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PROTASCO Berhad Wins 3 Concessions Including Federal Roads Maintenance


Apr 5, 2018 - Kajang, KL :

PROTASCO Berhad has been awarded an eight-year extension of its concession to maintain Federal Roads in central and eastern Peninsular Malaysia until 2026, and two other road maintenance concessions ins Perak.

Roadcare (M) Sdn Bhd, Protasco Berhad’s subsidiary, signed the Concession Agreement with the Government of Malaysia today, Protasco said in an announcement to Bursa Malaysia. The Concession Agreement covers Federal Roads in Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan for a further period of eight years commencing from 17 Feb 2018 until 16 Feb 2026, it said.

This eight-year period is the second part of a 10-year concession awarded earlier in 2016. The initial two-year period expired in February 2018 and was extended in the interim for three months.

Meanwhile, another subsidiary, Empayar Indera Sdn Bhd, has been awarded two concessions for routine and periodic maintenance works by the Perak state government.

The first covering state roads in Perak is a five-year extension for an existing concession which expires in December 2019. This agreement for routine and periodic maintenance includes a two-year extension which would mean the contract duration ends on 31 December 2026.

“The contract sum for the first two years shall be approximately RM126.1 million, and shall be subject to review every two years during the contract period of five plus two years,” the company said in a separate announcement to Bursa Malaysia.

The second concession is also a five-year extension for both routine and periodic maintenance works for agricultural roads in Perak, worth RM90.1 million in the first two years. The contract sum will be subject to review every two years during the contract period of five plus two years.

The contract period is for five years from 1 March 2019 until 28 February 2024 with an extension of another 2 years from 1 March 2024 until 28 February 2026, it said in another announcement to Bursa Malaysia.

“The award is an extension of the existing maintenance contract with the state Government of Perak, which is expiring in February 2019,” it said.

These two contracts are expected to contribute positively to the future earnings of Protasco Group, it added.

“This Federal Road concession and the two Perak concessions will help us maintain stable earnings and will boost our maintenance order book to RM5.3 billion,” said Executive Vice Chairman & Group Managing Director Dato’ Sri Chong Ket Pen.

Screenshots Mar 2018


Refer to Screenshots Dec 2017. 1.) Alibaba Cloud sets the benchmark for cloud server.2.) Hong Leong Bank (HLB) advises consumers to beware of scam calls with malicious intents - don't entertain such calls.3.) Genesis Mining explained payouts issues.4.) iFlix seems not working anymore - at one time, TM Unifi users had free access.I have been experiencing this issue for a few months.5.) UOB advises consumers to beware of scam calls with malicious intents - politely end the call and contact the bank immediately6.) Yahoo email's new view photo feature.[...]

Nulab Launches NuSpace, a community space for ICT Professionals


On 17-Apr-2018, Nulab introduced NuSpace in Singapore, a one-of-a-kind training, support, and event space bringing together the best of the Nulab tech community in and around Singapore and Asia. The NuSpace offers hosted events covering a variety of tech topics ranging from computer science and software engineering to user interfaces and programming. Live speakers from successful startups also come to discuss business-related subjects specific to startups in Singapore and Asia. Nulab facilitiesOne such event, the Drinking Code Singapore Meetup, aims to help developers, designers, and tech enthusiasts alike dive deeper into the various programming languages and coding concepts Nulab developers use to create their apps. And of course, as the name implies, drinks are an integral part of each get-together. Nulab employees will hold regular training seminars for users of their three collaborative apps: Backlog , a project management app; Cacoo , a diagramming app; and Typetalk , a team chat app. Nulab support staff will also use the space as a full-time support center serving local users across all three apps. When not being used for an event or training seminar, the NuSpace is open to members to work, collaborate, and engage with our team of Nulab experts. The NuSpace provides a hub for Nulab users from all over Singapore and Asia to come together and create a diverse, engaged, and fun tech community. Best of all, while the space is only open to members, membership is completely free. Nulab is a team of fun-spirited innovators dedicated to creating software that supports effective communication and collaboration. It was founded in 2004 by three programmers and is currently headquartered in Fukuoka, Japan with office locations in New York City, Tokyo, and Kyoto. Location Address 51, Changi Business Park Central 2, 486066, SG Co-founder / CEO Hashimoto Masanori Website[...]

LintraMax Launches QuartoConnect App to Help Modernize Oil Palm Plantations


Apr 5, 2018:LintraMax (M) Sdn. Bhd., a provider of digital plantation management solutions today launched QuartoConnect, a new application to help oil palm planters streamline work processes at their plantations. The new application, which runs on mobile devices functions as a tool for planters to digitally record data of activities on the field and have them stored in a cloud-based system. This makes it easier for managers at the main office to access field data quickly and at any time. Moreover, with QuartoConnect planters no longer need to rely on paper-based log books or other manual methods. QuartoConnect is now available for oil palm plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. Among key features of QuartoConnect are: Worker Attendance: QuartoConnect is integrated with a biometric device to read fingerprints. This allows workers’ attendance to be recorded and verified quickly. Crop Harvesting: Recording of crop production with GPS location tagging improves traceability and enhance crop quality monitoring. Crop Evacuation: Monitors crop evacuation efficiency to improve crop freshness and reduce crop backlogs and losses. An important factor affecting oil extraction rate (OER). QuartoConnect comes as a new module of Quarto, which is LintraMax’s award-winning (MSC Malaysia APICTA Merit Award 2017) cloud-based plantation management system, but it can also be deployed independently or as a standalone application. QuartoConnectWith QuartoConnect, users can record data even when the application is offline in plantation areas where there is no Internet connection. Once it is connected to the Internet, all data will be uploaded to its cloud-based central system. For plantation companies, having proper recording of data on the field is crucial for their business. In many cases, planters are still stuck with using conventional methods including paper-based log books. Not only are these not easy to manage but they also make reporting of field data to main office a long process. Mr. Khor Kheng Khoon, founder and managing director of LintraMax said LintraMax’s goal is to digitize agricultural practices. Khor Kheng Khoon, founder and managing director of LintraMax shows QuartoConnect on a mobile deviceQuartoConnect is available directly from LintraMax and via a subscription basis. Aside from the application itself, the Company also offers third-party hardware devices of fingerprint readers and portable printers that are sold separately. [...]

IT News Week 3 Apr 2018


For IT News Week 2 Apr 2018. PR - Apr 19, 2018 - OPPO F7 is set to hit the Malaysian shore on 19th April 2018 PR - Apr 19, 2018 - Western Digital Introduces Ultrastar DC HC530 HD for cloud and enterprise customers PR - Apr 18, 2018 - BAE Systems Recognized for contribution to the promotion of STEM subjects in Malaysia PR - Apr 17, 2018 - EMUI 8.0 and Android 8.0 Update for HUAWEI nova 2i Users PR - Apr 17, 2018 - Kaspersky Lab APAC Continues to Excel at Its Annual Partner Conference PR - Apr 12, 2018 - iPay88’s Latest Award Indicates Continual Progression for Online Banking Solutions PR - Apr 12, 2018 - Hitachi, Ltd Selects Commvault to Protect its SAP HANA Cloud Service PR - Apr 12, 2018 - New ASUS ZenBook UX331UN PR - Apr 10, 2018 - Microsoft Rocking the Spectrum with an Hour of Code PR - Apr 5, 2018 - Indeed chooses Singapore for its first technology hub in Southeast Asia PR - Apr 4, 2018 - MDeC Partners Unity Technologies to Establish Innovation Centre in the SEA PR - Apr 19, 2018 - OPPO F7 is set to hit the Malaysian shore on 19th April 2018 OPPO F7 is expected to hit the Malaysian shore on 19th April 2018. With the recent announcement of the fresh and new collaboration with Taiwanese singer, Hebe Tien and famous Malaysian celebrity, Neelofa, the company is excited to see how the selfie trendsetters can enhance the company’s overall image and reach out to a broader of young potential fans. Hebe TienOn a side note, OPPO is the first smartphone brand that brings the leading A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology into camera smartphones. The company believe that selfies that taken by OPPO camera phone should not only provide beautification, but also giving unique personalized beautification effects in order to present the real-est side of selfie-lovers. With that in mind, the all-new “Selfie Expert and Leader” model, OPPO F7 has received an extraordinary impressive upgrade in its camera. Featuring 25MP for the front camera that coupled with the second generation of A.I. Beauty Recognition 2.0, users can capture more natural and realer selfie with merely a single touch. PR - Apr 19, 2018 - Western Digital Introduces Ultrastar DC HC530 HD for cloud and enterprise customers Enabling new lower levels of total cost of ownership (TCO) for cloud and enterprise customers, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced the Ultrastar® DC HC530 hard drive – at 14TB, no other CMR (conventional magnetic recording) hard drive in the industry offers a higher capacity. The breadth and depth of big data is driving the universal need for higher capacities across a broad spectrum of applications and workloads. Built on Western Digital’s fifth-generation HelioSeal technology, the Ultrastar DC HC530 drive is designed for public and private cloud environments where storage density, watt/TB and $/TB are critical parameters for creating the most cost-efficient infrastructure. Ultrastar DC HC530Features and Specifications HelioSeal: Western Digital’s fifth generation helium-based drives, based on the exclusive HelioSeal technology Available with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording (TDMR) and improved Dual Stage Micro Actuator provides optimal head positioning and rotational vibration robustness Data Protection: Helps protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive) Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours and comes with a 5-year limited warranty PR - Apr 18, 2018 - BAE Systems Recognized for contribution to the promotion of STEM subjects in Malaysia BAE Systems' contribution to the promotion of STEM subjects to Malaysian students was recognised by MIGHT in a ceremony at DSA on Wednesday. BAE Systems is a member of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT), a technology think-tank under the purview of the Prime Minister's Department. Working in collaboration, BAE Systems, MIGHT, UPM and the RMAF have been [...]

P2P Investment Platform (Funding Societies) Raises Series B (RM 100 M)


Apr 18, 2018:The first and largest peer-to-peer (P2P) financing platform in Malaysia, Funding Societies, has raised RM100 million in Series B funding. Led by Softbank Ventures Korea, the funding round also includes existing investors Sequoia India, Alpha JWC Ventures (Indonesia) and Golden Gate Ventures. Qualgro and LINE Ventures also participated in this over-subscribed round. Additionally, the platform has raised credit lines from banks and financial institutions to further support SMEs. This fundraise, largest by a P2P lending platform in Southeast Asia, will help realize Funding Societies’ vision of financial inclusion for Southeast Asia. Softbank Ventures Korea, an early stage venture capital arm of Softbank Group famous for its US$ 100B Vision Fund, invested the lion share in this fundraise. The crowdfunding market is bigger than you know itThis marks the largest funding round raised by a P2P financing platform in Southeast Asia. Funding Societies, which was founded by Kelvin Teo and Reynold Wijaya, is a P2P lending platform that connects small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia with retail and institutional investors. The platform has disbursed more than RM400 million in financing to SMEs across Southeast Asia whilst maintaining one of the lowest default rates of less than 1.5%. The platform has an investor base of more than 60,000 investors across the region. Wong Kah Meng, CEO, Funding Societies MalaysiaWong Kah Meng, CEO of Funding Societies Malaysia, said he was humbled by the trust and support they have received from all our investors, SMEs, regulators, partners and renowned shareholders. Sean Lee, Partner and Managing Director, Softbank Ventures Korea said he was impressed to witness the achievement of Funding Societies within a brief period of time and poised to maintain as the no.1 player. Pieter Kemps, Principal, Sequoia Capital (India) Singapore, said both Kelvin and Rey demonstrated ability to drive the company into a large and enduring enterprise albeit having little experience. Launched in early 2017 in Malaysia, Funding Societies is the first and largest P2P financing platform in Malaysia. Funding Societies connects SMEs with investors through an online marketplace, thereby increasing access to financing for SMEs. An estimate cited by the Securities Commission (SC) reveals a significant RM80 billion gap in SME financing in Malaysia. Hence, alternative financing platforms such as Funding Societies play a key role in supporting the financing needs of both unserved and underserved SMEs by connecting them with individuals and institutional investors both locally and globally. [...]

NEM Foundation Blockchain KL Centre


The NEM foundation has setup an innovation centre in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. The foundation, which was incorporated in Singapore, is largely based on the financial activities of the XEM coin which at present time has a market cap of approximately USD 3 billion.The foundation has cashed out approximately USD 40 million to invest into the blockchain and smart assets community where many other innovation centres will be setup around the world to serve the roles of accelerator, incubator and coworking space for the NEM blockchain platform. Lance Cheang, Project Director, conducting a briefing on NEM blockchain to members at NEM Blockchain Innovation Centre, KL, MalaysiaNEM is another blockchain like the Bitcoin; essentially, both are different in terms of protocol which defines the way blockchain nodes communicate with each other’s. Blockchain is a method of storing data where each record is stored in a unit known as block and chained up together in sequence hosted by a node (computer). The blockchain is a new method of storing data compare to the conventional relational database which stores data in tables of rows and columns. In retrospect, all blockchain protocols inherit common core attributes which enforce the ‘database’ to be decentralized, trustless, encrypted and non-tampered data. The Bitcoin was created to serve the purpose of a decentralized currency whilst the NEM protocol was created for smart assets. Smart assets are essentially data assets stored in the blockchain other than currency data. In many ways, smart assets are similar to Ethereum smart contracts, except in the following ways: NEM protocol and platform are supported by a team of professional developers hired by the NEM foundation whilst Ethereum is open source Programming of smart assets can be done via common programming languages such as Python, Java, C#, Javascript, NodeJS, Ruby, PHP, GoCool features such as namespace (for identification of application domain), mosaics (smart assets), 2-tiered Architecture (full-fledged client server model) and reputation (for block processing). The NEM blockchain platform is positioned as a rapid development platform for blockchain applications targeting the enterprise space. The use cases include decentralized payment platform, decentralized loyalty program, trusted identify management for KYC/AML applications, tokens, IOTs applications etc. Find out more about development on NEM platform. This event was organized by Internet Alliance  (IA), this is the first workshop (101) on Blockchain to be organized by IA. The NEM innovation centre is a member of the Internet Alliance (IA) which is a non-profit organization formed to represent the major pool of Internet service providers – members include web hosting, data centre, payment gateway, cloud, web platform and e-commerce providers etc. The Internet Alliance has three classes of membership: Corporate member – RM 3,000 Associate Corporate Member – RM 2,000 Association Individual Member – RM 1,000 Joining IA has many benefits such as: Invitations to business meeting, exhibitions and trade fair for business matching and networking opportunities Annual trade missions to overseas Receive updated information on the industry Special rates for all events organized by IA. There will be two more blockchain workshops upcoming to be organized by IA and conducted by NEM blockchain innovation centre:Blockchain Workshop 102 : Blockchain technology for industry (May 2018)Blockchain Workshop 103: Blockchain for tech leaders (with hands-on) (June 2018) For more info, stay tune to Internet Alliance or the Facebook page.NEM foundation is also currently hosting a USD 5 million start-up fund. To find out more about the fund, please contact: Mr. Lance Cheang, Project Director, 012 278 0189, Mr. Wong Shin Tatt, Technical trainer, 019-266 1936, Mr. Anthony Law, Technical trainer, 0[...]

5 Key Data on The Map of eCommerce in Malaysia


Mar 26, 2018:

Alibaba’s US$2 billion commitment to eCommerce in Southeast Asia is a big indication that the digital economy is set to thrive and Malaysia is definitely not left out. This is evident as Alibaba has been working hand in hand with the Malaysian government to set up the region’s first DFTZ and a strategic logistics hub in Sepang that serves both for Lazada & SMEs.

iPrice undertook this study to assess the key players in Malaysia and unveil interesting insights that might provide great content to follow up for your next story on eCommerce.

Findings in a gist:
  • Lazada extends its lead over runner up 11street and Zalora and gained more than 13.8 million monthly visitors in Q4 2017
  • For the first time, Shopee dethrones Lazada as the top ranked mobile shopping app on both iOS and Google Play
  • Malaysia’s top 50 eCommerce experienced a 30% increase in online traffic when comparing Q3 & Q4 overall traffic
  • Malaysia’s top 5 eCommerce has created more than 1,000 jobs
  • Local fashion-centric eCommerce continue to dominate on Instagram 

McAfee Report Finds Automation and Use of Gamification are Key to Winning the Game Against Cybercriminals


In recent years, cyberattacks have changed in scale and operations. More than ever, a well-equipped cybersecurity team is crucial to detecting these threats and mitigating them. To better equip cybersecurity teams, especially in a threat landscape that has cybercriminals deploying the latest technologies to carry out cybercrime, businesses are starting to invest in technology by ramping up security spending to arm their IT teams with the best technologies to fight against cybercrime. This is echoed by an IDC report that forecasts that that nearly $120 billion will be spent worldwide on security products and services in 2021, with Asia Pacific experiencing the fastest growth in security spending. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning are two examples of technologies that can be used to amplify the capabilities of IT teams to overcome the challenges of protecting their organisations and do so with an insufficient number of cybersecurity professionals through automation. Furthermore, as long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime and cyber warfare, there will always be a critical need for human intellect teamed with technology. In light of the increasing popularity of mixing human and technology capabilities to mitigate against cyber threats, McAfee recent released a new report, Winning the Game, which investigates the technology investment and skills required to win in the fight against cyber threats. The report also highlights how IT teams can should being gamifying training content and increasing automation in security operation centers (SOC) to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities. Key findings from the report include: 46% of cybersecurity professionals believe that in the next year they will either struggle to deal with the increase of cyber threats or that it will be impossible to defend against them 81% agree that their cybersecurity would be much safer if they implemented greater automation in the SOC By pairing human intelligence with automated tasks and putting human-machine teaming in practice, automated programs handle basic security protocols while practitioners have their time freed up to proactively address unknown threats 32% of those not investing in automation say it is due to lack of in-house skills Respondents who reported greater job satisfaction in their roles considered their organisation’s SOC to be more sophisticated and automated 96% of those using gamification for drills and internal hacker challenges say they have seen benefits The top benefits of gamification are raised awareness and knowledge among IT staff of how breaches can occur (57%), how to avoid becoming a victim of a breach (49%) and how to best react to a breach (46%); it also enforced a team work culture necessary for quick and effective cybersecurity (43%) Kindly find attached to this email the press release and full report. We would also connect you with Ian Yip, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, McAfee who could share more about the report and about the following: How are cybercriminals leveraging AI and automation, and how can cybersecurity professionals use it to fight back? What is gamification in a cybersecurity context, and how does it work? How can businesses begin to incorporate automation as part of their cyberdefence strategy, and incorporate elements of gamification into their overall cybersecurity strategy? McAfee HQ, Santa Clara, California, U.S[...]

Facebook Cambridge Analytical Issues Raised the Tech Start-up Bar


Facebook Mark Zukerberg appeared in U.S Congress to testify, explain and apologize for Facebook's shortcomings in the wake of the much publicized Cambridge Analytica Issues.

He apologized a couple of times and admitted that it is inherent for tech start-up to make mistakes, learn and grow.

I agree with Mr. Zukerberg in that the purpose of start-up companies is to explore ideas and business models which transcend conventional social-economic practices.

Nonetheless, the tech start-up community must learn and grow out this experience; Internet start-ups must now pay attention to address the following challenges.

  • Fake news
  • Foreign interference in election
  • Hate speech
  • Developer's data privacy

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Fintech Heavyweight CTOS Expands Services for A Better Financial Inclusion


CTOS has been Malaysia’s largest in terms of credit reporting, just announced a partnership with LenddoEFL to achieve a joint vision of financial inclusion for the people who had difficulties securing loans in Malaysia due to the lack of credit history. Under the partnership, CTOS and LenddoEFL will launch a universal credit decisioning platform capable of accessing credit-worthiness of those who lack credit history, providing financial institutions with expanded service coverage. The people in this category are: the unbanked community – legitimate foreign workers who came to work, or people with no easy access to banks but have income to support loans small businesses and sole proprietors who are often not flying under the credit radar of financial institutions. Dennis Martin, Group CEO, CTOS Holdings Sdn. Bhd. said that this offering will benefit consumers who have no prior credit history but could afford securing loans from the banks – and it is estimated that 30% of the people belong to this segment. For example, according to other sources, typical foreign workers would remit up to RM 1000 per month to families back home on the average. With the availability of financial inclusion services made available by CTOS-LenddoEFL partnership, the banks would now be able to service this segment of people in Malaysia. (From Left) Mark Mackenzie, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Lenddo EFL; Richard Eldridge, CEO of LenddoEFL; Dennis Martin, Group CEO of CTOS Holdings Sdn Bhd and Eric Chin, CEO of CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd seal the ‘CTOS Non-Traditional Data Score’ partnership.CTOS customers with existing credit histories also benefit from the implementation of this credit decisioning technology as pricing and cut-offs are influenced by the inclusion of alternative data. The forte of LenddoEFL is in providing solutions which use A.I technology to bring together the best sources of digital and behavioural data to help lenders to target audience. LenddoEFL leverages on social media activities, browsing behaviour, geolocation and other smartphone data as the big data to perform credit-worthiness assessment. Nonetheless, a subject must provide consent for his or her data to be profiled – in term of data privacy, the result and data are only assessible to the banks, not to LenddoEFL and other third parties. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> For example, LenddoEFL accesses behavioural data such as paying attention to details which qualifies as positive attribute in terms of credit-worthiness – up to date, LenddoEFL has helped up to 6 million consumers. The CTOS Score is a credit score for individuals that indicates a consumer’s credit risk. Consumer may log on to to download individual CTOS Score report at RM 25. This is a good practice of self-awareness in terms of financial planning whereby maintaining a good CTOS score can work in the individual’s favour by increasing the chances of getting approved for loans and credit facilities. For further information, please contact:Hazwani MNoor, Assistant Manager Public Relation, CTOS Tel: +60327228818 [...]

IT News Week 2 Apr 2018


For IT News Week 5 Mar 2018 - Disk 2. PR - Apr 12, 2018 - Logitech G Unveils New PC Gaming Speaker and Mechanical Keyboard with LIGHTSYNC PR - Apr 12, 2018 - McAfee Deepens Product Integration Partnership with IBM PR - Apr 11, 2018 - Dell EMC Takes Open Networking to the Edge for Next-Generation Access PR - Apr 11, 2018 - HLB Offers Don't Worry, Be Happy Credit Cards PR - Apr 11, 2018 - Celcom Game Hero Kill Shot Legacy Tournament PR - Apr 10, 2018 - Kaspersky Releases Updates for Next-Gen Endpoint Security for Business PR - Apr 10, 2018 - Sophos Introduces Phish Threat Attack Simulation and Training Solution PR - Apr 10, 2018 - Commvault Names Patrick Williams Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region PR - Apr 10, 2018 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG CONQUEST Penang State Championship 2018 PR - Apr 5, 2018 - Maybank Looks to Revolutionise Risk Management with Hearti Lab Partnership PR - Apr 4, 2018 - IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017PR - Mar 28, 2018 - United Nations Adopts Tableau Globally PR - Apr 12, 2018 - Logitech G Unveils New PC Gaming Speaker and Mechanical Keyboard with LIGHTSYNC Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, today announced two new additions to their family of high-performance gaming gear. The Logitech® G560 PC Gaming Speaker is the first dedicated gaming speaker system with advanced Logitech G LIGHTSYNC™, a technology that synchronizes both light and sounds to gameplay. Joining the speaker is the new Logitech® G512 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Logitech G512 also features LIGHTSYNC RGB, provides the choice of two Romer-G™ mechanical key switches and comfortable experience. Logitech G continues to expand its range of high-performance gear that is purpose-built for the needs of gamers, and push innovation in RGB to new immersive levels. Logitech G512 Mechanical Gaming KeyboardPR - Apr 12, 2018 - McAfee Deepens Product Integration Partnership with IBM The continued growth of malware, coupled with the advancement of new cyber threats, calls upon the need for cybersecurity professionals to better identify and quickly remediate threats in their security environments. In the latest McAfee Labs Quarterly Threats Report, new malware samples surged by 32 percent, quarter-over-quarter. As the global cybersecurity workforce is expected to experience a shortfall in headcount of 1.8 million by 2022 according to Frost & Sullivan, security teams will need all the help they can get to be well prepared in facing the threat landscape. In light of this, McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, is pleased to announce that it has extended its partnership with IBM Security to key areas of product integration. Specifically , McAfee has integrated its Data Exchange Layer with IBM Resilient's Incidence Response Platform. This move echoes McAfee's 'Together is Power' ethos, and is aimed at reducing the workload of security teams. Some benefits of this platform integration include: Better security intelligence via IBM IRP's integration with McAfee's Threat Intelligence Exchange Faster response times through automation via IBM IRP's native connection to McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator PR - Apr 11, 2018 - Dell EMC Takes Open Networking to the Edge for Next-Generation Access Dell EMC has announced its Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family, the first-to-market software-defined wide area network solution (SD-WAN) with the new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor. The new virtualised solutions will enhance or displace expensive fixed-function access hardware as well as speed digital transformation by connecting the enterprise edge to the cloud via universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE). More specifically: Dell EMC VEP4600 – provides next-generation access to the network via SD-WAN. By enhancing WAN operatio[...]

HLB Introduces Hali Chatbot with A.I


Apr 2, 2018:

Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLB”) continues to chart significant digital milestones by introducing a virtual assistant named HALI, to help it improve operations efficiency by 60% over the course of the year.

HALI, a first for Malaysia, is powered by Hyperlab which specialises in artificial intelligence (A. I.) powered chat, voice and search products. The chatbot developed for HLB is set to assist two main core support functions – Human Resource and Branch Operations. It will take over in answering staff queries on policies and procedures, a function previously undertaken by staff members from the two divisions.

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By learning and automating the thousands of queries asked every month by bank staff, HALI vastly improves efficiency. Through personal digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets, Bank staff can make enquiries with regards to HR policies & procedures (Medical Benefits, Staff Loans, Leave Policy, Payroll, etc.) 24/7 through virtual conversations with HALI.

Through HALI the Bank seeks to improve internal operations efficiency by 60%, which would be driven by reducing repetitive and manual operations such as answering emails and internal telephone enquiries. As a result, more time can be spent on building relevant training programs based on the data HALI collects.

Domenic Fuda, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HLB emphasized that the Bank is constantly looking at ways to leverage on technology to increase efficiency and productivity, reduce turnaround time and improve overall compliance to policies and processes.

“HALI has allowed us to automate time-consuming and routine tasks. This allows our staff to focus on greater productivity and efficiency towards improving the overall customer experience. Innovative digital initiatives such as this will help us create a more engaging and rewarding employee experience,” he said.

The launch of HALI comes on the heels of the introduction of an e-learning mobile application called ‘SmartUp’ which enables the Bank’s employees to access bite-sized learning content via their mobile devices.

Cryptomining Malware - Silent But Deadly


By Sumit Bansal, Managing Director of ASEAN and Korea, Sophos So far in 2018, we have seen the lure of crypto as a digital currency continue to grow in leaps and bounds as everyone looks to acquire substantial gains, if investments are done right. We have also seen how organisations are beginning to pay more attention to cyber threats, especially with ransomware demonstrating their immobilising capabilities, with some organisations stopped in their tracks, as they scrambled to regain control against the constantly evolving threat landscape. Perhaps the most interesting learning for all involved in the tech-driven space, is how ransomware has evolved to become fast, brutal and instantly disruptive. The ransomware we saw had no intention of laying low in order to avoid the spotlight. The direct nature of these attacks resulted in immediate consequences such as organisational disruption and enforced downtime. Most organisations found that financially, extensive repairs following an attack was extremely expensive. Organisations not only needed to allocate valuable time to sourcing the point of entry of the threat, they also had to execute the tedious task of conducting backups and restoration processes. In addition to disrupting organisational processes, ransomware now has a more profound impact on businesses from a holistic standpoint. Ethically challenging, the new-age ransomware places decisions makers in a tight position – do they cave in and succumb to the thieves and their demands in the hopes that business processes can return to the state of normality? Even with the increased chaos and complexities of the threats that emerged, malware targeted the new kid on the block: Cryptocurrency In short, Cryptocurrency is an encrypted, decentralised digital currency that is transferred within digital wallets through block chain – ensuring that this currency is verified, legitimate and secure. However, as cryptocurrency does not embody the physical form of traditional currencies, regulating practices around the phenomenon have caused concerns within governments and has resulted in different approaches to handling cryptocurrency. Measures that we put in place to simply handle the currency alone without factoring in threats, is a recipe for disaster. For example, in mid-September, China’s central bank ceased operations for virtual currency trading platforms in Beijing and Shanghai, South Korea banned financial institutions from dealing in with virtual currency on fears of creating a bubble and similarly in Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore issued warnings, cautioning the public about the risk of the ‘bitcoin bubble’. As with any rapidly adopted trend, there is always the risk of agents who apply their own malicious agenda for personal gains. This is exactly what happened with Cryptocurrency. Cryptomining is the process to discover cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Monero or Ethereum and has seen increased operations around the world, from individuals to companies who are looking to acquire digital currencies. The process of cryptomining involves the combination of advanced servers, an extremely fast network and financially-sound backing. Sumit Bansal, Managing DirectorCryptomining malware is when crypto-crooks covertly infect your computer with software to do the calculations needed to generate cryptocurrency; the crooks keep any cryptocoin proceeds for themselves. They do this because, to make any substantial returns with coinmining, you need a lot of electricity to deliver a lot processing power on a lot of computers. There are two options if you were to seriously venture into the cryptomining space, either rent space in a giant coinmining server farm with[...]

The Magical SD-WAN from Silver Peak


The SD-WAN solution from Silver Peak was made commercially available 3 years ago in 2015. Before SD-WAN, there was WAN optimization solution which was the forte of Silver Peak - and SD-WAN is essentially a solution of Software Defined Networking (SDN) integrated with WAN optimization - the result is the decoupling of software from hardware in terms of WAN optimization. This decoupling of software and hardware allows centralization of network orchestration whereby a network data can be redirected based on configuration instead of transmitting through a fixed network infrastructure of hardware which is known as the circuit. In other words, the SD-WAN enables a WAN network to be partitioned into two entities: the centralized controller and the circuit which is responsible for transporting data only. SD-WAN BenefitsThe benefits of SD-WAN deployment are having better visibility and control of WAN infrastructure which results in cost saving. Besides that, SD-WAN enables automation and better security at the branch level. How is cost saving achieved via SD-WAN deployment? There are two ways: Traffic prioritization - only important data should be transferred over expensive circuits whilst less important data over the cheaper and slower ones Reduce backhaul - data being transferred via shortest path from branch to branch directly instead of going through the data centers According to Tricia Png, Regional Director, Asia, customers of SD-WAN solution typically use it to manage slow SAP system as well as to achieve the 'thin branch' reality whereby traditional branch router will no longer be needed - for your information, the 'thin branch' feature is the best-selling feature of Silver Peak's SD-WAN solution which is part of the Unity EdgeConnect product line. Tricia PngTricia also has the opinion that the following market segments (not exhaustively) will benefit greatly from SD-WAN deployment: SME - does not have big and dedicated team of IT professionals to manage an application-driven WAN infrastructure 2nd tier ISP (telco) who may be able to benefit from SD-WAN solution by creating new products and services out of the features being offered The magical features of SD-WAN are out of the scope of this article, in that how is reduction of backhaul is achievable via decoupling of software from hardware? To find out more, please contact Silver Peak’s pre-sales team for details. Silver Peak: Ms. Tricia Png, Regional Director, AsiaE: tpng@silver-peak.comT: (65) 6830 8468Ms. Jesslyn Koh, Senior Marketing Manager, APACE: jkoh@silver-peak.comT: (65) 6830 8468Download the white paper 'Advanced SD-WAN: Accelerating Digital Transformation and Powering the Cloud-Connected Enterprise'. [...]

OPPO Diamond Black F7 series


Apr 5, 2018:

Through superior design and craftsmanship, precise engineering and manufacturing expertise, and the highest standards of quality assurance, the OPPO F7 Diamond Black is finally born. It symbolizes purity and perfection, that shines with brilliance and brightness, just like a diamond.

In addition to the nifty new design of the Diamond Black, consumers can also opt to go with the Solar Red which symbolizes passion and boldness. A pop of color that is certain to make its owner stand out, the head-turning Solar Red radiates sex appeal.

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Oracle Releases World's First Self-Repairing Database


Mar 27, 2018 - Redwood Shores, Calif.

At an Oracle event today, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison announced the availability of the first service based on the revolutionary new Oracle Autonomous Database. The world’s first self-managing, self-securing, self-repairing database cloud service, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, uses machine learning to deliver industry-leading performance, security capabilities, and availability with no human intervention, at half the cost of Amazon Web Services.

Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud delivers all of the analytical capabilities, security features, and high availability of the Oracle Database without any of the complexities of configuration, tuning, and administration -- even as warehousing workloads and data volumes change. The autonomous database is an entirely new class of offering which requires zero operational administration on the customer’s part, enabling cloud data warehousing.

Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud services. Other services in development include Oracle Autonomous Database for Transaction Processing, Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database for fast, massive-scale reads and writes (commonly demanded by the Internet of Things), and Oracle Autonomous Graph Database for network analysis. Each of these offerings is tuned to its specific workload, and shares the defining characteristics of Oracle Autonomous Database services:
  • Self-managing. Eliminates human labor and human error to provision, secure, monitor, backup, recover, troubleshoot, and tune the database. Automatically upgrades and patches itself while running.
  • Self-securing. Protects from external attacks and malicious internal users. Automatically applies security updates while running to protect against cyberattacks, and automatically encrypts all data.
  • Self-repairing. Provides automated protection from all planned and unplanned downtime with up to 99.995 percent availability, resulting in less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month, including planned maintenance.
The Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse is built on Oracle Database 18c, the first release in Oracle’s new annual database software release model. A hotbed of innovation with over 100 new features, Oracle Database 18c is now available on Oracle Cloud Services, Oracle engineered systems, and

McAfee Unveils New Security Operation Centers


Mar 27, 2018:

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today made two announcements that highlights a new strategy and model for security operations that puts human-machine teaming at the heart of the Security Operation Centre (SOC).

New Global Security Operations Centers

The first announcement is centered around the opening of its converged cyber and physical security operations centers, the McAfee Fusion Center, which now run the entire McAfee security operations solution, making McAfee its own “Customer Zero.”

McAfee Security Fusion Centers have a three-part mission:
  • To protect the company and McAfee’s technology infrastructure from cyberthreats,
  • To help McAfee build better products based on real-time security operations needs and experience, and
  • To provide an educational environment for customers to understand security operations technology and operations best practices.
Additionally, McAfee has announced the release of new McAfee Enterprise Security Manager 11 (ESM), and enhancements to McAfee Behavioral Analytics, McAfee Investigator and McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, McAfee delivers the analytics needed for threat hunters to find, understand and remediate cyber threats faster.

IDC report commission by Dell EMC Reviews Financial Impact of Data Privacy Breaches for APJ Organisations


An IDC InfoBrief, Data Risk Management Barometer – Gauging Asia-Pacific’s Potential, by global market intelligence firm IDC for Dell EMC reveals the severity of financial penalties for non-compliance with data privacy legislation across key APJ markets. Released today, the IDC findings highlight Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong as the top markets that incur the harshest penalties for data breaches as a percentage of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while Japan, India and Thailand are at the bottom of the scale. With new threats emerging each day, regulation and legislation are becoming harsher to ensure organisations handle data responsibly. Measuring legislation and penalties for data breaches, the IDC InfoBrief exposes large scale differences in penalties across fourteen APJ markets. It underscores the importance for businesses, particularly multinationals, to be aware of the variations in data privacy laws for each market in which they operate. In Malaysia, the maximum penalty that may be imposed for breaching data privacy is MYR300,000. Enforcements within other APJ markets are hugely varied: the Singapore government imposes fines of up to SGD1,000,000 for non-compliance with any of its data protection provisions, while Australia imposes fines of up to AUD1,700,000. Japan and India levy the lowest fines at JPY1,000,000 and INR500,000, respectively, for any breaches in data privacy. As more organisations across the region become digitally-driven, this will increasingly become a higher priority. “Being data-driven is inevitable for organisations that are transforming digitally, businesses are realising the opportunity using data effectively offers to transform their products, services and strategies. But as they use data to take advantage of new opportunities, there is also greater risk - the attack surface is expanding and so too are the requirements for how you manage this data,” says Dmitri Chen, Vice President of Specialty Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan at Dell EMC. “This makes building scalable secure IT environments and optimising infrastructure an unavoidable requirement for organisations today.” The IDC barometer highlights how regulatory changes present an opportunity for businesses to drive improved data management. Simon Piff, Vice President, IDC Asia Pacific’s IT Security Practice Business, comments: “Data privacy regulations are an impetus for the development of better data management strategies, for example, it is exacerbating the data protection gaps in existing backup infrastructure. Over time, more countries in the region will take proactive steps to strengthening critical information infrastructure, and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation will further galvanise this.” As regulations evolve to reflect changes in the threat landscape, the IDC InfoBrief identifies three key areas of good data management to minimise risk: security, privacy, and business continuity. Security has to ensure that data is safely captured and stored, with data integrity. Privacy has to ensure that personal identifiable information carries the levels of security, accessibility and ability to be deleted, as defined by the various legislations. Business continuity and risk management planning should also facilitate access to data at all times. IT infrastructure considerations must prioritise these areas in order to ensure compliance.Check out the infographic. [...]

Carbon Black Unveils Cb Integration Network, Delivering Stronger Cybersecurity via Open APIs


Mar 29, 2018:

Carbon Black has unveiled the Carbon Black Integration Network (CbIN), a technology partner program designed to improve cybersecurity through collective defense, powered by Carbon Black’s open APIs and the Cb Predictive Security CloudTM (PSC). Juniper Networks, LogRhythm, and Phantom are all now part of CbIN and have leveraged Carbon Black's open APIs to build productized integration with the PSC.

Security teams today are plagued with problems ranging from a lack of technical expertise to limited visibility across the security stack to an increasing volume of security attacks. CbIN could help alleviate these challenges by providing a network of pre-integrated solutions of widely used and emerging tech solutions that use Carbon Black’s open APIs, that is also available for customers to build their own integrations.

CbIN represents vendors, customers, and security technologists that have leveraged Carbon Black’s open APIs to build integrations designed to benefit everyone. Examples of open-sourced integrations include:
  • Export all process execution and endpoint network connection events through the real-time Event Forwarder
  • Send all Carbon Black data to another storage mechanism such as Hive or Hadoop
  • Scan all collected binaries against Yara signatures
  • Perform standard queries, but process the data in a script to output it in a certain way to support reporting, period queries, enriched process trees, etc.
  • Consume threat indicators from CRITS
  • Watchlist-sharing framework
  • Subscribe to network connections and plot them on a world map

ECOVACS ROBOTICS Introduces State-of-the-art Vacuuming and Mopping System


Mar 30, 2018:Don't be stuck cleaning up the aftermath of April Fool's Day. ECOVACS ROBOTICS is jumping into April with a bang by introducing the all-new OZMO™ Mopping Technology to the market. Being the first robot in the series - DEEBOT OZMO 610 has now arrived in Malaysia to bring intelligent cleaning experience to users. With its brand mission – “Live Smart. Enjoy Life.” ECOVACS wants to bring the new lifestyle to Malaysians, freeing them to spend more time on the things that matter. The new, proprietary OZMO™ Mopping Technology features an electronically-controlled water pump that consistently draws water from a large reservoir and applies water at a consistent rate while mopping, automatically tackling various types of dirt. “The OZMO™ Mopping Technology enables the DEEBOT to optimize its vacuum and mop combo, and this allows a deeper clean with less effort,” said Jonathan Tang, Vice President of Global Channels at ECOVACS ROBOTICS. “We expect OZMO 610 will bring Malaysians to step into a future where they can work less and enjoy more by leaving the work to our advanced technology.” Cleaning versatility, powered by OZMO™ Thinking of going all out for April Fool's? Have a handy companion to clean up from all the pranks and gags after throwing invisible ink on your friends! The DEEBOT OZMO 610 is optimized by the proprietary OZMO™ Mopping Technology - features a mopping system that is fitted with an intelligent and electronically controlled water tank that is able to pump water into a cleaning cloth. When the mopping plate is attached onto an OZMO™ robot, it pumps enough water to adequately wet the cleaning cloth without soaking it and starts the mopping function automatically. Equipped with a large water tank of 300ml, one fill can cover cleaning the whole floor without the need to refill it. You can only focus on tasks at hand and do more of what you love instead of worrying about vacuums and mops. On top of OZMO™ Mopping Technology, DEEBOT OZMO 610 is optimized to follow an efficient back-and-forth cleaning path to ensure less is missing during the cleaning. Additional safety features are also built into the robot to ensure that no water is pumped when the unit is stationary or returning to its charging dock. Maximizing cleaning power, the robot’s vacuum also has the option for interchangeable suction for different cleaning needs. Let your pooch or feline friend roam free without pet fur flying everywhere with the Direct Suction and attach the included V-shaped brush that works on carpets to lift particles off the ground. By integrating these cleaning functions, the OZMO 610 is an adaptable master at providing an impressive and thorough clean. Smart convenience for the clean you need Leave the cleaning to DEEBOT OZMO 610 and liberate yourself from mundane cleaning routines to focus on the things that matter. Control your cleaning super machine from wherever you are. Simply use the ECOVACS App on your smartphone to set cleaning schedule, cleaning modes; monitor DEEBOT status or even control the flow of water for the mopping unit. With so many options on the app, you can get the best clean for your needs without you rolling up your sleeves. It also comes with a remote control as an option if you don’t want to be connected. DEEBOT OZMO 610 is always ready for your customized clean. Take care of dust, stains and even gags this April with the OZMO 610! Don’t miss out on the exciting release of the OZMO 610! The OZMO 610 will be available in stor[...]

IT News Week 5 Mar 2018 - Disk 2


For IT News Week 5 Mar 2018 - Disk 1. PR - Mar 30, 2018 - Exabytes Launches EasyWork Mobile App PR - Mar 30, 2018 - CJ WOW SHOP Celebrates Two-year Anniversary PR - Mar 30, 2018 - BenQ Flagship Photographer Monitor SW271 & SW320 Recaptures Vibrant Moments PR - Mar 30, 2018 - New Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox Boosts Complex Threat Investigation and Response PR - Mar 30, 2018 - Jabra redefines wearable tech with launch of Jabra Speaker Sneaker PR - Mar 29, 2018 - VLT Develops AI Powered Shopping App : Shop You PR - Mar 29, 2018 - Dimension Data Established New Network Infrastructure for Chinese Technology Conglomerate PR - Mar 28, 2018 - Master Your Photography and Receive Attractive Prizes at HUAWEI P20 Roadshow PR - Mar 28, 2018 - Aruba Advances Mobile First Architecture to Enable Autonomous Networking and the Smart Digital Workplace PR - Mar 26, 2018 - Price Reduction for ROG GL and ASUS FX series PR - Mar 30, 2018 - Exabytes Launches EasyWork Mobile App EasyWork is a powerful application tool for SMEs and large organisations to manage their workforce, collaboration, employee reward system, and other administrative roles easily on mobile devices -- anytime, anywhere. Features include voting polls, calendars, HR features such as leave application and attendance. EasyWork is available for download on both App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit PR - Mar 30, 2018 - CJ WOW SHOP Celebrates Two-year Anniversary CJ WOW SHOP, Malaysia’s one-stop smart shopping destination, today announced the launch of its two-year anniversary celebration, ‘2 Tahun, Lebih WOW!’. Commemorating this significant milestone, Malaysians will be treated to the largest home shopping carnival, featuring a series of promotions throughout the month across CJ WOW SHOP channels including TV, online and mobile platforms starting April 1, 2018. (L-R) Yana Samsudin as its anniversary ambassador; Mr. Kim Yang Hyun, Chief Executive Officer of MP CJ O Shopping Sdn BhdSince its launch in 2016, CJ WOW SHOP has expanded its offerings from 27 to more than 450 items today, ranging from household products, electrical items, gadgets, beauty, fashion and many more. The network is poised for a strong growth in the year ahead, following an astounding achievement of over 650,000 customers and a recording sales surpassing RM130 million in 2017. To make the celebration more exciting, they have appointed multi-talented, award-winning celebrity Yana Samsudin as the anniversary ambassador this year: Check out offers.PR - Mar 30, 2018 - New Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox Boosts Complex Threat Investigation and Response With the largest data leaks in 2017 exploiting legitimate software flaws, the need for advanced detection technologies has never been greater. To help companies improve their investigation and response to complex threats, Kaspersky Lab has launched a new service called Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox. Because of its in-the-cloud nature, the service gives businesses the opportunity to take advantage of sandboxes without any additional investments into hardware infrastructure. Instead, the solution is available by subscription as part of the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal. Allowing customers to ‘detonate’ suspicious files in a virtual environment with a full report on the file’s activities, it is designed to boost the efficiency of incident response and cybersecurity forensics without any risks to the company’s IT systems. To lure malware into revealing its harmfu[...]

Try Before You Buy Jabra Elite 65t (March 15-April 8 2018)


Mar 19, 2018:

As the global best-selling and award winning Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds come to Malaysia, Jabra is offering you the exclusive opportunity to pre-order your unit (or units) with selected local retailers from March 15-April 8 2018.

The “Try Before You Buy” campaign, happening nationwide is part of Jabra’s continued effort to deliver the unique, superior experience of Jabra true wireless innovation to consumers. Designed to delight, the Jabra Elite 65t brings a distinct focus on the voice experience –delivering superior audio quality for calls and music without wires.

Building on the success of the Jabra Elite Sport – the best-selling, most technically advanced true wireless earbuds – the Jabra Elite 65t is engineered to deliver an even better voice and music experience as well as incorporating new design and colour choices. It was selected as a winner of the CES 2018 Innovation Award which was held in Nevada, United States in January 2018.

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Confident of its superior quality and overall value proposition, Jabra is inviting you to check out the Jabra Elite 65t for yourself. On hand to assist would be sales assistants so that you can make the most of our Jabra demo experience.

The three retailers include: All IT Hypermarket (IPC Shopping Centre, Digital Mall & Suria KLCC), Harvey Norman (IPC Shopping Centre, Sunway Pyramid & Pavillion) as well as through

Those who pre-order are entitled to a whole bunch of freebies as part of this exclusive promotion. These include an exclusive, limited edition Jabra Elite Sport Towel plus a bonus free gift from participating retailers (All IT Hypermarket – Energizer 10,000MaH power bank worth RM139 & Harvey Norman – Sandisk Ultra Flair 32GB flash drive worth RM63).

Engineered for superior sound, the Elite 65t brings together unique technological features to deliver best-in-class quality for voice and music. The innovative four microphone solution combined with an optimised acoustic chamber enables advanced noise suppression and voice enhancement for every type of environment. The earbuds also allows music to be personalised using a music equaliser accessed from the Jabra Sound+ companion application.

For those who prefer to pre-order online, they may go to which entitles you to a RM50 store credit, which can be redeemed for your next purchase. The pre-order retail price for the Jabra Elite 65t is RM799. All pre-orders will be ready by early April 2018.

Contact Ms. Winkly (App) for Your Cuti Cuti


Mar 9, 2018:Global Line Network Sdn. Bhd. proudly shares a solution platform for human resource management using mobile app called Ms.Winkly. The event launching was held at Lavo, Tropicana on Friday, 9th March 2018. Ms.Winkly is an intelligent cloud-based Human Resource Management application that allows companies, both SMEs and Large Firm to manage employees’ attendance, leave application, claims and more, in ONE-platform. Ms.Winkly is a Software as a service (SaaS) distribution model in which it provides solution platform to the Human Resource Managers of the company to easily monitor employees’ performance and productivity accordingly while saving cost effectively on documentation process. CEO of Global Line Network, Sebastian Tan said, “The Idea of developing the application was to initially find a solution in our company by having a more user friendly and effective way of human resource management. Ms.Winkly is a Human Resource Management SaaS mobile app that helps any businesses thrive through innovation, security, and reliability as well as enhancing the well-being of staffs. By using of the apps, the outcome of team productivity has increased and it saves us from hours of paperwork, enabling us to focus on what matters most while it enhances efficiency and minimises cost on HR management process.” Ms.Winkly Features Leave & Task Management - Ms.Winkly Leave helps you to manage, maintain and track all leave related issues, be it various type entitlement calculation, show calculation on leave taken and balance, leave or task application, leave or task withdrawal, leave or task cancellation, replacement leave, emergency leave, carry forward leave and much more. Employee Database - Ms.Winkly helps to manage employee database and the work hours of the employees, punch-in working hours, punch-out working hours, and estimate the total working hours per day or week. Employee Claim - Ms.Winkly Claim offers automated processes for claim management which reduces the effort for claims processing and provides paperless environment for managing employee claims. Ms.Winkly empowers an organisation for effective management of employee claims by recording, monitoring, tracking and evaluating employee claims. Company’s Calendar - Ms.Winkly’s calendar is able to track companies’ events, employee leaves, birthdays, tasks and more. (L-R) : Aaron Tan, Business Development Manager;  Lo Yee Long, Software Engineer; Sharon Ng, Account Manager; Chloe Cha, Software Engineer; Henry Hoo Yew Seng, Ui Designer; Sebastian Tan, CEO of Global Line Network; Vincent Wong, Head of Product; Rahul Gupta, Software Engineer; Amirhossein Akhoondzadeh, Software Engineer; Jing Ling Quek, Business Analyst; Winkly Yau, Human Resource Executive; Diyanah Abdullah, Marketing Lead.Global Line Network, give FREE usage to the first 1000 users download the Ms.Winkly mobile app. The mobile app are available at App Store and Google Play Store, accessible at anywhere and any time. To learn more about the Ms.Winkly email us at or visit the website at [...]

Funmaii : Cashless Grab-and-Go Convenience Store in Puchong, Malaysia


Mar 19, 2018:Funmaii, a homegrown cashless grab-and-go convenience store, today officially announced the beginning of its journey to become a major player in the cashless retail ecosystem. This announcement was held in conjunction with the opening of its outlet in Bandar Puteri, Puchong on 18 March 2018; its second store since Funmaii’s first outlet opened for business at Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara in January 2018. Designed with the familiarity of a normal convenience store, Funmaii-branded stores offer daily necessities that consumers expect and combine them with the ease of electronic payment and a fun shopping environment. Customers simply need to pick up what they want and make their payment using the Funmaii app e-wallet service, or by Mastercard or Visa credit cards. Besides best-selling Malaysian food products, Funmaii convenience stores also offer a selection of imported snacks and beverages from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Funmaii Signature stores feature a chillout area for small eventsCustomers simply need to pick up what they want and make their payment using the Funmaii app e-wallet service, or by Mastercard and Visa cards“As urbanisation continues to complement the development of the country, the resulting lifestyle change fuels the demand for convenience amongst Malaysians. Funmaii merges technological advancements in payment solutions with speed and accessibility; redefining retail convenience. Through the Funmaii brand, we are building a fuss-free and secure cashless ecosystem that fits the increasingly hectic lifestyle of modern consumers,” said Dato’ Brian Wee, Co-founder of Funmaii. The Funmaii shopping experience is centered on an all-in-one mobile app. Besides its e-wallet capabilities, the app also allows customer to track their expenses and redeem rewards in the form of discount vouchers, extra credit, and rebates. Each payment must be authorised with a 6-digit password as a security measure. Expansion Plan That Pushes Malaysia Towards a Cashless Retail Scene To cater to the diverse needs of customers, Funmaii is introducing three types of convenience stores; Basic, Signature, and Concept. Funmaii Basic stores offer cashless convenience and small seating areas, while Funmaii Signature stores also feature a ‘chillout’ area for small events. Through partnerships with various brands, Funmaii has plans to set up Funmaii Concept stores that will feature an array of products and services not typically found at convenience stores. This will include dessert and coffee bars and span across different industries – such as fashion and beauty. Dato’ Brian commented, “The opening of our Puchong outlet marks the start of a new era in the retail industry. We have an aggressive ambition to grow our network of Funmaii branded stores and kiosks; not only in Malaysia, but also in the Southeast Asia region including Singapore and Indonesia. We plan to open around 30 outlets over the next 12 months and ultimately have 100 outlets by 2019. Through Funmaii, we want to help brands connect with consumers through a technology-based business model, resulting in a modern retail environment for everyone.” He went on to explain that Funmaii has plans to install 10,000 vending machines in major shopping malls around Malaysia in the next three years. Once operational, these vending machines will offer even greater retail convenience and give brands[...]