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Monday, April 24, 2017

Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses

By Owen Taraniuk, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Commvault

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

Owen Taraniuk, VP of APAC, Commvault

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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

IT News Week 4 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 3 Apr 2017.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Huawei : Digital divide is now a digital chasm

Apr 18, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

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

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

Facebook Mobile Solutions for Advertisers

Apr 11, 2017:

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

Ads Manager App

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

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The ETHERnet Fax Machine (Review)

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

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

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


EtherFAX caters three methods of faxing:

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

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

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


Use C# to Write Cross-Platform Codes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get started, check out the following video.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

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

Ian Watterson, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, CSG International

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.

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

Ian Waterson, Managing Director, APAC, CSG International

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

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

IT News Week 3 Apr 2017

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Apr 13, 2017 :

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

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

IPTV Piracy: The Fight Against a New Breed Of Pirates

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

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Limelight Networks : Malaysians have high expectations on website performance

Mar 30, 2017 :

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

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

BIOSTAR Showcases Presence in Asia with Regional Events

March 30th 2017, Taipei, Taiwan -

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

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

64-Bit MyKad Reader Application Source Code

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

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

http://mykad.codeplex.com/

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

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

IT News Week 2 Apr 2017

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

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The omnichannel imperative to win today’s consumer

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 03, 2017

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

Mar 29, 2017 - CAMBRIDGE, MA –

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

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

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

IT News Week 5 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 4 Mar 2017.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Reporting Huawei Q1 2017 Activities

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

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

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

Digital Transformation Forum

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

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

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

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

Mar 20, 2017

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



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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

Check this out.. throw away your Excel sheets.

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



Click on the first result.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Mar 27, 2017 -

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

Chan Kee Siak, ED, Exabytes

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

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

VMware Announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017!

Mar 6, 2017 -

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

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

COLORFUL Wins Innovation Award from Intel

March 20, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

Congratulation !!!

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


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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) Chapter 1

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

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

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

IT News Week 4 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 3 Mar 2017.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Visual Studio 2017 Release Preview

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

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

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


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

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


Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

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

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

Kane Lightowler, MD, Carbon Black

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

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

IT News Week 3 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 2 Mar 2017.

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

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

Mar 15, 2017 -

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

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

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Funding Societies Aims to Help Malaysia SMEs through Crowdfunding

Feb 22, 2017 -

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

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

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

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

IT News Week 2 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 5 Feb 2017.

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

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Canon Launches Latest Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Printers

Mar 7, 2017 -

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

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


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

Saturday, March 04, 2017

AOMEI Image Deploy is Free and Easy (Review)

Many years ago, Norton Ghost was really popular.

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

That was my last memory with Norton Ghost.

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

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

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

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Snake is on Android Now !!!

Feb 27, 2017 - Malaysia and Barcelona, Spain -

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

The snake is back !On Android platform !

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

IT News Week 5 Feb 2017

For IT News Week 4 Feb 2017.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

GoVeggie Malaysia : Issues : App crash on viewing Vendor Detail

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

This happened to my iPhone SE.

--> Location not enabled for the app.

Solution:

Settings --> GoVeggie Malaysia --> Location

Change to 'While Using the App'.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Symantec Unveils the Industry’s Most Complete Cloud Security Solution

Feb 15, 2017

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

The challenges:

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

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

New Innovations Delivering Unrivaled Security for the Cloud Generation

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

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


In Smart Cities, data becomes retail insight with instore metrics

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

Feb 14, 2017 :

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

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

IT News Week 4 Feb 2017

For IT News Week 2 Jan 2017.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What’s love got to do with IT?

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

Business leaders experience a love hate relationship with data. With no time to have their head in the clouds, CIOs need to choose the right partner to fall back on during hard times, think big and execute a better overall data management strategy in an ever-changing complex IT landscape.

Matthew Johnston, Area VP, Asean & Korea, Commvault

Let’s not forget – break ups happen. What consequences will enterprises face in the event of a "break up" or communications breakdown between departments? It is, thus, vital to embrace and implement effective data management strategies, more than ever before.

In the Month of Love, we at Commvault have pulled together our insights to draw up a list of predictions for 2017. This year, we see that business leaders will continue to make better business decisions leveraging greater insights from data to prioritise their IT investments wisely. Sweet endings do exist, after all.

Friday, January 20, 2017

HID Global Predicts Top Trends for 2017 in the Identity Technology Industry

Jan 18, 2017 - Singapore :

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, forecasts a shift in the use of identity technology that will lead to increased adoption of mobile devices and the latest smart card technology, a greater emphasis and reliance on the cloud, and a radical new way of thinking of trust in smart environments and Internet of Things (IoT).

Ultimately, HID Global predicts the 2017 trends will transform the way trusted identities are used with smart cards, mobile devices, wearables, embedded chips and other “smart” objects, particularly in industries focused on regulatory compliance, such as government, finance and healthcare markets. This shift will precipitate the move from legacy systems to NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and advanced smart card technology to meet the evolving needs of enterprises and governments worldwide.

The forecast for 2017 is also based on a breakthrough in adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016. Exemplifying industry-wide trending, HID Global experienced tremendous uptick in customer deployments of its broad mobility solutions and has a strong pipeline of future customer installations in the works to make verification of identities optimized for mobile applications.

Friday, January 13, 2017

IBM Reveals Five Innovations that will Help Change our Lives within Five Years

Jan 5, 2017 :

IBM unveiled today the annual “IBM 5 in 5” – a list of ground-breaking scientific innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.
  1. With AI, our words will open a window into our mental health
  2. Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision
  3. Macroscopes will help us understand Earth's complexity in infinite detail
  4. Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale
  5. Smart sensors will detect environmental pollution at the speed of light

In 1609, Galileo invented the telescope and saw our cosmos in an entirely new way. He proved the theory that Earth and other planets in our solar system revolve around the Sun, which until then was impossible to observe. IBM Research continues this work through the pursuit of new scientific instruments – whether physical devices or advanced software tools – designed to make what’s invisible in our world visible, from the macroscopic level down to the nanoscale.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

IT News Week 2 Jan 2017

For IT News Week 3 Dec 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jan 12, 2017 - PIKOM Forms New Chapter to support Malaysia's Rapid Growth In E-Commerce
  • PR - Jan 11, 2017 - Feng Chia University Prepares for SDN Evolution with Brocade
  • PR - Jan 10, 2017 - Experian selects Cloudera to deliver instant access to aggregated financial data
  • PR - Jan 9, 2017 - Mergermarket has launched the global Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for Q1 – Q4 2016.
  • PR - Jan 5, 2017 - Identiv Secures All CES Attendees, Providing Smart Event and Transportation Badges
  • PR - Jan 6, 2017 - Stay Safer with Five Travel Tips From Kaspersky Lab
  • PR - Jan 3, 2017 - AccuWeather and Honor Partner to Offer Detailed and Accurate Weather for All-New Honor 6X
  • PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Biostar Racing Z270GT9 Officially Launched
  • PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Barracuda Simplifies Web Application Security for AWS Customers
  • PR - Dec 22, 2016 - Microsoft Malaysia Decodes Diversity to mark Computer Science Education Week

iPay88 Shares Key 2016 Online Shopping Trends

Jan 9, 2017:

iPay88 Sdn Bhd (‘iPay88’), an NTT Data company and Malaysian-based leading provider of online payment service solution provider in ASEAN, today shares some insights of tracking key 2016 online shoppers’ trends – which are also used as a basis to see what would be powering the country’s eCommerce scene in the Year of the Rooster in 2017.

To date, iPay88 recorded 38.2 million online transactions via its payment gateway systems, which is a substantial increment of 161 per cent from 14.6 million in 2015. Currently, iPay88 represents over 70 per cent of Malaysia’s entire online payment system transactions.

Executive Director of iPay88, Chan Kok Long says, “All the collective signs in our online payment gateway show that even after a turbulent 2016, the coming year of the fiery Rooster would be a better year – attributing to a few key predictive factors.”

Thursday, January 05, 2017

VAV Raises RM2.5 Million in Funding to Accelerate Commercialization of Soundwave-based Technology Solutions

Jan 5, 2017 - Kuala Lumpur:

VAV Apps Sdn. Bhd. (VAV), a sound media technology solutions company, today announced that it has secured RM2.5 million in funding from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). Managed by Intres Capital Partners, the fund will be used by VAV to finance technical deployment of its soundwave-based solutions as well as to accelerate their commercialization in Malaysia. In addition, VAV also plans to use the funding to further explore overseas markets including China.

VAV focuses on developing technology solutions that are based on inaudible soundwaves to transmit digital content to smartphones – a new alternative for any organization to engage with their audiences or consumers. For instance, a television company can embed VAV’s product called VAV Tone into their programs to set call-to-actions on viewers’ smartphones during air time. The broadcaster can invite viewers to vote in a song contest program, as well as, notify them of promotion deals from their advertisers or any customized message of their choice.

Prior to raising the funding from ADIF VAV has successfully secured a RM500,000 grant from Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd.’s program of CIP 500, earlier last year, and, another RM500,000 raised in 2015 from Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (TERAJU) under their program called Superb Grant.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Connect A non-WiFi TV to the Internet Via Chromecast

What if you want to connect your TV to the Internet for viewing of Youtube's videos?

Most older TVs would come with an Ethernet port and IP capability, however, some may not have built-in WiFi capability.

The solution is to make use of set-top box which will connect to the TV via HDMI cable and connect to the router through WiFi.

Nonetheless, set-top box might not be a great idea because they are usually bulky and comes with a conventional battery powered remote control.

I had an experience where the remote control of the set-top box was spoilt and I couldn't get a replacement whilst the set-top box was still in good condition - in this case, it is as good as nothing.

Google Chromecast offers a great solution.