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Thursday, March 26, 2015

IT News Week 4 of Mar 2015

For week 3 of Mar 2015 - the most interesting news was the announcement of Waze 3.9.4 which improves performance by 85%.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 25, 2015 - WhiteSpace Alliance® Welcomes RAMICS Co., Ltd as Latest Member
  • PR - Mar 25, 2015 - ASUS Introduces Transformer Book T300 Chi
  • PR - Mar 25, 2015 - Oracle To Expand Sales Teams Across Region
  • PR - Mar 25, 2015 - EMC: New Federation Business Data Lake Solution
  • PR - Mar 25, 2015 - K Raman is the new Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.
  • PR - Mar 24, 2015 - PIKOM: ICT Sales Expected to Plummet By Up to 30% Post GST
  • PR - Mar 24, 2015- Kaspersky: Companies under DDoS Attack Fear Losing Business Opportunities the Most
  • PR - Mar 20, 2015 - Bosch releases New range of high-precision measuring tools

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VB.NET Memory Leak Case Study

In this example, we explore a case study of memory leak simulated by VB.NET

First of all, the code would generate a persistent memory surge.

Then, it explores methods to clear the memory surge effectively without leak.

Eventually, it attempts to simulate memory leak based on the same model.

Refer to the sample code (VB.NET Visual Studio 2008 SP1).

Running the code, the program starts with a base of around 4,500 K memory (private working set).

Make use of 'Performance Monitor' to see what happens to these memory.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Universal Robots Launches UR3 - World's Most Lightweight Tabletop Robot

Press release - Singapore - Mar 18, 2015:

Universal Robots (UR), a global developer and manufacturer of flexible and user-friendly industrial robots, today announced the launch of their new UR3 robot, the latest state-of-the-art offering from their market leading range of collaborative robots.

The UR3, which went through a three-year development phase, is an affordable tabletop robot that has a payload of 3kg and weighs a mere 11kg. It allows for 360-degree rotation on all wrist joints and infinite rotation on the end joint.

According to Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO, Universal Robots, the UR3 robot is useful to serve as the second member of a two-man team or as a standalone operator

  • Gluing
  • Painting
  • Screwing
  • Soldering
  • Pick and place
  • Laboratory work
  • Fume hood tasks
  • Operating hand tools

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pikom Launches P.I.E Mobile App to Better Serve ICT Sector

Press Release - Mar 18, 2015:

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) today unveiled the PIKOM Industry Engagement (PIE) mobile platform aimed at connecting ICT firms and professionals across the industry. PIE is centred on the four key pillars of community engagement, community building, community learning and community empowerment and is part of the Association’s strategy to nurture a more dynamic and proactive ICT community in the country.

“PIE is part of our continuous effort to build a dynamic and pro-active ICT community in Malaysia; to create greater engagement and participation while delivering more value to members,” shared PIKOM Chairman Cheah Kok Hoong (photo attached).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Software Project Management Tools

1.) Tools required for an ideal setup
  • Issue tracker and ticketing - i.e spicework
  • Software code version control - i.e SVN
  • Project management - create project, assign team, assign tasks and etc.
  • Online document - for publish of notes, best practices, materials
  • Forum - For discussion
  • Storage - for backup and etc
  • eDiscovery - for auto indexing of contents

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Juniper Networks Unveils Industry’s Most Powerful Core Routing Platform

Press Release - SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11, 2015:

Juniper Networks at its 2015 Innovation Showcase, introduced its enhanced Converged Supercore®, which includes new custom silicon, updates to the Juniper Networks® PTX Series router and expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. These new innovations will empower service providers to better connect a world amid explosive and unpredictable bandwidth demands.

By combining the industry’s most advanced silicon with increased scale and SDN programmability, Juniper will deliver the most powerful and optimized core routing platform available – all in the industry’s most cost-effective and compact form factor.

Pi PR Commemorates The Century’s PI DAY

About 3.14 days ago, locally established PR agency - Pi PR Consultancy Sdn Bhd took the opportunity of a lifetime to celebrated the world’s favorite mathematical number – Pi or symbolically known as ‘π’.

Managing Director Lee Ting Ting, was almost in a state of delirium from a sleepless night of committing to memory up to 160 decimals of the transcendent number that that she recited at the Pi PR hosted party on March 14, 2015 in Subang Jaya recently. “No doubt that Pi Day is especially special this year to the agency, because of its once in a lifetime occurrence that coincides with the first 5-digit of Pi ‘π’.

Being a PR agency dedicated to the technology sector, it was only natural to name ourselves after such a symbolic numeric that has the closest possible connection to mathematics, the perfect circle, civilization and life in its most intricate form of measurements.”

Eager to commemorate and introduce a worldwide celebration with the local Malaysian media, Pi PR hosted a SciFi-Alien themed party that saw a tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy (‘Dr.Spock’ of StarTrek) who just passed away earlier in February, Sci-Fi character impersonation, Pi Decimal Recital and Pie Eating contests.

“Just to note, while 3.14 days ago was a rare confluence that won't happen again for 100 years (next will be in 2115), it would be also worthwhile to remember it was also the 136th birthday of history’s most well known and loved physicist Albert Einstein,” ends Lee.

Monday, March 16, 2015

IT News Week 3 of Mar 2015

For week 2 of Mar 2015 - the most interesting news was the launching of rapid 3D printer for prototyping by RS Components.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 18, 2015 - Accelya appoints John Johnston as Group Chief Executive Officer
  • Ovum - Mar 18, 2015 - Facebook adds P2P money transfers to Messenger
  • PR - Mar 17, 2015 - Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Security 2015 Forum@21st 22nd May
  • PR - Mar 16, 2015 - Singapore - Tata Comm. delivers unified communications ‘on your terms’ at Enterprise Connect 2015
  • PR - Mar 16, 2015 - BDO Upgrades Phonebanking and Contact Center Infrastructure with Aspect's Unified Platform Solution
  • PR - Mar 16, 2015 - Barracuda Security and Storage Solutions Now on VMware vCloud Air
  • PR - Mar 13, 2015 - Kaspersky: what extortionists demand for decrypting user data
  • PR - Mar 13, 2015 - APAC Venture Becomes the Preferred Partner for WeChat Official Account Management in Malaysia
  • PR - Mar 13, 2015 - Waze 3.9.4 Boosts its Performance by 85%
  • PR - Mar 13, 2015 - MYHERO App Releases on iOS Platform!
  • PR - Mar 12, 2015 - Convergence Networks Sdn Bhd becomes a Blue Coat Distributor

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Driver Assistant Feature

The driver assistant package is part of the Intelligent Drive Technology system.

It has features such as :
  • Stereo Camera - 3D visibility
  • Radar system - near and far range
  • Pedestrian recognition technology
  • Distronic plus with steering assist - cruise control
  • Cross traffic assist
  • Rear collision prevention system

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Preventing Website Defacement

Based on an article 'The Bloody Battle of Website Defacement: “ISIS” Hackers vs. WordPress' by Nimrod Luria, Co-founder & CTO of Sentri.

In 2014 a bug in MailPoet, a WordPress mail plugin, resulted in 50,000 sites being hacked by injecting a PHP backdoor. SoakSoak, one of the most publicized WordPress attacks in 2014, took advantage of a bug in a popular slider plugin and as a result over 100,000 sites were hacked. More recently, Slimstat, an analytics plugin, was found to be vulnerable to attacks exposing over 1M WordPress websites.

Best practice:

1.) Continuously check for the appearance of unknown files and directories and monitor them for changes.

2.) Applying updates on time.

3.) Read-only Web Server Account

4.) Color Persistence Monitoring

5.) DOM Inspection

6.) Digital Signing

All these are available from Advanced Web Application security solutions.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

IT News Week 2 of Mar 2015

For week 4 of Feb 2015 - the most interesting news was the announcement of Nokia 215 Dual Sim by Microsoft.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Ovum - Mar 12, 2015 - Google’s move on InMobi would strengthen its hand in mobile display advertising
  • PR - Mar 11, 2015 - Snoc and Nexusguard: DDoS Attacks Threatening Online World
  • PR - Mar 10, 2015 - FREIBURG, Germany - Newest Release of Paragon Partition Manager 15
  • PR - Mar 9, 2015 - Microsoft celebrates its outstanding partners
  • PR - Mar 9, 2015 - RS Components launches 3D printer for rapid prototyping
  • PR - Mar 5, 2015 - Singapore - Consumer Sentiment Improves Towards Singapore Property Market
  • PR - Mar 5, 2015 - Symantec introduces new architectures for infrastructure transformation: NetBackup 5330
  • PR - Mar 2, 2015 - Brocade Shares Vision for New IP at Mobile World Congress
  • PR - Mar 1, 2015 - Barcelona, Spain - HTC and Valve Partner to Make VR Dream Come True
  • PR - Feb 27, 2015 - JABRA Pre-GST Sales

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Oracle : Modern Customer Service Becoming Critical to Businesses

Press Release - Mar 10, 2015 :

Oracle conducted a survey: “Modern Customer Service: Are You Outpacing Your Executive Peers?” surveyed 415 customer service executives from 10 different industries; and the key highlight of the study showed that while companies invest in new technologies to reap the benefits of modern customer service best practices, the majority (62 per cent) still fail to grasp the full importance and impact of customer service as a organization-wide strategic goal.

David Vap, group vice president, Oracle Applications

The study identified a number of barriers that are preventing companies from leveraging customer service as a true organizational strategy, and this includes a) limited definitions of customer service b) poor knowledge management and customer visibility c)a reliance on traditional channels and metrics. Popular areas slated for technological investment in 2015 to achieve modern customer service best practices, include additional online customer service capabilities, self-service technology, mobile apps, social media and knowledge management systems.

 “The jump to excellent customer service involves consistent, personalized customer service in every interaction, across every channel. But it can have a huge business impact by helping organizations increase sales, strengthen relationships, and reduce costs," said David Vap, group vice president, Oracle Applications.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Ovum Commentary: Five Take Aways from MWC 2015

This nicely narrated commentary on MWC 2015 presented by Ovum, it has these important points:
  • Vendors from payment solution represent the largest attendance in terms of consumer service category
  • Certain vendors are not meeting their revenues target and are contemplating acquisition.
  • Enterprise software vendors wanted to capitalize on the $400bn telco capex market.
  • Opportunities in the enterprise market include B2B cloud services and M2M/IoT.
  • Virtualized networks gaining momentum as driving force to drive costs saving.

Learning from SpaceShooterX for Android Experience

SpaceShooterX was first developed for the Windows phone using C#. The developer, recently took effort to detail his experience of porting the codes to Android platform using Xamarin mobile app development tool.

Xamarin is a development tool based on Microsoft .NET C# and allows codes to be ported into the iOS and Android platform.

The developer mentioned that the process took him about 3 weeks and almost 90% of codes are reusable.

He also shared his experience in dealing with several issues such as memory leaks which result in surge of memory utilization, dependencies on the Monogame assembly and compatibility issue with Java JDK version of the codes with that of the Xamarin platform.

SpaceShooterX is quite fun, though, it looks like a typical airplane shooting game with the typical sound effect of lazer beam.

SpaceShooterX is a free, ad supported game with an option to remove it via in-app purchase and buy power-ups, bombs and lives that range in price from $0.99 to $9.99. It's available for download now at Google Play Store