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BRIC countries account for 41% of all game installs, according to Unity

According to the game development platform company Unity Technologies Q2 2016 Global "Games by the Numbers" report, emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) accounted for four of the top five countries for global game installs. This includes 41% of total installs, and 42% of Android. Here are some insights from the report: Samsung led the Android market for game installs with 35.1% as Huawei overtook Xiaomi as the second largest Android manufacturer globally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s remain the most popular with a combined 28% of game installs, showing no change from Q1 despite the launch of new devices. Android achieved near total dominance in Indonesia, with 96% of total game installs; compare to the Republic of Korea and Brazil who were at 92% during Q1 2016. Android Marshmallow gained significant...

Worldwide IT Spending To Decline 0.5 Percent

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5 percent over 2015 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to Gartner. This is down from last quarter's forecast of 0.5 percent growth. The research giant attributes the change in the forecast to currency fluctuations. Typically, less than 10 percent of organizations are in cost optimization or cost cutting mode. However, the need to spend on digital business initiatives in a time when revenue growth does not support runaway IT budgets, is forcing more organizations to optimize as a first step, says Gartner. Business processes, as well as IT, are undergoing optimization. The most evident results of these optimization efforts are in the switches in spending between assets and services. "Most traditional IT...

WhatsApp Crosses 500 Million Users

Mobile messaging app WhatsApp has crossed 500 million users. In the last few months, WhatsApp has grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, says co-founder CEO Jan Koum. WhatsApp users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in February this year for $16 billion; the deal is waiting regulatory approvals. Also see: Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B

DOJ Arrest SpyEye Developer

Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, a Russian national also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman,” has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud for his role as the primary developer and distributor of the malicious software known as “SpyEye,” says the Department of Justice. According to industry estimates, SpyEye has infected over 1.4 million computers in the United States and abroad. According to the charges and other information presented in court, SpyEye is a sophisticated malicious computer code that is designed to automate the theft of confidential personal and financial information, such as online banking credentials, credit card information, usernames, passwords, PINs, and other personally identifying information. The SpyEye virus facilitates this theft of information by secretly infecting victims’ computers, enabling cyber criminals to remotely control...

Nival Raises $6M

Nival, a developer of cross-platform strategy games, has raised $6 milion Series A round of funding. The investment was led by Almaz Capital, with participation from existing investors Sergey Orlovskiy, CEO and founder of Nival, holding the majority stake; Russian software distributor 1C; and Mail.ru Group. The funds will be used to expand into global markets, says the company. With offices in Hallandale, Florida; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine and Minsk, Belarus Nival currently has more than 200 employees across four development studios.

Russian Internet behemoth Mail.Ru Group Launches Services In US

Russian Internet behemoth Mail.Ru Group has unveiled its first U.S. initiative, a startup called My.com that provides a suite of communication and entertainment apps for mobile devices. My.com’s vision is to "build an integrated communication and entertainment platform, dubbed 'communitainment', says the company. My.com launches with three products: myMail , myChat , and myGames. MyMail is a mobile email client that combines multiple email accounts, and available for iOS and Android devices. MyChat is a mobile messaging service for free text, voice and video messaging, also available for iOS and Android. MyGames, is a growing collection of free mobile games. Dmitry Grishin (Co-founder and CEO, Mail.Ru Group): Russian developers tend to have outstanding backgrounds in mathematics, physics and engineering, which have propelled Russian companies to the forefront of the...

Need For Speed Sets Mobile Providers Apart, Finds Accenture Study

Mobile providers must expand digital offerings and maintain high-performing networks to attract and keep customers, according to Accenture’s Mobile Web Watch 2013 survey. The global survey found that the speed of mobile Internet connections was most often cited by all consumers as the top CSP differentiator. Ninety-seven percent of all respondents cited speed as important, and 78 percent said there is some room for improvement. In addition, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all respondents said they would pay additional monthly fees for mobile Internet service that would be 10 times faster than their current connection, indicating that providers’ investments in high-speed data networks, such as 4G, could reap benefits. However, there are disparities in consumers’ willingness to pay for more speed. For example, in mature markets, the...

74% Consumers Open To Virtual Doctor Visit, Finds Cisco Study

According to a Cisco health care study, majority of consumers are open to a virtual doctor visit. The results of the study demonstrate that as information, technology, bandwidth, and integration of the network become the center of the 'new world,' both human and digital aspects are key parts to the overall patient experience. These components lead to more real-time, meaningful patient and doctor interaction. The survey studied the views of consumers and  health care decision makers (HCDMs) on sharing personal health data, participating in in-person medical consultation versus remote care and using technology to make recommendations on personal health.  Views on these topics differed widely between the two groups (consumers and HCDMs) and the ten geographies surveyed. Privacy and Personal Service This portion of the survey focused on how...

Flash Games Market Survey Shows Developers Working On More Platforms

Improvements in technology, and lowered barriers to entry, enabled indie game developers in 2012 to address and develop for more platforms than ever before. 95% developers continued to make games for the browser and 86% planned to make mobile games. According to the results of the 2012 flash games market survey, from Mochi Media, this expansion has been enabled by a number of factors, including improved monetization capabilities and best practices across development platforms. Mobile has emerged as a strong monetization channel as app sales and in-game ads continue to mature, and as consumers increasingly turn to mobile devices as a primary gaming platform. When it comes to mobile, game developers target the iOS and Android stores nearly equally, with 81% targeting iOS and 78% targeting Android. Additionally,...

Visa, QIWI Create Strategic Alliance

Visa and QIWI, a provider of payment services in Russia, have formed a strategic alliance to introduce a digital wallet that will enable consumers to access a wide variety of electronic payment options. The wallet builds on the existing relationship between Visa and QIWI, and will assist Visa in providing new services to its cardholders,while enabling QIWI to extend their kiosk and digital wallet services internationally. Over the past five years, QIWI has introduced more than 100,000 cash kiosks on street corners, at subway stations and merchant locations helping over 50 million Russian consumers monthly to convert cash into electronic payments. This has resulted in $12 billion in electronic payment volume in 2011. The QIWI Wallet, with more than 9 million active consumer accounts, will be linked...

Russian Online Service Delivery Club Raises $4M

Delivery Club, a Russian-based online food delivery marketplace started around 1.5 years ago, has raised a second investment round of $ 4 million from Addventure. Delivery Club processes more than 4000 orders daily (currently constituting 30 per cent of all online orders in Moscow and Saint Petersburg), says the company.

Worldwide IT Spending To Grow 6% In 2012

Worldwide IT spending remains on course to grow 6% this year in constant currency, only slightly down on last year’s pace of 7% growth, in spite of continuing macroeconomic uncertainty, says IDC. According to IDC, strong performance in software, storage, enterprise network and mobile device markets has offset weaker trends in PCs, servers, peripherals and telecom provider equipment. However, the strength of the US dollar in the first half of 2012 means that IT spending in dollar terms is on course for growth of just 4% this year, a significant downturn for US-based tech vendors from the US dollar growth rate of 10.5% in 2011. Including telecom services, total ICT spending will increase by 5% this year in constant currency to $3.6 trillion (growth of...

Nokia 808 PureView Coming In May

Nokia will start rolling out the Nokia 808 PureView smartphones in just a few days now, says the Finnish handset-maker. The first markets to begin selling the Nokia 808 PureView include Russia and India. Jo Harlow  (Head of Smart Devices, Nokia): We're going to carry on developing PureView for our future smartphones in ways that will again revolutionize the imaging experience. The Nokia 808 PureView features a 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and pixel oversampling technology. In addition to still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 PureView also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom and Nokia Rich Recording. Nokia Rich Recording enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality, previously only possible with external microphones. The Nokia 808 PureView also features...

Worldwide PC Shipments On The Rise, HP Strengthens Leadership Position

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 89 million units in the first quarter of 2012, a 1.9 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011, when shipments reached 87.3 million units, according to preliminary results by Gartner. These results exceed Gartner's earlier projections of a 1.2 percent decline for the quarter. "The results were mixed depending on the region, as we saw the EMEA region perform better than expected, while Asia/Pacific performed below expectations, in part because of slow growth in India and China," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "While the PC industry has high expectations for strong growth in the emerging markets, the slowdown of these countries in this quarter provides a cautionary notice to vendors that the future growth for the PC industry...

BVP Forms Alliance With Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation

The Skolkovo Foundation and Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in which BVP set a $20 million target for investments into Skolkovo resident companies over the next two years. The MOU was signed by Alexander Lupachev, chief of Skolkovo Foundation’s Investment Service, and Ed Colloton, BVP’s chief operating officer, while in attendance at the Global Technology Symposium being held in Menlo Park, in California’s Silicon Valley. Key details of the MOU include: BVP sets a target of $20 million for investments in Skolkovo resident companies over the next two years BVP will receive priority access to the Skolkovo Foundation project pipeline, and can select the most promising projects in which to invest BVP will have the opportunity to refer its existing portfolio companies to...