedly to announce a new round of financing estimated at around US$500 million within one month, which will be the largest scale of its kind seen in the China AI industry, according to industry sources.

SenseTime and Qualcomm team up to develop AI applications

Asustek Zenbo to be available in China November 14

Nov 7, 11:32

Asustek Computer, in a partnership with China-based Tencent, will start selling its companion robot Zenbo in China next week. The robot is expected to be also available in the US and Japan in the first quarter of 2018 at the earliest.

Alibaba net profits hike nearly 150% on year in 3Q17

Nov 6, 11:03

China-based e-commerce operator Alibaba Group Holding has reported consolidated revenues of CNY55.122 billion (US$8.285 billion) for the third quarter of 2017, growing 60.74% on year, with a gross margin of 60.08%, down 1.65pps.

Alibaba setting up e-commerce hub in Malaysia

Oct 31, 15:36

Alibaba Group and the Malaysia government are jointly developing a digital free trade zone (DFTZ) in the country, creating a platform for cross-border e-trade services in a bid to make Malaysia a logistics hub in the Southeast Asia market, according to Malaysia-based Chinese-language See Hua Daily...

Insyde expected to earn profits in 2017

Oct 31, 10:29

BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to return to profitable operation in 2017 with new orders for Dell's notebooks and will see rising revenues in 2018, according to market watchers.

Insyde to see improved operation in 2017 and 2018

Dynamic, smart production in China: Q&A with iSESOL GM Zhu Zhihao

Oct 30, 14:14

While the sharing economy is gaining momentum nowadays, the manufacturing sector is also utilizing cloud service platforms to materialize new business models associated with Industry 4.0 and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and applications. Established in 2015 as a joint venture by Shenyang Machine...

Smart equipment networking at iSESOL

Online retailer unveils logistics center in northern Taiwan

Oct 30, 11:52

TV and online shopping service operator momo.com has disclosed it has inaugurated an automated logistics center in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, with utilization of logistics capacity standing at 70% currently and expected to rise to 100% by year-end 2017.

Baidu 3Q17 net profit hikes 156% on year

Oct 30, 10:59

China-based search engine Baidu has released reported third-quarter 2017 net profit reached CNY7.949 billion (US$1.19 billion), hiking 156.25% on year.

GTC Taiwan 2017: Nvidia announces AI collaboration with Taiwan

Oct 27, 14:11

Nvidia at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Taiwan 2017 event on October 26 underscored its commitment to helping Taiwan jump start deep learning in an economy best known for its central role in tech's global supply chain.

Nvidia to assist on AI development in Taiwan

China January-September software revenues estimated at CNY3.983 trillion

Oct 26, 17:03

China's software industry consisting of 35,081 companies generated revenues totaling CNY3.983 trillion (US$584.90 billion) in January-September 2017, growing 14.1% on year, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Industrial IoT: Q&A with SAP Labs China head Li Ruicheng

Oct 26, 11:28

While smart manufacturing seems an unstoppable trend, Germany-based software vendor SAP SE keeps offering analytic tools to facilitate enterprises' upgrade toward Industry 4.0. Such a smart trend is also happening in China.

SAP

ARM pledges cooperation with Taiwan firms in AI, IoT applications

Oct 25, 19:57

ARM has signed a letter of investment intent with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), pledging to join the country's Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan through its global venture capital funds, and enhance cooperation with Taiwan companies in the fields of AI (artificial intelligence) and...

Foxconn expanding presence in FinTech sector, says report

Oct 25, 13:25

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has continued to enhance its presence in the financial technology (FinTech) sector as the ODM giant aims to also become a financial service provider, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.

Digitimes Research: Development of edge computing accelerating

Oct 25, 13:21

The development of on-device edge computing technology is heating up as related makers are seeking technology breakthroughs to address the concerns of privacy and protection of sensitive date when applying deep learning under cloud applications and to lower costs for enterprises to adjust its internal...

Acer steps up financing of StarVR joint venture

Oct 24, 15:51

Starbreeze AB and Acer have announced that a new capitalization plan has been agreed for the StarVR - the joint venture for marketing and sales of the StarVR Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Under the new agreement, Acer will inject US$5 million into the joint venture and increase its interest to 66.7%...

Taichung Software Park to open in mid-2018

Oct 23, 11:16

Taichung Software Park (TSP) in central Taiwan will be unveiled in mid-2018, according to the Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA). TSP is being developed into a smart park by replicating the development of Kaohsiung Software Park in southern Taiwan and Nankang Software Park in Taipei, EPZA...

A building at Taichung Software Park

Acer eDC tapping cloud management software biz in Southeast Asia

Oct 19, 16:22

Acer's wholly-owned subsidiary e-Enabling Data Center (eDC) is actively developing cloud-based management software business in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to pave the way for its listing on Taiwan's over-the-counter securities market, according to company sources.

China IIoT market to see 20% CAGR in next four years

Oct 17, 15:10

In line with the advent of the Industry 4.0 era, China is aggressively gearing up for the development of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications to accelerate industrial upgrades and transformations, with its domestic IIoT market scale estimated to experience a CAGR of 20% during 2016-201,...

Alibaba Cloud to be top-2 cloud operator in 2-3 years, says president

Oct 17, 14:04

Alibaba Cloud under China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group expects to become the world's top-2 public cloud computing services providers along with AWS (Amazon Web Services) in 2-3 years, according to company president Simon Hu.

IoT vertical markets in Indonesia: Q&A with Indosat executives

Oct 16, 13:46

Indosat, the second largest telecom operator in Indonesia and boasting the strongest IoT (Internet of Things) technology capability, has recently launched a smart vehicle fleet integration system dubbed Nextfleet through its B2B arm Indosat Ooredoo. The system utilizes IoT devices to help corporate...

Wahyu Dwiono (center), Indosat's IoT solutions manager

Alibaba to spend over US$15 billion on global R&D

Oct 13, 14:27

China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it will invest over CNY100 billion (US$15.177 billion) in the next three years into a global technology research and collaboration program.

Alibaba CTO Jeff Zhang

Digitimes Research: Global smart home market heading for a melee

Oct 12, 11:06

The global smart home market is bracing for fierce competition. Apple is likely to optimize some features of iPhone X for smart home applications; Amazon has launched an additional of five Echo-series products to enhance its Alexa platform; and Nest has unveiled a number of new smart home devices as...

Google reportedly places orders for detachable Pixelbook

Oct 11, 14:22

Google has recently announced its latest Pixelbook featuring a 360-degree foldable touchscreen display. Sources from the upstream supply chain have disclosed that the device is manufactured by Quanta Computer and Google has recently placed orders for another detachable Pixelbook model with the ODM.

Google Pixelbook Chromebook

PChome Store to raise capital

Oct 6, 11:30

PChome Store has disclosed a plan to issue up to 10 million new shares for subscription through private placement to enhance its C2C business, especially smartphone-based shopping.

Subaru to adopt Mitac navigation app for 2018 car models

Oct 6, 11:23

Mitac International has announced that Subaru will adopt its Magellan navigation app for the Forester, Outback, Legacy, Crosstrek and WRX car models to be launched in 2018.

Magellan in-car navigation app

Ways to explore Indonesia ICT market: Q&A with Aptiknas chairman Franky Christian

Oct 3, 12:07

When making forays into the Indonesia market for ICT products, Taiwan makers would curiously ask where their business opportunities are after finding that the smartphone market is getting matured and smart city and IoT (Internet of Things) applications are just beginning there. They would also wonder...

Franky Christian (right), chairman of Aptiknas in Indonesia

Ibase Gaming seeking to become system integrator

Sep 29, 12:33

Taiwan gaming machine maker Ibase Gaming, an affiliate of industrial PC maker Ibase Technology, will take a road not taken by peer makers in its future business development, with the listing expected to grant the company more resources and momentum to materialize its corporate vision, the firm's chairman...

Baidu releases Apollo 1.5

Sep 27, 14:38

China-based search engine Baidu has upgraded Apollo, its open-source autonomous driving platform, from the initial version 1.0 released on early July 2017 to version 1.5 by adding five core capability modules.

China January-August software revenues total CNY3.460 trillion

Sep 26, 11:44

China's software industry consisting of 34,932 companies generated revenues of CNY3.460 trillion (US$505.98 billion) in January-August 2017, growing 13.8% on year, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Education IT spending in APEJ to surpass US$11.8 billion by 2020, says IDC

Sep 25, 15:07

Education IT spending in the APEJ (Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan) area will increase from US$9.8 billion in 2015 to US$11.8 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.86% for the period, according to IDC.

China enacting law to facilitate development of self-driving cars

Sep 22, 16:06

In an effort to accelerate the development of its smart car industry, China is moving to legislate regulations governing the production and driving of smart vehicles. Its National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is mapping out a set of guidelines to steer the smart car industry development...

China IoT market scale estimated to exceed CNY1.5 trillion by 2020

Sep 22, 14:06

China's IoT (Internet of Things) market scale has posted an annual expansion of over 20% over the past few years, and the market value is estimated to exceed CNY1.5 trillion (US$227.6 billion) by 2020 from CNY900 billion in 2016, according to the China Annual IoT Development Report (2016-2017) recently...

Taiwan delegation exploring smart manufacturing in Germany

Sep 21, 15:43

In an effort to explore the essence of Industry 4.0 and promote technical exchanges and cooperation with German tech firms, a Taiwan smart machinery delegation is currently visiting related government units and leading automation firms in Germany, looking to better understand how German enterprises...

Taiwan and German delegates at a bilateral smart machinery forum held alongside EMO Hanover 2017
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