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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

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
  • 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.


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