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ICT Employment Over Next 10 Years


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 software packages and digital testing equipment.243Cyber City AnalystCyber city analysts will ensure interoperable data flow to keep cities safe, secure and operational.Analysts require data engineering qualifications in Agile, DevOps and continuous integration, as well as circuitry skills, understanding of design thinking, and startup methodologies  264Quantum Machine Learning Analyst  Quantum computing will be at the intersection of quantum information processing and machin[...]

IT News Week 2 Dec 2017


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 of a trip for two to Bangkok to watch the Legion of Champion II 2018 Finals in January 2018 Lenovo also put together some gift ideas for the special people in your life: The Lenovo Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus, and the exclusive Star Wars: Jedi Challenges!  PR - Dec 13, 2017 - ASUS Launches ZenFone Max PlusASUS Malaysia today announced ZenFone Max Plus, the first model in the new ZenFone Max Series, the world’s only range of high-battery-capacity sm[...]

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


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 than delivering a short term ‘wow factor’. Reducing the time taken to create accurate, reliable forecasts can have a significant impact not only on a business’s ability to plan, budget and resource effectively, but all those things combined will have a considerable financial upside for any company. The beauty of machine learning is that its uses are almost limitless. Where there is value in rapidly analyzing and deriving understanding from data, it has a role to play. Where there i[...]

Singapore Students Explore Community Issues Through Visual Analytics Competition


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


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, enrichment and categorization of all of an organization's data,” said Skingsley. #3: Analytics and artificial intelligence 2018 will see a growth in analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) across the board as companies see real returns on their investments. According to IDC, revenue growth from information-based products will double the rest of the product and services portfolio for a third of Fortune 500 companies by the end of 2017.Russell Skingsley, Chief Technology Officer. APAC,Hitach[...]

IT News Week 1 Dec 2017


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 AI to increase accuracy and confidence of investigations McAfee’s New Behavioural Analytics Solution: It applies advanced analytics techniques to identify users or entities that are exhibiting risky or suspicious behaviour for use cases such as account misuse, compromised accounts, data staging/theft, infected hosts, internal recon, and lateral movement PR - Dec 7, 2017 - Sunway Lagoon NEON COUNTDOWN 2017 Sunway Lagoon glows your mind up for one night of love, music and experience when[...]

Anticipating the Next Social Upgrade


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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Cloudera brings the warehouse to the data with Cloudera Altus Analytic DB


Dec 4, 2017 -

Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) today announced the upcoming beta release of Cloudera Altus Analytic DB. Cloudera Altus Analytic DB is the first data warehouse cloud service that brings the warehouse to the data through a unique cloud-scale architecture that eliminates complex and costly data movement.

Enterprises today face two main challenges with existing analytic environments. Constraints on resources mean critical reporting and SLAs are given priority while limiting self-service access for other queries and workloads. Secondly, business users struggle to analyze data across these silos and limiting the ability to collaborate with groups including data scientists and data engineers. To address these challenges, Cloudera Altus Analytic DB puts the full power and flexibility of a modern, cloud-powered analytic database in the hands of businesses quickly, easily, reliably, and securely and:
  • Brings the data warehouse to the data: No need to move data into the database – saving time and simplifying IT management and security.
  • Delivers instant analytics: With no pre-processing or moving data, users can operate on data immediately and iterate – again and again – for faster time-to-insights.
  • Ensures data consistency: Everyone works with the same data, schemas, and structures – business analysts, financial analysts, data scientists, data engineers, anyone.
  • Goes beyond SQL: Flexible self-service access lets users collaborate over shared data, using the languages and tools they prefer to work with - SQL, Python, R, and more.
  • Built with cloud scale: Easy elasticity and performance for fast, adaptable, cost-effective analytics.

Microsoft ran customer profiling proof of concept for Stadium Astro in Malaysia


Nov 28, 2017 -In collaboration with Microsoft, Astro has leveraged on the Microsoft Azure cloud technology to experiment on Digital Customer profiling using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. This experiment was conducted on the Stadium Astro’s platform, and was designed to increase the capability of Astro’s business to evaluate and respond to each individual’s preferences in real time to effectively match supply with demand. This narrative drive better economic outcomes for both consumers and advertisers.Astro Head Office, MalaysiaThe Digital Customer Profiling technology of Astro allows the media company to understand the interests of their consumers. Leveraging Azure’s cloud infrastructure, Astro’s big data solutions can crunch billions of hypotheses in seconds to ascertain what each consumers’ interests are, allowing them to personalize customer experiences in real-time.Celebrating this key milestone as part of Astro’s digital transformation, Ridhuan Sidek, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Astro said, “We, at Astro, are pursuing a Consumer First narrative to keep pace with the changing business landscape. One of our strategic initiative is the ability to adapt and respond better to the interests of our customers and this initiative was crucial to making it possible. We are constantly engaging and personalizing our content to meet the needs and interests of our customers. Over the year, we have built our capabilities in Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Algorithms and Analytics within the company. The Digital Customer Profiling experiment was undertaken for a period of two months until August 2017 on our Stadium Astro platform to engage better with our audience. During this stage, Astro observed a significant improvement in the clickthrough rates across Stadium Astro’s content recommendations, indicating that more people were reading Stadium Astro’s content as they were more relevant.”The task facing Astro was to autonomously understand the interests of the customer’s fast enough to adapt to their interests whilst they are still on Stadium Astro’s website. Through the Digital Customer Profiling technology, the Astro team is able to predict the visitor’s interest with a certain level of statistical certainty. This results into tailored content for each visitor on the Stadium Astro’s website based on their preferences and importantly, a more relevant user experience. The Azure platform’s flexibility and cost-effective model allowed Astro to customize and take view of infrastructure optimization considerations during the course of the project.Congratulating the team on this partnership, Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia said, “Since Microsoft established its presence in Malaysia over 25 years ago, our technology has helped transform the way people work, learn, play and communicate. Microsoft has a long-standing relationship with Astro over the years, however, this is the first time Microsoft has worked so closely with Astro on a cloud based big data initiative. We are confident that our trusted cloud solutions will propel Astro’s digital transformation to enable them to deliver exceptional customer experience.”Astro worked together with Kasatria Technologies Sdn Bhd, a local MSC Status company and Microsoft partner to build the Digital Customer Profiling platform tailored to exacting specifications. Kasatria is a Technology Innovation Grant recipient from MDeC and have patents filed in both Malaysia & the US in the area of Digital Customer Profiling using Micro-Conversions.Commenting on the collaboration, Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation said, “Nowadays consumer’s lifestyle choices are increasingly digital, mobile and personalized, so industrie[...]

First Step to Network Security & Protection: Reignite your firewall


Nov 30, 2017 - By Julius Suarez, SE Manager for ASEAN, SophosIt is no surprise that Malaysia is ranked third among 193 countries in the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 for its commitment to cybersecurity. Within just two months from the day we heard about the data leak reports, the government has already set up a special committee to combat cybercrime in the country. In the same time span, we have also heard many voices in the industry urging the public to be extra careful with their personal data. Businesses were asked to take the necessary steps to curb cyber security issues in the country.Julius Suarez, SE Manager, SophosNot only that, recent ransomware attacks like WannaCry and Petya have spread largely unchecked through corporate networks in the recent year, extorting money to restore data and regain control of computers. Most notably, the WannaCry ransomware accounted for 90 percent of the attacks in Malaysia this year. Taking all these recent developments into account, it is time for businesses to take a closer look at the state of their security, especially their network security.Organisations can start with a good firewall that integrates all the advanced networking, protection, user, and app controls they need to stay secure and compliant. IT departments do not have to think back too far to remember a time when firewalls were all about speeds and feeds, and not much else. Over the past few years, however, we have seen a shift from the firewall leading a lonely, isolated existence, to a new conversation about the firewall as an integrated component of the greater IT security strategy.A firewall that is able to communicate as part of a larger IT security ecosystem is much more effective, providing a whole new level of security, responsiveness and insight. That does not mean the race for the fastest firewall has gone away, but measures like “gigabits per second” now need to work as part of the protection, performance and price mix.Compare firewalls for the best performance and security effectivenessNo two network environments are the same and testing methodologies among vendors can vary wildly, making it fruitless to compare firewalls based on published datasheet numbers alone. In any case, just comparing datasheets completely ignores security effectiveness – which these days is a critically important metric.That is why third-party testing labs are so valuable. When done correctly and fairly, independent tests bring all vendors to a common denominator and highlight what really matters: the price-performance ratio. Check out the recent NSS Labs Next-Gen Firewall tests to see how firewalls from the top vendors stack up when put to the test:Visual: NSS Labs Group Firewall Security Value MapModernizing the BeastIT departments often struggle to find time to upgrade their outdated firewalls due to budget and resource constraints. From our conversations with customers and partners, it appears that more organizations have a beast – an older firewall – in the datacenter, which nobody dares to touch as it cost a small fortune to buy and get set up. It may be doing its job – but that is the job a firewall was expected to do ten years ago. As a result, these firewalls typically lack the extras that their modern counterparts can offer.For example, a lot of old firewalls cannot block unknown threats, automatically respond to incidents or reveal hidden risks on the network. The old beast of a firewall probably does not offer contemporary security features such as sandboxing or other forms of more advanced threat detection, response and mitigation. In contrast, an intelligently-deployed modern firewall can protect proactively against modern ransomware attacks like the recent WannaCry and Petya outbreaks.Firewalls today provide more effective mechanisms to respond to and isolat[...]

VMware Accelerates Enterprise Transformation in Malaysia


Nov 23, 2017 -During the company’s annual vFORUM event, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, laid out its vision today for enterprise transformation in an increasingly app-driven and multi-cloud world. With more business and IT leaders recognizing digital transformation’s positive impact, VMware demonstrated how enterprises can achieve business outcomes with a portfolio of solutions that help modernize data centers, integrate public clouds and empower digital workspaces. Businesses in Southeast Asia are ramping up on their digital transformation strategies, as IT plays an increasingly important role in creating differentiated customer experiences and driving business outcomes. In a recent Gartner survey of CIOs, companies in the region are spending slightly more than a quarter of their IT budgets on digitization, and this is set to increase by more than 10 percent in 2018. “There are clear and tangible results from digital transformation, and more organizations are pushing the boundaries on what is possible by leveraging technology. We remain committed to equipping organizations with the right digital tools to run, manage, connect and secure any application on any cloud to any device, enabling them to take full advantage of opportunities before them,” said Alex Loh, country manager, Malaysia, VMware. Cloud as an Enabler of True Digital Transformation Cloud is the heart of true digital transformation. With more than 60 percent of companies in the region planning to adopt both on-premises and cloud-based models, a multi-cloud environment is increasingly the critical enabler for business success. TNB’s successful cloud journey exemplifies this reality. TNB is the largest electricity utility in Malaysia and one of the largest in the region. As part of the organization’s wider ‘Reimagining TNB’ initiative to address the energy trilemma via modernization and digitization, the company deployed VMware solution to enable the IT infrastructure with private cloud capabilities and immediately saw capital and operational savings from its new software-defined architecture. Customer satisfaction also went up as TNB is able to generate bills and reports much faster, while providing customers with ready access to the information as well. To continue pushing the boundaries in delivering best-in-class cloud services, VMware unveiled a new set of products and services at VMworld U.S. earlier this year. The priority was to make cloud easy by partnering with public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud and more than 4,300 cloud service providers globally, to provide a consistent infrastructure across all clouds, even those not based on VMware technologies. The expanded VMware Cloud Provider™ Program and new VMware Cloud™ Services enable organizations to manage, secure, monitor and automate cloud infrastructure and applications by providing a unified approach for end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and network traffic. A People-First Approach to Mobility The nature of work is changing. With work no longer tethered to static workplaces, a people-first, mobile approach is becoming essential. Instead of silo-ed application and device management strategies with multiple end-points across different locations, hardware and software, these future digital workspace platforms deliver a simple and secure experience for both end-users and IT teams. For a global financial institution, this new work paradigm resulted in the need to equip its 200,000 employees with a seamless and easy-to-use platform, allowing them to deliver quality customer service. In partnership with Dell EMC, VMware worked closely with the bank to tailor a suite of software-defined workspace solutions, VMware [...]

Only 19% Malaysian Businesses Confident with Cyber Attacks Protection


Nov 14, 2017 -Only 18.72 percent of Malaysian consumers feel “extremely confident” that businesses are doing enough to protect them against cyber crime, according to the ‘State of Cybersecurity’ research report from Limelight Networks, (Nasdaq:LLNW), a global leader in digital content delivery. How a business responds to cyber-attacks therefore can significantly impact consumer trust and affect brand reputation and long-term revenue. The survey of consumers in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines takes a close look at how consumers perceive the current state of cybersecurity in their online transactions. Increasing cybercrime has not stopped consumers from continuing their online activities. The report found that 92.36 percent of Malaysian consumers check a site’s security before partaking in e-commerce or other activities compared to Singaporean consumers who appear less concerned with only 86.73 percent. When making a transaction, Smartphones are device of choice in Malaysia, and laptops coming in second. The Limelight report also found that a brand’s reputation and credibility were directly impacted once their website has been hacked. Yet, businesses are not sitting idly either. The vast majority of businesses who responded to the survey indicated that their organization has implemented technologies to protect against DDoS and other attacks, which is especially important given that more than half of the Malaysian businesses indicated that their organization’s digital presence had been attacked in the past two years, resulting in site downtime or loss of data. “With a potential cyber-attack lurking in the corner, brands can no longer rest on ‘legacy trust’ that they have built over the years. Today, it’s about building trust each time a customer transacts with a brand online. Cybersecurity is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Brands need to think about a multi-layered approach to security and explore the use of a cloud-based solution. They also need to employ a content delivery network (CDN) that can buffer volumetric attacks,” said Jaheer Abbas, Sales Regional Director, SE Asia and ANZ at Limelight Networks. “Not only can a CDN mitigate DDoS and other high-volume cyber-attacks, it can also have a significantly positive impact on the end-user experience by improving the speed and quality of content delivery,” he added. Additional insight from the report (Consumers) Brand integrity and cyber-attacks — When attacks occur, brand reputation falters and this impacts future business. According to the report, more than 70 percent of Malaysian consumers change their opinions of a brand after a cyber-attack When it comes to cybercrime, consumers are most concerned about violations of financial and personal information (75.62 percent) Consumers are extremely concerned about the current state of cybersecurity and think businesses are not doing enough to stop threats Additional insight from the report (Businesses) More than 70 percent of Malaysian businesses feel that a sustained cyber-attack could have significant financial and brand implications When it comes to deploying cybersecurity solutions, the major hurdles to implementation are cost (26.67 percent) and lack of in-house expertise (25.7 percent) to manage security solutions For businesses deploying cybersecurity solutions, a combination of cloud and on-premise is preferred with 42.86 percent of respondents favoring this approach The “State of Cybersecurity” report for Southeast Asia is based on a survey of 1,300 consumers ranging in age, gender, and education and over 300 businesses across Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.Down the complete “State of Cybersecurity” report.[...]

Discover Your Unexpected Customers with Facebook


Nov 28, 2017 - Facebook empower businesses to discover their unexpected customers this year-end shopping season with the biggest shopping trends, insights and marketing tips. Malaysians purchase through Facebook 88% more in Q4 on average than the rest of the year. Grabbing their attention and driving action is now more important than ever. Instead of waiting for purchase intent, Facebook enables businesses to create them. Rather than wait for people to find products, it is time for products, to find people. According to Nicole Tan, the Country Director of Facebook Malaysia; “Businesses that connect with people before they even begin looking are going to be ahead in the race. This is about spotting ‘unexpected customers’ who aren’t even searching for your products and services.” Here are five key insights around how people shopped during the year-end period last year to help businesses better reach their audiences. 1. Mobile is the year-end shopping cart Mobile is the new first screen and device of choice in Malaysia when it comes to shopping. From October to December last year, 2 in 3 online purchases through Facebook took place on mobile across the region on average, and younger shoppers top this table: 61% of these purchases were made by millennials. 2. The early bird gets the worm Shoppers start early. As early as October, online purchases through Facebook in Malaysia were 18% higher than the yearly average. And businesses that built their brand ahead of peak shopping periods often come out on top. Lazada, and Tesco Lotus Thailand are among brands who’ve impacted conversion results through strong brand campaigns. 3. Join the conversation The shopping journey often involves talking to friends, sharing the coolest products or even communicating with businesses. On Facebook last year, people in Malaysia started posting more about shopping as early as the week of November 6. These shopping related Facebook posts reached its peak in the week of December 251. 4. End of year rush Businesses need to ready themselves for a surge of Facebook purchases in November and December, the top shopping months. In 2016, online purchases through Facebook in Malaysia were 84% higher in November and 66% higher in December compared to the yearly average. December 12 was a day to watch, with 2.7x more online purchases compared to the yearly average. 5. Don’t forget January Online shopping doesn’t stop in December. The season extends into the new year, presenting businesses an opportunity to upsell products that complement items people bought, or gifts they’ve received. In January 2017, online purchases through Facebook were 36% higher than the 2016 average. “With Southeast Asia being pegged as the new frontier for e-Commerce, it is critical for consumer goods businesses to act now and start implementing the right e-Commerce strategy for their brand or category,” added Tan. To champion the shopping season advertising blitz, businesses are encouraged to focus on these tips. 1. Speak the language of mobile. Capture attention with short, attention grabbing and sound-off creatives. 2. Start brand campaigns now. Start brand campaigns ahead of peak shopping periods. Drive sales by building trust and a stronger brand. 3. Generate interest and drive demand. Connect with target audience and capture leads before shopping peaks. 4. Score online and offline sales. Showcase product catalogue with Dynamic Ads and use the Store Visits objective to drive people in stores. 5. Think of the New Year extension. Cross-sell relevant products to complement year-end purchases. Drive people to stores with the best deals. [...]

Silver Peak 2018 CEO Predictions


Nov 16, 2017 - David Hughes, Founder and CEO of Silver Peak Enterprises adopt cloud-first WAN architecturesToday, most WAN traffic, to and from branch and remote sites, is destined for the cloud, either to SaaS services or applications hosted in an IaaS environment. The traditional WAN was architected for branch-to-data-center traffic flows, not to efficiently support new cloud-driven traffic patterns. Starting in 2018, most enterprises will adopt a “cloud-first” SD-WAN architecture designed to efficiently and effectively support the ongoing evolution in their application mix. David Hughes, Founder and CEO, Silver PeakThe new WAN edge replaces the traditional branch router Traditional routers are no longer the default choice for branch deployments. Routers are burdened by three decades of complexity and a cumbersome “CLI-first” device-by-device configuration paradigm. With SD-WAN as a foundation, a new class of centrally-orchestrated, application-driven WAN edge devices will replace traditional routers in the branch. Cisco is no longer the safe, default choice for routing and switchingThe move away from traditional Cisco router and switch architectures will not be confined to branch office deployments. In 2018, we will continue to see big share shifts in the data center. Enterprises will be more inclined to deploy innovative networking technologies from vendors beyond Cisco, marking a favorable change for the overall networking ecosystem. The new WAN edge enables improved security architectures For years, enterprises have been hamstrung, forced to choose between backhauling all branch office traffic to one of several next gen firewall-equipped hubs or deploying a firewall at every branch site. In 2018, the new WAN edge empowers enterprises to make this decision on an application-by-application basis. Network managers can elect to breakout trusted traffic locally at the branch, divert to a cloud-based firewall service (sometimes called a web services gateway), or backhaul to a full security stack at a central location. Enterprise-grade SD-WAN solutions also enable enterprises to micro-segment traffic across the WAN, thereby containing the impact of any breach. Machine learning enables the self-driving network Machine learning will be used to complement automation and enable networking to move beyond traditional device-by-device CLI configuration toward intent-driven service orchestration. We will see this evidenced in new application classification techniques, learning and adaptive networking functions and powerful data analytics that turn terabytes of data into actionable insights and actions for network operators. Cloud-based management becomes the default For the last few years, the number of devices under cloud management has grown steadily, expanding beyond Wi-Fi to switching, and now to the new WAN edge. Cloud-based management and orchestration simplify initial deployment, provide better ongoing availability, and most importantly, are backed with web-scale storage and compute resources that enable analytics and machine learning-based techniques that would be difficult to support in most private enterprise environments. One Virtual Network Function (VNF) is better than four2018 will see more carriers rolling out universal CPE offerings – commodity x86 appliances with the ability to host virtual network functions from multiple vendors. While much of the hype in this market has been around service chaining an arbitrary mixture of these VNFs, as carriers and their customers gain more experience, it will become apparent that the fewer VNFs required, the better. Ultimately, one advanced SD-WAN-based VNF will provide all the networking services required in a typic[...]

Kaspersky : 26% of ransomware attacks now target business


Nov 29, 2017 - 2017 will be remembered as the year the ransomware threat suddenly and spectacularly evolved with advanced threat actors targeting businesses the world over with a series of destructive worm-powered attacks whose ultimate goal remains a mystery. These attacks included WannaCry on May 12, ExPetr on June 27, and BadRabbit in late October. They all used exploits designed to compromise corporate networks. Businesses were also targeted by other ransomware and the company prevented ransomware infections on over 240,000 corporate users overall. Overall, just under 950,000 unique users were attacked in 2017, compared to around 1.5 million in 2016 – with the difference between them largely a reflection of detection methodology (for example: the downloaders often associated with cryptomalware are now better detected by heuristic technologies, so not classified together with the ransomware-related verdicts collected by our telemetry.) The three major attacks, as well as other, less notorious families including AES-NI and Uiwix, used sophisticated exploits leaked online in spring 2017 by a group known as the Shadow Brokers. There was a marked decline in new families of ransomware: 38 in 2017, down from 62 in 2016, with a corresponding increase in modifications to existing ransomware (over 96,000 new modifications detected in 2017, compared to 54,000 in 2016). The rise in modifications may reflect attempts by attackers to obfuscate their ransomware as security solutions get better at detecting them. From the second quarter of 2017, a number of groups ended their ransomware activities and published the keys needed to decrypt files. These included AES-NI, xdata, Petya/Mischa/GoldenEye and Crysis. Crysis later reappeared – possibly raised from the dead by a different group. The growing trend for infecting companies through remote desktop systems continued in 2017, when this approach became one of the main propagation methods for several widespread families, such as Crysis, Purgen/GlobeImposter and Cryakl. 65 per cent of businesses that were hit by ransomware in 2017, said they lost access to a significant amount or even all their data; and one in six of those who paid up never recovered their data. These numbers are largely consistent with 2016. All Kaspersky Lab products protect users from ransomware. The company’s products also include a layer of technology: System Watcher that can block and roll back malicious changes made on a device, such as the encryption of files or blocked access to the monitor. Further, a free anti-ransomware tool is available for all businesses, regardless of which brand of security software they use. [...]

APAC ‘Compensation Planning for 2018’ by Mercer


Nov 29, 2017 - Singapore -Summary: Salary increases in Asia Pacific signal positive outlook amidst returning growth Overall salary increase in Singapore and Hong Kong across industries is projected to be 3.9% Life Sciences (4.1%) industry projected to have the highest salary increase in Singapore Life Insurance (19.2%) has the highest attrition rate in Singapore while Chemicals industry (6.4%) has the lowest Most industries other than banking and insurance forecast higher pay increases in 2018 Manufacturing sector leads recovery, drives higher functional wage premiums at the executive level Overall hiring intentions and voluntary attrition still muted, companies attempt to rebalance workforce to address the productivity challenge Sales and engineering talent most difficult to hire and retain Mercer unveiled the results of the ‘Compensation Planning for 2018’ for the region including predictions for hiring intentions and pay increases across Asia, Middle East and Africa. Figures and forecasts are based on Mercer’s Global Compensation Planning Report and Total Remuneration Survey (TRS). Asia has been leading the growth revival in the global economy in the last three years, and for the first time in decades OECD expects all the 45 countries it tracks to grow in 2018 signaling a strong overall recovery. However, a rise in inflation in some parts of APAC such as India, Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam may be a cause for concern. In 2018, the highest salary increases are forecasted for Bangladesh (10%), India (9.8%) and Vietnam (9.1%) while financial hubs Hong Kong and Singapore are both forecast to see 3.9% increases. Japan is forecasted to have the lowest increase at 2% followed by New Zealand (3%) and Australia (3%). Notably though, real wage growth (salary increase minus inflation rate) has also been steadily rising in the region, often reaching double digits in emerging markets. And, while forecasts vary quite widely across specific industries, the strongest push is likely to come from the chemical and life sciences industries. Hiring in India, Vietnam and the Philippines is happening at a greater pace compared with other countries in the region, whereas hiring intentions are lower in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The overall hiring outlook is positive, however, with five out of 10 companies looking to maintain headcount, including replacements for turnover. Hiring sentiment is often therefore a reflection of trends in staff turnover in certain countries and industries. The flipside of higher GDP growth and base pay increases though is that the staff turnover is higher for those countries. Attrition is higher for industries that have continued to outpace the slowdown we observed in the preceding year. Consumer and retail industries are faced with the highest levels of attrition, whereas the manufacturing industry has some of the lowest levels of attrition in the region. A closer look at pay parity (in terms of annual total cash) reveals that there are now several ‘tiers’ of countries across the region. For example, in Australia, Japan and Korea, starting salaries begin at US$30k p.a., and rise steeply as employees reach senior levels, often reaching US$250–350k. Starting salaries are much lower (often just US$5k) in low-cost manufacturing bases, but again increase significantly at top management levels. In some countries – China, most notably – the highest-ranking executives out-earn their peers in the US and UK, Although, it is important to note that this picture changes once long-term incentives (LTIs) and European social security benefits are factored in. Talent scarcity plays a major role[...]

iGo App streamlines Cashless Events Payment Across SEA


Nov 28, 2017 -

For the first time in Southeast Asia, Singapore-based Ticketing / eWallet Cashless Solution iGo has announced the rollout of event QR-to-QR payments alongside their RFID (wristband/cards) solutions. Giving customers more options to go cashless, iGo publicly launched at this year’s popular WHISKY LIVE event held in Singapore last weekend.

For locals and tourists alike attending large-scale events, this means they can easily download the app, purchase ticketing, set up credits, and have the freedom to use the balance in a host of activities around Singapore.

Available via iOS the multi-faceted iGo application streamlines the world of ticketing and payments into a single platform for consumers by featuring:
  • Events & Venue Listings
  • e-Ticketing (web & mobile app)
  • Mobile eWallet for F&B purchases
  • Newsfeeds
Paid tickets for events such as festivals, gala dinners, expos, or charity events, iGo handles everything seamlessly and uses mobile payment gateways to allow for one-touch ticket purchases with paperless tickets arriving to email inboxes in seconds.

SDP Asia, Managing Director, James Kane says, “We do not feel event-goers should be limited by having to download a cashless app as their only option in events, making cashless transactions at large events with RFID wristbands or cards provides a solution to the masses.

“We created the iGo app as a simplified extension of our RFID Cashless event services, whereas iGo allows customers to retain, plus add to the balance in their iGo accounts for new events, F&B spend, all the while keeping them up-to-date with everything that’s happening in Singapore.

Importantly for organisers, iGo provides an end-to-end solution as the app starts in the ticketing process by acquiring the customer as a new user, servicing them in event or venues, and letting them carry unused balances forward post-event in the iGo eWallet platform. Therefore, organisers are able to engage and build a long-term relationship along the consumer journey by offering them additional ‘experiences’ with brands, discounts, loyalty, F&B outlets, services and much more,” Kane adds.

Regional expansion plans are already in the works, and the iGo app is due to be rolled out in Thailand by early 2018.

According to Ericsson's 2016 Mobility Report, Singapore leads in the regional chart of smartphone and mobile broadband subscriptions population penetration with more than 100 percent. The push for the future of cashless transaction will be a step forward in technological progress to retain the city-states position as the financial heart of Asia.

The iGo app is free on iOS and can be downloaded from: via iTunes at:

McAfee Labs Previews Five Cybersecurity Trends for 2018


As 2017 draws to a close, we find ourselves in a highly volatile stage of cybersecurity, with new devices, new risks, and new threats appearing every day.

The evolution of ransomware and other cyberattacks this year serves as a stark reminder of how threats can reinvent itself as attackers dramatically innovate and adjust to the successful efforts of defenders. McAfee, the world's largest, pure-play cybersecurity organisation has released its McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report, which identifies five key trends to watch in 2018.

The following are the five key cybersecurity trends to watch out for in the upcoming year:
  1. An adversarial machine learning “arms race” will develop between defenders and attackers
  2. Ransomware will pivot from traditional extortion to new targets, technologies, and objectives
  3. Serverless apps will save time and reduce costs, but they will also increase attack surfaces for organizations implementing them
  4. Connected home device manufacturers and service providers will seek to overcome thin profit margins by gathering more of our personal data—with or without our agreement—turning the home into a corporate store front
  5. Corporations collecting children’s digital content will pose long-term reputation risks
Check out the infographic.

IT News Week 5 Nov 2017


For IT News Week 3 Nov 2017 - Part 2.PR - Nov 30, 2017 - OPPO Malaysia is partnering with Swarovski for a limited edition F5 GB phone case that is beaded with crystalsPR - Nov 29, 2017 - U Mobile Customers Enjoy Most Unbeatable Unlimited Mobile Experience With Unlimited Hero Postpaid P99PR - Nov 29, 2017 - Western Digital to Invest Resources into RISC-V DevelopmentPR - Nov 29, 2017 - Broadway Video Ready for 4K Demand with Hitachi Vantara Virtual Storage PlatformPR - Nov 28, 2017 - McAfee Announces That It Will Acquire Skyhigh Networks To Strengthen Hold On Endpoint and Cloud SecurityPR - Nov 28, 2017 - PIKOM Elects New Council at 31st AGM (2017-2018 TERM)PR - Nov 27, 2017 - Shopee Celebrates Birthday With About 80 Million Downloads Across the RegionPR - Nov 27, 2017 - HLB ConnectFirst Provides Single Sign-On Access to Advanced Banking Transaction SolutionsPR - Nov 27, 2017 - OATS Studios to Premiere ADAM: The Prophet at SIGGRAPH Asia on Nov 29, 2017PR - Nov 23, 2017 - OutSystems Names Singtel Group Enterprise and FWD Insurance as 2017 Innovation Award Winners at NextStep ConferencePR - Nov 17, 2017 - Victor Gureghian Baez Joins Carbon Black to Lead Worldwide Channel SalesPR - Nov 30, 2017 - OPPO Malaysia is partnering with Swarovski for a limited edition F5 GB phone case that is beaded with crystals In conjunction with rewarding the O-fans, OPPO Malaysia has specially designed a limited edition gift box that comes with a special gift. The company has finally revealed that the special gift is the OPPO F5 6GB phone case that is encrusted with premium Swarovski crystals. First 1000 lucky O-fans will be receiving the eye-catching red limited edition gift box that comes with the phone case when they pre-order the OPPO F5 6GB (Red Edition) from 6th December 2017, 12.30pm.Min Chen, the selfie icon of F5 6GBOPPO F5 6GB is equipped with a combination of 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM. Users no longer need to worry again about running out of memory or storage. On top of that, it also comes with an Octa-core processor which is coupled with 6 GB RAM to provide an even higher performance speed to ensure that we bring the best gaming experience to the user.PR - Nov 29, 2017 - U Mobile Customers Enjoy Most Unbeatable Unlimited Mobile Experience With Unlimited Hero Postpaid P99U Mobile today launched Unlimited HERO P99, its latest postpaid plan. At just RM99 per month, customers will enjoy unlimited data with no speed cap, free 30GB data for hotspot or for sharing with up to 3 ‘Share 20’ member lines as well as unlimited local calls to all networks.In short, Unlimited HERO P99 customers will no longer have to worry about how much data they are using to stream, browse, social share or chat as everything is unlimited!PR - Nov 29, 2017 - Western Digital to Invest Resources into RISC-V Development Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) announced today at the 7th RISC-V Workshop that the company intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world. In his keynote address, Western Digital’s Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink expressed the company’s commitment to help lead the advancement of data-centric compute environments through the work of the RISC-V Foundation.RISC-V is an open and scalable compute architecture that will enable the diversity of Big Data and Fast Data applications and workloads proliferating in core cloud data centers and in remote and mobile systems at the edge.Western Digital’s leadership role in the RISC-V initiative is significa[...]

iPrice : 5 Most Popular E-Commerce During the 11.11 Sale


by iPrice.myOn 11 November 2017, Alibaba broke its previous sales record by garnering a total of US$25 billion (RM104.86 billion) during its Singles’ Day sale. Known as the 11.11 Sale, the e-commerce phenomenon has entered Malaysian soil in recent years and this was evident as we see various online and offline retailers promoting the sale on multiple channels. However, were businesses able to galvanise consumers’ interest for Singles’ Day? If yes, consumers were most attracted by deals by which e-commerce? To find out, we conducted a study utilising Google Trends and found the following insights from Malaysians. The Top Five Online Merchants Lazada solidifies its market dominance in Malaysia by owning the number one spot by a large margin. Owned by the originator of the 11.11 Sales, Alibaba, Lazada experienced an increase of 108% in Google searches just within eight minutes (between 11:52pm, 10 November and 12:00am, 11 November). Just recently, Lazada announced that it experienced an ‘explosive growth’ in Malaysia and across the region, racking up US$23 million (RM96.4 million) in sales through the 6.5 million items ordered by shoppers. Other top merchants who experienced an increase in search interest in the same period were Shopee (+71.4%), 11street (+66.7%), Hermo (+50%) and Zalora (+25%). By averaging the search interest on 11 November 2017, the five most popular e-commerce in Malaysia is: 1st Place : Lazada 2nd Place : Shopee Sharing 3rd Place : 11street & Zalora 4th Place : HermoShoppers Began Searching for 11.11 Deals by Midnight Consumers began searching for deals as early as 12:00am on Singles’ Day. After the wee-hours of the morning, consumers were back up searching for deals as early as 7:00am and search interest reached its highest point at 9:00am. This is a unique occurrence as Singles’ Day is the only sales event that has successfully garnered such a high number of search interest during midnight. Methodology Utilising Google Trends, the findings were garnered by analysing search interest of Malaysians between 12:00, 10 November and 12:00, 12 November 2017. Data was garnered by comparing the search interest between the following terms: ‘lazada’, ‘shopee’, ‘11street’, ‘zalora’ and ‘hermo’. [...]

How to search in 2D array by LINQ (VB.NET)


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Singapore KaHa Raised US$4.5 million


Nov 21, 2017 - SG -With the global wearables market expected to grow 17% this year with US$30.6bn in revenues, companies across Asia, Europe and North America are seeking new ways to incorporate IoT (Internet of Things) and digital technologies into their product offerings to meet the needs and desires of their customers. It is against these fast-growing opportunities that Singapore-based KaHa is gearing up for its Asian, European and North American expansion. KaHa is one of the few companies globally that provide customisable end-to-end smart wearables IoT solutions. This includes electronics design, printed circuit board assembly, application framework for iOS and Android, cloud services, data analytics and smart after-sales service tools - allowing companies to incorporate the latest technology without prohibitive financial costs and speed up their go-to-market time. KaHa’s key offerings include: Powered by COVE: IoT platforms that provide flexible solutions for launching smart networked devices and a one-stop solution for brands to bring exciting smart wearables to their customers. They support a range of consumer verticals from health, wellness, sports and fitness, safety, smart payment, sensor-based gaming, smart fashion, home automation to smart automobile and are currently deployed in over 100,000 devices across Asia. KaHa owns a variety of patents across these verticals. Next-Gen OEM solution for smart analogue watch: from incorporating smart tech into analogue watches to delivering finished white label products. Powered by KaHa’s IoT platforms, COVE and COVENET, KaHa offers an end-to-end solution for smart analogue watch tech, incorporating everything from design, hardware and firmware, iOS/Android application, to cloud services, analytics and after-sales service tools. Recently launched at the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair with first delivery to international brands expected in Q1 2018. Other products include Smart Bracelets, Smart Bands, Full Touch Smart Watches, Smart Watch Buckles, Smart Belts and Smart Wallets. KaHa plans to expand its presence in Asia, Europe and US, says its founder and CEO, Mr Pawan Gandhi. “KaHa is a technology company with end-to-end IoT solutions for smart wearables. As an enterprise, we are unique in that we provide complete end-to-end solutions to our brand partners to achieve world-class smart products. Our IP in both software and hardware come with a state-of-the-art social platform. Our sophisticated algorithm allows for a secure and fast cloud-based service offering to the end user.” He adds that KaHa’s solutions are based on its own research and development, which is firmly focused on the end consumer. “Consumers across Asia, Europe and North America are some of the most tech-savvy in the world, and our R&D is focused on anticipating their needs and wants in this fast-developing field. What sets us apart as a brand is our obsession with redefining the consumer experience, solving everyday problems and creating delightful social journeys.”The company currently has offices in Singapore, India, China and Switzerland.One of KaHa’s investors is SPRING SEEDS Capital (SSC), an investment arm of the Singapore government’s enterprise-development agency, SPRING Singapore. SSC has invested in KaHa alongside venture capital funds Jungle Ventures, Metals International and YourNest. Mr Ted Tan, Deputy Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore and Chairman of SPRING SEEDS Capital, said: “[...]

McAfee Reveals Needs for Extra Security Precautions This Gift-Giving Holiday Season


Nov 14, 2017 Today McAfee announced its third annual Most Hackable Holiday Gifts list to help consumers identify potential security risks associated with popular gifts this holiday season. The category of laptops, tablets and smartphones leads the list, followed by drones, digital assistants, connected toys, and connected appliances. In addition, McAfee conducted a survey to identify the habits and behaviors of consumers as they get ready for the holiday shopping season. Most consumers agree that security is a necessity for laptops, tablets, and smartphones (69%). However, only 22 percent believe connected toys require security, 29 percent believe drones should be protected, and 56 percent think that digital assistants need to be secured. “We continue to see connected devices high on holiday wish lists, but it’s clear consumers don’t always understand the importance of protecting devices at every point of connection and within products themselves,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. “In many cases, consumers are simply unaware that their devices need to be protected or how to protect them. This lack of awareness and action can be exploited by cybercriminals to break into devices and steal personal information.” Almost all consumers (91%) claim that they know it is important to keep their online identity and devices safe, but only 53 percent take the necessary steps to implement protection. Sixteen percent assume that the manufacturer has built security into the product, and another 22 percent know they need to put security precautions in place but don’t know how. This highlights the importance of consumers to conduct research about a device’s built-in security settings, rather than solely relying on manufacturers to appropriately lock down their devices and data. This Year’s Most Hackable Holiday Gifts Include: Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets – Laptops, smartphones, and tablets are traditional targets for cybercriminals, but if not properly secured, can get infected with malicious applications. Drones – Sales of drones are expected to top $1 billion in 2017, but security hasn’t quite caught up. Consumers need to stay mindful of risks associated with drone jacking and fake Wi-Fi signals from rogue drones. Digital Assistants – These device-based assistants can help order household items, play music, provide answers to questions, and much more. However, with microphones that are always listening for a wake-up command, and many devices now equipped with cameras it’s vital to understand privacy implications. Connected Toys – Toys keep getting smarter, but unfortunately so do cybercriminals. For many manufacturers, security is an afterthought that can leave toys vulnerable to attack when hackers target built-in microphones and location-based services. Connected Appliances – A smart home appliance can make daily life easier, but be aware that these devices could be used as pawns in an online attack or leak information about you or your home. Tips for Consumers to Stay Protected This Holiday Season: To help keep your family safe during the holidays, McAfee has the following tips: Think before you click: One of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to compromise your device is through a malicious link. Be skeptical if you receive a link or other solicitation that you are not expecting. Update your software: Whether it’s your PC, smartphone, digital assistant or even your drone, keep t[...]

Kaspersky : How Bitcoin Stealer Trojan Work


Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new malware which steals cryptocurrencies from a user’s wallet by replacing their address with its own in the device’s clipboard. Criminals are targeting popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Dash, Monero and others. Indeed, criminals have already succeeded with bitcoin wallets, earning almost 100,000 dollars overall, according to our data. In addition, experts have found a new Trojan, designed for Monero mining, with some samples currently available in the wild. With the cryptocurrency boom continuing across the world, it is fast becoming an attractive target for cybercriminals. Kaspersky Lab researchers have already seen a rise of miners, which have affected thousands of computers and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, experts have noticed that criminals are starting to use less advanced techniques and are spending less time and resources in this area. According to the research, cryptocurrency stealers - which have been increasing in prevalence since 2014, are again putting users’ crypto savings at risk. Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new CryptoShuffler Trojan, designed to change the addresses of users’ cryptocurrency wallets in the infected device’s clipboard (a software facility used for short-term data storage). Clipboard hijacking attacks have been known for years, redirecting users to malicious websites and targeting online payments systems. However, cases involving a cryptocurrency host address are rare. In most cryptocurrencies, if the user wants to transfer crypto coins to another user, they need to know the recipient’s wallet ID – a unique multi-digit number. Here is how the CryptoShuffler exploits the system’s need to operate with these numbers. After initializing, the CryptoShuffler Trojan starts to monitor the device’s clipboard, utilized by users when making a payment. This involves copying wallets’ numbers and pasting them into the “destination address” line of the software that is used to carry out a transaction. The Trojan replaces the user's wallet with one owned by the malware creator, meaning when the user pastes the wallet ID to the destination address line, it is not the address they originally intended to send money to. As a result, the victim transfers his or her money directly to the criminals, unless an attentive user spots the sudden replacement. The latter is usually not the case, since multi-digit numbers and the wallets' addresses in blockchain are typically very difficult to remember. Therefore, it’s hard to define any distinctive features in the transaction line, even if it is directly in front of the user’s eyes. Destination replacement in the clipboard occurs instantly, thanks to the simplicity of searching for wallet addresses: the majority of cryptocurrency wallets have a constant position in the transaction line and always use a certain number of characters. Thus, intruders can easily create regular codes to replace them. Based on the research, CryptoShuffler works with a wide range of the most popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Dash, Monero and others. So far, based on observations from Kaspersky Lab researchers, the criminals behind the CryptoShuffler trojan have mostly succeeded in attacks against Bitcoin wallets - they were able to steal 23 BTC, which is equivalent to almost 100,000 USD. The total amounts in othe[...]

Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day 2017


Nov 9, 2017 - Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has chosen Malaysia to be the grounds for its annual Asia-Pacific Innovation Day, for the very first time. Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day was attended by over 200 industry experts, scholars, scientists, and policymakers. The event was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and Mr Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO of Huawei. Please find attached the releases from today’s event and the summary below. Summary of Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day 2017 Release 1. Terengganu Partners with Huawei to drive ICT growth through its Digital Transformation Roadmap In line with the nation’s digital transformation agenda, the State Government of Terengganu and Huawei Malaysia, a leading global information communications (ICT) solutions provider, exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to jointly design the State’s Digital Transformation Roadmap. The exchange ceremony took place at Huawei’s first Asia Pacific Innovation Day in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by Terengganu State Secretary, YB. Dato’ Wan Nawawi Bin Hj. Wan Ismail and Huawei Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Liu. It was witnessed by YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second International Trade and Industry Minister, and Mr Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO, Huawei. 2. Huawei and CyberSecurity Malaysia cooperate to create a safer and more secure cyberspace for Malaysia’s digital future Huawei and CyberSecurity Malaysia today exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding as part of efforts to promote and advance cyber security, protecting the nation’s cyber space in the face of digital transformation. The exchange was attended by Abraham Liu Kang, Huawei Malaysia CEO and Dato’ Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO; and was witnessed by YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second International Trade and Industry Minister, and Mr Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO, Huawei in conjunction with Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur. 3. SME Corp Malaysia Partners with Huawei to bring SMEs to the Forefront of a Digital Economy At Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day, Huawei Technologies and SME Corp exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in an effort to promote cooperation in areas of research, innovation and talent development for SMEs towards building the nation’s digital economy. 4. Huawei brings Smart Campus and Talent Development Initiatives to Sabah Huawei Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the aim to establish the development of a Smart Campus initiative and industry driven programs. The exchange ceremony took place at Huawei’s Asia Pacific Innovation Day in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by UMS Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. D. Kamarudin D. Mudin and Huawei Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Liu and witnessed by YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second International Trade and Industry Minister, and Mr Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board, R[...]