H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (Weekend Reads 7-8 July 2018) – Getac has around nearly 20% of share in the ruggedized PC market and has been aggressively strengthening its software-hardware integration and product lineup for enterprise clients + The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness Hardcover – May 8, 2018 (Amazon)

Companies

  • One of the first to deploy patented machine-learning technologies in its cybersecurity solutions, the company has an enviable reputation in the marketplace for a range of defensive measures. Trend Micro is particularly noted for its rapid response to zero-day exploits, invoking defensive responses many hours if not days before new attack types become public knowledge. Trend Micro cyber-protection now covers over half a million businesses all over the world (TWA); Next-gen? Think XGenT with Trend Micro’s cybersecurity systems (TWA)
  • Quartz buyer Uzabase’s influencer-drive news app (The Drum)
  • Hiwin posts record profit, expects more Japan sales. Hiwin, known for its linear guideways and ball screws, said it expects its growth momentum to extend into the next two quarters thanks to expanded capacity and growing orders from foreign customers. The company would also start mass production of new ball screws with sensors that can detect short circuits by the end of the year to meet demand from German customers that have been working on “smart machinery” technologies for years, Hiwin said. Hiwin, which last year started supplying machinery components to leading Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co, expects revenue from Japanese customers to grow this year, it said. Pneumatic components supplier Airtac International Group (亞德客) also posted strong sales performance for last month and for the first half of the year. The company posted NT$1.49 billion in revenue for last month, up 12.41 percent from NT$1.32 billion in the same period last year, bringing cumulative revenue in the first half to NT$8.17 billion, a 27.49 percent annual increase from NT$6.41 billion. Despite the global economic recovery, some of Airtac’s customers appear hesitant to place orders amid fears about the trade dispute between the US and China, the company said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. (Taipei Times)
  • With the ruggedized industrial PC (IPC) market to enter peak season, Getac’s profits in the second half are expected to increase from the first. Getac has around nearly 20% of share in the ruggedized PC market and has been aggressively strengthening its software-hardware integration and product lineup for enterprise clients (Digitimes)
  • Expedia and Webjet are poised to take over contracting of the company’s own-brand and partner hotels. (HM)
  • Venture’s stellar performance could go up in smoke soon (Edge)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Baidu is serious about Apollo’s tech and partnerships (Technode)
  • Ant Financial is more than just a financial tool (Technode); Ant Financial is tapping into blockchain technology (Technode)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • iOS App Store turning 10, APAC makes up 60% of consumer spend (KRA)
  • Visualizing The World’s 20 Largest Tech Giants (Visual)

  • Why Amazon’s Push Into Prescription Drugs Isn’t a Guaranteed Success; Amazon has transformed the way Americans buy products as different as books and diapers, but with drugs, it will need to work with powerful entrenched players. (NYT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Meet the 50 top-funded startups and tech companies in Japan (TIA)
  • ASIMoV Robotics’ versatile robots; The Kochi-based company is deploying AI-enabled robots to tackle consumer complaints (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Michael Dell’s rare relish in proving his critics right: Windfall from taking company public again shows billionaire’s 2013 buyout was a bargain (FT)
  • “Perhaps it is simpler to say that Intel…was disrupted” (Medium)
  • Edge Computing Gives Tech’s Old Guard New Life-for Now (Barron’s)
  • Netgear’s Arlo Files for Cloud, IoT IPO (Barron’s)

Life

  • The fallacy of obviousness: A new interpretation of a classic psychology experiment will change your view of perception, judgment – even human nature (Aeon)
  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness Hardcover – May 8, 2018 (Amazon)
  • Marc Andreessen’s Recommended Reading List 2018 (MF)
  • The Chinese Buddhist Billionaire Who Wants to Fix Your Brain; China’s first internet titan is throwing billions at the mysteries of our gray matter (Medium)

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