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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fast Files Backup Using AOMEI Backupper (Review)

AOMEI Backupper is a Windows based hard disk and files backup software.

I found it to be very easy to use, it comes with simple and plain interfaces.
Plain and simple user interface

The software offers 4 major functions.

I.) Backup
II.) Restore
III.) Clone
IV.) Utilities

For this review, the focus will be on backup which consists of 5 sub-categories.

I.1) System Backup - backup all the system files, boot files, and program files only - usually including system partition and boot partition
  • System partition: It is the partition that installs the operating system, applications, and saves your personal files. That is the so-called C Drive. System files require relatively more space. For example, the system files of Windows 7 require at least 8 GB.
  • Boot partition: It is the partition that stores boot files, including boot.ini, ntldr, bcd, winload.exe, etc. Boot files require relatively smaller space, generally less than 200MB.

I.2) Disk Backup - backup the entire hard disk to an image file, this is useful to create a backup image of your external hard disk

If you backup the local hard disk, the image can be used for restoration in case of system crashed.

I.3) Partition Backup - backup your partition (within a hard disk) to an image file

I.4) File Backup - backup the files and folders to an image file

I.5) File Sync - backup folders by file synchronization, no image file created - in other words, this will attempt to clone your files and folder from a source (local hard disk) to a destination (external drive)

This review will focus on the File Sync.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

IT News Week 4 Mar 2016

For IT News Week 3 Mar 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 25, 2016 - Malaysians are bracing for the worst Heatwave
  • PR - Mar 24, 2016 - Citrix Announces Asiasoft Solutions Pte Ltd as First Citrix Specialist Partner in Singapore
  • PR - Mar 23, 2016 - Radeon™ Graphics: The Intersection of Speed and Sophistication in the DirectX® 12 Era
  • PR - Mar 23, 2016 - Turning the Smartphone Into A Remote Control
  • PR - Mar 23, 2016 - Red Hat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results
  • PR - Mar 23, 2016 - Aruba Delivers Mobile-First Networking Portfolio to Accelerate the Move to the Digital Workplace
  • PR - Mar 23, 2016 - Huawei Calls for Open and Cooperative Approach to Security at Commonwealth Cybersecurity Forum 2016
  • PR - Mar 22, 2016 - Steltix partners with AutoDeploy to bring JD Edwards continuous deployment and delivery software suite to the European market
  • PR - Mar 22, 2016 - ‘Eyes in the sky’ technology opens the way to rapid, safe and repeatable inspections
  • PR - Mar 22, 2016 - Sophos Email Appliances Adds Next-Generation Sandboxing Technology

Opportunity for Malaysia’s Retail Exporters to Gain More Access to US Market

PR - Mar 24, 2016 -

Malaysian SMEs can now capture a bigger share of the American consumer market following a revision in the de minimis threshold, with items valued at US$800 and below being exempted from import duties.

The de minimis threshold is the amount at which US import duties apply. With the limit being increased from US$200 to US$800 Malaysian retail exporters on eBay will be able to sell higher priced items into the US with much lower barriers such as additional duty charges, hold-ups in customs, and paperwork.

Coupled with the ease of access and reach of eBay, retail exporters can look forward to a shorter delivery period and hassle free document processing, with the amendment allowing them to bypass the US import customs formalities when the price falls under threshold value. American consumers, on the other hand, will be encouraged to buy more due to the increased affordability, leading to better export sales opportunities for retail exporters.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Leading cyber security services provider e-Cop relaunches as Quann

Mar 21, 2016 - Singapore:

e-Cop, a homegrown Managed Security Services Provider and a business unit of Singapore’s leading security organization Certis CISCO, has announced today that it has relaunched as Quann. The initiative comes with the expansion of its security offerings and next-generation Security Operations Centers (SOCs), as well as investments in manpower development. This will enable Quann to expand its current regional footprint across Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The relaunch also introduces a new logo and tagline, which represent Quann’s business focus and objectives. The logo symbolizes the continuous circle of protection afforded to customers. The new tagline – The art and science of being cyber secure – underlines Quann’s focus on applying the art of its experience and foresight with the science of breakthrough technology in designing customized solutions.

Foo Siang-tse, MD, Quann

“Following the relaunch, our new brand identity, renewed business focus and increased investments will bolster Quann’s capabilities to address the region’s growing need for cyber security services. This positions us well to achieve our ambition of four-fold growth by 2020 and become Asia-Pacific’s leading cyber security player,” said Mr. Foo Siang-tse, Managing Director, Quann.

Incorporated in 2000, Quann is the most established cyber security services provider in Singapore. It is also one of the largest in Asia, with more than ten ISO/IEC 27001 certified, in-country SOCs**. The SOCs operate on Quann’s proprietary patented technologies that provide real-time, advanced big data analytics to swiftly alert clients of potential threats. From 2011 to 2015, the company recorded an annual revenue growth of more than 30 per cent per year, surpassing the industry’s growth rate of 13.7 per cent*.

Mr. Foo explains: “Security is in our DNA and we provide a unique value proposition to our clients. By combining cutting-edge technologies with the skills, insights and experience of our cyber security professionals, we are able to provide organizations with comprehensive and customized security solutions, which are underpinned by robust processes and resilient infrastructure.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

UOB-Temasek joint venture InnoVen Capital signs first financing agreements

Mar 22, 2016 - Singapore:

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) and Temasek Joint Venture InnoVen Capital (InnoVen) today announced that it has signed two venture debt financing agreements with e-commerce startups in Southeast Asia.

These startups are among the 20 Southeast Asian, Indian and Chinese companies which InnoVen has identified for venture debt funding in the next six months. They are in sectors such as e-commerce, financial technology, logistics and big data.

In the first quarter this year, InnoVen signed financing deals with Malaysia-based KFit Holdings, an e-commerce health and fitness company and Thailand-based Pomelo Fashion, an e-commerce fashion company. Both companies will be using the venture debt loans to develop their business in the region.

InnoVen will provide loans totalling US$5 million to help KFit Holdings and Pomelo cater to the fitness habits and fashion trends of Asia’s growing affluent population which is expected to account for two-thirds of the world’s middle class consumers or about 3.2 billion people by 2030.

Mr Eric Tham, Managing Director and Head of Group Commercial Banking, UOB, said venture debt is important in nurturing Asia’s entrepreneurs and in encouraging innovation.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Norton : Malaysian Internet Users Cyber-crime Experience 2015

Mar 15, 2016

Norton by Symantec, today released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report* which sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers in Malaysia.
  • 56% of consumers believed it’s more likely to have their credit card information stolen after shopping online rather than out of their wallets.
  • More than six in 10 (59 percent) of Malaysians believe using public Wi-Fi is riskier than using a public restroom.
  • Additionally, 33 percent reported they have personally experienced cybercrime in the past year.
  • Baby boomers are more tech savvy than Millennials when it comes to secure online habits

Saturday, March 19, 2016

IT News Week 3 Mar 2016

For IT News Week 2 Mar 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 18, 2016 - Deck13 appoints Mathias Reichert to Managing Director
  • PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Kfar Saba, Israel – Dynamic context-classification engine from Covertix
  • PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Cornerstone: The next level of power in Design of Experiments
  • PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Carbon Black Names Eric O’Neill National Security Strategist
  • PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Travel Made Easy With Travel Recommends
  • PR - Mar 16, 2016 - Leading Professional Services Firm Appoints Dimension Data To Manage 5-Year Storage Upgrade
  • PR - Mar 15, 2016 - Kaspersky: Steam Stealers Target Thousands of Gamer Accounts
  • PR - Mar 15, 2016 - AMD Game Developer Conference Announcement
  • PR - Mar 15, 2016 - EMC Announces Appointment of Sumash Singh as Managing Director of EMC
  • PR - Mar 14, 2016 - IBM Collaborates with First City University College to Grow Cognitive Talent
  • PR - Mar 11, 2016 - MOLPay Simplifies Shopping Experience with Visa Checkout

Friday, March 18, 2016

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 Offers High-Performance Linux-based Workloads

Mar 15, 2016 :

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6.

This new version of Red Hat’s KVM-based virtualization solution offers increased performance, scale, and security for high-intensity Linux workloads.

It also updates user experience and management tools to help reduce cost and time of VMware migrations by eliminating the need to purchase a third-party migration tool. Lowering the costs and sprawl of proprietary virtualization solutions is a common customer challenge addressed by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Customized for large computing environments like SAP or Oracle deployments, as well as compute and graphic-intensive workstations, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization demonstrated a 36 percent performance advantage compared to other virtualization solutions in SPECvirt 2013 testing.1

The new PCI Device Assignment feature is designed to accelerate high-performance workloads, such as CAD/CAM. This enables a direct pass through of physical devices to virtual machines helping some customers to achieve near bare-metal performance for critical resources while reducing overhead of multiple, expensive workstations.

Waze Planned Drives : Set your routes like appointments

Mar 17, 2016:

Waze is proud to announce that version 4.3 is now live and available for download in the App store for all iOS users. This new update includes its latest feature, Planned Drives.

Planned Drives takes the stress out of planning an appointment or important trip, whether it’s today or in the week ahead. Now you’ll always know when to go! Enter the time and date you need to arrive and Waze will recommend the best time to leave. You’ll also receive a reminder closer to your event with an updated departure time based upon real-time road conditions making it easier to manage your time and schedule to avoid traffic. Just set it and forget it!

To better maximise your free time, Planned Drives also offers a recommendation graph illustrating traffic peaks by hour for the next seven days - perfect for more flexible events like errands or departing on a road trip that can be done at the best time to avoid traffic. To calculate recommended departure times Waze continues to be at the forefront of innovation, taking into account expected traffic conditions based on smart algorithms, aggregated traffic history and predictive analysis.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sophos Encryption Survey Reveals Employee Banking Data and Other Personal Information is at Risk

Mar 10, 2016 :

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced the findings of its recent survey, The State of Encryption Today. The survey polled 1,700 IT decision makers from mid-sized businesses in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, Japan and Malaysia, about their encryption habits, concerns and plans.

Key findings of the survey reveal that private, highly-sensitive employee information, including banking details, human resource (HR) files and personal healthcare records, are at risk. While many companies take the security of their customer data seriously, employees are not protected to the same level.

In reality, company data remains at risk as well, as nearly one-third (30 percent) of all organisations surveyed, fail to always encrypt their own corporate financial information, and nearly half (41 percent) inconsistently encrypt files containing valuable intellectual property.

According to the survey, the key barriers in encryption are lack of budget, performance concerns and lack of encryption deployment knowledge. In addition to these top three encryption barriers, some organisations also cited a lack of legal regulation pressure and some believed that encryption is not an effective tool for securing sensitive data.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chatime’s Bubbling Success With Microsoft

Feb 29, 2016 -

Chatime Malaysia – the leading lifestyle tea brand – has enhanced its business operations by adopting Microsoft solutions, which includes Windows 8 and the enterprise-grade cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure.

As one of the top beverage companies in the world, Chatime aims to be the most loved beverage by revolutionizing the tea drinking culture in the country. The company today employs over 800 trained tearistas (tea equivalent to baristas), across 150 outlets, offering up to 80 choices of beverages daily.

To handle its robust and growing business, the company often struggled with its old point-of-sale (POS) system that could no longer fulfil vital requirements that the team needed in order to drive their business forward.

Chatime previously relied on a traditional POS system in each store that is connected to a main server back at the headquarters, which needed to be manually updated on a daily basis – a time-consuming task which resulted in delayed results. As the system operated in an almost standalone basis, the company found itself wasting valuable time in communicating changes to the POS system and monitoring its business activities in this way.

Healthcare IT in 2016: Embracing Mobility

Mar 2016: By Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, ASEAN, Citrix

Innovation is unleashed when people are inspired. As disruption forces companies to continuously find new ways to eke out a competitive advantage, it is easy to overlook the corporate workplace itself. Today, success depends on the streamlining of processes, and finding the most efficient ways to get things done – right down to the physical and digital environments of employees.

Mark Micallef, Area VP, ASEAN, Citrix

With the ever-growing need to support remote work styles and BYOD initiatives, IT in the healthcare industry has become a lot more complex. Mobility is transforming healthcare as clinicians embrace new devices and methods of working to deliver better and faster care to patients everywhere. As a result, a secure IT infrastructure which delivers real time content required to treat patients is now no longer a nicety, but a necessity. Whether it is extending applications and data to the cloud, or just outside the walls of the organization, businesses are embracing mobility solutions to provide secure and nimble IT.

To reap the benefits of healthcare mobility while avoiding potential risks, organizations need to develop a structured strategy, addressing the people, policies and technologies involved. In this article, Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, Citrix ASEAN, outlines the five steps for embracing mobility in healthcare.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

BAC teams up with SUTRA Foundation for Ganjam

EduNation is a non-profit organisation that provides a complete and free educational resource for every Malaysian student.

A Sutra Dance Theatre’s Odissi production, Ganjam’ pays ode to the region of Southern Odisha, home to some of the state’s most prolific medieval composers, poets and literary figures – a performance not to be missed. Co-founded by Raja Singham and Edmond Yap, EduNation is taking yet another step towards achieving its mission of providing free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Transforming the way children learn, EduNation & BAC (Brickfields Asia College) are now launching primary school videos in Tamil and Mandarin.

The money raised from Ganjam show will benefit directly towards EduNation Tamil Education Project.

EduNation, with its digital lessons and simple exercises, is determined to transform how students learn at every level.

In just a couple of years, EduNation has:
  • Produced over 3,000 learning videos for the secondary school syllabus in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Gone from having zero views in 2012 to experiencing 50,000 views per month in 2015 on its YouTube channel
  • An international audience spanning countries such as America, UK, India, Singapore and Malaysia amongst many others.

Friday, March 11, 2016

EMC Makes A Quantum Leap In Enterprise Storage

Mar 2, 2016 - :

EMC takes a quantum leap forward with new lightning fast storage technology that will enable businesses and governments to seize new opportunities that were previously unattainable. Through this, EMC announces major additions to its leading all-flash storage solutions to address mixed, consolidate and the world’s most performance-intensive enterprise workloads. EMC introduces DSSD D5 - a new "Rack-Scale Flash" - offering an order of magnitude improvements in performance, latency, and bandwidth. EMC also launches the VMAX All Flash completely re-engineering VMAX to capitalize on the transformational value of flash in the modern data center.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

IT News Week 2 Mar 2016

For IT News Week 4 Feb 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 11, 2016 - Pikom Launches Pikom Fair This Month 2016
  • PR - Mar 10, 2016 - IBM & UPSI to upskill science teachers to raise STEM proficiency in Malaysian schools
  • PR - Mar 10, 2016 - Microsoft delivers enterprise-class ERP to the cloud
  • PR - Mar 10, 2016 - Oracle Unveils First Data Protection Solution with Seamless Cloud Tiering
  • PR - Mar 9, 2016 - Chenbro Debuts 2U 24 Bay High Disk I/O Performance Server/Storage Chassis - RM23624
  • PR - Mar 9, 2016 - Hitachi Announces Jack Domme to Drive Social Innovation Business and Extend its Lead in IoT
  • PR - Mar 8, 2016 - Animal Logic to Push Digital Animation Creative Boundaries with Brocade Networking Solutions for The New IP
  • PR - Mar 8, 2016 - Huawei Mate 8
  • PR - Mar 7, 2016 - Toshiba unleash 6th gen Intel® CoreTM processors in its business ultra-mobility Z Series.
  • PR - Mar 2, 2016 - Travel fuels increased spending on UOB Malaysia credit cards in 2015
  • PR - Mar 2, 2016 - Sabah state government collaborates with Huawei to become a regional ICT hub
  • PR - Mar 2, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Launches Anti Targeted Attack Platform and New Security Services
  • PR - Mar 1, 2016 - Genesys Announces Expansion of Asia Pacific Partner Network
  • PR - Feb 29, 2016 - New Releases of Acronis Backup Solutions Deliver Best-Ever Performance and Reliability
  • PR - Feb 29, 2016 - 11street Brings Wave of SYOK with its Renewed Shocking Deals and Enhanced Mobile App

Barracuda Expands NextGen Firewall to Securely Connect Thousands of Remote Machines

Mar 7, 2016 - Kuala Lumpur :

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces it has expanded its next-generation firewall product family with the addition of the new Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series which will enable customers to securely connect thousands of machine endpoints, such as ATM machines or other remote devices, by enabling new ‘Internet of Things’ applications and deployments.

“Next-generation firewall appliances typically deployed in smaller networks can be very complex and expensive for organizations with hundreds or even thousands of remote kiosks, such as banks with ATMs and energy providers with wind power stations,” he adds.

It provides organisations with greater flexibility to securely connect highly distributed networks, and includes the same advanced security functionality such as Application Control, Anti-Virus, IPS, and URL filtering well known with the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F- and Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series products.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

DRONE VOLT launches its surveillance drone capable of several days of autonomy

Mar 3, 2016:

DRONE VOLT, French leader in professional drones, makes a technological advancement with its original professional drone Z18 UF (Unlimited Flight), capable of continuous surveillance of areas and events where security is a priority: Industrial sites with sensible infrastructures, road networks, rescue and search operations, support after natural disasters, crowds gatherings, etc.

This innovative model will be unveiled for the first time at the DRONE VOLT booth (stand n° 435 Hall 9) at the Nuremberg IWA (Germany) from Friday March 4th to Monday the 7th of March 2016.