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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

IT News Week 2 Dec 2015

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of the industry’s best performing low profile graphics card by AMD.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 11, 2015 - Juniper Networks Advances MX Series Innovation with 3X Performance Upgrade and New Automation Features
  • PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Transatel DataSIM extends its footprint to New Zealand
  • PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Hitachi Sunway Data Centre helps Sunway IT achieve 30% Savings in energy costs
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Introduces SZN Series of Universal Power Strips with Child Protection and Dual USBs
  • PR - Dec 8,2015 - The new Oxford Learner's Thesaurus application for Android
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Malaysia winner to receive young leadership award from Her Majesty The Queen
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Laser Components: Lead Selenide Detectors in a TO-46 Housing
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Blackberry's First Android-Powered Secure Smartphone in Malaysia
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - GBS Industry to Grow 10%-15% in 2016
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Red Hat Launches Virtual Training Program for Asia Pacific
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Tourism Victoria Utilises Periscope in World First Campaign
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab’s New Malware Count Falls by 15,000 a Day in 2015
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan – Foxlink - PQI Announces iConnect Now Available in Metallic Rose Gold
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - New LinkedIn App is Available
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - Tata Comm., now part of the Office 365 partner ecosystem for Skype



PR - Dec 11, 2015 - Juniper Networks Advances MX Series Innovation with 3X Performance Upgrade and New Automation Features

Juniper Networks recently announced enhancements in the performance, density and operational efficiency of its SDN-ready Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing portfolio. This marks the industry’s highest performing edge router which delivers the scale and automation that service providers and cloud operators require to bolster the economics of next-generation networks.

The MX Series, powered by programmable Trio silicon and the Juniper Networks Junos software, gives customers investment protection and offers a network application development platform that seamlessly integrates with evolving SDN and NFV solutions.

PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Transatel DataSIM extends its footprint to New Zealand

Starting today, travelers from anywhere in the world can enjoy local rates for data in New Zealand as they connect to the internet via the 2 Degrees network at 19€/GB. This is great news for regular or occasional travelers to the country, approximately 3 Million per year, who wish to stay connected at reasonable prices, and continue to use their unique SIM card for future travels, purchased via www.transatel-datasim.com. Other countries covered by Transatel DataSIM in this region include Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.



New countries are added to the Transatel DataSIM footprint every month, which is on track to reach 50 countries by March 2016.

PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Hitachi Sunway Data Centre helps Sunway IT achieve 30% Savings in energy costs

Hitachi Sunway Data Centre Services has announced a significant 30% reduction in energy costs for its customer, Sunway Shared Services Sdn Bhd. This was attributed to the successful implementation of the ISO 50001 framework for Energy Management (EnMS) at the Sunway Pinnacle Data Centre. Hitachi Sunway is the first and only data player in Malaysia awarded the ISO 50001 EnMS, which is internationally recognised for the integration of energy performance into management practices.

Cheah Kok Hoong, Group CEO, Hitachi Sunway IS

Cheah Kok Hoong, Group CEO / director of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems said, “Data centres have become a crucial business infrastructure. However, it is a known fact that energy takes up an average of 40% of a data centre’s operational costs as a result of extremely high power and cooling requirements. Hence, this energy cost savings for Hitachi Sunway translates directly to better margins from our data centre business.”

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Introduces SZN Series of Universal Power Strips with Child Protection and Dual USBs

Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider is introducing the SZN Series of Universal Power Strips with child protection and dual USBs. There is no doubt that curious children are the sources of happiness in family, yet they might turn into the trouble-makers sometimes in daily life: electrical plugs, outlets, switches. Children are interested in touching and playing with the equipment on floor, which may do harm to their little hands. How to keep your beloved babies far away from those incredible dangers? With the child-protective design, Huntkey’s SZN smart power strip series ensure your children receive the best safe care.

SZN 507 Series


The reason that we say the Huntkey SZN smart power strip is an excellent helper for busy parents, is not only that the pin holes are covered by safety shutters for the protection your babies, but also that the Huntkey SZN series have the one-piece copper bar structural design and the double break switch, to confirm the safety of all your electronic products and all your family members.

Besides the thoughtful design, the most attractive advantage of Huntkey power strip is that all the Huntkey products are produced under a strict quality management system. The certifications include VDE, STQC, BS, CSA, so the quality of Huntkey SZN power strip has been proved by tests in different markets.

PR - Dec 8,2015 - The new Oxford Learner's Thesaurus application for Android

Paragon Software Group, a leading multi-platform dictionary applications developer for mobiles, tablets and PCs, announces the release of the new Oxford Learner's Thesaurus app for Android users. The app helps learners of English understand the differences between similar words in written and spoken English, enabling them to enrich their vocabulary and find the right words to say exactly what they mean.

Each entry has a group of 3-10 synonyms. The app clearly explains the meaning of each of the synonyms, as well as their frequency, grammar and register. An example sentence shows how each synonym is used in a particular situation. Notes highlight and explain synonyms that are particularly close in meaning or easily confused, so the user can choose the right word for their context.

For example, the Oxford Learner’s Thesaurus helps users understand the differences between familiar words such as easy and simple, while learning words they may not know such as effortless, painless, and plain sailing.

The free download will give you 100 sample entries from the dictionary. An in-app purchase is required to activate the full dictionary. The Oxford Learner’s Thesaurus is available for 27.99 USD (21.99 GBP, 27.99 EUR) at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oup.elt.olt.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Malaysia winner to receive young leadership award from Her Majesty The Queen

It is today announced that a young person from Malaysia is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people will receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

20 year old Calvin Yoong Shen Woo from Malaysia has been selected in recognition of his work to improve education and reduce poverty amongst young people.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next three years the Programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Laser Components: Lead Selenide Detectors in a TO-46 Housing

Effective immediately, LASER COMPONENTS offers a PbSe detector in a 4.7 mm TO-46 housing. Up to now, the smallest available size was an 8.3 mm housing. This new component has a 1 mm detector and is available under the designation PB45S10104S. Prototypes are already available in stock for delivery.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Blackberry's First Android-Powered Secure Smartphone in Malaysia

Blackberry today the availability and full features of PRIV™ by BlackBerry®, the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android™ in Malaysia. Combining the best of BlackBerry’s productivity, security and privacy features with the wide world of Google Play™ store apps, PRIV is the epitome of form and function. It has been engineered with the world’s finest technology and packaged in an ultra-thin device – including a dual-curved screen, touch and physical keyboards, state-of-the-art 18MP camera, and long-lasting battery – with unique tools that allow users to manage and control their privacy.

PRIV was designed with security at its core, building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping private its customers’ data. Security highlights include:
  • Advanced Privacy Controls: The exclusive DTEK™ by BlackBerry® app for Android™ monitors and reports on application access to the microphone, camera, location and personal information, enabling users to be confident that their personal data is being kept private. Users can know at a glance when their privacy could be at risk so they can take action to improve it.
  • Secure Hardware: BlackBerry’s hardware root of trust, a unique manufacturing process, injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform.
  • Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain: Keys have been embedded to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with. Additionally, thousands of modifications were made to harden the Linux kernel with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security.
  • Fully supported on BlackBerry's EMM Solution: PRIV can be integrated with our leading EMM solution, BES 12, which offers cross-platform management of PRIV and other devices; providing a full end to end security solution and secure collaboration applications for business users like Secusuite for secure voice and WatchDox for secure file sharing.

Customers who are keen to be among the first to get their own PRIV can preorder from December 10, 2015 through 11street and Celcom Axiata Berhad. The first 30 customers who pre-order through 11street will be able to purchase PRIV at a discounted price of MYR 3,388 inclusive of GST. To pre-order your very own PRIV, please visit www.11street.my

Distributed by Brightstar, PRIV will be available through 11street, Celcom, Maxis Enterprise, Tune Talk and other BlackBerry authorized partners, from December 15, 2015 at an RRP of MYR 3,559 inclusive of GST.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - GBS Industry to Grow 10%-15% in 2016

Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), a chapter of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) believes that despite the various economic and external challenges faced by Malaysia, the local Global Business Services (GBS) sector (formerly known as ‘Shared Services & Outsourcing Industry, ‘SSO’) will continue to see strong growth and good prospects. This is evidenced by the continuing flow of foreign direct investment and the progressive growth of the local GBS sector. The implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) as well as forecasted growth global demand for GBS services also provides strong indications for a robust 2016.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Red Hat Launches Virtual Training Program for Asia Pacific

Red Hat, Inc. , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the launch of its Virtual Training Program for Asia Pacific to help bring online training and real-time courses on Red Hat technologies to customers, partners, and IT professionals. The goal of this new initiative is to make access to training on Red Hat’s open source technology simple and quick, helping to eliminate the limitations of having to travel training in a single location and train more people on Red Hat technologies, to help prepare participants to meet the requirements for Red Hat certification.

Users may choose from a wide gamut of remote courses in Red Hat’s products and solutions for operating system management, administration, application integration and maximization, virtualization, hybrid cloud development, and more.

Red Hat is offering a special launch discount of 25 percent in Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Hong Kong and India for all students who attend Red Hat's virtual training from December 2015 to February 2016.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Tourism Victoria Utilises Periscope in World First Campaign

Utilising Twitter’s newest live video streaming app, Periscope, Tourism Victoria is inviting the world to experience Melbourne - in real time.



The latest phase of the five year Play Melbourne campaign, Play Melbourne Live will broadcast a series of ‘games’ – livestreams of events, stories, people and places – from Melbourne, to the world. Live and unfiltered, the campaign offers viewers real and authentic glimpses into the 'world’s most liveable city'.

In a world first for the tourism industry, the games use a ball embedded with a smartphone, designed to be passed around by Melburnians while streaming live footage of the city via Periscope.

PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab’s New Malware Count Falls by 15,000 a Day in 2015

According to Kaspersky Lab, 2015 marked the moment when demand for new malicious programs reached saturation point, as the number of new malware files detected every day by its products fell by 15,000, from 325,000 in 2014 to 310,000.

Kaspersky Lab’s experts believe this is mainly due to the fact that coding new malware is expensive and cybercriminals have realized that they can get equally good results using intrusive advertising programs or legitimate digital signatures in their attacks. This approach appears to be working, as results show that despite the cost-cutting in malware creation, in 2015 the number of users attacked by cybercriminals increased by 5%.

Cybercriminals in search of a quick return appear to have decided that complex coding tools such as rootkits, bootkits or replicating viruses, may bring results, but at a cost, reducing their overall margins and revenue.

For this reason, 2015 saw adware, essentially harmless but often intrusive, become more prominent among overall anti-virus detections. This marks an evolution in cybercriminal tactics, with many now acting almost as businesses, engaged in selling quasi-legitimate commercial software, activity and other “essentials”.

PR - Dec 2, 2015 - New LinkedIn App is Available

LinkedIn is excited to show you its new mobile experience! They have set out to make it easier than ever for users to connect with and learn from people who can accelerate their professional success. That required LinkedIn to simplify and streamline the mobile experience. The key features that users are familiar with from LinkedIn’s previous version are now organised around these 5 tabs:
  1. Home: the news and info that matter to your professional day. Your home feed is now in your control ­ see only the shares and posts that you want.
  2. Me: one place to manage your professional brand. See who's viewed your profile, who's endorsed you for skills and edit your profile all from this tab.
  3. Messaging: email is out, messaging is in. All the same functionality for conversations in a lighter­weight interface. And stickers!
  4. My Network: a daily briefing on what's happening in your network. Includes network updates, your connection list, connection invitations and people­you­may­know suggestions
  5. Search: a faster and smarter way to find all things professional

PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan – Foxlink - PQI Announces iConnect Now Available in Metallic Rose Gold

PQI, the world’s leading brand of peripheral storage accessories for portable devices, announces the availability of the revolutionary iConnect Lightning flash drive with a Rose Gold finish to perfectly match the popular Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.



The iConnect, previously only available in 3 colors, (gold, silver and grey), has now expanded its offering to include the incredibly popular metallic Rose Gold. The iConnect’s outer casing is constructed of a metallic finish that has the same look and feel as the new Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus for a more cohesive appearance as well as increased durability.

The iConnect is an ideal companion for owners of iPhones with a lightning connection as it provides up to 128GB* of added storage, backs-up files with optional password protection, and easily transfers content quickly between your iPhone and a computer or tablet.

The PQI iConnect Flash Drive will be available in the U.S. online from Amazon and Newegg and in-store at Macy’s. The MSRP for the iConnect is $59.99 for 16GB, $71.99 for 32GB, $107.99 for 64GB and $179.99 for 128GB.

PR - Dec 1, 2015 - Tata Communications, now part of the Office 365 partner ecosystem for Skype

Tata Communications is proud to play an integral role in extending the value of new services as Microsoft’s partner for Office 365 communications and its recently announced suite of Skype for Business services. Designed to modernize voice, video, and meeting experiences, while saving substantial communication infrastructure costs, Microsoft has partnered with global telco operators such as Tata Communications to provide secure, high-quality network connectivity and managed services that help customers get the best connection experience.

Organizations can now replace their legacy meeting and phone systems with innovative services built on the familiar Skype for Business experience, all naturally integrated within Office 365—the world’s most-used collaboration and productivity platform.

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