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Independent ICT content provider - get informed, get liberated, get free Outsystems : 42% of respondents reported facing a shortage of skilled mobile developers, who are difficult to find and expensive to hire



Updated: 2017-06-26T23:13:46.037+08:00

 



Blackberry Introduces the all-new Blackberry KEYone from TCL Communication

2017-06-26T12:30:04.178+08:00

Jun 15, 2017 :

TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer, has unveiled the all-new BlackBerry KEYone. It represents the first BlackBerry smartphone released by TCL Communication under a new brand licensing agreement signed in December 2016 with BlackBerry Limited.

Tucked into an anodized aluminum frame and soft touch textured back, this new BlackBerry smartphone is built to offer the best in durability while still remaining easy on the eyes. Featuring a 4.5-inch display (1620x1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 4 that offers greater impact and scratch resistance, the KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone.





Customers are able to pre-book their units online exclusively through Lazada Malaysia (www.lazada.com.my) & 11Street (www.11street.my) from now until 19th June 2017. Online pre-booking customers will get one complementary accessory. For more details on the accessory please visit the respective online stores.

From 20th June onwards, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available through Brightstar Distribution Sdn Bhd authorised retailers for MYR 2,688 (inclusive of GST).



MOLPay CASH expects growth spike during Ramadan

2017-06-26T08:29:04.517+08:00

Jun 23, 2017 :

Southeast Asia’s leading payment gateway MOLPay Sdn Bhd expects a 160% rise in growth for its new convenient cash payment service MOLPay CASH during the Hari Raya season.

The number of transactions per day has jumped to more than 10,000 since its partnership with regional e-commerce player Lazada Group and convenience store chain 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd in May this year.


“Traditional payment is the new e-commerce innovation. A considerable large number of Malaysians still prefer paying by cash over credit cards or online banking. MOLPay CASH provides an alternative payment solution for merchants to broaden their customer base,“ said MOLPay CEO Eng Sheng Guan.

Citing a study by performance marketing technology company Criteo, Eng said the three weeks leading up to Ramadan, and more specifically, the third week of Ramadan represent the biggest opportunity for online retailers. During this period, the study states there was an average of 67 per cent uplift in online retail sales and 14 per cent uplift in online travel sales.



Through its online-to-offline (O2O) method, Raya shoppers can order products from online merchants and pay conveniently at 7-Eleven’s over 2,100 outlets nationwide. No bank account or credit or debit card is needed and the entire process only takes an average of two minutes, he said.

Apart from the Alibaba-backed Lazada, MOLPay expects to sign-on more e-commerce businesses by years-end. MOLPay CASH also serves international brand UNIQLO, travel booking platform Traveloka and online beauty shop Hermo.

“Adopting MOLPay Cash will open wider business opportunities by both established and smaller online players to seize more than half of the market that prefer fraud-free, traditional cash payments. All these online businesses need to do is enable the service and they can start to enjoy noticeable growth in sales every month,” added Eng.



GAMDIAS at COMPUTEX 2017 – Game with Greek god’s power!

2017-06-25T19:22:14.521+08:00

Jun 9, 2017 - Taiwan - GAMDIAS, the leading gaming brand, revealed its latest gaming peripheries and new product line, Achilles RGB gaming chairs at 2017 COMPUTEX TAIPEI. This year's GAMDIAS booth was designed to a Greek style concept to convey the brand story and the spirit of GAMDIAS, the god of gaming. The creative booth design attracted much attention and admiration from worldwide visitors. GAMDIAS this year launched latest optical key switch technology and low-profile keyboards, HERMES P2 and HERMES P3 series. HERMES Optical Switch Keyboards GAMDIAS optical switch keyboard series contains 2 models, HERMES P2 RGB and HERMES M2 7 color. GAMDIAS latest devices are built with cutting edge technology including the latest light reflection technology which makes them stand above all other products in the market which uses the old inferred red line optical switch technology. GAMDIAS optical switches are equipped with the latest light reflection technology with a vertical light beam to work even under a bent PCB and an individual switch can be easily swapped if needed. Traditional mechanical switches suffer performance degradation due to the oxidization and wear of the metal contact points inside; GAMDIAS HERMES P2 RGB and M2 7 Color provide Extreme Keyboard durability made with a spill-resistant surface to offers an extraordinary lifespan, unparalleled speed, accuracy and product longevity. HERMES Low Profile Switch Keyboards GAMDIAS unveiled the innovative low profile keyboards which offer precise keystroke, fast response and accurate actuation for an extreme gaming experience. HERMES P3 RGB offers up to 16.8 million colors with customizable lighting effects and the HERMES M3 is the world’s first 87 keys RGB low-profile keyboard with its slim and compact design. Achilles Gaming Chairs The most exciting news from GAMDIAS booth is that GAMDIAS launched its very first gaming chair series, Achilles P1 and M1 gaming chairs. Achilles P1 and M1 both have 2 designs each, 5 colors and small & large sizes. Achilles P1 is the premium model with 4D adjustable armrest and additional footrest for extra comfy. The noticeable point is, every GAMDIAS gaming chair has RGB backlights which can either connect with PC to customize up to 10 lighting effects or plug with power bank for colorful gaming sessions! GAMDIAS showcased many exciting products and offers more options for gamers at 2017 COMPUTEX TAIPEI and will be available worldwide in July. [...]



Traveloka introduces 0% installment plans with Maybank for flight and hotel bookings

2017-06-25T07:30:11.654+08:00

Jun 13, 2017 :

Traveloka, one of Malaysia’s top travel booking platforms, has launched an exclusive partnership with Maybank that allows Maybank credit card holders to pay for flight and hotel bookings in installments.

Through the Maybank installment plans, Malaysians can now book their travels to dream destinations they had once considered too costly to pay for in one lump sum.

The plans are offered at 0% interest, allowing customers to make their bookings without having to worry about accumulated interest later down the road.

Bookings with a minimum transaction of RM500 are eligible for the 6-month plan, while the 12-month plan is valid for bookings that are at least RM1,000 in total.



The payment option is available across all Traveloka’s platforms, such as its App and desktop and mobile sites.

Traveloka’s Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore, Halif Hamzah, said there was a demand among travellers for more flexible payment options.

“We often hear people say, ‘I wish I could…’, so with the installment plans, we hope to make it possible for people to fulfill their travel aspirations, as they can travel first, and pay later,” he said.

Halif added that with the upcoming Raya season, there was a large surge of people planning to travel.

“This is a time when Malaysians want to spend time with family, whether it’s back in their kampung or on a trip together.”

“There’s a lot of spending involved during the festive season, but with the installment plans, we would like to help lighten the financial burden and allow our customers to treat themselves to a holiday,” he said.

To spread the festive cheer, Traveloka also has weekly flight and hotel promotions throughout the month, offering attractive prices for those who will be traveling during the Raya season when they input the promo codes.

Traveloka users can browse an extensive selection of flights and hotels across a wide range of domestic and international destinations, featuring some of the best deals in town.

Over 15 million users across Southeast Asia have downloaded the Traveloka App to find great deals and book their travels with just a few taps.

For more information on the 0% Maybank installment plans, visit: https://www.traveloka.com/en-my/promotion/maybank-installment



IT News Week 4 Jun 2017

2017-06-25T11:27:56.383+08:00

For IT News Week 3 Jun 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Turn up your Spotify playlist and ‘Beraya’ with WazePR - Jun 23, 2017 - Siemens enhances relationship with user community in Southeast Asia PR - Jun 22 ,2017 - “Big Data with a Big Heart” – Tableau Foundation awards NVPC with grant to drive social impact with data PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Western Digital Unveils Its First WD Portable SSD PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab wins triple awards at 2017 Network World Asia Information Management Awards PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Let The Neffos X Series Amplify Your Hari Raya X'perience With More Joy GfK - Jun 22, 2017 - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation Partner of the Year Awards PR - Jun 21, 2017 - Lenovo Celebrates Best-Selling Yoga Family in Malaysia PR - Jun 20, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches New Developer Portal PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Ruckus Expands High-Performance Network Infrastructure Offerings PR - Jun 13, 2017 - Engineering Rookies Bring Home Silver at Robotics Competition in Brazil PR - Jun 9, 2017 - SG - MediaMath Announces New $175 Million Credit Facility, Led By Goldman Sachs PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Turn up your Spotify playlist and ‘Beraya’ with Waze The recent partnership between Waze and Spotify that allows its users to navigate with Waze within Spotify has now just become more interesting! Waze and Spotify have created a special playlist this Raya for users to enjoy and get into the Raya mood from the time they get in the car until they reach their final destination without needing to create their own playlist. This is fantastic news to everyone especially for those who use both Waze and Spotify. With the best directions and playlists in your car – all on the same screen, the commute this Raya is set to get even more enjoyable and hassle free! As safety is a top priority at Waze, some highlights of this feature that incorporate safety measures include:- The ability to start navigating with Waze from within Spotify Access to Spotify playlists from within Waze with ease of changing tracks When the vehicle is at a complete stop, users can easily switch between apps with one tap for an uninterrupted listening experience. PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Siemens enhances relationship with user community in Southeast Asia Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, is bringing the biennial Siemens Process Automation Conference & Exhibition (SPACe) to five countries in Southeast Asia this year. SPACe is an enriching platform that focuses on automation, technology and challenges, as well as drives topics that are shaping Process Industries today. It gathers Siemens' community of users, partners and in-house experts to share and discuss ideas in the industry. Activities include presentation sessions, microfairs, industry workshops, networking sessions and more. SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017 is themed “Driving the Digital Enterprise in Process Industries of Southeast Asia”, and will cover Vietnam, followed by Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia. The conference session in each of the markets will consist of customized topics based on the specific country’s industry requirements, to cater to the local users. The latest range of Siemens’ innovative technologies that will be on display on-site include the updated version of XHQ Operations Intelligence software and Version 9 of SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Control System. PR - Jun 22 ,2017 - “Big Data with a Big Heart” – Tableau Foundation awards NVPC with grant to drive social impact with data Tableau Software, working through Tableau Foundation, today announced that it has awarded its first grant in Singapore to the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). The grant is valued at over USD81, 000 (approximately SGD112, 153) and consists of Table[...]



Naza Communications is the first Towerco in Malaysia to implement NURI Program

2017-06-24T16:35:59.670+08:00

Jun 22, 2017:

Naza Communications Sdn Bhd, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services provider and subsidiary of Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its pioneering group of collaboration partners, which are Malaysian app developers Car Bengkel, Ezyhaul, Living Space, My Homestay Malaysia and the Telecommunications Engineering College (TEC) - to implement and accelerate the NURI Program, rural empowerment initiative. The NURI Program will see Naza Communications as the first towerco in Malaysia to implement such an initiative.

Naza Communications Bridging Connectivity with NURI Program_Picture 3: Mr Subhash Devan, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Communications Sdn Bhd [Sixth from left] showcasing the signed Memorandum of Understanding together with NURI Program’s collaborating partners and guests [From left to right] Puan Noor Azita Binti Mamat, Senior Manager Special Projects Division Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF); Encik Ahmad Fathi, General Manager of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Encik Mohd Rohazwan from Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju); Mr Raymond Gillon, Chief Executive Officer of Ezyhaul Sdn Bhd;  Mr Suresh Kumar Kandasamy, Executive Director of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Dato’ Armin Baniaz Pahamin, Chief Executive Officer of Car Smart Apps Sdn Bhd; Encik Muhammad Al Hafiz bin Omar, Co-Founder of My Homestay Malaysia; and Mr Ikhram Merican, Managing Director of Living Space Sdn Bhd.




100% driven by Naza Communications, the NURI program is a multi-phase 3-year program which aims to empower rural communities in Malaysia by using mobile broadband as an enabler. Naza Communications plans to achieve its objective through 3 criteria: increase the income of selected rural communities through the mobile economy; utilize mobile apps in assisting the transformation of rural areas to uplift their well-being; and instill responsible Internet usage to promote lifelong learning and skills enhancement.

The NURI Program will be implemented around 200 villages in 80 locations nationwide which will be rolled out in 3 phases throughout a 36-month plan, with Northern and Eastern regions of Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia identified as suitable recipients.

The first phase of the NURI Program has already been carried out earlier this year at 10 villages:
  • Kedah: Kampung Kuala Merah, Kampung Pong Utara Dalam, Kampung Pinang, Bukit Jagung, Kampung Alor Bt Selingsing, Kampung Felda Gunong Bongsu, Kampung Wang Perah, Kampung Kubang Lerek, and Kampung Kejai.
  • Perak: Kampung Cheh Hulu




NTT Communications Launches World’s Largest SD-WAN Footprint Covering Over 190 Countries

2017-06-22T09:11:26.817+08:00

Jun 21, 2017 :

NTT Communications has launched a new SD-WAN service portfolio that will set new, world’s first industry benchmarks for scale, performance, capabilities, and beyond.

With this new comprehensive solution, NTT Communications will become the world’s first provider to deploy a 100 percent global software-defined network through local cloud centres, offering a rich suite of overlay SD-WAN services for global and regional enterprises. The software-defined framework offers flexibility and compatibility with over 1,000 local network providers and is also the first SD-WAN platform with coverage spanning over 190 countries. The announcement follows NTT’s acquisition of Virtela, a leader in software defined networking, and the resulting formation of an extensive network across the globe.



This portfolio launch comes at a time when organizations are rapidly embracing digital transformation and are looking towards software-defined solutions to cater to constantly shifting requirements. In fact, analysts have predicted that SD-WAN will grow to be a US$1.3 billion market by 2020 and will also comprise up to 25% of the current WAN market by 2019. With NTT’s new SD-WAN service portfolio, the shift from legacy to a software-defined framework can be carried out in a cost-effective way, while maintaining scalability and without the need to revamp current network connectivity in individual global offices.



NTT SD-WAN platform is based on a groundbreaking architecture that is locally distributed around the world via 75+ local cloud centers (LCCs), optimized for network, mobility, and security services. NTT SD-WAN real-time streaming network analytics offers CIOs and their IT staff deep insight into application performance, network security, and the end-user experience. The platform also supports the delivery of services from customer premises equipment located at customer branch offices.



INTERPOL World 2017 to Showcase the Latest Innovations for Future Security Challenges

2017-06-15T08:59:22.376+08:00

Jun 8, 2017 -  SG - The stage is set for INTERPOL World 2017 as it readies to welcome over 10,000 law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academia, solution providers, security professionals, and buyers from around the globe. In its second edition this year, INTERPOL World, comprising the INTERPOL World Congress and Exhibition, promises an immersive experience covering the latest innovations, best practices, and thought leadership aimed at accelerating timely and accurate responses to future global security challenges. Experiencing the technology – facial recognition at INTERPOL World 2017 Congress Delegates will get to experience the latest access control and identity management technologies. NEC Corporation’s facial recognition technology, NeoFace®, together with Zoom Tech’s ZOOMGATE, will be deployed at the entrance to the INTERPOL World Congress. When integrated, the technologies allow for swift and accurate authentication for a seamless and secure entry into the Congress. Delegates’ facial images will be captured and matched against the pre-enrolled face images in the database right at the entrance gate, as part of NEC Corporation’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). “NeoFace®, the world’s most accurate and fastest face recognition software[1], will provide an immersive experience for delegates at the INTERPOL World 2017 Congress, demonstrating the potential of biometric technologies in security and access control,” Mr Tan Boon Chin, Managing Director of Global Safety Division, NEC Corporation said. “ZOOMGATE’s integrable firmware presents state-of-the-art seamless identification and controlled operations enhanced access control, which can greatly improve not just building security but also large-scale events such as INTERPOL WORLD 2017,” Mr Andy Liang, Zoom Tech Pte Ltd. An amalgamation of innovations from around the world INTERPOL World 2017 Exhibition will feature the latest array of solutions for public safety, identity management, biometrics, forensics, investigations and cybercrime. Identity theft incidents are escalating, raising interests in more secure authentication technologies that utilise unique human characteristics for credentials. Sierra Solutions will be showcasing EyeLock Nano NXT, an iris-based biometric technology that authenticates people in-motion and at-a-distance with unparalleled accuracy. Another constant challenge for law enforcement is in securing and managing borders. SICPA’s EXTENS® SmartStamp is a machine-readable travel stamp that combines material and digital technologies to contain both static and dynamic data about travellers and their trips, thus allowing border control authorities to immediately access previously unattainable data. The use of robots in law enforcement is also gaining traction and the worldwide market for law enforcement robots is estimated to reach USD 5.7 billion by 2022, an increase from USD 1 billion in 2015[2]. Oneberry’s RoboGuard™ is an innovative security deterrent that combines intelligent surveillance cameras equipped with video analytics and alarm triggers, with robust hardware to support proactive remote monitoring. In all, over 200 companies from 30 countries and regions will be showcasing solutions at the Exhibition, underlining INTERPOL World’s position as the platform to foster innovation for future security challenges. Participants can explore mutually beneficial collaborations and broaden their networks through a value-added business matching service, which allows them to pre-schedule meetings to maximize their time at the event. Technology insights and know-how at the INTERPOL World Theatres Complementing the products and solutions showcased on the exhibition floor, the INTERPOL World Theatres is a carefully curated programme featuring seminar and workshop sessions that lend practical technical insigh[...]



IT News Week 3 Jun 2017

2017-06-14T09:38:32.144+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Jun 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jun 13, 2017 - IBM Brings Identity-as-a-Service to Hybrid Cloud Environments PR - Jun 13, 2017 - SG - Carbon Black Named Winner of Endpoint & Mobile Data Protection Award by NetworkWorld Asia PR - Jun 13, 2017 - NY - Rakem launches PrivateKeys for its iOS and Android Messenger App. PR - Jun 8, 2017 - Cyberview Launches Learning and Sharing Platform to Nurture Talents PR - Jun 8, 2017 - UPSI & IBM expand collaboration to include equipping special needs educators with custom lesson plans PR - Jun 6, 2017 - MediaMath Named Leader in Data Management Platform Report by Independent Research Firm PR - Jun 13, 2017 - IBM Brings Identity-as-a-Service to Hybrid Cloud Environments IBM today announced a new service, delivered via the IBM Cloud, for managing how employees gain access to their preferred business applications. IBM Cloud Identity Connect is a new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) which helps provide users with rapid and secure access to thousands of popular cloud apps while enabling single sign-on (SSO) to all their applications, whether from the cloud or on-premise. As the workforce becomes more mobile, managing and securing multiple identities across their business becomes more complex on mobile and IoT devices, desktop environments and internet services. These complications are magnified as enterprises continue their journey to the cloud and try to bridge from their traditional on-premise tools and operate in a new hybrid world. IBM offers a family of tools for identity and access management under the IBM Cloud Identity brand. The portfolio includes a full spectrum of IDaaS offerings that provide seamless access to applications across cloud, on-premise, mobile and IoT devices and hybrid environments. The IDaaS solutions give enterprises access management capabilities born-on-the-cloud without sacrificing their existing investments. It consists of : Cloud Identity Connect Cloud Identity Service IBM MaaS360 UEM IBM Cloud Identity Connect will be available on June 15th in the IBM Cloud Marketplace. PR - Jun 13, 2017 - SG - Carbon Black Named Winner of Endpoint & Mobile Data Protection Award by NetworkWorld Asia Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security, has been named a joint winner in NetworkWorld Asia’s (NWA) Endpoint & Mobile Data Protection category at the Information Management Awards 2017. Carbon Black was also named a winner of the Top 8 Asia Pacific Security Vendors To Look Out For. Inaugurated in 2012, the NWA awards recognize Asia’s leaders and their technological advancements in information, security, storage, and data management. Guided by a team of experienced editors and a panel of more than 100 CIO advisers with domain expertise and deep insights in information management, finalists are judged on reputation, acceptance of technology, features, and USPs of the solution as well as end-user feedback.NWA Awards 2017 - Kane Lightowler, MD, APJ, Carbon BlackThese awards reflect Carbon Black’s growth in the Asia Pacific region, where the company initially established business operations in 2015. Working with key partners across the Asia Pacific region, Carbon Black enables companies and governments to protect their endpoints and equips them to handle today’s advanced cyber threats. With the acquisition of Confer in 2016, Carbon Black has further built capabilities for organizations of all sizes to enhance their cyber defense and response mechanisms. Carbon Black has also pioneered a next-generation technology known as “streaming prevention.” Powering Cb Defense, streaming prevention was designed to prevent both malware and non-malware attacks by leveraging event stream processing, the same technology that revolutionized algorithmic day-trading. PR - Ju[...]



K-Startup Grand Challenge 2017

2017-06-12T11:12:17.187+08:00

For young people...
  • Get shortlisted for a four-month acceleration programme
  • Receive up to USD 140,000 in settlement funds, incentives and grants
  • Direct access to follow-on investment
  • Expert technical support and industry mentoring
  • Free office space at Pangyo Techno Valley (near Gangnam), including access to state-of-the-art prototyping and testing facilities
  • Access to top-tier tech corporate sponsorship and support
  • Fast-tracked Startup Visas and hands-on support on translation and interpretation
  • Ready support for wide range of verticals including AI, Software, IoT, Cloud, FinTech, Big Data, Urban Solutions, Bio Tech, Digital Content, Wearables, Games, Beauty, Logistics, Cybersecurity and more.

http://www.k-startupgc.org/project.html



Jabra Elite Sport Brings True Wireless Freedom to Malaysia

2017-06-11T09:59:37.826+08:00

Jun 7, 2017 After the worldwide success of the Jabra Elite Sport – the first in a brand new franchise of next generation wireless headphones, Jabra’s most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds comes to Malaysia and is poised to take your workouts to “elite” level. Jabra Elite SportSetting a new benchmark in user experience and technology, the Jabra Elite Sport is the true training aid that delivers ultimate freedom of movement, ground-breaking in-ear fitness analysis and great music for anyone who wants to work out. Among its distinctive features are: Superior sound with four microphones for intelligent switching during calls Secure, cord–free wearing style with dual or single earbud use Advanced personalised fitness analysis using in-ear heart rate monitor Three year extended warranty against sweat* with IP67 rated protection and is sweat and water proof – tested to work for at least 30 minutes whilst submerged in up to one metre of water. Heart rate app with above 90% accuracy reading Up to three hours of stereo music and calls, plus six hours additional charge from the carry case Used with the Sport Life App, the Jabra Elite Sport is the ideal fitness gadget for anyone. Users can gauge their fitness level via the VO2 Max measurement, as well as improve their run timings through the race-time predictor, and plan their workouts for maximum effectiveness with the recovery advisor. The updates are delivered in real-time via the intelligent in-ear coaching, ensuring an uninterrupted workout. Linora Low (Left) with KC Yap-GN Netcom Malaysia Country Manager with their Jabra Elite Sport DevicesThe Jabra Elite Sport’s call and music functions supports all major smartphone operating systems with Bluetooth, while its performance tracking and fitness apps are available on both Android and iOS devices. Find out more about Jabra Elite Sport at: http://www.apac.jabra.com/elitesport Elite Sport Pricing and Availability The Jabra Elite Sport (RM1259) is now available at selected outlets from the following retailers and selected Jabra resellers: All IT Hypermarket, ViewNet Computer, Thundermatch Technologies, Mobile Arena, NOP Cellular, HLK Superstore and Lazada. Exclusive E-commerce Partner in Malaysia Lazada Malaysia is the exclusive e-commerce partner for all Jabra products in Malaysia. For any purchase of Jabra Sports products (Elite, Pulse, Coach & Pace) at Lazada Malaysia, customers will be entitled to a free Pineng PN-920 20k mah power bank worth RM79. This promo is exclusively for Lazada Malaysia customers shopping during the Riang Ria Raya Campaign – happening from 19 May – 30 June.[...]



What is Automated Open Source Risk Assessment Solution

2017-06-11T09:49:47.120+08:00

I got this from Flexera Software newsletter - quite interesting though.

More than 50% of the codebase in most commercial software packages is open source. Most organizations typically know less than 10% of what is actually used.

Scan Your Build for OSS Vulnerabilities

FlexNet Code Aware integrates into your build process, scanning your product for security and intellectual property (IP) compliance risk -- before you ship. It's just one more way to reduce security headaches down the road. And when you combine FlexNet Code Aware with InstallShield or InstallAnywhere -- or any other installer -- you've got a head start on a user-friendly, error-free installation.

Be safe and make FlexNet Code Aware a standard part of your build process:
  • Perform fast, automated scans of your products in seconds
  • Quickly identify the number of open source and third party packages with security and IP vulnerabilities
  • Assess your level of operational risk

Check out more.




Screenshots May 2017

2017-06-12T11:13:10.174+08:00

Refer to Screenshots Apr 2017. 1.) Citibank Malaysia subscribed to WeChat Corporate Account ?Have you added them ?2.) GoDaddy Offers Discount on Domain Names3.) Google Drive Supports Built-in Virus Scanning ....4.) Grammarly Offers 45% Discount - Not bad !!!5.) Michaels Offers Buy 2 Free 1 Incentives6.) Yahoo Email Offers Paid Version (Ad Free Version) for USD $5 Per Month - very affordable7.) Sometimes Pokemon Needs a Break Too ....[...]



The Digital Future of Manufacturing: Are Asian Manufacturers Ready?

2017-06-09T17:30:03.938+08:00

By Prasad Satyavolu, Head of Innovation, Manufacturing & Logistics, Cognizant Industry 4.0 is characterised by the interconnection of highly intelligent cyber-physical systems, to create the “Internet of Things”. Today, it is changing the face of manufacturing globally, promising increased productivity, lower costs and greater customer satisfaction. But despite the massive shift in value chain configurations and consumer preferences reshaping the manufacturing sector in the last decade, less than half of manufacturing sector leaders in Southeast Asia believe they are ready to take advantage of Industry 4.0. Why are manufacturers not fully embracing digital and Industry 4.0? Prasad Satyovolu, Head of Innovation, Manufacturing & Logistics, CognizantTraditionally, Asia has been known as a cost-effective manufacturing hub thanks to its vast labour pool. While manufacturing and design quality improvements have come a long way, next-generation smart connected products pose new challenges for the entire ecosystem. A combination of legacies in operations, information and product technologies, and manufacturing culture needs to be thoroughly re-evaluated in this changing context. Several Asian manufacturing hubs in areas ranging from automobiles to smart phones and consumer electronics have done well to create world-class products. As the advantage of labour arbitrage recedes, newer paradigms of productivity, operational visibility and risk management are needed for Asian manufacturers to stay competitive. Asia is well-placed to maintain its hub status if the region’s manufacturers quickly move to adopt a digital mind-set. By integrating the best of the physical and digital worlds, and getting rid of their traditional approaches to maintaining competitiveness, Asian manufacturers can fully capture the benefits of digital. But first, three old ways of thinking must be rooted out. These include being reluctant to invest strategically in digital, fearing automation, and not understanding the importance of securing data effectively. Spend money to make money For long, Asian manufacturers have focused on maintaining cost competitiveness by using inexpensive labour, and failed to recognise the numerous opportunities available to better operations in a digital economy. Elements in the manufacturing process such as design, planning and engineering were implemented in silos. Today, through digital manufacturing and forces such as 3D printing, IoT sensors and manufacturing robots, there are opportunities to seamlessly integrate these processes. To do this, manufacturers need to double down on digital and adopt a digital manufacturing strategy. The benefits of doing so are clear. Cognizant’s recent study showed that manufacturers investing in digital strategies have already seen a 5.4% improvement in revenue. What’s more, these manufacturers expect the growth in revenue to soar to 9% over the course of the next year. For example, a large paint company in India has used the combination of industrialised sensors, automation and social media analytics to catalyse both internal operations and customer-driven product development and marketing outreach. By developing smarter and more agile demand-driven supply chains, manufacturers can hope to generate growth rates well above what they would have enjoyed in the pre-digital era. Harnessing the potential of digitalisation Barely a day goes by without someone mentioning that machines will steal our jobs. But the reality is that automated tasks still require human intervention in improving quality and thus consumer experience. Today, digital tools help us work faster and as the world moves towards automation, the onus is on[...]



BIOSTAR Holds Successful Showcase at COMPUTEX 2017

2017-06-09T12:00:16.872+08:00

Jun 6, 2017: BIOSTAR is highly pleased to announce the successul showcase of BIOSTAR’s X299 motherboard, the whole new RACING series, and crypto mining series motheroards at COMPUTEX 2017 along with their entire product lineup for consumers and industries. Gamers, businesses and enthusiasts were treated to a wide array of products that offer excellent value while delivering great performance. Attendees were presented the powerful and versatile platform line-up that BIOSTAR has to offer for those looking for motherboards dedicated for mining but is fully capable of handling daily tasks for general use. Highlighting the showcase was BIOSTAR’s flagship enthusiast gaming line with both 2nd-gen RACING Series motherboards on display including the upcoming flagship RACING X299GT9 motherboard for the high-end Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors from Intel.The motherboard supports up to 8 DIMM modules of DDR4 memory in quad-channel or dual-channel. It also allows for up to seven PCI-E devices. Also on show were the existing motherboards for gamers featuring full-color RGB LED lightings. New products for the RACING series peripheral lineup are also on display and received very good feedback from attendees for their unique design ideas that make them highly favorable for gamers. It features all the best of the 2nd-generation RACING Series like M.2 Cooling Protection, VIVID LED DJ RGB lighting control utility. Crypto mining has received a revitalized surge in both value and interest that in turn has drove the attention of enthusiasts towards the mining trend. A crypto mining rig with 8 AMD GPUs by BIOSTAR crypto mining card and shows the ability of the motherboard to support up to 8 graphics cards. BIOSTAR has been a strong partner of crypto currency mining adopters, leveraging performance and stability for a more profitable and reliable platform in this thriving industry. BIOSTAR’s crypto mining series motherboards include the TB85, TB250-BTC, TB350-BTC, and the TA320-BTC all of which are highly specialized and are designed for the rigorous standard’s of cryptocurrency mining like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Zcash. BIOSTAR puts special focus in the crypto mining industry as it intends to deliver a cost-effective solution for those looking to get started as well as those who want to grow their mining operation and profit off the crypto currency. BIOSTAR’s TB85 and TB250-BTC offer Intel platform solutions while BIOSTAR’s 3-A concept powers the AMD platfrom crypto mining motherboards TB350-BTC and TA320-BTC. BIOSTAR crypto mining series motherboards are designed with maximum profitability in mind with up to six PCI-E slots delivering maximum platform utilization. Two external AUX power connectors guarantee stable operation for the graphics cards to also enhance performance. Rounding out the components side for BIOSTAR were their whole new RX500 series graphics cards for gaming and their RX470 graphics card that are the option for mining on display in their booth featuring reference cooling and custom dual fan coolers. BIOSTAR graphics cards feature aggressive design with weapons to give them the distinct gamer feel that make them highly exciting products. BIOSTAR has all new gaming series including marvelous the gaming keyboard RACING GK3 and the gaming mouse RACING GM5. BIOSTAR is going to put more efforts on the gaming market so they will launch more fantastic gaming peripherals. A special rig was on display featuring the BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN mini-ITX motherboard in a special modded case complete with custom liquid cooling to highlight both the lighting features as well as the compact size the motherboard. BIOSTAR had an array of custom bui[...]



Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure To Achieve Over 60% TCO Savings Versus Public Cloud

2017-06-09T07:00:00.891+08:00

Jun 7, 2017 - As traditional organizations transform to compete with companies born in the digital era, they need a cloud-driven infrastructure for greater agility.Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), today announced major updates to the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio, providing a path to digital transformation for enterprises while achieving significant cost savings over public cloud. The integrated portfolio offers the capability to increase profitability and productivity through cloud economics and by applying analytics to uncover new opportunities and insights. The HCP portfolio includes Hitachi Content Platform for software-defined object storage; HCP Anywhere for file synchronization and sharing and data protection capabilities; Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI), an elastic-scale cloud file gateway; and Hitachi Content Intelligence, where rapid insights emerge from data. With this release, HCP gains a 400 percent increase in usable storage per cluster, 67 percent more storage node capacity via 10TB drives, a 55 percent increase in objects per node and simplified software licensing so customers can achieve over 5x lower storage costs than public cloud alone. Customers can also take advantage of enhanced multipart file transfers to speed performance of large file uploads, downloads and range reads for Amazon cloud storage applications. APIs have also been enhanced to give organizations greater visibility to analyze the performance and health of their infrastructure. New Hitachi Data Ingestor enhancements include multipart file transfers to HCP for faster uploads of large files such as videos, easier resolution of content sharing conflicts, universal file migration improvements that boost performance, and updated cryptographic hash algorithms to further protect data. Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere updates include incorporation of existing content repositories; delivery of next-generation file sharing, collaboration and data protection capabilities; simplified searches, and APIs to design new workflows and customize the user experience. For additional details, The latest addition to the portfolio is Hitachi Content Intelligence, announced in November 2016. This search and analytics solution allows organizations to exploit the value of their data. The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio is the only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search and analytics to create a tightly integrated, simple and smart cloud storage solution.Peter Sjoberg, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud and Mobility, Hitachi Data Systems“Once again, we’ve raised the bar for object storage with our uniquely integrated Hitachi Content Platform portfolio. Hitachi Content Platform provides the ideal ecosystem to support customers’ existing content-centric applications and newer cloud use cases and workloads simultaneously. It also provides a central way for customers to securely incorporate hybrid cloud storage on their terms to react faster to change and to optimize costs.” -- Peter Sjoberg, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud and Mobility, Hitachi Data Systems [...]



IT News Week 2 Jun 2017

2017-06-09T08:36:34.637+08:00

For IT News Week 5 May 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jun 8, 2017 - honor Malaysia to set the stage with its new smartphone PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Two new updates from Aruba HPE - Asset Tracking Solution & Aruba 8400 Core Switch PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria Appointed as Microlink Chairman PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Sage Strengthens Asia Pacific Leadership with Appointment of VP for Asia business PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kakitangan.com Launches Online Tools for SMEs to Manage Expense Claims and Human Resources Documents PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints Digital Paper as New B2B Channel Distributor PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Stream live — and beautifully — with ZenFone Live! PR - Jun 5, 2017 - Connected Consumers Driving Smartphone Penetration in Malaysia PR - Jun 2, 2017 - Iverson Associates Leads Training Program To Accelerate Malaysia's Vision As Regional Hub For Big Data Analytics PR - Jun 8, 2017 - honor Malaysia to set the stage with its new smartphone The wait is finally over, honor, a global smartphone manufacturer will be introducing its best smartphone yet in Malaysia – an energetic smartphone that is purpose-built to suit millennials and the adventurous consumer. The smartphone line for affordable versus high-end phones are blurring and the much-anticipated new honor smartphone is set to deepen that divide. The new honor smartphone is a result of various strategic partnerships in the areas of gaming, photography and virtual reality. This move by honor is said to bring much more than just a phone that offers great user experience, but a smartphone that has performance that exceeds. The new honor smartphone will feature next-generation technology, improved speed, and an inspired design. It is placed to be a surprise and promises to be a stand out from other smartphones in the same category. For a sneak preview of the new honor smartphone, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuaweiHonorMY/. PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Two new updates from Aruba HPE - Asset Tracking Solution & Aruba 8400 Core Switch 1. Launch of First Asset Tracking Solution Fully Integrated into WLAN Infrastructure This new addition to Aruba’s location-based services portfolio helps organizations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organizational efficiency and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure, enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs. 2. New Aruba 8400 Core Switch and Aruba OS-CX Operating System Aruba announced a new enterprise core and aggregation switch and the industry’s most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX, designed for modern mobility, cloud, and IoT requirements. Taking a leap beyond today’s antiquated switching platforms, the Aruba 8400 Core Switch Series and ArubaOS-CX are purpose-built for emerging mobile-cloud business applications and changing traffic patterns that are being driven by the massive flood of data sources and growth in IoT. PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria Appointed as Microlink ChairmanMicrolink Solutions Berhad, a local ICT solutions provider specialising in financial solutions, today shares that YABhg Tun Arifin bin Zakaria has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. The appointment is effective immediately. Tun Arifin has a long and highly distinguished career in the legal sector, most recently holding the post of Chief Justice of Malaysia from 2011 to April 2017, when he retir[...]



Tableau 10.3 Adds Data Driven Alerting, Smart Recommendation Engine, and Expands Data Connections

2017-06-07T14:52:06.676+08:00

Jun 1, 2017 - SG -Tableau Software, the global leader in visual analytics, today announced the general availability of Tableau 10.3. This latest release helps organisations achieve data-driven insights faster than ever, through automated table and join recommendations powered by machine learning algorithms that simplify the search for the right data for analysis. It also includes data driven alerts to allow for proactive monitoring of key metrics. 10.3 unlocks six new data sources for rapid-fire analysis, including a new connector for extracting data from PDF documents. Additionally, Tableau Online customers are able to try Tableau Bridge in beta, which enables a direct connection to data stored on premises directly in the cloud. “Organisations want to do more with the vast data they have at their disposal,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “It’s not just simple analysis our customers are looking seeking, it’s the power to unlock all of their data with ease and efficiency. With smart recommendations, customers can get to the right data faster than ever - without having to spend time finding the right tables and joins. And with proactive monitoring of key metrics through features like data driven alerts, they can take action immediately and be more agile.” Tableau’s new data-driven alerts allows customers to create custom alerts easily Stay on top of your changing business with data driven alerts Tableau 10.3 makes it easier for everyone to stay engaged with the metrics that matter most. With new data-driven alerts, customers can instantly receive notifications as their data crosses a pre-set threshold, ensuring they never miss an important change in their organisation. Customers can set alerts simply by pointing at the data on which they want to be notified. Proactive monitoring via email prompts and more are now made possible with data driven alerts“The new data-driven alerts will be a game-changer for our organisation,” said Paul Lisborg, manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Oldcastle Architectural. “Users will now be provided a way to automatically receive outliers on customer orders, sales, and production data, allowing us to quickly respond to potential issues and more effectively manage our business.” Harness your data with smart table and join recommendations powered by machine learning Tableau 10.3 makes it easier for people to find the right data for their analysis with smart table and join recommendations. Leveraging machine learning algorithms, Tableau Server analyses aggregate data source usage to recommend popular tables and corresponding joins across the organisation. With recommendations, customers can save time by quickly identifying database tables that are relevant to their analysis and leveraging join recommendations to enrich their data. Now it’s easy for customers to automatically apply insights from experts and other users across their organisation, increasing the overall quality of their data models. Connect to more data, in the cloud and even PDFs Tableau 10.3 makes it easy for teams to access data, wherever it resides. In all, customers can now connect to more than 75 data sources via 66 connectors, without any programming. That includes a new PDF connector, which allows people to directly import PDF tables into Tableau with just one click. With an Adobe estimated 2.5 trillion PDFs worldwide, this unlocks a new realm of data that can be leveraged for rich analysis. The new PDF connector helps users extract data from their PDF documents and turn them into visual[...]



Cloudera Launches Altus to Simplify Big Data Workloads in the Cloud

2017-06-04T16:58:12.875+08:00

May 29, 2017 -Cloudera, Inc, the provider of the leading modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics, announced the release of Cloudera Altus, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that makes it easier to run large-scale data processing applications on public cloud. The initial Altus service helps data engineers use on-demand infrastructure to speed the creation and operation of elastic data pipelines that power sophisticated, data-driven applications. Data engineering applications like ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) or batch scoring are often large, batch-oriented workloads that run for a fixed period of time and help companies extract critical insights from raw data. Organizations can gain significant flexibility and efficiency advantages by running these pipelines on elastic infrastructure. Enterprises want to leverage cloud infrastructure alongside familiar large-scale data processing tools and technologies. The Cloudera Altus Data Engineering service simplifies the development and operations of elastic data pipelines; putting data engineering jobs front and center and abstracting infrastructure management and operations that can be both time consuming and complex. Altus also reduces the risk associated with cloud migrations. It provides users with familiar tools packaged in an open, unified, enterprise-grade platform service that delivers common storage, metadata, security, and management across multiple data engineering applications. “Data engineering workloads are foundational for today’s data-driven applications,” said Charles Zedlewski, senior vice president of Products at Cloudera. “Altus simplifies the process of building and running elastic data pipelines while preserving portability and making it easy to incorporate data engineering elements into more complex BI, data science and real-time applications.” Cloudera makes it easy, cost-effective, and convenient to deploy these workloads on cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), taking advantage of cloud elasticity, low-cost storage and compute options, and rapid provisioning to deliver a modern data service that can tackle even the most challenging business problems. Cloud object stores such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) are becoming increasingly popular for their resiliency, scalability, and relatively low cost. Charles Zedlewski, Senior VP of Products, ClouderaAccording to IDC, public cloud deployments are now at 12% of the overall worldwide business analytics software market and expected to grow at a 25% CAGR through 2020. Cloud is one of the fastest growing deployment environments for Cloudera customers, and Altus makes it easier than ever to run data engineering workloads in the cloud. Features and benefits of Altus include: Managed service for elastic data pipelines - Cloudera Altus is a PaaS that allows data engineers to easily and quickly provision Apache Spark, Apache Hive, Hive on Spark, and MapReduce2 capacity on cloud-native infrastructure. Altus presents intelligent default cluster settings and environments that dramatically reduce cluster deployment times and operations, automating processes like cluster provisioning, configuring, and termination. Workload orientation - Cloudera Altus centers around data pipelines rather than clusters or infrastructures, so users can easily submit, clone, and troubleshoot pipelines with minimal attention paid to the underlying infrastructure. No data siloes - The Altus Data Engineering service enables data engineers to run direct reads from and writes to cloud object st[...]



Outsystems Identifies Roadblocks to Digital Transformation in APAC

2017-06-03T08:14:00.169+08:00

Mar 31, 2017

OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for digital transformation, has recently published its Asia-Pacific: State of Application Development 2017 Research Report. Leaders in the region are increasingly concerned about technology and IT, and digital transformation in the region set to be worth $16.5 billion by 2020.

This report accounts for the perspectives of more than 680 professionals in APAC, on the state of digital transformation. Some interesting finds from the report include:
  • Almost half (45%) of respondents reported having a large backlog of mobile apps as they are unable to keep up with the current level of demand
  • 42% of respondents reported facing a shortage of skilled mobile developers, who are difficult to find and expensive to hire
  • Almost three-quarters (69%) of respondents reported average app development times of more than 3 months, which is not up to business requirements




IT News Week 5 May 2017

2017-06-02T08:44:35.117+08:00

For IT News Week 4 May 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jun 1, 2017 - 3M Partners LMall to Strengthen E-Commerce Presence PR - Jun 1, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints New Managing Director for APAC PR - Jun 1, 2017 - MediaMath Launches in South Korea, Expanding its Operations in Asia PR - Jun 1, 2017 - Fusionex Launches Enhanced Simplified GIANT 2017 PR - May 31, 2017 - Nokia 3310 at 11street PR - May 31, 2017 - Cisco and IBM Join Forces to Tackle Cybercrime PR - May 29, 2017 - Barracuda Releases Free Public Cloud Network and Application Security Solutions PR - May 29, 2017 - VMware Expands Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Next Generation Unified Mobile PR - May 23, 2017 - iPay88’s ‘PAY4ME’ – Synergizing Digital Payments With Human Relations PR - May 23, 2017 - FAT is FAB With ONEXOX PR - Jun 1, 2017 - 3M Partners LMall to Strengthen E-Commerce Presence3M Malaysia today strengthened its presence in the e-commerce arena by partnering with LMall.my, the first and only exclusive premium marketplace for brands managed by Interbase Resources Sdn Bhd. The partnership guarantees its shoppers 100% assured, genuine products delivered directly by a 3M eDistributor who works with 3M Malaysia to establish the brand’s official e-commerce presence. LMall.my is managed by Interbase Resources Sdn Bhd, which also manages other online marketplaces including Lelong.my, Pretty.my and Superbuy.my. With over 19 years of experience in the local e-commerce industry, the company launched LMall.my as a marketplace that prioritizes the selling and buying of 100% authentic products from brands. (L-R) : S.C. Chok, 3M Asia Marketing-Sales Director; Mr. Richard Tan, Managing Director of Interbase Resources Sdn Bhd., & Mr. Parameswaran Nair, Managing Director of 3M Malaysia.The 3M official store on LMall.my now features products in the Home Improvement, Car Care, Water Filter, Hardware, Personal Care, and Cleaning and Washing categories featuring 3M brands such as Scotch-Brite™, Command™, Scotch®, 3M AutoCare, 3M water filters and many more are available. PR - Jun 1, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints New Managing Director for APAC Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has appointed Stephan Neumeier as Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific effective June 1, 2017. With more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry, Stephan will play a key role in growing the business in more than 25 countries across the APAC region. His priorities will include strengthening partner relationships, extending the company’s retail footprint, and driving business development to meet growing business and consumer needs for effective cyber-protection.Stephen NeumeierUnder his watch, Stephan is also expected to lead the APAC team in carrying out the company’s strategy to further develop and continue the growth in both commercial and enterprise cybersecurity with strong focus into critical verticals such as ‘industrial cyber security’. Alexander Moiseev, Chief Sales Officer, Kaspersky Lab said: “With Stephan’s extensive industry experience in the sales / channel and distribution world, we are confident that he will be able to help our partners in the region grow further and faster, building stronger and more successful client and partner relationships.” Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Stephan held several channel senior leadership roles in Unify, Avaya, San Disk and McAfee, where he played key roles in transforming business, extending channel footprin[...]



Get Data Recovery Skills or Be “Taken” by Ransomware

2017-06-01T10:24:26.277+08:00

By Chris Gondek, Principal Architect, Commvault Imagine if your data was “taken” but instead of panicking, you instantly became Liam Neeson from the movie “Taken”. The coolest, toughest character ever imagined, who dealt with his own ransom situation – without paying. Chris Gondek, Principal Architect, CommvaultWannaCry; a ransomware campaign with unprecedented scale, hit around 200,000 systems across 150 countries. Asia is no exception, with reports of several businesses affected by the attack. Ransomware, and other malicious software, is estimated to cost the Australian economy about $1 billion a year. In Britain, WannaCry has crippled the health system – with stroke victims unable to undergo urgent surgery because their scans could not be accessed – and affected other businesses around the world. When Ransomware Hits: Three Options for Data Recovery “Ransomware” is increasingly becoming the number one cause of data loss for businesses. Software security has become more resilient to cyber-attacks, but what happens (and it does happen a lot) when the security systems fail and are bypassed by a simple phishing attack, or a patch not applied? When ransomware hits your business, you have three choices: Give up, cut your losses and start again? For most businesses, this is not really an option as you can’t just write off potentially business critical data that is held in the attack. At the same time, you need to bring systems back to a working condition and often data is key to this Pay the ransom!? Who knows, you might get your data back, and once you have paid, they know who to target again – repeatedly until the software evolves to become “extortion ware” Channel your inner Liam Neeson, and tell the ransom-holders that you have a particular set of skills… skills you have acquired over a very long career… skills that make you a nightmare for data extortionists Be Cool: Use Your Data Recovery Skills Those skills, are data recovery skills. The only way businesses can ignore any Ransomware is to immediately recover from data backup, and I do make emphasis on immediately. Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and while an attack cannot always be avoided, there are steps you can put in place to mitigate the effects of attacks. You can have processes in place to minimise customer impact and the organisation’s own brand and reputation. For example, achievable Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). RTO refers to the time it takes a business to restore data once disaster has struck, including bringing your systems back to normal. It may seem straight forward on the surface but to be able to perform quick data recovery, you need to have a powerful data protection solution and an understood and agreed service level in place. Data Recovery Needs Speed and AutomationTo recover from a ransomware attack, you need to have deployed – and managed – data backup. Being able to backup databases, files, applications, endpoints and VMs according to data type and recovery profile is critical to a speedy recovery. In addition, organisations who employ good data management will know where the data lives – across public or private cloud(s), on-premises or co-lo sites – and will have specific data backups and processes in place to protect it. As a result, when an emergency hits, data recovery is fast and automated. Today, businesses seem to be focused on their security rather than recoverability. Whilst security is critical to ev[...]



HID Global Adds Trust to Online Transactions and Digital Access with HID Approve Mobile App

2017-05-30T08:07:21.646+08:00

On 29-May-2017 about 2:10pm, I received a called from Malaysian based number : 03-2180 8888. It was prank and the caller claimed that he was calling from Hong Leong Assurance (HLA) HQ and wanted to remind me about the 3 month outstanding personal loan which I accrued. Immediately I knew it was fake.Nonetheless, the guy tried to convince me by confirming my IC number - they know my full name and IC number. He kept pressing on that it was me who had it wrong and not him and wanted me to double confirm my personal details. I laughed and told him to send me legal letters. He said ok and hung up. Telesales has come to a boiling point which is unbearable whereby telesales personnel tell lies as if they had the rights to do it; analogous to the scenario where they had something to sell and therefore it was their rights - wrong, your needs has nothing to do with me. To those telesales, if you need to improve your quality of life - I can understand - but you should try talking to the politicians instead. Otherwise, my advise is to quit the job which contributes nothing good to the society at all - you might even cause death.All financial institutions should deploy solution such as HID Approve - a mobile app which helps consumers to authenticate the identity of the vendors.May 23, 2017 - SG - HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced a new app, HID Approve™, which turns a mobile device into a handheld validation device or “authenticator” that verifies online access and transaction requests, such as digital banking transactions or corporate VPN access. HID Approve adds a new level of trust for consumers and employees to transact securely. The HID Approve mobile app combines public key-based cryptography and push technology to create a new experience for customers of banks, retailers and healthcare providers as well as between employees and enterprise or organizations. This allows customers to be more confident and have more control over who is accessing their confidential and proprietary information. Delivering next-generation, multi-factor authentication capabilities, the new software-based solution from HID Global provides added security that is far more intuitive and user-friendly compared to traditional methods of authentication. Ultimately, it helps increase cybersecurity for digital business and enterprises while improving customer and employee satisfaction. “HID Approve will transform secure digital transactions in ways similar to what Uber® did for car service and mobile keys did for hotel check-in,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President and Managing Director, IAM Solutions with HID Global. “HID Approve significantly simplifies and empowers consumers to better protect their finances, reduce fraud and have peace of mind.” HID Approve is enabled by HID Global’s ActivID® Authentication infrastructure. Every time a transaction or access is attempted online, the ActivID Authentication system leverages push technology to send a notification to the consumer’s mobile device to ask him/her to approve the transaction or login attempt. The user then swipes right to accept it or left to reject it -- exercising simple, purposeful and instantaneous verification. HID Approve has multiple deployment options: Turnkey application that is fully managed by HID Global and easily customizable, so organizations can present their brand without the need to build and maintain a custom app Soft[...]



G-Technology Addresses Increasing Application Workflow Demands for Creative Industry

2017-05-30T08:37:36.909+08:00

May 22, 2017 -Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced upgrades to its award-winning G-Technology® product lines, including the addition of Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C™ connectivity technologies. To be on display at BroadcastAsia2017 for the first time, the upgrades optimize the speed and performance of these drives, meeting the growing needs of creative professionals who are capturing and transferring vast amounts of high-resolution content. “G-Technology recognizes the need for a complete workflow solution that takes advantage of the power of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “The result is a substantial upgrade across several product lines that delivers reliable, fast, and easy-to-use storage solutions to fit the current and future needs of our customers.” Built for creative professionals, including videographers and digital photographers, who require storage solutions that keep up with their intensive data needs and creative applications, G-Technology’s upgraded devices offer complete, high-capacity workflow solutions that seamlessly integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem. "Creative professionals today want storage options that are not just high capacity but cutting-edge in terms of technology. As a filmmaker myself, who shuttles between the editing studio and the field, I need gear that is fast, easy to set up, and dependable" , says Clinton Harn, cinematographer and content producer. " I find that G-Technology has been able to meet the full spectrum of my storage needs. With their enterprise-grade performance and quality, G-Technology drives are built to deliver for professional use. They have put the "sexy" back into data storage and media management". Features and Availability: G-DRIVE® with Thunderbolt 3 G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 (available now at RM3,900 for 12TB and RM3,410 for 10TB) – Designed for creative professionals in mind, the high performance storage solution features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port (supports USB 3.1 Gen 1). Users can conveniently daisy chain up to five additional devices, allowing them to stay connected to multiple drives and quickly move HD videos and 4K footage through a single connection. With capacities up to 12TB, heavy workloads and mission-critical data users have peace of mind with the long-lasting reliability of the HGST-brand Ultrastar® 7200RPM Enterprise-class hard drive inside. G-RAID® with Thunderbolt 3 G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 (available now at RM9,750 for 24TB) – This high-performance, removable dual-hard drive RAID 0, 1 or JBOD storage system features Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, HDMI® 2.0, along with the ability to plug in 4K 60 HDR displays and editing tools, allowing creative professionals to quickly access, browse, edit, and backup digital libraries. Removeable Ultrastar 7200RPM Enterprise-class drives allow flexibility and reliability that is suitable for the most demanding creative projects, including multi-stream HD, 2K, 4K, and HDR video workflows. G-SPEED® Shuttle XL G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 (available now at RM49,730 for 96TB) – Able to handle demanding multi-stream workflows of 4K and beyond, both on location and in the studio, the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 offers hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10, and 50 configurations in an 8-bay transportable [...]



IT News Week 4 May 2017

2017-05-28T18:41:31.169+08:00

For IT News Week 3 May 2017For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study PR - May 25, 2017 - London, New York and Hong Kong - Mergermarket Group bolsters equity technology and analytics capability with acquisition of TIM Group PR - May 25, 2017 - Venture Into the Wild at ArtScience Museum PR - May 25, 2017 - One Canon One Tree - A Tree Planting Initiative PR - May 24, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Announces Theme for COMPUTEX 2017 Showcase: Go Beyond the Limit and Reach for the Top PR - May 23, 2017 - Inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions 2017 in APAC to Showcase Best Practices for Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics PR - May 22, 2017 - Survey Reveals Main Criterias for Motor Insurance Purchase in Malaysia PR - May 19, 2017 - Jabra Extends Evolve Range with New Wireless Headset for Modern Office Workers PR - May 19, 2017 - Huawei Releases eLTE SafeCity Solution for Public Safety PR - May 18, 2017 - Tetra Pak responds to Asia’s rapidly evolving market needs with the first Customer Innovation Centre in Singapore PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise Kaspersky Lab has completed the integration and certification of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business with ConnectWise Manage for remote monitoring and management (RMM) and ConnectWise Automate for professional service automation (PSA). Kaspersky Lab’s MSP partners can now benefit from a ‘single pane of glass’ for improved visibility and control over the workflow, with simplified management and monitoring via the ConnectWise console, unified administration of customers’ accounts, and seamless automated billing and reporting. With Kaspersky Security Integration Plugin installed, MSP security teams have access to automated security scanning and updates, remote client deployment, and a centralized security dashboard — making it possible to introduce solutions that meet a customer’s specific requirements and to manage them from a single ConnectWise console. Automated monitoring ensures that particular tasks are created and assigned to the appropriate person within a team. This significantly reduces the time that MSPs spend on monitoring and increases the number of clients a single engineer can manage. The integration also brings more resource efficiency to customer service. PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study Microsoft today unveiled findings of its Asia Workplace 2020 Study, where it found that employees in Malaysia do not feel empowered to embrace the demands of the digital workplace. While 70% of Malaysia respondents consider themselves to be mobile workers and spend at least 20% of their time working outside of their offices, only 41% feel empowered by their organization’s culture and managers to be able to work together productively and collaboratively. In addition, only 32% of respondents agree that their organization is committed at a leadership level to ensure every employee is included in closing the digital skills gaps within the workforce. Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia pre[...]