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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fuji Xerox Launches Sustainability Report at New Malaysian Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur

Press release - KL, Feb 21, 2014

Steering the direction towards a sustainable future, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Malaysia Operations) is the first document solutions provider in the industry to launch a Sustainability Report in Malaysia. Following the standards of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, the sustainability programme at Fuji Xerox Malaysia is aligned to international principles and commitments of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd (Japan). The event also marks the day Fuji Xerox Malaysia opens its new office in Menara Binjai, Kuala Lumpur. To commemorate the opening of the new Malaysian headquarters, Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, officiated the launch with Fuji Xerox’s employees and business partners.

(L-R) Masashi Honda, Datuk Loo Took Gee , & Sunil Gupta opening the new Fuji Xerox headquarters in Kuala Lumpur

Entitled the Fuji Xerox 2013 Sustainability Report, this report reveals Fuji Xerox’s commitment in allowing stakeholders to understand their business model, ethics and ideologies in maintaining economic, environmental and social sustainability through multi-contributions within the community. The report complies with the ten key principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) that ensure the protection of human rights, the elimination of abusive working practices, consideration for the environment and the elimination of corruption.

Apart from that, Fuji Xerox has ensured that the sustainability measurement and methodologies of the report fall within the comprehensive Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, a structure that is widely used by global organisations around the world. The GRI is a non-profit organisation that promotes economic, environmental, and social sustainability, as well as governance performance, aiming towards a sustainable global economy.

Other details; sustainability report.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mobile Tech Finance App: the Perfect Storm to Change Financial Behaviors

By MoneyHero.

Not so long ago, the FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households reported that more than a quarter of U.S. households are underserved by mainstream financial services. 20 percent are underbanked, which meant that they had a checking or savings account, but also rely on alternative financial services for their other banking needs. A whopping eight percent do not use traditional banking methods at all.

The Growth of Mobile Banking

The industry, however, seems to have hit upon a solution, something that is already in virtually everyone’s hands: smartphones. Recent years have seen a plethora of mobile banking apps on the rise.

This problem has turned into an opportunity for mobile telecommunications operators: along with financial services, they are now offering auxiliary aid such as health care and education. It seems to be the logical solution since everything on the Internet has already migrated to mobile.

Emerging markets, especially, are fertile grounds: formal banking has only reached 37 percent of the population, in contrast to 50 percent penetration for mobile phones.

Friday, February 21, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of Feb 2014

News for Week 2 of Feb 2014; the biggest news was the announcement of the planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Lenovo.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • USA Today - Feb 22, 2014 - Tesla to build battery Gigafactory
  • PR - Feb 20, 2014 - Stargate Group Heads Toward SDN with Brocade
  • PR - Feb 20, 2014 - Avaya Strengthens Business Communications Capabilities for SME
  • TheStar Online - PJ, Feb 20, 2014 - Johor Sultan buys 15% of MOL
  • PR - Feb 20, 2014 -Enlogic: Malaysia and Singapore need to cool off on cooling
  • PR - Feb 20, 2014 -Transition Systems Group Launches Agile Distribution In SEA
  • Ovum - Feb 20, 2014 - Facebook acquires WhatsApp
  • PR - KL, Feb 20, 2014 - Oracle’s First Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Solution in the Cloud
  • Ovum - Melbourne, Feb 19, 2014 - Softer 4Q13 spending in China dulls global Optional Networking  market
  • Feb 19, 2013 - Ovum Comment: Cisco introduces ESP to see into the future of network services
  • PR - Feb 17, 2014 - Capillary Tech. Raises Follow-On Capital
  • Reuters - Feb 13, 2014 - Motorola Mobility CEO to join Dropbox ahead of Lenovo deal
  • PR - KL, Feb 13, 2014 - Oracle Health Sciences Works with Nuance to Voice Enable Clinical Trials
  • PR - KL, Feb 13, 2014 - Tata Comm. delivers sustained, profitable growth
  • PR- KL, Feb 12, 2014 - The Entrepreneurs’ Conference TEC 2020 11th Apr 2014
  • PR - KL, Feb 12, 2014 - Brocade Demonstrates Fibre Channel Innovation and Leadership for Enterprise Solid State Storage Systems

XOX Partners The State of Penang, Information Division

Press release - Feb 12, 2014

Mobile Operator, XOX Berhad (XOX), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of Penang, Information Division, as its official mobile technology partner.

In its role as a mobile technology partner, XOX will support Penang by providing a communication platform for its residents through FREE SMS blasting services.

(L-R) : Ms Yap Lee Ying 叶丽云, Director, Information Division, The State of Penang;YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng 林冠英, Chief Minister of the State of Penang;Datuk Eddie Chai 拿督蔡文傑, Group Managing Director, XOX Berhad;Mr. Ng Kok Heng 黃國興, Group CEO, XOX Berhad;Mr. Loh Boon Teong 盧文忠, Vice President, Marketing & PR, XOX COM Sdn Bhd

According to the Group Managing Director, XOX Berhad, Datuk Eddie Chai, the collaboration is the first state-level development initiative by the XOX brand and is aimed at getting across messages from the Penang state government to Penangites and bridging the communication gap between the two parties.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Developers Updates Week 4 of Feb 2014

In the last updates series (Week 4 of Oct 2013), the most interesting update was the announcement of Ericsson Application Awards 2014.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • IBM - Feb 23 to Feb 26, Las Vegas, Nevada - Pulse 2014 Cloud Conference
  • PR - San Francisco, Feb 18, 2014 - Kamcord Begins Expansion Into Asia
  • PR - Berlin, Feb 17, 2014 - KeepTool's Oracle Database Software Expanded and Realigned
  • MSDN - Feb 15, 2014 - uNFC - Windows Embedded Platform NFC Library
  • PR- Feb 7, 2014 - Malaysian Developers Can Now Offer Paid Apps and Games on Google Play
  • PR - KL, Jan 30, 2014 - AMD Optimizes Graphic Cards for Latest Photoshop® CC Release
  • PR - KL, Jan 28, 2014 - AMD: First ARM-based CPU and Development Platform
  • Jan 6, 2014 - Announcing Wolfram Connected Devices Project

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lazada: E-Commerce taking off in SEA

By Lazada

Internet and e-commerce in Southeast Asia has indicated tremendous growth potential in recent years and the region has remained a favourite investment among global e-commerce players. E-commerce investments have given birth to a myriad of online retail environments ranging from competitive marketplace models to daily deal or flash sale sites. German startup incubator, Rocket Internet, for example, launched range of web start-ups in early 2012. So far, these earned a huge presence in the emerging Southeast Asian market, benefiting from the rapidly increasing online population.

The Southeast Asian online population is estimated to be around 205 million users by 2016 (a huge increase from 118 million in 2011) of which most of them fall under the “Big 6” Southeast Asian countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam). Rapid internet proliferation has spurred an internet shopping phenomenon among the rapidly growing middle class seeking a vast assortment of competitively priced products. The huge sales during Lazada’s Online Revolution on the 12th of December, a campaign inspired by America’s Black Friday and China’s Singles day, where entered into a range of partnership to promote and offer great product offers to its customers clearly indicates that Southeast Asian markets are ready for online shopping. As demonstrated below, Lazada almost doubled its traffic during this campaign.

Tefal Introduces The most Steamy Electrical Ironing Technology

Something interesting... I never thought an electrical iron would make the case for IT related news quite so soon.

Tefal, the world’s leading cookware and small home appliances maker introduces the fastest and most efficient ironing technology with the Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 appliance.

This new steam station is fitted with Tefal’s latest innovation, the Smart Technology Auto Control, which allows users to have the perfect combination of temperature and steam that will best suit each type of textile in just one touch. By simply pushing one of three buttons, the appliance will automatically adjust to iron all kinds of fabrics: delicate, normal or tough.

Smart Technology Auto Control
Since every type of textile is different, each of the three settings provides the right combination of temperature and steam, with extreme accuracy and increased precision for fast and perfect results.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 boasts superior steam performance with a powerful 6 bars pressure for efficient steam penetration into the heart of the fabrics. The ‘Maximum’ position aimed for high steam output is up to 120g per minute catered to ironing tough materials such as jeans. The ‘Power Zone’ steam function produces up to 340g per minute of steam perfect for ironing heavy fabrics.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 will be available in main department stores and electrical specialists February 2014 at the retail price of RM1,799.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Creating a robotic car using Netduino controller (Windows Platform)

This project explores creation of Bluetooth controlled car using a Netduino controller and a Windows Phone as a remote control - to scare away rodents in the house.

Netduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on the .NET Micro Framework. It uses a 32-bit ARM-microcontroller.

Core components of the project:

Component diagram

1.) The motor driver module (order online)- to power the motor actuators

2.) Serial bluetooth module (order online)- connects to Netduino controller on 3V3 and GND pins

3.) The Netduino controller (any model, or online) - serves as motherboard and the brain - programming of firmware is required.

4.) The firmware is written in c# and to be deployed to the Netduino controller.

Create a Micro Framework project from Visual Studio - after you have installed the Netduino SDK, a Netduino Application template should be made available under Visual Studio.

The main function of the firmware is to accept commands from the external controller - a windows phone - the commands consist of direction of the motors,speed of left motor, speed of right motor.

The second core function of the firmware is to support communication between the windows phone and the controller via Bluetooth - via socket.

For first time Netduino coder, check out the following tutorial.

5.) The Windows phone will run a standard Windows Phone 8 application.

As the author pointed out, the most challenging part of the code is to work out the speeds of each motor based on how much it is turning - this requires some theory on Physics.

"The way I have done it is that when turning left, the left motor will always be 100%, but the more left they turn, the slower the right motor will turn. So moving the thumbstick 20% left will set the left motor at 100% and the right motor at 80%. Moving the thumbstick 70% left will set the left motor at 100% and the right motor at 30%."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Feb 2014

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Jan 2014; the biggest news was Symantec Introduced unique new technologies in Malaysia to fight evolving targeted attacks.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • FireEye - Feb 13, 2014 - FireEye: Operation ShowMan Explained
  • Bit9 - Feb 13, 2014 - Bit9 and Carbon Black have merged
  • PR - KL, Feb 12, 2014 -Sophos Unleashes New Approach in Data Protection Delivering Encryption without Compromise
  • PR - Redmond,Wash.,Feb 12, 2014 - Microsoft joins global allies in quest to fight cybercrime
  • Computerworld - Feb 11, 2014 - CloudFlare attacked with huge DDoS
  • FireEye - Feb 10, 2014 - FireEye introduces new updates for MVX-based security platform
  • PR - KL, Feb 10, 2014 - Sophos Acquires Cyberoam Technologies
  • USA Today - San Francisco, Feb 10, 2014 - Paypal President's credit Card hacked
  • TheStar Online - KL, Feb 8, 2014 - Malaysian cops bust Internet scammers ring
  • PR - KL, Feb 7, 2014 - Kaspersky: list of malicious Android apps hits 10 million
  • PR - KL, Feb 7, 2014 - KuppingerCole: CyberArk the Gold Standard in Privileged Account Security
  • PR - KL, Feb 5, 2014 - Study Reveals Majority of Adults Share Intimate Details Via Unsecured Digital Devices
  • PR - KL, Feb 5, 2014 - Silver Peak Counters Eavesdropping on Corporate Networks with Accelerated IPSec
  • PR - KL, Feb 5, 2014 - Sophos: USA Stays Top of Spampionsip’s Dirty Dozen Nations
  • PR - KL, Feb 4, 2014 - Prolexic: DDoS Attacks to to Influence Stock Prices and Limit Trading Real
  • PR-  KL, Feb 4, 2014 - WatchGuard Extends Supports of Visibility Tool to Microsoft’s Hyper-V Platform
  • PR - PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb 3, 2014 - HP Identifies Top Enterprise Security Threats

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Windows 8.1 for Robotics Application

The Windows 8.1 Runtime now provides native support for Human Interface Devices (HID), Universal Serial Bus (USB), and Bluetooth connectivity.

Besides that, it also provides support for Point-of-sales (P.O.S), 3D Printers, Scanners devices.

All these are done through the APIs grouped under the following namespaces:
  • Windows.Devices.HumanInterfaceDevice
  • Windows.Devices.USB
  • Windows.Devices.Bluetooth.Rfcomm
  • Windows.Devices.PointOfService
  • Windows.Devices.Scan
For example, using these new APIs for Windows 8.1 runtime, the open sourced Lego Mindstorms EV3 API for Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT 8.1 was developed.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Telcos facing a ‘perfect storm’ of commercial and technology challenges in 2014

Press release - London, Feb 12 2014

Real Wireless, the independent experts behind the UK spectrum auction, have today warned that operators are walking in to a ‘perfect storm’ of commercial and technology challenges in 2014 - and few are doing anything to prepare for it.

This is the conclusion of significant and comprehensive analysis it conducted, looking at every aspect of the wireless industry in 2014, taken from a landmark Manifesto launched today. This covered everything from spectrum to technology, economics, the locations people are using wireless and the commercial opportunities available in the next twelve months and beyond. Helps Advertisers Promote Apps with Smart App Banners

Press Release - Feb 12, 2014 today announced the launch of a new ad network for apps that promises to increase revenue for publishers while providing a more effective way for advertisers to promote apps.

The platform debuts with the VIVA ad unit, which uses the Smart App Banner for promoting apps. Smart App Banners was originally introduced by Apple in iOS 6 and is basically a small and consistent app banner that is displayed on top of website. The banner provides a way for publishers to convert their website visitors to use their apps. If the app is not installed on users' device, clicking on the Smart App Banner opens up the App Store app page. If the app is installed, clicking on it will launch the app.

“Once the user installs the app, the banner basically becomes useless. Appzilo’s VIVA ad unit extends the functionality of the smart app banners by using the space to promote other apps after the user installs the website’s app. This offers incremental revenue for publishers and excellent visibility for app advertisers.“ says Patrick Ooi, co-founder of w

Friday, February 07, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 2 of Feb 2014

News for Week 5 of Jan 2014; the biggest news was launching of XOX-Voopee: Communication Mobile App which empowers second mobile number without additional SIM card.
  • PR - Mumbai – Feb 7, 2014 – Tata Comm. announces network readiness for enabling international voice over LTE calling
  • PR - Feb 5, 2014 – Lazada Partners with Deezer To Revolutionize Music
  • PR - KL, Feb 5, 2014 - ISS World Services Opted Oracle Exadata to Enhance Customer Experience
  • PR - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Feb 5, 2014 – South Korean Startup Flitto Wins Seedstars World Competition in Switzerland
  • PR - KL, Feb 4, 2014 – Brocade Achieves J.D. Power Certification
  • PR - PALO ALTO, Calif, Feb 4, 2014 – HP Autonomy Extends Market-leading eDiscovery Platform to the Cloud
  • PR - Hong Kong, Feb 3, 2014 – I'M Intelligent Memory announces its high capacity DDR2 SDRAM IC's
  • EMC - Jan 30, 2014 – Moving from 2nd Platform to 3rd Platform
  • Google - Jan 29, 2014 - Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility
  • IBM - Jan 28, 2014 - Adopt SaaS for Better Competitive Advantage

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO

Finally, the biggest news for 2013 has been answered.

On Feb 4, 2014, Microsoft announced Satya Nadella as the new CEO.

Bill Gates was also announced to make a come back role as Founder and Technology Advisor.

Nadella, who previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, will assume this role effective immediately, including being a member of the Board of Directors.

In an email to Microsoft employee, Nadella stressed on the importance of innovations to empower the lives of others which also include business entities, forging and maintaining a healthy workplace culture and the ability to find meanings in the everyday life.

Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India in 1967, his hobbies include Cricket and poetry.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Oracle Offers In-Memory Applications for Oracle's PeopleSoft

Oracle Malaysia announces the availability of In-Memory Applications for Oracle’s PeopleSoft.

With the new capabilities offered by the new Oracle’s PeopleSoft In-Memory Applications, CFOs and finance executives can vastly improve their ability to make strategic decisions early in the financial period. This insight can help organizations increase their profits, avoid obstacles and improve their return on asset.

In my opinion, the In-Memory technology was largely made popular by SAP HANA.

In layman terms, In-Memory works by loading and manipulating large amount of data into the RAM. For most business applications, relational database serves as the core interface between the application and the host (CPU) for data channeling - when the app requests a data from the database, the database encapsulates all low level processes from the app and returns the data requested.

In other words, for applications to adopt In-Memory capability, the key is to leverage on an In-Memory capable database per se.

All the big boys have it now; SAP, Greenplum and Oracle - it is the latest trend.

The benefits of adopting In-memory capability allows high speed data processing and caters for business decision-making up to real-time speed.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Jan 2014

The most significant news for Global Cyber Security Review 2013 was related to Cyber-espionage, Edward Snowden - the biggest hit was the exposure of cyber-espionage related activities involving government agencies - most of the chain reaction was triggered by the leak of Edward Snowden.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • USA Today - Seattle, Jan 31, 2014 - Hackers gained Yahoo mail users' account credentials
  • PR - Jan 29, 2014 - BAE Systems Detica repositions as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • Symantec - Jan 23, 2014 - Linux Worm Targeting IoT Devices
  • Reuters - Jerusalem, Jan 26, 2014 - Israeli defense computer hacked
  • Reuters - Washington, Jan 23, 2014 - FBI Warns retailers of more credit card breaches
  • PR - PJ, Jan 23 2014 - Kaspersky Internet Security named ‘Product of the Year’ by AV-Comparatives Giveaway
  • PR - KL, Jan 16, 2014 - Symantec Introduces Unique New Technologies in Malaysia to Fight Evolving Targeted Attacks
  • PR - KL, Jan 16, 2014 - Barracuda : 52% of companies say BYOD impact their network security
  • PR - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Jan 14, 2014 - Prolexic: Mobile Applications Being Used for DDoS Attacks
  • PR - PJ, Jan 15, 2014 - Kaspersky Lab’s flagship products outstrip rivals in independent testing once again
  • PR - Jan 9, 2014 - McAfee LiveSafe service to ship on new HP computers
  • PR - Jan 7, 2014 - Prolexic Releases Video Tour of DDoS Security Operations Center
  • PR - Jan 2, 2014 - Kaspersky: 65% of companies believe that BYOD is a growing threat to business security