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Sunday, July 12, 2015

IT News Week 2 July 2015

For week 1 of Jul 2015, the most interesting news was the annoucenment of SAP HANA® Available on Amazon Web Services by Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 10, 2015 - 640XL LTE and Nokia 105 Dual Sim variants to reach Malaysian shores
  • PR - Jul 10, 2015 - Game: Bus Simulator 16
  • PR - Jul 10, 2015 - SITO Mobile Acquires Hipcricket’s Mobile Advertising Business
  • PR - Jul 10, 2015 - MS Office 2016 for Mac for RM299.99/year for 5 PCs or Macs
  • PR - Jul 9, 2015 - BuzzCity: SmartTV, SmartWatches, Multi-Device Access to Drive Content Creation Demands
  • PR - Jul 9, 2015 - Acronis Delivers the Industry’s Most Complete Data Protection Platform
  • PR -Jul 8, 2015 - Stylish new pushbuttons and switches from RS Components brighten up control panels, simplify design
  • PR - Jul 8, 2015 - Brocade SDN Solutions Drive Virtutel Toward The New IP
  • Juniper Research - Jul 7, 2015 - Traffic from Mobile & Online Messaging to Reach 438 Billion per Day by 2019



PR - Jul 10, 2015 - 640XL LTE and Nokia 105 Dual Sim variants to reach Malaysian shores

640XL LTE and Nokia 105 Dual Sim will be available to Malaysian shores by Tuesday, 13 July onwards. The 640XL LTE and the 105 Dual Sim variants will be priced at RM999 and RM89 respectively.

The 640XL LTE is your office on the go, and offers the best Microsoft experiences – such as Outlook and Office – which are seamlessly integrated and connected by OneDrive. You’ll have instant access to documents wherever you may be, which can be viewed on a large and crisp 5.7” screen. You can even snap quality photos with its 13MP ZEISS optics and conduct Skype and conference calls effortlessly with the 5MP wide angle front facing camera. It’s also upgradable to Windows 10.

640XL LTE

The Nokia 105 Dual Sim entry level phone, on the other hand, is aimed at first time mobile phone buyers, as well as people looking for a reliable back-up device for their smart phone. The original Nokia 105 has sold more than 80 million units to date, introducing people from across the globe to mobile experiences.

Users of the Nokia 105 Dual Sim can now expect expanded storage of up to 2,000 contacts, enhanced audio for greater clarity, increased talk of up to 15 hours, and up to 35 days standby time – an ideal companion for existing smartphone users or people on their travels.

PR - Jul 10, 2015 - Bus Simulator 16

German game publisher astragon and the Austrian developer team stillalive studios are happy to announce a real highlight for all simulation fans today: Their upcoming game Bus Simulator 16 will offer players not only the opportunity to drive buses licensed by the popular German maker MAN, but also the chance to slip into the role of an ambitious bus operator, who tackles the challenge of managing the whole bus schedule of one gigantic German city!

PR - Jul 10, 2015 - SITO Mobile Acquires Hipcricket’s Mobile Advertising Business

SITO Mobile, a mobile engagement and marketing company that provides location based advertising, has acquired Hipcricket’s mobile advertising Business.

Hipcricket was one of the leaders in the mobile advertising industry, and arguably SITO's largest competitor. The 3.7 million dollar purchase enables SITO to tap new revenue streams for its mobile advertising business through Hipcricket’s customer relationships with advertisers and brands.

Hipcricket’s expansive network with marquee advertising clients, and patented technology from its adServe platform, which generated over $30 million in the past 30 months, are now at SITO’s exposal.

PR - Jul 10, 2015 - MS Office 2016 for Mac

Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 2016 for Mac – now available in 139 countries and 16 languages. Current Office 365 subscribers can get the newest version of Office for Mac today, which includes the rights and access to use Office applications on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices, along with additional value in OneDrive and Skype.

It’s one of many important releases where we are improving the Office experience across devices and platforms. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones was released just two weeks ago, which join Outlook and OneNote for Android phones, and we are just weeks away from delivering Office Mobile apps for Windows 10.

With Office 2016 for Mac, users will have access to five modern, first-class applications: Word for Mac, Excel for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Outlook for Mac and OneNote for Mac.

Office 365 Home starts at RM299.99/year for 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android or Windows plus 5 phones and is available at all authorised retailers or at the Microsoft Store Online.

PR - Jul 9, 2015 - BuzzCity: SmartTV, SmartWatches, Multi-Device Access to Drive Content Creation Demands

BuzzCity, the leading global mobile advertising network shares findings from its latest quarterly research into the digital consumption habits of mobile users around the world.

One of the key findings shows that, as multi-device surfing grows, mobiles remain central to consumers’ internet experience, with well over three quarter’s (80%) of Malaysian mobile users preferring to surf with their mobiles.

As smartwatches have impacted the marketplace in 2015 BuzzCity investigated how smartwatch devices, which are typically paired with a smartphone, are most used within its network. Ironically the original function of the watch – to tell the time – is relegated into 5th place (global results are seen tally with Malaysian usage).

Top 5 uses of Smartwatches: July 2015
  1. Control music (22%)
  2. Monitor incoming texts, mail and social media (20%)
  3. Screen calls (17%)
  4. Receive information updates or alerts for lists, schedules, weather and stock updates (16%)
  5. Tell the time or set alarms (15%)

PR - Jul 9, 2015 - Acronis Delivers the Industry’s Most Complete Data Protection Platform

Acronis®, a global leader in data protection, today introduced the Acronis Data Protection Platform – a new generation cloud platform that transforms the way data protection is delivered to end user customers by service providers, resellers and distributors. The Acronis Data Protection Platform delivers a complete set of data protection solutions for backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share. Empowering Acronis partners to tap into the growing and under-served market for cloud data protection services, the platform supports the broadest range of deployment models, business models, and technology environments in use by service providers, resellers and distributors today.

As part of today’s announcement, Acronis is releasing a new version of Acronis Backup Cloud, its leading cloud backup solution, and introducing Acronis Files Cloud, its new file sync and share solution. Acronis is also announcing the global availability of Acronis Disaster Recovery Service, its all-in-one solution for backup and disaster recovery.

The new version of Acronis Backup Cloud is available now worldwide and includes many new features, including:
  • Expanded support for Microsoft SQL®, Microsoft Exchange®, and Mac® OS X® environments
  • Initial seeding capabilities to easily move large volumes of data to the cloud
  • Local backup recovery directly from within a centralized management console

PR -Jul 8, 2015 - Stylish new pushbuttons and switches from RS Components brighten up control panels, simplify design

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc the global distributor for engineers, has introduced Siemens’ new SIRIUS ACT pushbuttons and switches, which offer a choice of modern styles and make panel builders’ lives easier and more productive.

SIRIUS ACT Pushbutton


The pushbuttons are installed quickly and efficiently by inserting the self-holding actuator through a simple groove-free milled hole in the panel and fitting the snap-on holder. The holder has built-in twist prevention and accepts stackable contact blocks that simplify wiring and provide a choice of Normally-Open (NO) or Normally-Closed (NC) contacts and screw, spring-type or solder terminals.

PR - Jul 8, 2015 - Brocade SDN Solutions Drive Virtutel Toward The New IP

Australia-based wholesale data and voice service provider Virtutel – which services Asia from its Singapore presence, will deploy Brocade® SDN-ready switches and routers for networking infrastructure to support the New IP, to deliver its services through system integrators, IT consultants, and managed service providers. The Virtutel Network provides private network, Internet, colocation, and voice services for business, enterprise, and government segments as part of its “Global Network” strategy.

Virtutel has started its migration by deploying Brocade ICX® Ethernet switches and Brocade NetIron® CER 2000 routers to provide network access and IP/MPLS backbone connectivity at its PoP sites, as part of a phased implementation plan. When business growth demands it, Virtutel will deploy Brocade MLX® routers, enabling a seamless operational model. Across-the-board support for the OpenFlow 1.3 Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocol was a key element in Virtutel’s decision to migrate to the Brocade solutions.

“IT used to be the drivers of corporate innovation and value, and every IT department wants to meet the changing and growing needs of users. They want to deliver a platform for fast innovation on which to build a competitive digital business, just as the cloud providers do today. The same aspiration holds true for traditional service providers. Unfortunately, the reliance on legacy network architectures makes this difficult. Many even say that the old architecture is what is holding them back,” said Sean Ong, Brocade Country Manager for Malaysia. “The New IP enables organizations to transform their infrastructure and business to achieve revolutionary results. It is the dramatic change that is needed, ensuring that networks are reimagined for a modern world and meet the needs of cloud, social, and Big Data. This move to Brocade will provide a much more agile network for Virtutel,” he said.

Juniper Research - Jul 7, 2015 - Traffic from Mobile & Online Messaging to Reach 438 Billion per Day by 2019

New data from Juniper Research has shown that mobile and online messaging traffic will reach 160 trillion per annum by 2019, up from 94.2 trillion this year – equating to approximately 438 billion messages sent and received by users on a daily basis by 2019. These figures incorporate SMS, MMS, IM (Instant Messaging), Social Media and Email.

The research – Mobile & Online Messaging: SMS, RCS & IM Markets 2015-2019 – observed that the negligible cost of IM services had led to significant migration from SMS. It noted that service providers such as Tencent’s QQ, WhatsApp and WeChat now had more than 400 million active users, with WhatsApp reporting in excess of 30bn messages sent per day.

research found that enterprises continued to regard A2P SMS as more reliable and secure than IM for services such as verification and notification, driving A2P revenues to more than $70bn by 2019, up from $62.8bn this year.

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