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Q&A: Samsung touts Knox as Android’s entry into the enterprise

7 Mar
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Winston Goh Samsung Asia

Samsung started rolling out its Knox security offering for its Android devices here in Singapore last month, in a bid to capture an enterprise market where the Google-based smartphones are still seen by many IT managers as vulnerable loopholes to corporate networks.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Enterprise, Internet, security, Singapore, Software, BYOD, Knox, mobile security, Q&A, samsung,  

Q&A: Akamai says people will watch next Olympics on watches, glasses

20 Jan
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David Habben - Akamai

Video has been one of the biggest reason people turn to the Internet these days with their PCs, tablets and smartphones. What many users don’t know is that smooth, high-resolution videos are possible today because of complex networks that distribute the demanding content across the world.

Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network provider, helps videos of, say, a live concert or Olympics event, to online viewers by delivering it through its global network of servers, which are situated close to where the audience is.

So, instead of everyone hitting the same server hosting a video, a Singapore viewer will stream it from an Akamai server based here, while another viewer in the United States will stream it from an American server. This brings smooth videos to users worldwide without saturating the original server.

David Habben, the company’s chief strategist for media for Asia-Pacific and Japan, recently spoke with Techgoondu over e-mail about the increasingly high-quality content coming on stream in the years ahead.

Move over HD video, he says, predicting that 4K clips featuring several times the resolution are becoming increasingly popular. And people will be viewing the clips using not just tablets and phones but also smart watches and glasses, according to him.

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Enterprise, Internet, Media, Software, Akamai, Q&A,  

Q&A: Deezer says streaming doesn’t kill CDs and music downloads

14 Oct

Dona yellow

Deezer arrived in Singapore and Southeast Asia last year, ahead of other music streaming services such as Spotify, to finally gave music lovers in the region an alternative way to get their groove on.

Just what do fans in Southeast Asia listen to? And will such streaming services, criticised by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke as being unfavourable to musicians, replace CDs and music downloads in future?

Techgoondu checked in with Dona Inthaxoum, Deezer’s head of label relations for Asia and Oceania (above) for a quick e-mail interview.

Tagged in: cloud, Internet, Media, Music, Deezer, Q&A, streaming music, Thom Yorke,  

Q&A: Ralf Groene, on designing the Microsoft Surface

13 Jun
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 Ralf Groene, creative director of the Microsoft Surface

A little while ago, Techgoondu managed to catch up with the creative director of the Microsoft Surface, Ralf Groene, for a conference call about the design of the tablet.

Check out some of the questions posed to Ralf and his answers from the interview below.

Tagged in: PCs, Tablet, designer, Q&A, Ralf Groene, Surface Pro,  

Q&A: the state of mobile instant messaging according to Nimbuzz

17 May
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Joby Babu, Chief of Operations at Nimbuzz

Millions of messages fly above our heads every second, each one akin to a grenade lobbed into an instant messaging (IM) competitor’s camp. Although WhatsApp remains the most popular mobile IM client in Singapore, other up-and-rising stars, such as LINE, WeChat, and KakaoTalk, are starting to make their aggressive moves in Southeast Asia.

In this impending war for your messages, one lesser known app is slowly making its move in Southeast Asia. Nimbuzz, which just hit 150 million users worldwide in March, started out as an aggregator of various chat services, such as Google Talk and Skype, and is now also setting its sights on the lucrative Southeast Asian market.

Techgoondu recently sat down with Joby Babu, chief of operations at Nimbuzz (pictured above), to find out more about the company and the state of mobile instant messaging in general.

Tagged in: Software, IM, instant messaging, LINE, Nimbuzz, Q&A, WeChat, WhatsApp,  

Q&A: BlackBerry pins hopes on Z10, strong markets like Indonesia

3 May
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Hastings Singh 1

Ask anyone who just bought a newfangled smartphone in recent weeks, and chances are he might take out a Samsung, HTC or Apple gadget from his pocket.

What’s the future then for the forgotten BlackBerry, once a must-have for corporate workers, but now a laggard in the smartphone wars?

In the last quarter, the company sold just 6 million phones – the lowest in years – but it managed a profit of US$94 million. Even better yet, it managed to sell a million of the new Z10 touch-screen phone, which BlackBerry has pinned much hope on.

Techgoondu got in touch with Hastings Singh, BlackBerry’s vice president and managing director for South Asia (picture above), to look for signs of a turnaround in 2013.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, Singapore, Asia-Pacific sales, BlackBerry, Hastings Singh, Q&A, Z10,  

Q&A: Online merchant sites have to load fast or lose customers within seconds

14 Dec
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This holiday season, more shopping is carried out over smartphones than ever before, as people seek to beat the queue and turn to the device they trust the most.

Just how do online merchants and other companies keep their websites accessible during rush hour and despite the frequently clogged mobile networks?

Techgoondu recently caught up with Ravi Maira, vice president of site performance products for Akamai Technologies. The Internet content distribution network, known more for its caching of Internet content all over the work for smooth distribution, believes its smart network technologies will make surfing and buying things on the mobile much easier. 

Tagged in: Cellphones, Enterprise, networking, Software, Akamai Technologies, Q&A,  

Q&A: Securing mobile apps and data is key to BYOD

21 Oct
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Most IT head honchos would cringe at the prospect of allowing employees to use their own personal devices for work. After all, that means giving up the tight control that employers have always had over devices that connect to corporate networks, while facing the risk of corporate data falling into the wrong hands through lost or stolen devices.

Yet, more employees are yearning to use their own personal devices for work. A survey by VMware revealed that over 50 per cent of employees in Singapore already use their own devices for work-related purposes, whether their companies have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy or not.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, Enterprise, iphone, networking, security, Singapore, Software, Tablet, Q&A,  

Q&A: Jessie Quek, Country General Manager, Lenovo Singapore

20 Sep
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Laptops will soon flip, swivel and rotate to give you both a traditional clamshell design to type on as well as a touch screen to dab at when you’re on a plane, for example.

Just how do PC makers see their role in this so-called “post-PC” era when users are expected to drastically change the way they interact with these devices? We spoke with Jessie Quek of Lenovo to find out what to expect, starting from the next few exciting months.

Tagged in: Enterprise, PCs, BYOD, Lenovo, PC, Q&A,  

Q&A: Protecting your information assets

18 Jul
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(image courtesy of wordle)

Nearly all businesses rely on information to be competitive and efficient, but just how much do companies spend on protecting the information they own?

According to a recent Symantec “state-of-information” survey, corporate information is costing businesses worldwide US$1.1 trillion each year.

SMBs are also spending more per employee at US$3,670, as opposed to US$3,297 among enterprises. The survey received 4,506 responses in 38 countries, including 200 responses from Singapore.

Tagged in: Enterprise, security, Singapore, Software, Storage, Q&A,