ICT Happening Updates Week 5 of Oct 2013

The most significant news for Week 4 of Oct 2013 was launching of Mac OS 10 Mavericks and iPad Air by Apple.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • WD announces Q1 2013 revenue of US$3.8 Billion.
  • Tata Comm. delivers improved margins as net profit turns positive YoY.
  • World of Tanks' Update 8.9 goes live with a new combat mode.
  • Silver Peak speeds Masterpet’s Data Replication across the Tasman.
  • The HTC One goes compact with the launch of the HTC One mini.
  • Intel Research finds older PCs reduce employee productivity.
  • SEEBURGER appoints CrimsonLogic as a strategic solutions reseller.
  • Viber provides updates for Windows phone version.
  • OpenSymmetry partners with AccelTeam to optimize Sales Performance in Malaysia.
  • Evernote brings intuitive digital writing to a whole new level with Penultimate.
  • Reuters: Start-up Vicarious claimed to have cracked CAPTCHAs.

Press release - Kuala Lumpur – 30 October 2013 – WD Announces Q1 2013 Revenue of US$3.8 Billion

Western Digital® Corp. today reported revenue of US$3.8 billion and net income of US$495 million, or US$2.05 per share for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 27, 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was US$514 million or US$2.12 per share.1 In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of US$4.0 billion, net income of US$519 million, or US$2.06 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was US$594 million, or US$2.36 per share.2

The company generated US$680 million in cash from operations during the September quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of US$4.9 billion. During the quarter, the company utilized US$150 million to buy back 2.3 million shares of common stock. On Sept. 19, the company declared a US$0.25 per common share dividend, which was paid on Oct. 15.

Mimi Wong,
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Email : mimi.wong@wdc.com

Press release - Oct 30, 2013 - Tata Comm. delivers improved margins as net profit turns positive YoY

Tata Communications announced its financial results for the quarter and half-year ended September 30th 2013.

Financial highlights for Q2 FY2014
  • Q2 FY14 EBITDA sees a sharp rise of 90% YoY; 28% QoQ
  • Global voice net revenues up 30% YoY
  • Global data gross revenues up 19% YoY
Growth in Q2 was mainly attributed to the global increase in demand across all segments. Tata Communications’ wholesale voice business continues to outpace the global market growth rate. Revenues from enterprises increased by 29% YoY. Operating income and margin were positively impacted by Tata Communications’ continued focus on cost-management.

Original reference.

Joanne Lee
D : +65 6390 3315
M : +65 9725 2379
F : +65 6339 2738

Press release - Oct 30, 2013 - World of Tanks' Update 8.9 goes live with a new combat mode

Wargaming, the leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher, today announced the release of Update 8.9 for its highly acclaimed action game, World of Tanks.

Update 8.9 marks the official launch of 7 vs. 7 team battles, a new competitive game mode that allows players to form their own teams and match make against tankmen of similar skill and experience.

Along with a new game mode, the latest update enriches the game with an alternative branch of German tank destroyers across tiers 4 through 10, the Chinese 112 and T-34-3 premium tanks, and a brand new battle arena with North American setting, “Northwest.”

Joanne Lee
D : +65 6390 3315
M : +65 9725 2379
F : +65 6339 2738

Press release - Oct 2013 - Silver Peak Speeds Masterpet’s Data Replication Across the Tasman

Pet products and services company Masterpet has streamlined its nightly Veeam virtual machine (VM) replication and disaster recovery (DR) exchange between New Zealand and Australia. Using Silver Peak data acceleration software, Masterpet is now transmitting three times more data twice as fast over a five megabit-per-second (Mbps) connection.

Masterpet’s nightly 500 megabyte (MB) VM replication process between Wellington and Sydney had previously taken 40 minutes to complete over the saturated 5 Mbps wide area network (WAN) connection. This was putting Masterpet’s recovery point objective (RPO) in jeopardy. Following a rapid install of the Silver Peak software, that same 5 Mbps connection now performs like a 140 Mbps connection. This has allowed Masterpet to increase the volume of its data replication to 1.6 Gigabytes (GB), which now takes just 22 minutes to transfer.

Original reference.

Tony Tan
Email tony@siren-communication.com or tony.tan@havaswwsiren.com
Tel +65 6317 6709 Mob +65 9048 6981

Press release - Oct 30, 2013 - The HTC One Goes Compact with the Launch of the HTC One mini

HTC today announced the HTC One mini, a compact version of the award winning HTC One, which has redefined the smartphone experience with revolutionary technologies including HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™. The HTC One mini comes in Glacial Silver and Stealth Black at RM1,699 at selected HTC retailers starting from now.

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Jaron Chen
+603 7494 0292

Press release - SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 – Intel Research Finds Older PCs Reduce Employee Productivity

On average, small business workers lose more than one work week per year due to old PCs, according to a recent multi-country study commissioned by Intel Corporation and conducted by Techaisle.

The Intel Small Business PC Refresh Study surveyed 736 small businesses in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russia and the United States to gauge the state of their PC equipment. According to the findings, small businesses are holding onto PCs significantly beyond the recommended refresh date, with more than 36 percent owning PCs that are more than 4 years old. These machines require more maintenance, exerting a greater toll on employee productivity and higher equipment costs than the purchase of a new machine.

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Press release - KUALA LUMPUR, 29 October 2013– SEEBURGER Appoints CrimsonLogic as a Strategic Solutions Reseller

SEEBURGER, a global leading business integration and enterprise class Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions provider, today announces its strategic alliance with CrimsonLogic eTrade Services Pte. Ltd. (‘CrimsonLogic’), a leading provider of trade and logistics solutions, as its new regional reseller to offer Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions in Singapore, Middle East and Africa.

CrimsonLogic is a trusted partner to governments all over the world.

James Hatcher, Regional Director of SEEBURGER APAC;Simon Lai, General Manager of CrimsonLogic eTrade Services

The partnership with CrimsonLogic also puts SEEBURGER in a stronger strategic position to expand its penetration into the trade and logistic community where CrimsonLogic has established strong credibility.

Judy Wong
Pi PR Consultancy Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7724 1710/ 012 622 4688

Press release - SINGAPORE – October 29, 2013 - Viber provides updates for Windows Phone Version.

Viber, released an upgraded version for Windows Phone 8 today that provides significantly improved integration with Viber Desktop, along with multiple additional enhancements.

The improved integration with Viber Desktop ensures seamless call transfers between Windows Phone 8 and Desktop (PC and Mac computers running Viber). The new version also includes the following new features:
  • Select new backgrounds from an all new Background Gallery
  • Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles, which let you pin your favorite conversations to your Start screen and see them update in real time
  • Improved push notifications ensure you never miss a message or call
  • Refreshed look and feel, focused on improved readability and usability

Original reference.

Raphael Dana
+ 65 9666 4781

Press release - Kuala Lumpur, October 29, 2013 - OpenSymmetry Partners with AccelTeam to Optimize Sales Performance in Malaysia

OpenSymmetry, a global sales performance management (SPM) consulting firm, has announced an agreement with IBM Malaysia and IBM’s business partner, AccelTeam Sdn Bhd to better serve and educate customers on sales performance management effectiveness.

Steven Yong, Anthony Hutchins and Hong Kok Cheong signifying the collaboration of OpenSymmetry, IBM Malaysia and Accelteam

The collaboration will enable OpenSymmetry, IBM and Accelteam to help clients transform static transactional data into dynamic visualization reporting to achieve higher levels of performance and predictability, pinpoint new revenue generating opportunities, and allow for faster problem solving.

Anthony Hutchins
OpenSymmetry Malaysia Sdn Bhd
012-964 3001

Press release - Oct 29, 2013 - Evernote brings intuitive digital writing to a whole new level with Penultimate

Despite the growing alternatives to the expression of ideas and information, nothing has really been able to replace the freedom and creative outlet that writing by hand has provided. Studies have shown that handwriting is linked to improved learning, memory, and idea generation. That is why Evernote, the company that helps you do everything better, has released the new Penultimate to create the most natural digital handwriting experience on an iPad.

Cool features:
  • New zoom functions that let users swipe, pinch, and write without feeling constrained by the screen.
  • New drift function helps users move the screen according to your writing speed, adjusting automatically to your movements.
  • Identification of wrist resting section.
Handwritten notes will be saved directly into Evernote.

Md Suhaile
PRecious Communications
Office: +65 3151 4760

Reuters - Oct 28, 2013 - Start-up Vicarious Claimed to have cracked CAPTCHAs

I've read from; Reuters,no-follow, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/us-technology-captchas-idUSBRE99R03620131028; that a start-up based in San Francisco claimed to have developed an algorithm to crack CAPTCHAs.

Nevertheless, it is not meant for sales yet.

According to co-founder D. Scott Phoenix, the exercise is part of their A.I research activities.