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For IT News Week 4 Jun 2017.
For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
PR - Jun 24, 2017 - HUAWEI P10 Series the Preferred Device for Malaysian Professional Photographers
In a surprise pronouncement at the final HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass Series today, HUAWEI thanked its Malaysian customers for helping the P10 series outperform its predecessor in terms of sales – with the P10 shifting twice the volume in half the time compared to the P9 series last year.
Over the past three weekends, smartphone photography fans have picked up practical and theoretical tips on making the most of the Leica camera technology packed into their HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus smartphones at the HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass series. In up close and personal sharing sessions celebrating smartphone photography as an art, HUAWEI customers were taken through various photography workshops including Cinematic Photography (feat. Edwin Tan and Evert Cheong), Street Photography (feat. Prakash Daniel) and Visual Storytelling (feat. Calven Lim).
The final workshop in this series was headlined by wedding, portrait and fashion photographer Nic Chung with tips on every smartphone photographer’s favourite activity; candid portraiture with friends – a timely session in view of the ongoing festive season.
Building on the incredible success of the HUAWEI Mate 9 and HUAWEI P9 dual cameras, the HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus introduce HUAWEI’s latest dual camera co-engineered with Leica – Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 and Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition. Both devices are the first to include precise 3D facial technology, portrait enhancements and dynamic illumination. Inside the camera, users will find a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and enhanced fusion algorithms. When paired with the dual camera Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solution and the industry’s first dual camera pixel binning technology, the HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus offer superior night shot capabilities. Additional studio-level portrait tools and illumination effects were also developed based on extensive research
PR - Jun 24, 2017 - Attackers Try to Sneak a Ztorg Trojan onto Google Play by Wrapping it in Another One
Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered Ztorg apps on the Google Play Store that appear to show cybercriminals trying different ways to get their malware past security – in this case by installing their malicious code in stages and wrapping a Trojan SMS around an encrypted rooting Trojan.
The attackers used the Trojan SMS to make money from victims through Premium-rate SMS while they waited to execute the rooting Trojan. The apps were downloaded more than 50,000 times since mid-May, 2017, but have now been removed from Google Play.
The browser app, which was downloaded 50,000 times, was uploaded to Google Play on 15 May, and never updated – possibly because it was a test run to see if the functionality worked.
Kaspersky Lab advises users to install a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, on their device, always check that apps have been created by a reputable developer, to keep their OS and application software up-to-date, and not to download anything that looks at all suspicious or whose source cannot be verified.
PR - Jun 22, 2017 - Lenovo Embraces Personalised Computing Transformation
Lenovo has announced the newest addition to their ThinkStation family. The ThinkStation P320 Tiny is the world’s smallest ISV certified workstation complete with the latest Intel Core i processors. Together with the ThinkStation P320 Tiny, Lenovo also introduced Lenovo Premier Support, a service designed to optimize enterprises’ technology lifecycles and provides expert troubleshooting. PC-as-a-Service (PCaaS) offers to simplify managing workplace technology with packaging computer assets into a single, configurable solution.
PR - Jun 21, 2017 - OutSystems Named a Leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms
OutSystems, the #1 low-code platform for application development, has once again been recognised as a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant, this time for Mobile Application Development Platforms.
As a leader in their magic quadrant, Gartner also indicated that the organisation must exhibit the following:
PR - Jun 16, 2017 - Software AG Acquires Cumulocity and Extends its Internet of Things Technology Leadership in Asia Pacific
With Asia Pacific implementing digital initiatives to transform their nations into smart economies, the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become a top priority for companies in the region. According to a research report by Aruba, 86% of organisations in Asia Pacific will have some form of IoT in place by 2019. Furthermore, IDC states that there will be 8.6 billion connected devices in Asia Pacific by 2020, making the region the frontline for IoT. Thus, it is vital for companies to have the expertise and technology to implement IoT in the right way for business efficiency, innovation and profitability.
In a bid to strengthen the company’s enterprise software leader’s presence in the fast-growing Asia Pacific IoT market, Software AG has announced the acquisition of Cumulocity, a leading IoT device management and application enablement platform. The acquisition will see the completion of Software AG’s portfolio for core IoT software services and enable the company to tap into the fast growth of IoT proliferation in the region.
PR - Jun 16, 2017 - Maybank drives SME digital transformation with expanded payment solutions
Maybank and Sage, today jointly announced the expansion of its partnership with the introduction of Sage One solution. This partnership expansion will be focused on further helping Small & Medium Enterprises in Malaysia drive growth and succeed in a tough competitive landscape.
Under this expanded partnership, which sees Maybank joining the Sage Partner Program, Maybank will provide its Small & Medium Enterprise customers access to Sage One, a cloud based accounting solution. Small & Medium Enterprise customers will be able to access online accounts via smart phone or mobile devices anywhere, and at any time, just like how they access their emails or internet banking.With the subscription-based cloud accounting, customers do not need to purchase costly accounting software, worry about software installations, updates and training, manage data security and data loss as well as prepare for disaster recovery, thus giving them more time to focus on their business.
PR - Jun 15, 2017 - Softinn Wins Startup of the Year at WIT Startup Pitch Competition in Tokyo
Softinn Solutions Sdn. Bhd., a travel technology company offering a cloud-based hotel reservation system for small- and medium-sized hotels, has won Startup of the Year award at the WIT Startup Pitch in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the WIT Japan & North Asia 2017 Conference. This year’s Pitch, powered by Amadeus Next, saw Softinn picked to present at the semi-finals on June 8 from more than 30 submissions. The Grand Final Pitch took place the day after.
As the winner, Softinn received a trophy, a ticket to attend the flagship WIT Conference Singapore in October, a ticket to attend Phocuswright Conference in Florida in November, as well as an enrollment to Amadeus Mentorship Program.
Jason JeeShen Lee, Founder of Softinn said, “We are humbled by the recognition. Winning the WIT Startup Pitch competition helps boost our confidence in serving the small and independent hotels. We thank WIT and Amadeus for making our dream come true.”
PR - Jun 15, 2017 - Milestone’s Intelligent Solutions helps leading hotel chain provide customers with peace of mind
Milestone Systems, the leading provider for open platform IP video management software (VMS), has joined forces with Shen Milsom & Wilke (SM&W), an international consulting firm specialising in establishing security programs, to successfully implement an effective visitor management security solution for a global, renowned hotel chain.
Hotels face increasing security challenges today, with multiple access locations and significant foot traffic throughout the day. Ongoing functions and events further add to the complexity of visitor tracking, with the continued arrival and departure of guests to hundreds of premises worldwide. The continued expansion and construction of new hotel locations demanded a scalable security system that aligned with growing security requirements. This makes it crucial for a surveillance system with superior and advanced imagery, recognition features, storage functions, and software enabling cameras to detect incidents and incident patterns. System monitors of actual or impending security breaches through the detection of "patterns" that signify a security incident, for instance, were one of the requirements for this hotel chain.
With an open platform infrastructure, Milestone extends support for over 6,000 digital cameras, encoders and digital video recorders (DVRs). Such functionality gives room for innovation as new technologies can be integrated as they as developed. On top of the support provided in the initial installation process, Milestone seeks to empower the Milestone community by delivering continuous training for users to achieve the full benefits of the video management software.
PR - Jun 14, 2017 - Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from Malaysia with Queen’s Young Leaders Award
Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Malaysia at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June. The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.
This year’s Award winner, Heidy Quah, aged 23, has been recognised by The Queen for her work to support refugees in Malaysia.
Heidy will be representing Malaysia as she joins winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.
Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Heidy Quah said: “I am delighted to have been selected for the Queen's Young Leader Award and hope to expand my role as a youth advocate and spokeswoman for refugees.”
Jun 15, 2017 :
TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer, has unveiled the all-new BlackBerry KEYone. It represents the first BlackBerry smartphone released by TCL Communication under a new brand licensing agreement signed in December 2016 with BlackBerry Limited.
Tucked into an anodized aluminum frame and soft touch textured back, this new BlackBerry smartphone is built to offer the best in durability while still remaining easy on the eyes. Featuring a 4.5-inch display (1620x1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 4 that offers greater impact and scratch resistance, the KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone.
Customers are able to pre-book their units online exclusively through Lazada Malaysia (www.lazada.com.my) & 11Street (www.11street.my) from now until 19th June 2017. Online pre-booking customers will get one complementary accessory. For more details on the accessory please visit the respective online stores.
From 20th June onwards, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available through Brightstar Distribution Sdn Bhd authorised retailers for MYR 2,688 (inclusive of GST).
Jun 23, 2017 :
Southeast Asia’s leading payment gateway MOLPay Sdn Bhd expects a 160% rise in growth for its new convenient cash payment service MOLPay CASH during the Hari Raya season.
The number of transactions per day has jumped to more than 10,000 since its partnership with regional e-commerce player Lazada Group and convenience store chain 7-Eleven Malaysia Sdn Bhd in May this year.
“Traditional payment is the new e-commerce innovation. A considerable large number of Malaysians still prefer paying by cash over credit cards or online banking. MOLPay CASH provides an alternative payment solution for merchants to broaden their customer base,“ said MOLPay CEO Eng Sheng Guan.
Citing a study by performance marketing technology company Criteo, Eng said the three weeks leading up to Ramadan, and more specifically, the third week of Ramadan represent the biggest opportunity for online retailers. During this period, the study states there was an average of 67 per cent uplift in online retail sales and 14 per cent uplift in online travel sales.
Through its online-to-offline (O2O) method, Raya shoppers can order products from online merchants and pay conveniently at 7-Eleven’s over 2,100 outlets nationwide. No bank account or credit or debit card is needed and the entire process only takes an average of two minutes, he said.
Apart from the Alibaba-backed Lazada, MOLPay expects to sign-on more e-commerce businesses by years-end. MOLPay CASH also serves international brand UNIQLO, travel booking platform Traveloka and online beauty shop Hermo.
“Adopting MOLPay Cash will open wider business opportunities by both established and smaller online players to seize more than half of the market that prefer fraud-free, traditional cash payments. All these online businesses need to do is enable the service and they can start to enjoy noticeable growth in sales every month,” added Eng.
Jun 9, 2017 - Taiwan -
GAMDIAS, the leading gaming brand, revealed its latest gaming peripheries and new product line, Achilles RGB gaming chairs at 2017 COMPUTEX TAIPEI.
This year's GAMDIAS booth was designed to a Greek style concept to convey the brand story and the spirit of GAMDIAS, the god of gaming. The creative booth design attracted much attention and admiration from worldwide visitors.
GAMDIAS this year launched latest optical key switch technology and low-profile keyboards, HERMES P2 and HERMES P3 series.
HERMES Optical Switch Keyboards
GAMDIAS optical switch keyboard series contains 2 models, HERMES P2 RGB and HERMES M2 7 color. GAMDIAS latest devices are built with cutting edge technology including the latest light reflection technology which makes them stand above all other products in the market which uses the old inferred red line optical switch technology.
GAMDIAS optical switches are equipped with the latest light reflection technology with a vertical light beam to work even under a bent PCB and an individual switch can be easily swapped if needed. Traditional mechanical switches suffer performance degradation due to the oxidization and wear of the metal contact points inside; GAMDIAS HERMES P2 RGB and M2 7 Color provide Extreme Keyboard durability made with a spill-resistant surface to offers an extraordinary lifespan, unparalleled speed, accuracy and product longevity.
HERMES Low Profile Switch Keyboards
GAMDIAS unveiled the innovative low profile keyboards which offer precise keystroke, fast response and accurate actuation for an extreme gaming experience. HERMES P3 RGB offers up to 16.8 million colors with customizable lighting effects and the HERMES M3 is the world’s first 87 keys RGB low-profile keyboard with its slim and compact design.
Achilles Gaming Chairs
The most exciting news from GAMDIAS booth is that GAMDIAS launched its very first gaming chair series, Achilles P1 and M1 gaming chairs. Achilles P1 and M1 both have 2 designs each, 5 colors and small & large sizes.
Achilles P1 is the premium model with 4D adjustable armrest and additional footrest for extra comfy. The noticeable point is, every GAMDIAS gaming chair has RGB backlights which can either connect with PC to customize up to 10 lighting effects or plug with power bank for colorful gaming sessions!
GAMDIAS showcased many exciting products and offers more options for gamers at 2017 COMPUTEX TAIPEI and will be available worldwide in July.
Jun 13, 2017 :
Traveloka, one of Malaysia’s top travel booking platforms, has launched an exclusive partnership with Maybank that allows Maybank credit card holders to pay for flight and hotel bookings in installments.
Through the Maybank installment plans, Malaysians can now book their travels to dream destinations they had once considered too costly to pay for in one lump sum.
The plans are offered at 0% interest, allowing customers to make their bookings without having to worry about accumulated interest later down the road.
Bookings with a minimum transaction of RM500 are eligible for the 6-month plan, while the 12-month plan is valid for bookings that are at least RM1,000 in total.
The payment option is available across all Traveloka’s platforms, such as its App and desktop and mobile sites.
Traveloka’s Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore, Halif Hamzah, said there was a demand among travellers for more flexible payment options.
“We often hear people say, ‘I wish I could…’, so with the installment plans, we hope to make it possible for people to fulfill their travel aspirations, as they can travel first, and pay later,” he said.
Halif added that with the upcoming Raya season, there was a large surge of people planning to travel.
“This is a time when Malaysians want to spend time with family, whether it’s back in their kampung or on a trip together.”
“There’s a lot of spending involved during the festive season, but with the installment plans, we would like to help lighten the financial burden and allow our customers to treat themselves to a holiday,” he said.
To spread the festive cheer, Traveloka also has weekly flight and hotel promotions throughout the month, offering attractive prices for those who will be traveling during the Raya season when they input the promo codes.
Traveloka users can browse an extensive selection of flights and hotels across a wide range of domestic and international destinations, featuring some of the best deals in town.
Over 15 million users across Southeast Asia have downloaded the Traveloka App to find great deals and book their travels with just a few taps.
For more information on the 0% Maybank installment plans, visit: https://www.traveloka.com/en-my/promotion/maybank-installment
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