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Thursday, July 20, 2017

IT News Week 3 Jul 2017

For IT News Week 2 Jul 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 20, 2017 - Hitachi Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays
  • PR - Jul 20, 2017 - Highlights from Lenovo TechWorld Innovation Summit
  • PR - Jul 19, 2017 - OutSystems Expands Asia Pacific Footprint with Expansion into Australia
  • PR - Jul 19, 2017 - Milestone Systems takes the lead as No. 1 VMS Provider in APAC
  • PR - Jul 19, 2017 - mTouche eyeing US$2.69B Digital Media Advertising in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market
  • PR - Jul 18, 2017 - Strategic alliance between Animamundi Studio and China Film Animation Industry will catalyse Malaysian animation and visual effects industry
  • Quann - Jul 4, 2017 - Malaysian companies are unprepared for cyber attacks
  • PR - Jul 17, 2017 - AIMS Now Offers Network Service for AWS Direct Connect
  • PR - Jul 17, 2017 - Standard Chartered shakes things up with mobile gamification
  • PR - Jul 17, 2017 - Google’s “Performance Honors” celebrates local agency heroes in Malaysia for creative and impactful work in Search ad campaigns

Facebook takes next steps to addressing link preview modification and combat fake news

Jul 18, 2017:

As part of Facebook’s continuing efforts to stop the spread of misinformation and false news on its platform, starting today non-publisher Pages will no longer be able to overwrite link metadata (i.e. headline, description, image) in the Graph API or in Page composer.

This will help eliminate a channel that has been abused to post false news, following the announcement of the removal of the ability to customize link metadata during an update last month. Impacted Pages can still program and preview how their link attachments will appear on Facebook using Open Graph tags and the Sharing Debugger.

Facebook also released a solution to support publishers who rely on overwriting link preview metadata to customize how their content appears to audiences on Facebook. A tab was introduced in Page Publishing Tools for publishers to indicate link ownership and continue editing how their own links appear on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Screenshots Jun 2017

Refer to Screenshots Jun 2017.

1.) Citibank advises to manually enter the URL as a safe approach to counter security compromise pertaining to phishing sites - your bookmark could be compromised without your knowledge.

Friday, July 14, 2017

KLCC Runners Source Funds from Crowdfunding PeopleGiving

Jul 15, 2017:

KLCC Runners Group, Malaysia’s biggest running community, today announced a partnership with PeopleGiving, the crowdfunding platform that hosts fundraising campaigns for charity partners across Malaysia.

The working partnership will promote running events that allow participants to nominate a charity of their choice to benefit from the profit of ticket sales. This will include an online Virtual Run series (organised runs in a virtual program), and will also extend to major events on the running calendar and campaigns across social media channels to build awareness of programs and innovative new ways that the public can give to charity.

The first event, a charity walkathon, is planned on Sunday 13th August in Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur. ‘Walk2Inspire' will offer participants the opportunity to walk with nominated individuals and survivors, and to hear about their journey and experiences.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kaspersky Lab Researcher Creates Free Software Tool for Collecting Remote Evidence After Cyber-Attacks

Jul 7, 2017:

To overcome the need for investigators to travel far and wide to gather evidence from infected computers after a cyberattack, a Kaspersky Lab expert has developed a simple tool that can remotely collect vital data without risk of its contamination or loss. Named BitScout, the tool can build a swiss-army knife for the remote forensic investigation of live systems and has been made freely available for all investigators to use.

Vitaly Kamluk, Director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team in Asia Pacific (APAC) has created an open-source digital tool that can remotely collect key forensic materials, acquire full disk images via the network or locally attached storage, or simply remotely assist in malware incident handling. Evidence data can be viewed and analyzed remotely or locally while the source data storage remains intact through reliable container-based isolation.

The list of BitScout features includes:
  • Disk image acquisition even with un-trained staff
  • Training people on the go (shared view-only terminal session)
  • Transferring complex pieces of data to your lab for deeper inspection
  • Remote Yara or AV scanning of offline systems (essential against rootkits)
  • Search and view registry keys (autoruns, services, plugged USB devices)
  • Remote file carving (recovering deleted files)
  • Remediation of the remote system if access is authorized by the owner
  • Remote scanning of other network nodes (useful for remote incident response)
The tool is freely available at the GitHub code repository:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Global Software Quality Assurance Experts to Congregate in Kuala Lumpur

Jul 6, 2017 -

The 10th edition of Asia’s premier annual event in the field of software testing, SOFTEC Asia, will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 1 to 3 August 2017. Featuring the theme “Testing as a Service” (TaaS), SOFTEC Asia 2017 will be focusing on key services-related elements of software testing including people, process and technology.

At SOFTEC Asia 2017, 16 international experts will share their experiences and impart their knowledge in various fields related to Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and software testing sessions, covering technical, management and business aspects of the subjects. Collectively, the speakers will helm over 50 keynote, concurrent and tutorial sessions over the three days.

MSTB President Puan Mastura Abu Samah said TaaS is rapidly gaining popularity as a delivery model for outsourced testing services. This is in direct relation to customers’ demand for faster provisioning of testing services reduced unit costs.

Monday, July 10, 2017

IT News Week 2 Jul 2017

For IT News Week 5 Jun 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 12, 2017 - iPay88 Targets the Global Market
  • PR - Jul 6, 2017 - Motorola Mobility announces Moto Z2 Play with Moto Mods
  • PR - Jul 6, 2017 - Kaspersky : Businesses hungry for ransomware protection
  • PR - Jul 6, 2017 - Impressive new software update for the HUAWEI P10 and P10 Plus with its “Moving picture” feature
  • PR - Jul 6, 2017 - Thailand powers up with Milestone’s video surveillance solutions to ensure efficient environmental operations and management
  • PR - Jul 6, 2017 - Asus : Go Beyond Reality with ZenFone AR
  • PR - Jul 4, 2017 - SoftBank Group’s Soaring Ambitions
  • PR - Jul 4, 2017 - Oracle Study: Cloud infrastructure reality is outperforming perception in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 4, 2017 - Ruckus Brings Affordable, High-Performance Wi-Fi to the Hospitality Market
  • PR - Jul 4, 2017 - NSS Labs Releases Next-Generation Firewall Group Test Report - Sophos Rated Among the Highest Performing
  • PR - Jul 3, 2017 - HUAWEI Y7 Prime Debuts BIG 7th July at Only RM999

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Autonomous Driving on the BMW Group Way

As a software developer aiming to make my marks in the global market, appreciating future technology trends is key to staying afloat; failing, I would have long drown myself in the sea of development issues, limitations and technology deprecation - I would have left the industry long ago.

Thus, we are here to explore one such future trend - the autonomous driving of consumer vehicles - the facts presented here are based on a press release from BMW group.


As early as 2006, autonomous driving technology has been deployed onto BMW 3 Series and tests were conducted by it lapping the circuit at Hockenheim (Germany) - by 2011, road tests on the A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg were conducted.

By 2014, 360° environmental sensing technology deployment enabled prototypes the ability to avoid accidents.

Recently, at 2016 CES, BMW group presented the Automated Gesture Control Parking in the BMW i3.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Windows has detected an IP address conflict

If you are using fixed IP, then high chances are that two PCs were set to the same IP.

However, if you are using dynamic IP, the following describes a scenario for it.

There are two WiFi networks in the environment.



1.) PC-1 connected to Network-1 and received IP-1
2.) PC-2 connected to Network-2 and received IP-2
3.) Network-1 restarted
4.) PC-2 restarted
5.) PC-1 connected to Network-2 and received IP-3
6.) PC-2 connected to Network-1 and received IP-1
7.) PC-1 disconnected from Network-2 and connected to Network-1 and received IP-1 because it didn't restart itself --> IP conflict detected.

The solution is to disconnect PC-1 from Network-1 and reconnect again.

Note : It is not always true that this happens because someone is trying to hack you by mimicking the IP address of your PC - especially if you are home alone connected to your own routers.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Unable to Download and Install Windows Updates for Windows 8

Unable to download and install windows updates for Windows 8

Common issues :

1.) Install windows updates CPU becomes 100%

2.) Windows 8.1 updates stuck on checking for updates

3.) Windows 8.1 searching for updates on this computer hangs

For your information, I have tried out some of the tips given by the URLs abovementioned and other tips from forums and blogs to no avail.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dimension Data Introduces Machine Learning Technologies to Tour De France

Jun 29, 2017 :

Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), organisers of the Tour de France, and Dimension Data, the Official Technology Partner of the Tour de France, today announced the introduction of machine learning technologies into Dimension Data’s data analytics platform to provide fans with an even deeper levels of insight on the race.

The platform incorporates machine learning and complex algorithms that combine live and historical race data to give cycling fans an unprecedented experience of this year’s event. Fans will benefit from rider profiles to understand more about environments and circumstances in which riders perform best, live speed and the location of individual riders, distance between riders, and composition of groups within the race.

Western Digital Announces Industry's First 96-Layer 3D NAND Technology

Jun 29, 2017 -

Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced that it has successfully developed its next-generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS4, with 96 layers of vertical storage capability. Sampling to OEM customers is expected to commence in the second half of calendar year 2017 and initial production output is expected in calendar year 2018. BiCS4, which was developed jointly with Western Digital's technology and manufacturing partner Toshiba Corporation, will be initially deployed in a 256-gigabit chip and will subsequently ship in a range of capacities, including a terabit on a single chip.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Notice of Termination of RAN Share Agreement with Maxis

U Mobile has notified Maxis that it is terminating their RAN share agreement. The termination will be completed by December 2018. Kindly refer to the statement from U Mobile below:

With our growing subscriber base, U Mobile has decided that it will be more appropriate to focus on expanding our own network, especially with the additional spectrum of 2x15MHz of 1800MHz bands and 2x5MHz of 900MHz bands that were awarded by the government last year. The additional 1800MHz was made available on 1 April 2017 whilst the 900MHz will be made available on 1 July 2017. We are currently upgrading our owned networks progressively to support these new spectrum bands so that our customers can enjoy an enhanced network experience when the spectrum bands are turned on and the upgrade is complete.

This notice to terminate the RAN share agreement is not expected to impact our customers’ network experience or our service quality to our customers. We expect to be able to replace the RAN share sites within the stipulated timeline as we continue with our planned network investment program. U Mobile customers can look forward to an enhanced network experience and coverage once the exercise is complete.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

80% Of Malaysian Business Leaders Believe they need to be a Digital Business to Succeed

Jun 21, 2017:

Business leaders in Malaysia are showing urgency in embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution, where 80% of them believe that they need to transform to a digital business to enable future growth. These are some of the key findings of the Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Survey to understand how business leaders are embracing the digital era.

Even as majority of business leaders are aware of the urgent need to transform digitally to address the changing business climate, the study found that the transformation journey for most organisations in Malaysia is still at its infancy. While, only 34% of business leaders have a full digital transformation strategy and less than half (47%) are in progress with specific digital transformation initiatives for selected parts of their business. 19% still have very limited or no strategy in place.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

IT News Week 5 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 4 Jun 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 28, 2017 - Quantum to Highlight Data Management Solutions for Meeting Video Surveillance Storage Challenges at INTERPOL World 2017
  • PR - Jun 28, 2017 - Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Ramps Up 10th Anniversary Edition to Catalyse Change in Asia’s Sustainable Buildings Landscape
  • PR - Jun 28, 2017 - LILEE Systems Announces Breakthrough Fog Computing Gateways
  • PR - Jun 28, 2017 - Barracuda Report Reveals Cloud Use Continuing to Grow
  • PR - Jun 24, 2017 - HUAWEI P10 Series the Preferred Device for Malaysian Professional Photographers
  • PR - Jun 24, 2017 - Attackers Try to Sneak a Ztorg Trojan onto Google Play by Wrapping it in Another One
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Lenovo Embraces Personalised Computing Transformation
  • PR - Jun 21, 2017 - OutSystems Named a Leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms
  • PR - Jun 16, 2017 - Software AG Acquires Cumulocity and Extends its Internet of Things Technology Leadership in Asia Pacific
  • PR - Jun 16, 2017 - Maybank drives SME digital transformation with expanded payment solutions
  • PR - Jun 16, 2017 - New Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security for ATMs and POS Terminals
  • PR - Jun 15, 2017 - Softinn Wins Startup of the Year at WIT Startup Pitch Competition in Tokyo
  • PR - Jun 15, 2017 - Milestone’s Intelligent Solutions helps leading hotel chain provide customers with peace of mind
  • PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from Malaysia with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Monday, June 26, 2017

Blackberry Introduces the all-new Blackberry KEYone from TCL Communication

Jun 15, 2017 :

TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer, has unveiled the all-new BlackBerry KEYone. It represents the first BlackBerry smartphone released by TCL Communication under a new brand licensing agreement signed in December 2016 with BlackBerry Limited.

Tucked into an anodized aluminum frame and soft touch textured back, this new BlackBerry smartphone is built to offer the best in durability while still remaining easy on the eyes. Featuring a 4.5-inch display (1620x1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 4 that offers greater impact and scratch resistance, the KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone.

MOLPay CASH expects growth spike during Ramadan

Jun 23, 2017 :

Southeast Asia’s leading payment gateway MOLPay Sdn Bhd expects a 160% rise in growth for its new convenient cash payment service MOLPay CASH during the Hari Raya season.

The number of transactions per day has jumped to more than 10,000 since its partnership with regional e-commerce player Lazada Group and convenience store chain 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd in May this year.

“Traditional payment is the new e-commerce innovation. A considerable large number of Malaysians still prefer paying by cash over credit cards or online banking. MOLPay CASH provides an alternative payment solution for merchants to broaden their customer base,“ said MOLPay CEO Eng Sheng Guan.

Citing a study by performance marketing technology company Criteo, Eng said the three weeks leading up to Ramadan, and more specifically, the third week of Ramadan represent the biggest opportunity for online retailers. During this period, the study states there was an average of 67 per cent uplift in online retail sales and 14 per cent uplift in online travel sales.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GAMDIAS at COMPUTEX 2017 – Game with Greek god’s power!

Jun 9, 2017 - Taiwan - 

GAMDIAS, the leading gaming brand, revealed its latest gaming peripheries and new product line, Achilles RGB gaming chairs at 2017 COMPUTEX TAIPEI.

This year's GAMDIAS booth was designed to a Greek style concept to convey the brand story and the spirit of GAMDIAS, the god of gaming. The creative booth design attracted much attention and admiration from worldwide visitors.

GAMDIAS this year launched latest optical key switch technology and low-profile keyboards, HERMES P2 and HERMES P3 series.

Traveloka introduces 0% installment plans with Maybank for flight and hotel bookings

Jun 13, 2017 :

Traveloka, one of Malaysia’s top travel booking platforms, has launched an exclusive partnership with Maybank that allows Maybank credit card holders to pay for flight and hotel bookings in installments.

Through the Maybank installment plans, Malaysians can now book their travels to dream destinations they had once considered too costly to pay for in one lump sum.

The plans are offered at 0% interest, allowing customers to make their bookings without having to worry about accumulated interest later down the road.

Bookings with a minimum transaction of RM500 are eligible for the 6-month plan, while the 12-month plan is valid for bookings that are at least RM1,000 in total.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

IT News Week 4 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 3 Jun 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Turn up your Spotify playlist and ‘Beraya’ with Waze
  • PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Siemens enhances relationship with user community in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Jun 22 ,2017 - “Big Data with a Big Heart” – Tableau Foundation awards NVPC with grant to drive social impact with data
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Western Digital Unveils Its First WD Portable SSD
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab wins triple awards at 2017 Network World Asia Information Management Awards
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Let The Neffos X Series Amplify Your Hari Raya X'perience With More Joy
  • GfK - Jun 22, 2017 - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation Partner of the Year Awards
  • PR - Jun 21, 2017 - Lenovo Celebrates Best-Selling Yoga Family in Malaysia
  • PR - Jun 20, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches New Developer Portal
  • PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Ruckus Expands High-Performance Network Infrastructure Offerings
  • PR - Jun 13, 2017 - Engineering Rookies Bring Home Silver at Robotics Competition in Brazil
  • PR - Jun 9, 2017 - SG - MediaMath Announces New $175 Million Credit Facility, Led By Goldman Sachs

Naza Communications is the first Towerco in Malaysia to implement NURI Program

Jun 22, 2017:

Naza Communications Sdn Bhd, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services provider and subsidiary of Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its pioneering group of collaboration partners, which are Malaysian app developers Car Bengkel, Ezyhaul, Living Space, My Homestay Malaysia and the Telecommunications Engineering College (TEC) - to implement and accelerate the NURI Program, rural empowerment initiative. The NURI Program will see Naza Communications as the first towerco in Malaysia to implement such an initiative.

Naza Communications Bridging Connectivity with NURI Program_Picture 3: Mr Subhash Devan, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Communications Sdn Bhd [Sixth from left] showcasing the signed Memorandum of Understanding together with NURI Program’s collaborating partners and guests [From left to right] Puan Noor Azita Binti Mamat, Senior Manager Special Projects Division Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF); Encik Ahmad Fathi, General Manager of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Encik Mohd Rohazwan from Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju); Mr Raymond Gillon, Chief Executive Officer of Ezyhaul Sdn Bhd;  Mr Suresh Kumar Kandasamy, Executive Director of Telecommunication Engineering College (TEC); Dato’ Armin Baniaz Pahamin, Chief Executive Officer of Car Smart Apps Sdn Bhd; Encik Muhammad Al Hafiz bin Omar, Co-Founder of My Homestay Malaysia; and Mr Ikhram Merican, Managing Director of Living Space Sdn Bhd.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NTT Communications Launches World’s Largest SD-WAN Footprint Covering Over 190 Countries

Jun 21, 2017 :

NTT Communications has launched a new SD-WAN service portfolio that will set new, world’s first industry benchmarks for scale, performance, capabilities, and beyond.

With this new comprehensive solution, NTT Communications will become the world’s first provider to deploy a 100 percent global software-defined network through local cloud centres, offering a rich suite of overlay SD-WAN services for global and regional enterprises. The software-defined framework offers flexibility and compatibility with over 1,000 local network providers and is also the first SD-WAN platform with coverage spanning over 190 countries. The announcement follows NTT’s acquisition of Virtela, a leader in software defined networking, and the resulting formation of an extensive network across the globe.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

INTERPOL World 2017 to Showcase the Latest Innovations for Future Security Challenges

Jun 8, 2017 -  SG -

The stage is set for INTERPOL World 2017 as it readies to welcome over 10,000 law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academia, solution providers, security professionals, and buyers from around the globe.

In its second edition this year, INTERPOL World, comprising the INTERPOL World Congress and Exhibition, promises an immersive experience covering the latest innovations, best practices, and thought leadership aimed at accelerating timely and accurate responses to future global security challenges.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

IT News Week 3 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 2 Jun 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 13, 2017 - IBM Brings Identity-as-a-Service to Hybrid Cloud Environments
  • PR - Jun 13, 2017 - SG - Carbon Black Named Winner of Endpoint & Mobile Data Protection Award by NetworkWorld Asia
  • PR - Jun 13, 2017 - NY - Rakem launches PrivateKeys for its iOS and Android Messenger App.
  • PR - Jun 8, 2017 - Cyberview Launches Learning and Sharing Platform to Nurture Talents
  • PR - Jun 8, 2017 - UPSI & IBM expand collaboration to include equipping special needs educators with custom lesson plans
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - MediaMath Named Leader in Data Management Platform Report by Independent Research Firm

Monday, June 12, 2017

K-Startup Grand Challenge 2017

For young people...
  • Get shortlisted for a four-month acceleration programme
  • Receive up to USD 140,000 in settlement funds, incentives and grants
  • Direct access to follow-on investment
  • Expert technical support and industry mentoring
  • Free office space at Pangyo Techno Valley (near Gangnam), including access to state-of-the-art prototyping and testing facilities
  • Access to top-tier tech corporate sponsorship and support
  • Fast-tracked Startup Visas and hands-on support on translation and interpretation
  • Ready support for wide range of verticals including AI, Software, IoT, Cloud, FinTech, Big Data, Urban Solutions, Bio Tech, Digital Content, Wearables, Games, Beauty, Logistics, Cybersecurity and more.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jabra Elite Sport Brings True Wireless Freedom to Malaysia

Jun 7, 2017

After the worldwide success of the Jabra Elite Sport – the first in a brand new franchise of next generation wireless headphones, Jabra’s most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds comes to Malaysia and is poised to take your workouts to “elite” level.

Jabra Elite Sport

Setting a new benchmark in user experience and technology, the Jabra Elite Sport is the true training aid that delivers ultimate freedom of movement, ground-breaking in-ear fitness analysis and great music for anyone who wants to work out. Among its distinctive features are:
  • Superior sound with four microphones for intelligent switching during calls
  • Secure, cord–free wearing style with dual or single earbud use
  • Advanced personalised fitness analysis using in-ear heart rate monitor
  • Three year extended warranty against sweat* with IP67 rated protection and is sweat and water proof – tested to work for at least 30 minutes whilst submerged in up to one metre of water.
  • Heart rate app with above 90% accuracy reading
  • Up to three hours of stereo music and calls, plus six hours additional charge from the carry case

Saturday, June 10, 2017

What is Automated Open Source Risk Assessment Solution

I got this from Flexera Software newsletter - quite interesting though.

More than 50% of the codebase in most commercial software packages is open source. Most organizations typically know less than 10% of what is actually used.

Scan Your Build for OSS Vulnerabilities

FlexNet Code Aware integrates into your build process, scanning your product for security and intellectual property (IP) compliance risk -- before you ship. It's just one more way to reduce security headaches down the road. And when you combine FlexNet Code Aware with InstallShield or InstallAnywhere -- or any other installer -- you've got a head start on a user-friendly, error-free installation.

Be safe and make FlexNet Code Aware a standard part of your build process:
  • Perform fast, automated scans of your products in seconds
  • Quickly identify the number of open source and third party packages with security and IP vulnerabilities
  • Assess your level of operational risk

Check out more.

Screenshots May 2017

Refer to Screenshots Apr 2017.

1.) Citibank Malaysia subscribed to WeChat Corporate Account ?

Have you added them ?

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Digital Future of Manufacturing: Are Asian Manufacturers Ready?

By Prasad Satyavolu, Head of Innovation, Manufacturing & Logistics, Cognizant

Industry 4.0 is characterised by the interconnection of highly intelligent cyber-physical systems, to create the “Internet of Things”. Today, it is changing the face of manufacturing globally, promising increased productivity, lower costs and greater customer satisfaction. But despite the massive shift in value chain configurations and consumer preferences reshaping the manufacturing sector in the last decade, less than half of manufacturing sector leaders in Southeast Asia believe they are ready to take advantage of Industry 4.0. Why are manufacturers not fully embracing digital and Industry 4.0?
Prasad Satyovolu, Head of Innovation, Manufacturing & Logistics, Cognizant

Traditionally, Asia has been known as a cost-effective manufacturing hub thanks to its vast labour pool. While manufacturing and design quality improvements have come a long way, next-generation smart connected products pose new challenges for the entire ecosystem. A combination of legacies in operations, information and product technologies, and manufacturing culture needs to be thoroughly re-evaluated in this changing context.

Several Asian manufacturing hubs in areas ranging from automobiles to smart phones and consumer electronics have done well to create world-class products. As the advantage of labour arbitrage recedes, newer paradigms of productivity, operational visibility and risk management are needed for Asian manufacturers to stay competitive. Asia is well-placed to maintain its hub status if the region’s manufacturers quickly move to adopt a digital mind-set. By integrating the best of the physical and digital worlds, and getting rid of their traditional approaches to maintaining competitiveness, Asian manufacturers can fully capture the benefits of digital.

But first, three old ways of thinking must be rooted out. These include being reluctant to invest strategically in digital, fearing automation, and not understanding the importance of securing data effectively.

BIOSTAR Holds Successful Showcase at COMPUTEX 2017

Jun 6, 2017:

BIOSTAR is highly pleased to announce the successul showcase of BIOSTAR’s X299 motherboard, the whole new RACING series, and crypto mining series motheroards at COMPUTEX 2017 along with their entire product lineup for consumers and industries. Gamers, businesses and enthusiasts were treated to a wide array of products that offer excellent value while delivering great performance. Attendees were presented the powerful and versatile platform line-up that BIOSTAR has to offer for those looking for motherboards dedicated for mining but is fully capable of handling daily tasks for general use.

Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure To Achieve Over 60% TCO Savings Versus Public Cloud

Jun 7, 2017 -

As traditional organizations transform to compete with companies born in the digital era, they need a cloud-driven infrastructure for greater agility.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), today announced major updates to the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio, providing a path to digital transformation for enterprises while achieving significant cost savings over public cloud. The integrated portfolio offers the capability to increase profitability and productivity through cloud economics and by applying analytics to uncover new opportunities and insights. The HCP portfolio includes Hitachi Content Platform for software-defined object storage; HCP Anywhere for file synchronization and sharing and data protection capabilities; Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI), an elastic-scale cloud file gateway; and Hitachi Content Intelligence, where rapid insights emerge from data.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

IT News Week 2 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 5 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 8, 2017 - honor Malaysia to set the stage with its new smartphone
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Two new updates from Aruba HPE - Asset Tracking Solution & Aruba 8400 Core Switch
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria Appointed as Microlink Chairman
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Sage Strengthens Asia Pacific Leadership with Appointment of VP for Asia business
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Launches Online Tools for SMEs to Manage Expense Claims and Human Resources Documents
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints Digital Paper as New B2B Channel Distributor
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Stream live — and beautifully — with ZenFone Live!
  • PR - Jun 5, 2017 - Connected Consumers Driving Smartphone Penetration in Malaysia
  • PR - Jun 2, 2017 - Iverson Associates Leads Training Program To Accelerate Malaysia's Vision As Regional Hub For Big Data Analytics

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Tableau 10.3 Adds Data Driven Alerting, Smart Recommendation Engine, and Expands Data Connections

Jun 1, 2017 - SG -

Tableau Software, the global leader in visual analytics, today announced the general availability of Tableau 10.3. This latest release helps organisations achieve data-driven insights faster than ever, through automated table and join recommendations powered by machine learning algorithms that simplify the search for the right data for analysis. It also includes data driven alerts to allow for proactive monitoring of key metrics. 10.3 unlocks six new data sources for rapid-fire analysis, including a new connector for extracting data from PDF documents. Additionally, Tableau Online customers are able to try Tableau Bridge in beta, which enables a direct connection to data stored on premises directly in the cloud.

“Organisations want to do more with the vast data they have at their disposal,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “It’s not just simple analysis our customers are looking seeking, it’s the power to unlock all of their data with ease and efficiency. With smart recommendations, customers can get to the right data faster than ever - without having to spend time finding the right tables and joins. And with proactive monitoring of key metrics through features like data driven alerts, they can take action immediately and be more agile.”

Tableau’s new data-driven alerts allows customers to create custom alerts easily

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Cloudera Launches Altus to Simplify Big Data Workloads in the Cloud

May 29, 2017 -

Cloudera, Inc, the provider of the leading modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics, announced the release of Cloudera Altus, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that makes it easier to run large-scale data processing applications on public cloud. The initial Altus service helps data engineers use on-demand infrastructure to speed the creation and operation of elastic data pipelines that power sophisticated, data-driven applications.

Data engineering applications like ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) or batch scoring are often large, batch-oriented workloads that run for a fixed period of time and help companies extract critical insights from raw data. Organizations can gain significant flexibility and efficiency advantages by running these pipelines on elastic infrastructure. Enterprises want to leverage cloud infrastructure alongside familiar large-scale data processing tools and technologies.

The Cloudera Altus Data Engineering service simplifies the development and operations of elastic data pipelines; putting data engineering jobs front and center and abstracting infrastructure management and operations that can be both time consuming and complex. Altus also reduces the risk associated with cloud migrations. It provides users with familiar tools packaged in an open, unified, enterprise-grade platform service that delivers common storage, metadata, security, and management across multiple data engineering applications.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Outsystems Identifies Roadblocks to Digital Transformation in APAC

Mar 31, 2017

OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for digital transformation, has recently published its Asia-Pacific: State of Application Development 2017 Research Report. Leaders in the region are increasingly concerned about technology and IT, and digital transformation in the region set to be worth $16.5 billion by 2020.

This report accounts for the perspectives of more than 680 professionals in APAC, on the state of digital transformation. Some interesting finds from the report include:
  • Almost half (45%) of respondents reported having a large backlog of mobile apps as they are unable to keep up with the current level of demand
  • 42% of respondents reported facing a shortage of skilled mobile developers, who are difficult to find and expensive to hire
  • Almost three-quarters (69%) of respondents reported average app development times of more than 3 months, which is not up to business requirements

Friday, June 02, 2017

IT News Week 5 May 2017

For IT News Week 4 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 1, 2017 - 3M Partners LMall to Strengthen E-Commerce Presence
  • PR - Jun 1, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints New Managing Director for APAC
  • PR - Jun 1, 2017 - MediaMath Launches in South Korea, Expanding its Operations in Asia
  • PR - Jun 1, 2017 - Fusionex Launches Enhanced Simplified GIANT 2017
  • PR - May 31, 2017 - Nokia 3310 at 11street
  • PR - May 31, 2017 - Cisco and IBM Join Forces to Tackle Cybercrime
  • PR - May 29, 2017 - Barracuda Releases Free Public Cloud Network and Application Security Solutions
  • PR - May 29, 2017 - VMware Expands Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Next Generation Unified Mobile
  • PR - May 23, 2017 - iPay88’s ‘PAY4ME’ – Synergizing Digital Payments With Human Relations
  • PR - May 23, 2017 - FAT is FAB With ONEXOX

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Get Data Recovery Skills or Be “Taken” by Ransomware

By Chris Gondek, Principal Architect, Commvault

Imagine if your data was “taken” but instead of panicking, you instantly became Liam Neeson from the movie “Taken”. The coolest, toughest character ever imagined, who dealt with his own ransom situation – without paying.

Chris Gondek, Principal Architect, Commvault
WannaCry; a ransomware campaign with unprecedented scale, hit around 200,000 systems across 150 countries. Asia is no exception, with reports of several businesses affected by the attack.

Ransomware, and other malicious software, is estimated to cost the Australian economy about $1 billion a year. In Britain, WannaCry has crippled the health system – with stroke victims unable to undergo urgent surgery because their scans could not be accessed – and affected other businesses around the world.

When Ransomware Hits: Three Options for Data Recovery

“Ransomware” is increasingly becoming the number one cause of data loss for businesses. Software security has become more resilient to cyber-attacks, but what happens (and it does happen a lot) when the security systems fail and are bypassed by a simple phishing attack, or a patch not applied?

When ransomware hits your business, you have three choices:
  1. Give up, cut your losses and start again? For most businesses, this is not really an option as you can’t just write off potentially business critical data that is held in the attack. At the same time, you need to bring systems back to a working condition and often data is key to this
  2. Pay the ransom!? Who knows, you might get your data back, and once you have paid, they know who to target again – repeatedly until the software evolves to become “extortion ware”
  3. Channel your inner Liam Neeson, and tell the ransom-holders that you have a particular set of skills… skills you have acquired over a very long career… skills that make you a nightmare for data extortionists

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

HID Global Adds Trust to Online Transactions and Digital Access with HID Approve Mobile App

On 29-May-2017 about 2:10pm, I received a called from Malaysian based number : 03-2180 8888.

It was prank and the caller claimed that he was calling from Hong Leong Assurance (HLA) HQ and wanted to remind me about the 3 month outstanding personal loan which I accrued.

Immediately I knew it was fake.

Nonetheless, the guy tried to convince me by confirming my IC number - they know my full name and IC number.

He kept pressing on that it was me who had it wrong and not him and wanted me to double confirm my personal details.

I laughed and told him to send me legal letters.

He said ok and hung up.

Telesales has come to a boiling point which is unbearable whereby telesales personnel tell lies as if they had the rights to do it; analogous to the scenario where they had something to sell and therefore it was their rights - wrong, your needs has nothing to do with me.

To those telesales, if you need to improve your quality of life - I can understand - but you should try talking to the politicians instead. Otherwise, my advise is to quit the job which contributes nothing good to the society at all - you might even cause death.

All financial institutions should deploy solution such as HID Approve - a mobile app which helps consumers to authenticate the identity of the vendors.

Monday, May 29, 2017

G-Technology Addresses Increasing Application Workflow Demands for Creative Industry

May 22, 2017 -

Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced upgrades to its award-winning G-Technology® product lines, including the addition of Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C™ connectivity technologies. To be on display at BroadcastAsia2017 for the first time, the upgrades optimize the speed and performance of these drives, meeting the growing needs of creative professionals who are capturing and transferring vast amounts of high-resolution content.

“G-Technology recognizes the need for a complete workflow solution that takes advantage of the power of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “The result is a substantial upgrade across several product lines that delivers reliable, fast, and easy-to-use storage solutions to fit the current and future needs of our customers.”

Built for creative professionals, including videographers and digital photographers, who require storage solutions that keep up with their intensive data needs and creative applications, G-Technology’s upgraded devices offer complete, high-capacity workflow solutions that seamlessly integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

IT News Week 4 May 2017

For IT News Week 3 May 2017

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - London, New York and Hong Kong - Mergermarket Group bolsters equity technology and analytics capability with acquisition of TIM Group
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Venture Into the Wild at ArtScience Museum
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - One Canon One Tree - A Tree Planting Initiative
  • PR - May 24, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Announces Theme for COMPUTEX 2017 Showcase: Go Beyond the Limit and Reach for the Top
  • PR - May 23, 2017 - Inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions 2017 in APAC to Showcase Best Practices for Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics
  • PR - May 22, 2017 - Survey Reveals Main Criterias for Motor Insurance Purchase in Malaysia
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Jabra Extends Evolve Range with New Wireless Headset for Modern Office Workers
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Huawei Releases eLTE SafeCity Solution for Public Safety
  • PR - May 18, 2017 - Tetra Pak responds to Asia’s rapidly evolving market needs with the first Customer Innovation Centre in Singapore

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


2.) For consumer



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


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 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 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.