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Friday, April 11, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Apr 2014

News for Week 1 of Apr 2014; the biggest news was the upcoming IPO of Alibaba.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 11, 2014 - WeChat Sees Stellar Growth & Successful Campaigns With Astro Gempak, Era FM and Chattime
  • PR - Apr 10, 2014 - Zalora iOS App Gets Updates
  • PR - Kuala Lumpur, Apr 10, 2014 - MOLPay launches cash payment for e-commerce merchants at 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia
  • Ovum - Melbourne - Apr 10, 2014 - A wave of consolidation will occur in social messaging in 2014
  • PR - Singapore - Apr 9, 2014 - Tata Comm. delivers live F1 Feeds to Broadcaster Chello DMC
  • PR - Apr 9, 2014 - WD Introduces First Thunderbolt Powered Portable Dual-Drive
  • PR - Singapore - Apr 7, 2014 - Fusion-io Collaborates with Oracle to Double Usable Capacity for MySQL
  • PR - Kuala Lumpur - Apr 7, 2014 - AMD launches Graphics Card for Next-Gen 4K Resolution Workstations
  • PR - Apr 7, 2014 - EMC Redefines Data Protection for a Software-Defined World
  • Pyramid Research - Apr 7, 2014 - Tablet market in Latin America set to grow
  • PR - Apr 7, 2014 - Fluke Networks Bridges the Ever-Widening Application and Network Performance Visibility Gap with an Integrated Solution
  • PR - Apr 7, 2014 - BuzzCity Strengthens Global Growth Strategy with Cross-device Support Online Display Ads
  • PR - Apr 7, 2014 - HP Streamlines Remote Content Creation, Solves Storage Bottleneck with Industry First Offerings



PR - Apr 11, 2014 - WeChat Sees Stellar Growth & Successful Campaigns With Astro Gempak, Era FM and Chattime

WeChat, the leading mobile social communication application for smartphones, is proud to announce stellar growth from campaigns with Chatime, Astro Gempak and Era FM. WeChat became the major choice for fans with 75.8% out of 1.2 million votes across all voting platforms for the Astro MeleTOP Awards hosted by Astro Gempak and Era FM. As for Chatime’s Official WeChat Account, Chatime enjoyed a 16.39% increase in its followership to more than 100,000 followers throughout its promotional ProsperiTEA campaign.

Besides being the most popular voting platform for the Astro MeleTOP Awards, Era FM’s Official Account has grown a whopping 128 times in a short time span of 3 months throughout the campaign.

Details.

PR - Apr 10, 2014 - Zalora iOS App Gets Updates

ZALORA, has given its popular shopping app a complete overhaul, making it easier than ever to purchase the best of high-street fashion on-the-go. The updated iOS app, which allows shoppers to select from over 500 top international and local brands and thousands of products anywhere, anytime, has had a facelift with a completely redesigned and improved interface.

The upgrade includes support to iOS 7 compatibility and look-and-feel with beautified and simplified browsing with HD images

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PR - Kuala Lumpur, Apr 10, 2014 - MOLPay launches cash payment for e-commerce merchants at 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia

MOLPay, Southeast Asia’s leading online payment solutions provider and 7-Eleven Malaysia, the country’s largest convenience store chain has entered into a partnership to launch a new innovative payment option for e-commerce merchants. E-Commerce merchants can now accept cash from consumers at the nearest 7-Eleven outlet and get notified in real time when payments are made through MOLPay.
Malaysian still prefers to pay cash

The new service, aptly named MOLPay CASH, will first be made available at selected 7-Eleven stores in Klang Valley where 735 stores already offering this convenient payment option, more stores throughout the country joining in-soon. All 1,569 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia will be providing this service by July 2014.

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Ovum - Melbourned - Apr 10, 2014 - A wave of consolidation will occur in social messaging in 2014

The recent acquisitions of WhatsApp by Facebook and Viber by Rakuten signal that social communications, and particularly messaging, are becoming a core part of OTT services, whether their primary focus is social networking, gaming, or even commerce.

Ovum expects a wave of consolidation to occur in the social messaging industry in 2014, and some players will become formidable forces with their new backing.

The next five years will be crucial for mobile operators in terms of both their messaging solutions and their overall communications suites as the handset balance tips in favour of smartphones.

As more of the mobile subscriber base becomes able to access data services there will be an even stronger migration toward social messaging services and beyond, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Ovum outlines its expectation that data and social messaging services will have over 2.6 billion subscribers by 2015. In addition to the growth in subscribers, the entire industry will see a widening in the breadth of services offered by messaging.

PR - Apr 9, 2014 - WD Introduces First Thunderbolt Powered Portable Dual-Drive

Every creative professional wishes their enormous work files could be transferred in the speed akin to Usain Bolt’s 100M dash. Today, WD introduces their first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual-drive, My Passport Pro for Mac users to offer not only large storage capacity. but also providing great performance to transfer large audio, video, image and work files. This portable, dual drive storage wonder by WD enables users to back-up their files within the same HDD too, as it comes with both RAID 0 and RAID 1 features.

Details; images.

PR - Singapore - Apr 9, 2014 - Tata Comm. delivers live F1 Feeds to Broadcaster Chello DMC

Tata Communications has today announced that it is providing Chello DMC live Formula 1 video feeds via its wholly-owned fibre Content Delivery Network for the first time this season. The high quality video feeds have been broadcast on Dutch sports channel, Sport1, since the first race of the season in Melbourne and will be used for the channel’s full 2014 race season coverage. Six live feeds and an additional unilateral feed from all 19 races will be distributed via the fibre network for broadcast on the Sport1 channels and via the Sport1 app.

Viewers across the globe are changing the way they consume video content and the investment in fibre by Chello DMC is in line with its wider strategy to provider clients, such as Sport1, with the expertise and technology to increase the value of its broadcast content to its customers through improved quality, choice and cost efficiencies. By using Tata Communications’ fibre network for delivery, Sport1 now has the opportunity to provide its subscribers with not only a complete race overview, but also additional services, such as onsite commentary, across all devices from TVs to tablets.

This multi-channel, multi-feed proposition is giving the viewers of Sport1 the best possible way to watch each Formula 1 race, bar being trackside.

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PR - Singapore - Apr 7, 2014 - Fusion-io Collaborates with Oracle to Double Usable Capacity for MySQL

Fusion-io today announced collaboration with Oracle on the development of flash-aware interfaces for MySQL.

These interfaces include NVM Compression, a flash-aware interface that can double the usable capacity of Fusion ioMemory flash while eliminating the performance impact associated with disk-era compression and Atomic Writes, an interface that enables more efficient database commits when running on flash memory.

Together, these flash-aware interfaces allow MySQL to deliver up to 4x more flash endurance by streamlining commands to help optimize databases for persistent flash memory architectures.

Details.

PR - Kuala Lumpur - Apr 7, 2014 - AMD launches Graphics Card for Next-Gen 4K Resolution Workstations

AMD today launched the AMD FirePro™ W9100 professional graphics card designed for the next generation of 4K workstations accelerated by OpenCL™ (Open Computing Language).

With cutting-edge graphics, up to 2.62 TFLOPS double precision of industry leading GPU compute power1 and ultra-high resolution (4K) multi-display capabilities, video, design and engineering professionals can work at a whole new level of detail, speed, responsiveness and creativity.

Details.

PR - Apr 7, 2014 - EMC Redefines Data Protection for a Software-Defined World

EMC Corporation has announced new products and technologies that address the full continuum of data protection requirements facing users, both today and as they address the challenge of transitioning to software-defined data centers.

New data protection-as-a-service solutions span the full continuum of data protection requirements, enabling EMC customers to confidently transition to software-defined data centers and fully exploit the cost and operational advantages they deliver.

The EMC Data Protection Suite enhancements include a new EMC Data Domain Operating System and new releases of EMC VPLEX and EMC RecoverPoint.

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Pyramid Research - Apr 7, 2014 - Tablet market in Latin America set to grow

According to a new report from Pyramid Research, things are looking bright for the tablet market in Latin America. By 2018, tablet sales in the region are expected to reach 37.7 million units, which will equal nearly 9% of the total global tablet market.

During 2013, 14.2 million tablets were sold in Latin America, accounting for 6% of global tablet sales. By 2018, Pyramid Research expects the number to reach 37.7 million units sold; nearly 9.3% of the market.

According to the report, the tablet market landscape in every country in Latin America is shaped by local dynamics and initiatives.

However, there are four major catalysts driving the adoption of tablets across the region. First, the spending power of Latin America’s growing middle class has increased a great deal in recent years and is expected to continue to do so. More affordable local tablet brands and off-label Chinese tablets have become available, and many telcos and pay-TV providers are to carry out new video content, device subsidy and mobile data strategies. Finally, governments across the region are planning to implement further initiatives to put tablets in the hands of students.

PR - Apr 7, 2014 - Fluke Networks Bridges the Ever-Widening Application and Network Performance Visibility Gap with an Integrated Solution

Fluke Networks today announced that Visual TruView™, its award-winning Application-Aware Network Performance Management solution (AANPM), and the OptiView XG™, its flagship network analysis tablet, have been integrated to provide the industry’s first AANPM solution capable of analyzing an enterprise’s entire network infrastructure—including wired and wireless, application performance and device interconnectivity, and in-depth path analysis all the way to an end user’s specific device.

By extending Visual TruView’s capabilities via tight integration with OptiView XG, Fluke Networks is leveraging its proven capabilities in network analysis and troubleshooting to provide greater visibility into remote network connectivity and the health of all components in the application/service delivery path. This approach effectively expands the traditional definition of AANPM.

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PR - Apr 7, 2014 - BuzzCity Strengthens Global Growth Strategy with Cross-device Support Online Display Ads

As part of a strategic move to strengthen its global growth strategy, Buzzcity today announces that it is now extending its online display advertising to include desktops and PCs. The new initiative is in addition to BuzzCity’s already established global mobile advertising platform. The desktop/PC offering supports both Microsoft Windows OS and MAC OS and primarily works on a commercial cost per click (CPC) model.

What it means is that the platform which originally targeted mobile devices now targeted other devices.

Details.

PR - Apr 7, 2014 - HP Streamlines Remote Content Creation, Solves Storage Bottleneck with Industry First Offerings

HP today announced two workstation-industry firsts, updates to its virtual workstation and real-time collaboration software to enable remote workstation productivity from a Windows 8 tablet and a solution to solve the storage bottleneck for customers creating large data files.

HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) 7.0 enables real-time collaboration between multiple users simultaneously, delivering workstation-class productivity with little to no loss of performance.

HP Z Turbo Drive is the first cost-effective PCIe-based SSD (Solid State Drive) for desktop workstations, allowing users to access up to twice the performance at a cost similar to today’s standard SATA SSD.

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