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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

IT News Week 5 Sep 2015

For week 4 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Alcatel Flash 2 as a Mobile Photography smartphone.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 30, 2015 - Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Released
  • PR - Sep 30 , 2015 - Tata Comm. and MasterCard join forces to empower 100 million women
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - OTT Mobile Voice Revenues to Top $10Bn by 2020 Eroding Mobile Operators Share
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - Acronis Partners with ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - AMD Introduces PRO-A Series Processors and Business Collaborations
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015 - U Mobile Enables 24/7 Bill Payment at 7-11
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015- Waze and Ambi Pur Introduce the First Voice Prompt in Bahasa Malaysia Voiced by Harith Iskander
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015 - Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2016
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - HP Announces Multi-Function and World’s Most Secure Printers
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Squire Technologies Partners with Globalstar on Next Generation Gateway Upgrades


PR - Sep 30, 2015 - Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Released

Paragon Software Group, the technology leader in data security and data management solutions, announces the release of Paragon NTFS for Mac® 14 – the market-leading solution to solve incompatibility issues between OS X and Windows. Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is the industry’s fastest driver giving OS X full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions. The new version is fully compatible with Apple’s new operating system OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and still supports all versions back to 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Internal tests show Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is the only solution on the market to match the file transfer speed of Apple’s native driver on SSDs. Paragon NTFS 14 for Mac achieved 700MB/sec (write) and 800MB/sec (read) on the internal SSD of a MacBook Pro. It also performs as well as HFS+ with external storage: 250MB/sec write and 240MB/sec read on a two-SSD RAID device, and 210MB/sec write and 210MB/sec read on an ordinary external drive (2TB USB 3.0 Seagate Expansion Drive 3.5").

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is available for immediate download for $19.99 at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/index.html.

All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to version 14. They will receive an invitation to upgrade via email or they can view their real-time upgrade status at http://www.paragon-software.com/landing-pages/2015/ntfs-mac-el-capitan-upgrade/index.html

PR - Sep 30, 2015 - Tata Comm. and MasterCard join forces to empower 100 million women

Tata Communications and MasterCard have announced a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to financially empower 25,000 women in the developing world, as part of a larger vision to ultimately reach 100 million women.

Also known as Next 3B, the program will kick-off with pilot projects in India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Guatemala, targeting 25,000 women initially, and through replication will enable scale with a vision to reach 100 million women by 2020.

The announcement, made at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting closing plenary yesterday in New York, sees the global telecommunications leader and the leader in global payments technology join forces with a unique network of partners to bring their shared vision to life over the next five years through access to transformative mobile platforms comprising a range of financial, health and education applications and services.

The are two looming initiatives under Next 3B:
  • Ideathon - brainstorming activity
  • 100 million women - strives to empower 100 women to break poverty line by providing them mobile Internet access

PR - Sep 29, 2015 - OTT Mobile Voice Revenues to Top $10Bn by 2020 Eroding Mobile Operators Share

A new study from Juniper Research has found that OTT (Over the Top) voice providers are expected to see an increase in their service revenues by 2020, reaching over $10 billion, representing a fivefold increase over the next 5 years.

The study argued that OTT application providers such as Skype and WhatsApp would experience a significant rise in traffic and revenue potential as 4G network rollouts accelerate, thereby increasing their capability to offer high-quality VoIP (Voice over IP) calls.

The research, ‘Future Voice Strategies: mVoIP, Carrier OTT, WebRTC, HD Voice & Video Calling 2015-2020’, found that as most mVoIP services were offered as a free or low cost service, only a small minority of OTT players had generated a significant revenues from the service.

PR - Sep 29, 2015 - Acronis Partners with ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection

Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, and ID Quantique, the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, today announced a joint collaboration to help protect companies from future security threats related to advances in decryption techniques and the arrival of quantum computing.

Serguei Beloussov, Co-Founder and CEO at Acronis

Acronis will work with ID Quantique to bring quantum-safe encryption capabilities to Acronis cloud solutions – making Acronis the first cloud data protection solution provider in the industry to do so.

The capabilities will help companies protect the increasing amount of data that is outside of the company firewall and on multiple mobile devices, while also preventing unauthorized users – including hackers and cyber thieves – from accessing Acronis customer data under protection both in transit and in the cloud.

PR - Sep 29, 2015 - AMD Introduces PRO-A Series Processors and Business Collaborations

AMD has recently announced its new line of PRO A-Series Processors which are specifically catered to the needs of business enterprises and helping them gain a competitive edge. The new processors are designed to perfectly complement the constantly evolving business environment through enhancements like improved performance and better power efficiency to enable businesses to do more with technology. AMD has also partnered with several tech industry veterans to bring about enhancements and a robust ecosystem of programs that make it easier and more attractive for businesses who are looking to upgrade their equipment.

Supporting Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) industry-standard Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) standards, the AMD PRO A-Series processors enable greater management flexibility in a multi-vendor client environment at a business-friendly price. As mobility continues to transform the enterprise, IT decision makers look to technology companies for tools and solutions. Working with Qualcomm Technologies, AMD and HP have worked to deliver the latest in advanced modem technology for the latest model of HP EliteBooks.

PR - Sep 28, 2015 - U Mobile Enables 24/7 Bill Payment at 7-11

Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, has added bill payment on top of the services already available to customers at more than 1,800 7-Eleven outlets across the nation. From today, apart from prepaid subscription and purchasing top-ups, U Mobile’s postpaid customers have the option to pay their bills any time of the day at their nearest 7-Eleven outlets. The aim of this new initiative is to give their consumers greater flexibility and convenience when it comes to payments.
  1. Present hardcopy bill statement, printed e-bill or screenshot of the barcode to cashier
  2. Make cash payment
  3. Obtain receipt of payment for reference

PR - Sep 28, 2015- Waze and Ambi Pur Introduce the First Voice Prompt in Bahasa Malaysia Voiced by Harith Iskander

Users of Waze App in Malaysia now have the convenient option of receiving voice prompts and directions in Bahasa Malaysia, voiced entirely by Malaysia’s favorite comedian and prominent personality, Harith Iskander.

This new initiative, a collaboration between Waze and Ambi Pur, marks a milestone as the first Bahasa Malaysia voice prompt to be made available in the country.

Julie Mossler, Spokeswoman for Waze said, “We are very excited to collaborate with Ambi Pur and Harith Iskander. Thousands of users already set the written language of their Waze map to Bahasa Malaysia every day, but this new voice option opens up a whole new segment of drivers who are most comfortable with audio directions in their native language. We expect this to be a new refreshing experience for existing users of Bahasa Malaysia, as well as a strong initiative to attract new users to the application.”

PR - Sep 28, 2015 - Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2016

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digiral Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Solutions, launched SOLIDWORKS 2016 in Malaysia today!

SOLIDWORKS 2016, the latest release of Dassault Systèmes’ successful portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications, delivers new and enhanced capabilities that will help 2.7 million users quickly and easily innovate, design, validate, collaborate and build, from initial concept to final product.

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS 2016’s integrated 3D design environment covers all aspects of product development. New user-requested enhancements include the ability to flatten any surface, visualize and validate design performance, more efficiently communicate with manufacturing, quickly create marketing-quality images, and easily access commands. With these and hundreds of other new capabilities, including an improved user interface, designers and engineers can focus on their designs, solve complex problems, streamline parallel design processes and fast-track designs through manufacturing.

PR - Sep 22, 2015 - HP Announces Multi-Function and World’s Most Secure Printers

HP announced three new enterprise class LaserJet printers that deliver increased protection against malicious attacks. The stronger security is part of a broader HP strategy to provide the deepest security across PCs and printers. Along with these, HP also announced new multi-function printers (MFPs) and printers powered by JetIntelligence to help businesses complete their work much more quickly, use less energy and interact with a new, sleek design for the modern office.


PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Squire Technologies Partners with Globalstar on Next Generation Gateway Upgrades

Squire Technologies Limited announced today it has signed an agreement with Globalstar, Inc. Squire Technologies will deploy a range of products and services that will enable Globalstar to implement a core IP network at Globalstar's satellite gateway ground stations. The convergent solutions provided by Squire Technologies will enable Globalstar to utilize Level3’s fully meshed MPLS network and improve connectivity to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN) across various geographical locations.

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