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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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PR - Mar 25, 2015 - WhiteSpace Alliance® Welcomes RAMICS Co., Ltd as Latest Member

RAMICS Co, Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company based in Seoul, has joined the WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum. A copy of our press release announcing RAMICS membership is attached.

RAMICS focuses on broadcasting and emerging wireless communication chipsets and solutions. Utilizing its flexible, proprietary digital RF architecture, RAMICS provides cost effective, expandable hybrid silicon tuner solutions to Tier 1 TV manufacturers for broadband applications such as TV White Space and Machine-to-Machine communication.

The WhiteSpace Alliance (http://www.whitespacealliance.org/) promotes development, deployment and use of standards-based products and services that dynamically allocate underutilized spectrum ("whitespace") to provide broadband Internet services. Whitespace solutions are ideal for use in rural and remote areas where wired infrastructure is not cost effective to deploy, or where disasters have disrupted normal communications. We look forward to keeping you updated regarding progress and results of our Alliance activities. Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to speak with Alliance representatives regarding whitespace technology developments.

PR - Mar 25, 2015 - ASUS Introduces Transformer Book T300 Chi

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi, a razor-thin tablet, powerful laptop in one.

Mobility. Performance. Beauty. The 2-in-1 detachable laptop that lets you have everything you dreamed of. The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi features a premium design that combines classic ASUS aesthetics, innovative engineering, and expert craftsmanship to create an extremely thin, touch-enabled powerful laptop that transforms seamlessly into a Windows 8.1 tablet. The Transformer Book T300 Chi is fast but silent, featuring a fanless design powered by Intel Core M processor, for amazing performance that gives users the freedom to work and play with effortless mobility – anywhere, anytime.

PR - Mar 25, 2015 - EMC: New Federation Business Data Lake Solution

EMC Corporation, has announced a range of solutions for businesses to fully leverage the business Data Lake. This fully engineered solution from the EMC Federation includes leading storage and Big Data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware to help customers leverage the new world of Big Data, thereby clearing the path for new insights for disruptive differentiation.

EMC DATA LAKE SERVICES

A full suite of services and education is available with the Federation Business Data Lake to enable customers at varying stages of their Data Lake journey to implement the solution, prove out the value of the solution and quickly identify strategic Big Data use cases, including:
  • EMC Technology Onboarding Service: For customers who are ready to deploy a Data Lake, the EMC Technology Onboarding Service offers full consulting services to install and deploy the Federation Business Data Lake, optimize the analytics environment and configure and customize data requirements.
  • EMC Proof of Value Service: For customers who know the use case they want to address but are looking for help implementing the latest big data analytic and rapid application development tools and techniques, the Proof of Value Service demonstrates the ROI of a targeted use case using real customer data.
  • EMC Big Data Vision Workshop: For customers who are undecided about how to start infusing Big Data into its business strategy, the EMC Big Data Vision Workshop analyzes an organization’s strategy, business goals and then prioritizes a target use case for the start of its Big Data journey.
  • Education Services: In addition to the service offerings above, EMC offers training and certification to develop fundamental as well as advanced Big Data and Data Science understanding and skills required by business leaders and Big Data practitioners.

PR - Mar 25, 2015 - Oracle To Expand Sales Teams Across Region

Oracle announced significant recruitment plans that will add 1,000 new employees to its sales force across ASEAN and Asia Pacific. This will help to drive growth and support demand for Oracle Cloud solutions across the region. Each year, Oracle invests US$ 5 Billion in R&D to help ensure the company’s products are the most innovative in the industry. Today, the cloud opportunity in APAC is fueled by strong economic growth and an unrivalled broadband and mobile infrastructure. Oracle plans to capitalize on this with an expanded sales force.

K Raman, MD, Microsoft Malaysia
PR - Mar 25, 2015 - K Raman is the new Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

Raman joins Microsoft from Oracle Corporation, where he was Regional Managing Director for ASEAN and South Asia Growth Economies, overseeing a portfolio of 17 countries. A Malaysian technology veteran with more than 25 years of local IT industry experience, Raman has also served in senior leadership roles in Malaysia with EMC and HP, the latter for 15 years.


Raman is joining Microsoft Malaysia during a period of significant change for the company. Sparked by the appointment of new CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft has recently embarked on a major corporate transformation with a goal of being the Productivity and Platform company for what it sees as an increasingly “mobile-first, cloud-first” world.

PR - Mar 24, 2015 - PIKOM: ICT Sales Expected to Plummet By Up to 30% Post GST

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) today shared its outlook on the country’s ICT sector with the imminent impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is to be implemented on April 1st 2015.
Cheah Kok Hoong, Chairman, PIKOM

PIKOM Chairman Cheah Kok Hoong said, “We estimate that the next six months will see a general ‘dip’ in the purchases of hardware and gadgets such as smart phones, PC, laptops, printers and other peripherals by households and consumers. We expect smaller companies in particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to be more affected by the GST with most delaying their ICT investments for now. Overall, we anticipate a drop of up to 30% in the market.”


PR - Mar 24, 2015- Kaspersky: Companies under DDoS Attack Fear Losing Business Opportunities the Most

DDoS attacks are now one of the most common and affordable cyberweapons. They are used by unscrupulous competitors, sinister extortionists or just everyday cyber-vandals. More and more companies, regardless of their size or business, are encountering this threat. And, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, the majority of companies believe that revenue and reputation losses are the most damaging consequences of a DDoS attack.

According to the figures, companies regard lost business opportunities – the loss of contracts or on-going operations that generate guaranteed income – as the most frightening consequence of a DDoS attack. 26% of companies that encountered DDoS attacks regarded this as the biggest risk.

Reputational risks (23%) are next, close behind lost opportunities. This also makes complete sense, since a negative customer or partner experience can drive away future contracts or sales. Losing current customers who could not access the anticipated service due to a DDoS attack was in third place: it was named by 19% of respondents. Technical issues were at the bottom of the pile: 17% of respondents identified a need to deploy back-up systems that would keep operations online as the most undesirable consequence, while 14% were most concerned about the costs of fighting the attack and restoring services.

PR - Mar 20, 2015 - Bosch releases New range of high-precision measuring tools

Bosch Power Tools recently introduced four new products to its measuring tools line – the GLM 40 Professional, GLM 100 C floor plan app, GLL3-15 Professional, GLL 5-50 Professional and D-tect 120 Professional.

GLL 3-15 Professional and GLL 5-50 Professional is a new addition to the multi line laser range, recommended for professionals such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors for everyday interior leveling applications.
GLL 3-15 Professional and GLL 5-50 Professional

This new multi line laser range is recommended for professionals such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors, just to name a few. The GLL 3-15 Professional and GLL 5-50 Professional is an attractive device providing compact, robust and high quality tool for everyday interior leveling applications. The key differences between these two products are the number of lines for applications: GLL 3-15 Professional has 3 lines while GLL 5-50 Professional has 5 lines. Weighing at 0.5kg, the multi line laser is lightweight and easy to carry with modern detachable rotating platform for precise control of laser lines. This newly launched multi line laser is equipped with the IP54 standard, making it highly durable against dust and splash water resistant

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