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Thursday, December 19, 2013

ICT Happenings Week 3 of Dec 2013

News for Week 5 of Oct 2013; nothing spectacular.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Press release - Dec 20, 2013 -SonicGear introduces the Pandora series.
  • Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - Fujitsu Unveils Brand New Leasing Programme for Businesses
  • Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - Royal Air Force Museum introduces German Dornier Do 17
  • Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - New Nokia Lumia 525 will be in stores tomorrow (20 Dec 2013)
  • Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - WFT Cloud Surpasses a Key Milestone of over 300 Customers using its SAP Cloud Hosting Platform
  • Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - Aspect Software Announces Zipwire Contact Centre Solution
  • Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - Symantec releases Storage Foundation 6.1
  • Press release - Dec 16, 2013 - Oracle Launches Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4
  • Press release - Dec. 16, 2013 - SAP Innovates With New Release of SAP Business ByDesign® Solution
  • USA Today - Dec 14, 2013 - China soft landed rover on the moon
  • Press release - Dec 13, 2013 - Exabytes 20Mbps Dedicated Server
  • Press release - Dec 12, 2013 - Virus Wu Named as Electro-Voice Ambassador
  • Press release - Dec 12, 2013 - SMEs Usher in New Era of Business Productivity in Singapore
  • Press release - Dec 10, 2013 - Viber Launches ‘Viber Out’ Worldwide
  • Press release - Dec 9, 2013 - ADCA to Offer Multiple City-Connectivity 
  • Press release - Dec 9, 2013 - Lazada Ends 2013 with the Online Revolution Blitz and a Brand New Look.
  • Press release - IBM - Dec 6, 2013 - Made in IBM Labs: Helping Clients Securely and Reliably Migrate Cloud Data.
  • Press release - Dec 6, 2013 - MOLPay as payment gateway for .my domain mapping platform
  • Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - travelmob launches iOS app to further expand its reach in the Asia Pacific region
  • Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - Silver Peak Unveils Dynamic Path Control to Optimize Hybrid WANs
  • Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - Tata Comm. named Best Wholesale Carrier at World Communications Awards 2013.



Press release - Dec 20, 2013 -SonicGear introduces the Pandora series

SonicGear introduces the Pandora series, a line of minimalist all-in-one sound boxes that will pump out the beats like any traditional 2.1 speakers without encroaching on your space. From the Micro to the Pandora 3, the SonicGear Pandora series has the perfect size for everyone.

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Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - Fujitsu Unveils Brand New Leasing Programme for Businesses

Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, manufacturer of premium ICT solutions for consumers and businesses has launched its leasing programme for businesses to obtain the latest Fujitsu products to enable businesses and SMEs more flexibility when it comes to managing their assets, resources and finances strategically. On this special day, Fujitsu has also launched a list of new products for both consumers and businesses, namely the LIFEBOOK AH544, LIFEBOOK E-SERIES, LIFEBOOK UH544 and S904.
Ms. Yap Hui Hui, ; Ms. Jennifer Toh, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

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Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - Royal Air Force Museum introduces German Dornier Do 17

Wargaming, the leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher, is pleased to announce the Royal Air Force Museum has officially unveiled the German Dornier Do 17 and the associated Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone at its site in Cosford, Shropshire.

The dynamic new Interpretation Zone explores the background of this legendary aircraft, telling the story of its recovery and the conservation process—both in the Museum's physical and digital spaces.

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Press release - Dec 19, 2013 - New Nokia Lumia 525 will be in stores tomorrow (20 Dec 2013)

The Nokia Lumia 525 comes with premium looks and a 1GB RAM that allows users to experience more style, more fun at an affordable price.

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Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - WFT Cloud Surpasses a Key Milestone of over 300 Customers using its SAP Cloud Hosting Platform

Wharfedale Technologies announced today that it surpassed a key milestone of supporting over 300 customers on its WFT Cloud platform. This includes enterprise to small organizations and SAP development partners. Since 2010, WFT Cloud has serviced customers from over 139 countries globally. WFT Cloud provides its customers substantial benefits in terms of availability, flexibility and lower overall cost.

WFT Cloud was established in 2010 to provide more flexible and cost effective options for SAP customers. It is the first SAP certified cloud hosting and services partner. WFT Cloud runs out of data center in Philadelphia, PA that is SSAE 16 Type II certified and runs on state-of-the-art infrastructure. Its operations utilize best practices associated with SAP and Cloud computing to deliver highest standards in control, compliance and security and meet stringent SLAs for SAP customers. With partnership with Verizon Terremark, WFT Cloud also extends hosting solutions that require a secondary site or need more geographical diversity.

Typical use cases for WFT Cloud customers range from hosting and support of an entire SAP landscape with multiple environments to hybrid cloud solutions that deliver substantial cost efficiencies for non-production environments while keeping production infrastructure on-premise. Other scenarios include on-demand availability of project or sandbox environment for testing or development and POC type services for new technologies such as SAP HANA.

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Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - Aspect Software Announces Zipwire Contact Centre Solution

Aspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimisation, and back-office solutions today announced a feature-rich, cloud-based contact center solution, Zipwire (zipwire.aspect.com).

To be launched in Asia during Q2, 2014, Zipwire will enable SMBs to set up their customer service infrastructure quickly and easily, thereby reducing the strain on in-house IT teams.

With the ever-increasing demand from customers for prompt responses and accurate information, businesses are required to stay ahead of the game by minimising downtime and optimising productivity. Boasting 24/7/365 service support capabilities, Zipwire is well-equipped to cater to the unique needs of SMBs from a wide range of industries.

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Press release - Dec 18, 2013 - Symantec releases Storage Foundation 6.1

Symantec today announced the Storage Foundation 6.1 software in Malaysia, enabling data centers to leverage Solid State Drives (SSDs) to ensure high performance for mission critical applications and databases across existing heterogeneous storage environments.

The Storage Foundation’s performance gains enable customers to access mission critical data and applications 400 percent faster than traditional Storage Area Networks (SANs), so they can make critical decisions faster. This sophisticated software is at the forefront of helping data centers evolve to embrace flash.

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Press release - Dec 16, 2013 - Oracle Launches Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 features an improved performance and quality of service for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Database as a Service (DBaaS), and Data Warehousing.

This latest release is to help customers to streamline operations and take advantage of business critical data with enhanced uptime and efficiency.

The extreme performance and capacity of Oracle Exadata easily allows hundreds of databases to be consolidated in a Database as a Service architecture into a single rack, enabling greatly reduced costs and improved agility. Oracle Exadata now has the unique ability to transparently prioritize requests as they flow from database servers, through network adapters and network switches, to storage, and back.

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Press release - Dec. 16, 2013 - SAP Innovates With New Release of SAP Business ByDesign® Solution

Reaffirming its commitment to provide independent companies and subsidiaries worldwide a flexible, cost-effective mid-market cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP AG today announced new capabilities for the SAP Business ByDesign® solution. The updates leverage SAP HANA®, mobile and cloud technology, and enable businesses to rapidly adapt processes to capitalize on ever-changing market dynamics.

Features and enhancements delivered in the latest release of SAP Business ByDesign include:
  • Expanded global footprint: New country version for Japan augments existing Asia Pacific regional versions for China, India, Australia and New Zealand.
  • In-memory capabilities: Availability on the SAP HANA platform combines both transaction processing and analytics on a single platform, helping reduce delays and inefficiencies inherent in parallel operational and business intelligence systems, and enabling companies to aggregate, correlate and assess countless bits of information and scenarios to determine the best course of action faster than ever before.
  • Enhanced pricing flexibility: Greater flexibility to price products and services and suggest optional additional or alternative purchases helps companies to drive increased purchases. Expanded competitive pricing mechanisms enable companies to drive special pricing to particular audiences based on user-defined criteria such as region, type or class of customer and industry-specific criteria. Pricing can also be based on two dimensions, such as by quantity of pieces or net weight.
  • Greater mobility: The SAP® Business in Focus mobile app enables users to analyze budget forecasts, visualize financial information, collaborate through an enterprise social network and get real-time insight from internal and external cloud applications via iPad.

USA Today - Dec 14, 2013 - China soft landed rover on the moon

It was reported by; USA Today,no-follow,http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/12/14/china-soft-landing-space-probe/4022707/; that China has landed the unmanned Chang'e 3 lander on the moon and successfully deployed moon rover Jade Rabbit which will perform scientific research for the next 3 months.

The Jade Rabbit is a solar-powered six-wheeled rover, capable of traveling 200 m per hour -  images.



Press release - Dec 13, 2013 - Exabytes 20Mbps Dedicated Server

Exabytes is currently offering Dedicated Server at 20Mbps Bandwidth with a very affordable price.

This is the biggest dedicated server sale we ever had in Exabytes and it is the most affordable server with the highest bandwidth in Malaysia.

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Press release - Dec 12, 2013 - Virus Wu Named as Electro-Voice Ambassador

Today, Bosch Electro-Voice (EV), a leading engineered audio reinforcement solutions and products provider, has appointed Virus Wu, a rising star in the Malaysian music industry, as its first local celebrity ambassador.

Virus Wu

As part of her newfound responsibilities, Wu was presented with the RE320 microphone, a world-class performing microphone that creates the perfect dynamic sound reinforcement in both professional recording studios and live performances.

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Press release - Dec 12, 2013 - SMEs Usher in New Era of Business Productivity in Singapore

Singapore is booming. As Bloomberg recently reported, the Southeast Asian economic powerhouse expanded its overall 2013 forecast, expecting a final tally of 3.5-4 per cent GDP growth for the year. But the economic news out of Singapore isn’t just a story of tremendous growth. Rather, Singapore is undergoing an economic revolution, the kind that places small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the forefront of the economy. Singapore SMEs make up an increasingly large portion of Singapore’s overall GDP (roughly 50 per cent) and employment (70 per cent).

Perhaps most essential to the Singapore SME boom is the increasingly sophisticated methods of these enterprises that drive better ROIs and much higher process productivity. SMEs have taken their customer relationships up a notch with stronger knowledge of their own customer bases and more attention to detail in customer relationships. Singapore based Capillary Technologies, a customer engagement company that offers cloud-based intelligent solutions for businesses of all sizes, has been integral in assisting more than 30 Singapore SMEs over the past 9 months.

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Press release - Dec 10, 2013 - Viber Launches ‘Viber Out’ Worldwide

Viber announced today the release of Viber 4.1 for Android and iPhone which includes the full global launch of Viber Out, a new feature that allows users to make low-cost calls to any mobile or landline phone number.

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Press release - Dec 9, 2013 - ADCA to Offer Multiple City-Connectivity

Members of the regional Asia Data Center Alliance (ADCA) recently met in Bangkok, Thailand for the ADCA Conference 2013 that is held annually to discuss their new vision “Many Brands, One Experience.”
From left: Vice Chairman of ADCA - Chiew Kok Hin, CEO of The AIMS Group (Malaysia); Ngo Trong Hieu (CMC Telecom, Vietnam), Kosit Suksingha (TCCTechnology, Thailand), Wong Ka Vin (1-Net Singapore Pte Ltd), William Wai HKCOLO Limited, Hong Kong)

All five of ADCA’s member countries were represented at the conference by: 1-Net (Singapore), AIMS Group (Malaysia), CMC Corporation (Vietnam), HKCOLO Limited (Hong Kong), and TCC Technology (Thailand). All five data centres are carrier-neutral data centres.

The highlight discussion of the ADCA Conference 2013 was the need for connectivity amongst the region’s main cities and how ADCA can play its part to enable investors seeking business in Asia.

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Press release - Dec 9, 2013 - Lazada Ends 2013 with the Online Revolution Blitz and a Brand New Look

The Online Revolution is based on Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day in the United States, which just took place on the 2nd of December. So far, The Online Revolution was a great success for LAZADA Malaysia and led to a record breaking month long campaign. Strongest categories were electronics and computers and among the bestsellers of Online Revolution were Notebooks and LED TVs. To mark this occasion Lazada is also launching new look exclusive for one day only, the new layout is designed to make it even easier for shoppers to grab their desired deals.

Press release - IBM - Dec 6, 2013 - Made in IBM Labs: Helping Clients Securely and Reliably Migrate Cloud Data

The method employs a “cloud-of-clouds” approach that invokes the resilience of separate clouds to offer stronger protection against service outages and data loss than any single cloud can deliver.

The method relies on invocation of resources from other clouds to serve as the buffer for the data transfers - known as cloud-of-clouds.

The technology consists of a software platform that serves automation for data synchronization and ensures security.

In conjunction with this, the team has also developed a patent-pending algorithms which were published in a paper titled "Robust data sharing with key-value stores" at the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN).

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Press release - Dec 6, 2013 - MOLPay as payment gateway for .my domain mapping platform

MOLPay, the leading online payment solution provider in Southeast Asia is now the payment gateway for www.ichoose.my, the domain mapping platform launched recently by MyNIC.

Starting from 1st Dec 2013, www.ichoose.my uses MOLPay as their payment gateway while accepting payment from all major banks in Malaysia.

The new payment facilities will help many website and blog owners to pay easily in securing domain name. www.ichoose.my allows them to connect their existing Blogspot, Wordpress or .com websites to .my domain name.

Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - travelmob launches iOS app to further expand its reach in the Asia Pacific region

travelmob, a leading social stay marketplace, which matches property owners (“hosts”) in Asia Pacific with travellers seeking quality accommodations, has announced the launch of its travelmob iOS app.

The travelmob iOS app empowers hosts to manage their reservations and listings quickly, and help travellers book their accommodations from more than 20,000 properties across Asia Pacific while on the move.

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Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - Silver Peak Unveils Dynamic Path Control to Optimize Hybrid WANs

Silver Peak,today announced Dynamic Path Control that helps IT organizations maximize investments in hybrid wide area network (WAN) services. Dynamic Path Control uses real-time network intelligence to determine the fastest, most-reliable and most-available path for application performance and data mobility.

Hybrid networks combine different types of data services as an affordable way to improve application performance and reliability in branch offices. Many organizations backhaul branch office Internet traffic across a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) backbone to a central location, which wastes bandwidth and undermines cloud application performance. Local Internet access addresses those problems while providing a secondary connection in the event of a MPLS outage. However, a company may not maximize its WAN investment when some connections are under-utilized. At other times, applications sensitive to latency or packet loss may not be placed on the path with the best quality. Silver Peak Dynamic Path Control optimizes hybrid WAN services, making real-time traffic decisions based on the latency, loss and available bandwidth of the two paths.

Press release - Dec 5, 2013 - Tata Comm. named Best Wholesale Carrier at World Communications Awards 2013

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, has won the Best Wholesale Carrier Award at the 2013 World Communications Awards - held in London last night. The awards, now in its 15th year, recognises the organisations responsible for the innovations that are shaping the industry today and in the future.

Tata Communications was recognised for its breadth of wholesale offerings, which enable service providers to address their core business challenges including service reach and interoperability, end-user experience, efficient capital allocation and technology transformation.

Two flagship solutions that were launched this year include Voice Business Apps, a suite of Capex-free tools that customers can tap into to manage their international voice business, and Hosted Policy Engine, the world’s first cloud-based policy management solution enabling mobile network operators (MNOs) to create differentiated mobile data services quickly and with significantly less capital investment.

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