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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Little Rachel has a BIG Secret to Share

Sep 19, 2017 -
Rachel Siew Suet Li

Little Book BIG Secrets writer Rachel Siew Suet Li did not let adversity constrain her in her quest to become an author. This unique young lady born with a rare degenerative genetic condition, unveiled her first literary offering today entitled “Little Book, Big Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out”.

With the publication fully funded by the MIRM as well as the book launch being hosted by Microsoft Malaysia, Rachel Siew unveiled her new LinkedIn account featuring her book in the publication section. Through her account, LinkedIn users will be able to communicate with Rachel directly, sharing experiences in bringing out the best plus empowering oneself with endless possibilities.

Little Book BIG Secrets is a light-hearted yet touching book that illustrates Rachel’s wit, determination and resilience. It is about the everyday challenges faced by Rachel, whose journey was determined even before she first saw the light of day. Her inspirational quotes in the face of her many challenges will help readers approach life with a positive energy and fresh perspective.

Exact Holds Global Hackathon to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology

Sep 19, 2017 -

Smart entrepreneurship, social community and big data were the key topics driving the Exact Hackathon held at the Exact Asia Development Centre (ADC) recently, bringing together eight teams of students from six institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and with the support of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

Held from 13 to 15 September 2017, the challenge which involved 48 hours of continuous hacking, was part of the second annual Exact Global Hackathon that took place simultaneously in five different locations (Delft, Dublin, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur and Minneapolis) around the world.

For the first time, this year’s hackathon involved the participation of students from University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia’s Multimedia University (MMU), Asia Pacific University (APU), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), The One Academy and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). Thirty-six students were paired with mentors from Exact to develop interesting software applications under the three topics of the hackathon and then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cloud Platforms Replace Traditional Paper and Print Landscapes

Sep 12, 2017 - SG -

In the course of digitalization and dematerialization, many companies are opting for cloud services to process business-critical information, such as orders or invoices. An increasing number of businesses are giving up their traditional peripheral devices, like printers and fax machines, and replacing them with innovative services. According to Gartner’s August 2017 Hype Cycle for Imaging and Print Services, 2017 report, “Cloud fax providers now support many of the enterprise class service levels that enterprises expect, from regulatory certifications, to rigid service levels, to professional services to assist with both out-of-the-box and custom API integrations.”

The digital transmission of critical data in particular entails significant challenges. In addition to meeting exacting requirements with regard to security and quality, it is also always necessary to take heed of legal guidelines that are growing ever more stringent, for instance the new European data protection regulation GDPR.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

IT News Week 2 Sep 2017

For IT News Week 5 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Software AG, a Leader in IoT Technology, launches Cumulocity IoT
  • PR - Sep 11, 2017 - Siemens concludes SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017 in Malaysia
  • PR - Sep 12, 2017 - BEX and MCE Asia 2017 welcomes the region’s green building and construction community to a global showcase of latest innovations
  • PR - Sep 8, 2017 - MIMOS and Huawei partner to enhance public safety and smart city
  • PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Software AG’s Digital Business Platform Ranked a Leader in Digital Process Automation Software Report
  • PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Leads Industry with MoStash Reader for iOS and the WC0C Charging Cable with 3-in-1 Connector
  • PR - Sep 4, 2017 - SG - Commvault Data Platform Solutions now available with Cisco’s Solutions Plus Program
  • PR - Sep 3, 2017 - InfoWatch Group to Unveil Localized Cybersecurity Solutions at IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017
  • PR - Sep 2, 2017 - HUAWEI Reveals the Future of Mobile AI at IFA 2017
  • PR - Sep 1, 2017 - KPJDSH emphasises sustainability of breastfeeding

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NMW2017: Kaspersky Lab and Parters pave the way for secure-by-design connected cars

Sep 13, 2017 -

In response to the rising cybersecurity challenges facing the connected and autonomous car industry, Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions GmbH have unveiled the Secure Communication Unit (SCU) at New Mobility World / IAA 2017 in Frankfurt on September 13. The security solution prototype demonstrates the possibilities of interference-proof communication between car components, the car, and its external connected infrastructure, making connected cars secure-by-design.

With each generation, cars are incorporating new intelligent technologies for remote diagnostics, telematics, automated and autonomous driving, remote driver assistance and infotainment. Based on electromechanical vehicle actuators, car controls are becoming more and more complex cyber-physical systems with multiple sensors, controls, applications, subnets and communication modules that interact with other vehicles and their environment. Their functions can be controlled remotely, via digital systems. Because of this, connected cars are becoming more of a target for cyberattacks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Hidden Pitfalls of Intelligent Lighting

By Dr. Vincent Chow, CEO of En-trak

For most of us, the first brush with an automated system in a building had to do with the light system - specifically occupancy or motion sensors. These automated systems turn on the lights when someone is occupying the area, and they turn off the lights when nobody is there.

The main draw of automated lighting lies in its ability to help make energy use more efficient in buildings. However, while automated lighting seems like an easy plug and play solution, building owners should take a closer look at the installation and consider any drawbacks carefully. As is often the case with technology, what works in theory might have deal-breaking challenges in practice. Let’s take a look at four downsides to sensor-based lighting control in the office.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Deep Learning with AI Technology

BY: Hu Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Data Systems

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence: computer systems that can achieve intelligent activities like those of human brains such as learning, reasoning, and judgment. The learning method employed by early AI systems was to have computers learn rules and logically find solutions based on the rules. As such, the systems were limited in that they only found solutions within the scope of what they had learned.

Hubert Yoshida

More recent types of AI being used today are designed based on hypotheses of data that people would enter, implemented as programs, and analyzed and developed for a specific application. Two disadvantages of being based on hypotheses envisioned by people, is that they usually do not produce results that surpass human ideas and are not general purpose.

One well known AI system is IBM’s Watson, which Wikipedia describes as a question-answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson was named after the first CEO of IBM, Thomas J. Watson. In 2011, Watson competed on the quiz program ”Jeopardy” and defeated two former Jeopardy winners.

The IBM team provided Watson with millions of documents, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference material that it could use to build its knowledge. All the content was stored in RAM and Watson could process 500 gigabytes, the equivalent of a million books, per second. Watson's main innovation was its ability to quickly execute hundreds of proven language analysis algorithms simultaneously to find the correct answer.

Hitachi has developed similar technology that can analyze large volumes of text data that are subject to debate; and present reasons and grounds for either affirmative or negative opinions on these issues in English. By using multiple viewpoints, it is able to present reasons toward a single perspective. One use case was in medical diagnosis. Recently this was expanded to the Japanese language.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

IT News Week 5 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 4 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 31, 2017 - 29th SEA Games: HUAWEI Celebrates Malaysia’s 145 Golds
  • Vertix - Aug 31, 2017 - New Asian Survey Reveal Rapid Growth of Edge Computing in 3 to 5 years
  • PR - Aug 30, 2017 - New version of Faketoken Android Trojan hunts for Taxi and Ride-Sharing App Users
  • PR - Aug 29, 2017 - Carbon Black Joins Forces with VMware to Enhance Security for the Software-Defined Data Center
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - mTouche and M N C Wireless to jointly develop digital technology platform for SPNB Dana
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Hitachi Accelerates Customers’ Hybrid Cloud Initiatives With Enhanced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Offerings
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Petronas Launches Online Store in Collaboration with Shopee
  • PR - Aug 25, 2017 - Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN Solutions Endures Grueling Torture Test
  • PR - Aug 25, 2017 - AJ Biologics Malaysia Partners with Government of Kybher Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan In Fight Against Dengue
  • PR - Aug 24, 2017 - Cloudera and Tech Data forge strategic partnership to accelerate turnkey Smart City and IoT projects across ASEAN
  • PR - Aug 24, 2017 - iPay88 To Secure #MYCYBERSALE 2017 Payments

Thursday, August 31, 2017

VMworld 2017 Highlights

Aug 28, 2017 - Las Vegas :

At the opening of VMworld 2017, VMware announces an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware CloudTM to help businesses juggle the multiple cloud services that they are currently using, and take control of, simplify and accelerate their cloud delivery strategy.

Additionally, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight to help customers modernize their data centers to increase business and developer agility while introducing increased networking and security capabilities.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger highlights capabilites of vSphere  6.5

Across all of these platforms, businesses can fortify their infrastructure with the launch of VMware’s AppDefenseTM, an app designed for security professionals that uniquely protects applications running on VMware vSphere-based® virtualized and cloud environments. Leveraging the virtual infrastructure to create a “least privilege” model around applications, AppDefense can control app behavior, and detect and automate response to attacks that attempt to manipulate the application.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kings of Malaysia’s E-Commerce by iPrice Group

Since the boom of e-commerce in Malaysia during the mid-2000s, the e-commerce industry has consistently steadily grown and is today a RM24.6 billion industry. Over the years, we have seen the rise of both international and local players entering e-commerce space to realise its full potential. While we await to see a fully developed e-commerce in the near future as seen in China or the US, let’s assess the progress of e-commerce and see who are the ‘kings’ of e-commerce in Malaysia today.

To find out who holds the ‘throne’ in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape, we utilised publicly data provided by SimilarWeb, LinkedIn and Social Media pages such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find their online traffic, number of staff and followers on social media. Based on this, we created an interactive infographic to rank and easily view who is most popular amongst Malaysians.

So, who are the winners in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape?

How the honor 8 Pro Hits the Mark for the Malaysian Mobile Gamers

The gaming scene in Malaysia is indeed a vibrant one – with the gaming market expected to grow 20% to RM868.7 million this year, and the region to grow by 30% in 2018. This leads to Malaysia being the 26th largest gaming market in the world and the third largest in Southeast Asia, reflecting the country’s potential to become a regional gaming hub by 2025.
Honor 8 Pro

As the fastest growing region in the games market, Malaysia is the second biggest in the mobile games market, partly influenced by the fast-rising (mobile) internet connectivity. In this battleground to introduce devices that satisfies the appetite of today’s power users and gamers, it is ever so important that global smartphone players pay attention to the trends in order to meet market demand.

As smartphone buyers this year look forward to phones that are thinner, faster and with better graphics to keep up with the demand for mobile gaming, the introduction of the honor 8 Pro into the Malaysian market is a timely one for honor Malaysia.

Malaysia, being the first international market to introduce the honor brand outside of China in 2014 have since seen a rapid uptake in brand recognition by the local consumers. Prior to introducing its high-quality devices in the market, the brand invests greatly to understand the local market taste, lifestyle, budget and demands – and the brand recognised the growing need for a mobile gaming smartphone.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fast, but not furious: The key to winning the digital game

By Manish Bahl, Senior Director – Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant

Survival in the digital economy will depend on speed. The pace of business change has intensified dramatically as the fruits of digital technology expand to the entire world economy.

Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Cognizant
At the heart of the new digital world order is the unstoppable rise of automation, analytics and artificial intelligence (what we call the new machine), and with that comes an unprecedented level of speed — in doing business, generating value, making decisions, meeting customer expectations, and getting products and services to market. The stakes are even higher because the goal posts are now moving so fast.

In an age when a start-up can reshape an entire industry overnight, businesses must be on their A-game. For instance, Alipay, the world’s biggest payment company, hit $100 billion in transactions in less than a year with zero branches. Great businesses built over decades and even centuries will be for naught if they cannot operate quickly enough. In short, it is speed that determines whether you disrupt or are disrupted.