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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celcom Planet Signs MoU with Site Giant

Celcom Planet is on an aggressive mode to sign up local e-commerce partners before the launch of a local version of ‘11ST’ e-commerce marketplace which is scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of year 2015.

‘11ST’, one of Korea’s leading e-commerce marketplaces (www.11st.co.kr) serving more than 30 million customers and has expanded to Turkey and Indonesia.


Established in November 2014, Celcom Planet Sdn Bhd is a joint venture between Celcom Axiata Berhad and SK Planet -a leading Korean e-commerce open marketplace provider which is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of mobile operator, SK Telecom.

 SiteGiant was founded in 2005 to provide a complete range of e-commerce and web design services in Malaysia. Some of their notable customers include Fblock, Fordpartsmalaysia, thebabaystore, and more.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oracle 2015 ICT Outlook Statement

Oracle Malaysia published the 2015 outlook statement by Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director, Oracle Corporation, Malaysia

Jimmy Cheah opines that the moving forward ICT business landscape will be largely influenced by consumer-oriented demand such as the demand for mobility support of application and integration with social media.

Jimmy Cheah

To benefit from this trend, the challenge is budget constraints - such as maintaining and migration of legacy applications to support mobility and analytics in order to support a broader perspective.

Cloud solution can help with this, and this presents opportunities for cloud based security requirement.

Jimmy Cheah was quoted:

With a complete cloud offering, Oracle aims to be the trusted IT partner for local businesses by helping them to embark on Cloud. Oracle offers the industry’s largest portfolio of SaaS applications in the Cloud with customer experience applications, including sales capabilities; human capital management suite with social tools; and offer local enterprises industrial-strength ERP applications in the Cloud.

Oracle PaaS is designed to be the turn-key cloud development platform, with advanced features such as multi-tenancy, high-speed analytics, and social and mobile capabilities, for applications integrations. As a part of it, the flagship Oracle Database 12c will also be offered as a cloud service. Oracle IaaS will serve as the on-premise cloud offering for deploying Oracle's Engineered Systems.

Happy new year !

Friday, December 26, 2014

T-SQL: Querying a String Column as Date

This article applies to and experimented on MSSQL 2008 R2.

If you store a date time value as string into a varchar column and would like to perform T-SQL to query it like a normal datetime column, here is how you can achieve it:

For instance, assuming that the varchar column (varchar(50)) which a date time string is store is called 'cAttribute6' and the table name is called TBL_People, the following T-SQL will allow you to query the varchar column like a datetime.

SELECT * FROM TBL_People
where convert(datetime,cAttribute6,103)>='2014-12-11 18:00:00'


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Google Play releases “Best of 2014” lists in Malaysia for Apps, Games and Books

Today Google Play released its “Best of 2014” lists for apps, games and books in Malaysia.

For apps and games, the “Best of 2014” lists offer 30 great applications hand-picked by Play editors. Apps include Wunderlist, TED and SwiftKey while games include Clash of Clans, Monument Valley and 2048.

For books, the “Top Selling” list tracks what fellow Malaysians were reading this year. The top downloaded book was “Memulakan Bisnes Sendiri” or “How to Start Your Business.”

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Brace of Respected Awards for FanXT

FanXT is an online fantasy football game league.

Recent times have certainly been the finest moments for fantasy sports provider, FanXT who were impressively involved in two prestigious awards. This rapidly growing company has offered a new dimension for football lovers, being the initial site to launch Daily/Weekly Fantasy Sport game for soccer fans.

The first prominent moment for FanXT was during the Malaysia National Intellectual Property Awards ceremony on 2 October 2014. Under the Copyright Category, FanXT aka Just Mobile Sdn Bhd, captured the first prize for its fantasy football software application that runs on multiple devices (web, Facebook, iOS , Android) that came along with cash price of RM 10,000 (USD3,200) and WIPO medals as well as certificates. WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) has established its assurance towards intellectual property plus has developed to the level of recognizing the efforts of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO) which has continuously managed intellectual property on a regular basis in Malaysia.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Former SAP Head of Cloud and Mobile Solutions Joins Leading Enterprise Mobility Company

Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility company, today announced the appointment of Steven Medeiros as Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific and Middle East. As part of the company’s global expansion strategy, Steve will focus on building out offices and channels in the markets of Dubai, Qatar, Japan, Greater China, Australia and South East Asia.
Steven Medeiros,
VP and GM of APAC and Middle East, Kony Inc

Steve served in a variety of senior leadership and general management roles across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Kony, Medeiros served as head of SAP’s Line of Business and Cloud solution sales for Greater China. In this role, he was responsible for driving SAP’s Cloud offerings in China for China, and also led the company’s Mobility Sales organization across all of the Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Kony provides mobile application solutions to the world’s leading organizations, enabling them to build great mobile application experiences to drive customer loyalty, employee empowerment, and business process improvement.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

CES : Robotics Exhibits Grow by 25 Percent at the 2015 International CES

A heads-up from CES.

From humanoid entertainment devices to robotic cleaning machines, robots promise to revolutionize the way consumers interact with the world and monitor their health and environment. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that robotics exhibits at the 2015 International CES® have grown 25 percent from the 2014 CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Robotics Marketplace, presented by Robotics Trends, will feature more than 18 innovative companies showcasing the full range of intelligent, autonomous machines that are connected to the cloud, controllable by mobile device and capable of seeing, hearing, feeling and reacting to the environment in ways once thought impossible. Robotics exhibits at the 2015 CES are expected to cover 8,250 net square feet of exhibit space, an increase of more than 25 percent over robotics exhibit space at the 2014 CES.

Emails team@it-sideways.com for details.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of Nov 2014

News for Week 3 of Nov 2014.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Startupbootcamp FinTech launches Asia accelerator programme in Singapore
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia Outlines Growth Plan
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Datacloud South East Asia Congress@Johor – 25-26 March 2015
  • Ovum - Melbourne, Nov 25 2013 - Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015
  • PR - Nov 27, 2014 - RS Components announces availability of new BEETHEFIRST professional-quality 3D printer for rapid prototyping
  • PR - Munich - Nov 25, 2014 - QSC Partners with Axiros for Cloud Data Management Platform Services
  • PR - Germany - Nov 25, 2014 - Paragon Software announces Black Friday 80% off deal
  • PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TalentCorp, OM, MDeC Initiate Programme to Boost Employability of Graduates in Outsourcing Sector
  • PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TM Sets to provide enhanced customer experience with EMC Smarts
  • PR - Nov 24, 2014 - Sentient Technologies Raises $103.5 Million in Series C Funding

Gamdias Hebe Headset..Hear the Bass Guitar (Review)

Recall that I have a Gamdias Headset ??

Gamdias HEBE headset

If you play this video from Youtube, you can really hear the bass beats clearly, compare to using headset from other brands that I had - the bass sounds really great !!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kaspersky: Spam and Phishing in Q3

Kaspersky released the findings of spam and phishing in Q3 2014.
  • Spam accounted for 66.9% of all email traffic in Q3. That is 1.7 percentage points (p.p.) less than in Q2
  • The US (14% of spam), Russia (6.1%) and Vietnam (6%) were the three biggest sources of spam in Q3
  • The ranking of malicious attachments detected by Kaspersky Lab products in spam was topped by Trojan.JS.Redirector.adf – a Trojan that redirects users to a malicious page. This malware scored 2.8% of detections reported by mail antivirus.
  • Andromeda malware, which hands criminals stealthy control over victim PCs, led the ranking of the most widespread malicious families: almost 12.35% of all malicious software detected by Kaspersky Lab technologies in spam belongs to this family. Second place is held by the Zeus/Zbot family that targets online banking users, with 10.59% of detections by mail antivirus.
  • Phishing that targeted online financial services accounted for 38.23% of all detections registered by Kaspersky Lab products. That is 13.39 p.p. more than in Q2
  • Phishing against banks showed the highest growth rate in the financial category: + 6.16 p.p.
  • The vast majority of phishing detections in the payment systems category were targeting users of PayPal (32.08%), Visa (31.51%) and American Express (24.83%).
Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rero Robots: Malaysian designed Reconfigurable Robots for Educational Market

RadioShack to be welcoming, and selling, robots; REROs - Reconfigurable Robots - have taken their places in all our stores in KL/Klang Valley and Penang and are ready to picked up by robotics aspirants and enthusiasts alike from as young as 10 years old and excellent as a special Christmas present.

Malaysian-designed and manufactured, they boast easy to use hardware design and programming tool with no screws or nuts and were recently awarded the MSC Malaysia APICTA 2014 award in E-learning.

What does it do ?
  • 3.2” colour touch screen control panel for ease of use
  • ‘Teach Mode’ available on the touch panel which allows for programming a movement without using a laptop
  • FREE downloadable easy to learn RERO Animator software which eliminates the need for sophisticated programming Bluetooth enabled for control via a smartphone
  • 3D printable parts to take robot-making to the next level

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Unable to Perform Magnetic Encoding using cardPresso ?

Unable to Perform Magnetic Encoding using cardPresso ?

First of all, make sure your card printer has been fitted with the magnetic encoder module

Secondly, make sure you are able to perform magnetic encoding through the printer's driver.

Goto

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers\

Printing Preferences\Tools\Magnetic Encoding\Encoding settings

Perform a test encoding - for more information.

Printing Preferences\Tools\Magnetic Encoding\Encoding settings


If this works, then it means the card printer is working fine, the problem lies with cardPresso software.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oracle Study Reveals Large Enterprises Struggle with Business Transformation Execution

Oracle shares its latest findings of its study with focus on business transformation which surveyed more than 500 executives from large global enterprises.

In brief, the survey revealed 86% of the respondents cited that business transformation is critical an essential to compete, but close to 50% said that their organizations are not at all or only somewhat prepared to execute a business transformation.

Overall findings from the study include:
  • Continual transformation is crucial to staying ahead of the curve but many business leaders say their organization is not well prepared.
  • Execution can make or break it.
  • Innovation is important to adapt to changes in client expectations and technology advances.
  • The key to executing a successful business transformation is a clear understanding of financial reality.
  • Failure to anticipate and account for risk can quickly derail a business transformation.
  • Adoption of enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) makes a difference

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Businesses in Malaysia Embark on Software-Defined Enterprise Journey in 2015

VMware today unveiled key findings of what businesses in Malaysia are saying on the deployment of virtualization and Software Defined Data Centers and the latest from Data Center 2020 study.

Some of the findings revealed through the study were:
  • US$ 1.36B (RM4.08Billion) of costs could be avoided from 2003 – 2020 with server virtualization in Malaysia alone
  • 15% of Malaysian organizations rate themselves as fully virtualized and a majority of 31% are expecting to join the over 90% virtualized category in the next 2 years
  • More than a third (34%) of Malaysian businesses surveyed reported their organization as 60-90% virtualized and at least 30% between 30-60% virtualized
Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Nov 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Oct 2014, the biggest news was the announcement CyberArk Integrates Privileged Threat Analytics with McAfee’s Next Generation SIEM.
  • PR- Nov 14, 2014 - CyberArk Announces Strong Third Quarter 2014 Results
  • PR - Nov 13, 2014 - Huawei Receives "Cyber Security Organization of the Year" Award from CSM
  • PR - Nov 12, 2014 - CSM and Microsoft Announced Cyber Threat Intelligence Program
  • PR - Nov 12,2014 -Stuxnet Patient Zero: First Victims of the Infamous Worm Revealed
  • PR - Nov, 12 - 2014 - Sophos Announces Expanded Security Security as a server through AWS Marketplace
  • PR - Nov 10, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab sheds light on “Darkhotels”
  • PR - Nov 10, 2014 - NSS Labs Test Validates Barracuda WAF Security Effectiveness
  • PR - Nov 7, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab Adds 20+ Patents to its Intellectual Property Portfolio in Q3 2014
  • PR - Nov 6, 2014 - Infowatch Will Prove Scientific Value of Its Content Analysis Technologies at ICCICS2014!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 3 of Nov 2014

News for Week 5 of Oct 2014, most happening news was the announcement by WD that the MyCloud software and app downloads reached 4 Million.
  • PR - Nov 13, 2014 - Tibco Launches New Spotfire Analytics Offering on AWS Marketplace
  • PR - Nov 13, 2014 - RS Components adds 3D Systems ProJet 1200 to its range of rapid-prototyping 3D print machines
  • PR - Nov 13, 2014 - CA Tech. Announced New Tools for business competitive advantage
  • PR - Nov 12, 2014 - WhiteSpace Alliance® Creates India Special Interest Group
  • PR - Nov 12, 2014 - CEA Announces Groundbreaking New Book at CES Unveiled New York
  • Ovum - Nov 11, 2014 - Mobile data services are on the rise in Africa, but the continent lags in high-speed broadband connectivity
  • PR - Capetown, Africa, Nov 11, 2014 - 24 Online Deploys Internet Access Management Solution Across Five Kenyan Airports
  • PR - Nov 11, 2014 - MyIX: Malaysia Internet Bandwidth Consumption More Than Doubles in First Six Months of Year 2014
  • PR - Nov 11, 2014 - CA Tech. CEO Challenges Business and Technology Leaders to Build New Capabilities to Compete in the Application Economy
  • PR - Nov 10, 2014 - Huawei Named One of Thomson Reuters' "Top 100 Global Innovators of 2014"
  • PR - Nov 10, 2014 - New Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English

EMC bets on Hybrid Cloud for Malaysian Businesses

Today, 80% of Malaysian businesses already have Cloud Computing usage governance policies.

Cloud computing has been a buzzword for businesses and technology companies for several years now. In order to understand the state of Cloud adoption among Malaysian businesses, EMC conducted a survey in Malaysia.

Whether it’s for better competitiveness, higher returns on technology investment, or just better use of resources such as email and storage, Malaysian businesses today understand the value of cloud and its impact on business.


It is clear from the insights of this survey that what matters now is finding the right model of cloud which tailors to each business’ individual needs, i.e. a hybrid model that keeps the businesses’ needs and the sensitivity of its data at the core and brings the agility and speed of public and privacy of private cloud environments. The importance of Cloud itself is well understood.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Evolis Pebble 4 Unable to Encode Alphabet

Evolis Pebble 4 Card printer.

Tried to perform encoding using ISO1 format for alphabet characters but failed ?

The reason is because ISO1 only supports alphabet letter from A to Z upper case only, not lower case.

If you are trying to encode abc123, it will fail - you should ABC123 instead.

To encode lower case alphabet, you have to use the SIPASS format which supports ASCII characters from 16 to 127 - refer to ACSII table.


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

ASUS Targets multi-devices users in Malaysia

ASUS Malaysia launches new wireless routers as per listed below to target multi-devices households.

i) RT-AC87U is the world's 1st Dual-band Wi-Fi router with built-in security which offers consumers protection over their connected devices via a safe access to the networks.
ii) RT-N18U with TurboQAM high speed technology boosts HD video streaming, online gaming and multi-tasking.

ASUS further shares that built-in with exclusive Trend Micro™ technology—AiProtection, RT-AC87U wireless router safeguards all connected devices from cyber threats which is important because today’s consumers cannot install security software to protect every single home device such as SmartTV or to update the firmware security patches one by one.

RT-AC87U - with built-in security

ASUS Malaysia is giving away new ASUS routers’ buyers with 100GB complimentary storage on ASUS AiCloud to encourage more uptake of private Cloud storage for better personal data management.

Both RT-AC87U and RT-N18U wireless routers are now available nationwide starting from November 2014 at RM1,199 and RM409 respectively.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Running robots of future may learn from world’s best two-legged runners: birds

Based on a press release from Oregon State Edu.

Researchers found that the most efficient two-legged runners ever run on earth are running birds.

Running birds are found to have an impressive ability to run while minimizing energy cost, avoiding falls or injury, and maintaining speed and direction.

“Birds appear to be the best of bipedal terrestrial runners, with a speed and agility that may trace back 230 million years to their dinosaur ancestors,” said Jonathan Hurst, an associate professor and robotics expert in the OSU College of Engineering.

In collaboration with Monica Daley at the Royal Veterinary College in London, the researchers studied five species of birds and developed a computer model in OSU’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory that closely matches that behavior.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Oct 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Oct 2014, the biggest news was the announcement Kaspersky Lab Broadens Cooperation with both INTERPOL and Europol.
  • PR - SG - Oct 30, 2014 - CyberArk Integrates Privileged Threat Analytics with McAfee’s Next Generation SIEM
  • PR - SG - Oct 29, 2014 - McAfee Report Reveals Org Chose Network Performance over Advanced Security Features
  • PR - Johannesburg & Tel Aviv - Oct 28, 2014 - Blue Turtle Partners with Whitebox Security to Provide Complete Data Access Governance
  • PR - SG - Oct 22, 2014 - CyberArk Expands Privileged Account Security Solution to Include SSH Key Management
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - F-Secure Launches Protection Service for Business (PSB)
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - CA Technologies Helps Card Issuers Combat Fraud
  • PR - Oct 16, 2014 - Blue Coat Commentary on POODLE Vulnerability

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What can you do with TIBCO Jaspersoft® business intelligence platform ?

Download from http://community.jaspersoft.com/.

TIBCO Software Inc. today announced the open source release of version 5.6 of the company’s award-winning TIBCO Jaspersoft® business intelligence platform, available for free download on the Jaspersoft® Community site. This new version includes several product updates, including new Big Data connectors, interactive reporting upgrades, an updated OLAP engine, and performance enhancements to TIBCO Jaspersoft® Studio.

New product features added to the Jaspersoft Community platform include:
  • Native Big Data connectors adding support for Apache Hadoop®, Apache Hive™, Apache Cassandra™, and Cloudera®, helping to deliver real-time reporting on your Big Data investment
  • Additional interactive reporting features to provide a more customizable experience for users. New capabilities such as the interactive zoom, string search, and bookmarking help make the interaction of reports a more intuitive and powerful experience
  • An updated OLAP engine that now provides faster queries to data with a series of core stability improvements for a more robust analytic offering

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of Oct 2014

News for Week 4 of Oct 2014, most happening news was the announcement of New CEO And COUNCIL 2014/15 by PIKOM.
  • PR - Oct 31, 2014 - WD MyCloud Software and App Downloads Reach 4 Million
  • PR - San Francisco - Oct 30, 2014 - Kamcord Passes 25M Videos Shared, Opens Office in Japan
  • PR - SG - Oct 30, 2014 - Oppo launches N3 and R5 at Singapore
  • PR - Oct 29, 2014 - Paragon Software releases New Hard Disk Manager 15
  • PR - Oct 29, 2014 -Tata Comm. ushers in a new era of internet to drive hybrid cloud adoption
  • PR - Oct 29, 2014 - 150 Organizations Adopted Oracle Cloud for Planning and Forecasting
  • PR - Oct 29, 2014 - Huawei Consumer Business Group Announces Q3 2014 Financial Results
  • PR - Oct 29, 2014 - Gamers rally as GameStart Asia kicks off with a bang, draws in the crowds
  • PR - SG - Oct 29, 2014 - SCS Unveiled Revamped IT Awards
  • PR - Oct 28, 2014 - RS Components introduces new professional-quality RS branded soldering station
  • PR - Oct 27, 2014 - Google: Malaysians are Checking their Smartphones First
  • PR - Oct 27, 2014 - Cloud Plus Taps Into Brocade Network Subscription to Facilitate Capacity on Demand
  • PR - Oct 16, 2014 - Servion Redesigns Bangkok Insurance Contact Centre

Friday, October 24, 2014

Paragon Software See Big Potentials in Mobile App Segment

Based on a press release dated Oct 22, 2014.

Paragon Software Group, the world’s leading dictionary developer for mobile devices, tablets and PC, announces the major market trends in digital publishing with more than 1500 dictionary and reference applications downloaded and sold throughout the network of all major app stores worldwide in 2014. According to several major statistics companies, including analytic reports, the “education” and “reference” apps remain the leading categories for both Android and iOS. However, the growth for iOS apps is steadily decreasing, as the market matures. This tendency is confirmed with the recent findings of Paragon Software analysts.

Paragon sees potential in mobile app segment based on freemium business model - free basic features, paid advanced features.

According to the report, Paragon’s key markets for downloads and revenues. The top countries include Germany, the USA, the Russian Federation, Austria and Switzerland. The German-speaking regions of Europe account for almost 45% of the company’s revenue and approximately 28% of downloads.

This shows that the freemium business model is effective in English-speaking countries.

Oracle Surveys Lost and Stolen Mobiles

Based on a article from Oracle.

Oracle shares the findings of its latest research titled ‘Simply Connected’ which highlighted the latest mobile uptakes and trends around the world.

Some key findings include:-

#1: Young workers are far more likely to lose their mobile devices, or have them stolen, than their more seasoned colleagues.
  • 73% admit to having lost at least one mobile device and 52% have had at least one stolen; whereas among those aged 45-54-year-olds, device theft is at just 20% and losses at 36%

#2 It seems the 16-24-year-old category are constantly finding new and interesting ways to lose or damage a mobile device:
  • 53% have damaged a device by spilling a drink on it
  • 51% have dropped their mobile phone into a toilet
  • 49% have damaged a mobile device by sitting on it
  • …and 44% have lost or damaged a mobile phone in a way they were too embarrassed to admit to

With it, Oracle urges younger workers need to be more cautious with their mobile devices highlighting a serious security concern for businesses

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2015 and Beyond

Today is a public holiday in Malaysia, hence, I have some privilege to spend more time writings.

This is the question that everybody has in mind and do not know the answer. Nonetheless, deep in our hearts, we know that humanity has to move forward - just like death.

Bill Gates was once asked during a forum at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia on 29-May-2013, about robotics and A.I and his response were:

He didn't see robotics adoptions will lead to more genocide wars, robots are good thing.

Over times, computer can get really smart, and when the computer takes over certain tasks, it will put pressure on social-economical fronts, nevertheless, we will have to adjust to that.

Bill Gates thinks that A.I is doable, nonetheless, unsure when that will come.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Oct 2014

News for Week 2 of Oct 2014, most happening news was the announcement of World's First Embedded Android Infotainment System Powered by NVIDIA Tegra.
  • PR - Oct 23, 2014 - MDeC Extends the National Digital Economy to drive Inclusive Growth
  • PR - Oct 23, 2014 - New-gen of high-quality hand tools from RS Components
  • PR - Oct 23, 2013 - Vocus Communications Increases Network Scalability and Port Density to Build 100 GbE Pathway with Brocade
  • PR - Paris - Oct 22, 2014 - Transatel opens new opportunities for Consumer Electronic Brands on the burgeoning embedded connectivity market
  • Pikom - Oct 21, 2014 - PIKOM Announces New CEO And COUNCIL 2014/15
  • Ovum - Oct 21, 2014 - Developed Asia trumps Europe in the world’s first integrated fixed and mobile fast broadband development index
  • PR - Amsterdam - Oct 21, 2014 - Axiros Emerges as an IoT Powerhouse at Broadband World Forum 2014
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - Axiros, Eye Networks and ZyXEL Partner to Deliver Comprehensive and Scalable Cloud-Hosted Device Management Solutions
  • PR - Oct 20 - 2014 - 10 Things You Don't Know About WeChat!
  • PR - Oct 20, 2014 - Cisco Launches Worldwide IoT Challenge for Young Women.
  • PR - Oct 17, 2014 - Oracle Offers Zero Data Loss Recovery for Database Protection
  • PR - Oct 16, 2014 - HTC and Google Introduce the First Android Lollipop Nexus Tablet
  • PR - Oct 14, 2014 - Tata Comm. and PCCW Global join forces to expand global network capabilities for video and data
  • PR - Oct 14, 2014 - VMware and NVIDIA Announce First Participants in Tech Preview of NVIDIA GRID vGPU

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brocade Advances Replication and Disaster Recovery Capabilities for Remote Data Centres

Based on a press release (Oct 14 2014) from Brocade.

Enterprises today face significant challenges from the explosive growth of data and application workload traffic driven by virtualization. To address these challenges and to provide near-zero downtime and continuous application availability, Brocade has expanded its Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN portfolio with the addition of the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch, which delivers a six-fold increase in performance, along with unprecedented availability and simplified management between remote data centers. The solution also doubles the performance, at half the cost, compared to WAN optimization appliances that are often mismatched when deployed as a Disaster Recovery alternative.

Brocade 7840 switches offer both the industry’s first 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 10 Gbps FCIP connectivity options, with data throughput speeds that are at least six times faster than competitive solutions. Brocade 7840 systems deliver an unprecedented 80 Gbps of application data throughput while securing data flows over distance with 256-bit IPsec encryption without a performance penalty.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gartner: 50% of IoTs Solutions Will Originate in Startups

Based on an article from Gartner.

Makers and startups, not tech providers, consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in startups that are less than three years old.

Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner

Gartner defines "makers" as inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs who create and manufacture products using traditional tools and new digital design and rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies. "Startups" are fledgling businesses that are often technology-focused and have the potential for high growth.

Mr. Basiliere cited the example of entrepreneurs and individuals who are leveraging the low-cost Arduino open-source electronics platform, entry-level 3D printers, and traditional woodworking and machine tools to build their own IoT devices. Gartner has found that these grassroots projects focus on managing and controlling devices in the home and are more focused on providing convenience (such as turning on the heat before you arrive home) than cost savings (the focus of enterprise-sector and public-sector IoT).

Details.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Asus G551 Gaming Notebook (Preview)

The reason I am interested in this product is because I am currently looking for replacement of consumer-based high-end Windows-based laptop for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410i, and I have been doing that for close to one year to date.

I have been a fan of IBM thinkpad series laptop ever since I could afford one. I found those old-fashion square-dull-looking and rugged laptop to be classy and inspired with certain self-gratification and grandeur.

Of course, IBM thinkpad has come a long way, even before the emergence of Macbook.

Hence, by the time I was ready to buy a serious laptop to complement my software programming work, I decided to purchase one.

The first one was IBM Thinkpad R60, second: Lenovo Thinkpad T410i and the third: Lenovo Thinkpad T440p.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Malaysian Budget 2015 Commentary

1.) Outsourcing Malaysia (OM) - David Wong, the Chairman of Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), an initiative under PIKOM

Fourth: Reintroducing the Services Export Fund (SEF) Services Export is an important thrust under OM and the reintroduction of SEF augurs well for our members. The financial assistance provided will help accelerate growth as well.

More comments from David Wong.

2.) AIMS Group - Chiew Kok Hin, CEO and MyIX Chairman

Implementing the Services Sector Blueprint;

We welcome the governments continued focus on the services sector where we hope the Business Services sector that is made out of Outsourcing and Data Centre players will benefit from this Services Sector Blueprint. As the world becomes more digital, more and more data will need to be hosted and it is wise on the government to leverage on boosting this sector.

More comments from Chiew Kok Hin.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Practo Search - Entrepreneur Success Story

https://my.news.yahoo.com/nothing-lose-two-indian-college-034057969.html

Practo has a proprietary algorithm running in the backend, which ranks doctors listed on the site based on relevance – location and specialty, feedback from patients, and appointment experience. The number of appointments booked with a doctor in the last 30 days, doctor’s availability, and patient’s recommendations are key parameters to rank doctors.

The big break came when Sequoia Capital came on board with series A funding of US$4 million in July 2012. In the same year, Shashank and Lal launched Practo.com – the doctor discovery and booking platform for patients who wanted to make an informed choice while hunting for the right doctor.

“The listing is free for doctors, as well as patients. Our revenues come from Practo Ray, the SaaS? product,” Pingle explains. Practo Search also carries contextual ads, based on what patients search for."

It took them 5 years to a funding of USD 4 million from Sequoia Capital.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

World’s First Cloud-Connected Cable Certification Tool

Press release - Malaysia - Oct 8, 2014

Fluke Networks today announced LinkWare™ Live, the world’s first cloud-based service that enables contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyze certification test results from cabling projects—anytime, anywhere.

Why it is important ? Key results from recent global surveys conducted by Fluke Networks with more than 1,000 cable installers (who had collectively installed approximately 1 million links in the previous month), clearly indicating a critical market need for a cloud-based cable test results management tool!
  • Poor management of cable test results takes a huge toll on productivity and profitability of a business:
  • The average time contractors spent dealing with test result issues in a single month was 15.2 hours—nearly two full workdays, not including the hours required to get the test results back to the office for analyzing and reporting
  • Eighty-three percent reported having one or more test results management issues in the month prior to the survey

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Oct 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Sep 2014, the biggest news was the annoucement that McAfee became a co-founder of the First Cyber Threat Alliance.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 7 ,2014 - InfoWatch’s Global Data Leakage Report Q1 2014
  • PR- Oct 7, 2014 - Kaspersky: The Tyupkin Malware & ATM Hacks
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - Tenable Network Security Customers Gain Fast Advantage over Shellshock
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab Broadens Cooperation with both INTERPOL and Europol
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - F-Secure Investigation Shows Consumers Will Do Anything for Free Wi-Fi
  • PR - SG - Sep 23, 2014 - McAfee Delivers New Security Suites for Devices

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Oct 2014

News for Week 4 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the announcement of National Big App Challenge by MDeC.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 9 , 2014 - MobileIron Wins Singapore and Hong Kong Industry Awards for Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Oct 8, 2014 - Advent One Deploys Brocade Routing at the Core of Managed Cloud Services Venture
  • PR - SG - Oct 8, 2014 - AEB Appoints Frans Kok as General Manager for Asia
  • PR - Oct 8, 2014 - PanelPilotACE available from RS Components slashes development time and cost for advanced displays
  • PR - Oct 7, 2014 - Maxwell comes to notebooks
  • PR - Oct 7, 2014 - Internet Business Summit 2014@ 15 – 16 October 2014
  • PR - Oct 3, 2014 - Oracle Unveiled Six New Cloud Platform Services
  • PR- SG - Oct 2, 2014 - GameStart 2014 Pulls In Top Regional Games@October 25 & 26
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - V-cube Sets Eyes on Malaysian Market
  • PR - Oct 2, 2014 - World's First Embedded Android Infotainment System Powered by NVIDIA Tegra
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - EMC Named #1 Most-Shipped Storage for Mission-Critical Applications
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Gartner: CA Technologies - Magic Quadrant Report for DCIM
  • PR - Oct 1, 2014 - Taiwan Ecommerce and Cloud Summit@Oct 18, 2014
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Jabra Introduces MoveTM Wireless Headphones
  • Ovum - Sep 30, 2014 - PayPal divorce from eBay welcomed
  • P1 - Sep 30, 2014 - TM Completes Investment into P1
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Internet players invest USD100 billion in the physical Internet over three years – Analysys Mason report
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Ricoh: Bridging Borders in Comm. to Create the Future Workplace
  • PR - Sep 30, 2014 - Oracle Releases Big Data Analytics in the Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2014
  • PR - Sep 30,2014 - Transforming Public Sector Services Through The Innovative Government 2.0 Summit
  • PR - Sep 29, 2014 - Brocade Announces New Hardware and Software for Brocade MLXe Routers to Help Transition to the “New IP”

Altium TASKING ARM Cortex-M : Embedded Development Tools for the Mac

Press release - Sydney, Australia – 2 October 2014

Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING) announces the release of its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Apple Mac computers running OS X.

Traditionally embedded software development tools have been available exclusively for the Windows operating system and Altium has a long history in providing its TASKING cross compilers and debuggers for running on Windows, including its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M.

Eclipse based IDE with integrated compiler and debugger


With ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers becoming popular in broad market consumer applications, especially with wearable electronics and electronic systems that can be controlled from the iPhone, it is apparent that embedded software engineers want to use the Mac as their development platform.

To serve this development community, Altium has developed a native OS X port of release v5.1r1 of its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M, bringing its C compiler suite with Eclipse based IDE and debugger to Mac computers.

Details.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Unable to Set IP Address for Evolis Pebble 4 Card Printer

I recently bought an Evolis Pebble 4 card printer for one project.

The printer supports both USB and TCP/IP connection.

While trying to configure the TCP/IP settings, I followed the instruction from the official manual - couldn't work.

I found that using the hostname: http://evo_pb4_xxxxxxx on a web browser, the configuration page couldn't load - where xxxxxxx is the last seven digits serial number from the left, i.e if the serial number is 1234567890123, then the hostname should be http://evo_pb4_7890123.

Locating the serial number from the sticker at the bottom of the printer, in this case, the serial number is invalid

Setup Business Emails with GoDaddy.com - Case Study

This case study is applicable to GoDaddy.com only.

1.) Emails accounts are usually bundled with web hosting package.

In this case study, a Business Website builder plan is purchased together with a domain name.

The domain name will be automatically binded to the website builder plan.

2.) Under GoDaddy's 'My Account', expand the 'Email' option.

Click 'Set up' under 'Free Email Plans'.

From the pop-up, select the Email product and the domain name to associate with the email product.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oregon State University: Mechanized human hands

Found this press release interesting.

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery.

The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

Personally, I found it to be related to robotics. Nevertheless, according to the Oregon State University's spoke person, it is NOT robotic.

The new mechanism developed at OSU is not really robotic since it has no sensory, electronic or motor capabilities, Balasubramanian said. Rather, it’s a passive technology using a basic pulley that will be implanted within a person’s hand to allow more natural grasping function with less use of muscle energy.

Details.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Sep 2014

News for Week 2 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the launch of iPhone 6.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
    PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Oracle Urges Organizations to Accelerate Mobile Adoption
  • PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Bosch’s ‘Innovation around My Campus’ challenge in its second year
  • PR - Arlington, Va. - Sep 24, 2014 - Unmanned Systems Take Flight at the 2015 International CES
  • PR- Sep 22, 2014 - MDeC & Tentspark launches National Big App Challenge
  • PR - Sep 22, 2014 - ’MENARA AIMS’ is the new name for Aik Hua building
  • PR - Sep 19, 2014 - ASUS Announced Transformer Book Flip
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Winner of Inaugural MSTB ‘Software Test Design’ Competition announced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MOLPay Supports #MYCyberSALE with Innovative Cash Payment

Last Friday, I asked 'Which e-commerce sites are participating ?' in the biggest online event in Malaysia: #MYCyberSALE

MOLPay responded that they are participating as Initiative Partner;MOLPay is offering zero set-up fee for e-tailers who would like to sign up for MOLPay CASH. Not only that, MOLPay is offering FREE credit card application (worth RM900) and two years of maintenance fee (worth RM998) waived for all e-tailers from today till 1st October 2014.

Throughout this event, online shoppers will be able to use MOLPay CASH, a feature that gives them the flexibility to pay cash for their online transactions, 24 hours and 7 days a week, throughout all 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia.

During #MYCyberSALE period, MOLPay CASH offers online shoppers with a safe payment alternative especially for those without debit/credit cards, access to Internet banking, and for those who have experienced credit card fraud. This three-day sale is organised by Multimedia Development Corporation Bhd (MDeC) to foster the development of the eCommerce industry while stimulating the eCommerce culture in Malaysia.

Details.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sophos Boosts Network Security Performance with SG Series Appliance

Sophos today announced a major market refresh of its network security gateway hardware in Malaysia to capitalize on and further advance, increases in new customer business for Sophos unified threat management (UTM) appliances.

Running on 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors, the Sophos SG Series appliances deliver up to four times the speed of the previous UTM generation appliances, bringing flexibility and simplicity to security for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and mid-market organisations.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos, CEO

“SMBs in Malaysia increasingly ride on technology trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and cloud computing for productivity, while mid-sized organisations struggle with data overload and not knowing what security solutions best fits their needs,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Sophos. “Such technologies introduce new attack vectors and security risks for SMBs and mid-sized organisations, as their security management and awareness remain nascent. The new Sophos SG Series will prove to be a good return-on-investment, as it is not only affordable, makes up for their lack of IT expertise and saves time with easy and flexible deployment.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

VMWare Announced New Enterprise Technologies on VMWorld 2014

SAN FRANCISCO- Aug 26, 2014 :

Sanjay Mirchandani, SVP and General Manager, VMware APJ proclaimed the forthcoming as tipping point for the next era of IT in Asia.

The core of these excitements are based on virtual machine technologies where software-defined approach caters for better costs-saving and scalability towards enterprise solution.

The solutions cover everything from hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined networking, open source cloud and Software Defined Data Center.

VMware has over 750 partners and customers from APJ attending VMworld 2014, it is clear that businesses in this region are looking at ways to respond to a new business reality.

With more than 60% of the world’s youth living in Asia Pacific and more millennials entering the workforce each year, it is critical that IT keep up with this software-defined generation by brokering IT services and applications, or risk being marginalized.

Open, Agile, Secure Software-Defined Data Center

These new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions meant to support software-defined data center.

Amongst the calculated costs-saving includes reduction of capital expense (CAPEX) costs by up to 31% with name brand, industry standard hardware, and 49% using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and increase staff productivity by 100% or more in environments employing IT as a Service.

Software-Defined Data Center empowers enterprises to adopt heterogeneous clouds, hypervisors and physical environments. The software-defined data center transforms security architecture through a ubiquitous virtualization layer, and by enabling network micro-segmentation with VMware NSX network virtualization.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Robotics Industry Today : Zero-in from IROS 2014

IROS 2014 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) is currently happening at Chicago, Illinois, Sep 14 to Sep 18 2014.

The event is primarily sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, the Robotics Society of Japan, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, the New Technology Foundation, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

From business side, this year's Gold sponsor is Microsoft.

The aim of this article is to explore what is the latest trend in the robotics industry, what researchers are up to and what consumers can expect out of the industry.

Looking at the keyword index of submitted papers, it is found that the followings are most popular subjects:
  • Biologically-Inspired Robots - the R & D of emulations of robots based on biological entities such as snakes
  • Computer Vision
  • Field Robots - outdoors challenges
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Localization - the R & D of effective, intelligent and autonomous methods for robots and applications to adapt to operating environment, with focus on costs and performance
  • Mechanism Design
  • Medical Robots and Systems
  • Motion and Path Planning
  • Motion Control
  • Robot Learning
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Unmanned Aeriel Systems

Monday, September 15, 2014

Citrix on the Personal Digital Advantage

Based on a press release by Citrix, according to Nielsen’s smartphone penetration report, Malaysia ranks second highest in Asia Pacific at 80 percent.
Well, we have heard this many times, each proclaiming Malaysians being the top users for smartphones, social medias, social networking and etc.

And I have always thought that a sensible reason to explain these realities is that the mobile device presents an opportunity for social-economical liberation in what a conservative-governed country.

As a result of this, Citrix promotes that the combination of BYOD and consumerization of IT trends brings about what is known as Personal Digital Advantage trend.

Mark Micallef, Area Vice President of Citrix ASEAN opines that enterprises should capitalize on this trend, there are 5 things to consider:

1.) Creating seamless multi-device experiences for users
2.) Attention and information management
3.) Promoting the speed learning culture
4.) Leveraging and learning from real-time digital assistance
5.) Time warping through automation - multi-tasking

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gamdias Headset.. you raise me up higher (review)

Gamdias HEBE headset
The Gamdias HEBE Surround Sound Gaming Headset is an enormous headset for my moderate size ears. No doubt using it caters for better comfort and the headset covers the full ears instead of putting pressure towards edges of the ears, hence, reducing the longevity of discomfort when using headset for an extended period.

It is also a good looking headset. - it feels very Optimus Primish or rather Iron-manish.

In terms of sound quality, comparing with other headset products which I have experienced with, the Gamdias HEBE headset offers me a better range of vocal capability - i.e it is not so loud yet clearer, when it gets loud, it is doesn't feel noisy.

Also, it presents more raw and original output, in the sense that the output audio doesn't feel deliberately amplified - I mean to say that instead of shouting, it is capable of presenting real high vocal pitches.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MDeC Organizes 3-Day Super Cybersales@Sep 29 to October 1, 2014.

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), via its Digital Malaysia initiative, will be organizing a three-day #MyCyberSALE with over 4,500 merchants from 250 e-Marketplaces including reputable local & international online retailers, from September 29 to October 1, 2014.

The world’s first Government-led online sale will feature more than 225,000 deals offering up to 90% discount. #MYCyberSALE will also reinforce Malaysia’s commitment to spur the development of the eCommerce industry and enhance the mobile shopping culture in the country as we move towards a digital economy in 2020.

With over 25.3 million Internet users representing 89% of the population, Malaysian businesses are poised to unlock the high value potential of the eCommerce industry. This coupled with the nation’s high mobile penetration rate of 140% and household broadband penetration rate of over 67% will help drive Malaysia’s eCommerce industry, which is expected to reach RM5.76 billion by 2015.

3 trends on Malaysian online shoppers:
  1. 42% Malaysians opt to shop on their mobile phones!
  2. 77% of Malaysians Google as they shop
  3. Shopping has gotten more social! - 66.5% of people polled said that they read online reviews or social media recommendations before they commit to a purchase.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Sep 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was the launch of Barracuda Virtual License Portability which allows software licenses to be shared across different virtual machines deployment - a major costs saving initiative for enterprises.
  • PR - Sep 12, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab Experts Warn of Security Risks Facing Wearable Connected Devices
  • PR - Sep 12, 2014 - NUS students win Internship with cyber security firm McAfee
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Kaspersky: Online Merchants and Financial Service Providers are the two Biggest Sources of Stolen Banking Information
  • PR - Sep 10, 2014 - CyberArk Advances Threat Analytics to Identify New Types of Malicious Privileged Behaviour Across Systems and Users
  • PR - Sep 10, 2014 - McAfee becomes a co-founder of the First Cyber Threat Alliance
  • PR - Sep 5, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab identifies a cyber-espionage campaign targeting Latin America
  • PR - SG - Sep 4, 2014 - McAfee: 1 in 3 Singapore Teens Have Had Experienced With Cyberbullying
  • PR - SG - Sep 4, 2014 - McAfee: Warns of Phishing Attacks with 80% of Global Business Users Unable to Detect Scams

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ovum's Commnets: Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Comments from Paul Jackson, Practice Lead, Media and Entertainment

The Good:

As expected the Apple Watch has a lovely design, and I like that they’ve thought of the screen obscuring issues that touch presents on such a small screen – hence the ‘crown’ controls. Features like sapphire screen, built-in heart-rate monitor and haptic feedback show an unusual level of technology leadership from Apple – who usually let others try and fail first. The charging solution is elegant and that crystal on the back is reminiscent of quality traditional pocket watches.

The interchangeable straps options and multiple cases and sizes also shows they have thought more about the fashion and jewellery elements compared to their competitors. This watch, along with the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R finally offer something non-techies might consider wearing. Digital Touch is reminiscent of Nintendo Pictochat with added heartbeat monitor – and is just as likely to be used once and then never again. The health and fitness apps look nice, but don’t improve significantly on other existing (and cheaper) solutions for those with more than a passing interest – it will thrive though if the various major players (Nike, Fitbit, Garmin) get behind the apps ecosystem

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Blue Coat Reveals Security Risks From “One-Day Wonders” Websites

Press release - Kuala Lumpur - Sep 3, 2014

Blue Coat launches its latest security report which revealed that over 70 percent (470 million) Websites exist for only less than 24 hours and 22 percent of these ‘one-day’ Websites are used to facilitate cyber-attacks.
Ivan Wen

The report titled "One-Day Wonders: How Malware Hides Among the Internet's Short-Lived Websites" highlighted the following core findings:-
  1. Pornography website remains the most high-volume creators of One-Day Wonders and often these One-Day Wonders are malicious and used by cybercriminals taking advantage of the site.
  2. The largest generators of One-Day wonders also comes from organizations that have an extensive internet presence such as Google, Amazon and Yahoo that also practices legitimate internet activities.
  3. Of the top 50 parent domains that most frequently used One-Day Wonders, 22 percent were malicious. These domains use short-lived sites to facilitate attacks and manage botnets

Blue Coat recommends the followings for mitigation strategies:
  • Security controls must be informed by automated, real-time intelligence that can identify and assign risk levels to these One-Day Wonders. Static or slow-moving defenses do not suffice to protect users and corporate data.
  • Policy-based security controls must be able to act on real-time intelligence to block malicious attacks.
Details, infographics.

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Sep 2014

News for Week 5 of Aug 2014.
  • PR - Sep 12, 2014 - KAONMEDIA Selects Axiros for Device and QoS/QoE Management
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Easy-to-use vision sensor kit from RS Components enables high-speed part inspection
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Mobile Video Calling Now Available With Viber
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - MSTB’s Lab Gets Internationally-Recognised Accreditation
  • PR - Sep 9, 2014 - TIBCO Announces its New Marketing Application Built to Optimize Consumer Engagement
  • Ovum - Sep 8, 2014 - iPhone 6 creating excitement around NFC capabilities
  • PR - Sep 8, 2014 - Thoughtbuzz Leads the charge with new cross-platform social media analytics and management platform
  • PR - Sep 5, 2014 - DKSH and Roland Berger release the fourth Global Market Expansion Services report on digitization
  • PR - Sep 2, 2014 - Ministry of Education named VMware Innovation Awards Winner 2014
  • PR - Sep 4, 2014 - MDeC and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Global Startup Labs Malaysia 2014 closes on a high
  • PR - SG - Sep 4, 2014 - Tata Comm. Challenge to create a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team Global Scrapbook
  • PR - Germany - Sep 3, 2014 - China's Yeastar Selects Axiros for its Service Provider Infrastructure Device Management and Provisioning
  • PR - Sep 3, 2014 - Seedstars World is coming to Kuala Lumpur to find the best startup
  • PR - Sep 3, 2014 - Compact video inspection camera from RS Components enables faulty equipment diagnosis and accurate inspection in hard to reach locations
  • PR - Sep 2, 2014 - AMD Launches AMD Radeon R9 285 Graphics
  • PR - Sep 1, 2014 - Aspect Software’s Cloud-Optimized Unified IP 7.3 Offers New Compliance Features, Greater TCO

Monday, September 01, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of Aug 2014

News for Week 4 of Aug 2014.
  • PR - Aug 29, 2014 - Singaren Selects SDN-Ready Brocade Routing Core
  • PR - Aug 28, 2014 - Malaysians Can Now Replace Their Laptops With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3!
  • PR - Aug 28, 2014 - New technology to ‘future-proof’ Iskandar Malaysia
  • PR - Aug 27, 2014 - MOE Malaysia wins global award for bridging urban-rural digital divide with IT
  • PR - Aug 27, 2014 - Elitecore Announces Pre-Integrated LTE Revenue and Customer Management Platform at USD @500K
  • PR - Aug 27, 2014 - National Instruments Deployed Oracle HCM Cloud for HR Transformation
  • PR - Aug 27, 2014 - Aspect Expands Sanjay Gupta’s Portfolio to Include Key ASEAN Growth Markets
  • PR - SG - Aug 27, 2014 - VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud Desktops
  • PR - Aug 25, 2014 - AMD Launches Industry's First AMD Power Pack

Friday, August 29, 2014

Microsoft: Hybrid Devices Will Rule

Microsoft recently published an infographic detailing why hybrid device (tablet + laptop) such as the Surface Pro 3 will gain in terms of popularity.

The argument presented was due to the rise of converged lifestyle (work and leisure) adopted by Malaysian and the less preferences for Siloed devices (using multiple devices for different dedicated purposes).

Yes. I personally feel that after years of tablet prominence, where consumers simply would buy additional devices just for the fun of it or for leisure alone, people may opt to just go back to having one mobile device that addresses all needs.

In terms of opportunity, it remains pretty much the same - mobile computing lifestyle will continue to grow and become more malignant towards modern people to compensate busy lifestyles.

Therefore, cloud computing, mobile apps and automation demands will maintain and grow.
 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Universal Robots presents the next generation of lightweight robots

Press release: Malaysia, August 25, 2014

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of flexible industrial robot arms, has announced its third generation of the lightweight robots UR5 and UR10. Special features of the revised robot arms are the true absolute encoders, the eight new adjustable safety rated functions, twice the number of built-in I/O’s and the improved possibilities for connecting equipment to the control boxes.
  1. Integration of True Absolute Encoder to enable faster and easier set up for all applications
  2. Enhanced safety of the robots with eight new safety rated functions certified by TÜV
Details.

Introduction to Universal Robots.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Aug 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was about Russian cyber gang stole 1.2bn usernames and passwords.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 29. 2014 - Jay Chou Launches Kaspersky New Security Products
  • PR - Aug 28, 2014 - Kaspersky: NetTraveler Gets a Makeover for 10th Anniversary
  • PR - Aug 28, 2014 - Sophos and Check Point Partner to Protect Corporate Networks from Non-Compliant Mobile Devices
  • PR - Aug 26, 2014 - Kaspersky: Security Concerns Holding Back Usage of Online Payment Services
  • PR - Aug 22, 2014 - Kaspersky announces the release of its newly updated product line for home users
  • PR - Aug 19, 2014 - McAfee Shares Findings From 2014 Technology Adoption Study
  • PR - Aug 18, 2014 -Secure Critical Encryption Keys with Oracle Key Vault
  • PR - Aug 18, 2014 - Barracuda Launches Virtual License Portability

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Aug 2014

News for Week 3 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was the collaboration between Huawei and TM R&D In Joint Innovation Efforts To Develop Next-Generation Access Technologies.

  • PR - Aug 22, 2014 - TE Connectivity Launches Fiber Solution for Malaysian Data Centers
  • PR - Aug 22, 2014 - Oracle Launches Social Station for Improved Productivity and User Experience
  • PR- Aug 21, 2014 - Microsoft: Blurring Of Work & Life Requires Malaysian Companies To Reimagine IT
  • PR - Aug 21, 2014 - Telefonica and Brocade Establish Benchmarks for NFV Deployment and Performance
  • PR - Aug 20, 2014 - Enjoy 100% More Data with U Mobile
  • PR - Aug 20, 2014 - RS Components reinforces support for electrical installers and maintenance engineers
  • PR - Germany - Aug 20 , 2014 - Axiros: European Telcos Demand Easy Cloud and Managed Services Provisioning
  • PR - Aug 19, 2014 - MDeC driving Malaysian startups through regional linkages
  • PR - Aug 19, 2014 - AMD Expands Gaming Portfolio with New Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives

Friday, August 22, 2014

Culture ID 17417 (0x4409) is not a supported culture (VB.NET Remoting)

This exception happened to a deployment of client server application (build on .NET Remoting) with the following details:

Server PC:
  • Windows Server Standard Service Pack 2
  • Regional and Language Options: Formats: English (Malaysia)

Client PC:
  • Windows XP 2002 Service Pack 3
  • Regional and Language Options: Formats: English (United States)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cyber security: Keeping track of threats to protect the rail network

Based on the contributed article by Ammar Hindi, Managing Director at Sourcefire Asia Pacific (now part of Cisco Systems)

In a nutshell, the article highlights greater anticipation towards the trend of security breaches onto public facilities such as the transportation system.

Each day, hundred thousands of passengers travel along Malaysia’s railways with the multiple public transport operators responsible for the tracks, signals, overhead wires, tunnels, bridges, level crossings and most stations. Technology is used across its network for everything from delivering power, signalling operations, and freight data, to maintenance, ticketing and passenger information.

Advances in IT technology on the railways for communication and control, but increasingly integrated and interconnected security operations, meant gaps had opened up on the network with the potential for hackers to cause “serious physical disruption and violation.

Therefore, as the facilities become more dependent on integrated IT technology, the risks become greater.

Cisco recommends that public transport organisations need comprehensive, continuous, visibility of their complex, dynamic, IT environments to understand how they use technology and what needs to be protected – only then can they tighten up the weaknesses in their defences and minimise the risk of compromise. Inevitably though, some attacks will get through, so organisations should look to solutions that enable them to quickly detect, understand and control an attack, ultimately minimising or avoiding any serious damage.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 3 of Aug 2014

News for Week 2 of Aug 2014, the biggest news was the announcement that WD Expanded NAS Storage Offerings with 6 TB, 5-Platter Hard Drive.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WFT EducationⓇ launches Cloud Workshops and Seminars in Educational Institutions across India
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - PAX will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from the 31 October – 2 November 2014.
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Kaspersky & Mensa launch Global Think Test
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - Rackcorp Selects Brocade Ethernet Fabric As Strategic Foundation for Data Center Network
  • PR - Aug 15, 2014 - WD's My Book Duo Offers Superior Performance and Data Protection
  • PR - Aug 14, 2014 - AMD Unleashes World's Most Powerful Server GPU for HPC
  • PR - Aug 13, 2014 - Gartner: PBS Software Positioned in Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement
  • Ovum - Aug 13, 2014 - Ovum forecasts global OC market to grow 8% in 2014
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Oracle Sees Increase in Demands for Marketing Analytics in ASEAN
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Huawei Collaborates With TM R&D In Joint Innovation Efforts To Develop Next-Generation Access Technologies
  • PR - Aug 12, 2014 - Affiliate Junction to Drive Retail Revenue Growth At Least Tenfold for over 9,000 Businesses

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dealing with Sales Call Harassment

Yes, it is without a doubt, sales call has always been annoying and to certain extend qualified for harassment.

For example, your trusted bank's insurance tele-sales department call you up to sell you insurance that you don't need and they want to close the sales on the spot by attempting to read the 10 pages terms and condition to you through the phone.

As a bank, they knew that you are not entitled to claim for personal accident's death benefits if your death does not result from accident, yet they pressed on and on.
Whoscall main screen showing unknown caller IDs

In my humblest opinion, this is not consulting nor personal financial servicing, this is purely hard-selling and bullying.

I recently found an Android app which helps to deal with such headache: whoscall, a mobile app which identifies unknown callers and provides features for blacklisting blocking.


It works side by side with your Android's phone book, call history - it reads your call history and categorizes calls, sms/mms into 4 categories: blocked, unknown, known contact and favorite.

By leveraging on the unknown category, one would be able to figure out the identity of the uninvited caller or sms/mms originator based on information contributed by community.

The best feature which I favor is the phone number search feature which allows input of phone number as search query, something which my existing Android version 4.4.4 hasn't yet cater. The search will output information of the number, be it a number of your known contact or unknown contact, alongside other contributed information from the community associated with the caller ID.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Aug 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 3 of July 2014.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Kaspersky - Aug 8, 2014 - The Epic Snake: Unraveling the mysteries of the Turla cyber-espionage campaign
  • CyberArk - Aug 7 , 2014 -Russian cyber gang steals 1.2bn usernames and passwords
  • Symantec - Aug 6, 2014 -Russian Hack – The Death of Passwords?
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - API Gateway from CA Technologies Receives Common Criteria Certification
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Protecting Critical Data in the Financial Sector
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Koler ‘police’ mobile ransomware now targets PCs as well as Android, features exploit Kit
  • PR - SG - Jul 29, 2014 - Global Survey: NSA, Retail Breaches Influenced Corporate Security Strategies the Most
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 25, 2014 - Barracuda Backup Achieves VMware Ready™ Status

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Before Google Maps, there was Esri; Now Geotrigger

I thought this press release is rather interesting because it kind of electrified the neurons in my brain and allows me to walk down the memory lanes - indeed, I remember vividly the brand name Esri, I thought it went hibernating for a while and it feels like decades.

Before Google Maps, there was Esri. I have seen Esri application, they were selling GIS software.

Google Maps came in and pushed everybody aside, that was around year 2005, before iOS and Android phones were even available.

Esri now introduces geotrigger technology.

It is a technology which empowers personalised instant alerts to be triggered by virtual boundaries and sent directly to consumers’ smartphones are the new weapon being investigated by retailers to gain a competitive edge.

The technology targets retail stores, using smartphones to entice customers into their stores and make an immediate purchase.

Isn't that interesting ?

How it works is that retail store owners will have to engage mobile app developer to develop a mobile app which will make use of the Geotrigger SDKs and API by Esri. Once installed by users, the mobile app will trigger alerts, promotions, time-sensitive discounts or loyalty bonuses to potential customers as soon as they are near the stores.

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Aug 2014

News for Week 5 of July 2014, the biggest news was the announcement of Hitachi Sunway getting into the business of Data Center Market.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Malaysia - Aug 7, 2014 - Interactive Intelligence Announces Asia Pacific Headquarters Expansion
  • PR - DocuWorld 2014: Fuji Xerox Launches Versant 2100 Press
  • PR - Malaysia - Aug 6, 2014 - Exabytes Acquires Spore-based Japanese company USONYX, and Launches EasyParcel.my
  • PR - Malaysia - Aug 5, 2014 - WD Expands NAS Storage Offerings with 6 TB, 5-Platter Hard Drive
  • PR - SG - August 5, 2014 - Viber's 'Hold & Talk' Instant Voice Messaging Now Available for Windows Phone Users
  • PR - SG - Aug 5, 2014 - Tata Comm. sustains momentum; posts a 14% YoY increase in Q1 FY15 revenues
  • MDeC - Malaysia - Aug 5, 2014 - 4 Things You May Not Know About Getting Malaysian SMEs online
  • PR - Malaysia - Aug 4, 2014- Brocade Receives High Acclaim for Efforts in NFV and Enterprise Networking
  • PR - Princeton, NJ. - Jul 30, 2014 - WFT Migrates Transalta’s SAP Production Landscape to VCE with 50% Performance Improvement
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 2014 - MOLPay Seamless Payment for E-Commerce & Online Merchants

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Xtremeapps::2014 Hackathon Paints Bright Future For Singapore

Press release - Singapore - Aug 5, 2014:

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) today announced the winners of the Hackathon at a prize presentation ceremony held at the National Design Centre.

This year’s hackathon saw a record turnout with over 250 participants making up 101 teams across its Open and Junior categories working on ideas that The pioneering 24-hour hackathon—now in its eighth year—is one of IDA’s and ITSC’s initiatives geared to create greater hands-on awareness in technology and encourage the development of computational thinking in young tech talents. These are essential skills as Singapore becomes the world’s first Smart Nation.

IDA Chairman Steve Leonard extends a congratulatory hand to this year’s code::XtremeApps:: Champions – Tria Artifex – for their invention, a “BlackBox” for cars, aimed at reducing traffic fatalities.

This year’s Grand Prize of S$9,000 went to team Tria Artifex, formed by Wong Wai Tuck and Kong Yu Jian, both aged 20 and currently serving their full-time national service, and Clarence Ngoh Peng Yu, 21, a freshman from Singapore Management University (SMU). The team created BlackBox, a car crash detection system that saves precious minutes off emergency response time in the event of an accident, and could mean the difference between life and death.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Malaysia’s Outsourcing Sector Sees 27 Per cent Jump in Overseas Revenue in 2013

Press release - Malaysia - Jul 30, 2014

Outsourcing Malaysia (‘OM’), an initiative of PIKOM, today shares its latest record of the country’s outsourcing industry in terms of an overall revenue achievement of RM1.59 billion in FY2013, as compared to RM1.25 billion in FY2012 from overseas outsourcing opportunities and projects.

Outsourcing is one of the Entry Point Projects (EPP) under the Business Services NKEA of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) which focuses on areas of business such as business process outsourcing (BPO), IT process outsourcing (ITO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO).

David Wong, the Chairman of OM

David Wong, the Chairman of OM says, “This 27 per cent increase in just one year to RM1.59 billion in total revenues, is pretty significant for Malaysia’s outsourcing industry which is still relatively small as compared to those of other regional countries.”

Wong attributes a driver to this positive earnings growth to the Malaysian government’s various initiatives via the ETP and industry-wide efforts.

However Wong says, “There’s still a lot of room for improvement as out of this RM1.59 billion in overseas revenue, only 25 percent is generated by local outsourcing players while the rest of the 75 percent is by their foreign shared services players that are based in Malaysia,” explains Wong.

Details.

Friday, August 01, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of July 2014

News for Week 4 of July 2014.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • News (Copyright friendly) - Aug 2, 2014 - Stanford breakthrough might triple battery life
  • Ovum - London - Aug 1, 2014 - Myanmar’s under-developed telecoms market is set to become the world’s fastest-growing
  • PR - Malaysia, Aug 1, 2014 - Exabytes Offers Once-a-Year 50% Discount On Power Hosting Plans To SME
  • PR - Malaysia - Aug 1, 2014 - BBM Now Available for Windows Phone Users
  • PR - Dubai, Aug 1, 2014 - Flytxt platform goes live in3 MTN OpCos
  • PR - Malaysia, Jul 31, 2014 - Hitachi Sunway Positions as Powerhouse in Data Center Market
  • PR - Jul 31, 2014 - AMD Introduces New APUs for System Builder and DIY Market
  • PR - Jul 31, 2014 - WOOX Innovations announces You Need To Hear This campaign
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - AirAsia is the first airline in Asia Pacific to implement new Amadeus technology for travel agencies
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - AkzoNobel to collaborate with SERIS on solar cell technology
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Digital Lifestyle Expo Re-invents Itself With 3 New Highlights
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Take it Back with Message Recall on WeChat 5.3.1
  • PR - SG - Jul 31, 2014 - Singapore Sports Hub, Asia’s largest sports complex, selects NCR for venue management solution
  • PR - India - Jul 31, 2014 - Brocade Ethernet Fabric Underpins International Expansion of Micromax
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 30, 2014 - FanXT Launches DIY Fantasy Premier League for 2014/15
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 30, 2014 - Oracle Introduces Data Cloud Platform and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) Offerings
  • PR - Taipei - Jul 29, 2014 - GAMDIAS Gaming Headset Offers 4D Experience
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 25, 2014 - Microsoft Announces Country Partner and Integration Partner of Year 2014
  • PR - Malaysia - Jul 24, 2014 - Oracle Introduces Optimized JD Edwards Applications for Smartphones and Tablets

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tetra Pak Announces ‘Recycle Easy’ microsite

Press release - Jul 31, 2014

Tetra Pak also announced that they have launched its first ‘Recycle Easy’ microsite. Designed with geo-location technology, consumers, businesses and schools will be able to locate their nearest drop-off points or commercial collection centres across Malaysia on their computers, tablets or smart phones.

The ‘Recycle Easy’ microsite makes public collection points easier to locate, thereby increasing accessibility. To date, we have 20 collection partners providing 366 collection points in the country and this number is growing. We hope for more Malaysians to actively recycle, now that it’s easier to do so.

Tetra Pak Malaysia today released the statistics of drink packs recycling in Malaysia through a set of infographics. Survey findings are taken from Tetra Pak’s Value Chain Study on used drink packs recycling and GfK Roper Reports Worldwide, which together covers over 1,400 Malaysians in 2013.

Details , infographic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of July 2014

News for Week 3 of June 2014; the biggest news was the partnership between MDeC and EMC to build Data Science and Analytics capability in Malaysia.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 24, 2014 - Monster Employment Index Singapore Rises Ten Percent Year-on-year
  • PR - Jul 23, 2014 - EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0, Adds New Inline Data Services, Expands Family
  • PR - Jul 23, 2014 - WD TV Simplifies Personal Content Playback on Any TV
  • PR - SG - Jul 22, 2014 - RS Components and Allied Electronics expand semiconductor offering through global distribution deal with ROHM
  • PR - Jul 22, 2014 - Oracle Launches LinkedIn Support for Social Relationship Management
  • PR - KL, Jul 22, 2014 - AVNET Technology Solutions Adopts Brocade Ethernet Fabric Across its Australian Data Centres
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Huawei Announces 2014 H1 Operating Performance
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - New EMC Innovations Bring Enterprise-Grade
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Marvel Launches “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon,” the Official Mobile Game
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - HTC Dot View Case is Now Smarter and More Intuitive Than Ever
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Jabra Listens to Consumers' Tunes, Announces New Pricing Offers
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - ‘Asian Business Culture’ Type ERP Will Be Key For Successful GST Compliance
  • PR - Jul 21, 2014 - Aspect Software Announces 2014 Channel Partners of the Year

Developers Updates Week 4 of July 2014

In the last updates series (Week 4 of Apr 2014), the most interesting update was the announcement of Java 8 by Oracle.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • PR - KL - Jul 24, 2014 - MSTB Software Certification to Enhance Made in Malaysia Products
  • PR - KL - Jul 22, 2014 - Winners of IHL-MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge (i-MSC) 2013/2014 announced
  • PR - Jul 8, 2014 - MDeC and Founder Institute team up for MSC Malaysia Global Linkages Program
  • PR - Jun 12, 2014 - MOLPay Released New Mobile SDK for Android and iOS
  • PR - May 25, 2014 - AMD Mantle API Deepens Industry Influence with Support for Three New Electronic Arts Titles
  • PR - May 17, 2014 - 15-Year-Old Scientist Creates Machine Learning Software Tool to Detect Cancer-Causing Gene Mutations

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disney Tsum Tsum Mobile Game and Soft Toy Line Launch Globally

This is quite interesting to me because it shows how one can sell something through a game developed on top of a social media platform.

Disney on Jul 10, 2014, announced the launch of “LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum”, the top-ranked and free puzzle app from Japan, on mobile devices globally, along with a Disney Tsum Tsum stackable soft toy line. The app, which is published by LINE, the leading free call and messaging app, has reached the #1 free app spot on both iOS and Android in Japan and has been downloaded more than 14 million times. Coinciding with the global launch of the app, Disney Store is introducing more than 30 different stackable ‘Tsum Tsum’ toys available on DisneyStore.com, in select store locations in North America, and at Disney Parks starting today.

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