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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Silver Peak: Wan Optimization to leverage on SDN

Beginning of the Jan 2013, Silver Peak published forecasts on WAN optimization trends, outlined by CTO David Hughes.

Key trends:

  • Hypervisor-Centric Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Adoption Begins

    In 2013, certain hypervisor-centric network elements (not physical network switching) will be deployed as software in the enterprise because it will be easier to deploy and help lower cost. This will happen with or without any standards around SDN.

    Virtualization will exert its influence on the wide area network (WAN) optimization market in 2013. The misconception that virtual does not perform as well as a physical solution has been disproved. It is becoming clear that the market has a strong preference for virtual technology because it offers a more cost-effective solution without any vendor-imposed hardware refresh while allowing for the deployment of WAN optimization anywhere.

  • Virtualization Drives IT Organization Overlap

    More network administrators will be doing what server administrators used to do, while server administrators are expected to start doing things that network administrators do. Functions won’t go away, but there will be increased overlap across the IT organization.

  • Replication Becomes Mainstream

    As data grows, so does the need for replication and the need to replicate everything. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy have compelled enterprises to relook into their disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Replication over long distance is no longer optional, it is now required.

  • WAN Bottleneck Persists

    Explosive data growth, combined with storage system performance increases (SSDs), and Web-scale database implementations will make the WAN a continued bottleneck for IT.

    The Silver Peak ‘Agility’ initiative leverages SDN to make WAN optimization available on a very granular level in a virtualized environment. By taking WAN optimization from the traditional network-defined domain and applying it directly to the virtual machine domain, it enables virtualization and server managers to address specific application problems more easily and cost effectively.

LOREX Technology Enhances Customer Experience and Grows Online Operations with Oracle

To capitalize on the business value of an enhanced customer experience, LOREX Technology, a leading provider of video surveillance security solutions, implemented Oracle ATG Web Commerce.

The implementation project ran smoothly with no issues and was deployed ahead of schedule and on budget.

Oracle ATG Web Commerce, part of Oracle Commerce, provides leading commerce software and services that power the world’s best brands and companies by delivering tailored and consistent customer experiences that unify and optimize customer interactions.

LOREX Technology manufactures and delivers connected video security cameras and monitoring systems for residential and business use, sold via thousands of popular etail and retail stores across North America, as well as directly to consumers through its website.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SEEBURGER Document Exchange Solution Facilitates Bi-Country Diplomatic Communications at 9th ASEM SUMMIT

SEEBURGER, the leading German-based business integration and enterprise class Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions provider, announces its technological support and involvement at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit held in Vientiane, Laos People's Democratic Republic (Laos PDR) on 5-6 November 2012.

SEEBURGER contributed its Secure Document Exchange Platform as the ‘core content sharing base’ that upheld the entire diplomatic communications during the 9th ASEM Summit which convened leaders from 51 countries, including Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Summit provided an important platform for leaders of Asia and Europe to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern, which including food and energy security, sustainable development, financial and economic crisis, climate change, natural disaster response, and socio-cultural cooperation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yokogawa Partners McAfee to Enhance Security of Industrial Control Systems

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee announced the signing of a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world.

According to Nobuaki Konishi, VP of Yokogawa's IA Systems Business Division (IA Platform Business HQ), the partnership will allow Yokogawa to combine their technology and plant security know-how with McAfee’s technology to enhance the security of products and other line-up of security solution services covering the entire lifecycle of our customers’ plants.

It will include the integration of anti-virus software with industrial control systems used in the process industries.

Monday, January 28, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of Jan 2013

Refer to 'ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013' which the industry witnessed some major appointments. Here are the updates for this week.

In nutshell:
  • Groupon Joel Neoh to lead Japan and Korea in addition to existing roles. 
  • Microsoft strategies to invest $3 billion into Dell.
  • Oracle releases Oracle VM 3.2 which offers unified support for SPARC T-Series and x86-based servers. 
  • AMD launches open platform architecture for motherboard design; AMD Open 3.0 platform.
  • Adobe survey found U.S consumers in favor of customized retail apps over browsers for e-commerce. 
  • IDC: Worldwide PC shipment down by 6.4% in 4Q 2012; HP was the biggest seller. Windows 8 didn't live up to the status of white knight.
  • Megaupload Kim Dotcom is back for good with new offering; Cyberlocker.
Check out more on weekly updates.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

InvestIntech.com PDF Solutions Software (review)

InvestIntech.com sells PDF solutions software.

In a glance, check out all of its product offerings.

Its products consist of two categories. 1.) PDF conversion, 2.) PDF creation. The product with the highest specification for PDF conversion is Able2Extract Professional which supports scanned images.

Using these products, PDF files can be converted into other popular standards such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, plain text, HTML, Autodesk Autocad, Adobe Publisher, OpenOffice formats and image formats such as JPEG, PNG and etc.

Friday, January 25, 2013

ASUS Launches Incredibles (While In Search of Incredible)

On 22 Jan 2013, ASUS launched three consumer products in KL, Malaysia:

(L-R) Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager of Tablets; Alex Feng, Country Product Manager of Notebooks

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Jan 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013.

In a nutshell:
  • Cyber-Ark launches new solution for securing and auditing privileged accounts on UNIX-based systems
  • Kaspersky Lab invites Malaysian students to participate in research paper competition - CyberSecurity for the Next Generation, Asia-Pacific & MEA Round 2013.
  • US authorities charge three people over 'Gozi' APT.
  • Microsoft survey shows people felt insecure about online data privacy.
  • Fortinet launches security appliances for DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks protection - enterprise grade. 
  • Symantec identifies Android.Exprespam - Android.Exprespam is a Trojan horse for Android devices that displays a fake message and steals personal information stored on the compromised device.
  • McAfee Outlines Strategy for Future of Business Security.
  • Sophos identifies fake Plants vs Zombies on Google Play.
Check out more on security and weekly updates series.

Kaspersky Lab Cybercrime Research Competition is Back

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions is calling on Malaysian students from universities and other higher education institutions to participate in a research competition on cybercrime.

Kaspersky Lab’s CyberSecurity for the Next Generation, Asia-Pacific & MEA Round 2013 aims to assemble students, experts and researchers to share their valuable knowledge and inspiring ideas related to cyber security.

The best research papers from Malaysia will be selected for the Asia Pacific and MEA Conference where the students will be competing with students from respective universities and institutes of higher education around Asia Pacific and MEA region, to be held at National University of Singapore in March, 2013.

To register and submit the papers, click here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tencent Announces WeChat For RIM's Blackberry

WeChat’s growth rate has been phenomenal in hitting milestones in record time. It took WeChat only six months to go from 100 million to 200 million user accounts in just four months.

WeChat is proud to announce the expansion of its cross platform service to RIM’s BlackBerry, making it the FIRST and ONLY application available on all mobile platforms.

The WeChat 1.0 (Blackberry version) is a simplified version, following features are available:
  • Basic instant messaging
  • “Hold-To-Talk” feature – just a simple touch for voice message delivery without the need to type
  • Group Chat feature which allows you to chat with up to 40 friends at a time
  • Photo Sharing feature - allows you to snap photos and share them directly with your friends
More details.

A week earlier, WeChat announced that they would advertise on Malaysian TV to gain bigger market share.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The State of Content Industry (US Market) by Business Insider

This will make an interesting read for you.

The Future of Digital by Business Insider presents to you a few pointers on how to capitalise on existing digital trends, particularly on the content industry.

All information applies specifically for US market only.

It presented a few key points such as:

  • Most people who can afford to go online and go mobile are already online, the market is already saturated
  • Mobile computing has taken over desktop computing
  • iOS platform makes most money from mobile app sales and commerce compared to Android platform which garnered a bigger market share
  • Advertising money spent on mobile is still low. The trend of mobile content works on the basis of freemium. Most freemium apps make money from in-app commerce, especially for games
  • Newspaper publishers are facing an uphill task to sell advertisements from rivals such as social media, search engines, network TVs and etc
  • Google generates more advertising revenues than newspaper publishers
  • People actually spent most of their time using their mobile devices even though advertising money spent on mobile is still low

The conclusion that I take from here is that it makes sense to have a mobile presence on both iOS and Android platform but not to rely too much on mobile advertising revenue. In terms of making revenues, mobile games industry makes a good role model.

Check out the full slides.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

HTC Introduces Butterfly in South Asia

HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, announced the availability in South Asia of HTC Butterfly, the ultimate smartphone and the first with a full HD 1080p display. HTC Butterfly not only offers the first full HD 1080p display with the highest pixel density of any smartphone, but also features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, HTC Sense 4+ and Android Jelly Bean.

(L-R) Mr. Goh Thih Liang, Business Development of Qualcomm &
Mr. SK Wong, Country Manager of HTC Malaysia

Great features:
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 1080p full HD super LCD 3 display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 protection
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, featuring a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, high-performance GPU and a full 2GB of RAM enable the seamless use of multiple apps simultaneously
  • HTC Sense® 4+
  • 2,020 mAh battery and power saving software that enables long-lasting endurance
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 28mm wide-angle lens, 5-level automatic flash, backside illuminated sensor (BSI), and superfast autofocus back camera
  • 2.1-megapixel, f/2.0, 88-degree, ultra-wide angle, front-facing camera
  • Studio-quality sound of Beats Audio™

Availability:

HTC Butterfly is available at all HTC authorized retailers and mobile operators – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis, TuneTalk, and U Mobile – at RRP 2,299 starting end-January.

More details.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013

Refer to 'Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Jan 2013' which seals the conclusions for 2012 - let's move forward now.

In nutshell:
  • Kaspersky Lab Identifies new new APT known as  Operation “Red October”
  • Symantec launches new releases of system recovery tools for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and vSphere 5.1
  • Sophos cited as a Leader in New Endpoint Security Report 
  • Java security flaws linger on - Oracle is in the process of issuing fixes.

Developers Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013

In nutshell:
  • Cradle Fund making strategy for expansion
  • hybris leveraging on strategy to help ISV make more money 
  • Engineer googlers teach non-engineers programming 
  • Nokia partners with MDeC to promote Windows 8 mobile application activities 
  • NoSQL database was supposed to be a database for dummy. Oracle made it enterprise and meant for business-critical application supporting real time big data processing, enables fast no-frills deployments - it is free!
  • Intel releases beta open source software, called GraphBuilder, to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from Big Data. 
  • Progress Software Corporation announces new releases of database connector for developers to leverage on big data and cloud.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

JazzMyApp Allows Mobile Users to Share and Discover Apps

With over a million apps available, finding good apps remains a challenge for consumers. JazzMyApp aims to solve the app discovery problem by highlighting trending apps with help from bookmarklet, a little browser tool popularized by Pinterest.

It is developed by the same team responsible for Mobile9 - a mobile content sharing web site.


It features apps for iOS and Android platform.

To get started, users have to connect their Facebook account with JazzMyApp. Once done, install the "Jazz App" bookmarklet by dragging and dropping the button onto the bookmark bar. When users jazz from an app store or website, JazzMyApp automatically grabs app and features it on jazzmyapp.com for other users to follow, re-jazz and comment on. As users start jazzing, the apps will go to their personal jazz board, making it easy for them to organize all their favorite apps in one place. Users can also browse through other users' collections and add to their own jazz board. It builds an enjoyable journey through sharing, exchanging and discovering awesome apps.

Bookmarklet featureSample contents


Besides relying information for social media, it will also research data from other sources such as blogs for top rated hot apps.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013

The vibe is tuning up for virgin 2013. In nutshell, Brocade made two signification appointments. Juniper Networks announced add-on for its Partner Advantage Program.

And the first units of the New BMW X3 xDrive20i Sports Activity Vehicle was driven out from the BMW Assembly plant in Kulim, further increasing premium automaker’s investment and commitment in the country.

Groupon also announced new appointment for its country GM.

Exabytes Acquires Hinetmedia.com eStore & Mall for eCommerce

EASY.my was launched on May 2012 which aspires to become the nation largest virtual mall.

On Jan 16,2013, Exabytes formally announced that EASY.my has acquired Hinetmedia.com eStore & Mall to optimize its current eCommerce activities in the country.

Established since 2004, Hinetmedia is a local eCommerce solution company that has been hosting and maintaining over 800 customer Online Stores. With its recent acquisition by Exabytes, the two business divisions of Hinetmedia – Hinetmedia eStore and Himall.my, now becomes part of Exabytes’ virtual shopping mall, Easy.my

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Using Cacoo for online diagrams and collaboration

Cacoo is a web-based diagram drawing and collaboration tool.

Besides drawing diagrams, the two most important features are 1.) the ability to share diagrams on the web and 2.) collaboration.

Without these collaboration and publishing features, it may make more sense to draw diagram using Microsoft Paint, save it and then email it out.

Therefore, using Cacoo, everybody can capitalise on the availability of free account which offers the feature to create diagrams and then be exported as high resolution PNG file. Just purge out old diagrams to allow for new ones to be created. And when you feel like getting more features for collaboration, just subscribe to the plans.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lotaris Offers Cheaper Alternatives for Windows Commerce Engine

Lotaris in-appCommerce for Windows 8 offers app developers a compelling alternative to the Windows Commerce Engine, enabling direct user relationships and maximizing revenues with a full range of app licensing and payment functions. The service puts developers and ISVs in control of how they license and charge for Windows apps by removing the barriers to buying and giving end users the ability to license and pay for apps on any Windows 8 device – PC, tablet or smartphone – in familiar ways: subscription, usage-limited trials, time-limited trials, full-app purchase, and more.

During the Early Release Program, Windows 8 developers will help test the Lotaris in-appCommerce for Windows 8 service, while leveraging revenue-generating benefits including:
  • 100% of sales revenue – up to 5,000 transactions, during the first 90 days after sign-up; afterward, developers will benefit from the Service as a lower-cost alternative to the app payments structure of the Windows Store; 9.85% (vs. 30%) revenue share and with a transaction fee of 0.35 USD
  • Easy set up and migration – from the Windows Store API to the Lotaris API, and even back again
  • Dynamic licensing – that enables mobile-centric business models and the ability to work with multiple channels, payments and platforms
  • Customer intelligence and CRM – through reporting and analytics, over time
  • Convenient in-app licensing – for both Windows 7 and Windows 8, on a single commerce platform.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Jan 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 1 of Jan 2013.

Top threats for 2012
  • Koobface - Koobface gang earned millions of dollars every year by compromising computers until Jan 2012 in which they were busted by authorities.
  • OSX.FalshBack.K - affected 700,000 computers all running under Mac OS X in the first half of 2012. aka Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Flashfake.ab [Kaspersky]
  • Trojan.OSX.FakeCo.a - accounted for 52% of OS X malware infection for second half of 2012 - this malicious program masquerades as a video codec installation file
  • Flamer - APT - the most complex malware threat since Stuxnet and Duqu
  • Android.Opfake - Android malware; variant of FakeInst SMS Trojan which accounted for 60% of total Android malware infection
  • SMSZombie - Android malware - infected more than 500,000 devices in China
  • Gauss - APT
  • Shnakule - malnet (malware network); distributed infrastructures within the Internet that are built, managed and maintained by cybercriminals.
  • Gozi Prinimalka - APT 
  • Fakerun1 -  the FakeRun Android Trojan, one of the most widespread in the United States but also prevalent in other countries of the world. [Kaspersky]
  • Fakerun2 - the FakeRun Android Trojan belongs to a vast family of dummy applications that do nothing but display ads that earn money for their creator.[Kaspersky]
  • Plangton - one of the most popular mobile Trojans in Europe is Trojan.AndroidOS.Plangton.a[Kaspersky]


ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Jan 2013

Jan 10, 2013 - IBM Won the U.S patent game in 2012

IBM announced that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.

All regular players;
  1. IBM-6,478
  2. Samsung-5,081
  3. Canon-3,174
  4. Sony-3,032
  5. Panasonic-2,769
  6. Microsoft-2,613
  7. Toshiba-2,447
  8. Hon Hai-2,013
  9. General Electric-1,652
  10. LG Electronics-1,624
This explains why these big boys are so rich and powerful - they 'sleep' with each other.

Interestingly, let's take a look at one example.

U.S. Patent #8,275,803: System and method for providing answers to questions - This patented invention was implemented in the IBM Watson system and describes a technique that enables a computer to take a question expressed in natural language, understand it in detail, and deliver a precise answer to the question.

More details.


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Celcom Sponsors Mobile and Wireless Technology 2013 Trade Fair and Forum

Celcom Axiata Berhad, the first and foremost mobile telecommunications provider in the country, today announced an agreement that will make it the Platinum Sponsor of Mobile and Wireless Technology 2013, Asia’s premier trade fair and forum dedicated to the mobile and wireless industry.

The two-day trade fair and forum, which will take place on March 20 – 21, 2013 at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, will be a platform for industry players to meet leading experts, learn of new trends and developments, address issues and concerns faced by the industry and meet potential customers and suppliers.

On top of the sponsorship, Celcom will showcase its current offerings and business solutions at the Mobile and Wireless Technology 2013 and will present a paper on M2M (machine-to-machine) business solutions at the Mobile and Wireless Solutions Forum 2013 – a focused industry forum running alongside with the trade fair.

More details.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Top Glove's myTGSAP Project Aims for New Heights

In the current climate of economic uncertainty, tight margin pressures, compounded by globalization, the need for companies to optimize their resource has never been greater. With this in mind, Top Glove Corporation Berhad (Top Glove), the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer has signed an agreement with technology partners SAP Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (SAP) and Brightree Solutions Sdn. Bhd. (Brightree), to have an enterprise wide IT transformation by investing in SAP’s Solutions - to further enhance the company’s competitive edge in the market.

(L-R)KM Lee (Managing Director, Top Glove), Tan Sri Lim Kow shik, Sriman, Mr. Tan Kee Huat (Joint Managing Partner Malaysia, Bright Tree) - exchanging contract


Monday, January 07, 2013

Gartner: Oracle Comm in Leaders Quadrant

Gartner, Inc.’s 2012 “Magic Quadrant for Integrated Revenue and Customer Management for CSPs” report positions Oracle in the Leaders Quadrant.

Gartner Magic Quadrants position vendors within a particular segment based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute on that vision.

The report evaluates the capabilities of vendors that offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions globally for billing, customer care, rating, charging, mediation and policy management – referred to in the report as integrated revenue and customer management (IRCM).

Bigger and Better: Your Mobile Gaming Experience Amplified!

About a decade ago, one can only imagine playing high-intensity games with their mobile phones. It used to be just ‘Level RPG’ and other two-dimensional fixtures people were engrossed with, cringing for a better view on the mini-screens while blatantly tapping on the keypads to break their previous high scores.

Then smartphones came along and games developers tried to out do one another with highly sophisticated games to be played on users’ touch-screen wonders. Games with seamless graphics were only possible on computers and gaming consoles a couple of years ago, but are now widely played on smartphones and tablet devices. If people still find playing on a 4-inch screen torture for their eyes, they can now plug-in their mobile devices to a large screen LED Monitor for an amplified gaming experience.

Not possible you say? Samsung’s latest range of LED Monitors are all equipped with Mobile-High Definition Link (MHL) technology, which enables users to play games, watch movies, view pictures and even surf the internet on a larger screen! Playing mobile games will be more exciting and mind-blowing through Samsung’s innovative and award-winning display technologies.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 1 of Jan 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Dec 2012.

Here are the quick summary of 2012 compiled from various sources.

1.) Top threats for 2012

  • Koobface - Koobface gang earned millions of dollars every year by compromising computers until Jan 2012 in which they were busted by authorities.
  • OSX.FalshBack.K - affected 700,000 computers all running under Mac OS X in the first half of 2012. aka Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Flashfake.ab [Kaspersky]
  • Trojan.OSX.FakeCo.a - accounted for 52% of OS X malware infection for second half of 2012 - this malicious program masquerades as a video codec installation file
  • Flamer - APT - the most complex malware threat since Stuxnet and Duqu
  • Android.Opfake - Android malware; variant of FakeInst SMS Trojan which accounted for 60% of total Android malware infection
  • SMSZombie - Android malware - infected more than 500,000 devices in China
  • Gauss - APT
  • Shnakule - malnet (malware network); distributed infrastructures within the Internet that are built, managed and maintained by cybercriminals.
  • Gozi Prinimalka - APT

2.) Malwares for android were the main trust of malware development for 2012

3.) Malwares for Mac gained significant rise in 2012

4.) Russia was the most infected country in 2012

5.) Oracle Java surpasses Adobe Reader as the most frequently exploited software
 

More details from Malaysia Technology News.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

HelpLearnAsia Online Marketing Workshop (28th & 29th January 2013, Singapore)

HelpLearn.Asia is a brand new seminar that focuses on the real-life implementation of integrated online marketing and digital campaigns. This event is created to allow attendees to get to the basics with no fluffy speeches, draggy keynotes and/or death-by-jargon.

While online marketing covers many aspects, the key topics that will be explored at the first seminar will be the most relevant. Esteemed speakers will come from all over the world to share the secrets of their success with attendees. Prominent speakers based in Asia will also be present to offer their unique localized knowledge. The speakers will delve deeply into conducting analytics of marketing campaigns, maximising social media beyond just Facebook and others.

Tickets for the first HelpLearn.Asia in Singapore is available now at www.eventnook.com