ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of June 2013 was Microsoft unveiled latest products for enterprise IT which include Windows 8.1 updates and Visual Studio 2013 IDE.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • hybris integrates with LivePerson to provide powerful Digital Engagement Solutions.
  • Apple unveils iOS 7.
  • Brother launches MFC-J2510 InkBenefit; inkjet for SOHO.
  • WD launches new hard drives@Computex Taipei 2013.
  • CSF clinches Tier III Certification.
  • Caterpillar unveils remote equipment monitoring capabilities.
  • U Mobile partners 99 speedmart to expand distribution outlets
  • Government implements national Enterprise Architecture.
  • Rakuten Malaysia banks on mobile to spur E-Commerce growth.
  • PIKOM sets to bring Malaysian to Mobile Social Commerce International Conference@Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Exabytes Mid Year Sale.
  • Tata Comms. announces world's first LTE roaming peering with Telecom Italia Sparkle.
  • Bosch introduces new range of digital sound systems and loudspeakers.
  • Evernote Reminders arrive on Android.
  • ASUS@Computex 2013, Taiwan.
  • HP customers deploy HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio.
  • New HTC One Wins Gold Medal Award for Design & Innovation@Computex Taipei 2013.
  • Tata Comms deployed Telepresence facilities in Shanghai via partnerships.
  • Disaster Recovery and Data Protection - Acronis and Avnet join forces.
  • Silver Peak integrates WAN optimization software with new Dell branch Data Center-in-a-Box.

Singapore, June 12, 2013 - hybris integrates with LivePerson to Provide Powerful Digital Engagement Solutions

hybris has announced that it will partner LivePerson, a leading provider of intelligent engagement products, to offer an integrated solution that will enable businesses to optimise the online commerce experience and drive greater ROI to their digital properties.

The hybris Commerce Suite can now be fully integrated with LivePerson’s award-winning chat solution, and is now available on the hybris Extend marketplace. The new integration will be essential to e-commerce professionals seeking to differentiate their brands from competitors, enabling them to connect more meaningfully to visitors and delivering a richer, more personalised experience for customers that will drive higher customer satisfaction and greater value to their business.

With LivePerson’s chat solution, merchants are able to increase conversion rates through their online stores and decrease cart abandonment. For example, if a customer is having difficulty locating a particular item, a customer service agent will be alerted and can engage with the customer directly through either live chat or ‘click to call’, offering immediate assistance. Likewise, customers can engage directly with a customer service agent through a ‘click to chat’ button. To ensure an optimised client engagement, the customer’s page data is dynamically passed through to the agent.

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2013 ― Apple Unveils iOS 7

Apple® today unveiled iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone®, featuring a stunning new user interface. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with subtle motion, an elegant color palette and distinct, functional layers that make it feel more alive.

iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and introduces iTunes Radio™, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes®.

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Petaling Jaya, June 11, 2013 –Brother Launches MFC-J2510 InkBenefit; inkjet for SOHO

The new Inkjet model represents both style and substance and marks an evolution in Brother’s inkjet line up. MFC-J2510 InkBenefit features bold, curved edges, black and white styling and a gloss finish, giving it an evolutionary appearance. The contemporary look is complemented by compact size: it boasts a small footprint, yet it prints up to A3.

The innovative all-in-one MFC-J2510 InkBenefit is Brother’s first model to utilise landscape printing. Feeding paper and printing in a landscape format, rather than traditional portrait, has created the smallest Brother inkjet footprint.

Print speed has been increased through a new, larger print head, which features 1680 nozzles while maintaining high print quality. This new model prints up to an impressive 20 monochrome and 18 colour pages per minute (based on ISO/IEC 24734[1]).

In addition, MFC-J2510 InkBenefit is able to utilise Brother’s high-yield or super high-yield ink cartridges, which boast approximately 600 page yield and 1200 page yield respectively. This benefit enables users to enjoy savings as a result of lower cost per page, which makes printing much more affordable.

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Kuala Lumpur,11 June 2013 - WD Launches New Hard Drives@Computex Taipei 2013

WD’s 5 mm thick, 2.5-inch WD Black™ SSHD is now being evaluated by OEM customers, who, with that technology, can design ultra-thin notebooks and other low-profile devices with as much as 500 GB of storage, yet for a fraction of the cost of an SSD.

WD introduced the world’s thinnest 1 TB hard drive with its new 2.5-inch WD Blue™ 7 mm hard drive, which offers OEMs, channel integrators and consumers a unique storage solution for thin and light systems, slimmer notebooks, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5 mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks.

During a press event in Taipei on 3rd June, WD®, a Western Digital company, shared its vision for the role hard drives play in the future of personal computing. Spokespersons Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager, client computing, and Pat Wilkison, cloud products, announced two new products and described the company’s innovations in the areas of thin-and-light PC storage, solid-state hybrid drives and data center storage – all of which being a focus of WD innovation during today’s changing PC landscape and relentless global data growth.

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Malaysia, 10 June 2013 - CSF Clinches Tier III Certification

Regional data centre space provider, CSF Group plc was recently awarded Uptime Institute’s Tier III Design Certification for CSF Computer Exchange 5 (CX5) facility. The CX5 facility, built and managed by CSF, is the largest data centre in Malaysia and only the third in Southeast Asia to receive this prestigious certification.

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Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2013 - Caterpillar Unveils Remote Equipment Monitoring Capabilities

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, today launches its VisionLink™ 2.7 that would enable Malaysian construction players to remotely monitor their fleet and equipments site operations.

As part of the Caterpillar’s Cat® Product Link™ solution, the VisionLink® 2.7 provides an optimized mobile web application with highly intuitive user interface, that remotely monitor the data from the whole fleet, then zoom in for a detailed look at individual assets. The mobile application is currently available on iOS, BlackBerry, Android/Chrome and Windows operating systems.

Fleet summary & locationFuel monitoring

It uses Google Maps and leverages on the existing onboard payload systems for wheel loaders and off-highway trucks, its new productivity functionality can remotely monitor information such as total payload moved per day, total payload per hour and per unit of fuel.

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Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2013 - U Mobile Partners 99 Speedmart to Expand Distribution Outlets

U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia's most dynamic and innovative 3G mobile operator, is bringing its products and services closer to consumers through an initial two-year exclusive contract with 99 Speedmart.

This fruitful collaboration with 99 Speedmart entails an exclusive distribution of U Mobile prepaid SIM Packs and mobile reloads in over 430 99 Speedmart outlets within Klang Valley.

The collaboration is another addition to the company's existing partnership with other non-traditional distribution channels, including Giant, Singer, 7-Eleven, Cosway, Senheng and senQ stores, making the telco's total distribution channels to more than 22,000 outlets nationwide.

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Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2013 -Rakuten Malaysia Banks on Mobile to Spur E-Commerce Growth

The new developments include a strategic partnership with leading mobile messaging service platform, LINE to establish a Corporate Official Account in Malaysia, as well as the introduction of its mobile-optimised version of Rakuten Online Shopping.

Through the partnership with LINE, Rakuten Online Shopping will be the first business entity to own a Corporate Official Account on the mobile messaging application in Malaysia. This will enable Rakuten Online Shopping to engage and interact with mobile users by providing real-time updates, news and promotions.

LINE Official Account is a global marketing platform that allows users a chance to befriend and communicate with their favourite brands and celebrities on LINE, the fastest growing mobile messenger boasting more than 160 million users worldwide. Fans can follow the messages, pictures and even video and audio clips sent from the accounts. Unlike other channels, these updates are sent to and displayed on users’ chat screen on their mobile devices, making the whole experience more personal.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 7 JUNE, 2013 - Government Implements National Enterprise Architecture

MAMPU announced adoption of Enterprise Architecture Framework.

This exercise aims to strenghten its ICT policy, standards and practices. This is poised to benefit the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially ICT-based companies engaged by government agencies nationwide.

The adoption of Enterprise Architecture is also seen to be in support of the continued efforts in enhancing the connectivity towards the e-Government initiatives. It will also focus on the unraveling of and getting a better understanding of the relationship between government Enterprise Architecture and a connected e-Government, vis-à-vis improving on the government’s response to its internal and external stakeholders.

The announcement on the adoption was made by MAMPU’s Deputy Director General (ICT), who is also the Government’s Chief Information Officer, Dato’ Dr Nor Aliah Mohd Zahri, who was represented by Dr. Mohamad Zainuddi Mat Taib, Principal ICT Consultant (Information Management), Public Sector ICT Consultancy Team, MAMPU at the Business IT Architecture Series 2013 (BITAS 2013) conference which was held at Mid Valley City recently.

The conference featured renowned local and regional speakers who shared their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 10 tracks that were held for the day. Organised by IASA (IT Architects Association) Malaysia Chapter, the 8th edition of this conference attracted the strong participation of companies and organisations.

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Phnom Penh, June 7 (Friday) – PIKOM sets to bring Malaysian to Mobile Social Commerce International Conference@Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with Resolvo (Cambodia) Co Ltd to bring Malaysian ICT companies abroad to Cambodia.

The trade expo, running from 5 – 7 July, 2013 in a City Mall will showcase vast choices of ICT related products and services. The mobile industry in Cambodia set one of the best economic records in Asia with average 6% growth for the last 10 years. Ultimately, SMEs in ICT are able to create a platform to expand their businesses and networks in the region.

Witnessed by His Excellency Chun Vat, Secretary General of National IT Development Authority (NiDA), the partnership will not only escalate the Mobile and ICT Industry for Cambodia, it will also support the ASEAN connectivity initiatives.

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Exabytes Blog, June 7,2013 - Exabytes Mid Year Sale

.NET, a common domain extension for businesses of all kinds and sizes, is now available for sales at an Unbelievable Rate – RM5.99 / year ONLY! (Normal Price: RM55/year)

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New York, Mumbai, Rome– June 7th 2013 – Tata Comms. announces world's first LTE Roaming Peering with Telecom Italia Sparkle

Tata Communications and Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group, today announce the world’s first LTE roaming peering agreement between two IPX providers. This industry-first peering extends the global community of interconnected LTE enabled mobile network operators as 4G adoption continues to grow.

4G LTE revenues are set to exceed $100bn globally in 2014, LTE roaming enablement is critical to maximising revenue growth for operators. This peering will enable the exchange of LTE roaming traffic between Tata Communications and Telecom Italia Sparkle’s networks, allowing mobile operators to focus on their core competencies while maximising the revenue opportunities around next-generation networks.

As part of Tata Communications’ aim to support mobile operators in their move to next-generation networks, the company recently introduced an LTE Roaming Service, which simplifies roaming interconnect to deliver a seamless user experience and assure service continuity as mobile operators migrate to 4G.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 6 June 2013 - Bosch Introduces New Range of Digital Sound Systems and Loudspeakers

Bosch Security Systems has introduced its latest range of digital sound system and portable loudspeakers. The flexible PLENA matrix digital sound system and ZLX portable powered loudspeakers stand apart with the most complete and innovative package features in their class, giving users more control over their sound.

The PLENA matrix digital sound system,
tailored to a wide range of applications to deliver full featured
digital audio control with maximum flexibility and reliability.

The advanced features of the PLENA matrix digital sound system enables users to achieve superb audio performance with wireless control across eight output zones. Tailored to a wide range of applications to deliver full featured digital audio control with maximum flexibility and reliability, PLENA can also incorporate live and background music, high-demand speech environments as well as zone announcements.

PLENA matrix sound systems are depended upon in countless locations around the world be it in business, education or leisure environments, and the innovative technology that goes into the development of the PLENA matrix system enables users to enjoy premium audio quality for any application that requires top-notch quality speech or music.

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June 6, 2013 - Evernote Reminders Arrive on Android

Evernote Reminders now available on both Android and Windows Phone in addition to its availability for iOS, Mac and its web version.

It includes features for:
  • In-app and email Alarms
  • Quick to-do lists
  • Pinning notes to the top of your Note List

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June 6, 2013 - ASUS@Computex 2013, Taiwan

New products announcement:
  • ASUS Transformer Book Trio
  • ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity
  • ASUS fonepad Note
(2nd from Left) Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman

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June 6, 2013 - HP Customers Deploy HP Indigo Digital Press Portfolio

Avery Dennison and Coke Cola, two of HP’s global customers, recently credited HP’s Indigo Digital Presses for meeting their large scale printing requirements Avery Dennison has in fact expanded their HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio – a testimony to the printing portfolio’s strong results. I am sending you these customer reference releases with this e-mail. Please find below a quick summary of each of the announcements:

1. HP Global Customer Avery Dennison Expands HP Indigo Digital Press Portfolio

HP announced that global customer Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) has completed its largest deployment to date of HP Indigo Digital Presses, including the new HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, in its premises across Asia.

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2. HP Enhances Coca-Cola’s Biggest-Ever Personalized Brand Campaign Across Europe

HP announced its record-breaking, long-run production of personalized labels on HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses for Coca-Cola’s biggest-ever personalized brand campaign.

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June 6, 2013 - New HTC One Wins Gold Medal Award for Design & Innovation@Computex Taipei 2013

HTC has won international recognition again for the new HTC One smartphone. Following the GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) award for Best New Mobile Device or Tablet, the flagship smartphone has been given the Gold Medal in Design and Innovation award from Computex Taipei 2013. Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in conjunction with iF (International Forum Design), the award is the highest honor in the Computex d & i awards, and was personally given HTC by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

This year, out of a total of 254 product entries submitted for consideration, he jury of experts agreed that "extremely sophisticated detailing makes the new HTC One smartphone stand out from the myriad of smartphones available in this very competitive product category. The new HTC One is as much as joy to hold and touch, as to use; and is certainly the best of this year’s entries."

New York & Mumbai, June 4th 2013 – Tata Comms Deployed Telepresence Facilities in Shanghai via Partnerships

Tata Communications today announced the addition of a state-of-the-art “virtual meeting” Telepresence suite to its global network, situated in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Launched in partnership with China Mobile and JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai, the new in-hotel facility located within the 5* luxury JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square, provides participants a life-sized, high definition and immersive virtual collaboration experience.

Tata Communications does not only operate the world’s only fibre optic sub-sea network ring around the world that effectively supports the explosion in video network traffic, it is also working with leading industry partners, including AT&T, Telstra and Etisalat as part of the Global Meeting Alliance to broaden its ecosystem and provide customers access to high-quality video communications wherever they are.

Today, Tata Communications runs one of the broadest and widest-reaching Telepresence networks available in the form of its Global Meeting Exchange™ Telepresence inter-exchange. As part of this, Tata Communications offers access to public Telepresence rooms in over 40 locations across five continents, with the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square having very recently joined the network.

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Kuala Lumpur, June 6th, 2013 – Disaster Recovery and Data Protection - Acronis and Avnet Join Forces

Acronis®, a leading provider of disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced it has entered into a new distribution relationship with Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc.  in Malaysia. With this agreement, Avnet will distribute Acronis solutions that provide protection for businesses threatened by potential technology disasters. Malaysia becomes the fourth country where Avnet distributes Acronis solutions to channel partners in Asia.

Under the new alliance, Avnet will sell, market and support Acronis’ suite of disaster recovery and data protection solutions to resellers and managed service providers (MSPs) throughout Malaysia. As a result, Avnet channel partners will have access to a wider range of data protection and business continuity solutions provided by Acronis.

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Singapore. June 5, 2013 – Silver Peak Integrates WAN Optimization Software with New Dell Branch Data Center-in-a-Box

Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, today announced integration of its virtual WAN optimization software with the new Dell PowerEdge VRTX converged IT solution for branch offices. Silver Peak extends the Dell VRTX high-performance “data center-in-a-box” capabilities with up to 20x faster communications to additional remote offices, data centers and the cloud over any wide area network.

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