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15-09-2017
創科創投基金

政府已於2017年9月15日推出「創科創投基金」。該計劃現正接受風險投資基金申請成為共同投資伙伴(截止日期:2018年1月15日)。簡介會將於2017年10月3日於香港科學園舉行,歡迎風險投資基金出席。

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23-10-2018
UOB says eLab will propel personal banking for the bank in SEA

Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) says the launch of its pan-regional Engagement Lab (eLab), which will enable it to personalize the way in which it converses and serves its Digital Bank customers.UOB claims its eLab is the first dedicated unit set up by a bank in Southeast Asia focused on using the latest technology and behavioral insights to deepen customer engagement. Other ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will also have their own eLabs in the future.UOB’s Digital Bank will use several emerging technologies to deepen the Bank’s relationship with customers. Artificial intelligence will help it identify individual transaction patterns from its huge volumes of transaction data. This will potentially help it to understand more deeply the individual banking needs and habits of its customers, to anticipate their needs and to be proactive in helping them achieve better money management.Through the eLab, the Bank will use the insights drawn to design, to test and to trial ways to encourage customers to save and spend more wisely. The eLab team of specialists from a range of various disciplines including data analytics and behavioral and decision sciences will ensure that digital conversations with customers are relevant, familiar and intuitive to them. Given ASEAN’s cultural and linguistic diversity, these conversations will be in the customers’ own mother tongue.Dr Dennis Khoo, head of Digital Bank and Digital Banking, said that today’s ‘mobile-first’ and ‘mobile-savvy’ customers will make up a large portion of UOB’s Digital Bank customers. They expect digital services to be instinctive and responsive.“At UOB, we believe that designing a simple and easy-to-navigate app interface to create an intuitive user experience is just the beginning. We want to build on this and to ensure that every touchpoint – from the onboarding process to day-to-day banking – at the Digital Bank is relevant to our customers and resonates deeply with their lifestyle needs and priorities.  We will use next-generation digital capabilities to anticipate our customers’ needs and to prompt them to make better financial decisions to achieve their goals. This will be done through meaningful real-time digital conversations that guide customers to better financial choices.“Within our local eLab team,s our people will be testing and learning how best to converse with customers. We are building a glossary specific to each market which takes into consideration cultural, behavioral and language norms. With language being used differently by each generation, and especially on digital devices, this is an exciting challenge to tackle,” Dr Khoo added. Talent strategyThe bank confirmed it is recruiting talent to fill in the expected 120-strong team tasked with rolling out UOB’s Digital Bank across ASEAN. It also anticipates that the team will grow by 50% in theThe Bank aims to increase its Digital Bank team by 50 per cent in the next 12 months.In addition to experts in user experience and user interface design, behavioral science and research, data analytics and design thinking, the Bank will also add software engineers and architects, to develop solutions such as in-house application programming interfaces (APIs) which tap UOB’s secure IT architecture to drive real-time data analytics.While 45% of the roles will be located in Singapore, positions will also be available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/ipopba

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23-10-2018
HSBC Hong Kong customers to get instant fund transfer service

HSBC has partnered with Lu International to reduce funds transfer time from 1-3 days to transfer within the same day. This exclusive service is only applicable to transfers made in Hong Kong for US Dollars or HK Dollars to their Lu-Global e-wallets.These transfers can be made using Hong Kong-based bank accounts through Hong Kong’s domestic funds transfer system (Real Time Gross Settlement). It is also a more cost-effective method when compared to using telegraphic transfers (TT).Clients can make transfers via their mobile banking apps remotely and conveniently. Instead of incurring a charge of US$25-50 for each transaction via TT, HSBC Hong Kong account holders can transfer funds into their Lu-Global accounts at zero cost.For clients that have linked their Lu-Global accounts to other Hong Kong-based banks, fund transfer charges have been lowered significantly to be in line with domestic transfer rates. Kit Wong, CEO of Lu International, commented: “Our portfolio of clients are savvy and require flexibility in how they invest. It is a competitive market and we are continuously exploring new ways of enabling investors to invest flexibly and securely.”Yvonne Yiu, head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management Hong Kong at HSBC, said:  “Across Asia, businesses are embracing emerging technologies to adapt to the expectations of tech-savvy consumers. At HSBC we are committed to developing and enhancing our solutions to best fit the versatile needs of all of our clients and recognize the critical role digital plays in the future of payments.” Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/Douwdejager

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23-10-2018
Gartner: top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with substantial disruptive potential that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use, or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years.“The Intelligent Digital Mesh has been a consistent theme for the past two years and continues as a major driver through 2019. Trends under each of these three themes are a key ingredient in driving a continuous innovation process as part of a ContinuousNEXT strategy,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow.“For example, artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of automated things and augmented intelligence is being used together with IoT, edge computing and digital twins to deliver highly integrated smart spaces. This combinatorial effect of multiple trends coalescing to produce new opportunities and drive new disruption is a hallmark of the Gartner top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019.”The top 10 strategic technology trends identified by Gartner for 2019 are:1. Autonomous thingsAutonomous things, such as robots, drones and autonomous vehicles, use AI to automate functions previously performed by humans. Their automation goes beyond the automation provided by rigid programing models and they exploit AI to deliver advanced behaviors that interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people.“As autonomous things proliferate, we expect a shift from stand-alone intelligent things to a swarm of collaborative intelligent things, with multiple devices working together, either independently of people or with human input,” said Cearley.“For example, if a drone examined a large field and found that it was ready for harvesting, it could dispatch an ‘autonomous harvester.’ Or in the delivery market, the most effective solution may be to use an autonomous vehicle to move packages to the target area. Robots and drones on board the vehicle could then ensure final delivery of the package.”2. Augmented analyticsAugmented analytics focuses on a specific area of augmented intelligence, using machine learning (ML) to transform how analytics content is developed, consumed and shared. Augmented analytics capabilities will advance rapidly to mainstream adoption, as a key feature of data preparation, data management, modern analytics, business process management, process mining and data science platforms.Automated insights from augmented analytics will also be embedded in enterprise applications — for example, those of the HR, finance, sales, marketing, customer service, procurement and asset management departments — to optimize the decisions and actions of all employees within their context, not just those of analysts and data scientists.Augmented analytics automates the process of data preparation, insight generation and insight visualization, eliminating the need for professional data scientists in many situations.“This will lead to citizen data science, an emerging set of capabilities and practices that enables users whose main job is outside the field of statistics and analytics to extract predictive and prescriptive insights from data,” said Cearley.“Through 2020, the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than the number of expert data scientists. Organizations can use citizen data scientists to fill the data science and machine learning talent gap caused by the shortage and high cost of data scientists.”Pages1 2 3 4 » last »

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23-10-2018
Vietnam’s Vinacomin awarded with Universal Robots' gold edition cobot

Based in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, Vinacomin Motor Industry Joint Stock Company (VMIC) is engaged in the manufacture, assembly, maintenance and repair of transportation vehicles.The company's leading products are heavy duty trucks used in the delivery of mining products, together with light trucks and other utility vehicles. Other business activities include the production of automotive parts, industrial machinery and equipment trading, the construction of industrial and civil infrastructure, as well as the provision of technical consulting services.“The need to improve productivity and reduce operational cost led us to opt for cobots as the ideal solution. Since deploying our first cobot in July this year, we have already seen productivity surge 30% and improvements in product quality and time stability,” said Pham Xuan Phi, VMIC Chairman and CEO. To celebrate its 25,000-cobot sales milestone, Universal Robots (UR) has awarded 10 of its global customers a Gold Edition cobot, and the lucky winner in South-east Asia is VMIC. The special edition cobot has the joints painted in a rich, gold-coloured finish, a refreshing take on UR’s iconic blue and grey cobots.“We are thrilled to receive the Gold Edition UR10 cobot which will be deployed to assist in the production of parts for transport vehicles, working alongside our employees,” Pham said.Cobots are deployed in multiple industries in the country, such as the automotive, electronics, textile, footwear and food processing sectors.Robotics key to Vietnam’s Industry 4.0 journeyVietnam has identified robotics as one of the pillars of Industry 4.0 as automation becomes integral for businesses to remain competitive[1].However, 82% of Vietnamese businesses have yet to take steps to prepare for Industry 4.0 while just 10% are ready[2]. Furthermore, a report by the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that interest among enterprises to invest and apply new technologies was still modest[3].Acknowledging this, the government has been aggressively focusing on developing initiatives and legislation to speed progress in the era. Among the efforts are the 2011–2020 Strategy for Science and Technology Development to enhance economic competitiveness and speed up industrialization, prioritizing the importance of industrial robots and hi-tech automation[4].The government has also identified other measures including collaborations between technology enterprises and science & technology organisations to consult and support local firms as appropriate steps to ensure the successful acceptance of robotic opportunities[5].The Vietnamese economy is one of the fastest growing in the world[6]. The country recorded a 6.8% increase in GDP last year on the back of a humming manufacturing sector. The economy in 2017 was worth US$223 billion[7].Pages1 2 » last »

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23-10-2018
China Mobile HK names finalists for IoT startup competition

China Mobile Hong Kong has selected four IoT startup finalists to compete in its parent company's IoT startup marathon competition later this month

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23-10-2018
CUHK launches degree in data science and policy studies

CUHK has launched an undergraduate program aiming to equip students with the skills to leverage data analytics to make more effective policy decisions

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23-10-2018
MongoDB’s new license won’t solve its China problem

MongoDB has introduced a new license aimed at pushing big Chinese cloud providers to contribute to its open source project

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22-10-2018
OPINION: Critics warn Microsoft it needs to fix broken update process

Advice to Redmond: stop larding Windows 10 with new features 

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22-10-2018
Prolonged liquidity stress to not good for credit profiles of India’s non-banks

Indian non-bank financial institutions (NBFI) will be significantly impacted if the liquidity distress in the country's capital markets, triggered by the default in September 2018 of IL&FS, prolongs for an extended period of time, said Moody's Investors Service on Monday."In our base scenario, the authorities will continue to take measures to limit the scope and duration of the prevailing liquidity challenges, while most NBFIs can cope with multi-weeks of tight liquidity conditions ," said Srikanth Vadlamani, a Moody's VP and senior credit officer.However, prolonged liquidity distress will significantly erode the NBFIs' credit standing, and prove negative for the broader economy and the structured finance sector, he added.According to the rating agency, liquidity tightness could lead to sharply higher financing costs for NBFIs, or even difficulty in rolling over their liabilities, because these companies have relied heavily on market borrowing to fund asset growth.The current episode highlights the structural vulnerabilities in the liquidity management practices of Indian NBFIs, the company said.“In particular, these companies have very little backup liquidity and their liquidity management mainly involves matching their short-term liabilities with assets,” Vadlamani said. “This approach exposes them to even minor disruptions in the debt capital markets.”The NBFI spill-overIn addition,  any effects on the NBFIs will spill over to the broader economy — mainly through the credit channel — because NBFIs are a material provider of credit for the economy, with outstanding loans/GDP at end-March 2018 registering 13% versus banking system loans/GDP of 52%, Moody’s pointed out.Consequently, a slowdown in credit growth provided by NBFIs will dampen overall consumption and economic growth, the firm said.Moody's analysis of the Indian NBFIs' liquidity management practices suggests that these companies are capable of coping with multi-week liquidity distress, but a prolonged period of liquidity stress — which does not represent Moody's base case scenario — will severely weaken the NBFIs' credit standings.First published on CFO Innovation Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/fotopoly

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22-10-2018
Deutsche Bank: regulatory alignment needed for true transformation

Open APIs, cloud, blockchain and artificial intelligence are opening the path for the creation of emerging technologies that will to increased volumes of digital data, new market players and business models, and evolving client expectations.However, their transformative impact will only be realized with further global regulatory alignment and acceptance of the “new realities” created by emerging technologies, says Deutsche Bank’s white paper, “Regulation for banking transformation”. Thomas Nielsen, chief digital officer for the Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank says technology provides banks with a huge opportunity to change business models, releasing some control of the component value chain in order to better meet the new needs of clients.“Getting this right is something that can only be done through collaboration with regulators and a wide range of industry groups. We must be responsible – but we need to disrupt, or be disrupted,” he added.The paper provided a detailed analysis of the current regulatory landscape with respect to emerging technology, and the key challenges to implementing technological innovation in transaction banking. It theorized that conducive and forward-thinking regulation stands to be a major catalyst for a thriving and innovative banking industry. But it also cautioned that for this to happen, any regulatory approach must be: globally aligned; technology-neutral; digitally relevant; embracing of new solutions; industry-led.“Further regulatory alignment on a global level would greatly support the development of innovative technologies for global business. This is particularly important in the context of data protection and security standards – as long as the rules vary across jurisdictions, technological solutions will be constrained by local boundaries, diluting their potential to transform the industry,” said Polina Evstifeeva, head of Regulatory Strategy for the GTB Chief Digital Office at Deutsche Bank.“This doesn’t mean we have to establish a single global standard for regulation, however. The realistic goal here is attaining a threshold level of alignment across jurisdictions in order to unleash the full benefits,” she explained.  But current regulation may not ready for the “new realities” of technology. For instance, legislation relies on traditional means of ensuring data and information security – requiring access to premises where data is stored on the cloud for the purpose of physical audits, as one example.Re-thinking this approach to rather focus on the advanced distributed platforms and cyber security tools employed by cloud service providers would accelerate the movement of core banking services to the cloud, suggests the paper.It highlights a number of similar issues – the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for instance, enshrines the “right to be forgotten”, potentially hindering the opportunities derived from the immutability of blockchain. Caption: Image from iAtockPhoto/MoreISO

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22-10-2018
Blockchain to generate more than US$10.6b in revenue by 2023

Blockchain has seen a real uptick in adoption as a number of companies roll out pilot tests in various industries and blockchain-as-a-service gains traction

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22-10-2018
Apple processors could be seen in Macs as early as 2020

Macs featuring Apple's own processors could be seen in as little as two years, as the company takes a step into the unknown away from Intel’s hardware

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21-10-2018
Partnership to use IoT to enable real-time financing and payments

Standard Chartered and Huawei co-developing an Internet of Things (IoT) powered solution that aims to allow corporates' and banks' systems to 'speak' to each other in real-time, triggering financing or payment instructions through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).The solution combines IoT and cloud capabilities so the bank will be able to track the movement of goods on a real-time basis, reduce operational risks and provide reliable data that can be used in financing decisions. Availability of real-time data enables straight-through processing for a wider class of use cases and can significantly reduce turn-around times, opening up possibilities for a broader range of financing solutions for manufacturers and their distributors.The IoT solution uses Huawei's OceanConnect – an open platform built on IoT, cloud computing, and Big Data technologies. With a cloud-based unified IoT device management capability as its core, it links up with connected devices and collects real-time data through a series of agents while providing user-friendly open APIs to application developers to design and orchestrate the business process.Dr Michael Gorriz, Group CIO of Standard Chartered says technology can change the way banks do banking in a fundamental way. Speaking of the partnership and it focus on the application of IoT: “We look forward to piloting the solution with clients and working with Huawei and other technology partners to explore new use cases," he added.Qiu Lei, Vice President of Marketing and Product Solution Sales of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, noted that organizations on their digital transformation journey should recognize that technology is often only part of the solution. Determination and vision are equally critical. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/matdesign24

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21-10-2018
VinFast leapfrogs into a connected digital enterprise, disrupting automotive industry

VinFast, Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer, has selected a suite of tools from Siemens PLM Software to help realize its plans for next-generation automotive and transportation design.Siemens is providing a digitalization solution across the entire automotive OEM value chain, which can help enable VinFast to meet the company’s goals of creating the first Vietnam-made automobile and eScooter brand, and promote the development of the industrial and manufacturing sector in Vietnam.VinFast intends to take advantage of a connected digital twin across both design and manufacturing, to speed up the end-to-end production process and to enhance productivity.The company, a subsidiary of the diversified Vingroup, plans to use an integrated digital platform including the Teamcenter portfolio for digital lifecycle management and product costing to support cost and value engineering, and the Tecnomatix portfolio of digital manufacturing software, combined with SIMATIC IT UA for Discrete Manufacturing covering the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) layer.Teamcenter connects the digital twin with a consistent digital thread, which can help VinFast increase speed and flexibility in development, optimize manufacturing processes and use the insights gained from product and plant operations to improve future performance.VinFast has also recently announced that it is launching the first Vietnamese electric car. Using a connected PLM and MES digital enterprise solution will prove to be critical to achieving this goal.By creating a digital enterprise, VinFast can take advantage of new and disruptive technology across each phase of their operation to reduce cycle time, increase yield and foster new business opportunities.“Using the combined power of both product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management technology is a key part of our digitalization journey,” said Jason Buxton, chief information officer at VinFast.“To drive innovation within the automotive industry, it is essential to have the right technology in place. We feel that Siemens’ best-in-class solutions can empower automakers and the vehicle electrification supply chain to reduce development time and deliver high-quality solutions, with the ability to adapt to changes easily at every stage of the process.”“What could take up to 36 months to deploy has taken VinFast only about 12 months with Siemens PLM Software. We are excited and proud to form this excellent partnership with VinFast in the first national car project in Vietnam, and to help it leapfrog as a digital enterprise to accelerate its innovation cycle,” said Alex Teo, managing director and vice president of Siemens Industry Software for South East Asia.

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20-10-2018
100 plus Chinese companies to build open blockchain consortium

In May 2016, over 100 Chinese companies, representing organizations from six industry sectors including banking, fund management, securities brokerage, insurance, regional equity exchanges, and financial information service formed the Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium (FISCO). One of the goals of the consortium is to coordinate and integrate research to advance financial blockchain technology for use in business scenarios. FISCO will build an open-source blockchain platform called FISCO BCOS.The argument for a consortium chain being public or private (Permissionless or Permissioned blockchain) has long been debated. Both Hyperledger Fabric and R3 Corda are coinless private consortia. In contrast, the FISCO BCOS from China is a coinless open consortium chain purpose-built to meet the regulatory requirements and service demands of the financial industry.Though blockchain technology is prized for providing consensus in recording transactions, its low concurrency, long delays, and probability-dependent completion expose weaknesses that need to be overcome.FISCO BCOS is not a single blockchain but comprises several blockchain applications. Some of the early use cases for the FISCO BCOS include cross-consortium collaborations, Open Chain Ecosystem, and Distributed Business Model. In addition to private member initiatives, many public members have launched applications in supply chain, finance, tourism finance, copyright transaction, recruitment, and gaming since BCOS became open-sourced.The consortium claims that the FISCO BCOS is the first blockchain platform to meet China’s existing regulations for the financial services industry. According to the group, the platform features an upgraded architecture with localized optimization to the single chain. This ensures secure and efficient concurrent computation & parallel expansion. Developers can build additional servers to satisfy specific business requirements.An ongoing limitation of today’s closed blockchain platforms is low concurrency which can introduce long delays. The FISCO BCOS is said to use a combination of Byzantine fault tolerance (BFT) mechanism, multi-chain architecture, and cross-chain interactions. The result is that concurrent access problems and high-frequency account limitations are resolved, effectively removing any hindrance to high-frequency information exchange.FISCO BCOS uses access node control, key management, and CA management to provide security at all points in the network – from hosting, networking, and storing to application. It also supports functions that protect user privacy, including Zero-knowledge proof, Homomorphic encryption, Group signature and Ring signature. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/matejmo

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CyberLink Vol.121 October 2018

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development met with start-ups at Smart-Space 8

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CyberLink Vol.120 September 2018

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) to bring top investors’ insights and foster match-making opportunities this November

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CyberLink Vol.119 August 2018

Cyberport-grown Klook takes off to new unicorn status

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