Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, VR World

Facebook Plans to Launch a Taipei Office

Taiwan’s vice premier is urging Facebook to set up a data center in Taiwan, while Facebook is planning to launch a new Taipei office.

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VR World

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung Suspends Plan for the City’s Tallest Business Building

New Taichung mayor decided to suspend the plan for the Taiwan Tower, which can be the tallest business building in the city

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VR World

Taiwan’s Chinese Yuan Remittances Rise 44% at the End of Last December

Taiwan’s central bank said that the nation’s Chinese yuan remittances rose 44% at the end of last December

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics

Outdoor Chargers, Toshiba HDD, Sony Strategy: The Headlines in Japan for Dec. 19

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for December 17, 2014.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan

Sharp’s ‘Bright’ Plan for the Future

Sharp, one of the earliest pioneers of solar energy in Japan, unveils its two-step plan to secure its business within the industry in the near future.

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Analysis

KMT’s Defeat Triggers Worries For Cross-Strait Business

KMT’s losing the elections on Nov. 29 worries businessmen who are involved in cross-strait business activities

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Interviews

Will Startup Culture Takeoff in China And Taiwan?

Beijing-based venture capitalist Rui Ma chats about startups in Asia.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics

Lenovo Center, PC sales decrease, Train Wi-Fi: The Headlines in Tokyo for Nov. 26

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 26, 2014.

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Business, Interviews

Nadav Dakner on Content Marketing, 'Death of PageRank' and Startups Living on Borrowed Time

In an interview with VRW, Israel’s Nadav Dakner shares that entrepreneurs in potential conflict areas must always be on their toes, knowing how to deal with any eventuality.

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VR World

Can 'Facebook at Work' Play Well With Enterprise HR?

Facebook is set to target the workplace with an enterprise-oriented collaboration and professional network. Should LinkedIn and Yammer be worried?

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Interviews

Will a Freemium Hosting Model Encourage Businesses to Get Online?

In this startup interview, Hostt founder John Rampton explains how free-to-use online services can help spark innovation for small businesses.

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Business, Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Mobile Computing, VR World

Top Five Notebooks of 2014

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With the holidays approaching fast many people will be getting new notebooks this holiday season, we give you our pick for the top 5.

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Business

Is There a Mobile Game Renaissance in Store for Zynga?

As casual gamers turn to mobile devices for time-killing fun, the makers of the hit Farmville series will need to find a new niche in order to bounce back.

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Business, VR World

Microsoft Reports Solid Q1 FY2015 Revenue With Strong Cloud, Hardware Results

Microsoft has reported a solid Q1 FY2015 revenue, largely driven by cloud services, hardware and console gaming, maintaining a positive outlook throughout the fiscal year.

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VR World

Good Buy: Tumblr to Bring Yahoo $100M Annual Revenue

Yahoo expects Tumblr to rake in $100M in 2015, reporting 40% growth in users and the introduction of new native mobile ad formats.

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Business, VR World

Yahoo Exceeds Q3 2014 Forecast, But What's Next After One-Off Gains?

With Yahoo exceeding its Q3 2014 forecasts and bolstering its cash position through the Alibaba IPO, there is question as to its strategies moving forward.

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Business, VR World

IBM Disappoints in Q3 2014 Earnings, Abandons Promised 2015 Profit Target

IBM has reported less-than-stellar 3Q 2014 earnings, characterized by its CEO as “disappointing.” Will Big Blue’s new focus on the cloud be the silver lining?

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Analysis, Business

Ireland to Plug Tax Loophole, May Cost Tech Companies Billions

With Ireland set to plug its “Double Irish” tax loophole by 2015, will multinational tech companies start paying untold billions in taxes annually?

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Analysis

2 Things That Will Help Bitcoin Gain Mainstream Interest

With Bitcoin-oriented startups gaining ground with institutional investors, we take a look into the challenges ahead for companies and the cryptocurrency community.

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Global Politics, Hardware, US, VR World

Toshiba Launches 15nm NAND Flash Chip Samples

Toshiba (TYO: 6502) has announced the roll out of its very first 15nm NAND flash memory chip. The chips are already available for sampling starting this October, with the first 16GB version chips to be shipped first and the rest of the other size versions to follow shortly. This new NAND flash memory chip utilizes both the flash memory chip and its controller in a single board. Toshiba claims that this optimization technique promises an overall increase in its data transfer speed (8% read, 2% write), as well as making the chips around 26% smaller compared to its predecessors. Its updated interface also boasts a significant increase in speed,

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