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Updated: 2016-12-05T17:42:41.396+08:00

 



IT News Week 1 Dec 2016

2016-12-05T08:41:03.935+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Nov 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Dec 2, 2016 - Revised Kaspersky Safe Kids: Flexibility for Children, Advice for ParentsPR - Dec 1, 2016 - Huawei Achieves Major Breakthrough in Graphene-Assisted High Temperature Li-ion BatteriesPR - Dec 1, 2016 - Joergen Jakobsen Joins Sophos to Lead Business Growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan RegionForbes - Nov 30, 2016 - APAC Businesses Poised to Become Digital Leaders, Says New Forbes Insights StudyPR - Nov 30, 2016 - Say ‘Hello’ to Jabra HaloPR - Nov 30, 2016 - Malaysia winner to receive special award from Her Majesty The QueenPR - Nov 29, 2016 - Siemens and Continental Malaysia jointly launches training centre to strengthen Malaysia's manufacturing workforcePR - Nov 28, 2016 - iPay88 Bags More Awards in 2016PR - Nov 28, 2016 - Goodyear's Eagle-360 Chosen as One of 2016 Best Inventions by Time MagazinePR - Dec 2, 2016 - Revised Kaspersky Safe Kids: Flexibility for Children, Advice for Parents Kaspersky Lab has complemented its solution to protect children against digital threats with new features for iOS and Android platforms. Now, children can remotely ask parents for access to a restricted site or app with the touch of a button, while parents receive handy tips when Kaspersky Safe Kids registers difficult situations.Parents see these tips as a comment in the Kaspersky Safe Kids settings and in a report about the child's Internet activity in the My Kaspersky portal. The tips can also appear as part of an urgent notification to a parent's mobile device, for example, if a child is trying to access a site from a category blocked by the parents (such as a site with obscene language).The results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International show that one in three parents feel they can’t control what their child sees and does on the Web. Even with parental control tools, adults often don’t know how to react to specific online behavior by their kids. For instance, should they confiscate a gadget if their child is caught trying to access gambling sites? Or, how strictly should they talk to their child if the system registers an interest in adult-themed sites?PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Chiba, Japan - Huawei Achieves Major Breakthrough in Graphene-Assisted High Temperature Li-ion BatteriesHuawei announced today on a major breakthrough in its research into Li-ion batteries, unveiling the world's first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures. The announcement was made by Watt Laboratory, an organization under Huawei's Central Research Institute, at the 57th Battery Symposium held in Japan. Huawei's research results show that new graphene-based heat-resistant technologies allow Li-ion batteries to remain functional in a 60°C environment, 10°C higher than the existing functional limit. The lifespan of the graphene-assisted Li-ion batteries will also be twice as long as ordinary Li-ion batteries.Dr. Yangxing Li, Chief Scientist at Watt Laboratory, pointed out that three technologies contributed to this breakthrough. First, a special additive in the electrolytes can remove trace water and prevent the electrolytes from evaporating in high temperatures. Second, modified large-crystal NMC materials are used for the cathode, improving the thermal stability of the cathode powder. Third, graphene allows for more efficient cooling of the Li-ion battery. During the Battery Symposium, Huawei's Watt Laboratory also revealed its quick charging technology, which recharges 48% of a 3000mAh battery in a span of 5 minutes. PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Joergen Jakobsen Joins Sophos to Lead Business Growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan RegionSophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced the appointment of Joergen Jakobsen (“JJ”) as regional vice president for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ). Jakobsen brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive for global technology brands and has a successful track record for driving business growth through the channel. Jakobsen will[...]



IT News Week 4 Nov 2016

2016-11-28T10:30:01.690+08:00

For IT News Week 3 Nov 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Nov 24, 2016 - MDTCC joins forces with online marketplaces to combat the sale of counterfeit softwarePR - Nov 23, 2016 - Flash Malaysia join forces with Lazada Malaysia in conjunction with Black Friday & Cyber MondayPR - Nov 23, 2016 - McAfee : Only 45 Percent of Consumers Take Proper Security Measures to Protect Their New GadgetsPR - Nov 23, 2016 - HDS : APAC Businesses Focused on Achieving Digital Maturity in 2017PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Cloudera launches inaugural Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific 2016PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Quanta Computer Embraces Software-Defined Production Lines with Brocade NetworkingPR - Nov 22, 2016 - Siemens announces partnership with PT Kaltim Prima Coal to install world's fastest overland conveyor beltPR - Nov 22, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces Their First Mechanical Keyboard For GamersPR - Nov 24, 2016 - MDTCC joins forces with online marketplaces to combat the sale of counterfeit software The Ministry of Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) today brought eight online marketplaces together with Microsoft to jointly combat the sale of counterfeit software sold online.The anti-piracy stand was marked by a signing of a pledge with the MDTCC and Malaysia’s top online marketplaces – Lazada, 11Street, Lelong.my, Mudah.my, and LogOn – to remove the sales of counterfeit Windows software. A campaign poster will be hosted on all eight online portals to drive awareness against piracy.Photo 1- From left: Henry Ho, General Manager of Merchandising of 11street; Hans-Peter Ressel, CEO of Lazada; Tuan Othman bin Nawang, Deputy Director of Enforcement, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC); Bruce Howe, Consumer Group General Manager of Microsoft Malaysia; Chung Tsung Shen, Head of Corporate Affairs of Mudah; Bernard Yap, Chief Digital Officer of Logon, and Adrian Foong, General Manager of Lelong at the pledge signing for anti piracy event to combat counterfeit software.In conjunction with the signing, consumers can check out #iamgenuine Online Consumer Campaign to determine and verify the authenticity of software and hardware, which is live until 21 December and will direct users to www.howtotell.com.PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Flash Malaysia join forces with Lazada Malaysia in conjunction with Black Friday & Cyber MondayIn line with Lazada Malaysia’s Online Revolution Campaign, Flash Malaysia is providing its consumers exclusive deals on Flash Plus 2 in conjunction with the Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales on Lazada. Customers can save up to RM124 when they purchase their Flash Plus 2 devices online from 25th-28th November 2016.Among the unique features of Flash Plus 2 includes fast charging technology, fingerprint scanner and a booming HiFi together with a Helio P10 processor, a sizeable 5.5” screen and stock Android M operating system. With these unique built-ins, Flash Plus 2 enable consumers to experience premium features and built at a fraction of a price!Consumers have the option to pick between two colours - Luna Silver & Venus Gold. It also comes with 2 different RAM capacity. In conjunction with Black Friday and Cyber Monday the 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory is currently on sale at RM479 (previously at RM599) while the 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory is priced at RM605 (previously at RM729).PR - Nov 23, 2016 - McAfee : Only 45 Percent of Consumers Take Proper Security Measures to Protect Their New GadgetsThis is the season of giving indeed. Tech gifts have and always will be popular gift options during the festive season. While they bring much happiness and convenience, as it is with any connected device, there is always the very real risk of them serving as conduits for cyberattacks, as evidenced by webcams being part of the botnet that took down Twitter, Spotify and Netflix with DDoS attacks.Intel Security recently conducted its 2nd Most Hackable Holiday Gifts study, which threw up some interesti[...]



ZTE to Help Malaysian Businesses Seize Opportunities in Digital, Open, Sharing Economy

2016-11-24T09:04:21.281+08:00

Nov 23, 2016:ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile Internet, recently underlined its commitment to help Malaysian businesses progress towards a digital economy as it unveiled its latest M-ICT 2.0 strategy at the inaugural ZTE VOICE Towards 2020 Summit.Jeff Chou,Managing Director, ZTE SEAAs network data traffic is rapidly growing in these years, operators in Malaysia face a number of challenges when converting from a traditional service model to a data service and the requirement for new technologies and new service has greatly increased. During the summit ZTE showcased its latest products and solutions to key business leaders and owners that addresses five key trends that ZTE predicts will influence and determine future industrial development over the next four years. Under the acronym VOICE, the five trends are Virtuality, Openness, Intelligence, Cloudification, and Internet of Everything.Building the Bridge to 5GTo exemplify VOICE and its fundamental elements in driving digital growth and transformation, ZTE exhibited its Pre-5G Massive MIMO and Gigabyte Access solution, a flagship product of its Pre-5G offering and winners of the “Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough Award" and "CTO Choice Award” at the Mobile World Congress 2016. In a commercial network, the single-carrier peak rate of the Pre-5G Massive MIMO technology can exceed 400 Mbps, therefore increasing spectral efficiency by four to six times as compared to that of existing 4G networks. Fully compatible with existing 4G terminals, the Pre-5G Massive MIMO technology enables users to continue enjoying a high-speed broadband experience without changing their terminals. Besides, ZTE also held the Gigabyte access live Demo in the showcase. With the technical combination of FDD 5CC (total 100Mhz spectrum) and 4*4 MIMO as well as 256QAM modulation, the peak speed for a single cell reached steadily at 1.75Gbps.Big Video Best ViewZTE highlighted its Big Video 4K+ solution, which provides intelligent operation and intelligent maintenance based on a big data platform. With powerful data mining and analysis, management, and scalability, the solution offers customers a visualized online maintenance management (OMM) portal and end-to-end intelligent fault location to improve terminal users’ video experience. Meanwhile, the intelligent operation platform supports precision marketing, targeted advertising, personalized EPG, as well as providing data support for innovative digital services required by industries such as medical care, education and travel. The solution's big data based multi-dimension user analysis and modelling capability provides reference for users when making operation-related decisions.Rebuilding the Future of NetworkZTE showcased its ElasticNet 3.0 elastic network solution, including its perspective on future-oriented network re-architecture and the practice of its massive application, which receives widespread interest from the industry. Within ElasticNet 3.0 ZTE proposes its perspective on future-oriented network re-architecture, which can be concluded as ‘one centre, dual-engines and triple-layer re-architecture’. The network will be re-architected to a cloud virtual data center (vDC)-centric next generation telecom infrastructure and facilitated by the technological advantages of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV). This will re-define the architecture of cloudified telecom network and achieve the re-architecture of infrastructure layer, business logic layer and orchestration layer (triple-layer re-architecture).Extending success to the smartphone marketBuilding on their success in telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions, ZTE Corporation has been expanding their business in the smartphone market, having invested approximately 15% of total profits annually on research and development to design innovative products that enhance consumer l[...]



BAE Online Cyber Risk Assessment Tool

2016-11-23T14:30:03.163+08:00

BAE Systems has on Nov 17, 2016 introduced its new online cyber risk assessment tool, allowing Malaysian organisations to assess their cybersecurity preparedness and understand areas where they may be vulnerable to attack.

The tool, which measures an organisation’s cyber security preparedness across 10 key elements of ICT security, including incident response and information management, was developed in response to global research indicating the potential weaknesses in businesses’ cyber security measures, including in Malaysia.

BAE found that 95% of respondents believe their organisation has the right security controls in place.

Yet more than half (51%) of those surveyed said they had experienced a cyber attack in the past year, with the average cost being at least RM1,712,360. Almost every day we learn about new, sophisticated cyber attacks that have wreaked havoc on targeted organisations. For organisations to be protected against the growing cyber threat, it takes more than just building a firewall, but awareness at top management levels.

Access the Cyber Risk tool here: www.baesystems.com/takethetest








Norton Cyber Security Insights Reports Oct 2016

2016-11-23T08:52:01.102+08:00

Nov 16, 2016: Norton by Symantec, released findings from the annual Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, which sheds light on the truth about online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers. The most common cybercrime consumers experienced was mobile device theft (24 percent), followed by account password compromised (22 percent) and hacks into email accounts (21 percent).The report also found that consumers who were victims of cybercrime within the past year often continued their unsafe behavior. For example, in Malaysia, even though victims used passwords, they were likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts.Furthermore, given the rampant rate of cybercrime, the complacency in consumer behavior is concerning. In Malaysia, among those with at least one unprotected device, almost two in five (38 percent) said they don’t need protection because they don’t do anything “risky” online. Interestingly, 74 percent of consumers know they must actively protect their information online, yet they are still sharing passwords and engaging in other risky behaviors. 34 percent of people have at least one unprotected device leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks.Other trends:Consumers admit the risks are realBad habits are hard to break – online or otherwiseOverconfidence in connected devices leaves consumers vulnerableMalaysians are falling prey to ransomwareNorton Top Tips to Stay Safe Online:Just as we don’t leave our front door open when we head out on vacation, we shouldn’t leave our information vulnerable online. By adopting a few basic behaviors, we can make big strides in mitigating cybercrime risk:Avoid password promiscuity: Protect your accounts with strong, unique passwords that use a combination of at least 10 upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers to help keep the bad guys at bay. Make it difficult for attackers to access your information by changing your passwords every three months and not reusing passwords for multiple accounts. That way, if a cybercriminal gets your password, they can’t compromise all of your accounts. And if it’s too overwhelming to keep up this practice, use a password manager to help!Don’t go on a phishing expedition: Think twice before opening unsolicited messages or attachments, particularly from people you don’t know, or clicking on random links. The message may be from a cybercriminal who has compromised your friend or family member’s email or social media accounts.Don’t keep a (dis)connected home: When installing a new network-connected device, such as a router or smart thermostat, remember to change the default password. If you don’t plan on using the Internet feature(s), such as with smart appliances, disable or protect remote access when not needed. Also, protect your wireless connections with strong Wi-Fi encryption so no one can easily view the data traveling between your devices.Be in control when online: Entrust your devices to security software to help protect you against the latest threats. Protect all your devices with a robust, multi-platform solution, like Norton Security.Know the ins and out of public Wi-Fi networks: Accessing personal information on unprotected public Wi-Fi is like broadcasting your entire screen on TV – everything you do on a website or through an app, could potentially be exposed. Avoid anything that involves sharing your personal information (paying a bill online, logging in to social media accounts, paying for anything with a credit card, etc.).The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report is an online survey of 20,907 device users ages 18+ across 21 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence. The Malaysia sample reflects input from 1,000 Malaysia device users ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% for the total Malaysia sample. Data was collected Sept. 14 - Oct. 4,[...]



Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Industry’s First and Only Object Storage Portfolio With Content Intelligence Capabilities

2016-11-22T08:02:10.068+08:00

Nov 16, 2016 :

With the number of data producers and consumers continuing to grow, businesses are drowning in data. And while 36% of the average day is spent on consolidating information, users find only 56% of the data they need.

To transfer data into valuable business information, object storage content intelligence – with search and analytics capabilities, is needed to address the challenges of exploring and discovering relevant, valuable and factual information across the growing number of data producers and siloed repositories that plague organizations.

By aggregating multistructured data, insights can be surfaced faster, data management and governance can be more complete, and the distribution of organizational data based on its value to the business, can be better understood. This can be as true for financial compliance information architecture as it is for digital transformation & analysis of structured and unstructured data for records-keeping, from dozens of source applications.





To meet these requirements, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence - an addition to its trusted Hitachi Content Portfolio (HCP), making it the industry’s only object storage portfolio with search and analytics capabilities. The new intelligence solution rounds out the HCP portfolio, which already offers a seamlessly integrated cloud-file gateway and enterprise file sync and sharing, and continues to improves organizations’ ability to strategically manage data.

With Hitachi Content Intelligence, organizations can now connect to and aggregate data silos, transform, and enrich the data as it’s processed, and provide analytics across all the data stored on the platform -- making it the industry’s only object storage portfolio with seamlessly integrated cloud gateway, file sync and share, and data search and analytics capabilities.



IT News Week 3 Nov 2016

2016-11-22T08:19:26.222+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Nov 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Nov 18, 2016 - Ministry of Education signs MoU with Microsoft Malaysia to support ICT driven teaching and learningPR - Nov 17, 2016 - Hosiden Sets New Benchmark in Electronic Manufacturing with Hitachi Sunway PR - Nov 16, 2016 - The Prestigious iPrice E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2016 Organized in Partnership With eTail Asia and Trusted CompanyPR - Nov 15, 2016 - University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Selects Brocade Ruckus Wi-Fi Solution to Provide Students with Best-in-Class Online ExperiencePR - Nov 15, 2016 - Canvas only 25% of Graduates feel prepared for workPR - Nov 14, 2016 - Genius Announces its Advanced Touch PenPR - Nov 14, 2016 - UEM Group Selects Oracle ERP Cloud for its ‘Digital Transformation Journey’PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - KWorld Unveils Hi-Res Audio Sets: Best Music & Gaming In-Ear HeadphonesPR - Nov 18, 2016 - Ministry of Education signs MoU with Microsoft Malaysia to support ICT driven teaching and learning The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Microsoft Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to encourage the use of ICT in teaching and learning – underscoring the importance of 21st century learning for classrooms, teachers, and students alike.In line with Shift 7 in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 – to leverage ICT to scale up quality learning across the nation – both MoE and Microsoft would work towards equipping schools with the resources, training, expertise and technologies to help them better prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.Standing, from Left to Right : Nik Ariff Nik Omar, General Manager, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Malaysia; YB Tuan P. Kamalanathan A/L P. Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education I; YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Bin Khalid, Minister of Education; YB Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Deputy Minister of Education II; Tan Sri Dr. Khair Bin Mohamad Yusof, Director General of Education Malaysia; Signing the MoU are K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia and Y.Bhg Dato' Sri Alias Bin Haji Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Education on 18 Nov, 2016The MoU signing was attended by YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Bin Khalid, Minister of Education. Please find attached the English, Malay and Chinese press release for all details on this MoU.As part of this partnership, Microsoft and MOE will also provide content and trainers to sharpen the digital skills of teachers. The training would be based on Microsoft’s 21st Century Learning Design, which looks at aspects like collaboration, self-regulation, using ICT, knowledge construction, skilled communication and creativity and problem-solving.PR - Nov 17, 2016 - Hosiden Sets New Benchmark in Electronic Manufacturing with Hitachi Sunway Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (Hitachi Sunway), a leading one-stop IT services and solutions provider in ASEAN, today announced the successful implementation of Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Manufacturing software v9.0 for Hosiden Electronics Sdn Bhd (Hosiden). Hosiden is a Malaysia based Japanese manufacturer of electronic components such as remote control unit, medical devices and switches.The new ERP implementation has immediately enabled new supply chain visibility across Hosiden’s operations, and improved their on-time delivery to customers by 100 percent, reducing the Stock-versus-Production rate from 2.0 to 1.0 (Note: Industry lowest is 0.95).Osamu Itoh, the Managing Director of Hosiden, said “Simply by aligning supply with demand, this new on-premise Infor ERP system empowers us with never-seen-before visibility into our operations, improving supply and demand production that, in return, allows for better forecasting and inventory control. The system enables our team to make informed decisions, improving our purchasing and operational efficiency, [...]



ISACA : Singapore Enterprises Are Cautious About Augmented Reality Despite Business Benefits

2016-11-20T23:38:54.694+08:00

Nov 14, 2016 - SG -With this year’s release of Pokémon Go, awareness of augmented reality (AR) applications soared among organizations and consumers. Despite its popularity and potential business benefits, AR adoption rates are slow among enterprises, according to a new study from global business technology and cybersecurity association ISACA. The study coincides with ISACA’s first CSX 2016 Asia Pacific conference, which opens today in Singapore.Many organizations quickly leveraged the popularity of Pokémon Go as an opportunity to attract customers. However, ISACA’s 2016 IT Risk-Reward Barometer indicates that organizations are still hesitant to use AR for business purposes, and consumers also have concerns about the possible risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices enhanced with AR. Only 21 percent of the 6,591 professionals surveyed are convinced that the benefits of AR outweigh the risks—the majority remain unsure.“We expect to see this number change in the very near future as businesses begin to view AR as a valuable technology that results in positive business outcomes, including improved training, education, marketing and customer experience,” said Rob Clyde, board director of ISACA and executive advisor at BullGuard Software.Among business technology professionals in Singapore, security concerns posed the top barrier for organizations adopting AR, followed by lack of skills/knowledge. Additionally:More than one in three organizations (34 percent) have no plans to use AR applications within the next year.Sixty percent don’t have a policy to address the use of AR apps in the workplace.Only 23 percent of respondents have used AR outside of work.Only 25 percent are confident they have a way to detect pictures, posts and videos geotagged to their business location or advertisements.However, even those who aren’t actively using AR need to be monitoring it, says Clyde. Virtual graffiti apps using AR technology can deface buildings, landmarks and other surfaces with negative, unauthorized imagery. Yet only nine percent of organizations in Singapore have a program in place to monitor them.ISACA’s annual IT Risk/Reward Barometer polls thousands of business technology professionals and consumers worldwide to uncover attitudes and behaviors about essential technologies and information, and the trade-offs organizations and consumers must make in weighing both the benefits and potential threats. This year’s five-country consumer study – conducted in the US, UK, Australia, India and Singapore – focused on IoT devices and those enhanced with AR.More than three in four consumers in each region surveyed are concerned that these enhancements may make their devices more vulnerable to a privacy breach. In Singapore, that number rises to 89 percent. Additionally, the majority of consumers in each region (74% in Singapore) believe that their workplace is vulnerable to virtual graffiti attacks.Asia Business Perspective: Internet of Things and Augmented RealityStill, the potential upside of AR is evident. A recent estimate from Goldman Sachs predicts that the hardware and software market for augmented reality and virtual reality will grow to US$80 billion by 2025.* About 80 percent of Singapore professionals indicate that augmented reality has the potential to increase engagement in their workplace – specifically in the areas of remote participation for training and development, during office training sessions and for communication between office leaders and staff.Recommendations for Adopting AR in the WorkplaceISACA experts offer organizations the following recommendations to account for the risk and reward represented by augmented reality and IoT:Extend social media monitoring to AR platforms. Leverage and extend current social media policies and monitoring to augmented reality platforms.Consider how AR can improve your[...]



IT News Week 2 Nov 2016

2016-11-11T16:30:17.193+08:00

For IT News Week 1 Nov 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Nov 11, 2016 - Western Digital Unveils New Redesigned lines of Iconic HDPR - Nov 10, 2016 - Southeast Asia’s Number 1 E-retailer Launches New EcosystemPR - Nov 9, 2016 - Fall in love with a new PC todayPR - Nov 9, 2016 - XOX MOBILE Signs On As Main Sponsor of Petaling Badminton ClubPR - Nov 9, 2016 - AIMS, Embarks on Regional expansion with RebrandingPR - Nov 8, 2016 - Fujitsu Consulting Builds New IP Network on Brocade SDN Architecture to Support Global Business GrowthPR - Nov 7, 2016 - Multimedia University and Teradata sign MoU to form strategic academic partnershipPR - Nov 11, 2016 - Western Digital Unveils New Redesigned lines of Iconic HDWestern Digital Corporation, today introduced modern and innovative redesigns of its My Passport®, My Passport for Mac, and My Book® hard drive lines, which have been highly recognized leading sellers for more than a decade. In partnership with fuse project, an award-winning industrial design and branding firm, the reimagined products were built with the customer in mind. Developed to help make a connection between the device and user, the new drives also include password protection and hardware encryption so customers will love their hard drive as much as they cherish the content stored on it.Redesign My BookThe new WD® products include:My Passport portable hard drives – trusted and loved portable storage, in a reimagined design, that fits in the palm of your handNew attractive design with textured bottomPassword protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryptionAutomatic backup with included WD Backup™ softwareUp to 4TB capacityMy Passport for Mac drives – your MacBook® computer’s best friendNew attractive design with textured bottomPassword protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryptionFormatted for Mac OS® X and Time Machine® ready for easy backupUp to 4TB capacityMy Book desktop hard drive – trusted, high capacity backup for PC and Mac®Password protection with hardware encryptionAutomatic backup with included WD Backup softwareUp to 8TB capacityPricing and Availability:My Passport and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are protected by a 2-year limited warranty and is distributed by Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.My Passport drives have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 1TB at RM279.00, 2TB at RM409.00, 3TB at RM569.00 and 4TB at RM709.00, while the My Passport for Mac drive has a MSRP of RM319.00 for 1TB, RM475.00 for 2TB, RM709.00 for 3TB and RM739.00 for 4TB.PR - Nov 10, 2016 - Southeast Asia’s Number 1 E-retailer Launches New EcosystemReebonz has unveiled their new website on 1 November 2016, completely redesigned with the user experience in mind, assuring consumers an even more seamless shopping experience all on one platform.Daniel Lim, Co-Founder of ReebonzWith the launch of their new website and mobile app, the number one luxury e-retailer in Southeast Asia[1] now carries over 500 luxury brands with more than 100,000 products on its updated platform, alongside a sleek new skin. With landing pages dedicated to both men and women and an improved filtering and search option, consumers will be able to better customise their search results across accessories, bags, clothing, jewellery, small leather goods and timepieces.On top of that, Reebonz also stays true to its vision of making luxury accessible by curating rare and unique collections from renowned luxury boutiques around the world, namely France, Germany, Italy and Japan—all on a single platform. This presents an effortless opportunity and a one-stop access that allow shoppers to compare prices across boutiques before making savvier purchase decisions.PR - Nov 9, 2016 - Fall in love with a new PC todayMicrosoft Malaysia and Intel have jointly launched its latest[...]



All About Singles Day (11.11)

2016-11-10T09:53:24.905+08:00

They say inspiration comes from unexpected places, and the story behind Single's Day (Alibaba's annual sale and Asia's biggest) is definitely a unique one. Who could have guessed that an Anti-Valentine’s Day event organized by 4 single university students would eventually become a national phenomenon, not to mention a multi-billion-dollar annual event? Long-running holidays like Valentines, Halloween and Christmas have given online shopping sites boosts in their sales, so it's very interesting to see an event so recent become so big.

One of the reasons why Singles Day was well received was because of its duration. Singles Day Sales in China and Southeast Asia usually run for a month from November 11 (11.11) to December 12 (12.12), making it more than just a simple transaction. Another reason for its success is its ability to connect with its market. With men outnumbering women in a population of over 1.37 billion people, Singles Day was not only timely, it was relatable.

Due to its success, Alibaba then trademarked Singles Day and other related terms such as Shuang Shi Yi (double eleven) in China. 11.11 has grown from a university tradition into Asia's (if not the world's) most successful annual sale. In 2015, Alibaba broke records and had a total revenue of USD14.3 billion, surpassing the combined revenue of other annual sales like Thanksgiving (USD 1.09 billion) and Black Friday (1.66 billion) in the US.

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Are you prepared for your next data disaster?

2016-11-09T07:38:18.291+08:00

by Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, CommvaultJust like the two Little Pigs who had their flimsy houses of straw and wood blown down one fateful afternoon by the Big Bad Wolf, many businesses today are still taking their chances with data disasters. Those two Little Pigs couldn’t have anticipated an attack from the Big Bad Wolf out of the blue, but had they decided to err on the side of caution and invest in a robust infrastructure like the third Little Pig who built his house out of bricks, they might’ve avoided their sorry fate.Matthew Johnston, Area VP, CommvaultOnly recently, a computer outage caused worldwide delays for thousands of passengers booked on Delta Airlines. There may have been bigger data disasters than the one Delta experienced in August when its IT system went down, but that didn’t stop the Twittersphere from coming alive with 140-character snapshots of human misery – as can be expected when so many passengers suddenly find their travel plans interrupted.Despite Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian saying the company had over the past three years invested "hundreds of millions of dollars in technology infrastructure upgrades and systems, including backup systems to prevent what happened from occurring", the crisis cost the company $100 million in revenue due to 2,300 cancellations over three days. The long-term damage to Delta’s reputation and business will likely cost more. In the highly competitive aviation industry where airlines are already struggling with declining profit margins, that’s a bitter pill to swallow.Sadly, like the two Little Pigs, many companies across various industries lack solid data management strategies to protect themselves against such occurrences.Here are some fundamentals of managing data so companies can prevent such crises and be more like the third Little Pig who was wise to have built himself a house out of bricks.1. Data visibility Today, businesses often maintain a separate point solution for each distinct backup and recovery requirement. However, data visibility is of paramount importance in order to understand what you have, where it is and how to recover it, when necessary.Having full visibility of the data you have in storage is the foundation to an intelligent data management policy, adequate support governance and compliance, enabling you to execute on effective Copy Data Management strategies.Unfortunately, according to an IDC study last year, 40% of IT decision makers across Asia Pacific reported that backup, recovery, data protection and analytics strategies are still managed at the departmental level[3]. Instead, businesses need a single unified, automated data protection platform that protects, archives and recovers all data so that they have the ability to prevent, and if needed, deal with catastrophic data disasters such as the one experienced by Delta Airlines.2. Federate data for better governanceIn today’s data universe, enterprises don’t just have a few data points and silos. To federate data is to seamlessly protect, recover, move, find and deliver apps and data spanning different infrastructures, and to also access and use data without having to move it.Complying with an increasing number of compliance requirements in regulated industries is also a reality today’s businesses need to deal with. By having data federated under one corporate governance capability, businesses can better put auditable policies on data ensuring they comply with regulations.3. Data securityWhile data can be a company’s biggest asset, let’s not forget that it also opens businesses to risk. According to IDC, 55% of enterprises will rely on third-party management of their security infrastructure by the end of 2017.When building your ‘house of bricks’, it would be wise to [...]



Cashback Rewards Feature Losing Its Lustre for Cardholders in Singapore, J.D. Power Finds

2016-11-07T08:23:45.730+08:00

Oct 27, 2016 - Singapore :More than half (52%) of credit cardholders in Singapore say they are motivated to use their primary card because of the ability to receive cashback rewards, but these cardholders end up being notably less satisfied with their issuer, according to the J.D. Power Singapore Credit Card Satisfaction Study,SM released today.The study, now in its second year, measures customer satisfaction with their credit card issuer by examining six key factors: interaction; credit card terms; billing and payment; rewards; benefits and services; and problem resolution. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.Among cardholders who choose their card based on cashback, overall satisfaction is 712 and their monthly spend averages $1,022. In contrast, among cardholders who choose their card based on service-related reasons, such as better mobile/tablet app for account management, better customer service and better benefits, satisfaction scores are significantly higher (785, 753 and 745, respectively).“Card issuers have been aggressively pushing cashback rewards cards into the marketplace and, to a certain extent, they are rightly responding to the rising demand that customers have for this reward,” said Gerrit Kuyntjes, vice president and general manager at J.D. Power. “However, in doing so, they elevate customers’ expectations of cashback rewards to unrealistic levels. Failure to deliver on those perceived expectations will have a substantial negative effect on customer satisfaction since more than half of their customer base is expecting this perk.”Additionally, the study finds that 20% of cardholders indicate the rewards programme offered by their primary card is unattractive, underlining the need for card issuers to design rewards that better meet changing customer desires.The study also illustrates the effect low satisfaction has on retention rates. Among highly dissatisfied customers (overall satisfaction scores of 611 and lower), 26% say they “probably/ definitely would” switch cards in the next 12 months. In contrast, among customers who are highly satisfied (overall satisfaction scores of 787 and higher), the defection level drops to 15%.Mobile Digital Wallets Off to a Promising StartMore than one-fourth (26%) of cardholders now use mobile digital wallet technology such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Google Wallet or Samsung Pay, which was launched earlier this year. Early adopters of this technology—nearly half of whom use Apple Pay—indicate greater satisfaction with their card issuer and have higher spend on their credit card.The average satisfaction score among users of mobile digital wallets is 718, which is 29 points higher than among those who do not use digital wallets. Additionally, mobile digital wallet users spend an average of $1,183 monthly, or $280 higher than among those who do not.“It is encouraging to see mobile digital wallet technology not only gaining traction but also helping to increase customer satisfaction with their credit card issuer,” said Gordon Shields, director at J.D. Power. “Card issuers should continue to press on in their marketing efforts to further educate customers on the benefits of switching to digital wallets.”The following are additional findings of the 2016 study:Mobile Wins Big: Mobile app usage has increased this year to 29%, up from 21% in 2015. Satisfaction among customers who use their credit card issuer’s mobile app is 725, compared with 685 among those who do not use a mobile app.Reward Programmes Continue to Confuse: Nearly 18% of cardholders perceive that card issuers are making their rewards programmes harder to understand. The changing conditions for cardholders to earn and redeem rewards, as well as limitations on offers and promo[...]



IT News Week 1 Nov 2016

2016-11-07T08:32:06.520+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Oct 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Parents Lack Visibility and Control over Kids’ Online Activity, Study ShowsPR - Nov 4, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC Makes Life AmazingPR - Nov 3, 2016 - Singapore - New Cybersecurity Jobs Index from ISACA Shows Skills Gap is GrowingPR - Nov 3, 2016 - PIKOM ICT Awards Nov 2016PR - Nov 2, 2016 - Santa Clara, Calif. - SonicWall Announces Spin Out from Dell Software GroupPR - Nov 2, 2016 - Microsoft unveils Microsoft TeamsPR - Oct 31, 2016 - SysArmy Wins Prestigious Malaysia Cyber Security Innovation Award 2016PR - Oct 31, 2016 - Acronis Expands Service Providers’ Portfolio with File Sync & SharePR - Nov 4, 2016 - Parents Lack Visibility and Control over Kids’ Online Activity, Study ShowsParents need to do more to protect their kids from the growing number of online threats, but many currently lack visibility of the dangers their children are facing. New research from Kaspersky Lab reveals that only a quarter (26%) use parental control software to help restrict their kids’ activity online. Worryingly, among those parents who haven’t installed parental control features, one in five (21%) believe that it is better for children to learn how to use the Internet safely themselves.Kaspersky Lab offers a range of security solutions that help the whole family browse the Internet in safety. With Kaspersky Safe Kids, for example, parents can guard their children against online risks, monitor kids’ locations and manage their ‘device time’. With solutions like this in place, parents can have peace of mind that their kids are benefiting from all of the advantages of the online world – in terms of communication and learning – without suffering from its dangers.PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC Makes Life AmazingBIOSTAR is pleased to share the perfect life companion if you’re looking for computing solution that goes with you wherever you go or you just need to maximize space. The BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini-PC is unlike any laptop you’ve used before. Laptops tend to be heavy and have a consistent size and volume to them, offers no customization and most of all, are almost always expensive. Tablets on the other hand are just not useful for productivity and business tasks, have limited I/O ports, and aren’t made for long-term usage not to mention that again, they’re also expensive.Featuring support for the BIOSTAR’s signature VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN modding features that allow customization of BIOSTAR motherboards to feature customizable LED lighting, the RACING P1 also implements this feature and supports customizable LED lighting and LED strips via the 5050 header allowing a really personalized mini PC. To add to the personalized styling, the RACING P1 reflects its naming with a carbon fibre design top shell and RACING logo to bring out a unique sense of personal style.RACING P1 Specifications  BrandBIOSTAR  ModelRACING P1  Dimension129*83*27mm(0.29L)  CPUZ8350 Quad core 1.92G/ Fanless  CPU TDP2W  Memory4G  Storage64G  ExpansionMicro SDXC card reader  VideoHDMI  NetworkingGbE LAN802.11 AC + BT4.0(onboard)  AudioCombo Jack  USB1USB3.05USB2.0  Power20W ( 5V, 4A)  VESAYesPR - Nov 3, 2016 - Singapore - New Cybersecurity Jobs Index from ISACA Shows Skills Gap is GrowingThe recent launch of the national Cybersecurity Strategy by the Singapore government has underscored the local cybersecurity skills gap. However, this growing demand for cybersecurity professionals is something that has been reflected globally.For example, a recent Cybersecurity Job Inde[...]



BAE Systems lifts the lid on how dirty money moves

2016-11-05T14:36:23.080+08:00

Nov 3, 2016:

In line with its commitment to increase awareness and understanding of financial crime, BAE Systems launched a report entitled How Dirty Money Moves. The report aims to bring to light the current situation of money laundering and how industry can detect and prevent against this growing crime.

Sanjay Samuel, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Asia-Pacific Managing Director, said: “We have seen money laundering activities rising rapidly in various regions and evolving at a faster pace than many organisations, financial institutions and governments can detect and prevent today.”

With laundered money representing between two and five percent of global GDP, there is a need for these companies to not only prevent such activities from occurring, but to be cautious in ensuring that ‘dirty money’ is not present inside their business operations.



“The key to this is understanding how the criminals operate. Criminals today, for instance, are diversifying their tactics through peer-to-peer lending, casino gambling, real estate, fake invoicing – the list goes on. In doing so, they can spread their risk and avoid the area under most scrutiny: banks. It’s time for the other ‘gatekeepers’ to the financial industry to start to combat these fraudsters too.”

“The eradication of money laundering is impossible but what we can do is to make the environment riskier and create difficult proposition for criminals. Naturally, this has to be complemented with a set of effective legislations and regulations,” added Sanjay.

The report is available now to download from here.



Travel Light with Flash Plus 2

2016-11-02T08:01:22.393+08:00

Oct 27, 2016 -

Flash Plus 2 is a smartphone - Flash was formerly known as Alcatel.

Flash Plus 2 is a perfect combination of hardware and software, featuring a metal framework, and supporting fingerprint scan, fast charging and HiFi while being configured with the Helio P10 processor, 5.5” screen and stock Android M operating system.

It comes in two attractive colors, which is Luna Sliver and Venus Gold. The metal rear case went through multiple complex processes like horizontal brushed metal surface and twice anodic oxidation, among others, coupled with fine details in the phone body to produce a truly beautiful phone.





But what makes it your perfect travelling companion is the outstanding camera and the HiFi music player. Flash Plus 2 adopts integration of PDAF and contrast focusing with merely 0.1s of focal alignment, allowing users to take a snap shot of fleeting moments. You won’t miss any memorable moments.

Starting October 24 2016, purchase of Flash Plus 2 from stores will entitle for RM100 Travel Package Discount Voucher from packist.com - limited time only.

Customers who have purchased their Flash Plus 2 in store can log in to https://www.packist.com/voucher-redeem to complete your redemption of the RM100 travel discount. Packist.com is a registered licensed travel agency, and offers travel packages that you can redeem in part with the voucher.



Screenshots Oct 2016

2016-11-01T16:45:19.937+08:00

1.) Airasia sales, however, connectivity was very limited.2.) Blogger.com - Encountered issue during posting - a draft was automatically generated whenever a post was published or edited.3.) Google Chrome ran separate exe process for each tabThis is why web browser processes are resource hungry these days.4.) Evernote free account only allowed 2 devices - has to be renewed. During each renewal process, users will be encouraged to subscribe to the premium account.5.) Teamviewer reported data breach incident - enforced all logins using yahoo emails to reset the password.6.) Yahoo webmail didn't go well with Internet Explorer browser.7.) Airasia officially banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7.8.) Maybank2u.com.my - reactivating account always didn't work.The error message was always 'Service Currently Not Available'.[...]



IT News Week 5 Oct 2016

2016-11-02T08:05:26.716+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Oct 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Oct 28, 2016 - Gamdias Unveils The Floating Design Mechanical Keyboards: Hermes SeriesPR - Oct 27, 2016 - Microsoft launches Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016PR - Oct 27, 2016 - IPServerOne Receives Coveted ISO27001 CertificationPR - Oct 26, 2016 - REDtone and Huawei Develops Joint Business Innovation and Cooperation to Build a Better Connected Cloud ServicePR - Oct 26, 2016 - #MYCYBERSALE 2016 achieves RM 211 mil in Gross Merchandise VolumePR - Oct 26, 2016 - Mick Hollison Joined Cloudera as CMOPR - Oct 25, 2016 - Singapore - MediaMath is first external partner to integrate Google AdX Programmatic GuaranteedPR - Oct 25, 2016 - On the path to Industrie 4.0: Siemens showcases concrete customer applicationsPR - Oct 24, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces VR-Ready and Gaming Solution with its GTX 1060 Graphics Card with Dual-Fan DesignPR - Oct 28, 2016 - Gamdias Unveils The Floating Design Mechanical Keyboards: Hermes SeriesGAMDIAS, the leading gaming brand, today announced the newest entries to its celebrated line-up of floating design keyboards; this keyboard will be available in three variants, HERMES P1, M1 and E1 Combo.Designed for gamers of all level, HERMES P1, M1 and E1 exhibit GAMDIAS’s solid and advanced features: sleek design, ultra-accurate components, and aluminum construction combining for minimalist looks, pinpoint accuracy, and long lasting performance. These new keyboards will be available with GAMDIAS certified switches, all of which have unique contoured keycaps, quick – attach wrist rest for your comfort during gaming sessions and good lighting effects can be directly controlled by the users using the GAMDIAS HERA software or using the keyboards built in controls.HERMES E1 ComboHERMES E1 Combo contains HERMES E1 mechanical keyboard, DEMETER E2 Optical mouse and NYX E1 mouse pad which packs a whole lot of features at a budget friendly price. GAMDIAS backlit keyboard and gaming lighting mice brings color to your life.PR - Oct 27, 2016 - Microsoft launches Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016Microsoft Malaysia today announced the launch of its latest Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. Enterprises and businesses can now broadly acquire the server operating system that accelerates innovation and security of both traditional and cloud-native applications.This momentous launch also marks 20-year milestone of Windows Server. Steven Yong, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead, Microsoft Malaysia said, “It is hard to believe that two decades ago, Microsoft introduced the first OS for the masses, democratizing IT platforms and tools to help IT solutions that drive success. We are excited to finally introduce the latest milestone – Windows Server 2016.”Photo - (From left to right) Steven Yong, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead, Microsoft MalaysiaLai Yoong Seng, Veeam evangelist, Veeam SoftwareEddie Toh, Regional Director, Data Center Platforms, Intel CorpSean Hoong, Category Manager, Hewlett Packard EnterpriseMichal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft MalaysiaKT Ong, Country GM, Dell EMCTong Chee Leong, Country Manager, Citrix Deh Hui Chuan, Cloud and Enterprise Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft MalaysiaSonia Blouin, APAC Modern Datacenter Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacificat the launch of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 in Kuala Lumpur on October 27The event was also attended by Microsoft partners Citrix, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel, and Veeam who articulated why they had opted for Windows Server 201[...]



Hitachi Data Systems Introduces New, Enhanced Flash Storage Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) Lineup

2016-10-31T11:36:57.747+08:00

Oct 26, 2016 - :

In today’s digital economy, it is critical that customers receive information in real time and that businesses recognize maximum cost-efficiency from their operations. To meet these needs, Hitachi Data Systems today announced an expanded Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) lineup, powered by next generation Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and backed by a 100% data availability guarantee.

The expanded VSP lineup is designed to deliver better customer experiences and return on investments and deliver performance, resiliency and workload scalability beyond what is offered by other platforms. The new SVOS 7 has been engineered with an improved flash-aware I/O stack and selectable data services, including enhanced QoS, new adaptive data reduction and support for all-flash cloud tiering. SVOS 7 is available on all new and existing Virtual Storage Platform G series and F series systems. Existing customers can take advantage of SVOS 7 and its deduplication and compression features through a nondisruptive upgrade.



HDS is offering two new high-end VSP models. The all-flash VSP F1500 is built on new high-density FMDs with raw capacities of up to 14TB, and for businesses looking to transition to all-flash over time, HDS offers the new VSP G1500, which offers 4.8M IOPS - a 20% improvement over VSP G1000.

In conjunction with the release of SVOS 7 and the enhanced VSP lineup, HDS is upgrading its management stack to simplify data management. New versions of Hitachi Storage Advisor, Automation Director and Infrastructure Analytics Advisor enable customers to more easily implement new SVOS 7 functions and reduce IT operational costs and complexity.



Closing in on the Data Skills Gap

2016-10-30T09:29:21.026+08:00

By Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, CommvaultThe world in which we live, play and work is transforming right before our eyes. In today’s rapidly changing business and technology landscape, companies need to keep up quickly, or else risk being disrupted.The ability to succeed in this digital era means increasing the speed at which ideation, innovation and collaboration can happen. While technology plays a big part in this equation, it’s not just the machines that make the magic happen, businesses need talented people equipped with a data-first mindset to transform your data into a powerful strategic asset.According to Singapore’s Economic Development Board, the data analytics sector alone is set to contribute at least $1 billion to the economy each year by 2017. However, while 94 percent of Southeast Asia's business leaders agreed that it is important to have a data-savvy workforce, there is a skills gap that needs to be addressed in order for organisations to fully move ahead with a data-driven culture. Only 39 percent of those polled felt that they have employees with relevant data skills to help them identify and achieve business outcomes.While some organisations are trying to solve the issue through training and contingent hires, which may partly solve the problem, others are taking on a more direct approach by attracting and managing the talent needed to make this shift.Businesses need to realise that talent and technology together can drive their data transformation and fast track business success. The key to this is to ensure they have the right talent in their organisation.1. Groom the next generation of talent One way businesses can help bring into the market a steady pipeline of talent who are equipped with the required knowledge, and who can leverage the tools for the age of big data is to groom the next generation of data professionals through public-private partnerships.This is where students in tertiary institutes are trained in the necessary skill sets through hands-on experience to implement or build modern, agile IT infrastructure that can help businesses respond to new and changing business requirements more rapidly. Private sector companies need to take the lead in supporting this upgrading of skill sets and cultivate a new generation of trained IT professionals who can then be matched to opportunities across various industries – not just the IT sector.2. Mine your existing workforce Companies searching to fill a skills gap usually start searching externally. However, with a little training, most enterprises are surprised to learn that there are employees who may already have the skills, or who could easily be redeployed, to fill the gap.Mining for talent within the business can have big payoffs and help bolster talent pools. However, to do this, enterprises need to build in flexibility and inter-department mobility that’s founded in a skills- rather than role-based approach so that people can be effectively deployed to different roles and divisions, as and when the business need arises.3. ‘Acqui-hire’One strategy that looks set to become a trend is ‘acqui-hiring’, where businesses acquire another company to tap the talent and skills of its personnel. According to a survey and whitepaper commissioned by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Cognizant, 37 per cent of companies plan to implement such measures by 2018, and 21 per cent of businesses surveyed have already done so.In India, a few emerging e-commerce tech companies, such as CommonFloor, Flipkart, Urban Ladder and Housing[...]



Affiliate Junction Debuts New Programs and Advertisers

2016-10-26T08:20:14.137+08:00

Oct 24, 2016 :Affiliate Junction (AJ) now comes with new affiliate programs and advertisers providing sports ticketing, employment services, call-center assistance, telecommunications as well as healthcare services. Among the new advertisers that have come on board AJ include brands such as OPPO and GetDoc.AJ is an affiliate marketing platform in Malaysia that offers offline and online affiliate marketing solutions for businesses through a single network. Utilising comprehensive performance based marketing approach, AJ affiliates are incentivised when they successfully channel customers and new leads to AJ merchants and advertisers. To-date, AJ has over 500 merchants and more than 20,000 affiliates.Dato’ Lawrence Teo, Chief Executive Officer of I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (iSYNERGY) who launched the new AJ at the Putrajaya Convention Centre recently said, “We have a host of advertisers that covers a broad spectrum of services, with our new affiliate programs under AJ. Affiliates can now promote the advertisers of each respective program to users. For every successful promotion, the affiliates will earn commission. It is a win-win for all parties”. AJ is operated by iSYNERGY that provides affiliate marketing solutions for enterprises from all industries to enable them to leverage on cost-effective performance-based marketing channel and strategies.Dato’ Lawrence Teo, CEO of I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (6th from left),  Lennon Chu, COO, I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (7th from left) and Will Ong, Chief Business Officer, I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (5th from left) with Affiliate Junction’s new advertisers: Isaac Lee, E-Commerce Manager for OPPO Malaysia (far left); Tommy Chuah, IT Manager VOpp Solutions Sdn Bhd (2nd from left); Alex Marzuki, CEO & Founder of FitTix (M) Sdn Bhd (3rd from left) and Jerry Hang, Business Lead and Country Head, GetDoc Technologies Sdn Bhd (4th from left)Apart from OPPO and GetDoc, a healthcare portal, other new affiliate programs advertisers on AJ include recruitment platform VJOB, sports ticketing platform FIT TIX, and Hot-Assist, a call centre that provides assistance services for emergency situations to their members.Affiliates reap rewards when they direct users to OPPO’s online store and when transactions take place. Under VJOB affiliate program, affiliates get incentivised when they refer employers to use VJOB as a recruitment platform to seek new employees.AJ affiliates also earn commission when they are able to successfully promote FIT TIX platform to sports enthusiast and sports events organisers as well as recruit new sign-ups for Hot-Assist membership packages and GetDoc’s health screening packages.[...]



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

2016-10-24T07:30:05.618+08:00

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



IT News Week 4 Oct 2016

2016-10-24T09:41:50.037+08:00

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



Malaysian Budget 2017 Commentaries

2016-10-24T08:39:44.131+08:00

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



Western Digital Ships More than 10 Million Helium-Filled HDDS

2016-10-19T19:37:49.715+08:00

Oct 18, 2016 -

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

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



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

Western Digital offers the HelioSeal platform on its enterprise-class products (under its HGST product brand as Ultrastar® He10 and Ultrastar He8, and under its WD product brand as WD Gold), and its NAS and surveillance offerings (WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple) in volume today. For more information on the HelioSeal platform, please visit: https://www.hgst.com/sites/default/files/resources/HGST-Helium-Technology-BR03.pdf



Kaspersky Lab Releases Flagship Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 – Multi Devices

2016-10-18T06:30:11.487+08:00

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