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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of July 2014

News for Week 3 of June 2014; the biggest news was the partnership between MDeC and EMC to build Data Science and Analytics capability in Malaysia.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 24, 2014 - Monster Employment Index Singapore Rises Ten Percent Year-on-year
  • PR - Jul 23, 2014 - EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0, Adds New Inline Data Services, Expands Family
  • PR - Jul 23, 2014 - WD TV Simplifies Personal Content Playback on Any TV
  • PR - SG - Jul 22, 2014 - RS Components and Allied Electronics expand semiconductor offering through global distribution deal with ROHM
  • PR - Jul 22, 2014 - Oracle Launches LinkedIn Support for Social Relationship Management
  • PR - KL, Jul 22, 2014 - AVNET Technology Solutions Adopts Brocade Ethernet Fabric Across its Australian Data Centres
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Huawei Announces 2014 H1 Operating Performance
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - New EMC Innovations Bring Enterprise-Grade
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Marvel Launches “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon,” the Official Mobile Game
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - HTC Dot View Case is Now Smarter and More Intuitive Than Ever
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Jabra Listens to Consumers' Tunes, Announces New Pricing Offers
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - ‘Asian Business Culture’ Type ERP Will Be Key For Successful GST Compliance
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Aspect Software Announces 2014 Channel Partners of the Year

Developers Updates Week 4 of July 2014

In the last updates series (Week 4 of Apr 2014), the most interesting update was the announcement of Java 8 by Oracle.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • PR - KL - Jul 24, 2014 - MSTB Software Certification to Enhance Made in Malaysia Products
  • PR - KL - Jul 22, 2014 - Winners of IHL-MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge (i-MSC) 2013/2014 announced
  • PR - Jul 8, 2014 - MDeC and Founder Institute team up for MSC Malaysia Global Linkages Program
  • PR - Jun 12, 2014 - MOLPay Released New Mobile SDK for Android and iOS
  • PR - May 25, 2014 - AMD Mantle API Deepens Industry Influence with Support for Three New Electronic Arts Titles
  • PR - May 17, 2014 - 15-Year-Old Scientist Creates Machine Learning Software Tool to Detect Cancer-Causing Gene Mutations

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disney Tsum Tsum Mobile Game and Soft Toy Line Launch Globally

This is quite interesting to me because it shows how one can sell something through a game developed on top of a social media platform.

Disney on Jul 10, 2014, announced the launch of “LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum”, the top-ranked and free puzzle app from Japan, on mobile devices globally, along with a Disney Tsum Tsum stackable soft toy line. The app, which is published by LINE, the leading free call and messaging app, has reached the #1 free app spot on both iOS and Android in Japan and has been downloaded more than 14 million times. Coinciding with the global launch of the app, Disney Store is introducing more than 30 different stackable ‘Tsum Tsum’ toys available on, in select store locations in North America, and at Disney Parks starting today.

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Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Jul 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 4 of June 2014; the biggest news was the report on Luuuk banking fraud campaign by Kaspersky.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 16, 2014 - McAfee: Most Toxic Superheroes
  • PR - Jul 11, 2014 - Kaspersky: Corporate security forecast: cloudy
  • PR - Jul 9, 2014 - Blue Coat: Rising Malware Threats on Mobile Networks
  • PR - Jul 7, 2014 - AIMS to Provide IBM Managed Security Services in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 3, 2014 - McAfee Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway in Gartner’s Latest Magic Quadrant

TV strikes back: rise of digital devices drives new viewing habits

Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), a leading market research and market information group released results of its study of over 55,000 internet users worldwide. Connected Life, the team that led the global study, explored how technology transforms the lives of consumers across the world and discovered that the rise of digital devices has led to new viewing habits.

One of the findings showed that almost half (48%) the people worldwide who watched TV in the evening simultaneously engaged in other digital activities, such as using social media, checking their emails or shopping online. APAC is ahead of this trend, with 54% of individuals across the region taking part in ‘screen-stacking’ activities, such as using social media, checking their emails or shopping online whilst watching TV. This varies across the region, peaking at 79% in Japan and coming in at just 37% in China.

Details, Infographic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 3 of July 2014

News for Week 4 of June 2014; the biggest news was Brocade unveiled open networking platform for service providers.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Study from Google reveals opportunities for Malaysia’s retail industry online
  • PR - New York - Jul 18, 2014 - Microsoft Recognizes Accenture and Avanade as 2014 Alliance Partner of the Year
  • PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Huawei: 4G broadcast trial announced
  • PR - Jul 16, 2014 - Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2014@15-16 Oct 2014
  • PR - Jul 16, 2014 - VMware Expands Hybrid Cloud Network in Asia Pacific and Japan
  • Ovum - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - Line IPO signals next level of chat wars
  • PR - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - and Digital Malaysia Scour For Nation’s Top 25 e-Commerce Success Cases
  • PR - Jul 15, 2014 - Bull and Axiros announce a strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of M2M & IOT solutions
  • PR - SG, Jul 15, 2014 - Fusion-io Announces Atomic Series – Higher Performance and Maximum Capacity for Optimized Efficiency
  • PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Brighten up this Ramadan with Free BlackBerry 10 Apps
  • PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Huawei to Support its Global Supply Chain to Go Green
  • PR - Kuching - Jul 14, 2014 - MDeC Online Community Gathering pushes for increased connectivity
  • PR - Jul 11, 2014 - First 8Gb DDR3 components and 16GB unbuffered DIMMs & SO-DIMMs by I'M Intelligent Memory
  • PR - KL, Jul 10, 2014 - announces series of senior appointments
  • PR - Jul 10, 2014 - MDeC Partners with EMC to build Data Science and Analytics capability in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 9, 2014 - Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN Solutions Provide High Performance Foundation for EMC Enterprise and All-Flash Storage Systems

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

FICO : Artificial Intelligence Infographic

I thought this is interesting, the infographic published by FICO a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company revealed how the company has leveraged on Artificial Intelligence in its products to deliver intelligent solutions for broad range of problems.

The infographic explores the similarities in 4 main examples:
  • Neural networks that use connections between bits of data to detect payment fraud in real time, as used in FICO® Falcon® Fraud Manager, which protects 2.5 billion payment card accounts worldwide;
  • Deep networks that use multiple layers of data processing to recognize human faces and speech;
  • Neuro-dynamic programming that improves areas such as conversational virtual agents in travel bookings, by continually recalculating the optimal action to take as new data becomes available;
  • Cyber analytics that protect computers from hackers by recognizing control relationships between two entities (e.g., “victim” computer and “hostbot” computer).

Monday, July 07, 2014

Citrix: What is the next generation networks ?

According to a published press release by Citrix, the next generation networks should be a fully automated, broadly dynamic network infrastructure, capable of accommodating virtually any requirement users throw at it.

At least that is what Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, ASEAN opined.

Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, Citrix ASEAN

The article narrates that non-SDN networks are fragile not because they work inefficiently, they are also rigid and not scalable. As a result, every small requirement users throw at it requires huge efforts and planning for roll-out.

Therefore, managing non-SDN networks tends to be more costs intensive trading-off the so-called conventional stability.

When such is the reality, misconfiguration may convolute the entire networks and costs more money.

To solution is to make the network more app-aware and app-focus - do not treat every application with the same policy and priority.

In other to do that, Mark Micallef recommended 4 steps:

Sunday, July 06, 2014

PIKOM ICT Job Market Salary 2013 Reports and 2014 Outlook (Malaysia)

Based on a press release presented by PIKOM in collaboration with MDeC.

Salary increased by 7.2% from RM 6,673 in 2012 to RM 7,152 in 2013.

This upward trend is projected to increase by 8.7% to RM 7,776 by 2014.

The figure of RM 7,152 was derived from the gross of average of summation of average salary from 5 different groups of employees: fresh graduates, junior executive, senior executive, middle management and senior management.

In my personal opinion, this figure is not just accurate, it also serves as a good benchmark for the ideal salary for the ICT industry.

Due to the nature that the senior management group sits on top of the pyramid, it means that high flyers would have earned more than this figure while those in the SMEs should aim for this amount.

I also think that if you are going on a self-employed mode, this is a good benchmark of the money you should earn for yourself in other to level with others, especially when it comes to compete with those who work in multi-nationals.

Hence, we thank PIKOM for this yearly report.

The biggest pay masters are still oil and gas companies whilst the best paid job is project manager - the lowest paid job remains as web designer.

Another important fact to take note is that companies with more than 2000 employees tend to pay close to 2 times more than a company with less than 10 employees - for the same job capacity.

This explains why many in Malaysia tend to become self-employed and therefore it gave rise to the SME economic nature of the country.

Finally, job skills in growing demands are those related to numeracy, statistics and analytics.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Barracuda Extends Support for Microsoft

Press release - Kuala Lumpur, Jun 30, 2014:

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces that their Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) will be equipped with new capabilities to support Microsoft products in the areas of Windows Remote Desktop Services, virtualization and public Cloud.

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia says, “It is actually pretty scary that less than 20 per cent of Internet connections today are secured by NG Firewalls - according to the recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls report.”

“In fact by the end of 2014, this number will increase to 35 per cent of the installed base, with 70 per cent of new enterprise edge purchases being NGFWs. Also, Gartner also reported that through 2018, more than 75 percent of enterprises will continue to seek network security from a different vendor than their network infrastructure.”

“With the new updates, Barracuda NG Firewall will help customers swiftly and safely transition to newer topologies proposed in the Microsoft ecosystem. The latest release expands our integration with Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization and Microsoft Azure public cloud infrastructure enabling our customers to further capitalize on their Microsoft investments,” he further adds.


Computer Security Updates Week 4 of June 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of May 2014; the biggest news was the incident of eBay Database Breached via Employee Credentials.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - PJ, Jun 26, 2014 - Kaspersky Discovers spyware tool, RCS, aka Galileo
  • PR - PJ, Jun 26, 2014 - Kaspersky: The Luuuk banking fraud campaign: half a million euros stolen in a single week
  • PR - KL, Jun 20, 2014 - Symantec Appoints Adrian Jones as Senior Vice President, APJ
  • PR - KL, Jun 17, 2014 - EMC: Global Internet Privacy Study Reveals Consumers’ Conflicting Views
  • PR - KL, Jun 16, 2014 - CA Technologies Wins Excellence in Governance, Risk & Compliance Solutions Award
  • PR - SG, Jun 12, 2014 - CyberArk: Advanced Cyber Attacks Reliant on Privileged Credential Exploitation
  • PR - Jun 12, 2014 - LG Partners with McAfee to Bring Anti-theft Feature to LG G3
  • PR - Jun 10, 2014 - McAfee: Cybercrime costs businesses US$445 billion worldwide
  • PR - Jun 9, 2014 - Cyberthreat Map awarded ‘Cutting Edge Project of the Week’ by FWA and Adobe

Sunday, June 29, 2014

McAfee Labs Report Sees Mobile Target Trust in Early 2014

Press release - SANTA CLARA, Calif. / SINGAPORE, Jun 24, 2014:

Today, McAfee Labs released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2014, which reveals mobile malware tactics that abuse popularity, features and vulnerabilities of legitimate apps and services, including malware-infested clones masquerading as the popular mobile game Flappy Birds.

The report highlights the need for mobile app developers to be more vigilant about the security of their apps, and encourages users to be mindful when granting permission requests that criminals could exploit for profit.

Notable examples of mobile malware that take advantage of the features of trusted apps and services, include:
  • Android/BadInst.A: Abuses app store account authentication and authorization to automatically download, install, and launch other apps without user permission
  • Android/Waller.A: Exploits a flaw in a legitimate digital wallet service to transfer money to the attacker’s servers
  • Android/Balloonpopper.A: Allows attackers to intercept and share conversations and photos without users’ permission in WhatsApp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of June 2014

News for Week 3 of June 2014; the biggest news was launching of POLi and NganLuong as payment channels by MOL.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - SG, Jun 27, 2014 - Tata Comm. Bags Four Awards at the 2014 Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards
  • PR - KL, Jun 27, 2014 - Telenor and Huawei Jointly Win ''Innovation in HetNet Development'' Award
  • PR - KL, Jun 27, 2014 - Oracle Announces Latest Virtual Compute Appliance
  • PR - Jun 26, 2014 - Cooliris launches BeamIt worldwide, transforming messaging from a tool into a powerful, visually rich experience
  • PR - KL - Jun 26, 2014 - Hitachi Sunway Secures Electronic Manufacturer Deal
  • PR - KL, Jun 25, 2014 - BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry® Z3 in Malaysia
  • PR - KL - Jun 25, 2014 - BuzzCity’s Rich Media Platform Offers Broader Reach to Video Ads
  • PR - SG - Jun 25, 2014 - Violin Memory Announces Concerto Enterprise Data Services Software Suite with the New 7000 All Flash Array
  • PR - Jun 24, 2014 - Tata Comm. partners with Kaltura to provide next generation online video and content delivery platform
  • PR - KL, Jun 24, 2014 -  Brocade Unveils Open Networking Platform for Service Providers
  • PR - Chennai, India - Jun 24, 2014 - WFT Cloud EducationⓇ Launches Free Training Program on Cloud Computing & Virtualization
  • PR - Jun 23, 2014 - KDU University College Deployed Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to Support Growth in Student Population
  • PR - Mumbai and Dubai - Jun 23, 2014 - Elitecore Enables Menatelecom to offer the first Nationwide LTE Service in the kingdom of Bahrain.
  • PR - Jun 23, 2014 - GAMDIAS’s Professional eSports Mouse Continues To Win Awards
  • PR - Jun 23, 2014 - AMD Firepro W8100 (Graphic Card) delivers 38X more performance than closest competing product
  • PR - Jun 19, 2014 - AMD Accelerates Energy Efficiency of APUS up to 25x Gains by 2020

Data Centre Drivers in Asia Pacific

Press release - Singapore – May 13, 2014

The virtualization of critical applications, big data, and data centre consolidation will drive the next wave of data centre capacity growth in APAC, according to a commissioned survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Digital Realty’s 2014 survey of data centre trends in APAC canvassed data centre decision makers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

The combined survey results for the four countries revealed that the top expected drivers of data centre capacity growth were virtualization (47 percent), big data (46 percent), and data centre consolidation (41°percent). The next tier of drivers included business growth (39 percent), business continuity (34°percent) and storage growth (32 percent).

Details, infographic.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Oracle Launches New SUN Servers

Press release - Jun 19, 2014

Oracle Corporation, the world’s leading IT solutions and services provider, today launches its latest x86 Servers, the Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, which are being the first and only systems which dynamically adapt to workload specific requirements to maximize system utilization and improve efficiency.

With Oracle’s x86 elastic computing capabilities that achieved by engineering together the server design based on Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8895 v2 with Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux, businesses can configure these systems to dynamically optimize performance for a given workload.

This announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of in-memory database last week.