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Updated: 2018-01-19T23:32:52.657+08:00

 



AIMS 2017 Review and 2018 Outlook

2018-01-16T21:56:51.279+08:00

Dec 29, 2017 -The AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, today shares its review of 2017 and outlook for 2018. AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says, “This year has seen some interesting developments for the data centre industry. In 2016, the 'Inter-Data Centre (DC) Network’ initiative was launched by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to bring down connectivity cost for data centres. This initiative sparked a widespread competition amongst telecommunication players to bring down the cost of connectivity. “The nearly 300 percent decrease in cost has made us more competitive with Singapore. Further to that, we are seeing more international organisations treating Singapore and Malaysia as twin cities in their plans to connect the region to the world,” adds Chiew. AIMS in 2017 “Our strategies and investments in 2017 have ensured that we will continue to report double digit revenue growth for 2017, above expected industry growth,” shares Chiew. “AIMS is always committed to providing our customers with the best and most reliable service and our sustained growth and expansion demonstrates their trust in us. Our strong expertise and foresight has allowed us to stay at the forefront both locally and regionally, rising above industry norms. In anticipation of demand, we will be adding an additional 18,000 sqft of space for the Klang Valley as we are now at more than 85% percent capacity in our existing space,” he added. Chiew Kok Hin, CEO, Aims GroupIn 2017, AIMS was the only Malaysian data centre listed on the Cloudscene* Top 10 Asia data centre list; coming in at 7th place for the 3rd quarter of 2017. *Cloudscene is the world’s largest directory of co-location data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics. The top players in each region were selected from a pool of more than 5,300 global service providers listed on Cloudscene. AIMS was also named the 2017 Frost & Sullivan “Malaysia Data Centre Services Provider of the Year.” Challenges in 2018 “The price of electricity continues to be a huge issue for the industry as it makes up 40 percent of our operations cost. In addition, customers are becoming more environmentally conscious and we had the foresight to start investing heavily in green technology to meet this need. One of the most notable investment is innovatively applying Dynamic Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supply (‘DRUPS’), which is widely used in the manufacturing industry, in data centres to reduce environmental harm,” shares Chiew “Our customers appreciate AIMS’ environmental policies and this helps to maintain their trust in us as a civic-minded data centre partner,” explains Chiew. “However not all data centres will be able or willing to invest in DRUPS due to its higher capital cost, so we hope the government will look into some incentives to encourage industry players to adopt green initiatives while considering the revisitation of electricity tariff,” adds Chiew. Prospects of 2018 “Cashless transactions will be a game changer for how businesses operate in Malaysia in 2018. Both Alipay and WeChat Pay are set to officially enter Malaysia and transform the mobile payment industry here,” he explained. “A cashless society is the way to move forward and in order to stay ahead of the game, small business owners (SME), retailers and e-commerce players, need to get their websites and physical stores ready to address this new change or risk being left out,” Chiew adds. Currently, some businesses have started offering Alipay options to Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia as the bulk of the tourists are used to making cashless transactions. Signs stating ‘Alipay accepted’ have been increasing across the tourist capitals of Malaysia. “Cashless transactions signal an increase in data and analytical potential for businesses to discover, so it is essential that these businesses start looking at ways to empower their business and ensure safe transactions for their customers,” Ch[...]



Western Digital Unveils Portable SSD for Drone Enthusiasts

2018-01-16T10:49:08.668+08:00

Jan 9, 2018: 

At today’s Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018) in Las Vegas, Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) unveiled new and breakthrough consumer solutions that address today’s personal content explosion, including voice-activated media streaming via popular Smart Home devices, the world’s smallest 1TB USB flash drive and a portfolio of ultra-mobile, high-performance, wireless and high-capacity flash storage products. Sold under the SanDisk® and WD® brands, these offerings ensure that personal experiences and memories can thrive for years to come.

Smartphones, drones, action cameras and virtual reality (VR) goggles are capturing and creating rich content that users want to access and share with friends and followers alike. Innovations in multi-lens cameras, 8K video, 5G wireless, VR, augmented reality (AR) and video streaming are enabling more immersive experiences. As a result, consumers are looking for easier ways to capture, preserve, access and share their personal content as it becomes richer and more robust.

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ScanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

“Our lives are increasingly connected to and enriched by pictures, videos, music and ideas,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “From the parent filming a school recital on their smartphone to the drone enthusiast or pro photographer, our range of consumer solutions are designed to help everyone preserve, access and share their digital world.”

For avid photographers and drone enthusiasts who require durable and high-performance media capture solutions, Western Digital is releasing two portable SSDs. The My Passport Wireless SSD, which features one-touch card copy to enable editing and sharing of content out in the field, as well as a new capability to directly access the device within third-party mobile creative apps, like FiLMiC Pro and LumaFusion. While the new, superfast SanDisk Extreme® Portable SSD is perfect for saving and editing hi-res photos and videos on-the-go.



Value Investing Summit 2018 (27th-28th January)

2018-01-15T11:26:16.930+08:00

Organised by 8VIC, a subsidiary of ASX-listed 8I Holdings (the “Group”) and the largest value investing education services provider in Singapore and Malaysia, Value Investing Summit (“VIS”), is a two-day annual conference (27th-28th January 2018) featuring some of the best investing minds in Asia and around the world, where industry experts and investors alike meet to share ideas, discuss investment strategies and support one another to navigate the investing scenes internationally. Now in its 7th year, VIS started with a humble audience of just 500 back in 2012 to the over 1,500-strong crowd today, where past and upcoming heavyweight speakers include Prof Dr Hermann Simon , Mr Vishal Khandelwal, Mr Kee Koon Boon, Mr Zhou Guiyin 周贵银先生. VIS is committed to promoting financial literacy to the general masses, especially on Value Investing, which represents one of the most well-known stock-choosing methods that focus on companies with strong fundamentals which are trading below their inherent value.The second Inter-Varsity Stock Research Challenge, which seeks to promote the study of Value Investing among full-time undergraduates from Singapore and Malaysia and allow students to advance their analytical skills and earn exposure and recognition in the community of value investors, will also be held on the 2nd day of VIS. The winning team of the challenge will also earn prize money of S$4,000 and a shield plaque engraved with their institution’s name. Prof. Dr. Hermann Simon Management Thought LeaderBest Selling AuthorHonorary Chairman and Founder of Global Consultancy Simon-Kucher & PartnersProf. Dr. Hermann Simon is a German business leader and author. Simon co-founded Simon-Kucher & Partners in 1985 and served as CEO of the company from 195 to 2009, and then as its chairman since. Simon is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing, and has published 35+ books in 26 languages, including some worldwide bestsellers publications. Find more about Prof Dr Hermann Simon.Topics:1) Hidden Champions – The Vanguard of Gobalia: Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders 2) Role Models for leadership in the 21st Century Mr Kee Koon BoonChief Investment Officer and CEOHidden Champions Capital Management Pte LtdKoon Boon is the CIO and CEO of Hidden Champions Capital Management, which manages the Hidden Champions Fund, where he is responsible for the sustainable growth and outperformance of listed Asian equity investments. Koon Boon is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fun manage and analyst in the Asian capital markets who start his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore and, later, at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Find more about Koon Boon. Topics:1) Why low-profile Hidden Champions are indispensable invisible heroes in our daily lives2) Is 2018 a year of unravelling?3) How hidden champions possess the ability to thrive in stormy timesMr Zhou GuiyinGeneral Manager and Chief TrainerShanghai Rongdao Culture Communication Co. Ltd (an 8IH China subsidiary)My Zhou Guiyin serves as Head of Shanghai Programme at 8I Holdings Limited and is responsible for the training and promotion of Value Investing Education within China. Mr Zhou served as a commentator and research specialist fo numerous finance programmes and channels including CCTV.Topics:1) How the inherent business wisdom from the Chinese traditional culture has an increasingly important role in guiding one’s investment behaviour as the Chinese capital market begins moving towards investing rationally2) How the combination of Sinology (国学) and value investing creates a different perspective for investors on why and what they are investing in[...]



IBM Inventors Receive Record 9,043 Patents in 2017

2018-01-15T07:30:36.755+08:00

Jan 9, 2018 - ARMONK, N.Y. -IBM inventors received a record 9,043 patents in 2017, marking the company’s 25th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership and crossing the 100,000-patent milestone. The new patents were granted to a diverse group of more than 8,500 IBM researchers, engineers, scientists and designers in 47 different U.S. states and 47 countries. “For the past 25 years, IBM’s patent leadership has changed the way the world works with advancements critical to the modern era of computing,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. “Today, nearly half of our patents are pioneering advancements in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and quantum computing – and all are aimed at helping our clients create smarter businesses.” As more and more enterprises conduct business on the cloud, IBM inventors received in 2017 more than 1,900 cloud patents, including a patent for a system that uses unstructured data about world or local events to forecast cloud resource needs. The system can monitor data sources – including news feeds, network statistics, weather reports and social networks – to identify where and how cloud resources should be allocated to meet demand. Another set of innovations helps solve one of artificial intelligence’s current limits: lack of personalization, which can hinder how AI communicates with people. Among the industry-leading 1,400 AI patents IBM inventors were granted in 2017 is a patent for a system that can help AI analyze and mirror a user’s speech patterns to improve communication between AI and humans. IBM inventors also received 1,200 cybersecurity patents, including one for technology that enables AI systems to turn the table on hackers by baiting them into email exchanges and websites that expend their resources and frustrate their attacks. It could substantially reduce the security risks associated with “phishing” emails and other attacks. IBM inventors also patented significant inventions in emerging areas like quantum computing, including a new way for improving a quantum computer's ability to acquire and retain information – otherwise known as “signal readout fidelity.” This can lead to efficiency in the components necessary to build a quantum computing system. Other patented innovations from IBM inventors in 2017 include: A machine learning system designed to shift control between an autonomous vehicle and a human driver as needed, such as in an emergency. A method that leverages blockchain technology to reduce the number of steps involved in settling transactions between multiple business parties, even those that are not trusted and might otherwise require a third-party clearinghouse to execute. A technique that automatically elevates the security protection of a mobile device when it determines that device is located far from its owner and is likely under someone else’s control. This year’s milestone builds on more than 105,000 U.S. patents granted to IBM from 1993 to 2017. IBM inventors have received patents for suchtransformative ideas as secure credit card transactions, guiding the visually-impaired using RFID, the world’s fastest supercomputers and earthquake detectors.IBM HQ, Armonk, New York[...]



Meltdown & Spectre Best Practice from Carbon Black

2018-01-14T10:36:06.797+08:00

Jan 9, 2018:

Meltdown and Spectre chips made recent headlines as researchers have found critical vulnerabilities that affect billions of computers and smartphones worldwide. Organizations have now gone into panic mode and are furiously working to mitigate cybersecurity risks that might emerge from these vulnerabilities. Tech firms are also operating in overdrive to deploy security patches as they are in a race against hackers who will exploit the vulnerability to steal data. 

Refer to this blog post by Carbon Black outlining how organizations can minimize attack surface during such critical events through the following steps –
  • Get as many systems as possible into high enforcement
  • Patch known vulnerabilities with available fixes from your operating system and hardware vendors
  • Prevent untrusted code from running on systems
Carbon Black advises organizations to utilize their Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) functions, if available, to monitor for attack activity as this function pays special attention to browser related threats, alerts regarding credential theft, and suspicious network connections.




Wacom Malaysia Celebrates Creativity

2018-01-13T17:31:08.005+08:00

Jan 8, 2018 :Wacom Malaysia, the subsidiary of Wacom – the leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and intuitive interface devices is celebrating creativity with the announcement of the winners of its ‘Beyond Imagination - Dare.Live.Create’ social media contest on Wacom Malaysia Facebook. Eugene Low's ArtworkNor Syamimi's ArtworkThe social media contest was opened to the public from 1st November until 28th November 2017. About 53 artworks were received according to four categories; Illustration Traditional, Illustration Digital, Comic Traditional and Comic Digital. All artwork submissions were reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of judges renowned in the creative industry namely Christopher Lye, Country Manager of Wacom Malaysia, Daphne Tan, Marketing Manager of Southeast Asia, Wacom and Jarold Sng, Design Lecturer from The One Academy. 10 shortlisted artworks were then open for public view and voting from 1st December until 21st December 2017. (L to R) : Eugene Low, winner of Illustration Digital category; Christopher Lye, Country Manager of Wacom Malaysia; Nor Syamimi, winner of Illustration Traditional category during the prize giving ceremonyStunning artworks were given the thumbs up from the esteemed judges. Eugene Low, 23, an art student from Kuala Lumpur took home one unit of Wacom Intuos Pro Medium worth RM1,608.00 for winning the Illustration Traditional category. His shortlisted artwork was inspired by his personal childhood experience and challenges faced to pursue his passion in arts. The artwork was drawn by using Wacom Intuos Manga and has managed to get 450 Likes and 64 Shares in the span of only three weeks. Visit eugenelow.artstation.com to see more of his artworks. Claiming the prize for Illustration Digital category was Nor Syamimi, 19, from Selangor who took home one unit of Wacom Intuos Pro Medium. Her gorgeous artwork managed to wow netizens with 425 Likes and 147 Shares. Syamimi is a self-taught artist who likes to create her own anime characters in her artwork and has a dream of publishing her own art catalogue. More of her original artworks can be found via Instagram, @nmimi03. In the comic categories, two participants, Wong Sze Min and Yasmin Anis managed to steal the judges’ heart with their stunning artworks, each bagging Wacom Intuos Comic worth RM488 home. As an organization that celebrates creativity, advocates uniqueness and promote paperless process, Wacom through Wacom Malaysia is proud to have this first social media contest in Malaysia in search of Malaysia’s creative talents. Christopher Lye, Country Manager of Wacom Malaysia said, “We are grateful and pleased to see many young talents and artists out there channelling their talents and creativity through our ‘Beyond Imagination - Dare. Live. Create’ social media contest.” “As one of the leading names in the creative industry, Wacom loves what creativity brings to the world. It makes us human, adding richness to our lives, bringing ideas, imagination and beauty.” [...]



IT News Week 2 Jan 2018

2018-01-14T10:57:08.572+08:00

For IT News Week 1 Jan 2018.PR - Jan 10, 2018 - Microsoft Announces the new Surface Laptop for MalaysiaPR - Jan 10, 2018 - McAfee Moves Beyond Traditional Antivirus to Protect Customers’ Identity, Connected Homes and Wi-Fi ConnectionsPR - Jan 10, 2018 - OPPO ranked No.1 in Asian Smartphone marketPR - Jan 10, 2018 - KaHa Introduces Next-Gen Smart Wearable OS & Features Powered by AI & Machine Learning at CESPR - Jan 10, 2018 - Going on the Offensive – Managing Your Most Strategic Asset: DataPR - Jan 10, 2018 - Olike Malaysia Trade-in programme offers up to 18% on new USB Data CablePR - Jan 9, 2018 - Lenovo’s CES 2018 Lineup Makes Reality BetterPR - Jan 9, 2018 - Introducing AccuWeather Go on Garmin Automotive PlatformPR - Jan 9, 2018 - HID Introduces Latest Direct-to-Card™ Printer/Encoder PR - Jan 9, 2018 - Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific Appoints Naina Parhar as Head of Channel Sales PR - Jan 8, 2018 - McAfee Completes Skyhigh Networks Acquisition, Establishing the Company as a Device-to-Cloud Cybersecurity Leader PR - Jan 7, 2018 - ECOVACS ROBOTICS’ WINBOT X Named CES Innovation Award Honoree PR - Jan 10, 2018 - Announcing the new Surface Laptop for MalaysiaMicrosoft today announced that the Surface Laptop will be available for pre-orders in Malaysia from local Surface authorized retailers which include top retailers* and official Microsoft store. Starting from RM 4499 and will officially launch in the market on 7 February, 2018Surface laptop FrontSurface laptop BackSurface Laptop is the perfect balance of portability, performance and elegance, and is more than just a traditional laptop. Powered by Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life to last through the day. At just 1.25 kilograms and less than 14.5mm thin, the Surface Laptop fits nicely into your favorite bag, and is lightweight for users to bring around.PR - Jan 10, 2018 - McAfee Moves Beyond Traditional Antivirus to Protect Customers’ Identity, Connected Homes and Wi-Fi ConnectionsAt CES, McAfee announced the availability of McAfee Identity Theft Protection, to help consumers protect their personally identifiable information from identity theft and fraud. McAfee Identity Theft Protection makes protecting consumers’ identities simple, with always-on identity monitoring, 24/7 dedicated agent support and varying levels of identity theft insurance.In addition, McAfee continues to form key partnerships with leaders in consumer electronics and grow its product offerings to deliver security for the connected home, family safety, mobile security and privacy. Notable new partnerships and offerings include:D-Link and McAfee: Today, consumers are moving beyond using just laptops and smartphones to introduce connected lightbulbs, TVs, cameras, vacuum cleaners, doorbells, and more into their homes. The new D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee provides consumers with a comprehensive solution that automatically increases security for devices on the home network.McAfee – The One Stop Security Shop: Since manufacturers are rushing to connect almost everything to the internet from devices, toys, appliances to cars, it only makes sense that security also evolves to deliver protection across every point of connection. With the addition of McAfee Identity Theft Protection, McAfee Secure Home Platform, McAfee Safe Family and McAfee Safe Connect, users can have peace of mind in an ever-changing digital world fuelled by volume, speed and complexity.ASUS and McAfee: McAfee LiveSafe is now provided on all ASUS consumer notebooks, desktops, tablets, mini PCs and gaming systems shipped worldwide. After the 30-day free trial, users have the option to purchase a full subscription.PR - Jan 10, 2018 - OPPO ranked No.1 in Asian Smartphone marketA recent market monitoring report by global indust[...]



Global Automotive Supplier to Embrace Industry Disruption Pressure in 2018

2018-01-10T21:27:28.563+08:00

Dec 2017 :While the global automotive supplier industry continued to grow in 2017, disruption caused by four megatrends – Shared Mobility, Autonomous Driving, Digitization and Electrification – has gathered pace, according to the "Global Automotive Supplier Study 2018" by Roland Berger and Lazard. The study projects that supplier CEOs will need to transform their existing business models in order to capture shifting profit pools caused by these megatrends. The study analyzed performance indicators from approximately 650 suppliers around the globe to assess the current state of the industry, as well as trends and challenges. Global growth continues but is slowing In 2017, the global supplier industry is expected to see revenues increase by approximately 3 percent compared to 2016, and maintain profitability levels with an average EBIT margin of approximately 7.3 percent. While volumes have reached record levels, global growth is slowing in some regions, with light vehicle production in North America expected to shrink by 3 percent to 17.4 million units in 2017. For 2018, the study authors expect suppliers to enjoy continued revenue growth, but at a slower pace, while maintaining stable EBIT margins. "The overall fairly positive sentiment is reflected in valuation levels of suppliers that are still trading above their long-term average," said Christof Söndermann, Director at Lazard. "But the four megatrends in the automotive industry are causing disturbance in all supplier domains." Recent developments point towards an acceleration of the disruption caused by four megatrends: New mobility business models (such as ride hailing and car sharing) are poised to disrupt car ownership, personal mobility and goods logistics The timeline for level 4/5 autonomous driving keeps accelerating as necessary economics, regulations and technology fall into place In digitization, artificial intelligence offers almost limitless possibilities, while connectivity-enabled technologies are reaching the point of mainstream application Momentum for electrification is building among regulators and OEMs, and progress on technology is accelerating Based on these trends, disruption in the industry appears inevitable, but the transition period continues to be marked by a high level of uncertainty. Automotive suppliers will need to prepare for five distinct changes that are emerging: slowing growth; accelerated technological change; software as a key differentiator; commoditization of hardware; and pressure on valuations for commoditized suppliers. "Technology shifts require suppliers to substantially invest in old and new technologies in parallel, with benefits from new technology investments being uncertain," said Martin Tonko, President Director at Roland Berger in Indonesia. "Margins and valuation levels in commoditized fields will come under pressure, but at the same time, electrification and digitization offer new monetization options." He added that in Indonesia, automotive suppliers must invest even more than their Southeast Asia counterparts, as they start from a lower technology base and must keep up with external competitors. Profound knowledge of trends required Against this backdrop, the authors from Roland Berger and Lazard have identified a number of elements for suppliers to consider when transforming their business models to capture future growth opportunities. Among these, are factors that affect strategy and portfolio, such as the impact of automotive megatrends, which segments and products will experience continuous growth, and how new segments can fit their current businesses. They must also determine how best to exit businesses that they deem unviable. "Deep knowledge of disruptive trends is essential for any supplier," said Mr. Tonko. "The current supplier business model of offsetting negative cost impacts with volume growth will no lo[...]



Over Two Billion Personal Data Records Leaked from High-Tech Companies in 2016

2018-01-09T17:15:34.357+08:00

Dec 22, 2017 -InfoWatch Analytical Center has released a report on data leaks from high-tech companies in 2016, which saw approximately 30% growth in the number of such leaks and more than an eightfold increase in the volume of compromised data. The high-tech companies accounted for almost 75% of all globally compromised data (2.3 billion records), 87% of which were personal data. Number of data leaks and volume of compromised personal data in the high-tech sector Share of high-tech companies in the total volume of data records compromised globally, 2015-2016 “We are witnessing more and more leaks and compromised data in the high-tech companies, where information, including customer data, is usually a key asset, and therefore any leak can have a disastrous impact on business," said Sergey Khayruk, Analyst at InfoWatch Group. “In 2016, personal data of hundreds of millions of users were stolen from popular social media, such as Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, iCloud, LinkedIn, MySpace, Snapchat, Telegram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Moreover, hackers successfully attacked the largest email services, including Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and Mail.ru, and pilfered customer details from telecom companies, such as Deutsche Telekom, Three UK, Verizon, and others.” Leaks by information type, 2015-2016 In 2016, 31 mega leaks compromised more than 95% of data leaked in the high-tech sector, with 10+ million records leaked in each such case. Attackers compromised much more personal data, while the shares of payment details, trade secrets, and know-how shrank in the total number of leaks. Leaks by attack vector, 2015-2016 (the inner circle shows the volume of compromised records, while the outer one shows incidents) Leaks by attack vector, 2015-2016 (the inner circle shows the volume of compromised records, while the outer one shows incidents) Despite the growing number of leaks caused by external attackers, insider-enabled leaks are no less dangerous for high-tech companies. Thus, even though the high-tech sector suffered 15% more leaks by third parties compared to 2015, the leak damage breakdown by attack vector remained almost the same. Internal leaks by intent In 2016, the high-tech companies saw more malicious leaks and skilled leaks associated with fraud or access abuse. Incidents by type (the high-tech sector occupies the inner circle, while other sectors are shown in the outer circle) “IT market players aggregate huge volumes of user data and thus are eager to use Big Data to analyze structured and unstructured information and other tools, which dramatically evolved in terms of technology and functionality,” noted Sergey Khayruk. “However, the more data is being generated, processed, and stored, the higher the risk of external attacks on corporate resources. At the same time, internal offenders gain more ground, forcing IT companies to use not only effective tools to combat attacks, but also advanced multi-functional DLP systems. Moreover, the soaring number of skilled leaks calls for adding User Behavior Analytics (UBA) to the existing cybersecurity toolbox.”BackgroundThe report is based on the InfoWatch Analytical Center’s own database that aggregates public notifications of data leaks, which hit profit and non-profit (public, municipal) organizations and resulted from malicious or negligent actions by employees or external offenders. The research covers a maximum of 1% of all assumed leaks.The high-tech sector report addresses data leaks from software and hardware vendors, telecom operators, as well as Internet providers, search engines, social media, and IT services.The sampling does not include confidentiality breach and other incidents (such as DDoS attacks) that did not result in data leaks, or leaks from an unclear data source (whe[...]



IT News Week 1 Jan 2018

2018-01-09T08:08:01.004+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Dec 2017. PR - Jan 5, 2018 - Kaspersky : Targeted attacks on radar for industrial organizations PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL) - New Year Promo PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Carbon Black : Ransomware is now estimated to be a $5 billion crime PR - Jan 4, 2017 - Updates from Microsoft A.I Event PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Lenovo Introduces Its Most Complete ThinkPad Portfolio with 2018 Lineup PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Kaspersky Lab’s response on “Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign” PR - Jan 4, 2018 - AccuWeather Offers Sneak Peak at Innovative Travel Forecast "AccuWeather Go" at CES 2018 PR - Jan 3, 2018 - McAfee Study Reveals Disparity Between Consumer Cybersecurity Concerns and Behaviors PR - Jan 3, 2018 - Dimension Data Malaysia appoints Dickson Woo as new Head of Sales PR - Jan 2, 2017 - Zurich Malaysia converts its composite insurance business to two separate entities for Life Insurance and General Insurance PR - Dec 29, 2017 - OPPO's new Flagship Store Grand Opening in Shanghai PR - Dec 28, 2017 - OPPO F5 Fattah Amin Special Edition PR - Dec 13, 2017 - New Product! AOMEI Backupper Network Released PR - Jan 5, 2018 - Kaspersky : Targeted attacks on radar for industrial organizations Of the industrial companies that participated in the IT Security Risks Survey, every fourth has faced a variety of cyberattacks. Worryingly, one of the fastest growing types of threat among the multitude targeting industrial organizations in 2017 was targeted attacks. To make factory floors more secure in 2018, it’s critical to eliminate targeted attacks from cybersecurity blind spots, warns Kaspersky Lab. Due to the steady increase in complexity and number of attacks on the industrial market, the consequences of ignoring cybersecurity issues could now be disastrous. 28% of the 962 industrial companies surveyed have faced targeted attacks in the last 12 months. That’s 8 p.p. more than last year, when only 20% of the industrial market experienced targeted attacks. This confirms the predictions of Kaspersky ICS CERT experts about the emergence of specific malware targeting vulnerabilities in industrial automation components in 2018. The fact that the most dangerous incident type has grown by more than a third strongly suggests that cybercriminal groups are paying much closer attention to the industrial sector. PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL) Sells at RM 699 - New Year Promo ASUS ZenFone 4 Max is a smartphone designed to go the distance and accompany you on all of life’s adventures. Its high capacity 4100mAh battery with advanced power management and dual cameras keeps up with your active lifestyle and is always at the ready to capture extraordinary moments. The phone was first introduced to the market on Oct 17, 2017. Dual rear cameras: - 13MP camera captures crisp portraits and wide-view camera with 120° wide-angle lens fits more friends and scenery in the frame Extreme battery life: - 4100mAh battery provides up to 46 days of 4G standby, and features fast charging, 2X-longer lifespan, and advanced safety technologies Convenient power bank: - Doubles as a power bank with 2X-faster reverse-charging capability for high-speed charging of other devices Operating System : Android N (7.0) PR - Jan 4, 2018 - Carbon Black 2017 Threat Report - Ransomware is now estimated to be a $5 billion crime As we shift to 2018, questions still exist regarding the politics and possibility of a hacked democracy, but one thing is abundantly clear—2017 saw several large-scale cyberattacks including WannaCry, NotPetya, and BadRabbit demonstrating that ransomware is not going anywhere. To better understand the evolving attack landscape, the Carbon Black Threat Analysis Unit (TAU) launched an investigation into the current state of [...]



Genesis Mining is Not Working ???

2018-01-04T10:09:49.739+08:00

It (Genesis Mining) is actually working, however, the information was slow to update.My account is actually accumulating ETH !!!Started mining contract (Ethash -  Pure Ether Mining) on 15-Nov-2017 with an investment of US $65 for hashpower of 2 MH/s, I have accumulated 0.01534708 ETH which is equivalent to the US $14 based on current price of US $897.40 per ETH.In other words, with this hashpower, I've generated the US $ 14 in 50 days.Therefore, to generate the US $ 1, I would need 3.57 days.Hence, to ROI, I would need 232 days, about 7 months - this plan is considered profitably because the subscription has a contract period of 2 years.Based on existing projection, I would generate ETH worth of US $204 in 2 years time.Genesis Mining offers cloud mining server - all you have to do is to purchase a one-time subscription for your choice of server plan type and it will do the job on your behalf - the listed pricings are a one-time fee and usually 2 years contract.You should try it out too, given the latest trend of cryptocurrency - an upward trend so to speak.The bad news is that Genesis Mining had stopped selling the plan for ETH mining - when I did the subscription on 15-Nov-2017, I wanted to test it out even though by that time, Genesis Mining had stopped selling Bitcoin (BTC) server plan.Nevertheless, 2 years Monero Mining server plan is still available.Monero Mining server plan will do mining for Monero - current price for Monero is still low, about the US $380.Nonetheless, the lowest server plan which Genesis Mining is offering is one with hashpower 1000 H/s for 2 years contract and it costs the US $830 - not cheap.For first time subscriber of Genesis Mining, take note that it is slow to update information, do not panic - just wait for the information to update - right after you have purchased any server plan, you may not see any activity for at least a few days as I have experienced it.You might also want to consider mining ETH using your own server. allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IMG98V6DPoU" width="560"> P/S: Don't bother hacking my account, this is cryptocurrency - it is encrypted !![...]



5 Tips to Secure Your Digital Content

2017-12-28T08:46:54.836+08:00

Jaheer Abbas, Regional Director SE Asia & ANZ, Limelight NetworksIt’s clear that people today are spending more time online every day. In fact, according to a study by Limelight Networks, nearly half of adult consumers in Southeast Asia are online 16 hours or more each week. As digital grows in importance, however, it’s also becoming an increasingly bigger target for attacks. The impact of a DDoS attack is greater than you’d think. Not only do these attacks diminish website performance, but there is the risk of long-term damage to brand reputation. Furthermore, DDoS attacks can also result in significant costs for a company – the obvious example is lost revenue, but what businesses may not realize is that they’re paying for the ‘bad traffic’ that’s attacking them, which can add up quickly and become very expensive. Therefore, it’s important that businesses have the right technologies and infrastructure in place to protect themselves against DDoS attacks. Specifically, by implementing a layered defence that quickly identifies and mitigates these attacks, brands can protect their websites and reputations, while also ensuring they are only paying for the delivered clean traffic.Jaheer AbbasEven if a business’ website is scalable, it’s crucial to have a back-up plan in place so they can be prepared for unexpected traffic spikes and ensure the website is secure in any situation. At a bare minimum, businesses should utilize a CDN, as it can scale with traffic spikes and allow websites to effectively absorb traffic. And if a business isn’t quite ready for DDoS protection, they should at least look to set up DDoS detection as a first step – this way they can understand issues within their network and work to respond to an attack as quickly as possible. Where to start? Safeguarding digital content often involves multiple techniques and layers of security. However, there are some easy-to-implement ways to protect your content. HTTPS: The most fundamental level of protection is delivering digital content over HTTPS. HTTPS, or HTTP-Secured, refers to the encryption of communication between a single client (typically a device with a web-browser) and the destination, such as a website, through a trusted certificate that verifies ownership of the destination. When a successful HTTPS connection is established, any data that passes over that is encrypted. That way, you can be assured that you’re protected from anyone who might intercept the transmission. User Authentication: Many organizations today also use two-factor authentication to access specific areas of type of content. It requires users to enter a randomly-generated, single use-number each time they log in. This ensures that even if a password is guessed or discovered, the perpetrator would still need to enter the code in order to gain access. Encryption: Today’s websites integrate with third-party services such as Facebook and Twitter, include targeted advertisements, and can even be reshaped based on user history. Some of that data can be “personally-identifiable information” (PII) such as names, addresses, emails, and credit card numbers. These types of data need to be protected and encrypted. Using server-side scripting, for example, you can code part of your web pages to do the encrypting and decrypting on the fly, ensuring that data placed into the database, especially PII, is secured even if a breach does occur. Mask Locations: Organizations should store URLs to content in a database rather than had coding them directly on to a page with a link. That way, if someone views the code on your page, the won’t be able to find the content location. Storing sensitive content such as media files above your www directory will also prevent anyone[...]



Accelerating Digital Transformation with the Right Data Strategy

2017-12-27T09:19:51.455+08:00

By Paul Bruton, ‎Business Director - Data Intelligence of Hitachi Vantara The noted futurist and author, Alvin Toffler, famously described technology as the “great growling engine of change.” He was right. And, in today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex business environment, it is growling more loudly than ever!Simply maintaining the status quo is no longer enough. Corporate IT is under immense pressure to deliver file services solutions that go beyond the basic functions legacy network-attached storage (NAS) platforms have to offer.Paul BrutonThis is complicated by a host of variables, including worker mobility. According to Gartner 28% of corporate data already resides exclusively on laptops, smartphones and tablets. The challenge for any organization is gaining control and visibility of these data sets to govern and manage them in line with corporate policy. Add to this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments, compliance requirements, metadata-driven policy management, collaboration and affinity for cloud architectures, and you begin to understand the intricacies involved. On top of all that is the increasing threat from cyber-attacks. According to Trend Micro Incorporated, out of the 82 million ransomware threats blocked in the first half of this year, those targeting APAC entities accounted for 36% of all attacks, the highest of all regions. It is no wonder that enterprises need a modernized file services solution capable of meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. Counting the Cost Creating all this data is an expensive proposition, but it’s nothing compared to the total cost of ownership over time, which puts a tremendous strain on IT teams. The annual costs for traditional backup are becoming untenable. Traditional infrastructure also requires the labor-intensive management of file servers and NAS appliances for things like protection, performance, migrations, capacity planning, which makes it very costly to maintain. According to Veritas, in an average ten petabyte environment, 41% of data is stale - meaning it has not been modified or touched in the past three years – and organizations are spending over US$20 million per year just to manage this data! When you factor in the cost of protecting this data with traditional backup solutions, which in APAC is in the order of US$4,000-8,000 per terabyte, it’s clear that the operational and financial challenges of continuing with these aging technologies will have a significant impact on the organization. The reality is that, unless these challenges are addressed now, they will become the dominant cost category within the total IT financial picture. An example from a real Hitachi Vantara customer Understanding Objects Solving this file serving problem is the catalyst for moving to a modern architecture. Corporate IT needs to be able to deliver file services solutions that push beyond their legacy NAS platforms if they are to deliver on the promises of digital transformation. What’s needed is a “next generation NAS” capable of meeting the business’ needs while reducing complexity and costs. Do achieve this, many organization are leveraging a secure object store, to significantly lower the total cost of ownership of their File Services. The cost saving from object storage comes from its next-generation cloud based architectures – that automate integrity checking and self-healing, removing the need for traditional backup. It can also scale seamlessly and automatically replicate off-site and enables users to leverage off-the-shelf hardware to scale to hundreds of petabytes in an easily managed environment, while securing their corporate data. Add to this the ability to reduce physical [...]



Selangor Government Collaborate with Waze to Fix Potholes

2017-12-26T07:31:17.236+08:00

Dec 8, 2017 - To ensure a smoother drive in Selangor this school holidays, road users are encouraged to take advantage of the collaboration between Waze and the Selangor State Government to patch potholes with quicker efficiency. Follow these simple steps to safely report potholes in Selangor via Waze. When you see a pothole, have your passenger tap and hold down on the Reports icon. Holding down the Reports icon will offer three report types. While still holding down on the Reports icon, move your thumb to select Hazard. On the Hazard Menu, select hazard On road . Then select Pothole . Tap Send to share the report. Wait for the Selangor State Local Authority to patch the pothole within 5 days. Enjoy a smoother drive once the pothole is patched. Step 1step 2step 3“With this initiative, drivers in Selangor have a simple and effective way to report potholes directly to the authorities, so they can get patched quickly,” said Edward Ling, Country Manager for Waze Malaysia. “Waze has always been about the community. It is the members of the community who are the ones constantly sharing real-time traffic data and other relevant information in order to help ensure smoother journeys. We hope more government bodies will come on board and partner with Waze through this free data exchange program,” Ling added. According to Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU), this initiative covers all twelve Selangor State Local Authorities, namely: Petaling Jaya (MBPJ), Shah Alam (MBSA), Hulu Selangor (MDHS), Kuala Langat (MDKL), Kuala Selangor (MDKS), Sabak Bernam (MDSB), Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Kajang (MPKJ), Klang (MPK), Selayang (MPS), Sepang (MPSepang) and Subang Jaya (MPSJ). However, some roads in Selangor are privately owned or separately managed by the Public Works Department (‘Jabatan Kerja Raya’), the State District Office (‘Pejabat Daerah / Tanah’), or the Malaysia Highway Authority and Concessionaires. SSDU Deputy Program Director Dr Fahmi Ngah said that from January to November this year, the Selangor State Government has received more than 19,000 reports via Waze users and have patched almost all of those that are on Local Authority roads. “This citizen collaboration has shown tangible impacts and we hope that Selangor citizens continue to assist the state in pothole detection via the Waze app.” [...]



IT News Week 4 Dec 2017

2017-12-26T07:14:29.829+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2017. PR - Dec 21, 2017 - Kaspersky : The New Multi-featured Mobile Trojan Loapi Discovered PR - Dec 21, 2017 - Global Mobile Industry Ready to Start Full-Scale Development of 5G NR PR - Dec 20, 2017 - New InfoWatch-based Department at HSE’s Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics PR - Dec 20, 2017 - Jabra : Sale Begins December 20, 2017 – January 18, 2018 PR - Dec 20, 2017 - Microlink Chatbot Set to Disrupt Customer Service PR - Dec 20, 2017 - honor 7X First-day Sales Breaks Three-Year Record PR - Dec 20, 2017 - Transformative Applications the Result of Big Data Analytics PR - Dec 20, 2017 - ECOVACS Brings Christmas Cheer by Inspiring You to #DoMoreOfWhatYouLove PR - Dec 19, 2017 - HEINEKEN Malaysia uses the power of Social Media to advocate responsible consumption PR - Dec 18, 2017 - Canon announces the availability of new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III PR - Dec 15, 2017 - Seoul - LG Announced Latest Gram Laptops Which Offers All-Round Top Performance PR - Dec 15, 2017 - Enjoy annual cash payouts and guaranteed protection with Zurich's Executive20 PR - Dec 15, 2017 - Shopee Birthday Sale was a tremendous success with over 2.5 million orders recorded in 24 hours PR - Dec 21, 2017 - Kaspersky : The New Multi-featured Mobile Trojan Loapi Discovered Kaspersky Lab researchers have identified a new intriguing malware with multiple modules, which allows for an almost endless number of malicious features - from crypto currency mining to DDos attacks. Due to its modular architecture, even more functions can be added to it. This unusual and powerful malicious software is called Loapi. Loapi stands out from the crowd of various single-functional Android malware, including banking Trojans, crypto mining Trojans, etc., because it has a complex modular architecture that allows it to perform almost limitless actions on a compromised device. The Loapi Trojan is being spread through advertising campaigns under the guise of antivirus solutions or apps for adults. Once installed, applications request device admin rights and then discreetly initiate communications with command and control servers to install additional modules such as the Adware module – used for the aggressive display of advertising on the user's device. PR - Dec 21, 2017 - Global Mobile Industry Ready to Start Full-Scale Development of 5G NR Today, the 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement in regards to the completion of the first 5G NR standard. This meeting has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start the full-scale development of 5G NR for widespread trials and commercial deployments as early as 2019. Recently at the Mobile World Congress 2017 held in Barcelona, global mobile industry leaders announced their support for the acceleration of the 5G NR standardization schedule, which introduced an intermediate milestone to complete the first implementable specification for Non-Standalone 5G NR operation. PR - Dec 20, 2017 - New InfoWatch-based Department at HSE’s Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics InfoWatch Group and National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)announced the opening of the InfoWatch-based enterprise cybersecurity department as [...]



CADS and Coursera Collaborates to Launch International Online Courses

2017-12-20T17:32:21.449+08:00

Dec 15, 2017 -

Big data is on an upward trend throughout the world and companies are constantly on the lookout to find the right talent with the right skill sets in order to succeed in the changing marketplace. On the home front, the Malaysian government, positioned as a data driven nation, aims to create 20,000 data professionals by 2020.

The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), is ASEAN’s first and only one stop platform and center of excellence for Data Science in the ASEAN region to empower the next generation of Data Professionals. In line with this objective, CADS is collaborating with Coursera, the largest ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) platform in the world to offer a host of data science courses to Malaysians.

From Left:
-Dr. Karl Ng Hou, Director, Data Economy Division of MDEC
-Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director of CADS
-Matthew Klein, Manager, International Government Partnerships of Coursera
-Sharala Axryd, Chief Executive Office of ADAX
-Natarajan Sankaran, Chief Operating Officer of CADS
during the Exchange of Documents Ceremony between The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS) and Coursera.


Through this collaboration, working professionals and university students will now be able to pursue their dream career in the field of data science. They can complete the one-year online education programme by taking advantage of the 11 online courses of international standards, offered by premier global institutions. Students will also have access to CADS Learning Hubs coupled with weekly personalized tutoring session with highly trained and experienced Data Scientists.

The course will begin in February 2018 and be priced at RM4,999 for working professionals and RM3,599 for students. The fee covers examination and quizzes; lab access, and the guidance of a data scientist an hour per week throughout the whole learning process.

Online registration commences on 15th December 2017 with a special discount of 10% offered to individuals who register before 31st December, 2017. Pursue your career in Data Science and enjoy your savings today!



Visual Studio Installation of Xamarin Updates Failed

2017-12-22T07:19:04.551+08:00

This article is based on Visual Studio 2015.

Xamarin updates are available.


Downloaded but installation failed to complete - the installation package could not be opened.



This happened whilst downloading the Xamarin 4.8.0.756 update, the Internet was disconnected.

As a result, the downloaded file was incomplete or corrupted.

The solution is to clear the downloaded files from the cache folder and run the update process again.

Refer to this discussion thread on forums.xamarin.com.

Clear all files from the following location except index.xml - or perhaps you might just want to clear all files that you have just downloaded for the day except index.xml.

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\MonoDevelop-4.0\Cache\TempDownload











Screenshots Nov 2017

2017-12-19T08:07:37.977+08:00

Refer to Screenshots Oct 2017. 1.) Adobe Digital Edition prevents  content duplication - you can only view the eBook from the device which you had first downloaded the content.2.) Airbnb provides credits as form of loyalty.3.) Citibank offers deals to users via email as form of loyalty.4.) Bitcoin fluctuated 29% within 1 month's period.5.) Someone attempted to use my yahoo email to register for a google's account and it was detected by Google - thank you Google !!!Real life hacking exists ....6.) Black Friday 70% Discount.[...]



ICT Employment Over Next 10 Years

2017-12-16T08:35:01.089+08:00

Jobs of the Future Report features 21 jobs to emerge by 2028 Today’s jobs are complex, specialized, collaborative, and ever-evolving. Cognizant’s Jobs of the Future Report sheds light on how automation is transforming every industry, the work people do, and the future relationship between man and machine. Based on the major macroeconomic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business and technology trends visible today, it highlights 21 new jobs that will emerge over the next 10 years and will become cornerstones of the future of work. The Microsoft Research Enable TeamIn the report, Cognizant positions these 21 new roles — ranging from Data Detective and Fitness Commitment Counsellor to Personal Data Broker and Genetic Diversity Officer — over a 10-year timeline according to their “tech-centricity” and provides potential job descriptions for each. These jobs have the potential to create mass employment, provide work for scores of people in offices, stores and factory floors and are not to be confused with science fiction. They are strongly expected to be on the HR’s radar to fill for real in the coming decade. This list of jobs has been carefully curated from across many disciplines, markets and technologies with a three-point common theme that is centred on the human touch — Coaching, Caring, and Connecting — which will stay relevant, no matter what new technologies emerge on the horizon. Some of the jobs are highly technical whilst others won’t require much tech-knowledge at all. Cognizant recommends that workers / talent focus on excelling in one or more of the following three areas to get and stay employed in the future: 1.) Coaching Coaches can reshape work by making it more engaging, humane and purposeful. Those who have a flair for mentoring and helping people to improve at things (managing their finances, managing their weight) should hone those skills. 2.) Caring Forward-thinking organizations will focus on making the best of people, and not just the best of technology. Workers with social intelligence and the ability to make sense of complex processes will be in high demand to improve people’s health and wellness. 3.) Connecting Workers with a collaborative mindset will be key to helping connect the dots in a technology-led workplace. New roles identified in the report require workers to be good at building bridges between man and machine, traditional and shadow IT, the physical and the virtual world, and commerce and ethics. The complete 21 Jobs of the Future Report including detailed job descriptions can be found here. The 21 Jobs of the Future video is available here.10 selected emerging roles, their job descriptions, and potential required skills highlighted in the report. No.RoleDescriptionSkills needed Page no. in report1Artificial Intelligence Business Development Manager  Artificial Intelligence Business Development Manager will define, develop and deploy effective and targeted programs to accelerate broad-based sales and business development activities.This role will require both business development experience, on top of experience with AI/machine-learning software platforms  142AI-Assisted Healthcare TechnicianAI-assisted healthcare technician will ideally be excellent at building close, trusting relationships with patients and efficient in making optimal use of digital diagnosis tools and remote doctors at their disposal.The technician will have at least three years’ experience in nursing or a related field, and be comfortable and competent dealing with softwa[...]



IT News Week 2 Dec 2017

2017-12-14T18:44:39.140+08:00

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2017. PR - Dec 15, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Continues To Bolster Its Global Leadership Team With New Executive Appointments PR - Dec 14, 2017 - Rakuten Card more than doubles data processing speed with Cloudera Enterprise PR - Dec 14, 2017 - Lenovo Malaysia Brings Festive Perks to Customers PR - Dec 13, 2017 - ASUS Launches ZenFone Max Plus PR - Dec 12, 2017 - Barracuda Cautions Against the Use of Outdated Backup Tapes PR - Dec 8, 2017 - Motorola & Lenovo's Participation in Lazada's 12.12 Online Revolution PR - Dec 7, 2017 - Symantec Security predictions 2018 PR - Dec 7, 2017 - Sophos 2017 Malware Trends and 2018 Predictions PR - Dec 15, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Continues To Bolster Its Global Leadership Team With New Executive Appointments Mark Ablett has been named senior vice president of global go-to-market (GTM) strategy for Hitachi Vantara and Daniel Chong has been named senior vice president of Asia Pacific (APAC).Mark AblettDaniel ChongIn his new role, Ablett will be responsible for developing the company’s global GTM strategy, partnering with Hitachi Vantara’s customers to help them successfully navigate and execute complex digital transformation journeys. Chong will assume Ablett’s former post as SVP of APAC at Hitachi Vantara. He previously served as the company’s vice president and general manager (GM) of mainland China and Taiwan. PR - Dec 14, 2017 - Rakuten Card more than doubles data processing speed with Cloudera EnterpriseCloudera (NYSE: CLDR) today announced that Rakuten Card Co., Ltd, one of the leading credit card companies in Japan, is using Cloudera Enterprise to process data at more than twice the speed of their legacy system. With strong membership growth and an ever-increasing number of transactions, Rakuten Card needed to speed up the processing power of its mission-critical system to keep pace with business demand. Rakuten Card fully migrated from its legacy system to a modern platform with Cloudera’s solutions, powered by Apache Spark, enabling the company to: Support a variety of use cases, such as real-time streaming analytics, machine learning, predictive modelling, and advanced analytics Address and resolve performance issues that were previously a cause of concern Reduce time spent on maintenance and management, allowing more time to focus on growing strategic areas of the business By leveraging the suite of operation and management tools available through Cloudera Manager, coupled with the expertise and advice from Cloudera’s support team of skilled engineers, Rakuten Card has also been able to achieve optimum application performance. For more information on how Cloudera’s solutions enable financial services institutions to evolve and expand their businesses, please find the press release attached and appended below. PR - Dec 14, 2017 - Lenovo Malaysia Brings Festive Perks to CustomersTo usher in the festive season, Lenovo Malaysia has plenty of promotions and giveaways for you to participate in - Come and learn more about the holiday promotions at their booth at the Malaysia IT Fair @ Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) from 15 -17 December. Christmas and New Promotions Fans who purchase the Lenovo Ideapad 320s and Lenovo Yoga 720 will receive a Lenovo Heart Rate band, or JBL Headphones (while stocks last) Fans of Lenovo who purchase the Lenovo Legion Y520, Lenovo Legion Y720, Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower and Lenovo Ideacentre Y720 Cube stand a chance to win Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a Legion I Intel Gaming Chair, or the grand prize o[...]



2018: Machine learning will become the most important technology since the Internet

2017-12-12T13:30:22.296+08:00

By Chris Chelliah, Group Vice President and Chief Architect for Core Technology and Cloud, Oracle Asia Pacific Machine learning will be a defining technology of 2018, doing more to change how we live and work than any technology since the internet. To understand why, we first need to get past sensational headlines about robots ‘stealing our jobs’. Innovation and the use of tools to make life easier have been a marker of progress throughout history, through agricultural and industrial revolutions. We are now in a data revolution and as we progress, so some of the roles people do will change, but progress has consistently brought the creation of new jobs, new business models and whole new industries. Far from making us obsolete, machine learning will augment humanity and make us more effective. Oracle Headquarters, Redwood Shores, California, USAMachine learning is already all around us; written into the software on our phones, in our cars and homes and in the business software we use as work, helping us access information and make better, more informed decisions, more quickly. According to Gartner, AI technologies will be present in “almost every new software product” by 2020, making this an exciting and potentially decisive moment in time for software providers and a crucial crossroads for the businesses who buy from them. Media heads may be turned by robots and driverless cars and these will certainly be key areas of development in the years to come, but machine learning is changing the world around us in significant ways right now. Its ability to dramatically reduce the time and improve the effectiveness of our decision-making may sound less sensational than driverless cars, but it is what will make machine learning an era defining technology. Organisations that harness the power of machine learning will quickly leap ahead, due to the speed and efficiency of the improved decision-making it powers. No business can afford to sit back and wait. If they do, they will be left behind. The adoption of machine learning is growing hand-in-hand with the growth of cloud computing, for good reason. The seamless integration of cloud applications, platforms and infrastructure are crucial to the growth and effectiveness of machine learning; they open up machine learning to ever greater pools of data, breaking down silos and drawing in data from across organisations and their networks. Trying to unleash machine learning in pockets within an organisation is like trying to grow plants in the dark. The algorithms that drive machine learning need data, as much, and from as many sources, as possible. The more it feeds on that data the smarter it becomes and the greater its decision-making potential. The growing maturity and adoption of cloud technologies add to the reasons why 2018 represents such a sweet spot for machine learning. Cloud is an integral part of almost every business’s IT strategy, driving their digital transformation and ability to exploit the value of their data. If big data promised us there were riches to be found in digital transformation and cloud provided the fundamental building blocks for digital transformation then machine learning is the first truly industrialised tool for unlocking those riches at scale.Chris ChelliahStrategy is crucial in all of this. The key to getting the most from machine learning is to look for applications that deliver long term strategic value, which fundamentally transform functions or critical processes within the business, rather t[...]



Singapore Students Explore Community Issues Through Visual Analytics Competition

2017-12-12T07:46:33.276+08:00

Dec 7, 2017 -The next generation of Singapore’s data talent was recently on display during the final round of the IMDA-Tableau Community-Driven Data Stories Competition. Organised by Tableau and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore students were challenged to use publicly available data sets and Tableau’s leading visual analytics platform to create data-driven stories around topics impacting their local communities. Now in its second year, the annual competition encourages the development of in-demand data analytics skills including visualisation and data storytelling. More than 130 students representing 21 educational institutions participated this year, examining public data sets and submitting data visualisations across both ‘Schools’ and ‘Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL)’ categories. Developed through Tableau’s global Academic Program, competition finals were held in conjunction with the recent Tableau Academic Day with winners taking home prizes and tech gadgets worth over SGD20,000. JY Pook, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Tableau, said: “These young people are our future leaders, and it is especially encouraging to see them get engaged with data and make amazing discoveries from it. As we continue to strive towards building a Smart Nation, the amount of data generated is just going to increase exponentially. Data is worthless if you can’t make sense of it, but these young people have shown they can find the hidden insights, and that’s how visual analytics can help drive transformation.” Through their Digital Readiness programs, IMDA aims to empower people to solve real world problems and prepare them with skills for the digital economy. These efforts are closely aligned with Tableau’s mission and, through the annual competition, local students are able to collaborate with data mentors and bolster highly sought-after data skills. A number of Singapore’s open government data sets inspired this year’s winning visualisations. The ‘IHL’ category winner, Fauzi Bajuri from the National University of Singapore (NUS), created the Friendliness Standards of Building in Singapore visualisation in order to explore the current accessibility of train stations, public buildings, and neighbourhoods around Singapore. The winning team from the ‘Schools’ category examined whether factors like GDP, government budget and others impact the quality of education in their Education Standards & GDP visualisation. Throughout the months-long competition, over 200 Singapore students, teachers and lecturers joined seven local workshops to learn the importance of visual analytics skills and gain first-hand data storytelling experience. Please visit the competition results to find out more about the IMDA-Tableau NIC Faceoff | Community-driven Data Stories Competition 2017 and see the winning entries from each category. [...]



Adoption of IoT Platforms Will Be the Top IT Trend in 2018

2017-12-12T07:00:13.488+08:00

Nov 5, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today released its key business and technology trends for Asia Pacific in 2018. These trends are jointly predicted by Hubert Yoshida, chief technology officer, and Russell Skingsley, chief technology officer Asia Pacific. The adoption of Internet of Things (commonly referred to as IoT) platforms will dominate enterprise IT strategies in 2018, alongside a number of other areas. Yoshida and Skingsley have identified ten key trends for the Asia Pacific technology market in 2018. #1: IT will adopt IoT platforms to facilitate the application of IoT solutions IoT solutions deliver valuable insight to support digital transformation and are rapidly becoming a strategic imperative in almost every industry and market sector. IT must work closely with the operations side of the business to focus on specific business needs and define the scope of an IoT project. Internet of Things“Building IoT solutions that provide real value can be difficult without the right underlying architecture and a deep understanding of the business to properly simulate and digitalize operational entities and processes. This is where the choice of an IoT platform and the choice of an experienced service provider is important,” according to Yoshida. “Enterprises should look for an IoT platform that offers an open, flexible architecture that simplifies integration with complimentary technologies and provides an extensible “foundry” on which to build a variety of industry applications that companies need to design, build, test, and deploy quickly and with minimal hassle,” added Skingsley. #2: Object storage gets smart Enterprises started their digital transformation this year but the first problem that they ran into was the ability to access their data. Data is often locked in isolated islands that make it costly to extract and use. These islands were built for purpose and not to be shared, and many contain data that is duplicated, obsolete or no longer used because of changes in business process or ownership. “Data scientists tell us that 80% of the work involved in gaining analytical insight from data is the tedious work of acquiring and preparing the data. The concept of a data lake is alluring, but you can’t just pour your data into one system, unless that data is properly cleansed, formatted and indexed or tagged with metadata so that the data lake is content aware. Otherwise you end up with a data swamp,” commented Skingsley. While object storage can store massive amounts of unstructured data and provide metadata management and search capability, the ability to be context-aware is missing. Object storage now has the ability to be “smart” with software that can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyze it for cleansing, formatting and indexing. “Hitachi Content Intelligence can extract data from the silos and pump it into workflows to process it in various ways. Users of Content Intelligence can be authorized so that sensitive content is only viewed by relevant people and document security controls are not breached. Content Intelligence can create a standard and consistent enterprise search process across the entire IT environment. It can connect to and aggregate multi-structured data across heterogeneous data silos and different locations and provides automated extraction, classification, enrichme[...]



IT News Week 1 Dec 2017

2017-12-29T11:45:27.831+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Nov 2017.PR - Dec 7, 2017 - honor Malaysia will reveal Malaysian brand ambassador on 12-Dec-2017 PR - Dec 7, 2017 - McAfee Declared Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management for 7th Year Running PR - Dec 7, 2017 - Sunway Lagoon NEON COUNTDOWN 2017 PR - Dec 6, 2017 - SG - One of Australia’s Largest Insurers Selects NICE’s Nexidia Analytics Solution to Improve Customer ExperiencePR - Dec 6, 2017 - SG - Silver Peak Surpasses 600 SD-WAN Customer Deployments WorldwidePR - Dec 5, 2017 - 8IH China (Shanghai) Co. Ltd Successfully Concludes the Inaugural Sinology & Value Investing Summit in China PR - Dec 5, 2017 - Bosch opens first smart factory in Thailand PR - Dec 5, 2017 - Cloudera and Tata Communications launch big data platform to tackle data delugePR - Nov 30, 2017 - Google launches Datally, an app that saves you dataPR - Nov 30, 2017 - Hong Leong Bank Enables Merchants To Accept WeChat Pay IN MALAYSIA PR - Nov 8, 2017 - Genesys Sees Adoption Uptick as Nearly 250 Companies Worldwide Ditch Legacy Contact Center SolutionsPR - Dec 7, 2017 - honor Malaysia will reveal Malaysian brand ambassador on 12-Dec-2017honor Malaysia will name its first local brand representative, one of Malaysia’s most recognised and popular artiste which will be revealed officially at the brand’s biggest event this year on 12 December. The chosen brand representative who is a singer, rapper, graffiti artist, composer and publisher, has taken the Malaysian hip-hop scene to the next level and truly captures and represents the trendsetting spirit of the honor brand – which is for the young at heart and for the brave. “Selecting our very own local brand representative is a huge leap forward for the honor brand. This marks yet another first for us and the chosen brand representative moulds perfectly to honor’s character and sprit, and we are indeed excited to reveal this to our local fans and customers this 12 December,” said Zhao Zhiwei, head of honor Malaysia. Since its introduction in the Malaysia market in 2014, honor has further strengthen its collaboration with local partners of culture, technology and art and all the passion points that reflect the spirit of this young brand to truly commit to the Malaysia market. PR - Dec 7, 2017 - McAfee Declared Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management for 7th Year Running McAfee, the world's largest pure-play cybersecurity vendor, has once again been named a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). McAfee's leader position is underpinned by: providing products that are a strong functional match to general market requirements success in building an installed base and revenue stream within the SIEM market possessing a relatively high viability rating superior vision and execution for emerging and anticipated requirements high market share and/or strong revenue growth demonstrated positive customer feedback for effective SIEM capabilities and related service and support Moreover, in order to cope with evolving threat patterns, increased data and best practices, and also to improve the visibility that analysts have into security issues, McAfee is rolling out new developments in 2018: McAfee Investigator: A cloud-based solution that helps triage alerts from SIEM, endpoint, and other data sources. It utilises both machine learning and [...]



Anticipating the Next Social Upgrade

2017-12-06T23:07:19.906+08:00

When I say socially innovative solutions with transcendental potential, what is the first thing that pops you ?

Email literally displaced post-mail and there it went postcards, greeting cards, stamps and etc.

Cellphone literally dismantled street payphone.

Smartphone and Google Maps combined literally forced GPS devices into obsolete.

Granted, the next near-future anticipated social upgrade for humanity is the self-driving car - based on two accounts : BMW and Elon Musk.

The self-driving car will reduce automobile accident significantly because the vehicles will drive by the rules and not by emotion or human intuition influenced by the so-called self-taught and self-progressing experience.

In other words, when a human takes control of the wheel, the car is literally driven by an artist driver whilst in robotic self-driving mode, it is under the control of an expert who maneuvers with High-Definition precision and bounded by traffic rules and regulations.


With an investment of 2,000 employees assigned to a new campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich, working on all aspects of autonomous driving, from the software right through to road testing; the BMW iNext (BMW's first highly-automated series vehicle) is scheduled to due in 2021.

Self-driving vehicle is superb, nonetheless, it is merely tip of the iceberg - according to Elon Musk, it is considered a domain specific A.I which is still a baby compared to the general purpose A.I.

The general purpose A.I is akin to a busy body character who wants to do many things and excels in them.

Of course, aside from offering humanity with endless possibilities and it also has the requirement of a much bigger commitment of research and development - a feat not many organisations are capable of.

So to speak, Hitachi is a company currently investing heavily and passionately into the development and research of A.I, robotics and IoT technologies, aiming towards the direction of socially innovative solutions.

What is socially innovative solutions ???

Elon Musk coined them as solutions which are capable of introducing massive society upheaval.

This article is sponsored by Hitachi Asia Ltd.

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