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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Good Luck Robotics Sdn. Bhd.

The first robot that I would know was the terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - it came out to kill people.

Robotics has always been a fun concept for humanity - a tin man who can do anything, but not as long as it has intelligent.

Arnie's terminator was able to deliver the impact, reminding us that everything comes with a price - the other robots are less than impressive.

So, Arnie's came out to tell us about the possibility that robots, once self-aware, may turn against the creator.

Nevertheless, that is yet to be sure.

Everything starts with the need to automate - If you do not agree with me, you wouldn't be using a computer.

As the computer, IT and technology industry progress, automated robotics and eventually A.I robotics are the natural progressions.

Friday, May 20, 2016

IT News Week 3 May 2016

For IT News Week 2 May 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Tokyo - Transcosmos Acquires 100% Ownership of Social Gear, a Social Media Operational Support Company
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Laser Components: 532 nm Precision Laser Module
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - OSU robotics program ranked best in West, fourth in nation
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - F-Secure’s New Service Pits Man and Machine against Targeted Cyber Attacks
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Axios Systems becomes the first IT Service Management vendor to achieve accreditation for all 16 ITIL® processes
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Goxip: Fashion Discovery App Raises $1.6M in Seed Funding
  • PR - May 18, 2016 - New 9th edition of Oxford dictionary app includes 170 new definitions from technology
  • PR - May 18, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Launches New Converged Infra Platforms for SAP Hana Environments
  • Shroders - May 18, 2016 - Where next for the US dollar?
  • PR - May 17, 2016 - 11street Academy is the First E-commerce Certification Programme in Malaysia
  • PR - May 16, 2016 - Aspect Software Bolsters Cloud, Partnerships and ASEAN Region through Leadership Appointments
  • PR - May 16, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Reports Significant Increase in Malicious Spam Emails in Q1 2016

Asia Pacific Luxury Travel To Outpace Europe Over The Next 10 Years

May 19, 2016:

A new Amadeus report, Shaping the Future of Luxury Travel, reveals that Asia Pacific’s luxury travel market will see faster overall growth than Europe’s from 2011-2025. North America and Western Europe lead the world’s luxury travel market – accounting for 64% of global outbound luxury trips despite only making up 18% of the world’s population. However, the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in luxury outbound trips for Asia Pacific from 2011 – 2025, projected at 6.3%, will be higher than Europe (5.3%).

The report further finds that at a global level, growth in luxury travel will outpace overall travel, spurred on by consumers’ desire for life experiences. According to Tourism Economics data, this trend will continue to accelerate over the next ten years, with luxury travel trips projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% between 2015 and 2025, almost a third faster than overall travel at 4.8%.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

mCommerce Becoming the Strongest Driver for Mobile Digital Payment in Malaysia

May 16, 2016:

iPay88 Sdn Bhd – the leading online payment gateway provider in South East Asia, shares its outlook of the mobile commerce trend in Malaysia – emphasizing that this commercial trend will lead the revolution and growth of digital payments adoption via mobile shopping.

Chan Kok Long, Executive Director of iPay88 says that mCommerce is the hot trend to watch now, judging from the ratio of iPay88’s mobile traffic with its total online payment transactions – which represents close to 70 per cent of Malaysia market.

“In year 2015, iPay88 recorded that 3.7 million online shoppers who made purchases through its systems used mobile devices. Compare this to Year 2014, whereby it was only 2.0 million. Meanwhile, as at first quarter of 2016, 1.6 million online shoppers of iPay88 have purchased using mobile devices. Many of our merchants are also actively promoting mobile purchases in 2016 following the mCommerce waves,” says Chan.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hitachi Insight Group Formed for Global IoT Business, Lamada Core Platform Unveiled

May 11, 2016:

Digital transformation is a key initiative for many public and private sector organisations looking to optimise processes, implement broader efficiencies and improve interactions with their customers and constituents. And IoT is propelling a rapid convergence of our physical and digital worlds, creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges for businesses, cities, governments and industries. The application of IoT solutions that can deliver valuable insight to support transformation is rapidly becoming a strategic imperative in almost every industry and market sector. However, building IoT solutions that provide real value can be difficult – especially without the right underlying architecture or the deep understanding to properly simulate and digitalise operational entities and processes. IoT platforms are necessary, but often introduce new layers of complexity and rigidity to IoT solutions, making them difficult to modify and incapable of holistically supporting all the elements of digital business and market ecosystems at scale.

To address this requirement, Hitachi - a pioneer in the creation and application of sensors to provide connected intelligence and support early IoT use cases in industrial markets, such as predictive maintenance and optimised factory, today announced the formation of Hitachi Insight Group. With Social Innovation as the overarching and unifying corporate vision of the Hitachi family of companies, the formation of the Hitachi Insight Group will drive Hitachi’s unified Internet of Things (IoT) – based digital solutions business and go-to-market strategy worldwide. With USD$5.4 billion in IoT solutions and services revenue generated in 2015 and 33 solutions in-market today, Hitachi offers one of the broadest IoT solutions portfolios in the industry. By uniting its digital and IoT solutions and services businesses, Hitachi is positioning itself to lead in this fast-growing market, for which IDC projects a $1.46 trillion IoT market opportunity by 2020.1

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MS Windows 10 Evaluation Feedback #1

MS Windows 10 acting funny ... Unable to shut down.

1.) Upgraded one laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10 recently.

2.) Installed Visual Studio 2015 --> a few hour process.

3.) Once done, click 'Power/Shut Down' --> Guess what, it restarted.

4.) Perform shutdown again --> restarted.

5.) Perform restart --> restarted

6.) Perform shutdown --> shutdown - finally.

Friday, May 13, 2016

IT News Week 2 May 2016

For IT News Week 1 May 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - Teradata Malaysia Appoints New Country Manager
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - UOB: Small-and-medium capitalised stocks offer long term growth for the discerning investor
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - Sophos Introduces Enterprise Malware Removal Tool That Cleans Up Exploit Code from RATs, Ransomware and Rootkits
  • PR - May 12, 2016 - Mobile-Optimised Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance
  • PR - May 12, 2016 - Mobile Power Meter with Silicon Sensor
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - APICTA 2016 Opens for Nomination
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - LeEco Joins Forces with Twitter for Global Brand Expansion
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - Jabra report outlines business failures to support employee productivity
  • PR - May 10, 2016 - IBM Watson to Tackle Cybercrime
  • PR - May 10, 2016 - Brocade vADC Research Findings - Why Smart Organizations Maximise Application Performance 2016

A Horizontal Platform: Focusing on the IoT User Experience

By Varun Arora, Vice President, Business Development, Greenwave Systems

Today's innovations have the ability to change the world at an unprecedented breadth and pace. Cloud, social media, and now smartphones and wearables. We have seen how these disruptive technologies can transform the way we conduct business and live our lives. The next big wave in our technological and cultural future includes a world where all devices are connected and working together to improve the lives of consumers and the efficiency of organizations. This wave is being driven by rapidly declining cost of sensors, widespread network connectivity, and software that ties together the physical and digital elements of our lives.

Frequently dubbed the “Internet of Things" or IoT, this growing sector offers the potential of making our lives more seamless, efficient and enjoyable. IoT enables services to help us take better care of our loved ones, save us money through more efficient utilization of energy, and save us time by automating and anticipating tasks. It has been projected that there will be 50 billion Internet connected things by 2020, and that profits and cost savings from IoT will reach a staggering US$19 trillion over the next 10 years.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

85% of Malaysian businesses feel the need for a modern data culture

11-May-2016:

Microsoft Malaysia today unveiled findings from its first Asia Data Culture study 2016, which showed that 85% of Business Decision Makers (BDMs) in Malaysia felt that it was important to drive an agile business that is data driven, yet only 44% are starting to embark or have a limited digital strategy in place.

“Digital transformation is beyond adding a layer of digitization to your business – it’s about bringing together social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies together. And data is at the centre of this – knowing your customers, recognizing new opportunities, or streamlining processes will become a staple part of business strategy,” said Dzahar Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia. “As a case in point, IDC Asia/Pacific predicted that by the end of 2017, 60% of APAC 1000 (A1000) enterprises will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy.”

(from left) David Chmelar, CEO and co-founder of iPrice; Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia; Takeshi Numoto, Corporate VP, Cloud & Enterprise Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp; Ir Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, Director, Innovation Capital Division, Multimedia Development Economy Corporation (MDEC); and Dr Dzaharudin Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia


Some of the benefits that these Malaysian BDMs felt when driving a data culture includes:
  • Better business continuity
  • Real-time decision making
  • Efficiency in operations
  • Improved processes
  • Improved customer satisfaction and retention


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016

May 3, 2016:

BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 (#BIGITMY2016), the Anchor Event of the Big Data Week Asia featuring concurrent conferences themed Data Security World Show and the 4th Big Data World Show will be held on 19th-20th September 2016 at KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia.

As the leading Big Data World Show in Asia, BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 is co-organized with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) - Malaysia's government agency leading the national Big Data Analytics initiative. This event is sponsored by Fusionex (Titanium Sponsor), Delphix & Cloudera (Platinum Sponsor), and Schneider Electric (Gold Sponsor).

BIGIT’s events are designed to cater the niche and exclusive market needs. BIGIT which stands for big in technology is proud to present the two days events for relevant sponsors, exhibitors and delegates from all over the world. BIGIT Technology is initiated to serve as a business networking platform for industry experts to communicate and collaborate in terms of knowledge sharing and idea brainstorming.

Monday, May 09, 2016

CU-Boulder team’s octopus-inspired ‘soft’ robot wins international challenge

May 6, 2016:

An octopus tentacle can perform tasks as complex as opening a jar and can continue to function after being severed from its body, thanks to a concentration of neurons in the tentacle itself. A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has created a robotic hand that is nearly as dexterous and self-contained, winning them the RoboSoft Grand Challenge manipulation competition in Livorno, Italy, on April 29-30.

The “soft” robotic hand created in the Department of Computer Science’s Correll Lab uses a standard USB connection to provide control signals and power. A mini-pump supplies air pressure to inflatable fingers, while embedded sensors enable the fingers to make adjustments on the fly. In addition, embedded computation is used to detect whether a grasp is successful, an important capability for future robotic autonomy.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Malaysian Broadband Plans Pros and Cons

1.) TIME Home Fibre Internet Plans

Pros: Users can download a full, HD movie in under 32 seconds
Cons: Limited coverage area

2.) TM UniFi Pro Plans

Pros: All plans come with HyppTV
Cons: Deposit of RM 1k for non-Malaysians

3.) Maxis Home Fibre Broadband

Pros: 4 different plans available
Cons: The most expensive in the market

4.) Digi Broadband plans

Pro: First mobile provider to offer 100GB 4G LTE high-speed Internet
Con: Substantial but limited quota

For more details, refer to http://www.comparehero.my/blog/broadband-showdown-malaysia-2016.