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Saturday, April 29, 2017

INTERPOL World 2017 Congress to lead industry dialogue for a unified approach to combat future crime

The ever-evolving global security challenges faced by the law enforcement agencies in the 21st century requires stakeholders from all around the globe to work together to make the world a safer place. The threats are increasingly daring and sophisticated, with security breaches in the beginning of 2017 in cities that were considered the safest in the world.

INTERPOL World 2017, the global exhibition and congress platform, returns to Singapore this year to bring law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academia, security professionals and solution providers together to foster collaborations in addressing future security challenges.

In its second edition, the INTERPOL World Congress will see a brand-new structure, with three dedicated tracks – Cybercrime (4 July), Safe Cities (5 July) and Identity Management (6 July) – featuring over 40 speakers across the public sectors, such as:
  • Arthur Holland Michel, Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College
  • Cheri McGuire, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Standard Chartered
  • Dr Donato Colucci, Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management Specialist, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Jim Pitkow, Chair Technical Task Force, Thorn
  • Michael Hershman, Group CEO, International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)
  • Nils Andersen-Röed, Operational Specialist / Project Leader Darkweb Team, Dutch National Police
  • Rob Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Sedicii Innovations Limited (World Economic Forum’s 2015 Technology Pioneer)

Friday, April 28, 2017

IT News Week 5 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces New AMD RADEON RX GPUs
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Ruckus Wireless Unveils Experience Management Capabilities with New SmartZone OS Release
  • PR - Apr 24, 2017 - Independent Lab MRG Effitas Confirms Acronis True Image Leads Competition on Ransomware Protection, Performance and Usability
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills

Apr 26, 2017 -

Brocade today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts.

The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organizations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organizations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.

Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognized as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level, and the rapidly changing technology environment.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unlocking greater possibilities with Next-Generation Access Control Solutions

By Weijin Lee, Regional Director, Secure Issuance, HID Global, Asia Pacific and Alex Tan, Director of Sales, Physical Access Control System, HID Global, ASEAN

The security landscape continues to evolve in new and complex ways. Gone are the days where the term “access control” means a simple lock and key system. Access control, instead, conjures images of sophisticated, integrated systems with multi-layered security across multiple facilities. Organizations today face challenges from the adoption of new technologies, escalating security threats and the need to derive greater value from access control infrastructure, while solving increasingly complex system integration. This is no easy task, further complicated by the expansion of digital lifestyles and creation of a smart ecosystem of wearables.

As security remains a critical front-line defence for organizations across industries and company sizes, what protective measures can businesses take today? Here are four key tips that companies should consider when implementing the next generation of access control systems.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses

By Owen Taraniuk, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Commvault

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

Owen Taraniuk, VP of APAC, Commvault

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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

IT News Week 4 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 3 Apr 2017.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Huawei : Digital divide is now a digital chasm

Apr 18, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

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

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

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.

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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