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Monday, November 28, 2016

IT News Week 4 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 3 Nov 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 24, 2016 - MDTCC joins forces with online marketplaces to combat the sale of counterfeit software
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Flash Malaysia join forces with Lazada Malaysia in conjunction with Black Friday & Cyber Monday
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - McAfee : Only 45 Percent of Consumers Take Proper Security Measures to Protect Their New Gadgets
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - HDS : APAC Businesses Focused on Achieving Digital Maturity in 2017
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Cloudera launches inaugural Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific 2016
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Quanta Computer Embraces Software-Defined Production Lines with Brocade Networking
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Siemens announces partnership with PT Kaltim Prima Coal to install world's fastest overland conveyor belt
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces Their First Mechanical Keyboard For Gamers



PR - Nov 24, 2016 - MDTCC joins forces with online marketplaces to combat the sale of counterfeit software

The Ministry of Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) today brought eight online marketplaces together with Microsoft to jointly combat the sale of counterfeit software sold online.

The anti-piracy stand was marked by a signing of a pledge with the MDTCC and Malaysia’s top online marketplaces – Lazada, 11Street, Lelong.my, Mudah.my, and LogOn – to remove the sales of counterfeit Windows software. A campaign poster will be hosted on all eight online portals to drive awareness against piracy.

Photo 1- From left: Henry Ho, General Manager of Merchandising of 11street; Hans-Peter Ressel, CEO of Lazada; Tuan Othman bin Nawang, Deputy Director of Enforcement, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC); Bruce Howe, Consumer Group General Manager of Microsoft Malaysia; Chung Tsung Shen, Head of Corporate Affairs of Mudah; Bernard Yap, Chief Digital Officer of Logon, and Adrian Foong, General Manager of Lelong at the pledge signing for anti piracy event to combat counterfeit software.

In conjunction with the signing, consumers can check out #iamgenuine Online Consumer Campaign to determine and verify the authenticity of software and hardware, which is live until 21 December and will direct users to www.howtotell.com.

PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Flash Malaysia join forces with Lazada Malaysia in conjunction with Black Friday & Cyber Monday

In line with Lazada Malaysia’s Online Revolution Campaign, Flash Malaysia is providing its consumers exclusive deals on Flash Plus 2 in conjunction with the Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales on Lazada. Customers can save up to RM124 when they purchase their Flash Plus 2 devices online from 25th-28th November 2016.



Among the unique features of Flash Plus 2 includes fast charging technology, fingerprint scanner and a booming HiFi together with a Helio P10 processor, a sizeable 5.5” screen and stock Android M operating system. With these unique built-ins, Flash Plus 2 enable consumers to experience premium features and built at a fraction of a price!

Consumers have the option to pick between two colours - Luna Silver & Venus Gold. It also comes with 2 different RAM capacity. In conjunction with Black Friday and Cyber Monday the 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory is currently on sale at RM479 (previously at RM599) while the 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory is priced at RM605 (previously at RM729).

PR - Nov 23, 2016 - McAfee : Only 45 Percent of Consumers Take Proper Security Measures to Protect Their New Gadgets

This is the season of giving indeed. Tech gifts have and always will be popular gift options during the festive season. While they bring much happiness and convenience, as it is with any connected device, there is always the very real risk of them serving as conduits for cyberattacks, as evidenced by webcams being part of the botnet that took down Twitter, Spotify and Netflix with DDoS attacks.

Intel Security recently conducted its 2nd Most Hackable Holiday Gifts study, which threw up some interesting facts:
  • 73% and 70% of respondents knew of security vulnerabilities in older devices like laptops and smartphones respectively
  • 55% of respondents did not take proper security measures to protect their new gadgets
  • 46% are uncertain if what they’re taking proper security measures for their new devices

PR - Nov 23, 2016 - HDS : APAC Businesses Focused on Achieving Digital Maturity in 2017

HDS has released its key business and technology trends for Asia Pacific in 2017. According to Hubert Yoshida, worldwide HDS CTO and Russell Skingsley, Asia Pacific CTO, digital transformation will continue to dominate enterprise IT strategies in 2017 and, according to an upcoming, HDS-sponsored Forbes Insights research survey, enterprises in APAC generally believe they are further ahead in their digital transformation journeys than their global counterparts.

Hubert Yoshida, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data SystemsRussell Skingsley, Chief Technology Officer. Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems


Yoshida and Skingsley identified five trends for the technology market in 2017, including productivity gains driven by digital transformation that transforms business through people and process backed by agile infrastructure and cloud delivery models, accelerating transition to the cloud with hybrid cloud-first strategies, a continuation of bimodal IT, centralised big data and analytics, and integration of IT and OT (operational technologies) with analytics in the data centre.

PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Cloudera launches inaugural Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific 2016

Cloudera today announced the inaugural launch of Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific 2016. Held across several markets in Asia Pacific from 3 to 9 December 2016, this series of events brings together industry experts and distinguished speakers providing strategic insights around critical public and private sector issues on big data for senior executives.

Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific is set to become an annual industry affair, empowering companies to be better equipped to tackle the challenges and pitfalls surrounding big data, and to better prepare their businesses for the years ahead. All events in the Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific will culminate in the second edition of Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016, the annual big data industry conference co-sponsored by O’Reilly Media starting on 5 December 2016, where data scientists, analysts, and business executives address case studies, develop new skills, share emerging best practices, and build the future of big data.

PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Quanta Computer Embraces Software-Defined Production Lines with Brocade Networking

China-based Quanta Computer, the world’s largest manufacturer of notebook computers, has deployed Brocade-powered New IP networks at factories within its key manufacturing site at Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City.

Deployment of Brocade IP networking solutions at both the company’s network edge and its data center, dramatically simplifies operations at the Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City (QSMC) plants and paves the way for the company to employ Software-Defined Networking (SDN) as it diversifies into producing a broader range of digital products.

Quanta’s first major Brocade switch deployment was at QSMC Factory. The Brocade ICX 7450, ICX 6450, and ICX 6430 switches used within the plant support Brocade HyperEdge® Architecture, which enables consolidated management, shared network services, and scale-out networking to simplify network design, streamline application deployment, reduce management complexity, and save operational costs.

Based on the operational benefits achieved at QSMC, Quanta has since deployed Brocade ICX switches as its next-generation network edge at additional QSMC plants. Quanta can now support end-to-end SDN. It has also recently deployed the Brocade SDN Controller and Brocade Flow Optimizer as a foundation for SDN application development, leveraging the OpenFlow support in true hybrid port mode, enabling a smooth transition to SDN without disrupting existing network operations.

PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Siemens announces partnership with PT Kaltim Prima Coal to install world's fastest overland conveyor belt

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, announced today the installation of the world’s fastest overland conveyor belt for PT Kaltim Prima Coal, one of the largest open-pit mining operators in the world.

PT Kaltim Prima Coal has partnered with Siemens to install Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) technology with Siemens automation technology to replace the older technology used on its existing conveyor belts and to overcome risks of high-speed operation. IDS technology is also installed on two new conveyor belts, one of which is the Melawan overland conveyor, a curved conveyor that runs at 7.5 metres per second, and the other, “OLC2”, a straight conveyor, that runs at a speed of 8.5 metres per second, making them both the fastest conveyor belts in the world. Both conveyors transport coal over a distance of 25 kilometres.

Stefanus Arif, Head of Digital Factory Division and Process Industries and Drives Division of PT Siemens Indonesia said: “With production industries under immense pressure to reach increasingly higher levels of productivity at the lowest possible cost, the ability to achieve high degrees of effectiveness has become more important in today’s mining industry. We are proud to see PT Kaltim Prima Coal reaping the benefits of our latest IDS technology, even going as far as achieving the world’s fastest overland conveyor belt speed, whilst reducing energy requirements.”

PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces Their First Mechanical Keyboard For Gamers

BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest addition to its gaming peripheral line-up with its first keyboard for gamers: the BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical gaming keyboard. BIOSTAR combines all the key elements that gamers need and designs their first mechanical keyboard dedicated for gamers and what they really need: a durable and responsive keyboard aimed at the masses. Today’s gamers are becoming more competitive and response times are a gamer’s number 1 tool in victory. If your gear can’t keep up then your gear is keeping you down. Keyboards are the primary input for PC games and when a single keypress counts, a mere milisecond of input is the difference in winning and losing.



The BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical keyboard will have an MSRP of $44.99.

BIOSTAR GK3 Specifications

Model Name
GK3
Key Architecture
Mechanical
Switch Type
OUTEMU Blue switch
Switch Life
50M times
Switch Peak Force
60g ± 10g
Key
104 keys
Anti-ghosting keys
6 N-Key Rollover  (standard)
Full N-Key Rollover (gaming)
Multimedia Hotkey
12
Game Mode
9
Backlighting
Starlight / Wave / breathing / Ripple / Static / single / adjustable
Keyboard Color
Gray
Dimension (L x W x H)
459.5 x 204.25 x 36.8 mm
Keyboard Weight
1139±10g
Keyboard Material
AL
Cable Length
1800mm
Interface
USB
OS Support
Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8/ Windows 10
MSRP
44.99 USD


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