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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Inspired by humans, a robot takes a walk in the grass

Press release - Apr 29, 2015 - CORVALLIS, Ore.

In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that they believe heralds the running robots of the future.

The test demonstrated how their “ATRIAS” robot can move quite nicely, keep its balance and withstand mild blows from a bouncing rubber ball, while taking a walk in the grass, up and down hill, and over varying terrain at a normal walking speed of a little more than three miles per hour.

The human-sized robot had six electric motors powered by a lithium polymer battery about the size of a half-gallon of milk, which is substantially smaller than the power packs of some other mobile robots. This is made possible by the energy efficiency of its elastic leg design and the energy retention that’s natural to animal movement.

A key to progress with this new technology has been fundamental research on how animals move so effectively.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IT News Week 5 of Apr 2015

For week 4 of Apr 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Industry’s Fastest Firewall by Juniper Networks.

​For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 28, 2015 - Ovum: 2G/3G networks won’t close en masse until 2020
  • PR - Apr 27, 2015 - The Challenges for Enterprise Mobility
  • PR - Apr 24, 2015 - 11th Street Officially Launched
  • PR - Apr 24, 2015 - Transatel wins Best MVNA award for the third year in a row at the MNVOs World Congress 2015
  • PR - Apr 23, 2015 - RS Components and Allied Electronics establish new global distribution agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor

Symantec ISTR 20 : Digital extortion on the rise

Symantec recently published the Internet Security Threat Report volume 20.

Key trends:
  • Digital extortion (Ransomware) on the rise: 113 percent increase in ransomware attacks in 2014
  • Cyberattackers are leap-frogging defenses in ways companies lack insight to anticipate.
    i.e Dragonfly attackers ran three different types of attacks at the same time
  • Spear-Phishing is increasingly focusing on large enterprises
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities (still) at all time high
  • Malware types increases - in 2014 28% of malware was “virtual machine aware”
  • Many victims were exposed to security attacked rooted from social media.
  • IoT and mobile expose renewed opportunities for attackers

Monday, April 27, 2015

SingleHop Offers BaaS with High Availability

It is estimated that:
  • Only 50% of enterprises backup data on employee computers.
  • $70.9k attributed to data lost per hour (average) for a mission-critical operations.
  • 45% of downtime is caused by operational - such as network down, server down, hard disk crashed and etc.
  • 78% of companies (who perform backups) plan to change strategy in next 2 years; whilst 64% already store data in the cloud

These information suggests that the demand for backup on the cloud is high.

For instance, one can subscribe to SingleHop Backup as a Service (BaaS), it is part of the managed services offering.

It is powered by Veeam platform and operates on a best practice service level agreement.

Being a managed service, customers are served by qualified personnel 24x7.

Subscription costs is configurable according to the number of VM and storage needed.

Check out the infographic.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Commentary: Sex is additive; so is the Internet

On the proposal to censor the Internet by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. M; personally I don't agree to it; that was his opinion.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/04/23/Mahathir-Internet/

I don't want to debate anything here, just want to share my thoughts that:

  • If there is nothing much to search from search engine, I will use the Internet less.
  • If there is nothing much to view from YouTube, I will only visit it occasionally.
  • If there is nothing much to go Online, I will stop subscribing to data plan and perhaps will opt for a basic broadband package.

But it may not happen so soon - one thing affects another.

I may not cut broadband after all, because I still need it for VPN connection!!!





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IT News Week 4 of Apr 2015

For week 3 of Apr 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of global expansion for Symantec Incident Response Services.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 23, 2015 - TIBCO Releases Live Datamart 2.0 - The Latest Version of the Industry's First Data Mart for Fast Data
  • PR - Apr 23, 2015 - Singapore - Present App Receives Funding SGD$500,000
  • PR - Apr 22, 2015 - PIKOM approves fixed broadband rates reduction
  • Ovum - Apr 21, 2015 - Ovum says Data Center Interconnect a booming market for suppliers
  • PR - Apr 21, 2015 - MDeC Supports Public and Private Universities to Bridge Talent Gap in Data Analytics Industry
  • PR - Apr 20, 2015 - NCR Names New Sales Leaders to Drive Financial Services Business in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Apr 20, 2015 - Barracuda Strengthens Worldwide Partner Programme
  • PR - Apr 17, 2015 - Juniper Networks Introduces the Industry’s Fastest Firewall ​
  • PR - Apr 17, 2015- VMware Unveils EVO:RAIL in ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Brocade Investing in India as Additional Base for New IP Innovations
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Building leadership skills in the fight against cybersecurity threats
  • PR - Apr 16, 2015 - Sophos Redefines Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Apr 15, 2015 - Tata Communications launches Media Ecosystem to drive broadcast innovation
  • PR - Apr 15, 2015 - RS Components introduces the latest Weller all-in-one assembly/rework stations

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Case Study: Adira Finance (Indonesia) Deploys VMWare

PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance Tbk (Adira Finance), Indonesia’s top automotive financing company, today announced the virtualization of its existing IT infrastructure with VMware, the global leader in virtualization. With the deployment of VMware vSphere® Enterprise Plus and VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.6, Adira Finance optimized existing IT investments, resulting in capital and operational efficiencies, that improved its agility to respond to customers and meet growing business needs.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jadi Imaging Technologies (JADI) Recycle Toner Cartridge Programme

Press Release - 20 Apr 2015:

In conjunction with Earth Day, Malaysia’s leading toner manufacturer Jadi Imaging Technologies (JADI), has launched its “Empties Buyback Programme”. With over 350,000,000 cartridges thrown out to landfills each year, this initiative was launched with the objective of reducing its carbon footprint and to be more eco-friendly.

The mechanics of the programme are very simple, allowing almost anyone to help contribute towards this cause. One just need collect their empty toner cartridges and contact JADI when they are ready for a collection. Furthermore, JADI provides free collection services. To simply put, our message is not to throw away your empty toner cartridges, but collect them and convert them into cash.

As an initial start for this programme, JADI accepts original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and compatible empty cartridges for selected Ricoh MPC models, but will eventually open up to accepting other brand applications as well. The list of the eligible models can be found at www.jadi.com.my.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ovum Commentary : Nokia moves to bridge the gap with Ericsson and Huawei

In this commentary by Ovum, with regards to the speculated acquisition vision of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, purportedly to compete better with Ericsson and Huawei.

The author explores the pros and cons.

The author opines that it makes sense for these two to merge because both are very focused on own niche; Nokia: Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent: fixed network business.

For my part, I agree with the author that this is just the usual breakfast for the technology industry and yes, it is still breakfast, too early to go for wine.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Adaptive Trusting the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

What the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Can Teach Us About Mobile Security
James Chia

By Aruba Networks

Over the past months, Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email account for official business has raised many questions, from the security of classified information to weak policy enforcement.


But whatever the questions are, the most important one to ask is: what can organizations take away from this with regards to securing their users and devices? Here are three critical lessons that James Chia, Managing Director, South East Asia, Aruba Networks has identified:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IT News Week 3 of Apr 2015

For week 2 of Apr 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups for Malaysia.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 15 - 2015 - Sentrix's CloudDMZ protects against DDOS and other web attacks
  • PR - Apr 14, 2015 - Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Reaps Benefits From Windows Server 2012 R2 Migration
  • PR - Apr 14, 2015 - RS Components recognised with ‘Best Cooperation Award’ in Southeast Asia by Phoenix Contact
  • PR - Apr 13, 2015 - Microsoft: Pre-order Surface 3 now
  • PR - Apr 13, 2015 - Symantec Expands Incident Response Services Globally
  • PR - Apr 10, 2015 - Bluecoat: Email Attacks Account for 80% of Malware in Cyber-Espionage
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Brocade Expands The Effortless Network Strategy With New Campus LAN Innovations
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Core Technology for WhiteSpace Alliance Wi-FAR™ Specification Approved to Become ISO Standard
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - P1: Youth Culture and Urbanization Drives Unlimited Internet Plan
  • Alerts - Apr 8, 2015 - Embarcadero Announces RAD Studio XE8!

Email team@it-sideways.com for more info.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Acronis Survey Explores the Importance of Digital Responsibility

Press release - Apr 8, 2015 - Singapore

Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection has announced the results of a survey conducted among 350+ consumers, revealing how they value and protect the information located on their devices.

The survey finding announced in time for World Backup Day, which are also highlighted in an infographic, demonstrate the importance of backup and digital responsibility in an environment where every part of consumers’ lives is now taking a digital form, including financial and health documents, photos, work files, and more.

According to the research, over 75 percent of consumers store their data digitally and more than 50 percent state that their personal data are more valuable than their actual devices – solidifying that consumers know they need to preserve their data. In fact, the survey results show that consumers would be nearly three times more upset if they lost their photos than if they lost their phone, computer or tablet.

Although they treasure their digital information, the survey reveals that consumers are putting little effort into ensuring their data is safe. Less than half of the respondents do not save their data on an external device or in the cloud. This means that more than 50 percent of consumers store their data only on their computer – or not at all. Of those using a data backup system, only one third are protecting their entire computer system, the rest are simply protecting some files.

Nearly half of the respondents value their data at over $1,000, proving that they certainly hold their information to a high standard. While only five percent of consumers surveyed are willing to actually spend that amount to recover their data once it is lost, an overwhelming 94 percent of respondents expressed that they are willing to spend up to $100 dollars to preventively backup their data.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Market Outlook for Smart Devices: IDC Malaysia

Press release - Apr 6, 2015

International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading ICT market research and advisory firm recently shared its perspectives on the outlook for smart devices in the Malaysian market.

The research concludes with results from the following key indicators for growth:

1.) Rise of smart devices in Malaysia: Smartphones, tablets

In 2014 nearly 10 million units of smart devices were shipped into Malaysia with smartphones outnumbering tablets by a ratio of nearly four to one. Consumers' usage patterns and hardware demand have bolstered robust growth of 40% year-over-year (YoY) for smartphones while tablets which were at healthy levels in 2013 declined by 5.4% YoY, according to IDC Asia/Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker 2014Q4 and IDC Asia/Pacific Tablet Tracker 2014Q4.

It is very likely that smart devices will continue to grow in the next few years. Malaysians are becoming more connected and aware of their various needs when purchasing devices. IDC foresees more vendors appearing in the market, both local and foreign as vendors try to further leverage on the consumer demand. The Malaysian government has and will continue to play a big role with its various initiatives of providing incentives or cheaper call plans for the local market, mainly for students or the low-income segment.

Cyberjaya Establishes New InterDC Network Initiative

Press release - Apr 6, 2015

AIMS Cyberjaya Sdn Bhd (AIMS) has been appointed by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) through an open tender to lead and deliver the 'Inter-Data Centre (DC) Network initiative’. This initiative is aimed at mitigating the high cost of bandwidth faced by Malaysian data centres by deploying an ultra-broadband backbone network interconnecting participating data centres within Cyberjaya. AIMS will be responsible for the deployment, configuration, monitoring and support of the network services and operations.

The InterDC Network initiative was conceived from the inputs by local data centre players in a series of engagements and consultations organized by the Malaysian Data Centre Alliance (MDCA) and facilitated by MDeC to bring down the cost of data centre operations.

Recently, IDC Research's study on the total cost of doing business for data centre providers in 15 countries revealed that on average, Malaysian data centres spend between 20-25 percent of their operational cost on bandwidth; as compared to less than 5 percent in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, UK and the USA.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Dimension Data Implements (BYOD) Program across Asia Pacific using Citrix

Press Release - Mar 31, 2015 - Dimension Data Implements (BYOD) Program across Asia Pacific using Citrix

Citrix, a leader in secure mobile workspace delivery, enabled Dimension Data Asia Pacific, a leading ICT services and solutions provider, to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for laptops across the organization’s 60 regional offices across 13 countries for 4,500 employees. This completes Dimension Data’s BYOD program, which was first introduced in 2007 for smartphones and tablets. Through Citrix’s market-leading desktop virtualization solution, XenDesktop, and its networking solution NetScaler, Dimension Data has now successfully implemented a comprehensive BYOD program to enable workforce mobility and choice of device.

IT News Week 2 of Apr 2015

For week 4 of Mar 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of by Pikom that ICT sales is expected to plummet by 30% post GST implemented come Apr 1 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Tekla Launches Structural Designer: A Powerful New Way for Engineers to Analyze
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Singapore - CyberArk Security Brief: Securing Third-Party Remote Access, a Weak Link in Enterprise IT
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - Cartrack Showcases Electronic Monitoring Solution at INTERPOL WORLD
  • PR - Apr 9, 2015 - RS Components Scoops Trio of Awards for Tektronix Sales and Service
  • PR - Apr 7, 2015 - LinguaNext Technologies’ “Linguify.S” becomes an SAP-Endorsed Business Solution
  • PR - Apr 7, 2015 - Huawei Malaysia Chief Abraham Liu Joins Ministry of Education’s CEO Faculty Program
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Microsoft : #WeSpeakCode: Empowering the next generation of Malaysians through coding
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab Survey Reveals Many Parents Feel Powerless in Face of Cyberbullying
  • PR - Apr 3, 2015 - Huawei Reports CNY288.2 billion Revenue for 2014
  • Pr - Apr 2, 2015 - RS Components adds two new affordable inspection cameras to RS range
  • PR - Apr 2, 2015 - IBM Malaysia Accelerates Local Cloud Startups with Industry Leading Global Entrepreneur
  • PR - Apr 2, 2015 - Google AdSense Now Available in Malay
  • PR - Apr 1, 2015 - Kaspersky: Security researchers identify malware threat to virtual currencies
  • Ovum - Mar 31, 2015 - WhatsApp takes on the challenge of VoIP communications
  • PR - Mar 31, 2015 - The Surface 3 - The thinnest and lightest Surface yet!

Email team@it-sideways.com for more info.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Still Kena SST Pulak!

I am not alone after all.

All these while, I thought that when GST is enforced, the SST will become obsolete.

The reason is simple - before GST, consumers would pay 10% (sales and service tax) + 6% (government tax) for all bills - you have to pay whether it is a good or bad service and there was no question for that.

With GST, generally the costs of consumer becomes higher and hence, the 10%+6% should become only 6% lar.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Government Open Data : Preserving Internet Freedom In Malaysia

With so many years of exposure to MDeC, I like admit that at least MDeC is sincere and honest, even though the ambition for Malaysia to become an IT-knowledgebase-powerhouse-economy is still a bit far fetched - but that is okay - after all, those nerds and whiz kids at Silicone Valley USA are really too good at doing software and innovation.

So here is another noble initiative from MDeC and the current government administration; that it is trying to open up, become more transparent, engage with its citizen and make the people more articulate.

It was quoted that:

How can Rakyat benefit from the Government Open Data?

Open Government Data increases government transparency and allows more engagement between the Government and the Rakyat, enabling them to be more directly informed and involved in democratic decision making. Local entrepreneurs and businesses can use these data to derive trends and insights that can help them inform on innovative business solutions and models.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Visa and Maybank Pilot Asia’s First Contactless Payment Watch

Press Release : Mar 31, 2015

Visa and Maybank today launched an internal pilot of Watch2Pay, the first contactless payment watch in Asia. Watch2Pay allows users to conduct contactless payments in a matter of seconds, leveraging on Visa’s payWave contactless technology, at more than 3,000 Visa payWave contactless readers across the country.

Maybank Visa Payment Watch

Consumer payment preferences have evolved over the years. Besides moving to cashless, consumers increasingly want to make payments in a faster and more convenient way, such as contactless transactions. Based on the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study 68 per cent of Malaysian respondents said that they would choose to visit a store that accepted contactless payments over one that did not.

Watch2Pay was recently featured in January 2015’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and is available in only four other countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Austria).