Next-generation 5G networking was the big draw at Tokyo Game Show 2019, setting pulses racing with the prospect of a radically more immersive gaming experience. Offering data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to enable more seamless imagery with lower latency, more vivid images and sharper motion. Industry experts say it will dramatically improve the quality of augmented and virtual reality games. "It was very smooth, responsive and consistent," said Omar Alshiji, a 23-year-old game designer from Bahrain, after trying out the fighting game "Tekken" at the NTT Docomo Inc. booth at the four-day game show through Sunday in Chiba. The major Japanese mobile carrier installed 5G base stations at its booth this year, making the high-speed network available at the show. "My country does not have 5G, only 4G so I wanted to try it. It was faster," Alshiji, also a professional esports player, said. It will also allow for quicker responses from players, a key … [Read more...] about High-speed 5G network seen as ready to spur online gaming
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Singaporeans today are familiar with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), thanks to Circles Life penetrating into the market in 2016. Since then, more MVNOs have flooded the scene. This is great news for all of us because more competition is equivalent to lower prices! The 3 newest MNVOs that have joined the fray mid-2019 are redONE, ViViFi and Grid Mobile. How do they offer dirt-cheap data plans and what other benefits do they provide? What are MNVOs? An MNVO is a service provider that does not have its own wireless network infrastructure. Instead, they lease network services from one of the local network providers — Singtel, M1 or Starhub — at a cost. They then resell network services to consumers at a lower price under their own branding. Typically, they offer SIM-only plans that do not tie consumers down to a 2-year contract. An MNVO does not need to lease rental space. They can also operate everything digitally through low-cost software, … [Read more...] about redONE, ViViFi & Grid Mobile: Are the 3 newest telcos any good?
SHENZEN and BEIJING: When Matthew Scott was transferred to China to work as an engineer at Microsoft in 2006, he never thought there would be an opportunity to build his own start-up there.But, eschewing traditional innovation hub Silicon Valley, the American stayed on in China and is today the co-founder of an artificial intelligence start-up.“China’s a great place to do AI,” said the 37-year-old chief technology officer of Malong Technologies in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city aiming to outdo Silicon Valley.“(Shenzen) is one of the best places to do hardware. And I have the network, and it felt like the right thing to do.”Once known as a cheap place to make copycat gadgets, the city has transformed into a tech hub that can do what Silicon Valley cannot: Combine innovation and entrepreneurship with manufacturing.Tech workers like Scott say this is not the only way in which China is setting an example for the world.“Everyone doing AI … [Read more...] about How China the copycat became a tech giant to rival the US
LONDON: From sending special offers on restaurants to burger-loving current account holders to selling anonymised credit card records, banks are racing to monetize the huge troves of data they hold.Wall Street trails Silicon Valley in using customer information to boost revenue but with tech giants such as Amazon and Google wading onto their turf with forays into lending and payments, banks including JPMorgan, HSBC and Barclays are moving to narrow the gap.Mining mountains of trading data to predict stock moves; partnering with retailers on marketing campaigns and using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to try and speed up credit decisions are some of the areas banks are focusing on.In the digital era, knowing how much people earn, where they spend it and what they buy – information some wouldn't divulge to their closest confidants – is valuable, particularly when banks' earnings from lending and trading are under pressure from persistently low interest rates and tougher … [Read more...] about Dollars in the detail; banks pan for gold in ‘data lakes’