ICT Happenings Week 4 of Sep 2014

News for Week 2 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the launch of iPhone 6.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
    PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Oracle Urges Organizations to Accelerate Mobile Adoption
  • PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Bosch’s ‘Innovation around My Campus’ challenge in its second year
  • PR - Arlington, Va. - Sep 24, 2014 - Unmanned Systems Take Flight at the 2015 International CES
  • PR- Sep 22, 2014 - MDeC & Tentspark launches National Big App Challenge
  • PR - Sep 22, 2014 - ’MENARA AIMS’ is the new name for Aik Hua building
  • PR - Sep 19, 2014 - ASUS Announced Transformer Book Flip
  • PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Winner of Inaugural MSTB ‘Software Test Design’ Competition announced

PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Oracle Urges Organizations to Accelerate Mobile Adoption

Today, Oracle shared its latest survey on enterprise mobility which reveal the following key findings: -

i) Less than 25% of workers said their employer actively encourages mobile work while more than 65% stated they are happier working in a more mobile and flexible way. In Asia Pacific, the figure is higher than the global average at 73%. Over half (53%) think mobile and flexible working makes them more productive, rising to 64% in Asia Pacific

ii) Oracle passionately believes in the power of mobile to transform businesses and we are calling on all organizations to accelerate mobile adoption, because it is currently happening too slowly and too tactically in many businesses

iii) The research also reveals that restrictions on mobile working are often ineffective and employees are taking it on themselves to use mobile solutions at work. Today, 1 in 6 employees have found ways to bypass their companies’ IT security and use personal mobile devices for work without their employer knowing

iv) 49% in Asia Pacific believe mobility will become even more integral to their work in the next two years.

Details, infographic.

PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Bosch’s ‘Innovation around My Campus’ challenge in its second year

Bosch today announced the second edition of its ‘Innovation Around My Campus’ contest. Geared towards fostering a greater appreciation for innovation and creativity amongst young Malaysians, this year’s challenge will take place from September 24 to November 28, 2014.

This year’s contest covers the five universities of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), KDU University College, Help University and University Malaya (UM). Students from any faculty are invited to participate in the challenge that requires them to develop practical and usable innovations for their campus.

Participants will be required to submit a video presentation on how their idea can enhance student efficiency around their campus. Five teams will then be shortlisted to present their ideas in-person to a panel of judges from Bosch in the final round. The top three teams will also be awarded cash prizes of RM 3,000, RM 2,000 and RM 1,000 respectively, as well as the opportunity for an internship with Bosch in Malaysia.


PR - Arlington, Va. - Sep 24, 2014 - Unmanned Systems Take Flight at the 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the debut of the Unmanned Systems Marketplace at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Unmanned Systems Marketplace highlights the burgeoning technology in drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned systems controlled by onboard computers or remotely from the ground. In its first year at the CES, the Unmanned Systems Marketplace is expected to cover 6,500 net square feet of exhibit space with room for about 16 high-end commercial and consumer UAV technology companies.

According to CEA research, the global market for consumer drones will approach $130 million in revenue in 2015, increasing by 55 percent from 2014, with unit sales of consumer drones expected to reach 400,000. The revenue from drone sales is expected to easily exceed $1 billion in just five years.

“Drones and unmanned systems are being used to assist in a variety of applications, from aerial coverage for sports and real estate, to assistance in search and rescue and disaster relief missions,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “We’re excited to introduce the Unmanned Systems Marketplace at the 2015 CES and witness how these unique tools are revolutionizing the way we capture and monitor our world.”


PR- Sep 22, 2014 - MDeC & Tentspark launches National Big App Challenge

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Tentspark, a leading IT consultancy and solutions provider, today jointly launched the National Big App Challenge (Big App), a unique competition that will showcase the importance of Big Data Analytics (BDA) in solving Malaysia’s challenges pertaining to national issues and societal well-being through open data, while highlighting the talents of homegrown software specialists. The challenge is co-organised by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and is the first programme under the National Big Data Initiative.

Big App Challenge is the first of its kind to run in the country, serving as a ground-breaking platform for software companies in Malaysia to explore the possibilities of BDA to assist Malaysia towards a developed digital economy by 2020. The challenge will drive big data usage and adoption in the country and identify companies with outstanding BDA solutions that can help solve national problems.

The Big App is open to individuals/students, start-ups, and software companies with prizes worth more than RM100,000 to be won. Participants are allowed to develop their solutions on any IT platform.


PR - Sep 22, 2014 - ’MENARA AIMS’ is the new name for Aik Hua building

AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, cements its physical presence in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur by signing a long-term anchor tenancy at the 18-storey building that has housed its headquarters for the past 14 years.

AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer Chiew Kok Hin says that this comes after the company's 20 years of service in the Klang Valley, and demonstrates long term commitment to its clientele. He says, “Our message is simple - AIMS will be in this business for a very long time. We are part of the fabric of this vibrant, world-class city, and AIMS' is in the heart of KL. We’re not going anywhere.”

AIMS’ Group recently announced that its 2014 second quarter earnings grew 11% from RM14.3 Million in 2013 to RM15.97 million in 2014.


PR - Sep 19, 2014 - ASUS Announced Transformer Book Flip

ASUS Transformer Book Flip – a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Transformer Book Flip is incredibly versatile, and can be used as a powerful laptop, a responsive tablet, or anything in between.

Transformer Book Flip is powered by Intel® Core™ up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GT840M discrete graphics for seamless multitasking and outstanding performance, and is available with screen sizes of 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch. The Flip features superior SonicMaster audio, a one-piece chiclet keyboard and a large touchpad with Smart Gesture support. With its elegant hairline-textured finishing in tough metal construction, the Flip offers great durability with a sleek profile that’s incredibly portable. Thoughtful features such as gently rounded edges help to complete the minimalist but stylish look.

ASUS Transformer Book Flip is a direct replacement for last year’s award-winning VivoBook series, with the same affordability but more flexibility. It keeps all the best bits of VivoBook but adds some new features that allow it to mold to fit the user’s needs rather than the user having to fit around Flip, increasing the range of user scenarios for the touchscreen – it’s a perfect example of ASUS’s highly regarded “Design Thinking” philosophy at work.


PR - Sep 11, 2014 - Winner of Inaugural MSTB ‘Software Test Design’ Competition announced

The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) today announces the winners of the inaugural Software Test Design Competition. Team Komodo Dragon from Penang wins the Open Category while Team Infinity from Kuala Lumpur wins the University Category. The winners walk away with prize money of RM10,000 and RM5,000 respectively.

Team Komodo Dragon comprises five employees from a Penang-based electronics multinational corporation while Team Infinity consists of three final-year students and a supervising lecturer from private university. The prize-giving ceremony was held today at the closing of SOFTEC 2014, the 7th annual conference on software testing organised by MSTB.

MSTB TDC University Category Winner - Team Infinity

A total of five teams were in the Final Round, which was held on Tuesday (September 9, 2014). The other finalists were Team IDS from Sarawak, Team FTP from Selangor and Team Synergistic from Kuala Lumpur. The five were shortlisted from 17 teams which went through the Preliminary Round held in August.