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2017-01-14T17:02:39.353+08:00

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IBM Reveals Five Innovations that will Help Change our Lives within Five Years

2017-01-13T08:30:12.390+08:00

Jan 5, 2017 :

IBM unveiled today the annual “IBM 5 in 5” – a list of ground-breaking scientific innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.
  1. With AI, our words will open a window into our mental health
  2. Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision
  3. Macroscopes will help us understand Earth's complexity in infinite detail
  4. Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale
  5. Smart sensors will detect environmental pollution at the speed of light

In 1609, Galileo invented the telescope and saw our cosmos in an entirely new way. He proved the theory that Earth and other planets in our solar system revolve around the Sun, which until then was impossible to observe. IBM Research continues this work through the pursuit of new scientific instruments – whether physical devices or advanced software tools – designed to make what’s invisible in our world visible, from the macroscopic level down to the nanoscale.



“The scientific community has a wonderful tradition of creating instruments to help us see the world in entirely new ways. For example, the microscope helped us see objects too small for the naked eye and the thermometer helped us understand the temperature of the Earth and human body,” said Dario Gil, vice president of science & solutions at IBM Research. “With advances in artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, we aim to invent a new generation of scientific instruments that will make the complex invisible systems in our world today visible over the next five years.”

Innovation in this area could enable us to dramatically improve farming, enhance energy efficiency, spot harmful pollution before it’s too late, and prevent premature physical and mental health decline as examples. IBM’s global team of scientists and researchers is steadily bringing these inventions from the realm of our labs to the real world.

The IBM 5 in 5 is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s Research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible. Here are the five scientific instruments that will make the invisible visible in the next 5 years:



IT News Week 2 Jan 2017

2017-01-13T10:09:56.862+08:00

For IT News Week 3 Dec 2016. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jan 12, 2017 - PIKOM Forms New Chapter to support Malaysia's Rapid Growth In E-Commerce PR - Jan 11, 2017 - Feng Chia University Prepares for SDN Evolution with BrocadePR - Jan 10, 2017 - Experian selects Cloudera to deliver instant access to aggregated financial data PR - Jan 9, 2017 - Mergermarket has launched the global Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for Q1 – Q4 2016. PR - Jan 5, 2017 - Identiv Secures All CES Attendees, Providing Smart Event and Transportation Badges PR - Jan 6, 2017 - Stay Safer with Five Travel Tips From Kaspersky Lab PR - Jan 3, 2017 - AccuWeather and Honor Partner to Offer Detailed and Accurate Weather for All-New Honor 6X PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Biostar Racing Z270GT9 Officially Launched PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Barracuda Simplifies Web Application Security for AWS Customers PR - Dec 22, 2016 - Microsoft Malaysia Decodes Diversity to mark Computer Science Education Week PR - Jan 12, 2017 - PIKOM Forms New Chapter to support Malaysia's Rapid Growth In E-Commerce PIKOM today announced the formation of the new E-Commerce chapter aimed at creating a vibrant E-Commerce ecosystem in Malaysia that is globally competitive. The new chapter is a timely initiative as E-Commerce in Malaysia is at the cusp of incredible growth said PIKOM chairman Chin Chee Seong at a press conference held at PIKOM’s office today. With this new chapter, aptly named E-Commerce Malaysia, PIKOM will be the voice of the E-Commerce industry in Malaysia, said Chin. Its objectives will include promoting the Malaysian E-Commerce players through regional and global initiatives. The chapter will also be the point of contact with the government on E-Commerce-related matters and play a role in increasing the awareness on the ease of online shopping. “With the advent of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 and the move towards a single market, it is ripe to take advantage of this huge market of over 630 million consumers,” said Chin.     (Deputy PIKOM Chairman cum E-Commerce Malaysia Chapter Chair Ganesh Kumar Bangah (far right) at the launching ceremony of PIKOM New E-Commerce Chapter together with (from far left to right) ASOCIO Secretary General David Chang, ASOCIO Chairman David Wong, PIKOM Chairman CS Chin and Director of eCommerce Enablement Wee Huay Neo.PR - Jan 11, 2017 - Feng Chia University Prepares for SDN Evolution with Brocade Feng Chia University in Taiwan has successfully deployed a New IP networking solution to deliver smart network access within its on-campus student accommodations. Feng Chia is Taiwan’s leading private comprehensive university, with a strong foundation in business and engineering, and is rated among the top 100 global emerging universities and top 100 Asian universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement. The university has a total of 21,000 students, approximately 5,000 of whom live on campus. The decision to deploy the Brocade® solution reflects the strength of its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities, which is part of the university’s strategic direction for enabling new network services. The total solution deployed at the university includes SDN-capable core, aggregation, and access devices from Brocade along with an open-standards SDN controller and applications from local software partner YESEE. Carrier-grade Brocade MLXe 4 Core Routers provide a robust and highly scalable foundation with Brocade ICX® 7450 switches in the aggregation layer, providing wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplinks to the network core and 10 GbE downlinks to Brocade ICX 7250 access switches that deliver 1 GbE connectivity and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) within the accommodation units. PR - Jan 10, 2017 - Experian selects Cloudera to deliver instant access to aggregated financial data Cloudera today announced that Experian is integrating Cloudera Enterprise onto its cloud environment, a move that is transfor[...]



iPay88 Shares Key 2016 Online Shopping Trends

2017-01-12T08:50:50.765+08:00

Jan 9, 2017:iPay88 Sdn Bhd (‘iPay88’), an NTT Data company and Malaysian-based leading provider of online payment service solution provider in ASEAN, today shares some insights of tracking key 2016 online shoppers’ trends – which are also used as a basis to see what would be powering the country’s eCommerce scene in the Year of the Rooster in 2017. To date, iPay88 recorded 38.2 million online transactions via its payment gateway systems, which is a substantial increment of 161 per cent from 14.6 million in 2015. Currently, iPay88 represents over 70 per cent of Malaysia’s entire online payment system transactions. Executive Director of iPay88, Chan Kok Long says, “All the collective signs in our online payment gateway show that even after a turbulent 2016, the coming year of the fiery Rooster would be a better year – attributing to a few key predictive factors.” Mobile Shopping on the Raise The growth of Malaysian consumers making online purchases using mobile phone is encouraging. iPay88 statistics show that the total transactions generated by mobile commerce has grown significantly by 148.9 per cent from 3.7 million in 2015 to 9.3 million in 2016. Comparatively, online shopping on desktop only showed a small 29.7 percent rise, from 5.8 million transactions in 2015 to 7.6 million transactions in 2016. “These statistics have proven that mobile commerce growth in 2016 is far outpacing eCommerce and brick-and-mortar, whereby savvy retailers are moving to leverage the mCommerce space. This trend is foreseen to continue in 2017,” says Chan. Meanwhile, iPay88 expects that in 2017, mobile application-based visits to the retail category would also finally surpass mobile web visits, while desktop visits would eventually see a decline in growth. Chan explains, “Retailers are taking a mobile-first approach to desktop and these retailers are adding value of mobile through supporting contents. For instance, mobile application-based shoppers are frequently prompted instantaneously of special discounts at designated locations.” Also, there has been an increasing number of users of mobile payments since Apple, Samsung and Google with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay that addressed security concerns through tokenization in the payment infrastructure, supplemented by biometrics on the smartphone. Increased Volumes with Lower Average ‘Order Value’ - Good Signs of Growth Overall, online shoppers on MarketPlaces grew in volume by 182.84 percent. Breakdown of some areas of volume growth are as follows: Delivery services increased by 243 percent Telco services for bill payment increased by 81 percent Transportation services increased by 67 percent Food and beverage sales increased by 45 percent Gifts and merchandise increased by 19 percent. However iPay88 noted that the average ‘Order Value’, or value of online transactional purchase at MarketPlace declined slightly at RM104 in Year 2016, as compared to RM115 in Year 2015. “We see this as a growing trend especially the millennial have started to accept eCommerce as part of their lifestyle. Since it is so convenient, more items despite it is only a small daily needed items, such as groceries, are being purchased online,” shares Chan. Online Banking Still Winning But Look out for Virtual Payments - A New Star Among the alternative payment methods, Year 2016 saw that online banking continued to reign as the preferred payment option when comes to eCommerce and online shopping. iPay88 system showed that online banking recorded 11.5 million transactions as compared to 5.3 million credit card transactions in 2016. This trend follows back from Year 2015 whereby there were 5.8 million transactions via online banking as compared to only 3.7 million transactions via credit card. Chan says, “In Year 2017, we expect online banking to continue its high popularity as the preferred method of eCommerce purchases, as consumers become more wary about spending on credit – esp[...]



VAV Raises RM2.5 Million in Funding to Accelerate Commercialization of Soundwave-based Technology Solutions

2017-01-05T10:55:29.049+08:00

Jan 5, 2017 - Kuala Lumpur: VAV Apps Sdn. Bhd. (VAV), a sound media technology solutions company, today announced that it has secured RM2.5 million in funding from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). Managed by Intres Capital Partners, the fund will be used by VAV to finance technical deployment of its soundwave-based solutions as well as to accelerate their commercialization in Malaysia. In addition, VAV also plans to use the funding to further explore overseas markets including China. VAV focuses on developing technology solutions that are based on inaudible soundwaves to transmit digital content to smartphones – a new alternative for any organization to engage with their audiences or consumers. For instance, a television company can embed VAV’s product called VAV Tone into their programs to set call-to-actions on viewers’ smartphones during air time. The broadcaster can invite viewers to vote in a song contest program, as well as, notify them of promotion deals from their advertisers or any customized message of their choice. Prior to raising the funding from ADIF VAV has successfully secured a RM500,000 grant from Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd.’s program of CIP 500, earlier last year, and, another RM500,000 raised in 2015 from Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (TERAJU) under their program called Superb Grant. Mr. Wan Kamarul Zaman Wan Yaacob, Executive Chairman of VAV said, “Our team has put in a lot of man hours since the beginning to develop and fine tune our innovative technological solutions that are going to revolutionize and integrate the traditional broadcast media with the digital media. This, we believe is going to positively impact the broadcast, advertising and promotional sectors that we are currently offering our solutions to.” “Through VAV applications, businesses will be able to optimize their promotional and advertising campaigns as well as to be able to track campaign results and measure their impacts on a real-time basis,” Wan Kamarul Zaman explained. “This timely injection of fund by Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) will allow VAV to fast track and gear up the marketing of the VAV solutions to more media companies such as TV and radio stations, online broadcasters, telcos, SMEs and event management companies to help them enhance their advertising campaigns,” Wan Kamarul Zaman continued. Amin Shafie, Partner at Intres Capital Partners said, “We believe VAV has the right team to kick-off the business. Furthermore, with the investment and partnership from ADIF, VAV would be able to take its first steps to go regional with its innovative media technology and solutions.” Meanwhile, Addie Leong Qi Jie, Chief Marketing Officer of VAV explained, “We have successfully in 2016, introduced our VAV plug-ins which allow vendors and service providers to embed our VAV software development kit (SDK) into their own mobile apps. This is another area we would like to concentrate on going forward. The funding from ADIF helps support this mission too.” About VAV technology solutions: VAV Online Control Panel - an online management software system which includes the function to edit, manage, schedule, and track any VAV Content to be triggered by the VAV Tone whenever the User activates the VAV SDK. VAV Tone - an inaudible audio signal that can be embedded into any music or video soundtrack and such the embedded inaudible audio signal will trigger a call to action or multimedia content, in a mobile device whenever the User activates the VAV SDK. VAV SDK - a software development kit that can be plugged-in into a mobile application running on either iOS or Android operating system and has the ability to decode a VAV Tone and trigger a VAV Content managed by the VAV Online Control Panel whenever the User activates the VAV SDK. [...]



Connect A non-WiFi TV to the Internet Via Chromecast

2017-01-14T16:39:41.904+08:00

What if you want to connect your TV to the Internet for viewing of Youtube's videos?Most older TVs would come with an Ethernet port and IP capability, however, some may not have built-in WiFi capability.The solution is to make use of set-top box which will connect to the TV via HDMI cable and connect to the router through WiFi.Nonetheless, set-top box might not be a great idea because they are usually bulky and comes with a conventional battery powered remote control.I had an experience where the remote control of the set-top box was spoilt and I couldn't get a replacement whilst the set-top box was still in good condition - in this case, it is as good as nothing.Google Chromecast offers a great solution.Out of the boxNice looking deviceThe Chromecast is not the regular set-top box, it is more of a dongle.Connect Chromecast to TV via HDMI cable, it will connect to the router via WiFi and as a result, the TV will be connected to the Internet in no time.The setup is done via Google Home mobile app.The Pros of Chromecast:1.) Supports highest quality 1080p HD video.2.) The Google Chromecast generation 2 supports 2.4/5Ghz WiFi signal.3.) Works as a projector for mirroring of your Android screen to TV screen - this only works for Android mobile devices - this is also known as casting.4.) Rugged design - the thick HDMI cable is meant to bootstrap the device.Source the power supply by connecting tothe USB cable to a USB port on the TVThe Cons of Chromecast:5.) For iOS devices,  the casting can only be done via supported mobile apps such as Youtube, Google Chrome and etc.6.) It is a mirroring (casting) device instead of a set-top box, if you disconnect from mobile devices, the mirroring will stop.7.) The device does get heated up whilst connected to power supply.My thoughts:8.) Google Chromecast offers those without laptop a way to cast entertainment to the big screen (as projector) via mobile devices such as smartphone and tablet.9.) It is affordable, only RM 200.10.) Rugged and simple, hence, it should have a longer lifespan.11.) Works with any TV with HDMI and USB ports.[...]



Screenshots Dec 2016

2016-12-31T11:22:30.846+08:00

Refer to Screenshots Nov 2016.1.) 123movies.is is blacklisted by McAfee WebAdvisor. 2.) Citibank updates the payments and fees structureCheck out the details.3.) Dropbox drops the Public folder concept in favor of shared link concept.Any folder can be made public.4.) Google promotes 8 core mobile apps.Google App, Photos, Allo, Duo, Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Youtube5.) Grammarly announced 50% discount.6.) Maxis - Convert paper bill to eBill entitles one to RM 10 rebates.Monthly or just one-time ? Not sure yet.7.) Maybank - Initiative to Develop the Onshore Financial Market8.) ODBC - Online card activation service.All Malaysian banks were busy exercising replacement of all credit card holders with PIN-enabled credit cards and the deadline is on 31st Dec 2016.9.) Yahoo Webmail Incorporates Phone Verification Features.10.) Youtube caters a feature whereby viewing of videos can be restricted according to geographical location - based on IP filtering I supposed.[...]



AIMS 2016 Review and Outlook for 2017

2016-12-29T12:44:43.008+08:00

The AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, today shares its review of 2016 and outlook for 2017.AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says “In the last two years we have seen data centre players going bust due to mismanagement and oversupply of space that lead to a price war.At the start of the internet boom, data centres grew in demand, bringing in good return of investment for the initial players. That attracted more players to join the market. Unfortunately a data centre is not just a piece of real estate, you need to have the expertise to manage clients’ needs and ever changing technology that at once acts as a catalyst and an obstruction to the industry.Chew Kok Heng, Group CEO, Aims GroupThe data centre industry is a CAPEX heavy industry with high operations cost. And unless you have the expertise to balance these, your company is set to make losses.And when a data centre falls, customers are left at a lurch to move their data at a very short notice. So there’s a trust deficit as well with companies looking towards public cloud hosted out of the country than in the country itself.AIMS in 2016 “For AIMS this has been one of our best years. We will continue to report double digit revenue growth at the end of 2016, outnumbering the industry’s expected growth. Our long standing ability to commit excellence to our customers makes us a trustworthy partner. We have stayed above the current by constantly being in line with the changing landscape of the industry. Backed with strong expertise and foresight, AIMS has risen above the industry norm and is growing both locally and regionally. Our data centre space has been expanded by 10000 this year and we are now at a 90% capacity, and we are still getting request for space,” adds ChiewAIMS invested heavily into building a greener data centre and to provide our clients with cloud abilities. They are focussed on expanding the business regionally in emerging economies who will benefit from AIMS expertise and industry knows how of running a data centre.In 2016, AIMS was also the first data centre in Asia Pacific to partner with Network Infrastructure Inventory Inc. (Ni2) to provide customers with IT Service Management (ITSM), Operational Support Systems (OSS), and Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) capabilities in one platform. The platform is essential for customers in the financial, oil & gas and telecommunications sectors as it gives them the capability to automate trouble shooting, integrate monitoring, optimise infrastructure design for faster capacity delivery, improve customer experience and enhance self-management capabilities.Data in 2017“The government is moving towards making KL a smarter city. Smarter cities means more data collected, more powerful facial recognition cctvs and that means more computing power. So we will definitely be seeing more need for data storage.”“In the last two years we have also seen more IPTV or online content providers emerge. From only one in 2015, IFLIX, we now have Netflix and The Stars DIMSUM. So we can expect to see more large scale content providers emerge in the coming years besides small scale ones. There’s a trend to producing videos via Instagram, Boomerang, Snapchat and more and this is further contributing to the increase of storage space,” he adds.Challenges in 2017“High cost of power continues to be the pain point for the industry and unless we see the government taking a proactive move, this will remain our biggest challenge. Power makes up 40 percent of our operating costs, and what we’ve noticed is that, as more data is consumed, power consumption increases.” “While we hope the government will look into recognising the industry as an important aspect of the government’s aim to push for a digital economy, we are taking measures on our side a[...]



11st : E-Commerce Market Trends for 2016 & 2017

2016-12-25T17:26:53.897+08:00

2016 has been an exciting year for online marketeers, with the online shopping industry winning the hearts of many consumers. As the e-commerce sphere continues to thrive this serves as a great time to start thinking about how the industry is going to evolve in 2017.In a recent nationwide survey, 11street dived deep into the psyches of online shoppers to understand their sentiments with regard to e-commerce. Through this survey, 11street took the opportunity to set the tone for the e-commerce industry moving forward, and projected five key trends that will lead the way for online shoppers. These very trends also serve as a leverage for businesses to strategise their marketing plans, in order to adhere to what consumers want and how to go beyond expectations in terms of customer service and product delivery.1.) 2016 Trends.1.1.) Market overview83% of survey respondents have shopped onlineMen above 36 years old shop 1.51x more than their female counterpart in the same age group1.2.) Future potentials with Malaysian non-online shoppers - Will likely be shopping online in the next 12 months ?East Malaysia consumers are 2.6x more likely than those in Peninsula MalaysiaMen are 2x more likely than womenMarried respondents are 2x more likely than singles1.3.) Behaviours and how far they have come ?59% shop online at least once a month or more frequently80% shop on their smartphones54% prefer to pay via online transfer1.4.) Top 3 most purchased categories in 2016Fashion & beautyElectronicsSports & hobbies1.5.) Top 3 categories that people are likely to explore in 2017Home deco & furnitureHousehold & groceriesHealth & supplements1.6.) Fun Facts48% of fashionstas are young and single femaleIn every purchaser of electronics in East Malaysia there are 5 in Peninsular MalaysiaMen are 3x more likely to buy kds & baby items online - if income is above RM 7,000Peninsular Malaysian men buy 3x more than women; Easy Malaysian women buy 1.74x ore than men6.6x of women who earn less than RM 3,000 are more like to buy automotive, compared to women earn more than RM 3,0001.7.) Consumer Experience & Expectations95% of current shoppers are satisfied1.8.) Expectation on Product Delivery90% of line shoppers today are willing to wait a maximum of 1 week for their purchases to arrive, while 46% expects them within only 3 days.2.) Online shopping trends in 2017Online shopping is the way forwardPayment methods will continue to mushroomConsumers are willing to explore more product categories - including home decor, grocery & household items and health & supplementsExpress delivery will be the normValue added services are equally important as price[...]



IT News Week 3 Dec 2016

2016-12-29T12:19:08.379+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Dec 21, 2016 - SkyPark Terminal and Grab enter into a ground-breaking agreementPR - Dec 21, 2016 - HTC Announces Arrival of Two Brand New Smartphones in Malaysia this Holiday SeasonPR - Dec 20, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Genius Enters Next Stage of Evolution, Debuts New WebsitePR - Dec 19, 2016 - Innovative Applications Emerged from Big Data AnalyticsPR - Dec 19, 2016 - SG - Rawstream launches free cloud anti-virus software, SkyAVPR - Dec 19, 2016 - HP unveils sleeker, lighter Spectre x360PR - Dec 19, 2016 - Barracuda Offers Next-Generation Firewall for Google Cloud Platform CustomersPR - Dec 21, 2016 - SkyPark Terminal and Grab enter into a ground-breaking agreementMalaysia’s busiest domestic airport, SkyPark Terminal, achieved another milestone when it became the first airport in Malaysia to collaborate with South East Asia’s leading ride hailing service, Grab. The agreement was signed at a Press Conference at the Peugeot Lounge at SkyPark Terminal by Yg. Bbhg Tan Sri Datuk Ravindran Menon, Executive Director of SkyPark Terminal, and Jaygan Fu, Grab Malaysia’s Country Head.The two household names entered into a 4-year agreement that will make the commute for travellers from SkyPark Terminal to their preferred destinations much more convenient. With this agreement, travellers will be able to book their Grab rides even before they leave the Arrivals Hall through a Grab kiosk, and after a mere couple of minutes, be on their way to a destination of their choosing.GrabCar (6-seater)As part of the fanfare, Grab also took the opportunity to kick off their latest service – GrabCar (6-seater).Exclusively from December 21, 2016 till January 31, 2017, Grab is offering a special promotion of RM10 off 2 GrabCar (6-seater) rides to/from Subang SkyPark Terminal regardless if passengers book via cash or card. Passengers only need to key in the promo code SKYPARK to be entitled for this promotion.The GrabCar (6-seater) can be booked on demand or in advance (minimum an hour prior to pick-up time) to ease travellers minds with a base fair of RM2, with a minimum rate of RM8 (on-demand) or RM15 (advance booking).PR - Dec 21, 2016 - HTC Announces Arrival of Two Brand New Smartphones in Malaysia this Holiday Season In light of the year-end holidays, HTC Malaysia, a leading innovator in mobile and virtual reality technology is happy to announce the arrival of two brand new smartphones to the Malaysian market, brimming with the charm and detail that fans of HTC have come to expect from HTC. Starting from 26 December 2016, the two phones that will be coming to Malaysia are the HTC Desire 10 pro, HTC’s latest addition to the well-praised Desire series, and the HTC One A9s, a new refined smartphone from HTC’s award-winning One family. HTC Desire 10 proHTC Desire 10 ProInspired by the Art Deco movement in art and design, the HTC Desire 10 pro captures the spirit of luxury and modernism: bold, precise, geometric metallic lines – influenced by the same contours as the world-renowned HTC 10 – framed by elegant colors and sophisticated materials in a smartphone that inspires with alluring looks on the outside and powerful technology on the inside. The Desire 10 pro delivers amazing high-resolution cameras on both front and back, including a brand new Selfie Panorama mode that captures extreme wide-angle pictures, and top-of-the-line features such as an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor. The HTC Desire 10 Pro will be available in Malaysia at the price of RM 1,699.00.HTC One A9sDrawing on HTC’s iconic design pedigree and world-renowned technological innovation, the HTC One A9s is created to inspire a new generation of phones that offers impeccable precision craftsmanship and quality at remarkably affordable va[...]



Sophos Predicts Top 10 Cyber Security Trends for 2017

2016-12-23T10:06:59.011+08:00

Dec 22, 2016:2016 saw a huge number and variety of cyber attacks, ranging from a high-profile DDoS using hijacked Internet-facing security cameras to the alleged hacking of party officials during the US election. The year also saw a rising tide of data breaches, from organizations big and small, and significant losses of people’s personal information.Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President,Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), SophosWith the year almost over, Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) at Sophos, looks into his crystal ball to predict the top cyber security trends for 2017:# 1 Shift from exploitation to targeted social attacks.Cybercriminals are getting better at exploiting the ultimate vulnerability - humans. Ever more sophisticated and convincing targeted attacks seek to coax users into compromising themselves. For example, it’s common to see an email that addresses the recipient by name and claim they have an outstanding debt the sender has been authorized to collect. Applying shock by pretending to be borrowing authority or law enforcement are common and effective tactics. The email directs users to a malicious link that they are panicked into clicking on, opening them up to attack. Such phishing attacks can no longer be recognized by obvious mistakes.# 2 Financial infrastructure at greater risk of attack.The use of targeted phishing and "whaling" continues to grow. These attacks use detailed information about company executives to trick employees into paying fraudsters or compromising accounts. We also expect more attacks on critical financial infrastructure, such as the attack involving SWIFT-connected institutions which cost the Bangladesh Central Bank $81 million in February. SWIFT recently revealed that there have been other such attacks and it expects to see more, stating in a leaked letter to client banks: "The threat is very persistent, adaptive and sophisticated – and it is here to stay".# 3 Exploitation of the Internet’s inherently insecure infrastructure.All Internet users rely on ancient foundational protocols, and their ubiquity makes them nearly impossible to revamp or replace. These archaic protocols that have long been the backbone of the Internet and business networks are sometimes surprisingly flaky. For example, attacks against BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) could potentially disrupt, hijack, or disable much of the Internet. And the DDoS attack on Dyn in October (launched by a myriad of IoT devices), took down the DNS provider and, along with it, access to part of the internet. It was one of the largest assaults seen and those claiming responsibility said that it was just a dry run. Large-scale ISPs and enterprises can take some steps to respond, but these may well fail to prevent serious damage if individuals or states choose to exploit the Internet's deepest security flaws.# 4 Increased attack complexity.Attacks increasingly bring together multiple technical and social elements, and reflect careful, lengthy probing of the victim organization's network. Attackers compromise multiple servers and workstations long before they start to steal data or act aggressively. Closely managed by experts, these attacks are strategic, not tactical, and can cause far more damage. This is a very different world to the pre-programmed and automated malware payloads we used to see – patient and evading detection.# 5 Growth of malvertising and corruption of online advertising ecosystems.Malvertising, which spreads malware through online ad networks and web pages, has been around for years. But in 2016, we saw much more of it. These attacks highlight larger problems throughout the advertising ecosystem, such as click fraud, which generates paying clicks that don't correspond to real customer interest[...]



Ransomware is Kaspersky Lab’s Story of the Year 2016

2016-12-21T10:16:40.082+08:00

Dec 15, 2016:In 2016 ransomware attacks on business increased three-fold: which represents a change from an attack every 2 minutes in January to one every 40 seconds by October. For individuals the rate of increase went from every 20 seconds to every 10 seconds. With more than 62 new families of ransomware introduced during the year, the threat grew so aggressively that Kaspersky Lab has named ransomware its key topic for 2016.The Story of the Year paper forms part of Kaspersky Lab’s annual Kaspersky Security Bulletin that looks back over the year’s major threats and data and predicts what to expect in 2017.Among other things, 2016 revealed the extent to which the Ransomware-as-a-Service business model now appeals to criminals who lack the skills, resources or inclination to develop their own. Under the arrangement, code creators offer their malicious product ‘on demand’, selling uniquely modified versions to customers who then distribute it through spam and websites, paying a commission to the creator – the main financial beneficiary.“The classic ‘affiliate’ business model appears to be working as effectively for ransomware as it does for other types of malware. Victims often pay up so money keeps flowing through the system. Inevitably this has led to us seeing new cryptors appear almost daily,” said Fedor Sinitsyn, Senior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.The Evolution of Ransomware in 2016In 2016, ransomware continued its rampage across the world, becoming more sophisticated and diverse and tightening its hold on data and devices, individuals and businesses.Attacks on businesses increased significantly. According to Kaspersky Lab research, one in every five businesses worldwide suffered an IT security incident as a result of a ransomware attack and one in every five smaller business never got their files back, even after paying.Some industry sectors were harder hit than others, but our research shows there is no such thing as a low-risk sector: with the highest rate of attack around 23% (Education) and the lowest 16% (Retail and Leisure).'Educational’ ransomware, developed to give system administrators a tool to simulate ransomware attacks was quickly and ruthlessly exploited by criminals, giving rise to Ded_Cryptor and Fantom, among others.New approaches to ransomware attacks seen for the first time in 2016 included disk encryption, where attackers block access to, or encrypt, not just a couple of files, but all of them at once – Petya is one example. Dcryptor, also known as Mamba, went one step further, locking down the entire hard drive, with the attackers brute-forcing passwords for remote access to a victim machine.The ransomware Shade demonstrated ability to change its approach to a victim if an infected computer turned out to belong to financial services, downloading and installing spyware instead of encrypting the victim’s files.There was a marked rise in low-quality; unsophisticated ransomware Trojans with software flaws and sloppy errors in the ransom notes – increasing the likelihood of victims never recovering their data.Fortunately, 2016 also saw the world begin to unite to fight back. The No More Ransom project, launched in July, brings together law enforcement and security vendors to track down and disrupt the big ransomware families, helping individuals to get their data back and undermining the criminals’ lucrative business model.The latest versions of Kaspersky Lab products for smaller companies have been enhanced with anti-cryptomalware functionality. In addition, a new, free anti-ransomware tool has been made available for all businesses to download and use, regardless of the security solution they use.[...]



iPrice Group Raises USD $4 Million Boost to Dominate Meta-Search Space in SEA

2016-12-20T10:55:14.913+08:00

Dec 20, 2016:

iPrice Group, Southeast Asian’s preeminent Meta-Search platform, raised USD $4 million Series A investment. The round was led by Asia Venture Group (AVG) and Venturra – with participation by Gobi Partners, DMP, Econa, Starstrike Ventures and personal CEO investment.

Working hand in hand with its e-commerce partners, iPrice currently merchandizes over 50 million products to online shoppers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. While its e-commerce aggregation platform makes it easier for consumers to find the best prices, iPrice assists its partners with cost-effective and performance-based affiliate programs that help them broaden their marketing efforts.





Since its last funding, iPrice has expanded at an accelerated rate, with its traffic jumping over 500% in the past 12 months. David Chmelař, iPrice Group CEO, adds: “What is even more extraordinary is that we have been able to grow entirely organically and are approaching profitability even faster than originally planned.”

To support its next phase of growth, the Kuala Lumpur-headquartered company has recently added two key members to its leadership team: Dr. Konstantin Lange, Co-founder of online grocer HappyFresh, as COO; and Matteo Sutto, Zalora alumnus and Founder of Tate & Tonic, as SVP of Growth.

iPrice now employs a staff of over one hundred people, with local teams representing each of the 7 countries where the company operates.

“We’ve seen first-hand need for a comprehensive platform where consumers can consistently find the best deals and product information. At the same time, we also saw the need for reliable and performance driven marketing channels servicing merchants, which were also lacking in the region. In the past 12 months, we have helped a multitude of our partners to grow their monthly traffic and GMV by an additional 50%,” say enthused Chmelař.



What is meta-search ?

According to Jeremy Chew (iPrice's Content Marketing Executive) , "meta-search is a type of search engine that gives results based on a combination of results from other search engine databases. As we are a price comparison and aggregator, our search engine results include product catalogues from our partner merchants. Further explanation can be seen here: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/12707/meta-search-engine"



KATSANA Secures RM4 Million in Funding

2016-12-22T10:47:16.440+08:00

Dec 19, 2016:

Pixelated Sdn. Bhd., (KATSANA) today announced that it has secured RM4 million in funding from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). The fund which is managed by Intres Capital Partners is to support the development and commercialization of current telematics business and KATSANA Insight™, a solution to empower motor insurance companies with driver behavioral analytics. In addition, the financial infusion will also be used to help KATSANA focus on scaling up its product development team, going forward.

KATSANA Insight is currently available for deployment to allow motor insurance companies drastically reduce claims loss and gather much needed data in preparation for detariffication of motor insurance in the country. It lowers barriers of entry for motor insurers by introducing packages based on dual mode smartphone telematics and a dedicated beacon on insured vehicles. Moreover, the insurers do not need to setup an expensive IT infrastructure internally to analyze data as information will be accessible online when they log-on to KATSANA Insight dashboard via a web-browser and through its APIs.



Syed Ahmad Fuqaha Syed Agil, managing director and co-founder of Pixelated Sdn. Bhd. (KATSANA) said, “We are delighted to have Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) as an investor and partner locally and regionally. This has come at a pivotal time when KATSANA is gearing up towards the rolling-out of our KATSANA Insight solution for the insurance industry.”

“Since the inception of KATSANA in 2014, we’ve realized that behavior insights have been our most valuable asset. Our real-life experience in dealing with major enterprise fleets has allowed us to develop precise algorithms to understand driver behavior which is directly beneficial for motor insurers. This development is very much driven by our mission to become a catalyst for safer roads in Malaysia through KATSANA’s engagement and gamification engine. We are glad to have Axiata on board with us on this mission,” Syed Ahmad Fuqaha continued.

Amin Shafie, partner of Intres Capital Partners, fund manager of Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) said, “We were impressed with team at KATSANA and how they have evolved from the vehicle security business into an IoT and big data driven services for the emerging Fintech and InsuranceTech industries. ADIF believes that with this partnership, we are able to accelerate KATSANA’s growth regionally and promote safe driving and safer roads as we go along. We look forward to be part of this journey.”

Current market for KATSANA Insight is motor insurance companies in Malaysia. KATSANA is also planning to market it overseas particularly in countries within the ASEAN region.

Aside from the funding from ADIF, KATSANA is also a recipient Skim Permulaan Usahawan Bumiputera (SUPERB) from TERAJU, a strategic unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.

About KATSANA Insight:

KATSANA Insight is an API-centric big data analytics platform for motor insurers and auto manufacturers. It provides in-depth understanding of driver behavior patterns, allowing insurers to precisely measure the risk profile of a particular driver, or a group of similar drivers. It comes with an engagement and gamification engine for drivers, to teach them to become better drivers, hence lowering risk of accidents and creating safer roads for all.



IT News Week 3 Dec 2016

2016-12-18T17:30:01.820+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Dec 16, 2016 - Hitachi Content Platform Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Object Storage Once AgainPR - Dec 16, 2016 - Dimension Data Drives Down Network OPEX for Leading Mobile Service ProviderPR - Dec 15, 2016 - 11street Dispenses the Truth About Online Shopping and Highlights What the Future HoldsPR - Dec 15, 2016 - ASUS ZenWatch is Now Available!PR - Dec 15, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Introduces the AM3 Gaming MousePR - Dec 15, 2016 - Hitachi Sunway and Tata Communications Strengthen Presence in ASEANPR - Dec 15, 2016 - Red Hat Media Update - Open Source: 2017’s ImpetusPR - Dec 15, 2016 - Limited Edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche DesignPR - Dec 13, 2016 - VMware Introduces Evolved Cloud Strategy to Address IT DecentralizationPR - Dec 13, 2016 - Lessons We Learned From Data-Driven Marketing In 2016PR - Dec 16, 2016 - Hitachi Content Platform Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Object Storage Once AgainHitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced that Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) has been placed by International Data Corporation (IDC) in the Leaders category of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment.“HDS’s HCP portfolio, along with its growing ecosystem of technology partners, is in a unique position in the object-based storage market. With an installed base of over 1,700 customers and focus on emerging markets such as internet of things (IoT), web 2.0 and analytics, HDS’s HCP is on the path for continued success in this space.,” said Amita Potnis, research manager, file- and object-based storage systems at IDC.PR - Dec 16, 2016 - Dimension Data Drives Down Network OPEX for Leading Mobile Service ProviderAs the leading local telecommunications provider in Malaysia, the organization was seeking for solutions to transform its existing core infrastructure into a robust and scalable network to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in delivery of its services. The challenge was to integrate its three OPEX model equipment running on three different platforms making it difficult for it to maintain IT agility.Henrick Choo,Managing Director at Dimension Data MalaysiaDimension Data designed a modernised core network to simplify and consolidate the organisation’s underlying systems onto a single platform. This resulted in reduced time required for network maintenance, allowing the organization to launch new services in shorter time and future-proof its IT infrastructure.These enhancements were also able to support subscribers’ rapid traffic growth and facilitate the company’s future roadmap of URL Filtering, Traffic Steering, Parental Control and other customer-centred offerings to offer consumers an enhanced data usage experience.PR - Dec 15, 2016 - 11street Dispenses the Truth About Online Shopping and Highlights What the Future HoldsThrough its recent nationwide survey from 15 to 21 November, in which 3,507 respondents participated, online marketplace, 11street, laid out key takeaways for the Malaysian online market in 2016 and predicted five leading trends for the year ahead.The findings of the survey revealed three key takeaways –80% of the respondents revealing to have shopped online and 59% who shop online at least once a month or more frequently95% of the respondents rated a ‘5’ and above when asked about their satisfaction level with online shopping, and summarises the fact that Malaysian online shoppers are more than happy with their online shopping experience.Top 3 categories that consumers will likely explore are home décor & furniture, h[...]



Brocade Makes Technology Predictions for 2017

2016-12-17T10:34:48.405+08:00

Dec 16, 2016:The year 2016 has seen organisations moving to software networking that leverages New IP technology to transform data center architectures and provide elastic infrastructure services on-demand to customers.With 2016 drawing to a close, Aziz Ali, country manager for Malaysia at Brocade, looks into his crystal ball to predict the top transformative technology trends and developments that will take shape in 2017 such as network ubiquity and wireless unification among others :Network Ubiquity: 2017 is expected to see continued disaggregation of hardware and software leading to more cost-effective networks, at increased capacity, offering more flexible service models across an expanding footprint. There will be advancement in wireless network technology, as well as a subtle shift in security postures of enterprise endpoints. Users will be more connected, more often, to the networked resources they need to be most effective. SDN and NFV Come of Age: 2017 is expected to see complete software-defined network infrastructure solutions that are commercially available, multi-vendor, based on a viable ecosystem of SDN and NFV components. Proprietary platforms will begin to feel uncomfortably closed as users realize the extent of their lock-in. And adoption will rise, beyond the early adopter service providers, as enterprises and private datacenters begin to see a manageable path to achieve the value of a flexible infrastructure.Wireless Unification: With the rapid adoption of smartphones in recent years, and a consolidation of mobile OS platforms, wireless user behaviors have become better understood. At the same time, users are becoming more advanced and their expectations of the network are rising accordingly. Devices will begin to use multiple networks simultaneously, shifting data traffic seamlessly as network connectivity changes due to capacity, resource connectivity, and mobility. In parallel, a new generation of wireless networks will begin to adapt to user demand by shifting capacity to where it is needed. The new status quo for wireless connectivity, which will begin to emerge in 2017, will be a nearly-invisible unification of different wireless networks behind the scenes of an always-on, high-capacity wireless user experience. Vehicular Networking: As more and more things are connected to the network, in 2017 a new normal will begin to emerge for networked cars. Opportunities to improve vehicle maintenance and driver convenience are already being explored by carmakers, but the real opportunities are only just beginning to become apparent. In the coming year, users will begin to realize the promise of being able to connect their cars and homes, to share telemetry and driving conditions with nearby vehicles, and integrate more fully with the driver’s IT experience – safely integrating personal calendars, messaging apps, etc., into the driving experience. Normalization of Internet of Things: The IoT market will begin to develop standards that make their platforms more secure, as well as more open and sustainable in 2017. In addition to easing consumers’ minds, these standards will enable an IoT ecosystem that increasingly appeals to enterprises, allows service providers to create innovative services, and enables advanced use cases that one can only imagine today.Aziz Ali, country manager, BrocadeThe Blurring of Endpoints, Networks, and Clouds: As the network becomes more flexible and software-defined, with a greater variety of endpoints (e.g., “things”) attached, cloud computing architectures will evolve beyond anything we’ve seen in 2016. Applications on mobile devices will continue to collaborate [...]



Queensland Brain Institute to Accelerate Brain Research with Brocade

2016-12-12T07:30:05.838+08:00

Dec 9, 2016

The Queensland Brain Institute in Australia is one of the world’s largest dedicated facilities focused on understanding how the brain works and finding ways to prevent diseases.

While it has been remarkably successful in making major neuroscientific discoveries—with an Alzheimer's breakthrough among the world’s most discussed medical research last year—the difficulty accessing, storing, and managing increasingly large data sets from brain imaging and microscopy devices is a constant consideration.

Continuous improvement is vitally important to ensure scientific research staff have a “zero friction” experience in their workflows.

Queensland Brain Institute will become the first organization in Australia to migrate to Brocade® Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking solutions, and Brocade G620 switches will be deployed to provide the speed and performance the Institute needs to eliminate data bottlenecks and accelerate research into preventing brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.



The switch deployment will form a fully redundant, low-latency storage network fabric with 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) links—which can be combined into a 128 Gbps framed-based trunk—capable of dealing with the most demanding data flows. These switches will operate alongside Brocade 6510 Gen 5 Fibre Channel switches the Queensland Brain Institute is already using to handle its less demanding storage network requirements.

The Brocade G620-based Fibre Channel fabric is part of an integrated storage solution alongside high-performance storage arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and a high-end file server and preservation platform from Oracle (Hierarchical Storage Manager) to control the flow of data between storage layers.

This next-generation storage infrastructure is designed to future-proof the institute by eliminating performance barriers and helping to deliver data processing on demand. This approach will enable scientists to have seamless access to the data they need to carry out the Queensland Brain Institute’s important research. It also provides appropriate governance and preservation layers in an increasingly complex sector, in regard to reproducibility and immutability.



IT News Week 2 Dec 2016

2016-12-12T08:31:05.553+08:00

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Dec 9, 2016 - 11street’s First Ever Short Film Wins Malaysian YouTube Ad Awards 2016PR - Dec 9, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces 2nd-Gen Racing Series MotherboardPR - Dec 9, 2016 - PIKOM Downgrades National GDP Forecast For 2016 And 2017PR - Dec 6, 2016 - SG - Cloudera Continues Global Momentum in Financial Services SectorPR - Dec 5, 2016 - Microsoft: Connecting classrooms to change the worldPR - Dec 5, 2016 - Barracuda Lauds Security Commission’s Cyber Security Guidelines for MalaysiaPR - Dec 9, 2016 - 11street’s First Ever Short Film Wins Malaysian YouTube Ad Awards 2016He said it with gusto – Whatever It Takes – even when thrusted in the deepest ends of the jungle, in search for ‘King Coffee’. 11street’s first ever short film, starring its brand ambassadors Zizan Razak and Elizabeth Tan, recently won the ‘Top Ad in Retail’ at the inaugural YouTube Malaysia Ads Awards 2016. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WLVTK46zkZg" width="560"> Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street said: “The ‘Whatever It Takes’ short film personifies the very elements that set 11street apart from other online marketplaces out there, and also reiterates our commitment to add value and convenience to our shoppers. Above all, it highlights our dedication of going the extra mile to bring everything they love onto our platform.“As such, it is truly an honour to have won the ‘Top Ad in Retail’ award, and be recognised by industry experts and our shoppers for being a key player in the e-commerce sphere. The award is a momentous accolade that will spur us to work harder and come up with more interesting content and ideas for sharing with our supporters.”PR - Dec 9, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces 2nd-Gen Racing Series MotherboardBIOSTAR is excited to announce the feature set for its 2nd-generation RACING series of motherboards that will support the 7th-generation of processors from Intel. BIOSTAR steps up its game for gamers and enthusiasts by introducing new features and upgrading existing ones for a more powerful experience like never before seen from the RACING series.BIOSTAR introduces new features to further enhance the degree of performance and style that the BIOSTAR RACING series is known for. Some of these features include the brand-new M.2 Cooling Protection, 10GbE LAN, Lightning Charger and the improved ones for LED lighting, such as VIVID LED Armor and 5050 LED Fun Zone, for DIY lovers and lighting enthusiasts. From excellent power delivery for a more stable operation all the way to new ways of improving the visual appeal and style of your system to make it stand out and pop for your next theme. Combined, these new features will bring a new level of experience for gamers and enthusiasts.M.2 Cooling Protection:BIOSTAR RACING 2nd-generation motherboards will be the first to have an M.2 heatsink that features ultra-high cooling efficiency to protect M.2 devices connected to the onboard M.2 slot and chipset from thermal issues thus expanding M.2 device lifespan for long-term usage and overall stable operation even under high system load.PR - Dec 9, 2016 - PIKOM Downgrades National GDP Forecast For 2016 And 2017 The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) has revised down its forecast of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2016 and 2017 to 4.2% and 4 % respectively. The depreciation of the Ringgit against the US dollar, the unexpected outcome of the Brexit vote and the US presidential election results [...]



Melaka City Implements Advanced Philips CityTouch connected street lighting management system

2016-12-09T09:07:42.295+08:00

Nov 27, 2016: Bandaraya Melaka, Malaysia – Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has completed installation of the Philips CityTouch connected street lighting management system in the historic state of Melaka. Involving over 1,000 light points, the project marks Melaka as the first city in the country to successfully deploy a cloud-based, intelligent street lighting management system. Officiating the handover ceremony, Melaka State Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj. Haron stands behind the project that is part of Melaka’s Green City Action Plan (GCAP) to make Melaka a Green Technology State by the year 2020."We are very proud to be part of the Melaka State Government’s green initiative. LED-based, Philips CityTouch lighting ecosystem can cut energy consumption by up to 80%. This project reflects the state government’s commitment to uphold the heritage of this city with more sustainable developments for its residents and tourists, said Mr. Alok Ghose, Managing Director for Philips Lighting Malaysia. We applaud the foresight by the Melaka State Government to make connected lighting a pillar of the smart city. With increased population growth and urbanization, connected street lighting meets the need for quality lighting, and also realizes the potential that Internet of Things (IoT) can bring to Melaka city,Ghose added.Philips CityTouch is an end-to-end digital street lighting management system where each light point is connected and performance data gets exchanged through existing cellular networks with the servers to manage the city’s LED street lighting. Over 1,000 light fixtures of 250W conventional streetlights were replaced with 150W Philips CityTouch ready smart luminaires in the central parts of Bandaraya Melaka and major arteries into the city.Through configurable settings, the connected street lighting system reduces energy consumption by up to 80%, as each luminaire can be individually monitored, managed and controlled. Different lighting profiles can be created for different parts of the city such as adjustable light dimming levels based on time, location, traffic and other specific needs.Close to real-time, cloud-based street lighting management with automatic fault notification and centralised command hub also means greater operational efficiency. With less reliance on manpower being mobilised to determine faulty or non-functioning lights, maintenance cost is sharply reduced, while faster response and more accurate diagnostics are rendered.In line with Malaysia’s commitment toward a voluntary reduction of up to 40% in emissions1, the Melaka state government’s Green City Action Plan (GCAP) aims to make Melaka a Green Technology State by 2020. This means lowered carbon footprint, improved city liveability and strengthened economic competitiveness. Philips CityTouch connected street lighting management system falls in line with the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy pillar outlined in the GCAP, and plays a definitive role in helping Melaka achieve climate resilience and sustainability, while becoming more progressive.[...]



Screenshots Nov 2016

2016-12-08T17:04:53.058+08:00

Refer to Screenshots Oct 2016.1.) 11th Street offered discounts for Samsung products.2.) Airbnb China has to comply with local laws and regulations (China), including privacy and information disclosure laws ....3.) Citibank Online Credit Card Pin Activation Steps.All Malaysian banks were busy exercising replacement of all credit card holders with PIN-enabled credit cards and the deadline is on 31st Dec 2016.4.) Trump led the election day from zero-hour to the 11th hour - he won the election unprecedentedly.5.) www.google.com hacked ??? No, it was typed wrongly as wwww.google.com - Isn't this considered sub-domain hacked ?6.) Big discounts near Black Friday & Cyber Monday. 7.) 11.118.) Mozilla Firefox raised funds for 2017 through public donations.They only need USD 3 from each user of Firefox.[...]



Customer Experience: The Key to Digital Success

2016-12-07T09:45:53.245+08:00

By Jayajyoti Sengupta, APAC Head, Cognizant, and Swami Nathan C, Director, QE&A Technology Centre of Excellence, CognizantThriving in today’s fast-moving digital age is about building businesses around the needs of customers. Staying competitive and relevant is increasingly about meeting heightened customer expectations for hyper-personalisation and instant gratification. Digital technology advancements have enabled customers to more effectively interact with brands, search for information, try products, communicate with other customers and, perhaps most importantly, buy in real time. Today’s well-informed customers are spoilt for choice and ensuring a seamless and differentiated customer experience has a direct bearing on their purchase decisions and on ensuring that they keep coming back for more.Jayajyoti Sengupta, APAC Head, CognizantThe game has clearly changed. When it comes to delivering a consistent, personalised and seamless customer experience digitally or in-person, businesses are under mounting pressure to excel. Rather than compete just on product quality, 90 percent of businesses this year will also compete based on customer experience. This is a substantial jump from previous years — 36 percent in 2014 and 58 percent in 2015. IDC Asia Pacific describes this as customer intimacy at scale, predicting that by 2018, 80 percent of B2C and 60 percent of B2B organisations will overhaul their “digital front door” to support 1,000 to 10,000 times as many customer touch-points as they do today.With power in the hands of the connected customer, the business landscape is set to rapidly evolve, accelerating the efforts of consumer-facing companies to ensure end-user delight. Companies that fail to redefine their customer experience journeys will jeopardise their competitiveness.From banking to utilities to healthcare, the tendrils of technology have permeated every industry. Customers can now choose from a wide array of products and applications, transaction channels and influencers before making their decision. Meeting the expectations of digitally empowered customers requires IT teams to not only quickly build software solutions, but also ensure these systems are of the highest quality. The stakes are high, as all it takes is one great digital experience to win customers from the competition, or one bad experience to lose them forever.Yet, in a comprehensive research study of 500 organisations globally, Forrester found that while many companies today embrace the importance of digital in theory, there is a big gap they need to fill when it comes to converting that recognition into a hard focus on ensuring software quality and speed.The terms ‘user experience’ and ‘customer experience’ are often used interchangeably, which can confuse IT teams mapping out the customer journey. User experience is typically confined to an individual’s interactions with a product, whereas customer experience encompasses the entire customer lifecycle.With digital business opportunities and consumer expectations changing, all companies, especially consumer-facing enterprises need to understand the customer journey from discovery to action to feedback and finally, support.An effective customer-centric strategy should understand the needs of customers — and therefore encompass both intrinsic and latent characteristics, as well as tangible and functional traits. While elements such as ease of access, use and navigation are vital, intrinsic human behavioural elements, such as cultur[...]



Google Accounts Hacked - 1.3 Million Android Phones Infected

2016-12-06T16:33:20.833+08:00

As you know, it was recently discovered that hackers have gained access to more than 1.3 million Google accounts by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps. Gooligan is spreading at an alarming rate, with reports stating that since the start of this month, it’s been racking up an average of 13,000 new infections every day.

If you are covering this news as it unfolds, you might be interested in using the following tips from Sophos’ Director for ASEAN & Korea, Sumit Bansal, on how users can protect themselves from an attack like Googligan:



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Sophos Director for ASEAN & Korea, Sumit Bansal
  • Don't enable 3rd party installs.
  • Avoid the alternative app markets as best you can, because some of the “stores” could have malicious apps. If you must download an “essential” app, make sure it’s from a trusted developer.
  • Always use security software, such Sophos Free Antivirus and Security for Android, a free tool for security on mobile devices.
  • Businesses can us Sophos Mobile Control, a security tool for companies that controls access to third party markets on BYOD.
  • Make sure your phone is always updated to the latest version, as this particular attack only affected old versions.
  • Don't click on unsolicited links, even on your phone. Think of your phone as an extension of your computer. Phishing emails and SMS texts with links to malicious URLs are just as dangerous on your phone.
  • If you suspect or can confirm you've been breached, change your password and turn on two factor authentication (2FA) if you haven't already done so.
  • If you have been compromised, resetting your phone to factory settings can’t hurt.




IT News Week 1 Dec 2016

2016-12-09T14:33:37.789+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 Lab[...]



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 [...]



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 (S[...]