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Saturday, June 24, 2017

IT News Week 4 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 3 Jun 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Turn up your Spotify playlist and ‘Beraya’ with Waze
  • PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Siemens enhances relationship with user community in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Jun 22 ,2017 - “Big Data with a Big Heart” – Tableau Foundation awards NVPC with grant to drive social impact with data
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Western Digital Unveils Its First WD Portable SSD
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab wins triple awards at 2017 Network World Asia Information Management Awards
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Let The Neffos X Series Amplify Your Hari Raya X'perience With More Joy
  • GfK - Jun 22, 2017 - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year
  • PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation Partner of the Year Awards
  • PR - Jun 21, 2017 - Lenovo Celebrates Best-Selling Yoga Family in Malaysia
  • PR - Jun 20, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches New Developer Portal
  • PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Ruckus Expands High-Performance Network Infrastructure Offerings
  • PR - Jun 13, 2017 - Engineering Rookies Bring Home Silver at Robotics Competition in Brazil
  • PR - Jun 9, 2017 - SG - MediaMath Announces New $175 Million Credit Facility, Led By Goldman Sachs

PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Turn up your Spotify playlist and ‘Beraya’ with Waze

The recent partnership between Waze and Spotify that allows its users to navigate with Waze within Spotify has now just become more interesting!

Waze and Spotify have created a special playlist this Raya for users to enjoy and get into the Raya mood from the time they get in the car until they reach their final destination without needing to create their own playlist.


This is fantastic news to everyone especially for those who use both Waze and Spotify. With the best directions and playlists in your car – all on the same screen, the commute this Raya is set to get even more enjoyable and hassle free!

As safety is a top priority at Waze, some highlights of this feature that incorporate safety measures include:-
  • The ability to start navigating with Waze from within Spotify
  • Access to Spotify playlists from within Waze with ease of changing tracks
  • When the vehicle is at a complete stop, users can easily switch between apps with one tap for an uninterrupted listening experience.

PR - Jun 23, 2017 - Siemens enhances relationship with user community in Southeast Asia

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, is bringing the biennial Siemens Process Automation Conference & Exhibition (SPACe) to five countries in Southeast Asia this year.

SPACe is an enriching platform that focuses on automation, technology and challenges, as well as drives topics that are shaping Process Industries today. It gathers Siemens' community of users, partners and in-house experts to share and discuss ideas in the industry. Activities include presentation sessions, microfairs, industry workshops, networking sessions and more.

SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017 is themed “Driving the Digital Enterprise in Process Industries of Southeast Asia”, and will cover Vietnam, followed by Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia. The conference session in each of the markets will consist of customized topics based on the specific country’s industry requirements, to cater to the local users.

The latest range of Siemens’ innovative technologies that will be on display on-site include the updated version of XHQ Operations Intelligence software and Version 9 of SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Control System.

PR - Jun 22 ,2017 - “Big Data with a Big Heart” – Tableau Foundation awards NVPC with grant to drive social impact with data

Tableau Software, working through Tableau Foundation, today announced that it has awarded its first grant in Singapore to the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). The grant is valued at over USD81, 000 (approximately SGD112, 153) and consists of Tableau licenses and training services. Both NVPC and Tableau believe that data can have enormous value to non-profit organisations, enabling them to increase transparency and accountability, expand their relationships with funders, discover new trends in their programmes, and tell more powerful stories about their communities.

Melissa Kwee, CEO of NVPC said: “We are happy that Tableau is a Company of Good member and partnering us to do good. At NVPC, we are committed to become a thought-leader in the giving space that leverages data to drive and nurture Singapore’s giving culture. Our team, armed with Tableau seeks to cultivate a data-first environment, upgrade our skillsets, and enrich our storytelling capabilities to our stakeholders. Through walking the talk, NVPC hopes to inspire and reach out to other non-profit organisations in Singapore to harness the power of data and analytics in their organisations.”

Tableau Foundation also makes free licenses of its powerful visual analytics software available to small non-profits, NGOs, and charitable community-based organizations across the region. Following this partnership with NVPC, Tableau Foundation is also announcing its 2017 Community Grant cycle. Eligible non-profit organisations in Singapore may apply for the locally-focused cash and software grants at tableau.com/foundation/employee-and-community before 31 July 2017.

PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Western Digital Unveils Its First WD Portable SSD

Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today introduced its fastest WD® brand portable drive yet, the My Passport™ SSD. Featuring blazing-fast speeds and award-winning design, the new My Passport SSD compliments the company’s leading portfolio of My Passport palm-sized storage devices. Designed for content creators and tech enthusiasts, the new My Passport SSD combines exceptional speed and portability to manage massive files on the go.

My Passport SSD is the perfect storage solution to rapidly manage large photo and video libraries, quickly back up files and important documents, run virtual machines from, or expand your SSD-laptop storage anywhere you take your computer. The new drive is available in 1TB, 512GB and 256GB capacities**, and comes with WD Backup™ software that enables users to automatically back up their stuff.


My Passport SSD

Featuring speeds of up to 515 MB/s*, the My Passport SSD is the fastest My Passport drive offered by the WD brand. The new, super fast drive is designed for the latest generation of computers with a USB Type-C™ port and is USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) ready with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and an adapter to use with the more traditional USB Type-A ports found on many computers.

Built for PC and compatible with Mac, My Passport SSD offers peace-of-mind with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested for shock-resistance to withstand 1500G of force, to help keep precious data safe.

The My Passport SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty, and will be available at select retailers and distributors starting 07 July 2017. The My Passport SSD has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of RM2,099/1TB, RM1,039/512GB and RM579/256GB, respectively. Western Digital partners online retailer, Lazada with an exclusive launch to offer consumers with a special 2-week promotion starting today until 06 July 2017. For more information on the promotion, please visit http://bit.ly/2rC2aZt.


PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab wins triple awards at 2017 Network World Asia Information Management Awards

Kaspersky Lab has recently bagged three honors at the 2017 Network World Asia Information Management Awards.

The cybersecurity company was awarded lead winner in the Cyber Security Solution category, joint winner in the Endpoint & Mobile Data Protection category and was named one of the top Asia Pacific Security Vendors for this year. This is the first time that Kaspersky Lab has joined the awards.

“This appreciation from the NWA Information Management for Kaspersky Lab’s contribution in the IT security space is an honor for the company. The awards further validate the company’s leadership in pioneering the most advanced and comprehensive security solutions available in the market today. On top of that, the exciting new ‘beyond endpoint’ portfolio of Kaspersky Lab gives us the opportunity to develop a strong market share in both commercial and the enterprise space,“ said Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.

PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Let The Neffos X Series Amplify Your Hari Raya X'perience With More Joy

In conjunction with the upcoming Raya holidays, Neffos Malaysia is now offering consumers a special Neffos X Series promotion package exclusively for online purchase at Lazada.my.

The Neffos X1 Max which was introduced earlier this year has officially entered the Malaysian market. Available in Cloudy Grey, the Neffos X1 Max will also be a part of Neffos X Series Online Raya Promotion which comes with a limited Neffos premium gift box while stocks last. The premium gift box contains plenty of exciting accessories such as selfie stick, iRing, transparent phone casing and a screen protector. Prices begin from RM699 and promotion lasts until 30 June 2017.



However, stay tuned as beginning of July there will be an even more exciting news as buyers will be able to stand a chance to receive limited edition Fazura merchandise and a signed copy of her new album. Don’t miss this opportunity.

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max runs on the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage*, which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 128GB. The phones supports dual-band Wi-Fi and multiple LTE bands for fast internet access where available, thus capable to handle anything from typical smartphone activities, like web browsing and video streaming, to demanding games. Powering the Neffos X1 is a 2,250mAh battery while the X1 Max gets a larger 3,000mAh capacity which features unique capability as the X1 Max supports fast charging with 50% charging in just 30 minutes!

GfK - Jun 22, 2017 - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year

The consumer technology market in Asia Pacific (APAC) has grown tremendously over the past year, with the introduction of new technologies and advancements of existing technologies.

One innovative product that is gaining popularity in the market is the action camera. More brands (from 2 brands in 2015 to 13 brands in 2016) that offer 360-degree features have entered the market. In the last 12 months, emerging markets in APAC have been the key growth driver for such action cameras, registering 57% and 33% increase in sales volume and value respectively, while the region’s developed markets experienced a corresponding 9% and 40% growth last year.

Gerard Tan, Senior Director, Technology at GtK Asia

Action cameras with 4K features are also selling well with sales accounting for 47% and 52% growth in volume and value respectively in APAC. Meanwhile, emerging markets in the region contributed up to 46% share of the pie in both volume and value terms.

“Nowadays, consumers are increasingly sharing videos, contributing to the rising popularity of action cameras,” said Gerard Tan, Senior Director, Technology at GfK Asia. “Besides one of its key draw factors of being able to connect seamlessly to today’s smartphones, action cameras also tend to appeal to active consumers who are seeking new and interesting ways to record their lifestyle activities to view or share in full HD quality.”

PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation Partner of the Year Awards

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), today announced that it has been honoured as a winner of two VMware Partner of the Year awards in the Innovation OEM Partner category for its exceptional efforts both globally and in EMEA at the VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017.

The two awards recognize the company’s accomplishments in 2016, including unprecedented year-over-year revenue growth and continued integration between Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) offerings and VMware vSphere, vSAN, vRealize and NSX solutions. Furthermore, with its next-generation Programmable Data Center concept, HDS enables customers to consume IT and data services from both traditional and cloud-native workloads, addressing the needs of the entire application portfolio.

The Hitachi UCP family of converged and hyperconverged systems enable businesses to drive greater agility to stay ahead of competition. They simplify data center complexity with easier planning, implementation and management of an integrated stack of IT infrastructure and VMware virtualization technologies. With VMware at the core, Hitachi UCP systems provide unique management and orchestration software that enables the next generation of converged infrastructure solutions. Hitachi UCP provides [superior/leading] reliability, flexibility, automation and performance to support the most demanding workloads. HDS’ next-generation Hitachi UCP HC hyperconverged infrastructure powered by VMware vSAN delivers linearly scalable performance and high availability with policy-based control for mixed workloads with near-effortless simplicity.

PR - Jun 21, 2017 - Lenovo Celebrates Best-Selling Yoga Family in Malaysia

Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, today launched a sizzling summer prize giveaway campaign called “Yoga Your Way” to celebrate the best-selling Yoga Family in Malaysia.

After Lenovo pioneered the 2-in-1 convertible laptop, its Yoga Family quickly emerged as critically acclaimed devices for Malaysian consumers looking for a stylish, powerful companion that helps them to multi-task effectively while also stand out from the crowd.

Products in the Yoga series, which are designed to empower “portable productivity” and turn heads, include:
  • Yoga 910. For those who value productivity without compromising style. The slim and sleek laptop has an intricately-tooled watchband hinge, a beautiful all-metal unibody design and a near edgeless 13.9 FHD IPS multi-touch display - Prices for the Yoga 910 start from just RM 7,219.
  • Yoga Book. The ultimate on-the-go tablet for creative minds. The Halo Keyboard and Real Pen input device lets you type, take notes, browse the web, and even draw - Prices for the Yoga Book Android and Windows start from just RM 2,699.
  • Yoga Tab 3 Pro. Designed to be the ultimate portable entertainment device. With a built-in, feature-rich projector, it transforms any wall or ceiling into a brilliant 70" screen, offering one-of-a-kind theatre experience - Prices for the Yoga Tab 3 Pro start from just RM 2,599.
  • Miix 510. A versatile 2-in-1 PC for people to take anywhere. With its sleek design and unique watchband hinges, it also offers performance to power through productivity tasks - Prices for the Miix 510 start from just RM 2,799.
PR - Jun 20, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches New Developer Portal

AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the worldwide launch of the new AccuWeather API Developer Portal, providing turnkey package options to accelerate developers' access to the most accurate, detailed global weather forecasts and warnings available exclusively from AccuWeather.

AccuWeather APIs are integrated across digital platforms with established, widely recognized global partners in connected car, smart homes, wearables, smart TV, mobile, and more, working together to save lives worldwide. For the first time, AccuWeather's industry-leading weather data sets are available directly to developers to instantly and easily integrate AccuWeather APIs into their new market innovations at https://developer.accuweather.com.

Developers can now access AccuWeather's exclusive lifestyle indices, severe weather alerts, current conditions, radar and satellite images, daily and hourly forecasts with Superior Accuracy™.

AccuWeather's new tiered offerings also enable developers to access and customize weather APIs in over 100 languages and dialects.

PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Ruckus Expands High-Performance Network Infrastructure Offerings

Ruckus Wireless, a part of Brocade, announced it now offers both wired and wireless networking for enterprise, hospitality, service provider, government and small-and-medium business (SMB) customers worldwide.

By combining its industry-leading wireless products with the ICX® wired switching portfolio from Brocade, Ruckus now offers a complete line of high-performance access infrastructure designed to optimise the end-user experience, simplify network setup and management for IT managers, and help business leaders deliver great experiences for their employees, guests and customers.

The new ICX 7150 Z-Series switch and Ruckus R720 access point (AP) together solve the problems associated with increasing device densities and bandwidth-consuming applications by maximising network access performance with a complete multi-gigabit 802.11ac Wave 2 solution.
  • Ruckus ICX 7150 Z-Series Switch. A full-featured layer 3-capable 48-port switch that includes sixteen 2.5 GbE ports and thirty-two 10/100/1000 ports. The 7150-Z includes dual hot-swappable power supplies and fans and is stackable with other switches in the ICX 7150 family. Eight 10 GbE uplink/stacking ports doubles stacking and uplink bandwidth over previous ICX 7150 models.
  • Ruckus R720 Access Point. A 4x4:4 dual-band 802.11ac Wave 2 AP with one 10/100/1000 and one 2.5 GbE port. Featuring patented BeamFlex+™ and ChannelFly™ technologies, the R720 is capable of 160MHz and 80+80MHz channelisation and is designed for use in high-density indoor applications.
The Ruckus R720 AP is available now and has an MSRP of $1,295 (USD). The ICX 7150 Z-Series switch can be ordered now and is planned to ship next month with an MSRP starting at $6,150 (USD).

PR - Jun 13, 2017 - Engineering Rookies Bring Home Silver at Robotics Competition in Brazil

Four mechanical engineering students from INTI International University (INTI) made Malaysia proud as they took home second place at the Laureate Award for Excellence in Robotics Engineering, held in Universidade Salvadore (UNIFACS), Brazil this year.

Following the competition theme Environmental Sustainability’, the four friends came together to develop a robot with built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to keep recreational parks clean by picking up and sorting out garbage for recycling.


Despite being only second year students from the mechanical engineering programme and having limited knowledge and experience in electronic circuits and coding, the four INTI students creatively picked up the necessary skills to learn the trade from fellow faculty members, friends and online videos via YouTube. Additionally, the team found out they were the only team of four mechanical engineering students, unlike other teams where students had an academic background in electrical, electronic or AI which gave them an extra edge in this competition.

PR - Jun 9, 2017 - SG - MediaMath Announces New $175 Million Credit Facility, Led By Goldman Sachs

MediaMath, the leading independent programmatic company for marketers, today announced a new $175 million senior secured credit facility, led by Goldman Sachs, in partnership with Santander Bank. MediaMath will use this new line of credit to refinance existing debt facilities and fund its ongoing growth objectives.

Joe Zawadzki, Chairman and CEO of MediaMath, said: “We’re thrilled to work with Goldman Sachs and Santander, who are equally ambitious to support the growing scale of our business today, and motivated to support the needs of a reimagined and increasingly sophisticated supply chain in the future.”

Akin Bay Company LLC, a New York based investment bank, acted as the sole placement agent and debt advisor to MediaMath for the financing.

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