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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.

Details.

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.

Details.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sophos Boosts Network Security Performance with SG Series Appliance

Sophos today announced a major market refresh of its network security gateway hardware in Malaysia to capitalize on and further advance, increases in new customer business for Sophos unified threat management (UTM) appliances.

Running on 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors, the Sophos SG Series appliances deliver up to four times the speed of the previous UTM generation appliances, bringing flexibility and simplicity to security for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and mid-market organisations.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos, CEO

“SMBs in Malaysia increasingly ride on technology trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and cloud computing for productivity, while mid-sized organisations struggle with data overload and not knowing what security solutions best fits their needs,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Sophos. “Such technologies introduce new attack vectors and security risks for SMBs and mid-sized organisations, as their security management and awareness remain nascent. The new Sophos SG Series will prove to be a good return-on-investment, as it is not only affordable, makes up for their lack of IT expertise and saves time with easy and flexible deployment.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

VMWare Announced New Enterprise Technologies on VMWorld 2014

SAN FRANCISCO- Aug 26, 2014 :

Sanjay Mirchandani, SVP and General Manager, VMware APJ proclaimed the forthcoming as tipping point for the next era of IT in Asia.

The core of these excitements are based on virtual machine technologies where software-defined approach caters for better costs-saving and scalability towards enterprise solution.

The solutions cover everything from hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined networking, open source cloud and Software Defined Data Center.

VMware has over 750 partners and customers from APJ attending VMworld 2014, it is clear that businesses in this region are looking at ways to respond to a new business reality.

With more than 60% of the world’s youth living in Asia Pacific and more millennials entering the workforce each year, it is critical that IT keep up with this software-defined generation by brokering IT services and applications, or risk being marginalized.

Open, Agile, Secure Software-Defined Data Center

These new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions meant to support software-defined data center.

Amongst the calculated costs-saving includes reduction of capital expense (CAPEX) costs by up to 31% with name brand, industry standard hardware, and 49% using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and increase staff productivity by 100% or more in environments employing IT as a Service.

Software-Defined Data Center empowers enterprises to adopt heterogeneous clouds, hypervisors and physical environments. The software-defined data center transforms security architecture through a ubiquitous virtualization layer, and by enabling network micro-segmentation with VMware NSX network virtualization.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Robotics Industry Today : Zero-in from IROS 2014

IROS 2014 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) is currently happening at Chicago, Illinois, Sep 14 to Sep 18 2014.

The event is primarily sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, the Robotics Society of Japan, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, the New Technology Foundation, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

From business side, this year's Gold sponsor is Microsoft.

The aim of this article is to explore what is the latest trend in the robotics industry, what researchers are up to and what consumers can expect out of the industry.

Looking at the keyword index of submitted papers, it is found that the followings are most popular subjects:
  • Biologically-Inspired Robots - the R & D of emulations of robots based on biological entities such as snakes
  • Computer Vision
  • Field Robots - outdoors challenges
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Localization - the R & D of effective, intelligent and autonomous methods for robots and applications to adapt to operating environment, with focus on costs and performance
  • Mechanism Design
  • Medical Robots and Systems
  • Motion and Path Planning
  • Motion Control
  • Robot Learning
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Unmanned Aeriel Systems

Monday, September 15, 2014

Citrix on the Personal Digital Advantage

Based on a press release by Citrix, according to Nielsen’s smartphone penetration report, Malaysia ranks second highest in Asia Pacific at 80 percent.
Well, we have heard this many times, each proclaiming Malaysians being the top users for smartphones, social medias, social networking and etc.

And I have always thought that a sensible reason to explain these realities is that the mobile device presents an opportunity for social-economical liberation in what a conservative-governed country.

As a result of this, Citrix promotes that the combination of BYOD and consumerization of IT trends brings about what is known as Personal Digital Advantage trend.

Mark Micallef, Area Vice President of Citrix ASEAN opines that enterprises should capitalize on this trend, there are 5 things to consider:

1.) Creating seamless multi-device experiences for users
2.) Attention and information management
3.) Promoting the speed learning culture
4.) Leveraging and learning from real-time digital assistance
5.) Time warping through automation - multi-tasking

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gamdias Headset.. you raise me up higher (review)

Gamdias HEBE headset
The Gamdias HEBE Surround Sound Gaming Headset is an enormous headset for my moderate size ears. No doubt using it caters for better comfort and the headset covers the full ears instead of putting pressure towards edges of the ears, hence, reducing the longevity of discomfort when using headset for an extended period.

It is also a good looking headset. - it feels very Optimus Primish or rather Iron-manish.

In terms of sound quality, comparing with other headset products which I have experienced with, the Gamdias HEBE headset offers me a better range of vocal capability - i.e it is not so loud yet clearer, when it gets loud, it is doesn't feel noisy.

Also, it presents more raw and original output, in the sense that the output audio doesn't feel deliberately amplified - I mean to say that instead of shouting, it is capable of presenting real high vocal pitches.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MDeC Organizes 3-Day Super Cybersales@Sep 29 to October 1, 2014.

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), via its Digital Malaysia initiative, will be organizing a three-day #MyCyberSALE with over 4,500 merchants from 250 e-Marketplaces including reputable local & international online retailers, from September 29 to October 1, 2014.

The world’s first Government-led online sale will feature more than 225,000 deals offering up to 90% discount. #MYCyberSALE will also reinforce Malaysia’s commitment to spur the development of the eCommerce industry and enhance the mobile shopping culture in the country as we move towards a digital economy in 2020.

With over 25.3 million Internet users representing 89% of the population, Malaysian businesses are poised to unlock the high value potential of the eCommerce industry. This coupled with the nation’s high mobile penetration rate of 140% and household broadband penetration rate of over 67% will help drive Malaysia’s eCommerce industry, which is expected to reach RM5.76 billion by 2015.

3 trends on Malaysian online shoppers:
  1. 42% Malaysians opt to shop on their mobile phones!
  2. 77% of Malaysians Google as they shop
  3. Shopping has gotten more social! - 66.5% of people polled said that they read online reviews or social media recommendations before they commit to a purchase.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Sep 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was the launch of Barracuda Virtual License Portability which allows software licenses to be shared across different virtual machines deployment - a major costs saving initiative for enterprises.
  • PR - Sep 12, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab Experts Warn of Security Risks Facing Wearable Connected Devices
  • PR - Sep 12, 2014 - NUS students win Internship with cyber security firm McAfee
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Kaspersky: Online Merchants and Financial Service Providers are the two Biggest Sources of Stolen Banking Information
  • PR - Sep 10, 2014 - CyberArk Advances Threat Analytics to Identify New Types of Malicious Privileged Behaviour Across Systems and Users
  • PR - Sep 10, 2014 - McAfee becomes a co-founder of the First Cyber Threat Alliance
  • PR - Sep 5, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab identifies a cyber-espionage campaign targeting Latin America
  • PR - SG - Sep 4, 2014 - McAfee: 1 in 3 Singapore Teens Have Had Experienced With Cyberbullying
  • PR - SG - Sep 4, 2014 - McAfee: Warns of Phishing Attacks with 80% of Global Business Users Unable to Detect Scams