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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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Ovum - Mar 12, 2015 - Google’s move on InMobi would strengthen its hand in mobile display advertising

InMobi would be a good acquisition target for Google. It would strengthen Google’s position in mobile display advertising, particularly in emerging markets, where InMobi has a strong base and where low-cost Android devices are seeing rapid take-up.

The acquisition of InMobi would remove a key competitor to Google’s own ambitions in application-based advertising, which are based on AdMob, the mobile advertising network that Google acquired in 2009. Next to Facebook, InMobi is one of the largest, most successful independent mobile advertising networks, with more than 1 billion monthly active users and more than 30,000 publishers. Moreover, the combination of AdMob and InMobi’s capabilities would help Google keep ahead of Facebook in mobile display advertising. Google still represents the biggest portion of mobile advertising revenues, but Facebook is showing remarkable gains: in 2014, 69% of Facebook’s total advertising revenues came from mobile. InMobi’s strength in emerging markets would be particularly useful in helping Google counter Facebook‘s aggressive push into such markets. Facebook is launching products and advertising propositions specifically designed to tap into emerging markets, which are now the fastest growing part of its total user base, and where many users are exclusively mobile.

PR - Mar 11, 2015 - Snoc and Nexusguard: DDoS Attacks Threatening Online World

Online businesses, application providers, government and financial services are often targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Thailand is particularly vulnerable due to a lack of specialized protection against such attacks. Secure Network Operation Center Ltd. (Snoc) and Nexusguard have created a direct security system – The first of its kind in Thailand to protect against loss due to DDoS attacks. Any organization that has been attacked will be offered a short term trial at no cost for a limited time, in effort to support the country with a safer internet.

Previously, private organizations in Thailand relied on foreign companies due to the lack of domestic providers. And though the public sector has invested in their own infrastructure, these solutions do not protect against DDoS attacks and nor are they able to keep up with new technologies. In contrast, Snoc’s solution is designed for all organizations, providing affordable solutions with guaranteed protection against 99% of attacks.

PR - Mar 10, 2015 - FREIBURG, Germany - Newest Release of Paragon Partition Manager 15

Paragon Software Group (PSG), a leader in data backup, disaster recovery, and data migration solutions, announces the release of latest Paragon Partition Manager 15 (Home and Professional editions).

The latest updates comes with some cool features.
  • Embedded Recovery Media Builder (RMB) 3.0 is now embedded directly into the product and has been enhanced with features from Paragon’s Boot Media Builder utility, giving more options plus improved usability and stability. Split partitions: Separate the OS and data, or different types of data by splitting one partition into two different partitions of the same type and file system.
  • Merge partitions: Consolidate disk space from two adjacent partitions (NTFS, FAT16/FAT32) into a single, larger partition. Redistribute Free Space: Increase free space on one partition by utilizing the unallocated on-disk space and the unused space of other partitions.
  • HFS file systems conversion: Convert any version of NTFS file system to Apple HFS+ and vice versa without reformatting.
  • Boot Manager: Easily manage several operating systems on one computer.
  • GPT Loader: Data storage support of GPT drives and modern high-capacity disks (2.2 TB+) under Windows XP.
Pricing & Availability:

Paragon Partition Manager 15 Home is available for $US39.95 via download from http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-personal/

Paragon Partition Manager 15 Professional is available for $US79.95 via download from http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/

PR - Mar 9, 2015 - Microsoft celebrates its outstanding partners

In supporting its commitment to being the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first, cloud-first world, Microsoft Malaysia recently recognized its most valuable and outstanding partners in a celebratory awards night. At the Microsoft Partner Awards 2015, a total of 14 winners were announced, underscoring the fact that companies are starting to realize that a key part of maximizing success – including revenue opportunities – comes from leveraging the cloud and mobility trends.

Award category
Winner
1.             
Country Partner of The Year
Telekom Malaysia Bhd (SME)
2.             
Cloud Platform Solution Partner of The Year
Infront Consulting Group (M) Sdn Bhd
3.             
Cloud Productivity Solution Partner of The Year
Sistem RKK Sdn Bhd
4.             
Cloud Platform Application Innovation Partner of The Year
Silverlake AXIS Sdn Bhd
5.             
Cloud Platform Commercial Distribution Partner of The Year
Ingram Micro Malaysia Sdn Bhd
6.             
Cloud Productivity Licensing Partner of The Year
SoftwareOne Experts Sdn Bhd
7.             
Cloud Productivity Retail Partner of The Year
Elitetrax Marketing Sdn Bhd
8.             
Cloud Productivity Retail Distribution Partner of The Year
Jardine OneSolution Distribution Sdn Bhd
9.             
Cloud Business Applications Partner of The Year
Mason Technologies Sdn Bhd
10.           
Devices and Mobility Retail Partner of The Year
Elitetrax Marketing Sdn Bhd
11.           
Devices and Mobility Retail Distribution Partner of The Year
ECS Astar Sdn Bhd
12.           
Devices and Mobility Solution Partner of The Year
Adv Fusionex Sdn Bhd
13.           
Devices and Mobility Custom Application Innovation Partner of The Year
Maslog IT Solutions Sdn Bhd
14.           
Dynamics ERP Solution Partner of The Year
iDimension Systems Sdn Bhd

Microsoft Partners Award 2015

PR - Mar 9, 2015 - RS Components launches 3D printer for rapid prototyping

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the availability of the first RS brand 3D printer, offering professional-quality specifications and exceptional print output at a price of only SGD1,445, making it approximately 30 per cent cheaper than other 3D printers in its class.

The new RS IdeaWerk employs the highly popular FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology and offers high-level specifications including a build volume of 150 x 150 x 140mm and a minimum layer thickness resolution of 0.18mm. The single-head system accepts 1.75mm-diameter PLA filament materials with many different colours, also available from RS.

PR - Mar 5, 2015 - Singapore - Consumer Sentiment Improves Towards Singapore Property Market

PropertyGuru’s latest Property Affordability Sentiment Index results, based on a survey of almost a thousand respondents, showed that the Singapore property market had become more affordable for property buyers.

The Property Affordability Sentiment Index showed that respondents rated the Singapore property market as becoming increasingly affordable, with a score of 168 in the second half of last year - well above the base level of 100. The scores were calculated based on four factors – consumer satisfaction with the property market, property purchase intent of the respondent, perception of property price change, as well as sentiments on government efforts.

The survey revealed the top three factors to consider when buying a residential property was the size of the bedrooms, orientation of the unit, and age of the unit. The top three factors to consider for not buying a residential property was a property’s proximity to cemetery grounds, close distance to red light districts, pubs or KTVs and whether it faces a highway or major road.

PR - Mar 5, 2015 - Symantec introduces new architectures for infrastructure transformation: NetBackup 5330

Symantec recently announced the introduction of the all new NetBackup 5330, an ideal example of how expertly rethinking traditional backup architecture yields completely new results.

NetBackup integrated appliances are designed from the ground up to protect and manage information, and carry the embedded intelligence of the world’s leading data protection software. This combination of intelligence and storage simplifies everything.
  • A single point of management for both storage and protection policies
  • Seamless use cases across multiple sites, servers or platforms
  • Scale up (to 229TB of usable capacity)
  • Embedded industry-leading Veritas Storage Foundation resiliency technologies
  • Strong performance both now and into the future. An independent third party study reports that integrated NetBackup appliance architecture handily beats the legacy or small-scale offerings from Avamar, CommVault and Veeam.

PR - Mar 2, 2015 - Brocade Shares Vision for New IP at Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress, Brocade will showcase its insights and research into the future of mobile networks, which can be summarized in just two words: New IP. Far more efficient and agile than conventional IP networks, this contemporary version of IP, 20 years in the making, is the future of global networking.

Simply put, New IP is a new way of doing business. It transforms the service provider network to help with increasing network costs due to the ever-expanding rise in network traffic and connected devices. The New IP is open with a purpose and is Ecosystem driving, enabling service providers to quickly innovate and deliver new high-margin services to their customers. New IP is endlessly flexible, so it can be implemented by service providers in their own way and in their own time.

PR - Mar 1, 2015 - Barcelona, Spain - HTC and Valve Partner to Make VR Dream Come True

Vive offers the most immersive experience of any VR package, plunging people into other worlds at a moment’s notice. HTC and Valve have introduced a Full Room Scale 360 Degree Solution with Tracked Controllers, letting you get up, walk around and explore your virtual space, inspect objects from every angle and truly interact with your surroundings. Setting a new benchmark for performance, the headset features high quality graphics, 90 frames per second video and incredible audio fidelity.


Beta versions of the Vive Developer Edition have already generated rich entertainment content from some of the world’s top game developers including Vertigo Games, Bossa, Barry –Fireproof, Dovetail Games, Wemo Labs, Google, Steel Wool Games and Owlchemy.

PR - Feb 27, 2015 - JABRA Pre-GST Sales

If you’ve been long wanting to get your desired new headset or headphones, then this March, look out for Jabra’s “Save and Win with Jabra” campaign that offers discounts on many of the brand’s favourite and award-winning products.

But that’s not all. You could also win a 64GB Iphone 6. So March is your best time to upgrade your headset or to simply get a new one.

Jabra Step Wireless

Jabra is offering you a 10% price reduction on many of its products from 1st March to 31st March 2015. Visit your nearest participating store during the month to find a wide range of headsets, earphones and other audio devices retailing at a discount.

List of participating (Jabra Save & Win promo) in Malaysia:
  • ALL IT Hypermarket Sdn Bhd
  • epiCentre
  • Machines
  • Radioshack
  • Viewnet Computer System
  • Mobile Arena

List of Eligible Discounted Products:


Voice
In Car
Music
Sports
Jabra Stealth
Jabra Supreme+ (with car charger)
Jabra Solemate Mini / NFC / Max
Jabra Sport Wireless+
Jabra Storm
Jabra Motion
Jabra Revo Wireless /  Revo Wireless Ink Edition
Jabra Sport Pulse
Jabra Style
Jabra Drive
Jabra Move
Jabra Sport Rox
Jabra Stone3
Jabra Tour


Jabra Motion
Jabra Freeway


Jabra Rox



Jabra Step Wireless




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