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Thursday, May 05, 2016

IT News Week 1 May 2016

For IT News Week 5 Apr 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 5, 2016 - ASUS Announces Beyond VR Ready Program
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - On­li­ne SPC for In­du­s­try 4.0
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - SophosLabs Research Finds “Designer” Cyber Threats on the Rise
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes “Cloud Native”
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Modern Storage Networks for New EMC Unity Storage
  • PR - May 3, 2016 - Villepinte, France - Drone Volt enters the world of Virtual Reality with Janus 360 Drone
  • PR - May 3, 2016 - F-Secure Offers Free Privacy and Security App to Journalists
  • PR - Apr 29, 2016 - Harvard Business School to Nurture Data Professionals in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Cognizant Expands its Footprint in Malaysia with a New Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur


PR - May 5, 2016 - ASUS Announces Beyond VR Ready Program

ASUS today announced ASUS Beyond VR Ready, a distinctive mark of compatibility and confidence for consumers keen to gear up for the virtual-reality (VR) gaming revolution. ASUS has worked closely with leading industry partners, to ensure a wide range of ASUS motherboards, graphics cards and systems work seamlessly with the new generation of fully-immersive VR headsets and accessories.



The testing and configuration program involved ASUS and partner engineers cooperating on the optimization of firmware and drivers for superior VR compatibility and performance — and the creation of the ASUS Beyond VR Ready logo indicates products tested to deliver a reliable and immersive VR experience.

The Beyond VR Ready badge will be applied to ASUS products already tested for compatibility with the Oculus Rift® virtual-reality (VR) headset and will include other VR headsets like the HTC Vive® once they arrive to market. The ASUS VR Ready website is live today, at www.asus.com/microsite/beyond-vr-ready and will be continually updated with the introduction of new products.

PR - May 4, 2016 - On­li­ne SPC for In­du­s­try 4.0

With the brand new release of LineWorks SPACE 7.1, online SPC (Statistical Process Control) for Industry 4.0 agility is available for manufacturing industries. Via diverse improvements for normalized charts and specification management, the new version facilitates the implementation of SPC strategies specifically for environments with high product mix and low volume production runs. The latest distribution adds over 90 improvements in usability, graphics, and reliability and includes an interface to Cornerstone, a separate product to perform data analyses and Design of Experiments (DoE).

Providing full quality assurance, the software can present itself proudly to be proven over many years. For industrial manufacturers, a highly developed infrastructure solution is made available to interactively control their manufacturing processes.

PR - May 4, 2016 - SophosLabs Research Finds “Designer” Cyber Threats on the Rise

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today revealed SophosLabs research that indicates a growing trend among cybercriminals to target and even filter out specific countries when designing ransomware and other malicious cyberattacks. The research includes information from millions of endpoints worldwide and is analysed by the team at SophosLabs.

To lure more victims with their attacks, cybercriminals are now crafting customised spam to carry threats using regional vernacular, brands and payment methods for better cultural compatibility, according to Sophos.

Ransomware cleverly disguised as authentic email notifications, complete with counterfeit local logos, is more believable, highly clickable and therefore more financially rewarding to the criminal. To be as effective as possible, these scam emails now impersonate local postal companies, tax and law enforcement agencies and utility firms, including phony shipping notices, refunds, speeding tickets and electricity bills. SophosLabs has seen a rise in spam where the grammar is more often properly written and perfectly punctuated.

PR - May 4, 2016 - VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes “Cloud Native”

On the last day of EMC World 2016, EMC announced it has expanded its VCE® VxRack™ System 1000 to provide a turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience through new ‘Neutrino’ nodes.

The VxRack System is currently the only hyper-converged rack-scale engineered system with pre-integrated networking that satisfies the scalability and management requirements of today’s workload environments. The flexibility of the VxRack System is rooted in its rack-scale design, allowing enterprises, ISV’s and Service Providers to leverage different node types for different workloads as they accelerate their digital transformation initiatives.

VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes “Cloud Native”
  • VCE VxRack System 1000 with new Neutrino Nodes delivers fast, low-risk deployment of on-premises cloud environments to give customers more control and visibility
  • Enables provisioning of cloud-native IaaS environments in less than one hour
  • Designed to support multiple cloud-native IaaS and data stacks including OpenStack VMware Photon Platform and Apache Hadoop
  • Provides IaaS foundation for the new EMC Native Hybrid Cloud – a fully engineered turnkey developer platform that accelerates and simplifies cloud-native application development and deployment using Pivotal Cloud Foundry
  • New Neutrino Nodes complement existing FLEX Nodes and SDDC Nodes

PR - May 4, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Modern Storage Networks for New EMC Unity Storage

Brocade today announced that its Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP storage networking technologies are providing a network foundation enabling customers of the, EMC Unity solution - announced at EMC World, to optimise the performance, availability, and reliability of their storage deployments and meet customer requirements for all-flash, affordability, flexibility and simplicity. Brocade® Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP storage technologies provide an agile and easy-to-deploy network foundation between servers and EMC Unity all-flash and hybrid storage that eliminates bottlenecks for high-transaction, mixed workloads in flash-based arrays.

Brocade Fabric Vision™ technology simplifies network management through innovative monitoring and diagnostics to anticipate and pre-empt problems before they impact operations. This technology leverages Brocade’s 20 years of best practices in automating complex tasks, resulting in a dramatic reduction in operational costs.

PR - May 3, 2016 - Villepinte, France - Drone Volt enters the world of Virtual Reality with Janus 360 Drone

DRONE VOLT, the French leader in professional drones, revolutionizing the world of Photography and Cinematography with the JANUS 360 by DRONE VOLT, a Drone dedicated for 360° Virtual Reality content production.

Virtual reality has a tremendous future and points to a growing need for 3D content filmed in 360° for cinematography, tourism, advertising, sports & sports training, gaming, design & architecture, construction, real estate and many other industries.

To meet the needs of this strategic market, the R&D division of DRONE VOLT has integrated the best of its technologies to develop the JANUS 360 by DRONE VOLT. This drone can capture spectacular aerial images used (after video processing) in virtual reality playback systems, goggles or helmet.

A genuine flying camera, JANUS 360 by DRONE VOLT is a drone dedicated to producing video content for virtual reality. This quadcopter, equipped with ten 4K cameras spread over 2 heads is for taking pictures and videos that once assembled and processed provide an immersive 3D experience for virtual tours and videos 360°.

PR - May 3, 2016 - F-Secure Offers Free Privacy and Security App to Journalists

Today is World Press Freedom Day – an event designed to highlight the importance of free speech as a human right. Having free speech lets journalists investigate problems happening all over the globe, often at the expense of their own privacy, or even personal safety. So F-Secure, a Finnish cyber security company, is taking steps to help journalists safeguard their right to free speech by offering them free VPN subscriptions.

“Free speech is something nurtured by some governments, but many see it as a threat when mobilized in an institution like the media,” says F-Secure Cyber Security Advisor Erka Koivunen. “And even though technology has given governments unprecedented surveillance capabilities, it’s also given people ways to protect themselves. Encryption is probably the best tool available to journalists if they want to conduct investigatory work without suffering reprisals from oppressive governments and institutions.”

PR - Apr 29, 2016 - Harvard Business School to Nurture Data Professionals in Malaysia

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), in association with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and The Center of Applied Data Science (TheCADS), introduced a customised Big Data Analytics (BDA) programme by Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education in Malaysia. The first batch of the four-day programme took place at Hilton KL from 25th to 28th April 2016 with 53 C-level participants from key industries. Participating companies include PETRONAS, Celcom, Astro, Maxis, Senheng, KFit, UNITAR, Grab, Chatime among others.



Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, MDEC said, “It is imperative for companies today to add value and stay competitive by ‘future-proofing’ their businesses through the development and adoption of innovative ‘disruptive technologies’ such as Big Data Analytics.”

The 4-day programme allows participants to:
  • gain a fundamental understanding of big data and learn how to apply complex analytics methods
  • explore how experimentation and predictive analysis can improve business model and efficiency
  • address the ethics of transparency in data collection and the concept of "un-volunteered truths"
  • examine the implications of big data analysis on marketing, the supply chain, and human resources
  • recruit and develop data-savvy talent who have the skills to take analytics to the next level
  • recognise big data as a valuable resource for building and implementing strategic initiatives
  • build and sustain a competitive advantage by expanding company's analytics capabilities

PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Cognizant Expands its Footprint in Malaysia with a New Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur

Cognizant, a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services globally, today expanded its presence in Malaysia with the opening of a new delivery centre in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur. The centre was inaugurated by Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

The new centre will enhance Cognizant’s existing operations in Malaysia and accommodate more than 100 professionals. It will enable Cognizant’s global, regional and local clients to leverage the technical and business capabilities available in the region, while delivering deep local insights and time zone advantages to the company’s growing roster of customers in Asia.

Santosh Thomas, Executive Vice President, CEMEA and APAC, Cognizant, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Jayajyoti Sengupta, Vice President and APAC Head, Cognizant

Cognizant started operations in Malaysia to support the company’s global and local clients and currently employs approximately 300 professionals, delivering a broad range of applications, IT infrastructure, consulting and business process services to clients across industry sectors. Cognizant is working closely with academia in Malaysia to develop talent across a full range of services, and has an active campus recruitment programme in the country.

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