ICT Happening Updates Week 4 Nov 2012

Brother International Launches New Embroidery Machines With Built-in DISNEY Designs

Nov 22, 2012 - Brother International Malaysia, a leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the ‘Customer-First’ approach is raising the bar on industry trends and technology advancement once again by introducing a new series of embroidery and home sewing machines featuring a multitude of built-in licensed DISNEY characters templates: the Innov-ís 4500D and Innov-ís 1500D that offer precise performance on any project under the needle for homes, SOHOs customers and the textile industry.

The Innov-ís 1500D features
a variety of built-in 76 Disney embroidery designs

Both machines include intuitive features designed to save time such as:
  • Large embroidery area
  • Instructional LCD touch panel
  • Embroidery editing capabilities
  • Built-in stitches and embroidery designs, including exclusive patterns by DISNEY
  • Fully automatic needle threading system
  • Presser foot clearances at 3 different positions
  • Equipped with a USB Port and is card slot ready

Retail Price

Innov-is 4500D – RM 15,999.00
Innov-is 1500D – RM 9,999.00

Malaysians made the difference for those in need

Nov 22, 2012 - In yet another demonstration of the kindness of everyday Malaysians, 14,098 people contributed a total of over RM 140,980.00 to the “Be The Difference” campaign, an online collaboration by Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and GRIM FILM to create greater awareness and support for 17 Malaysian charity organisations.

Mr. Joel Neoh and Ms. Nadine Ann Thomas along with the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 and the representatives from the 17 organizations at the cheque presentation ceremony of ‘Be The Difference’ campaign.

Through a special microsite hosted by Groupon, Malaysians had over 300 hours to contribute to 17 separate causes which were chosen by the 17 finalists of Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 and the full proceeds generated by ‘Be the Difference’ campaign has been channelled to 17 charity organisations including Shelter Home for Children, HOPE Worldwide, Rumah HOPE, SPCA Selangor, KIWANIS Job Training Centre, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better, Rumah Kasih Nurul Hasanah, Dyslexia Malaysia, the House of Joy, the Good Samaritan House, the Shepherd’s Centre Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Home, the Precious Children Home, SPCA Sabah, SPCA Sarawak, Malaysian Nature Society and Yayasan Chow Kit.

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Online shopping allows Malaysians to reclaim 36 hours of their life

Nov 22, 2012 - According to a survey by market research firm GfK, commissioned by online payment solutions provider PayPal, online shopping can help Malaysians get back about 36 hours of their life during the coming festive seasons.

The new PayPal survey shows that Malaysians plan to do half of their holiday shopping online this year, saving 36 hours of their precious time.

PayPal head of marketing, Southeast Asia & India, Klas Hesselman said that this was good news for Malaysians who are avid shoppers but find shopping a challenge when they have to spend hours stuck in traffic jams, battling the crowds, and then waiting in long queues to pay. "With the time they save by shopping online or on mobile devices, 81 percent of Malaysians would spend more time with their family, 69 percent would use the extra time relaxing through exercising or taking up a hobby, and 53 percent intend to hang out more often with their friends."

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Negeri Sembilan Earns IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grants

Nov 20, 2012 - IBM has selected the state of Negeri Sembilan to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant next year;2013. Negeri joins 30 other cities from all over the world that gain access to some of IBM's top experts who would analyze and recommend ways the state can become an even better place in which to live and work.

Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50-million competitive grant program. The program, which is IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative, assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city's leadership.

In 2012, IBM provided expert counsel to 33 cities worldwide who had earned IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. These included engagements in:
  • Cheongju, Korea, where IBM recommended smarter transportation strategies
  • Dortmund, Germany, and Malaga Spain, where IBM formulated plans for economic, workforce, skills development
  • Jacksonville, USA, where IBM outlined steps for downtown revitalization
  • Louisville, USA, where IBM showed how the city could use data to identify, predict and mitigate conditions that trigger asthma
  • Nairobi, Kenya, where IBM created a plan for traffic management
  • Geraldton, Australia, where IBM suggested ways for the city to become a leader in smart grid technology adoption and digital services
  • Curitaba, Brazil, where IBM suggested approaches to sustainability and citizen engagement

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is part of IBM's Smarter Planet initiative.

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Ramping up Google AdWords Certification

Nov 20, 2012 - Google Malaysia is calling on local agencies and digital consultancies to participate in its Malaysia Google Certification Program (GCP) Challenge for AdWords, Google’s search engine marketing platform.

The GCP aims to help web professionals improve their theory and practical application of Google Adwords. When they pass the required exams to become Individually Qualified, they will receive a certificate verifying their achievement. They will also have an Individual Profile page shareable with interested parties. As this qualification indicates an achievement of a standard of knowledge, it has value on a resume or otherwise used to market skills as an account manager.

Step 1 - Visit the Malaysian GCP challenge website at www.google.com.my/ads/getcertified/
Step 2 - Check your eligibility for the challenge
Step 3 - Register to be in the running
Step 4 - Sit for your exams online between November 26 and December 23, 2012
Step 5 - Submit your results to the same website between November 26 and December 23, 2012 for a shot at winning a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Samsung Galaxy S3

The GCP is an initiative to help advertising agencies and runners to capitalize on Google's advertising ecosystem for their businesses - it is something good.

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Fujitsu’s Newest Windows 8 LIFEBOOK CH702:Feminine Style & Elegance Defined

Nov 19, 2012 - Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific, launches the ultimate combination of beauty and performance in it’s LIFEBOOK CH702 with the new Windows 8 operating system, in Malaysia today.

The CH702 is pre-installed with Fujitsu’s new proprietary software, Diary and Scrapbook, that are convenient, fun and original applications that let users organise tasks, announce important updates, enhance photos, collate interesting information, and share on social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.

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PM Announces 20 New ETP And Corridor Projects

Nov 16, 2012 - The Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak announced 20 new projects, including 11 under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and nine in three Economic Corridors, at the Pullman hotel in Putrajaya on 16 November, 2012.

Of significance to enterprise IT and cloud computing are investments by CRF Computer Recovery Facility Sdn. Bhd. And GPSTech Solutions Sdn Bhd.

Included under the Business Services NKEA, CRF Computer Recovery Facility is investing RM15.5 million in its 60,000 sq. ft. purpose built data centre facility and network infrastructure, in Kelana Jaya, a part of Petaling Jaya.

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Brocade Collaborates with Dell to Announce Industry’s First 16 Gbps Fibre Channel End-to-End Solution

Nov 16,2012 - Brocade, the leader in fabric-based data center networking solutions, today demonstrated continued momentum in next-generation storage area networking (SAN) by announcing it is helping to offer the industry’s first complete, end-to-end solution based on the 16 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) protocol with Dell Compellent—from servers, to switches and storage—that doubles bandwidth for business critical applications within highly virtualized data center environments.

The end-to-end 16 Gbps FC solution is achieved by new enhancements to Dell Compellent SC8000 storage arrays, including a next-generation 16 Gbps Fibre Channel IO module for the array, along with the new Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 software also announced today. In addition, Brocade announced availability of the Brocade M6505 16 Gbps FC embedded SAN I/O module by Dell, which enables Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosures to directly connect to the higher bandwidth-capable Compellent storage arrays.

SAN (Storage Area Network) caters for high-speed network storage.

A SAN switch will connect server to storage devices directly via fibre. The communication protocol is SCSI.

SAN works like DAS (Direct Attached Storage), both operate as block level data storage. SAN can be regarded an extension of DAS for the network.

If a SAN switch and Ethernet switch are connected to form a network, then there will be a mapping layer to cater for communication using various protocol standards such as HyperSCSI, mapping of SCSI over Ethernet

NAS (Network Attached Storage) operates as file level data storage via the network.

SAN and NAS are different in terms of protocol. SAN operates faster than NAS because it operates at a lower level.

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