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Monday, September 25, 2017

Hitachi Introduces Hitachi Vantara

Sep 20, 2017 -

Hitachi, Ltd. today launched Hitachi Vantara, a new business entity to leverage the broad portfolio of innovation, development and experience from across Hitachi Group companies to deliver data-driven solutions for commercial and industrial enterprises. This new company will unify the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group, and Pentaho into a single integrated business as Hitachi Vantara to capitalize on Hitachi’s social innovation capability in both operational technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT).

More Than a Century of OT Expertise Combined with IT Trusted by the World’s Largest Enterprises

Hitachi has been a leader in OT for industries such as finance, government, manufacturing, power/energy and transportation for over 100 years, providing solutions that have positively impacted cities, industrial operations and businesses at large. The company has also been a leader in IT for over 50 years—bringing IT applications, analytics, content, cloud, and infrastructure solutions to market that have transformed the way enterprises do business. Combining Hitachi’s broad expertise in OT with its proven IT product innovations and solutions, Hitachi Vantara gives customers a powerful, collaborative partner in data – unavailable in any one company until today.

“Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi, Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. “Hitachi has been helping customers harness the power of their data to support meaningful business action for years. Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society. The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi’s commitment to collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.”

Sunday, September 24, 2017

“Mining” Botnets are Back - Infecting Thousands of PCs

Sep 19, 2017 -

The Kaspersky Lab Anti-Malware Research team has identified two botnets made of computers infected with malware, which silently installs cryptocurrency miners – legitimate software used to create (“mine”) virtual currencies based on blockchain technology. In one instance researchers were able to estimate that a 4,000-machine network could bring its owners up to $30,000 a month, and in another instance researchers witnessed criminals jackpotting more than $200,000 from a 5,000-PC botnet.

The architecture of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies suggests that in addition to buying cryptocurrency, a user can create a new currency unit (or coin) by utilizing the computing power of machines that have specialized “mining” software installed on them. At the same time, according to the concept of cryptocurrencies, the more coins that are produced, the more time and computing power is required to create a new coin. Several years ago, the malware silently installing Bitcoin miners (that uses victim computers to mine currency for cybercriminals), was a common thing on the threat landscape, but the more Bitcoins that were mined, the harder it became to mine new ones - and at some point the process even became useless: the potential financial gain that a criminal could get from a bitcoin mining endeavor would not cover the investment they would need to put into the creation and distribution of malware, and the support of backend infrastructure required.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

IT News Week 3 Sep 2017

For IT News Week 2 Sep 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 22, 2017 - Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 Thailand Pivots Seeks to Grow Tech Sector with an impact on GDP
  • PR - Sep 20, 2017 - U Mobile Signs Telco-Assurance MOU With MPI Generali
  • PR - Sep 20, 2017 - Next-Gen Workforce on Track as #mydigitalmaker Uncovers Exceptional Talents
  • PR - Sep 20, 2017 - honor Malaysia Confirms Android 8.0 Oreo for the Powerful honor 8 Pro
  • PR - Sep 19, 2017 - Xendit collaborates with CyberSource to simplify payments in Indonesia
  • PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Cosway unveils its first-ever Experience Centre in Berjaya Times Square
  • PR - Sep 12, 2017 - SG - Cloudera Enables Globe Telecom to Manage Mobile Data Growth and Boost Customer Experience with Machine Learning
  • PR - Sep 12, 2017 - Carbon Black Innovations Set Industry Standard for Next-Generation Antivirus With Streaming Ransomware Prevention and Live Response

Friday, September 22, 2017

SAP funds more ventures to improve One Billion Lives in Asia Pacific Japan by 2020

Sep 19, 2017 -

SAP’s One Billion Lives (1BLives) initiative, which is a crowdsourced, ground up initiative that allows SAP’s employees to develop start-ups and leverage on technology to solve the world’s pressing social issues. Amidst Asia’s rapid growth and urbanization, issues such as sustainable urban development, ageing populations and providing for the less fortunate have become an increasing concern.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Little Rachel has a BIG Secret to Share

Sep 19, 2017 -
Rachel Siew Suet Li

Little Book BIG Secrets writer Rachel Siew Suet Li did not let adversity constrain her in her quest to become an author. This unique young lady born with a rare degenerative genetic condition, unveiled her first literary offering today entitled “Little Book, Big Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out”.

With the publication fully funded by the MIRM as well as the book launch being hosted by Microsoft Malaysia, Rachel Siew unveiled her new LinkedIn account featuring her book in the publication section. Through her account, LinkedIn users will be able to communicate with Rachel directly, sharing experiences in bringing out the best plus empowering oneself with endless possibilities.

Little Book BIG Secrets is a light-hearted yet touching book that illustrates Rachel’s wit, determination and resilience. It is about the everyday challenges faced by Rachel, whose journey was determined even before she first saw the light of day. Her inspirational quotes in the face of her many challenges will help readers approach life with a positive energy and fresh perspective.

Exact Holds Global Hackathon to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology

Sep 19, 2017 -

Smart entrepreneurship, social community and big data were the key topics driving the Exact Hackathon held at the Exact Asia Development Centre (ADC) recently, bringing together eight teams of students from six institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and with the support of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

Held from 13 to 15 September 2017, the challenge which involved 48 hours of continuous hacking, was part of the second annual Exact Global Hackathon that took place simultaneously in five different locations (Delft, Dublin, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur and Minneapolis) around the world.

For the first time, this year’s hackathon involved the participation of students from University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia’s Multimedia University (MMU), Asia Pacific University (APU), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), The One Academy and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). Thirty-six students were paired with mentors from Exact to develop interesting software applications under the three topics of the hackathon and then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cloud Platforms Replace Traditional Paper and Print Landscapes

Sep 12, 2017 - SG -

In the course of digitalization and dematerialization, many companies are opting for cloud services to process business-critical information, such as orders or invoices. An increasing number of businesses are giving up their traditional peripheral devices, like printers and fax machines, and replacing them with innovative services. According to Gartner’s August 2017 Hype Cycle for Imaging and Print Services, 2017 report, “Cloud fax providers now support many of the enterprise class service levels that enterprises expect, from regulatory certifications, to rigid service levels, to professional services to assist with both out-of-the-box and custom API integrations.”

The digital transmission of critical data in particular entails significant challenges. In addition to meeting exacting requirements with regard to security and quality, it is also always necessary to take heed of legal guidelines that are growing ever more stringent, for instance the new European data protection regulation GDPR.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

IT News Week 2 Sep 2017

For IT News Week 5 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Software AG, a Leader in IoT Technology, launches Cumulocity IoT
  • PR - Sep 11, 2017 - Siemens concludes SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017 in Malaysia
  • PR - Sep 12, 2017 - BEX and MCE Asia 2017 welcomes the region’s green building and construction community to a global showcase of latest innovations
  • PR - Sep 8, 2017 - MIMOS and Huawei partner to enhance public safety and smart city
  • PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Software AG’s Digital Business Platform Ranked a Leader in Digital Process Automation Software Report
  • PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Leads Industry with MoStash Reader for iOS and the WC0C Charging Cable with 3-in-1 Connector
  • PR - Sep 4, 2017 - SG - Commvault Data Platform Solutions now available with Cisco’s Solutions Plus Program
  • PR - Sep 3, 2017 - InfoWatch Group to Unveil Localized Cybersecurity Solutions at IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017
  • PR - Sep 2, 2017 - HUAWEI Reveals the Future of Mobile AI at IFA 2017
  • PR - Sep 1, 2017 - KPJDSH emphasises sustainability of breastfeeding

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NMW2017: Kaspersky Lab and Parters pave the way for secure-by-design connected cars

Sep 13, 2017 -

In response to the rising cybersecurity challenges facing the connected and autonomous car industry, Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions GmbH have unveiled the Secure Communication Unit (SCU) at New Mobility World / IAA 2017 in Frankfurt on September 13. The security solution prototype demonstrates the possibilities of interference-proof communication between car components, the car, and its external connected infrastructure, making connected cars secure-by-design.

With each generation, cars are incorporating new intelligent technologies for remote diagnostics, telematics, automated and autonomous driving, remote driver assistance and infotainment. Based on electromechanical vehicle actuators, car controls are becoming more and more complex cyber-physical systems with multiple sensors, controls, applications, subnets and communication modules that interact with other vehicles and their environment. Their functions can be controlled remotely, via digital systems. Because of this, connected cars are becoming more of a target for cyberattacks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Hidden Pitfalls of Intelligent Lighting

By Dr. Vincent Chow, CEO of En-trak

For most of us, the first brush with an automated system in a building had to do with the light system - specifically occupancy or motion sensors. These automated systems turn on the lights when someone is occupying the area, and they turn off the lights when nobody is there.

The main draw of automated lighting lies in its ability to help make energy use more efficient in buildings. However, while automated lighting seems like an easy plug and play solution, building owners should take a closer look at the installation and consider any drawbacks carefully. As is often the case with technology, what works in theory might have deal-breaking challenges in practice. Let’s take a look at four downsides to sensor-based lighting control in the office.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Deep Learning with AI Technology

BY: Hu Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Data Systems

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence: computer systems that can achieve intelligent activities like those of human brains such as learning, reasoning, and judgment. The learning method employed by early AI systems was to have computers learn rules and logically find solutions based on the rules. As such, the systems were limited in that they only found solutions within the scope of what they had learned.

Hubert Yoshida

More recent types of AI being used today are designed based on hypotheses of data that people would enter, implemented as programs, and analyzed and developed for a specific application. Two disadvantages of being based on hypotheses envisioned by people, is that they usually do not produce results that surpass human ideas and are not general purpose.

One well known AI system is IBM’s Watson, which Wikipedia describes as a question-answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson was named after the first CEO of IBM, Thomas J. Watson. In 2011, Watson competed on the quiz program ”Jeopardy” and defeated two former Jeopardy winners.

The IBM team provided Watson with millions of documents, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference material that it could use to build its knowledge. All the content was stored in RAM and Watson could process 500 gigabytes, the equivalent of a million books, per second. Watson's main innovation was its ability to quickly execute hundreds of proven language analysis algorithms simultaneously to find the correct answer.

Hitachi has developed similar technology that can analyze large volumes of text data that are subject to debate; and present reasons and grounds for either affirmative or negative opinions on these issues in English. By using multiple viewpoints, it is able to present reasons toward a single perspective. One use case was in medical diagnosis. Recently this was expanded to the Japanese language.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

IT News Week 5 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 4 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 31, 2017 - 29th SEA Games: HUAWEI Celebrates Malaysia’s 145 Golds
  • Vertix - Aug 31, 2017 - New Asian Survey Reveal Rapid Growth of Edge Computing in 3 to 5 years
  • PR - Aug 30, 2017 - New version of Faketoken Android Trojan hunts for Taxi and Ride-Sharing App Users
  • PR - Aug 29, 2017 - Carbon Black Joins Forces with VMware to Enhance Security for the Software-Defined Data Center
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - mTouche and M N C Wireless to jointly develop digital technology platform for SPNB Dana
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Hitachi Accelerates Customers’ Hybrid Cloud Initiatives With Enhanced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Offerings
  • PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Petronas Launches Online Store in Collaboration with Shopee
  • PR - Aug 25, 2017 - Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN Solutions Endures Grueling Torture Test
  • PR - Aug 25, 2017 - AJ Biologics Malaysia Partners with Government of Kybher Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan In Fight Against Dengue
  • PR - Aug 24, 2017 - Cloudera and Tech Data forge strategic partnership to accelerate turnkey Smart City and IoT projects across ASEAN
  • PR - Aug 24, 2017 - iPay88 To Secure #MYCYBERSALE 2017 Payments

Thursday, August 31, 2017

VMworld 2017 Highlights

Aug 28, 2017 - Las Vegas :

At the opening of VMworld 2017, VMware announces an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware CloudTM to help businesses juggle the multiple cloud services that they are currently using, and take control of, simplify and accelerate their cloud delivery strategy.

Additionally, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight to help customers modernize their data centers to increase business and developer agility while introducing increased networking and security capabilities.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger highlights capabilites of vSphere  6.5

Across all of these platforms, businesses can fortify their infrastructure with the launch of VMware’s AppDefenseTM, an app designed for security professionals that uniquely protects applications running on VMware vSphere-based® virtualized and cloud environments. Leveraging the virtual infrastructure to create a “least privilege” model around applications, AppDefense can control app behavior, and detect and automate response to attacks that attempt to manipulate the application.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kings of Malaysia’s E-Commerce by iPrice Group

Since the boom of e-commerce in Malaysia during the mid-2000s, the e-commerce industry has consistently steadily grown and is today a RM24.6 billion industry. Over the years, we have seen the rise of both international and local players entering e-commerce space to realise its full potential. While we await to see a fully developed e-commerce in the near future as seen in China or the US, let’s assess the progress of e-commerce and see who are the ‘kings’ of e-commerce in Malaysia today.

To find out who holds the ‘throne’ in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape, we utilised publicly data provided by SimilarWeb, LinkedIn and Social Media pages such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find their online traffic, number of staff and followers on social media. Based on this, we created an interactive infographic to rank and easily view who is most popular amongst Malaysians.

So, who are the winners in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape?

How the honor 8 Pro Hits the Mark for the Malaysian Mobile Gamers

The gaming scene in Malaysia is indeed a vibrant one – with the gaming market expected to grow 20% to RM868.7 million this year, and the region to grow by 30% in 2018. This leads to Malaysia being the 26th largest gaming market in the world and the third largest in Southeast Asia, reflecting the country’s potential to become a regional gaming hub by 2025.
Honor 8 Pro

As the fastest growing region in the games market, Malaysia is the second biggest in the mobile games market, partly influenced by the fast-rising (mobile) internet connectivity. In this battleground to introduce devices that satisfies the appetite of today’s power users and gamers, it is ever so important that global smartphone players pay attention to the trends in order to meet market demand.

As smartphone buyers this year look forward to phones that are thinner, faster and with better graphics to keep up with the demand for mobile gaming, the introduction of the honor 8 Pro into the Malaysian market is a timely one for honor Malaysia.

Malaysia, being the first international market to introduce the honor brand outside of China in 2014 have since seen a rapid uptake in brand recognition by the local consumers. Prior to introducing its high-quality devices in the market, the brand invests greatly to understand the local market taste, lifestyle, budget and demands – and the brand recognised the growing need for a mobile gaming smartphone.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fast, but not furious: The key to winning the digital game

By Manish Bahl, Senior Director – Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant

Survival in the digital economy will depend on speed. The pace of business change has intensified dramatically as the fruits of digital technology expand to the entire world economy.

Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Cognizant
At the heart of the new digital world order is the unstoppable rise of automation, analytics and artificial intelligence (what we call the new machine), and with that comes an unprecedented level of speed — in doing business, generating value, making decisions, meeting customer expectations, and getting products and services to market. The stakes are even higher because the goal posts are now moving so fast.

In an age when a start-up can reshape an entire industry overnight, businesses must be on their A-game. For instance, Alipay, the world’s biggest payment company, hit $100 billion in transactions in less than a year with zero branches. Great businesses built over decades and even centuries will be for naught if they cannot operate quickly enough. In short, it is speed that determines whether you disrupt or are disrupted.

Friday, August 25, 2017

IT News Week 4 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 3 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.

  • PR - Aug 25, 2017 - McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web Services
  • PR - Aug 23, 2017 - Celebrate Merdeka and Malaysia Day with Motorola
  • PR - Aug 23, 2017 - 20MP Front Camera, 128GB ROM and Theatre-Quality HiFi Music Define HUAWEI nova 2 Plus
  • PR - Aug 23, 2017 - LinkedIn : More than half of Malaysia's workforce intends to stay with their current employer for more than a year
  • PR - Aug 22, 2017 - MyIX Records Over 1200% Growth in Internet Traffic
  • PR - Aug 22, 2017 - More than 300 Students Participate in ICT Workshops at Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre
  • PR - Aug 22, 2017 - Facebook Releases Special Edition Sea Game Stickers
  • PR - Aug 21, 2017 - Cyber Attack
  • PR - Aug 21, 2017 - Lenovo highlights Garena’s The Legends Circuit 2017
  • PR - Aug 20, 2017 - DHL eCommerce Gets Logistics Technology Platform - FarEye On Board

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AIMS Only Malaysian Operator on Asian Data Centre Leaderboard

Aug 21, 2017 - K.L :

AIMS, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data centre operator, is the only Malaysian data centre recognised as one of the most influential in Asia by Cloudscene for the second time running.

Rankings are derived from data centre market density (number of facilities) and connectivity (PoPs) based on independent industry data from the world’s largest database of colocation facilities and service providers. The top players in each region were selected from a pool of more than 5,300 global service providers with the ranked operators managing more than 17,000 POPs, over 8% of those in Asia.

“We’re honoured to be listed amongst the best and are pleased to see our hard work materialise in us moving up the ranks from 8th place in the first quarter to 7th this time around,” said AIMS’ Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin.

Philips Lighting to drive EyeComfort technology through its LED products range

Aug 14, 2017 - KL:

Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting continues to be a forerunner in technology innovation with its newly launched EyeComfort based LED products range. In a market flooded with LED lighting options, the Philips Lighting EyeComfort LED range stands apart as it has no visible flickering, which reduces potential health risks caused by harmful glare of ordinary LEDs. This technology underlines the significance of safe and comfortable illumination that is softer and kinder to the eyes.

“Scientific research has proven that proper illumination enhances near-by vision and lessens eye fatigue resulting in better task performance at home and work. At Philips Lighting, we strive to empower customers by bringing together in-depth understanding of user needs, lighting applications, and insights to create evidence-based lighting solutions for optimal vision and productivity. Towards that direction, EyeComfort technology stays true to the concept of ‘human-centric lighting’, which forms the core of our research and development. The current range is setting the stage for customizable and connected products which our customers can now onwards look forward to” said Mr Alok Ghose, Managing Director for Philips Lighting Malaysia, Singapore and Exports at the launch of the Let’s Get Connected campaign.

Let’s Get Connected – a nationwide promotion offering exciting reasons to switch to EyeComfort based Philips LED products. Running from 1 July 2017 to 31 October 2017, the Let’s Get Connected campaign enables customers to win exciting weekly gifts on buying products worth MYR 100 and above, from the Philips Lighting LED range which includes SceneSwitch, bulbs, downlights, luminaires and EcoFit tubes. The gifts include Philips Home Appliances such as electric pressure cookers, induction cookers, steam irons et al.

For more information on the Let’s Get Connected promotion and Philips LED lighting, log on to Facebook Philips Lighting Malaysia or visit Philips Lighting Let’s Get Connected campaign. Please visit for more information on EyeComfort.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WCIT Congress and Asocio ICT Summit to Explore the Future of Digital Economy

Aug 15, 2017 - K.L -

The upcoming 21st World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT) and the annual ASOCIO ICT Summit in Taiwan will offer Malaysian delegates vast opportunities to learn and explore the future of the digital economy.

Billed as ASIA’s premier ICT industry events, WCIT and the ASOCIO ICT Summit will be held concurrently from Sept 10-14 2017 at the Taipei International Convention Centre. Over 3,000 participants comprising ICT industry leaders, C-level executives, entrepreneurs, academicians, visionaries and government leaders from 80 countries and economies are expected to be present.

Group Photo of ASOCIO Council and Representatives of ASOCIO member economies at the recent Multilateral Trade Visit to Mongolia

The National ICT Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) will lead a delegation of 60 ICT Industry leaders representing organisations from the private and public sectors, to both events.

In line with the theme of the event “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age: Building and Sharing the Digital Dream”, ASOCIO will launch their inaugural research report titled: Reimagining the Digital Era during the summit.

ASOCIO Chairman, David Wong Nan Fay said Asia Pacific’s strong and vibrant economy, favourable demographics, ICT investments, and ongoing economic integration have laid the foundation for the region to become a global leader in the digital economy.

Monday, August 21, 2017

IT News Week 3 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 2 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 20, 2017 - Razer Launches zGold-MOLPoints in the Heart of Malaysia
  • PR - Aug 17, 2017 - LG Unveils World's Largest OLED Screen In Dubai
  • PR - Aug 17, 2017 - Lenovo Malaysia launches Official Store on Lazada
  • PR - Aug 17, 2017 - How Attackers hide Backdoor in Software used by Hundreds of Large Companies around the World
  • PR - Aug 16, 2017 - Oracle Makes the Most Powerful Database Platform Available on the Industry’s Most Advanced Cloud Infrastructure
  • PR - Aug 15, 2017 - Retarus’ strong performance was mainly driven by the following factors:
  • PR - Aug 15, 2017 - Traveloka Takes SEA Games to Greater Heights with Exclusive Flight and Hotel Deals

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mercer : Singaporeans are less satisfied with their employers compared to their global counterparts

Aug 15, 2017 :

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, today announced the findings of its Singapore Employee Engagement Index: Insights to Enhance Workforce Productivity. The findings show that employee engagement in Singapore has declined consistently over the last three years — this is in stark contrast to the upward trend observed in employee engagement across the globe. Only 73% of Singaporeans are satisfied with the companies they work for compared to 82% of their global counterparts in 2016.

In addition to that, Singaporeans are less likely to endorse their organizations as good employers — 76% of employees in APAC would advocate for their companies as good places to work, while only 68% of employees are willing to do so in Singapore.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Slurp! Secures Funding to Accelerate Growth of Mobile Point-of-Sale System

Aug 16, 2017 - K.L :

Silentmode Sdn. Bhd. (“Slurp!”) the developer of Slurp! cloud-based point-of-sale system (POS) that specializes in food and beverages (F&B) industry sector today announced that it has recently closed a Series A round of funding of RM2.5 million. The funding has come from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and it is managed by Intres Capital Partners Sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur-based venture capital firm.

Slurp! which was launched into the F&B retail market in 2014 plans to use the funding to accelerate product sales and marketing, grow its current team as well as explore regional markets for potential expansion in 2018.

Reza Razali, CEO and Co-Founder of Slurp! said, “We are very thrilled about the funding secured. Our team has been working very hard to make Slurp! which is a homegrown POS system, an effective solution for owners of F&B retail businesses. As we push forward, it is crucial for us to have a strong support system and after getting to know the people running Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and Intres Capital, we are convinced of their capabilities. We are grateful that ADIF and Intres Capital have put their trust in us.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5G Technology will Transform the Communications Landscape in Malaysia

Aug 15, 2017 - K.L :

NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Netcracker Technology announced today their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform for service providers and enterprises in Malaysia.

The partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV (Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) solution provider that is capable of designing and deploying a network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect or chain together to create communication services.

At the SDN/NFV Solution and Partnership launch today, Mr. Chong Kai Wooi, Managing Director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia said, “Around the world we are seeing service providers in the US, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey, Japan and China upgrading their network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services which are imminent. Commercializing such services, including the massive connectivity of people, transportation, objects and cities, is expected to take off in the next two to three years.”

“To stay competitive in a global economy, service providers and enterprises in Malaysia will eventually have the need to adapt to 5G technologies. With our SDN/NFV 5G-ready solution, companies will be able to speed up the time-to-market for their potential communications services and/or any applications that run on 5G technology, improve cost efficiency and have the ability to offer new, revenue generating-services.”

The Dark Side of the Dark Web

Aug 9, 2017 :

Gone are the days when ransomware was developed and distributed by skilled cyber criminals. Today, anyone can easily build and launch ransomware as there are only two key requirements – bad intent and access to the dark web, a marketplace where malware kits are advertised the way a traditional online retailer promotes regular items like clothes and shoes.

Users on the dark web are anonymous and protected by a privacy feature baked directly into the Tor browser, which is the browser used to access it. This also means that law enforcement authorities are unable to identify where the websites are, who owns them, who uses them or who to arrest.

The easy access to the dark web is fuelling ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) distribution models, which essentially enable novice cybercriminals to download and use ransomware. As ransomware is cheap to purchase and spread, it also provides a quicker payout than stealing credit card data or personal information.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From zero-day exploits to rampant ‘ransomware’: how advanced targeted attacks evolved in Q2, 2017

Aug 10, 2017 :

The second quarter of 2017 saw sophisticated threat actors unleash a wealth of new and enhanced malicious tools, including three zero-day exploits and two unprecedented attacks: WannaCry and ExPetr. Expert analysis of the last two suggests the code may have escaped into the wild before it was fully ready, an unusual situation for well-resourced attackers. These and other trends are covered in Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary.

Monday, August 14, 2017

MDEC Brings the Region’s Animation Industry to Life with Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017

Aug 8, 2017 - Cyberjaya :

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is bringing the region’s animation industry to life at its Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017. In its 6th year, the two-day Conference will take place on 9 and 10 August 2017 at Cyberview Resort & Spa in Cyberjaya, followed with the first ever Content Festival that takes place on 11 and 12 August 2017 at the TSI Sports Arena, Cyberjaya. This extended four-day extravaganza is an anchor event for the Cyberjaya 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Edmund Chan, Managing Director of Animasia Studio (2nd from left) and Law King Hui, Executive Director of Sasbadi Holdings (far right) pictured at the MoU signing ceremony, to signify a collaboration to bring Chuck Chicken animation into print media, witnessed by Hasnul Hadi, Vice President of the Creative Content and Technologies division, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer  of MDEC and Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer  of MDEC

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC, enthused, “The animation and creative content industry have enormous potential, and it has become one of the main contributor to the national income over recent years. MDEC is already working towards building a healthy and vibrant digital economy as it continuously pushes boundaries to spur market growths. This event is critical to this relentless effort, providing great economic value-add for the nation. Indeed, the road ahead is a promising one and it is MDEC’s role to provide a platform for the industry to address expectations and real needs. Kre8tif! is the perfect avenue for us to provide that needed support and we are confident it will open more doors for Malaysia’s animation and creative content industry to flourish on the international stage.”

How automation is shaping the workplace of the future

by Darren Rushworth, President APAC, NICE Ltd

It is inevitable that robots will become our co-workers. Any repetitive task that requires accuracy and speed, but little judgment, would be better performed by a robot. When humans are made to perform manual, mundane processes repeatedly, it can cause frustration over time and be error prone. Given the tight labour market for good talent[1], it simply is not a good use of precious resources either. The solution is called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and it’s here in Asia today. Through RPA, Asian businesses can automate many repetitive processes, in both front and back offices, and improve efficiencies and effectiveness to become more competitive in today’s digital landscape.

While IDC expects 40 percent of digital transformation initiatives in Asia Pacific to be supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities by 2020, only 12 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the region believe that AI will have a positive impact on their businesses in the next five years. It is not uncommon for CIOs who are saddled with shrinking budgets and increasing demands from business users to be sceptical about yet another new technology. What they want to know is how the technology will work, if it will really deliver on the hype, and what’s the Return on Investment (ROI)? Here are the answers to these questions:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

IT News Week 2 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 1 Aug 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Ricoh Impresses Yet Again at Ipmex 2017
  • PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Sage Hires FinTech Heavyweight to Lead Asia Pacific Business
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - J.B - Launching of "UTM-Huawei iLearning Cloud Showcase" by the Minister of Higher Education (MOHE), YBG Dato 'Seri Idris Jusoh
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - honor Promises Better Calls and Coverage with the Support of VoLTE
  • PR - Aug 10, 2017 - SENHENG is now offering the perfect Selfie Nationwide
  • PR - Aug 9, 2017 - Official Launch of Shopplus (Shopplus Introduces First On-The-Go System)
  • PR - Aug 8, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Changing the Façade of Smart Buildings
  • PR - Aug 7, 2017 - Cyberjaya - IBM Malaysia and MDEC collaborate to enable students as future Digital Makers through the IBM Watson Maker Workshop

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UTM Whitepaper reviews 177 MHz spectrum gap for Malaysia’s Mobile Broadband

Aug 10, 2017 :

Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) today released a whitepaper to understand the existing mobile broadband (MBB) performance and user experience in Malaysia. The whitepaper reveals that the nation requires an additional 307 MHz spectrum to satisfy MBB traffic forecasted by 2020. However, only 130 MHz out of 307 MHz can be achieved, resulting in 177 MHz of spectrum gap to be fulfilled, according to the study. To enable WBB (wireless broadband) requirement, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and IoT services, like video surveillance, even more spectrum is needed.

Prof. Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman, whitepaper lead researcher and Director of Wireless Communication Centre (WCC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), accompanied by his team of researchers who spearheaded the study on Malaysia’s spectrum needs.

The study was conducted in four key areas of Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak across urban, suburban, rural and indoor areas. The study indicated that there is a serious need for enhancing 4G network capabilities in rural areas of East Malaysia. Although, Selangor and Klang Valley has a strong position in 4G services with consistent and stable results, there are signs that the network is becoming more congested in these areas. It also showed that there were indoor areas with poor cellular signal strength coverage distributions which can be further enhanced.

Malaysia is poised to benefit immensely from the full potential of the digital economy. Wireless connectivity is the key platform for digital economy and spectrum is the main commodity driving our wireless services. The deployment of wireless connectivity can enhance productivity and expand the nation’s economy.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

mTouche embark on AI to enhance Digital Media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market

Aug 2, 207 - KL :

Mobile value-added services and digital media marketing company, mTouche Technology Bhd has inked a comprehensive master collaboration partnership agreement with Octa Gravity Company Limited, Thailand to enhance its digital media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market with the joint development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to be integrated into the proprietary and innovative digital media and infotainment platform for the IT and mobile channel which was recently announced on 19 July 2017.

In recent years, AI technologies have experienced tremendous breakthroughs amidst the explosive growth of data volume resulting from the increased sophistication of analysis engines (i.e., software) and the improved processing capabilities of computers. These technologies are currently attracting attention for their usefulness in complementing human abilities and creating a more convenient society.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Lumina Networks Enters SDN Market

Aug 8, 2017 - K.L :

Lumina Networks, Inc. launched today in the software-defined networking (SDN) market, through its acquisition of assets associated with the SDN Controller product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Along with a leading SDN Controller solution, powered by OpenDaylight™, Lumina brings a talented team of network software engineers and existing customer engagements with some of the world’s largest service providers. Offering the Lumina SDN Controller, applications and Network Development (NetDev) Services, Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into production networks.

Transitioning to software-based networks can dramatically lower capital and operational costs while transforming network functionality and customer experience. Yet, the complexity of the transition from hardware to software, along with the crucial requirement of independence from vendors, has made it difficult for service providers to move beyond lab trials and into production environments. This is where open source-based networking technology can help.

Using OpenDaylight as its preferred open source controller, Lumina enables service providers to directly control their SDN implementations while providing the flexibility to develop their own solutions through their choice of vendors thus eliminating lock-in. To ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes enhancements made to its SDN Controller back to the open source community.

Kaspersky Lab Launches the Goondus Awards

Aug 4, 2017 :

Kaspersky Lab has launched a campaign in Asia Pacific to educate the public and spread awareness on Internet safety. Known as the Goondus Awards, the campaign is inviting submissions from the public on Internet mistakes and faux pas that have led to reputational, financial or property damage or loss for individuals. The Goondus Awards website which features the submissions anonymously, highlights real life incidents where a naïve or ill-informed Internet practice led to some form of misfortune.

“We want to educate people about safer Internet behaviours and to showcase real world examples of missteps leading to some form of loss or damage. While some stories may be humorous and even incredulous, the repercussions and damage were real and in some cases severe,” explained Sylvia Ng, General Manager, South East Asia. “As our entries are entirely anonymous, we’re encouraging a community led campaign to drive home the message that only safe practices will make the Internet safer for users.”

The Goondus Awards showcases a wide array of stories ranging from humorous occurrences to unintelligent acts and sad episodes involving monetary or reputational loss. The campaign acts as an initiative to raise cyber security awareness in an engaging form through the sharing of personal stories. It also serves to help web visitors foster positive and pleasant online experiences.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bringing Performance and Style to the Fore with the EOS 6D Mark 2 and EOS 200D

Jul 27, 2017 - KL :

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the availability of the new EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 200D DSLR cameras designed for advanced-amateur and entry-level photographers, respectively. This announcement continues Canon’s commitment to bringing the best tools to each user, regardless of their experience in photography.

“As a leading imaging company, we understand the different needs and wants of Malaysian photographers – from first-timers, to the most experienced. We are proud to continue to bring the imaging tools needed to both elevate and expand the art of photography in Malaysia,” said Andrew Koh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

ShopBack Malaysia Anticipates One Million Cashback Users by Year-End

Aug 2, 2017 - KL :

ShopBack, the top Cashback platform in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, forecasts the number of online Cashback users in the country to reach one million by year-end, tailing closely after its counterpart in Indonesia and same time maintaining ahead of Singapore.

Alvin Gill, Country GM, ShopBack Malaysia

Alvin Gill, Country General Manager of ShopBack Malaysia said that compared to one year ago, there’s a 260% increase in local user base (over 280,000 users in July 2016 versus over 750,000 users in July 2017), and shared that one million Malaysian users will be achieved soon given the rise of demand, convenient services brought by new online merchants, as well as supporting moves by government such as legalising ride-hailing services in Malaysia.

"On-demand delivery services have become pretty well received over the past year as it saves users time and petrol expenses from going back and forth for daily purchase. Who knows if Amazon Prime Now may make its way to Malaysia in the future?” Alvin expressed.

He also said that merchants’ offerings are getting versatile. Coupled with government’s support towards digital companies such as passing the bill for Grab and Uber (both are our partner merchants on ShopBack app) in the country, ShopBack is very optimistic about the future of digital economy here. The coming months will see ShopBack bringing higher Cashback and other smart services to propel the growth in Malaysia.

Virtual Offices@Colony Space@Jalan Kia Peng, KL

Jul 27, 2017 :

Colony, a new co-working space has today officially launched the new concept of serviced office space called Colony Space, where it sets to change the way everyone works, as well as the offices they work in.

The concept behind KL’s newest co-working serviced office entrant Colony is reflected in its design, as it offers various perks to its tenants, including a nap area for some quick shuteye, a massage room where a certified masseuse can be hired on an ad-hoc basis, an exclusive lounge with high ceilings and full length windows, and access to a rooftop gym and swimming pool where tenants can work out with a full view of the KL city skyline.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

IT News Week 1 Aug 2017

For IT News Week 4 Jul 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 4, 2017 - LinkedIn Lite Expands to Malaysia
  • PR - Aug 4, 2017 - HUAWEI Promotes Unity Amongst Malaysians
  • PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Next-generation video surveillance in Singapore key to SMART Nation growth
  • PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications
  • PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Cloudera Awarded Prestigious Certification for World Class Customer Service and Support for Second Consecutive Year
  • PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Longer, Expanding, Demanding: Botnet DDoS Attacks Highlighted in Kaspersky Lab Quarterly Report
  • PR - Jul 31, 2017 - Microsoft : Asia Pacific financial sector digital transformation banks on cloud computing to be competitive
  • PR - Jul 31, 2017 - The Women of the Future Awards Launches in South East Asia
  • PR - Jul 26, 2017 - HUAWEI Brings inNOVAtion and Sophistication with nova 2 Plus to A Whole New Level this August

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Gaston Luga Backpack Has Studded Sole (Review)

Check out the Gaston Luga backpack.

It is designed as a minimalist backpack - the sole has studs similar to football boots - according to Chinese Feng Shui, this translates to strong foundation.

Friday, August 04, 2017

PureCloud by Genesys Races Past 1 Million Interactions Daily

Aug 3, 2017 - Malaysia :

Genesys®, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, continues to experience explosive customer adoption and platform growth with PureCloud by Genesys™, a cloud-based customer engagement and employee collaboration offering.

Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that hosted/cloud contact center solutions will increase from 24 percent of the total seats base in 2015 to 40 percent by 2020.1 Genesys is exceeding this pace by adding more than 500 PureCloud customers in the last 12 months alone — nearly half of which are located outside of North America. Moreover, there has been a 300 percent increase in customer usage in the first half of 2017.

PureCloud is also infusing its partner channel with new revenue opportunities. The solution’s partner base has expanded by 43 percent so far in 2017, resulting in a 72 percent increase in customers gained via the channel.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Barracuda Survey: 44 Percent Malaysians Surveyed Confident with Moving to Public Cloud

Aug 1, 2017 - K.L -

Barracuda Networks, Inc. a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, shares that 44 percent of Malaysians surveyed felt confident their organisations move to public cloud was secure.

The findings were part of a survey on public cloud commissioned by Barracuda and conducted by Vanson Bourne amongst 450 people in 6 countries in Asia Pacific (APAC) including Malaysia. Respondents came from different sectors and industries including manufacturing, technology, financial services and more.

James Forbes-May, VP of APAC

James Forbes-May, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Barracuda shares, “58 percent of the Malaysians surveyed, said that they have more trust on public cloud today as compared to five years ago. Yet only 36.10 percent of Malaysian respondents said their organisations were using public cloud.”

Malaysian respondents also choose Google as their preferred public cloud provider with 70 percent of respondents organisations using the service. Amazon Web Services was next at 48 percent while Microsoft Azure followed close with 40 percent and IBM Bluemix at 34 percent. Respondents also stated that their organisations used more than one cloud provider.

69 percent of APAC responders stated that this was due to different providers having different strength, while 35 percent said no one provider was able to provide everything they needed on one platform. This however creates a complex IT environment and higher costs. Public cloud accounted for 22.71 percent of IT budget spending for these Malaysian respondents organisations.

Sage announces the acquisition of Intacct

Jul 31, 2017 - SG -

The Sage Group plc, announces that it has agreed to acquire Intacct Corporation, a leading provider of cloud Financial Management Solutions in North America. The total consideration is $850m (£654m) to be paid in cash and rolled over Sage options.

Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California, and serves thousands of businesses in the North American scale-up and enterprise markets, both directly and through a network of partners. Intacct provides sophisticated and powerful cloud Financial Management Solutions targeted at growing businesses looking for rich financial and operational insight, process automation, seamless integration with their existing software, advanced features and a modern user experience.

The company has a three-year revenue CAGR in excess of 33%, with current annualised recurring revenues of $96m (£74m) and revenues in the twelve months to June 2017 of $88m (£68m), over 90% of which is subscription based. Intacct was recently named a Visionary by Gartner in its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Management Suites for Mid-Size, Large and Global Enterprises (June 2017).

Intacct’s CEO, Robert Reid, leads an experienced management team with a demonstrated track record of scaling at pace, who will remain to run the business, thereby ensuring continuity for customers, partners and employees.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

H1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report by Mergermarket

Jul 24, 2017:

In the first half of the year, despite a solid economy with low inflation, low unemployment, and plenty of highly-anticipated innovations underway, the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector recorded 1,482 M&A transactions globally worth a total of US$ 175.9bn – a 20.9% value drop with 84 fewer deals compared to H1 2016 (US$ 222.3bn, 1,566 deals), leading TMT to rank as the fourth sector globally by value.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Not all heroes wear capes in today’s digital economy

By Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault

Imagine a reality where darkness cloaks the world. Where backstreet alleys are the latest setting for the depths of sophisticated crime; where lives of innocents are under threat, and evil threatens to triumph over good. In today’s digital reality, this is not far from the truth.

For organizations today, a single catastrophe may spell disaster for the unprepared. Data breaches are estimated to cost a business US$4 million, on average – hardly a nominal amount . Take the recent WannaCry and Petya/GoldenEye attacks as cases in point, they were wake-up calls for the unprotected, to the tune of $1 billion in damages and counting just for the WannaCry incident alone.

Managing data in today’s digital economy is no mean feat. To stay vigilant and to navigate the treacherous cyber landscape, organizations need to understand the value of their data, wherever they reside, to stay agile, compliant, secure and competitive. But, what if, we all had a superhero, bearing the latest cape or iron suit, to save the day?

Our everyday superheroes might not look as good as Clark Kent, but their mission remains the same – to know and use data for strategic decision making. And what of the qualities of our seemly unlikely hero? They’re not that different from our fictional comic book heroes – strength, perception and dexterity.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

IT News Week 4 Jul 2017

For IT News Week 3 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Gamma partners POKKT to drive integrated brand experience for marketers and intelligent ads for gamers
  • PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Western Digital Announces Foour-Bits-Per-Cell (x4) Technology on 3D NAND
  • PR - Jul 25, 2017 - Open Source Innovation Strengthens Cloudera’s Cybersecurity Solution and Accelerates Machine Learning at Scale
  • PR - Jul 24, 2017 - The Mega #MyCybersale Returns to Woo Shoppers Worldwide
  • PR - Jul 24, 2017 - HUAWEI Ranked 83 in the Top 100 of the Latest Fortune 500 List
  • PR - Jul 18, 2017 - Magical Moments: The Best Selfie Tool in Your Pocket
  • PR - Jul 18, 2017 - AccuWeather Introduces Plain Language AI Weather Bot for Facebook Messenger
  • PR - Jul 17, 2017 - LG OLED TV Wins Fourth Consecutive CE Week TV Shootout Title
  • PR - Jul 17, 2017 - Announcing the new Surface Pro for Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 12, 2017 - SQL Republic Introduces Two New Wireless Earphones to Malaysia

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Adventures abound: Explore Google Expeditions on your own

Jul 20, 2017 :

Google Expeditions makes it possible for teachers to take their classrooms on virtual reality field trips to amazing places like the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu. Today, we’re starting to roll out a new solo mode of Expeditions for Android, so that anybody can explore more than 600 different tours on their own. Just download the Expeditions app (coming soon for iOS), drop your phone into Cardboard and get ready for an adventure.

Self-Guided Expeditions let anyone explore anywhere. Students can go on tours at home and share the experience with their family. Teachers can assign tours as homework to complement in-class work. What better way to round out textbook reading about the ecosystem within our rainforests than an Expedition to the heart of Borneo? And of course, anybody who loves to learn and explore can experience all the tours for themselves.

IBM collaborates with MaGIC to nurture and enable start-ups in Malaysia

Jul 25, 2017 -

IBM announced today a collaboration with the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre Berhad (MaGIC) to nurture and enable the start-up community in Malaysia with cloud and cognitive technologies. Through this new initiative, IBM experts will provide business mentorship and training on the IBM Cloud to help Malaysian start-ups develop competitive, next-generation applications and services that will transform their industries.

As part of the collaboration, MaGIC will leverage IBM Cloud technologies such as cognitive computing, blockchain, and IOT in its various programs and activities geared for the start-up community and developer eco-system in Malaysia. In addition, MAGIC will highlight IBM Watson at MaGIC’s Corporate Innovation Day and other key entrepreneurship initiatives hosted in Malaysia and ASEAN.

Established under the auspices of the Malaysia Ministry of Finance, the aim of MaGIC is to catalyse the entrepreneurial eco-system in Malaysia by bringing together the abundant resources from partners and communities to develop enduring, high growth start-ups that will make a positive impact at a regional or global scale. Since it was launched in 2014 MaGIC has successfully accelerated 144 business specific start-ups and 70 social enterprises in three cohorts.

Canon fuels performance for businesses with the latest Colour Laser Multi-Function Printers

Jul 11, 2017 :

Canon today announced the launch of imageCLASS MF631Cn, MF633Cdw, MF635Cx and MF735Cx, four powerful A4 colour laser multi-function printers (MFPs) engineered to produce outstanding printouts in rich and brilliant hues. The latest lineup of MFPs is geared towards the Small Office Home Offices (SOHOs), Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and workgroups within large enterprises, providing users with excellent print quality, absolute convenience and increased work efficiencies.

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imageCLASS MF635Cx

“Outstanding colour printouts create an impact, segment information clearly and allow better interpretation. Canon recognised that colours play an increasingly important role in business communications today, and employed a unique V2 Colour Technology in the creation of all four new MFPs to satisfy users with demands for high-quality colour printing,” said Jeffrey Kung, Head of Consumer Imaging & Information Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia.

“For users with requirements to streamline routine workflows, the MFPs feature an innovative Application Library that enables process automation and customisation depending on the needs of different industries,” Kung added.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MediaMath at ATS Singapore 2017

Jul 13, 2017 - SG :

Speaking on the opening panel at ATS Singapore 2017 last week, Rahul Vasudev, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, MediaMath, reiterated the importance of education to empower marketers in the region with the ability to focus on business outcomes that are truly relevant to them.

Rahul Vasudev Speaking at the Forum

To address this, MediaMath launched the Asia Pacific (APAC) hub of the New Marketing Institute (NMI), the company’s own education and training arm, to advance programmatic know-how in the region and train aspiring marketers to embrace programmatic techniques and technologies. Rahul commented, “With technology constantly evolving, marketers need to be aware of the various solutions available to them – and more importantly, how they can use them to create value. We believe that programmatic technology is a complimentary tool that marketers should leverage to help focus on what their customers want and help them deliver true business outcomes. With the advancement in programmatic technology, we are moving towards that sweet spot one step at a time.”

He further elaborated how the course modules at NMI not only focus on basic programmatic knowledge, but are also on content relevant for the modern, advanced marketer. “We need to help the marketers understand each stage of the consumer’s journey, down to the level of what consumers are actually purchasing and their individual preferences, instead of relying on increasingly irrelevant media metrics. The NMI courses focused on marketers, helps guide the way towards that end.”

Super Smartphone Honor 8 Pro Unveiled

Jul 11, 2017

honor Malaysia today introduced its super smartphone, the honor 8 Pro. Delivering maximum performance in a minimalist package, the stunning new device sets the standard in every way – with cutting-edge processing power, long lasting battery life, 5.7-inch Quad HD display and a dual-lens camera all packed into an impossibly thin 6.97mm body.

“At honor, we put emphasis on quality, innovation and open collaboration with global partners and the honor 8 Pro aims to deliver just that. It redefines large-screen smartphones by delivering absolute performance for today’s power users in an ultra-thin minimalist design,” said Luke Au, Regional Product Marketing Director, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.

Geared for Speed

The honor 8 Pro has been engineered from the ground up to meet the performance needs of today’s power users and gamers, with industry-leading hardware and software that delivers extreme speed:
  • The Kirin 960 chipset features eight processor cores – four high-performance Cortex A73 cores clocked to 2.4GHz and four low-power Cortex A53 cores clocked to 1.8Ghz – that improve single-core and multi-core performance by 10% and 18%[1] respectively.
  • The Mali-G71 includes support for the cutting-edge Vulkan graphics and compute API (application programming interface) and boosts graphic performance up to 400%. honor 8 Pro will run the most demanding games at high frame rates with minimum lag and dropped frames, even in 3D.
  • The new EMUI 5.1 system leverages machine learning to learn from your behavior and habits to minimise lag and ensure applications and files load smoothly. For example, if you tend to open an application at a certain time of the day, the honor 8 Pro will be able to anticipate your needs and pre-load the application.

Fusionex Eyes Greater Heights With Delisting

Jul 11, 2017

Fusionex, Malaysian-based leading software solutions specialist in Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT), today shares a statement on its recent delisting from the London Stock Exchange AIM.

Fusionex has successfully withdrawn the listing of its shares from London Stoc­­­k Exchange AIM to be a private company, less than 5 years after its significantly oversubscribed initial public offering.

The Company, the largest and most established Data Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist in the ASEAN region, completed its privatization on June 27th following a successful extraordinary general meeting (EGM) where more than 89% votes were in favour of the decision to go private.

Ivan Teh, Fusionex Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, commented, “Our IPO was the start for Fusionex International and not the goal-post. Likewise, the delisting from AIM is not the end, but rather it marks the beginning of a new, exciting journey ahead.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Software AG: A Decade of Leadership in Enterprise Architecture Tools

Jul 14, 2017 -

Software AG announced today that Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, named Software AG a Leader in its 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools,” published on May 24, 2017. This is the tenth consecutive year that Gartner has assessed the company’s Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) product and named it a Leader.

Anneliese Schulz, Vice President of Software AG Asia, noted: “I believe that being named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools underscores how essential Software AG’s Alfabet is in delivering the critical insights and planning capabilities necessary to become a digital enterprise. With 50% of companies in Asia Pacific predicted to depend on the ability to create digitally-enhanced products, services and experiences, our customers in the region are in a highly competitive market space and success in the digital world is essential.”

The National Opera of Paris and Huawei France Announce New Online Platform: the Digital Academy

Jul 17, 2017 - Paris, France

The National Opera of Paris and Huawei France announced the foundation of the Digital Academy today, a unique online platform that marries digital technology, art, and education.

The Digital Academy has three main objectives:
  • Promote the arts by providing a free online platform that takes performances and other art-related resources out of the Opera's archives and makes them openly available to the outside world.
  • Support training through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on wide range of art-related topics, including general art knowledge, techniques, and artistic practices.
  • Facilitate sharing by providing more accessible, interactive digital content.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kaspersky Lab connects cyber-attack on South Korean military with ATM theft – possible tie to Lazarus

Jul 10, 2017:

Following a detailed malware analysis, Kaspersky Lab researchers have connected a 2016 cyberespionage attack on South Korea’s defense agency with a later attack that infected 60 ATMs and stole the data from over 2,000 credit cards. Further, the malicious code and techniques used in both attacks share similarities with earlier attacks widely attributed to the infamous Lazarus group, responsible for series of devastating attacks against commercial and government organizations around the world.

In August 2016, a cyberattack on South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense infected around 3,000 hosts. The Defense Agency reported (Korean) the incident publically in December 2016, admitting that some confidential information could have been exposed.

Six months later, at least 60 ATMs in South Korea, managed by a single local vendor, were compromised with malware. The incident was reported (Korean) by the Financial Security Institute and, according to the Financial Supervisory Service, resulted in the theft of the details of 2,500 financial cards and the illegal withdrawal in Taiwan of approximately 2,500 USD from these accounts. Kaspersky Lab researched the malware used in the ATM incident and discovered that the machines were attacked with the same malicious code used to hit the Korean Ministry of National Defense in August 2016.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.10 Won't Start After Windows Updates on Windows 10 (Jul 2017)

Windows updates installed on 22-Jul-2017 on Windows 10 64-bit:
  • 2017-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4025342)
  • 2017-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4025376)
  • 2017-06 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4022725)
  • 2017-06 Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4022405)

After that, VirtualBox version 5.1.10 won't startup.

Thermaltake Sponsors CyberMods 24hrs at COMPUTEX 2017

July 13th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan :

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY brand and the number one choice for PC modders worldwide, is thrilled to announce the successful partnership with CyberMedia during the CyberMods 24hrs, the most exciting and monumental modding competition held during COMPUTEX 2017. During the event, Thermaltake was a premium sponsor of high-end PC DIY hardware including Core P3 Open-Frame ATX Wall-Mount Chassis, Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold Fully Modular Power Supply and liquid cooling components. The contestants were required to craft a special build themed around Sci-Fi, video games or movies all in a total of 24hrs by using the above mentioned products.

“We always seek for a chance to build a stronger relationship with the PC modding community and in turn better understand our customers’ needs,” said Kenny Lin, President and CEO of Thermaltake. “It’s our great honor to join this sponsorship and provide the CyberMods 24hrs modding event with cutting-edge Thermaltake products. Our high-performance products, together with the excellent modders from Australia, China, Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, are a winning combination.”

The CyberMods 24hrs modding event concluded to much successful. The list of winners of the event is also announced. Team Thailand won the first place, followed by Team Philippines and Team UK. Thermaltake would like to congratulate the top three winners and thank all the modders who participated in the event. Everyone did a fantastic job!

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
  • 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
  • PR - Jul 13, 2017 - U Mobile's Scheduled System Upgrades and Maintenance this July and August
  • PR - Jul 10, 2017 - Genesys Awarded Customer Contact Platform Vendor of the Year by Frost and Sullivan
  • Quann - Jul 4, 2017 - Malaysian companies are unprepared for cyber attacks

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.