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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


PR - Mar 18, 2016 - Deck13 appoints Mathias Reichert to Managing Director

Frankfurt-based developer Deck13 today announced that it has appointed Mathias Reichert (formerly development director at Deck13) to managing director. Mathias Reichert will be responsible for product development and quality assurance.

Mathias Reichert has worked at Deck13 since July 2013 and served as development director for Lords of the Fallen which won several industry awards. Since 2015, Mathias Reichert has also been managing director of the Hamburg based studio Deck13 Hamburg GmbH which is responsible for developing the TransOcean series.

Mathias Reichert

Deck13 Interactive is one of Germany’s leading Next-Gen developers with studios based in Frankfurt and Hamburg. Deck13’s award winning portfolio contains top-titles like Next-Gen multiplatform hit Lords of the Fallen, which sold more than 1 million units. The team consisting of 50 people is currently developing the AAA-multiplatform title The Surge which utilizes their home made FLEDGE-Engine. The studio’s newly founded unit „Deck13 Games“ publishes select games from independent developers and supports their marketing efforts.

PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Kfar Saba, Israel – Dynamic context-classification engine from Covertix

Covertix, a leading data-centric security provider, announces availability of its patented dynamic real-time context classification engine within the SmartCipherTM product suite.

The dynamic real-time context classification engine provides pinpoint accuracy in determining is the right action to take when an end user accesses sensitive content. The same document may require different levels of security based on access parameters and usage.

Coupled with SmartCipher’s document protection classification engine and advanced data movement monitoring, Covertix SmartCipher suite of solutions offers world leading DLP, IRM, EDRM and an encryption engine unmatched by any other solutions.

PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Cornerstone: The next level of power in Design of Experiments

camLine, as the provider of software solutions for manufacturing excellence now offers the new version 6.1 of Cornerstone. The application allows engineers to solve Design of Experiment and Data Analysis tasks efficiently with a practical and straightforward statistics based approach. Its capabilities range from analytical areas such as statistics for engineering to Design of Experiments (DoE) and Exploratory Data Analysis.

For the Design of Experiments, version 6.1 comes with the new design and basic model types “Definitive Screening” and “Linear+”. You will find categorical factors and constraints available in Space Filling Designs and have quick access to main DoE working steps. The application offers multiple improvements in the details and its performance. Drag & Drop is extended to Microsoft Excel files. 3D, Tile Map graphs, and interactive graphic tools got additional features. And, last but not least, your work will be facilitated by efficient dialogues to open and save files and to exchange data.

PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Carbon Black Names Eric O’Neill National Security Strategist

Carbon Black®, a leader in endpoint security, has roped in Eric O’Neill, a former FBI counterintelligence and counterterrorism operative, as the company’s national security strategist. Eric was instrumental in capturing Robert Hanssen, considered by many to be the most notorious spy in U.S. history.

In his new role at Carbon Black, O’Neill provides insight and advice on strategic cyber-security issues and will work to enable Carbon Black’s active participation in the conversation about the national strategy for cyber security. A practicing attorney who specializes in cyber security, counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations, O’Neill also will define and lead Carbon Black’s involvement in national cyber-security issues.

PR - Mar 17, 2016 - Travel Made Easy With Travel Recommends

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The compact pocket Wi-Fi router enables unlimited multiple mobile devices to be connected to one portable pocket Wi–Fi router. This enables travellers the ability to stay connected online as they navigate their way around a foreign land via navigation apps; as well as stay in touch with loved ones and contacts via messaging and calling apps such as WhatsApp and Line etc.

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PR - Mar 16, 2016 - Leading Professional Services Firm Appoints Dimension Data To Manage 5-Year Storage Upgrade

A leading professional services organisation in Malaysia has chosen Dimension Data, a global ICT solutions and services provider, to manage its storage platform upgrade to deliver zero planned and unplanned downtime for its business operations in eight offices across the country. This five-year contract will see the implementation of a modular, scalable and robust platform that will not only improve the organisation’s IT infrastructure agility, but will also assist it in meeting its internal on service-level demands.

Dimension Data addressed the client’s needs by offering a scalable storage platform that is able to support Microsoft solutions and applications (such as Hyper-V, Exchange and SQL), while eliminating any downtime risk. With the implementation of NetApp’s Clustered Data ONTAP Operating System solution, Dimension Data is able to assure the client’s business continuity and optimal network performance.

PR - Mar 15, 2016 - Kaspersky: Steam Stealers Target Thousands of Gamer Accounts

In an industry worth over an estimated hundred billion US dollars, gaming is not just big business for developers and manufacturers, but for cybercriminals too. Steam Stealer is a constantly evolving breed of malware that is responsible for hijacking the user accounts of the popular gaming platform, Steam. The malware’s goal is to steal online gaming items and user account credentials, and then resell them on the black market. It is distributed to cybercriminals under a malware-as-a-service business model with an extremely low entry price of up to $30 USD.

Steam is one of the most popular entertainment multi-OS distribution platforms. Owned by Valve, it has over 100 million registered users and several thousand games available for download worldwide. Its popularity makes it a large and attractive target for fraudster groups, who can sell Steam user credentials for $15 USD on the black market. According to recently published official Steam data, 77,000 Steam accounts are hijacked and pillaged every month.

PR - Mar 15, 2016 - AMD Game Developer Conference Announcement

1.) AMD Radeon Pro Duo featuring LiquidVR™ is the World’s First Platform for VR Content Creation and Consumption

The Radeon Pro Duo featuring Liquid VR™ is the world’s most powerful platform for VR, capable of both creating and consuming VR content. This platform is aimed at most aspects of VR content creation: from entertainment to education, journalism, medicine and cinema.

2.) AMD and Crytek Partner to Deliver Advanced VR Hardware and Software to Universities

With the latest partnership with universities, AMD is aiming to help colleges and universities create dedicated virtual reality labs as Crytek’s exclusive technology partner in their VR First™ initiative. Through this initiative, this partnership provides ready-made VR solution for developers, students and researchers. AMD will equip the labs with its new Radeon™ Pro Duo graphics cards featuring LiquidVR™ SDK, the world’s fastest and most powerful VR creator platform, capable of both creating and consuming VR content.

3.) AMD Takes 83% Share of Global VR System Market, Driving Leading VR Experiences for Consumers and Developers

Following GDC, AMD is announcing its dominance of the global VR systems market, revealing new advances in hardware and software to further the reach of VR.

PR - Mar 15, 2016 - EMC Announces Appointment of Sumash Singh as Managing Director of EMC

EMC Corporation has announced today the appointment of Sumash Singh as Managing Director of EMC Malaysia. Sumash will lead the company in driving digital transformation in Malaysia through EMC’s industry-leading platform solutions for Cloud, Big Data and Security.

Sumash has over two decades of experience in enterprise IT, cultivated from varied positions ranging from IT engineering to sales and senior leadership roles. As a veteran of EMC for over 10 years previously leading EMC South Africa’s Data Protection Solutions Division, he will continue to build EMC momentum for Cloud adoption in Malaysia. Prior to his new role heading up EMC Malaysia, Sumash was the Country Manager for CommVault in South Africa.

Sumash Singh, Managing Director, EMC, Malaysia

Sumash Singh, incoming Managing Director of EMC Malaysia, said “Malaysia’s continued business dynamism and fast changing business landscape spurred by the Trans Pacific Partnership and ASEAN Economic Community, are all great opportunities for businesses to tap into in 2016 and beyond. I look forward to working closely with our customers and partners, along with the EMC team, in driving digital transformation in Malaysia.”

PR - Mar 14, 2016 - IBM Collaborates with First City University College to Grow Cognitive Talent

IBM Malaysia and First City University College (First City UC) renewed its academic collaboration to embed IBM technologies into First City UC’s ICT curriculum and equip its undergraduates with cognitive computing skills.

According to First City UC’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Ho Chee Cheong, “The shortage in IT skills in our local workforce, specifically in development of cognitive applications had prompted companies to import talents from abroad. However in the long run, the practice is not sustainable.

(L-R)  First City UC Director Tan Sri Dato' Teo Chiang Liang; First City UC Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Ho Chee Cheong, IBM Malaysia managing director Chong Chye Neo and IBM Malaysia General Manager, Software Group Jimmy Kwang


“The collaboration between IBM and First City UC to enhance students capability in application development is a step in the right direction as newer generation of computers are cognitive ready. Graduates with the combination of critical thinking and programming skills will be in great demand.”

“The initiative would give First City UC students access to ‘cutting-edge’ thinking and practices from the world of business and technology, giving them a real world knowledge coupled with an enterprising mind-set to prepare them for the future,” concluded Prof. Dr. Ho.

PR - Mar 11, 2016 - MOLPay Simplifies Shopping Experience with Visa Checkout

With the growing concern over the inconvenience of checkouts experiences, MOLPay collaborates with Visa to offer another payment feature called Visa Checkout, a simplified checkout experience on any device for a better online shopping experience.

Visa Checkout is now available for all MOLPay merchant, making it easier for their customers to pay by reducing the number of steps required to complete an online purchase while having guaranteed security. MOLPay merchants can now instantly turn on this feature on their MOLPay admin dashboard.

With this collaboration, MOLPay wants to help merchants to reduce the number of abandoned cart and increase the revenue for their online businesses.

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