Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB)- Huawei mobile services recently presented a keynote at the Global Connects India conference, one of the top events for the internet industry in both India and China that was recently hosted by Beluga Global.
The launch highlighted potential opportunities for content developers and providers to expand outside of India in industries such as online entertainment, internet finance, cross-border e-commerce, game release and even online education.
Huawei mobile services has connected more than 300 Indian developers at the event itself, enabling them to expand and reach out to millions of Huawei and Honor smartphone users worldwide, through HUAWEI developer platform.
The significant growth of Huawei mobile services users in Asia Pacific increases from 30 to 50 percent monthly that draws the big attention of developers especially on HUAWEI AppGallery.
The expansion of technological infrastructures that support internet and mobile connections in Asia Pacific has been translating the phenomenal growth of new internet users within the region in the recent years, thus experiencing a rapid growth of internet, digital, social media and mobile activity. According to the Digital in 2018 report, Asia Pacific is home to over two billion internet users, equating to an internet penetration rate of 48 percent.
According to the 2017 Mobile Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) report, smartphones were the source of 500 million new internet users globally, with India and China contributing a staggering 366.3 million new consumers and Indonesia, 15.7 million. Such growth is expected to continue in a similar trend for more years to come.
The large and growing digital population should help sustain digital business expansion and keep on attracting more businesses online, providing new ways for marketing in the Asia Pacific market and enhancing the fast-growing e-commerce sector.
With Huawei Mobile Services making a clear footprint in India now, it marks a long-term expansion and growth in the large market. This enables entrepreneurs from different industries and brands to be exposed to infinite opportunities in expanding a wider outreach to the audiences outside of India such as Asia Pacific including China, and vice versa. Content developers and start-ups in India are now able to explore the road of entrepreneurship on HUAWEI Developer platform.
San Francisco, Apr 18 (AP/UNB) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.
Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch said the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said they removed a thin, protective layer from the screens that they thought was supposed to come off, but was meant to stay.
But reporters from The Verge and CNBC said they left that layer on and their screens still broke. A CNBC video shows the left side of the inside screen intermittently flashing, and the right side as unresponsive.
The phone was "completely unusable" after two days, CNBC reporter Todd Haselton wrote .
The long-anticipated folding phone is about the size of a standard smartphone when folded, but can open up to the size of a small tablet. The phone is designed to work whether closed or open; when open, the single screen display is bisected by a crease.
Samsung promises the screen can withstand being opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years.
The Galaxy Fold goes on sale April 26 in the U.S. for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive phones anywhere — particularly if it isn't as durable as promised.
Samsung did not immediately comment.
The company had a disastrous rollout of a new phone in 2016 with the Galaxy Note 7, which Samsung eventually recalled because its batteries were catching on fire.
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) - The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.
The app, which claims to have 500 million users worldwide including more than 120 million in India, has been fighting the effort to shut it down after a high court in Chennai called for the ban on 3 April, reports the Guardian.
India's top court on Tuesday refused an appeal by its owner, Chinese company ByteDance, to suspend the order.
Hugely popular with teenagers, it allows people to post short videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to their favourite songs, performing short comedy skits or completing challenges.
TikTok has been fined in the US for illegally collecting information on children.
The Madras High Court order asked the federal government to ban TikTok on the grounds that it encouraged pornography and made young users vulnerable to sexual predators. It is due to hear the case again on 22 April.
In its court filing, ByteDance argued that a "very minuscule" proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.
The company says it has more than 500 million monthly active users around the world.
San Francisco, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — Apple and mobile chip maker Qualcomm have settled a bitter financial dispute centered on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet.
The surprise truce announced Tuesday came just as the former allies turned antagonists were facing off in a federal court trial that was supposed to unfold over the next month in San Diego. The resolution abruptly ended that trial, which also involved Apple's key iPhone suppliers.
The deal requires Apple to pay Qualcomm an undisclosed amount. It also includes a six-year licensing agreement that likely involves recurring payments to the mobile chip maker.
Investors reacted as if it were a resounding victory for Qualcomm. The San Diego company's stock soared 23% to close Tuesday at $70.45. Apple shares edged up 2 cents to $199.25.
Neither Apple nor Qualcomm would comment beyond a brief statement announcing they had resolved their differences. Details about how much Apple and its iPhone suppliers will be paying Qualcomm could emerge in court documents or when the companies announce their latest financial results. Apple is due to report its quarterly results on April 30 while Qualcomm is scheduled to release its numbers on May 1.
Apple had been seeking at least $1 billion for money that Qualcomm was supposed to rebate as part of an earlier licensing agreement. Apple had begun to have misgivings about that deal as it added more features to its increasingly popular line-up of iPhones.
Qualcomm was seeking $7 billion for unpaid royalties it contended it was owed for its patented technology in the iPhone. Apple's iPhone suppliers, including Foxconn and Pegatron, wanted another $27 billion from Qualcomm.
The dispute was clearly beginning to hurt all parties involved, motivating them to settle, said technology industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.
"Both Apple and Qualcomm got deeper into this than they wanted to," Moorhead said.
Qualcomm also held another bargaining chip: It makes the modem chips needed for future smartphones to work with the next generation of high-speed wireless networks known as "5G." Two of Apple's biggest rivals, Samsung and Huawei, are already getting ready to introduce 5G models. The iPhone would have been at a disadvantage if it didn't have a pipeline to Qualcomm's chips.
Falling behind the competition isn't something Apple can afford with its iPhone sales already falling .
"Ultimately, Apple realized this was more about two kids fighting in the sandbox and they have bigger issues ahead with 5G and iPhone softness versus battling Qualcomm in court," Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives wrote in Tuesday research note.
Apple had already lost an earlier battle with Qualcomm last month when a federal court jury in San Diego decided the iPhone maker owed Qualcomm $31 million for infringing on three of its patents.
Qualcomm still faces other potential fallout from its demands to be paid royalties in addition to the fees it charges for its mobile chips. The Federal Trade Commission has accused the company of using its royalty system to stifle competition in the mobile chip market in another case in which Apple played a central role.
A trial about the FTC's lawsuit wrapped up in a San Jose, California, court in January, but the judge still hasn't issued a ruling.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) - Grameenphone Ltd on Tuesday in a letter to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) labelled the regulator’s recent audit demand of Tk 12,579.95 crore as “unfounded and without any legal basis”.
”The operator has requested that the demand be withdrawn and also requested discussions with a view to finding an amicable resolution,” it said in a press release.
On April 2 last, BTRC issued a demand against GP of Tk 8,494.01 crore to the telecom regulator and Tk 4,085.94 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) within a period of 10 working days.
The claim originated from an Information and Systems Audit, conducted by the JVCA of Toha Khan Zaman & Co, on GP’s operations from inception in 1997 till December, 2014.
Approximately BDT 6,194.3 crore, or nearly 73%, of the BDT 8494.01 crore claimed on behalf of BTRC, is the interest amount being charged up to December 2017.
With regard to NBR portion of the demand (representing approximately 32% of the total claim), GP also pointed out that BTRC has no authority to raise any demand on behalf of NBR.
GP reiterates its request to BTRC to withdraw the demand and to engage in discussions with a view to find an amicable resolution.