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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

IT News Week 4 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 3 Feb 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Obliteracers: 16-player party racer now available on STEAM!
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - AMD Expands Low-Power, G-Series Processor Family to Scale Performance, Price, and Power across its Embedded Line
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - MWC, Barcelona, Spain: - Elitecore Showcasing 2 New Wins for Cable TV and Broadband
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Barcelona - Tune Talk: Are you ready for 8G ?
  • Ovum - Feb 24, 2016 - Prepare for an m-commerce explosion
  • PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Steltix best Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Selling Partner in EMEA
  • PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Barracuda Appoints James Forbes-May as Vice President of APAC Sales
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Sophos Delivers Easy-to-Use Security Solutions for Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Red Hat Unveils Flexible and Portable Cloud Storage with Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Galasys Secures 25 New Contracts worth GBP1.1 mil
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Outperforms the Competition to Secure Testing Top Spot
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Consumers Abandon Brands Following a Bad Experience, Study Finds


PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Obliteracers: 16-player party racer now available on STEAM!

Game developer and publisher Deck13 is pleased to announce that the PC party racer Obliteracers, developed by Australian developer Varkian Empire (Space Dust Studios), is now available on STEAM. Players will be able to purchase the US$14.99 game at a 10% discount for the first 14 days of sale on STEAM. Michael Davies (CEO, Varkian Empire) said: „We are very proud to release our first full game on STEAM. We were already humbled by our win of the Indie Showcase Award at the IFEST in Melbourne and are very much looking forward to seeing how the players like the game.“



PR - Feb 24, 2016 - AMD Expands Low-Power, G-Series Processor Family to Scale Performance, Price, and Power across its Embedded Line

At Embedded World today, AMD announced its 3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs and the Embedded G-Series LX SoC, providing customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand developers’ ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation G-Series SoC devices.

Also announced today are two new, higher performing 3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs, codenamed “Prairie Falcon” and “Brown Falcon,” which introduce for the first time pin compatibility for G-Series processors with the higher performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoC.

PR - Feb 24, 2016 - MWC, Barcelona, Spain: - Elitecore Showcasing 2 New Wins for Cable TV and Broadband

Elitecore, a global IT product and service provider offering Next-generation BSS, Packet Core and Carrier Wi-Fi solution, announces two major wins with leading Wireline Broadband Operators with its Elitecore Multiplay Service Management Platform (SMP) in India. The platform is an end-to-end convergent, real time and pre-integrated B/OSS solution which has over 10 successful case studies. The solution has enabled operators as well as their channel partners (Distributors, Retailers) to easily drive their business on a single stack supported by launch of innovative services.

The first win comes with a leading Pay TV operator who aims to provide innovative broadband services along with Pay TV solution on a single stack keeping their future road map and growth in mind. The solution has enabled the operator with Innovative use cases like Bandwidth on Demand, Volume on Demand, FUP based plans, Add-on Plan Subscription, Quota Management (Volume and Time Based), Real Time Notifications, Quota Roll Over plans etc for faster monetization.

The second success comes with a multi-billion dollar conglomerate present in more than 11 states and 50 cities in India. The operator was looking for a Robust, scalable and high-performance end-to-end B/OSS stack for smooth and quality operations for launch of Wireline Broadband Services. Elitecore enabled the operator with Multiple Mobile Apps for customers, partners, field force, agents & sales team apart from providing innovative use cases such as Volume On Demand, Bandwidth On Demand, Multi-Tier FUP, Application Based Plans, Event Based Plans etc.

PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Barcelona - Tune Talk: Are you ready for 8G ?

Tune Talk, the largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in ASEAN, has proven itself again to be among the boldest innovators in the telecommunications ecosystem. The company announced today that it is launching a ground-breaking and revolutionary service which will unify any and all emerging spectrums to create a singular point-to-point broadband connectivity OTA(Over the Air) with absolutely zero expenditure on infrastructure.



The announcement was made along with the much anticipated unveiling of the rumoured 'Tune Talk 8G’ device at the SWAG Booth in the Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona, Spain. The event was witnessed by Dr Mazlan Ismail, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and Dr Fathul Bari, representative of Ministry of Communications and Multimedia. The cutting-edge technology is expected to make Malaysia the first country in the world to be able to experience such optimal usage of bandwidth of various mediums, as opposed to the current market model, which is fractured by service provider and not by bandwidth availability. Tune Talk has reputedly maintained a strong focus on the core of the company’s drive, which is an unwavering culture of delivering the best mobile service experience in the world.

Ovum - Feb 24, 2016 - Prepare for an m-commerce explosion

The total global user base for mobile payments will increase from an estimated 689.99 million users in 2014 to 4.77 billion users in 2019, according to global analyst firm Ovum.



Of the three segments covered in the new forecast* – m-commerce, person-to-person (P2P) mobile money transfers, and mobile proximity payments – m-commerce is the biggest in terms of users and transaction value.

Ovum forecasts 452.78 million global m-commerce users in 2014, rising to 2.07 billion users in 2019. The global transaction value of m-commerce will grow from $50.92bn in 2014 to $693.36bn by 2019.

PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Steltix best Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Selling Partner in EMEA

Steltix, one of the largest, and fastest growing JD Edwards services providers in the world, received the Oracle Award for the Regional License Revenue Production – EMEA at the JD Edwards Summit 2016 in Broomfield, Colorado.

John Schiff, Vice President JD Edwards, conveyed appreciation from the JD Edwards executive team for contributions made by JD Edwards partners. “Our JD Edwards partners demonstrate their commitment each year for innovative technologies and customer focused solutions to solving real world client challenges. The submissions we received this year illustrate the passion and pride our partners have in working with Oracle to deliver JD Edwards transformational business solutions for customers to address the demands of the digital economy."

This award is a recognition of the Steltix strategy in Europe. The focus on JD Edwards and people makes Steltix a unique organization in allowing customers to leverage their investment in Oracle solutions. Just recently, Steltix extended the European presence by adding offices in Portugal and Spain. This will make Steltix more competitive for global customers and will also enhance the delivery and support capability within those countries. The integration of the former Innerjoin consultants has made Steltix the top JD Edwards player in Portugal.

PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Barracuda Appoints James Forbes-May as Vice President of APAC Sales

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces the appointment of James Forbes-May as Vice President of APAC Sales.

As Vice President of APAC Sales, Forbes-May will work with the sales teams across the Asia Pacific region to expand Barracuda’s presence and distribution channel, as well as to identify new business opportunities for Barracuda in the Asia Pacific region.
James Forbes-May, VP, APAC Sales, Barracuda Networks.

Prior to joining Barracuda, Forbes-May was with Arcserve for more than four years. He also has held leadership roles at Vision Solutions (formerly Double-Take) and Yosemite Software. He is an execution-focused sales leader, with international business and sales experience. Prior to spending the last eight years in the Asia-Pacific region, Forbes-May worked in the software business in EMEA. During his time in Asia, he has driven significant sales growth, expanded channels, and driven new go-to-market sales strategies.

PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Sophos Delivers Easy-to-Use Security Solutions for Enterprise Mobility Management

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 6.0, which now includes Sophos Secure Email, a container solution that isolates and secures business data from personal information on devices. Sophos Mobile Control 6.0 also enhances data protection capabilities and allows IT managers to oversee devices used throughout their organisation through a simple interface and intuitive workflows.

Within Sophos Mobile Control 6.0 is Sophos Secure Email, a personal information management (PIM) container solution for email, calendar and contacts. Personal and corporate data can be separated, allowing organisations to manage business data security while enhancing user privacy. IT administrators can remotely provision email to employee mobile devices across popular platforms, including iOS, and multiple Android versions.

PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Red Hat Unveils Flexible and Portable Cloud Storage with Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has expanded its alliance with Google to deliver Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform. Red Hat Gluster Storage is a shared-nothing, scale-out solution available to Google Cloud Platform customers seeking elastic and robust file storage across public and hybrid cloud environments.

Deploying Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform enables customers to deploy the same storage technology on-premises and on Google Cloud Platform so users can take their existing applications with them as they move into the cloud. Traditional hardware storage solutions do not offer this level of flexibility – open, software-defined storage found in Red Hat Gluster Storage can provide the level of compatibility and agility required for hybrid cloud infrastructures.

PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Galasys Secures 25 New Contracts worth GBP1.1 mil

Galasys PLC, a market leading provider of integrated amusement park solutions and services in Asia, today shares that the company has secured 25 new contracts and new projects in the last quarter of 2015 worth GBP1.1 million.

The significant contracts included Asia's First Animation Theme Park, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) which is being built in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia by Animation Theme Park Sdn Bhd for a cost of RM450 million. MAPS features over 40 attractions in 6 thematic zones and is targeted to complete in 2016. Their contract with Galasys is worth RM1.37million.

Sean Seah, CEO, Galasys

Sean Seah, the Chief Executive of Galasys, says, “2015 has been a good year for Galasys. Galasys continues to build on its position as the leading provider of integrated and modular amusement park solutions and services in China and South East Asia.”

“In addition to our ongoing projects, in the last quarter, we have secured 7 new customers and 18 of our existing customers purchased new solutions to complement their business directions,” he adds.

PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Outperforms the Competition to Secure Testing Top Spot

Kaspersky Lab has claimed top spot in the TOP3 metric for Internet security for the third year in a row, proving that its products offer the best protection from cyberthreats in the industry. Kaspersky Lab products scored more top-three places than any other vendor in comprehensive independent testing throughout 2015.

The annual TOP3 rating, devised by Kaspersky Lab, assesses the performance of nearly 100 vendors that took part in a variety of IT security tests for corporate, consumer and mobile products during the course of the year. Only tests from recognized and independent labs, whose methodology is transparent and clear were considered – such as AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST, Dennis Technology Labs, MRG Effitas and others. Tests performed in these programs assess all protection technologies against known, unknown and advanced threats.



In Kaspersky Lab’s TOP3 metric, each vendor is assigned a score based on the number of top three places and awards it received, relative to the number of tests in which it participated. Kaspersky Lab products participated in 94 independent tests throughout 2015, being awarded first place in 60 of them – the best result in the industry. Kaspersky Lab products also achieved a higher percentage of top-three places than any other vendor – 82%.

PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Consumers Abandon Brands Following a Bad Experience, Study Finds

LogMeIn today released the findings of a study that was conducted to better understand the attitudes, expectations and behavioral preferences of today’s connected, multi-channel consumer. Led by customer experience consulting group Fifth Quadrant in conjunction with LogMeIn, the report, Optimizing Customer Experience in India and South East Asia: Delivering to the Needs of the Connected, Multi-channel Consumer, surveyed over 1,500 respondents across Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and revealed some serious implications for businesses that lag behind in delivering customer service experience and engagement.

When discussing customer experience, nearly eight out of every 10 study respondents indicated they would stop doing business with a company after a bad experience, with 72% indicating they would advise family and friends to do the same. Overall, across the region a majority of respondents felt moderately satisfied with their customer support experiences (44%), but there is definitely room for improvement as only 25% indicated a high rate of satisfaction.

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