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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Report : Apple Buys Israel Start - Up for 518

JERUSALEM (AFP) - United States giant Apple has finalised its first Israeli acquisition, agreeing to buy flash memory maker Anobit for about US$400 million (S$518 million), local financial media reported on Wednesday.

'The deal was closed on Friday and yesterday the company's staff were notified,' business daily TheMarker reported.

'Anobit has developed flash controllers for devices which are reportedly already embedded in Apple's iPads and iPhones,' Globes daily added.

Reports on the value of the deal ranged from $300 to $400 million, according to TheMarker, to $400 to $500 million as reported by the Calcalist daily.

Issues and challenges in integrating ICT in teaching and learning in our Malaysian Schools.

In line with the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) master plan and vision 2020, Malaysia recognized that the transformation of its education system is fundamental to achieve its objectives. The Ministry of Education, with the participation of non-governmental agencies, is focusing on the development of new media for use as educational. Due to its belief that ICT can make a changes in education and learning, the Ministry plans to integrate ICT into education on a fundamental level, incorporating systems to facilitate management, information gathering, access, and various forms of communication. However, there are some issues and challenges integrating ICT in teaching and learning in our Malaysian Schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenger in integrating ICT in our Malaysian schools is, the appropriate rooms or buildings available to house the technology are needed and of course, the equipments. The government will spend a lot of cost to build the appropriate buildings in Malaysian schools. Another basic requirement is the availability of electricity and telephony. In Malaysia, some developing areas are still without a reliable supply of electricity and the nearest telephones are miles away such as at the Sabah and Sarawak. There might be no problem in the urban area, but how with the people who lived in the rural area? Some of the family still did not have a computer in their house. Thus, their child can not practice what that they have learned in the school at their house. This is such a waste when the students forgot what that they have learned. For instance, a basic requirement for computer-based or online learning is access to computers in schools, communities, and households, as well as affordable Internet service are needed.

Secondly, the teacher professional development should have skills in teaching the students using the ICT with particular application. Ideally, these should be addressed in pre-service teacher training and built on and enhanced in-service. ICTs are evolving technologies, and so even the most ICT fluent teachers need to continuously upgrade their skills and keep abreast of the latest developments and best practices. Some student might feel uncomfortable with the new technologies especially student in the rural area where most of the ICT application use the English language for the contents and it is the responsibility of the teacher to guide and teach them to use the computer.

Implementing academic computing is a long and expensive process. It may take many years for Malaysian schools to be successful. Although funding is an important factor, many other factors must be taken into account before and during the implementation of academic computing initiatives. Failure to address important issues may result in wasted resources and ineffective implementation. However, implementing ICT the education is a good way to increase the development in Malaysia. Thus, government should take more appropriate ways to ensure that the vision 2020 can be achieve.

Seoul launches cyber security plan; experts urge global response.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday it was drawing up a cyber security master plan after a wave of hacking attacks against global agencies and companies but some other Asian governments appeared to have no blueprint for tackling the threat.
A woman uses a computer in an internet cafe at the centre of Shanghai January 13, 2010. South Korea said on Tuesday it was drawing up a cyber security master plan after a wave of hacking attacks against global agencies and companies but some other Asian governments appeared to have no blueprint for tackling the threat. (REUTERS/Nir Elias/Files)
Indonesia, a rapidly growing G20 country, warned that hackers could cause serious damage to its institutions.
Internet industry bodies and security experts in Asia said the borderless nature of the internet called for a coordinated international policy response.
Recent cyber attacks on multinational firms and institutions, from Google and Citigroup to the International Monetary Fund, have raised fears that governments and the private sector are ill-prepared to beat off hackers.
The latest high-profile target was the U.S. Senate's website, which was hacked over the weekend.
"Every day, not every month, but every day, we get 1.2 million hacker attacks in Indonesia, both from within the country and outside," said Gatot Dewa Broto, Indonesia's communication and information ministry spokesman.
"If we don't improve (our capabilities) we could face a possible public and commercial institutional collapse."
In Seoul, capital of the world's most wired country, a large government task force is working on tactics to address threats, and officials said on Tuesday they would allocate extra cash and manpower to toughen protection of national economic and industrial installations.
South Korea, still technically at war with North Korea, is vulnerable due to its high Internet penetration and as the likely target of its reclusive rival, officials said.
"Ensuring cyber security is no longer a matter of choice but is an issue of top priority that impacts national security," an official at the nation's communications watchdog said. The official asked for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Earlier this month, Internet giant Google pointed the finger at Chinese hackers for an attempt to access the Gmail accounts of assorted rights activists, officials and others.
China's government has denied involvement, and said it too is a victim of international hacking.
"China has also many times reiterated that we are willing to open up exchanges and cooperation with the international community about Internet security," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Tuesday.
Entertainment giant Sony suffered serious damage to its reputation after hackers accessed the details of millions of PlayStation users, while Lockheed Martin and Citi also reported attempts to steal data.
A national government was the most likely culprit in the attack on the IMF, experts say, given the complexity of the assault and its targeting of the organisation's secrets.
In the Philippines, efforts to legislate against cyber threats have foundered because of a lack of urgency, said Trish Abejo, chief of staff of the head of the government's Commission on Information and Communications Technology.
"We have very limited laws so we're pushing for an anti-cyber crime bill in Congress (parliament), but it has been sleeping there and not given priority because it sounds very technical," Abejo said.
The perception that security of information is a technical problem, rather than an operational or strategic one, has until recently meant the issue has not been a government or corporate priority.
"What that means is the chief executive level is not getting visibility of the real problem and they are the people who own the risk," said Tim Scully, head of cyber security for BAE Systems Australia.
"There definitely needs to be a global, if not a regional, approach to cyber security."
India's top information technology bureaucrat, R. Chandrasekhar, said high-level cooperation between states was needed.
"Government to government contacts are there...(but) at the middle level," he said. "Concerted efforts are needed. We are yet to see the emergence of a clear organisational mechanism."
India's computer networks have frequently been attacked, with the hackers suspected to be from China and Pakistan.
A spokesman for Australia's Attorney-General Robert McClelland said cyber security would be a key issue at a meeting of attorneys-general from Australia, the United States, Canada, Britain and New Zealand in Sydney next month.
"Cyber security is an international issue that requires a coordinated response by all nations," the spokesman said.
World leaders should put cyber security on the agenda at forums such as the G20 and urge "slower-moving" nations to take a stand against hacking, the co-founder of a global industry body said.
Peter Coroneos, co-founder of the International Internet Industry Association and head of Australia's industry body, said such leadership by major powers could support and hasten early industry efforts to adopt global anti-hacking safeguards.
"Getting the issue elevated to a level like the G20 would be a good way to promote engagement with economies that might otherwise move a little slower," Coroneos said.
A Japanese official said government-affiliated organisations in Japan had managed to repel major cyber attacks, but added this was no reason for complacency.
"Rather than governments, private companies and research institutes seem to be taking the initiative," added Masashi Eto, senior researcher at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communication Technology.
Andrew Forrest, chief executive of Australia's third-largest iron ore miner, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, said cyber hacking by states was a major concern for resource companies.
"Government to business espionage I think is below the belt, and I think all governments should stop it," Forrest told reporters at Australia's parliament on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Editing by Dean Yates)
Copyright © 2011 Reuters

Sources : The Star.

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My name is MD NOR SHAHQAL BIN MD NOR SHAHRIN. This year i'm am 19 years old. I'm still study at UITM kampus bandaraya   JOHOR BAHRU.  this blog is especially for my mgt 300 subject. i hope my lectures will take a lot at my bolg and i hope this statified you. thanks.

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

Date : December 5,2011

By : Vanes Devindran

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.
The 20th Dynabook National ICT Competition will be held in Malacca.

Source :  The Star Online

Monday, 12 December 2011

Microsoft upbeat on IT growth in Malaysia

Date : December 6,2011

Information technology (IT) will be among the strongest catalyst in assisting Malaysia achieve a per capita income of US$15,000 by 2020, says Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd's managing director, Ananth Lazarus.

"We are very excited with the growth of IT in Malaysia, and see vast opportunities for it to grow even more, in the coming years," he told reporters after Microsoft's second annual Accelerating Asia Pacific Summit today.

He also said Microsoft Malaysia is confident that the contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) will rise to 41 per cent by 2020 from the current 32 per cent.

"Microsoft is very committed to its growth here in Malaysia, and to date, we have built an ecosystem of 5,000 partners.

"According to the International Data Corporation, for every US$1 that Microsoft earns in revenue in Malaysia, US$13.39 is generated for the local ICT industry," he added.

Ananth said Microsoft Malaysia has established two Microsoft Innovation Centres in the country, namely in the Malaysian Institute Of Microelectronic Systems Bhd (MIMOS) and Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC), to help Malaysian technopreneurs accelerate technology commercialisation.

"Furthermore, our BizSpark programme supports over 120 companies by giving them free software for the first two years as they start their businesses.

"The BizSpark programme also helps build capacity in growth amongst the Malaysian technopreneurs," he added. -- Bernama

Source : Business Times

Alternative To Textbook

Date : June 1,2009

THE Terengganu State Government, Top IT Industries Sdn Bhd and Intel Malaysia launched the Projek Buku Elektronik recently, providing 25,000 Intel-powered Classmate personal computers or eBooks to Standard Five pupils in the State's schools.

A brainchild of the Terengganu State Government , Projek Buku Elekronik represents the first step towards  harnessing the benefits of technology to make education more efficient by delivering the school curriculum in a digitised format, as an alternative to heavy textbooks.
The project is also part of the State government's ongoing effort to enhance the quality of education through direct ownership of portable PC devices and IT-based learning, thus injecting renewed enthusiasm for learning  in the classroom and at home.
"Projek Buku Elektronik is a bold first step the State Government is taking, and it will be the catalyst for a new chapter in Malaysia's education curriculum.
We strongly believe ICT plays a very important role in supporting the development of human capital and we are optimistic that the use of Intelpowered Classmate PCs in the classroom will have a positive impact on the critical thinking, communication and digital literacy skills of students," said Datuk Ahmad Said, Menteri Besar of Terengganu.
With the partnership between the State Government, Top IT Industries Sdn Bhd and Intel Malaysia becoming official in December 2008, the first shipment of eBooks arrived from Taiwan three weeks ago and were distributed to the first batch of pupils at the end of May.  

Source : Malay Mail

Make The Full Uses Of ICT While Adapting To Change

By : Calvin Yeo

KUCHING: Graduates must make full use of the information communication technology to improve themselves while adapting to the changing environment.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said this would enable the creation of an excellent, quality and knowledgeable human capital that could help in realising the country’s vision of becoming an industrialised nation by 2020.
“The technology, economy and social development plays an important role in the country’s transformation.
“The graduates should feel blessed with the government policies, which have created many job and education opportunities,” he said at the 14th convocation of Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (ICATS).
The text of his speech was read by Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.
Taib said as the country progressed, the government had come up with many strategies to meet the demand for more job opportunities.
He said skilled graduates were much sought after now as the country needed more skilled workers to achieve industrialised nation status.
“The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which comprises various sectors, intends to attract foreign investment and to develop the state’s economy.
“It has attracted RM26.4bil of investment and so far, four international companies have sited their operations in SCORE,” he said, adding that SCORE had changed its surrounding landscape to one with ample infrastructure facilities.
He said SCORE would create more than one million job opportunities by 2030.
More than 400 graduates received their scrolls during the ceremony yesterday.

 Source : The Star Online

MELAKA: The state government received an allocation of RM50 million from the federal government to develop information, communication and technology (ICT) for a period of four years, from 2007 until March this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said through the allocation, four projects were implemented, namely broadband infrastructure in all the districts, an integrated network pilot project, a project to narrow the digital divide and fiber optic broadband infrastructure.

"The state government also allocated RM2.7 million for the projects to ensure ICT keeps advancing every year," he said in reply to Ab Rahaman Ab Karim (BN-Pantai Kundor) during the state assembly here today.

He said the progress of ICT in the state was measured in the aspects of skills, infrastructure and content in the form of basic computer training encompassing computer usage, internet surfing and social media usage.

Mohd Ali said as at Sept 2011, 94 training programmes had been organised, involving 3,165 participants.

He said 715 locations were proposed in 2011 for the installation of WiFi at hotspots dan hotzones for residents.

According to data issued by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), as at the second quarter of this year, 706 hotspots had been installed in the state.

He said the state government had also appointed Melaka ICT Holdings (MITCH) as a one-stop centre in the installation of the integrated telecommunication tower in the state.

Mohd Ali said there are 733 TM WiFi coverage areas throughout the state, most of which are located in Bandar Hilir with 294, and Ayer Keroh, with 166.

"The main criteria for the installation is supermarkets, business complexes, higher education institutions, tourist spots and transport centres," he said in reply to Chua Keng Hwa (BN-Bemban).

Mohd Ali said the consumer targets are professionals, officers, managers, business people, higher education students and domestic and foreign tourists. --BERNAMA

What Is Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications.The term in its modern sense first appeared in a 1958 article published in the Harvard Business Review, in which authors Leavitt and Whisler commented that "the new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology (IT). "Some of the modern and emerging fields of Information technology are next generation web technologies, bioinformaticscloud computing, global information systems, large scale knowledgebases, etc.

Source : Wikipedia