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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.