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Monday, June 13, 2016

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


PR - Jun 13, 2016 - Keeping 100,000 Motorists Hydrated Amidst The Festivities

A whopping 108 staff members of Sunway Theme Parks handed out mineral water bottles to 100,000 tourists travelling near and far. Spread across 6 toll plazas comprising of Subang, Batu Tiga, Jalan Duta, Sungai Besi, Ipoh Selatan, and Juru, motorists received the perfect refreshment as they braced the hectic roads and long commutes.

In attendance was Calvin Ho, Senior General Manager of Sunway Theme Parks who said that the effort was their way of wishing motorists a safe journey and an unforgettable holiday.


Apart from providing relief for drivers stuck in traffic jams rushing to break fast, the mineral bottles were adorned with labels featuring discount promotions for both Sunway Lagoon and Lost World of Tambun. Each label provides 30% and 15% discounts on entry passes to Sunway Lagoon and Lost World of Tambun respectively, giving tourists a chance to plan their vacations ahead of time.

PR - Jun 13, 2016 - Barracuda, Winner of 2016 Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution Partner of the Year

Barracuda Networks, Inc. announces it has won the 2016 Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution Partner of the Year award. Microsoft recognized Barracuda for its continued technology innovation to help customers securely move workloads and applications into Azure.

Barracuda was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Barracuda was the first Azure Certified Security Solution Provider, and works closely with Microsoft worldwide across multiple teams to support customers as they leverage efficiencies in the public cloud.

Barracuda’s Microsoft Azure Certification and Microsoft–Gold Application Development status assure that Barracuda solutions have been tested for readiness and compatibility with multiple Microsoft platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Cloud Platform hosted by service providers through the Cloud OS Network, and on-premises private cloud Windows Server Hyper-V deployments.

PR - Jun 10, 2016 - Dimension Data Delivers Seamless Data Centre Migration for Lockton

Dimension Data announced it has completed a full data centre refresh for Lockton in Asia Pacific, providing the firm with a more efficient and reliable data centre to support its APAC operations. Lockton is the world’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firm founded in 1966, providing insurance, risk management, employee benefits solutions and insurance brokerage services.

PR - Jun 10, 2016 - 'Ini Rayaku Bersama HP' Campaign

In celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year, HP Malaysia will be giving out prizes worth up to RM50,000 in total value through its ‘Ini Rayaku bersama HP’ campaign. From 11 June to 24 July 2016, a purchase with a minimum value of RM300 of selected HP PC products, customers stand a chance to win the Grand Prize worth RM20,000 in value – a fully sponsored Raya Open House by HP Malaysia, together with special appearances by Sinar FM radio deejays Salih Yaakob and Feeya Iskandar, and a 50” LED LCD TV.


PR - Jun 10, 2016 - Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from Malaysia with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Malaysia at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.

As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, 21-year-old Calvin Yoong Shen Woo, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in his community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, he will be representing Malaysia as he joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

Calvin Yoong Shen Woo

Calvin Yoong Shen Woo has been recognised for his work to change lives through education. Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Calvin said: “I'm really excited for the Residential Week in the UK as I believe through meetings with leaders from the Commonwealth countries we will be able to share resources to broaden our network and expand our works. Meeting various key personnel in the UK especially Her Majesty The Queen will be such a great motivation for me to work for the betterment of my community.”

Schroders - Jun 9, 2016 - Euro 2016: Where are the best equity opportunities among the tournament favourites?

by Martin Skanberg, Fund Manager, European Equities; Nicholette MacDonald-Brown, Fund Manager, European Equities

With the Euro 2016 football tournament about to get under way, we assess the investment opportunities offered by some of the main contenders.

As investors in European equities, our focus is on stock-specific opportunities. We are agnostic as to where a company is based; what is important for us is finding individual stocks that have been mispriced by the market. The macroeconomic environment is something we take into account, but it is possible to find interesting stock-level opportunities almost anywhere. Europe is an open economy and the kinds of companies we invest in often have operations not just in their home market but across the continent and the rest of the world too.

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PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Cloud is critical to digital transformation in the APAC financial sector but lack of regulatory understanding a key hurdle

Financial services institutions (FSI) across the Asia Pacific region are under immense pressure to increase agility, improve efficiency, and embrace digital transformation, according to a study by Forrester Consulting. However too many organizations in the sector still lack thorough understanding of cloud-related banking regulations in order to completely embrace and take advantage of cloud computing.

The study commissioned by Microsoft, ‘Cloud is Critical to Digital Transformation in the Asia Pacific Financial Sector’, evaluated cloud adoption trends among FSI in Asia Pacific and gauged their knowledge and perceptions of cloud-related financial regulations. It analyzed the impact of regulatory compliance, security and privacy, and reliability concerns on current and future cloud initiatives.

According to the study, in order to thrive, FSI in Asia Pacific will (and must) increasingly embrace cloud computing — both public and hybrid -- and must therefore understand cloud-related banking regulations, formalize internal cloud policies, and implement best practices for engaging with cloud providers and banking regulators.”

One key finding from the study was that leading FSI in the region are actually using regulations to help steer public cloud initiatives, and not as an excuse to stop them. The better the firms’ understanding of regulations, the more likely they are to embrace public cloud services. In most instances, these initiatives are directly tied to customer-facing, digital banking capabilities like new customer acquisition and on-boarding.

PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Shape Your Laser Beam into a Ring Profile

Laser beams with a ring-shaped profile are required in ophthalmology, laser welding, and the material ablation of thin films.

The ring profile must be produced. Often, classic axicons are used for this purpose: conical lenses and rotation-symmetrical prisms. These elements convert a laser beam with a Gaussian profile into a Bessel beam. Axicons are very difficult to produce for very large or very small fan angles, an optimal ring profile generally cannot be achieved.

LASER COMPONENTS now introduces Holo/OR diffractive optics with an axicon structure. The advantages are immense: Irrespective of the fan angle, the ring profile is always perfect because the beam profile is produced using a grating.

PR - Jun 7, 2016 - Nickelodeon: PAW Patrol Pups Take Flight app

Nickelodeon is taking action-packed adventure to a whole new level with the global launch of its new PAW Patrol Pups Take Flight app. The kids and family entertainment brand has also teamed up with video game company Ludia to bring the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends app to fans worldwide (except inJapan and China). Fans can now download both apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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PR - Jun 3, 2016 - New research from Kaspersky Lab reveals kids are addicted to online friendships

Peer pressure is having a big impact on how children communicate with each other, making them more dependent on staying connected to the Internet, according to new research carried out by Kaspersky Lab and iconKids & Youth. Parents provide their kids with connected devices to help them maintain contacts with their friends, and children themselves claim that they use these devices because their friends do so.

The Connected Kids survey found that over half of parents (52%) provide their children with mobile devices so that they can communicate with their peers. The research also revealed that one in four (27%) parents provide their children with connected devices because of concerns that their child would be treated as an outsider without them.

Kids are increasingly using connected devices as an essential means of communicating with their friends and peer pressure is playing a role in pushing modern friendships online. 44% of young people say they use a connected device because their friends do and one third of kids (32%) keep in touch with their friends more often online than offline.

PR - Jun 1, 2016 - Accenture and Avanade Named Microsoft 2016 Alliance Partner of the Year

Accenture and Avanade have been recognized by Microsoft as Alliance Partner of the Year for the ninth year in a row and twelfth time overall.

As voted by Microsoft global sales, Accenture and Avanade received Microsoft’s Alliance Partner of the Year award for demonstrating business excellence and customer satisfaction in delivering innovative Microsoft solutions. The award recognizes Accenture and Avanade’s deep industry and technology expertise, and the companies’ ability to help customers realize results with digital, cloud-based solutions. Together, Accenture and Avanade have collaborated on more than 10,000 Microsoft-based business and public service projects for more than 4,000 global clients.

“Earning this top recognition for nine consecutive years is unequivocal proof that we are the recognized leader in helping clients transform their businesses using Microsoft technologies,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer and chair of the Avanade Board of Directors. “Working with Avanade and Microsoft, we use “the power of three” to deliver leading services for Azure, Office 365 and Windows, along with new innovations such as Hololens, that are more relevant than ever for clients.

PR - Jun 1, 2016 - Symantec Announces Encryption Everywhere

Symantec Corp., the global leader in cybersecurity, today announced the availability of Encryption Everywhere, a website security package available through web hosting providers. Encryption Everywhere lets web hosting providers integrate encryption into every website from the moment it is created.

With the new web security service, hosting providers can offer a variety of flexible options, including basic website encryption included as part of any hosted service, and a number of premium security packages with increasingly stronger levels of website validation, protection, and trust seals. Encryption Everywhere was developed to support Symantec’s goal to secure 100% of legitimate websites by 2018.

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