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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


PR - Jan 12, 2017 - PIKOM Forms New Chapter to support Malaysia's Rapid Growth In E-Commerce

PIKOM today announced the formation of the new E-Commerce chapter aimed at creating a vibrant E-Commerce ecosystem in Malaysia that is globally competitive.

The new chapter is a timely initiative as E-Commerce in Malaysia is at the cusp of incredible growth said PIKOM chairman Chin Chee Seong at a press conference held at PIKOM’s office today.

With this new chapter, aptly named E-Commerce Malaysia, PIKOM will be the voice of the E-Commerce industry in Malaysia, said Chin. Its objectives will include promoting the Malaysian E-Commerce players through regional and global initiatives. The chapter will also be the point of contact with the government on E-Commerce-related matters and play a role in increasing the awareness on the ease of online shopping.

“With the advent of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 and the move towards a single market, it is ripe to take advantage of this huge market of over 630 million consumers,” said Chin.

   
(Deputy PIKOM Chairman cum E-Commerce Malaysia Chapter Chair Ganesh Kumar Bangah (far right) at the launching ceremony of PIKOM New E-Commerce Chapter together with (from far left to right) ASOCIO Secretary General David Chang, ASOCIO Chairman David Wong, PIKOM Chairman CS Chin and Director of eCommerce Enablement Wee Huay Neo.

PR - Jan 11, 2017 - Feng Chia University Prepares for SDN Evolution with Brocade

Feng Chia University in Taiwan has successfully deployed a New IP networking solution to deliver smart network access within its on-campus student accommodations. Feng Chia is Taiwan’s leading private comprehensive university, with a strong foundation in business and engineering, and is rated among the top 100 global emerging universities and top 100 Asian universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement. The university has a total of 21,000 students, approximately 5,000 of whom live on campus.

The decision to deploy the Brocade® solution reflects the strength of its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities, which is part of the university’s strategic direction for enabling new network services.

The total solution deployed at the university includes SDN-capable core, aggregation, and access devices from Brocade along with an open-standards SDN controller and applications from local software partner YESEE. Carrier-grade Brocade MLXe 4 Core Routers provide a robust and highly scalable foundation with Brocade ICX® 7450 switches in the aggregation layer, providing wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplinks to the network core and 10 GbE downlinks to Brocade ICX 7250 access switches that deliver 1 GbE connectivity and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) within the accommodation units.

PR - Jan 10, 2017 - Experian selects Cloudera to deliver instant access to aggregated financial data

Cloudera today announced that Experian is integrating Cloudera Enterprise onto its cloud environment, a move that is transforming the way Experian provides consumer and business credit data to its clients. With this integration, organizations can accrue a significant competitive advantage that enables them to make critical business decisions in milliseconds.

Experian helps businesses solve complex credit underwriting problems in account management, customer acquisitions and collections using advanced analytical models. By leveraging Experian’s Cloudera solution, one customer shortened their data analysis process from six months to just a few hours, enabling them to decide how to manage its home equity portfolio to meet the needs of its business and customers.

PR - Jan 9, 2017 - Mergermarket has launched the global Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for Q1 – Q4 2016

Mergermarket has launched the global Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for Q1 – Q4 2016.

Report Highlights
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) completed 3,021 deals worth US$ 698.2bn last year, representing a decrease of 4.5% in value and 5.7% in deal count compared to a record 2015 (3,203 deals, US$ 730.8bn), while deal count remained consistent.
  • The sector accounted for 21.4% of global M&A activity, up from 18.5% in 2015 and its second highest share on Mergermarket record (since 2001) after 2013 (22.4%).
  • Morgan Stanley led the Financial Advisor league table by deal value, having been mandated on 60 deals worth a combined US$ 245.1bn, including AT&T’s US$ 105.0bn Time Warner takeover. Goldman Sachs topped the Financial Advisor league table by deal count, advising on 64 deals worth US$ 185.5bn.


PR - Jan 6, 2017 - Stay Safer with Five Travel Tips From Kaspersky Lab

Travel broadens the mind and adds experience, but in the digital age it also opens travellers up to unexpected cybersecurity risks. Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, has studied the many tactics, methods and schemes of cybercriminals to understand how they work, and how the trick unsuspecting users. As we approach the year-end holiday season, Kaspersky Lab advises travelers to be wary while making financial transactions online.

According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, consumers – including vacationers and business travelers – conduct a lot of financial operations online when abroad, putting themselves at risk.

The research study found that 45% of travelers believe losing money is one of the top-three threats they may face abroad, and credit card compromise is considered to be a top-three threat by 35% of users. These concerns are well-founded – the research also highlighted that there is a real danger when it comes to losing money when traveling: 22% of respondents have experienced such a loss, and 8% have had a card compromised whilst in a foreign country.

In contrast, fewer respondents named device infection (11%) or online fraud (20%) as one of their top-three worries whilst traveling. That’s despite the fact that 18% of survey respondents had been victims of cybercrime while abroad.

PR - Jan 5, 2017 - Identiv Secures All CES Attendees, Providing Smart Event and Transportation Badges

Identiv, Inc. today announced that it has partnered with NXP Semiconductors N.V.  to provide badges to all 170,000+ attendees at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5 - 8, 2017. CES is the world’s premier technology innovation event. Identiv and NXP are offering CES visitors the ultimate smart event experience.

Identiv partnered with NXP to deliver radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays, individually inserted into each 2017 CES attendee badge. Identiv’s high-end high-quality inlay is designed exclusively for NXP’s MIFARE DESFire EV2 state-of-the-art platform. During the registration process, unique data is loaded using Identiv’s RFID platform, enabling CES attendees to quickly and securely share contact details. Identiv delivers superior performance, increased security and privacy, and enhanced application support, offering a true touch-and-go experience.

Attendees can use their badge to get into events, ride the Las Vegas Monorail, and access bike-sharing services. The multi-application badge simplifies transportation at CES, improving attendees’ experience while demonstrating how Identiv and NXP technology connects people to a broad array of services and transportation options.

PR - Jan 3, 2017 - AccuWeather and Honor Partner to Offer Detailed and Accurate Weather for All-New Honor 6X

AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced it will provide long-time partner Honor, the leading smartphone e-brand under Huawei Group, with detailed weather information for its newest Honor 6X device. AccuWeather currently provides weather data which powers a home screen weather experience on honor smart devices. It will continue to provide weather information with Superior Accuracy™ for the new honor 6X with this latest integration.

Honor 6X is the smartphone for internet-minded millennials who are uncompromising in quality and experience and live by the "double or nothing" philosophy. The uncompromising quality of its 12 MP dual-lens camera, a powerful battery capacity of 3340 mAh, a large 5.5-inch 1080p screen and glitch-free performance powered by a Kirin 655 Octa-Core CPU, making it the perfect technological "Budget Beast". Included on the Honor handset will be the AccuWeather powered widget which will provide global current conditions, 5-day, and hourly forecasts. AccuWeather's content is readily available when users engage with the home screen widget providing them with personalize and localized weather so people can make more informed decisions throughout their day.

PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Biostar Racing Z270GT9 Officially Launched

BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest motherboard supporting the 7th-generation of Intel Core series processors with the announcement of the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9. Featuring the latest Intel Z270 chipset, this motherboard supports LGA1151 processors for the latest in performance and power as well as the best features including support for DDR4-3600+ high-speed memory, six PCI-E x16 3.0 slots, and two USB 3.1 (TYPE A+C) ports amongst others.



Built upon reliability, the new BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 features enhanced endurance and stability under intense conditions which is a great advantage for gamers thanks to its improved power design named Digital Power+ which features IR digital PWM controller and PowIRstage IC which offer excellent stability and voltage delivery whilst operating cooler and more reliable under load than competing designs. The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 features 14-phase power design complimented with all solid capacitors for a stable overclocking experience.

M.2 Cooling Protection

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

SPECIFICATIONS
Model
RACING Z270GT9
CPU
LGA 1151 Processor
Power
14 phase  (Digital Power+ )
Chipset
Intel Z270
Solid Cap
100% Solid
Memory
4xDIMM, Support DDR4-3600+
Expansion Slot
6 x PCI-E x16 3.0
Audio
7.1ch Blu-ray Audio w/ Double Hi-Fi
LAN
Intel X550AT (10GbE LAN) / Intel i219V
Storage
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
1 x M.2 32Gb/s (42/60/80mm)
2 x U.2 x4 32Gb/s
Video
mDP, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4 b
USB 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0
2 USB 3.1 (TYPE A+C )                        
6 USB 3.0  (2+4)
4 USB 2.0 (4+0)
Features
VIVID LED DJ / Lightning Charger / Smart Ear /
BIO-Remote2 / BIOS Online Update

PR - Jan 3, 2017 - Barracuda Simplifies Web Application Security for AWS Customers

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces several updates aimed at simplifying web application security for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers.

Continuing its cloud security innovation, Barracuda’s Web Application Firewall is now available as a metered service in the AWS Marketplace and is the first third-party web application security solution available as a metered service – where usage is aggregated and charged as part of an existing AWS bill.

“Using the metered service, customers can take advantage of a consumption based pricing model to match capacity to need, giving customers greater flexibility and control over how they deploy security in the AWS environments,” shares Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia.

“Meter billing can deploy an unlimited number of Barracuda Web Application Firewalls across their environment and pay only for what they consume when running applications, helping to keep operating costs in line,” adds Thiban

Barracuda and AWS actively embrace the shared responsibility model to ensure customers are able to maximize their cloud investments.

Pricing and Availability

Barracuda Web Application Firewall, including metered billing, is available in AWS Marketplace at http://cuda.co/awsmktplc.

PR - Dec 22, 2016 - Microsoft Malaysia Decodes Diversity to mark Computer Science Education Week

Microsoft Malaysia celebrated the Computer Science Education Week by facilitating interactive coding experience for youth in schools across Malaysia, including disadvantaged youths in hospitals, refugees and more, to learn the basics of coding.

The Hour of Code sessions were conducted in conjunction with International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3), Human Rights Day (December 10) and International Day for Migrants (December 18). Partners such as Hospital Schools and Kechara Soup Kitchen came together to organize and deliver the coding sessions to youth in hospitals, and the homeless and urban poor youth.



This year’s Hour of Code campaign was launched on 15th November during the BETT Asia Summit. 70 undocumented youth, youth with diffabilities and youth from underserved communities were introduced to coding, computational thinking and computer science concepts via a satellite event. The campaign also saw steadfast support from The Minister of Education Y.B. Dato' Seri Mahdzir Bin Khalid who graced the event, joined by Her Excellency Vicky Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia, and K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

Throughout November and December, Microsoft Malaysia, powered by its team of volunteers, worked tirelessly to extend the benefits of technology to children and young people in schools in hospitals , and to marginalized communities in Malaysia via 111 Hour of Code events.

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