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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Malaysia less susceptible to malware than emerging economies in APAC Malwarebytes

May 26, 2017 -

Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, found that Malaysia ranks fifth in volume of malware detected in the country amongst other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The country is leading among emerging markets in Asia in terms of vulnerability against malware, according to Malwarebytes’ recent Asia-Pacific State of Malware Report 2017. The report examines the top malware threats present in the region. The findings illustrate a significant shift in cybercriminal attacks and malware methodology from previous years.

The study reveals that botnets and Android malware have risen to prominence in Malaysia’s current threat landscape. Malaysia ranks 10th in global botnet incidences, with Asia-Pacific as a whole accounting for more than 50% of botnet incidences globally. Furthermore, Malaysia is also seeing high amounts of Android malware and ranks 12th globally under this category. Regarding its total malware infection rate, while it only accounts for one percent in Malaysia, the country is ranked top 20 globally.

The study examined data from more than one billion malware detections/incidences, covered more than 100 million devices in over 200 countries, in both corporate and consumer environments. Data was also obtained from Malwarebytes’ internal honeypots and collection efforts to identify malware distribution, not just infections.

Jeff Hurmuses, Area Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Malwarebytes said, “To protect users in Malaysia from cybercriminals, we must possess an intimate understanding of their methodologies and tactics.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

Game 1 of 3: Google AlphaGo Defeated World No.1 Ke Jie by Half Point

May 23, 2017 - Wuzhen, China -

In the first game of the weeklong Future of Go Summit, DeepMind’s Go-playing artificial intelligence, AlphaGo, defeated the world’s number-one player Ke Jie by a half-point. The game, sponsored by Google and co-hosted by the China Go Association and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, is one of five scheduled, three of which feature Ke Jie playing against AlphaGo.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grab Announced as Official Ride Hailing Partner for 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games

May 23, 2017 - Petaling Jaya -

Today, the region’s largest ride hailing and multiservice platform, Grab sealed its role as the gold sponsor with the title Official Ride Hailing Partner for the upcoming 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games, also known as Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017).

This sponsorship marks a significant milestone for Grab, who will be celebrating their fifth anniversary, as it is the first time a ride hailing service is sponsoring the largest gathering of SEA’s top athletes.

Representing Grab at the announcement and the exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding of the sponsorship was Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia, while the Ministry of Youth and Sports was represented by its Secretary General, YBhg. Dato’ Lokman Hakim Bin Ali.

(From left) YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports; Anthony Tan, Group CEO of Grab, YBhg. Dato’ Seri Zolkples Embong, Chief Executive Officer of MASOC  and Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Is your Network Protected against Botnets?

By Sumit Bansal

Having been in the threat marketplace for several years, botnets are still successful today as it provides a powerful cloud computing network for hackers to spread malware and spam.

Like any other malware, botnets are introduced to the computer network through email attachments, websites and USB sticks. As the user accesses these files or compromised websites, malware from the botnets begin to spread and exploit vulnerabilities on the system.

Sumit Bansal, Director for ASEAN and Korea, Sophos

In a recent research on global spam by SophosLabs, it was found that the global volume of spam dropped by more than half just before Christmas and continued to stay at around the same level, believed to be due to the notorious Necurs botnet going quiet.

However, an old-school type of scam was seen to have resurfaced just last month with huge success. Known as pump-and-dump, the scam inflated the stock price of Incapta, a media holding company, encouraging the public to buy into the scam, thus pumping up the stock further.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Symantec ISTR 22 : Alarming Increase in Politically Motivated Targeted Attacks

May 5, 2017:

Cyber criminals revealed new levels of ambition in 2016 – a year marked by extraordinary attacks, including multi-million dollar virtual bank heists and overt attempts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process by state-sponsored groups, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 22, released today.

“New sophistication and innovation are the nature of the threat landscape, but this year Symantec has identified seismic shifts in motivation and focus,” said David Rajoo, Director, Systems Engineering, Malaysia. “The world saw specific nation states double down on political manipulation and straight sabotage. Meanwhile, cyber criminals caused unprecedented levels of disruption by focusing their exploits on relatively simple IT tools and cloud services.”

Symantec’s ISTR provides a comprehensive view of the threat landscape, including insights into global threat activity, cyber criminal trends and motivations for attackers. Key highlights include:

Subversion and Sabotage Attacks Emerge at the Forefront

Cyber criminals are executing politically devastating attacks in a move to undermine a new class of targets. Cyber-attacks against the U.S. Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend toward criminals employing highly-publicized, overt campaigns designed to destabilize and disrupt targeted organizations and countries. While cyber-attacks involving sabotage have traditionally been quite rare, the perceived success of several campaigns – including the U.S. election and Shamoon – point to a growing trend to criminals attempting to influence politics and sow discord in other countries.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microlink Launches IoT Solutions for Flood Mitigation, Energy Management and Plantations

May 15, 2017 -

Microlink Solutions Berhad (‘Microlink’), a local ICT solutions provider, today shares that it is launching three new Internet of Things (IoT) applications that can address some of the recurring issues affecting the operations of Malaysia’s Flood & Natural Disaster Mitigation, Energy Management and Plantations sectors.

Simply known as the Smart Environmental Management System, Smart Energy Management System and Smart Plantation System respectively; Group CEO of Microlink, Chia Yong Wei hopes that the introduction of these three IoT solutions will benefit industries that have been underserved by the IoT players so far.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

IT News Week 3 May 2017

For IT News Week 2 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 18, 2017 - Western Digital Expands NAS-Optimized Hard Drive Offerings to 10TB
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - COMPUTEX 2017 PQI “Touched by Intelligence” Invigorate All Your Senses
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Cb Response Defends South Korean Special Prosecutor's Office from Targeted Cyberattacks
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - NEC provides Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur with UNIVERGE SV9500 Communications server
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Siemens: TIA Portal V14 engineering framework: increased productivity, reduced time to market
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Silver Peak Tops 400 Unity EdgeConnect Customer Deployments Worldwide
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Empowering Businesses with Enterprise-Grade Swan Cloud Accounting
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Government Joins Finance Sector At the Top of the Cyber Attack List
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - U Mobile launches Unlimited Hero P78 with Unlimited High-Speed Data & Unlimited Calls to All Networks
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Customer Experience Management Key for Successful Digital Transformation
  • PR - May 15, 2017 - Monster® grows global channel reach with new international collaboration with Brightstar Corp
  • PR - May 11, 2017 - 11street Signs MOU with MABOPA and Initiates ‘Pesta Buku Online’

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Advice on WannaCry Ransomware

1.) For technical people

1.1.) https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

2.) For consumer

2.1.) https://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what-you-need-know-about-wannacry-ransomware


2.2.) http://www.it-sideways.com/2017/05/no-need-to-cry-run-windows-updates-now.html

WannaCry Commentaries - Part 1

1.) Acronis

Nikolay Grebennikov,VP of Engineering

“People, and businesses hear ‘ransomware’ and think such an attack can’t happen to them. The fact is that it can, and in fact, just today – Telefonica was hit by a very aggressive version of the Wcry ransomware. 47 percent of businesses were under ransomware attacks last year and that’s growing. Just look at Telefonica for the latest proof. The real question businesses, hospitals and telcos should be asking themselves is how can I protect myself from a ransomware attack that is seemingly inevitable. The answer – a reliable backup solution that includes active protection against ransomware attacks. Acronis Backup 12 Advanced and Acronis Active Protection can prevent damage from such ransomware and this solution is available for businesses today.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

CoreLogic Deploys Commvault to Drive Digital Transformation - Case Study

Researchers have predicted that the amount of data generated by businesses will double every two years and increase by a factor of ten by 2020. With the volume of data exploding across businesses and industries, and customers demanding more than ever before, business leaders are now forced to focus their efforts on embracing data-driven insights to make strategic decisions as well as deploying advanced technology to store and manage this growing volume of data.

With this, backing up data, a critical aspect of any data management strategy, has now become a daunting task, especially for businesses who still uses legacy systems as part of their backup strategies. With companies having to backup petabytes of customer data, traditional duplication methods will risk threatening the operations, security, and revenue of a company should critical failures and outages occur. The solution? The migration to a cloud storage infrastructure elevates the stress of data management and can address the increasing complexity and demands of businesses’ backup requirements.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

No need to cry - Run Windows Updates Now !!!

As of today, here are the things everybody needs to know about WannaCry ransomware:

In plain English, the first thing you need to do in the morning is to run Windows updates before opening your emails - this is because this Trojan-based malware exploits one of the vulnerabilities in Windows.

According to IBM X-Force, it affected mostly Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003; according to Symantec, it targets data server because it will attempt to shutdown MS SQL Server services and email exchange services whilst encrypting all physical files.

I totally agree with Symantec on best practices to protect against ransomware :

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Backup Files to SD Card in Android Phone

Imagine you have a scenario where the phone is having limited storage space....


If you are a heavy WhatsApp user like most people do, try to 'Clear chat' of your frequently used WhatsApp group.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunway Innovation Labs to Propel Technopreneurship

May 5, 2017 - Bandar Sunway -

Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Ministry of Finance and Chairman of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), launched the Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs) yesterday at Menara Sunway, Sunway City,with Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, and Chancellor of Sunway University.

Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Ministry of Finance and Chairman of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) officiating the launch of the Sunway Innovation Labs. Looking on are Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah AO, Dr Elizabeth Lee, Matt van Leeuwen, Dr Lee Weng Keng, Professor Graeme Wilkinson and Evan Cheah.
Sunway iLabs will function as a start-up incubator as well as runaccelerator programmes,act as a micro ecosystem in encouraging development of the start-up ecosystem within the country.The unique not-for-profit smart partnership concept will see Sunway University, Sunway Group, and Sunway Ventures working together in a triple helix innovation model, which combines the strengths of stakeholders across academia, industry and government within a collaborative space. Their aim is to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations enabling entrepreneurs to scale their business faster.

At the Sunway iLabs, students from Sunway University will be able to apply their talent and technical expertise to growth-hack Sunway Group’s 12 business units. Sunway Ventures, the venture arm of Sunway Group which was set-up last year to drive the organisation’s future growth will fund viable startups that are synergistic to Sunway’s businesses.

IT News Week 2 May 2017

For IT News Week 1 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 11, 2017 - Astro launches “NJOI Now” to offer free video streaming service
  • PR - May 10, 2017 - Former SAS-Boss becomes new Webtrekk CEO
  • PR - May 9, 2017 - OutSystems Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service
  • PR - May 8, 2017 - Fusionex Wins Technology Partner Award from Amazon Web Services
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Siemens enhances presence in Myanmar with strong partnership in the ports
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - BP Healthcare’s Doctor2U partners with Microsoft for its Digital Transformation journey
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - Registration is Open for the First Global Leadership Programme
  • PR - May 2, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - CyberMedia and TAITRA Announces Partners for CyberMods 24hrs
  • Mergermarket - Apr 26, 2017 - Asia's EMU M&A rocketed 323% YoY in Q1 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Three traps to avoid on the path to digital transformation

By Ben Pring, Co-Director, Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant, and Co-Author of “What to Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data” (Wiley, February 2017)

Ben Pring, Co-Director, Cognizant
Within the next ten years, disruptive technologies such as mobile internet, cloud technology, 3D printing, and advanced robotics are expected to result in 30% GDP growth in Southeast Asia alone. There is no doubt that across industries, these emerging technologies are the biggest disruptors today. However, many organisations undergoing digital transformation are crumbling under their own weight. Business leaders are struggling to set a digital strategy, shift organisational structures, and remove the barriers that are keeping them from maximising the potential impact of new digital technologies.

One of the key determinants of digital transformation is the right business model. In this context, the business model is the process architecture, and the supporting organisational model used to run the business.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Energy Efficiency Resources

By FurnaceCompare.com

On September 29, 2015, the Western Area Power Administration (an agency within the US Department of Energy that markets wholesale electricity) announced that it was closing EnergyExperts.org. EnergyExperts.org offered a wide variety of tools, from online cost calculators to a calendar of energy-related events and a database of energy-related jobs.

While most of the site's resources were aimed at energy professionals in other agencies, towns and electric cooperatives, many consumers used the tools as well. Since Energy Experts' tools are no longer available, this page will point you to a wide variety of other websites that can provide similar tools and information for both consumer and professional use.

Energy professionals can find everything from cost calculators for HVAC equipment, to information on improving the efficiency of metal buildings, Energy-related jobs and events.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Customer Experience - The Uncomfortable Truth

Apr 27, 2017 :

Organisations around the world are failing to implement effective digital strategies. As a result their customer experience (CX) solutions are becoming disjointed, and digital is not displacing traditional phone interactions at the speed that their customers are demanding.

That’s according to new research published today by Dimension Data in the 20th anniversary edition of its Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report. This year, 1,351 organisations across 80 countries in Asia Pacific, Australia, the Americas, Middle East & Africa, and Europe contributed to the research. 237 out of the polled organisations were from Asia Pacific.

Less than 14% of Asia Pacific organisations polled said that they had an optimised strategy for digital business in place, while over 44% of Asia Pacific organisations reported they don’t have a plan at all, or are at best, in the process of developing one.

The top factor driving digital transformation is improving CX, followed by customer demands for digital. In Asia Pacific, over 88% of organisations report an uplift in revenue as a result of improved CX, while 85% report cost savings. Yet, just 40% have appointed a board level executive who is responsible for customer experiences, and organisational disconnects mean digital solution functionality is not meeting customer requirements.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Screenshots Apr 2017

Refer to Screenshots Mar 2017.

1.) At Evernote, it is not an easy task to manage conflicts arising from synchronization.

Don't take it for granted, do appreciate the efforts of this freemium app.



Saturday, May 06, 2017

Legal Impact of Data Protection and Management in the Digital Age

Apr 17, 2017:

CommunicAsia2017 Summit speaker, Steve Tan, Partner, Deputy Head – Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann LLP, shares the legal aspects of adopting new technology and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.

With increasing access to mobile devices and the internet, the amount of data created annually worldwide is predicted to soar to 180 zettabytes (180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025, with approximately 80 billion devices connected to the Internet.

Steve Tan, Partner, Deputy Head,
Technology, Media & Telco, Rajah & Tann LLP

As organisations look towards data to track consumer patterns and guide business direction, they should also be mindful of the legal regulations that govern the protection of data and the possibility of a data breach. In the past year, we have seen some of the largest data breaches in history with millions of accounts compromised and the release of personal data such as addresses and telephone numbers for sale on the black market. Such high-profile data breaches have been increasing in size and prevalence in recent years, with cyber criminals (and even state actors) taking keen interest in obtaining sensitive corporate and personal information. Besides such hacking attacks, a data breach can also arise from employee mischief or neglect, an inadvertent leak, lack of or failure in security measures, just to name a few.

Friday, May 05, 2017

IT News Week 1 May 2017

For IT News Week 5 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Cb Protection 8.0 : Automate Lockdown of Data Center Servers
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - New Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Delivers Enhanced Data Protection and Manageability across All Platforms
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Standard Chartered and Hotels.com announce 3-year strategic partnership
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Curtin University Advances Smart Campus Vision with Hitachi IoT Solution
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - Commercial Radio Malaysia Announces Its 2017 Leadership
  • PR - May 2, 2017 - AIMS Reports 24% Growth in 2016 - The Best Year Ever Yet !!
  • PR - Apr 29, 2017 - 3M and 11street Host Charity Badminton Clinic to Launch
  • PR - Apr 28, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Introduces the Perfect Storage Upgrade Choice with New G330 Series SSD

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Huawei Releases C-C4ISR Collaborative Public Safety Solutions at Global Safe City Summit 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - Dubai, The United Arab Emirates :

Huawei hosted its Global Safe City Summit 2017 themed "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety" in Dubai from April 26-27. More than 350 government customers, industry experts, and partners participated in the summit to share their experience and opinions, and promote digital transformation of the public safety industry. During the summit, Huawei introduced the C-C4ISR Collaborative Public Safety Solutions, which will drive digital transformation of the global public safety industry. Together with world-leading public safety partners such as YITU, SenseTime, Zenith, iOmniscient, and GSAFETY, Huawei also released the first all-cloud and matrix intelligence Video Cloud Solution and Crisis and Disaster Management Solution. The solutions are designed to address diverse safety threats and protect citizens in cities across the world.

With increasing global urbanization, cities are expanding and becoming less safe. Governments are increasingly focused on developing safe cities and aim to reshape urban public safety systems through innovative ICT. However, traditional siloed public safety systems typically lack information sharing capabilities and are major barriers to effective collaboration between different government agencies, which is essential for prevention of and response to emergency situations.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

BIOSTAR Debuts World’s First and Only Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD RYZEN

April 20,2017 - Taipei, Taiwan

BIOSTAR is thrilled to announce the latest addition to the growing mini-ITX family of BIOSTAR motherboards with the introduction of the world’s first mini-ITX motherboards for AMD AM4 platform and the first mini-ITX RGB LED-capable motherboards with AMD X370 and AMD B350 chipsets. BIOSTAR is pleased to welcome the new BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN mini-ITX motherboards into the RACING Series family.

Both motherboards aim to deliver the best balance of form and function, delivering the full potential that the AMD AM4 platform offers especially with AMD RYZEN CPUs, all in a small package. The BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN comes equipped with BIOSTAR 2nd-gen RACING features like 5050 LED Fun Zone with dual 5050 LED header for DIY customization, the BIOSTAR exclusive VIVID LED DJ with full RGB LED control that lets enthusiasts design their own system lighting with precise control. Together with that, BIOSTAR also adds performance and quality features for maximum system performance and stability.

With the multi-threaded performance of AMD RYZEN CPUs, it’s a great choice for content creators and professionals looking for a highly-accessible, high-performance processor to help them in their work and together with BIOSTAR RACING Series AM4 mini-ITX motherboards, it makes it easy to maximize your workspace by building a system with a relatively small footprint that does big things.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

INTERPOL World 2017 Congress to lead industry dialogue for a unified approach to combat future crime

The ever-evolving global security challenges faced by the law enforcement agencies in the 21st century requires stakeholders from all around the globe to work together to make the world a safer place. The threats are increasingly daring and sophisticated, with security breaches in the beginning of 2017 in cities that were considered the safest in the world.

INTERPOL World 2017, the global exhibition and congress platform, returns to Singapore this year to bring law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academia, security professionals and solution providers together to foster collaborations in addressing future security challenges.

In its second edition, the INTERPOL World Congress will see a brand-new structure, with three dedicated tracks – Cybercrime (4 July), Safe Cities (5 July) and Identity Management (6 July) – featuring over 40 speakers across the public sectors, such as:
  • Arthur Holland Michel, Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College
  • Cheri McGuire, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Standard Chartered
  • Dr Donato Colucci, Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Jim Pitkow, Chair Technical Task Force, Thorn
  • Michael Hershman, Group CEO, International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)
  • Nils Andersen-Röed, Operational Specialist / Project Leader Darkweb Team, Dutch National Police
  • Rob Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Sedicii Innovations Limited (World Economic Forum’s 2015 Technology Pioneer)

Friday, April 28, 2017

IT News Week 5 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces New AMD RADEON RX GPUs
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Ruckus Wireless Unveils Experience Management Capabilities with New SmartZone OS Release
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Independent Lab MRG Effitas Confirms Acronis True Image Leads Competition on Ransomware Protection, Performance and Usability
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills

Apr 26, 2017 -

Brocade today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts.

The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organizations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organizations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.

Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognized as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level, and the rapidly changing technology environment.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unlocking greater possibilities with Next-Generation Access Control Solutions

By Weijin Lee, Regional Director, Secure Issuance, HID Global, Asia Pacific and Alex Tan, Director of Sales, Physical Access Control System, HID Global, ASEAN

The security landscape continues to evolve in new and complex ways. Gone are the days where the term “access control” means a simple lock and key system. Access control, instead, conjures images of sophisticated, integrated systems with multi-layered security across multiple facilities. Organizations today face challenges from the adoption of new technologies, escalating security threats and the need to derive greater value from access control infrastructure, while solving increasingly complex system integration. This is no easy task, further complicated by the expansion of digital lifestyles and creation of a smart ecosystem of wearables.

As security remains a critical front-line defence for organizations across industries and company sizes, what protective measures can businesses take today? Here are four key tips that companies should consider when implementing the next generation of access control systems.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses

By Owen Taraniuk, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Commvault

The human heart beats more than 100,000 times daily and close to 40 million times per year — chalking up three billion heartbeats in a person’s lifetime. Much like the human heart, data is what keeps the digital and customer-led economy pumping.

Owen Taraniuk, VP of APAC, Commvault

Studies have shown that companies utilising data-driven insights to make strategic decisions have improved their productivity by up to 33 percent. At the same time, the big data and analytics market has exceeded IDC’s predictions by over 50 percent with the analyst group now expecting to see worldwide revenues reach nearly $187 billion by 2019.

The writing is on the wall – businesses need to leverage data to conquer today’s disruptive age and stay ahead of the curve. CEOs know this but the question that is keeping them up at night is: how?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

IT News Week 4 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 3 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - COLORFUL Announces Sponsorship of RNG E-SPORTS
  • PR - Apr 21, 2017 - Reader Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2017
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37EUR, Kaspersky Lab study reveals
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - Jabra Speak 710 Speakerphone: Immersive Call & Sound Experience
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - BTI Consultants Joins Career Partners International Group
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - SG - Bank Mandiri embarks on Big Data Journey with Cloudera to Deliver Unparalleled Customer Experience
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Swan (accounting software) Debuts with free-for-life Offer
  • Criteo - Apr 13, 2017 - Online Retail and Travel Purchases in Malaysia Increase in the Lead Up to Ramadan
  • Mergermarket - Apr 12, 2017 - Q1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report
  • PR - Apr 12, 2017 - Cloudera and Industry Software Leaders Collaborate to Cultivate Data Professionals in Malaysia

Friday, April 21, 2017

Huawei : Digital divide is now a digital chasm

Apr 18, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

Huawei is back with their Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017. The fourth annual study shows how countries are progressing with digital transformation based on 40 unique indicators that cover five technology enablers: broadband, data centers, cloud, big data and Internet of Things. According to some of the findings, digitally-developed economies around the globe are continuing to progress due to larger investments and adoptions in ICT. At the same time, digitally-developing economies have also started to accelerate their growth by investing strategically in ICT capabilities and their digital transformation journeys – yet the gap between the two continues to grow.

Malaysia made a notable improvement from 2015, climbing five positions in the ranks. This is an outcome of the government’s aggressive investment to improve its international bandwidth, 4G coverage and Cloud over the past three years. This significant increase can also be attributed to citizens’ increased in usage and improved experience with ICT. The overall ICT strategy that brings these activities together has enabled Malaysia to increase the contribution of its Digital Economy sector to account for 17% of its national economy in 2016, one of the highest in the world, according to the Department of Statistics of Malaysia.

Facebook Mobile Solutions for Advertisers

Apr 11, 2017:

Facebook has today announced updates and new features to its mobile solutions for advertisers after hitting 5 million active advertisers on its platform.

Ads Manager App

Among the updated features is the optimization of the Ads Manager App to increase the ease of managing ad performance and gain insights in. At a glance, users can see how ads for their Pages are performing and compare the performance week by week.

The improved navigation allows users to easily switch between accounts and even select up to five ads for side-by-side comparison. New one-click options have also been introduced to reinstate high-performing ads and refine or add new interests to audience targeting.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The ETHERnet Fax Machine (Review)

The idea is pretty straight forward : you want to send and receive fax without having a land line and a fax device. Period.

In retrospect, almost all businesses in Malaysia are still using fax machine which many are conventional type - latest fax machines are usually hybrid type which combines fax via telephony channel or Internet.

And etherFAX is the wrapper for all that - it is analogous to cloud based contemporary fax machine.


EtherFAX caters three methods of faxing:

I.) From your email such as gmail - send your email to faxnumber@etherfax.my

II.) From MS Office - send your documents to etherFAX online fax printer.

II.) From etherFAX web site known as etherFAX web console.


Use C# to Write Cross-Platform Codes

With the recent release of .NET Core, you can now use C# to write cross-platform codes.

This contains the 1.0 final release of the new MSBuild based .NET Core Tools.

The tools are supported on Windows, macOS and Linux. You can use them at the command-line, with VS Code or as part of Visual Studio 2017.

Using Visual Studio 2017, you can create .NET Standard libraries, .NET Core apps/libraries and ASP.NET web projects that use the new csproj format.

https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/releasenotes/vs2017-relnotes#dotnetcore

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/03/07/announcing-net-core-tools-1-0/

Get started, check out the following video.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/dotnet/Get-started-VSCode-Csharp-NET-Core-Windows

Monday, April 17, 2017

Three trends to watch in 2017: B2B2X, Video Service Providers & Customer Experiences

Ian Watterson, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, CSG International

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.

The telecommunications landscape is set to see a drastic transformation this year as the industry continues to transform its business models and services to better serve the digital consumer. In Singapore, we will see the entry of the nation’s fourth telco, TPG. Companies like TPG represent the future of telecommunications in Singapore – in line with service providers looking to transform their business models to better serve digital consumers - while managing traditional networks and systems. With TPG being the first digital-only operator, such service providers will provide consumers with greater price competitiveness and customer experience over its competitors.

Ian Waterson, Managing Director, APAC, CSG International

Digital services to consumers on-the-go are reaching an all-time high, and the entry of TPG is certainly timely. 2017 may just be the year when we see such “B2B2X” business models – digital services delivered to any number of end-users, including enterprise, retail, partner, suppliers or end consumers – contribute significantly to a service provider’s revenues.

Here are three emerging trends that will shape the communications services landscape in the coming year.

IT News Week 3 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 2 Apr 2017.
  • PR - Apr 13, 2017 - U Mobile Cuts Out All Restrictions - Offers Unlimited Calls and Data from RM 38
  • PR - Apr 13, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab’s Targeted Attacks Detection Solution is Now Certified by ICSA Labs
  • PR - Apr 13, 2017 - Cloudera Now Accepting Nominations for the Fifth Annual Data Impact Awards
  • PR - Apr 12, 2017 - Mellanox Technologies Expands Presence in Malaysia as Part of Southeast Asia Expansion
  • PR - Apr 12, 2017 - iPay88 Shares Its First Ever Statistics on Malaysian’s Online Buying Pattern
  • PR - Apr 12, 2017 -  Huawei Services Aims to Address Carriers’ Business Problems
  • PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Shenzhen - Go Digital, Go Cloud Huawei Explores New Growth Potential in an Intelligent World
  • PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Taipei - Biostar Introduces A320 Pro Series AM4 Motherboards
  • PR - Apr 11, 2017 - Fusionex Wins Contract with Hospitality Group Galaxy
  • PR - Apr 11, 2017 - VMware Study: Malaysian Businesses at Risk of Data Breaches as More Than 1 in 3
  • PR - Apr 11, 2017 - SG - ABN AMRO Clearing Selects Cognizant as Strategic Partner to Cloud-Enable Global IT Infrastructure
  • PR - Apr 10, 2017 - SG - CommunicAsia2017 : Global Futurist to Deliver Keynote on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Large-Scale Industry Transformation

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Microsoft launches M-Powered in collaboration with Dialogue in the Dark

Apr 13, 2017 :

Microsoft Malaysia announces the launch of M-Powered – a unique employment and entrepreneurship portal for persons with disabilities. The portal was launched today by YB Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II. Also present at the launch were Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of Dewan Negara and Dr Astrid Tuminez, Senior Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, South East Asia, Microsoft Corporation.

(L - R ) : Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of Dewan Negara with YB Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II, Dr Astrid Tuminez, Senior Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, South East Asia, Microsoft Corporation and Stevens Chan, CEO and Founder, Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia addressing the media conference at the launch of M-Powered at Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

IPTV Piracy: The Fight Against a New Breed Of Pirates

By BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference speaker, Pablo Argon, Senior Director Technical Strategy, TV Platforms, Media Solutions at Ericsson, on the fight against IPTV piracy

There has never been a better time for TV entertainment. According to most predictions, content for TV is only going to boom from Hollywood to Bollywood. However, despite the success of the media and entertainment industry (M&E), there is the persistent and menacing trouble of online pirates who illegally access content and distribute them via direct downloads from websites, torrents sites, and streaming services. IPTV piracy isn’t a new phenomenon, but with the production in mass of premium content such as 4K, HD with HDR and with new business models for online content distribution (over-the-top streaming, early window release), its market share has started to threaten the revenue of legal pay TV operators.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Limelight Networks : Malaysians have high expectations on website performance

Mar 30, 2017 :

Smartphones are the go-to device for accessing the Internet throughout South East Asia, and Malaysian consumers expect fast performance of websites across all devices, according to the “State of the User Experience” research report released by Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery.

Our new research shows that Malaysian consumers are online 16 hours or more each week, outside of work, and they have high expectations for website performance, especially when it comes to e-commerce,” said Jaheer Abbas, Regional Sales Director at Limelight. “Nearly everyone surveyed (94%) said that they’re likely to recommend a brand to a friend if they have a positive web experience, and on the flip side, that they’ll leave and go to a competitor if it isn’t a good experience.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

BIOSTAR Showcases Presence in Asia with Regional Events

March 30th 2017, Taipei, Taiwan -

BIOSTAR is proud to share its unwaivering dedication as a dependable brand as it tours around Asia, bolstering its presence and showing partners, dealers and customers alike that BIOSTAR the wide range of products and solutions in its growing portfolio. BIOSTAR recently concluded a string of launch events across Asia in countries including Thailand, South Korea and China. BIOSTAR showed-off its latest RACING products for both AMD and Intel platforms as well as its new storage solutions partnering with key partners to show-off the excellent feature set and offerings of BIOSTAR products.

KOREA
 
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During their visit in Korea, BIOSTAR showcased its 2nd-generation RACING Series motherboards for both Intel 200-series and AMD AM4 series platforms. Models showed-off where the wide array of products including the RACING Series Z270GT9, Z270GT6, B250GT5, B250ET2 and their first mini-ITX products for the Intel 200-series, the RACING Z270GTN and B250GTN. For the AM4 side, BIOSTAR showed off its RACING X370GT7, RACING X370GT5, B350GT5, B350GT3 and the first ITX boards for the AM4 platform with their RACING X370GTN and B250GTN.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

64-Bit MyKad Reader Application Source Code

First of all, proceed to download the MyKad Reader Application Source Code (VB.NET) for 32-bit from:

http://www.yasin.my/blog/son_mykad_reader

http://mykad.codeplex.com/

The code is meant for 32-bit platform - it is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 onwards.

To support 64-bit platform, a few modifications are required.

IT News Week 2 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 5 Mar 2017.
  • PR - Apr 7, 2017 - [Pre-order] Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Exclusive Rewards and Privileges Worth Over RM900
  • PR - Apr 7, 2017 - Users’ Most Sensitive Data is put at Risk from Poor Digital Hygiene, Kaspersky Lab Research Reveals
  • PR - Apr 6, 2017 - Borneo Youth Leadership Conference 2017 : Creating Tomorrow's Leaders, by Empowering Today's Youth
  • PR - Apr 6, 2017 - Canon Launches The EOS 800D, EOS 77D & EOS M6
  • PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Announces Leadership Change
  • PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Western Digital Increases Capacity of Surveillance-Class Hard Drives to 10TB
  • PR - Apr 5, 2017 - Microsoft Bookings: a new Office 365 service for small businesses!!
  • PR - Apr 4, 2017 - Cloudera Recognized As Emerging Leader in Cybersecurity and Machine Learning
  • PR - Apr 4, 2017 - OutSystems Recognized as a Mobile Low-Code Development Platform Leader
  • PR - Apr 4, 2017 - New U.S Startup Helps Underprivileged Youth with Free Online Sports Courses
  • PR - Apr 4, 2017 - Hitachi Sunway Helps HANA Microelectronics to Implement Siemens Teamcenter in Thailand
  • PR - Apr 3, 2017 - 'COCKROACH Tech Funding' Program to Help Malaysian Startups Get The Right ICT Support

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The omnichannel imperative to win today’s consumer

By Zachary King, Vice President, Commercial (Asia), MediaMath

Marketing has long shifted from siloes defined by media channels to an approach that puts the consumer first. It is a long-term investment that requires time and resources to better understand consumer behaviour and needs. If done well, the returns are happy and loyal customers with vastly more efficient media spends. The right message, to the right customer, at the right time has long been the holy grail of consumer-first marketing.

It is no secret that customer-centric marketing is the key to unlocking, enhancing, and retaining a relationship with customers. A recent Walker study found that customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020. Customer retention, especially, is crucial as 80% of a company’s profits will come from 20% of one’s existing clientele.

However, in a dynamic marketplace where customer tastes and preferences are constantly evolving, what is the best approach to omnichannel execution? In this article, Zachary King, Vice President, Commercial (Asia), MediaMath, discusses why businesses must develop an omnichannel approach using a unified and integrated solution that will better align on customer needs and experiences.

Monday, April 03, 2017

IBM X-Force Finds Historic Number of Records Leaked and Vulnerabilities Disclosed in 2016

Mar 29, 2017 - CAMBRIDGE, MA –

IBM Security today announced results from the 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records compromised grew a historic 566 percent in 2016 from 600 million to more than 4 billion. These leaked records include data cybercriminals have traditionally targeted like credit cards, passwords and personal health information, but IBM X-Force also noted a shift in cybercriminal strategies. In 2016, a number of significant breaches related to unstructured data such as email archives, business documents, intellectual property and source code were also compromised.

The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index is comprised of observations from more than 8,000 monitored security clients in 100 countries and data derived from non-customer assets such as spam sensors and honeynets in 2016. IBM X-Force runs network traps around the world and monitors more than eight million spam and phishing attacks daily while analyzing more than 37 billion web pages and images.

“Cybercriminals continued to innovate in 2016 as we saw techniques like ransomware move from a nuisance to an epidemic,” said Caleb Barlow, Vice President of Threat Intelligence, IBM Security. “While the volume of records compromised last year reached historic highs, we see this shift to unstructured data as a seminal moment. The value of structured data to cybercriminals is beginning to wane as the supply outstrips the demand. Unstructured data is big-game hunting for hackers and we expect to see them monetize it this year in new ways.”

Sunday, April 02, 2017

IT News Week 5 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 4 Mar 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • iPrice - Apr 1, 2017 - Amazon Ready To Launch in Malaysia
  • PR - Mar 31, 2017 - AIG Malaysia Wins Best Insurer 2016 Award
  • PR - Mar 31, 2017 - Brocade Extends Gen 6 Fibre Channel Portfolio with a No-Compromise Entry-Level Switch
  • PR - Mar 31, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab : Financial Firms Hit with Million Dollar Losses per Cybersecurity Incident
  • PR - Mar 30, 2017 - Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award 2017 Opens For Nominations With New Criteria
  • PR - Mar 30, 2017 - All Astro customers can now enjoy Astro GO, free
  • PR - Mar 30, 2017 - MyIX to Increase International Peering Partners
  • PR - Mar 29, 2017 - Silver Peak Powers the Thin Branch With EdgeConnect
  • PR - Mar 28, 2017 - Carbon Black : Non-Malware Attacks Pose More Risk to Businesses than Commodity Malware

Friday, March 31, 2017

Reporting Huawei Q1 2017 Activities

In the recent Visual Studio 2017 launch, it was highlighted that Huawei has 80,000 software developers.

That workforce alone (software department) is bigger than the combine workforce of the largest company in Malaysia - Maybank has 45,000 employees in total.

In other words, Huawei is bigger than you think !!!

Digital Transformation Forum

During recent Digital Transformation Forum - held on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona - Huawei outlined its role as an all-round strategic partner to countries looking to advance economic and social development. Huawei is committed to creating value for communities by collaborating with operators to help them maximize network assets, deploy home broadband and indoor digitalization, and drive connectivity to enhance the user experience, while promoting economic and social growth.

William Xu, Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, outlined opportunities for growth in emerging markets

"By 2025, we will see 2 billion more people with mobile connections, and another 500 million broadband homes. Our commitment has always been to enable world’s operators to build roads to new growth," Mr. Xu emphasized. "Huawei continues to drive its social responsibility to help emerging markets grow by at least 1 GCI point while guaranteeing coverage in times of major world events or natural disasters."

Microsoft Introduces Surface as a Service in Malaysia with Ingram Micro & 3StepIT

Mar 20, 2017

Microsoft announced today the availability of Surface as a Service program in Malaysia, where organizations can procure Microsoft Surface Pro 4 on a per-user, per month leasing package.



The service offers up to four leasing options, which cover either two-year or three-year programs, where businesses can acquire the Surface Pro 4 along with the Surface type cover, extended hardware services warranty and Office 365 Business from RM212 per month. The service is supported by Ingram Micro and 3StepIT in Malaysia.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Financio - Cloud Accounting Software for Start-up Companies (Review)

Check this out.. throw away your Excel sheets.

Open your favourite web browser, start your favourite search engine and search 'Financio'.



Click on the first result.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

RM20 million GROW Program to Fund 120,000 Malaysian Business Entrepreneurs

Mar 27, 2017 -

The Exabytes Group, Malaysia’s leading web hosting services and eCommerce solutions provider today announces its GROW social venture that will grant RM20 million worth of online services and development support to young entrepreneurs across Malaysia, with the main aim of building the online brand visibility of these small businesses.

Chan Kee Siak, ED, Exabytes

Founder cum Executive Director of Exabytes, Chan Kee Siak shares that the objective of GROW is to offer immediate and vital assist to passionate and enthusiastic micro businesses, which want to amplify their brand visibility online.

Exabytes’ GROW campaign is open to all local micros and SMEs. Through this campaign, local enterprises that are already having an existing Facebook page will be entitled to a free for one (1)-year service to brand itself by developing a functional domain name, and more effective email business address to achieve maximum brand awareness.

VMware Announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017!

Mar 6, 2017 -

At Mobile World Congress 2017, VMware Inc. demonstrated the company’s leadership by driving the digital transformation of telecom, cable and mobile operators into agile service providers. Through VMware’s unified software-defined architecture spanning Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), global communications service providers (CSPs) can benefit from potential new revenue streams with sustainable cost reductions, increased flexibility and security and a modernized network that is 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) ready.

1) VMware Helps Communications Service Providers “Realize What’s Possible” Through Software-Driven Digital Transformation
  • With more than 80 NFV deployments by more than 45 CSPs serving more than 300 million subscribers worldwide, VMware vCloud® NFV™ accelerates service innovation and delivery, reduces costs, and simplifies network operations.
  • The vCloud NFV platform enables organizations to deploy a multi-vendor and multi-function NFV platform today that delivers service automation, secure multi-tenancy, operations management and carrier grade reliability with 5G readiness.
  • VMware enables CSPs to offer a range of enterprise mobility services for customers at all stages of the mobility lifecycle.

Monday, March 27, 2017

COLORFUL Wins Innovation Award from Intel

March 20, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

Congratulation !!!

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is proud to share its latest achievement highlighting its position as one of the most innovative brands to have come up in recent years. Last March 2nd, Intel CCG awarded COLORFUL their prestigious Innovation Award for 2016. This award is given to partners who have shown excellence in terms of product innovation. Ricardo Moreno, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group for Intel, visited COLORFUL to present the award.


This award is presented to COLORFUL to recognize its advancements and innovations in developing motherboards for the Intel platform. COLORFUL has been a fast-rising star in the components field and their iGame series of motherboards have been getting much attention for their excellent balance price and features which deliver excellent performance for all users in all segments from gamers to power users.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) Chapter 1

TheStar reported that the Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) was launched by Prime Minister on 22-Mar-2017.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/22/najib-malaysias-digital-free-trade-zone-is-a-worlds-first/

It is the brain-child of the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Razak, Alibaba's Jack Ma being the adviser.

IT News Week 4 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 3 Mar 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 24, 2017 - AOMEI Backupper is running a Special Offers for World Backup Day
  • PR - Mar 24, 2017 - PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/2017 Attracts 1000 students, 150 teachers, and 74 school nationwide
  • PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Biforst Logistics : Zero to ERP & SCM Cloud in Five Weeks
  • PR - Mar 23, 2017 - TOKYO — Toshiba to Supply Taiwan with World's Largest Class S-Band Weather Radar System
  • PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) is now available in Malaysia!
  • PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei meets New Zealand Prime Minister to promote R&D collaboration, digital transformation
  • PR - Mar 22, 2017 - Canon Malaysia Sponsors Visit Pahang 2017
  • PR - Mar 18, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Application, Powered by Oculus
  • PR - Mar 17, 2017 - Poor Device and App Care Leaves Users Drowning in Digital Clutter, Kaspersky Lab Study Reveals
  • PR - Mar 17, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Launches Compact High-Speed Storage Solution with M200 M.2 SSD
  • PR - Mar 16, 2017 - OnePlus 3T officially in Malaysia – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Visual Studio 2017 Release Preview

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Visual-Studio-2017-Launch/100

During the keynote, Julia Liuson, Corporate VP, Microsoft, said that the core vision for Visual Studio over the past few years is to support developers in building applications for all platforms.

There are 1,700 people contributed to the development of Visual Studio as a product.


The latest four (4) Key areas of focus of Visual Studio are:

I.) Fundamentals - performance.
II.) Cloud
III.) Mobile - acquired Xamarin in year 2016
IV.) DevOps


Saturday, March 18, 2017

What Is a Non-Malware (or Fileless) Attack?

By Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black

Virtually every organization was targeted by a non-malware attack in 2016, and this year will be no different. The global emergence and continued growth of non-malware attacks will be a major security pain point in 2017, testament to the increasingly sophisticated attack methodologies employed by hackers today.

Kane Lightowler, MD, Carbon Black

Non-malware attacks, also known as fileless attacks, are so dangerous because they work. These attacks leverage on trusted, native operating system tools such as PowerShell or exploit running applications, such as web browsers and Office applications, to conduct their malicious behavior. The nature of these attacks allow hackers to gain control of computers without downloading any malicious files, which means that they can bypass detection by traditional antivirus (AV) software, which was designed to stop malicious files only.

Research by Carbon Black found that 98 percent of security researchers encounter at least one non-malware attack a month but only one-third are confident that traditional AV can protect their organizations from this form of attack.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

IT News Week 3 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 2 Mar 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 16, 2017 - MDeC: Malaysia Continues to See High Investment Growth from MSC Companies
  • PR - Mar 16, 2017 - Bruce Davie Appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VMware Asia Pacific and Japan
  • PR - Mar 16, 2016 - FREMONT, Calif. - Identiv Granted ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 Certification
  • PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Infinix Mobile Debuts In Malaysia with 3 New Smartphones
  • PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Cloudera to Accelerate Data Science and Machine Learning for the Enterprise with New Data Science Workbench
  • PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Waze Integrates with Spotify and Vice Versa
  • PR - Mar 14, 2017 - UEM Group Partners With Microsoft Malaysia For Cloud-Based Digital Initiatives
  • PR - Mar 14, 2017 - Shah Alam -  Greenview : The Best In International Islamic Education
  • PR - Mar 13, 2017 - Kaspersky: Banks Spend on IT Security is 3x Higher Than Non-Financial Organizations
  • PR - Mar 13, 2017 - Mellanox Technologies to Expand Presence in Southeast Asia

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Allianz Malaysia awarded Best Motor Takaful Company and Best Motor Insurance Company by iBanding

Mar 15, 2017 -

iBanding Services Sdn. Bhd., an independent knowledge-based company that provides transparent insights about the local insurance industry, today awarded Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Allianz Malaysia for the Best Motor Takaful Company and Best Motor Insurance Company in 2016 respectively. The awards are based on the results of a study conducted by iBanding, which ranked insurance companies in Malaysia on actual feedback from Malaysian motor vehicle drivers.

(L-R) Dato’ Sri Mohamed Hassan Kamil, Group Managing Director of Syarikat Takaful Malaysia, accepting the Best Motor Takaful Company 2016 award from Luke Roho, Co-Founder of iBanding

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Funding Societies Aims to Help Malaysia SMEs through Crowdfunding

Feb 22, 2017 -

Funding Societies, a Malaysian-founded regional Peer-to-Peer (P2P) financing platform, today launched its debt crowdfunding platform in Malaysia to provide SMEs and investors with trusted alternative financing and investment opportunities.

L - R : Kelvin Teo (Co-Founder), Kah Meng Wong (CEO)

Funding Societies aims to uplift businesses where financing is the most difficult, in particular the small and medium-sized businesses. New businesses are often faced with stifling restrictions when it comes to applying for financing. Funding Societies addresses these challenges head-on by providing an easy and viable option for SMEs looking for short-term financing between 1 and 12 months. Funding Societies also meets the needs of SMEs which require small financing needs (between RM 50,000 and RM 500,000), fast disbursal (1-week disbursal), and a simple hassle-free application process (less than 15 minutes).

Funding Societies is funded by global and regional venture capital firms, Sequoia India and Alpha JWC. By leveraging on their network, Funding Societies strives to incorporate the best practices in Technology and P2P financing regionally and globally, and tailoring them to the local Southeast Asian market.

IT News Week 2 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 5 Feb 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 9, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Big Data and Analytics Solutions at Google Next 17
  • PR - Mar 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Pure Storage for the Flash Data Center with Cisco UCS
  • PR - Mar 7, 2017 - Huawei Wins ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ Award at MWC 2017
  • PR - Mar 7, 2017 - SG - HPE Redefines Technology Services Organization: Pointnext
  • PR - Mar 6, 2017 - Canon Introduces Four New Compact Cameras with Premium Versatility
  • GFK - Mar 6, 2017 - Overall Digital Still Camera in Malaysia Contracted by 30% in Volume in 2016
  • PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Cognizant Acquires Brilliant Service, a Japan-Based Intelligent Products and Solutions Company

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Canon Launches Latest Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Printers

Mar 7, 2017 -

Canon today announced the availability of six imageCLASS A4 monochrome laser multi-function printers (MFPs) in Malaysia. The latest lineup of MFPs suited for Small Office Home Office (SOHO) and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is set to drive workplace productivity and heighten user convenience with its efficiency-enhancing and easy-to-use features.

“The diverse environments of small offices ranging from single-user SOHO to multi-user workgroups in SMEs present different needs and priorities,” said Jeffrey Kung, Head of Consumer Imaging & Information Division of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.


“The latest range of A4 monochrome MFPs offers a solution to varying needs, addressing different customer requirements such as faxing functionality, wireless connectivity and more. Canon also understands that the scalability of these growing businesses are of paramount importance, therefore the range of MFPs is designed to help our customers achieve the needed performance in their daily tasks”, he added

Saturday, March 04, 2017

AOMEI Image Deploy is Free and Easy (Review)

Many years ago, Norton Ghost was really popular.

Nonetheless, I stopped using it for many years. Don't remember when, it was at one point when I couldn't find it from the market or the Internet.

That was my last memory with Norton Ghost.

AOMEI Image Deploy (AID) does exactly the same as Norton Ghost, it is a software meant for cloning computer image from one PC to another.

All you have to do is create a cloned image of the main PC (server) and deploy the image to multiple PCs (Client PC) in the LAN (Local Area Network).

The key features are:
  • Real-time process monitoring- all edition
  • Free edition supports deployment of image up to 20 PCs or Servers simultaneously; for technician edition, deploy image to unlimited computers simultaneously
  • Batch preset client computers name and IP address (technician edition only)
  • Support different hardware (technician edition only) - it means the client PC doesn't have to be the same model

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Snake is on Android Now !!!

Feb 27, 2017 - Malaysia and Barcelona, Spain -

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today unveiled a new generation of Nokia smartphones, setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout the range. The highly anticipated global portfolio features three new smartphones – the new Nokia 6, delivering performance and immersive entertainment in a premium and extremely robust design; Nokia 5, an elegant smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand; and Nokia 3, which delivers an unprecedented quality at an affordable price point. The new range of Nokia smartphones all run Android™ Nougat and offer a pure, secure and up to date experience and will all feature Google Assistant. Today also sees the return of a modern classic – the iconic Nokia 3310, reborn with a modern twist on design.

The snake is back !On Android platform !

It was also announced that the world-renowned game Snake will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. The new free Snake game is designed to be played with groups of friends making it even more playable than the first time around.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

IT News Week 5 Feb 2017

For IT News Week 4 Feb 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Korean Fever is Burning Up in Malaysia
  • PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Canon Celebrates 30 Delightful Years
  • PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Axiata Digital and Huawei sign MoU to bring IoT capabilities to Axiata footprint across Asia
  • PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces AMD B350 RACING Series Lineup
  • PR - Mar 1, 2017 - SG - MediaMath launches new suite of audience solutions in the region
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - AccuWeather "Video First" Strategy Drives 160% Video Audience Growth
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control for Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Linux Hyperledger Continues Strong Momentum in 2017 with 11 New Members
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Exabytes Acquires 100% of HT Internet In Strategic Move
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - U Mobile’s ‘booKu’ Enables Avid Readers to Buy E-Books and E-Magazines Via Mobile Plans
  • PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Nimble Storage Introduces the First Multicloud Storage Service
  • PR - Feb 27, 2017 - Microsoft and Ministry of Higher Education come together to empower students with world class technology
  • PR - Feb 27, 2017 - SG - Samsung Asia Partners SK Planet to Grow e-Commerce in Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 23, 2017 - TiVo Powers Sharp’s New Blu-ray Disc Recorders with G-Guide HTML

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

GoVeggie Malaysia : Issues : App crash on viewing Vendor Detail

 GoVeggie Malaysia : Issues : App crash on viewing Vendor Detail.

This happened to my iPhone SE.

--> Location not enabled for the app.

Solution:

Settings --> GoVeggie Malaysia --> Location

Change to 'While Using the App'.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Symantec Unveils the Industry’s Most Complete Cloud Security Solution

Feb 15, 2017

As enterprises embrace cloud applications and infrastructure at an unparalleled rate, Symantec is enabling this transition to the Cloud Generation through stronger protection, greater visibility and better control of critical assets, users and data. The Symantec Cloud Security Platform delivers the broadest and deepest set of security solutions, delivered in the cloud and for the cloud.

The challenges:

Enterprises are experiencing a fundamental shift in the way their employees and customers consume technology. The influx of personally-owned devices, ubiquitous high-speed internet, and cloud-based computing platforms is redefining the traditional IT landscape, and delivering advanced operational capabilities. With the adoption of fully outsourced cloud applications and infrastructure, critical assets, data and users are moving well beyond the traditional corporate security perimeter.

Unfortunately, most security providers are simply providing isolated parts of what is required to secure these transformations, yet the cloud generation mandates a new model of integrated security. The Symantec Cloud Security Platform uniquely provides a complete means for the chief information security officer (CISO) of the modern enterprise to securely enable cloud adoption, while unifying both cloud and traditional on-premise environments for seamless security. Symantec is driving this transformation through a robust, open platform that integrates critical security and compliance frameworks while delivering the most comprehensive set of controls available to protect users and the organizational data with which they interact.

New Innovations Delivering Unrivaled Security for the Cloud Generation

With today’s announcement, the Symantec Cloud Security Platform gains entirely new capabilities for securing critical assets, data and users across the cloud continuum, while leveraging the power of Symantec’s category-leading security solutions to assist customers on their journey to the cloud.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hitachi Unveils New Video Analytics Software To Deliver Operational Intelligence and Security Insights for Smart Cities and Digital Enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group today unveiled new video analytics software to enhance and extend its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) combines computer vision and advanced analytics to extract rich insights and generate real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, and transportation agencies. Functionalities include Operational and business intelligence: people counting, queue detection, activity analysis, directional counting, and image enhancement to deliver insights that help cities, businesses and other organizations improve operations and customer experiences in terms of operational and business intelligence. It also helps to protect individual privacy, which can help to reduce their risk and liability.


In Smart Cities, data becomes retail insight with instore metrics

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

OutSystems Reports $100M in Sales and 50% Year-Over-Year Software Revenue Increase

Feb 14, 2017 :

OutSystems today announced that it has begun 2017 with record growth. With companies increasingly looking for faster, more efficient ways to build enterprise applications, demand for the OutSystems low-code development platform has soared, leading to considerable expansion across the business.

“Digital transformation is one of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing today’s businesses,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems. “It’s putting companies under tremendous pressure to build business applications faster and with fewer resources than ever before. OutSystems continues to be extremely well positioned to take advantage of that trend by offering a low-code platform for rapidly delivering enterprise mobile and web applications.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

IT News Week 4 Feb 2017

For IT News Week 2 Jan 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 20, 2017 - Carbon Black Secures Perfect Prevention Score in NSS Labs’ Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Test
  • PR - Feb 17, 2017 - BIOSTAR RACING Series Motherboard Lineup for AMD RYZEN Announced
  • PR - Feb 16, 2017 - U Mobile Packs a Punch with its All New Prepaid Plan 'UNLIMITED POWER'
  • PR - Feb 15, 2017 - EasyParcel and Bison Partner to Resolve Last-mile Logistics Challenge In eCommerce
  • PR - Feb 15, 2017 - HP reinvents security with global campaign starring Christian Slater
  • PR - Feb 15, 2017 - AOMEI Technology Released Multcloud service to V4.2.0
  • PR - Feb 10, 2017 - Apache Spot (Incubating) Provides Scalable, Flexible, Open Source Cybersecurity Hub for Forensic, Telemetry and Contextual Data
  • PR - Feb 9, 2017 - Sophos Positioned as a Leader in Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant Report
  • PR - Feb 8, 2016 - Acronis Adds Microsoft Office 365 Backup to Acronis Backup 12