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Thursday, June 30, 2016

iPay88 announces collaboration with PayPal to promote cross-border trade for Malaysian businesses

iPay88 Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s top online payment solution provider today announces that it has entered into a collaboration with leading online payments company PayPal to promote and facilitate cross-border trade for iPay88 merchants.

Online cross-border trading is undoubtedly helping businesses of all sizes export to the global marketplace with unprecedented ease. For small businesses in particular, cross-border eCommerce creates a growing opportunity to sell to the world, expanding beyond just their local economy.

This collaboration with PayPal will enable iPay88 merchants to leverage PayPal’s 184 million active accounts and trusted presence in more than 200 markets to extend their reach and go where the demand is without the costs of traditional geo-expansion.

According to KL Chan, Executive Director of iPay88, iPay88 chose to collaborate with PayPal so as to provide greater value to its Malaysian eCommerce businesses as the collaboration will allow local SMEs the access to conduct their business in the global marketplace, thereby providing an additional source of revenue for local businesses.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

IT News Week 5 Jun 2016

For IT News Week 3 Jun 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 29, 2016 - HP’s New Range of Computing & Print Products display the ‘Reinvention of Today’
  • PR - Jun 29, 2016 - Dimension Data and A.S.O Unveil Next Gen. Tech. & App for Tour De France
  • PR - Jun 28, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Launches Multiple Industrial Power Supplies
  • PR - Jun 28, 2016 - LeEco hits new online sales record of ₹ 78 Crore with Le 2 & Le Max2 in India
  • PR - Jun 28, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GeForce GTX 1070
  • PR - Jun 27, 2016 - Russia First Deputy Prime Minister visits LeEco and tries its electric car after Putin welcomes LeEco to enter its market
  • PR - Jun 24, 2016 - UST Global wins The Golden Globe Tigers Awards 2016
  • PR - Jun 24, 2016 - ASUS Announces ZenBook Flip UX360CA
  • PR - Jun 23, 2016 - BIOSTAR Racing to the Future with Dealer Conference in Vietnam
  • PR - Jun 23, 2016 - Viacom Expands Direct-to-Consumer Offering with International Launch of BET Play
  • PR - Jun 22, 2016 - Paddy McDermott Joins Brocade as Director of Infrastructure Analytics for APJ
  • PR - Jun 17, 2016 - MDEC happy to see increased participation in nation’s largest 24 hour hackathon
  • PR - Jun 15, 2016 - ARMONK, N.Y. - IBM & Ponemon Institute Study: Data Breach Costs Rising, Now $4 million per Incident

Universal Robots Launches Developers Program

This is definitely something fun - something that I have been waiting for.

In a nutshell, the developers program is powered by eco-system called the Universal Robots+.

The UR+ is something like the AppStore or GooglePlay, it allows developers to publish application built for co-bot arms (UR3, UR5, UR 10) - in layman terms, it is called the showroom.

This is also the platform which will empower businesses to build customized application for co-bot arms targeting proprietary and legacy environments.

All these solutions are coined as URCaps.

To get started, all developers (individual and companies) are required to sign-up to +You program - it is free-of-charge.

“When developers have received our approval for designing within Universal Robots+, we will support them via our local subsidiaries by providing robots for testing and optimising URCaps. On request, robots can also be purchased at a reduced price, provided that they will be used exclusively for the development and testing of new UR-related components,” says Stefan Tøndering Stubgaard, Manager of Universal Robots’ Corporate Technical Support.

Up to date, some URCaps have been developed, these include the vision-guided Pick & Place solution of Robotiq, the Canadian manufacturer of flexible robot grippers and sensors.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Adaptive Trust Defence to Network Security

By Justin Chiah, Director and General Manager, South East Asia and Taiwan at Aruba, a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company.

The array of connected devices and applications today has put information retrieval in the palm of our hands, blurring the lines between the workplace and social life. This desire to stay connected to everything anywhere, and at all times, is driving the demand for the all-wireless workplace. And this trend is set to continue – Gartner forecasted that 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ (or devices) will be in use worldwide in 2016 alone.

Justin Chiah, Director & GM, SEA & Taiwan, Aruba

While businesses must embrace the inherent productivity and creativity that this trend brings, they also need to ensure that company assets do not suffer as a result. Companies need to be mindful that securing this information needs to extend beyond their own equipment to consider how their use of mobile and social technology might create issues for their organization and potentially introduce new facets of digital risk.

With this tectonic shift from fixed, static wired networks to open, dynamic environments where mobility rules, IT managers are now faced with all new challenges when safeguarding the security of company data and IT systems.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Quick Guide to Delivering Positive Customer Experiences

Attributed to Daniel Cran, APAC Director, LogMeIn

According to Gartner, 90 percent of businesses will be competing mostly on customer experience rather than on product quality this year. This is a substantial jump from previous years – 36 percent in 2014 and 58 percent in 2015. With customer experience now the key differentiator, businesses are under pressure to ensure that every customer contact is positive.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by management consulting firm, Fifth Quadrant, on behalf of LogMeIn, has revealed that customer experience may have a direct impact on the business’ bottom line. It was found that 72 percent of customers across South East Asia will stop patronizing a brand following a bad experience, and 69 percent will advise their family and friends to avoid that brand. The stakes are high for businesses – fail to please, and businesses can fail on sustaining customer loyalty and advocacy. The power is now in the hands of consumers. Especially online, where consumers are spoilt for choice with products and services, and they can easily browse and compare among various brands. So, what can businesses do to ensure they navigate this customer experience journey successfully?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Exposes Massive Underground Market Selling Over 70,000 Hacked Servers

Jun 15, 2016:

Kaspersky Lab researchers have investigated a global forum where cybercriminals can buy and sell access to compromised servers for as little as $6 each. The xDedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, currently lists 70,624 hacked Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers for sale. Many of the servers host or provide access to popular consumer websites and services and some have software installed for direct mail, financial accounting and Point-of-Sale (PoS) processing. They can be used to target the owners’ infrastructures or as a launch-pad for wider attacks, while the owners, including government entities, corporations and universities, have little or no idea of what’s happening.

xDedic is a powerful example of a new kind of cybercriminal marketplace: well-organized and supported and offering everyone from entry-level cybercriminals to APT groups fast, cheap and easy access to legitimate organizational infrastructure that keeps their crimes below the radar for as long as possible.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Muslims Turn to Online Retail to Purchase Festive Items for Ramadan and Hari Raya

May 26, 2016:

Criteo, the performance marketing technology company, today released seasonal data in anticipation of Ramadan to help eCommerce businesses better engage consumers during the festive season. Based on consumers’ online browsing and buying activity, the second and third weeks of Ramadan represent an opportunity for retailers to engage consumers when they are actively purchasing items for upcoming celebrations. During this period in 2015, there was a 128 percent uplift in eCommerce transactions.

Criteo data also revealed a 75 percent increase in traffic to eCommerce platforms during the same period, of which six in 10 consumers were found to be viewing products across multiple devices. To attract and retain customers during Ramadan, retailers must ensure that their online advertising campaigns are optimised across desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

The findings are based on an analysis of 1.5 million online transactions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore before, during and after Ramadan in 2015.

“The Islamic holy month is marked by festivities that involve redecorating homes, gift giving or wearing new clothes to welcome visiting friends and relatives. Rising smartphone adoption and more time spent at home as Muslims break their fast together, means it becomes more convenient if essential items are purchased online. During this period, retailers must ensure that they are helping consumers sift through online product inventories to discover what they want and need, by delivering personalised and relevant content,” said Yuko Saito, Managing Director, Criteo Southeast Asia.

Criteo’s eCommerce Industry Outlook 2016 and analysis of shopping data from 2015 highlights two additional trends that will impact Southeast Asian retailers during Ramadan.

Monday, June 13, 2016

UOB's Commentary on the Government’s plans to move Malaysia up the value chain

Commentary: How successful are the government’s plans to move Malaysia up the value chain and is this resulting in economic growth and resilience?

The Malaysian government made a commitment to transform the country into a high-income economy by the year 2020. Now at its midway point, Julia Goh, Economist at United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia), analyses the success of this strategy and its impact on the country’s growth so far.

Q 1.) The government introduced a number of projects to jumpstart Malaysia’s potential growth, improve public service delivery and help the country achieve high-income economy status by 2020. Based on the country’s achievements so far, is Malaysia on track to become a high-income economy within the next five years?

Ms Goh: Malaysia’s achievements to date are commendable, especially when we evaluate its success against persistently slower global growth, volatile financial markets and a weaker Ringgit.

To track Malaysia’s progress so far, we look at the initiatives under the National Transformation Programme (NTP), a public sector reform programme launched in 2010 to propel Malaysia’s journey towards achieving developed nation status by 2020. Now at a significant mid-way point, the NTP has an overall achievement rate of over 100 per cent, suggesting Malaysia stands in good stead to achieve its objective by 2020.

Ms. Goh

According to the NTP 2015 annual report, key milestones have been achieved and proven by way of macroeconomic stability and a firmer Ringgit. Efforts to improve Malaysia’s resilience have also been acknowledged by international rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, who reaffirmed the country’s A- and A3 ratings with a stable outlook, respectively.

Moving forward, however, maintaining such momentum will be challenging given the tougher operating environment both globally and within Malaysia. We believe further investments from the private sector will help boost the country’s economic growth. However, there is a need for the government to continue creating a conducive and competitive landscape where multinational corporations, government-linked companies, private enterprises, and new innovative startups can thrive together in building Malaysia’s future economy.

IT News Week 3 Jun 2016

For IT News Week 1 Jun 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 13, 2016 - Keeping 100,000 Motorists Hydrated Amidst The Festivities
  • PR - Jun 13, 2016 - Barracuda, Winner of 2016 Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution Partner of the Year
  • PR - Jun 10, 2016 - Dimension Data Delivers Seamless Data Centre Migration for Lockton
  • PR - Jun 10, 2016 - 'Ini Rayaku Bersama HP' Campaign
  • PR - Jun 10, 2016 - Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from Malaysia with Queen’s Young Leaders Award
  • Schroders - Jun 9, 2016 - Euro 2016: Where are the best equity opportunities among the tournament favourites?
  • PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Microsoft: Cloud is critical to digital transformation in the APAC financial sector but lack of regulatory understanding a key hurdle
  • PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Shape Your Laser Beam into a Ring Profile
  • PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Nickelodeon: PAW Patrol Pups Take Flight app
  • PR - Jun 3, 2016 - New research from Kaspersky Lab reveals kids are addicted to online friendships
  • PR - Jun 1, 2016 - Accenture and Avanade Named Microsoft 2016 Alliance Partner of the Year
  • PR - Jun 1, 2016 - Symantec Announces Encryption Everywhere

Microsoft: Malware Infection Index 2016 Highlights Key Threats Undermining Cybersecurity in APAC

Jun 7, 2016:

Microsoft Asia today announced the launch of its Malware Infection Index 2016 (MII2016), which identifies the key malware threats in the region and ranks markets in Asia Pacific according to how much they are affected.

The top three most encountered malware include Gamarue, a malicious computer worm that is commonly distributed via exploit kits and social engineering; and Skeeyah and Peals which are trojans that try to look innocent to convince you to install them. These malware can steal your personal information, download more malware, or give a malicious hacker access to your PC. The findings are based on data from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) and the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv20).

The Asia Pacific region is especially vulnerable with emerging markets most at risk of malware threats. Out of the top five locations across the globe most at risk of infection, a total of four are from the Asia Pacific — Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal, topping the rankings at first, second, fourth and fifth places respectively in terms of computers encountering malware.

In fact, the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Hunting team in April reported the discovery of a group of cybercriminals, dubbed PLATINUM, who have actively since 2009 been targeting governmental organizations, defense institutes, intelligence agencies, and telecommunication providers in South and Southeast Asia.

The top three most-encountered malware families in the Asia Pacific region were Gamarue, a worm which can give a malicious hacker control of your PC; and Trojans Skeeyah and Peals, which can steal personal information, download more malware or give hackers access to your PC.


Thursday, June 09, 2016

Teabox Raises Funding From Angel Investor (Cameron Jones)

Jun 9, 2016 - BANGALORE, INDIA:

Teabox today announced that it has raised an undisclosed round of funding with a Teabox customer Cameron Jones, a Singapore­based Angel Investor and Tea Connoisseur. Concurrently, Teabox has also raised venture debt from DBS Bank Limited (“DBS”), South­East Asia’s largest banking and financial services company.The company will use the capital infusion to expand its presence and fuel growth and innovation in global markets.

Becoming an investor from being a customer, Cameron Jones, said, “I invested in Teabox because I'm a big proponent of what they're doing in the tea space and love the attention to detail they have. Teabox is well positioned to become the global premium tea brand in the world, and I'm excited to back them in growing their business on a global scale." One of the Teabox's early backers, Robert Bass, was also originally a customer who was impressed by the freshness of the tea sold by Teabox.

Monday, June 06, 2016

COMPUTEX 2016 Day 4 Highlights

Jun 4, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan -

COMPUTEX 2016 is about to draw to a close, but that doesn't mean that the hype is dying down anytime soon. The leading global ICT event of the year in Asia is now on its fourth day, with new and innovative devices by global brands seek to revolutionize the current standard in the world today. Day 4 now showcases the most ground breaking gears and the hottest gaming hardware on the show floor.

Friday, June 03, 2016

IT News Week 1 Jun 2016

For IT News Week 4 May 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 3, 2016 - A third of consumers willing to ditch their friends for their smartphone
  • PR - Jun 2, 2016 - F-Secure Appoints Samu Konttinen as President and CEO
  • PR - Jun 2, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey at COMPUTEX 2016
  • PR - Jun 2, 2016 - HWBOT and CyberMedia Bring Overclocking to COMPUTEX 2016
  • PR - Jun 2, 2016 - Microsoft and Xiaomi Expand Partnership to Bring Productivity Services To Millions Of Devices
  • PR - Jun 2, 2016 - Spherix Featured in International Patent Publication
  • PR - Jun 1, 2016 - Shopee launches Free Shipping Program for everyone in Malaysia!
  • PR - May 31, 2016 - Parents Grapple with Cyber bullying, Online Predators and Privacy in Malaysia
  • PR - May 31, 2016 - Brocade Advances Automation Leadership with Open Network Automation Platform
  • PR - May 31, 2016 - PIKOM Hosts Inaugural PLC Annual Leadership Award
  • PR - May 30, 2016 - Mobile Network Operators of the world meet at the 18th SIGOS Telecommunications Conference in Frankfurt, Germany
  • PR - May 30, 2016 - Intralinks Announces Content Collaboration Network

TnG (Touch ‘n Go) Launches TimeTraveller Watch

Jun 3, 2016:

In conjunction with the launch of Malaysia’s first ever “TimeTraveller Watch”, a stylish wrist watch with a Touch ‘n Go function incorporated for instant reload and payment purposes, 11street, announced its latest collaboration with DCR Marketing, a quality premier provider to make this innovative fashion accessory available on Malaysia’s most exciting e-mall.

Offering ultra-ordinary functionality, “TimeTraveller Watch” allows users to shop, travel, dine and even stay with just a tap with this revolutionary wearable fashion. With a “watch card” enabled with Touch ‘n Go function, users could visit over 2,000 Touch ‘n Go merchants’ outlets in Malaysia.

“TimeTraveller Watch” is now selling at only RM222 inclusive of 6% GST and free shipping within Malaysia for the 1st 100 purchase on 11street. The retail price is RM239 (exclusive 6% GST) and will be made available at Touch ‘n Go Hubs The Sphere, Bangsar South and KL Sentral. The “TimeTraveller Watch” is now available in 2 colours – Black and White and more colours will be available soon.

To further excite fashion tech lovers, a Share & Win Contest will be running on 11street’s Facebook and LINE starting from 3 until 12 June 2016. Six winners with the most creative captions and highest likes for each platform will be rewarded with a stylish-cum-convenient wrist watch. For those who are interested, please visit 11street’s FB Page or Instagram Page.

The Business Value of Trust – A New Battleground for Digital Success

Digital startups are winning the consumer trust battle

Established companies have a 6% “legacy tax” on trust. Approximately 47% of consumers surveyed plan to switch to a digital startup due to perceived trust concerns over how their personal data is being used, compared with 41% who said they would rely more heavily on established, pre-digital enterprises. For instance, Alipay, China’s third-party online payment company, has become the largest online payment processor in the world in less than a decade.