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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

PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Korean Fever is Burning Up in Malaysia

Annyong haseyo! Shopee, the No 1 mobile-first marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan launches its ‘Shop for Free’ Campaign in March in conjunction with the Korean Fever (K-Fever) from 9 to 22 March 2017. Throughout this campaign, fans of Korean products can shop till they drop and be among the 100 lucky shoppers to get their cash back.

Seeing the ever growing trend of K-Fever in Malaysia, Shopee has taken a step into highlighting Korean products offered by sellers across the platform which has recorded a total of 98 million listings regionally. Products from the Beauty & Personal Care category continues to top the chart for best-selling items.

Only on the Shopee platform, can buyers enjoy the authentic Korean feel at K-razy deals during this limited period of time including the Lucky RM7 deals where beauty items are sold at RM7 each! Fans of Korean popular culture should watch out for other K-Fever campaigns on their Shopee app to keep track of special promotions all day-long.

Don’t miss out on other Social Media contests this month by following Shopee’s Official Facebook: FB/ShopeeMY and Instagram: Shopee_MY.  

PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Canon Celebrates 30 Delightful Years

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (CMM) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of events in appreciation of the support showed by its valued consumers and business partners. In commemoration of the special occasion, Canon Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fujio Mitarai, joined the grand celebration that was held on February 16, 2017.

Reaching a three-decade milestone, Canon Marketing Malaysia looks toward the future to continuously meet consumer demand for innovative imaging products.




[from left] Mr. Andrew Koh, President and CEO, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; Mr. Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc.; Mr. Hideki Ozawa, President, Canon Asia Marketing Group; Ms. Noriko Gunji, President and CEO, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd., at the 30th Anniversary Press Conference

PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Axiata Digital and Huawei sign MoU to bring IoT capabilities to Axiata footprint across Asia

Axiata Digital, a wholly owned subsidiary of leading Asian telecommunications group, Axiata Group Berhad, and Huawei, a leader in global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly promote Internet of Things (IoT) services across Asia.

The IoT collaboration between Axiata and Huawei is expected to benefit Axiata subscribers across 10 countries in the region, leveraged through its mobile businesses as well as portfolio of online services. Through IoT, a wide range of connected products such as smart devices, automobiles, homes, and even cities can help to reduce wastage, improve efficiency such as energy consumption, ultimately improving a person’s way of life and work.

As part of its IoT collaboration effort, Axiata Digital and Huawei have at the start of this year, worked together to jointly launch the connected car service across several countries within the next few weeks.

PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces AMD B350 RACING Series Lineup

BIOSTAR is proud to announce its expanded AMD AM4 motherboard series lineup as it welcomes the new AMD B350 products in the RACING Series family of motherboards. Offering an amazing balance of value, features, quality and performance, the BIOSTAR RACING Series B350 motherboard lineup is designed for gamers who want a jump-off point for their gaming system using the latest AMD RYZEN processors at an affordable price. Featuring support for the latest AMD RYZEN processors, the BIOSTAR RACING Series B350 motherboard will deliver performance for the next-generation of games while providing a quality platform for unhindered gaming. The BIOSTAR RACING B350 motherboards come with BIOSTAR exclusive VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED Fun Zone customization feature as well as FLY.NET network optimization software for maximum gaming fun with less lag.

The RACING B350GT5 comes bundled with a free BIOSTAR VIVID LED Fan and will have an MSRP of $129. The RACING B350GT3 will have an MSRP of $109.


 


Model
RACING B350GT5
RACING B350GT3
Chipset
AMD B350
CPU SUPPORT
AMD A-series APU / RYZEN CPU / NPU for Socket AM4
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt
MEMORY
Support Dual Channel DDR4 2667/ 2400/ 2133/ 1866 MHz
4 x DDR4 DIMM Memory Slot
Max. Supports up to 64GB Memory
* DDR4  for AMD RYZEN CPU
EXPANSION SLOT
1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot(x16 for RYZEN CPU only, NPU/APU run at x8 speed)
1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot(x4)(share bandwidth w/ PCI-E x1 slot, when PCI-E x1 occupied, PCI-E x16(x4) will run at x1 speed)
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
2 x PCI Slot
1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot(x16 for RYZEN CPU only, NPU/APU run at x8 speed)
1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot(x4)(share bandwidth w/ PCI-E x1 slot, when PCI-E x1 occupied, PCI-E x16(x4) will run at x1 speed)
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
 
STORAGE
4 x SATA3 Connector
1 x M.2 Key M 32Gb/s Connector, support M.2 type 2242/ 2260/ 2280 SATA 6Gb/s & PCI-E Storage
* M.2 (32Gb/s) : The bandwidth is depended on CPU, RYZEN is 32Gb/s ; APU & NPU is 16Gb/s.
USB
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
 
LAN
Realtek RTL8118AS - 10/100/1000 Controller (Dragon LAN)
Support Super LAN Surge Protection
INTEGRATED VIDEO
By CPU model
Supports DX12
Supports HDCP
CODEC
Realtek ALC892 8-Channel Blu-ray Audio
Support BIOSTAR Hi-Fi
Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
Support BIOSTAR Hi-Fi
 






PR - Mar 1, 2017 - SG - MediaMath launches new suite of audience solutions in the region

There is little doubt that programmatic advertising has been a success thus far and marketers today have a better understanding of the driving force behind it – data. As such, marketers have realized that they need to access integrated data at scale, in order to solve full funnel problems.

Heather Blank, Senior Vice President, MediaMath Audiences
With this understanding, MediaMath is excited to announce the launch of its latest suite of audience solutions, MediaMath Audiences, here in Asia Pacific. Built on the foundation of predictive analytics – a key differentiator –, MediaMath Audiences is an integrated solution that brings together data and powerful machine learning to fuel successful data-driven marketing campaigns. MediaMath Audiences draws data from a database of over a billion consumers, and will empower marketers to reach the most valuable consumers online to improve ROI across the customer lifecycle.

The launch of MediaMath Audiences brings four proprietary data offerings that will help advertisers improve the performance and reach of their marketing campaigns:
  • MediaMath Lookalike Audiences enable marketers to run cost effective prospecting campaigns by targeting only consumers who are most likely to respond. The sophisticated predictive models enable marketers to find consumers who look and act like their best customers, driving higher response rates than other prospecting methods. The cross-device integration via the MediaMath DSP provides maximum reach and consistent messaging across video, mobile and display.
  • MediaMath Targeted Audiences unlock insights into what customers browse and buy on other sites, to inform campaign strategy and messaging. Marketers can learn the most common types of customers engaging with their brand to empower a true audience understanding, and then activate these profiles to optimise spend and increase response rates.
  • MediaMath Audience Scoring uses predictive modeling and observed behavior from across the internet to identify which of a brand’s existing customers are most likely to re-engage. Marketers can easily upload their pseudonymised customer data file and have it quickly scored to identify the best customers to target today, eliminating wasted spend on consumers who are not in-market and less likely to respond. 
This new offering is available today for agencies and advertisers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India.  To get started, simply contact your MediaMath representative.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - AccuWeather "Video First" Strategy Drives 160% Video Audience Growth

AccuWeather Video First StrategyAccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, is one of the fastest-growing destinations for 24/7 weather video content with Superior Accuracy™, today reporting triple-digit increases in video views resulting from its video first strategy, with 160% growth year-over-year.

AccuWeather has responded to consumer demand for video content with the expansion of innovative, immersive 360-degree videos, bringing viewers inside the storm, in addition to compelling breaking weather coverage with AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer, informative expert forecast videos, expanded user generated content, and new AccuWeather Ready weather preparedness video series, keeping people informed and safe.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control for Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced Sophos Mobile 7, the latest version of its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. This new version extends containerization support for Android Enterprise (formerly “Android for Work,”) enables IT administrators to manage IoT devices, strengthens security features and will be available through the Sophos Central cloud-based management platform.

Sophos Mobile 7 security enhancements include anti-phishing technology to protect users from malicious links in emails and documents and improvements to Sophos’ Android security and anti-malware app. There are also usability enhancements to the Secure Workspace and Secure Email app where users now can open, view and even edit encrypted and secure Office format documents and attachments without leaving the secure and encrypted container.

Desktop Controls on the SOPHOS Mobile 7 Dashboard

Sophos Mobile 7 is the latest in an increasing number of products that are available through the integrated Sophos Central management platform, including the next-generation XG Firewall, Sophos Endpoint Security, Sophos Intercept X, Sophos Email Security, Sophos Server Protection, Sophos Encryption and Sophos Phish Threat.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Linux Hyperledger Continues Strong Momentum in 2017 with 11 New Members

Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today that 11 new members have joined the project to help create an open standard for distributed ledgers for a new generation of transactional applications. Hyperledger also announced American Express and Daimler AG as Premier members earlier this year.

Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology. The latest members include: Bank of England, Bitmark, China Merchants Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3), Kaiser Permanente, Kubique S.p.A., MadHive, Monax, OSCRE and RadarWin Cyber Technology.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Exabytes Acquires 100% of HT Internet In Strategic Move

The Exabytes Group, a leading web hosting services and eCommerce solutions provider in Malaysia today shares its latest acquisition of HT Internet Sdn Bhd.

The 100% acquisition of HT Internet is strategic move by the Exabytes to offer more comprehensive Online Solutions to its customers as a Group. HT Internet and its other solution brands such as ‘GROW’ will continue while the HT Internet team will be integrated as part of the Exabytes Capital Group.

Prior the acquisition, Exabytes’ existing business consists of mainly of Domain Name, Web Hosting, Cloud and Servers. However, Exabytes’ clients who have a domain or hosting account do not necessarily have a website.

With the HT Internet team integrated with Exabytes, we are now able to offer a complete managed website solutions that consist of Domain, Web Hosting, Web Design and On Going Website Management and Maintenance Service.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - U Mobile’s ‘booKu’ Enables Avid Readers to Buy E-Books and E-Magazines Via Mobile Plans

U Mobile has partnered with four popular regional and local digital publishers - SPH Magazines, Pubu eBook, FullAMark and NovelPlus – to launch booKu.

Being the first-of-its kind service in Malaysia, booKu enables U Mobile subscribers to purchase e-books and e-magazines from the said publishers, without using a credit card. U Mobile’s prepaid subscribers will have their e-book and e-magazine purchases deducted from their mobile credit, while post-paid subscribers will be charged through their monthly bills.



To celebrate the launch of booKu, U Mobile will be offering RM20,000 worth of e-book vouchers to be given out this year. For the first phase of this campaign, contestants will stand a chance to win up to RM8,000 worth of e-book vouchers while one grand prize winner will win a brand new iPhone 7 when they participate in U Mobile booKu’s contests. To find out more about these contests, visit http://www.u.com.my/booKu.

PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Nimble Storage Introduces the First Multicloud Storage Service

Nimble Storage, the leader in predictive cloud infrastructure, today announced Nimble Cloud Volumes, the only enterprise- grade multicloud storage service for running applications in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Nimble Cloud Volumes will provide enterprise-grade availability and data services that have previously not been readily available in block storage for the cloud.

Nimble Cloud Volumes is designed to combine the simplicity of a cloud service with the features and functionality enterprise applications need. IT can leverage public cloud for compute and Nimble Cloud Volumes for storage capacity. Nimble Cloud Volumes is managed with the same simplicity as native cloud storage, but provides the reliability and data durability enterprises expect.

Nimble Cloud Volumes is currently in beta. There are 50 companies from a range of industries in the beta process – more than 40% of them are Global 5000 enterprises. Customer preview will commence within the current fiscal quarter in the United States. Nimble Storage plans to make this service available to additional regions over the next six to 12 months. Nimble Cloud Volumes will start at $0.10/GB/month.

PR - Feb 27, 2017 - Microsoft and Ministry of Higher Education come together to empower students with world class technology

Microsoft Malaysia is empowering students and educators in Universities across the country to do great things. Joining forces with Ministry of Higher Education, Microsoft has been working to provide world class technology and foster better learning outcomes in classrooms.

Through the Windows 10 Education Activation Campaign, Microsoft has enabled students to access latest tools that enhance their studies and work. Microsoft Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education celebrated this campaign today and recognize the Universities that have supported this journey.

K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia and Ybhg. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education awarded of certificate of appreciation to representatives of Universities that have supported the Windows 10 Education Activation Campaign, at Putrajaya on Feb 27, 2017
In collaboration with Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the campaign champions Windows 10 as a tool to transform education, in line with Shift 9 in the Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025. The Blueprint aims to leverage ICT to scale up quality learning across the nation and build on the cyber infrastructure that can support the use of technologies like videoconferencing, live streaming and Massive Open Online Courses.

The campaign promotes exclusive benefits to students by helping them upgrade from any version of Windows Home to Windows 10 Education at no cost. The Windows 10 Education Activation Campaign will be active from 1st March – 30th June 2017

PR - Feb 27, 2017 - SG - Samsung Asia Partners SK Planet to Grow e-Commerce in Malaysia

SK Planet and Samsung Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding, “E-Commerce Business Partnership in South East Asia MOU” in Singapore to promote Samsung's brand presence and provide increased convenience and access to Samsung's products in the Southeast Asia region through 11street Malaysia. The two leaders are bringing the success of their collaboration to Malaysia in order to provide better services to their customers as well as enhancing e-commerce leadership in the region.
 [L-R] Grace Yi, Director, Regional Online Business Team, Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania;  Seyong Oh, Director, Regional CFO, Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania; Sanghoon Lee, President, Samsung Malaysia Electronics; Yong Chul Jo, President, Thai Samsung Electronics; Han Sang Lee, Senior Vice President, Future Strategy Division, SK Planet; Yong Sung Jeon, President & CEO, Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania; Junsung Lee, CEO, Elevenia;  Hoseok Kim, CEO 11street Malaysia; Hong Cheol Jeon, CEO 11street Thailand and Jong Hwan Koh, Director, Global Business Office, SK Planet during the MoU signing ceremony.

SK Planet is a wholly owned subsidiary of SK Telecom established on October 1, 2011 with the aspiration of becoming a global platform innovator. SK Planet owns and operates 11st – South Korea’s number one e-Commerce shopping platform, as well as leading e-Commerce platforms such as N11 in Turkey, Elevenia in Indonesia, 11street Malaysia, and most recently 11street Thailand. SK Planet is continuing to expand its business endeavors in the U.S., Turkey, and all throughout Asia to realize its goal of becoming the global leader of integrated and personalized commerce.

To commemorate the partnership, a series of promotions will be rolled out for consumers starting March 2017. These include extended warranty, free installation and free delivery for selected home appliances and electronics offered directly by Samsung’s official and authorized sellers.

To commemorate the partnership, a series of promotions will be rolled out for consumers starting March 2017. These include extended warranty, free installation and free delivery for selected home appliances and electronics offered directly by Samsung’s official and authorized sellers.

PR - Feb 23, 2017 - TiVo Powers Sharp’s New Blu-ray Disc Recorders with G-Guide HTML

TiVo Corporation, a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that Sharp Corporation has selected TiVo’s G-Guide HTML to power Sharp’s new Blu-ray disc recorders “AQUOS Blu-ray UT series”. With this implementation, Sharp users in Japan can enjoy the industry’s most advanced programming guide this March.

The new AQUOS Blu-ray UT series features TiVo’s G-Guide HTML, its primary guide, enabling advanced search with a browser-based, streamlined graphical interface and design that can be displayed in 4K when a 4K TV is connected. Users can experience an enhanced font display that is easy to read regardless of font size. Users will also be able to view as many as 17 channels all in one screen for entertainment discovery.

G-Guide HTML improves the user experience with streamlined graphical user interface, design, and advanced search capabilities. With a sleek TV listing grid, it showcases rich images including cast photos, as well as TiVo’s “six-degrees” discovery allowing viewers to find content relevant to their individual preferences.

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