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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Slurp! Secures Funding to Accelerate Growth of Mobile Point-of-Sale System

Aug 16, 2017 - K.L :

Silentmode Sdn. Bhd. (“Slurp!”) the developer of Slurp! cloud-based point-of-sale system (POS) that specializes in food and beverages (F&B) industry sector today announced that it has recently closed a Series A round of funding of RM2.5 million. The funding has come from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and it is managed by Intres Capital Partners Sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur-based venture capital firm.

Slurp! which was launched into the F&B retail market in 2014 plans to use the funding to accelerate product sales and marketing, grow its current team as well as explore regional markets for potential expansion in 2018.

Reza Razali, CEO and Co-Founder of Slurp! said, “We are very thrilled about the funding secured. Our team has been working very hard to make Slurp! which is a homegrown POS system, an effective solution for owners of F&B retail businesses. As we push forward, it is crucial for us to have a strong support system and after getting to know the people running Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and Intres Capital, we are convinced of their capabilities. We are grateful that ADIF and Intres Capital have put their trust in us.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5G Technology will Transform the Communications Landscape in Malaysia

Aug 15, 2017 - K.L :

NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Netcracker Technology announced today their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform for service providers and enterprises in Malaysia.

The partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV (Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) solution provider that is capable of designing and deploying a network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect or chain together to create communication services.

At the SDN/NFV Solution and Partnership launch today, Mr. Chong Kai Wooi, Managing Director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia said, “Around the world we are seeing service providers in the US, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey, Japan and China upgrading their network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services which are imminent. Commercializing such services, including the massive connectivity of people, transportation, objects and cities, is expected to take off in the next two to three years.”

“To stay competitive in a global economy, service providers and enterprises in Malaysia will eventually have the need to adapt to 5G technologies. With our SDN/NFV 5G-ready solution, companies will be able to speed up the time-to-market for their potential communications services and/or any applications that run on 5G technology, improve cost efficiency and have the ability to offer new, revenue generating-services.”

The Dark Side of the Dark Web

Aug 9, 2017 :

Gone are the days when ransomware was developed and distributed by skilled cyber criminals. Today, anyone can easily build and launch ransomware as there are only two key requirements – bad intent and access to the dark web, a marketplace where malware kits are advertised the way a traditional online retailer promotes regular items like clothes and shoes.

Users on the dark web are anonymous and protected by a privacy feature baked directly into the Tor browser, which is the browser used to access it. This also means that law enforcement authorities are unable to identify where the websites are, who owns them, who uses them or who to arrest.

The easy access to the dark web is fuelling ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) distribution models, which essentially enable novice cybercriminals to download and use ransomware. As ransomware is cheap to purchase and spread, it also provides a quicker payout than stealing credit card data or personal information.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From zero-day exploits to rampant ‘ransomware’: how advanced targeted attacks evolved in Q2, 2017

Aug 10, 2017 :

The second quarter of 2017 saw sophisticated threat actors unleash a wealth of new and enhanced malicious tools, including three zero-day exploits and two unprecedented attacks: WannaCry and ExPetr. Expert analysis of the last two suggests the code may have escaped into the wild before it was fully ready, an unusual situation for well-resourced attackers. These and other trends are covered in Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary.


Monday, August 14, 2017

MDEC Brings the Region’s Animation Industry to Life with Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017

Aug 8, 2017 - Cyberjaya :

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is bringing the region’s animation industry to life at its Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017. In its 6th year, the two-day Conference will take place on 9 and 10 August 2017 at Cyberview Resort & Spa in Cyberjaya, followed with the first ever Content Festival that takes place on 11 and 12 August 2017 at the TSI Sports Arena, Cyberjaya. This extended four-day extravaganza is an anchor event for the Cyberjaya 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Edmund Chan, Managing Director of Animasia Studio (2nd from left) and Law King Hui, Executive Director of Sasbadi Holdings (far right) pictured at the MoU signing ceremony, to signify a collaboration to bring Chuck Chicken animation into print media, witnessed by Hasnul Hadi, Vice President of the Creative Content and Technologies division, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer  of MDEC and Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer  of MDEC

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC, enthused, “The animation and creative content industry have enormous potential, and it has become one of the main contributor to the national income over recent years. MDEC is already working towards building a healthy and vibrant digital economy as it continuously pushes boundaries to spur market growths. This event is critical to this relentless effort, providing great economic value-add for the nation. Indeed, the road ahead is a promising one and it is MDEC’s role to provide a platform for the industry to address expectations and real needs. Kre8tif! is the perfect avenue for us to provide that needed support and we are confident it will open more doors for Malaysia’s animation and creative content industry to flourish on the international stage.”


How automation is shaping the workplace of the future

by Darren Rushworth, President APAC, NICE Ltd

It is inevitable that robots will become our co-workers. Any repetitive task that requires accuracy and speed, but little judgment, would be better performed by a robot. When humans are made to perform manual, mundane processes repeatedly, it can cause frustration over time and be error prone. Given the tight labour market for good talent[1], it simply is not a good use of precious resources either. The solution is called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and it’s here in Asia today. Through RPA, Asian businesses can automate many repetitive processes, in both front and back offices, and improve efficiencies and effectiveness to become more competitive in today’s digital landscape.

While IDC expects 40 percent of digital transformation initiatives in Asia Pacific to be supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities by 2020, only 12 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the region believe that AI will have a positive impact on their businesses in the next five years. It is not uncommon for CIOs who are saddled with shrinking budgets and increasing demands from business users to be sceptical about yet another new technology. What they want to know is how the technology will work, if it will really deliver on the hype, and what’s the Return on Investment (ROI)? Here are the answers to these questions:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

IT News Week 2 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 1 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Ricoh Impresses Yet Again at Ipmex 2017
  • PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Sage Hires FinTech Heavyweight to Lead Asia Pacific Business
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - J.B - Launching of "UTM-Huawei iLearning Cloud Showcase" by the Minister of Higher Education (MOHE), YBG Dato 'Seri Idris Jusoh
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - honor Promises Better Calls and Coverage with the Support of VoLTE
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - SENHENG is now offering the perfect Selfie Nationwide
  • PR - Aug 9, 2017 - Official Launch of Shopplus (Shopplus Introduces First On-The-Go System)
  • PR - Aug 8, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Changing the Façade of Smart Buildings
  • PR - Aug 7, 2017 - Cyberjaya - IBM Malaysia and MDEC collaborate to enable students as future Digital Makers through the IBM Watson Maker Workshop

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UTM Whitepaper reviews 177 MHz spectrum gap for Malaysia’s Mobile Broadband

Aug 10, 2017 :

Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) today released a whitepaper to understand the existing mobile broadband (MBB) performance and user experience in Malaysia. The whitepaper reveals that the nation requires an additional 307 MHz spectrum to satisfy MBB traffic forecasted by 2020. However, only 130 MHz out of 307 MHz can be achieved, resulting in 177 MHz of spectrum gap to be fulfilled, according to the study. To enable WBB (wireless broadband) requirement, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and IoT services, like video surveillance, even more spectrum is needed.

Prof. Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman, whitepaper lead researcher and Director of Wireless Communication Centre (WCC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), accompanied by his team of researchers who spearheaded the study on Malaysia’s spectrum needs.

The study was conducted in four key areas of Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak across urban, suburban, rural and indoor areas. The study indicated that there is a serious need for enhancing 4G network capabilities in rural areas of East Malaysia. Although, Selangor and Klang Valley has a strong position in 4G services with consistent and stable results, there are signs that the network is becoming more congested in these areas. It also showed that there were indoor areas with poor cellular signal strength coverage distributions which can be further enhanced.

Malaysia is poised to benefit immensely from the full potential of the digital economy. Wireless connectivity is the key platform for digital economy and spectrum is the main commodity driving our wireless services. The deployment of wireless connectivity can enhance productivity and expand the nation’s economy.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

mTouche embark on AI to enhance Digital Media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market

Aug 2, 207 - KL :

Mobile value-added services and digital media marketing company, mTouche Technology Bhd has inked a comprehensive master collaboration partnership agreement with Octa Gravity Company Limited, Thailand to enhance its digital media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market with the joint development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to be integrated into the proprietary and innovative digital media and infotainment platform for the IT and mobile channel which was recently announced on 19 July 2017.

In recent years, AI technologies have experienced tremendous breakthroughs amidst the explosive growth of data volume resulting from the increased sophistication of analysis engines (i.e., software) and the improved processing capabilities of computers. These technologies are currently attracting attention for their usefulness in complementing human abilities and creating a more convenient society.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Lumina Networks Enters SDN Market

Aug 8, 2017 - K.L :

Lumina Networks, Inc. launched today in the software-defined networking (SDN) market, through its acquisition of assets associated with the SDN Controller product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Along with a leading SDN Controller solution, powered by OpenDaylight™, Lumina brings a talented team of network software engineers and existing customer engagements with some of the world’s largest service providers. Offering the Lumina SDN Controller, applications and Network Development (NetDev) Services, Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into production networks.

Transitioning to software-based networks can dramatically lower capital and operational costs while transforming network functionality and customer experience. Yet, the complexity of the transition from hardware to software, along with the crucial requirement of independence from vendors, has made it difficult for service providers to move beyond lab trials and into production environments. This is where open source-based networking technology can help.

Using OpenDaylight as its preferred open source controller, Lumina enables service providers to directly control their SDN implementations while providing the flexibility to develop their own solutions through their choice of vendors thus eliminating lock-in. To ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes enhancements made to its SDN Controller back to the open source community.

Kaspersky Lab Launches the Goondus Awards

Aug 4, 2017 :

Kaspersky Lab has launched a campaign in Asia Pacific to educate the public and spread awareness on Internet safety. Known as the Goondus Awards, the campaign is inviting submissions from the public on Internet mistakes and faux pas that have led to reputational, financial or property damage or loss for individuals. The Goondus Awards website which features the submissions anonymously, highlights real life incidents where a naïve or ill-informed Internet practice led to some form of misfortune.

“We want to educate people about safer Internet behaviours and to showcase real world examples of missteps leading to some form of loss or damage. While some stories may be humorous and even incredulous, the repercussions and damage were real and in some cases severe,” explained Sylvia Ng, General Manager, South East Asia. “As our entries are entirely anonymous, we’re encouraging a community led campaign to drive home the message that only safe practices will make the Internet safer for users.”

The Goondus Awards showcases a wide array of stories ranging from humorous occurrences to unintelligent acts and sad episodes involving monetary or reputational loss. The campaign acts as an initiative to raise cyber security awareness in an engaging form through the sharing of personal stories. It also serves to help web visitors foster positive and pleasant online experiences.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bringing Performance and Style to the Fore with the EOS 6D Mark 2 and EOS 200D

Jul 27, 2017 - KL :

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the availability of the new EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 200D DSLR cameras designed for advanced-amateur and entry-level photographers, respectively. This announcement continues Canon’s commitment to bringing the best tools to each user, regardless of their experience in photography.

“As a leading imaging company, we understand the different needs and wants of Malaysian photographers – from first-timers, to the most experienced. We are proud to continue to bring the imaging tools needed to both elevate and expand the art of photography in Malaysia,” said Andrew Koh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

ShopBack Malaysia Anticipates One Million Cashback Users by Year-End

Aug 2, 2017 - KL :

ShopBack, the top Cashback platform in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, forecasts the number of online Cashback users in the country to reach one million by year-end, tailing closely after its counterpart in Indonesia and same time maintaining ahead of Singapore.

Alvin Gill, Country GM, ShopBack Malaysia

Alvin Gill, Country General Manager of ShopBack Malaysia said that compared to one year ago, there’s a 260% increase in local user base (over 280,000 users in July 2016 versus over 750,000 users in July 2017), and shared that one million Malaysian users will be achieved soon given the rise of demand, convenient services brought by new online merchants, as well as supporting moves by government such as legalising ride-hailing services in Malaysia.

"On-demand delivery services have become pretty well received over the past year as it saves users time and petrol expenses from going back and forth for daily purchase. Who knows if Amazon Prime Now may make its way to Malaysia in the future?” Alvin expressed.

He also said that merchants’ offerings are getting versatile. Coupled with government’s support towards digital companies such as passing the bill for Grab and Uber (both are our partner merchants on ShopBack app) in the country, ShopBack is very optimistic about the future of digital economy here. The coming months will see ShopBack bringing higher Cashback and other smart services to propel the growth in Malaysia.

Virtual Offices@Colony Space@Jalan Kia Peng, KL

Jul 27, 2017 :

Colony, a new co-working space has today officially launched the new concept of serviced office space called Colony Space, where it sets to change the way everyone works, as well as the offices they work in.



The concept behind KL’s newest co-working serviced office entrant Colony is reflected in its design, as it offers various perks to its tenants, including a nap area for some quick shuteye, a massage room where a certified masseuse can be hired on an ad-hoc basis, an exclusive lounge with high ceilings and full length windows, and access to a rooftop gym and swimming pool where tenants can work out with a full view of the KL city skyline.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

IT News Week 1 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 4 Jul 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 4, 2017 - LinkedIn Lite Expands to Malaysia
  • PR - Aug 4, 2017 - HUAWEI Promotes Unity Amongst Malaysians
  • PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Next-generation video surveillance in Singapore key to SMART Nation growth
  • PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications
  • PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Cloudera Awarded Prestigious Certification for World Class Customer Service and Support for Second Consecutive Year
  • PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Longer, Expanding, Demanding: Botnet DDoS Attacks Highlighted in Kaspersky Lab Quarterly Report
  • PR - Jul 31, 2017 - Microsoft : Asia Pacific financial sector digital transformation banks on cloud computing to be competitive
  • PR - Jul 31, 2017 - The Women of the Future Awards Launches in South East Asia
  • PR - Jul 26, 2017 - HUAWEI Brings inNOVAtion and Sophistication with nova 2 Plus to A Whole New Level this August