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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

IT News Week 5 July 2015

For week 4 of Jul 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of World’s First Server GPU with Industry-Leading 32GB Memory by AMD.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 30, 2015 - Jabra Evolve Intelligent Call Transfer for Skype For Business
  • PR - Jul 30, 2015 - UOB Malaysia launches travel-focused PRVI Miles credit card
  • PR - Jul 30, 2015 - Hampshire, UK - Smartphone Shipments Reach 338 Million Globally in Q2 2015, but Growth Slows to 16% Year-On-Year
  • PR - Jul 30, 2015 - FREIBURG, Germany - Paragon Software Rolls Out the Second Round of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Preview Testing
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - IBM Security Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Windows 10 Available In 190 Countries As A Free Upgrade
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Acronis Opens R&D Facility in Singapore, Supported by EDB
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Hitachi, Ltd. today announced its consolidated financial results for 1Q FY2015
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - astragon Software GmbH and rondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH merge to form astragon group
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Red Hat reaffirms commitment to Malaysian market
  • PR - Jul 29, 2015- SITO Mobile Lead Director Betsy Bernard Selected for NACD Directorship 100
  • PR - Jul 28, 2015 - Green Laser Diode from Osram Opto Semiconductors
  • PR - Jul 28, 2015 - 11street in top 10 of most popular Malaysian YouTube Ads
  • PR - Jul 27, 2015 - WD Redesigns World's No1. Selling Portable Hard Drive
  • PR - Jul 24, 2015 - International Popstar Luhan Takes Center Stage on WeChat!
  • PR - Jul 23, 2015 - iFlix Records Over 100k Subscribers for SEA's Market
  • PR - Jul 23, 2015 - SimpliVity Bookings Grow 250% As Demand for its Hyperconverged Infrastructure Explodes
  • PR - Jul 23, 2015 - Kaspersky Internet Security for Android received recognition from Three Independent Test Labs
  • PR - Jul 22, 2015 - PBS is "Challenger" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for structured Archive Data and System Decommissionings
  • PR - Jul 21, 2015 - Huawei Announces 2015 H1 Business Results



PR - Jul 30, 2015 - Jabra Evolve Intelligent Call Transfer for Skype For Business

Jabra, a leading manufacturer of innovative audio solutions, today announced a groundbreaking upgrade to its newest product series, Jabra Evolve™ . Jabra Evolve™ is the industry’s first series of professional noise-cancellation headsets supporting both the collaboration and concentration needs of knowledge workers in open office environments.

Intelligent Call Transfer from desktop to smartphone

In use with Skype for Business, Jabra Evolve™ can support call transfer from a Skype for Business desktop-based softphone call to a smartphone. To transfer a call using the Evolve™ 40 and 80, simply un-plug the 3.5mm stereo jack stick from its control unit and the call will transfer to the user’s mobile phone. Users can then insert the 3.5mm jack into the smartphone to continue the conversation or even continue the conversation using a Jabra Bluetooth™ headset.

PR - Jul 30, 2015 - UOB Malaysia launches travel-focused PRVI Miles credit card

In line with increased overseas spend by its cardmembers, United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) today announced the launch of a new credit card, UOB PRVI Miles, created specifically for Malaysian travellers.

The new UOB PRVI Miles card also offers one of the highest reward points among travel-specific credit cards in Malaysia. For every ringgit spent overseas, cardmembers are rewarded with five times UniRinggit points, which can be redeemed for air miles with more than 60 partner airlines.

(L-R) Mr Ng Kong Boon, Country Manager, VISA Malaysia; Ms Sue Wong,Executive Director and Head of Cards and Payment Products,UOB Malaysia; and Ms Annie Tan, Managing Director and Head of Personal Financial Services, UOB Malaysia

Apart from receiving benefits for spending abroad, cardmembers also enjoy privileges for spending at home. For every ringgit spent locally on household items, automobile services and transactions made through contactless payment systems, UOB PRVI Miles cardmembers also receive five times UniRinggit points.

PR - Jul 30, 2015 - Hampshire, UK- Smartphone Shipments Reach 338 Million Globally in Q2 2015, but Growth Slows to 16% Year-On-Year

Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached 338 million in Q2 2015, representing a y-o-y growth of 16%.
  • Huawei surges ahead of midrange rivals with over 30 million shipments
  • S6 Revives Samsung's smartphone revenues but does not boost volumes
  • Lumia sales pick up 12% y-o-y ahead of Windows 10 Mobile release

PR - Jul 30, 2015 - FREIBURG, Germany - Paragon Software Rolls Out the Second Round of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Preview Testing

Paragon Software Group (PSG), a leader in data backup, disaster recovery, and data migration solutions, announces the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Preview– a powerful tool to handle all disk management tasks on OS X. Following two months of extensive beta testing, Paragon Software has integrated user feedback and added new backup and recovery functionality.

The product comes with major new backup techniques, including sector and file-level backups of any partition or disk (MBR and GPT disks, and NTFS, HFS+, FAT32 and ExtFS file systems) to pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive). Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Preview now includes Paragon’s proprietary Volume Snapshot technology that allows users to easily create an exact point-in-time copy of their data and system, including running applications and locked system files. Unlike Time Machine and other file-level backup utilities, Paragon’s snapshot technology has very fast backup and restore capabilities allowing users to get their systems up and running in a matter of minutes following a disaster.

Key features include Sector-level backup to create complete file system backups including partition parameters..

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - IBM Security Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management

IBM today announced that Gartner, Inc. has named IBM Security as a leader in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) for the seventh year in a row in the newly published Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM. This news follows a recent Gartner report listing IBM as the fastest growing vendor in the global security software market based on 2014 revenue. SIEM plays a critical role in helping companies find and stop security attacks earlier by analyzing data across an organizations IT infrastructure in real-time to identify potential security threats.

Advanced threat intelligence is also a key strength of IBM Security QRadar, a capability growing in necessity as attackers become increasingly sophisticated. To help fight the exploding global issue of cybercrime, IBM recently launched IBM X-Force Exchange, a new platform integrated with QRadar, which enables the sharing of security threats and collaboration on threat intelligence across the private sector.

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Windows 10 Available In 190 Countries As A Free Upgrade

Today marks the start of the global availability of Windows 10 across 190 countries, available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 & 8.1 devices or with new PCs and tablets.

Windows 10 represents an entirely new and unique approach to Windows, and is the first step to an era of more personal computing. Not only is it free, it’s built with feedback from more than five million customers and delivered as a service so it is kept automatically up-to-date with new innovations and security updates. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever, and provides a fast and familiar experience across the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, and more.

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Acronis Opens R&D Facility in Singapore, Supported by EDB

Acronis®, a global leader in data protection, today announced the opening of an R&D center in Singapore. The center is set to become one of the largest software research facilities in Singapore and in the steady stage will host 120-150 engineers. Research scope of the center will include efficient data storage and processing, optimized data transfer protocols, data security and mobile data protection.

Acronis’ total investment in R&D in Singapore is expected to surpass S$55 million over the next five years.

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Hitachi, Ltd. today announced its consolidated financial results for 1Q FY2015

Total revenue recorded was USD 19 billion.

It recorded an increased of 7% over year, mainly resulted from higher revenues from the following segments:

the high functional materials & components segment, social infrastructure & industrial systems segment, information & telecommuniccation systems segment and automotive systems segment.

Details.

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - astragon Software GmbH and rondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH merge to form astragon group

As of July 23, 2015 the two Moenchengladbach based German game publishing houses astragon Software GmbH and rondomedia Marketing und Vertriebs GmbH have been renamed and will from now on officially appear under their joint name astragon.

Central to the newly created astragon group are the astragon Entertainment GmbHand the astragon Sales & Services GmbH. The main task field of astragon Entertainment GmbH lies within the areas of marketing as well as national and international publishing, while astragon Sales & Services GmbH will cover the field of retail distribution in the German speaking market.

PR - Jul 29, 2015 - Red Hat reaffirms commitment to Malaysian market

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the incorporation and official opening of Red Hat Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, further strengthening the company’s presence in the country. Having started Malaysia operations in 2006, Red Hat Malaysia is part of Red Hat's aim to help cultivate a healthy open source environment in Malaysia that will enable small and large enterprises alike to adopt open technologies.

David Yap, Country Manager, Malaysia, Red Hat & Damien Wong, Senior Director & General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat

Red Hat aims to develop closer ties with their key partners including independent software vendors (ISVs), such as Infopro and Uberfusion, and channel partners such as Wikilabs and Abyres, as well as key customers, highlighted by Malaysia’s infrastructure conglomerate, YTL, and Melaka State Government.

Total revenue for the quarter was $481 million, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars from the year ago quarter, and 22% measured in constant currency. Constant currency references in this release are as detailed in the tables below. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $425 million, up 14% in U.S.dollars year-over-year, or 23% measured in constant currency. Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 included an additional $5 million of subscription revenue earned from Red Hat’s Certified Cloud Providers (CCP). This one-time adjustment results from a change in our ability to estimate revenue earned through the CCP program.

PR - Jul 29, 2015- SITO Mobile Lead Director Betsy Bernard Selected for NACD Directorship 100

SITO Mobile announced today that Betsy Bernard, SITO Mobile's Lead Director, has been selected for the NACD Directorship 100.

Each year the NACD magazine identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community.

Betsy Bernard is an accomplished executive, experienced public company Board Director and public speaker. As President and CEO of AT&T Consumer, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business.

In July of 2014, Ms. Bernard was elected as Lead Director on SITO Mobile's Board of Directors.

PR - Jul 28, 2015 - Green Laser Diode from Osram Opto Semiconductors

LASER COMPONENTS has included three different laser diodes with an emission wavelength of 520 nm in its product range.

Space saving and efficient - therefore made for embedded solutions: The small PL 520 monomode laser diode brings you one step closer to mobile projection. It is an efficient laser source in both cw and pulsed operation: in cw operation, this green laser diode, which comes in a TO-38 ICut housing, has an output power of 50 mW. In addition to embedded solutions, it is also perfectly suited for use in cameras and head-up displays.


PR - Jul 28, 2015 - 11street in top 10 of most popular Malaysian YouTube Ads

Online marketplace 11street (www.11street.my), has taken a top 10 spot in the coveted Malaysian YouTube Ads Leaderboard for the first half of 2015.

Starring Korean superstar Lee Min Ho and Malaysian upcoming actress Emily Chan, the commercial ad titled “We Meet Again” has garnered over 1.86 million views today, finds itself in the same league as commercials by companies like Malaysia Airlines and Maxis.

For the brand to be featured in this YouTube ranking, next to long standing brands like these is a big achievement, as 11street only launched in Malaysia three months ago. Since then it has grown to become one of the country’s largest online marketplaces.
Redesigned MyPassport HD

PR - Jul 27, 2015 - WD Redesigns World's No1. Selling Portable Hard Drive

WD®, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport® Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB and in four stylish colors - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue.


PR - Jul 24, 2015 - International Popstar Luhan Takes Center Stage on WeChat!

Luhan, the popular international popstar will be taking the center stage right here on WeChat with the launch of his own exclusive collection of uniquely animated stickers!

Since his debut to the music world back in 2011 at South Korea, Luhan quickly rose to fame with his electrifying voice and loveable personality. Known for being an easy-going person with a strong love for music and his fans, the singer has been making waves in the industry and touched the hearts of fans from all over the world.

Luhan Sticker

The exclusive collection of animated stickers naturally brings out Luhan’s unique brand of expressions that fans love all while wearing adorable antlers that brings to mind his nickname of “little deer”. So if you’re looking to bring a bit of “Luhan” joy to your conversations, you can download it now on the WeChat Sticker Gallery.

PR - Jul 23, 2015 - iFlix Records Over 100k Subscribers for SEA's Market

iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment for a low monthly price, today announced that it has activated over 100,000 subscribers streaming over 30 million minutes of content, less than two months since launching in Malaysia and the Philippines. Moving from strength to strength, these new milestones cement the Company’s position as the most popular and fastest-growing Subscription-Video-on-Demand (SVOD) service in the region.

The Company’s advanced programmatic marketing stack, which captures viewer data reveals that subscribers tune in for an average 1 hour and 45 minutes per session daily with activity spiking over the weekend with users binging on full seasons of award winning shows such as Friends, Modern Family, Homeland and Dexter.

PR - Jul 23, 2015 - SimpliVity Bookings Grow 250% As Demand for its Hyperconverged Infrastructure Explodes

SimpliVity announced today that demand for its revolutionary hyperconverged infrastructure solutions continued to accelerate globally in the first half of 2015, as businesses displace legacy IT infrastructure and simplify IT. As of June 30, the Company grew sales bookings by nearly 250% year-over-year.
Doron Kempel, CEO, SimpliVity

Deployments of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure totals more than 2000, with about 550 large and mid-sized enterprises counted as customers, nearly 380% year over year growth. Demand for SimpliVity’s integrated solution with Cisco UCS continues to grow, with 4x the number of deals this quarter compared to Q1 2015. Recent global SimpliVity customers include: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and totes»ISOTONER Corporation in the US, Intersport Group in Germany, Monte Nissin in Singapore, the St Andrews Anglican College in Australia, Alten in France, PT Bukaka Teknik Utama Tbk in Indonesia, as well as five Fortune 100 companies, a top five oil and gas company, a top five global entertainment company and a top 10 global telecommunications company.

PR - Jul 23, 2015 - Kaspersky Internet Security for Android received recognition from Three Independent Test Labs

The latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security for Android has received the highest recognition by three independent test labs. In the first six months of 2015, the solution was tested by AV-Comparatives, AV-Test and PC Security Labs.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Android successfully detected 100% of threats without a single false positive. Researchers also found that the solution had no noticeable impact on battery life, the device’s performance or Internet connection bandwidth. As a result, the solution scored the highest six points in both test categories, Protection and Usability, and received “AV-Test Certified” award.

PR - Jul 22, 2015 - PBS is "Challenger" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for structured Archive Data and System Decommissionings

For the second time in a row, PBS Software has been included in Gartner’s "Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement". This year the evaluation was even better than the last time. PBS was meanwhile able to climb from leading the niche players to become a “Challenger”. Gartner creates the report, which is published on a yearly basis, based on an extensive catalog of criteria and independent customer surveys.

The PBS solutions for archiving and nearline storage are extremely sophisticated and rich in functionality thanks to many years’ development and their SAP focus. Furthermore, they are also practice-oriented and user-friendly according to Gartner. The support was also praised – both the support provided by PBS, as well as by the PBS partners.

PR - Jul 21, 2015 - Huawei Announces 2015 H1 Business Results

Huawei today announced its business results for the first half of 2015. In the first six months of this year, Huawei generated sales revenue of CNY175.9 billion, an increase of 30% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the company’s operating margin was 18%. [1]

"In the first half of 2015, Huawei achieved stable and healthy growth in all of its three business segments," said Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. "In the enterprise business, our innovative products and solutions have laid the foundation for building strong competitiveness and been widely recognized by customers, and we have started to experience accelerated growth. Thanks to the extensive application of our cloud computing, storage, agile network, and other flagship products and solutions in the smart city, finance, education, and ISP markets in and outside of China, our growth in the enterprise business began to pick up in the first half of this year."

Looking ahead, Huawei strives to become a global leader in the ICT industry. Together with its customers and partners, Huawei is committed to promoting industry innovation and transformation, better serving our customers, and building a Better Connected World with its innovative ICT products, services, and solutions.

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