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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).


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

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 – 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.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Unable to Set IP Address for Evolis Pebble 4 Card Printer

I recently bought an Evolis Pebble 4 card printer for one project.

The printer supports both USB and TCP/IP connection.

While trying to configure the TCP/IP settings, I followed the instruction from the official manual - couldn't work.

I found that using the hostname: http://evo_pb4_xxxxxxx on a web browser, the configuration page couldn't load - where xxxxxxx is the last seven digits serial number from the left, i.e if the serial number is 1234567890123, then the hostname should be http://evo_pb4_7890123.

Locating the serial number from the sticker at the bottom of the printer, in this case, the serial number is invalid

Setup Business Emails with - Case Study

This case study is applicable to only.

1.) Emails accounts are usually bundled with web hosting package.

In this case study, a Business Website builder plan is purchased together with a domain name.

The domain name will be automatically binded to the website builder plan.

2.) Under GoDaddy's 'My Account', expand the 'Email' option.

Click 'Set up' under 'Free Email Plans'.

From the pop-up, select the Email product and the domain name to associate with the email product.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oregon State University: Mechanized human hands

Found this press release interesting.

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery.

The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

Personally, I found it to be related to robotics. Nevertheless, according to the Oregon State University's spoke person, it is NOT robotic.

The new mechanism developed at OSU is not really robotic since it has no sensory, electronic or motor capabilities, Balasubramanian said. Rather, it’s a passive technology using a basic pulley that will be implanted within a person’s hand to allow more natural grasping function with less use of muscle energy.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Sep 2014

News for Week 2 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the launch of iPhone 6.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
    PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Oracle Urges Organizations to Accelerate Mobile Adoption
  • PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Bosch’s ‘Innovation around My Campus’ challenge in its second year
  • PR - Arlington, Va. - Sep 24, 2014 - Unmanned Systems Take Flight at the 2015 International CES
  • PR- Sep 22, 2014 - MDeC & Tentspark launches National Big App Challenge
  • PR - Sep 22, 2014 - ’MENARA AIMS’ is the new name for Aik Hua building
  • PR - Sep 19, 2014 - ASUS Announced Transformer Book Flip
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Winner of Inaugural MSTB ‘Software Test Design’ Competition announced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MOLPay Supports #MYCyberSALE with Innovative Cash Payment

Last Friday, I asked 'Which e-commerce sites are participating ?' in the biggest online event in Malaysia: #MYCyberSALE

MOLPay responded that they are participating as Initiative Partner;MOLPay is offering zero set-up fee for e-tailers who would like to sign up for MOLPay CASH. Not only that, MOLPay is offering FREE credit card application (worth RM900) and two years of maintenance fee (worth RM998) waived for all e-tailers from today till 1st October 2014.

Throughout this event, online shoppers will be able to use MOLPay CASH, a feature that gives them the flexibility to pay cash for their online transactions, 24 hours and 7 days a week, throughout all 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia.

During #MYCyberSALE period, MOLPay CASH offers online shoppers with a safe payment alternative especially for those without debit/credit cards, access to Internet banking, and for those who have experienced credit card fraud. This three-day sale is organised by Multimedia Development Corporation Bhd (MDeC) to foster the development of the eCommerce industry while stimulating the eCommerce culture in Malaysia.