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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



News (Copyright friendly) - Aug 2, 2014 - Stanford breakthrough might triple battery life

I read a news from USA Today that Stanford researchers have innovated a pure lithium battery that can last longer. The battery is created using nanotechnology.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/02/stanford-battery-breakthrough/13474795/

Ovum - London - Aug 1, 2014 - Myanmar’s under-developed telecoms market is set to become the world’s fastest-growing

Myanmar, the world’s largest country with a mobile-operator monopoly, will this month launch its first privately-owned mobile network. The entry of private player Ooredoo will see a rapid growth in mobile subscriptions and revenue in the country. According to Ovum’s latest research, Myanmar’s mobile subscriptions will grow at 29.3% CAGR to 32.3 million at end-2019. Mobile revenue will grow at a similarly rapid rate as a result of the new competition. Ovum forecasts that this will reach $1.2bn in 2019, up from $691m in 2013.


Ooredoo mobile SIM cards were soft-launched at retail shops this week, while the operator is expected to make an official announcement about the launch this weekend. At launch, Ooredoo Myanmar will be offering 3G+ services, which include both voice and mobile broadband, in urban areas around Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, and Yangon.

PR - Malaysia, Aug 1, 2014 - Exabytes Offers Once-a-Year 50% Discount On Power Hosting Plans To SME

In conjunction with Exabytes August SME Month, the group is offering all SME in the country a 50% discount on all its Power Hosting plans. The promotion which comes with a free domain name aims to assist SME in the country to establish their online presence, online identity and online branding.

Exabytes SME Month starts from 1 August 2014 and ends on 31 August 2014. To enjoy the special discount, customers must key in promotion code SME50 at checkout.

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PR - Malaysia - Aug 1, 2014 - BBM Now Available for Windows Phone Users

BlackBerry's popular instant messaging app, BBM, is now available to download for Windows Phone 8 and higher, highlighting BlackBerry's continued dedication to offering multi-platform capabilities and value-add services. Designed specifically for the Windows Phone platform, the BBM app will build on the collaboration, privacy and security features that are at the core of the BBM experience and already enjoyed by more than 85 million monthly active users around the world.

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PR - Dubai, Aug 1, 2014 - Flytxt platform goes live in3 MTN OpCos

Flytxt, a market leader in providing analytics-driven real-time, integrated, closed-loop campaign management platforms for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), announced today that it has gone live at 3 MTN Markets in Africa. Flytxt has signed a group-level partnership with MTN to deploy its real-time, on-trigger decisioning and customer engagement solution across its group operations in EMEA region. With this roll out, Flytxt platform is live in Ghana, Rwanda, Guinea Conakry, Uganda and Zambia.

PR - Malaysia, Jul 31, 2014 - Hitachi Sunway Positions as Powerhouse in Data Center Market

Hitachi Sunway made the following announcements during the press conference today morning.

i) Two major acquisitions in Malaysia – FREENET Business Solutions Sdn Bhd and Powerware Systems Sdn Bhd
  • Instantly gains two (2) ISO-certified data centres in a total of 18,500 sq. ft which located at Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur
  • Strategic investments in in accelerating to leadership position for data centre solutions and services in Malaysia and SEA
ii) Building of its third data centre in Klang Valley located at The Pinnacle Sunway
  • Invest KL and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is in close support and revealing that the latest build of data centre is an exemplary of the kind of strategic foreign investments that is sought after to boost Malaysia’s ICT sector
  • New data centre will handle the demands of more from local corporations, which want to outsource their IT and call centre operations, yet at the same time prefer their data to be residing closer to them
Cheah highlighted that the data centre investments is aligning with the local government’s drive towards greater developments for the country to be SEA’s preferred data centre hub. Last year, Malaysia has seen its economic revenue from the data centre market grew by over RM500 million, up by 25 percent.



(From left to right)

1.) Cheah Kok Hoong,Group CEO and Director, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems;
2.) Satoshi Okuide,Vice-President and Executive Officer Director, Hitachi Systems Ltd;
3.) Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah,Founder and Chairman, Sunway Berhad;
4.) Dr. Naoya Takahashi,President and CEO, Hitachi Systems Ltd;
5.) Dato’ Chew Chee Kin,President, Sunway Berhad;
6.) Sarena Cheah,Executive Director, Sunway Berhad;
7.) Masato Saito,Chairman and Director, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems


He also added Hitachi Sunway, a joint-venture between Japan and Malaysian, has been growing steadily with a significant increase in revenue of over 50 percent in the past 12 months. Especially Infrastructure and Managed Services(IMS), which is one of the three core business divisions of Hitachi Sunway, has recorded more than 100 percent growth in revenue. This will continue to be fuelled by the force of the new acquisitions.

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PR - Malaysia, Jul 31, 2014 - AMD Introduces New APUs for System Builder and DIY Market

AMD today introduced the new AMD A10-7800 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) to the component channel. This 4th generation A-Series APU with 12 Compute Cores (4CPU + 8 GPU) unlocks the APU potential with Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, and boasts powerful AMD Radeon™ R7 Series graphics for outstanding performance across applications.Combined with AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API, the AMD A10-7800 APU can enable accelerated performance across select AMD Gaming Evolved partner titles.

The breakthrough new Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing tasks to the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency for desktop and notebook PCs, enabling a new era of compute capabilities with compute cores

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PR - Malaysia, Jul 31, 2014 - WOOX Innovations announces You Need To Hear This campaign

WOOX Innovations has announced the Malaysian launch of the worldwide ‘You Need To Hear This’ Campaign. If you are passionate about discovering music on a new level, there’s never been a better time. In every corner of the Internet you can find musicians who are reaching out to try and convince you to take the time to listen to their latest tracks.

The campaign focuses on 18-28 year old audience, the goal is to engage those people who are driving emerging cultural trends, particularly in music.

In Malaysia, the campaign will feature an exclusive video premiere shot in schools and campuses in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. The videos will be uploaded biweekly from July 25, 2014 onwards to the Philips Sound Malaysia Facebook page.

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PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - AirAsia is the first airline in Asia Pacific to implement new Amadeus technology for travel agencies

AirAsia is the first airline in Asia Pacific to implement light ticketing technology from Amadeus, which gives travel agencies an even simpler way to book the airline’s content.

For the first time, traditional shopping, booking and back-office flows will be combined with real-time dynamic fares provided through AirAsia’s XML connection with Amadeus. The new AirAsia booking process with Amadeus is up to five times faster than booking outside of the GDS.

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PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - AkzoNobel to collaborate with SERIS on solar cell technology

AkzoNobel has partnered with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore in order to explore less costly ways of producing high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells.

The company’s High Purity Metalorganics (HPMO) business is a leading supplier of electronic materials to the semiconductor and solar industries. Together with SERIS, they will now investigate how to respond to the photovoltaic industry’s desire to reduce the costs involved in moving towards more efficient cell architectures.

The collaboration has been prompted by the growing expectation that the photovoltaic industry will move towards higher efficiency silicon wafer solar cell architectures.

The new precursors should offer an attractive alternative to the current commercially available metalorganics, which are designed for applications other than high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells.

AkzoNobel’s HPMO products are used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products, including lasers, solar cells, LEDs and mobile phones.

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PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Digital Lifestyle Expo Re-invents Itself With 3 New Highlights

PIKOM, the national ICT Association of Malaysia is launching the Digital Lifestyle Expo (DLE) this 8 – 10 August at KL Convention Centre. DLE is poised to take off with 3 new highlights to enhance the digital learning experience for its visitors.

This year, DLE is more than just a technology exhibition. We bring in the social elements such as the Tech Makeover competition; the learning element with tech speakers forum and IT career exhibition; and the current issues element with GST solutions, government e-services, smart home concept, etc. With a track record of attracting over 30,000 visitors, we are set to bring a revolutionary tech experience to the consumers.”



To register for Digital Lifestyle Expo, which is occurring on August 8th to 10th at KL Convention Center, register for a free ticket at http://digitallifestyleexpo.com.my/

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PR - Malaysia - Jul 31, 2014 - Take it Back with Message Recall on WeChat 5.3.1

When you are in the heat of the moment and sent a message you didn’t mean to, WeChat is here to save you! WeChat 5.3.1 for Android and iOS has a cool new Message Recall feature allowing you to recall any message sent within the last two minutes instantly! Simply hold the message and tap the “Recall” button - Voila, it’s like the message was never sent!

The upgrades don’t stop there, WeChat 5.3.1 for Android and iOS has a clean and crisp UI, meaning you can easily slide between your favourite features and effortlessly use the upgraded search bar. And, when connected to Wi-Fi, your photos will automatically download. Say goodbye to the image loading bar!

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PR - SG - Jul 31, 2014 - Singapore Sports Hub, Asia’s largest sports complex, selects NCR for venue management solution

NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that it has successfully deployed the NCR Venue Management solution at the new Singapore Sports Hub, a mega-sports complex with six venues. It is one of the few venues in the world that can host concurrent events, accommodating over 70,000 spectators at one time.

NCR plays a significant role in the project and at the core is NCR Venue Manager, an advanced point-of-sale (POS) and reporting system that is deployed in more than 250 stadiums and arenas globally. NCR Venue Manager has been selected to streamline operations, deliver an unparalleled level of service and help bring a world-class experience in Asia’s newest sports and entertainment complex. It will provide Singapore Sports Hub with instantaneous sales information from every POS device and retail outlet enabling it to accurately report, analyze and forecast sales ensuring real-time inventory control and cash management.

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PR - India - Jul 31, 2014 - Brocade Ethernet Fabric Underpins International Expansion of Micromax

India's leading mobile handset manufacturer has deployed innovative Brocade® Ethernet fabric technology in a new virtualized data center designed to support the next several years of operational growth. Micromax is already the world's tenth-largest mobile handset maker, shipping more than 3 million mobile handsets a month. Given the pace at which they have been growing, building a data center that is both scalable and flexible was a crucial development and their biggest issue was finding a network infrastructure that would enable a high level of operational automation and accommodate rapid data center evolution.

The company selected low-latency Brocade VDX® 6740 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches as the network foundation of the new data center due to the strength of Brocade VCS® Fabric technology, ease of configuration, operational automation, and cost-effective performance and scalability. Brocade ADX® application delivery switches have also been deployed in the new Micromax data center to accelerate application performance, increase application availability, and improve security.

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PR - Malaysia - Jul 30, 2014 - FanXT Launches DIY Fantasy Premier League for 2014/15

FanXT, a global fantasy sport provider, today announced the launch of their Fantasy Premier League Commissioner for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League (EPL) season that allows football fans to create and run their own fantasy football games.

This unique do-it-yourself (DIY) fantasy sport platform empowers EPL fantasy sport fans to personalise and run their own fantasy game by setting their own rules of the game like amount of virtual budget, number of player transfers and number of allowed players from the same EPL club, all within 3 minutes. Users could also change the valuation (virtual salary) of each EPL players and allocate customised fantasy football points for 18 player statistics like goals, shots on goal, assists, yellow card, red card and more.

To experience this Fantasy Premier League platform with a demo account, please visit, http://fantasy.epl.fanxt.com

PR - Malaysia - Jul 30, 2014 - Oracle Introduces Data Cloud Platform and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) Offerings

Today, Oracle has announced Data Cloud Platform and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) Offerings as a follow-up announcement after its acquisition of BlueKai Audience Data Marketplace.

The new Oracle DaaS offerings for Marketing and Social will help organizations gain valuable business insights by adding external data sources to enhance customer experience and operational efficiency once limited to their internal data.

Oracle DaaS for Marketing is the world’s largest data marketplace with access to more than 1 billion profiles globally, whereas Oracle DaaS for Social can derive insights from more than 700 million social messages daily, across more than 40 million social media and news data sites.

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PR - Taipei - Jul 29, 2014 - GAMDIAS Gaming Headset Offers 4D Experience

GAMDIAS, the professional gaming peripherals company, has launched the HEPHAESTUS Almighty Gaming Headset, the GHS2000.

Offering a 4D experience within a headset along with a cooling system as well as ear cups vibration, the HEPHAESTUS gaming headset is offering exclusive features never seen before.

GAMDIAS - HEPHAESTUS gaming headset

A cooling system with built-in aluminum heat sinks drops the temperature to hit that optimal comfort level we all desire in an all-day gaming session. Additionally, the blast source identifier triggers the ear cups to vibrate independently depending on the direction of the sound. You no longer merely have the surround sound to assist you in a frantic warzone, but an actual vibration to pinpoint where your enemies are located. Misjudgment is a thing of the past with HEPHAESTUS headset at your disposal.

HEPHAESTUS, the gaming headset with ergonomic design, provides a comfortable padded headband and cushions on the ear cups.

PR - Malaysia - Jul 25, 2014 - Microsoft Announces Country Partner and Integration Partner of Year 2014

At our recent World Partner Conference, homegrown Malaysian company Fusionex was once again announced as the 2014 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Malaysia, having won the award three years in a row now. Fusionex was also announced as a finalist for Application Integration Partner of the Year. Chosen from a set of more than 2,800 entrants from 117 different countries worldwide, the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards demonstrates how Microsoft continues to invest in partners and put them at the forefront in helping customers move to the cloud. In fact, Microsoft has the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, investing over US$5 billion annually in channel operation, also the largest amount in the industry. In Malaysia alone, the company maintains over 5,000 partners nationwide, the largest in the Malaysia IT industry.

Azizah Ali, General Manager, Small and Medium Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Malaysia


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PR - Malaysia - Jul 24, 2014 - Oracle Introduces Optimized JD Edwards Applications for Smartphones and Tablets

Today, Oracle releases 57 new Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications to powering the world’s increasingly mobile workforce. Available from Apple’s App Store and Google Play for Android, the applications extend Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to smartphones and tablets.

The new applications offer a modern user an interface to cover maintenance, field service, project management, supply chain, and health and safety incident management

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