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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

IT News Week 4 Nov 2015

For IT News Week 3 Nov 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Barracuda NextGen Firewall desktop appliances.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Dubai , UAE - du and Elitecore enable new innovative WiFi monetization platform
  • PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Cloudmatika Launches BaaS in Indonesia, powered by Acronis Backup Cloud
  • PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Biostar Announced GeForce GTX 950
  • PR - Nov 24, 2015 - Norton Security: More Consumers Believe They Will Experience Online Crime
  • PR - Nov 24, 2015 - iFlix Launches Download and Watch Offline Feature
  • PR - Nov 24, 2015 - AMD launches new graphics software, Radeon Software Crimson Edition
  • PR - Nov 20, 2015 - Brocade Achieves VMware Ready™ Status for Network Functions
  • PR - Nov 19, 2015 - IBM Watson ‘Trend App’ Forecasts What’s In & What’s Not this Holiday Season
  • PR - Nov 18, 2015 - Malaysia’s Exchange Traffic for H12015 Up by 60 percent
  • PR - Nov 18, 2015 - Cartrack sees Singapore as platform for global growth
  • PR - Nov 18, 2015 - VMware Strengthens Commitment to Malaysian Academia and Businesses at vForum


PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Dubai , UAE - du and Elitecore enable new innovative WiFi monetization platform

Elitecore Technologies, a global provider of WiFi Service Management Platform (SMP) announces that it has successfully enabled du, a leading Tier-1 operator in the Middle East, to deploy a platform with multiple capabilities to monetize. The spread of public Wi-Fi is a key aspect of the Smart City vision, which aims to make the U.A.E one of the world’s most connected and sustainable places.

The Elitecore SMP allows du to deliver enhanced WiFi services with varied usage options. That includes complementary basic Wi-Fi access, free high-speed access for government usage, as well as premium paid high-speed Wi-Fi. The platform also includes advanced management capabilities such as analytics and insights into usage and customizable push notifications for nearby WiFi availability. It also includes monetization capabilities including location-specific, context-aware advertisements and offers across du hotspots.

Jihad Tayara , Vice President Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, du, says, “Elitecore’s comprehensive SMP helped us to offer anytime-anywhere connectivity, helping us to rapidly push forward the Smart City initiative in Dubai. With the Elitecore platform, we are able to develop business models that both benefit the public and create new monetization opportunities.”

PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Cloudmatika Launches BaaS in Indonesia, powered by Acronis Backup Cloud

Acronis®, a global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the availability of Acronis Backup Cloud in Indonesia through a new partnership with Cloudmatika, a Japanese-backed provider of cloud computing services to SMEs, enterprise and government organizations.

The service is provided from two geographically dispersed datacenters in Central Jakarta, ensuring maximum availability and security of all customer data stored within the Cloudmatika network. Acronis Backup Cloud customers establish direct connections with the datacenters and no data leaves the country at any point. The company’s philosophy is to bring together the best cloud computing solution from around the world while fully managing and hosting them in Indonesia, for the Indonesian market.

According to the annual SMB Cloud Insights research released by Odin earlier this year, the small and medium business (SMB) cloud services market in Indonesia is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent in the next three years from Rp15T ($1.2B USD) in 2015 to Rp33T ($2.7B USD) by 2018. This growth is primarily driven by SMBs moving business functions into the cloud, encouraged by the availability of tools and solutions provided by companies like Cloudmatika.

PR - Nov 25, 2015 - Biostar Announced GeForce GTX 950

BIOSTAR announces its latest graphics card designed to tackle the needs of gamers with competitive performance. BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 950 features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with 768 CUDA cores, and support for NVIDIA PhysX and DSR Technology. Game in silence with the Low noise output via its heat pipe cooling design, and be prepared for the latest titles with its complete DirectX 12 support.

The BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 950 features NVIDIA’s 2nd-generation Maxwell GPU which boasts highly-improved performance-per-watt versus other cards.

Complimented by the full-array of NVIDIA-exclusive features like GeForce Experience, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), Multi-Frame SuperSampling, native PhysX acceleration and other visual improvements is support for DirectX 12; be ready for the next-generation of blockbuster games with the BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 950.

PR - Nov 24, 2015 - More Consumers Believe They Will Experience Online Crime

Norton by Symantec today released findings from the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report which reveals almost twice as many consumers around the world believe it is more likely their credit card information will be stolen online than from their wallets. The report also found other interesting findings includes:
  • Globally, victims lost on average 21 hours dealing with the impact of cybercrime and $358 per person due to cybercrime.
  • More than half of the consumers (60%) believe using public Wi-Fi is more risky than using a public restroom (40%).
  • More than one in three (38 percent) of millennials think they aren’t “interesting enough” to be a target of online crime, despite 56 percent experiencing online crime.
  • More than half of the consumers (53 percent) think that storing their credit/banking information in the cloud is riskier than not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Women (25 percent) are more likely to share their passwords than men (20 percent).

To keep consumers one step ahead of the cybercriminals and keep information safe, Symantec announced the availability of Norton Security in Malaysia. The new service is an advanced, multi-layered protection solution that helps shield consumers from sophisticated and evolving threats across all platforms.

Norton Security is being offered from MYR 99 onwards and available for purchase online at malaysia.norton.com.

PR - Nov 24, 2015 - iFlix Launches Download and Watch Offline Feature

iFlix rolled out its latest and most anticipated feature, ‘Download and Watch Offline’. Reaching out to more Malaysians and redefining binge watching, this feature allows iflix subscribers to download their content and watch it offline – without internet connection and incurring prohibitive mobile data costs.
(L-R) Azran Osman-Rani, iflix Group COO and CEO of iflix Malaysia
and Ash Crick, CTO of iflix Group

The introduction of Download and Watch Offline, following on the Company’s integration with Google Chromecast, enables iflix to offer consumers a complete entertainment solution whether they are in their living room or on the go, from any mobile, tablet, laptop or television set, with or without an Internet connection.

PR - Nov 24, 2015 - AMD launches new graphics software, Radeon Software Crimson Edition

AMD today released its completely reimagined graphics software suite, Radeon Software Crimson Edition, giving users an exceptional new user experience, 12 new or enhanced features, up to 20 percent more graphics performance1, adjustability that can nearly double generational energy efficiency2, and rock-solid stability across the full spectrum of AMD graphics products. The release is the first from the Radeon Technologies Group, which recently announced a renewed focus on software placing it on par with hardware initiatives.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is available for free download today at http://support.amd.com/en-us/download.

PR - Nov 20, 2015 - Brocade Achieves VMware Ready™ Status for Network Functions

Brocade today announced that the Brocade® Virtual Evolved Packet Core has achieved VMware Ready™ status for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Brocade has shown leadership in delivering real-world NFV solutions to Communication Service Providers running on the VMware virtualization platform, and VMware Ready for NFV certifies the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core for compatibility with the VMware NFV infrastructure. The Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core provides linear and independent scaling in signaling, throughput and storage, and exceeds the performance available from purpose-built hardware for traditional Evolved Packet Cores -- all while enabling lower total cost of ownership.

The VMware Ready program is a co-branding benefit of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products certified to work with VMware infrastructure. Customers can use these products and solutions to help lower project risks and realize cost savings over custom built solutions.

PR - Nov 19, 2015 - IBM Watson ‘Trend App’ Forecasts What’s In & What’s Not this Holiday Season

IBM today launched the IBM Watson Trend App, a new way for shoppers to understand the reasons behind the top trends of the holiday season and also predict the hottest products before they sell out. The app is available via a free download at the Apple App Store.

The IBM Watson Trend app distills the sentiment of tens of millions of online conversations by scouring 10,000 sources across social media sites, blogs, forums, comments, ratings and reviews. Unlike other apps or lists that provide a static ranking of “hot” products, the Watson app reveals how consumers feel about the products they are considering or have purchased.

Using Watson’s understanding of natural language and machine learning technologies, the app uncovers layers of consumer sentiment to pinpoint patterns and trends to reveal why people are choosing certain products or brands. The app also uses predictive analytics to forecast if a particular trend is a fleeting fad or will continue to remain strong.

To uncover insights behind the top holiday trends and products, Watson’s natural language engine aggregates insights into distinct trend groups: content, context and sentiment. Each group is given a relative daily Trend Score, ranging from 0 to 100, based on the impact (size of the conversation) and the momentum (the rate of growth of the conversation).

PR - Nov 18, 2015 - Malaysia’s Exchange Traffic for H12015 Up by 60 percent

MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin says, “We continue to see an increase in Internet traffic. As of end Q2 2015, the Internet traffic was recorded 98,589 Mbps* as compared with 61,771 Mbps in the same period in 2014 – showing a 60 percent increase.

“The drastic increase in internet traffic over the last few years is in-synch with the growth rate of broadband users in Malaysia. As of 2014, there is a total of 20.7 million broadband subscribers, with 85 percent consisting of mobile broadband subscribers,” says Chiew.

Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) or also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ('MCMC'), today releases Internet traffic statistics exchanged over the national Internet exchange, MyIX - covering the first six months of 2015.

PR - Nov 18, 2015 - Cartrack sees Singapore as platform for global growth

Cartrack, the leading provider of fleet management solutions, insurance telematics and vehicle tracking and recovery, today announced that it has registered strong performance in the first six months of its financial year. The company also shared its plan to tap on Singapore as its launch pad for global growth.

Globally, Cartrack’s revenue over the six month period from March to August 2015 was SGD47 million, with EBITDA at SGD21 million. With 463,000 paying subcribers worldwide, Cartrack projects this number to grow to 500,000 by the end of this year.

The past six months also saw Cartrack set up a control centre in Johor, Malaysia, a geographically strategic location between the two major cities of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The move allows Cartrack to rapidly access and provide support to customers on the road, and deploy a quick response recovery team in the event of a reported vehicle theft.

PR - Nov 18, 2015 - VMware Strengthens Commitment to Malaysian Academia and Businesses at vForum

In conjunction with vForum Malaysia 2015, the Malaysian episode of the VMware’s regional annual tech conference, the company made two significant announcements on business and ICT skill transformation initiatives in the country, in a bid to strengthen their commitment to the Malaysian industry.

The announcements are as below -
  • Findings of vForum Malaysia Business Survey on business imperatives in Malaysian industry that identify cloud as the key driver of innovation, scalability, and flexibility
  • VMware partnered with the academic sector, specifically Asia Pacific University, in a new skill development initiative to train and certify University students
Dr. Karl Ng Hou, Ir., Director of Innovation Capital, MDeC looks on as, Laurence Si, VMware Managing Director shakes hands with Dr. Andy Seddon, Asia Pacific University Dean, Quality Assurance and Partnership after the signing ceremony

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