IT News Week 5 Apr 2016

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Kaspersky Small Office Security Is the Leader in New AV-TEST Research under Windows 10
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Canvas announces four new customers & doubles APAC operations
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Dimension Data and Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino By Tracing People
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Discovery Communications Invests in Premium OTT Sports Platform
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - AIMS Achieves ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 from BSI
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Shopee Celebrates Mighty Moms
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Amazon Web Services Establishes Office in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Three innovative teams set to represent Malaysia at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup regional finals
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Non-polarizing Beam Splitter
  • PR - Apr 25, 2015 - Galasys Signs Strategic Collaborations with Indonesia’s Telkomsigma
  • PR - Apr 25, 2016 - Gibson Innovations Teams Up With DJ Eva T To Nail EDM Scene with the Philips A5-Pro

PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Kaspersky Small Office Security Is the Leader in New AV-TEST Research under Windows 10

AV-TEST has evaluated 11 small business security solutions to find out, which provides the most effective security for Windows 10. According to the test results, Kaspersky Small Office Security took first place. The Kaspersky Lab solution excelled against the competition, gaining maximum scores in all three categories: protection, performance and usability.

The main objective of the test was to examine 11 different, Windows 10 compatible, corporate solutions. The tests covered three categories, with AV-TEST specialists evaluating protection, speed and usability. In all three categories, only Kaspersky Lab solution was awarded the maximum of 6 points; giving a total of 18 points overall.

The protection test took place in two stages. Firstly, protection against 0-day malware attacks, inclusive of web and e-mail threats was tested. Secondly, the solutions were tested in their ability to detect widespread and prevalent malware, discovered in the last 4 weeks by AV-TEST. To assess the performance of security solutions under Windows 10 the testers mimicked typical user behavior, launching popular websites, downloading and installing frequently-used applications, and copying of files both locally and in a network.

PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Canvas announces four new customers & doubles APAC operations

Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), announced today that it has grown its operations in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region by doubling its staff. Additionally, four prestigious customers in the APAC region have selected Canvas as their LMS of choice, bringing a modern learning platform to schools and universities across the region.
Troy Martin, Director, APAC

Canvas was recently implemented by SCEGGS Darlinghurst in Sydney, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, SIM University in Singapore, and University of Auckland in New Zealand. In addition to the four customer wins, Canvas has more than doubled its headcount within the sales, marketing, and customer success functions across APAC over the past 12 months.

Troy Martin, Director of APAC for Canvas said of the LMS’ momentum within the region: “The success that Canvas has seen over the past 12 months in the APAC region indicates that there is a growing and real need for cutting edge technology that becomes an enabler, allowing the institutions we work with to deliver the best and most compelling learning experience possible.

PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Dimension Data and Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino By Tracing People

South Africa-headquartered technology company, Dimension Data, and worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, today announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa. The two companies have deployed some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in an unnamed private game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park to monitor and track individuals from the time they enter the reserve gates, until they exit.

According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ Report 2015, a staggering 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014 alone. This equates to three rhinos being killed every day. If the rate of poaching continues, rhino deaths could overtake rhino births by 2018, and the rhino could be non-existent in South Africa by 2025.

Phase two of the Connected Conservation project will incorporate CCTV, drones with infrared cameras; thermal imaging, vehicle tracking sensors, as well as seismic sensors on a highly secure intelligent network. Dimension Data has also deployed Cisco’s Reserve Area Networks (RANs) which will be one of the first installations of its kind in the world.

PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Discovery Communications Invests in Premium OTT Sports Platform

Delivering on its promise to superserve fans across all platforms, Discovery Communications today announce an agreement to acquire a minority stake in RugbyPass - a digital content platform that reaches passionate rugby fans across 23 Asian markets with the world's best competitions - live or on demand - from any device.

To further boost the RugbyPass offering to fans, select content from Discovery-owned Setanta Sports Asia will be immediately available to all RugbyPass subscribers.

Launched in Asia in February this year by Coliseum Sports Media (CSM), RugbyPass offers fans one destination to watch the world's best rugby action including Super Rugby, Aviva Premiership, European Champions Cup and British Lions Tour in New Zealand in 2017 - all in high definition on the internet or any app-enabled device.

PR - Apr 27, 2016 - AIMS Achieves ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 from BSI

The AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, today announces that it has achieved the international ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification on IT Service Management System (ITSM) from the British Standards Institution (BSI).

Following this certification, AIMS has become the first datacentre in Asia Pacific to partner with Network Infrastructure Inventory Inc. (Ni2) to provide customers with IT Service Management (ITSM), Operational Support Systems (OSS), and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) capabilities in one platform.

Chiew Kok Hin, CEO, AIMS Group

AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says, “The ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification is a highly acclaimed certification for the datacentre industry that encompasses our data centre operations, managed services and supporting functions.

PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Shopee Celebrates Mighty Moms

Mothers are our very own superheroes, although their efforts often go unnoticed. What better time to show these great women how much they mean to us, than on Mother’s Day, which is just around the corner.

From now until 8 May 2016, Shopee, the mobile-first shopping platform, celebrates mighty mothers everywhere and rewards them for their incredible efforts with the “Shopee Celebrates Mighty Moms” campaign.

Whether your mom is a wizard in the kitchen, an avid shutterbug, a DIY pro, or simply in need of some ‘TLC’, Shopee has a wide range of meaningful gifts to suit each of these needs and more. Shoppers only need to download the app and follow Shopee’s official account on the app, Shopee Mamak (@shopee_mamak), to be in the running to win some lucrative gifts for the entire family, worth over RM5,000.

PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Amazon Web Services Establishes Office in Malaysia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that Amazon Web Services Malaysia (AWS Malaysia) has opened an office in Kuala Lumpur to further support the rapidly growing customer base across Malaysia. The office is now open and operational and is supporting businesses of all sizes, from startups and small-and-medium sized businesses to large enterprises and public sector customers, as they make the transition to the AWS Cloud.

The AWS Malaysia’s office includes a country manager, account managers, solutions architects, partner and alliance managers, technical account managers, professional services and training services for customers and the partner network to engage directly. AWS Malaysia is integral to the growth of AWS for South East Asia and is further evidence of the continued investment of AWS to help organizations around the world in accelerating their move to the cloud.

Organizations in Malaysia are already using AWS’s pay-as-you-go suite of cloud infrastructure services to speed time to market without upfront capital investment. Malaysian customers are adopting AWS to run core enterprise applications, perform data analytics, live streaming of video, build e-commerce platforms, launch new businesses, host websites, deliver global social and mobile applications, and extend on-premises environments. Some of the customers include Maybank, AmInvest, edotco Group, Fraser & Neave Holdings Group (F&N), Fusionex, Grab, iflix, KFit, Kim Teck Cheong (KTC), among many other businesses.

PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Three innovative teams set to represent Malaysia at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup regional finals

Microsoft Malaysia celebrated the passion and creativity of Malaysian youths at the recent Imagine Cup 2016 National Finals competition by announcing three talented national winners, to represent Malaysia at the online Regional Finals in June. Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition which allows students across all disciplines to use their thirst for technology to create applications, games, and solutions that can change the way we live, work, and play.

Group photo at the culmination of the Imagine Cup National Finals 2016, held in Melaka earlier this month

During Imagine Cup, students are required to create a technology project from start to finish – therefore formulating a great idea, supporting it with a thorough plan, and eventually building the project for submission. Students can submit their work for three main categories – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship.

Team Project Name University Remarks
Burning Hair Plug In (Games) Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak) A game inspired by the very real-life situation of needing to charge a phone.
InnovaBoard InnovaBoard (Balance Board) (Innvocation) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) An interactive ‘balance board’ aimed at helping people improve their body balance.
BAWA Easing Mobility Challenges For The Visually Impaired Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak) This project is aimed at helping the visually impaired by creating a low-cost solution that extends beyond the capabilities of a cane, turning it into a wearable product.

PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Non-polarizing Beam Splitter

Classic 50:50 beam splitters change the polarization of the incoming light. Circularly-polarized laser radiation is divided into elliptically-polarized partial beams – corresponding to the different reflection values for p-polarization and s-polarization.

LASER COMPONENTS now offers beam splitters for CO2 lasers that maintain the polarization state of the laser beam for both the reflected and the transmitted partial beam: They are called "non-polarizing beam splitters."

The coating is applied to ZnSe "laser grade" substrates at high precision Rs,p [10.6 μm] = 50% ±1%. The coating consists of several layers, one of which is germanium; thus, the beam splitter is impenetrable for light in the visible range.

Non-polarizing beam splitters are suited for a laser power of <500 W/cm². Different standard components with a diameter of between 25.0 mm and 2" are available in stock and can be provided quickly for your tests.

PR - Apr 25, 2016 - Galasys Signs Strategic Collaborations with Indonesia’s Telkomsigma

Galasys PLC, a market leading provider of integrated amusement park solutions and services in Asia, today announces that it has signed a strategic collaboration with PT Sigma Caraka or Telkomsigma to utilise Galasys Intelligent Tourism platform to help boost the Indonesian in-bound Tourism industry.

Intelligent Tourism Platform is based on Galasys revolutionary CLOTA (Cloud Online Travel Agents) technologies that integrates reputable Online Travel Agents (OTAs) with tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, shoppings and entertainment centers; into an online platform where tourists can do DIY or pick a package that suits their travel needs.

Galasys Intelligent Tourism platform is slated to be launched commercially by July 2016. As part of their collaboration, Galasys will also provide analytics, e-ticketing and point-of-sales solutions to Indonesian businesses via the Intelligent Tourism platform which will be multi-lingual to include Chinese and English translation. Powered with big data analytics, the platform will be able create customer orientated packages based on social media feedback to provide vendors with a better understanding of their customers.

PR - Apr 25, 2016 - Gibson Innovations Teams Up With DJ Eva T To Nail EDM Scene with the Philips A5-Pro

Gibson Innovations, a Gibson Brands company and a brand licensee of Royal Philips has teamed up with top Malaysians DJs to conquer local electronic dance music (EDM) scene by taking the Armin Van Buuren designed Philips A5-Pro to an even wider audience.

Among the top acts collaborating with Gibson Innovations on the Philips A5-Pro is DJ Eva T. Dubbed “The Diva of South”, Eva T has successfully broke the male-dominated EDM music scene with her mesh R&B, hip hop, electro and progressive house. With a rocking fashion sense and crazy hair colour, her talent has led her to both local and international fame with invites to perform in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia.
Philips A5-PRO

Specifically designed by International DJ legend, Armin van Buuren to meet his needs as a globetrotting DJ, the Philips A5-PRO headphone is an essential tool for every DJ professional as well as music aficionados.

Powered by 50mm neodymium drivers, Philips A5-PRO provides 3500mW power handling with clear, dynamic and distortion-free delivery event a high volumes or with high audio input power.

Philips A5-PRO is built on anodized-finish and sturdy yet lightweight aluminium structure to withstand any active DJ environment. Moreover, the earpieces on these headphones can be rotated 90° for convenient one-ear listening while track mixing.