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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Axiata Group Berhad Continues Winning Streak with Frost & Sullivan 2011 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group for the third consecutive Year

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 07/20/2011 - Axiata Group Berhad ("Axiata") has been named 'Frost &Sullivan's 2011 Asia Pacific ICT Award Best Telecom Group of the Year', for the third consecutive year -

This is a prestigious award determined by a high-level and respected panel of telecom experts from all over the world. The honours follow on from the Group's recent sweep at the Telecom Asia awards, where three awards in total were picked for the Group.

Axiata Group took home four awards in total with PT XL Axiata Tbk ("XL") winning the 'Wireless Service Provider of the Year' and 'Service Provider of the Year'. Alongside these, XL's President and Director, Hasnul Suhaimi, was given the prestigious individual award of 'CEO of the Year: Service Provider' award.

To qualify for the awards, companies were studied on their revenues, market share, capabilities and overall contribution to the industry.

Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axiata said,"We are delighted and it is a great honour to be accorded this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work and effort we have put in to meet the needs of our over 168 million customers across the region."

Marc Einstein, Industry Manager Asia Pacific ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan said,"Axiata had another outstanding year in 2010, reporting US$5.1bn in revenue which led all industry peers with a growth rate of 17.3% from 2009. The company also reported a significant increase growing from 5.1 percentage points from 2010 in EBITDA margin to reach 45.2%. Axiata's growth was driven by XL in Indonesia who was able to record 27.0% revenue growth and an 8 percentage point increase in EBITDA margin to 52.7%".

"The awards reflect the great team that we have with us and are really a collective victory to be fully shared with all our employees. I also congratulate all XL employees and in particular Pak Hasnul, for his strong and creative leadership. XL had a fantastic 2010 and the awards are testament to this. I also have to thank our stakeholders, especially the customers throughout the region. We will continue to build on our strengths as a pan-Asian carrier, providing world-class telecommunications services to customers across the region" Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim concluded.

Maybank—CyberSecurity Malaysia Internet security awareness

Maybank is running a public awareness campaign to educate people on online security generally, and internet banking safety specifically, in collaboration with CyberSecurity Malaysia, a non-profit organization under the purview of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

We have exchanged a Memorandum of Strategic Alliance with CyberSecurity Malaysia on 30 November 2007, witnessed by our Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, and the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YB Dato' Sri Dr. Jamaludin Dato' Mohd Jarjis. This memorandum spearheads an internet banking safety programme aimed at educating and promoting internet banking safety. Under the terms and scope of this strategic alliance, the programme will include, jointly developing educational and internet banking safety promotional collaterals, conducting awareness programmes, and providing distribution and internet banking safety awareness channels directed at Maybank's customers and internet banking users in Malaysia.

We are very privileged to work with CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under MOSTI, which acts as the one stop co-ordination centre for all national cyber security initiatives. With the Malaysia Computer Emergency Team or MyCERT also under their charge, CyberSecurity presents the ideal partner for us to achieve our objective. This is further emphasized by CyberSecurity's role as the trusted reference and specialist centre to support both the active and proactive measures in ICT security with the aim of educating the general public about online security threats and counter measures to protect their machines from being compromised by malicious attacks. They also aim to strengthen Malaysian self reliance in terms of technology and human resources as well as nurture a culture of cyber security amongst users and critical sectors to reduce the vulnerability of ICT systems and networks.

We believe and hope that Maybank, together with CyberSecurity, would be able to make the Internet, a safer place.

For more information on online security, you can also visit CyberSecurity website at

The public awareness campaign will cover various media channels such as radio, newspapers, online as well as our network of branches.

We are also introducing a dedicated phishing report page so that customers will be able to alert us to any phishing site.

UNITEN's Electronic to Electrical Engineering Conversion Programme (Semester 3, 2011/2012)

This program is offered to graduates with Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering who have been registered under the Electronic category with BEM and now wish to change their registration to Electrical category.

UNITEN has been given the approval by BEM to allow prospective candidates to enroll in relevant courses to bridge the gap in order to acquire sufficient knowledge in the Electrical Engineering field. Successful completion of the course(s) will qualify the candidates to change their registration category with BEM from Electronic to Electrical.

This 15-week conversion courses are exactly the same as courses offered in UNITENs Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering (Hons.) undergraduate program. The courses are aimed at providing strong electrical engineering fundamentals, especially electrical power topics, to the participants.

Chong Wei wants Misbun back

LEE Chong Wei has given a strong indication of a reunion with his former mentor Misbun Sidek in a move to enhance his chances of winning an Olympic gold in London next year.

Chong Wei is currently under coach Tey Seu Bock and also receives help from Rashid Sidek and Hendrawan.

The World No 1 said he is open to advice from any parties in order to achieve his life-long dream.

However, Chong Wei threw the ball into the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) court, saying he was leaving it to the association to make the final call.

Misbun ended a three-year tenure as the national singles coach when his contract expired on Dec 31, 2010, sending a letter of resignation on the same day.

He rejected a new contract by BAM which wanted him to train the back-up shuttlers instead of Chong Wei.

Under Seu Bock, Chong Wei reached 11 international finals in a row, winning seven, before being defeated repeatedly by his China rivals, Lin Dan and Chen Long.

Chong Wei had played five matches each against both players, winning once against Lin Dan and twice against Chen Long.

This weak record could have forced Chong Wei to turn to Misbun to revive his career.

Chong Wei also said he needs the help of a mental trainer and is keen on having Fred Tan, who was part of the team when Misbun was the coach.

"There has been some worry after my defeats to Lin Dan and Chen Long. I need to have new strategies in my preparations until the London Olympics. I have been training under Seu Bock while Rashid and Hendrawan also helped. I don't mind if I get help from Misbun," said Chong Wei during a signing ceremony as the brand ambassador of Cafe 99 Ipoh White Coffee, which is owned by Exclusive Mark Sdn Bhd in Shah Alam yesterday.

"The question of whether there will be a change in my coaching is with BAM. I am under BAM and I will follow its rules.

"I have spoken to Misbun recently and got some tips. However, I will follow what the BAM management tells me to do.

"I feel I have the confidence to overcome Chen Long while Lin Dan will be the man to beat in London."

2011 PMR results: Best in four years

PUTRAJAYA: The Penilaian Menengah Rendah results for 2011 is the best in four years; with 7.77 percent scoring grade A and only 0.08 per cent with Grade E said Education director general Datuk Seri Abd Ghafar Mahmud here today.

A total of 34,271 students obtained grade A in all subjects in the Penilain Menengah Rendah (PMR) compared with 30,863 students in 2010, an increase of 3,408 students (0.75 per cent).

The analysis of the PMR results also found students scored better in English, Mathematics and Science subjects.

Beginning this year, the ministry introduced a service where candidates can check their PMR results via mySMS 15888 which will be activated from 10am on today until midnight on Dec 28.

Further information on the SMS may be obtained from the ministry's official website

A total of 481,292 candidates sat for the PMR examination at 3,521 examination centres throughout Malaysia this year.

ICT is catalyst for innovation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is an increasingly competitive nation in Asia Pacific and such development can be further accelerated through ICT (information and communications technology), said software giant Microsoft Malaysia.

"Exciting things are happening in Malaysia with the projects under the Economic Transformation Programme and ICT will be the catalyst for many of them," said Ananth Lazarus, Microsoft Malaysia managing director.

Microsoft, he said, will continue to support the country's innovative spirit through its many programmes and initiatives aimed at transforming lives, businesses, and the education sector.

To this end, the software vendor has launched various initiatives, such as organising the Imagine Cup competition to encourage students think up innovative ideas to solve the world's toughest problems.

It is also behind the BizSpark programme, which equips software startups with Microsoft development tools.

This has led to the setting up of local software companies, such as Israk Technology that is involved with online video production and Web Bytes which produces Xilnex, a cloud-based management software for the retail sector.

Microsoft has also equipped various non-governmental organisations with its software products under its Unlimited Potential programme.

This programme is targeted at narrowing the "digital divide" - the gap between the technology haves and have-nots.

Ananth was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the Microsoft Accelerating Asia Pacific Summit here. The event highlights how technology can be used to solve socio-economic problems in the region.

Parent company Microsoft Corp sees Asia Pacific as an epicentre of growth due to the region's growing number of talents and innovations.

Pikom says did not initiate Computing Professionals Bill

PETALING JAYA: The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) said it was invited by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) as one of 17 stakeholders to provide comments and input to the proposed Computing Professionals Bill (CPB).

"We would like to make it clear that Pikom did not champion the proposed Board of Computing Professionals Bill 2011," said Pikom president, Shaifubahrim Saleh in a statement.

He added that while Pikom sees the proposed Bill as a move to enhance the industry's professionalism, it is also concerned with the Bill's scope, approach and implementation.

The industry body will be polling its 1,400-strong membership to gauge sentiments and collect feedback on the proposed Bill.

The statement comes days after IT professionals expressed their opposition to the Bill during the Dec 13 open day session held at Mosti's Putrajaya office to gather feedback.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili, has stressed that his ministry is only the "facilitator" of the Computing Professionals Bill.

"The idea came from the industry players and we are just the facilitating the process," he said during a press conference on Dec 14 to clarify Mosti's position.

The mentioned stakeholders comprise IT graduates, academia, SME and SMI, multinational corporations, and self-taught IT professionals.

The draft Bill seeks to legalise the formation of a Board of Computing Professionals to oversee the registration of IT professionals in this country.

It is a bid to ensure that only qualified professionals can work in the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) sectors.

Among the sectors in the CNII are banking and finance, cyber-security, national defence, healthcare, emergency services, food and agriculture, and utilities.

The Bill will recognise two categories of IT talents - certified IT practitioners who do not have formal qualifications, and certified IT professionals who have full qualifications.

The draft of the Bill was released on the Internet on Dec 8 but so far no one has admitted to posting the 56-page document online.

Since then, the proposed Bill has come under a firestorm of criticism from the local IT community, with concerns ranging from the lack of consultation with the wider community to the hindrance of innovation and development the Bill would have across the board upon its implementation.

Many have called for the proposed Bill to be scrapped entirely, questioning the need for a law rather than industry-led initiatives to improve quality and standards of its practitioners.

Ongkili stated during the press conference that if the industry was collectively against the Bill, Mosti would move to scrap it.

"If they are not keen, it is entirely up to them to decide and as for us, we will have less work," he told reporters present.

Ongkili said since industry players had brought up their concerns, the onus was on them to assist the ministry in drafting the law and setting up the board.

"It will be up to the industry to decide the composition of the board, the extent of its powers and other related matters. The board will then define the realm to be regulated and they can tailor it to their requirements," he said.

Ongkili has also expressed hope that a draft of the Bill could still be ready by the middle of next year, with consultations slated to continue with more stakeholder groups to be engaged.

"I think six months is sufficient for this. We will weigh all views and comments and hopefully a final decision can be made then," he said.

The 30-day feedback period on the draft Bill is ongoing and interested parties have been urged to e-mail their suggestions and concerns to by January 15 2012.

NEF-Awani ICT Awards 2011 – Call For Nominations

The NEF-Awani ICT Awards is back again for the second year. The nomination period for the ICT Awards and People’s Choice Awards is officially opened from 31st October 2011 and ends on 30th November 2011. The objectives of this awards are to provide recognition and further enhance the company’s value.

It is also designed to show to the general public the existence of capable Bumiputera companies. NEF hopes the Awards will inspire Technopreneurs to do better and encourage others to become technopreneurs too. There are seven categories for the ICT Awards.

NEF-Awani ICT Awards 2011 – ICT Awards Category

1. Best Software
2. Best Animation/Games
3. Best New Media Application/Content
4. Most Innovative Company
5. Best Start-up Company
6. Best Mobile Content/Application
7. Best Young Technopreneur

Finalist & Winner Benefits

What set the finalists of each category apart from other ICT Awards is the fact that finalists get the exposure that their company needed to place their company on the map. The benefits that each finalist will be getting through their participation in the NEF-Awani ICT Awards are:

- RM 300,000 worth of media exposure via official media partners (print, broadcast, and online).
- Recognition from the ICT industry leaders and associations.
- Media training sessions by industry-leading figures worth RM60,000 in total sponsored by NEF.
- Rights to use Awards logo. (Winners only)
- Platform to benchmark their products and services.
- Exposure to investment opportunities, venture capitalists and investors.
- Chance to participate in the Business Matching Session in Finale event on 10th February 2012.

ICT To Contribute RM42 Billion To Malaysia's GDP By 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Bernama) -- The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) sees further growth in the third phase (2011-2020) of MSC Malaysia with . Information Communications Technology(ICT), expected to contribute RM42 billion to gross domestic income (GDP) by 2015.

MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said this represents a 21 per cent growth over the RM34.57 billion recorded in the second phase (2004-2010).

ICT's revenue contribution to the GDP in the first phase was RM26 billion.

In the first four years of phase three, he said the MSC companies' revenue is expected to increase to RM142 billion from the RM103.8 billion recorded previously, while exports are projected to surge by 75 per cent to RM58 billion from RM33 billion.

A total of 160,000 jobs are also expected to be created during this period from the 111,367 in the previous phase, supporting the government's mission to enhance the ICT sector to achieve a high-income and developed nation status in line with the New Economic Model.

MSC Malaysia is also expected to attract RM1.4 billion in new investments this year, similar to what it achieved last year, with the total number of active companies reaching 2,088 as at December 2010.

A total of 1,605 companies are local with foreign companies at 424 and the rest being joint ventures (local-foreign).

"We want ICT to be more pervasive with a wider economic footprint. Our strategies in the three main clusters of creative multimedia, shared services outsourcing and infotech, have been realigned to put stronger emphasis on wealth creation and high-value investments," Badlisham said.

Other core initiatives under MSC Malaysia's third phase includes the establishment of new cybercities each year and completing the Innovative Digital Economy framework by the second half of this year.

He said between two and four cybercities will be established this year in the Klang Valley area.

Twelve fully operational cybercities and cybercentres has been established in the Klang Valley and seven in a few states.

Commenting on the 1Malaysia email project, Badlisham said the offer was a good opportunity for local ICT companies, as it would drive demand for online services and applications.

Information technology solutions provider, Tricubes Bhd, has been appointed by the government to implement the 1Malaysia email project.

The company will enter into a definitive agreement with the government, to finalise the detailed terms and conditions of the appointment in due course.

Using ICT to compete in the global economy

KUALA LUMPUR: Local businesses must make use of the latest information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to enhance their productivity and to compete in the global economy, said SME Corp Malaysia CEO Datuk Hafsah Hashim.

She said one of the criteria for developed countries was that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should contribute to at least 40% of the gross domestic product (GDP), but local SMEs currently contributed 31% to GDP.

“This means that SMEs have to grow 1% or more per annum to reach the desired 40% by 2020 (the year Malaysia aims to achieve a developed-nation status). We need a leapfrog growth driven by innovation and productivity,” she said at the launch of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud computing service.

The launch marked the beginning of a private-public partnership between SME Corp and Microsoft Malaysia to enhance the take-up of cloud computing among Malaysian businesses.

Office 365 is Microsoft's newest ICT solution that utilises cloud computing to integrate business function over four primary products - office, sharepoint online, exchange online, and lync online.

“SME Corp and Microsoft will also promote the cloud service through joint roadshows as well as a Microsoft booth in SME Corp's new one-stop referral centre in KL Sentral,” Microsoft Malaysia managing director Ananth Lazarus told StarBiz.

Hafsah also said SME Corp would use the SME Competitiveness Rating for Enhancement (Score) programme to evaluate the ICT effectiveness of SMEs. SME Corp will take the lead in adopting cloud computing by using Office 365 in their KL Sentral office.

Samsung strengthens partnership with ECS for ICT distribution in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 January 2011 – Global leading consumer electronics provider, Samsung has strengthened its partnership with leading ICT distribution hub ECS ICT Berhad (“ECS”, “佳杰科技”; Bloomberg: ECS MK; Reuters: ECSI.KL) to distribute the entire range of Samsung notebooks and Galaxy Tab to the Malaysian market.

Samsung’s Malaysia unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn Bhd today signed the distribution agreement with ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ECS. In addition to distributing Samsung notebooks, ECS will also be the authorised distributor for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab through the IT channel in Malaysia.

Prior to this, Samsung Malaysia had appointed ECS as its distributor for LCD monitors in 2005, printers and consumables in 2009, and Large Format LCD monitors in 2010.

ECS Managing Director, Foo Sen Chin, said, “ECS is deeply honoured to be entrusted with distributing another exciting range of Samsung high-value products, and believe that this is the result of our excellent performance in the past. We expect these additional Samsung products will contribute positively to the Group’s financial performance in FY2011 and onwards.”

Foo added, “ECS will continue to keep up our commitment to enhance our reseller base, to enable our suppliers to leverage on our wider distribution network nationwide. We at ECS take pride in being the distributor of choice for an extended range of Samsung products, as it reinforces our position as a leading ICT distribution hub in Malaysia.”

Samsung Malaysia’s Managing Director, Yu Jai Sul, said, “The Malaysian market is very close to our hearts, with its thriving business community, and ever-growing population of technologically-savvy users. This strengthens our resolve to introduce new products, and make them more accessible to the man on the street.”

“Our collaboration with ECS in the past 5 years has yielded very positive results, and we hope to repeat this success with the range of notebooks and tablet. In fact, with this reinforced collaboration with ECS, we target to increase our market share to be among the top five notebook brands in Malaysia by 2012,” continued Yu.

Censor your own movies next year

PUTRAJAYA: Starting next year, local movie producers will be allowed to carry out their own censorship on movies and dramas they produced, Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said yesterday.

He said the Film Censorship Board and the Film Censorship Control and Enforcement Department would play an advisory role.

"They will censor and classify their own productions and evaluate whether the movies can be aired or not.

"They are fully responsible for the screening and censoring of scenes deemed offensive or have sexual content.

"We will advise and observe," he said after opening the New Directions on Control and Film Censorship seminar here yesterday.

Mahmood said the move was to give more leeway for local film producers and not stifle the film industry.

He said local producers were mature enough to decide what should and should not be aired.

"The ministry will not block any production unless the guidelines are not followed.

"We would like to see this as a transformation and collaboration between the government and players to enhance the film industry."

Transportation secretary won't back ban on hands-free calls

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today he does not support a proposal to prohibit drivers from making hands-free cell phone calls.

"The problem is not hands-free," LaHood told reporters at the department's headquarters, according to a Detroit News report. "That is not the big problem in America."

The pronouncement came a week after the National Transportation Safety Board urged states to ban the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving. The NTSB doesn't have the authority to actually impose restrictions, but its recommendations often influence federal regulators as well as congressional and state lawmakers.

Across the country, 35 states have already passed laws restricting text messaging while driving and nine require drivers use hands-free devices while talking on the phone. But the NTSB's recommendations go far beyond these current restrictions, suggesting that states also band hands-free calls.

But LaHood, a champion of distracted-driving laws, prefers to focus on handheld calls. In doing so, he has won the support of automakers, who have spent billions of dollars on technologies such as Ford's Sync to keep drivers connected.

"Anybody that wants to join the chorus against distracted driving, welcome aboard," LaHood said. "If other people want to work on hands-free, so be it."

The American Automobile Association estimates that one-third of U.S. drivers regularly use a cell phone while behind the wheel. In the first 11 months of this year, U.S. consumers have spent about $230 million on devices that allow hands-free phone calls, according consumer market researcher NPD Group.;cnetRiver

Computer monitor tossed over fence by FedEx man

I always wondered how Santa gets things down the chimney without them being covered in soot.

Which sometimes makes me wonder how, at Christmas time, those nice men from FedEx always ensure the package arrives absolutely, positively in one piece.

Then I saw this YouTube video, one that suggests that, perhaps, FedEx guys don't always try to ensure things arrive whole. In this case the package was a Samsung computer monitor.

It is unclear where this video was taken or who the poster is. Which will, of course, lead to some skepticism as to its real-lifeness.
However, the poster claims on YouTube that this is surveillance video from his house. The short video shows a FedEx Guy picking the box out of his truck and simply tossing it over a gate into a garden. It was posted Monday night.

The poster writes: "Here is a video of my monitor being 'delivered'. The sad part is that I was home at the time with the front door wide open. All he would have had to do was ring the bell on the gate. Now I have to return my monitor since it is broken."

Some might imagine that the monitor was already broken and that the gentleman from FedEx was merely tossing it over the fence to put it out of its misery.

The folks at FedEx HQ, though, seem a little perturbed. This might be because more than 1 million people have already watched this scene. The Daily Mail quotes a FedEx spokeswoman who said of the as-yet-unlocated employee: "This won't be his best day."

I am sure she might mean that from a purely corporate perspective. But fame is a strange beast. Perhaps, once found, he will soon be interviewed by Jay Leno, who will ask him the same as he asked Hugh Grant: "What were you thinking?"

I will certainly not be the one to suggest that, given that the monitor is a Samsung, the FedEx employee is a critical Apple fanboy, miffed at the current spat between the two companies.

Perhaps he merely became over-excited at the return of the NBA season.;editorPicks

What the heck is a 'disposable' iPhone camera?

A week ago, the Hipstamatic team added a new social camera app to its lineup, Hipstamatic Disposable. And today, Sincerely is launching Dotti Disposable.

Aside from the similar name and a special photographic quirk they share, these two camera apps are very different.

Hipstamatic camera apps, both Disposable and the original model, are all about clever filters that "make digital photography look analog." Like Instagram, Hipstamatic images can be filtered and mutilated, especially if you pay extra for additional filters.

The new Disposable model adds a social feature, in which Facebook friends can share a "disposable camera," with 24 exposures overall. Only after the "roll" is shot can the people sharing the camera see all the photos and then share them, e-mail them, print them, etc.

It's just like those old disposables you used to see on tables at weddings. How clever.

But it is also a rather charming throwback to ye olde analog tymes, where taking care with your shots mattered, because you only had so much film, and it wasn't free. You didn't have gigabytes of wide-open storage to fill up at whim.

Hipstamatic Disposable pushes the metaphor by selling in-app camera packs (multiples of its 24-exposure "cameras") that have unique filter effects. At least the prices are not egregious: at the worst, a 9-pack of 24-exposure cameras costs 99 cents, or half a penny a shot. Enough to make you think, but it won't break you. (There are also unlimited-use camera filters available, again at 99 cents, on top of two no-charge disposable camera types that come with the free app.)

That's more like it. Enough screen real estate to see what you're doing.
(Credit: Sincerely)

Dotti Disposable also works in camera-sized chunks. In this app's case, you buy 12-shot "rolls" for $4.99. What you get for that is the actual printing and physical delivery of your shots, as 4x6 photos sent through the mail, to the person you want. (Dotti works on Android as well as iOS.)

Sincerely's Dotti is selling an actual physical good so, appropriately, it's a bit less cutesy at the core: you can review all the images in a "roll" and delete the ones you don't like. Once all 12 shot slots are used up with good pictures, then you can send off a roll for processing.

Both apps are visually delightful. But I found Dotti both nicer looking and easier to use, thanks to a larger framing window and the post-photo deletion control. Dotti lacks the filters of Hipstamatic. I, for one, am fine with that.

Peek "inside" your Dotti camera to see the "negatives."
(Credit: Sincerely)
I am generally not a fan of apps that ape old-fashioned or obsolete physical products in an attempt to be nostalgic. And these two apps do push the bounds of cuteness. But the idea of shooting in "rolls," especially rolls you're paying for, is not, actually, all that bad. It forces people to see a cost for each shutter click and to think about telling stories efficiently, in smaller numbers of images.

At least, that's what these "disposable" apps could do, in a pure and beautiful world. In reality, I think people will push back against these apps' constraints, and go quickly back to using unlimited apps and taking tons of pictures of everything, only sometimes doing the post-event edits to eliminate redundant or poor photographs.;editorPicks;topStories

Verizon Wireless's claims of having the most reliable wireless network are being tested, with the company experiencing two outages on its new 4G LTE network this month.

The latest outage began in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday and affected 4G customers across the nation. From New York City to Denver to Washington state, customers complained that they could not access the 4G data network. Some customers said that they weren't even able to access the 3G wireless service, despite Verizon's claims that this network was not affected.

By mid-morning on the East Coast, Verizon said service had been restored.

"Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service is returning to normal this morning after company engineers worked to resolve an issue with the 4G network during the early morning hours today," the company said in a statement e-mailed to CNET. "Throughout this time, 4G LTE customers were able to make voice calls and send and receive text messages. The 3G data network operated normally."

A similar outage occurred December 6, when customers across the U.S. were able to only intermittently access 4G data. The carrier took about a day and a half to resolve that glitch.

It's not unusual for wireless carriers and other companies to experience network issues occasionally. No network is up 100 percent of the time. But the fact that these outages happened so close together and the fact that they are happening to Verizon Wireless, a company that touts itself as the most reliable network in the U.S., makes it notable.

"The big attraction for Verizon is its network superiority," said Roger Entner, founder of the market research firm Recon Analytics. "People pay a premium for this superiority. But if that goes away, they are merely expensive."

Indeed, Verizon is almost fanatical about its network reliability, Entner said. And in its marketing, it differentiates itself from competitors such as AT&T by pointing to its network reliability. Who could forget Verizon's famous television ad campaign, "Can you hear me now?" Verizon has won accolades from consumer groups for its reliable network. And this August, J.D. Power and Associates crowned it the nation's most reliable wireless network, again.

Verizon hasn't offered much explanation for why its 4G wireless network is experiencing outages. But given that Verizon is the first major wireless operator in the world to deploy the new 4G LTE technology on such a large scale, it's not surprising that it would experience hiccups in service, Entner said.

The new network Verizon is deploying is based on a new technology called LTE. And the architecture for the network is very different from the traditional cell phone network, which is based on a technology known as CDMA. While the traditional network uses a combination of circuit switched and packet switched technologies, LTE uses an entirely packet switched technology. This means that the network itself operates much like the Internet.

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This new packet network offers many benefits to Verizon and its customers. It not only significantly increases the capacity of the network, so that Verizon can offer faster speed Internet service, it also offers network efficiencies, so Verizon can serve more subscribers at a lower cost.

But as Verizon transitions from one network to another, Entner said, there is much to learn.

"When you are the first carrier in the world to really deploy LTE in any significant scale, there are going to be issues," he said. "Verizon has no one else to look to, to learn the painful lessons of deploying this network. The issues they're experiencing are likely growing pains. And they're to be expected."

Indeed, Verizon has been expanding its 4G LTE network at a rapid pace. A year ago, the company launched the network in 38 markets. By the end of this year, it's expected to have 190 markets and more than 200 million customers able to access the LTE network. It has introduced several handsets that use the 4G LTE network as well.

The quick expansion and the increasing number of users on the network, who are likely using more data than ever before, is probably what's contributed to the network outages.

Entner said it's a good sign that the outages have all begun in the middle of the night when network traffic volumes are at their lowest. He said this means the outages are likely being caused by upgrades and patches to the network. Unlike some wireless operators, Verizon schedules most of its upgrades at night to mitigate disruption to consumers, he said. But with a new network, issues are bound to come up and one glitch can cascade affecting not just one region of the country but multiple regions.

Entner explained that similar issues were common in the early 1990s when cellphones first became popular. Wireless operators were learning how to deploy and scale the networks and at times the networks would get overloaded with callers, completely shutting down service.

"The carriers had to learn how the network worked and how people used it," he said. "The same thing is likely happening here. There's a steep learning curve when you're first."

Unfortunately for Verizon's 4G LTE subscribers, they may suffer the consequences of Verizon's lessons. But Entner believes Verizon's reputation and track record is still strong enough to weather the storm.

Unlike the recent Research In Motion BlackBerry outage, Verizon seems to be resolving the issues relatively quickly. A BlackBerry outage earlier this year knocked out e-mail and messaging service throughout the world for three or four days.

"It's a small set back," he said. "As long as these outages don't become a trend, Verizon will be all right. But if this continues another year or two, that could be a completely different story.";topStories

Microsoft to drop CES after 2012 show

Microsoft said it will pull out of the Consumer Electronics Show after 2012. The software giant is the latest company to pull out or avoid the tech confab altogether.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2011.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw said in a blog post today that the company, which has been a mainstay attraction at the show for years, would no longer make a keynote presentation or host a booth at the show after the one scheduled for January.

"We'll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won't have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don't align with the show's January timing," Shaw said.

The company has been increasingly using its own events to make major product announcements, an underlying trend that other technology companies have followed. Apple and Google have long avoided CES, even as Google has had a major presence at other conferences such as Mobile World Congress. Motorola Mobility likewise canceled its press conference for the upcoming show.

Microsoft is just the latest to reconsider its presence at CES, which is a large and costly event in which companies risk getting drowned out by the onslaught of announcements that come out. Instead, companies have been looking at smaller, individual events where they don't have to compete with other news.

Many are looking to emulate the model made successful by Apple, in which it is able to generate a huge amount of buzz and attention for an event that it puts on.

The Consumer Electronics Association said it has already received interest from other exhibitors for Microsoft's old booth space.

"Both CEA and Microsoft have agreed that the time has come to end this great run, and so Microsoft will not have a keynote at the 2013 CES," the trade group said in a statement today. "Microsoft is an important member of CEA and we wish them all the best as they evolve their plans for new ways to tell consumer stories."

"As we look at all of the new ways we tell our consumer stories - from product momentum disclosures, to exciting events like our Big Windows Phone, to a range of consumer connection points like Facebook, Twitter, and our retail stores - it feels like the right time to make this transition," Shaw said.

Microsoft's press conference in January of this year was mostly a recap of existing products, including the Xbox 360 and its then-recently launched Windows Phone platform. The big new piece of news was Windows 8, which itself had been detailed with compatibility for ARM processors at a separate press event ahead of the company's keynote.

The company, however, stayed mum on any new operating system features, saving those details for its Build conference in September. It's also held separate, smaller events to promote its Windows Phone mobile operating system.;topStories

Mobile devices: Five predictions for 2012

It's been a whirlwind year for the mobile-devices business, and next year promises to be even more exciting.

Just as 2011 saw the rise in dominance of Android, Apple basically opening fire on every Android device through lawsuits, and a flood of tablets and 4G devices, 2012 should see similar shake-ups in the industry. Below are five predictions for what will happen next year. Some are based on recent conversations with industry sources, others rely on where the market trends are heading, while a few are speculation and wishful thinking.

One thing's for sure: the industry will continue to be as chaotic as it has ever been--and maybe more so--making it a lot of fun to cover. So without further ado, here are my bold predictions for next year.

Research in Motion gets taken out
So, if we're dealing with predictions for next year, why not start with the boldest? True, given RIM's recent struggles, it may not be so bold anymore. But with last week's admission that a BlackBerry 10 phone won't be out until late next year, it looks like things are getting even worse.

With such a massive delay, developers will continue to avoid BlackBerry, instead focusing their resources on platforms that are actually out in the market today. RIM will continue to pour money into the PlayBook tablet as a bridge to BlackBerry 10, but the base of users won't grow enough to warrant any developer attention.

Wall Street is already circling RIM's management, which has overseen a company that has lost more than three-quarters of its market value in the last year, and the continued hiccups could be the excuse to push for a shake-up. The problem is that co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are also the two largest shareholders, making them difficult to unseat. Last week, both opted to cut their cash compensation to $1 in a token effort to appease investors.

Ultimately, I say, RIM gets acquired, especially given how ridiculously cheap the company has gotten. That's probably what most investors are hoping for right now, even if BlackBerry fans continue to pray for a comeback.

LTE goes mainstream
Pretty soon, your mom is going to be asking for an LTE phone. She may not know what it is, or even know what it's for, but she'll be demanding it. That's a testament to how effective Verizon Wireless' marketing juggernaut has been.

Next year, AT&T will be talking about 4G LTE in a big way. The company is already dabbling with some 4G LTE commercials, but it will soon be blasting the airwaves, once coverage expands to more cities.

So what does this mean? I'm looking for LTE smartphones I can use for a whole day without feeling the panic-induced need to hunt for an outlet. The introduction of integrated chips--ones that combine multiple cellular radios using a more efficient design--should lead to better devices.

Verizon Wireless has already said that a vast majority of its smartphones next year will be LTE. It's a safe bet that LTE will figure prominently in AT&T's product portfolio as well. Sprint Nextel will also switch on its own LTE network next year and plans to launch 15 such devices in the second half.

And look for LTE to find its way into other devices, including medical equipment, cars, and video surveillance systems. The carriers just spent billions of dollars on these networks; they're going to put them to work.

Windows Phone breaks through
This is more along the lines of wishful thinking, as it's still unclear how Windows Phone will fare in the market. Microsoft has had a rocky first year and hopes to do better with Year 2. The Consumer Electronics Show could prove to be a big one for Windows Phone, with major partner Nokia itching to make its presence felt.

While T-Mobile's decision to sell the Lumia 710 was a bit disappointing, many expect AT&T to show up with an LTE-enabled version of the higher profile Lumia 800. Microsoft has said it expects stronger carrier support and a steadier stream of marketing over the next few months, as opposed to a single pop from last year. The company will need to ramp up Tango, its next software update, as well as LTE support, as quickly as possible.

With many of the other vendors occupied with Android, Nokia may take on the responsibilities of creating the first flagship Windows Phone device. And no, I don't mean the Lumia 800. Nokia has already hinted at a wide range of products, including an even higher end model. That will be the device to finally get consumers to turn their heads. Those that do will be pleasantly surprised.

Google launches legal counterstrike
Once Google completes its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, it'll have a stockpile of patents with which to go after Apple.

Google has so far been reluctant to directly take on Apple, preferring to voice support to its Android partners. That changed a bit when it supplied HTC with patents with which to defend itself. You can expect Google to be more proactive, particularly as the industry drowns in growing litigation. Either Google will go after Apple directly, or more likely, provide ammunition in the form of patents to its partners.

Unfortunately, I don't see any real resolutions, particularly with all the various players continuing to exercise their right to appeal each decision. Apple yesterday won a victory against HTC in the International Trade Commission, but the limited nature of the ruling didn't resolve much.

Instead, you'll see more attempts from the likes of Apple and Samsung Electronics to ban each other's products. As long as the companies don't have to negotiate, they won't.

Non-iPad tablets see more love
Let's be honest, with a few exceptions, Android tablets have been a disaster this year. The first device running on Honeycomb, a version of Android specifically designed for tablets, was the Motorola Moblity Xoom for Verizon Wireless. It was so disappointing, Motorola and Verizon renamed the follow-up tablets Xyboard--so you know it had to have sold pretty badly.

Not all was negative: the $200 Kindle Fire finally sparked genuine excitement over a tablet that wasn't made by Apple. That momentum should continue into next year, as other companies step up their games--and possibly lower their price tags--in their fight to produce the second-most successful tablet, behind the iPad.

I'm expecting Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, and the first to integrate both the tablet and smartphone experiences, to smooth out the hiccups and give consumers a reason to look at a non-Apple product.

I also anticipate at least one more TouchPad-like fire sale, when one of the new tablets inevitably stumbles out of the gate.;topStories

Important date !!

1. Quiz 2 !!
- Naik cuti, masuk chapter PRO-FORMA dan CASH BUDGET..
2. Test 1 !!
- 13 January, masuk sampai chapter 6..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Find article !!

Tugasan minggu ini kena cari artikel yang berkaitan dengan symmetrical..

14 december 2011 ada quiz, masuk bab 1 !!

Individual Assignment !!

Hari ini dapat assignment untuk individual.. Tugasannya, kena buad collection untuk final exam paper dan selesaikan satu problem yang diberikan.. Kena submit before 4 January 2012..

4 Januay 2012 juga akan berlakunya perang peperiksaan pertama law !! So, get ready from now..

Quiz online !!

Minggu ke 6 ini akan ada quiz secara online di i-learn..
Minggu ke 10 pula quiz online yang ke dua.. Dua-dua quiz penting !!

Quiz 1 !!

Baru naik semester 2minggu finance da ade quiz.. Cepat gila, semester ini rasanya lebih cepat berbanding semester-semester sebelum ini !! Kuatkan kan ingatan aku ini agar aku dapat jawab semua soalan dengan tenang dan mudah..

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sindiket tipu gelaran ‘Datuk’

ALOR SETAR: Satu sindiket dipercayai terbabit menipu orang ramai dengan janji boleh mendapatkan gelaran ‘Datuk’ di negeri ini, didapati turut bergiat aktif di sekitar Lembah Klang sejak beberapa bulan lalu.

Difahamkan, sindiket didalangi ‘orang kenamaan’ itu dikatakan licik memperdayakan mangsa.

Sindiket itu setakat ini memperdaya sekurang-kurangnya beberapa mangsa, termasuk seorang usahawan bergelar Datuk Seri membabitkan penipuan puluhan ribu ringgit.

Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial (JSJK) Bukit Aman, Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan berkata, pihaknya menerima laporan mangsa yang mendakwa ditipu sindiket berkenaan untuk mendapatkan gelaran Datuk di negeri ini.

“Kita menyiasat sindiket ini yang dipercayai menjalankan kegiatan penipuan di Lembah Klang dan Kedah. Sindiket ini dipercayai bergiat aktif memperdaya mangsa sejak dua tiga bulan lalu.

“Setakat ini, seorang mangsa bergelar Datuk Seri menjadi mangsa sindiket berkenaan,” katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Modus operandi mereka ialah menghampiri mangsa dan mendakwa mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan golongan tertentu dan bersedia membantu mendapatkan gelaran berkenaan.

Selain berjanji mendapatkan gelaran Datuk, sindiket berkenaan dikatakan mendakwa boleh membantu mangsa mendapatkan tanah milik kerajaan dengan bayaran tertentu.

Mereka turut menggunakan nama beberapa agensi kerajaan untuk memperdayakan mangsa, selain memandu kenderaan mewah setiap kali mengadakan pertemuan.

Bagi memastikan mangsa mudah diperdaya, ahli sindiket dikatakan menyamar sebagai Datuk dan menggunakan pelbagai nama berbeza bagi mengelak dikesan.

Setakat ini, mangsa yang diperdayakan ahli sindiket itu membuat laporan polis. Berikutan itu, polis menjalankan gerakan memburu mereka disyaki terbabit.

Sehubungan itu, Syed Ismail menasihatkan orang ramai yang pernah diperdaya atau ditipu sindiket itu supaya membuat laporan di balai polis bagi memudahkan siasatan.

Metro Ahad difahamkan, mangsa dijanjikan gelaran Datuk oleh ahli sindiket itu mengikut bayaran tertentu tetapi menghilangkan diri selepas menerima bayaran.

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1Malaysia grocery stores promise cheaper goods

According to The Star, a Malaysian newspaper, the first 1Malaysia store was launched on Wednesday at the Kelana Jaya LRT station. The store, the first of many to come, will have part of its inventory priced significantly lower than market prices.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, architect of the now ubiquitous 1Malaysia programme, was in attendance to launch the store. The Star report quoted him as saying, "It is (1Malaysia) not ceremonial, rhetoric or something distant. It has moved forward to offering the people products and services that meet their needs."

Among the store's substantial inventory are 250 grocery items carrying the brand name "Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia." These are priced 30% to 40% below market prices, Najib noted. He explained that the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia initiative was comparable to the "restaurant rakyat" - an effort of his late father, former Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak, in the 1970s.

The store will be operated by Mydin Mohamed Holding Berhad following a mini market modus operandi. It will have basic necessities - rice, eggs, cooking oil, etc. - and more.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Issues about ICT

'Hacking attacks' hit Russian political sites

A series of alleged hack attacks have struck political sites in Russia during the country's parliamentary elections.

Radio stations, election monitors and newspapers said they came under sustained attack.

The sites' owners said they were bombarded with data in an attempt to overwhelm their computers and knock them offline.

Some of the organisations involved have blamed the assault on state-sponsored "criminals".

Over the weekend Russians voted in elections that determined the make-up of its lower house, or Duma, for the next five years.

In the run-up to voting and on the day itself, many organisations critical of the policies of the ruling party said they had suffered attack by hackers.

One of the hardest hit seems to have been the election monitoring group Golos, which said it had come under a "massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks".

A distributed denial of service attack is one in which a website is hit with many thousands of requests for data. Unless the flood of requests is halted, sites can be knocked offline.

On voting day, Golos was compiling a map of "election violations" which detailed places where irregularities in votes were being recorded.

Despite the attacks, Golos said it had been able to log about 5,300 complaints alleging election violations.

Golos head Liliya Shibanova said mounting the attacks would have been a "very expensive operation".

She said: "It's a big organisation with plenty of means that must have done it."

The Moscow Echo radio station, opposition newspaper New Times, political commentary site and daily business paper Kommersant also suffered the attentions of politically motivated hackers.

Moscow Echo editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov tweeted: "The attack on the website on election day is clearly an attempt to inhibit publication of information about violations."

The Russian arm of the Livejournal blogging site had also been intermittently available during the week before voting day as it came under repeated DDoS attacks.

Anton Nossik, media director of LiveJournal owner SUP, alleged that the perpetrators were criminals, "probably fattened by the federal budget".

Most of the attacks were directed at groups and media organisations that oppose the Putin government, but some Pro-Kremlin groups were also targeted.

Youth activists said their site which logged election violations by opposition parties had also come under fire.

Google's Android racks up its 10 billionth app download

More than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from Google's Android Market.

To mark the moment Google said that for the next 10 days it would cut the price of some top apps to 10p each.

The search giant announced the milestone on its blog adding that the store's apps were being downloaded at a rate of one billion a month.

However, some industry analysts played down the figure saying Google should do more to address poor-quality programs.
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Google said the pace at which apps were being downloaded was starting to accelerate. Its figures show Android took 22 months to reach one billion downloads but only one month to go from nine billion to 10 billion.

By contrast, Apple hit one billion downloads after nine months. Although the iPhone maker still maintains a lead, some experts believe it will be short-lived.

"Apple announced the 15 billion download mark in July so it's clear that Android's momentum in device activations is translating to application downloads and usage," said Geoff Blaber from analysts CCS Insight.

"We'd expect Android to overtake Apple in application downloads in the first half of 2012."

However, added Mr Blaber, such swift growth posed a challenge of how to help customers discover useful software from all the other code on offer.

"It's an issue for developers and consumers alike but a significant opportunity for whoever solves the problem first," he said.

Google's Android smartphone platform became the world's most popular in early 2011 when it overtook Nokia's Symbian.
Android market growth graphic Google says it sold its 10 billionth app last weekend

Sales are believed to have been helped by the appearance of Android tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire.

The celebration of the 10 billionth download will last for 10 days during which Google will pick a series of top programs and drop their prices.

Among the first titles to be discounted are Asphalt 6 HD, Minecraft, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro and Swiftkey X.

Carolina Milanesi, from analysts Gartner, said download numbers were a poor measure of success.

"The number game matters to industry watchers and helps advertising but it is not changing the bottom line," she said.

"Quality of the apps and the store in general and curation in particular should be the focus for Google," she said. "This is where I still see a difference between the Apple App Store and Android Market.

"This might not impact downloads but it will eventually impact the revenue opportunity for developers," she told the BBC.

Business groups worried over 4G mobile broadband

Plans to replace the current 3G mobile network with new 4G technology have been criticised by business groups.

The Federation of Small Businesses and the National Farmers Union (NFU) say the rollout is taking too long and won't cover enough of the UK.

They are worried hundreds of thousands of people, mainly in rural areas, could be left behind.

Ofcom says the project is moving as quickly as possible and that no final decision has been made about coverage.

Two 4G trials are being carried out in the UK.
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Businesses in rural areas need broadband now. They [the government and Ofcom] need to move faster on this and be more ambitious

Andrew Cave Federation of Small Businesses

One is taking place in central London, run by O2, and another in north Cornwall, jointly run by Everything Everywhere and BT.

Twenty-five-year-old Hayley Gaffney is one of around 200 people taking part in the Cornwall trial.

Until she got the 4G broadband she was only getting speeds of just over 1Mbps.

"The internet was an absolute nightmare," she says. "It just kept crashing because it was so slow."

However, since joining the trial her broadband speed has jumped to more than 11Mbps.

"The internet really is amazing to what it was before," says Hayley.

"It was things like watching YouTube, uploading photos onto Facebook, just uploading the news feed on Facebook, getting my emails without getting them a few days later. Before it was so slow."
'More ambition'

Andrew Cave from the Federation of Small Businesses says those kinds of benefits are vital to roll out to every part of the UK, not just urban areas.

"Businesses in rural areas need broadband now," says Mr Cave.
Hayley Gaffney Hayley Gaffney says her 4G internet experience is "amazing"

"They [the government and Ofcom] need to move faster on this and be more ambitious."

Current plans mean the 4G network won't be in place until 2013 at the earliest and will only allow for a maximum of 98% of the UK to be covered.

Phil Bicknell, chief economist at the NFU, says it means that hundreds of thousands of people, mainly living in rural areas, risk being left behind.

"Coverage is just part of it," he says.

"The other issue is with regard to connection speeds.

"We're seeing that widening gap between those people in rural areas, in terms of the speed of their connection with broadband, and those superfast connections that are increasingly emerging in urban areas."

Microsoft prepares major update for Xbox 360 console

The BBC iPlayer will be added to the Xbox in 2012 as Microsoft tries to centre its console on entertainment rather than just games.

The big update to support this change will start hitting Xbox 360 consoles around the world on 6 December.

Microsoft has signed up 40 media firms to provide both live and on-demand movie and TV services for the console.

The update also lets people control their TVs by talking into the Kinect motion-spotting gadgets.
Mainstream media

The most noticeable change made by the update will be to swap the Xbox's familiar tabbed interface for the so-called Metro look that is based around "tiles".

This uses square and oblong tiles that sit under different menu headings which lump together media and content relevant to that category. For instance, tiles under the "social" menu give access to Twitter, Facebook and Kinect video calls.
Nokia Lumia The blocky "tiled" look from Windows Phone 7 will be reflected on the Xbox interface

The Metro interface is also expected to be the default for Windows 8 when that debuts in late 2012.

Microsoft's Bing search engine is also being rolled out to the Xbox and it will be able to search for anything available on any of the tiles. Kinect owners will be able to use their voice to make queries.

As well as live TV programmes, other on-demand services will be made available via tiles under the "Apps" menu. Only Gold members of Xbox Live will be able to access them.

About 35 million of the 57 million Xbox consoles around the world are connected to Xbox Live.

From 6 December in the UK, Amazon's movie streaming service Lovefilm will be available through the Xbox.

Later in the month it will be joined by other on-demand se including 4OD, Blinkbox and Sony's Crackle. The iPlayer will be available via an Xbox Live app from early 2012.

Sky TV services are already available on the console. Microsoft does not mention ITV in its press release.

India vows crackdown on offensive internet content

India has vowed to crack down on offensive internet content, accusing web firms of failing to cooperate.

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal met officials from Google, Facebook and other websites on Monday.

On Tuesday he said the firms had told him they were unable to take action.

He said the government would introduce guidelines to ensure "blasphemous material" did not appear on internet. Doctored photos of the PM and Sonia Gandhi have angered the government.
'Give us the data'

Addressing a press conference in the capital, Delhi, on Tuesday, Mr Sibal said he had asked the companies in September to remove images and statements deemed offensive to religious groups, but that they had ignored his requests.

"At a meeting on 4 November, we showed them some of the photos and they too agreed that the photos were offensive," he said.

The minister accused the internet firms of not co-operating.

"They have given it to me in writing that they will not do anything until we get an order from the court," he said.

Mr Sibal said companies would not be allowed to say, "we throw up our hands, we can't do anything about this".
Indian information technology professionals work on their laptops during an Open Hack Day programme in Bangalore, Jul 2010 India has more than 100 million internet users

He said: "My aim is that insulting material never gets uploaded. We will evolve guidelines and mechanisms to deal with the issue. They will have to give us the data, where these images are being uploaded and who is doing it."

Before the press conference, Mr Sibal showed reporters morphed photos of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, as well as pigs running through Islam's holy city of Mecca.

The minister said the government did not believe in interfering in the freedom of the press, but "we have to take care of the sensibilities of our people, we have to protect their sensibilities. Our cultural ethos is very important to us".

India has more than 100 million internet users and web companies say the large number means broad action is impossible.
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When content is legal and does not violate our policies, we will not remove it just because it is controversial”

Google spokesperson

Facebook said in a statement that it recognised the "government's interest in minimising the amount of abusive content available online".

But, it said, there were policies in place that enabled people to report abusive content.

"We will remove any content that violates our terms, which are designed to keep material that is hateful, threatening, incites violence or contains nudity off the service."

Facebook said it would "continue to engage with the Indian authorities as they debate this important issue".

India has 28 million Facebook accounts.

A spokesperson for Google was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that it did remove illegal material.

But the spokesperson added: "When content is legal and does violate our policies, we will not remove it just because it is controversial, as we believe that people's differing views, so long as they are legal, should be respected and protected."

Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India, told Associated Press that internet companies should be aware of national security issues.

"I am not favouring censorship - self-regulation is the best censorship available to our system [but] we should not do anything which should harm the peace of the country."

Metro !!

Dendam tak padam

LONDON: Pengurus Chelsea, Andre Villas-Boas menegaskan beliau tidak kisah sekiranya tidak disenangi kerana berterusan menganggap kritikan media mengenai regimnya di Stamford Bridge sebagai “tidak adil”.

Pengendali berbangsa Portugis itu semakin menyelar pengkritiknya sejak kemenangan Chelsea ke atas Valencia Selasa lalu yang menyaksikan pasukannya layak ke pusingan 16 terakhir Liga Juara-Juara, seolah-olah mengikut jejak langkah rakan senegara dan bekas bos Blues, Jose Mourinho.

Villas-Boas, yang pernah menjadi kakitangan Mourinho di Stamford Bridge, berasakan kritikan yang dilemparkan terhadap Chelsea sengaja diapi-apikan oleh wartawan yang mengagumi pencapaian Manchester City, sekalipun pendahulu Liga Perdana Inggeris itu 10 mata di depan kelab barat London itu.

“Banyak perkara yang diperkatakan, kebanyakannya adalah tidak betul,” kata Villas-Boas, menjelang pertemuan Blues di gelanggang sendiri menentang City awal pagi Selasa ini.

“Satu hari saya akan buka pintu sesi latihan kepada anda semua buat beberapa hari dan anda akan lihat bagaimana pemain memiliki bakat dan keupayaan serta keinginan kuat untuk bersaing. Itulah yang kami lakukan ketika menerima kritikan melampau.” Beliau berkata: “Adalah adil sekiranya anda semua mengaku pasukan kesayangan media adalah yang memakai kolar biru muda dan bukannya Chelsea.

“Kami dikalahkan secara tidak adil beberapa kali dan secara adilnya oleh anda semua pada permulaannya. Ia satu hubungan cinta dan benci,” kata Villas-Boas yang berusia 34 tahun.

Namun Villas-Boas berasa lebih dibenci daripada disayangi minggu ini berikutan laporan pertelagahan di bilik persalinan antaranya dan beberapa pemainnya.

“Jika penyebar maklumat mereka menerima bayaran, dapatkan semula wang itu,” kata Villas-Boas, yang terpaksa mengetepikan Alex, Nicolas Anelka dan pemain tengah England, Frank Lampard daripada pasukan ketika menang ke atas Valencia Selasa lalu.

Ditanya jika beliau peduli jika disukai, Villas-Boas berkata: “Saya tidak kisah.” - AFP.

PM Najib's maiden speech: 'One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.'

1.On behalf of all Malaysians, I would like to thank YABhg. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his 31 years of exemplary public service to our country, his commitment to strengthening the institutions and fabric of our democracy and for his graceful example as our leader.

2.I am grateful to YABhg. Tun for his confidence in proposing my name as Prime Minister to Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and I am honoured that His Majesty has consented to my appointment with this morning’s swearing-in ceremony. I feel a deep sense of humility at the opportunity to serve as your Prime Minister at an important time in our nation’s history. My life has been dedicated to public service. Growing up, I was inspired by the positive impact of public service in the example of my late father. Four decades on, I remain committed to the goals of tackling poverty; of restructuring our society; of expanding access to quality education for all; and of inspiring a new generation of young Malaysians to work on behalf of this great country. My own service in government has always been about getting results: to ensure a better deal for teachers, to improve conditions for our brave soldiers, and to strengthen our economy in defence of the people of Malaysia, as we deal with the outbreak of a global recession.

3.In the coming weeks, I will be consulting with people around our country, as I begin to reshape the leadership and priorities of the Government. I am mindful that we should build on the successes and lessons of the past. It must be a government with new approaches for new times – a government that places a priority on performance, because the people must come first.

4. We must reach out to all parts of Malaysia - to all our diverse communities. In our national discourse and in pursuing our national agenda, we must never leave anyone behind. We must reach out to the many who may have been disaffected and left confused by political games, deceit and showmanship.

We must draw on talented people across our nation, regardless of their position or background, to re-energize a passion for public service. We must sow the seeds of goodwill and understanding in every corner of this land, so that we continue to harvest the fruits of progress and prosperity for all Malaysians.

We must seek to include and unlock the potential of our young people who will be the next generation of leaders, businesspeople, engineers, scientists, teachers and doctors. We must give them wings to fly.

5.And so today, I pledge that I will work tirelessly to serve all of you.

6.In this spirit, I would like to announce that the government has decided with immediate effect, to remove the temporary ban on TWO news publications, release 13 detainees from ISA detention, and conduct a comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act. Additional details will be announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs shortly.

7.These decisions are timely as we move to enhance the confidence of our citizens in those entrusted with maintaining peace, law and order, while recognizing the need to remain vigilant of the very real security threats we continue to face as a young nation.

8.I know that for every citizen, these are hard times and I remain focused in providing strong leadership to lead us out of this economic crisis and unleash our full potential as a nation. I will be steadfast in my commitment to meet the needs, aspirations and concerns of all Malaysians.

9.So, today I ask you to join me in this task of renewing Malaysia. I urge us to rise to the challenge of building a One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.

10.Let us begin this great journey together.

Young Generation Must Use ICT To Promote Homestay

Youngsters in rural areas must apply their expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) to help promote the homestay industry.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said with the expertise available among youngsters, they need not go elsewhere to seek employment as venturing into the homestay industry can generate economy.

"Homestay is an attractive tourism product that has been in existence in the country for a long time but we have a problem in promotion since it requires a huge amount of finance.

"But with the availability of ICT, we hope the younger generation can contribute in the aspect of promotion," she told reporters after launching service for Blackberry and iphone users on Wednesday.

She said there were about 3,000 homestays in 150 villages throughout the country with occupancy rate of 20 percent.

Ng added that her ministry hoped to increase the tourism industry's homestay income from 0.7 percent in 2007 to five percent by 2020.

She added that through the service, information on the 138 homestays registered with the ministry, can be obtained through blackberry and iphone.

HP and Microsoft Top the Charts of Malaysian ICT Superheroes, The Two Giants Retake Major Honours at the Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (PRWEB) October 13, 2011 Hewlett-Packard Malaysia and Microsoft Malaysia have topped the honour roll again and have taken almost half of the available categories in this year’s, the 10th edition, Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Awards (RCA), themed “Superhero”. Commonly acknowledged as the ‘Oscars of the IT industry’, the awards were presented tonight at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

HP Malaysia and Microsoft Malaysia each bagged eight awards. Other star performers were: SAP Malaysia with three awards; and Cisco Systems Malaysia, Fortinet Malaysia, IBM Malaysia, Symantec Corporation and VMware, with two each.

The honour roll also included: APC by Schneider Electric, Apple Malaysia, Check Point Software Technologies, CommScope, Dell Sales Malaysia, EMC Computer Systems, F5 Networks, Hitachi Asia, Kaspersky Lab, NetApp Malaysia and Telekom Malaysia.

The Awards go to vendors, products, services or solution families that score the highest with their customers who voted in the areas of price, performance, feature sets, reliability and ease of use.

Every year, Fairfax Business Research, the research arm of Fairfax Business Media, conducts the RCA online survey on behalf of Computerworld Malaysia, following industry best practices to deliver statistically valid results from the country’s qualified information and communication executives, including Computerworld Malaysia readers.

There are altogether 40 categories divided into eight award sections: Communications, Enterprise Applications, Hardware, Platform and Tools, Security, Services, Storage and Virtualisation.

In total, there were close to 1,000 product and service contenders for the Awards this year.

HP Malaysia’s were in the following categories: Data Centre and Hosting Services Provider; Entry-Level Servers; Mid-Range Servers; High-End Enterprise Servers; SAN Switches; Storage Management Software; Support and Maintenance Services Provider; and Wireless Routers.

Microsoft Malaysia’s were in: Business Intelligence; Collaboration Platform; Database Management System; Enterprise Content Management; Performance Management; Service Oriented Architecture Services Provider; System Management Software; and Unified Communications Software Suite.

The complete winners list is available at

Mark Hobson, Asia Regional Manager, Fairfax Business Media, lauded the efforts made by every award winner. “During the last three tough years, organisations in both the public and private sectors have had to deal with shrinking budgets and staff reductions. Though there would appear to be limits ‘doing more with even less,’ some companies have survived and even thrived to our astonishment,” he said. “The winners have proved their zest and loyalty to their customers in the past 12 months by delivering the top technologies and services: These have been deemed as the ‘Superheroes’ of 2011 by their customers.”

Adding his praise, was AvantiKumar, Editor of Computerworld Malaysia, who said, “Creativity and 'downright guts' are just two of the features that helped to drive many of outstanding achievements in the last year among the world's top technology vendors and service providers standing here tonight. They have helped their customers by pushing the notion of customer commitment to almost miraculous and heroic limits.”

ICT Partnership serves as gateway for emerging societies

The past decades have seen a surge in the information technology and communication industry. High speed data access, mobile networks, ubiquitous connectivity and the rapid exponential growth in computing power have brought about a revolution in the digital age. The appetite for technological advancement and infrastructure performance has become more sophisticated and the challenge rises to satisfy the constant need for innovation.

Recognizing the fast changing needs of the emerging society, “ The LIGHT Waterfront Penang is tailored to meet the demands of globalization and understands the constant need for a ubiquitous connection in a networked society” said the CEO and Managing Director of IJM Land Berhad Dato’ Soam Heng Choon.

Dato’ Soam Heng Choon added that “a networked city is twofold with the right infrastructure network in place; THE LIGHT is able to connect people and be the ultimate destination for business, leisure, education and life. This seamless community opens up a whole new world of possibilities never once imagined and is a true representation of a borderless city encompassing residential, retail, hotels, convention centre and much more. This will inadvertently create an intelligent and sustainable city imperative to transform Penang into an international city”

Developing a smart and connected city over the span of 152 acres is no mean feat but with the appointment of Dimension Data as the Master Technology Consultants for The Light, the goal in transforming physical communities to connected communities to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability is now a step closer to reality.

Dimension Data Asia Pacific CEO, BILL Padfield stated “we are excited to work closely with IJM Land in this landmark project to transform Penang into iconic city with a distinctive identity and sustainable future. Through the deployment of our innovative, sustainability services and Connected Real Estate (CRE) solutions, the new development will feature intelligent buildings and infrastructure that are self-sustaining, energy sufficient and highly connected”

Padfield went on to say that “the benefits of CRE is not limited to operational and energy efficiencies such as centralised, automated building management control and cost savings. The tenant and residents will also benefit from the enhanced connectivity and quick access to information, which would result in greater mobility and productivity.”

Astro has also collaborated with IJM Land to offer a unique digital lifestyle experience to its property owners where Astro will be supplying each residential unit of The Light with 2 units of Astro B.yond IPTV boxes together with 3 months free subscription of an Astro Super Pack, HD and Recording services including access to Video-on-demand and Time Fibre Broadband which comes with a modem and router as well as installation.

Private sector vital to ICT-literate generation by 2020, says assemblyman

KUCHING: The private sector plays an important role when it comes to training trainers in the field of information-communication technology (ICT).

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said since there were only eight years to 2020 when Malaysia becomes a developed nation, the private sector would help expedite training and enable trainers to create an ICT-proficient generation.

“We are fast approaching 2020 and it is clear that if we want an ICT literate society, we need to have teachers who are well-trained and equipped to pass on their knowledge.

ICT savvy: Dr Hazland (fourth left), Eduspec Holdings Berhad chief executive officer Lim Een Hong (left), Prof Mohd Fadzil (sixth left) and some of the winners of the 19th Dynabook National ICT Competition.

“These teachers need to have global mindsets and skilful too so that we are assured that we have a generation well-versed in ICT.

“These teachers are mostly in the private sector, which is why this sector is vital to our ICT development,” he said when closing the 19th Dynabook National ICT Competition at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) .

He was representing Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

Dr Hazland said it was not too late for Malaysia to achieve its goal towards having an ICT proficient society if the government had the support of the private sector.

As such, he said, the government always gave additional allocation for ICT education.

“We shouldn’t be easily satisfied. We need to constantly raise the bar because the world is getting more and more competitive. If we want to keep up, we need the keep on improving ourselves,” he said.

Earlier on, Unimas Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said competition like this should be held frequently since not only does it promote ICT, it would even unearth talented individuals.

“Who knows, we might find the next Steve Jobs (Apple co-founder). After all the late Steve Jobs started in his backyard and so did Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder). If these two great minds can make it, I don’t see why our children can’t do so too,” he said.

The event had 650 students from 61 primary schools nationwide participating and the competition encompasses computer drawing at the junior and senior levels, general knowledge and typing skill.

The winners are namely Lee Jia Yu from SJK (C) Yuk Kwan, Perak (general knowledge), Ching Jia Sing from Kong Min Pusat, Penang (junior drawing), Nigel Leong Zheng Hao from SJK (C) Chung Hwa, Sabah (senior drawing) and Oh Coyun from SJK (C) Chong Hwa Setapak KL (typing).

The event was held by Dynabook, a subsidiary of Eduspec Holdings Berhad, Unimas and the Federation of Kuching and the Youth Section of Samarahan Division Chinese Associations.

ICT To Contribute RM42 Billion To Malaysia's GDP By 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Bernama) -- The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) sees further growth in the third phase (2011-2020) of MSC Malaysia with . Information Communications Technology(ICT), expected to contribute RM42 billion to gross domestic income (GDP) by 2015.

MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said this represents a 21 per cent growth over the RM34.57 billion recorded in the second phase (2004-2010).

ICT's revenue contribution to the GDP in the first phase was RM26 billion.

In the first four years of phase three, he said the MSC companies' revenue is expected to increase to RM142 billion from the RM103.8 billion recorded previously, while exports are projected to surge by 75 per cent to RM58 billion from RM33 billion.

A total of 160,000 jobs are also expected to be created during this period from the 111,367 in the previous phase, supporting the government's mission to enhance the ICT sector to achieve a high-income and developed nation status in line with the New Economic Model.

MSC Malaysia is also expected to attract RM1.4 billion in new investments this year, similar to what it achieved last year, with the total number of active companies reaching 2,088 as at December 2010.

A total of 1,605 companies are local with foreign companies at 424 and the rest being joint ventures (local-foreign).

"We want ICT to be more pervasive with a wider economic footprint. Our strategies in the three main clusters of creative multimedia, shared services outsourcing and infotech, have been realigned to put stronger emphasis on wealth creation and high-value investments," Badlisham said.

Other core initiatives under MSC Malaysia's third phase includes the establishment of new cybercities each year and completing the Innovative Digital Economy framework by the second half of this year.

He said between two and four cybercities will be established this year in the Klang Valley area.

Twelve fully operational cybercities and cybercentres has been established in the Klang Valley and seven in a few states.

Commenting on the 1Malaysia email project, Badlisham said the offer was a good opportunity for local ICT companies, as it would drive demand for online services and applications.

Information technology solutions provider, Tricubes Bhd, has been appointed by the government to implement the 1Malaysia email project.

The company will enter into a definitive agreement with the government, to finalise the detailed terms and conditions of the appointment in due course.