MKN just announced that their Work From Home directive will end on 31 March 2021! Here is what you need to know!
MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!
On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas, but was optional for RMCO areas.
US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, highlighting the dangers of TikTok and ordering a ban of ByteDance, calling it a national emergency!
Find out what this new Trump ban means for TikTok users, and ByteDance!
TikTok Triggers ByteDance Ban
On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from transacting with TikTok owner, ByteDance Ltd.
This effectively bans the usage of TikTok in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with ByteDance.
Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.
His executive order claims that TikTok collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of American citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, while censoring content deemed sensitive to the CCP, pointing out that :
These risks are real. The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Armed Forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal Government phones. The Government of India recently banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications throughout the country; in a statement, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that they were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.” American companies and organizations have begun banning TikTok on their devices. The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.
ByteDance Ban : How Does It Affect TikTok?
Interestingly, while Trump’s executive order explicitly mentions TikTok, it doesn’t actually ban TikTok. It only bans transactions with TikTok’s owner – ByteDance and its subsidiaries.
In other words, if Microsoft buys TikTok from ByteDance, TikTok can continue to operate, as long as the deal gets done soon.
Of course, targeting ByteDance and its subsidiaries will include the US-based TikTok, and forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries.
Section1. (a) The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.
(c) 45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.
In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.
The TikTok ban follows the WeChat ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.
Possibly to pressure ByteDance into accepting the Microsoft offer to buy them out. It could also just a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.
And “coincidentally”, he signed his executive order on the same day Facebook unveiled Instagram Reels…
TikTok Responds : We Are Shocked
TikTok responded with a statement, saying that they are shocked by the Executive Order :
We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.
US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, ordering a ban of both WeChat and Tencent Holdings, calling it a national emergency!
Find out what this new US ban means for WeChat users, and Tencent Holdings!
WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban Signed By Donald Trump
On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from using WeChat or transacting with its owner, Tencent Holdings.
This effectively bans the usage of WeChat in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with Tencent Holdings.
Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.
His executive order claims that WeChat collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of both American and Chinese citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, citing an example :
In March 2019, a researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party. These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat. The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.
WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban : What Does It Mean?
The executive order is actually quite wide-ranging. It does not only ban WeChat, but also Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries.
This could mean other apps owned by Tencent Holdings – like Valorant, League of Legends, Clash of Clans, JOOX, etc. could be affected.
We will only know more when Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, clarifies the ban (as stated in section 1(c) below.
Targeting Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries will also forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries, at least within the United States.
The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggǔ Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.
(c) 45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.
In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.
The WeChat ban follows the TikTok ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.
This could be an effort to pressure the Chinese into agreeing to a trade deal, or a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.
Did Donald Trump attack Top Glove to protect American companies, and prevent it from becoming a Fortune 500 company?
Find out what’s going on with Donald Trump and Top Glove, and what the FACTS really are!
Top Glove In Trouble With US Government : A Quick Primer
On 15 July 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on disposable gloves manufactured by two Top Glove subsidiaries – Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd.
That action led to a massive sell-off in Malaysian and Singaporean bourses, with Top Glove shedding 9.63% (RM 2.10) in Malaysia and 9.18% (96 cents) in Singapore on 16 July 2020.
Claim : Donald Trump Attacked Top Glove On Twitter!
After that announcement, a screenshot of Donald Trump attacking Top Glove on Twitter started going viral.
It suggests that Top Glove was being targeted for being too successful, and Donald Trump wanted to protect American companies.
I’ve got to cause the Malaysian market to fall. We can’t let Topglove be a Fortune 500 company, we’ve to protect our own. Amazon shall not be taken over by some Chinese business man. #MAGA #MakeAMERICAgreatAGAIN
12:11 PM – 15 Jul 2020
Note : We intentionally placed a HOAX overlay on the screenshot to prevent it from being further abused.
Donald Trump Did NOT Attack Top Glove On Twitter : Here Are The Facts!
As our intentional placement of the HOAX overlay shows, that tweet is FAKE.
Skeptics may ask – how do you know Donald Trump did not attack Top Glove on Twitter?
Fact #1 : Donald Trump Did Not Post That Tweet
If you check Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, you won’t find the post at all. It doesn’t exist.
Donald Trump was “offline” for about 12 hours on 15 July 2020. He did not post anything after his 7:43 AM tweet, only posting on 7:39 PM when he commented about Joe Biden.
Fact #2 : No Mention Of It In Any Media Outlet
Donald Trump may be a buffoon, but he is a buffoon whose tweets are anxiously covered by media outlets all over the world.
Such a tweet, which was allegedly retweeted over 10,900 times, would have been covered by the Malaysian press, if not international media outlets.
Yet, you won’t find a single mention of this tweet online.
Fact #3 : Top Glove Cannot Possibly Be In Fortune 500
Fortune 500 is an annual list of the 500 most profitable American companies. Top Glove is not an American company, and therefore, would not qualify for the Fortune 500 list.
So it would not be logical for Donald Trump to be worried about Top Glove entering the Fortune 500 list.
Fact #4 : Top Glove Revenue Too Low To Be In Fortune 1000
Fortune 500 is not based on market capitalisation, but revenue for the fiscal year.
While Top Glove is the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, its annual revenue is only RM 2.4 billion (about US$ 562 million).
Liberty Oilfield Services is ranked #1000 in the Fortune 1000 list for 2020, with an annual revenue of US$1,990.3 million – 3.5X Top Glove’s revenue!
Never mind about Fortune 500, Top Glove cannot even make it into the Fortune 1000 list!
While there is a Global 500 list, Top Glove does not have enough revenue to qualify.
Fact #5 : It Would Be Impossible For Anyone To Take Over Amazon
Amazon is no. 2 on Fortune 500, with an annual revenue of US$280 BILLION – about 500X more than Top Glove.
On top of that, it has a market capitalisation of US$1.46 TRILLION, with CEO Jeff Bezos owning 11.1% of its shares.
Anyone who wants to buy Bezos out, will need to fork out some US$162 BILLION. Any takers?
Even Donald Trump and his entire family isn’t rich enough to THINK about buying out Jeff Bezos!
PS. Someone suggested to us that the post was written by a Chinese native who wanted to say t hat Top Glove might “overtake”, not “take over” Amazon. As you can tell – that’s not happening either.. LOL!
Fact #6 : Top Glove Detention Order Due To Labour Issues
Top Glove Managing Director Datuk Lee Kim Meow identified labour issues as the reason for the CBP detention order.
According to him, a consultant they hired narrowed down two possibilities for the detention order :
Passport retention of Top Glove’s migrant workers
Recruitment fees previously paid by their migrant workers
Fact #7 : Top Glove Was Dogged By Forced Labour Controversies
Back in December 2018, The Guardian claimed that Top Glove was subjecting their migrant workers to forced labour, forced overtime, debt bondage and other labour controversies.
AMD Senior VP and General Manager Forrest Norrod just shared AMD’s datacenter leadership with EPYC and Radeon Instinct, and AMD’s datacenter roadmap beyond 2020!
Forrest Norrod : Senior VP + GM, AMD Datacenter + Embedded Solutions Business Group
Forrest Norrod is senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group at AMD.
He is responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering and sales for AMD datacenter and embedded products.
Norrod has more than 25 years of technology industry experience across a number of engineering and business management roles at both the chip and system level.
AMD Datacenter Leadership In 2020 & Beyond!
During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Forrest Norrod shared AMD’s datacenter leadership with EPYC and Radeon Instinct, and AMD’s datancenter roadmap in this presentation.
Here are the key points from Forrest Norrod’s presentation :
AMD won the contract to power the recently announced El Capitan supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs.
Expected to come online in 2023, El Capitan is expected to deliver more than 2 exaFLOPs of double-precision performance, making it more powerful than today’s 200 fastest supercomputers combined.
AMD is continuing to gain traction with its 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors in enterprise, cloud and HPC markets based on delivering performance leadership and TCO advantages across the most important enterprise and cloud workloads.
AMD EPYC is enabling Nokia to double the performance of their 5G Cloud Packet Core.
In 2020 AMD expects more than 150 AMD EPYC processor-powered cloud instances and 140 server platforms to be available.
AMD is introducing new technologies including AMD CDNA architecture, 3rd Generation Infinity Architecture and the ROCm 4.0 software platform, all of which will support the AMD-powered Frontier and El Capitan supercomputers.
AMD plans to ship the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC “Milan” processor in Late 2020, and it will provide 100% coverage of enterprise requirements – whether it’s for the cloud, HPC or enterprise IT.
Milan will remain on the 7 nm process, but the next-generation Genda core (Zen 4) will use the 5 nm process technology.
The AMD CDNA architecture will allow for better scalability, with accelerators fully interconnected with 2nd Gen Infinity Architecture.
But the next-generation AMD CDNA 2 architecture will allow for Unified Data, with CPU + GPU coherency with 3rd Gen Infinity Architecture – allowing for easier programming and improved performance.
Here are the key points from David Wang’s presentation :
The AMD Radeon DNA (AMD RDNA) architecture was designed for gaming and is currently powering the award-winning AMD Radeon RX 5000 series GPUs.
Here are the key points from David Wang’s presentation :
The next-generation AMD RDNA 2 architecture is planned to deliver a 50% performance-per-watt improvement over the first-generation AMD RDNA architecture.
The AMD RDNA 2 architecture will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable rate shading (VRS) and other advanced features.
The first AMD RDNA 2-based products are expected to launch in late 2020.
AMD unveiled its new AMD Compute DNA (AMD CDNA) architecture, designed to accelerate data center compute workloads.
The first-generation AMD CDNA architecture, planned to launch later in 2020, includes 2nd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enhance GPU to GPU connectivity and is optimized for machine learning and high-performance computing applications.
The follow-up AMD CDNA 2 architecture will support 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enable next generation exascale-class supercomputers.
Expanding on previous generations of the ROCm open source software platform for the data center, AMD plans to introduce ROCm 4.0later this year as a complete software solution for high-performance computing exascale systems and machine learning workloads.
Mark Papermaster : AMD CTO & EVP (Technology & Engineering)
Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and executive vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD and is responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory and advanced research.
He led the re-design of engineering processes at AMD and the development of the award-winning “Zen” high-performance x86 CPU family, high-performance GPUs and the company’s modular design approach, Infinity Fabric. He also oversees Information Technology that delivers AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.
AMD Computing Roadmap 2020 by Mark Papermaster
During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Mark Papermaster unveiled the AMD computing roadmap for 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Future of High Performance.
Here are the key points from Mark Papermaster’s presentation :
AMD plans to introduce the first processors based on its next-generation 7nm Zen 3 core in late 2020.
The Zen 4 core is currently in design and is targeted to use advanced 5nm process technology.
AMD unveiled plans to expand its chiplet and die stacking leadership, including new X3D packaging that combines chiplets and hybrid 2.5D and 3D die stacking to deliver more than a 10x increase in bandwidth density.
AMD announced its upcoming 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture with optimized CPU and GPU memory coherency that can enable significant performance improvements and simplify the software programming required for accelerated computing solutions by allowing the CPU and GPU to seamlessly and coherently share the same memory.
AMD is building on its strong product security portfolio with expanded features. AMD announced it joined the Confidential Computing Consortium, a group of leading hardware and software companies working to close gaps to protect data through its entire lifecycle.
HUAWEI announced today (4 March 2020) that they successfully completed the first live trial of their 800G optical transport network with China Mobile in Zhejiang.
This moves HUAWEI one step closer to the commercialisation of their 800G optical transport network solution, which will support 5G, big data and cloud computing in China.
HUAWEI Completes 800G Optical Transport Trial In Zhejiang!
The HUAWEI 800G optical transport solution promises to meet China Mobile (Zhejiang)’s large-capacity transmission requirements for tens of millions of users.
It achieves this by delivering up to 48 Terabits per second of bandwidth per-fibre – which is 6 times the capacity of traditional 100G networks, allowing it to support 1 million concurrent 4K video streams.
HUAWEI reported that the first live test of their 800G optical transport solution, using two data centres 80 kilometres apart, was successful.
Simon Lu, President of Huawei’s Transmission Network Domain, said, “We are delighted to have completed the first operator-based 800G trial with China Mobile (Zhejiang).
This is a milestone in the global commercial use of Huawei’s 800G solution. Huawei will continue investing in R&D to provide high-quality, reliable, and evolvable solutions while helping China Mobile (Zhejiang) achieve greater business success.”
HUAWEI 800G Optical Transport Trial : Why It Matters
The deployment of such 800G high-capacity transport solutions will greatly increase the capacity and efficiency of China Mobile (Zhejiang)’s optical networks.
This will be important in the next five years as new technologies like 5G, cloud computing, big data and AR/VR become more common, and require more bandwidth.
China Mobile (Zhejiang) states that they plan to strengthen its cooperation with HUAWEI to “build more efficient optical networks, and provide high-quality connection services“.
TÜV AUSTRIA and LGMS just officially created the TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab in Malaysia, to offer cybersecurity testing and certification to the Asia-Pacific region.
TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab Official Launch In Malaysia!
The formation of the TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab in Malaysia is a major joint venture between TÜV Trust IT (a member of TÜV AUSTRIA) and LGMS of Malaysia.
The Austrian Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr. Michael Postl, was the guest of honor to inaugurate this partnership, which aims to deliver both cybersecurity testing and certification to the Asia-Pacific region.
TÜV AUSTRIA : A Quick Primer
TÜV AUSTRIA is an international testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company, with more than 2,000 staff members in more than 20 countries globally. Founded and based in Austria, TÜV AUSTRIA generates more than €220 million in annual revenue.
LGMS : A Quick Primer
LGMS – a proudly Malaysian cybersecurity company – has been accredited with multiple international certifications and is recognised internationally by IDC as one of the world’s leading IoT key penetration testing vendors in their 2019 report.
TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab : The Quick Details
The new TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab will house a global Cybersecurity Testing and Certification Center of Excellence (CoE) in Malaysia to serve both domestic and international markets.
Staffed by a mix of TÜV AUSTRIA and LGMS staff initially, they plan to add a hundred more cybersecurity positions over the next few years.
The new team’s focus will be to help organisations identify vulnerabilities within their IT infrastructure, and recommending measures to maintain and improve on their cybersecurity practices.
This Austrian-Malaysian joint venture will also stimulate Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Testing and Certifications both locally and internationally, as well as drive the protection Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) as encouraged by the Malaysian government.
This joint venture is also supported by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), which is striving to promote Malaysia as the Asian hub for cybersecurity testing and certification.
5G will roll out in Malaysia in the near future, empowering Malaysians with next-generation wireless communications.
Are YOU ready for Malaysia’s 5G revolution?
What Is 5G?
5G is a new wireless technology that offers significantly faster Internet connectivity speeds, and far less delay (called latency) than current 4G networks.
While 4G networks can deliver downloads speeds of 1 gigabit per second, with latencies as low as 70 ms, 5G networks will be able to deliver 10x better!
That next-generation level of improvement will power new capabilities in the areas of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Internet of Things. It will transform a wide variety of industries, from transportation to agriculture and even education.
How Does 5G Work?
5G introduces a slew of new technologies that let it deliver much higher bandwidth, with almost zero delay :
Millimeter Wave Spectrum
With so many people using the same 4G spectrum, it is impossible to deliver high bandwidth.
5G networks avoids this problem by using millimeter wave frequencies between 30 and 300 GHz to make use of a new and different spectrum.
In addition to using millimeter waves, 5G networks can leverage on the massive MIMO technology to massively expand the number of users they can support by 22X or more!
This technology allows a 5G base station to fit many more antennas than a 4G base station, letting it to send and receive signals from many more users at once.
5G networks will use beamforming to more efficiently deliver your data, while reducing interference for people around you.
Full Duplex Transmissions
5G networks will introduce full duplex transmissions – their base stations can send and receive data from your smartphone at the same time – doubling download and upload speeds!
The Future of 5G In Langkawi, Malaysia!
Celcom collaborated with the Royal Malaysian Police and the Langkawi Municipal Council to explore the future of 5G technologies.
They started with the deployment of their 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution, with multiple 360⁰ UHD 4K panoramic live video surveillance cameras were installed at the famous tourist spots in Langkawi.
Leveraging 5G’s low latency and high data speeds, the Celcom 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution used Artificial Intelligence and video analytics to perform real-time monitoring with high-definition picture quality.
Celcom is also expanding its 5G use cases in Langkawi to cover Digital Defense for Beach Boundaries, Crowd Control Monitoring, Digital Control of Inbound and Outbound of Cargo, Fleet Management System, Geo-Fencing & Smart Perimeters, as well as 5G Fixed Wireless Access.
Celcom Blazes Path To 5G In Malaysia
The journey to 5G started in 2017, when Celcom became the first network operator in Malaysia to embark on a 5G trial, working with Ericsson to achieve a throughput of 18 Gbps.
Celcom and Ericsson enabled Malaysia’s first 5G hologram call, and demonstrated an autonomous vehicle that connected over a live 5G network in April 2019.
Celcom then launched their first 5G Live Cluster Field Trial at Celcom’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya on 26 July 2019.
The 5G Live Cluster Field Trial lasted six months, allowing Celcom engineers to test and observe use cases and behavior of 5G coverage in a real-life environment.
Data throughputs of close to 6 Gbps
Latency of about 10 ms
5G-to-5G and 5G-to-4G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls
Ultra-High Definition (UHD) voice calls
4K UHD video streaming
GameCloud game streaming
Celcom also conducted additional live field trials in areas like Seksyen 14, Crystal Crown Hotel, MPBJ Tower and Taman Jaya LRT Station. So far, those 5G macro sites cover just over 1.2 square kilometers, reaching about 4600 people in 450 households, and 130 shops and offices.
What Can You Expect When 5G Rolls Out In Malaysia?
When 5G rolls out in Malaysia, it will transform how we play and work, and how we consume our online services and content.
Besides delivering a higher bitrate of 4K video streaming, gamers will immediately notice a big drop in network latency, greatly reducing lag. With ultra-low latencies, it will make gaming far more enjoyable and give them a big advantage over gamers still on 4G.
The combination of high data bandwidth and ultra-low latency will greatly improve AR and VR experiences. 5G will enable AR and VR displays with much higher resolution and refresh rates, for a more believable and comfortable experience.
The introduction of 5G will also spur the creation of high-bandwidth IoT devices for our smart homes, always-connected computing devices, and smarter vehicles and yes, even autonomous vehicles one day!
Even cloud and media services will be transformed by 5G. Data stored in cloud services will feel as if they are residing in your mobile device or computer.
The quality of the media we consume today on streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+, Tidal and Spotify will be greatly improved because the industry will move to optimize for quality, instead of optimizing for low-bandwidth.
Even location services like Waze and Google Maps will be greatly enhanced by 5G. Your location can be more precisely triangulated using the 5G network, which means you will no longer miss a turn, or lane change!
5G may seem like a buzz word today, but it will change our lives when it rolls out in Malaysia!
Dell Technologies just revealed their moonshot goals for 2030, that they hope will propel their worldwide social impact.
Find out what are Dell Technologies’ moonshot goals in their 2030 Progress Made Real plan!
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : What Is It?
The Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan is their moonshot plan for the future, by which they hope to create a positive social impact through these 3 areas :
Transforming Lives With Technology
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Goals Revealed!
Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will aim to use their global scale, and broad technology portfolio and expertise to achieve these goals.
Advance Sustainability Goals
We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities.
It is a core part of Dell Technologies business to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that they do, being accountable for their actions while driving improvements wherever and whenever possible.
Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys
Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material
Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging
Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain
Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of their products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030
Dell Technologies believes that closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs. They view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative that will enable them to build and empower our future workforce, while also doing our part to address societal challenges.
Acquire, develop and retain women so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers
Acquire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers
Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege
Transform Lives Through Technology
Dell aims to leverage their scale, portfolio and partners to harness the power of technology in creating a future that is capable of fully realizing human potential.
Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people
On 27 December 2019, Cobnb STRMS bagged the APICTA 2019 Startup Award! Here is a quick primer on the APICTA Awards, and Cobnb STRMS!
Cobnb STRMS Wins APICTA 2019 Startup Award!
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) conferred the APICTA Start-up of the Year 2019 Award to Malaysian-based startup, Cobnb, at the APICTA 2019 Awards held in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Cobnb is a Short-Term Accommodation (STA) and property management company offering leasing and short-term management solutions. It was their Short Term Rental Management System (STRMS) that bagged the top award amongst 15 other contestants from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Cobnb was incorporated in 2017 to optimise the property performance of their customers, leveraging workflow automation, pricing, and financial analytics.
They currently manage more than 500 properties, and their clientele includes private property owners, property developers, hotels and resort villas.
AMD recently launched the Radeon Pro W5700, the world’s first 7nm professional workstation graphics card.
Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Radeon Pro W5700, and their new strategy of naming their professional graphics cards in line with their consumer graphics card!
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 : Official Tech Briefing
In this video, Scott Jackson (Director of AMD Workstation GPU) and Glenn Matthews (Senior Manager of Workstation Graphics Product Management) explains the key advantages of the new AMD Radeon W5700 graphics card.
AMD Radeon Pro W5700
Designed for engineers, architects and 3D designers, the Radeon Pro W5700 promises greatly improved performance and efficiency over its predecessors.
This is mostly thanks to its new RNDA architecture, which delivers 25% more instructions per clock (IPC) than the last-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
This allows the Radeon Pro W5700 deliver up to 41% better performance per watt than the Radeon Pro WX 8200, which is based on the older GCN architecture.
The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 is basically the workstation variant of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card, with some major differences :
Stress-tested for 24/7 environments
AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise drivers
Extensive platform and application testing
AMD Remote Workstation capability
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Specifications
Here we compare the Radeon Pro W5700 against its gaming equivalent – the Radeon RX 5700 :
Radeon Pro W5700
Radeon RX 5700
Min Texture Fill Rate
Max Texture Fill Rate
Min Pixel Fill Rate
Max Pixel Fill Rate
8 GB GDDR6 (256-bit)
1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
PCIe 4.0 x16
5 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1 x USB-C / Thunderbolt 3
3 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0b
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 vs NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000
AMD is targeting the Radeon Pro W5700 against NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 4000, offering equivalent performance at a lower price point.
On top of a lower price point, AMD claims that the Radeon Pro W5700 will use less power than the Quadro RTX 4000, particularly during solid modelling.
AMD Remote Workstation Capability
A key benefit of the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 is Radeon Pro Software, with its built-in AMD Remote Workstation capability.
AMD Remote Workstation lets you use Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services to remotely access the workstation with an AMD Radeon Pro graphics card, and leverage its performance from anywhere in the world.
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Price + Availability
The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of US$799 / ~£622 / ~A$1,179 / ~S$1,092 / ~RM 3,342
Celcom and Maxis just signed an MOU to explore the possibility of sharing their 5G infrastructure to accelerate 5G rollout in Malaysia. Here are the details!
Celcom + Maxis To Explore 5G Network Sharing!
Celcom and Maxis today (25 November 2019) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a potential partnership for the deployment of the next-generation 5G network infrastructure across Malaysia.
They will both look at the potential collaboration in the joint deployment of 5G infrastructure in selected areas in Malaysia. Maxis and Celcom will still maintain their own networks, and remain competitive in other areas.
This potential collaboration could help deliver significant cost savings to both telcos, and let them deliver a faster roll-out of 5G services.
Such a collaboration will also enable both telcos to explore possible business opportunities in key 5G strategic areas.
Signing on behalf of Celcom was Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Muniff Kamaruddin, Chief Strategy and Value Creation Officer. Meanwhile, Maxis was represented by Gokhan Ogut, CEO and Morten Bangsgaard, Chief Technology & Information Officer.
Celcom On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Maxis
Idham Nawawi, Celcom CEO said, “We believe collaboration is the way forward for the industry and working with Maxis to explore a more coordinated 5G deployment in Malaysia is something we are excited about. 5G is the next evolution that will transform how people work, live and play. It will enable a more enhanced consumer experience as well as create new opportunities for consumers, students, governments and businesses alike. Our potential collaboration will pave the way for the delivery of a world-class 5G network, on top of our existing 4G and 3G/2G networks, to every Malaysian, realising a truly digital Malaysia in the IR4.0 era.”
Maxis On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Celcom
Gokhan Ogut, Maxis CEO said, “We welcome the idea of collaborating with Celcom for 5G network sharing. We are already sharing towers, fiber and working together on connectivity for rural areas and USP projects. This helps us save resources and accelerate rollout. With this 5G network sharing, it presents an opportunity for us to deliver more value to our customers. Such industry collaboration is important in supporting Malaysia’s ambition in driving the digital economy.”
NTT Ltd won multiple awards at the Cisco Partner Summit 2019 in Las Vegas, which is a great start to its inaugural year after being formed from 28 different companies.
They were recognised as APJC Partner of the Year, and Software Partner of the Year at that partner summit. On top of that, they won several regional awards in Asia Pacific, namely :
Architectural Excellence : Security
Cisco Capital Partner of the Year
Learning Partner of the Year
Partner of the Year for Greater China and India
Jan Wuppermann, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific – Strategy & Business Operations at NTT Ltd. said, “I’m extremely proud of our joint achievements and successes. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Cisco to deliver value to our clients around the world.”
Doc Watson, Group Executive – Global Cisco Alliance at NTT Ltd. said, “We are proud to once again be recognized by Cisco with a double award win this year. For 28 years now, we have been working in partnership with Cisco to co-innovate together. We share and leverage our intellectual property, including products and code, which allows us to move faster with a focus on applied innovation to challenge the art of the possible. This will ultimately result in some exciting innovations for our clients.”
How Cisco Selected NTT Ltd For These Awards!
Cisco awards these Partner Summit awards to recognise channel partners with superior business practises and to reward best-in-class methodologies.
The awards recipients were selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner organisation and regional executives. Some areas they consider include innovative processes, architecture-led successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, and sales approaches.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize these partners who continue to demonstrate superior performance and drive value for our customers. They demonstrate superior leadership and innovation to help enterprises solve complex problems,” said Oliver Tuszik, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, Cisco. “It’s an honor to present the APJC Partner of the Year and Software Partner of the Year awards to NTT Ltd. in recognition of its outstanding achievement in helping customers respond to their business challenges.”
Dell Technologies just shared with us the key findings from their research that explore the future of connected living by the year 2030!
Find out how emerging technologies will transform how our lives will change by the year 2030!
Dell On The Future of Connected Living In 2030!
Dell Technologies conducted their research in partnership with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Vanson Bourne, surveying 1,100 business leaders across ten countries in Asia Pacific and Japan.
Let’s take a look at their key findings, and find out why they believe the future is brimming with opportunity thanks to emerging technologies.
Technological Shifts Transforming The Future By 2030
IFTF and a forum of global experts forecast that emerging technologies like edge computing, 5G, AI, Extended Reality (XR) and IoT will create these five major shifts in society :
1. Networked Reality
Over the next decade, the line between the virtual and the real will vanish. Cyberspace will become an overlay on top of our existing reality as our digital environment extends beyond televisions, smartphones and other displays.
This transformation will be driven by the deployment of 5G networks that enable high bandwidth, low-latency connections for streaming, interactive services, and multi-user media content.
2. Connected Mobility and Networked Matter
The vehicles of tomorrow will essentially be mobile computers, with the transportation system resembling packet-switched networks that power the Internet.
We will trust them to take us where we need to go in the physical world as we interact in the virtual spaces available to us wherever we are.
3. From Digital Cities to Sentient Cities
More than half of the world’s population live in urban areas. This will increase to 68% over the next three decades, according to the United Nations.
This level of growth presents both huge challenges and great opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens.
Cities will quite literally come to life through their own networked infrastructure of smart objects, self-reporting systems and AI-powered analytics.
4. Agents and Algorithms
Our 2030 future will see everyone supported by a highly personalised “operating system for living” that is able to anticipate our needs and proactively support our day-to-day activities to free up time.
Such a Life Operating System (Life OS) will be context-aware, anticipating our needs and behaving proactively.
Instead of interacting with different apps today, the intelligent agent of the future will understand what you need and liaise with various web services, other bots and networked objects to get the job done.
5. Robot with Social Lives
Within 10 years, we will have personal robots that will become our partners in life – enhancing our skills and extending our abilities.
In some cases, they will replace us, but this can mean freeing us to do the things we are good at, and enjoy.
In most cases, they can become our collaborators, helping to crowdsource innovations and accelerate progress through robot social networks.
Preparing For The Future Of Connected Living By 2030
Many businesses in APJ are already preparing for these shifts, with business leaders expressing these perceptions :
80% (82% in Malaysia) will restructure the way they spend their time by automating more tasks
70% (83% in Malaysia) welcome people partnering with machines/robots to surpass our human limitations
More than half of businesses anticipate Networked Reality becoming commonplace
– 63% (67% in Malaysia) say they welcome day-to-day immersion in virtual and augmented realities
– 62% (63% in Malaysia) say they welcome people being fitted with brain computer interfaces
These technological shifts are seismic in nature, leaving people and organisations grappling with change. Organisations that want to harness these emerging technologies will need to collect, process and make use of the data, while addressing public concerns about data privacy.
APJ business leaders are already anticipating some of these challenges :
78% (88% in Malaysia) will be more concerned about their own privacy by 2030 than they are today
74% (83% in Malaysia) consider data privacy to be a top societal-scale challenge that must be solved
49% (56% in Malaysia) would welcome self-aware machines
49% (43% in Malaysia) call for regulation and clarity on how AI is used
84% (85% in Malaysia) believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout their organisation
HUAWEI Smart Life devices are more than just convenient, they can actually give you a big productivity boost at work!
Find out how to use these HUAWEI Smart Life devices to greatly improve your productivity at work!
5 Ways How HUAWEI Smart Life Devices Boost Productivity!
HUAWEI created the Smart Life ecosystem to deliver the life of future, both at home and at work.
Here are five ways to leverage HUAWEI Smart Life devices to greatly improve your productivity!
Tip #1 : Eliminate All Dead Zones!
Digital natives are no longer chained to their desks, and the modern office offers a variety of working and collaboration spaces for people to work more effectively.
The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro is designed to offer fast, reliable WiFi connectivity indoors and outdoors, even for the largest workspace! Just add satellite units whenever you need greater reach, without messy cables or setting up!
Thanks to its seamless roaming capability and automatic channel optimisations – it will intelligently switch WiFi channels and hotspots to ensure you get the best possible connectivity, even as you move about!
All you have to do is focus on your work. No matter where you go, the Q2 Pro will ensure you have the best possible connectivity!
Tip #2 : Easy Transfers For Quick Work!
Smartphones are great because they are always connected to the Internet, but they are not always the best platform to do serious work.
That’s where the HUAWEI Multi-Screen Collaboration feature comes in – it lets you get work done on both the Matebook 13 laptop and the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro smartphone simultaneously!
And with One Tap to Share technology, you can easily transfer files between your smartphone and the laptop with a simple drag-and-drop motion! Now that is truly how things should work in the life of the future!
Tip #3 : Tune Out The Noise!
One of the biggest problems people face at work is noise. Whether it’s from your colleagues’ keyboards, or their chit-chats, noise can really be distracting and even stressful.
But thanks to the HUAWEI Freebuds 3, you can literally tune out the noise with its Active Noise Cancellation technology. And if you need to call someone in a noisy environment, its Bone Sensor picks up your voice for clear conversations!
Tip #4 : Stay Healthy!
It is important to stay healthy, to maximise your productivity. That’s why the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 will remind you to stand up and move around, so you don’t sit down for hours on end.
It even monitors your stress levels and blood pressure, and suggest breathing exercises to calm you down and lower your stress levels!
Because it has a 14-day battery life, you should wear it to sleep, so it can help to monitor your sleep patterns, and ensure you stay healthy 24/7.
It is also important to take good care of your eyes. The HUAWEI Matebook 13 comes with an Eye Comfort Mode that is designed to protect your retina and avoid eyestrain. This lets you work in optimal comfort for as long as you like!
Tip #5 : Keep Your Hands Free!
One way to greatly improve productivity is to leverage the advanced capabilities of HUAWEI Smart Life devices to keep both of your hands free!
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 and the HUAWEI x Gentle Monster Eyewear let you make and receive calls, letting you continue working even as you talk.
In addition to letting you make and receive calls, the HUAWEI Freebuds 3 can recognise your speech, and activate the Smart Assistant app for hands-free capabilities.
HUAWEI Smart Life Devices : More Information
For more information on the HUAWEI Smart Life devices mentioned here :
The MLPerf Inference 0.5 benchmarks are officially released today, with NVIDIA declaring that they aced them for both datacenter and edge computing workloads.
Find out how well NVIDIA did, and why it matters!
The MLPerf Inference Benchmarks
MLPerf Inference 0.5 is the industry’s first independent suite of five AI inference benchmarks.
Applied across a range of form factors and four inference scenarios, the new MLPerf Inference Benchmarks test the performance of established AI applications like image classification, object detection and translation.
NVIDIA Wins MLPerf Inference Benchmarks For Datacenter + Edge
Thanks to the programmability of its computing platforms to cater to diverse AI workloads, NVIDIA was the only company to submit results for all five MLPerf Inference Benchmarks.
According to NVIDIA, their Turing GPUs topped all five benchmarks for both datacenter scenarios (server and offline) among commercially-available processors.
Meanwhile, their Jetson Xavier scored highest among commercially-available edge and mobile SoCs under both edge-focused scenarios – single stream and multi-stream.
The new NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX that was announced today is a low-power version of the Xavier SoC that won the MLPerf Inference 0.5 benchmarks.
All of NVIDIA’s MLPerf Inference Benchmark results were achieved using NVIDIA TensorRT 6 deep learning inference software.
Hounded by criticism over fake news and misleading political ads, Facebook is responding with a new multi-colour brand logo to highlight their “clarity”, “empathy” and “support for people and their stories”.
This is really the best thing since sliced bread. Don’t believe us? Look at how much effort they put into it!
The New Facebook Multi-Colour Brand Logo
The new Facebook multi-colour brand logo was designed with custom typography and capitalisation to create a visual distinction between Facebook the company, and Facebook the app.
Facebook really spent A LOT of time, money and effort to design that new multi-colour brand logo.
Conducting listening tours with their employees as well as people and businesses using their products
Bringing together people from across Facebook to design and work together on that logo
Refining the design with designers across Facebook to ensure it works in product, hardware, marketing and physical phases
Facebook is spending so much time, money and effort on the rebranding effort, because they want the new brand logo to convey three clear messages :
Clarity : Facebook is a brand that simplifies and builds understanding
Empathy : Facebook is a system that is respectful of context and environment
Creating Space : Facebook supports people and their stories
It is easy to read between the lines, to see how criticism over their refusal to tackle fake news, or even promising not to accept misleading or political ads is a factor.
However, we seriously doubt a rebrand will change anyone’s minds about how Facebook is facilitating the spread of fake news and misleading political ads.
The New Facebook Logo In Instagram + WhatsApp
Facebook will be using the new logo to rebrand their other services – Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, etc. Beginning in June 2020, they will include “from Facebook” to all of those services and apps.
This is what Instagram will look like eventually :
And this is what WhatsApp will look like :
And they will start using the new brand logo in their products and marketing materials, including a new company website.
Samsung just released The Present – a short film featuring Jun-myeon Kim (EXO’s Suho), Seul-ki Kim and Su-bin Yoo! Here is the short film in its entirety!
The Present with Jun-myeon Kim, Seul-ki Kim + Su-bin Yoo!
Inspired by Samsung’s corporate citizenship vision of Enabling People through themes of determination, entrepreneurship and collaboration, it stars Ha-kyun Shin as Sang-gu, a man who time-travels to present-day Seoul from 1969.
Sang-gu meets young entrepreneurs Ha-neul (Jun-myeon Kim, aka EXO’s Suho), Bo-ra (Seul-ki Kim) and Young-bok (Su-bin Yoo) and ends up helping them as they work to create a thermal imaging camera to use in fire and rescue operations.
“I wanted the film to be entertaining,” noted Director Jin-ho Hur, chiefly known for his work in the melodrama genre, “but I also wanted to accurately capture all the joys and sorrows faced by today’s young people as they go about launching their own business endeavors.”
The Present Highlights Samsung Corporate Vision + Ventures
The film is more than just entertainment. It both highlights Samsung’s corporate vision, as well as two key Samsung ventures :
Samsung’s venture acceleration program C-Lab Outside, which supports young Korean startups by facilitating optimal environments for them to grow and create new value.
Samsung’s IGNIS Thermal Imaging Camera, developed by C-Lab, their in-house corporate incubation program to help firefighters in prevention and rescue activities.
“We hope that ‘The Present’ will encourage young adults who are working hard to keep pursuing their dreams,” said Jae-woong Jeong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Corporate Communications Team, “and that the film will convey to audiences Samsung’s citizenship vision of Enabling People, which itself reflects the company’s commitment to helping fulfill the innate potential of each and every individual.”
Dell Technologies just announced that Dell Financial Services (DFS) will be made available in 7 additional countries, with two flexible consumption models!
Dell Offers Two DFS Flexi Options In These Countries!
With this announcement, Dell partners will be able to offer two Dell Financial Services flexible consumption models :
Pay As You Grow : Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea
Flex On Demand : Japan, Australia, New Zealand
These Dell Financial Services flexible consumption offerings will help Dell partners improve their finances, earn more incentives and establish greater control over their sales and margins.
They will also help Dell customers adopting new technologies, and get a head-start in the digital economy with flexible and predictable costs.
DFS Pay As You Grow
The DFS Pay As You Grow model provides customers with custom payment solutions to support forecasted growth, with flexible deployment schedules and pre-provisioned upgrades.
This model caters to customers with long procurement cycles, and provides peace of mind with buffer capacity.
It is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.
DFS Flex on Demand
The DFS Flex on Demand model is available for all Dell Technologies storage solutions and certain storage products.
It lets customers pay only for the storage capacity needed, which reduces costs associated with over provisioning.
More importantly, DFS Flex on Demand provides instant access to additional buffer capacity during spikes in usage, with payments adjusting to match actual usage.
This model offers a low capacity commitment and a flexible payment period, so customers pay only for what they consume.
This program is currently available in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Dell Working Capital Solutions
Dell Technologies is also offering end-to-end channel financing through the Dell Working Capital Solutions program.
Dell partners can obtain adaptive credit capacity with the ability to scale their credit limit up or down. It also provides extended payment terms, helping Dell partners manage cash flow and take on bigger deals from their customers.
Ryde, the number one carpool app in Singapore, is introducing the RydePool car pooling service in Malaysia!
Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about Ryde and their RydePool service, as well as their upcoming RydeCity feature!
An Introduction To Ryde + RydePool
Ryde was started by Singaporean financier Terence Zou in 2015, to encourage carpooling as a greener and more convenient transportation option.
Using its in-app request and matching technology, the RydePool service matches drivers on a particular route with commuters hoping to hitch a ride along the same route.
Unlike other ride-hailing apps, Ryde allows both advanced and on-demand bookings for RydePool, so drivers and riders can better plan their journey.
In addition, RydePool fares are based on a not-for-profit model, where riders pay for the cost contribution of the trip, taking into consideration the distance travelled, petrol, toll and car depreciation costs.
Ryde Introduces RydePool Car Pooling Service In Malaysia!
After becoming the number one carpool app in Singapore, Ryde is expanding globally, with Malaysia as their first step. They plan to introduce Ryde to Sydney in 2020, and Hong Kong after that.
Ryde officially launched the Ryde app and RydePool carpooling service today (16 October 2019) in the Klang Valley, with plans to eventually roll it out to other major Malaysian cities like Johor, Penang and Melaka.
You can download the Ryde app and sign up to be a driver or rider starting today, but the RydePool service will only kick off on 1 November 2019.
Ryde is currently offering drivers zero commission fares, which means the driver gets to pocket 100% of their fares to offset their driving expenses.
Later, Ryde may introduce commission rate (currently 9% in Singapore), although they are looking to monetise in other ways, like advertising and partnerships with multinational companies.
Ryde + RydePool Availability
The Ryde app is available for downloads and sign-ups from 16 October 2019 onwards, from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The RydePool service will begin on 1 November 2019.
On 1 October 2019, NTT Limited announced these appointments for Malaysia, the ASEAN region, and Asia Pacific :
CEO for NTT Limited Malaysia : Henrick Choo Mr. Henrick Choo will be responsible for making sure the country meets the ambitious objectives of NTT Limited and its clients
CEO for NTT Limited ASEAN : Kim-Meng Png Mr. Kim-Meng Png will be responsible for NTT Limited’s strategic development and operations across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines.
CEO for NTT Limited Asia Pacific : John Lombard
Companies Forming NTT Limited
The brands that will be combined over a phased period to form NTT Limited include :
Communications Lifecycle Management (CLM)
Global IP Network (GIN)
NTT Communications Cloud Infrastructure Services (NTT Com CIS)
Microsoft Asia and IDC Asia Pacific just released findings of a study which suggests that higher education institutions in APAC can double their rate of innovation with AI (artificial intelligence)!
APAC Higher Education Can Double Innovation With AI!
The Microsoft-IDC study – Future Ready Skills : Assessing APAC Education Sector’s Use of AI – found that AI (artificial intelligence) will help double the rate of innovation for higher education institutions.
This involves using AI to better manage student performance and enhance student engagements, while optimising operations to reduce work amongst the faculty and administrative staff.
Based on the study, the top business drivers to adopt AI in higher education include better student engagement, higher funding, and accelerated innovation.
Institutions that have already adopted AI say that they are seeing improvements in the rate of 11% to 28% in those areas.
By 2021, Microsoft and IDC predict that institutions using AI will experience the biggest jump in funding – 3.7X, which is higher than most industry sectors in Asia Pacific.
AI In Higher Education Case Study
Developing a globally engaged citizenry is one of Japan’s key priorities. However, many students avoid studying or going abroad, as doing so can delay them from taking classes they need to graduate.
The Faculty of Engineering at Hokkaido University, for example, has chosen to implement AI as part of its mission to encourage students to study abroad.
They developed a Microsoft Azure-based e-learning system that leverages AI and automation capabilities. This system lets students keep up with coursework back home, with course preparation streamlined from days to mere hours.
AI Skills Required For The Future Of Higher Education
Both education leaders and their staff are equally positive about the impact of AI on higher education jobs.
A large majority (61%) of both segments believe that AI will either help them do their jobs better, or reduce repetitive tasks.
21% of education leaders, and 13% of their staff also agree that AI will help create new jobs in higher education.
However, the requisite skills for an AI future are currently in shortage. The top three skills that education leaders believe will face a shortage in the next three years include :
IT skills and programming
Quantitative, analytical and statistical skills
The Study also noted a disconnect with the perception of education leaders of their staff’s willingness to reskill to adapt to an AI future.
26% of education leaders believe that their staff have no interest to reskill, but in reality, only 11% of their staff had no interest to reskill.
This National Day, Maxis is celebrating the diversity of all Malaysians with its 100PeratusMalaysia campaign in collaboration with diverse, eclectic Malaysian personalities!
The Maxis 100PeratusMalaysia Campaign
Maxis kickstarted their 100PeratusMalaysia campaign by launching a short film depicting diverse Malaysian personalities.
In this short 100PeratusMalaysia film, these Malaysian personalities were taken through a journey of self-discovery. Leveraging the power of technology, they dug deeper into their identities through DNA testing.
Despite results showing that they had a link to various geographical locations around the world, there was one compelling truth – they are all #100peratusMalaysia.
The personalities involved in the campaign were writer and activist Marina Mahathir, food ambassador of Tourism Malaysia Dato’ Chef Wan, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Priya Henry, performing arts icon Tiara Jacquelina, actor and award-winning comedian Douglas Lim, SEA Games gymnastic gold medallist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and national football legend Datuk Santokh Singh.
“The premise of our National Day campaign was using technology to not only understand our unique differences in a new light, but also acknowledge that our diversity is what makes us stronger and enables us to achieve great things. The more we know ourselves, the more we realise that our differences tell the story of who we are as Malaysians. At the end of the day, our love for Malaysia, our homeland, is what unites us, and we hope that this campaign will raise the spirits of Malaysians everywhere,” said Tai Kam Leong, Maxis’ Head of Brand and Marketing.
HUAWEI gets another reprieve from the Trump Administration, with its temporary general licence extended by another 90 days!
Here is the full story, and what it means for HUAWEI and their business partners in the US and elsewhere!
The First HUAWEI Temporary General Licence
Just days of adding HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats, the Trump Administration issues HUAWEI a 90-day temporary licence.
This partially restored their access to US technology and suppliers. It basically allows them to service and maintain their current networks and smartphones.
Establishing new networks or create new products, using technologies with more than 25% US content or origin, would require companies to apply for special licences from the US Commerce Department.
HUAWEI Licence Extended By 90 Days!
HUAWEI’s first temporary general licence was slated to expire today, on 19 August 2019.
But Trump had been signalling that he was open to extending HUAWEI’s licence, after he delayed new tariffs on Chinese goods until 15 December.
That was confirmed today when the US Commerce Department announced that it was extending the temporary general licence for HUAWEI, by another 90 days.
“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Simultaneously, we are constantly working at the Department to ensure that any exports to Huawei and its affiliates do not violate the terms of the Entity Listing or Temporary General License.”
This means HUAWEI will be able to continue supporting existing networks and devices up till 19 November 2019.
Can HUAWEI Can Launch New Devices With Licence Extension?
With the HUAWEI Mate 30 smartphones slated for launch very soon, this is a very important question – can HUAWEI launch new devices based on Android and its ecosystem?
The temporary general licence that was specifically issued to HUAWEI does not permit the use of US technologies (of more than 25% origin or content) in new HUAWEI devices without a special licence.
However, it buys HUAWEI and its business partners time to request special licences to sell their products or services to HUAWEI.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that he received more than 50 applications last month, with more coming in.
It is actually very important for many US companies to continue to do business with HUAWEI, who spent some $11 billion on US products and services in 2018.
More HUAWEI Affiliates Added To Entity List
It was not all good news though. The US Commerce Department also announced that it was adding 46 additional HUAWEI affiliates to the Entity List, due to national security concerns.