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Sunday, December 11, 2016

IT News Week 2 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - 11street’s First Ever Short Film Wins Malaysian YouTube Ad Awards 2016
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces 2nd-Gen Racing Series Motherboard
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - PIKOM Downgrades National GDP Forecast For 2016 And 2017
  • PR - Dec 6, 2016 - SG - Cloudera Continues Global Momentum in Financial Services Sector
  • PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Microsoft: Connecting classrooms to change the world
  • PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Barracuda Lauds Security Commission’s Cyber Security Guidelines for Malaysia



PR - Dec 9, 2016 - 11street’s First Ever Short Film Wins Malaysian YouTube Ad Awards 2016

He said it with gusto – Whatever It Takes – even when thrusted in the deepest ends of the jungle, in search for ‘King Coffee’. 11street’s first ever short film, starring its brand ambassadors Zizan Razak and Elizabeth Tan, recently won the ‘Top Ad in Retail’ at the inaugural YouTube Malaysia Ads Awards 2016.


Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street said: “The ‘Whatever It Takes’ short film personifies the very elements that set 11street apart from other online marketplaces out there, and also reiterates our commitment to add value and convenience to our shoppers. Above all, it highlights our dedication of going the extra mile to bring everything they love onto our platform.

“As such, it is truly an honour to have won the ‘Top Ad in Retail’ award, and be recognised by industry experts and our shoppers for being a key player in the e-commerce sphere. The award is a momentous accolade that will spur us to work harder and come up with more interesting content and ideas for sharing with our supporters.”

PR - Dec 9, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces 2nd-Gen Racing Series Motherboard

BIOSTAR is excited to announce the feature set for its 2nd-generation RACING series of motherboards that will support the 7th-generation of processors from Intel. BIOSTAR steps up its game for gamers and enthusiasts by introducing new features and upgrading existing ones for a more powerful experience like never before seen from the RACING series.

BIOSTAR introduces new features to further enhance the degree of performance and style that the BIOSTAR RACING series is known for. Some of these features include the brand-new M.2 Cooling Protection, 10GbE LAN, Lightning Charger and the improved ones for LED lighting, such as VIVID LED Armor and 5050 LED Fun Zone, for DIY lovers and lighting enthusiasts. From excellent power delivery for a more stable operation all the way to new ways of improving the visual appeal and style of your system to make it stand out and pop for your next theme. Combined, these new features will bring a new level of experience for gamers and enthusiasts.

M.2 Cooling Protection:



BIOSTAR RACING 2nd-generation motherboards will be the first to have an M.2 heatsink that features ultra-high cooling efficiency to protect M.2 devices connected to the onboard M.2 slot and chipset from thermal issues thus expanding M.2 device lifespan for long-term usage and overall stable operation even under high system load.

PR - Dec 9, 2016 - PIKOM Downgrades National GDP Forecast For 2016 And 2017

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) has revised down its forecast of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2016 and 2017 to 4.2% and 4 % respectively. The depreciation of the Ringgit against the US dollar, the unexpected outcome of the Brexit vote and the US presidential election results as well as the uncertain future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are the significant factors attributed to the lower forecast.

PIKOM chairman Chin Chee Seong said the association is taking a conservative approach with regards to the revised GDP growth forecast, to take into account the potential long term impact of these factors on the economy. He said this today at the media briefing of the PIKOM ICT Strategic Review 2016-2017: Age of Disruptive Technology, an industry report, published for the eight year in a row.

“PIKOM expects the strong performance of Q3 to be carried through to Q4 ending the year with an overall estimated GDP growth of 4.2% ,” he added.

Chin also commented that it would be interesting to see how bilateral and economic relations with China will strengthen especially after the Prime Minister’s recent 3rd official visit to the country since 2009, as this can potentially have a galvanising effect on the Malaysian economy in the long term.

PR - Dec 6, 2016 - SG - Cloudera Continues Global Momentum in Financial Services Sector

Financial services firms from all over the world are under pressure to grow their businesses by adding new, consumer-friendly digital services, including more mobile access options, while minimizing risk and maintaining compliance.

Today Cloudera, the global provider of the fastest, easiest, and most secure data management and analytics platform built on the latest open source technologies, announced more financial services firms are turning to Cloudera Enterprise as the backbone of an enterprise data hub to support digital transformation efforts. Cloudera’s big data software solutions help information-driven financial firms increase revenue while at the same time attracting new and retaining existing customers. Cloudera solutions also enable powerful fraud detection capabilities and ensure that financial organizations are complying with government regulations.

Financial Services organizations are adopting modern data management and analytics platforms to ensure their data is secure, easily accessible and compliant with the latest industry regulations. Today, 19 of the top 30 global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) use Cloudera to gain insights from their data.

Cloudera works with more than 180 leading global financial organizations including Allstate, Bank Mandiri, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, Markerstudy, Nordea, Northern Trust, and Royal Bank of Scotland to realize business value in three key areas:
  1. Customer Insights
  2. Fraud Detection and Cybersecurity
  3. Risk and Compliance
PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Connecting classrooms to change the world

On November 29-30, teachers around the world participated in Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon to celebrate learning without borders. Over the course of the two-day event, thousands of educators, guest speakers and students travelled 9,811,582 virtual miles.



In Malaysia, MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens of Sandakan logged in 174828 miles travelled. The school recorded 32 Skype sessions of 30 hours with participants across 23 countries. One of the Skype session activities had the Malaysian teachers playing traditional ethnic musical instruments such as Sompoton and Kulintang, with the other side dancing along.

The students also learned about programming with an introduction by doing an ‘Hour of Code’.

PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Barracuda Lauds Security Commission’s Cyber Security Guidelines for Malaysia

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, wholly welcomes the recent news of introducing new cyber security guidelines for capital markets by Securities Commission Malaysia (‘SC’), as it is viewed by the IT security community as a much needed measure to address the growing cyber threats happening worldwide.

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia shares, “As the foremost adaptors of technology, capital markets naturally are at a higher risk of being the target of cyber-attacks. The highly complex nature of cyber-attacks has seen serious, multi-effect implications in an ecosystem which is as interconnected as the capital markets.

“It is essential that regulators, market participants, and other stakeholders work together to enhance the cyber security in the capital market. Securities Commission Malaysia’s move to introduce these new guidelines shows its seriousness in tackling these cyber risks.”

Most financial organisations already have systems and teams in place for GRC (Governance, risk management and compliance). The board and the senior management should work with these teams to ensure that they are in compliance with the various risk management guidelines and regulations.

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