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Updated: 2017-04-26T05:17:41.049+08:00

 



Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses

2017-04-24T08:46:53.956+08:00

By Owen Taraniuk, Vice President of Asia Pacific, CommvaultThe human heart beats more than 100,000 times daily and close to 40 million times per year — chalking up three billion heartbeats in a person’s lifetime. Much like the human heart, data is what keeps the digital and customer-led economy pumping.Owen Taraniuk, VP of APAC, CommvaultStudies have shown that companies utilising data-driven insights to make strategic decisions have improved their productivity by up to 33 percent. At the same time, the big data and analytics market has exceeded IDC’s predictions by over 50 percent with the analyst group now expecting to see worldwide revenues reach nearly $187 billion by 2019. The writing is on the wall – businesses need to leverage data to conquer today’s disruptive age and stay ahead of the curve. CEOs know this but the question that is keeping them up at night is: how? Volumes of data: beating through the body’s engine roomIn our digital economy, the volume of data will continue to grow. The pace of growth will also continue to accelerate rapidly. Just like the heartbeat, a steady stream of data flows through businesses, providing the necessary insights for business and decision making. Data pools are just like the chambers in our hearts where data is ‘crunched’ and useful information can be extracted – the same way the heart oxygenates and distributes blood throughout the human body. Data must be analysed by companies to transform it into useful information they can then use to make smart, impactful business decisions. The ability to manage this massive flow of data, as it grows in volume, is pertinent to keep businesses running. Variety of data: extracting life-sustaining information for today’s businessesAccording to IDC, analysts are set to achieve an additional $430 billion in productivity gains over their less analytically oriented peers 2020 – pointing to the tangible results that businesses experience when they embrace data analytics to derive information-led insights. Think of it as data receiving oxygen, much like how blood distributes and carries that life-giving element to the rest of the body. But before data can be put together into insights, it must be extracted from the company’s various departmental data pools. Before reaching other parts of the body, blood vessels must first gather and bring blood to the heart to receive oxygen – much like how a vast variety of information is centralised and passed through the boardroom, having been extracted from. This information is then “oxygenated” and enhanced with relevant insights that allows for better business decisions. The problem is this – enterprise data is not uniform. Today, the variety of enterprise data – its format, how it is stored, where it is stored and how it is accessed – presents a daunting challenge to one and all. The question is how do you make sense of it all? As businesses move towards a hybrid IT infrastructure environment, the management of data becomes more complex. With thousands of apps, users, processes and regulations, the time for businesses to re-think their data strategy is now! Velocity of well-managed data: running through my veinsOnce valuable insights from data are extracted, they can then be pumped to the different parts of the company to improve profitability and operational efficiency. The speed at which these data insights are pumped through the business will depend on how deeply and quickly leaders across the company embrace a data-first culture. Ultimately, a leadership team and a workforce that fully embodies a data-first mentality and approach will drive innovation across all parts of the company. Where do you begin? Equip staff to embrace a data-driven economy by providing right data skills, the necessary IT infrastructure, and thorough health checks to keep data safe. All this will help mitigate the losses that come with data leaks and mismanagement which often accompany poorly thought-out data strategies. Data the heartbeat of businesses: eat your vitamins, schedule your vacc[...]



IT News Week 4 Apr 2017

2017-04-23T15:20:54.722+08:00

For IT News Week 3 Apr 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. Apr 21, 2017 - COLORFUL Announces Sponsorship of RNG E-SPORTS PR - Apr 21, 2017 - Reader Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2017 PR - Apr 20, 2017 - People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37EUR, Kaspersky Lab study reveals PR - Apr 20, 2017 - Jabra Speak 710 Speakerphone: Immersive Call & Sound Experience PR - Apr 20, 2017 - BTI Consultants Joins Career Partners International Group PR - Apr 18, 2017 - SG - Bank Mandiri embarks on Big Data Journey with Cloudera to Deliver Unparalleled Customer Experience PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Swan (accounting software) Debuts with free-for-life Offer Criteo - Apr 13, 2017 - Online Retail and Travel Purchases in Malaysia Increase in the Lead Up to Ramadan Mergermarket - Apr 12, 2017 - Q1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report PR - Apr 12, 2017 - Cloudera and Industry Software Leaders Collaborate to Cultivate Data Professionals in Malaysia Apr 21, 2017 - COLORFUL Announces Sponsorship of RNG E-SPORTS COLORFUL Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, announces its official sponsorship of esports team RNG E-SPORT from China. COLORFUL has a deep sense of regard for the gaming industry and is excited be part of it and since CGU, COLORFUL’s official championship tournament all the way to LPL, COLORFUL wants to be as active as it can be to connect with gamers and learn more about their needs.The gaming culture has always been part of COLORFUL’s development process and is a source of ways in pushing their products to be better which is why it is the gamers’ best choice. And the best deserves only the best and right now, the organization who best exemplifies that would be RNG E-SPORT, a famous esports organization in China and are at the top of the world rankings as well as being loved by a lot of gamers. Its members Uzi, Mlxg and BayBay are some of the most notable names in their league. COLORFUL will be providing RNG E-SPORT with high-end equipment but also powerful resources so they can battle their way to grand stage without any obstacle. PR - Apr 21, 2017 - Reader Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2017 Malaysia’s most trusted brands and household names took centre stage at the 19th Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards, held yesterday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Two local personalities who have won the hearts and minds of Malaysian consumers are: Gina Woon, winner for Most Trusted TV Presenter for her work as news anchor and face of Media Prima Bhd; and the multi-talented Adibah Noor, winner for Most Trusted Entertainer, for a career spanning two decades, that sees her currently hosting Ceria Pagi, the popular week-day breakfast radio show on Suria FM. The awards are conducted annually, with winners voted entirely by Malaysian consumers, providing a genuine market endorsement for those topping the polls. Over 2,500 Malaysians – both members of the public and Reader’s Digest subscribers – participated in the study. Winning brands in Malaysia are a mix of local and international names such as Samsung, Public Mutual, Bank Islam, Blackmores, Pos Laju, Knife, Top and Spritzer. From banks to private universities, TVs to household products, the Winners’ List at www.rdasiatrustedbrands.com is a snapshot of Malaysian consumer commitment. PR - Apr 20, 2017 - People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37EUR, Kaspersky Lab study reveals While people claim to value their memories more than any other form of data stored on their digital devices, they are happy to sell them for little money, research by Kaspersky Lab shows. A survey has shown that for 49% of people, private and sensitive photos of themselves are the most precious data they have on their devices, followed by photos of their children and spouses. The thought of losing these precious memories is considered more distressing for them than the prospect of a car accident, breaking up with a partner, or a quarrel[...]



Huawei : Digital divide is now a digital chasm

2017-04-21T17:23:03.081+08:00

Apr 18, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

Huawei is back with their Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017. The fourth annual study shows how countries are progressing with digital transformation based on 40 unique indicators that cover five technology enablers: broadband, data centers, cloud, big data and Internet of Things. According to some of the findings, digitally-developed economies around the globe are continuing to progress due to larger investments and adoptions in ICT. At the same time, digitally-developing economies have also started to accelerate their growth by investing strategically in ICT capabilities and their digital transformation journeys – yet the gap between the two continues to grow.

Malaysia made a notable improvement from 2015, climbing five positions in the ranks. This is an outcome of the government’s aggressive investment to improve its international bandwidth, 4G coverage and Cloud over the past three years. This significant increase can also be attributed to citizens’ increased in usage and improved experience with ICT. The overall ICT strategy that brings these activities together has enabled Malaysia to increase the contribution of its Digital Economy sector to account for 17% of its national economy in 2016, one of the highest in the world, according to the Department of Statistics of Malaysia.


The report said economic planners should give priority attention to widening inequality, noting “the digital divide becomes a digital chasm”. “By examining three years of GCI data, we see growing inequality, an ICT version of the ‘Matthew Effect’ – the sociology theory that states: ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’. This suggests, groups or individuals that have an accumulated advantage over time not only succeed, but leverage their initial advantage to pull farther and farther ahead of competitors. Policy makers need to understand that this widening digital divide will impact every sector of the economy and society. Nations that cannot build sustainable economic growth may also have difficulty in feeding, educating and providing job opportunities for their people,” the report said.

“The widening gap has had a significant impact on countries as they develop and work their way toward digital transformation,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing. “To stay competitive, nations at an early stage of digital transformation will need to prioritize ICT infrastructure development, especially broadband connectivity and cloud adoption to a strategic level in economic planning to activate local resources and reach sustainable growth. At the same time, nations aiming to capitalize on their Frontrunner status will want to prioritize cloud as a potent catalyst to initiate a chain reaction of transformation through big data and IoT.”

Check out the full article.



Facebook Mobile Solutions for Advertisers

2017-04-21T10:26:29.183+08:00

Apr 11, 2017:Facebook has today announced updates and new features to its mobile solutions for advertisers after hitting 5 million active advertisers on its platform. Ads Manager AppAmong the updated features is the optimization of the Ads Manager App to increase the ease of managing ad performance and gain insights in. At a glance, users can see how ads for their Pages are performing and compare the performance week by week. The improved navigation allows users to easily switch between accounts and even select up to five ads for side-by-side comparison. New one-click options have also been introduced to reinstate high-performing ads and refine or add new interests to audience targeting. Facebook Mobile Ads ManagerMobile Studio In a response to businesses wanting faster, easier and more cost-efficient ways to create new content, Facebook created Mobile Studio, a new way to show businesses how easy it is to create great ads using only a mobile device. Mobile Studio offers important tips and simple tools to help you bring your businesses to life without eating up time, energy or resources. Facebook Mobile StudioCase Study : ServisHero Facebook is committed to empowering small businesses and the results reflect the efforts. A local Malaysian example is ServisHero, a platform that allows users to book service professionals hassle-free. Using audience identification and targeted carousel ads, ServisHero saw a large increase in job requests and 32 times more mobile app installs in a five month period from February to June 2016. Strategy: Facebook’s goal is to help build and empower communities, which includes small businesses. And today, Facebook is announcing that more than 5 million businesses, all over the world, actively advertise on Facebook. In a mobilized economy, Facebook can help small businesses become large and local businesses become global. We are investing to create simple solutions to help small businesses grow in today’s mobile economy. With Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, small businesses can: SAVE TIME AND SEE WHAT’S WORKING with new enhancements to the Ads Manager App GET CREATIVE new tips to create ads using a mobile device LEARN NEW SKILLS on Blueprint e-learning. COMMUNICATE WITH CUSTOMERS A single inbox to help businesses communicate with customers across FB, Messenger and IG. FIND NEW CUSTOMERS, NEAR AND FAR: Targeting solutions to reach new customers all over the world. LEARN FROM LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS: Small Business councils in the US, India, Brazil and Germany, and launching to more countries this year. [...]



The ETHERnet Fax Machine (Review)

2017-04-24T09:54:49.822+08:00

The idea is pretty straight forward : you want to send and receive fax without having a land line and a fax device. Period.

In retrospect, almost all businesses in Malaysia are still using fax machine which many are conventional type - latest fax machines are usually hybrid type which combines fax via telephony channel or Internet.

And etherFAX is the wrapper for all that - it is analogous to cloud based contemporary fax machine.


EtherFAX caters three methods of faxing:

I.) From your email such as gmail - send your email to faxnumber@etherfax.my

II.) From MS Office - send your documents to etherFAX online fax printer.

II.) From etherFAX web site known as etherFAX web console.




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3 channels of operation

Getting Started ?

Step 1 : Select a package.

Step 2 : Click 'subscribe'.

Step 3 : Choose a fax number

Step 4 : Fill up account info

Step 5 : Fill up contact info

Final step: Payment.


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Packages and pricing

Fax is received in two modes : 1.) Login to your account at etherFAX web console; 2.) via email as PDF attachment.

Tutorials:

1.) Using etherFAX web console

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2.) Send fax using your email

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Check out infographic on the state of faxing in general.



Use C# to Write Cross-Platform Codes

2017-04-20T09:51:33.923+08:00

With the recent release of .NET Core, you can now use C# to write cross-platform codes.

This contains the 1.0 final release of the new MSBuild based .NET Core Tools.

The tools are supported on Windows, macOS and Linux. You can use them at the command-line, with VS Code or as part of Visual Studio 2017.

Using Visual Studio 2017, you can create .NET Standard libraries, .NET Core apps/libraries and ASP.NET web projects that use the new csproj format.

https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/releasenotes/vs2017-relnotes#dotnetcore

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/03/07/announcing-net-core-tools-1-0/

Get started, check out the following video.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/dotnet/Get-started-VSCode-Csharp-NET-Core-Windows



Three trends to watch in 2017: B2B2X, Video Service Providers & Customer Experiences

2017-04-17T23:20:01.665+08:00

Ian Watterson, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, CSG International Goodbye 2016, hello 2017. The telecommunications landscape is set to see a drastic transformation this year as the industry continues to transform its business models and services to better serve the digital consumer. In Singapore, we will see the entry of the nation’s fourth telco, TPG. Companies like TPG represent the future of telecommunications in Singapore – in line with service providers looking to transform their business models to better serve digital consumers - while managing traditional networks and systems. With TPG being the first digital-only operator, such service providers will provide consumers with greater price competitiveness and customer experience over its competitors. Ian Waterson, Managing Director, APAC, CSG InternationalDigital services to consumers on-the-go are reaching an all-time high, and the entry of TPG is certainly timely. 2017 may just be the year when we see such “B2B2X” business models – digital services delivered to any number of end-users, including enterprise, retail, partner, suppliers or end consumers – contribute significantly to a service provider’s revenues. Here are three emerging trends that will shape the communications services landscape in the coming year. B2B2X business models, enabled by the IoT, will take shape The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape has introduced a whole new level of connectivity to the industry – from sensors knowing when you’re out of laundry detergent, to new advances in healthcare. The IoT-driven customer experience will become more sophisticated, and continue to spur innovations across all industry verticals in 2017. IoT-powered evolution will better position service providers to drive profits from selling network and data services in a “B2B2X” model. Singtel, as a case in point, is embracing 5G in the context of the IoT. The service provider has started investing in sectors such as data, digitization and cyber security. In particular, DataSpark is a new initiative to explore data and location analytics for businesses and governments alike. On the other hand, while IoT is relatively in its early stages in Indonesia, telecommunication providers such as Telkom has announced plans to invest in it to develop the potential it has to offer. The telco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on new business developments including IoT and smart products, with SK Telecom of South Korea. Not only that, PT PINS Indonesia, a subsidiary of Telkom, recently unveiled plans for a new virtual marketplace for IoT services in the country. To actually monetize the IoT requires service providers to operate on an open, interoperable, and virtualized digital services platform. Ecosystems of partners will be needed to deliver digital services, also making the ability to manage and settle revenues with myriad partners a critical component of a service provider’s infrastructure. Internet tech giants will dive heavily into video – especially live content We are now past the era of multi-device, and are moving into an era of “multi-connected devices”, making a service provider’s ability to move data to both businesses and consumers more important than ever. Streaming live, premium content enables consumers to access content and information in real-time on their device of preference. In 2017, social networks and streaming services will look to usher in the next generation experience that puts viewers closer to the action – or even in the action by leveraging virtual reality. In Malaysia, Astro has continuously dominated the pay-TV market with 68% TV household penetration[6]. In the next few years, Astro will continue to face fierce competition from competitors such as Internet-TV service iflix, Telekom Malaysia and Netflix, pressurizing it to up its game within the content space. This Janua[...]



IT News Week 3 Apr 2017

2017-04-17T23:33:31.392+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Apr 2017. PR - Apr 13, 2017 - U Mobile Cuts Out All Restrictions - Offers Unlimited Calls and Data from RM 38 PR - Apr 13, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab’s Targeted Attacks Detection Solution is Now Certified by ICSA Labs PR - Apr 13, 2017 - Cloudera Now Accepting Nominations for the Fifth Annual Data Impact AwardsPR - Apr 12, 2017 - Mellanox Technologies Expands Presence in Malaysia as Part of Southeast Asia Expansion PR - Apr 12, 2017 - iPay88 Shares Its First Ever Statistics on Malaysian’s Online Buying Pattern PR - Apr 12, 2017 -  Huawei Services Aims to Address Carriers’ Business Problems PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Shenzhen - Go Digital, Go Cloud Huawei Explores New Growth Potential in an Intelligent World PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Taipei - Biostar Introduces A320 Pro Series AM4 Motherboards PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Fusionex Wins Contract with Hospitality Group Galaxy PR - Apr 11, 2017 - VMware Study: Malaysian Businesses at Risk of Data Breaches as More Than 1 in 3 PR - Apr 11, 2017 - SG - ABN AMRO Clearing Selects Cognizant as Strategic Partner to Cloud-Enable Global IT Infrastructure PR - Apr 10, 2017 - SG - CommunicAsia2017 : Global Futurist to Deliver Keynote on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Large-Scale Industry Transformation PR - Apr 13, 2017 - U Mobile Cuts Out All Restrictions - Offers Unlimited Calls and Data from RM 38 From today, U Mobile postpaid customers will be able to enjoy unlimited data and calls from RM38 through the new postpaid plan, HERO P38. This latest postpaid plan will also include Call-Onz™ - unlimited calls to all networks. Like its predecessors, HERO P38 has no restrictions on when the calls and high speed data may be enjoyed – so whether it is a weekday or a weekend, regardless if you are on 2G, 3G or 4G network, you are getting the best value data experience out there as the postpaid plans starts from just RM38 only. It means customers may enjoy unlimited data for music streaming, social networking, Waze and even video streaming with our partners without ever using their data. UMobile Hero P38 Compares to OthersOn top of that customers are able to tether without worry. For customers who want more, U Mobile will be introducing another HERO Postpaid Plan called P48 on 17 April 2017. Apart from Call-OnzTM and unlimited data for App-onzTM, Music-OnzTM and Waze, customers will get additional 5 GB for Video-Onz™. The total experience is available to customers at just RM48. Call-OnzTM: Unlimited calls to all networks App-OnzTM : Free unlimited data to access Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Music-OnzTM: Free unlimited music streaming with Apple Music, Spotify, tidal and 17 other partners Video-OnzTM: Free unlimited video streaming with YouTube, Netflix, Viu, iflix and 20 other partners Waze: Free unlimited data for Waze PR - Apr 13, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab’s Targeted Attacks Detection Solution is Now Certified by ICSA Labs Kaspersky Lab's Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack (KATA) Platform has successfully passed independent testing by ICSA Labs, in a test rarely performed, which focuses on the efficiency of specialized solutions to protect businesses from advanced and targeted threats. In general, setting up an environment for the fair evaluation of protection against these type of threats is more challenging than testing for the prevention of widespread attacks. In a highly complex simulation of a corporate infrastructure under constant attack, Kaspersky Lab’s solution showed impressive results, detecting 99.44 percent of attacks. The testing took 33 days, during which time the servers emulating corporate infrastructure protected by KATA Platform were constantly attacked: 550 attacks were performed in total. Additionally, the testing scenario included sending 377 “clean samples” to a protected network – benign objects that have certain suspicious characteristics that may be q[...]



Microsoft launches M-Powered in collaboration with Dialogue in the Dark

2017-04-16T09:51:45.285+08:00

Apr 13, 2017 :

Microsoft Malaysia announces the launch of M-Powered – a unique employment and entrepreneurship portal for persons with disabilities. The portal was launched today by YB Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II. Also present at the launch were Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of Dewan Negara and Dr Astrid Tuminez, Senior Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, South East Asia, Microsoft Corporation.

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(L - R ) : Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of Dewan Negara with YB Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II, Dr Astrid Tuminez, Senior Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, South East Asia, Microsoft Corporation and Stevens Chan, CEO and Founder, Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia addressing the media conference at the launch of M-Powered at Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2017



M-Powered is the first of its kind portal in ASEAN that provides employment and entrepreneurial opportunities as well as learning resources via partnerships with government, corporations, academia, multilateral agencies and non-profits. It has been developed by Microsoft in collaboration with MaGIC, non-profit Dialogue in the Dark, as well universities like Sunway, Taylors, APU, UNITAR and content from MYMobile University, with support from Ministry of Human Resources, SME Corp and SME Bank.

M-Powered will provide technical and soft skills learning opportunities and access to job listings to mainstream the disabled community in the economy. To date, M-Powered has several partners including Thriving Talents, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre, Girls in Tech Malaysia, Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation and others who have agreed to come on board to mentor and list job openings on the portal to drive employment. Leading the mentorship and volunteering program are employees of Microsoft Malaysia that have registered on the portal.



Screenshots Mar 2017

2017-04-16T10:17:33.054+08:00

Refer to Screenshots Jan 2017.1.) Google Accounts login to implement new interface... soon .....2.) UOB.com.my implemented secret word to improve Internet security.3.) Oracle claimed Java is installed on 3 Billion Devices to date.4.) Whenever tickets not available, Thai Airways online reservation page returns ERROR.This stops you from continuing further - had it not, you might continue to search tickets for other dates - some kind of strategy ???5.) Whatsapp requests users to submit feedback on whatsapp call immediately after the call is ended.6.) Firefox wants to penetrate iOS market more ...7.) Yahoo email allows option to disable advertisement inside the email.[...]



IPTV Piracy: The Fight Against a New Breed Of Pirates

2017-04-14T13:32:53.769+08:00

By BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference speaker, Pablo Argon, Senior Director Technical Strategy, TV Platforms, Media Solutions at Ericsson, on the fight against IPTV piracy There has never been a better time for TV entertainment. According to most predictions, content for TV is only going to boom from Hollywood to Bollywood. However, despite the success of the media and entertainment industry (M&E), there is the persistent and menacing trouble of online pirates who illegally access content and distribute them via direct downloads from websites, torrents sites, and streaming services. IPTV piracy isn’t a new phenomenon, but with the production in mass of premium content such as 4K, HD with HDR and with new business models for online content distribution (over-the-top streaming, early window release), its market share has started to threaten the revenue of legal pay TV operators.Pablo Argon, Senior Director Technical Strategy,TV Platforms, Media Solutions at EricssonData from SimilarWeb shows that the top 100 illegal IPTV supplier websites get more than 16 million visits per month. What makes the new breed of pirates especially threatening is that they have made IPTV piracy user-friendly and easier to access. They have established a bold and savvy business model that directly and openly competes with legal pay TV operators. They package illegal streams and serve them to consumers on more than 100 channels and some even stream more than 1000 channels through their illegal platforms. They claim to provide customer support and offer high-quality content such as HD channels at staggeringly lower prices compared to their legal counterparts. Complemented with effective marketing campaigns via social media ads, professional websites, and legitimate packaging with set-top box devices powered by Android, Linux and Roku among others, it leads consumers into thinking that these are legal services. There are also technological factors that have accelerated the growth of IPTV piracy. The availability of high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) strippers creates an easy way for pirates to grab video streams right out of the HDMI link. For consumers, improved bandwidth is the likely reason for the recent popularity of illegal content streaming. Access continues to be the defining theme for any conversation about the role of consumers in online piracy. It is worth noticing that in many markets, piracy is driven by the lack of legal offerings. There are many examples of high piracy markets where the arrival of legal streaming services has kerbed the volume of illegal content distributed. What is often ignored is that consumers who are able to afford legal services prioritise user experience and consistent content quality. While pirates exploit viewers’ need for access, the media and entertainment industry is using sophisticated technology to cut pirates from the supply chain. For example, on most devices capable of consuming HD or Ultra-HD content, Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies are implemented using hardware protection mechanisms made possible by the device chipset. DRM implemented leveraging hardware protection ensures that even on rooted devices the content is still safe. Lately, Hollywood studios and sport channels are enforcing the use of forensic watermarking as a requirement for content distribution. Forensic watermarking is the process of embedding a non-visible ID on the content enabling it to be traced back and thus identify where the content leak occurred. This information can then be used to stop the distribution of content to compromised devices or infringing users and to take legal action when appropriate. The content industry is making much effort to ensure premium content is protected end-to-end and therefore to [...]



Limelight Networks : Malaysians have high expectations on website performance

2017-04-11T08:44:01.747+08:00

Mar 30, 2017 :

Smartphones are the go-to device for accessing the Internet throughout South East Asia, and Malaysian consumers expect fast performance of websites across all devices, according to the “State of the User Experience” research report released by Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery.

Our new research shows that Malaysian consumers are online 16 hours or more each week, outside of work, and they have high expectations for website performance, especially when it comes to e-commerce,” said Jaheer Abbas, Regional Sales Director at Limelight. “Nearly everyone surveyed (94%) said that they’re likely to recommend a brand to a friend if they have a positive web experience, and on the flip side, that they’ll leave and go to a competitor if it isn’t a good experience.”



While there is a great deal of behavioral consistency throughout the region, some interesting regional differences were identified. Personalized web experiences were ranked as very important in all countries, but were slightly less so in Singapore. Also, while the majority of respondents regionally will abandon a website if the experience is slow, there is slightly more tolerance in the Philippines.

Despite these differences, the report clearly illustrates the need for organizations to prioritize the optimization of mobile experiences, understand the expectations of consumers within each country rather than implementing a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and accelerate website performance to keep visitors engaged.

Time spent online varies by country and generation. People in the Philippines spend the most time online closely followed by those in Malaysia. People in Singapore are online the least. In Thailand, millennials are online the least, with 34 percent online 16 hours or more a week compared to 42 percent for all other age groups. The gap is even greater in the Philippines, where 39 percent of millennials versus 56 percent of all other age groups are online this amount of time.

Additional insights from the report include:
  • Performance impacts e-commerce sales. Nearly half (48 percent) of Malaysian consumers surveyed will leave a website and go to a competitor if a webpage takes too long to load.
  • Websites should load quickly on all connected devices. 86 percent of Malaysian respondents report they expect equally fast load times on any device.
  • People come for the content. Social media is the top online activity closely followed by online video, and fresh and updated content ranks as the top expectation for web experiences.
  • Consumers want personalization website experiences. Most Malaysian consumers (68 percent) surveyed want a website to remember them and make recommendations based on previous visits.

The “State of the User Experience-South East Asia” report is based on a survey of 1,600 consumers chosen at random in the Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines, aged 18 and over. Download the complete report here.



BIOSTAR Showcases Presence in Asia with Regional Events

2017-04-10T06:30:01.659+08:00

March 30th 2017, Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR is proud to share its unwaivering dedication as a dependable brand as it tours around Asia, bolstering its presence and showing partners, dealers and customers alike that BIOSTAR the wide range of products and solutions in its growing portfolio. BIOSTAR recently concluded a string of launch events across Asia in countries including Thailand, South Korea and China. BIOSTAR showed-off its latest RACING products for both AMD and Intel platforms as well as its new storage solutions partnering with key partners to show-off the excellent feature set and offerings of BIOSTAR products.KOREA  During their visit in Korea, BIOSTAR showcased its 2nd-generation RACING Series motherboards for both Intel 200-series and AMD AM4 series platforms. Models showed-off where the wide array of products including the RACING Series Z270GT9, Z270GT6, B250GT5, B250ET2 and their first mini-ITX products for the Intel 200-series, the RACING Z270GTN and B250GTN. For the AM4 side, BIOSTAR showed off its RACING X370GT7, RACING X370GT5, B350GT5, B350GT3 and the first ITX boards for the AM4 platform with their RACING X370GTN and B250GTN. An overclocking performance was conducted by NameGT to showcase the OC potential of BIOSTAR motherboards.  The event was opened by Mr. Lee, Chairman of Emtek alongside Vice President for Motherboard Business Unit Vincent Lin, stating the determination of promoting BIOSTAR in Korea. Global Marketing Manager Kevin Cheng then proceeded to introduce the various innovations that BIOSTAR brings to gamers followed by Emtek PR leader Mr. Choi discussing the promotion efforts and plans for BIOSTAR in Korea.  A modding showcase was in-place during the launch, endorsed by Emtek with Korean modders to display gaming PCs armed with BIOSTAR products including BIOSTAR SSDs and motherboards. THAILAND  Over in Thailand, BIOSTAR also went on to showcase its recent launch of the AM4 RACING Series motherboard for AMD RYZEN CPU. During the event, BIOSTAR invited overclocker K.Dew to show-off the OC capabilities of BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 motherboard together with AMD Ryzen. A special activity was arranged for end-users dubbed Racing on Ice, a fun-filled mini-game in an ice rink to relax and engage with the end-user attendees.   CHINA  During AMD’s Tech Day event in Beijing earlier this March, AMD CEO Lisa Su personally introduced BIOSTAR’s motherboards in the show reinforcing BIOSTAR’s position as a key partner for AMD.BIOSTAR has successfully met their vision in the APJ area thanks to dedication and hard work that was inputted by their marketing team. BIOSTAR is looking forward in their participation in the world wide Ryzen 5 Launch event and with this, BIOSTAR and AMD expect a partnership that is stronger than before. [...]



64-Bit MyKad Reader Application Source Code

2017-04-09T10:27:11.931+08:00

First of all, proceed to download the MyKad Reader Application Source Code (VB.NET) for 32-bit from:

http://www.yasin.my/blog/son_mykad_reader

http://mykad.codeplex.com/

The code is meant for 32-bit platform - it is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 onwards.

To support 64-bit platform, a few modifications are required.


The idea is to change all Handle type parameters to IntPtr instead of Int32

Refer to the following image for illustration:


Is that simple, save it and recompile.

I have tested this code and it supports HID Omnikey 3121 smart card reader on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

Why IntPtr ?

Refer to the following knowledgebase from Microsoft, it was quoted that:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms973190.aspx

Making all data types 64 bits in length would waste space, because most applications do not need the increased size. However, applications do need pointers to 64-bit data, and they need the ability to have 64-bit data types in selected cases. These considerations led the Windows team to select an abstract data model called LLP64 (or P64). In the LLP64 data model, only pointers expand to 64 bits; all other basic data types (integer and long) remain 32 bits in length.

The .NET CLR for 64-bit platforms uses the same LLP64 abstract data model. In .NET there is an integral data type, not widely known, that is specifically designated to hold 'pointer' information: IntPtr whose size is dependent on the platform (e.g., 32-bit or 64-bit) it is running on.

Other relevant discussion threads found in the Internet:

1.) Using the code targeting 32-bit on 64-bit platform, the scardconnect will returns 6 instead of zero.

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsdesktop/en-US/3efbabeb-ccc7-44c1-b7ed-f4c8e56844ec/help-with-scardconnect-for-vista-64-bit?forum=windowssecurity

2.) http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10635738/error-invalid-handle-in-net-app-with-winscard-dll

3.) Using OpenSC library.

https://github.com/OpenSC/OpenSC/wiki/Malaysian-MyKAD

Dedicated to the spirit of open source and open society - happy coding !!!



IT News Week 2 Apr 2017

2017-04-11T08:35:33.659+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Mar 2017. PR - Apr 7, 2017 - [Pre-order] Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Exclusive Rewards and Privileges Worth Over RM900 PR - Apr 7, 2017 - Users’ Most Sensitive Data is put at Risk from Poor Digital Hygiene, Kaspersky Lab Research Reveals PR - Apr 6, 2017 - Borneo Youth Leadership Conference 2017 : Creating Tomorrow's Leaders, by Empowering Today's Youth PR - Apr 6, 2017 - Canon Launches The EOS 800D, EOS 77D & EOS M6 PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Announces Leadership Change PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Western Digital Increases Capacity of Surveillance-Class Hard Drives to 10TB PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Microsoft Bookings: a new Office 365 service for small businesses!! PR - Apr 4, 2017 - Cloudera Recognized As Emerging Leader in Cybersecurity and Machine Learning PR - Apr 4, 2017 - OutSystems Recognized as a Mobile Low-Code Development Platform Leader PR - Apr 4, 2017 - New U.S Startup Helps Underprivileged Youth with Free Online Sports Courses PR - Apr 4, 2017 - Hitachi Sunway Helps HANA Microelectronics to Implement Siemens Teamcenter in Thailand PR - Apr 3, 2017 - 'COCKROACH Tech Funding' Program to Help Malaysian Startups Get The Right ICT Support PR - Apr 7, 2017 - [Pre-order] Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Exclusive Rewards and Privileges Worth Over RM900 The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are hitting Malaysia shelves. With this, we would like to inform you that both smartphones are now available for pre-order in Malaysia, at 11street online marketplace! This time, Samsung has chosen a bigger screen and a curved edge-to-edge with thinner bezels and fully eliminated the physical home button, whereas its fingerprint scanner has been relocated to the back on the handset. It will be retailed starting from RM3299 for Galaxy S8 and RM3699 for S8+ which you can find them at 11street’s Samsung Galaxy 8 event page (http://www.11street.my/benefit/promotionDetail.do?planDisplayNumber=587865) with an attractive bundle of Limited Edition Starter Kit, 5100mAh Battery Pack and Samsung Protection Plus. . The pre-order will begin from 11th April 2017 with limited units only. PR - Apr 7, 2017 - Users’ Most Sensitive Data is put at Risk from Poor Digital Hygiene, Kaspersky Lab Research Reveals Digital clutter is a phenomenon that plagues modern digital devices, with the increasing levels of information stored on smartphones, tablets and computers put at risk by users’ poor digital hygiene. New research by Kaspersky Lab reveals that user attitudes towards app care and maintenance on their devices is making sensitive data on computers and tablets particularly vulnerable to security threats. The research shows us that keeping control of the content on their devices is a task that users tend to avoid. Only about half of people revise the content on their computers and tablets on a regular basis but as many as two-in-three (63%) people do this on their smartphones. However, this is typically because smartphones have less memory than computers and tablets. In fact, 35% of users have deleted apps on their smartphones due to lack of storage, whereas only 13% of users on computers have done the same. PR - Apr 6, 2017 - Canon Launches The EOS 800D, EOS 77D & EOS M6 Leading imaging products and service solutions provider, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., today broke innovative grounds in imaging capabilities with the official introduction of its latest models in Malaysia – the Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS 77D and Canon EOS M6. All three models are now available at all Canon Image Square and authorized dealers nationwide. Since its debut, the Canon EOS System has consistently aimed to expand the boundaries of photographic expre[...]



The omnichannel imperative to win today’s consumer

2017-04-05T10:54:51.878+08:00

By Zachary King, Vice President, Commercial (Asia), MediaMathMarketing has long shifted from siloes defined by media channels to an approach that puts the consumer first. It is a long-term investment that requires time and resources to better understand consumer behaviour and needs. If done well, the returns are happy and loyal customers with vastly more efficient media spends. The right message, to the right customer, at the right time has long been the holy grail of consumer-first marketing. It is no secret that customer-centric marketing is the key to unlocking, enhancing, and retaining a relationship with customers. A recent Walker study found that customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020. Customer retention, especially, is crucial as 80% of a company’s profits will come from 20% of one’s existing clientele. However, in a dynamic marketplace where customer tastes and preferences are constantly evolving, what is the best approach to omnichannel execution? In this article, Zachary King, Vice President, Commercial (Asia), MediaMath, discusses why businesses must develop an omnichannel approach using a unified and integrated solution that will better align on customer needs and experiences. Data talks Delivering a tailored experience first requires marketers to have a holistic understanding of the habits of their consumers, across all channels. To gain insights into customer behaviour, preferences, and decision-making patterns, marketers can look towards the massive potential of data, including proprietary data and predictive analytics. Insights garnered from the data can then be segmented, analysed, and stored in an ecosystem (preferably on a single platform) that allows marketers to send relevant ads in real-time, across all relevant channels.Zachary King, Vice President, Commercial (Asia), MediaMathConsumer-centric marketing is made possible as this data provides a comprehensive 360-degree outlook on the consumers, giving marketers the ability to convey messages that are truly relevant. Integrating this data into an omnichannel demand-side platform (DSP) will enable businesses to leverage these insights to deliver more effective and efficient media campaigns. An omnichannel approach pushes marketers toward the ultimate goal of enabling personalised relationships and making every marketing interaction relevant for their current customers and prospects. From sneak previews on a business mobile application to checking out sizing and availability at a physical store, omnichannel marketing creates a holistic and seamless experience for consumers. Customers become fans Multichannel marketing, though traditionally effective, is no longer relevant as consumers are looking for a seamless series of interactions with a brand. With the current experience for the consumer akin to an infinite loop, it is becoming more essential than before to keep them engaged as they look to shop on multiple channels, at the same time. To achieve customer-centric marketing, marketers must look for a unified solution to create such a loop for consumers. By controlling aspects such as frequency of ads seen across multiple devices and channels, sequential messaging and activity-based messaging, the customer journey can be directed and controlled through the sales funnel, even though this is no longer recognised as a linear journey. For example, a video ad can be great for brand awareness and then followed up with a compelling display ad to shift a customer’s mindset from mere discovery to awareness. In such ways, the omnichannel loop continuously engages customers by utilising a cu[...]



IBM X-Force Finds Historic Number of Records Leaked and Vulnerabilities Disclosed in 2016

2017-04-03T16:47:50.990+08:00

Mar 29, 2017 - CAMBRIDGE, MA – IBM Security today announced results from the 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records compromised grew a historic 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion. These leaked records include data cybercriminals have traditionally targeted like credit cards, passwords and personal health information, but IBM X-Force also noted a shift in cybercriminal strategies. In 2016, a number of significant breaches related to unstructured data such as email archives, business documents, intellectual property and source code were also compromised. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index is comprised of observations from more than 8,000 monitored security clients in 100 countries and data derived from non-customer assets such as spam sensors and honeynets in 2016. IBM X-Force runs network traps around the world and monitors more than eight million spam and phishing attacks daily while analyzing more than 37 billion web pages and images. “Cybercriminals continued to innovate in 2016 as we saw techniques like ransomware move from a nuisance to an epidemic,” said Caleb Barlow, Vice President of Threat Intelligence, IBM Security. “While the volume of records compromised last year reached historic highs, we see this shift to unstructured data as a seminal moment. The value of structured data to cybercriminals is beginning to wane as the supply outstrips the demand. Unstructured data is big-game hunting for hackers and we expect to see them monetize it this year in new ways.” Spam Surges on Back of RansomwareIn a separate study last year, IBM Security found 70 percent of businesses impacted by ransomware paid over $10,000 to regain access to business data and systems. In the first three months of 2016, the FBI estimated cybercriminals were paid a reported $209 million via ransomware. This would put criminals on pace to make nearly $1 billion from their use of the malware just last year. The promise of profits and businesses increasing willingness to pay empowered cybercriminals to double down on ransomware in 2016. The primary delivery method for ransomware is via malicious attachments in spam emails. This fueled a 400 percent increase in spam year over year with roughly 44 percent of spam containing malicious attachments. Ransomware made up 85% of those malicious attachments in 2016. Shift from Healthcare back to Financial Services In 2015, Healthcare was the most attacked industry with Financial Services falling to third, however, attackers in 2016 refocused back on Financial Services. While Financial Services was targeted the most by cyber-attacks last year, data from the X-Force report shows it was only third in compromised records. The lower success rate versus the high volume of attacks in Financial Services indicates that continued investment in sustained security practices likely helped protect financial institutions. The healthcare industry continued to be beleaguered by a high number of incidents, although attackers focused on smaller targets resulting in a lower number of leaked records. In 2016, only 12 million records were compromised in healthcare - keeping it out of the top 5 most-breached industries. For perspective, nearly 100 million healthcare records were compromised in 2015 resulting in a 88 percent drop in 2016. Information & communication services companies and government experienced the highest number of incidents and records breached in 2016. Information and Communications (3.4 billion records leaked and 85 breaches/incidents) Government (398 million records leaked and 39 breaches/incidents) [...]



IT News Week 5 Mar 2017

2017-04-02T23:51:40.285+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Mar 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. iPrice - Apr 1, 2017 - Amazon Ready To Launch in Malaysia PR - Mar 31, 2017 - AIG Malaysia Wins Best Insurer 2016 Award PR - Mar 31, 2017 - Brocade Extends Gen 6 Fibre Channel Portfolio with a No-Compromise Entry-Level Switch PR - Mar 31, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab : Financial Firms Hit with Million Dollar Losses per Cybersecurity Incident PR - Mar 30, 2017 - Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award 2017 Opens For Nominations With New Criteria PR - Mar 30, 2017 - All Astro customers can now enjoy Astro GO, free PR - Mar 30, 2017 - MyIX to Increase International Peering Partners PR - Mar 29, 2017 - Silver Peak Powers the Thin Branch With EdgeConnect PR - Mar 28, 2017 - Carbon Black : Non-Malware Attacks Pose More Risk to Businesses than Commodity Malware PR - Apr 1, 2017 - Amazon Ready To Launch in Malaysia Amazon with exclusive affiliate partner iPrice Malaysia premieres the first screenshots of the all new and exciting online shopping platform : Amazon.my. Slated to be launched late 2017, millions of local and international products will be made available to Malaysia with same-day delivery service countrywide. Maintaining the ethos of Amazon, the new e-commerce platform in Malaysia will be guided by four principles : customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Partnering Amazon in this new endeavor is iPrice, a meta-search website in seven major countries in SEA as Amazon's prime affiliate partner. With similar values and vision for e-commerce in SEA, iPrice's partnership with Amazon will empower the Seattle based company with the needed marketing channels to aggressively market its products and services to the competitive e-commerce sector. PR - Mar 31, 2017 - AIG Malaysia Wins Best Insurer 2016 Award AIG Malaysia Insurance Berhad, a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., won the Best Insurer 2016 award at the MRC Symposium 2017, here yesterday. The main criteria of winning the award, was based on the best turn-around time in the approval of motor claims amongst all the general insurers in Malaysia. AIG Malaysia holds the record for the shortest turn-around time for motor claims in the industry. (L-R : ) Antony Lee, CEO of AIG Malaysia (second from left) together with the Auto Insurance Claims Team (left to right) Paul Sylvester Panjanathan, Head - Personal Lines Claim; Yew Sin Nam, Manager - Claims Technical Control and Dilsher Singh, Vice President - Claims & Operations.“We are truly honored to receive this award and to be recognized as a leader in the industry for our commitment to providing our customers exceptional motor claims service,” said Antony Lee,Chief Executive Officer of AIG Malaysia. PR - Mar 30, 2017 - Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award 2017 Opens For Nominations With New Criteria Telstra is now officially accepting nominations for the annual Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award, with a new criteria added this year to include female entrepreneurs, not-for-profit and social enterprises in Asia. The Telstra Business Women’s Awards have been operating in Australia for more than 20 years, with the Asia category added in 2016 to celebrate women living and working in Asia who have succeeded in their own businesses or led their industries. This year marks the second time Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award is being held. The inaugural Telstra Business Women’s Awards in Asia witnessed outstanding women business leaders from Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indon[...]



Reporting Huawei Q1 2017 Activities

2017-03-31T17:38:34.633+08:00

In the recent Visual Studio 2017 launch, it was highlighted that Huawei has 80,000 software developers.That workforce alone (software department) is bigger than the combine workforce of the largest company in Malaysia - Maybank has 45,000 employees in total. In other words, Huawei is bigger than you think !!! Digital Transformation ForumDuring recent Digital Transformation Forum - held on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona - Huawei outlined its role as an all-round strategic partner to countries looking to advance economic and social development. Huawei is committed to creating value for communities by collaborating with operators to help them maximize network assets, deploy home broadband and indoor digitalization, and drive connectivity to enhance the user experience, while promoting economic and social growth. William Xu, Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, outlined opportunities for growth in emerging markets"By 2025, we will see 2 billion more people with mobile connections, and another 500 million broadband homes. Our commitment has always been to enable world’s operators to build roads to new growth," Mr. Xu emphasized. "Huawei continues to drive its social responsibility to help emerging markets grow by at least 1 GCI point while guaranteeing coverage in times of major world events or natural disasters."CeBIT 2017At CeBIT 2017 in Germany, Huawei has made several announcements pertaining to this year’s theme of Leading New ICT, The Road to Digital Transformation. Kindly find below a brief summary of the announcements and the full media releases attached for your perusal. Huawei joined hands with 100 partners to exhibit at CeBIT  2017Huawei Attends CeBIT 2017 with 100 Partners to Advance Digital Transformation Huawei is joining hands with 100 partners to exhibit ICT strategies and solutions under the theme of "Leading New ICT, The Road to Digital Transformation". Huawei is demonstrating innovative ICT and solutions across business, technology, and ecosystem exhibition areas, and is sharing digital transformation best practices and methodologies to help global customers and partners advance their digital businesses. Huawei and Software AG to Deliver Complete Internet of Things SolutionHuawei has announced a new partnership with Software AG to support the increasing demand from companies for a complete one-stop-shop, Internet of Things (IoT) solution. The partnership will deliver the hardware and software needed to provide a cloud based IoT platform and the streaming analytic capabilities at the edge of the IoT that will allow for maximum speed and flexibility in operational and strategic decisions and responses. Huawei Announces Collaboration with Honeywell to Develop Smart Building Offerings Huawei announced that it is collaborating with Honeywell to bring to market smart building offerings that take advantage of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help make buildings more sustainable, secure and energy efficient. Through the collaboration, the two companies will jointly pursue large-scale smart city projects globally to help city administrators build intelligent urban infrastructures that enable them to control costs while making their cities desirable and livable for their residents. Huawei Signs MoU with MetaSystem to Help Develop the Connected Car IndustryHuawei signed a pivotal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 20 with MetaSystem, a world leader in the UBI (usage-based insurance) market at CeBIT 2017. The signing will see Huawei work [...]



Microsoft Introduces Surface as a Service in Malaysia with Ingram Micro & 3StepIT

2017-03-31T05:30:18.623+08:00

Mar 20, 2017

Microsoft announced today the availability of Surface as a Service program in Malaysia, where organizations can procure Microsoft Surface Pro 4 on a per-user, per month leasing package.



The service offers up to four leasing options, which cover either two-year or three-year programs, where businesses can acquire the Surface Pro 4 along with the Surface type cover, extended hardware services warranty and Office 365 Business from RM212 per month. The service is supported by Ingram Micro and 3StepIT in Malaysia.



With this service, customers that are interested in purchasing Surface for their organizations can benefit from a flexible and efficient scheme which not only centralizes billing and servicing, but also opens the opportunity for customers to work with Ingram Micro and 3StepIT to customize industry and organization-specific solutions for the enterprise. Organizations that sign on with ‘Surface as a Service’ will benefit from technological advancements through periodic leased equipment refresh, as well as end of lease term flexibility, where they can choose to return the device, keep the device, or extend the agreement.

Surface as a Service will help organizations to streamline the replacement and exchange pipeline, as well as configuration and deployment service requirements. This means that customers will only need to work with one partner for end-to-end Surface support and deployment. The service also ensures that the devices will automatically receive the latest Windows and Office 365 updates, enabling businesses to be up-to-date with new features, including the latest security updates.

Surface as a Service will help organizations to streamline the replacement and exchange pipeline, as well as configuration and deployment service requirements.



Financio - Cloud Accounting Software for Start-up Companies (Review)

2017-03-31T10:17:31.689+08:00

Check this out.. throw away your Excel sheets. Open your favourite web browser, start your favourite search engine and search 'Financio'. Click on the first result. Click 'Login' Click 'SIGN UP'. It is https enabled. Follow instruction to sign up. Click 'New Business' Select the currency. Next thing is to configure the system. Click 'Setup Now'. You will be guided through a 6 steps process. Step 1: Financial year selectionStep 2: Currency selectionStep 3: GST - yes or no ?Step 5: Opening balance --> This step is a bit confusing for Accounting dummies like me.The only thing I understand is 'Cash on Hand', hence, I key in RM 1000. After that, I click next. And the system scolded me with the following error: General: Credit total must be equal debit total - what this means ??? I couldn't go next ... Now, I simply key in 'Shareholder's Capital' with RM 1000 And it works!!!! Step 6: Business profile. Finished - really easy and simply. In terms of pricing, there are two version - the premium version costs only RM 32.95 / month.You get to subscribe monthly basis, as soon as it expires, your account will be switched from Premium to Free. The free version doesn't support, among other things, GST. Check out the knowledgebase. http://kb.financio.co/[...]



RM20 million GROW Program to Fund 120,000 Malaysian Business Entrepreneurs

2017-03-28T09:44:30.479+08:00

Mar 27, 2017 -

The Exabytes Group, Malaysia’s leading web hosting services and eCommerce solutions provider today announces its GROW social venture that will grant RM20 million worth of online services and development support to young entrepreneurs across Malaysia, with the main aim of building the online brand visibility of these small businesses.

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Chan Kee Siak, ED, Exabytes

Founder cum Executive Director of Exabytes, Chan Kee Siak shares that the objective of GROW is to offer immediate and vital assist to passionate and enthusiastic micro businesses, which want to amplify their brand visibility online.

Exabytes’ GROW campaign is open to all local micros and SMEs. Through this campaign, local enterprises that are already having an existing Facebook page will be entitled to a free for one (1)-year service to brand itself by developing a functional domain name, and more effective email business address to achieve maximum brand awareness.



The Exabytes’ GROW package up for grabs for all local entrepreneur companies and SMEs for a year comprises the following: -

A. One (1) shorter customized .MY domain name (Example: YourBrand.my)
B. Five (5) personalised business email accounts with company brand (Exp: you@YourBrand.my)
C. Domain redirection to the Facebook page. (Exp: http://facebook.com/YourBrand/)

The program will run for one (1)-year or valid for 120,000 applicants - whichever comes first.

Chan further explains that many small startups and companies make the mistake of having lengthy URL address that is hard to remember. Besides, their domain name is neither secured nor registered, hence brand and identity are not protected.

Being an expert in providing web hosting, cloud services and managed services to thousands of online entities, Exabytes is the country’s leading specialist for all matters related to starting out and sustaining a successful online presence.



VMware Announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017!

2017-03-28T06:00:24.902+08:00

Mar 6, 2017 -At Mobile World Congress 2017, VMware Inc. demonstrated the company’s leadership by driving the digital transformation of telecom, cable and mobile operators into agile service providers. Through VMware’s unified software-defined architecture spanning Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), global communications service providers (CSPs) can benefit from potential new revenue streams with sustainable cost reductions, increased flexibility and security and a modernized network that is 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) ready. 1) VMware Helps Communications Service Providers “Realize What’s Possible” Through Software-Driven Digital Transformation With more than 80 NFV deployments by more than 45 CSPs serving more than 300 million subscribers worldwide, VMware vCloud® NFV™ accelerates service innovation and delivery, reduces costs, and simplifies network operations. The vCloud NFV platform enables organizations to deploy a multi-vendor and multi-function NFV platform today that delivers service automation, secure multi-tenancy, operations management and carrier grade reliability with 5G readiness. VMware enables CSPs to offer a range of enterprise mobility services for customers at all stages of the mobility lifecycle. 2) VMware AirWatch Managed Services Open New Revenue Opportunities for Global Communications Service Providers Market-leading AirWatch EMM: AirWatch enables the management of corporate-owned, BYO, and line-of-business devices, including Windows 10 PCs. Service Development and Delivery: The vCloud Air Network provides CSPs volume discounts based on spend commitments, partner support, test capacity, marketing support, training and other benefits. Operational Excellence: CSPs can benefit from consolidated billing, chargeback detail and simplified operations. Global Footprint: CSPs can help customers deploy services quickly and scale geographically without having to invest in new data center capacity. Complete Solutions: CSPs can use AirWatch Mobility Services to create broader managed services offerings that include device monitoring, support, compliance management, professional services, consulting and education training. 3) VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 Delivers Agile, Open and Secure Networks with Simplified Operations Management VMware vCloud will take advantage of new innovations across VMware’s entire virtualized compute, networking, storage and management portfolio. The VMware Ready for NFV certification provides CSPs with the confidence that VMware partner VNF solutions will seamlessly and effectively deploy, run, and interoperate with VMware vCloud NFV. 4) HARMAN and VMware Partner to Accelerate IoT Adoption for Enterprises Through Convergence of IT and Operational Technology This new collaboration between HARMAN and VMware will help Communications Service Providers (CSPs) add new offerings and expand revenue streams that will further enhance the IoT user experience and the delivery of innovative services. HARMAN’s OTA update solutions paired with the VMware vCloud® NFV™ platform and end-to-end IoT operational management solution is designed to deliver a fully elastic and optimized network infrastructure that allows operators to expand their services into new markets as they transform network architectures towards 5G. [...]



COLORFUL Wins Innovation Award from Intel

2017-03-27T07:28:08.207+08:00

March 20, 2017 - Shenzhen, China - Congratulation !!!Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is proud to share its latest achievement highlighting its position as one of the most innovative brands to have come up in recent years. Last March 2nd, Intel CCG awarded COLORFUL their prestigious Innovation Award for 2016. This award is given to partners who have shown excellence in terms of product innovation. Ricardo Moreno, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group for Intel, visited COLORFUL to present the award.This award is presented to COLORFUL to recognize its advancements and innovations in developing motherboards for the Intel platform. COLORFUL has been a fast-rising star in the components field and their iGame series of motherboards have been getting much attention for their excellent balance price and features which deliver excellent performance for all users in all segments from gamers to power users. Below are some of the highlighted products from COLORFUL that show-off their design skills and innovation: 1.) iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization The new iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization debuts a new line of motherboards for COLORFUL and in this particular model, the GameStorm Full Coverage armor is in full display. Together with that, features like Gamer Voice 2.0, GameStorm eSports Interface, KillerNIC E2500 LAN, and DIY multifunction OC button round-out some of the distinct additions of this motherboard. 2.) iGame Z170 Ymir-X Prior to the iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization was the iGame Z170 Ymir-X: a gamer-focused motherboard featuring robust power delivery for excellent overclocking as well as KillerLAN, Gamer Voice, dedicated gaming ports for peripherals, all of which are features catered to bring the next level of gaming performance. Further DIY features include U-Disk One-key BIOS update, dual BIOS protection, high-speed storage support, multi-GPU support and user-customizable lighting. 3.) Game Z170 Ymir-G Like the board above, the iGame Z170 Ymir-G for its time was a breakthrough gaming motherboard with dual LAN support, onboard DIY buttons, highspeed storage and I/O ports along with excellent multi-GPU support. For its time, it held the flagship status for COLORFUL thanks to its majestic mix of gaming and DIY functionality. 4.) iGame Z170 Snake Customized Version A customized Snake eSports motherboard to commemorate Snake’s dominance in the eSports world. [...]



The Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) Chapter 1

2017-03-28T00:08:31.830+08:00

TheStar reported that the Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) was launched by Prime Minister on 22-Mar-2017. http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/22/najib-malaysias-digital-free-trade-zone-is-a-worlds-first/It is the brain-child of the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Razak, Alibaba's Jack Ma being the adviser. In his keynote, Jack Ma explains the DFTZ. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CqaBtd3ocNA" width="560"> Imagine coming all the way from the silk route to e-route, with e-route, you need the e-hub. DFTZ is the e-hub, it is the first for Alibaba outside China. It is aiming at providing inclusive opportunity for everybody - as long as you have good products, this initiative will enable you (globally). To understand the DFTZ is very easy - imagine you want to setup the next Alibaba, TaoBao, E-Bay or Amazon, what are the things that you need to become no.1 ? Software platform, employees, warehouses, approval from governing agencies, logistics, offices and etc. DFTZ will provide all these to small businesses with a fraction of costs, sponsored by the government of Malaysia and private firms such as Alibaba. What are the thoughts of the local market with regards to DFTZ ? Internet Alliance (IA): The Internet Alliance pointed out two concerns: I.) The Government called upon to consider ‘fragility’ of local Internet and eCommerce ecosystem in ensuring DFTZ initiatives do not end up being counter-productive, II.) IA believes successful DFTZ implementation can boost Malaysia’s GDP contribution from digital connectivity economy to 25% (from current 16%) by end 2017. Mr. Chan Kee Siak, the President of Internet Alliance, was quoted : “So far, only Jack Ma of Alibaba seems to have to be consulted. No doubt he is an international success icon for all things Internet, but IA believes that the input from local internet players and service providers are much more relevant for DFTZ to truly succeed,” says Chan. 11 Street: 11st opined that it is a plus for the e-commerce industy, with the following comments from Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street: The announcement of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) could not have come at a more opportune time. Realising the potential of e-commerce as one of the would-be major contributor to the nation’s GDP, DFTZ would not only prove to be a boon to the e-commerce climate but in tow, will also benefit Malaysian consumers. The contents of the announcement would only serve to proliferate e-commerce across Southeast Asia region and 11street as a concerned e-commerce platform is lauding the announcement. In conclusion, the Digital Free Trade Zone is shaping up to be a boon to local SMEs. The trade zone will serve as gateway to the ASEAN market and allow local products to tap into a wider market. We at 11street will continue to support to initiatives to evolve e-commerce in Malaysia, so as to open up opportunities for a better e-commerce climate for both e-commerce platforms and also entrepreneurs.[...]