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Friday, May 30, 2008

Web Technology Trends for 2008 & Beyond

I like to take note the presentation created by ReadWriteWeb on Web Technology Trends for 2008 & Beyond.

It is simple...
  • Web 2.0 and Web 3.0
  • Semantic Web
  • Open Data (means data API)
  • Social Networking Race
  • Mobile Web
And I like to add Cloud computing.

Refer to the discussions on WCIT 2008 for similar topics.

PC Suddenly Slows Down ?

What would have happened if your PC have suddenly slowed down ?

It could be hardware problem. However, this would usually showcase in the form of unexpected PC restarting and system crash.

Most likely, it could be your software.

For instance, I have just installed Dr. Web for its ability to trace trojans and also active shield (known as SpIDer Guard). Dr. Web looks more promising that the following products:
  1. Windows Defender
  2. Spyware Doctor
  3. Norton Security Scan
  4. AVG
However, the downside is that having Dr. Web installed and SpIDer Guard enabled, it will slow down the system considerably. This is particularly noticeable when I was backing up my source codes into compact disc. Somehow, it will take longer (really longer) time for SpIDer Guard to scan through complex objects especially program binaries (for patterns).

The solution is to disable SpIDer Guard temporarily while burning source codes into CD.

But active shield is important because of one reason, it would take a longer time for you to perform a full scan to track down the culprit in case your PC is really infected with something be it viruses or malwares. And to take note, AVG free edition really sucks at full scan (it could take whole day) while the bundle from Google Packs which offers Spyware Doctor and Norton Security Scan offer no active shield (you have to pay to get one).

So, how would the trade-off be countered ?
  • While moving complex objects (like source codes) into storage media, disable active shield
  • Enable active shield when you are copying data from other storage medias
  • Don't enable active shield all the time, only when necessary
  • Turn on active shield when necessary (i.e when you are hooked to an unknown network environment
  • Since enabling active shield would slow down the process of copying data between media storages, why not perform a full scan on the storage media desirable data source such as a particular folder, then disable the active shield and copy the data over. However, this would defeat the purpose of the active shield (no perfection here).
Points to consider when choosing an anti-malwares software.
  • How fast does it able to perform full scan ?
  • How effective does it able to perform full scan (would it be able to check hidden files ?) and how well it can cure infection ?
  • Does it come with active shield and can it be disabled quickly ?
  • Does active shield also scan for emails?
  • How much memory is required to run the program ?
  • How frequent will the updates be available ?
  • License renewal fees
More about malwares

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Adobe Releases Three New Public Betas


Adobe Systems has announced a sneak peek public beta of new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth from the next release of Adobe Creative Suite, as free 48-hour downloads from The Dreamweaver beta for Web design and development, the Fireworks beta for prototyping, and the Soundbooth beta for audio creating and editing, demonstrate the direction that Adobe Creative Suite is taking with features and technologies that will simplify and streamline design and development workflows across all media. The betas also offer users the opportunity to give Adobe feedback for further product development.

Adobe Releases Three New Public BetasDreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth Now Available on Adobe Labs

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA –May 29th, 2008 -Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today gave a sneak peek at three applications from the next release of Adobe Creative Suite, its award-winning collection of graphic design, Web development and video editing applications.

The company released public beta of new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Soundbooth as free downloads on Adobe labs.

Once downloaded and launched, the betas will be active for 48 hours after which time only Creative Suite 3 customers will have an extended ability to use the betas until the next release of Creative Suite becomes available.

The Dreamweaver beta for Web design and development, the Fireworks beta for prototyping, and the Soundbooth beta for audio creating and editing, demonstrate the direction that Adobe Creative Suite is taking with features and technologies that will simplify and streamline design and development workflows across all media. The betas also offer users the opportunity to give Adobe feedback for further product development.

“Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth are the major applications we’re unveiling as public betas before the next release of Creative Suite,” said David Burkett, vice president of product management for Adobe Creative Suite. “This early release software gives our loyal customers a taste of the radical workflow enhancements that we have in store, as we redefine how designers and developers collaborate to deliver stand-out digital experiences.”

“We’re excited to begin formally developing within the new Creative Suite environment,” said Matias Penela, director of technology for AgencyNet. “Adobe is providing the strongest and most efficient workflow to date. With a plethora of new and improved tools for each software title, our day-to-day development can be more effective and we’ll be further empowered to push the boundaries of creative design and technical innovation for our clients.”

The Dreamweaver public beta includes a new Related Files Toolbar and Code Navigator feature that allows users to dive deeply into complex pages that include HTML files, links to JavaScript documents and integrated XML data. Users can see related files in the Related Files Toolbar and with Code Navigator make changes to code that appears in various parts of a document just with one update.

The update to Dreamweaver also features a new Live View Mode, which is based on the open source rendering engine Webkit. It enables users to see content in real-world, real-time environments without having to leave Dreamweaver to preview in a browser. This feature also gives users the ability to freeze JavaScript language to debug interactive pages as well as view and interact with Flash content.

New features in Fireworks beta include a new user interface that is now consistent with other applications within the Creative Suite making it easier for users to switch between applications that now have a universal look and feel.

In addition, Fireworks beta now allows users to export design comps as high fidelity, interactive, and secure Adobe PDF documents for enhanced client communication.

Fireworks beta is also now compatible with Adobe AIR, HTML,Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex Builder so users can create their design once and deploy to whichever application platform is required by clients.

The Soundbooth beta showcases a host of new features for creative professionals to complete their audio production tasks more efficiently, including the new multiple track support which allows users to edit multiple audio clips on a number of tracks, and the new ability for users to match volume levels across audio files.

Also included is the capability to preview MP3 compression settings before saving them and a new speech recognition technology that lets users create transcripts of dialogue tracks quickly and search them for words and phrases within a timeline.

Availability and System RequirementsThe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth betas, once downloaded and launched, will be active for 48 hours after which time only CS3 customers will have extended access. Using their CS3 product serial numbers, users will have the exclusive ability to unlock the betas and use them for free until the next version of Creative Suite becomes available.

Beta access will give users an opportunity to deliver feedback, via Adobe Labs, for future product development.

Dreamweaver and Fireworks betas run on multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista and Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later on PowerPC G5 or Intel-based Macintosh systems. The

Soundbooth beta runs on all those systems except for PowerPC-based Macintosh systems. The betas can be immediately downloaded from Adobe Labs at

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Workshop

I attended the Adobe Photoshop CS3 workshop at Teras One Solution Sdn. Bhd. (Adobe's certified training provider)

It is a 2-hour workshop conducted by Ms. Stephanie Wong (ACE, ACI).

The topics covered are :
  1. Selections
  2. Smart Filters
  3. Vanishing Point 2
  4. Merging Photos
So, let me share with you some of the highlights, especially the cool features of Adobe Photoshop CS3.

First of all, go to download a free copy of Photoshop CS3.

1. Selection

The cool thing here is "Quick Selection Tool".

Previously, if we want to extract out the batman from the following picture, we have to use Lasso Tool, which could be slow.

Now, with "Quick Selection Tool", we can do it pretty fast and almost perfect.

Toggle between "subtract from selection" and "add to selection tool" to make it better.

Then you can use the refining tool to refine the selection and make it perfect.

2. Smart Filters.

The concept of "Smart Object" isn't new in CS3, however, it is worth to mention here.

So, basically "smart object" means treating an item (like image) as an object. It is useful if you want to have smart-update and smart-linking between objects.

The opposite of "smart object" is "rasterize layer"

For instance, you have one image (Image-1) which consist of another image (i.e superman) which you converted it into smart object.

Save Image-1 as a PSD file. And then you open the superman image and make some edit and save it. Then you go back to Image-1 and you can see the changes auto-refreshed into it.

Thus, this is useful if you want to do things like creating image template.

If you want to know more, please go to attend the course.

Finally, I like to share with you the coolest about the course and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

It is the merging photo feature, which coincidently, is similar to what Microsoft Photosynth has to offer. Now, with Photoshop CS3, you can do your own "photosynth" too. (Microsoft and Adobe could be sharing the same technology...)

Consider having the following four photos taken separately with 4 different shots at close proximity.

Ok, now we want to merge these four photos into a landscaped photo using Photoshop CS3.

  1. Open all four files into the same workspace
  2. File/Automate/Photomerge
  3. Select desirable layout
  4. Add opened files
  5. It will merge for you automatically. However, if you are using Windows XP SP 3 (Core 2 Duo, 2G RAM), it literally hangs (where each image is > 1MB).

Try to reduce the size of the image.

Otherwise, use Mac or try Yoga.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

mTouche Takes Leaps with Satellite TV

Leading regional content provider launches MyTV Station in Thailand.

More about mTouche

Kuala Lumpur, 28 May 2008 - MESDAQ-listed mTouche Technology Berhad (‘mTouche’) continues to strengthen its position as one of the region’s leading content providers in launching MyTV Station (‘MyTV’) in Thailand, via its unit, Media Touch Co. Ltd. (‘Media Touch’).

MyTV is mTouche’s first Satellite TV Channel in the region, reaching out to approximately 30 million viewers across Thailand. MyTV is part of mTouche’s on-going strategy to broaden its revenue streams through content development and provisioning. mTouche is a leading player in the region’s mobile content space, with an established network across Asia as producer for TV programs for various TV stations across Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

Eugene Goh, mTouche’s CEO says that satellite TV is picking up momentum in the regional broadcasting industry as a preferred content channel. “Satellite TV is becoming more popular with easy accessibility and better reception in the city as well as outside the city. There is much faster growth in the satellite TV business as compared to a few years back.”

“mTouche has had tremendous success producing TV programs for the Thai audience, and the launch of MyTV makes incredible sense for our business strategy. As we have established ourselves as a credible quality content provider in the region, starting our own TV station MyTV is a very natural progression” adds Goh.

“Like any other TV station, revenue is generated is mainly from commercial advertisements and co-production of TV content. We are confident that MyTV will do well, estimated to grow two-folds within the first two (2) years.”

Charndet Phrommanee, Managing Director of Media Touch Co., Ltd and MyTV, says “Viewers are very particular with what they want to see on tv, and we believe that consistently, quality TV content is crucial to gain viewer loyalty. We strive to produce quality TV programs that meet their expectations, in maintaining consistent standards as TV programs of free TV.”

Phrommanee also shared that easy accessibility is crucial, “Viewers need only to install one C-Band Satellite disc to receive several channels’ reception from ThaiCom5 satellites. Hence, any cable TV subscriber in rural provinces nationwide will be able to receive satellite tv without any extra charge.”

Cable TV Association of Thailand reported that there are approximately 5 million households subscribing to cable TV and satellite TV in Thailand, with more than 30 million viewers.

mTouche currently is also engaged in the design, development, marketing and sales of interactive television applications and formats to the regional TV broadcasters. The service with the biggest satellite broadcaster in Malaysia will be due in the course of 2008 and is aimed to generate revenue through interactive and advertising and will be launched in one of the top native language channels.

About mTouche Technology Berhad

mTouche Technology Berhad is a Telecom and Media player based in Asia with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Philippines, India and China. mTouche focus on the provision of mobile value-added services to more than 40 Mobile Network Operators reaching out to more than 800 million subscribers In addition, mTouche establish strong partnerships with leading Music labels, Movie Owners and engage in the production of cutting-edge Interactive Media TV formats.

PR Contact:-

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WCIT 2008: MSC Cyberport & Teleperformance

To Develop Regional Contact Centre Services in Iskandar Malaysia

More about WCIT 2008.

MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. will partner with Teleperformance, a company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, the world’s leading provider of outsource Customer Relationships Management (CRM) and contact centre services, to develop and grow the contact centre industry in the State of Johor.

This was announced at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exchange ceremony between MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. and Teleperformance during the World Congress on Information Technology 2008 (WCIT 2008) at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 21st May 2008.

The two organizations were represented by Mr. Ganesh Kumar Bangah, the CEO of MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. and Mr. Jeffrey Nah, the Managing Director for ASEAN of Teleperformance. The MoU exchange ceremony was witnessed by Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Y.A.B Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani bin Othman, the Chief Minister of Johor.

MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. and Iskandar Development Regional Authority (IRDA) recognize the importance and value of providing contact centre services in MSC Cyberport Johor within Iskandar Malaysia. This initiative will help to generate employment and opportunities for new job creation in the State of Johor.

With the pioneer Teleperformance Contact Centre setup and Contact Centre Training Development Program implementation in the State of Johor, Johor will have the opportunity to become a shared services outsourcing hub with focus in contact centre outsourcing, leveraging on Singapore’s position as the regional logistics and financial hub.

“The Contact Centre Training Development Program will be jointly developed by MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. and Teleperformance with full support from Knowledge-Workers Development Initiatives (KDI) of MDeC whereby funding to be identified from the Johor State Government, Iskandar Malaysia or other relevant parties. We hope this program is able to create at least 5,000 employed knowledge workers within 5 years period.” said Ganesh, CEO of MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd.

Jeffrey said, “Selected local colleges and community centres in the State of Johor will be identified as the source of suitable candidates for the Contact Centre Training Development Program and candidates who have successfully completed the Contact Centre Training Development Program will be offered employment by us at our to-be setup contact centre in MSC Cyberport Johor”.

Yesterday, MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. signed an MoU with Sunil Mantri Realty Ltd. for the development of the 150-acre Bandar MSC Cyberport, the first MSC Malaysia Cybercity in Indahpura, Iskandar Malaysia.

For media enquiries, please contact:

MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd.
Halida Abu Bakar
Vice-President, Corporate Communications
Tel: +603 2082 1318
Email :


Jeffrey Nah
Managing Director, ASEAN
Tel : +65 6338 7833
Email :

About MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd.

MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd. is a public private partnership spearheaded by the Johor State Government to create a global Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
business hub within a world-class living environment for ICT companies from all over
the world within Iskandar Malaysia. MSC Cyberport Johor initiative is inline with the
MSC Malaysia initiative of the Government of Malaysia.

MSC Cyberport Johor presently covers two designated locations, namely Menara MSC
Cyberport and Bandar MSC Cyberport which is within the Iskandar. The MSC Malaysia
Cybercentre@Menara MSC Cyberport is ready for occupancy while Bandar MSC
Cyberport will be ready in phases from 2009. It is envisioned that these two hubs serve as a vehicle to initiate and facilitate the growth of ICT and knowledge-based industries.

About Teleperformance

Teleperformance, a company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (NYSE Euronext:
0000051807), is the world’s leading provider of outsource CRM and contact centre
services listed. Teleperformance have over 83,000 employees in 281 contact centres
across 45 countries. It has been recognized by both IDC & Datamonitor analysts as the
overall worldwide leader in contact centre services in their respective reports published in February 2008.

About Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) was established by a Federal Act
of Parliament – IRDA Act 2007 (Act 664) and is a single authority or single reference
point for promotions, approvals, implementations and regulations, aspires to carry best practices benchmarked against world standards.

IRDA has the statutory objective of realizing the vision and objectives of Iskandar
Malaysia which is to be a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing. IRDA’s Iskandar Service Centre can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-88-3010 or +607-218 3010, fax +607-218 3111 or email

Monday, May 26, 2008


More about WCIT 2008



First unveiled during the recently concluded 16th World Congress on Information Technology, the project calls for the Feasibility Studies on the Establishment of the Rezavi Knowledge-Economy Corridor for the Khorasan Province, Islamic Republic of Iran under the Rezavi Innovation and Technology City Initiative.


Neguin Ara Asia, a company incorporated in Islamic Republic of Iran in 1989 and under its parent company Neguin Company Sdn Bhd, represented by its Managing Director, Mr Ramin Ahmadi, hereby agree with MST Technology Centre (MSCTC), represented by Mr Suhaii Tahir, CEO to exchange all necessary documents for the execution of the above-mentioned project.


This Document Exchange ceremony is being witness this date, the 21st of May 2008 by,
  1. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak on behalf of MST Technology (MSCTC)
  2. H.E. Ir Abdul Majid Riazie, Deputy Minister of ICT of Islamic Republic of Iran
  3. Mr Ali Gholamhosseini, Deputy Director General of Ministry of ICT
  4. H.E. Mahdi Khandagh Abadi, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Malaysia, on behalf of Neguin Ara Asia / Neguin company Sdn Bhd.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

WCIT 2008: A cooperation in the field of ICT, Smart School, e-Business, e-Learning, Knowledge-based Business and other related areas


More about WCIT 2008.

KUALA LUMPUR, 21st May 2008: With the collaborative aim of sharing common goals in the area of ICT development such as smart school, e-business, e learning and knowledge-based businesses, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Korea Institute of Electronic Commerce (KIEC) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU will set the pace for accelerating economic growth of both countries, joint explore of cooperative projects and co-accessing global markets. Potential cooperative projects and programmes are expected to focus on the exchange of information and experts through joint research and development projects, marketing advancement through strategic alliances and cross marketing, promoting and enhancing the development and uptake of smart school projects, and cooperation in model creation, standardization conformance, interoperability methodology, quality assurance, and test bedding.

The MoU with KIEC, a Korean governmental agency, with focus on e-learning, e-business and knowledge-based business environments, will further strengthen the solid ties between the two countries and is a stamp of acknowledgement on the bodies’ significant role in the development of ICT in the respective countries.

The collaboration between MDeC and KIEC will carry a significant impact on the relevant companies as the expected value of the cooperation is estimated at USD$3 million with nearly 2,000 new jobs.

The MDeC – KIEC MOU exchange of document is among the 13 exchanges of MOUs witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak at the end of the 3-day 16th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) jointly organized by MDeC and the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM).

About MSC Malaysia

MSC Malaysia is a national initiative spearheaded by the Malaysian Government to promote both the national ICT industry and provide a test-bed for the global ICT industry. MSC Malaysia provides a condusive enabling environment designed to facilitate companies to harness the full potential of ICT and multimedia technologies.

With its ideal business environment coupled with the availability of talent resources, the MSC Malaysia has attracted participation from major global ICT companies to develop and host their leading-edge technologies in the designated MSC Malaysia Cybercities. MSC Malaysia also provides the ideal growth environment for Malaysian ICT SMEs to transform themselves into world-class companies.

Come explore the unlimited collaboration opportunities of the ICT world with MSC Malaysia and be part of our global network of businesses and connected communities.

About MDeC

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is a unique high powered government-owned corporation, established to facilitate the development and promotion of MSC Malaysia, the premier Malaysian ICT initiative. MDeC is tasked to advise the Malaysian Government on ICT legislation and policies, develop MSC Malaysia as a key growth driver of the economy and set breakthrough standards for ICT and multimedia operations. MDeC also promotes MSC Malaysia locally and globally, as well as supports companies which are located within the MSC Malaysia designated areas.

MDeC works closely with various parties and government agencies to ensure that MSC Malaysia offers a condusive enabling environment for companies to harness the full potential of ICT and multimedia technologies.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

WCIT 2008: What is 'Near-Shoring'

This is the talk presented by the Mexican delegates on day 3 of WCIT 2008.

More about WCIT 2008.

To cut things straight, 'near-shoring' simply means outsourcing to the nearest people outside you.

The Mexican delegates was actually trying to semi-pitch sales from the US side to give them business of outsourcing (software) rather than to India and China because 'Near-Shoring' reaps the following benefits.
  1. Due to proximity, it reduces cost (closer time zone and etc)
  2. Closer culture to the US
Thus, what the Mexican was suggesting is that by outsourcing to them, they will get to become the outsource manager for US companies because they will be the one to sub-contract the jobs to India and China, making full advantage of the 24 hours cycle and thus by morning time, the US executives will get to have the updates from the outsourcing manager directly. This would be more ideal for the US and Canada too.

The fact that Mexico has a population of 110 millions and they have national program specifically developed just to bring up the software outsourcing business, and they are serious about it.

Not only that, Mexican engineers are also good in terms of Aerospace and Embedded System.

This brings me to a revelation that in a holistic approach, the world of software can be divided only into two segments:
  1. Innovation (Mainly in the US side)
  2. Outsourcing
Even Malaysia wants to be a part of the outsourcing business and we are only having 25 millions people. Mexico has 4 times more people and they are nearer to US (easier to collect money as well).

But what I really what to bring up is that this shows how much wealth big companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, HP and etc are controlling and inheriting because even for country with immense talents like Mexico, they wouldn't even "really" want to think about starting the next Google. The point is that not many people even want to challenge the big boys, simply because we think that we are inferior. But perhaps the consensus is clear to the extend that how much time we do have at our side and there is a need for investment to draw a clear timeline. And this is where outsourcing comes into the picture because you can easily predict how big an outsourcing economy would be rather than predicting the next big thing.

John Doerr (partners of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) mentioned that iPhone is the next big big big thing after the PC era and Microsoft just confirmed it recently as well.

And it is interesting that I was talking to someone who have just visited Hong Kong for leisure trip and she told me that Hong Kong is a place where the economy is stagnant now. And to pinpoint what I understood as stagnant, it simply means that for an average person, if you are driving proton saga now, you would probably won't have the chance to drive Mercedes in the next 20 years. You will get to maintain your proton saga and that is about it. The problem is that competition within the society is so great and couple with inflation, marginal increases in the income will not substantiate your lifestyle.

I agree with this.

In fact, it is starting to happen in Malaysia already, with population of only 25 millions. So, countries like Mexico, China, India and even Korea (40 millions) would be much worst. Let's not forget countries like Egypt has also approximately 100 millions people.

Thus, I can say that based on this, worldwide PC(Personal Computer) has probably coming to the peak that people who can afford PC will keep buying and changing PC, but for those who can't, there will be slimmer chances. So, mobile computing could be the next big thing after all, I am pretty convinced about this.

So, I utter to those entrepreneurs dealing with Mobile computing, long live the next era! Would u care to outsource ?

Friday, May 23, 2008

ACGT: Creating Food & Fuel Sustainably

ACGT had a press conferences in the recently WCIT 2008 and also sponsored the luncheon on the third day. It was about the milestone achieved for "First Draft of Oil Palm Genome" and well as promoting Jatropha, a robust oil seed crop whose oil is suitable for conversion into cleaner, renewable fuels.

Please note that we don't know yet when would biofuel be ready, but the joint venture between ACGT (Asiatic Centre for Genome Technology) and SGI (Synthetic Genomic Inc.) will definitely hasten the process of harvesting more sustainable energy resources for the benefit of the world as quoted by Dr. J. Craig Venter (founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics).


Genomics is a field that is empowering scientists in transforming the world around us. From innovations that effectively enhance human health, to knowledge that helps us better understand the environment, to the possibilities of creating new biological sources of energy, genomic science is paving the way for a better future.

Genomics has yet to be fully unleashed in enhancing crop productivity.

Jatropha to fuel the world

Biodiesel produced from crude jatropha oil can partly substitute costly fossil fuel imports for landlocked countries. It is currently being studied as a possible solution to help solve the current food and fuel dilemma. As a result, interest in jatropha cultivation has risen.

This interest has seen crude jatropha oil (CJO) being studied as a sustainable fuel source, especially in rural communities in Africa and Southeast Asia. It has been shown that CJO can be extracted from jatropha seeds either hydraulically using a press or chemically using solvents. The seeds are black, 2 cm long and about 1 cm thick.

These seeds are rich in crude fat oil (from 30% to 50%). The fatty acid composition of CJO contains four important fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acid. These are fatty acids commonly found in plant oils. Studies have also indicated that a single hectare of jatropha plans can conservatively yield seeds in the range of 2,000 kg to 3,000 kg per annum.

Food and fuel prices have escalated in past years. This trend is likely to worsen as the world, at 6.514 billion people, grows at more than 250,000 people per day and burns fuel at an average of 86.97 millions of barrels per day (mb/d) from 85.58 mb/d last year.

Soaring oil prices have resulted in more crops being grown for fuel instead of food. In early April 2008, oil prices set new records at above US$110 per barrel and continues to show an upward pattern. it rose from US$28 per barrel in 2003 to near US$100 per barrel as the year 2007 ended. Climate change is also contributing towards this trend.

A sustainable solution is needed. Renewable fuel or energy sources from new oil crops like jatropha can help. Biofuel derived from jatropha may offer climate change benefits by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

ACGT is helping address this food and fuel dilemma. Our scientists at ACGT are applying the genomic and microbial resources to harness jatropha's potential.

Information obtained from ACGT.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

WCIT 2008: Basis Bay Widens Reach To Indonesia And Vietnam

More about WCIT 2008

Kuala Lumpur, 20th May 2008 – Basis Bay is in partnership with overseas partners for IT Outsourcing business worth more than US30 million. With its tagline “Reengineering IT”, the company is poised to take on opportunities in the areas of Infrastructure, Services, Monitoring, Content Application and Management.

Chief Executive Officer of Basis Bay, Dato’ Praba Thiagarajah, said that these Basis Bay partnerships are timely hence we are now in the position to offer a comprehensive IT Outsourcing model, not only in the region but to the World. With our internal capabilities, such as the acquisition of pre-owned enterprise hardware, engineering services, coupled with our Data Centre capabilities, Basis Bay is now able to partner with reliable international IT companies to offer comprehensive value effective solutions to its customer.

Basis Bay has commenced a working relationship with PT iKonsultan Inovatama, an Indonesian IT and business consultancy firm. The partnership allows Basis Bay to provide skilled resources and technological expertise and PT iKonsultan Inovatama will identify the business opportunities in Indonesia through marketing efforts in the financial services industry.

“iKon management found Basis Bay as the excellent partner to position both organisations strategically in the upcoming wave to the IT industry. With more than 15 years experience in providing shared services and IT outsourcing services in more than 5 countries, Basis Bay brings in a complete solution offerings in infrastructure (hardware, contact centre, data centre), skilled resources (engineering services, enterprise system support), and proven framework (business continuity management, data centre operation management and IT Outsourcing capabilities), which perfectly complements iKon’s strengths in business processes in the financial services industry.

At the moment, Basis Bay and iKon are already working on closing several opportunities in Indonesia, including enterprise system support, business continuity management, and data centre outsourcing.

In addition, Basis Bay also continued its partnership with Cyberworld Co. Ltd from Vietnam to offer expertise in the areas of Data Centre such as building, designing and construction as well as services i.e. co-location, hosting, services operation centre (SOC), Network Operation Centre (NOC) and disaster recovery.

“Basis Bay’s has taken the “Green” approach in the construction and operation of our Data Centre. The greening of a Data Centre means that the mechanical, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency with minimum environmental impact. With this in mind, Basis Bay has taken a step forward to ensure all product and services we offer are in line with our tagline “Reengineering IT for a Greener World.”, said Dato’ Praba.

About Basis Bay

Basis Bay Group has a diversified interest and provides Outsourcing expertise in Information Technology (IT) with the primary intention of providing quality, value effective and state-of-the-art solutions that is vendor independent.
Established is 1996, the group is ISO 9001 certified and have been awarded the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status for its effort in providing the best-of-breed and financial viable IT and business solutions.

Basis Bay’s IT Outsourcing advantage includes, Infrastructure (Acquisition of Enterprise Hardware, Data Centre, Contact Centre, Off-site Media Storage), Services (Engineering Services), Monitoring (Service Operation Centre & Network Operation Centre), Applications (Customised Application Development, Dedicated Application Support) and Management (Business Continuity Management, Project Management, Quality Assurance & Standards, Vendor Management & SLA Management).

Further Contacts:
Farina Farid
Basis Bay Sdn Bhd
Tel: 603-7620 6250
H/P: 6012-903 7877

WCIT 2008: What is Jatropha ?

More about WCIT 2008

First Draft of Oil Palm Genome Completed by Synthetic Genomics Inc and Asiatic Centre for Genome Technology (ACGT)

Partners announce progress on sequence and analysis of Jatropha Genome.

Knowledge of the plant and environment genomes will foster the development of improved plant feedstocks, biofertilizers, plant disease diagnostic and control solutions and renewable fuels.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and La Jolla, California, U.S. May 21, 2008 - Asiatic Centre for Genome Technology Sdn. Bhd. (ACGT), which is focus on the commercial application of genome technology to improve oil palm and other crops and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global energy and environmental challenges, today announced the completion of a first draft assembly and annotation of the oil palm genome. The organizations also announced that they have made progress in sequencing and analyzing the jatropha genome. The oil palm and jatropha genome projects represent the first stages of research undertaken through a joint venture between SGI and ACGT which was announced in 2007 and is aimed at developing more high-yielding and disease-resistant plant feedstocks. ACGT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asiatic Development Berhad, and oil palm company listed on Bursa Malaysia (Malaysia Stock Exchange) and a member of the Genting Group.

The oil palm genome is approximately 1.8 billion base pairs in size, about four times the size of the rice genome and two thirds the size of the maize genome. The groups sequenced a combination of two oil palm races-tenera and dura, to produce seven-fold coverage of the plant's genome, which represent the most comprehensive sequence and analysis of this genome. SGI and ACGT will continue to do additional sequencing and analysis of the oil palm genome and when completed, this will become the reference genome.

The companies are also conducting an in-depth genomic, physiological and biochemical analysis of jatropha, a robust oil seed crop whose oil is suitable for conversion into cleaner, renewable fuels. Jatropha readily grows on marginal lands not used for food production. Since Jatropha is a non-domesticated crop with few published studies, it has significant potential for improvements in yield and agronomic properties. The Jatropha genome is a 500 million base pairs in size, similar to the size of the rice genome. The organizations will continue to sequence and analyze the Jatropha genome to achieve ten-fold coverage.

"The genome sequences of these highly productive oilseed crops will enable the in-depth understanding of genes encoding for plant yield and health and foster the development of improved plant varieties. We are also characterizing the important microbes living in the environments around these plants," said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics. "Our goal is to harness this knowledge to produce improved feedstocks, renewal fuels, biofertilizers, and disease-control solutions.

The draft oil palm genome is already yielding important information including unique genetic variations linked to traits that differ in the two races. One example of this pertains to kernel shell thickness which differs between the two. Since fruits with thinner kernel shells yield more oil, the groups are seeking to understand the genetic basis for shell thickness. These molecular markers and others can be used in breeding and tissue-culture based approaches to address plant yield, oil quality, growth and height and other important properties, including fertilizer requirements and stress and disease tolerance.

"The completion of the first draft sequence of the oil palm genome and progress on the Jatropha genome are significant milestones towards the genetic improvement of these inherently high yielding oil crops. Unlocking the knowledge encoded in the genomes could further increase our understanding of these important crops which would lead to substantially improved oil yield. With such enhanced productivity, growing oil palm and Jatropha could be the sustainable solution to fulfilling the world's need for a wide variety of products." said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chief Executive of Asiatic Development Berhad.

SGI and ACGT are also using environmental genomic techniques to sequence and analyze the root, soil and leaf microbial communities surrounding the oil palm and Jatropha plants. Understanding the oil palm and Jatropha genomes and their environments will enable the groups to develop diagnostic tests for plant diseases as well as agents for their control, leading to healthier and more productive crops. These genomic-based interventions will contribute to more efficient land usage with higher agricultural yield and more sustainable development with improved stewardship of the plantation environment.

About Asiatic Development Berhad

Asiatic Development Berhad ("Asiatic"), a 55%-owned subsidiary of Genting Berhad, commenced its operations in 1980 as the plantation arm of the Genting Group. Over the years, the Asiatic Group had embarked on several significant acquisitions in Malaysia, thus increasing its land bank from a mere 13,700 hectares in 1980 to nearly 66,000 hectares currently. in line with its long term strategy, the Asiatic Group had, in June 2005, further expanded its operations to Indonesia, on a joint venture basis, to develop some 98,300 hectares. The Asiatic Group also owns 5 oil mills with a total milling capacity of 235 tonnes per hour and is reputed to be one of th lowest cost palm oil producers with fresh fruits bunches production of over one million tonnes. Asiatic is one of the early members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

About Synthetic Genomics Inc.

Synthetic Genomics Inc., a privately held company founded in 2005, is dedicated to developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global energy and environment challenges. Advances in synthetic genomics present limitless applications in a variety of product areas including: energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The company's main research and business programs are focused on major bioenergy areas: designing advanced biofuels with superior properties compare to ethanol and biodiesel; harnessing photosynthetic organisms to produce value added products directly from sunlight and carbon dioxide; developing new biological solutions to increase production and/or recovery rates of subsurface hydrocarbons and developing high-yielding, more disease resistant and economic feedstocks.

Media Contacts:

Derrik Khoo Sin Huat
Asiatic Centre for Genome Technology Sdn. Bhd.

Melanie Venter
Synthetic Genomics Inc.

Heather Kowalski
Kowalski Communications

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

WCIT 2008: Tracking the Internet into the 21st Century

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This is the summary of the speech given by Dr Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist,Google Inc. The plenery hall L1 was fully anticipated and it was such a great finale for WCIT 2008. It even caught delegates standing by the side of the hall.

The first part of the speech was about statistic presentation...
  1. How many Internet users are there according to regions ..
  2. What would happen by the year 2035 ?
To cut things straight, the first part was about Dr Vinton Cerf trying to tell you what you could guess, only you don't have the facts to confirm it. That is why he presented the facts.

You can say that in the near future until year 2035, the following things will happen..
    Things will get faster and faster, there will be more population in the world and hence you need things like IPv6 and good search engines and etc ... People will earn less money and business model will have to adapt to changes. Since the Internet will become faster and people to earn less, more time will be spent on the Internet. As a result, the future of Internet is anything and everything that it should be because you will have more for less and less for more and life goes on.
The second part was about some of the things Google is really trying to focus on heavily..
  1. Semantic Webs
  2. Complex Object-Orientation Computing
  3. BIT Rot - preserving old softwares to interpret old binary data
The final part was about Google's initiative to develop a communication protocol that would be deployed to the space program. Communication protocol is referring to protocols like TCP/IP and things alike. Existing protocols are not competent for space program purposes and NASA does develop custom protocols.

The problem is that there is no standardization effort and Google attempts to solve that. If successful, this will be the stepping stone for integrating the Internet (in the world) towards the outer space (solar system).

Dr Vinton G. Cerf - Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, of Google Inc.

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Dr Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, he helped to guide corporate strategy development from a technical perspective. Previously, he served as MCI's senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks, including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award, sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science," in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.

Vinton Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, Avanex Corporation and the ClearSight Systems Corporation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian

Other Talks Held on Day 3:
  1. Internet Kioks at R & R soon
  2. WCIT 2008 Signs 41 New Partners
  3. Tricubes inks deal with Microsoft
  4. Microsoft Parnters QubeConnect

WCIT 2008: Day 3 (Photo Blog)

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Keynote by deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib

What is "near-shoring" ?

Lunch Break ...

Malaysian Delegates

People ...

What is Jatropha ?

The great and friendly volunteers

Closing Speech by CEO of WCIT 2008; Mr. Dan E. Khoo. Check out coverage here.

Handling over the the dutch.


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Kuala Lumpur, May 21, 2008 – Following negotiations on a synergistic collaboration, MESDAQ-listed SCAN Associates Berhad (“SCAN”), Malaysia’s leading ICT security solutions provider, today cemented its intention to expand its offerings under its Managed Security Services (“MSS”) segment following a Document Exchange Ceremony with AhnLab Inc. (“AhnLab”), the largest Korean IT security provider listed on the KOSDAQ stock exchange of Korea. The symbolic ceremony marks the intention of both parties to jointly collaborate in research and development of network security devices for the purpose of eventually developing a product or system on an Original Equipment Manufacturing (“OEM”) arrangement.

The Document Exchange Ceremony was held in conjunction with the World Congress for Information Technology 2008 event (“WCIT 2008”) currently ongoing at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, marking it as the first technology-related collaboration initiative between two companies involved in the provision of ICT security services from the respective countries. Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak was present to witness the event which was organized by the Multimedia Development Corporation Berhad (“MDeC”).

Commenting on the collaboration, Group Chief Executive Officer of SCAN, Dato’ Aminuddin Baki Esa said, “Our strategic technology collaboration with AhnLab is in line with our plans to enhance offerings in the areas of Security Software Management and Hosted Services under our MSS segment. Devices such as Firewall, Intrusion Detection System, Intrusion Prevention System, anti-virus, e-mail filtering and web-content filtering, will be developed as a “Unified Threat Management System”, a single device for IT network security which will allow us to offer our customers a trusted solution for preventing cyber attacks, while providing another layer of value-add for improving operational efficiency.”

SCAN has recorded strong growth in its MSS market in 2007. In the MSS segment, revenue growth was approximately 18 per cent, i.e. from RM9.5 million in FY06 to RM11.2 million in FY07. It also registered double-digit subscriber growth in the MSS market of more than 15 per cent year-on-year. The bulk of the increase was mainly due to the increase in subscriber base from banking & finance, and the telco sector especially in Indonesia. Revenue growth from these segments increased to RM2.6 million and RM4.4 million respectively in FY07 (FY06: RM0.991 million and RM2.3 million respectively). This contributed a very encouraging growth of about 159 per cent and 94 per cent respectively.

SCAN currently offers Managed Security Services (“MSS”) covering areas such as Device Management [for e.g. Firewall, Intrusion Detection System and Intrusion Prevention System devices] and professional consultancy services (for e.g. 24 x 7 Monitoring Surveillance, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, Security Policy Implementation, Security Posture Assessment).

“We have made our mark in the Middle East and South East Asia, while AhnLab has a strong presence in East Asian countries. Hence, this partnership will enable both parties to expand their overseas business by tapping into each other’s markets. This strategy is expected to contribute positively to SCAN’s bottom-line, particularly in our recurring income, in the next few years,” added Dato’ Aminuddin.

At the Document Exchange Ceremony, SCAN was represented by Dato’ Aminuddin. Meanwhile, AhnLab was represented by its General Manager for Global Business, Mr Ho Chul Shin and Mr Duk Young Jung, Business Development Manager for Global Business.

Home-grown SCAN is a leading company in the MSS market in Malaysia. SCAN captured the Frost & Sullivan Malaysia’s Telecoms Award for Managed Security Service Provider of the Year for 2006 and 2007. The Company provides essential support to the national ICT agenda via its end-to-end solutions to private and public sectors covering a broad range of segments. These areas include ICT security applications development, ICT security application software packages, ICT security consultancy, ICT security systems integration, provision of outsourcing services or MSS, and provision of maintenance and ICT security training services

About AhnLab Inc.

AhnLab Inc., which has its headquarters in Seoul, Korea, develops industry-leading solutions designed to secure and protect information. Innovating the information security world since 1988, AhnLab's products and services have always been designed to meet the needs of enterprises and consumers alike. En route to becoming the largest security provider in Korea, AhnLab established their V3 product family as the industry-standard for information protection. Additional solutions such as mobile device protection, online-driven consumer security, and enterprise consulting services have enabled AhnLab to grow at an incredible pace.

Branching out into Eastern Asia, AhnLab maintains a commanding presence in Japan and China, and has received a certification from the Chinese Public Security Bureau. Today, AhnLab reaches far beyond its Korean headquarters, with sales and research operations in more than 10 countries. With the goal of being a top 10 security vendor by 2010, AhnLab's previous success has paved the way for its future ambitions.

From AhnLab's inception in Korea, to its current state as a global information security provider, AhnLab's focus is unchanged; provide products and services of unparalleled quality, to accommodate a wide variety of needs in a dynamic environment.

About SCAN

SCAN Associates Berhad (SCAN), is Malaysia’s premier and trusted ICT security solutions provider. SCAN, a MESDAQ-listed company, offers an innovative range of Enterprise Encryption Suites to help businesses and customers protect their network infrastructure, information and interaction, by addressing issues relating to security, availability, compliance and performance. SCAN also offers ICT security outsourcing services through its very own Security Operation Centres – one of which is the largest in South East Asia – which covers the monitoring and surveillance of 600 security devices for more than 200 organisations. The knowledge-based organization emphasizes on delivering quality products through extensive research and development while promoting knowledge transfer to customers and the industry. SCAN has presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Syria. It has the highest concentration of internationally-certified ICT professionals in the country. Building on its strengths, SCAN is well-positioned to offer its ICT security expertise to markets in the Middle East as well as North Africa and South East Asia who look to Malaysia as an attractive option to obtain knowledge and technology.

Media Contacts:

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Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Chooses Adobe Flash Technology for New Channel Me Data Service

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA –May 21, 2008 -Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Chunghwa® Telecom (TAIEX 2412, NYSE: CHT) announced that Chunghwa Telecom has launched its new Channel Me service, powered by Adobe® Flash® Cast™ software, to deliver engaging multimedia information and entertainment services. Subscribers will receive personalized and automatically updated information virtually anytime and anywhere via their mobile device.

As the largest mobile operator in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom joins pioneering operators such as Verizon Wireless and NTT DoCoMo, who license Adobe Flash Cast to differentiate their brands in the mobile marketplace and generate new revenue streams by migrating customers to enhanced data service plans.

Adobe Flash Cast enables mobile operators and other service providers to deliver personalized intuitive data services through branded mobile channels created using Adobe Flash® technology. Starting immediately, Channel Me subscribers will have access to five standard channels, including News, Weather and Horoscopes, Entertainment and Sports, Food, and Life.

By the end of Q3 2008, a set of premium channels with content from leading media brands (including movie ticketing and music) is expected to be available.

With an intuitive user interface and automatically updated content, the immersive multimedia experience will enable Chunghwa Telecom to set a new standard for mobile data services in Taiwan.

“As the largest operator in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom is the thought leader for delivering next generation wireless services to our customers,” said Shyue-Ching Lu, president, Chunghwa Telecom.

“Adobe Flash technology is key to Chungwha’s strategy to lead the industry with innovative services and to unite the mobile ecosystem in Taiwan around our network, so we can meet the growing demand for our applications to scale across multiple screens.”

“Chunghwa Telecom will be the first operator in Taiwan to provide services based on Flash Cast technology,” said Gary Kovacs, general manager and vice president, Mobile and Devices at Adobe. “We continue to see growth in personalized data services around the world, and are excited to work with operators like Chunghwa Telecom to help them scale their mobile service offering and bring rich and unique mobile experiences to their subscribers.”

Adobe mobile solutions enable service providers, device OEMs, and content providers to deliver more engaging mobile experiences across devices and operating systems by leveraging the Flash ecosystem, which includes the Adobe Flash authoring tool, Adobe Flash Lite™ software and an established community of more than one million designers and developers.

Flash Cast is already a great success in Japan. Today, more than 15 million customers subscribe to NTT DoCoMo’s data services, which offer more than 80 channels since its launch three years ago.

Pricing and Availability
Channel Me is available immediately via a simplified subscription fee and initially supported by more than twenty mobile devices from Nokia, Samsung, and HTC, including the newly announced HTC Touch Diamond. The basic channel service is expected to be available for NT$40 (US$1.30) per month. Premium channels will be offered for NT$20-100 (US$0.65 – $3.23). The monthly fee provides unlimited usage of Channel Me data services. There are no additional data traffic fees for using the service. For more information, please visit

About Chunghwa Telecom
Chunghwa Telecom is the leading telecom service provider in Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom provides fixed line, mobile and Internet and data services to residential and business customers in Taiwan. For more information, visit

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

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WCIT 2008: What is iTopia ?

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 19, 2008 – Saudi Arabia’s Knowledge Economic City Developers Company Ltd (KECD); developer of the USD8 billion Knowledge Economic City (KEC) in Al-Madinah has enlisted Malaysia’s iTopia to develop its smart city vision.

A contract for iTopia’s consultancy services was signed today during the 16th World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT) 2008 held at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. KECD’s CEO Eng. Tahir Bawazir and iTopia Managing Director Mr. Ng See Nguan signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.

Eng. Tahir said iTopia will provide consultancy and design services, content and intelligent city services, network development and other telecommunications services for the development of KEC.

This also includes the provision of Quality Control (QC) services in the design of the systems and approach to be used and implemented by reviewing all the technology project components of the Knowledge Economic City.

iTopia Managing Director Mr Ng See Nguan described the provision of consulting services as the first step in this strategic alliance.

“We are focused on the development of smart city business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. KECD’s vision of creating a smart city environment is exciting as it not only encompasses today’s ideas, but also enables KECD to draw on the future concepts and technologies as it evolves and sets the benchmark for other smart community developments.”

Following its launch in June 2006, KEC has signed MoUs and contracts with several Malaysian companies as well as the government. They include the Malaysian Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Multimedia University.

“As the project develops, KEC will continue to seek investors, partners and sub-developers and also establish joint ventures with strategic partners to develop and operate key components in the project such as the theme park, educational institutions, integrated hospitality complex (that includes private medical centre, nursing and medical schools, senior assisted living community) residential, commercial and retail among others,” added Eng. Tahir.

KEC in Al-Madinah is designed to complement the government’s efforts to position Saudi Arabia as an internationally respected leader in knowledge-based industries and attract knowledge workers from around the world.

It is projected to generate more than 20,000 jobs and have a population of about 150,000 people. It is an ambitious, challenging and yet exciting project that reaches out to people of all cultures and backgrounds around the world.

KECD comprises of major Saudi companies as shareholders namely, Savola Group, Taiba Investments and Real Estate Development Company, Project Management Development Company or PMDC and Quad International Real Estate Development Co.

Knowledge Economic City was launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in June 2006 and is one of the six economic cities announced by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

The USD8 billion project is located at Al-Madinah, the home of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and where the Holy Quran was compiled. The project has special significance for Muslims throughout the world because of its location and was established to be a landmark and national icon for knowledge-based industry development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Several MOUs have been signed with Malaysia’s business organizations namely Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), HELP University College and Multimedia University. Consultancy contracts have been awarded to MSC Technology Centre.

KEC has recently established four strategic alliances; namely with Cisco in January 2008 to design the technology infrastructure development for the five-million-square-meter “smart city” project, with Microsoft in February 2008 to establish a Microsoft academy - this academy will include the establishment of a Microsoft Library with IT books, trial software and other learning materials - with Technical and Vocational Training Corporation in April 2008 to provide skills development for Saudis by information and communication technology and with STC to provide free Wi-Fi Internet links supported by WiMAX in the holy city of Al Madinah.

ABOUT iTopia

Incorporated in 1998, iTopia’s strategic focus is on the development of telephony services, to meet the needs of Carriers and ITSPs in each market that it serves. iTopia’s rapid growth was due largely to its commitment in meeting the individual needs and wants of each customer, through sound commercial, financial and technical support.

iTopia’s unique value proposition is delivering end-to-end telecommunication services that bring profitability to customers’ businesses. The company’s philosophy is global partnership - bringing global alliances and coverage to create successful services.

Backed by its extensive experience in the field, iTopia has been developing new products, carving successful new in-roads into the Asia-Pacific region.

iTopia focuses on the delivery of media independent (agnostic) IP broadband services. Wireless broadband and GSM VoIP products are the key transport media today. This media, when combined with iTopia’s Class 4 and Class 5 applications, immediately makes available low-cost telephony implementation that will strongly supplement the current mobile and POTS networks.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

WCIT 2008: Microsoft Malaysia & Mimos Signed MOU to Create "innovation Ecosystem"

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In conjunction with the excitement culminating with the opening of WCIT 2008, MIMOS and Microsoft Malaysia have announced their collaboration to create an "Innovation Ecosystem" to elevate the ICT sector up the value chain in Malaysia with the establishment of the "Microsoft Innovation Centre" at MIMOS.

Microsoft Malaysia and MIMOS, the premier applied research centre in frontier technologies, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and establish a Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) at MIMOS located at Technology Park Malaysia.

Under the terms of the memorandum, MIMOS will be providing the physical infrastructure and human capital to develop technologies based on applied research undertaken at MIMOS. Meanwhile, Microsoft Malaysia will provide the software, tools and access to know-how, locally and abroad, to further accelerate and catalyse innovation done at the centre by MIMOS R&D personnel.

Yasmin Mahmood, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia and Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President and CEO, MIMOS, inking the MoU, witnessed by the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia and the following VIPs:
1. Dato' Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, MDeC
2. Y.A.B Dato' Haji Abdul Ghani Othman, Chief Minister of Johor
3. Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili, MOSTI Minister
4. Dan E. Khoo, CEO, WCIT 2008

"We believe innovation is the key to leadership in the ICT industry but we also know that innovation doesn't stand on its own. In order for innovation to happen, many contributing factors need to be in place. These can come in the form of infrastructure, human resource, tools and access to information, to name a few. Without these factors, the industry will not be empowered and enabled to innovate," Yasmin Mahmood, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, explained.

She added, "The MIC is another investment by Microsoft in Malaysia. I am confident the infrastructure we have in place for the MIC, in partnership with MIMOS, will create an environment that encourages innovation and grow the 'innovation ecosystem'. This is in-line with Microsoft's aspirations to play an active role in creating an ICT ecosystem that will enhance and spur further growth in Malaysia's knowledge-based economy and society."

“The collaboration with Microsoft is a huge boost to MIMOS’ research infrastructure. Collaboration is the key to bringing ideas to life and, with the combined capabilities and resources, the MIC will be the key driver in making ideas happen. MIMOS is confident that the MIC will be the gateway to accelerating an innovation ecosystem, in line with our mission to grow indigenous yet globally competitive industries,” said Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah, President and CEO, MIMOS.

Expected outcomes of the MIC include technologies in the form of Intellectual Property (IP), software and tools that will be fed into the academic community, local R&D as well as software development companies. It is hoped that such a move will help boost the local software ecosystem to a higher level, contributing to Malaysia’s aspiration in moving up the value chain in the software industry.

Microsoft’s Positive Impact on Malaysia

Microsoft has been in Malaysia for the past 15 years, a country which Yasmin described as being “extremely strategic.” During the period, it is estimated that Microsoft Malaysia has invested more than RM200 million to nurture and further grow Malaysia’s local software economy with continued annual investments of some RM26 million.

Yasmin also said Microsoft's role was to provide the best products, tools and technology platforms that would pave the way for local partners to build, innovate and specialise in software solutions and applications. Microsoft Malaysia's partner ecosystem currently comprise about 5,000 solution providers, 800 of which are independent software vendors (ISVs).

“About a third of Mesdaq-listed companies are Microsoft partners. From our estimates, they have created some 50,000 jobs in Malaysia,” she said, naming IFCA-MSC Bhd, Cuscapi Bhd, and Excel Force MSC Bhd as examples.

According to International Data Corp's (IDC) Economic Impact Study 2007 report, the Microsoft ecosystem (comprising companies selling products that run with or on Microsoft software, or that service and distribute Microsoft software) played a key role in driving the IT industry's overall contribution to job growth and economic development.

“Microsoft-related employment is expected to be 44% of total IT employment,” the report states, adding that the Microsoft ecosystem was expected to generate revenues of more than RM6.4bil this year. Over the next four years, Malaysia's IT industry would drive RM15.4bil in new tax revenues and contribute new revenues of RM17.6bil to gross domestic product.


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Global ICT Spending Tops $3.5 Trillion

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The global marketplace for information and communications technology (ICT) will exceed $3.7 trillion this year and will top $4 trillion by 2011, according to Digital Planet 2008, a study released by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) on the first day of its World Congress for Information Technology.

Slowing economies in developed countries will lead ICT spending into a period of slower growth through 2011. However, strong demand in 2007 will spill over into 2008, resulting in annual growth of 10.3% in both years, down from a peak level of 12.3 percent in 2004. Growth in overall ICT spending is projected to decline to 3.6 percent by 2011.

WITSA’s semi-annual World Congress opened today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bringing together several thousand industry leaders in the premier global gathering for IT.

“Global demand for ICT is growing; it remains a lifeline for economic growth across all industries and in all economies,” said WITSA Chairman George Newstrom. “It remains critical for the private and public sectors around the world to work together to address the business and policy issues that collectively impact the ICT market. WITSA’s focus on trade policy, Internet governance, and other policy priorities is key to meeting our shared goal.”

Among other key findings of this year’s Digital Planet report:

  1. In spending by country, the top 10 ICT spending countries are, in descending order: the United States, Japan, China, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Brazil, Canada, and Spain.
  2. In 2008, China jumps to third place from fifth place in 2006, surpassing Germany and the United Kingdom with spending of $327 billion.
  3. The Americas will grow the slowest of the three broad regions charted in Digital Planet, at 4.0 percent annually between 2007 and 2011, while ICT spending in the Asia-Pacific region and the Europe, Africa and the Middle East region will grow annually at 10.5 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively.
  4. The communications technology sector of the ICT industry continues to dominate ICT spending, comprising more than 57 percent, or $1.9 trillion of all ICT pending in 2007;
  5. The consumer market comprised nearly 29 percent of ICT products and services in 2007, with $993.8 billion in spending, while spending by business and government accounted for 71 percent, or $2.4 trillion.
  6. Among 14 vertical industries, the communications sector led spending at $403.6 billion, or 11.5 percent, followed by financial services, at $334.5 billion, or 9.5 percent.

WITSA produces Digital Planet biennially, using data provided by Global Insight. The report covers the world’s 75 largest ICT buying nations in six regions. ICT spending is measured at the national level, by 14 industry segments plus consumer spending, and by four technology categories. A copy of the executive summary is available at the following link:

Report tables are available at
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WCIT 2008: CIO Perspectives - Energy Industry

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This is one of the sequel to the CIO Perspectives talk held earlier at Plenery Hall L1.

This is really a lot of fun, interesting and probably because the hall is smaller.

Here are the issues, points and insights....

First of all, the energy(Oil and Gas) industry is much more less ICT dependent comparing to the financial industry such as bank, insurance and etc.

Nevertheless, the O & G industry is much more bigger and has more money to spend. For BP itself, it is estimated to spend billions of dollars.

The fact that O & G industry has many types of businesses such as upstream and downstream makes it even more challenging.

O & G industry used to be very innovative and it is claimed to have invented the corporate email system and today things have changed. As we know it now, it is all about delivery smooth operation. However, the things which they are doing in the upstream business can be quite innovative.

The paradigm for ICT implementation in the O & G industry is Globally Integrated Enterprise as coined by IBM. The idea is to approach problems in a holistic manner, as such the whole architecture can be summarized into three main layers.
  1. General Infrastructure - Emails, Fax, Phone, and etc
  2. Enterprise Applications - These will be implemented globally
  3. Assets Specific Applications - Country-specific applications(Unique to certain countries i.e MyKad)

So, these are the things which the 8,000 people in SiTi (Shell IT Malaysia) are doing daily. Just these three things.

The challenges that CIOs are experiencing:
  1. Country's policies - i.e in Nigeria, you can't move any data out
  2. The language
  3. Have to implement things pretty fast, this is also why outsourcing is almost 80% of the business. There is no time for having people to do trial and error in the organization. (If you have the Intellectual Properties and best practices, you have the edge)
Therefore, not everything can be outsourced to anybody, the local guys will still get some jobs from the big boys like Shell, BP and etc. And even Petronas is not doing much outsourcing. However, IBM believes that everything can be outsourced except for the following three activities:
  1. Marketing
  2. R & D
  3. Corporate Management
True enough, outsourcing are heavily engaged here are some of the criteria for choosing vendors:
  1. Delivery Capability - Can you implement your solution to 140 countries ?
  2. Are you offering western prices to eastern market ?
And a few things to keep in mind while doing outsourcing ..
  1. System Architecture should not be outsourced
  2. Knowledge must be retained
Trends and Opportunities Highlighted:
  1. High Performance Computing
    • 3D and 4D analysis of seismic data
    • Virtual reality approach for modeling and simulation
  2. Bandwidth Issues - O & G companies actually went at great length to build telecommunication infrastructures within countries which don't have existing infrastructure. And they don't mind investing money on it.
  3. Enterprise application is always about consolidation

The most mission critical system in Shell is email. And spam is the biggest problem which it is claimed to have received 5 million spam emails per day. So, if you think you got a better solution, you can always approach them.


David Crane - Award-winning Canadian Writer

David Crane is an award-winning Canadian writer on economic, political and environmental issues. His weekly column, Global Issues, appears in a number of publications across Canada. He is a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory body to Statistics Canada, the President’s International Advisory Council at the University of Toronto, the advisory board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, and the board of the North American Institute. He is a participant in the BRICSAM project of the Centre for Innovation in International Governance, which is examining the role and impact of the emerging new economic powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) on the global economy and global governance.

He also served as a board member of the University of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation, a member of the Ontario Science and Technology Council, a member of the steering committee of the Toronto Vital Signs Project, and as a member of the Challenge Dialogue of the Alberta Energy Research Institute. David Crane also served for five years as a judge for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto. David Crane has an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his contributions to the university, honourary doctorates from Wilfrid Laurier University and Victoria University (part of the University of Toronto), and an award of recognition from Conestoga College He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian life. He was also awarded a Social Work Doctoral Award by the Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium. He is also a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-term participants in the World Economic Forum. He has written several books, including The Next Canadian Century, The Canadian Dictionary of Business and Economics, and Controlling Interest.

He has also been a contributor to a number of other books. He is currently writing a book on innovation policy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Panels are:

1. David Beaney - Chairman, Beaney Enterprises

David runs a specialist IT and outsourcing consultancy, Beaney Enterprises, having retired from BP in mid 2005.

The focus of Beaney Enterprises is to provide access to the experience that comes from having worked in senior leadership positions in one of the world’s largest company’s. David’s main interest is outsourcing from a client perspective - both the initial outsourcing transaction and more importantly the subsequent contract management challenges that are critical to success.

David started working for BP in 1977 and held a variety of commercial roles before becoming the global head of planning and strategy for BP’s refining and marketing businesses in 1991. In 1993 David moved into IT management as the Head of Information Systems (CIO) for BP’s refining and marketing businesses globally and became a member of BP’s Group Leadership. In this and subsequent IT management roles David led, managed and renegotiated many of BP’s largest IT outsourcing deals and became a leading member of BP’s Outsourcing Network providing internal advice on outsourcing across all support services in BP (accountancy, HR etc). David’s final role before retiring from BP was Director, Commercial Services responsible for all BP’s IT negotiations and contracts – a portfolio of $1.2billion of 3rd party spend. Outside work David is a keen sailor, skiier and golfer. David is married with two children.

2. Steve Clearwater - Executive Director & Global Desktop Services Director, Shell IT International

Steve, a graduate in Physics/Mathematics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, joined Shell in 1974. He has held numerous positions in Information Technology in Shell, initially in NZ, and thereafter in Australia, London, Netherlands and Singapore, including IT Manager of Shell BP Todd Oil Services, Information Systems Manager in Shell Coal Australia, the Shell Australia IT Manager, Regional Manager - Infrastructure Services Asia Pacific Middle East, and Oil Products IT Business Manager in the East Zone.

Steve relocated to Kuala Lumpur in 2003 to assume the role of Shell’s Global Desktop Services Manager and Executive Director/Country Manager Shell IT International – Malaysia where he has overseen the development the largest IT delivery centre in Shell – here in Cyberjaya which encompasses both Infrastructure (Desktop, Hosting, Help Desk, Support services, Networking) and Application support services

3. Petronas Executive

4. IBM Executive

Other Talks on Day 2:
  1. Pikom to setup community PC Centers
  2. Technology is secondary, says QubeConnect
  3. Saladin to ride in next year
  4. Animating a home-grown industry
  5. The IMPACT is out