Hanoi Times - Creating Vietnamese cell phone brands is the wish of many people. But the gap between wish and reality is broad. How has Vietnam progressed in this field? Vietnamese mobile phones - more brands Fierce competition in the mobile phone market has forced mobile traders to employ different policies to promote their business. Building up their own brands has been selected by many companies. The profit rate from doing business with a specific brand of mobile phones is remarkably higher than working as a sales agent for Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, etc. That's the outstanding advantage of developing specific brands. Companies that choose this development policy hope that their cell phone brands, which are multi-function, low cost, can gain a foothold in the cell-phone market. This thinking is sound as the market segment for low-cost cell phones has seen a high growth rate. Few people could tell you the name of the first Vietnamese mobile phone brand, Vfone of … [Read more...] about What future for Vietnam-made mobile phones?
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Sao Mai opens windows for the blind By Bradley Winterton in HCMC Instructor Nguyen Thanh Son demonstrates use of the recording studio in Saigon’s Sao Mai Computer Center for the Blind. He’s been at the Center since its inception in 1999 and can’t remember how many students he’s taught since then. - Photo: Anh Sy Any blind person wanting to write and publish songs can now do so if they’re lucky enough to be a student at Saigon’s Sao Mai Computer Center for the Blind. Music has always been a special province of the visually impaired, but now with Cakewalk Sonar software, acquired by Sao Mai earlier this year, they can make money as song-writers as well. In four hours a really talented student might make as much as a million dong. When the center was founded in 1999, however, the key requirement was software that would allow visually challenged students to read their monitors. This was achieved by Jaws for Windows that “speaks” whatever … [Read more...] about Sao Mai opens windows for the blind
The responses from a recent online survey conducted by Microsoft in Vietnam revealed that two in five consumers in Vietnam desire a tablet for work and play, with smartphones next on the list as 30 per cent indicates that their next buy would be a new mobile device. Notebooks and Ultrabooks were also top of mind among 21 per cent of respondents polled. The results signify that respondents are still looking for a full-fledged computing device for their lives, albeit in a more mobile form factor today. This survey was conducted in November 2013 with over 1,300 respondents across Asia Pacific to understand their year-end IT purchase habits and digital lifestyles. All we want is more devices in our lives Tablet ownership in Asia Pacific is expected to grow significantly in 2014, with Canalys predicting that tablets will form close to 50 per cent of the total PC market (desktop, notebooks and tablets) globally, with close to 285 million units expected to be shipped in the region. However, … [Read more...] about Tablets for work and play top Vietnam consumers’ holiday wishlist
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers about the Vietnamese appetite for stylish technology products, despite slower economic growth and increased living costs. Here are some responses: Next week: While numerous stories have been written in the local media complaining about the poor service offered by buses in Viet Nam, earlier this month a writer from the Daily Telegraph wrote an article giving the public means of transport some credit. Journalist Juliette Elfick said despite the occasional news story about conductors and drivers beating up unruly passengers and buses being dusty and crowded at rush hours, commuting by bus was a wonderful way to be part of the capital city's everyday life. Elfick also acknowledged the buses were "amazingly cheap", "fairly reliable" and had "very good air con". She added that the advantages of travelling by bus were that they were quiet and helped beat pollution. She said buses were a fairly good option when faced with alternative … [Read more...] about Smartphones not necessarily smart choice
by Nguyen Thu Hien HA NOI ' A crimson cluster of bougainvillaea sways in the breeze, brightening up the balcony of a house in a quiet lane of Ha Noi. Sitting at a desk next to a large brown window, Nguyen Bich Lan, 36, is translating the last chapter of a book. Lan, one of 10 women whose life is on exhibit in the Viet Nam Women's Museum, won significant prizes for her literary translations. The Viet Nam Writers' Association awarded her their top honour for her translation of Slumdog Millionaire. Over the course of her career, Lan has translated 24 books from English into Vietnamese. She has also written a collection of poems and short stories and taught English to nearly 200 village schoolchildren. Her autobiography will be published soon. For Lan, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 13 and cannot type on a keyboard without supporting one hand with the other, these achievements are particularly remarkable. "No one wishes to meet difficulties in life," Lan … [Read more...] about Slumdog translator looking for the sunrise
The Hanoitmes - 3D TVs have become more familiar to Vietnamese consumers for the last several years. However, analysts have every reason to believe that 2011 would be the year of 3D TVs, especially after a series of ceremonies to launch 3D TVs onto the market took place in April. New technologies bring new products TCL is considered one of the electronics manufacturers which displayed 3D LCD TV at home appliance centers in Hanoi and HCM City last year, initiating a new tendency on the audio-video product market. In late April 2011, LG Electronics marketed Cinema 3D series, while announcing that it has got the "Flicker free" international certificate from two European inspection institutions--Intertek and TÜV, which can help viewers from eyestrain and dizziness. The series of products use 3D FPR (Film Patterned Retarder) which can bring clear, bright images and wider viewing angle like the technology used in the 3D movies presented at cinemas. The polarizer used … [Read more...] about 2011 – The year of 3D TVs
Which IT gadgets do Vietnam consumers wish to purchase or receive as a gift this holiday season? The responses from a recent online survey conducted by Microsoft in Vietnam revealed that two in five consumers in Vietnam desire a tablet for work and play, with smartphones next on the list as 30 per cent indicates that their next buy would be a new mobile device. Notebooks and Ultrabooks were also top of mind among 21 per cent of respondents polled. The results signify that respondents are still looking for a full-fledged computing device for their lives, albeit in a more mobile form factor today. This survey was conducted in November 2013 with over 1,300 respondents across Asia Pacific to understand their year-end IT purchase habits and digital lifestyles. All we want is more devices in our lives Tablet ownership in Asia Pacific is expected to grow significantly in 2014, with Canalys predicting that tablets will form close to 50 per cent of the total PC market (desktop, notebooks and … [Read more...] about Tablets for work and play top Vietnam consumers’ holiday wishlist
VietNamNet Bridge - The tablets with installed Windows 8.1 operation system, believed to have diversified features and high interactions, have been selling like hot cakes in Vietnam. The versatile computers have partially helped change the definition about tablet. Tablet nowadays is not only the device that serves the people's entertainment demands, but can also ensure the high working proficiency for users, allowing to connect other devices at anytime and anywhere. Acer, Sony, Lenovo, HP all have launched "blockbuster" products - Iconia W4, Yoga 2 Pro and Vaio Tap 11. Windows 8.1 tablets are believed to be more modern, fashionable and useful thanks to the high efficiency and versatility of the operation system. The Windows 8.1 tablets can take full advantage of the hardware power, therefore, they can be featured as laptops and implement complicated missions. Meanwhile, like other tablets, they are super thin, light and have long battery life. Vaio Tap 11, for example, is just … [Read more...] about Windows 8.1 tablets penetrating Vietnamese market
VietNamNet Bridge - In 2014, Unikey, the most popularly used Vietnamese input method running on Microsoft Windows management systems, is 20 years old. This is believed to be the only software product which can exist for so long in the technology world, where technology solutions get backward everyday. Unikey was programmed in 1994, when Assembly was popular. Pham Kim Long, who was then a student of the Hanoi University of Technology, competed with his friends to create a small-capacity DOS-run software piece which allows to type Vietnamese. Long, who created a software piece with the small capacity of 2 KB (an MP3 music file has the average capacity of 3,500 KB), then thought of the idea of developing the software into a popular tool for the Vietnamese. In the mid-1990s, when Long was following the postgraduate study program in Czech, Windows began becoming more popular in the world. He then created a software piece allowing to type Vietnamese on Windows, called … [Read more...] about How was the most popular keyboard driver Unikey born?
VietNamNet Bridge - Laban Key, the Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based mobile devices, has been listed among the most popular apps on Google Play, just six months after it was offered by the online store. Commenters on hi-tech forums are calling Laban Key the best Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based devices. The app is favored for its high customization, which can serve users' specific requirements, its fast operation, and low consumption of system resources. The app creator, Pham Kim Long, was also the person behind the Vietnamese data input methodUniKey, which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. That was created 20 years ago. At that time, Long said that Vietnamese users needed a keyboard when working on their computers, so he created a simple, reliable and free product. Long said that making the Laban Key app was a big challenge. When he made UniKey for the Windows platform, Long did not have any formidable rivals. However, things are quite different with … [Read more...] about Creator’s Vietnamese keyboard app a hit on Google Play store