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Get a scholarship to study Computer Science Courses in the USA


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There are a variety of scholarships available to computer science students, including grants, fellowships and assistantships.

Scholarship value varies from less than $1,000 to more than $5,000.

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IT News Week 3 Nov 2017 - Part 2


For IT News Week 3 Nov 2017 - part 1. PR - Nov 16, 2017 - Tricor Group announces agreement to acquire Orisoft Technology to enhance Tricor’s multi-country payroll and HCM capabilities PR - Nov 16, 2017 - Komatsu Helps Improve Mining Performance with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform Powered by Cloudera PR - Nov 16, 2017 - Shanghai - OPPO Officially Announces Partnership with Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 PR - Nov 14, 2017 - SoftBank's bid for a stake in Uber continues market share grab PR - Nov 13, 2017 - Quann Malaysia Warns that Buyers Can Anonymously Purchase 46.2 Million Malaysian Mobile Users Data for Merely RM32,000 CBRE - Nov 13, 2017 - Technology Redefining Asia Pacific Workplace and Workforce PR - Nov 11, 2017 - Malaysian Break Record during 11.11 at Alibaba PR - Nov 1, 2017 - iResidenz Launches Mobile App to Boost Usage of Resident Portal PR - Oct 27, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab uncovers hacked servers used by Lazarus to control operations PR - Oct 25, 2017 - Huawei taps into Milestone’s open platform video management software to further complement safety at its Chengdu Research Institute PR - Oct 24,2017 - Cloudera Speeds Analytics Deployment for Cybersecurity Hub PR - Nov 16, 2017 - Tricor Group announces agreement to acquire Orisoft Technology to enhance Tricor’s multi-country payroll and HCM capabilities Asia’s leading provider of integrated business, corporate and investor services Tricor Group today announced the agreement to acquire Orisoft Technology Sdn Bhd., a fast-growing leader in payroll and human capital management (HCM) software and services. Headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Orisoft will enhance Tricor Group’s existing payroll services capabilities with its multi-country payroll aggregation offerings and cloud-based payroll software solutions. The market for outsourced multi-country payroll and HCM solutions is rapidly gaining momentum across Asia as multinationals and regional companies of all sizes seek to reduce operational complexity while improving overall functionality, transparency, and compliance. With the acquisition of Orisoft, Tricor Group will be able to offer clients an even broader suite of integrated turn-key solutions delivered as managed services or via the cloud, freeing them to focus on core activities. “Orisoft’s technology platform will allow Tricor Group to leverage its existing service delivery footprint in new ways. We will be able to offer clients complete, end-to-end multi-country payroll aggregation and HCM solutions, with new features and greater efficiencies to support their human capital. The acquisition reinforces Tricor Group’s position as the leading provider of business services, corporate services, and investor services in the region.” said Mr. Johnny Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer of Tricor Group. PR - Nov 16, 2017 - Komatsu Helps Improve Mining Performance with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform Powered by Cloudera Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) today announced that Komatsu, a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, has implemented a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) analytics platform powered by Cloudera Enterprise and Microsoft Azure. The platform enables Komatsu teams to help mining customers around the world continuously monitor the performance of some of the largest equipment used in surface and underground mining, increase asset utilization and productivity, and deliver essential resources including energy and industrial minerals for the global economy. Komatsu’s JoySmart Solutions, an IIoT-based service, ingests, stores and processes a wide variety of data collected from mining equipment operating around the globe, often at very remote locations in harsh conditions. With increasing customer demand and more connected machines, Komatsu turned to Cloudera to – build and deploy machine learning models faster to understand equipment operation provide better insights for customers and ultimately influence future mining equipment design Utilize components suc[...]

IBM and Partners Launch Quad9 ( DNS service


Nov 16, 2017 - New York -

IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) today launched a free service designed to give consumers and businesses added privacy and security protection as they access the internet. The new Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS) servicehelps protect users from accessing millions of malicious internet sites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.

Businesses and consumers can safeguard their online privacy as the Quad9 ( DNS service is engineered to not store, correlate or otherwise leverage any personally identifiable information (PII) from its users. In contrast, other DNS services often capture Information about the websites consumers visit, devices they use and where they live for marketing or other purposes.

To take advantage of the security and privacy of Quad9, users simply need to reconfigure a single setting on their devices to use as their DNS server. Full instructions on what a DNS service does and how to switch to Quad9 can be found here.

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10 months, 13 hours per day, 7 days per week


If you are offered a job as a software developer which you would have to work on a new product for 10 months, 13 hours per day, 7 days per week in a 6-room apartment; would you take up the job?

This was what happened to the product development of Alibaba's Alipay, Taobao and etc

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OutSystems Adds New Integrations and Certifications to Its Low-Code Platform


Nov 17, 2017 - Singapore :OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for digital transformation, has announced that it has added new features to strengthen its low-code platform. Companies using OutSystems low-code platform can now leverage advanced integrations to fuse machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT). OutSystems also announced that it has strengthened its security credentials with three recognised certifications - ISO 27001, ISO 22301, and SOC 2 Type II. A survey by technology consultancy Gartner revealed that CEOs in Asia Pacific are fully aware of the major benefits that technologies such as machine learning, AI and IoT can have on their business and their digital transformation efforts. Similarly, cybersecurity is also an important concern for businesses. A study conducted by OutSystems on the state of mobile application development in APAC revealed that the security of mobile applications was a top concern for organisations in the region. Using Outsystem - you just need a mouse and keyboard, don't need a rocket scientist“AI and machine learning are integral with businesses today, and imperative in order to remain competitive in the current challenging economic environment”, said Mark Weaser, Vice President, Asia-Pacific at OutSystems. “Similarly, cybersecurity is a top concern for IT leaders, and poses a great threat for businesses. We believe that with these new additions to the OutSystems’ platform, we are addressing customers’ concerns and empowering businesses to leverage the latest technological innovations to supercharge their digital transformation efforts and yet, remain digitally secure while doing so,” he added. New AI and IoT Integrations Can Transform Enterprise Applications The main benefit that customers have gained from OutSystems’ platform is the ease and speed at which they can develop new applications and leverage new technologies such as analytics and machine learning. This helps companies to gain new insights from the data gathered from devices and sensors. These are vindications of the increasing ability of digital transformation. These new AI and IoT integrations are available as connectors in the open source OutSystems Forge library, the repository where developers from the OutSystems Community upload and share open source solutions that expedite application delivery. These provide customers with a launchpad to integrate machine learning, AI, and IoT technologies into applications built with OutSystems. Raising the Bar for Low-Code Platform Security OutSystems platform has been accredited with the following certifications: ISO 27001: This certification, from auditor BSI, approves the OutSystems systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so it remains secure. ISO 22301: This certification, also from BSI, approves the management system the company has put in place for business continuity arrangements. SOC (Service Organization Controls) 2 Type II: This attestation, from KirkpatrickPrice, demonstrates that OutSystems has selected and implemented a specific and well-defined set of security controls. The framework validates that the service provider’s data management systems are secure, available and protect the integrity and confidentiality of data. These ISO and SOC certifications are ways in which cybersecurity demands are being met, while ensuring that applications built with low-code platforms are compliant with international cybersecurity standards. These certifications also reinforce the fact that OutSystems ensures that security best practices are enforced throughout the development lifecycle. Apps or systems created via the platform automatically include code protection for the threats such as OWASP Top Ten: Injection, Cross-Site Scripting and Sensitive Data Exposure. The platform also enforces most of the key security requirements including application securit[...]

Sunway iLabs Offers RM 2 million to Start-Ups


Nov 16, 2017 : Sunway University’s non-profit incubator, Sunway iLabs, has announced that it will be offering RM 2 million to up to 10 start-ups early next year through the iLabs Accelerator Programme. Applications are open now till December 31, 2017. Amongst other benefits, successful start-ups will receive RM 50,000 in seed funding from Sunway University and Nexea Angels, and RM 150,000 from Google’s technology platform and Chooi & Company’s legal services. The Sunway iLabs Accelerator Programme is organised by Sunway University and Nexea Angels, and is supported by the combined resources of Sunway Group, Sunway Ventures, Google, Chooi & Company, and US Market Access Center (USMAC). Developed with deep insight from a team that has a collective experience of more than 100 years successfully building and exiting companies, the Sunway iLabs Accelerator programme is formulated to be industry-driven and result-oriented. “Unlike other accelerator programmes, the iLabs Accelerator programme does not center around classes but is built around a personalised experience to deliver a successful start-up at the end of six months. Instead of sitting in classrooms, entrepreneurs receive customised one-on-one sessions and exclusive networking dinners with experienced entrepreneurs and advisors to share insights and personal experiences. The focused sessions are designed to get founding teams to rapidly produce a minimum viable product, receive market validation, and be investor ready at the end of the programme,” said Matt van Leeuwen, Director, Sunway iLabs. Matt van Leeuwen, Director, Sunway iLabs“What also differentiates us from the other accelerator programmes is that our start-ups will have access to Sunway Group’s immense resources across 12 business lines. This means that they will have a wide market as a potential test bed, as well as access to Sunway University’s labs, researchers, and potential interns. We believe that we have a good shot at building successful start-ups by giving them access to three pivotal M’s: Money, Market and Mentors,” he added. The iLabs Accelerator Progamme will be conducted in two phases. The first phase is open to up to 20 teams and will be a month-long Start-up Foundation Phase which will familiarise the entrepreneurs with the mentors. During this phase, Sunway iLabs will download the necessary knowledge to build successful companies onto the entrepreneurs and identify the start-ups with imminent growth potential. No equity exchange is required during this phase and founding teams are required to attend workshops and mentoring sessions with industry leaders and set-up key performance indicators. At the end of the first month, Sunway iLabs will select up to 10 start-ups to be enrolled into a five-month Start-Up Validation Phase. At this stage, Sunway iLabs will take 8% in equity in each company. In return, each team will receive RM 50,000 cash for seed funding, and RM 150,000 Google technology credits and legal resources. They will also be granted access to mentors who have successfully built and exited businesses; and access to angel investors who will help with follow-on funding if start-ups are meeting their milestones. During this time, the start-ups will be able to test their ideas with Sunway Group’s wide network and access Sunway University’s labs, researchers, and potential interns for support. They will also have free access to the co-working space in the well-equipped Sunway iLabs and cultivate relationships with Silicon Valley investors through USMAC. The iLabs Accelerator programme is open to Malaysian and non-Malaysian dynamic founders of tech, non-tech, and university start-ups who are enthusiastic about growing their business to the next level. To submit a proposal, please visit[...]

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The two numbers registered are authentic.

The website is blocked from access - you may ask your friends from other countries to lookup the information on your behalf.

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Live Streaming App BIGO LIVE Brings Awareness and Raises Funds for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore


Nov 15, 2017 - SG :BIGO LIVE Singapore, together with their broadcaster Jo Ann Chen, recently teamed up with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) and another popular BIGO LIVE broadcaster Charis Koh, to help raise funds and awareness on BIGO LIVE platform. They spent an afternoon at the center to bring joy and laughter to the lovely children at CPAS.(L - R : BIGO Broadcaster Jo Ann Chen and Charis Koh sending BIGO Dino to a palsy individual)Jo Ann (ID:JoAnnchen) used BIGO Live to raise “beans” – points awarded according to how many viewers she can get – through the whole stream day. Her 174,856 beans was converted into SGD 1123.20 and BIGO LIVE Singapore matched the funds raised dollar-for–dollar, that went straight to fund therapy equipment, medical expenses, diapers and food rations, public education and caregiver support - not counting BIGO Live’s own donations to the cause!. In total, the funds raised amounted to SGD 2246.20.BIGO Singapore, broadcasters Jo Ann and Charis Koh spent an afternoon at the center to learn more about cerebral palsy and the early intervention and therapies available. There was an introduction to CPAS, followed by a tour of the facilities where they had the opportunity to meet wonderful children like Arianna (who couldn’t take her hands off the BIGO Dino), and Jerryl (who received a thumb drive he wished for as a present from our streamers).Jo Ann and Charis also had the luck to meet with Wei Lun and Bing Yao, two individuals with cerebral palsy whose artistic talent is on display at CPAS’ Art Gallery, and their artwork available for sale. Jo Ann went an extra mile and supported the cause, spending an additional SGD 500 on artwork from this fantastic gallery, and found out that Wei Lun is also a BIGO user!(BIGO LIVE Broadcaster Miss Jo Ann Chen presenting CPAS person in charge funds raised during her livestream)“It really touches my heart to see everyone together to make it possible. It means so much to me to see my supporters in the stream during the charity drive. I can’t list all of you, but I know who you are, and I hope you can feel my gratitude” said BIGO LIVE Broadcaster Jo Ann Chen.“This is an extremely good cause and the event had been very successful. We hope that by our little action of sharing this on livestream with our viewers, we would be able to bring about more awareness for CPAS. And that many more individuals who are suffering from this condition would be able to live their life to the fullest and to live the moments without the public misconception about their condition. We hope that more people are able to benefit from our small act of kindness. Thank you CPAS and definitely our broadcaster Jo Ann for her extra mile of kindness. We are also very heartened and delighted to see many kind souls on the platform who had supported this cause, thank you so much.” Ms Cherylene See, BIGO LIVE Regional Marketing manager.[...]

IT News Week 3 Nov 2017


For IT News Week 1 Nov 2017. PR - Nov 13, 2017 - Over 24,000 Celebrate the Love for All Things Gaming at GameStart 2017 and Inaugural SEA Summit PR - Nov 13, 2017 - Trive Property Group Signed Joint Venture Agreement with Jiangxi Fujing New Energy Technology on Solar Power Development PR - Nov 10, 2017 - Sophos Adds Deep Learning Capabilities to Intercept X Early Access Program PR - Nov 10, 2017 - Jakarta - XOX and Nahdlatul Ulama partners to connect 94 million members PR - Nov 10, 2017 - Barracuda Acquires Sonian Inc. PR - Nov 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Google Cloud and Expands Support for Multi-Cloud Strategies PR - Nov 8, 2017 - Genesys Sees Adoption Uptick as Nearly 250 Companies Worldwide Ditch Legacy Contact Center Solutions PR - Nov 6, 2017 - Philips Hue, the leading innovation in connected lighting systems for homes! PR - Nov 6, 2017 - Outsystem: New DevOps Features to Accelerate Low-Code Adoption PR - Oct 24, 2017 - HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro Scored 97 points for DxOMark PR - Nov 13, 2017 - Over 24,000 Celebrate the Love for All Things Gaming at GameStart 2017 and Inaugural SEA Summit GameStart 2017, the fourth edition of Southeast Asia’s premier game convention organized by Eliphant, concluded with resounding success. Held on 14 & 15 October at Suntec Convention Centre, GameStart 2017 welcomed a record 24,000 local and overseas visitors, a 20% increase from last year. GameStart 2017 : Building a profitable Gaming app forumThe event’s official live stream, which was broadcast on Twitch and Facebook Live, saw online views of over 80,000. The inaugural SEA Summit business conference concluded successfully on 12 and 13 October, with gaming scene insights from 46 industry experts. The Cyberpunk-themed showfloor spanned three halls, up from two last year, with new delights and returning favourites. At the Founders Base, 16 indie game companies and startups from Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan offered a wide variety of games to try, including Ultra Space Battle Brawl by TOGE Productions (Indonesia), and BattleSky Brigade by Battlebrew Productions (Singapore). 16 local indie game developers also showcased new games at the Games Pavilion by the International Game Developers Association of Singapore (IGDA|SG), supported by IMDA. (List of games - Returning crowd favourites included the expanded Doujin Market with 40 booths showcasing game-inspired artwork and merchandise, the RetroDNA area, and theSecretlab Grand Prix Chair Race, back for the second year. Analog gaming fans were treated to the debut of the GameStart TableTop (GST) gaming area, with the Dungeons and Dragons gaming tables, tabletop tournaments, and demo areas for Magic: The Gathering and Final Fantasy TCG. Visitors picked up drinks and food at the new Drinkery while checking out the latest Samsung tech or watching the heart-stopping action at the nearby SEA Major booth. PR - Nov 13, 2017 - Trive Property Group Signed Joint Venture Agreement with Jiangxi Fujing New Energy Technology on Solar Power Development On Friday, 10th November 2017, Trive Property Group Berhad (hereinafter as “TPGB”) a public listed company in Malaysia, with a stock code 0118, had signed a Joint Venture Agreement (hereinafter as “JVA”) with Jiangxi Fujing New Energy Technology Co., Ltd (hereinafter as “JFNET”), a company incorporated in Mainland China. Under the JVA, the Parties shall incorporate a joint venture company to be known as Daima Fujing New Energy Technology Sdn Bhd (hereinafter as “DFNET”), having its 50% stake with TPGB and another 50% stake with JFNET to undertake the research and development, assembly, production, distribute and marketing of photovoltaic products such as solar cells, solar panels or solar modules including sola[...]

Barracuda Study Reveals Office 365 Active Usage Surging, Ransomware Remains Top of Mind for Customers


Oct 23, 2017 : Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA), a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today released findings from a recent global study, “Office 365 Adoption Survey: Drivers, Risks, and Opportunities.” Over 1,100 organizations ranging from single-person businesses to companies with more than 10,000 employees participated in the survey from various regions around the globe including North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. James Forbes-May, Vice President of APAC Sales for Barracuda shares, “The survey aimed to measure trends around the adoption and use of Microsoft Office 365, including contributing factors for decisions about migration versus remaining with an existing platform. Additional information was gathered about customer use of third-party security and data protection solutions with Office 365, and their engagement with VARs and MSPs.” Adoption rates have increased significantly in one year 63 percent of respondents are currently using Office 365, while 49 percent of the remaining respondents are planning to move as well. In a similar Barracuda study from 2016, only 42 percent of respondents were using Office 365, equaling over a 20 percent increase in adoption in just over a year. Concerns over advanced email threats cited for not migrating to Office 365 Of those respondents who haven’t migrated, nearly 44 percent cited security concerns when deciding against migrating to Office 365. Nearly 70 percent of active users reported significant concerns about advanced threats, and of those planning to migrate, 76 percent expressed the same concerns. Fear about phishing, spear phishing, or social engineering, but little prevention Despite an overwhelming 89 percent of respondents expressing concerns over phishing, spear phishing, and social engineering, less than 36 percent of respondents said that they use a third-party solution to help mitigate these threats. 46 percent of respondents reported that they have already been targeted by such attacks. Ransomware is a top concern More than 92 percent of respondents are worried about ransomware, and more than 47 percent reported that they have been a victim of a ransomware attack. Of those victimized, 76 percent identified email as the affected threat vector. Layered security is the chosen implementation path for the majority of customers 57 percent of respondents stated that they were augmenting Office 365 deployments with a layered-security approach, as well as additional archiving, or backup solutions. Of those intending to migrate, 72 percent said that they plan to take the layered approach as well. “These findings indicate the growing security awareness we’re seeing from customers, and the necessity to take a layered approach moving forward.” “Barracuda customers and channel partners deploying Barracuda Sentinel and Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 are able to move core business processes to the cloud, and at the same time feel confident that they’re protected against ransomware, spear phishing, and other advanced threats,” said Forbes-May Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is a multi-layer, cloud-based email security, backup, and archiving solution that helps to protect organizations against advanced email-based attacks and data loss, while minimizing business disruptions. Barracuda Sentinel combines three powerful layers including artificial intelligence technology, domain fraud visibility using DMARC authentication, and anti-fraud training, into a solution that guards against today’s personalized attacks. The solution integrates directly with the Office 365 API for easier deployment without hardware or software to maintain.[...]

GFK: Over 19.71 Million Malaysians Tune in to Radio for an Average of 14 Hours 30 Minutes Weekly


GfK and Commercial Radio Malaysia Releases the Second Wave of the Radio Audience Measurement Results.Refer to infographic. Malaysia, November 10, 2017 – In partnership with Commercial Radio Malaysia (CRM), GfK has released the second wave of the Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) 2017 results which indicated that over 19.71 million Malaysians tune in to radio for an average of 14 hours 30 minutes weekly. GfK’s Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) survey which was conducted over six weeks from the 16th July 2017 till 26th August 2017 sampled 6,000 unique individuals aged 10 years and above. GfK utilised 4,800 paper diaries and 1,200 e-diaries that provided valuable insights into the strength and scope of radio listening across Peninsular Malaysia. The RAM documented that the prime time windows that raked in the highest numbers were the breakfast shows (Monday to Friday, 6:00AM – 10:00AM) with 13.7 million listeners and drive time shows (Monday to Friday, 4:00PM – 8:00PM) with 14.1 million listeners. Night time shows (Monday to Friday, 8:00PM – 12:00 midnight) came in third, reaching out to 8.5 million listeners. There was growth in reach especially during weekend breakfast shows from 9.3 million to 9.6 million (45.1% to 46.8%) and weekend afternoon shows from 7.8 million to 8.1 million (38% to 39.5%) in comparison to the first wave earlier this year. For afternoon shows, listeners aged 10 to 19 years old and 20 to 29 years old have grown in reach number and time spent listening (TSL) to radio per week. During weekday afternoon shows, 10-19 years old have increased in reach with 2.25 million to 2.29 million (52.6% to 53.4%) and time spent listening to radio grew from 2 hours 33 minutes to 2 hours 42 minutes; while 20-29 years old listeners have grown with a reach of 2.12 million to 2.22 million (45.9% to 48%) and time spent listening to radio per week increased from 2 hours 57 minutes to 3 hours 4 minutes. Likewise, weekend afternoon shows saw increase in reach to the 10-19 years old with 1.7 million to 1.8 million (38.9% to 41%) and time spent listening to radio per week increased from 1 hour 27 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. The reach for 20-29 years old increased from 1.7 million to 1.9 million (36.9% to 40.1%) with spending time of 1 hours 38 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes on radio. Radio Insights in Peninsular Malaysia Apart from the GfK RAM research, GfK Radio Insights Malaysia is a yearly survey of radio behaviour in Peninsular Malaysia conducted among listeners aged 15 to 49 years with a sample size of 1,000. The 2017 Radio Insights report also found that some of the main reasons of listening to radio were to hear songs that were already known and enjoyed (88%), discover new songs which have never been heard of (55%) and to get the current news updates (45%). With that, the average hours spent in a week on radio is up to 11 hours, comparable to the number of hours spent on social media in a week. The number of hours provides a stark contrast to the average hours spent on the Internet (9 hours) and Pay TV (8 hours). The Effect of Radio on Advertisement AwarenessBy considering that all the advertisements that one could see and/or listen to in a day, the Radio Insights report detected that 25% of audience said that the source of the advertisements is from radio in comparison to TV (28%), Internet (24%), magazine and newspapers (12%), and outdoor (12%). This further implies that radio is the second highest valuable source of advertisements in the advertising role. Playing an influential role in the advertising world, it comes to no surprise that 67% of the audience find that advertisements on the radio are memorable. 81% of the audience revealed that radio advertising makes the brand advertised more appealing, 73% say [...]

Allianz Malaysia and Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur hold Investment Ready Program for social entrepreneurs


Nov 10, 2017 :Allianz Malaysia and Impact Hub KL engaged local social entrepreneurs and potential participants for the first ever Investment Ready Program (IRP) during a Warm Up event at Sunway iLabs today. The event provided local change makers and aspiring social entrepreneurs a platform to learn more about the IRP, a unique acceleration program that is part of the ‘Encouraging Future Generations’ initiative by Allianz Group and Impact Hub that was purposefully tailored to serve driven entrepreneurs championing the social inclusion of children and youths across Brazil, Germany, Malaysia and Turkey.(L-R:) Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad CEO Joseph Gross and Impact Hub KL CEO and Dr Shariha KhalidFostering social inclusion of children and young people is the cornerstone of this Investment Ready Programme. During the session, participants also received support and coaching from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, Allianz mentors and content experts. “Pursuing innovative solutions is part and parcel of Allianz Malaysia’s business strategy and through the Investment Ready Program, we are more than excited to provide a platform and support local ideas which can potentially provide sustainable, long-term impact in our society,” said Joseph Gross, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad. “It’s great to have driven, like-minded entrepreneurs and our panel of experts under one roof here today as we come together to learn, synergise and transform ideas into reality. We hope that the teams will benefit from the knowledge sharing opportunity to glean everything they need to know in order to attract the right capital for their organisation and the tools to ensure they achieve their desired goals,” added Joseph. "Impact Hub is a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyze impact through entrepreneurial action and collaboration. We know how important it is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs who will make a difference to the lives of others. It’s hard to become impactful if your venture can’t be financially sustainable. Hence the intention of the programme is to discover and support entrepreneurs to take their impact to the next level by helping them ready themselves to receive investments. We can’t choose a better partner than Allianz to collaborate with as they share this vision and have the expertise and the resources to support the ventures in their journey to impactful sustainability,” said Dr Shariha Khalid, Chief Executive Officer of Impact Hub KL. As part of the programme, 10 participating teams from the four countries will engage in a systematic review of their business model, strategy, and team before crafting a validated growth and investment plan over six months. Each local Allianz entity has also highlighted particular topics which are societal challenges faced locally. In Malaysia, we focus on diversity, education, health, environment, and safety and protection. Beyond that, all participants will also be part of two multi-day workshop sessions in February and June in Munich, and have the chance to pitch in front of a jury for the Allianz Future Generations Award (€40, 000) at the end of the programme. More information can be found on Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur’s website at and applications are open until 26 November 2017. [...]

Hotel Jen Is the First International Hotel Brand To Use Relay Robots in Asia


Nov 9, 2017 :Hotel Jen today marked a new milestone as the first international hotel brand to use autonomous Relay robots in Asia. Teams at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway and Tanglin Singapore welcome colleagues, Jeno and Jena at their respective properties. The duo will deliver amenities and local favourites from the in-room dining menu to guests, when an order for them is placed. Jena interacting with a hotel guest“Hotel Jen is proud to be the first brand in the Shangri-La group to introduce this technology. The new “colleagues” will be great team players in getting important things done well and delivered in Jen’s distinctive style. Known to curate playful experiences, Hotel Jen, through the Relay robots, yet again proves that it can surprise and delight urban adventure-seekers,” said Cetin Sekercioglu, executive vice president of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Stationed at the hotel lobby 24/7, both Jeno and Jena are unmistakable in their bright uniforms and Hotel Jen’s brand colours - turquoise and pink, affixed with the signature bicycle image that evokes a sense of travel. Inspired by the concept of a butler, Toby Tan (@tobyato) from Band of Doodlers designed a jacket and tie for Jeno, and a scarf for Jena. The pair stand at almost one metre tall and come with the ability to move unmanned around the hotel at a safe speed of 2.5 km/h, half that of the average human walking speed. They can ride the elevators, make phone calls to rooms upon arrival, and are equipped with sensitive sensors that know to avoid obstacles in its path. Jeno and Jena are equipped with sensitive sensors and software systems to make efficient deliveriesJeno and Jena are both integrated with a software system that can easily track their to-do list once an order is placed. Need an extra towel or bottle of water? Guests can expect one of the pair to have these delivered within 15 minutes from the time of request. Midnight hunger pangs can be eased from a supper menu featuring local flavours from midnight to 6 am. Jeno and Jeno delivers amenities and in-room dining menu itemsDesigned and built by Savioke, Relay is the first fully-autonomous delivery robot that has been deployed in over 70 dynamic busy environments such as logistics, hotels, office buildings, and high rise apartments. Using advanced technology to navigate around people and objects, Relay delivers items quickly, safely, and reliably. Since initial commercial deployment in 2014, Relay robots have made over 150,000 autonomous deliveries. [...]

TraqKid – Malaysia’s First Mobile-Based Child Tracking Kit


Nov 1, 2017 :

Knightsbridge Resources Sdn Bhd (Knightsbridge Resources) and U Mobile Sdn Bhd (U Mobile) today officiated the launch of TraqKid, Malaysia’s first mobile-based child tracking kit that provides end-to-end support for parents so that they may be proactively updated on their children’s whereabouts when they opt for the service. It also enables parents to seek seamless emergency assistance from TraqKid’s call centre and responders from Community Policing Malaysia should the need arise. TraqKid is made possible with a U Mobile SIM card that is enabled with a SIM-based location service technology.

From Left Ms. Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer, U Mobile Sdn Bhd, YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Rohani binti Haji Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia, Tan Sri Musa Bin Tan Sri Haj - Cop

The ceremony was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Hajah Rohani binti Haji Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development and patron of TraqKid. During her speech, the Minister highlighted that, “Children are important assets towards the country's development and they inherit our legacy to thrust forward our country to the next phase of development. Thus it is everyone’s collective duty and responsibility to take a proactive role in protecting and ensuring the safety of our children.”

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No Platform Immune from Ransomware, According to SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast


Nov 2, 2017 - OXFORD, U.K Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced its SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast, a report that recaps ransomware and other cybersecurity trends based on data collected from Sophos customer computers worldwide during April 1 to Oct. 3, 2017. One key finding shows that while ransomware predominately attacked Windows systems in the last six months, Android, Linux and MacOS platforms were not immune. “Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto-attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs security researcher and contributor to the ransomware analysis in the SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast. The report also tracks ransomware growth patterns, indicating that WannaCry, unleashed in May 2017, was the number one ransomware intercepted from customer computers, dethroning longtime ransomware leader Cerber, which first appeared in early 2016. WannaCry accounted for 45.3 percent of all ransomware tracked through SophosLabs with Cerber accounting for 44.2 percent. “For the first time we saw ransomware with worm-like characteristics, which contributed to the rapid expansion of WannaCry. This ransomware took advantage of a known Windows vulnerability to infect and spread to computers, making it hard to control,” said Palotay. “Even though our customers are protected against it and WannaCry has tapered off, we still see the threat because of its inherent nature to keep scanning and attacking computers. We’re expecting cyber criminals to build upon this ability to replicate seen in WannaCry and NotPetya, and this is already evident with Bad Rabbit ransomware, which shows many similarities to NotPetya.” The SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast reports on the acute rise and fall of NotPetya, ransomware that wreaked havoc in June 2017. NotPetya was initially distributed through a Ukranian accounting software package, limiting its geographic impact. It was able to spread via the EternalBlue exploit, just like WannaCry, but because WannaCry had already infected most exposed machines there were few left unpatched and vulnerable. The motive behind NotPetya is still unclear because there were many missteps, cracks and faults with this attack. For instance, the email account that victims needed to contact attackers didn’t work and victims could not decrypt and recover their data, according to Palotay. “NotPetya spiked fast and furiously, and did hurt businesses because it permanently destroyed data on the computers it hit. Luckily, NotPetya stopped almost as fast as it started,” said Palotay. “We suspect the cyber criminals were experimenting or their goal was not ransomware, but something more destructive like a data wiper. Regardless of intention, Sophos strongly advises against paying for ransomware and recommends best practices instead, including backing up data and keeping patches up to date.” Cerber, sold as a ransomware kit on the Dark Web, remains a dangerous threat. The creators of Cerber continuously update the code and they charge a percentage of the ransom that the “middle-men” attackers receive from victims. Regular new features make Cerber not only an effective attack tool, but perennially available to cyber criminals. “This Dark Web business model is unfortunately working and similar to a legitimate company is likely funding the ongoing development of Cerber. We can assume the profits are motivating the authors to maintain the code,” said Palotay. Android ransomware is al[...]

Screenshots Oct 2017


Refer to Screenshots Sep 2017.1.) Firefox Pocket : A New Feature for Bookmarking2.) MS Onenote had its bad days too.3.) Whatsapp new updatesUser must update new versionUpdates include search for content in message4.) Airbnb's innovations4.1) Government ID for verification is required4.2) Airbnb always encourages anyone to become a host5.) Citibank has this thing known as Voice Biometrics - Voice Recognition for Identity Authentication6.) Discounts6.1) Grammarly offers a one-time discount up to 45% for upgrade to annually plan.[...]

Mergermarket released Q1-Q3 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report


Mergermarket has released its Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) trend report for Q1-Q3 of 2017. Technology related transactions are taking the lead this year, where media and telecom struggle to reinvent themselves. Such situation is likely to continue through the rest of the year.

Please click into the below link and see the full report:

Report Highlights
  • The SoftBank Model: The company has already engaged 27 transactions this year, more than 3 times of the number for the whole 2016. Their targets ranged from medical testing start-ups to autonomous vehicle to artificial intelligence and robotics firms. Investments have especially picked up following the Vision Fund’s formation.
  • Chips in crisis: Besides Toshiba agreed to sell its prized microchip unit this September but interrupted by Toshiba SanDisk joint venture partner Western Digital, US President Donald Trump blocked China-backed, US-based Canyon Bridge Capital Partners’ takeover bid of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation due to national security concerns. Aside from there, Chinese bidders have signed deals to acquire 4 semiconductor related firms in US this year, altogether worth US$1.2bn.
  • Streaming wars: Online streaming is growing fast and neighboring industry such as Media has seen added pressure. Industry disruptor Netflix recorded a YoY 32.3% increase in revenue to US$8.4bn in Q1-Q3 2017 and made its first acquisition in August. Giants such as Disney, Apple and Facebook have also entered the fray.

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Spy Wars: How nation-state backed threat actors steal from and copy each other


Oct 20, 2017 :Sophisticated threat actors are actively hacking other attack groups in order to steal victim data, borrow tools and techniques and re-use each other’s infrastructure – making accurate threat intelligence ever harder for security researchers, according to Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT). Accurate threat intelligence relies on identifying the patterns and tools that signpost a particular threat actor. Such knowledge allows researchers to better map different attackers’ goals, targets and behaviors, and to help organizations determine their level of risk. When threat actors start hacking each other and taking over tools, infrastructure and even victims, this model quickly starts to break down.Kaspersky Lab believes that such attacks are likely to be implemented mainly by nation-state backed groups, targeting foreign or less competent actors. It is important that IT security researchers learn how to spot and interpret the signs of these attacks, so that they can present their intelligence in context.In a detailed review of the opportunities for such attacks, GReAT researchers identified two main approaches: passive and active. Passive attacks involve intercepting other groups’ data in transit, for example as it moves between victims and command and control servers – and are almost impossible to detect. The active approach involves infiltrating another threat actor’s malicious infrastructure.There is a greater risk of detection in the active approach, but it also offers more benefits as it allows the attacker to extract information on a regular basis, monitor its target and their victims, and potentially even insert its own implants or mount attacks in the name of its victim. The success of active attacks relies heavily on the target making mistakes in operational security.GReAT has encountered a number of strange and unexpected artefacts while investigating specific threat actors that suggest such active attacks are already happening in-the-wild. Examples include:1.) Backdoors installed in another entity’s command-and-control (C&C) infrastructure Installing a backdoor in a hacked network allows attackers to establish persistence inside the operations of another group. Kaspersky Lab researchers have found what appear to be two in-the-wild examples of such backdoors.One of these was found in 2013, while analyzing a server used by NetTraveler, a Chinese-language campaign targeting activists and organizations in Asia. The second one was found in 2014, while investigating a hacked website used by Crouching Yeti (also known as Energetic Bear), a Russian-language threat actor targeting the industrial sector since 2010. The researchers noticed that, for a brief period of time, the panel managing the C&C network was modified with a tag that pointed to a remote IP in China (likely a false flag). The researchers believe this was also a backdoor belonging to another group, although there are no indicators as to who this might be.2.) Sharing hacked websites In 2016, Kaspersky Lab researchers found that a website compromised by the Korean-language DarkHotel also hosted exploit scripts for another targeted attacker, which the team called ScarCruft, a group targeting mainly Russian-, Chinese- and South Korean- organizations. The DarkHotel operation dates from April 2016, while the ScarCruft attacks were implemented a month later, suggesting that ScarCruft may have observed the DarkHotel attacks before launching its own. 3.) Targeting-by-proxy Infiltrating a group with an established stake in a [...]

IT News Week 1 Nov 2017


For IT News Week 4 Oct 2017.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Nov 3, 2017 - 11.11 : Limited Edition HUAWEI nova 2i Now Available in Malaysia PR - Nov 3, 2017 - Allianz Malaysia launches Allianz Diabetic Essential, a first of its kind plan designed for diabetics PR - Nov 2, 2017 - Winds from North Korea nuclear test site may send radiation toward Japan, AccuWeather says PR - Nov 1, 2017 - 30,000 Businesses Are Using Facebook Workplace PR - Oct 31, 2017 - Sportsfix Appoints Shenton Gomez as Director of Marketing PR - Oct 31, 2017 - Desaru Coast Unveiled as Malaysia’s First Premium Integrated Destination at ITB Asia 2017 PR - Oct 31, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Launches Pentaho 8.0 With Real-Time Data Processing to Fast-Track Digital Insights for Enterprise Customers PR - Oct 31, 2017 - CAMBRIDGE, MA - IBM Security Helps stop Cybercriminals from Opening Fraudulent AccountsPR - Oct 30, 2017 - honor Malaysia to Giveaway RM4.5 Million Worth of Discounts During the Double 11 Cybersale on Vmall PR - Oct 28, 2017 - Fans Raved Over HUAWEI Mate 10 On Its First Day of Arrival PR - Oct 25, 2017 - SEOUL - LG OLED TVs First To Offer Dolby TrueHD PR - Oct 24, 2017 - Forget about fingerprint unlock, you may unlock your OPPO F5 with your face! PR - Oct 20, 2017 - South India’s Funniest Comedian to Perform in Malaysia for the First TimePR - Nov 3, 2017 - 11.11 : Limited Edition HUAWEI nova 2i Now Available in Malaysia HUAWEI’s ‘Selfie Superstar’ smartphone, the HUAWEI nova 2i, in Aurora Blue will arrive in Malaysia on 11.11 (November 11, 2017). The ‘Selfie Superstar’ redefines smartphone camera capabilities with its quad-camera, 5.93-inch FullView Display and smart ambient front flashlight – all at the attractive price RM1,299. The Limited Edition HUAWEI nova 2i will be available for sale at HUAWEI Experience Stores, Display Zones, telco partners, authorised dealers and Vmall. The feature packed smartphone also comes in Graphite Black and Prestige Gold. With an impressive 83 percent screen-to-body ratio and 18:9 aspect, the HUAWEI nova 2i is one of the first devices in the world to offer users a premium view of sharp and clear image on its 5.93-inch FullView Display. The HUAWEI nova 2i is also the first in the HUAWEI family to feature quad cameras - Front and Back Dual Lens Cameras. The front cameras feature 13MP+2MP dual-lenses, making precise 3D facial technology, portrait enhancements and beauty effects easily achievable. Meanwhile, the rear-facing camera combines a 16MP lens and a 2MP lens, allowing photographers to create artistic bokeh effect easily with the HUAWEI nova 2i. PR - Nov 3, 2017 - Allianz Malaysia launches Allianz Diabetic Essential, a first of its kind plan designed for diabetics Buying a medical plan is often a complex and frustrating effort for diabetics due to the seriousness of the illness. Worry no more. Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad’s brand new Allianz Diabetic Essential is especially designed for diabetics. The medical plan offers those with type 2 diabetes a chance to get medical coverage and make living with diabetes less of a struggle. (L-R) : Joseph Gross, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life ; Myra Yu, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Advance Medical and Yeoh Eng Hun, Chief Strategy & Product Officer of Allianz Life during the official launch of Allianz Diabetic Essential)Allianz Diabetic Essential is the company’s latest product offered to provide customers the best protection from A to Z. It offers Comprehensive Medical Coverage [...]

Alibaba Group’s First Overseas eWTP Hub Goes Live in Malaysia


Nov 3, 2017 :Alibaba Group announced that the first eWTP hub outside of China has gone live in a ceremony held in Malaysia and hosted by Malaysia Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak and Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma. The milestone event follows Alibaba’s partnership announcement with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in March this year to work jointly to enable Malaysian small and medium-sized enterprises to benefit from global trade. The Electronic World Trade Platform, or eWTP, forms part of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) spearheaded by MDEC. The eWTP hub offers Malaysian SMEs the infrastructure for doing commerce with services encompassing ecommerce, logistics, cloud computing, mobile payment and talent training. Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak survey a model of the future regional ecommerce logistics hub to be developed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate.Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak said, “With the launch today and our early participation with eWTP, Malaysia is progressing its economic transformation vision and taking a step towards becoming the leading sourcing and fulfilment hub in Asia. Collaborating with Alibaba to develop the infrastructure freely available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the DFTZ, we have fundamentally improved the competitiveness of Malaysian firms on the global stage which will boost exports and bring wide reaching economic benefits to society.” “I’m truly amazed by the resolve and commitment of the Malaysian government to remove all the barriers in just under a year to make this day possible,” said Mr Ma at the event. “Today we are witnessing a historic moment in Asia where one country has begun to use technology to enable its SMEs and young people to become more competitive on the world stage. As the eWTP hub in DFTZ commences operation, they will have the opportunity to global buy, global sell, global pay, global delivery and global travel. This is an opportunity for not just the small businesses and young people in Malaysia but across Asia.” The vision for eWTP is to lower trade barriers and provide more equitable access to markets for SMEs around the world, with private sector and governments working together. The eWTP initiative was accepted as a major policy recommendation of the Business 20 (B20) and officially included in the 2016 G20 Leaders’ Communique. The various initiatives under eWTP include the launch of a Malaysia Pavilion on to help promote quality Malaysian products to global buyers. A one-stop solution platform has been set up with an emphasis on providing export facilitation support to local SMEs, with services ranging from marketing and customs clearance, to streamlined permit application procedures and tax declaration and more. Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak hit the gong to signal the first eWTP hub outside of China has gone live in Malaysia's Digital Free Trade ZoneToday’s ceremonies also included the ground breaking of a regional ecommerce logistics hub to be developed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, through a joint venture announced today. The facility will enable speedy storage, fulfilment, customs clearance and warehousing operations. As part of the initiative to support Malaysian SMEs with cloud computing needs,[...]

Malaysia Airlines Reaches the Cloud with Tata Consultancy Services - Case Study


Oct 31, 2017 - KL - Mumbai :Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, today announced the successful implementation of a large-scale and industry-first transformation project to migrate Malaysia Airlines’ datacenter to a 100% hybrid-cloud model. Typical data centerIn the latest evolution of a multi-year partnership, Malaysia Airlines selected TCS to lead the airline’s largest ever IT transformation project. To better enable a competitive-edge and future readiness for the airline, TCS orchestrated the massive and complex project to migrate the airline’s core mission-critical datacenter infrastructure and myriad applications to a hybrid-cloud model operating 80% on Microsoft Azure and 20% on a private cloud. The pioneering move makes Malaysia Airlines the world’s first full-service airline to completely replace its existing data centres and adopt full-scale cloud solutions for its entire range of nearly 200 applications running mission critical commercial, operations and corporate systems. Tan Kok Meng, Chief Information Officer at Malaysia Airlines: “We set out with an ambitious goal to digitally transform core IT operations to an as-a-service model, to achieve a quantum leap in cost savings, scalability, efficiencies, agility, and other key factors. TCS has been an integral component of our success in our shift to cloud, serving as trusted partner throughout the journey. I am proud to say that together, Malaysia Airlines and TCS have created an solution that helps position Malaysia Airlines as a leader in digital capabilities that ultimately deliver a better customer experience.” The cloud-centric model is achieving exemplary results, including a 51% cost reduction forecast over the a 5-year period from mid-2016; productivity improvements up to 80% for core applications; application delivery times accelerated from days to hours in some cases; enhanced security and compliance capability and reporting, to name a few. TCS Asia Pacific President Girish Ramachandran: "We are delighted to have successfully assisted our long-time partner Malaysia Airlines to develop an innovative, industry-leading cloud-first model that is helping it reinvent itself and gain an edge in the highly competitive global full-service airline sector. This industry-first transformation not just drives improved value and enhanced operational efficiencies, but equally important, it enables Malaysia Airlines to deliver a better customer experience that results from a digitally-reimagined all-cloud IT model. As primary service partner, TCS collaborated with Microsoft, SAP, and numerous other vendors to ensure Malaysia Airlines’ current phase of digital evolution is seamless and cost-efficient and delivered without business disruption. The project scope included re-platforming of legacy applications for cloud compatibility and network service provisioning for large and complex airline operations. See the cloud transformation story in a single snapshot here. The cloud transformation project is the latest evolution in the relationship between Malaysia Airlines and TCS, a relationship that has consistently grown since the first 5-year agreement was signed for IT Infrastructure services in 2010. A case study of prior work done by TCS for Malaysia Airlines datacenter operations here. [...]

Malaysian Budget 2018 Commentaries


Budget 2017 Commentaries.The government of Malaysia has just announced the Budget 2018 coined as an election budget. Here are some commentaries gathered across the ICT industry. 1.) Matteo Sutto, Senior Vice President of Growth, iPrice GroupAs the Malaysian government has recently revealed that e-commerce is among its six key initiative in the Transfomasi Nasional 50 (TN50) plans, we are excited to see how digital economy will develop in the coming years. To support the government’s initiatives, we’ve crafted a Budget 2018 Commentary to voice our thoughts on the recent announcement.Matteo Sutto, SVP, iPriceAmong the key topics we’re commenting on is pertaining: Investments to develop Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) as supported by Jack Ma & Alibaba Initiatives to increase the influx of funds for startups by reducing taxes imposed on venture capital companies Improvements in communications infrastructure which we believe will increase the number of online shoppers in East Malaysia 2.) Chin Chee Seong, PIKOM Chairman PIKOM is pleased that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, announced that Malaysia is the host of the World Congress on IT (WCIT) in 2020 which has also been declared as Visit Malaysia Year. Chin Chee Seong, PIKOM ChairmanPIKOM is delighted to have received the rights to host WCIT2020 from the World IT and Services Alliance (WITSA) and we look forward to welcoming our international visitors to this event dubbed as the Olympics of the ICT industry. With a strong economy expected to grow by 5.2% in 2017, here are some of the perks that businesses can look forward to; RM200 million allocation to Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for high impact projects; RM2 billion fund for Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 with 70% govt guarantee; RM200 million for training for SME Corp; RM150 million for export including the Market Development Grant (MDG); Startup funds for VCs including RM1 billion fund. PIKOM is also pleased to note that the government has placed more emphasis on human capital development in 2018 especially on coding in schools; STEM education, with RM250 million for teachers’ training and RM190 mil to upgrade 2,000 classes into a 21st century smart classrooms in order to enhance creative-based learning and innovative thinking. They also welcome Capital Allowances for ICT equipment, which will include spending on software development, claimable for a period of four years as this will boost the companies’ productivity and reduce the cost of operation. The other incentives that will benefit the ICT Industry; RM1 bil for Sabah and Sarawak for broadband infrastructure; ICT projects in PDRM of RM 170 mil and RM 100 mil for communications systems; RM 100 mil allocation for e-rezeki, e-usahawan and e-ladang; Industry 4.0 and Digital Economy – RM 245 mil for smart manufacturing; Cyberjaya Futurise Centre to be strengthened; DFTZ focus on 1500 SMEs and RM 83.5 mil funding and de minimis increased to RM800; Boost startups with setting up of regulatory sandboxes. However PIKOM had hoped that there would be measures to drop the cost of broadband services as well as GST exemptions on ICT products and services which were not announced in Budget 2018. 3.) Troy Martin, Vice President, APAC for Canvas, Instructure. “The 2018 National Budget sets the stage for Malaysia to continue its aspirations of a knowledge-based, high-income nation by 2020, to one of the world’s top [...]

Rent the Server 2.0


From the recent Fusionex and Alibaba partnership, we have learned that renting server is part of the option - for better management of Capital Expenditure on IT deployment. is followed by two more announcements which encourage adoption of the subscription based cloud computing.Oct 24, 2017 - Prime Minister of Malaysia's Cloud-First strategy for Budget 2018Oct 30, 2017 - Official Commencement of Alibaba Cloud Data CenterA typical data centerOct 24, 2017 - K.L : Internet Alliance Lauds PM's Cloud-First StrategyInternet Alliance ('IA'), a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates about 85% of Malaysia's active Internet scene, lauds the ‘Cloud-First’ strategy for government agencies and public sector to boost the digital economy.Announced by the Prime Minister just before the upcoming Budget 2018, "Cloud-First" would become part of the National Agenda, starting with the public sector.Chan Kee Siak, President, IAThe ‘Cloud-First’ strategy fundamentally involves the adoption of cloud for government agencies to rapidly deliver innovative public sector services without incurring high levels of capital expenditure to invest in the IT infrastructure such as data centres, services and storage. President of IA, Chan Kee Siak says: -"We at IA, are thrilled that the government recognises how the cloud is fundamental to digital transformation. The Cloud has become a powerful and cost-efficient method to deliver ICT solutions and services to support the economy. Therefore, prioritising government agencies to adopt Cloud-based ICT solutions, sets a strong example of how to free from the high costs of initial equipment investments."Call to Lower or Exempt Withholding Tax for Cloud & Digital AdoptionAt the same time, Chan calls on the government to consider lowering or exempting withholding tax for local organisations wanting to adopt Cloud or other Digital Services.He says that currently, Malaysian companies and organisations which want to adopt Cloud technologies or deploy Digital Services by foreign vendors - have to pay an additional 10% withholding tax on top of the fees they already have to pay to foreign Cloud providers.“Some common instances of Malaysian companies incurring this additional 10% withholding tax are when a) Advertising with Google and Facebook b) Subscribing to overseas’ Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) and/or foreign Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alibaba Cloud c) Purchasing software licenses.If the ‘Cloud-First’ strategy is to be a successful National Agenda, there should be economic incentive to boost it too. Therefore, IA highly suggests that by lowering or even abolishing this additional withholding tax for Malaysian businesses, they will feel incentivized to accelerate their adoption of Cloud-based services and digital services.Buy More Local Cloud ServicesChan also encourages and wishes that local government agencies and businesses to engage services from local Malaysian Cloud providers, be it Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud models.Oct 30, 2017 - K.L : Alibaba Cloud Malaysia Data Center Commences OperationsAlibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today opened its data center in Malaysia. Located strategically for Southeast Asian coverage, the data center will meet the surging demand for scalable and cost-effectiv[...]

Dropee Launches Full Release of its B2B Marketplace with a New Web Interface


Oct 29, 2017 -Dropee, a local based technology start-up, today launched the full release of its B2B marketplace and introduced a new web interface to further streamline trading between suppliers and retailers. Prior to the full release, Dropee was running on beta since early this year. Dropee's New Web InterfaceUnlike previously, current Dropee is able to support any number of suppliers and retailers. In addition, it also brings a new web interface that contains enhancements to help improve and optimize the way suppliers trade products with retailers. For instance, suppliers now have a new dashboard that has greater functionalities to help speed up documentation processing, to better manage relationships with customers and more. Dropee full release is now accessible by registered retailers and suppliers and it is available at a same low rate, starting at RM388 per month. Key enhancements brought by the new Dropee are: 1. Targeted promotional campaigns: Unlike previously, suppliers now can launch promotional campaigns where they can choose to specify which customers that are eligible for additional discounts from the listed prices on Dropee. Dropee system is flexible enough for them to key in any amount of discounts to be given to eligible customers. Additionally, frequent customers of the suppliers will be able to request to be a part of this additional discount feature by clicking on the “Request For Additional Discounts” button on the their respective dashboard. 2. Better streamline ordering process: With the new interface, the process of ordering can be done more efficiently where retailers can place new orders and to re-order directly without relying on a sales person from the supplier to help them. Subsequently, this empowers suppliers and their sales team by enabling them to focus on closing more new accounts and servicing a larger pool of retailers than they previously could. 3. Easier discovery of wholesale pricing goods (buyers): Different than the old interface, current Dropee allows retailers to discover products easier based on their categories of interests such as Convenience Stores, F&B Restaurants, and others which are curated by Dropee team for each category after making sure that the products listed are at wholesale prices. Lennise Ng, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Dropee said, “We are truly excited that the Dropee’s full release is here and we now have a new web interface. After months of running on beta, we’ve improved our system to be ready to take on any number of suppliers and retailers. We have also decided to revamp the interface of our B2B marketplace to benefit both retailers and suppliers. We are pleased with the result where it is now easier for suppliers to manage their sales and for retailers to get the best deals that meet their needs and budget.” Aizat Rahim, chief operating officer (COO) of Dropee said, “We’ve run a test for the new enhancements with some of our users and they have noted an increase in recurring sales due to a faster replenishment process from reduced documentation time. On top of that, their process ordering rate has increased by 30% within two months, based on an internal survey conducted.” Lennise Ng, CEO, DropeeLennise Ng added, “Our target is to have 1000 small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) retailers sourcing from our platform in the next six months. Currently, we have more tha[...]