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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

UiTM Machang : 6,000 Students Blame Telekom For Internet Breakdown

Machang, Thursday - 6,000 students of University Institute Technology Mara, UITM Machang are in a dilema because cable line to supply the internet to that area was stolen by the culprits.
This accident had occured many many times but nothing much done by Telekom of Malaysia
According to one of the student, who refused to be identified, the most Telekom could do is to install a new cable.
When the new cable was stolen, the student become the victim, they could not complete the assignment given by the lecturers.
"It will take 4 weeks, to resume back the internet services to that area," said one telekom officer.
In the mean time, students had to by broadband by their own pocket money.
Telekom State Manager when contacted, declined his name to be quoted, said that the management of UiTM never made officials complains upon the matter.
SOURCE / AUTHOR : AllVoices | Nik Mahadi

YTL Communications to Provide 4G Mobile Internet Network to UKM

BANGI, 6 June, 2011 – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) hopes the problems it faces over its internet connections within the campus is a thing of the past with YTL Comunications providing 4G mobile internet network infrastructure.

The 4G mobile internet network infrastructure to be provided by YTL Communications allows for the fastest wireless internet broadband for UKM staff and students. 

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UKM and YTL Communications last  Friday. UKM has been facing two major problems over its internet connections within the campus over its rising internet network storage and single point failures. 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

UM, Microsoft M'sia Collaborate In Human Capital Devt Programme

The University of Malaya (UM) is collaborating with Microsoft Malaysia and Prestariang Bhd to
provide its students with a human capital development programme called "Hedstart Program".

Launched at UM, the programme will impart world-class knowledge and resources to develop
students to become highly skilled and confident to face the globally benchmarked accreditation,
said Prof Dr Rohana Yusof, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs), University of Malaya.

Hedstart Program is a significant achievement and an excellent example of a private-public
partnership, that is in line with the government's agenda towards transforming Malaysia, as well
as to enhance creativity, innovation and competitiveness among students.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

TRUE THAT



Yours Truly,
NR

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Yours Truly,
NR

Take Astro with You, Wherever You Go

Watch the Best of Astro on your smartphone, tablet, laptop and PC
 KUALA LUMPUR, 30th May 2012—Imagine that you are watching the last 10 minutes of an exciting football Finals at home, when your friend arrives to pick you up and you have to be on your way. Imagine the frustration of missing out on the winning goal. With Astro On-The-Go, you will never have to experience such frustration ever again, as you can now take that LIVE game with you wherever you go.
Watch the best of Astro on smartphones, tablets or laptops with Astro On-The-Go—an innovative service which delivers non-stop entertainment anytime, anywhere. With Astro On-The-Go, customers can enjoy immediate access to Astro TV ChannelsLIVE EventsVideo-On-Demand (VOD) and Catch Up TV across multiple online and mobile devices, starting with the iPad.
 Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Chief Executive Officer of Astro said, “As a leading-edge innovator, Astro has many ‘firsts’ like High Definition, 3D, PVR and Astro First. Today, we proudly unveil another innovative ‘first’ and I am proud to introduce Astro On-The-Go, an innovative new service where you can enjoy your favourite shows on the devices of your choice. Astro On-The-Go is an individual's Personal TV experience which you can take with you, your favourite Astro shows from your home to your smartphone, tablet and laptop on the go. For instance, you can be enjoying live football matches on your iPad while you are traveling in your car.

Axiata Group Receives 2012 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Singapore 8 June 2012, Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”) has been named „Frost & Sullivan‟s 2012 Asia Pacific ICT Award Best Telecom Group of the Year', for the fourth consecutive year. The Awards seek to recognise the outstanding performance by companies in the Enterprise, Telecom, and Service Provider segments of the Information, Communication and Technology industry.
The prestigious award, one of four of the coveted Best of the Best category, was determined by a high-level and respected panel of telecom experts from all over the world. Award recipients were evaluated based on their revenue growth, market share gains, leadership in new product introduction and innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major customer acquisition, and business and market strategy.

Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axiata said, "It is indeed a great honour to receive this recognition for the fourth consecutive time, especially given the other very established nominees in the category. 2011 marked another solid year for Axiata and this award is recognition of the Group‟s strong presence and continued success in the region's telecommunications market”.

Serene Chan, Industry Analyst, Mobile and Wireless Asia Pacific ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan said, “Outstanding performance was noted across a number of areas. In particular, its subsidiaries in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia achieved strong growth with notable increases in their postpaid subscribers. While expanding its footprint, effective cost management is vigilantly undertaken in consistently maintaining a high EBITA margin. At 43.3% in 2011, the Axiata Group achieved the highest EBITA margin among its peers in the Asia Pacific region. Nevertheless, cost control was never at the expense of continuous development. The management's strategic vision is exemplified through its infrastructural development where 18.5% of its revenue is channeled towards capital investment”.

Terengganu Becomes the 1st State in the East Coast to Receive TM Unifi Service

  • Residents of Teluk Kalong, Kemaman are now able to enjoy high speed broadband ahead of schedule
  • Service to be expanded to more than 960 premises by end of 2012
The rollout of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (TM) High Speed Broadband (HSBB) service, UniFi continues, with the service now being expanded to Terengganu, making it the first state in the East Coast region to receive the service. The latest milestone was even more meaningful when it arrived in Terengganu ahead of the service availability scheduled for end of 2012.

The provision of UniFi in Terengganu was officially launched today by YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Said, Menteri Besar of Terengganu, and witnessed by Che Azemi Haron, Deputy Secretary General (Communications), Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. Datuk Bazlan Osman, Group Chief Financial Officer, TM, Dato’ Kairul Annuar Mohamed Zamzam, Executive Vice President, TM Government, and Hj Hamidun Ismail, State General Manager, TM Terengganu, were also present at the launching ceremony.

Commenting on the launch, Datuk Bazlan said, "We are excited that today marks another significant achievement in our HSBB roll-out when the service is now available at the East Coast region, ahead of schedule. As the country’s first and premier HSBB service provider TM is proud to make UniFi service available here, in Terengganu covering 544 premises in Teluk Kalong area. On behalf of TM, I would like to extend our greatest appreciation to YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Said and the State Government of Terengganu for entrusting us to bring an enhanced and integrated digital lifestyle to the homes of Terengganu citizens with the availability of UniFi.”

He continued, “I am happy to note that customers here in Teluk Kalong, Kemaman are the first community set to enjoy this service beginning July 2012, which also makes Terengganu as the first state in the East Coast region to receive high speed broadband service. The service will then be expanded to other selected locations in Terengganu by the year 2013. I am also proud to note that after two years of the implementation of HSBB, close to 395,000 customers nationwide has reaped the benefits of UniFi high speed broadband connectivity at the speeds of up to 20Mbps.

Windows 8 Due in October

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system will be available to consumers from late October as the software giant looks to update its platform for a variety of devices, the company said Monday.
The announcement on Microsoft's new operating system - its release will be three years after Windows 7 went public in Oct 2009 - came at the software giant's annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the company "confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to release to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August" and "will reach general availability by the end of October."
Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide, he noted.
The latest version of the operating system that is the norm for personal computers will also be used on many smartphones and tablet computers, including Microsoft's own Surface tablet to be launched this year.
It "is simply the biggest deal for this company in at least 17 years," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told the Toronto gathering, referring to the launch of the game-changing Windows 95 operating system.

App for Fasting for Diabetics



HEALTHCARE company MSD has introduced its MSD Mobile Application for iOS devices to help Muslims who are diabetic to track their sugar levels during the holy month of Ramadan.
The app will also alert Muslims with type 2 diabetes mellitus if their sugar levels are too high or too low.
The data can also be shared with a doctor by showing him or her the app or sending the info via e-mail as a PDF document. The app also has handy facts and tips on how to fast safely during Ramadan, said Ewe Kheng Huat, MSD managing director.
"Last year we introduced The Facts about Fasting during Ramadan booklet and it was very well received. This year we wanted to extend our support by introducing a mobile application," he said.
A Ramadan calendar is also included in the app which will show the times for prayers and breaking fast based on the user's location. This feature will be helpful for those who are travelling during the holy month, said Ewe.
The app, which works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, also includes a Qibla finder. MSD Mobile Application will be available on the App Store in four countries (Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Britain and United Arab Emirates) and in three languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia and Gulf Arabic) on July 16.
SOURCES / AUTHOR : The Star | Published: Thursday July 12, 2012

Monday, 9 July 2012

BlackBerry’s Latest Delay Could Lead to Lawsuits

OTTAWA — A friendly crowd is unlikely to greet Thorsten Heins on Tuesday, when he makes his first appearance as chief executive at the annual meeting here of Research in Motion.
Shares in the BlackBerry maker have fallen by about 95 percent from their peak in mid-2008. And last month, not only did RIM post a $518 million quarterly loss, but it also surprised investors by announcing that a new line of phones critical to its future would again be delayed.
But the annual meeting may not be the only forum for shareholders to vent their displeasure. Several securities law experts and some investors say the delay in the BlackBerry 10, and overly optimistic remarks as recently as last week by Mr. Heins since he took over the top job in January, may also make RIM the target of shareholder lawsuits.
“They’re going to get sued and they should get sued because I think a closer look at the record is likely to unearth knowing and willful misrepresentation,” said Jean-Louis Gassée, the former president of Apple’s products division and the founder of the software maker Be, who is now a venture capitalist and blogger in Palo Alto, Calif. “When the C.E.O. says there’s nothing wrong with the company as it is, it’s not cautious, it doesn’t make sense.”

Apple Is the Heavyweight in Many Fund Portfolios



DESPITE the storms that have swept through financial markets over the last year, the overall stock market in the United States actually managed to eke out some gains. In fact, the market value of all stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index increased by $282 billion in the 12 months through June.

There’s a catch, though: One stock alone accounts for the overwhelming bulk of that increase. In fact, of that $282 billion, some 83 percent of it comes from gains in shares of Apple Inc., now the highest-valued company in the world.
Many mutual fund managers can attribute most of their recent success to large positions in Apple. But is a large current stake a ticket to further outsized gains? Or is it an increasingly risky bet that could quickly sour?
Apple is the most widely held stock among the 465 growth funds followed by FactSet Research, said Michael Amenta, an analyst at the firm. And that poses pressing issues for many fund managers.
“We’re sensitive to letting a mutual fund get too outsized a position,” said Ryan Jacob, manager of the Jacob Internet fund. When his fund’s Apple holdings neared 9 percent of assets, Mr. Jacob decided to “trim a little bit.”
Until quite recently, selling Apple often led to remorse. “Every sale has been a bad sale,” Mr. Jacob lamented. “Up until a couple of months ago,” he added, referring to Apple’s decline from an April high. Today, fund managers must weigh Apple’s distinct performance and potential against some equally distinct risks.

ICT integration in schools: Where are we now and what comes next?

Schools and ICT integration: The Australian policy context

Australian national and state education initiatives over the last 25 years stress the integration of computing technologies into compulsory education (AEC 1989; State of Victoria, 2001; Tas 2002; MCEETYA 2003; 2005). Like Western governments worldwide, in Australia computing technologies are considered a motherhood solution to the needs of a highly skilled and technologically capable workforce. Implicated in this 'final solution' is compulsory school education and its connection to future workplaces. The 2005 MCEETYA Joint Statement on Education and Training in the Information Economy resonates with this kind of digital rhetoric as we move towards a "...leading edge education and training system" that "drives development of an innovative society" (MCEETYA, 2005). ICTs (information and communication technologies) in education are burdened with the promise "to raise education standards and minimum skill levels" marking the arrival of the "future economy". The 'quality training through new technologies' of this new legion of workers will address Australia's need for competent, lifelong learners in "a world of continuous technological change where knowledge is becoming a commodity" (MCEETYA, 2005).

The cry for more technology in schools is deeply connected here; the origins of a school based solution are traceable to the Common and Agreed National Goals for Schooling (AEC, 1989), which included the goal that students develop skills in 'information processing and computing'. In 2005, MCEETYA released its Joint Statement on Education and Training in the Information Economy, proclaiming a new blueprint for ICTs to 'empower' teachers and raise the standards of students' learning outcomes. The 16 year period between AEC (1989) and MCEETYA (2005) is a telling one; espoused views on computing technologies and student learning shifted from an initial preoccupation with the teaching of computer skills, to focus more on issues of ICT access for all students (MCEETYA, 1999), the relevance of a 'whole school' approach to ICT teaching and learning (Curriculum Corporation, 2003), and more recently to issues of school based change management and teacher professional development (Henderson, 2004). If we listen closely to this shifting 'learnscape', we can discern a quiet mantra: in terms of ICTs in schooling, more is definitely better.

In Learning in an online world (MCEETYA, 2000) evidence of a governance approach to integrating 'more ICTs in schools' can be found. Iterations of what it means to integrate ICTs are rolled out as a suite of statements and frameworks including the Online Content Strategy (2004); Learning Architecture Framework (2003); Research Strategy (2003); and Bandwidth Action Plan (2003). Notably, a Pedagogy and a Leadership and Professional Learning Strategy (2005) earmark a new direction in ICT statements for schools. This is notable for two reasons; (1) until this release, pedagogy has been a silent space in the evolution of ICTs in schools, and; (2) leadership has for the first time been problematised in the ICTs in schools debate.

A Tablet to Rival the Leader

You can love Apple or you can hate Apple, but one thing’s for sure: its favorite game is Lead the Industry. And the industry’s favorite game is Follow the Leader.


Steve Jobs hated the mimicry. Google’sAndroid software “ripped off theiPhone, wholesale ripped us off,” he told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.”
But there’s a positive aspect to the imitation, too. You could argue that Apple’s copycats fill in markets where Apple dares not tread, or offer an alternative to Apple’s very pure, controlled, choice-constrained world.
In that worldview, Google’s 2012 new-product announcements must seem like a cornucopia of good news. First, Google opened a unified online store with separate tabs for apps, e-books, TV shows, movies and music, modeled on the iTunes store. 
Last week, it introduced the Nexus Q, a black sphere that connects to your TV and plays those songs and videos, pretty much the way the black square Apple TV does. (You can read my review of the Q online atnytimes.com/personaltech.) 

Above all, Google has just introduced the Nexus 7, a shiny black tablet that aims to challenge both the iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. (Nexus phone, Nexus tablet, Nexus sphere thing; what is Google thinking, anyway? If it truly wants to emulate Apple, it should minimize confusion, not foster it.)


Where Apps Become Child’s Play


AN iPad case that doubles as a teething toy? Yes, such a product exists. It’s known as the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case (also available for iPods and iPhones) and it sells for $35.

At Fisher-Price, such products result from a process known as spelunking, which in its literal sense means to explore caves. But in the realm of toy making, it refers to the simple act of watching children play.
A similar process is alive and well at other companies, likeLeapFrog, maker of the LeapPad, a touchscreen tablet for children as young as 3; and at Hasbro and Crayola, which have partnered with digital media companies to create apps for very young children.

At Fisher-Price, “we bring babies in with their moms and watch them at play with different types of apps, different types of products,” said Deborah Weber, senior manager of infant research. Her job, she said, is to “understand the ages and stages of babies — what they can and can’t do, what their interests are, and the growing needs of families today.”

Spelunking has been around since the Fisher-Price PlayLab was formed in 1961, the same year that bricks made by a Danish company called Lego made their American debut. In its earlier days, the lab was filled with toys like a googly-eyed rotary phone known as the Chatter Phone, and the Corn Popper, a kind of mini-lottery machine on wheels.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Huawei opens global ICT centre in Malaysia

China’s Huawei, a leading global information, communications and technology (ICT) solutions provider, has officially opened the company's first global ICT training centre in Malaysia, its first outside China.

The Malaysia Global Training Centre (MGTC), which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Cyberjaya, yesterday, is expected to further cement Malaysia-China bilateral ties.

Also present were China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Chai Xi; Malaysia’s special envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting and Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Datuk Fadillah Yusof.
In welcoming Huawei’s investment in Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib said it was an honour that the company chose to set up the centre in Malaysia from among 140 counties that Huawei has operations, an indication of its confidence in the future of Malaysia and the region.

Huawei has invested close to 90 million to set up the centre and bring in new equipment from 2010 and plans to invest not less than RM90 million over the next two to three years to expand its business and services in Malaysia, Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Deputy Managing Director for Product Solutions and Marketing, Foo Fang Yong said, adding that the company would continue to bring in updated technologies and equipment.


ICT Growth likely affected by weak global economy: Fadillah

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) -- Growth in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector next year is likely to be affected by the weakening global economic outlook, says Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Haji Fadillah Yusof. However, he said, projections will be achievable with the Digital Malaysia initiative, spearheaded by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to spur innovation, creativity and productivity, and one of the key components of the National Transformation Policy.

"It is important to note that Malaysia''s ICT industry, encompassing the hardware, software, services and telecommunications clusters, accounted for 9.8 per cent of the nation''s total gross domestic product (GDP) last year and is expected to increase to 10.2 per cent by 2015," he said in his opening address at the launch of the M3 Communicator, an Android-based smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities developed and manufactured in Malaysia by DMD Mobile Sdn Bhd.

The affordable smart phone, priced at RM499, will be available to the Malaysian public by July. Fadillah said MOSTI is entrusted by the government to lead the national ICT development agenda with the objectives of building a sustainable national ICT ecosystem and to support efforts to make Malaysia a global ICT hub for wealth creation, knowledge generation and societal well-being.

SOURCE / AUTHOR : BERNAMA | CL WGM

Bukit Putra to turn into Media City in 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Putra at Angkasapuri here is to be known as Media City in 2020 following a redevelopment that is expected to incur an initial cost of RM860 million.The redevelopment of the 27 hectares through a government-private sector collaboration is to be under two phases covering physical structures and latest broadcasting equipment and to be funded along with Media City Development Sdn Bhd.

The signing of the agreement on the project between the government and Media City Development took place at the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, witnessed by Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Deputy Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz. Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf represented the ministry at the signing while Media City Development was represented by company director Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail.

Kamaruddin, in a briefing prior to the signing ceremony, said the first phase of the project involves the construction of broadcasting infrastructure over a period of three years.Under the second phase, the company will develop facilities which support the Media City concept on a section of the Angkasapuri site which is expected to be completed in five years after the first phase is ready, he said.

Malaysia: ICT education for a “creative society”

Malaysia: ICT education for a “creative society”

Malaysia Higher Education Ministry is studying how to develop a creative and innovative Malaysian society through human capital development.

The ministry is planning to work with Microsoft in unearthing creative and innovative students of tertiary institutions in the area of ICT and with Shell Malaysia in energy saving.
Its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the study to produce creative, innovative human capital was started last year by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), Universiti Teknologi Mara and Malaysian Design Council. This study will be looking at programmes by government agencies that could contribute to the creation of “innovative human capital”.

We hope when the study is completed, expected this year, we will be able to draw up a national blueprint in this context,” he said. “Malaysia wants to move away from a resource-based economy to one generated by innovations with the existence of an innovative society, which will indicate that the country has reached developed-nation status,” he said.

Nordin said creativity and innovations were vital for a country and studies had shown that technological innovations contributed to higher productivity, Gross Domestic Product, economic growth and improved standard of living.

SOURCE / AUTHOR : Alice Kok

Malaysian ICT to grow as economy recovers, says minister

Malaysian ICT to grow as economy recovers, says minister

Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector could grow by 7% if economic recovery and business confidence continues, says Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Information Minister Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili. ICT contributed as much as RM48 billion (US$15.8 billion) or 10% of Malaysia’s GDP in 2007, but only RM40 billion ($13.2 billion) last year.
Before the financial crisis ICT in Malaysia had been projected to grow 10% per year, one of Asia’s fastest, he said.
Ongkili made his comments at Mimos, a major R&D center for ‘frontier technologies’ and advisor to the Malaysian government, which focuses on technology that can be commercialized for growth. Mimos yesterday held a ceremony to transfer technology platforms to three local companies to be developed for market by the private sector: Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd, Mutiara.com and Smart Computing Sdn Bhd.
Six other Malaysian companies also signed deals to licence and develop Mimos’ technology: Disability Solutions Sdn Bhd, Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd, Innovision Business Solutions Sdn Bhd, Phytofolia Sdn Bhd, Quantum Beez Sdn Bhd and Fabtronic Sdn Bhd.

131 ‘WiFi Villages’ for Sandakan
Meanwhile, in Malaysia’s far eastern city of Sandakan, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said it was halfway through a project to provide minimal-charge wireless internet access to 131 area villages, enabling urban and rural populations equal access to online services. MCMC has also distributed 49,800 netbooks to students in Sabah province on Borneo under the 1Malaysia project.

SOURCE / AUTHOR : The Star online | Mimos
 

A Little Bit Deeper

Bonjour!

Name given | Nurul Nadhira Binti Md Razin
Called by     | Nadd / Nadhira / Dira
Siblings       | 4 girls and 1 boy (Eldest)
Born on       | 31st March 1992 / Johor Bahru
I'm an         | Aries, of course.
My              | Primary & Secondary School - SIGS JB
                   Currently                           - UiTM JB (Dip. in Banking)

Hobbies & Interests
  • Traveling
  • Baking
  • Reading
  • Shopping
  • Black & White
  • Fancy Thai & Western Food
  • Music : Universal listener
That's all for now.

Yours truly,
NR