Alibaba’s offline expansion widens to home furnishing with 15% stake purchase in Easyhome

Alibaba has taken another step in its quest to build a new retail empire. The Chinese tech titan announced today that it will invest approximately RMB 5.45 billion (around $866 million) for a 15% stake in Easyhome (居然之家), China’s leading home improvement supplies and furniture chain operator. Alibaba will support the digital transformation of Easyhome’s … More Alibaba’s offline expansion widens to home furnishing with 15% stake purchase in Easyhome

Operations of Apple’s iCloud services in China are about to be transferred to a company in Guizhou

According to Apple Inc., iCloud services in mainland China will be transferred to cloud company in Guizhou and will be responsible for the operation starting from February 28 this year, Chinese media People’s Daily is reporting. Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development Co., Ltd. (GCBD, 云上贵州公司) will be responsible for iCloud operations in mainland China and … More Operations of Apple’s iCloud services in China are about to be transferred to a company in Guizhou

Inside Flipkart’s monster-cruncher: how it gleans insights from a petabyte of data daily

Gender is complicated for the data scientists at Flipkart, India’s leading ecommerce site. It’s not enough, for example, to know that the shopper is female. What if she’s shopping for her husband today? So, apart from the label she chose while signing up for the account, there is also a behavioral gender. Behavorial gender is … More Inside Flipkart’s monster-cruncher: how it gleans insights from a petabyte of data daily

How one US data company is helping feed China’s hungry AI

US-based Remark wants to bring all the data from all the major social networks around the world onto one platform. The company has amassed data on 1.3 billion people from social and consumer sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Sina Weibo, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent—and you are likely one of them.  Currently, they are developing artificial intelligence algorithms … More How one US data company is helping feed China’s hungry AI

China’s internet faster for 11 consecutive quarters

China’s overall internet speeds for the third quarter have surpassed 15Mbits per second for both download and upload, mobile and fixed line broadband, celebrated as the “double double”, according to the “China Broadband Speed Report” from the country’s Broadband Development Alliance. Fixed line broadband speeds have increased for 11 consecutive quarters since the 2015 launch … More China’s internet faster for 11 consecutive quarters

Could America Lose The 5G Race To China?

The next generation of wireless technology is fast-approaching as multiple countries around the world are racing for its development and subsequent wide-scale application. The quicker nation states and their companies are able to successfully establish the prospective technological infrastructure, the quicker they will be able to reap the massive economic assets and advantages. And as … More Could America Lose The 5G Race To China?

Hafslund Nett reinvents smart metering with a Wide Area Mesh network

Had a really interesting chat with Wirepas CEO Teppo Hemiä in Telia Digitalist IoT Forum regarding their Wide Area Mesh technology – Wirepas Connectivity. In this case it is used by Hafslund Nett, which currently deploys a smart metering system which will cover 700.000 electricity con-nections in Oslo area by the end of 2018. The core … More Hafslund Nett reinvents smart metering with a Wide Area Mesh network

Ten ways digital tech is totally going to disrupt your HR department

Though it has the word ‘human’ in the title, don’t expect human resources (HR) to remain immune to the impacts of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Technology is reshaping every aspect of society, and its potential HR implications are vast and still revealing themselves. Hiring, training and record-keeping are just some of the ways … More Ten ways digital tech is totally going to disrupt your HR department