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Monday, April 06, 2015

IT News Week 2 of Apr 2015

For week 4 of Mar 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of by Pikom that ICT sales is expected to plummet by 30% post GST implemented come Apr 1 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Tekla Launches Structural Designer: A Powerful New Way for Engineers to Analyze
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Singapore - CyberArk Security Brief: Securing Third-Party Remote Access, a Weak Link in Enterprise IT
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Cartrack Showcases Electronic Monitoring Solution at INTERPOL WORLD
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - RS Components Scoops Trio of Awards for Tektronix Sales and Service
  • PR - Apr 7, 2015 - LinguaNext Technologies’ “Linguify.S” becomes an SAP-Endorsed Business Solution
  • PR - Apr 7, 2015 - Huawei Malaysia Chief Abraham Liu Joins Ministry of Education’s CEO Faculty Program
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Microsoft : #WeSpeakCode: Empowering the next generation of Malaysians through coding
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab Survey Reveals Many Parents Feel Powerless in Face of Cyberbullying
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Huawei Reports CNY288.2 billion Revenue for 2014
  • Pr - Apr 2, 2015 - RS Components adds two new affordable inspection cameras to RS range
  • PR - Apr 2, 2015 - IBM Malaysia Accelerates Local Cloud Startups with Industry Leading Global Entrepreneur
  • PR - Apr 2, 2015 - Google AdSense Now Available in Malay
  • PR - Apr 1, 2015 - Kaspersky: Security researchers identify malware threat to virtual currencies
  • Ovum - Mar 31, 2015 - WhatsApp takes on the challenge of VoIP communications
  • PR - Mar 31, 2015 - The Surface 3 - The thinnest and lightest Surface yet!

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PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Tekla Launches Structural Designer: A Powerful New Way for Engineers to Analyze

Tekla, a Trimble company, today announced it has added a product to its portfolio, Tekla Structural Designer, a dedicated analysis and design software for structural engineers working on commercial building projects. Tekla Structural Designer complements Tekla Structures to extend the benefits of 3D modeling directly to engineers with an innovative approach that combines analysis and design into a single, seamless process. Tekla Structural Designer’s sophisticated loading and analysis functionality, fully automated design, high-quality documentation and seamless Building Information Modeling (BIM) collaboration allow engineers to more efficiently and cost effectively analyze and design buildings.

PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Singapore - CyberArk Security Brief: Securing Third-Party Remote Access, a Weak Link in Enterprise IT

CyberArk, the company that protects organisations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside the network perimeter, today released a new security brief to protect organisations against cyber attacks through third-party remote access points. The brief, “Securing Remote Vendor Access with Privileged Account Security,” and accompanying Infographic.

High-profile attacks reveal that malicious hackers target third-party vendors and supply chain partners as a backdoor into their primary target. Organisations in every industry provide network access to third-party vendors, which range from services companies and suppliers to external consultants.

Attackers target less secure partners to compromise remote access points, steal and exploit privileged credentials, and gain access to targeted networks. From here, attackers can elevate privileges, move laterally through the network, and execute their attack goals while completely circumventing the targeted company’s defences.

PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Singapore - Cartrack Showcases Electronic Monitoring Solution at INTERPOL WORLD

Cartrack announcing that the INTEGRATE, an end-to-end managed Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS) solution, will be showcased at INTERPOL WORLD 2015.

Already adopted by the Singapore Prison Service, INTEGRATE offers the technology required to monitor persons-of-interest. The system, which is based on Cartrack’s advanced and extensive telematics platform, allows the effective monitoring of persons-of-interest such as offenders on extended supervision, parole, home detention or community detention. They can also be prison inmates going through halfway care and are in the process of reintegrating back into society.

The INTEGRATE system has three components: a Central Monitoring software, a set of field-monitoring devices, and management reporting. It can accurately detect a person’s presence in his or her residence via radio-frequency (RF) electronic equipment. Complementing RF monitoring with Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking, it offers more intensive and intelligent monitoring by understanding offenders’ routes outside of designated location. INTEGRATE EMS platform allows reliable collection of intelligent and actionable data from the electronic units. Regular reports are delivered, and alarms and violation alerts are triggered to multiple agencies in the justice and crime prevention industry

PR - Apr 9, 2015 - RS Components Scoops Trio of Awards for Tektronix Sales and Service

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has received three top-performer awards from distribution partner Tektronix, the global test and measurement equipment leader.

The RS team was called to receive the awards during the annual sales meeting at the Tektronix head office in Portland, Oregon, USA. Their first visit to the stage netted one of the Best Performers in Europe awards for recording double-digit sales growth in 2014.

Next, RS won recognition for Service Excellence in Europe, in particular for its calibration services that are highly regarded among customers for ease of access and rapid response.

PR - Apr 7, 2015 - LinguaNext Technologies’ “Linguify.S” becomes an SAP-Endorsed Business Solution

LinguaNext Technologies today announced that its language platform Linguify.S is now an SAP-endorsed business solution for all countries worldwide. SAP will continue to develop localized versions for selected on-premise or cloud solutions, while LinguaNext will offer complementary solutions for product and language combinations not covered by SAP.

Linguify.S makes no changes or modifications to the underlying SAP® software or application databases. Instead, language conversion is handled externally at the display level, with all screen output translated in real time using a customized in-memory dictionary. This allows customers to run a single language instance of an SAP application across multiple regions, with users in each country selecting their preferred display language from a drop-down menu.

Solutions endorsed by SAP SE are complementary to SAP software offerings, have been specifically integrated with SAP solutions and tested by SAP, and provide additional choices and flexibility for businesses running SAP software.

PR - Apr 7, 2015 - Huawei Malaysia Chief Abraham Liu Joins Ministry of Education’s CEO Faculty Program

Mr. Abraham Liu, CEO of Huawei Malaysia has been awarded the certificate of “CEO Faculty Program” at the launch ceremony of Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Development Plan 2015-2025 today. Presented by Prime Minister YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the CEO Faculty Certifications are awarded on the basis of industry leaders’ area of expertise as well as their contributions to the industry they operate in.

Abraham Liu (2nd from right), awarded the CEO Faculty Program


Under this program, Mr Liu will invest significant time in mentoring staff and students and lecturing at universities across Malaysia over the next two years. These lectures will focus on ICT education, leadership mentoring for ICT sector, practical knowledge transfer, and will be a platform for closer collaboration between Huawei and Malaysia’s academic sector including educators and University students.

PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Microsoft : #WeSpeakCode: Empowering the next generation of Malaysians through coding

Microsoft Malaysia recently celebrated its second-year running #WeSpeakCode campaign, aimed at helping youth and educators tap into the growing interest of coding. Dubbed “Code for Malaysia” locally, the campaign saw more than 2,000 youths from all walks of life – ranging from underprivileged and disabled communities to those from educational institutions such as schools and universities – participating in the week-long campaign.
  • 88% of students in Malaysia want to know more about coding
  • 68% wish that coding could be offered as a core subject in their schools
  • 74% of students say that coding is important to their future careers
  • 72% agree that coding will be relevant to all careers in the future, regardless of areas of specialization
Ms. Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Representative, Malaysia (center) flanked by UNICEF Executive Board delegation, Microsoft Malaysia representatives, WeSpeakCode volunteers and parents of participants

PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab Survey Reveals Many Parents Feel Powerless in Face of Cyberbullying

Nearly a quarter (22%) of parents feel they cannot control what their child sees or does online, although nearly half (48%) worry that they may face cyberbullying, a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International reveals.

The study found that children are often reluctant to admit to being cyberbullied: a quarter (25%) of parents whose children had been harassed online said it was a long time before they found out. This is particularly worrying because online abuse can easily spill over into real-world bullying, as 26% of affected parents have found.

PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Huawei Reports CNY288.2 billion Revenue for 2014

Huawei recently released its 2014 annual report. The KPMG-audited annual report showed record revenue and net profit for 2014, with financial performance up strongly across all business areas. Overall Group revenue reached CNY288.2 billion (USD46.5 billion), an increase of 20.6% from 2013, and Group net profit reached CNY27.9 billion (USD4.5 billion), up 32.7% year on year.

Below is the summary of the performance of all business groups in 2014:
  • Carrier Business Group - revenue increased by 16.4% to CNY192.1 billion (USD31 billion), with a strong contribution from mobile broadband network rollouts around the world
  • Enterprise Business Group - revenue increased by 27.3% to CNY19.4 billion (USD3 billion), with strong growth in network and IT areas including cloud data center solutions and agile networks
  • Consumer Business Group – revenue increased by 32.6% to CNY75.1 billion (USD12 billion), thanks to growing consumer demand for smartphones and particularly strong growth in emerging markets.

PR - Apr 2, 2015 - IBM Malaysia Accelerates Local Cloud Startups with Industry Leading Global Entrepreneur

IBM, the leading enterprise platform for Cloud, officially introduced its industry leading IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups to Malaysia today, which aimed to kick start the cloud industry in the nation by granting cloud start-ups up to USD120,000 worth of credits to utilize IBM Softlayer and IBM Bluemix to scale and grow their businesses rapidly. Besides a briefing of what the programme aimed to achieve, IBM partners were also present to present their projects hosted on IBM Softlayer and IBM Bluemix.

(L-R:) Vincent Ler, Cheng Ping Onn, Balwinder Gill, Yusno Yunos

IBM Spokesperson
  • Balwinder Gill, Software Cloud Leader, IBM Malaysia
  • Vincent Ler, Cloud Ecosystem, Cities, Business Development, Asean, IBM

IBM Partners
  • Yusno Yunos, Founder & CEO, Y Us Sdn Bhd
  • Cheng Ping Onn, Founder & CTO, Neruti Technology Sdn Bhd

Cloud Startups will have access to the entire IBM Cloud portfolio built on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. This portfolio includes Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform for app development with more than 75 runtimes and services, all of which will help startups to capture and leverage rising volumes of Big Data from growing mobile and social networks, IoT devices and more.

Apr 2, 2015 - RS Components adds two new affordable inspection cameras to RS range

RS Components today announced the extension of its range of RS inspection cameras with two new low-cost kits that bring borescope/fibrescope capability within even easier reach for budget-conscious engineers.

RS Inspection Camera

The cameras allow engineers responsible for maintaining or repairing machinery or buildings to carry out detailed inspections and check the general condition to identify corrosion, leaks, damage, broken parts, pipe blockages, cable health or compliance labelling in hard-to-reach areas. The units are extremely rugged, having been tested over the normal ambient operating-temperature range of 0°C to 55°C and for short-term use over the range -20°C to 80°C. They are also proven to be resistant to a wide range of chemicals and solvents including oil, fuel and brake fluid.

PR - Apr 2, 2015 - Google AdSense Now Available in Malay

Google AdSense, the online solution for publishers to earn money from ads, officially supports Malay. One the fastest growing languages on the web.

For the majority of Malaysians -- around 60 per cent of the population, the Malay language is their primary language. In the region, there are approximately 40 million native speakers of the Malay language and worldwide over 220 million speak it.

AdSense is a free, simple way to earn money by displaying targeted ads next to your online content. With AdSense, publishers can show relevant and engaging ads to their site visitors and even customize the look and feel of ads to match their website.

PR - Apr 1, 2015 - Kaspersky: Security researchers identify malware threat to virtual currencies

INTERPOL cyber threat researchers, including a Kaspersky Lab expert, have identified a threat to the blockchain in virtual transactions which could result in their being embedded with malware or other illegal data, including child abuse images.

Depending on the cryptocurrency and its protocols, there is a fixed open space on the blockchain - the public 'ledger' of transactions - where data can be stored, referenced or hosted within encrypted transactions and their records.

It is this open space which was identified as the potential target for malware by experts, an INTERPOL officer and a seconded specialist from Kaspersky Lab, in the Research and Innovation unit at INTERPOL's Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).

Ovum - Mar 31, 2015 - WhatsApp takes on the challenge of VoIP communications

According to Pamela Clark-Dickson, Principal Analyst, Consumer Services, Ovum; it’s taken WhatsApp more than a year to deliver on CEO Jan Koum’s MWC 2014 announcement that the Facebook-owned company would add VoIP to its messaging app, an update that was initially slated for launch in 2Q14.

After a multicountry beta trial and an invite-only version of the capability, the company has enabled VoIP on its Android app for all users, as an update. WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton told Facebook’s F8 developer conference in late March that VoIP would roll out to iOS in a matter of weeks. With 700 million monthly active users (MAUs) of WhatsApp globally, the inclusion of VoIP has the potential to significantly affect mobile operators’ voice revenues.

PR - Mar 31, 2015 - The Surface 3 - The thinnest and lightest Surface yet!

The Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features long battery life. Like the Surface Pro 3, it also provides a great pen experience for taking notes or making documents, making the Surface 3 ideal for students, schools and pretty much anyone looking for a portable device to get things done.

With a starting price of just RM1879, the Surface 3 delivers the premium design and productivity of the Surface at a more affordable device.

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