American tech sector frets as US-China trade tensions simmer

As US-China trade tensions ratchet up, the technology sector is fretting over the potential for collateral damage to one of America’s most important export industries. The tech industry is not directly affected by the new tariffs unveiled by the Trump administration which aim to target Beijing for unfair trade practices failure to protect intellectual property. … More American tech sector frets as US-China trade tensions simmer

IBM’s PAIRS Geoscope helps developers wrangle geospatial data

IBM today announced PAIRS Geoscope, a new experimental cloud-based service that makes it easier for developers to work with large amounts of geospatial data from across a wide variety of sources. The service handles ingesting, integrating and managing the data and allows developers to focus on their queries. Indeed, it’s the part of the service … More IBM’s PAIRS Geoscope helps developers wrangle geospatial data

Baidu Unveils New Division in Smart Device Push

Chinese internet search-engine giant Baidu Inc. announced an organizational shakeup on Tuesday to boost its push to become a major player in artificial intelligence and smart devices. The tech company said it is merging three existing units — the Duer Business Unit, Raven Studio and the Hardware Ecosystem Division — to become the Smart Living … More Baidu Unveils New Division in Smart Device Push

Softbank-backed Katerra wants to disrupt the construction industry using Silicon Valley’s electronics industry approach

The construction industry is ripe for disruption. The last craft industry, construction has yet to enter the industrial or technology age. People are building homes today essentially the same way they did in the mid-1800s. Economies of scale just don’t exist: most sites/projects are designed, planned, quoted, bought out, and built as one-off projects. Yet … More Softbank-backed Katerra wants to disrupt the construction industry using Silicon Valley’s electronics industry approach

Google: Southeast Asia’s online economy is growing faster than we predicted

Google and Singapore sovereign fund Temasek released their latest report on the state of Southeast Asia’s online economy today, following their inaugural study published in May last year. The earlier edition predicted that the region’s number of internet users would grow from 260 million to 480 million by 2020. Google and Temasek estimated that Southeast … More Google: Southeast Asia’s online economy is growing faster than we predicted

India’s top payments app punches back at WhatsApp

Following recent incursions by Silicon Valley giants, India’s top payments app is fighting back. Paytm, with 230 million registered users across the nation, is now rolling out messaging to combat WhatsApp’s upcoming send-money-to-your-buddy feature, which will make its global debut in the fast-growing Indian market. WhatsApp’s cash transfers are set to launch in December. Read … More India’s top payments app punches back at WhatsApp

China’s Alibaba and Tencent, not Google and Facebook, suit Saudi Arabia

Technology companies from China, and not the U.S., will win the race to capture Saudi Arabia’s young, lucrative market, one chief executive told CNBCChinese companies’ diversified structure and confidence working alongside government mean that they lend themselves well to foreign markets structured like Saudi Arabia’s, he reasoned. Read More