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Friday, October 24, 2014

Paragon Software See Big Potentials in Mobile App Segment

Based on a press release dated Oct 22, 2014.

Paragon Software Group, the world’s leading dictionary developer for mobile devices, tablets and PC, announces the major market trends in digital publishing with more than 1500 dictionary and reference applications downloaded and sold throughout the network of all major app stores worldwide in 2014. According to several major statistics companies, including analytic reports, the “education” and “reference” apps remain the leading categories for both Android and iOS. However, the growth for iOS apps is steadily decreasing, as the market matures. This tendency is confirmed with the recent findings of Paragon Software analysts.

Paragon sees potential in mobile app segment based on freemium business model - free basic features, paid advanced features.

According to the report, Paragon’s key markets for downloads and revenues. The top countries include Germany, the USA, the Russian Federation, Austria and Switzerland. The German-speaking regions of Europe account for almost 45% of the company’s revenue and approximately 28% of downloads.

This shows that the freemium business model is effective in English-speaking countries.

Oracle Surveys Lost and Stolen Mobiles

Based on a article from Oracle.

Oracle shares the findings of its latest research titled ‘Simply Connected’ which highlighted the latest mobile uptakes and trends around the world.

Some key findings include:-

#1: Young workers are far more likely to lose their mobile devices, or have them stolen, than their more seasoned colleagues.
  • 73% admit to having lost at least one mobile device and 52% have had at least one stolen; whereas among those aged 45-54-year-olds, device theft is at just 20% and losses at 36%

#2 It seems the 16-24-year-old category are constantly finding new and interesting ways to lose or damage a mobile device:
  • 53% have damaged a device by spilling a drink on it
  • 51% have dropped their mobile phone into a toilet
  • 49% have damaged a mobile device by sitting on it
  • …and 44% have lost or damaged a mobile phone in a way they were too embarrassed to admit to

With it, Oracle urges younger workers need to be more cautious with their mobile devices highlighting a serious security concern for businesses

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2015 and Beyond

Today is a public holiday in Malaysia, hence, I have some privilege to spend more time writings.

This is the question that everybody has in mind and do not know the answer. Nonetheless, deep in our hearts, we know that humanity has to move forward - just like death.

Bill Gates was once asked during a forum at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia on 29-May-2013, about robotics and A.I and his response were:

He didn't see robotics adoptions will lead to more genocide wars, robots are good thing.

Over times, computer can get really smart, and when the computer takes over certain tasks, it will put pressure on social-economical fronts, nevertheless, we will have to adjust to that.

Bill Gates thinks that A.I is doable, nonetheless, unsure when that will come.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Oct 2014

News for Week 2 of Oct 2014, most happening news was the announcement of World's First Embedded Android Infotainment System Powered by NVIDIA Tegra.
  • PR - Oct 23, 2014 - MDeC Extends the National Digital Economy to drive Inclusive Growth
  • PR - Oct 23, 2014 - New-gen of high-quality hand tools from RS Components
  • PR - Oct 23, 2013 - Vocus Communications Increases Network Scalability and Port Density to Build 100 GbE Pathway with Brocade
  • PR - Paris - Oct 22, 2014 - Transatel opens new opportunities for Consumer Electronic Brands on the burgeoning embedded connectivity market
  • Pikom - Oct 21, 2014 - PIKOM Announces New CEO And COUNCIL 2014/15
  • Ovum - Oct 21, 2014 - Developed Asia trumps Europe in the world’s first integrated fixed and mobile fast broadband development index
  • PR - Amsterdam - Oct 21, 2014 - Axiros Emerges as an IoT Powerhouse at Broadband World Forum 2014
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - Axiros, Eye Networks and ZyXEL Partner to Deliver Comprehensive and Scalable Cloud-Hosted Device Management Solutions
  • PR - Oct 20 - 2014 - 10 Things You Don't Know About WeChat!
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - Cisco Launches Worldwide IoT Challenge for Young Women.
  • PR - Oct 17, 2014 - Oracle Offers Zero Data Loss Recovery for Database Protection
  • PR - Oct 16, 2014 - HTC and Google Introduce the First Android Lollipop Nexus Tablet
  • PR - Oct 14, 2014 - Tata Comm. and PCCW Global join forces to expand global network capabilities for video and data
  • PR - Oct 14, 2014 - VMware and NVIDIA Announce First Participants in Tech Preview of NVIDIA GRID vGPU

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brocade Advances Replication and Disaster Recovery Capabilities for Remote Data Centres

Based on a press release (Oct 14 2014) from Brocade.

Enterprises today face significant challenges from the explosive growth of data and application workload traffic driven by virtualization. To address these challenges and to provide near-zero downtime and continuous application availability, Brocade has expanded its Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN portfolio with the addition of the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, which delivers a six-fold increase in performance, along with unprecedented availability and simplified management between remote data centers. The solution also doubles the performance, at half the cost, compared to WAN optimization appliances that are often mismatched when deployed as a Disaster Recovery alternative.

Brocade 7840 switches offer both the industry’s first 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 10 Gbps FCIP connectivity options, with data throughput speeds that are at least six times faster than competitive solutions. Brocade 7840 systems deliver an unprecedented 80 Gbps of application data throughput while securing data flows over distance with 256-bit IPsec encryption without a performance penalty.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gartner: 50% of IoTs Solutions Will Originate in Startups

Based on an article from Gartner.

Makers and startups, not tech providers, consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in startups that are less than three years old.

Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner

Gartner defines "makers" as inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs who create and manufacture products using traditional tools and new digital design and rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies. "Startups" are fledgling businesses that are often technology-focused and have the potential for high growth.

Mr. Basiliere cited the example of entrepreneurs and individuals who are leveraging the low-cost Arduino open-source electronics platform, entry-level 3D printers, and traditional woodworking and machine tools to build their own IoT devices. Gartner has found that these grassroots projects focus on managing and controlling devices in the home and are more focused on providing convenience (such as turning on the heat before you arrive home) than cost savings (the focus of enterprise-sector and public-sector IoT).

Details.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Asus G551 Gaming Notebook (Preview)

The reason I am interested in this product is because I am currently looking for replacement of consumer-based high-end Windows-based laptop for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410i, and I have been doing that for close to one year to date.

I have been a fan of IBM thinkpad series laptop ever since I could afford one. I found those old-fashion square-dull-looking and rugged laptop to be classy and inspired with certain self-gratification and grandeur.

Of course, IBM thinkpad has come a long way, even before the emergence of Macbook.

Hence, by the time I was ready to buy a serious laptop to complement my software programming work, I decided to purchase one.

The first one was IBM Thinkpad R60, second: Lenovo Thinkpad T410i and the third: Lenovo Thinkpad T440p.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Malaysian Budget 2015 Commentary

1.) Outsourcing Malaysia (OM) - David Wong, the Chairman of Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), an initiative under PIKOM

Fourth: Reintroducing the Services Export Fund (SEF) Services Export is an important thrust under OM and the reintroduction of SEF augurs well for our members. The financial assistance provided will help accelerate growth as well.

More comments from David Wong.

2.) AIMS Group - Chiew Kok Hin, CEO and MyIX Chairman

Implementing the Services Sector Blueprint;

We welcome the governments continued focus on the services sector where we hope the Business Services sector that is made out of Outsourcing and Data Centre players will benefit from this Services Sector Blueprint. As the world becomes more digital, more and more data will need to be hosted and it is wise on the government to leverage on boosting this sector.

More comments from Chiew Kok Hin.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Practo Search - Entrepreneur Success Story

https://my.news.yahoo.com/nothing-lose-two-indian-college-034057969.html

Practo has a proprietary algorithm running in the backend, which ranks doctors listed on the site based on relevance – location and specialty, feedback from patients, and appointment experience. The number of appointments booked with a doctor in the last 30 days, doctor’s availability, and patient’s recommendations are key parameters to rank doctors.

The big break came when Sequoia Capital came on board with series A funding of US$4 million in July 2012. In the same year, Shashank and Lal launched Practo.com – the doctor discovery and booking platform for patients who wanted to make an informed choice while hunting for the right doctor.

“The listing is free for doctors, as well as patients. Our revenues come from Practo Ray, the SaaS? product,” Pingle explains. Practo Search also carries contextual ads, based on what patients search for."

It took them 5 years to a funding of USD 4 million from Sequoia Capital.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

World’s First Cloud-Connected Cable Certification Tool

Press release - Malaysia - Oct 8, 2014

Fluke Networks today announced LinkWare™ Live, the world’s first cloud-based service that enables contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyze certification test results from cabling projects—anytime, anywhere.

Why it is important ? Key results from recent global surveys conducted by Fluke Networks with more than 1,000 cable installers (who had collectively installed approximately 1 million links in the previous month), clearly indicating a critical market need for a cloud-based cable test results management tool!
  • Poor management of cable test results takes a huge toll on productivity and profitability of a business:
  • The average time contractors spent dealing with test result issues in a single month was 15.2 hours—nearly two full workdays, not including the hours required to get the test results back to the office for analyzing and reporting
  • Eighty-three percent reported having one or more test results management issues in the month prior to the survey

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Oct 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Sep 2014, the biggest news was the annoucement that McAfee became a co-founder of the First Cyber Threat Alliance.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 7 ,2014 - InfoWatch’s Global Data Leakage Report Q1 2014
  • PR- Oct 7, 2014 - Kaspersky: The Tyupkin Malware & ATM Hacks
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - Tenable Network Security Customers Gain Fast Advantage over Shellshock
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab Broadens Cooperation with both INTERPOL and Europol
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - F-Secure Investigation Shows Consumers Will Do Anything for Free Wi-Fi
  • PR - SG - Sep 23, 2014 - McAfee Delivers New Security Suites for Devices

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Oct 2014

News for Week 4 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the announcement of National Big App Challenge by MDeC.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 9 , 2014 - MobileIron Wins Singapore and Hong Kong Industry Awards for Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Oct 8, 2014 - Advent One Deploys Brocade Routing at the Core of Managed Cloud Services Venture
  • PR - SG - Oct 8, 2014 - AEB Appoints Frans Kok as General Manager for Asia
  • PR - Oct 8, 2014 - PanelPilotACE available from RS Components slashes development time and cost for advanced displays
  • PR - Oct 7, 2014 - Maxwell comes to notebooks
  • PR - Oct 7, 2014 - Internet Business Summit 2014@ 15 – 16 October 2014
  • PR - Oct 3, 2014 - Oracle Unveiled Six New Cloud Platform Services
  • PR- SG - Oct 2, 2014 - GameStart 2014 Pulls In Top Regional Games@October 25 & 26
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - V-cube Sets Eyes on Malaysian Market
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - World's First Embedded Android Infotainment System Powered by NVIDIA Tegra
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - EMC Named #1 Most-Shipped Storage for Mission-Critical Applications
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Gartner: CA Technologies - Magic Quadrant Report for DCIM
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Taiwan Ecommerce and Cloud Summit@Oct 18, 2014
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Jabra Introduces MoveTM Wireless Headphones
  • Ovum - Sep 30, 2014 - PayPal divorce from eBay welcomed
  • P1 - Sep 30, 2014 - TM Completes Investment into P1
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Internet players invest USD100 billion in the physical Internet over three years – Analysys Mason report
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Ricoh: Bridging Borders in Comm. to Create the Future Workplace
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Oracle Releases Big Data Analytics in the Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2014
  • PR - Sep 30,2014 - Transforming Public Sector Services Through The Innovative Government 2.0 Summit
  • PR - Sep 29, 2014 - Brocade Announces New Hardware and Software for Brocade MLXe Routers to Help Transition to the “New IP”

Altium TASKING ARM Cortex-M : Embedded Development Tools for the Mac

Press release - Sydney, Australia – 2 October 2014

Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING) announces the release of its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Apple Mac computers running OS X.

Traditionally embedded software development tools have been available exclusively for the Windows operating system and Altium has a long history in providing its TASKING cross compilers and debuggers for running on Windows, including its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M.

Eclipse based IDE with integrated compiler and debugger


With ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers becoming popular in broad market consumer applications, especially with wearable electronics and electronic systems that can be controlled from the iPhone, it is apparent that embedded software engineers want to use the Mac as their development platform.

To serve this development community, Altium has developed a native OS X port of release v5.1r1 of its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M, bringing its C compiler suite with Eclipse based IDE and debugger to Mac computers.

Details.