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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

HID Global Adds Trust to Online Transactions and Digital Access with HID Approve Mobile App

On 29-May-2017 about 2:10pm, I received a called from Malaysian based number : 03-2180 8888.

It was prank and the caller claimed that he was calling from Hong Leong Assurance (HLA) HQ and wanted to remind me about the 3 month outstanding personal loan which I accrued.

Immediately I knew it was fake.

Nonetheless, the guy tried to convince me by confirming my IC number - they know my full name and IC number.

He kept pressing on that it was me who had it wrong and not him and wanted me to double confirm my personal details.

I laughed and told him to send me legal letters.

He said ok and hung up.

Telesales has come to a boiling point which is unbearable whereby telesales personnel tell lies as if they had the rights to do it; analogous to the scenario where they had something to sell and therefore it was their rights - wrong, your needs has nothing to do with me.

To those telesales, if you need to improve your quality of life - I can understand - but you should try talking to the politicians instead. Otherwise, my advise is to quit the job which contributes nothing good to the society at all - you might even cause death.

All financial institutions should deploy solution such as HID Approve - a mobile app which helps consumers to authenticate the identity of the vendors.

Monday, May 29, 2017

G-Technology Addresses Increasing Application Workflow Demands for Creative Industry

May 22, 2017 -

Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced upgrades to its award-winning G-Technology® product lines, including the addition of Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C™ connectivity technologies. To be on display at BroadcastAsia2017 for the first time, the upgrades optimize the speed and performance of these drives, meeting the growing needs of creative professionals who are capturing and transferring vast amounts of high-resolution content.

“G-Technology recognizes the need for a complete workflow solution that takes advantage of the power of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “The result is a substantial upgrade across several product lines that delivers reliable, fast, and easy-to-use storage solutions to fit the current and future needs of our customers.”

Built for creative professionals, including videographers and digital photographers, who require storage solutions that keep up with their intensive data needs and creative applications, G-Technology’s upgraded devices offer complete, high-capacity workflow solutions that seamlessly integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

IT News Week 4 May 2017

For IT News Week 3 May 2017

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - London, New York and Hong Kong - Mergermarket Group bolsters equity technology and analytics capability with acquisition of TIM Group
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Venture Into the Wild at ArtScience Museum
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - One Canon One Tree - A Tree Planting Initiative
  • PR - May 24, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Announces Theme for COMPUTEX 2017 Showcase: Go Beyond the Limit and Reach for the Top
  • PR - May 23, 2017 - Inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions 2017 in APAC to Showcase Best Practices for Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics
  • PR - May 22, 2017 - Survey Reveals Main Criterias for Motor Insurance Purchase in Malaysia
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Jabra Extends Evolve Range with New Wireless Headset for Modern Office Workers
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Huawei Releases eLTE SafeCity Solution for Public Safety
  • PR - May 18, 2017 - Tetra Pak responds to Asia’s rapidly evolving market needs with the first Customer Innovation Centre in Singapore

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Malaysia less susceptible to malware than emerging economies in APAC Malwarebytes

May 26, 2017 -

Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, found that Malaysia ranks fifth in volume of malware detected in the country amongst other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The country is leading among emerging markets in Asia in terms of vulnerability against malware, according to Malwarebytes’ recent Asia-Pacific State of Malware Report 2017. The report examines the top malware threats present in the region. The findings illustrate a significant shift in cybercriminal attacks and malware methodology from previous years.

The study reveals that botnets and Android malware have risen to prominence in Malaysia’s current threat landscape. Malaysia ranks 10th in global botnet incidences, with Asia-Pacific as a whole accounting for more than 50% of botnet incidences globally. Furthermore, Malaysia is also seeing high amounts of Android malware and ranks 12th globally under this category. Regarding its total malware infection rate, while it only accounts for one percent in Malaysia, the country is ranked top 20 globally.

The study examined data from more than one billion malware detections/incidences, covered more than 100 million devices in over 200 countries, in both corporate and consumer environments. Data was also obtained from Malwarebytes’ internal honeypots and collection efforts to identify malware distribution, not just infections.

Jeff Hurmuses, Area Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Malwarebytes said, “To protect users in Malaysia from cybercriminals, we must possess an intimate understanding of their methodologies and tactics.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

Game 1 of 3: Google AlphaGo Defeated World No.1 Ke Jie by Half Point

May 23, 2017 - Wuzhen, China -

In the first game of the weeklong Future of Go Summit, DeepMind’s Go-playing artificial intelligence, AlphaGo, defeated the world’s number-one player Ke Jie by a half-point. The game, sponsored by Google and co-hosted by the China Go Association and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, is one of five scheduled, three of which feature Ke Jie playing against AlphaGo.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grab Announced as Official Ride Hailing Partner for 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games

May 23, 2017 - Petaling Jaya -

Today, the region’s largest ride hailing and multiservice platform, Grab sealed its role as the gold sponsor with the title Official Ride Hailing Partner for the upcoming 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games, also known as Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017).

This sponsorship marks a significant milestone for Grab, who will be celebrating their fifth anniversary, as it is the first time a ride hailing service is sponsoring the largest gathering of SEA’s top athletes.

Representing Grab at the announcement and the exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding of the sponsorship was Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia, while the Ministry of Youth and Sports was represented by its Secretary General, YBhg. Dato’ Lokman Hakim Bin Ali.

(From left) YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports; Anthony Tan, Group CEO of Grab, YBhg. Dato’ Seri Zolkples Embong, Chief Executive Officer of MASOC  and Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Is your Network Protected against Botnets?

By Sumit Bansal

Having been in the threat marketplace for several years, botnets are still successful today as it provides a powerful cloud computing network for hackers to spread malware and spam.

Like any other malware, botnets are introduced to the computer network through email attachments, websites and USB sticks. As the user accesses these files or compromised websites, malware from the botnets begin to spread and exploit vulnerabilities on the system.

Sumit Bansal, Director for ASEAN and Korea, Sophos

In a recent research on global spam by SophosLabs, it was found that the global volume of spam dropped by more than half just before Christmas and continued to stay at around the same level, believed to be due to the notorious Necurs botnet going quiet.

However, an old-school type of scam was seen to have resurfaced just last month with huge success. Known as pump-and-dump, the scam inflated the stock price of Incapta, a media holding company, encouraging the public to buy into the scam, thus pumping up the stock further.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Symantec ISTR 22 : Alarming Increase in Politically Motivated Targeted Attacks

May 5, 2017:

Cyber criminals revealed new levels of ambition in 2016 – a year marked by extraordinary attacks, including multi-million dollar virtual bank heists and overt attempts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process by state-sponsored groups, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 22, released today.

“New sophistication and innovation are the nature of the threat landscape, but this year Symantec has identified seismic shifts in motivation and focus,” said David Rajoo, Director, Systems Engineering, Malaysia. “The world saw specific nation states double down on political manipulation and straight sabotage. Meanwhile, cyber criminals caused unprecedented levels of disruption by focusing their exploits on relatively simple IT tools and cloud services.”

Symantec’s ISTR provides a comprehensive view of the threat landscape, including insights into global threat activity, cyber criminal trends and motivations for attackers. Key highlights include:

Subversion and Sabotage Attacks Emerge at the Forefront

Cyber criminals are executing politically devastating attacks in a move to undermine a new class of targets. Cyber-attacks against the U.S. Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend toward criminals employing highly-publicized, overt campaigns designed to destabilize and disrupt targeted organizations and countries. While cyber-attacks involving sabotage have traditionally been quite rare, the perceived success of several campaigns – including the U.S. election and Shamoon – point to a growing trend to criminals attempting to influence politics and sow discord in other countries.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microlink Launches IoT Solutions for Flood Mitigation, Energy Management and Plantations

May 15, 2017 -

Microlink Solutions Berhad (‘Microlink’), a local ICT solutions provider, today shares that it is launching three new Internet of Things (IoT) applications that can address some of the recurring issues affecting the operations of Malaysia’s Flood & Natural Disaster Mitigation, Energy Management and Plantations sectors.

Simply known as the Smart Environmental Management System, Smart Energy Management System and Smart Plantation System respectively; Group CEO of Microlink, Chia Yong Wei hopes that the introduction of these three IoT solutions will benefit industries that have been underserved by the IoT players so far.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

IT News Week 3 May 2017

For IT News Week 2 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 18, 2017 - Western Digital Expands NAS-Optimized Hard Drive Offerings to 10TB
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - COMPUTEX 2017 PQI “Touched by Intelligence” Invigorate All Your Senses
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Cb Response Defends South Korean Special Prosecutor's Office from Targeted Cyberattacks
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - NEC provides Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur with UNIVERGE SV9500 Communications server
  • PR - May 17, 2017 - Siemens: TIA Portal V14 engineering framework: increased productivity, reduced time to market
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Silver Peak Tops 400 Unity EdgeConnect Customer Deployments Worldwide
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Empowering Businesses with Enterprise-Grade Swan Cloud Accounting
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Government Joins Finance Sector At the Top of the Cyber Attack List
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - U Mobile launches Unlimited Hero P78 with Unlimited High-Speed Data & Unlimited Calls to All Networks
  • PR - May 16, 2017 - Customer Experience Management Key for Successful Digital Transformation
  • PR - May 15, 2017 - Monster® grows global channel reach with new international collaboration with Brightstar Corp
  • PR - May 11, 2017 - 11street Signs MOU with MABOPA and Initiates ‘Pesta Buku Online’

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Advice on WannaCry Ransomware

1.) For technical people


2.) For consumer



WannaCry Commentaries - Part 1

1.) Acronis

Nikolay Grebennikov,VP of Engineering

“People, and businesses hear ‘ransomware’ and think such an attack can’t happen to them. The fact is that it can, and in fact, just today – Telefonica was hit by a very aggressive version of the Wcry ransomware. 47 percent of businesses were under ransomware attacks last year and that’s growing. Just look at Telefonica for the latest proof. The real question businesses, hospitals and telcos should be asking themselves is how can I protect myself from a ransomware attack that is seemingly inevitable. The answer – a reliable backup solution that includes active protection against ransomware attacks. Acronis Backup 12 Advanced and Acronis Active Protection can prevent damage from such ransomware and this solution is available for businesses today.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

CoreLogic Deploys Commvault to Drive Digital Transformation - Case Study

Researchers have predicted that the amount of data generated by businesses will double every two years and increase by a factor of ten by 2020. With the volume of data exploding across businesses and industries, and customers demanding more than ever before, business leaders are now forced to focus their efforts on embracing data-driven insights to make strategic decisions as well as deploying advanced technology to store and manage this growing volume of data.

With this, backing up data, a critical aspect of any data management strategy, has now become a daunting task, especially for businesses who still uses legacy systems as part of their backup strategies. With companies having to backup petabytes of customer data, traditional duplication methods will risk threatening the operations, security, and revenue of a company should critical failures and outages occur. The solution? The migration to a cloud storage infrastructure elevates the stress of data management and can address the increasing complexity and demands of businesses’ backup requirements.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

No need to cry - Run Windows Updates Now !!!

As of today, here are the things everybody needs to know about WannaCry ransomware:

In plain English, the first thing you need to do in the morning is to run Windows updates before opening your emails - this is because this Trojan-based malware exploits one of the vulnerabilities in Windows.

According to IBM X-Force, it affected mostly Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003; according to Symantec, it targets data server because it will attempt to shutdown MS SQL Server services and email exchange services whilst encrypting all physical files.

I totally agree with Symantec on best practices to protect against ransomware :

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Backup Files to SD Card in Android Phone

Imagine you have a scenario where the phone is having limited storage space....

If you are a heavy WhatsApp user like most people do, try to 'Clear chat' of your frequently used WhatsApp group.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunway Innovation Labs to Propel Technopreneurship

May 5, 2017 - Bandar Sunway -

Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Ministry of Finance and Chairman of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), launched the Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs) yesterday at Menara Sunway, Sunway City,with Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, and Chancellor of Sunway University.

Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Ministry of Finance and Chairman of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) officiating the launch of the Sunway Innovation Labs. Looking on are Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah AO, Dr Elizabeth Lee, Matt van Leeuwen, Dr Lee Weng Keng, Professor Graeme Wilkinson and Evan Cheah.
Sunway iLabs will function as a start-up incubator as well as runaccelerator programmes,act as a micro ecosystem in encouraging development of the start-up ecosystem within the country.The unique not-for-profit smart partnership concept will see Sunway University, Sunway Group, and Sunway Ventures working together in a triple helix innovation model, which combines the strengths of stakeholders across academia, industry and government within a collaborative space. Their aim is to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations enabling entrepreneurs to scale their business faster.

At the Sunway iLabs, students from Sunway University will be able to apply their talent and technical expertise to growth-hack Sunway Group’s 12 business units. Sunway Ventures, the venture arm of Sunway Group which was set-up last year to drive the organisation’s future growth will fund viable startups that are synergistic to Sunway’s businesses.

IT News Week 2 May 2017

For IT News Week 1 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 11, 2017 - Astro launches “NJOI Now” to offer free video streaming service
  • PR - May 10, 2017 - Former SAS-Boss becomes new Webtrekk CEO
  • PR - May 9, 2017 - OutSystems Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service
  • PR - May 8, 2017 - Fusionex Wins Technology Partner Award from Amazon Web Services
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Siemens enhances presence in Myanmar with strong partnership in the ports
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - BP Healthcare’s Doctor2U partners with Microsoft for its Digital Transformation journey
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - Registration is Open for the First Global Leadership Programme
  • PR - May 2, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - CyberMedia and TAITRA Announces Partners for CyberMods 24hrs
  • Mergermarket - Apr 26, 2017 - Asia's EMU M&A rocketed 323% YoY in Q1 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Three traps to avoid on the path to digital transformation

By Ben Pring, Co-Director, Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant, and Co-Author of “What to Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data” (Wiley, February 2017)

Ben Pring, Co-Director, Cognizant
Within the next ten years, disruptive technologies such as mobile internet, cloud technology, 3D printing, and advanced robotics are expected to result in 30% GDP growth in Southeast Asia alone. There is no doubt that across industries, these emerging technologies are the biggest disruptors today. However, many organisations undergoing digital transformation are crumbling under their own weight. Business leaders are struggling to set a digital strategy, shift organisational structures, and remove the barriers that are keeping them from maximising the potential impact of new digital technologies.

One of the key determinants of digital transformation is the right business model. In this context, the business model is the process architecture, and the supporting organisational model used to run the business.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Energy Efficiency Resources


On September 29, 2015, the Western Area Power Administration (an agency within the US Department of Energy that markets wholesale electricity) announced that it was closing offered a wide variety of tools, from online cost calculators to a calendar of energy-related events and a database of energy-related jobs.

While most of the site's resources were aimed at energy professionals in other agencies, towns and electric cooperatives, many consumers used the tools as well. Since Energy Experts' tools are no longer available, this page will point you to a wide variety of other websites that can provide similar tools and information for both consumer and professional use.

Energy professionals can find everything from cost calculators for HVAC equipment, to information on improving the efficiency of metal buildings, Energy-related jobs and events.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Customer Experience - The Uncomfortable Truth

Apr 27, 2017 :

Organisations around the world are failing to implement effective digital strategies. As a result their customer experience (CX) solutions are becoming disjointed, and digital is not displacing traditional phone interactions at the speed that their customers are demanding.

That’s according to new research published today by Dimension Data in the 20th anniversary edition of its Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report. This year, 1,351 organisations across 80 countries in Asia Pacific, Australia, the Americas, Middle East & Africa, and Europe contributed to the research. 237 out of the polled organisations were from Asia Pacific.

Less than 14% of Asia Pacific organisations polled said that they had an optimised strategy for digital business in place, while over 44% of Asia Pacific organisations reported they don’t have a plan at all, or are at best, in the process of developing one.

The top factor driving digital transformation is improving CX, followed by customer demands for digital. In Asia Pacific, over 88% of organisations report an uplift in revenue as a result of improved CX, while 85% report cost savings. Yet, just 40% have appointed a board level executive who is responsible for customer experiences, and organisational disconnects mean digital solution functionality is not meeting customer requirements.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Screenshots Apr 2017

Refer to Screenshots Mar 2017.

1.) At Evernote, it is not an easy task to manage conflicts arising from synchronization.

Don't take it for granted, do appreciate the efforts of this freemium app.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Legal Impact of Data Protection and Management in the Digital Age

Apr 17, 2017:

CommunicAsia2017 Summit speaker, Steve Tan, Partner, Deputy Head – Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann LLP, shares the legal aspects of adopting new technology and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.

With increasing access to mobile devices and the internet, the amount of data created annually worldwide is predicted to soar to 180 zettabytes (180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025, with approximately 80 billion devices connected to the Internet.

Steve Tan, Partner, Deputy Head,
Technology, Media & Telco, Rajah & Tann LLP

As organisations look towards data to track consumer patterns and guide business direction, they should also be mindful of the legal regulations that govern the protection of data and the possibility of a data breach. In the past year, we have seen some of the largest data breaches in history with millions of accounts compromised and the release of personal data such as addresses and telephone numbers for sale on the black market. Such high-profile data breaches have been increasing in size and prevalence in recent years, with cyber criminals (and even state actors) taking keen interest in obtaining sensitive corporate and personal information. Besides such hacking attacks, a data breach can also arise from employee mischief or neglect, an inadvertent leak, lack of or failure in security measures, just to name a few.

Friday, May 05, 2017

IT News Week 1 May 2017

For IT News Week 5 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Cb Protection 8.0 : Automate Lockdown of Data Center Servers
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - New Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Delivers Enhanced Data Protection and Manageability across All Platforms
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Standard Chartered and announce 3-year strategic partnership
  • PR - May 4, 2017 - Curtin University Advances Smart Campus Vision with Hitachi IoT Solution
  • PR - May 3, 2017 - Commercial Radio Malaysia Announces Its 2017 Leadership
  • PR - May 2, 2017 - AIMS Reports 24% Growth in 2016 - The Best Year Ever Yet !!
  • PR - Apr 29, 2017 - 3M and 11street Host Charity Badminton Clinic to Launch
  • PR - Apr 28, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Introduces the Perfect Storage Upgrade Choice with New G330 Series SSD

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Huawei Releases C-C4ISR Collaborative Public Safety Solutions at Global Safe City Summit 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - Dubai, The United Arab Emirates :

Huawei hosted its Global Safe City Summit 2017 themed "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety" in Dubai from April 26-27. More than 350 government customers, industry experts, and partners participated in the summit to share their experience and opinions, and promote digital transformation of the public safety industry. During the summit, Huawei introduced the C-C4ISR Collaborative Public Safety Solutions, which will drive digital transformation of the global public safety industry. Together with world-leading public safety partners such as YITU, SenseTime, Zenith, iOmniscient, and GSAFETY, Huawei also released the first all-cloud and matrix intelligence Video Cloud Solution and Crisis and Disaster Management Solution. The solutions are designed to address diverse safety threats and protect citizens in cities across the world.

With increasing global urbanization, cities are expanding and becoming less safe. Governments are increasingly focused on developing safe cities and aim to reshape urban public safety systems through innovative ICT. However, traditional siloed public safety systems typically lack information sharing capabilities and are major barriers to effective collaboration between different government agencies, which is essential for prevention of and response to emergency situations.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

BIOSTAR Debuts World’s First and Only Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD RYZEN

April 20,2017 - Taipei, Taiwan

BIOSTAR is thrilled to announce the latest addition to the growing mini-ITX family of BIOSTAR motherboards with the introduction of the world’s first mini-ITX motherboards for AMD AM4 platform and the first mini-ITX RGB LED-capable motherboards with AMD X370 and AMD B350 chipsets. BIOSTAR is pleased to welcome the new BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN mini-ITX motherboards into the RACING Series family.

Both motherboards aim to deliver the best balance of form and function, delivering the full potential that the AMD AM4 platform offers especially with AMD RYZEN CPUs, all in a small package. The BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN comes equipped with BIOSTAR 2nd-gen RACING features like 5050 LED Fun Zone with dual 5050 LED header for DIY customization, the BIOSTAR exclusive VIVID LED DJ with full RGB LED control that lets enthusiasts design their own system lighting with precise control. Together with that, BIOSTAR also adds performance and quality features for maximum system performance and stability.

With the multi-threaded performance of AMD RYZEN CPUs, it’s a great choice for content creators and professionals looking for a highly-accessible, high-performance processor to help them in their work and together with BIOSTAR RACING Series AM4 mini-ITX motherboards, it makes it easy to maximize your workspace by building a system with a relatively small footprint that does big things.