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  1. IT News Week 3 of Aug 2018 - Disk 2
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IT News Week 3 of Aug 2018 - Disk 2

For IT News Week 3 of Aug 2018 - Disk 1, Digi's Prepaid Internet Reload is considered interesting.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news:
  • Aug 17, 2018 - IKEA Online Store Ready to Serve Malaysians Nationwide
  • Aug 16, 2018 - TP-Link announces new Neffos P1 smartphone with built-in laser projector capable of displaying a 200-inch image
  • Aug 15, 2018 - PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad Partners Common Ground into an Innovation Lab for Partners
  • Aug 15, 2018 - New VAIO® S11 and S13 Notebooks Officially Launched in Malaysia
  • Aug 15, 2018 - Huawei Announced Adoption of Western Digital’s SMR HDDs
  • Aug 15, 2018 - Taipei, Taiwan - Lian Li Fuse Classic Brushed Aluminum and Modern RGB Lighting with new LANCOOL ONE Chassis
  • Aug 15, 2018 - SD-WAN Market Leader Silver Peak Celebrates 1,000 Customer Milestone
  • Aug 15, 2018 - Map of Ecommerce (MoE) Malaysia Q2 2018
  • Aug 15, 2018 - Flower Chimp Secured MYR 6 Million Funding Following Success Across Southeast Asia
  • Aug 14, 2018 - Kaspersky : Over one third of all phishing attacks target financial sector customers in second quarter of 2018
Aug 17, 2018 - IKEA Online Store Ready to Serve Malaysians Nationwide

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA has officially launched the IKEA online store, marking its full-force foray into eCommerce in Malaysia. The new service brings to Malaysians the single largest online shopping platform dedicated for home furnishings.


Effective today, the IKEA online store extends delivery throughout the country. Customers can easily browse and order IKEA home furnishing products anytime and from anywhere at their convenience.

Prior to the official launch, IKEA Malaysia conducted a soft launch to carry out an end-to-end testing of the eCommerce system. Part of a customer-centric effort, the process has allowed IKEA to gather learnings, feedback and best practices that have been used as refinement in preparation for a seamless shopping experience throughout all touchpoints.

Aug 16, 2018 - TP-Link announces new Neffos P1 smartphone with built-in laser projector capable of displaying a 200-inch image

TP-Link has announced the latest and most exciting addition to its Neffos smartphone brand. The new and groundbreaking Neffos P1 boasts a built-in projector for viewing HD content on a wall with a screen size of up to 200 inches. The rest of the phone impresses as well.



To project content directly from the hardware, the P1 uses American military-grade micro-electro-mechanical system or MEMS laser technology and a three-color beam light to produce a clear and high-resolution picture on a flat wall or screen.

To produce the most vivid and detailed picture possible, with deep blacks and bright highlights, the Neffos P1 achieves a contrast ratio of 5,000:1, which is much higher than what a standard digital-light-processing or DLP projector is capable of producing. The typical DLP projector has a native contrast ratio of 400:1. The Neffos P1's superior contrast ratio allows for striking visuals in high definition.

Aug 15, 2018 - PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad Partners Common Ground into an Innovation Lab for Partners

PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) and Common Ground, Malaysia’s largest leading coworking space, today announced its partnership to spur the growth of Malaysia’s existing startup ecosystem through providing the community a conducive platform to network and co-create revolutionary ideas.

The partnership is PDB’s long-term strategies to reinvent their retail business by encouraging existing partners to innovate better solutions targeting PDB's core.

[L to R]  Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PDB, Juhn Teo, Co Founder of Common Ground and Aadrin Azly, Head of Retail Business, PDB

By partnering with Common Ground who has the largest number of coworking space venues, PDB gets to tap into the vast resource of startups, SMEs and business communities from the network of Common Groud.

The incorporation of Common Ground into PETRONAS Station Jalan Kolam Air Lama marks the cornerstone of PDB’s plan to transform the station into an innovation hub, which is now known as The Place @ Ampang.

Aug 15, 2018 - New VAIO® S11 and S13 Notebooks Officially Launched in Malaysia

Sony announced the new VAIO® S11 and S13 VAIO notebooks for business professionals who value performance, portability, and style.

Carefully assembled in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, the new VAIO® S11 and S13 notebooks pride itself with first-rate production, advanced electronics, and devoted obsession for craftsmanship – a set of procedures called the “Azumino Finish”. The VAIO® S11 and S13 notebooks retain their iconic hexagonal design while staying slim and lightweight. They are also regularly subjected to stringent quality tests to ensure they are highly durable and reliable.

Vaio S11

The new VAIO® S11 and S13 notebooks are optimized with VAIO TruePerformance technology, allowing the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ CPU Processors inside the notebooks to be improved by 11% to 13%, as well ass having more efficient dispersal of processor heat.

The VAIO® S13 notebook only comes in black and silver, while the smaller VAIO® S11 notebook will have more colour options, including black, silver, brown, pink and white. The VAIO® S11 will be priced between RM 6,499 to RM 6,699 while the VAIO® S13 will retail at RM 6,199 to RM8,399. Interested buyers will be able to purchase the new VAIO notebooks in person at Plaza Lowyat and Digital Mall, the latter of housing the Nexstgo flagship store. The new VAIO notebooks will also be available on Lazada online store.

Aug 15, 2018 - Huawei Announced Adoption of Western Digital’s SMR HDDs

An early adopter of Western Digital’s SMR HDDs - the Ultrastar® Hs14the industry’s first 14TB HDD - , Huawei is breaking new ground by optimizing its distributed cloud storage OceanStor® 9000 system for the sequential nature of data capture in video surveillance applications.

“With the explosive growth of data, our worldwide customers from different industries require high density, good performance and low power to meet their growing demands. Huawei provides comprehensive data management solutions for customers based on high-performance all-flash storage for critical business scenarios. Huawei has optimized its distributed file system for massive unstructured data scenarios, which enables OceanStor 9000 to support capacity up to 14TB SMR drives. This helps customers to manage massive video data with a lower TCO,” said Meng Guangbin, president of storage product line at Huawei.

Aug 15, 2018 - Taipei, Taiwan - Lian Li Fuse Classic Brushed Aluminum and Modern RGB Lighting with new LANCOOL ONE Chassis

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis for enthusiasts, custom OEM/ODM case solutions and case accessories is pleased to announce the official launch of the LANCOOL ONE chassis. Featuring Lian Li’s signature brushed aluminum finish and quality combined with modern RGB lighting, the LANCOOL ONE brings a new twist to a classic Lian Li design. Debuted in the recent COMPUTEX 2018 expo, the LANCOOL ONE has already managed to wow consumers due to its unique design and incredible value offering.


Increase cooling in your case or add more storage with the Lian Li’s innovative dual-function PSU shroud. The shroud includes removable drive trays to house two additional 2.5” drives like SSDs or mount additional two 120mm fans for improved cooling that helps in cooling PCIe devices like the GPU. Underneath the PSU shroud, user can install up to two 3.5” drives like HDDs for further storage. The drive cage is removable and you can move it so you can have more space underneath the shroud for other airflow or modifications.

Aug 15, 2018 - SD-WAN Market Leader Silver Peak Celebrates 1,000 Customer Milestone

Silver Peak®, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced that it now serves over 1,000 customers around the world with its award winning Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN solution. Today’s milestone encompasses both enterprise customers served by the Silver Peak channel partner ecosystem and end-customers served by Silver Peak service provider partners offering turnkey managed SD-WAN services powered by EdgeConnect.

Since introducing EdgeConnect three years ago, Silver Peak innovation has been shaped by working hand-in-hand with customers to shift from a device-centric WAN model where the business is forced to conform to the constraints of the network toward a business-first model where the network empowers the business. The result, EdgeConnect is the industry’s most complete and advanced SD-WAN solution, automatically learning and adapting to changing business requirements to assure the highest levels of application performance and end user quality of experience.

New EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution customers include: Andersen Tax LLC, Gerresheimer AG, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Integra Life Sciences, J-U-B Engineers Inc., Republic Bank and Trust, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Southern Cross Austereo, Tennesse Oncology, Universal Health Services and Westrac.

Aug 15, 2018 - Map of Ecommerce (MoE) Malaysia Q2 2018

The MoE infographic illustrates Malaysia’s top ecommerce platforms based on data such as online traffic, mobile app rankings (iOS & Google Play), social media followers & number of staff.



Here are the most interesting findings from our study:
  • Shopee (12.3 mil visitors) inched closer to Lazada’s (27.9 mil visitors) monthly traffic by 2/5 in Q2 2018. In Q1 2018, Shoppe’s was 1/5 to Lazada’s monthly average visitors.
  • Fashion Valet and CJ WOW SHOP entered the top five most visited Malaysian-based ecommerce platform in Q2 2018. Lelong remained as the most visited Malaysian-based ecommerce platform with 5.2mil visitors.
  • The top three most visited Malaysian based ecommerce platforms were Lelong (5.2 mil visitors), GoShop (818k visitors) and Hermo (758k visitors).
  • In the fashion, health & beauty category, Hermo, Fashion Valet, Poplook, Babydash and Naelofar Hijab are the five most visited Malaysian-based ecommerce platforms as of Q2 2018.
https://iprice.my/insights/mapofecommerce/en/

Aug 15, 2018 - Flower Chimp Secured MYR 6 Million Funding Following Success Across Southeast Asia

Flower Chimp has recently secured an investment of MYR 6 million from its investors including Asia Venture Group (AVG), a private company that sees the promising potential Flower Chimp offers through its unique business model and marketing strategies. The same company has also invested in iMoney, Happy Fresh and iPrice.

Maximilian Lotz, CEO; Niklas Frassa, COO

From birthday bouquets to congratulatory flower stands, special messages on Valentine’s and Mothers’ Day, Flower Chimp caters to all your blooming needs from as low as MYR89. Ahead of its competitors, Flower Chimp offers a nationwide network which covers more than 80 districts across Malaysia, including in Sabah and Sarawak. Such wide coverage makes the platform the preferred online florist among consumers who enjoy further benefits with its free delivery on all orders at no minimum spend. Consumers can also arrange for the same day delivery for any orders made before 1 pm to surprise their loved ones.

Aug 14, 2018 - Kaspersky : Over one third of all phishing attacks target financial sector customers in second quarter of 2018

In the second quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing technologies prevented over 107 million attempts to visit phishing pages, of which 35.7% were related to financial services and targeting customers through fake banking or payment pages. The IT sector was the second hardest hit, with 13.83 of attacks targeting tech companies, which is 12.28 percentage points more in comparison with the previous quarter, according to Kaspersky Lab’s ‘Spam and phishing in Q2 2018’ report.

The distribution of different types of financial phishing attacks detected by Kaspersky Lab in Q2 2018


Interestingly, there were almost 60,000 attempts to visit fraudulent web pages featuring popular crypto-currency wallets and exchanges, during the period from April to June. Total amount attributed to such attempts were $2,329,317, even without taking into account any revenues from classic phishing.

The main targets of phishing attacks have remained the same since the end of last year. They are primarily global Internet portals and the financial sector, including banks, payment services and online stores.

Kaspersky Lab advises users to always check the link address and the sender’s email before clicking anything.

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Blockchain.Complicated.io

Simple Concept

Blockchain is a straight forward concept that sits on a pretty complicated technology framework. The concept is simple and straight forward - it allows storing of data that is shared and secure yet tamper-proof and the data would be decentralized.

What is the benefit of decentralization? Just think of the stock market and batman movie.

In the batman movie, the villain to tries take the stock market offline by sabotaging the stock exchange to interrupt the economy of the country. In terms of best practices, stock exchanges usually have contingency plans whereby remote locations will serve as the fail-over facilities in case of emergency.

Remember the case of Bursa Malaysia when the CIO resigned over a technical glitch reported as hardware failure? In a typical scenario, the data centre is usually a centralized facility with fail-overs.

In a decentralized scenario, the data is distributed into multiple servers and PCs in a free-will manner which results in free fail-over facilitation - theoretically, it is impossible to take down all these fail-overs even with coordinated efforts.

In retrospect, with the decentralized concept inherent in the design, the blockchain platform supports fail-over by default.

To put things into a simple manner, a decentralized data is akin to a data which has gone viral (and out of control).

Data is shared and secure due to the data being encrypted using cryptography technology - only the data owner has visibility of the data, but he or she can share it with friends.

Tamper-proof is because there is no delete button in the blockchain platform, as the matter of fact, each block is chained up and has historical linkage, a broken link may result in collapse of the whole chain and theoretically, it is possible to recreate the whole blockchain up to the first node (going backward) based on the link: the hash of each block.

Now why is the technology complicated?

1.) Public-key Cryptography

First and foremost, blockchain is based on the very technology of public-key cryptography which saw its invention dated back to 1976. It is quite a complex system where the encryption and decryption are dependent on a pair of keys (public and private) - the public key is meant for distribution while the private is only known to the owner - this makes up the basis of shared yet secure of the blockchain platform.

Pay attention that the public-key system is a result of years of research and it is an open standard and this is what makes it stand out - it is an open standard, yet it is unbreakable.

Just imagine the scenario whereby the world most famous recipe of Coca-Cola is exposed yet no one could figure out the process of manufacturing it – as good as nothing.

The public-key cryptography is computational resources intensive, this contributes in part to the basis of the infamous Bitcoin mining which is not environmentally friendly – yet, the energy inefficiency of Bitcoin mining is largely due to the difficulty module inherent into the design of the Bitcoin which forms the basis of competition – the key point to take note is that the difficulty of a mining process was pre-programmed to decrease the chances of someone winning the block, it is NOT caused by big data nor network slowness etc

2.) Chain Linking

Public-key cryptography enables the function of chain-linking of the blockchain.

In a nutshell, chain-linking is referring to the technique of the blocks in a blockchain linked up by a string known as the consensus hash: the aforementioned public key.

Blocks are linked up in a chain of hashes and the contents hold intrinsic values

Having said this, a block knows its previous block and the history is incorporated into the public key.

This results in two powerful features of the blockchain: backtracking and tamper-proof.

Tamper-proof because there is no way one can cheat by introducing a forged key to claim ownership of the data such as the value of the token.

3.) Token Mining

Token mining is a great invention as a result of implementation of cryptocurrency projects based on the blockchain technology.

The idea is ingenious – in terms of the implementation of ensuring scarcity, difficulty policies and incentives policies for miners.

The entire mining concept is a clever analogy to the invention of interest rate system which powers the finance industry today.

In a nutshell, when a data is to be inserted into the blockchain, the job must be carried out by workers who would compete to be the first to accomplish the job and the winner worker will be rewarded, usually by token such as Bitcoin – the workers are known as miners.

4.) Chain Forking

There is however a known challenge which affects all blockchain implementation: chain forking.

Chain forking is usually caused by the process where the nodes recognize a non-canonical block as the new block.

During the process of mining, many miners work simultaneously to create new block for a new request. Whilst the mining process defines the criteria of determining the mining winner, it is however inevitable that multiple winners may emerge at the same time at different nodes in the entire network; since all these would happen at the nodes (only), it is possible that certain nodes may declare themselves as winners without the majority consensus (51% of it) because it takes time for the canonical consensus to spread across the entire network, the bigger the slower.

Therefore, a node may end up recognizing the wrong hash for the new block and if the same node keeps operating (by receiving new blocks), the corrupted chain will end up as a fork.

Recognizing this reality, client software running at each node would have a contingency plan to identify fork based global consensus information at a later stage and to perform a process known as chain reorganization by replacing corrupted blocks with the canonical blocks.

In financial accounting, this process is akin to the reconciliation process. Nonetheless, it is more complex implemented than said.

5.) Uncharted Territory

Blockchain is considered stable yet uncharted territory.

Although Bitcoin implementation has been 10 years old, Blockchain is still considered uncharted largely due to the promise of decentralization.

In a typical centralized scenario, many things can be properly scoped and there is a limit to everything such as computing power and storage space.

In retrospect, the Blockchain platform challenges limitless data growth and linkage which may lead to inevitable challenges such as the aforementioned chain forking, lest the fact that Bitcoin only permits 21 million tokens in circulation and hence it has a limit too.

Bitcoin gave birth to Blockchain Implementation

The Blockchain technology was mooted out of the Bitcoin project as a decentralized platform to host shared yet immutable and encrypted cryptocurrency data, that was in 2008. Although proofs show that some computer scientists and mathematicians had theorized the Blockchain concept before Bitcoin, however, it was the very idea to create the decentralized currency that brought it into practical application.

    

IT News Week 3 of Aug 2018

For IT News Week 2 of Aug 2018, the Oppo F9 announcement of Waterdrop screen ,VOOC Flash Charge and Dual Rear Cameras was worth a thought.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news:
  • Aug 14, 2018 - CJ WOW SHOP Set to Hit One Million Customers
  • Aug 13, 2018 - Dell EMC Offers Mid-Size Organisations Simply Powerful Data Protection at the Lowest Cost to Protect
  • Aug 13, 2018 - OPPO F9's ColorOS 5.2 features the smarter Google Lens to perfect your daily life
  • Aug 13, 2018 - Digi now offers over the counter ‘Internet Reload’, specifically designed for prepaid internet usage
  • Aug 13, 2018 - INTI enhances the blended learning experience with Kaltura-powered video solutions
  • Aug 10, 2018 - ASUS Announced New ASUS VivoBook S530
  • Aug 10, 2018 - Sony Remasters Signature Series with A New Line of Exquisite Audio Products
  • Aug 10, 2018 - Around 23,000 devices go missing every month, finds Kaspersky Lab
  • Aug 9, 2018 - Penfabric looks to Hitachi Sunway to Decrease Energy Usage
  • Aug 2, 2018 - Microsoft Announced Surface Go for Malaysia
Aug 14, 2018 - CJ WOW SHOP Set to Hit One Million Customers

In the lead-up to surpassing the 1 million customer mark, innovative home shopping network CJ WOW SHOP, has flagged off its “WOW In A Million” campaign to thank and reward its loyal customers.

(L-R) : Chef Fikree, Zaim Helmi, Kim Yang Hyun, Yana Samsudin, Lily Liyana, Diana Rusdi and Chef Brian

“WOW In A Million” involves a month-long celebration, where a CJ WOW SHOP team led by Mr. Kim Yang Hyun, Chief Executive Officer of CJ WOW SHOP which includes top executives, show hosts and crew members will be touring the nation to visit the Top 100 customers. Made up of among the highest spending customers, the team will be making an appearance at their doorsteps to thank them with various gifts and rewards.

Customers will be able to purchase the products seen on television by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-18-0808. They can also make purchases online by logging on to http://www.cjwowshop.com.my or by downloading the CJ WOW SHOP mobile app via Android or iOS.

Aug 13, 2018 - Dell EMC Offers Mid-Size Organisations Simply Powerful Data Protection at the Lowest Cost to Protect

Dell EMC has announced its newest Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), the Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 - providing simple and powerful converged data protection to help mid-size organisations transform IT while combatting data sprawl and complexity.

A cool looking data protection server


—featuring enterprise-class capabilities for backup, deduplication, replication and recovery. In other words, the IDPA DP4400 blends simplicity and performance for mid-size organisations and remote office-branch office (ROBO) environments. The solution is designed to provide organisations the lowest cost to protect and is guaranteed under the Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty program.

Key features include:
  • Customer-installable and easy-to-use HTML5 user interface
  • Grows in place with no downtime
  • Protect more data with 55:1 average deduplication
  • Supports largest application ecosystem
  • Delivers powerful performance with NVMe flash
  • Cloud-ready solution
The Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 is available immediately through Dell EMC and authorised channel partners, starting at under US$80,000 (approximately RM325,000).

Aug 13, 2018 - OPPO F9's ColorOS 5.2 features the smarter Google Lens to perfect your daily life

OPPO announced an upgrade to its F9’s ColorOS. The 5.2 version is the latest system for OPPO that will run using Android 8.1. With new feature added including Google Lens, support not only the smarter Google Lens; but also Smartbar; Music On Display and smoother video editing experience.

Google Lens can identify objects and relevant results without having to depend on a separate application. For example, users may view the history, reviews and other information of a product by just snapping a picture; By doing so, the phone will list down all the details of the item. And why stop there? The update enables you to snap a restaurant and receive all the information regarding the eatery.

Aug 13, 2018 - Digi now offers over the counter ‘Internet Reload’, specifically designed for prepaid internet usage

Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (“Digi”) today rolled out Prepaid Internet Reload, a new data reload option for prepaid customers, making it convenient for them to top up as and when they want.

The Digi Internet Reload allows prepaid users to choose how much data they would like to have, when they want it – this product will not tap into their existing plans for calls and messaging as it is specifically designed for internet usage.



Available in two options –RM3 for 3GB with a validity of 24 hours, and RM10 for 8.5GB with a validity of seven days, customers can now purchase the Digi Internet Reload at 99 Speedmart, Happy Mart, KK Mart, MyNews, Watsons, AEON Big, Cold Storage, Giant, Tesco, BHPetrol, Caltex and Petron stations. Other retailers such as 7-Eleven, Petronas and Shell will begin sales in September.

Aug 13, 2018 - INTI enhances the blended learning experience with Kaltura-powered video solutions

Kaltura announces today that their partner, INTI International University & Colleges in Malaysia, utilises Kaltura's video technology solutions as a key part of their digital learning roadmap. This is aimed at optimising the learning experience for Generation Z students, digital natives who represent the biggest consumers of video and technology.

Key points of announcement:
  • Every course offered at INTI takes advantage of videos to create blended learning experiences, and enables some courses to be offered fully online via webinars and live video, meeting a wide range of learning needs
  • Curated videos from students are often used as teaching material, enhancing digital skills and creating an engaging way to gain subject matter knowledge for today's Generation Z, digital-first learners
  • Kaltura's video tools are integrated within INTI's learning platforms such as Blackboard, facilitating easy access to video tools for students and educators
INTI's experience also correlates with Kaltura's recently conducted State of Video in Education survey that pointed to a growing use of video in education. Educational institutions surveyed anticipated a high ROI for video, with 92% believing video to play a key role in increasing student satisfaction with their learning experience.

Aug 10, 2018 - Asus Announced New ASUS VivoBook S530

ASUS Announces New VivoBook S15 (S530) , a lightweight laptops powered by up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPUs and featuring unique color-blocking design, Ergo Lift hinge, and three-sided Nano Edge display.



Key Features -
  • 15.6" laptops featuring bold and youthful color-blocking designs, with five vibrant color options and several textured finishes.
  • Ergo Lift hinge replicates the feel of typing on a desktop keyboard, while the new three-sided Nano Edge display design provides an immersive viewing experience.
  • Powered by up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics and dual-storage designs
  • A 86% screen-to-body ratio for unrivaled immersion in a much more compact package and weigh only 1.6KG that can easily slip into a messenger bag or backpack.
Depending on the specs, the price ranges from RM2,999 to RM3,899.

Aug 10, 2018 - Sony Remasters Signature Series with A New Line of Exquisite Audio Products

Sony expands its Signature Series with a new line of exquisite audio products - the IER-Z1R in-ear headphones and DMP-Z1 digital music player. The products harness decades of audio expertise, proudly showcasing Sony’s relentless lifetime pursuit of sound excellence.

The earphone and the digital music player

Sony has also announced the MDR-Z7M2, the successor to the highly acclaimed MDR-Z7 headphones. Evolving the “Sony Sound”, it inherits MDR-Z1R’s technology from the Signature Series such as the Fibonacci-patterned grill and a Φ4.4mm balanced connection cable in the box.

DMP-Z1

Lastly the two new premium in-ear stage monitor headphones, the IER-M9 and IER-M7 are announced too. They provide the best tonal balance for monitoring your play on stage with absolute sound isolation and a stable fit to avoid the headphones falling off during performance.

Aug 10, 2018 - Around 23,000 devices go missing every month, finds Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab’s consumer research, one-in-five (18%) say photos and videos of their travel are the most important forms of data on their devices, with this type of data trumping all others. However, in additional research by the company, 28% said that if they lost their devices, or had them stolen, they would never be able to replace those precious holiday photos.

According to Kaspersky Lab stats*, the company’s Anti-Theft feature in its Kaspersky Internet Security for Android product is launched an astounding 1.5 times every minute on average, and an average 23,000 Android devices are being reported lost or stolen a month.

Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Theft feature in Kaspersky Internet Security for Android prevents a user’s data from being accessed should their device be lost or stolen. It does this by, for example, allowing a user to lock and locate a device remotely if it’s lost, turn on their device’s alarm even if the sound is switched to silent mode, and more.

Aug 9, 2018 - Penfabric looks to Hitachi Sunway to Decrease Energy Usage

Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd (“Hitachi Sunway”), a leading one-stop ICT services and solutions provider in ASEAN, today is pleased to share that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Penang based Penfabric Sdn. Berhad

Penfabric, a key member of Toray Group (Malaysia), is a manufacturer of woven fabrics for purposes of shirting, blouses, work wear, sportswear, casual wear and other non-apparel use. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc., Japan, a chemical conglomerate with diversified businesses globally.

    (L-R:)
    Hideki Okada - Deputy MD of Penfabric
    Peter Chan - MD of Toray Malaysia System Solution
    Teh  - Chief Representative of Toray Group Malaysia & MD of Penfabric
    Cheah Kok Hoong - Group CEO / Director of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems
    Joey Mak - COO of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems
    Chong Kim Fook - Head of Northern Region of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems 



The collaboration announcement comes in line with Hitachi Sunway’s newly opened Northern region office in Penang. Our customers in the Northern region has been steadily increasing as they seek out new technologies to better manage their operations and make intelligent decisions. We are already servicing more than a dozen customers and hence, the need for a permanent base in the region.

Hitachi Sunway will continue to be a forefront runner in bringing forth advanced technology tools to help our customers better manage and effectively operate their businesses.

Aug 2, 2018 - Microsoft Announced Surface Go for Malaysia

Microsoft today announced that the Surface Go will be available for pre-orders in Malaysia from today onwards from local Surface authorized retailers. With prices starting from RM 1749, the Surface Go will officially launch in the market on 28 August 2018.

SurfaceGo (with Type Cover Pen Mouse)Lightweight and always on the GO

Surface Go brings to consumers the most affordable and portable Surface device yet. Powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4415Y, this productive 2-in-1 device offers:
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life for ample unplugged power
  • A high-resolution 10-inch PixelSense Display, designed to be touched and viewed for both work and play
  • A built-in with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees for seamless switching between tablet and studio mode
Available in either Windows 10 Home with S Mode or Windows 10 Pro, the Surface Go is the best Microsoft has to offer in a 10-inch device.

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SME to Leverage on Waze Local for Targeted Ads

Data received : 31-Jul-2018

Key Take-Aways:
  • Malaysia records the highest number of Waze users in Asia, and is home to approximately 5.9 million monthly active users.
  • Similar to seeing physical billboards on the road, Waze Local caters for targeted advertisements on the Waze map inform drivers about nearby businesses and offers.
  • Extra features include peak traffic hours selection and quantifiable marketing metrics information.
  • Advertisements comes in 3 different formats : “PROMOTED SEARCH”, in which a business will be given priority rankings in drivers’ search results. The “BRANDED PIN” function raises driver awareness of nearby stores, while “ZERO-SPEED TAKEOVER” helps to drive in-store navigations to businesses by showing Waze users an advertisement when they are in stationary mode, for instance, when they are at a complete stop for more than 3 seconds.
Branded PinPromoted SearchZero-speed takeover

Spokeperson : NIL

Offerings:
  • It is called Waze Local advertisement
  • To get started, go to waze.com/business and sign up for an account.
  • The cost is USD 2 per day per 1,000 impressions - that is, to reach 2,000 impressions per day, double the cost by paying USD 4 and so forth.
Editor's comments :
  • USD 2 for 1,000 impressions per day is very affordable, compare this to Facebook's page booster features which offers USD 5 for average 3,000 outreach.
  • The ZERO-SPEED TAKEOVER is quite an innovative feature to ease traffic jam stress of city folks.
Reference:

Waze Goes Local to Help Malaysian SMBs Engage On-The-Road Customers
    

IT News Week 2 of Aug 2018

For IT News Week 1 of Aug 2018, Alibaba Cloud's Availability Zone B was worth a peek.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news:
  • Aug 8, 2018 - NTT Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape
  • Aug 7, 2018 - 11th Street Announces New Revolution
  • Aug 6, 2018 - AmBank and Digi partner to lower barriers for SMEs to adopt e-payments
  • Aug 6, 2018 - OPPO F9 Supports VOOC Flash Charge and Dual Rear Cameras
  • Aug 6, 2018 - Mergermarket - H1 2018 TMT trend report
  • Aug 3, 2018 - Own the HUAWEI nova 3i with Attractive Postpaid Plans
  • Aug 3, 2018 - Carbon Black launches LiveOps for faster breach remediation
  • Aug 2, 2018 - Workday Completes Acquisition of Adaptive Insights
  • Aug 2, 2018 - Fusionnex Launched SME FORYOU
  • Aug 1, 2018 - Hitachi Sunway's Business to Align with IoT Trend
  • Aug 1, 2018 - SamSam: The (Almost) Six Million Dollar Ransomware
  • Aug 1, 2018 - Cybercriminals targeted at least 400 industrial companies with spear-phishing attack for financial gain
  • Jul 25, 2018 - Western Digital Enables Artificial-Intelligence-Powered Video Surveillance with New High-Capacity Products

Aug 8, 2018 - NTT Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape

Four companies of the NTT Group (Dimension Data, NTT Communications, NTT DATA, NTT Security) today announced that it has been recognized as a “Leader” in both execution capabilities and strategies in the latest IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2018 Vendor Assessment.

In the IDC MarketScape report, 19 organizations in 2017–2018 that offer managed security services (MSS) in Asia/Pacific including NTT Group were assessed against their existing capabilities and responsiveness to prevailing market demands and expected buyer needs, as well as preparedness for cyber threats. The latest accolade marks the 3rd consecutive time NTT Group has been identified as the top industry leader among Asia/Pacific MSS providers.

Aug 7, 2018 - 11th Street Announces New Revolution

11street to further enhance the customer shopping experience and make significant contributions to the digital economy in Malaysia under new leadership.

11street will be introducing new payment options and enabling a live chat function for in-house customer service as well as upgrading its mobile app and logistics system to make the online shopping experience easier and more convenient than ever.

Top [L-R] Chief Financial Officer, Naza Rahim, General Manager of Business Development and Partnership, Henry Ho, Chief Corporate Strategy Officer, Kelvin Cheong, General Manager of Digital, Seng Way Seng.
Bottom [L-R] Chief Technology Officer, Erwin Foo, Chief Marketing Officer, Jenny Tay, Chief Executive Officer, CHEONG Chia Chou, and General Manager of Communications, Judy Wong

The online marketplace kicks off its next phase with the launch of the Sayangi Malaysia campaign which offers customers incredible flash deals below RM61, free shipping and more.

This transformation comes on the heels of a strategic partnership between 11street and PUC Ventures Sdn Bhd. This partnership aims to tap into a broader digital world with the ease of integration and interoperability across platforms that cater to the country’s growing e-commerce sector.

Aug 6, 2018 - AmBank and Digi partner to lower barriers for SMEs to adopt e-payments

AmBank (M) Berhad (AmBank) continues to step up its digital strategy by opening up its wide merchant network to accept Digi’s vcash QR code as an additional payment service. This ‘e-payment partnership’ with Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) takes on a two-pronged approach. Firstly, AmBank’s merchant point-of-sale (POS) terminals will be enabled to accept vcash QR code transactions. What this means is that vcash users can pay for their transactions via Digi’s vcash mobile app. vcash users only need to scan the QR code to pay.

Secondly, Digi will be signing up small and mid-sized enterprise (SME) merchants under the Master Merchant programme with AmBank. This will translate to more merchants accepting vcash payments, while growing AmBank’s merchant base.

(L-R) Praveen Rajan, Chief Digital Officer, Digi; Goh Mei Lee, Group Chief Transformation Officer, AmBank Group; Eugene Teh, Chief Business Officer, Digi; Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group CEO, AmBank Group (centre); Albern Murty, CEO, Digi; Datuk Iswaraan Suppiah, Group Chief Operations Officer, AmBank Group; and Lenon Cheong, Head, Cards and Merchant Services, AmBank (M) Berhad.


Aug 6, 2018 - OPPO F9 Supports VOOC Flash Charge and Dual Rear Cameras

The first F-series in Malaysia supported VOOC Flash Charge (5 mins charge for 2 hrs talk) ; Waterdrop screen with Flower petal pattern, the OPPO F9 has now confirmed to bethe first F-series which has a dual rear camera.



The 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup, allows users to take extraordinary portrait photos through the rear camera.

Oppo F9 Dual Back Camera Support

Aug 6, 2018 - Mergermarket - H1 2018 TMT trend report

Against a backdrop of tariffs, trade wars, and media wars, TMT has arguably been the top sector to watch in the year to date. Among the most high profile events in just the last couple of months, the sector has witnessed the collapse of the NXP/Qualcomm transaction as a result of trade tensions between China and the US, as well as Comcast abandoning its bid for Fox in an effort to focus more on its bid for Sky in its growing battles with Disney over market share. Despite all of the upheaval, the sector grew in the first half of the year, according to Mergermarket data through the end of H1 2018, with total deal value for the sector globally reaching US$ 371.1bn, a 107% jump in value compared to US$ 2017 (US$ 179.4bn).

You may also access the report at http://www.mergermarket.com/pdf/H12018TMTTrendReport.pdf.

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Equipped with a powerful Dual 24MP camera system in the front, the newest nova features a total of four cameras powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The HUAWEI nova 3i made its successful debut last Saturday, 28 July with a robust sales outcome. Building on that success, customers can now own a HUAWEI nova 3i easily via attractive postpaid plans.
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Aug 3, 2018 - Carbon Black launches LiveOps for faster breach remediation

Carbon Black today launched the Cb LiveOps™, a new tool for real-time query and response that will bridge the gap between security and IT operations and empower customers to:
  • Ask questions of all endpoints
  • Take action to re-mediate in real time
  • Simplify operational reporting, all from a single platform
Modern security and IT operations teams often have no reliable way to assess the current state of endpoints across their enterprise. This lack of visibility leads to increased risk of breach, inability to make informed remediation decisions, and unnecessary spending on infrastructure maintenance. LiveOps allows organizations to move away from incomplete solutions which are inadequate for security teams and IT operations.

Aug 2, 2018 - Workday Completes Acquisition of Adaptive Insights

Workday, Inc. (NASDAQ:WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has completed its acquisition of Adaptive Insights, a leading cloud-based company for modernizing business planning. With Adaptive Insights now part of Workday, customers will be equipped to better plan, execute, and analyze across the enterprise all in one system — the leading cloud platform to drive their financial and business transformations. The company will operate as Adaptive Insights, a Workday company, with Adaptive Insights CEO Tom Bogan reporting to Workday Co-founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri.

“With Adaptive Insights as part of Workday, organizations will have a more comprehensive planning system that further fuels finance and business transformation to drive competitive advantage,” said Mickey North Rizza, program vice president, Enterprise Applications & Digital Commerce, IDC.

Aug 2, 2018 - Fusionnex Launched SME FORYOU

Leading data technology specialist Fusionex released its revolutionary platform called SME FORYOU during the International Retail and Franchise (MIRF) 2018 Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) recently.

Fusionex Founder & Group CEO Dato' Seri Ivan Teh, together with Malaysia’s Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs Minister Dato' Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, officiated the launch of SME FORYOU at the MIRF Exhibition 2018.

Designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region, the user-friendly platform is aimed at encouraging SMEs to adopt Big Data Analytics (BDA) and kick-starting their e-commerce plans, enabling them to promote their brands and products to more than 8 million customers from local and international markets.

SME FORYOU will help SMEs to fast-track overall sales, acquire new customers while increasing the rate of repeat transactions.

Aug 1, 2018 - Hitachi Sunway's Business to Align with IoT Trend

Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“Hitachi Sunway”), a leading ICT Services Integrator in ASEAN, shares that the company will be aligning its entire business operations to the Internet of Things (‘IoT’) trend that has hit Malaysian shores since last year.

Hitachi Sunway Group CEO and Director Cheah Kok Hoong shares that the company has adopted a strategic business direction towards delivering IoT-related projects as IoT has been identified to generate the biggest IT demands by Malaysian companies over the foreseeable future.

Cheah Kok Hoong, CEO, Hitachi Sunway Group CEO

Cheah shares, “In Malaysia, we see that the IoT trend is strongly influencing the IT demands of conglomerates. Traditionally we were a ‘Service Integrator’, but we are now morphing according to the IoT trends to become an ‘IoT solutions aggregator’. To do this, Hitachi Sunway is strengthening its ecosystem of cohesive ‘partnerships’ to meet our clients’ on-going and new IoT projects and plans.”

Hitachi Sunway’s main role is to bring together the best technologies available in the market, and customized hybrid solutions and systems for its clients that operate in a diversity of vertical industries.

Aug 1, 2018 - SamSam: The (Almost) Six Million Dollar Ransomware

Sophos released a whitepaper that takes a deep dive into the SamSam ransomware attack that first appeared in December 2015.

Over two and a half years, the SamSam ransomware has raked in nearly USD $6 million in ransom when previously reported figures stand at only USD $85,000 in ransom.

74% of the known victims are based in the US, while the following regions suffered attacks: Australia (2%), India (1%), the Middle East (1%), Canada (5%), and the UK (8%).

Businesses worldwide should be vigilant and ensure that their software and hardware are updated to prevent such ransomware attacks from happening in the future.

Sophos recommends restrict access to port 3389 (RDP) by only allowing staff who use a VPN to be able to remotely access any systems. Utilize multi-factor authentication for VPN access.

Aug 1, 2018 - Cybercriminals targeted at least 400 industrial companies with spear-phishing attack for financial gain

Kaspersky Lab have detected a new wave of financial spear-phishing emails designed to make money for cybercriminals. The emails are disguised as legitimate procurement and accounting letters and have hit at least 400 industrial organizations, mostly in Russia. Therefore, Kaspersky Lab advise users to use security solutions with dedicated functionality aimed at detecting and blocking phishing attempts.

According to Kaspersky Lab data, this wave of emails targeted around 800 employee PCs, with the goal of stealing money and confidential data from the organizations, which can then be used in new attacks.

When the recipient clicked on the malicious attachments, modified legitimate software was discreetly installed on the computer so that criminals could connect to it, examine documents and software related to the procurement, financial and accounting operations. Furthermore, the attackers were looking for different ways to commit financial fraud, such as changing requisites in payment bills in order to withdraw money for their benefit.

Jul 25, 2018 - Western Digital Enables Artificial-Intelligence-Powered Video Surveillance with New High-Capacity Products

To help enable the surveillance industry’s evolution to increasingly higher resolution cameras and new applications requiring real-time edge analytics, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) has expanded its surveillance portfolio with the introduction of the industry’s highest capacity, deep-learning-capable, surveillance-class drive, Western Digital® Purple 12TB drive with exclusive AllFrame AI technology. The newest addition to Western Digital’s surveillance portfolio creates new possibilities in video surveillance by supporting the capture of multiple high resolution video streams while simultaneously accessing recorded video to support deep learning and analytics. This capability is purpose-built for emerging DVR and NVR systems with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in that it supports real-time detection of AI-triggered events at the point of capture with continuous background learning.

    

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