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Friday, August 21, 2015

IT News Week 4 Aug 2015

For week 2 of Aug 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Fastest Large-Format Colour and Monochrome Printer in Malaysia by HP.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 21, 2015 - WD Red Pro Drives Now Available In 6TB
  • PR - Aug 20, 2015 - HUAWEI P8 Wins EISA Consumer Smartphone Award
  • PR - Aug 20, 2015 - MGM Joins iFlix Family as Strategic Investor
  • PR - Aug 20, 2015 - DigiLand Signs MOU With Telecomm. Giant NTT MSC Sdn. Bhd.
  • PR - Aug 19, 2015 - Tata Comm. calls on technology enthusiasts to design a Formula 1® Grand Prix prediction tool for fans
  • PR - Aug 19, 2015 - SHENZHEN, CHINA - Huntkey Launches SSK407 USB Power Strip
  • PR - Aug 19, 2015 - Brocade Expands OEM Relationship with Lenovo
  • PR - Aug 18, 2015 - Laser Components: Bandpass Filters for Integration in a TO-39 Housing
  • PR - Aug 18, 2015 - RS Components further enhances website to improve the online customer journey



PR - Aug 21, 2015 - WD Red Pro Drives Now Available In 6TB

WD®, a Western Digital® company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5 TB and 6 TB capacities. The WD Red Pro family is ideal for NAS (network attached storage) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives.
WD Red Pro Family

Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5 and 6 TB drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 megabytes per second (MB/s). WD’s NASware™ 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and reliable integration.

PR - Aug 20, 2015 - Sophos Connects With Channel Partners at Partner Roadshow

In conjunction with its annual Partner Connections Conferences held globally this year, Sophos organized a series of in-country partner roadshows across ASEAN to update channel partners on its latest product roadmap and opportunities to grow their business in the IT security industry.

The roadshow in Kuala Lumpur was held on August 12, and was attended by more than 70 representatives from channel partner organizations in Malaysia.

Riding on the global conference theme - “Discover Sophos”, the roadshow aimed to reinforce Sophos’s leading position in information security innovations by sharing its vision, strategy and plans for partner growth in Malaysia. One of the highlights includes updates on Project Galileo that creates a connected endpoint and firewall security system, integrating security functions across all points to improve overall protection for organizations.

As part of the roadshow, Sophos also recognized contributions from channel partners in Malaysia with “Partner of the Year 2015” Awards. The winners and categories include:


Award Name Winners
Distributor of the Year TechLab Security Sdn Bhd
Rising Star IP CORE Sdn Bhd
Sales Engineer of the Year (Enduser Security Group) Christopher Gerald, UES E-Solutions Sdn Bhd
Sales Engineer of the Year (Network Security Group) Ryan Chew, Techlab Securities Sdn Bhd

PR - Aug 20, 2015 - HUAWEI P8 Wins EISA Consumer Smartphone Award

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has been awarded ‘European Consumer Smartphone 2015 – 2016’ by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for its latest flagship smartphone, Huawei P8. This is the third consecutive year that Huawei has been recognized by EISA in this category.

Building on the success of last year’s award‐winning Ascend P7, the new Huawei P8 is the culmination of the P series’ rich heritage of style and functionality, and is once again redefining the smartphone market with easy-to-use features that amaze and inspire consumers. EISA praised Huawei for delivering ”improved camera performance and surprisingly high‐end craftsmanship that gives this affordable device a truly sophisticated appearance.” It highlighted its 2,680mAh capacity battery, f/2 lens developed for better low‐light performance and the P8’s excellent 5.2‐inch Full HD IPS‐NEO display.
Huawei P8 

The low-light camera performance allows consumers to be more creative using the best light painting facility available on a smartphone and amazing crisp high contrast shots. The P8 also features a compact and powerful dual-antenna design plus rapid switching technology allows the phone to intelligently recognize the best mode reduces dropped calls and maintains a stronger signal.

PR - Aug 20, 2015 - MGM Joins iFlix Family as Strategic Investor

iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service, offering subscribers unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of entertainment for a low monthly price, is pleased to announce that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and prestigious studios has become an investor in the business.

The investment represents a significant deepening of the relationship between iflix and MGM, which includes the appointment of MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber, to iflix’s Advisory Board and the companies’ extensive multi-year content licensing partnership. Through the agreement MGM contributes premium in-demand television and film content that comprises a portion of the 20,000 movies and television episodes that make up iflix’s extraordinary library of top entertainment content.

Mark Britt, Group CEO, iFlix

iflix Group CEO, Mark Britt said: “We are thrilled to have a studio partner and strategic investor of MGM’s caliber join the iflix family. MGM’s substantial weight, influence and resources in the industry will be a critical advantage for us in the development and execution of our strategy as we look to solidify our leadership in the region and expand into new markets.“

PR - Aug 20, 2015 - DigiLand Signs MOU With Telecomm. Giant NTT MSC Sdn. Bhd.

Singapore Exchange mainboard listed New Silkroutes Group is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU “) between its subsidiary, Digiland Pte Ltd (“Digiland”) and NTT MSC Sdn Bhd (“NTTMSC”).

The focus of the MoU will be on three key areas:
  • Big data analytics, business intelligence reporting & dashboard solutions;
  • Cloud services focusing on e-Government applications, facilities & real estate management solutions, healthcare informatics & management systems; and
  • Energy management and conservation solutions

NTT MSC Sdn Bhd, based out of Malaysia is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation headquartered in Japan; the ultimate holding company being Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and is one of the Top 3 global telecommunications companies in the Fortune Global 100 list.

PR - Aug 19, 2015 - Tata Comm. calls on technology enthusiasts to design a Formula 1® Grand Prix prediction tool for fans

With the F1 Singapore GP looming on the horizon, Tata Communications, Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1®, today announced the second challenge for the 2015 F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize.

Tata aims to inspire technology enthusiasts and the brightest creative minds all around the world, to harness their ingenuity, display their technical know-how and express their passion for F1.

In order to enhance the interactive experience for fans, entrants are tasked with designing a prediction platform where F1® followers can use practice data and their knowledge of the sport to predict how the story of each race will play out and who will emerge as the winner.

The Grand Prize winner of the challenge stands to walk away with a US$50,000 cheque and a bespoke trophy, to be presented to the winner (or winning team) at the end of the season in November. Additional prizes will include VIP trips to the final of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship™, the 2015 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

Each entry will be evaluated by some of the biggest names in F1®, including Lewis Hamilton, David Coulthard and Martin Brundle, former Formula 1® race drivers and F1® commentators. They are joined by Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1® Business at Tata Communications.

The deadline for entries for the second challenge is Tuesday September 8th 2015 at 5:00pm BST (GMT +1).

PR - Aug 19, 2015 - SHENZHEN, CHINA - Huntkey Launches SSK407 USB Power Strip

With the rapid global development of mobile devices, Huntkey has launched its SSK407 power strip with 4 USB ports, which can be used for charging smart phone, Pad, gaming console, digital camera, MP3 player, etc.

The SSK407 power strip is tiny but powerful, with a total output of 5V4.8A, separately into two groups, with a maximum output of 5V2.4A for each group. It supports most brands and models of mobile devices on the current market. With the outstanding appearance and wide compatibility, the SSK407 power strip also considers the importance of protecting electronic devices via avoiding overcharge.
Huntkey SSK407 Power Strip

To ensure safe usage in different environments, the SSK407 power strip allows auto-detect and self-adjust current control, making it ideal for travel, home and office. It also complies with CE and RoHS. Usually, power strips also consume electricity even when they aren’t charging anything. In order to reduce lost of electricity, the SSK407 power strip has a master switch, so that users can cut power when needed, avoiding waste of power. Also, this type of design is safe, especially for families who have a small baby crawling around the house.

“Nowadays, products have become more and more important for a brand. For further growth, Huntkey focuses on research and development of high quality products that meet different demands of global market.” said Mr. Xu, product manager of Huntkey.

PR - Aug 19, 2015 - Brocade Expands OEM Relationship with Lenovo

Brocade announced it has expanded its OEM relationship with Lenovo. Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel storage area networking (SAN) switches are now being sold globally by Lenovo and its network of channel partners, in addition to embedded Fibre Channel and VCS Ethernet fabric switches that are available in solutions for all Lenovo x86-based servers. Brocade fixed-port SAN switches integrate flawlessly into Lenovo’s server and storage solutions, including the recently announced Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 SAN arrays.

Embedded switches for Lenovo servers and Brocade SAN fabric solutions are available now from Lenovo and its global network of channel partners. For pricing information, please contact Lenovo at Lenovo.com.

PR - Aug 18, 2015 - Laser Components: Bandpass Filters for Integration in a TO-39 Housing

LASER COMPONENTS has now started to introduce pyroelectric and lead salt detectors to the market, with the aim of becoming a leading manufacturer and innovator in the IR market. With this in mind we now offer low-cost accessories such as our new IR filter set to help you, the customer, speed up your development process.

Fourteen standard bandpass filters are sawn up hexagonally and integrated into pluggable filter mounts with an inner diameter of 8.5 mm, with an aperture of 6 mm. Wavelengths range from 3.33 μm to 7.30 μm, having full width half maximum values from 60 nm to 600 nm. These filters use silicon substrates providing blocking to 10μm, with thirteen out of the fourteen filters being angle optimized.

PR - Aug 18, 2015 - RS Components further enhances website to improve the online customer journey

RS Components today announced the implementation of enhancements on its website to improve the online customer journey. All of the changes made, which include predictive search, improved filtering, expanded technical content and better basket management, are based on customer insight and feedback to make the website quicker and easier to use.

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