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Youth enjoy online shopping

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

Vietnamese teenagers have started a new trend of purchasing items online from websites.

The surface of website nhommua.com. Vietnamese teenagers  start a new trend of purchasing items online from websites

Websites like nhommua.com, muachung.vn, phagia.com.vn and deal.zing.vn have now become very popular with students.


Although this concept has just been introduced this September, the site muachung.vn has already attracted more than one million customers for consumer items like food, clothes and mobile phones.


Customers purchasing an item or a service during special hours can often enjoy a huge discount of more than 30 – 60 percent.


This selling strategy was created by a company called Groupon whose three co-founders were Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.


Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website is growing fast with projected revenue of USD500 million for 2010. This group-buying giant has reportedly rejected Google’s massive USD6 billion acquisition offer and intends to stay independent.
 
The way Groupon works is that if a certain number of people sign up for an offer, then the deal becomes available for all; however, if a predetermined minimum number is not met then no one gets the deal that day. This reduces risk for retailers who can treat the coupons as quantity discounts as well as sales promotion tools.


Customers have an option to pay cash on delivery or through internet. Pham Quynh Mai living in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, felt happy and satisfied with the service as she was informed before the delivery was sent to her house.


However, the new shopping method comes with a few shortcomings. Le Minh Duy, a student of Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City purchased a coupon for practicing yoga but found that he had to visit offices in district 8 and district 2 several times to reclaim a coupon when the delivery failed. Besides some customers are showing concern at the quality of items they purchase online.


Despite the shortcomings, online shopping has been welcomed by Vietnamese, most of who are young customers. Mr. David Tran, chief operating officer of the website nhommua.com observed that young people chose products and services with quality and prestige in mind. Not withstanding, online shopping websites have been mushrooming in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Train tickets for Tet Holiday to be sold online

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Opening class to treat online game addiction

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Japan police probe online leak of anti-terrorism documents

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

Apple launches online store in China

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

BEIJING, Oct 27, 2010 (AFP) – Apple on Wednesday launched online sales in China and made its App Store available in simplified Chinese, as the US technology giant expands aggressively in the world’s largest mobile market.


The firm opened two new retail shops in mainland China last month as it launched the iPhone 4. It now has two shops in Beijing and two more in Shanghai, with a total of 25 outlets expected by the end of next year.


The company’s coveted products, from the iPod to the iPad tablet computer, are also available from a number of authorised resellers in major cities — and widely in China’s unofficial “grey” market.


Analysts said the introduction of new, easier ways for customers to access products showed that the China market has become increasingly important to the California-based company.


“We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” Apple’s chief operating officer Tim Cook said in a statement.


“With personalised engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.”


The launch of the App Store in simplified Chinese comes after Chinese users had complained that it was difficult to access content due to a lack of display in the local language.


Many users previously turned to websites that allow users to install pirated Chinese-language Apple-compatible software applications for free.


The Chinese-language App Store will offer customers access to more than 300,000 applications as well as “localised featured apps and charts of the most popular paid and free apps in China”, the company said.


Analysts said the move signalled Apple’s seriousness about penetrating the world’s largest Internet and cell phone market.


“The growth pace of China’s smartphone market, Chinese users’ passion for Apple products and the great potential of the country’s smartphone and mobile Internet devices market” had all boosted the firm’s confidence, Wang Liusheng, an analyst with research firm Analysys International, told AFP.


The Chinese-language App Store will convince more customers to use authorised software and in turn support Apple’s potential expansion in online advertising — a major growth spot, said Zhang Yanan with consultancy Zero2IPO.


“I think Apple has a long-term ambition for (online) advertising… and user base will be key,” Zhang said.


She cautioned however that although the two new moves would certainly help sales, it would take time for the company to see significant results.


“It will alleviate the problem” of Apple’s limited distribution network in China, which was reflected by the long queues and sporadic scuffles at the in-country debuts last month of the iPad and the iPhone 4, Zhang said.


“But it takes time for the business-to-consumer websites like the Apple online store to become influential” among potential customers, she said.


The iPhone 4 made its debut in China on September 25, only a week after Apple officially launched the iPad in the country, with some customers queuing for several days to get their hands on the computer.


China has at least 420 million web users and is also the world’s largest mobile market with more than 833 million subscribers at the end of September, according to official data.

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Source: SGGP

Training young maths talents discussed in online chat

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

How to discover and nurture young mathematic talents is the theme of an online chat held Wednesday by Sai Gon Giai Phong, which was attended by education officials and school principles in Ho Chi Minh City.

A view of the online exchange titled “Discovering and nurturing young mathematics talents” organized by SGGP on Wednesday (Photo: SGGP)

Mathematic talent development is a long process, which must be conducted from primary schools and require continual training and nurture at higher grades, said Dr. Tran Nam Dung, lecturer from the HCMC University of Natural Sciences when opening the chat.


To know if having aptitude for mathematics, students should participate in mathematical competitions, do exams in reference books, and contact with experienced teachers for help, according to Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, vice principle of the High School for the Gifted.


The city’s education always pays attention to discover and nurture gifted students since primary grade. However, the training work still lacks of inheritance among schools, said Nguyen Hoai Chuong, deputy director of the Education and Training Department.


To train and encourage gifted students, HCMC schools usually gather them in special classes instructed by best teachers, exempt them from tuition fees and give scholarships.


The Government has built an Institute of Mathematics, costing thousands of billions of dong, which is expected to muster leading mathematicians in the world.


However, the number of Vietnamese mathematicians with research work of international stature is still limited, Mr. Chuong said. He hoped that the Government in future will have more effective policies to develop Vietnam’s mathematics.


Teacher Tran Duc Huyen from Le Hong Phong High School shared that right after discovering mathematics talents, his school granted them scholarships to study until they complete university.


The school also organizes scientific clubs to promote students’ passion to study and do scientific researches.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese online games off to faltering start

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

Of the 55 online games run by distributors nationwide, just one has been produced in Vietnam so far.

Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy is invited to be the game’s ambassadress, as well as a model for designing a character. (Photo: SGGP)

The market is heavily reliant on games imported from China and Korea, and there is no indication that this will change, because Vietnamese firms have made little or no headway in developing their own online games.


At the beginning of last year, more than 40 online games had been officially released in the local market, but all of them were developed in other countries.


Initial efforts to develop online games have shown that local firms have a long way to go.


 “Thoi Loan” (Age of Chaos), made by the Trangenix team, won four prizes in the VietGames 2006 contest. The game’s plot was based on the “Son Tinh – Thuy Tinh” (Mountain God – Water God) legend.


“Thoi Loan” was hailed and welcomed by many as the first made-in-Vietnam online game.


However, after being accused of stealing a foreign source code, the game turned out to be a failure that was an initial setback for the domestic online game developing industry.


Two years later, a multiplayer online game named “Lang Online” (Online Village), developed by 3DVN Co., Ltd. on LOL engine and operating in a flash environment won a prize for a cultural and educational online game at VietGames 2008. This game also disappeared without a trace, however, for reasons that are not clear.


In January last year, the online-game community was excited about an association forged between VTC Game and its Korean partner, VinaDreamline, to produce games in Vietnam. The companies revealed that it would be a multiplayer online role-playing game. So far, no other information has come out about the project.


Meanwhile, VinaGames had laid the first bricks for developing a Vietnamese online game industry in 2006 as it began developing an online game named “Thuan Thien Kiem” (Heaven’s Will Sword), which received major interest and support from the community and the government.


In particular, Miss Vietnam 2006, Mai Phuong Thuy, was invited to be the game’s ambassadress, as well as a model for designing a character. A delegation from the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, led by deputy minister Do Quy Doan, had visited VinaGames and its game developers before the debut of “Thuan Thien Kiem” on August 12, 2009.


First success


Vietnamese online gamers registered in large numbers to play “Thuan Thien Kiem”. Although the game publisher opened six servers, the game was continuously overloaded as many characters gathered at the game’s starting point.


Fortunately, VinaGames surprised local gamers as they solved the problem in quick time, an impressive achievement because it usually took a lot more time for foreign developers to fix their glitches. Here was proof that Vietnamese online game developers could control their products well.


However, according to the game producer, although the number of members in the developing team has risen to 200 people from just 20 at the beginning, they are facing many difficulties. Some phases of the game have to be processed by other countries as the skills and technology of Vietnamese developers are not sophisticated enough, yet.


The company invested VND25 billion (US$1.25 million) in “Thuan Thien Kiem”. It faced many difficulties in getting permission and approval for the game content, which had to suit Vietnamese habits and customs.


On the other hand, “Dat Viet truyen ky”, an online game developed by Singaporean company, Zealot Digital, had no problems getting the copyright and releasing it in Vietnam, although it is not very authentic, historically speaking.


“Dat Viet truyen ky” is based on a story set during the reign of the 18th Hung King, but its characters wear ao dai and palm-leaf conical hats.


“Thuan Thien Kiem”, with the inclusion of several historical landmarks like the Thang Long Royal Citadel, Mot Cot Pagoda, Co Loa Citadel and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in its settings, has contributed in a small way to promoting national history and culture.


It currently attracts 60,000 regular players. The game is updated twice or three times per month. However, according to Le Hong Minh, chairman of VinaGames, the number of players of “Thuan Thien Kiem” has accounts for just 10 percent of those of other online games because its story-line is not really interesting and its graphics are not visually stunning.


However, this is just a start for a nascent industry, and several challenges remain ahead. Given the recent crackdown on games with violent content, the potential for developing interesting, exciting and fun-filled games is great, experts say.


With greater co-operation between authorities and the developers of online games, the industry can develop well in the coming months and years, they add.

Source: SGGP

VNG asked to cut off violent content from its online game

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications September 19 asked Vietnam’s top online game firm VNG to cut out violent content from its online game entitled Biet Doi Than Toc (Sudden Attack). 

An ad for Biet Doi Than Toc (Sudden Attack), a role-playing online game released by VNG Corporation

The department also asked VNG to stop creating valuable assets in its online games to sell to gamers, and selling game cards which gamers buy to credit money to their accounts to buy or rent assets in games.
 
The department ordered Internet service providers to take technical measures to block violent content in the Sudden Attack game, and report results to the department by September 30.
 
The city’s district people’s committees were ordered to ask Internet shops to stop offering the game with violent content, and administratively penalize them if they don’t.
 
Sudden Attack is the second online game after Special Force of FPT Online Company found to contain violence.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines launches online check-in service

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm




Vietnam Airlines launches online check-in service


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on August 16 officially launched a web check-in service for its outbound flights. 

Accordingly, passengers who take departure from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as from Vientiane of Laos, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap of Cambodia, Seoul and Pusan of the Republic of Korea, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia to Vietnam can check-in online with any computer connected internet and accessed to Vietnam Airlines website.

They can select their flights and seats and print boarding passes by themselves to complete check-in.

The service will be available from 20 to fours hours before flight departure time. Passengers have to be present at the check-in counter at least 45 minutes before the departure time to confirm their tickets.

Earlier, the flag carrier launched a similar web check-in service for domestic flights traveling from Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

The services have greatly benefited customers, contributing to reducing the pressure of the overload at peak time.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Online conference discusses rural development

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Online conference discusses rural development


QĐND – Friday, August 06, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

An online conference was held in Hanoi on August 6 to discuss ways to mobilise wider support for Vietnam’s rural development programme.


Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat outlined the basic goals of the programme: build new and more modern rural infrastructure, combine agriculture with the services industry, build more democratic and stable rural communities, preserve cultural identities, and improve the living conditions of rural people.


The programme hopes to bring 20 percent of all communes up to the new rural standards by 2015 and 50 percent of the communes by 2020.


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, head of the programme’s National Steering Board told the conference that to make the programme work, local communities must closely adhere to the programme’s recommendations and use resources effectively.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND