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Updated: 2016-10-24T21:33:24.476+08:00


MyIX Marks 10th Anniversary with Upgrade of Central Node to 100Gbps


Oct 17, 2016 - K.L - Malaysia Internet Exchange operated by the ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ('MCMC') in conjunction with its 10th anniversary, recently held its 1st Internet Peering Forum, with the watershed event facilitating interaction towards greater co-operation among key Internet, ISP and telco players; in the shared vision of improving the country’s Internet eco-system and state to a leadership position in the ASEAN region.With Internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes recording a new high point of 170.474 Gbps, industry participants agreed that apart from adoption of new innovative approaches, the needs of the nation must be prioritised together with commercial interests.MyIX 2016-2017 Executive & Steering CommiteeMyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin said, “If Malaysia is to truly achieve a world-class Internet eco-system and Internet peering hub, MyIX members must increase their cooperative spirit and work together in facilitating an overall more efficient Internet traffic exchange. This was recommended by the panel during discussions and it was heartening to see our members responding positively to the panel’s suggestion.”The panel during the one-day event comprised of former MCMC Chairman, Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and TIME dotCom's Commander-in-chief, Afzal Abdul Rahim.The First Internet Peering Forum saw strong participation from over 130 participants from the country’s leading Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”), content providers, hosting companies, Data Centre operators, Regulator, Universities and leading network vendors. The event presented opportunities for local internet operators to broaden their understanding on key matters of interest while benefitting from discovering new best practices and tools to improve their peering network performance.Chiew added, “Our first Peering Forum has truly been a success. Not only did we receive strong support and participation from members and the Internet community, we have also achieved a key milestone as MyIX members are accepting the need to work together for the betterment of the peering network and benefit of the nation. Such co-operation will pave the way towards developing a world-class Internet peering network and ultimately provide better Internet service for all Malaysians.”The Internet Peering Forum also revealed that Malaysia has attained a good regional position in the area of IPV6 deployment, the next generation Internet Protocol by progressing well to the top of the worldwide leaderboard in end-user IPV6 adoption. Malaysia currently ranks ahead of its regional peers including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines; a reflection of the constant effort by Malaysian operators and regulators to promote IPV6 deployment.MyIX Upgrades Central Node CapacityMyIX’s 10th Anniversary is also marked by the announcement of the successful and timely completion of the country’s central node capacity from 40Gbps to 100Gbps to meet Internet traffic growth until 2018-2019. With this upgrade, MyIX will also have more 10G ports for members’ utilisation.For August 2016, Internet data exchanged that transversed (or ‘peered’) over MyIX nodes reached a new high point of 170.474 Gbps – the highest ever recorded in the country’s history. This reflects a year-on-year growth of 57% and Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 56.60% since 2012. Throughout 2016, peak points for each month have exceeded the 100Gbps mark.The findings above are based on Internet data patterns recorded (up to August 2016) for Internet data that transversed (or ‘peered’) over MyIX’s nodes that directly connects with the country’s major ISPs and content providers. The measurement is based on the highest peak internet traffic recorded on a particular day on a monthly basis.[...]

IT News Week 4 Oct 2016


For IT News Week 3 Oct 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Oct 21, 2016 - CyberSecurity Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab Seal Memorandum of Understanding On Countering Cyber CrimesPR - Oct 20, 2016 - HPE Services Revamps the Office Meeting ExperiencePR - Oct 20, 2016 - Nokia mobile fronthaul solution supports edotco Malaysia customer transition to Centralized RAN to meet demand for mobile broadbandPR - Oct 20, 2016 - ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is now available in MalaysiaPR - Oct 19, 2016 - Brace yourself for the Virtual Reality Ride of Your Life with ‘The Riding Dead’PR - Oct 19, 2016 - BAE Systems Takes Home 'Cyber Security Company of the Year' Award from Cybersecurity MalaysiaPR - Oct 19, 2016 - RICOH Announces MSC Status at 80th BashTeabox - Oct 19, 2016 - BANGALORE, INDIA - Teabox Unveils The TeaPacPR - Oct 17, 2016 - NTT Data Group Adopts Malaysian Technology To Penetrate International Online Payment MarketPR - Oct 21, 2016 - CyberSecurity Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab Seal Memorandum of Understanding On Countering Cyber CrimesCyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kaspersky Lab, a global cyber security company, to strengthen Malaysia’s cyber resilience trough exchanging threat information exchange and building capacity to combat cyberthreats.CyberSecurity Malaysia reported 9915 cyber security cases in 2015, a large increase in reported cases as compared to only 1,038 reported cases in 2007. Industry watchers believe that the 2015 reported numbers are only the tip of the iceberg.Kaspesky and Cybersecurity Malaysia MOUIn an effort to build capacity to withstand cyber-attacks and tackle transnational cybercrime, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab have signed a two-year MoU on partnership that emphasizes information sharing and intelligence collaboration in areas related to cyber threats toward Malaysia’s critical infrastructure and government agencies.PR - Oct 20, 2016 - HPE Services Revamps the Office Meeting Experience On the forefront of delivering seamless digital experiences, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced the availability of Modern Workspace, a smart conference room service built in collaboration with leading technology and service providers.Providing digital tools that enable freedom, access, collaboration – and even fun, HPE Enterprise Services will simplify meeting arrangements and enhance employee collaboration by leveraging the next generation of Microsoft Skype Room Systems.Benefits of these solutions include:Increased office space utilization ratesAbility to track workspace use through online reports and analyticsIntelligent room utilization based on real-time dataFull-service management solution, including equipment, process and software managementEmployee time savings through streamlined schedulingMeasurable improvement in collaboration through effective use of a diverse set of collaboration spaces and toolsUltimately, HPE aims to improve and revamp the office meeting experience through smart solutions that bridge the physical and virtual meeting divides.PR - Oct 20, 2016 - Nokia mobile fronthaul solution supports edotco Malaysia customer transition to Centralized RAN to meet demand for mobile broadbandedotco Malaysia (edotco), will deploy Nokia’s mobile fronthaul optical technology as part of the company’s effort to support its customers’ migration to a Centralized RAN architecture with its shared, common radio tower for multiple mobile network operator customers.The Nokia Mobile Fronthaul Solution allows edotco’s network operator customers to connect new or existing mobile radio equipment seamlessly into the edotco fiber network to better address growing mobile broadband demand. By optimizing existing fiber installations, rather than using new dark fiber, edotco can achieve significant CAPEX reduction versus traditional dark fiber approach.Wan Zainal Adileen, Managing Director, edotco MalaysiaBy deploying[...]

Malaysian Budget 2017 Commentaries


The government of Malaysia has just announced the Budget 2017 coined as a balanced deal.Here are some commentaries gathered across the ICT industry.1.) Troy Martin, Director of APAC for Canvas, Instructure. 1.1) For education."We laud the government’s practical allocation, especially in the area of advancing education standards, as we focus on continuously providing inclusive education by making software that makes people smarter"Troy Martin“Instructure is encouraged that the Government continues to place high importance in the area of education, leading to improved learning outcomes. Instructure understands and supports this commitment, as we believe in the power of transformation through comprehensive collaboration. Comprehensive collaboration is more than just bringing teacher feedback online and offering pupils the right to reply. A 360 approach to connected learning combines peer to peer engagement, reciprocal teaching and parent-teacher collaboration. It provides teachers with a better view of their pupils’ progress - allowing timely intervention and the ability to adapt, enabling students to learn on their own terms, in their own way. This is the value of holistic education, and we believe the Malaysian government is on the right track to achieving its goals in this vital area,” explained Martin.2.) K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia 2.1) For a better Digital Economy“We are thrilled that the Budget for next year recognizes the contribution of the digital economy to the country’s GDP. Initiatives such as the Malaysia Digital Hub and the creation of the world’s first Digital Free Zone are steps in the right direction to bolster the country’s strategic ICT thrust,”K Raman2.2) For Education“Education is the bedrock of today’s society. At Microsoft, we’ve always been committed to transforming education with technology. This year, we’ve accelerated our support by working with the Government to reach out to underserved communities – for instance, we’ve forged a three-year partnership with the Malaysian Prisons Department to provide juvenile inmates with digital literacy and upskilling opportunities.”3.) Chin Chee Seong, PIKOM Chairman 3.1) For a better InternetWhile allocations of RM1 billion have been made to ensure that broadband speed hits 20 megabytes per second nationwide, we hope the implementation will be swift.3.2) For a better Digital EconomyChin Chee SeongWe also welcome the increase in facility for public servants to RM5,000 for smartphone purchase once every three years.The provision of RM2500 lifestyle tax relief for various items including smartphones and tablets and broadband purchase is spot on. PIKOM has been calling for the current relief to be extended to include smartphones and available at a closer interval.Dato' Yasmin Mahmood 4.) Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) 4.1) For a better Digital EconomyThe eRezeki and eUsahawan initiatives were launched last year to target key communities such as youth, SMEs, digital entrepreneurs and the B40, with an initial allocation of RM100 million. These initiatives have benefited 100,000 Malaysians and we expect more people to benefit in the coming years. With the Government allocating RM100 million, we will be able to drive these initiatives further and encourage greater cross collaboration to support our nation’s digital inclusion programmes.The measures announced under Budget 2017 will definitely help us seize the opportunity in capitalising on the Internet Economy. Our forecast reveals that we need one million digital workers, such as coders, application developers and software engineers, by 2025. We are pleased for the support for Digital Maker Movement, i.e. the initiative to identify and nurture young talents to be future digital innovators. It includes the move by Ministry of Education to incorporate computational thinking and computer science in schools from January next year, and private sector[...]

Western Digital Ships More than 10 Million Helium-Filled HDDS


Oct 18, 2016 -

Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation today announced that it has shipped more than 10 million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) since the company first introduced the HelioSeal platform four years ago. First shipped in 2013, Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, becoming the highest density HDDs, best suited for massive scale-out workloads.

“Extreme capacity hard drives are increasingly a key value enabler for enterprise applications and Western Digital continues to be a technology and time-to-market leader in terms of delivering capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” said John Chen, vice president, TRENDFOCUS. “As cloud and traditional enterprise customers continue to develop applications that make use of all of their accessible data, high density drives will be a crucial component that enables cost-effective storage of that data at scale. Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has proven to be a key differentiator that addresses high capacity needs.”

Underscoring the overall TCO benefits is the power efficiency of the HelioSeal platform. The 10 million helium hard drives, or approximately 76 exabytes (EB) of storage capacity, are a testament to energy efficiency at scale. As architects continue to design for hyperscale cloud applications, 76EB of data stored on 10TB helium-filled drives would save over 1 million kilowatt hours (KWh) of operating power each day, about half the power required for 8TB air-filled drives. The energy saved in one day of operation from these drives would be enough to power about 35,000 U.S. homes for the same day, illustrating how the efficiency of the HelioSeal line can help data center architects meet eco-environmental goals and requirements.

Western Digital offers the HelioSeal platform on its enterprise-class products (under its HGST product brand as Ultrastar® He10 and Ultrastar He8, and under its WD product brand as WD Gold), and its NAS and surveillance offerings (WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple) in volume today. For more information on the HelioSeal platform, please visit:

Kaspersky Lab Releases Flagship Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 – Multi Devices


Oct 11, 2016 :Kaspersky Lab presented the latest version of its flagship security solution Kaspersky Internet Security 2017. The solution gives users additional opportunities to manage their Internet protection and to ensure their data safety.Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device is the security solution for the whole family; it protects Windows, Mac, and Android users against malware, dangerous sites, online tracking, fraud and money theft.The need for a top-notch multi-device security solution has never been greater in Malaysia as a growing number of users employ devices other than the traditional desktops and laptops to access digital content. This includes smartphones and tabletsThere is a need for Kaspersky Internet Solution 2017 in Malaysia as the recent Kaspersky Lab’s Digital Literacy Survey revealed that Malaysians were among the worst performers when it comes to cyber-savviness, coming in close to the bottom. In addition, Malaysia has one of the highest penetration rates of smartphone usage in the world, further compounding the threat.The lack of cyber-savviness among Malaysians coupled with their high usage of unprotected non-PC/non-desktop devices is cause for concern in view of the growth of cyber threats globally. In the second quarter of 2016 alone, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled over 171 million malicious attacks from online resources, globally.(From L-R) : Sanjeev Nair, Corporate Communications Manager - SEA, Kaspersky Lab, Nicole Woo, Territory Channel Manager - Malaysia, Kaspersky Lab, Sylvia Ng, General Manager - SEA, Kaspersky Lab and June Lee, Marketing Director, TechLane Resources at the media launch of Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 - Multi DevicesAccording to Sylvia Ng, General Manager - SEA, Kaspersky Lab, the company expects the consumer reaction to the latest products to be positively strong with the addition of more cutting edge features and the emphasis on providing even better security and value across all device platforms to consumers."At Kaspersky Lab we believe that IT security about the effectiveness of a security solution that suits the usage patterns of consumers, and weighed against their cyber-savviness. Cyber savvy people are more alert to possible threats, and they are also ready to apply the latest technological achievements to protect what is most important for them – whether that’s personal information, files, privacy, their devices or peace of mind for their family members. We are striving to offer the user these possibilities with each new version of our solutions", commented Sylvia.Pricing, Availability and PromotionsKaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Anti-Virus are available nationwide at all IT leading outlets and retail at:-Kaspersky Internet Security (1 Device 1 Year): RM 100.00Kaspersky Internet Security (3 Devices 1 Year): RM 179.00 with free Kaspersky Internet Security 1 Device 1 YearKaspersky Internet Security (5 Devices 1 Year): RM 249.00Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1 Device 1 Year): RM 39.90 with free Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1 Device 1 YearKaspersky Anti-Virus (3 Devices 1 Year): RM 119.00 with free Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1 Device 1 YearKaspersky Anti-Virus (5 Devices 1 Year) : RM 199.00Cool Features: 1.) Secure ConnectionSecure Connection allows users to connect to the Internet safely, by encrypting all data sent and received through the network.The Kaspersky Lab protection component, Secure Connection, can be launched from the main window of Kaspersky Internet Security. It can also be activated automatically when the device is connected to public Wi-Fi or the user is inputting confidential information online, such as on banking websites, online stores, payment systems, e-mail, social networks, etc.Within the security product’s license, users have 200 MB of encrypted traffic at their daily disposal, and for an additional monthly or annual fee they can get an unlimited volume of traffic.2.) Software UpdaterOne of the common methods of[...]

IT News Week 3 Oct 2016


For IT News Week 2 Oct 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Oct 14, 2016 - GEMFIVE delivers first iPhone 7 in MalaysiaPR - Oct 14, 2016 - Ensuring the Price is Right with Windows 10PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Raises Cybersecurity Issues at its Conference for Asia Pacific RegionPR - Oct 13, 2016 - Fujitsu Turns to Brocade Workflow Composer to Enhance the Functionality of its Virtual Desktop ServicePR - Oct 12, 2016 - Western Digital Introduces WD Blue and WD Green Solid State DrivesPR - Oct 11, 2016 - AccuWeather Launches Exclusive Crowdsourced Weather Feature AccUcast Worldwide in Android AppSymantec - Oct 12, 2016 - Multiple Banks Attacked by Carbanak-Linked GroupPR - Oct 12, 2016 - Intel Malaysia’s ‘PC Does Better’ CampaignPR - Oct 12, 2016 - Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Changes the Game for Enterprise Cloud DeploymentPR - Oct 11, 2016 - Huawei and UC Berkeley Announce Strategic Partnership in Basic Research into AIPR - Oct 10, 2016 - Carbon Black and IBM Delivers Rapid Response Tool to Address Critical EndpointPR - Oct 14, 2016 - GEMFIVE delivers first iPhone 7 in Malaysia GEMFIVE Malaysia today made special delivery for 5 lucky customers who placed pre-orders for the new iPhone 7/7 Plus at the stroke of midnight, ensuring these customers were the first in Malaysia to receive the phones. One surprise delivery was made specially by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kwek Kon Chao to Stephenee Won at her residence in Klang.GEMFIVE's CEO Kwek Kon Chao delivered iPhone 7 to customersKwek said of the delivery: “We’ve had a great response to our iPhone 7/7 Plus pre-orders, and so I thought that it would be a nice gesture to personally deliver the first few orders to our valued customers at the stroke of midnight itself!”PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Ensuring the Price is Right with Windows 10 Malaysia-based ecommerce aggregator site iPrice, taps into Microsoft and Windows to drive rapid growth momentum in a highly competitive e-commerce space. The iPrice Group is Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping website where shoppers can search for products, compare prices and save with great deals. In less than two years, iPrice has the largest product catalogue in the region, consisting of more than 35 million of products.David Chmelar, CEO of iPrice, said, “We essentially simplify our customers’ shopping journey. Instead of visiting multiple sites and stores, they come to iPrice, where we provide them with the largest selection of products for the best prices. We then filter the products to meet specific preference of our customers, ranging from brand preference to colour preference, for instance, all tailored to meet their specific needs. Once a customer is locked on a product they fancy, we redirect them to the merchant’s site to complete their purchase.”David Chmelar, CEO, iPricen its early days, iPrice was rapidly growing and therefore couldn’t afford to spent significant time and resources to upkeep their IT systems. For the start-up to truly focus on its business of delighting customers, Chmelar decided that iPrice needed a fuss-free solution that minimizes the resources needed to upkeep their computing systems.iPrice’s digital transformation journey kicked off with the entire team moving to Windows 10. Thanks to the familiarity of Windows, iPrice employees of no less than 22 nationalities were able to hit the ground running from day one, minimizing disruption to their productivity. Despite cultural differences, all employees were fluent in the use of Windows and today it takes less than few hours to train any newcomers on all the apps and software required for their work. Today, iPrice does not have a dedicated IT support team. “Windows runs smoothly and everyone is familiar with it – and as a CEO, it’s great as there’s one problem less for me to worry about,” said Chmelar. As a result, the company can focus all of their attention a[...]

PIKOM BUDGET 2017 ‘Wish List’ For ICT Sector


Oct 13, 2016 - In view of the upcoming Budget 2017, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the ‘Voice of the ICT Industry’ proposes the following recommendations to the Malaysian government for inclusion in the budgetary plans for the coming year.Specifically, given the current economic challenges and rising living costs, PIKOM urges the government to improve the affordability and availability of ICT goods and services as a means to benefit the man-on-the-street. Given the prevalent usage and consumption of ICT today on a daily basis, the following measures recommended below will have a cascading effect not just on spurring the ICT industry but to also benefit almost every Malaysian. In addition, given the government’s welcomed move to introduce coding in schools, it is all the more imperative to ensure that ICT goods and services are affordable for Malaysia’s over 5 million schoolchildren not forgetting their families.1.) GST Zero-Rated for ICT Products and Services The impact of GST coupled with the weakening of the Ringgit has resulted in a slowdown for the local ICT retail sector. While it has impacted the retail sector, the most affected are the SME companies who contribute some 31% to National GDP employing about 56% of the local workforce. Prior to the implementation of GST, prices of ICT products did not attract any sales tax which has changed from 1 April 2015. This has resulted in consumer demand for ICT goods and services decreasing as prices became more expensive.PIKOM recommends that ICT products and services be Zero-Rated. As ICT is used by almost all Malaysians, the will have a direct impact students, families, professionals, most notably on the lower and middle income groups. The 6% is a tremendous saving that will directly boost ICT demand but also encourage the continued development of a connected and knowledge based community.2.) Increase Demand for Local ICT TrainingMalaysia’s ICT sector continues to face a brain drain challenge as revealed under the PIKOM ICT Job Market Outlook in Malaysia 2016 report. It is imperative that more talent be upskilled and trained accordingly to fill the gaps.PIKOM recommends allowing double tax deduction on cost incurred (up to a capped amount) for individuals pursuing ICT-related certification programs. Companies should also be allowed to claim double tax deduction if companies are bearing the cost of the training.3.) Providing Greater Incentives for Ownership of ICT Goods & ServicesIn addition to zero-rated GST for ICT goods and services, PIKOM recommends the following to further encourage ICT adoption:Allow income tax deductions of RM3000 once every two years for PCs and smartphones instead of the current three years. The primary source of connecting to the internet has evolved from the PC to a mobile device with an increasing number of connected people, on the go. Smartphone penetration has reached the 140%-150% level and the usage of mobile phones to access the internet is around 63%. PIKOM recommends that policies be brought in sync with present trends and the incentive be extended to smartphones given the rise of mobile devices as the ICT device of choice. In addition, the income tax deduction be made exercisable once every two years in tandem with current device replacement cycles, which on average is every two years for PCs and smartphones.EPF Withdrawal Scheme for ICT Products, Services and Broadband: To increase household disposable income, PIKOM recommends reintroducing the EPF withdrawal scheme to purchase computing products, peripherals and consumables (i.e. PCs, laptops, smart phones and tablets including broadband subscription) with a clear list of items / services to prevent abuse. Mechanisms can be put in place to ensure that only trusted parties are involved in the scheme.4.) Across-the-Board Reduction Of Broadband Rates for Individuals, Households and BusinessesW[...]

Microsoft announces global expansion for HoloLens


Oct 12, 2016 - REDMOND, Wash. -

Today, Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer, is now available for preorder in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November.

The news comes while HoloLens is experiencing tremendous excitement and interest from developers and commercial customers and partners around the globe.

Microsoft HoloLens

“Since the launch of Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop groundbreaking computing experiences — experiences only possible on HoloLens” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group.

Commercial customers breaking new ground with Microsoft HoloLens

Since the launch of HoloLens, Microsoft has seen innovation happening across the board as a diverse set of companies and partners breaks new ground within its industries using HoloLens as a means to transform their business. Here is what a few of these companies have had to say about their experience with HoloLens.

NASA: Our partnership with NASA brings mixed reality to space exploration and discovery, creating new experiences and educational opportunities for scientists and consumers alike. Together with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we have created four groundbreaking mixed-reality applications. The OnSight project enables scientists to use HoloLens to “work on Mars” together, directly from their offices, allowing them a means to plan and, along with the Curiosity Mars Rover, conduct science operations on the Red Planet.

Lowe’s Home Improvement: “At Lowe’s we’ve endeavored to build a mixed-reality solution to help change the future of our retail experience. When we saw HoloLens, we knew we had found a solution that would allow us to create a collaborative process, enabling customers to make decisions about their home improvement projects quickly and confidently,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “We’re investing the most valuable thing we have: our time and our focus. Microsoft’s deep history of delivering meaningful solutions with other companies assures us that our partnership will help provide a differentiating customer experience.”

Microsoft first announced HoloLens in January 2015 and shipped to developers and commercial partners in Canada and the United States on March 31, 2016. Microsoft HoloLens is now available to preorder exclusively from the Microsoft Store in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November.

500,000 Download Rogue ‘Pokémon Go’ App that Takes Control of Android Phones


Sep 15, 2016:Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a new malicious app on the Google Play store: “Guide for Pokémon Go”, capable of seizing root access rights on Android smartphones and using that to install/uninstall apps and display unsolicited ads. The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times, with at least 6,000 successful infections. Kaspersky Lab has reported the Trojan to Google and the app has been removed from Google Play. The global phenomenon of Pokémon Go has resulted in a growing number of related apps and, inevitably, increased interest from the cybercriminal community. Kaspersky Lab’s analysis of the “Guide for Pokémon Go” Trojan has uncovered malicious code that downloads rooting malware, securing access to the core Android OS for the purposes of app installation and removal as well as the display of advertising. The Trojan includes some interesting features that help it to bypass detection. For example, it doesn’t start as soon as the victim launches the app. Instead, it waits for the user to install or uninstall another app, and then checks to see whether that app runs on a real device or on a virtual machine. If it’s dealing with a device, the Trojan will wait a further two hours before starting its malicious activity. Even then, infection is not guaranteed. After connecting with its command server and uploading details of the infected device, including country, language, device model and OS version, the Trojan will wait for a response. Only if it hears back will it proceed with further requests and the downloading, installation and implementation of additional malware modules. This approach means that the control server can stop the attack from proceeding if it wants to - skipping those users it does not wish to target, or those which it suspects are a sandbox/virtual machine, for example. This provides an additional layer of protection for the malware. Once rooting rights have been enabled, the Trojan will install its modules into the device’s system folders, silently installing and uninstalling other apps and displaying unsolicited ads to the user. Kaspersky Lab analysis shows that at least one other version of the malicious Pokémon Guide app was available through Google Play in July 2016. Further, researchers have tracked back at least nine other apps infected with the same Trojan and available on Google Play Store at different times since December 2015. Our data suggests that there have been just over 6,000 successful infections to date, including in Russia, India and Indonesia. However, since the app is oriented towards English-speaking users, people in such geographies, and more, are also likely to have been hit. “In the online world, wherever the consumers go, the cybercriminals will be quick to follow. Pokémon Go is no exception. Victims of this Trojan may, at least at first, not even notice the increase in annoying and disruptive advertising, but the long term implications of infection could be far more sinister. If you’ve been hit, then someone else is inside your phone and has control over the OS and everything you do and store on it. Even though the app has now been removed from the store, there’s up to half a million people out there vulnerable to infection – and we hope this announcement will alert them to the need to take action,” said Roman Unuchek, Senior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab. People concerned that they may be infected with the Trojan should scan their device with mobile antivirus. If they are infected, there are tools available to help them remove the rooting malware, which can be a complex process. In addition, Kaspersky Lab advises users to always check that apps have been created by a reputable developer, to keep their OS and application software up-to-date, and not to download anything that looks at all sus[...]

Cloudera’s Analytic Database Enables Unrivaled Elastic Scale, Agility, and Performance for BI and Analytics in the Cloud


Sep 28, 2016:

Cloudera, the global provider of the fastest, easiest, and most secure data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies, today released benchmark results that validate that Cloudera’s modern analytic database solution, powered by Apache Impala (incubating), not only delivers unprecedented capabilities for cloud-native workloads but does so at better cost performance compared to alternatives.

Impala uniquely offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query ability unavailable from traditionally-architected systems such as Redshift. With a modern design, Impala decouples data and compute to provide the same high-performance SQL analytics whether cloud-natively over data in S3 or across a wide range of on-premise and cloud storage options. Furthermore, Impala enables all these capabilities while also delivering up to 275% more cost-efficiency and up to 10x greater performance compared to Amazon’s analytic database, Redshift, equating to more value all within an open platform

Using queries from the TPC-DS industry standard benchmark, Cloudera compared Impala running on the cloud (both cloud-natively over S3 and over local EBS storage) to Amazon Redshift (only able to run over its own storage on dedicated AWS instances). Results from the benchmark show:
  • Impala is over 200% less costly and over 10x faster on S3 compared to a general purpose tuned Redshift
  • Impala is still 8% less costly and 90% faster on S3 compared to a pre-tuned Redshift for specific fixed reporting queries
  • Impala is 28-275% less costly and 42-400% faster on EBS compared to either pre-tuned or general purpose tuned Redshift

Team Explorer For Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 : Fatal Error During Installation


Installing Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition on Windows 10 Pro, the following exception was encountered.

Setup Failed !
Install cannot continue because some required components failed.

Team Explorer For Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Fatal Error During Installation

Microsoft NuGet - Visual Studio 2015
Package failed


1.) Common Issue:

First of all, this is a common issue. The solution is described in the following URL.

The same installer worked in Windows 7 Pro - I was able to use the same installer to install Visual Studio 2015 successfully under Windows 7 Pro, however, this issue happens to Windows 10 Pro.

2.) Solution

I.) Uninstall all Visual C++ distributable libraries (for all 2012,2013,2016 for both x86 & x64).

II.) Download Visual C++ 2015 distributable libraries.

Download for both x86 and x64 builds.

Install both (x86 and x64) - even if the PC is 64-bit.

III.) Run the Visual Studio 2015 installer again.

It will reinstall the Visual C++ distributable libraries (for all 2012,2013 for both x86 & x64).

After which it would complete the whole installation as expected.

Unable to Rollback from Windows 10 ? Go for a Clean Install


After upgraded from Window 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro during the free upgrade period, it resulted my PC (Thinkpad T440p) to be working partially efficient and sluggish, whereby issues such as shut down becomes restart was encountered.

Besides those, I also found that overall, using web browser become slower compared to in Windows 7 Pro.

Other observations include searching for 'Device Manager' would end up 'No result found'.

I did consider performing a clean install of Windows 10 on the PC altogether. Nonetheless, I wasn't sure where and how to get a license key for Windows 10, notwithstanding the Windows 7 Pro license key which came with the laptop purchase.

Today, I decided to downgrade back to Windows 7.

I was surprised to find that the downgrade option is no longer available as described in the following URL.

The only option available is to 'Reset the PC'.

So, I backed up all essential files and hit on the button.

My thought was that at the end of the process, I will get back the original Windows 7 Pro.

Nonetheless, to my amusement, a fresh Windows 10 was installed and it is working more efficient than previously did.

Therefore, what do we learn from this experience ?

1.) If you had upgraded to Windows 10 during the free upgrade period and found your PC to be operating in a sluggish manner, consider the option to 'Reset the PC'.

It will perform a clean install of Windows 10 on your behalf.

As the matter of fact, there is an option to preserve files.

Fyi: I chose the option to clean swipe all files in the Windows installed drive (the C drive).

2.) New Windows 10 license is NOT needed.

You don't need to scout for a new Windows 10 license key; the free upgrade comes with a Windows 10 license key, resetting your PC through this method doesn't need another license key.

Acronis launches new Acronis True Image 2017 with unlimited mobile and Facebook data backup


Oct 3, 2016:

Acronis is delighted to announce the availability of the award-winning Acronis True Image 2017 in Malaysia! The new Acronis True Image 2017 now includes Facebook backup, unlimited mobile backups and also remote backup for your family.

The Fastest Acronis True Image ever :

Acronis True Image technology is the fastest full image backup and recovery software for personal use on the market, including:
  • Three to six times faster on Windows computers than competing products for backing up and recovering using an external USB 3.0 drive.
  • 30% faster than Apple Time Machine on Apple computers.
  • 60% faster than previous versions of Acronis True Image in popular scenarios.
  • Wireless mobile device backup to Windows computers – Backup an unlimited number of iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile devices to your computer at the full speed of your local Wi-Fi network. Recover all content to the same or another device, even if it’s just a single photo or contact.
  • Remote backup management – Protect all your computers and help family members with protecting theirs, even if they are far away. Review the data protection status in real-time for any computer or mobile device data via a touch-friendly online dashboard.
  • Incremental Facebook backup – Automatically back up all your Facebook account content, including photos, videos, contacts, comments, and likes. Users are protected from accidental deletions, hacker attacks, application failures, or social network errors that can erase precious memories.
  • Archiving to the cloud or external storage devices – Free up disk space by moving large or rarely used files from your Windows or Apple computer to an external drive, NAS device, network share, or the Acronis Cloud. Access the archives by using File Explorer, Finder, or a web browser.

Commvault : Five Fundamentals of Holistic Data Management


Oct 5, 2016:Commvault chairman, president and CEO, N. Robert Hammer, opened the company’s inaugural customer conference, Commvault GO 2016, focused on the five fundamentals that enable enterprises to gain a holistic data management strategy. The need for a holistic data management strategy has been brought on by the move to the cloud, application explosion, increasing demand for security and compliance, and anywhere computing. With data at the center of everything, enterprises now more than ever need the ability to activate data regardless of where it resides. The five fundamentals are: 1) Know your data – Organizations today need to have control over where data is stored, how secure it is and how available it is for fast recovery, disaster recovery, test/dev, reporting and business analytics. By embracing a rich, broad, dynamic and scalable index, organizations can collect, modify and organize all their information. 2) Federate your data – In today’s data universe, enterprises don’t just have a few data points and silos, they have many and may not know what data they have or where it is located. To federate data is to seamlessly protect, recover, move, find and deliver apps and data spanning different infrastructures, and to also access and use data without having to move it. 3) Mobilize your data – Organizations need to aggregate their data, which currently resides in array of locations – on premise, in the cloud, in virtual environments and on mobile. To successfully mobilize, organizations must be able to back-up data on these devices to prevent data loss and wipe all important data from a device. 4) Govern your data ­– Complying with an increasing number of compliance requirements in regulated industries is today’s reality. By having data federated under one corporate governance capability, organizations can understand what data they have, where it resides and have the ability to put auditable policies on data ensuring compliance. 5) Secure your data ­– In this world of hacks, malware, ransomware and other threats, both internal and external, organizations need to be able to secure their data. A securitization strategy into how data is managed requires authentication of the person who wants to access data, confirmation that the person has access to the right data, and ensures data is secured, encrypted and password protected. “It’s no secret that the industry and customers across the world are at a tipping point of disruption and face complex questions on how to efficiently deal with an explosion of different types of applications, data and IT infrastructures,” said N. Robert Hammer, chairman, president and CEO of Commvault. “The five fundamentals provide smart advice for organizations to launch a holistic strategy and gain insights and value from their data in disparate environments. Commvault’s Data Platform is focused on solving customer challenges and these are essential guiding points for enterprises to succeed and thrive while facing changing circumstances.” The Commvault Data Platform Makes It All Possible Bringing these fundamentals together requires a data platform that empowers organizations to control this data universe to drive value and business insight. This platform-centric approach allows customers to streamline processes and operations, and therefore easily manage their data, and eliminate downtime and workload impact. Commvault’s Data Platform addresses the five fundamentals of holistic data management to empower customers with a strong foundation to use and create value from their data whether it resides in the cloud, the data center, hybrid environments, or on mobile. News Corp and City[...]

IT News Week 2 Oct 2016


For IT News Week 5 Sep 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.Mergemarket Group - Oct 7, 2016 - TMT trend report Q1 to Q3 2016PR - Oct 5, 2016 - OutSystems Boldly Cuts Mobile Application Development Time in Half with Low-Code Platform PR - Oct 5, 2016 - Fusionex GIANT to be Incorporated into APU Syllabus PR - Oct 5, 2016 - Sunway Lagoon: 'Face Your Fears' at Nights of Fright 4PR - Oct 4, 2016 - GameStart 2016: Back with SWAG (and more)PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Microsoft Advances Cybersecurity Investments in Asia-Pacific with Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center LaunchPR - Oct 4, 2016 - Comm. network from Nokia supports safe and reliable operations on new LRT linePR - Oct 4, 2016 - Brocade Appoints Joe Poehls as Principal Systems Engineer for Asia Pacific Japan PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Spiking Energy Consumption by Data Centres, Will Be a Global Warming Issue PR - Oct 4, 2016 - Taipei - Gamdias Announces Launch of RGB Gaming Peripheral Line PR - Sep 30, 2016 - MBPJ Adopts G-Asiapacific Cloud-Computing Solutions Mergemarket Group - Oct 7, 2016 - TMT trend report Q1 to Q3 2016During Q3, 666 deals worth US$ 179.6bn represented a 39% climb in value compared to Q3 2015 (828 deals, US$ 128.8bn), marking the second strongest Q3 value behind Q3 2013. Q3’s strength also shows that deals that may have been put on hold at the beginning of the year - due to uncertainties surrounding, among other factors, the outcome of the UK referendum and the continuation of both the US and European ultra-low interest rate policies - were processed over the summer.The Media subsector saw a particularly weak quarter (130 deals, US$ 7.7bn) following an impressive start to 2016,plummeting 80.9% compared to Q3 2015 (US$ 40.6bn, 168 deals) to reach its lowest quarterly value since Q3 2011 (US$ 6.8bn).Goldman Sachs led the Financial Adviser League Table by deal value and count, having advised on 40 deals worth US$ 106bn, and maintaining 1st place year-on-year.Check out more.PR - Oct 5, 2016 - OutSystems Boldly Cuts Mobile Application Development Time in Half with Low-Code PlatformOutSystems, the leading low-cost platform that accelerates digital transformation through rapid application development, today announced the availability of OutSystems 10, the first low-code application development platform with advanced capabilities for enterprise mobile applications. With this, even regular developers can build the type of secure and scalable apps previously only achievable with highly skilled software engineers. Businesses are tackling the challenges that have arisen from the relentless demand to stay competitive by bringing new mobile solutions to the market. OutSystems 10 addresses this, as well as the paucity of mobile development skills needed to build enterprise-grade, cross-platform apps. Visually drag and drop all the components of a mobile app: user interface, backend integrations, business logic and more Build once and run it on any platform: a single code base allows for deployment on iOS and Android platforms Incorporate native device capabilities and sensors without writing any code: cameras, touch ID and motion; drag and drop functionality into models create an immersive user experience PR - Oct 5, 2016 - Fusionex GIANT to be Incorporated into APU SyllabusFusionex, a multi-award-winning, leading software solutions provider specializing in Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT), recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), to provide APU students with access to knowledge on software expertise that are crucial for the Big Data industry. 34 percent of organisati[...]

World Robotics Report 2016 announces collaborative robots as market driver


Oct 4, 2016 : The World Robotics Report 2016, recently released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) forecasts that compact, user-friendly collaborative robots will become a key driver in the automation market. The report predicts the worldwide annual sales of industrial robots to increase by at least 13 percent on average per year from 2017 to 2019. Human-robot collaboration will have a “breakthrough” in this period, enabling robots and humans to work safely side-by-side without any fences, while increasing production efficiency and quality.“As the market leader of the cobot industry, Universal Robots welcomes the report which confirms the validity of our mission: lowering barriers and enabling automation in areas previously considered too complex or costly,” said Chief Commercial Officer of Universal Robots, Daniel Friis.“Our installed base of more than 10,000 cobots worldwide illustrates the dramatic growth potential of this game-changing automation technology. We enable small and medium-sized enterprises to optimise their competitiveness on the global stage with an industry leading payback period.”Industries predicted by IFR to adopt cobots at an increasing rate include automotive, the plastics industry, electronics assembly and the machine tool industry. These are all key sectors in Southeast Asia, and where Universal Robots is seeing strong traction.“UR robots are now increasingly deployed on the auto assembly line, working hand-in-hand with employees, by relieving them of ergonomically unfavourable tasks. We have recent case studies documenting how cobots quadrupled injection moulding production, and how our new UR3 table-top robot is now a sought-after automation tool for light assembly, such as circuit board handling,” said Friis.UR 5In Asia, strong, continued robot growth is forecasted by IFR, with the recent report suggesting a rise of 18 percent in robot supplies this year, while installations are expected to rise by 15 percent. China is predicted to remain the main driver of robot growth, expanding its dominance with almost 40 percent of the global robot supply being installed in China by 2019.“Asia is a strong focus area for Universal Robots. We opened a Shanghai subsidiary in 2013 and are constantly expanding our distributor network in the regions where customers are increasingly using our cobots to optimise product quality and automate repetitive tasks that many manufacturers have difficulty staffing with manual labour,” said Friis.According to Friis, the demand for consumer goods across global markets is pushing manufacturers to produce innovative, high-quality products more quickly, consistently, and sustainably around the world.“To support the growing demand for flexible cobot solutions, Universal Robots recently launched Universal Robots+, an online showroom for end-effectors, software, peripherals and accessories from the UR ecosystem of 3rd-party developers that are optimised to work flawlessly with UR robots. This allows UR’s integrators, distributors and customers to hit the ground running when completing their next UR robot installation,” said Friis.Complementing Universal Robots+, is the new UR Academy, which includes free e-learning modules available to all that make up the basic programming training for UR robots. This includes adding end-effectors, connecting I/Os for communication with external devices and setting up safety zones. Universal Robots expects the initiative to help support Industry 4.0.“It's unprecedented in the industry to provide hands-on interactive teaching modules available for free with no licensing required. The Academy offers an[...]

Kaspersky Lab Presents the First Cybersecurity Index


Sep 27, 2016 :Do you know how safe – or unsafe – it currently is online? How many people run the risk of falling victim to cybercriminals today, without suspecting it? And how many have fallen victim already? To assess the situation Kaspersky Lab is launching its Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index – the first global index to measure the current cyberthreat levels faced by Internet users. Kaspersky Lab has previously joined forces with B2B International to carry out regular large-scale online surveys in different countries, in order to evaluate how Internet users behave online, what their concerns are, what issues they face and how they defend themselves against possible threats. The Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index is based on this data, collected from thousands of users across the globe. The index combines three key indicators, which are measured every six months and which provide the information needed to monitor the degree of risk to the average Internet user. The Concerned Indicator shows the percentage of people who believe they may be targeted by a cyberattack. This indicator shows the degree to which users realize the danger to which they are exposed. The Affected Indicator identifies how many people have actually fallen victim to cyberattacks during the reporting period – e.g., have faced data leakage or extortion online. The Protected Indicator shows the number of users who have installed a security solution on the device they use to access the Internet. This is the average figure for all the devices used, including computers and mobile devices. The Cybersecurity Index (which is described as 21%–29%–60%) is formed from a detailed survey carried out in August 2016, in 21 countries across the globe. According to the data, only one-in-five users (21%) currently believe he or she is threatened by anything online. At the same time, almost one third of users (29%) have fallen victim to cybercriminal schemes (for example, 8% have had their accounts hijacked and 22% have had their devices infected by malware). However, only 60% of users have installed security solutions on all the devices they use to access the Internet. The Index demonstrates that, today, many users underestimate cyberthreats even after facing them. This attitude inevitably affects their security. “We created the Index to draw the attention of users, the media and vendors to the issue of cybersecurity. Many users today, we believe, do not expect to come face-to-face with cyberthreats, so they fail to install security solutions on their devices and behave carelessly online. This makes them easy targets for cybercriminals. The Index reflects the results of this approach: today, 29% of people have been affected by online threats. We are calling on all Internet users to improve their cyber savviness and adopt a responsible approach, both for their own protection and to that of their loved ones. Security, we believe, must be shared,” believes Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. To learn more about the index, view its indicators for different countries, ages and genders, and to find out more about the behavior of users online, please visit (currently in English only). More advice on behaving securely online can be found here:[...]

Calling out to Malaysia’s Excel Ninjas, the Excel World Championship is here!


Sep 26, 2016 - Kuala Lumpur

Microsoft announces the Malaysia leg of the Excel World Championships. Excel fans can show off their skills as they work through questions focusing on data management, data visualization and formula writing. Students, consultants, working professionals and Excels fans alike are encouraged to join the trials, from 3 October 2016.

The key dates for #ExcelChampMY championship are:
  • Trial Round: 3 – 7 October 2016
  • Quarter finals: 12 – 21 October 2016
  • Semi-finals: 27 October 2016
  • Finals: 18 November 2016

The winner will take home a Surface Pro 4 and gets to compete at the Global Excel Championship in 2017 for a chance to meet the brains behind Excel

To sign up for the competition and more details, head over to Participating countries include Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey, amongst others. Microsoft Malaysia is excited to take part in this challenge to showcase our Malaysia Boleh spirit!

IT News Week 5 Sep 2016


For IT News Week 4 Sep 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 30, 2016 - Scuderia Toro Rosso Extends Sponsorship Agreement with AcronisPR - Sep 30, 2016 - MTV International Announces New Original Snapchat SeriesPR - Sep 29, 2016 - Canvas Creates Industry’s First Mobile Annotation Capability for Best-in-Class Learning ManagementPR - Sep 29, 2016 - Microsoft: Turning digital classrooms into realityPR - Sep 28, 2016 - MyIX Records New High Point of 170Gbps for Internet Data Exchange in MalaysiaPR - Sep 27, 2016 - Openreach Selects Huawei to Help Deliver G.FAST Ultrafast Broadband in the UKPR- Sep 26, 2016 - ASUS Announced First ROG Concept Store in Malaysia!PR - Sep 26, 2016 - Silver Peak Appoints Tricia Png as Regional Director of ASEANPR - Sep 30, 2016 - Scuderia Toro Rosso Extends Sponsorship Agreement with Acronis Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection which partnered with the team in occasion of last week’s Hungarian GP, are very pleased to announce the extension of the agreement to a new long-term partnership, designed to reach new heights in racing and technological product development. Founded in September, 2003 in Singapore by CEO Serguei Beloussov, Acronis is the first Singapore principle company to sponsor a team in the world’s premier racing series.The new partnership will lead to rapid innovation, increased safety and enhanced performance during races and off the track.Scuderia Toro Rosso produces up to 700 GB of data every race weekend. Hundreds of sensors with multiple data points monitor the cars, providing real-time information, which is immediately analyzed and used through the race to improve performance. The data is also transferred to Toro Rosso’s base in Faenza, Italy, where a support group of engineers and data analysts use it for car improvements and new race strategies.Scuderia Toro Rosso is an R&D powerhouse, which analyses massive amounts of data and fine-tunes cars for each new race, depending on previous history and the current track conditionPR - Sep 30, 2016 - MTV International Announces New Original Snapchat Series Dying to know what inspired Cara Delevingne’s bad girl style and how you can cop some of it? Or, perhaps you think it’s funny when couples get ambushed on the street and are made to reveal the awkward secrets on their smartphones? MTV’s got you covered on these matters with its new wave of international Snapchat Discover shows, inviting fans into the enticing wardrobes of some of their favourite celebrities, while also presenting a new super-awkward mini-gameshow that asks couples to guess what secrets are hidden on their partner’s phone.PR - Sep 29, 2016 - Canvas Creates Industry’s First Mobile Annotation Capability for Best-in-Class Learning ManagementCanvas, the open online learning management system (LMS) from Instructure that makes teaching and learning easier, is announcing the immediate availability of a new annotation feature in its mobile application. This makes Canvas the only LMS to provide this capability, which streamlines the process of distributing and completing digital assignments.As schools become increasingly digital, teachers and students are often faced with many disparate online tools that can force convoluted, confusing processes for downloading and uploading. Hence, this new annotation feature allows work to be completed inside Canvas, reducing a 20+ step process to three steps by allowing students to open, annotate, and submit an assignment directly within Canvas.PR - Sep 29, 2[...]

Data privacy: Gotta catch ‘em all


Michael Bishop, Regional Counsel, APAC, CommvaultMichael Bishop Pokémon Go is all the rage at the moment. Many gamers in Asean – Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – can already be seen catching the Pokémon characters when the app launched in the region recently. Despite some commentators expressing concerns about the privacy implications of the app and others like it, the game is estimated to have been downloaded over 100 million times worldwide. However, there continue to be wide-ranging concerns over the manner the app is said to gain access to users’ private data.While the app has used the disruptive nature of Augmented Reality to drive a further paradigm shift in how we use and interact with technology, it has also raised broader privacy concerns over the type and volume of information collected by the app. As a lawyer and technophile, I am both excited by the possibilities of Augmented Reality and concerned over these wider privacy implications.The personal data and information collected by the app is a critical, strategic business asset and a rich source of innovation and value. Companies that best manage that asset while enriching customer experience, do so through a holistic data management policy. That policy should offer a meaningful data privacy experience through informed consent and collection, rigorous data security measures that prevent unauthorised access, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.At the heart of privacy laws are the issues of control over your personal information and personal choice. However, with this app and other game-based apps, the take-it-or-leave-it nature of the terms and conditions means they are generally only seen as an obstacle to playing the game because there are no other options.Some commentators feel it may reflect an increasing trend that users are becoming unconcerned or apathetic about sharing their personal information. When launched, the app’s terms allow access to the Google accounts of all iOS users, which include emails and private photos. Are users really apathetic about their private mails and photos being accessible or is the likelier conclusion that users are simply not taking the time to read the terms and understand the consequences?Whichever conclusion is drawn, a key driver in any data management policy (particularly when collecting personal data) is whether sufficient security measures have been put in place to protect personal data, and the susceptibility of personal information to cyber-attacks. We have already seen hacking groups like OurMine carry out DDoS attacks on Niantic’s servers, causing significant downtime for Pokémon Go users. Another group, PoodleCorp, is threatening to carry out a DDoS attack some time this month. These groups claim they want to highlight system weaknesses and teach the makers how to protect their servers. Regardless, attacks are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, and companies can struggle to roll back reputational damage suffered from high-profile data breaches.The world is changing at a rapid rate – as is the way we interact with the world around us and each other. Technology, such as Augmented Reality, helps to accelerate these new world paradigm shifts in how we use and interact with technology while simultaneously creating new forms of social networking that connect real and digital worlds.However, rapid acceleration and adoption of new technologies will inevitably give rise to further privacy issues as more and more perso[...]

IT News Week 4 Sep 2016


For IT News Week 3 Sep 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR- Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMsPR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience SegmentsPR - Sep 22, 2016 - Sophos Placed in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive YearPR - Sep 21, 2016 - Bandar Sunway - Making Waves at Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS and NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel SolutionsPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Dimension Data & AIG Malaysia Partner to Offer End to End Cyber Security ProtectionPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Limelight Networks Expands Content Delivery With New Point-of-Presence and Increases Capacity More Than 200% In MalaysiaPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Philips izzy multiroom speaker rangePR - Sep 19, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera empower the future of Malaysia’s Digital Economy with big data skills training for academic institutionsPR - Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMsKaspersky Lab experts have investigated how cybercriminals could exploit new ATM authentication technologies planned by banks. While many financial organizations consider biometric-based solutions to be one of the most promising additions to current authentication methods, if not a complete replacement for them, cybercriminals see biometrics as a new opportunity to steal sensitive information.According to a Kaspersky Lab investigation into underground cybercrime, there are already at least twelve sellers offering skimmers capable of stealing victims’ fingerprints. And at least three underground sellers are already researching devices that could illegally obtain data from palm vein and iris recognition systems.The first wave of biometric skimmers was observed in “presale testing” in September 2015. Evidence collected by Kaspersky Lab researchers reveals that during the initial testing, developers discovered several bugs. However, the main problem was the use of GSM modules for biometric data transfer – they were too slow to transfer the large volume of data obtained. As a result, new versions of skimmers will use other, faster data transfer technologies.PR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience Segments MediaMath today announced the introduction of AudiencePLUS (APAC), the region’s first mobile audience segment collection for digital marketers, on its TerminalOne platform. This is in partnership with Mobilewalla, the owner and operator of the largest consumer intelligence platform on mobile, and enables marketers to better identify and target individuals through 120+ audience segments with more than 600 million unique, targetable devices, in twelve countries throughout the regionWith the mobile-first nature of consumers in APAC, MediaMath clients will now be able to target customers on their mobile devices based on multiple characteristics, such as demographics, behaviour, and location. As a result, marketers will now be able to plug AudiencePLUS segments into their marketing campaigns, and further establish a digital connection directly to the mobile devices of their target consumers, thereby extending possible business outcomes.Rahul Vasudev, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at MediaMathRahul Vasudev, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at MediaMath, comments: “The profile of our c[...]

Oracle Beats Amazon Web Services in Head-to-Head Cloud Database Comparison


Sep 20, 2016 - Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco: Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison today demonstrated that Amazon databases are 20 years behind the latest release of the Oracle Database in the Cloud. In his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Ellison shared detailed analysis that showed that Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for OLTP, and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads than Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud is up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.Larry Ellison during keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2016“Oracle’s new technologies will drive the Cloud databases and infrastructure of the future,” said Ellison. “Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”Ellison also announced the availability of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud with the launch of the new Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service. This service provides the full enterprise edition of the Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure. Starting at just $175 per month, Ellison showed this Cloud service is lower cost than similar offerings from Amazon.With the launch of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Cloud first, Oracle has demonstrated that the Oracle Cloud is the most optimized, complete and integrated Cloud for Oracle Database. The latest release provides organizations of all sizes with access to the world’s fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost-effective and open Cloud environment. In addition, the world’s #1 database includes a series of innovations that add state-of-the-art technology while preserving customer investments and supporting their transition to the Cloud.Ellison shared detailed analysis during his keynote that showed how the new Oracle DBaaS delivers unparalleled performance for analytics, online transaction processing (OLTP) and mixed database workloads. In a direct comparison between Oracle DBaaS and Amazon databases, Ellison shared the following analysis:Oracle Cloud Database is dramatically faster than Amazon Cloud Databases:Oracle Cloud is up to 105X faster for analytics than Amazon RedshiftOracle Cloud is up to 35X faster for OLTP than Amazon AuroraAmazon is 20 years behind Oracle in database technologyAmazon Aurora is missing critical OLTP features that Oracle shipped 20 years ago, including scalable read-write clusters, parallel SQL and the ability to replicate encrypted databasesAmazon Redshift is missing critical analytics features that Oracle shipped 20 years ago, including table partitioning, materialized views, support for rich data types and sophisticated query optimizationAmazon databases do not support mixed workloadsOracle runs analytics workloads 1000+ times faster than Amazon AuroraOracle runs OLTP workloads 1000+ times faster than Amazon RedshiftAmazon databases are more closed than IBM Mainframe databases, and are not compatible with on-premise enterprise database applicationsAmazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift and Amazon DynamoDB only run on AWSWith AWS, organizations can’t use dev/test for on-premises, can’t use disaster protection for on-premises, management is incompatible with on-premis[...]

IT News Week 3 Sep 2016


For IT News Week 2 Sep 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital EraPR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction IndexPR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generationPR - Sep 14, 2016 - Siemens launches new lean paperless manufacturing solution, reduces engineering and operation effortPR - Sep 13, 2016 - Barracuda Backup Enhancements to Further Safeguard Against Ransomware AttacksPR - Sep 12, 2016 - Biostar Tops ITX Series With Flagship Racing Z170GTN MotherboardPR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital EraGartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2021, video will account for about 70 percent of mobile data traffic. With cloud services, video streaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile connectivity growing at exponential rates, organizations must ensure that the infrastructure they deploy today can support dramatic future traffic growth. At the same time, as network operational complexity continues to grow, improved visibility and automation are becoming essential to achieving business agility.To meet these requirements, Brocade today announced the Brocade® SLX™ 9850, a next-generation data center routing solution designed to support the exponential growth in network traffic and deliver the advanced functionality that organizations require as they accelerate their digital transformation.The SLX 9850 router includes embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture™ to deliver pervasive network visibility for unparalleled insight to meet increasingly stringent service levels. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of Brocade Workflow Composer™ to provide server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation. The extensible SLX 9850 provides industry-leading density, scale and performance for 10/40/100GbE data center use cases.PR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generationMicrosoft Malaysia’s (“Microsoft’s”) Intern to MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) organized its third annual TechFemme event, to celebrate gender diversity in technology and inspire more young women to pursue a career in IT.Held on 10 September at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, the Malaysia version of the APAC-wide event saw distinguished speakers such as Datin Rowena Florece, HR Director, Microsoft Malaysia; Jasmine Begum, Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia and Emerging Markets; Sulin Lau, Head of Marketing Services, Maxis Berhad; Kym Lim, Managing Director, HP Malaysia and Jessica Li, co-founder of Dah Makan, speaking to a crowd of about 150 university students.Organizing TechFemme is an example of how Microsoft creates a customized learning experience for its interns through its robust Intern to MACH program. The Intern to MACH program is aimed at building a strong talent pipeline for Microsoft Malaysia, and adding to the diversity of the organization.The over 150 participants at TechFemme 2016, held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus on 10 September.PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction IndexWhere in the world a[...]

Malaysian Prepaid & Postpaid Mobile Plans Comparison


Check out this article (by which tips on choosing mobile plan - four factors to consider:

  • Usage
  • Extra Features
  • Convenience
  • Flexibility

In my personal opinion, I chose Maxis Postpaid notwithstanding the following reasons:

  • Loyalty - My first sim card was Maxis prepaid
  • Coverage - Based on experience, Maxis offers a better coverage in Klang Valley
  • Pricing - I am not so particular about pricing yet, currently, I am paying RM 88 for just a 1GB data plan
  • Data plan - I admit that my data plan does not offer big value for money, however, I am not a heavy data plan user because I subscribed to other broadband plans at home and workplace.
  • Payment - I make payment monthly online, no hassle - the bill also arrives timely monthly (very important).

It also offers comparison charts between prepaid and postpaid for Maxis, Digi, Celcom & UMobile.

Siemens International Press Trip 2016 : Digitalization Increases Competiveness


Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, recently concluded an event entitled “How digitalization increases competitiveness in Southeast Asia”, where it brought together various spokespersons and customers, namely Evonik and PSA Singapore Terminals, to present the topic of Digitalization through a series of panel discussions and facility tours.

Day 1 – How Digitalization increases competitiveness in the Chemical Industry in Southeast Asia
Day 2 – Providing higher efficiency and safety with automated stacking cranes

The key findings from the panel sessions as well as spokespersons quotes, while enclosed below are the short summaries:

Siemens is paving the way towards industrial digitalization
  • Digitalization is a major trend and innovation driver, creating completely new business and growth opportunities for companies.
  • Siemens terms its approach to Digitalization and its way towards Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. With Digital Enterprise, Siemens provides optimum support for customers, regardless of their company size and the industry they are in, as they move towards Industrie 4.0.
  • Siemens paves the way to Digital Enterprise in process industries from Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations, using a common data-backbone with Comos and Simatic PCS 7 with open interfaces, based on strong offerings for Industrial Communication, Industrial Security and Industrial Services.

Siemens is a leading provider of high-quality, reliable and flexible integrated automation and drive solutions for the Chemical industry
  • For the past three years, it has been providing digitalization solutions to Evonik Industries, a German specialty chemicals company, for its manufacturing plants in Singapore.
  • Since the operation of Evonik’s Methionine production complex in 2014, Siemens has supplied Totally Integrated Power (TIP), which provides a fully integrated energy management solution. It has enabled Evonik to minimize downtime and maximize energy efficiency, while simultaneously ensuring power quality and flexibility.
  • In May 2015, Siemens successfully installed an Efficient Plant Operation using Simatic PCS 7 Alarm Management Solution for Evonik Industries’ expanded oil additives plant in Jurong Island to reduce the alarm load in the control room by filtering, aggregating and prioritizing alarms.

As a close partner of the Cranes industry with more than 100 years of experience, Siemens has extensive knowledge concerning control and automation applications for cranes
  • Siemens possesses a wide range of cutting-edge components and systems to provide a holistic support to customers.
  • Siemens’ Simocrane technology platform covers the crane requirements arising in harbor applications and in the industrial sector of the steel and paper industry, in shipbuilding and in numerous other industrial applications.
  • Globally, more than 5,500 container cranes have been equipped with Siemens products, systems and solutions in the last decade.