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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Affiliate Junction Debuts New Programs and Advertisers

Oct 24, 2016 :

Affiliate Junction (AJ) now comes with new affiliate programs and advertisers providing sports ticketing, employment services, call-center assistance, telecommunications as well as healthcare services. Among the new advertisers that have come on board AJ include brands such as OPPO and GetDoc.

AJ is an affiliate marketing platform in Malaysia that offers offline and online affiliate marketing solutions for businesses through a single network. Utilising comprehensive performance based marketing approach, AJ affiliates are incentivised when they successfully channel customers and new leads to AJ merchants and advertisers. To-date, AJ has over 500 merchants and more than 20,000 affiliates.

Dato’ Lawrence Teo, Chief Executive Officer of I Synergy International (M) Sdn Bhd (iSYNERGY) who launched the new AJ at the Putrajaya Convention Centre recently said, “We have a host of advertisers that covers a broad spectrum of services, with our new affiliate programs under AJ. Affiliates can now promote the advertisers of each respective program to users. For every successful promotion, the affiliates will earn commission. It is a win-win for all parties”. AJ is operated by iSYNERGY that provides affiliate marketing solutions for enterprises from all industries to enable them to leverage on cost-effective performance-based marketing channel and strategies.

Monday, October 24, 2016

MyIX Marks 10th Anniversary with Upgrade of Central Node to 100Gbps

Oct 17, 2016 - K.L -

Malaysia Internet Exchange operated by the ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ('MCMC') in conjunction with its 10th anniversary, recently held its 1st Internet Peering Forum, with the watershed event facilitating interaction towards greater co-operation among key Internet, ISP and telco players; in the shared vision of improving the country’s Internet eco-system and state to a leadership position in the ASEAN region.

With Internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes recording a new high point of 170.474 Gbps, industry participants agreed that apart from adoption of new innovative approaches, the needs of the nation must be prioritised together with commercial interests.

MyIX 2016-2017 Executive & Steering Commitee

MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin said, “If Malaysia is to truly achieve a world-class Internet eco-system and Internet peering hub, MyIX members must increase their cooperative spirit and work together in facilitating an overall more efficient Internet traffic exchange. This was recommended by the panel during discussions and it was heartening to see our members responding positively to the panel’s suggestion.”

The panel during the one-day event comprised of former MCMC Chairman, Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and TIME dotCom's Commander-in-chief, Afzal Abdul Rahim.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

IT News Week 4 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 3 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 21, 2016 - CyberSecurity Malaysia and Kaspersky Lab Seal Memorandum of Understanding On Countering Cyber Crimes
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - HPE Services Revamps the Office Meeting Experience
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - Nokia mobile fronthaul solution supports edotco Malaysia customer transition to Centralized RAN to meet demand for mobile broadband
  • PR - Oct 20, 2016 - ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is now available in Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - Brace yourself for the Virtual Reality Ride of Your Life with ‘The Riding Dead’
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - BAE Systems Takes Home 'Cyber Security Company of the Year' Award from Cybersecurity Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 19, 2016 - RICOH Announces MSC Status at 80th Bash
  • Teabox - Oct 19, 2016 - BANGALORE, INDIA - Teabox Unveils The TeaPac
  • PR - Oct 17, 2016 - NTT Data Group Adopts Malaysian Technology To Penetrate International Online Payment Market

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Malaysian Budget 2017 Commentaries

The government of Malaysia has just announced the Budget 2017 coined as a balanced deal.

Here are some commentaries gathered across the ICT industry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Western Digital Ships More than 10 Million Helium-Filled HDDS

Oct 18, 2016 -

Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation today announced that it has shipped more than 10 million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) since the company first introduced the HelioSeal platform four years ago. First shipped in 2013, Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, becoming the highest density HDDs, best suited for massive scale-out workloads.

“Extreme capacity hard drives are increasingly a key value enabler for enterprise applications and Western Digital continues to be a technology and time-to-market leader in terms of delivering capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” said John Chen, vice president, TRENDFOCUS. “As cloud and traditional enterprise customers continue to develop applications that make use of all of their accessible data, high density drives will be a crucial component that enables cost-effective storage of that data at scale. Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has proven to be a key differentiator that addresses high capacity needs.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Releases Flagship Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 – Multi Devices

Oct 11, 2016 :

Kaspersky Lab presented the latest version of its flagship security solution Kaspersky Internet Security 2017. The solution gives users additional opportunities to manage their Internet protection and to ensure their data safety.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device is the security solution for the whole family; it protects Windows, Mac, and Android users against malware, dangerous sites, online tracking, fraud and money theft.

The need for a top-notch multi-device security solution has never been greater in Malaysia as a growing number of users employ devices other than the traditional desktops and laptops to access digital content. This includes smartphones and tablets

Monday, October 17, 2016

IT News Week 3 Oct 2016

For IT News Week 2 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - GEMFIVE delivers first iPhone 7 in Malaysia
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Ensuring the Price is Right with Windows 10
  • PR - Oct 14, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Raises Cybersecurity Issues at its Conference for Asia Pacific Region
  • PR - Oct 13, 2016 - Fujitsu Turns to Brocade Workflow Composer to Enhance the Functionality of its Virtual Desktop Service
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Western Digital Introduces WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives
  • PR - Oct 11, 2016 - AccuWeather Launches Exclusive Crowdsourced Weather Feature AccUcast Worldwide in Android App
  • Symantec - Oct 12, 2016 - Multiple Banks Attacked by Carbanak-Linked Group
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Intel Malaysia’s ‘PC Does Better’ Campaign
  • PR - Oct 12, 2016 - Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Changes the Game for Enterprise Cloud Deployment
  • PR - Oct 11, 2016 - Huawei and UC Berkeley Announce Strategic Partnership in Basic Research into AI
  • PR - Oct 10, 2016 - Carbon Black and IBM Delivers Rapid Response Tool to Address Critical Endpoint

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PIKOM BUDGET 2017 ‘Wish List’ For ICT Sector

Oct 13, 2016 -

In view of the upcoming Budget 2017, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as the ‘Voice of the ICT Industry’ proposes the following recommendations to the Malaysian government for inclusion in the budgetary plans for the coming year.

Specifically, given the current economic challenges and rising living costs, PIKOM urges the government to improve the affordability and availability of ICT goods and services as a means to benefit the man-on-the-street. Given the prevalent usage and consumption of ICT today on a daily basis, the following measures recommended below will have a cascading effect not just on spurring the ICT industry but to also benefit almost every Malaysian. In addition, given the government’s welcomed move to introduce coding in schools, it is all the more imperative to ensure that ICT goods and services are affordable for Malaysia’s over 5 million schoolchildren not forgetting their families.

1.) GST Zero-Rated for ICT Products and Services

The impact of GST coupled with the weakening of the Ringgit has resulted in a slowdown for the local ICT retail sector. While it has impacted the retail sector, the most affected are the SME companies who contribute some 31% to National GDP employing about 56% of the local workforce. Prior to the implementation of GST, prices of ICT products did not attract any sales tax which has changed from 1 April 2015. This has resulted in consumer demand for ICT goods and services decreasing as prices became more expensive.

PIKOM recommends that ICT products and services be Zero-Rated. As ICT is used by almost all Malaysians, the will have a direct impact students, families, professionals, most notably on the lower and middle income groups. The 6% is a tremendous saving that will directly boost ICT demand but also encourage the continued development of a connected and knowledge based community.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Microsoft announces global expansion for HoloLens

Oct 12, 2016 - REDMOND, Wash. -

Today, Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer, is now available for preorder in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November.

The news comes while HoloLens is experiencing tremendous excitement and interest from developers and commercial customers and partners around the globe.

Microsoft HoloLens

“Since the launch of Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop groundbreaking computing experiences — experiences only possible on HoloLens” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group.

500,000 Download Rogue ‘Pokémon Go’ App that Takes Control of Android Phones

Sep 15, 2016:

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a new malicious app on the Google Play store: “Guide for Pokémon Go”, capable of seizing root access rights on Android smartphones and using that to install/uninstall apps and display unsolicited ads. The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times, with at least 6,000 successful infections. Kaspersky Lab has reported the Trojan to Google and the app has been removed from Google Play.

The global phenomenon of Pokémon Go has resulted in a growing number of related apps and, inevitably, increased interest from the cybercriminal community. Kaspersky Lab’s analysis of the “Guide for Pokémon Go” Trojan has uncovered malicious code that downloads rooting malware, securing access to the core Android OS for the purposes of app installation and removal as well as the display of advertising.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cloudera’s Analytic Database Enables Unrivaled Elastic Scale, Agility, and Performance for BI and Analytics in the Cloud

Sep 28, 2016:

Cloudera, the global provider of the fastest, easiest, and most secure data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies, today released benchmark results that validate that Cloudera’s modern analytic database solution, powered by Apache Impala (incubating), not only delivers unprecedented capabilities for cloud-native workloads but does so at better cost performance compared to alternatives.

Impala uniquely offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query ability unavailable from traditionally-architected systems such as Redshift. With a modern design, Impala decouples data and compute to provide the same high-performance SQL analytics whether cloud-natively over data in S3 or across a wide range of on-premise and cloud storage options. Furthermore, Impala enables all these capabilities while also delivering up to 275% more cost-efficiency and up to 10x greater performance compared to Amazon’s analytic database, Redshift, equating to more value all within an open platform

Using queries from the TPC-DS industry standard benchmark, Cloudera compared Impala running on the cloud (both cloud-natively over S3 and over local EBS storage) to Amazon Redshift (only able to run over its own storage on dedicated AWS instances). Results from the benchmark show:
  • Impala is over 200% less costly and over 10x faster on S3 compared to a general purpose tuned Redshift
  • Impala is still 8% less costly and 90% faster on S3 compared to a pre-tuned Redshift for specific fixed reporting queries
  • Impala is 28-275% less costly and 42-400% faster on EBS compared to either pre-tuned or general purpose tuned Redshift