Standing At The Forefront of Technology

Standing At The Forefront of Technology


Standing At The Forefront of Technology

APU Organizes First Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Day

Kuala Lumpur, 17 July 2017: The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) recently organised its first Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Day recently at its campus located at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil.

This event was a part of APU Center for Research and Development of Internet of Things (CREDIT)’s efforts to expose students towards the potentials and development of IoT. CREDIT is the first Center of Excellence for IoT among Malaysian universities.

Dr Mazlan Abbas, CEO of FAVORIOT, Ober Choo, Technical Director of Cytron Technologies and James Lai, President of the Malaysia IoT Association (MyIoTA) were among guest speakers who delivered pocket talks on various IoT subject matters throughout the day.

In addition, the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) endorsed this event as part of its Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit 2017, a global summit initiated by the government of Malaysia to empower entrepreneurs around the world. MaGIC CEO, Ashran Dato’ Ghazi, officiated the event alongside Prof. Dr Ron Edwards, Vice Chancellor, APU and Prof. Dr Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), APU.

With regards to the event, James Lai, as the President of MyIoTA, said, “With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution & IoT, it is timely & great to see the involvement of APU in organising such as an event that enables industry experts to share their knowledge on IoT. We hope to see more of such events in the future to nurture future talents in IoT & address the upcoming opportunities of 4IR”.

hen asked about the APU’s vision behind IoT and technology, Prof. Dr Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), APU and Dr. Tan Chye Cheah, Vice President of CREDIT said,

“Soon, we will be moving towards the technological capabilities of having every device connected to the internet, in which data travels among one other and we can live in a more convenient way – big data and IoT play a major role in this, and we believe this is the future of technology – this is why we became the first university in Malaysia to run programmes specialized in IoT as well as big data, to address the vital needs of the market, in terms of talent supply.”

APU’s IoT Innovation saw participation from top IoT industry players, including MaGIC CEO, Ashran Dato’ Ghazi.

Panel discussions and dialogue sessions were held to expose students towards the development of IoT within Malaysia. From left: James Lai, President of Malaysia IoT Association (MyIoTA), Dr. Mazlan Abbas, CEO and Co-Founder of FAVORIOT, Ober Choo, Technical Director, Cytron Technologies Sdn Bhd and Muhammad Ehsan Rana, President of CREDIT, APU.

James Lai, President of MyIoTA, addressed the event as a move that is vital to nurture future talents in IoT and Industry Revolution 4.0.

APU’s first IoT Innovation Day received support from industry experts of the IoT field. From left: Dr. Mazlan Abbas, CEO and Co-Founder of FAVORIOT, Ober Choo, Technical Director, Cytron Technologies Sdn Bhd and Dr. Khoh Soo Beng, Research and Program Director (IoT Cluster), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST).

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, the UK with Technology. These programmes nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012.

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Kok Cheng Mun
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Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

KUALA LUMPUR – Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s leading website and e-commerce hosting provider, has announced that the Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit 2017 will be held on the 8th of August.

Started in year 2015, the Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit, or EIMS, is a momentous grand scale annual Internet Business event, which provides an effective platform and opportunities for knowledge sharing, intensive learning and networking among influential industry giants, branding and advertising specialists, freelance webmasters and more. EIMS aims to gather numerous experienced Digital Marketers and Gurus to provide insights on the current situations, strategies, as well as techniques and advancements related to the Digital Marketing Industry. At the same time, EIMS also provides on-the-spot consultations that would be highly valuable to digital marketers regardless of their industries or the scale of their businesses.

“For the past 2 years, numerous marketers, business owners and even professors from colleges and universities attended EIMS to gain directions for their companies, maximize exposure and build good network with other marketers and experts in the industry. It’s our honour to organize this event every single year since 2015. EIMS participants can expect to meet various world class marketers at the event and learn everything first hand,” the organizing chairperson, Mr Vickson Tan said in a statement

Among the topics that would be discussed at the annual digital marketing event are 10 Common Mistakes When Advertising on Google AdWords; Optimizing Your Email Marketing Funnel For Maximum Conversions; Building a Growth Stack : How to pioneer your customer funnel; How to Increase Your Landing Page Conversion Rate?; Don’t Go Viral For The Wrong Reasons; Satisfying a Hunger to Create and Share; The Ultimate SEO Trends & Algorithms and etc.

Keynote Speakers

Mellissa Lee

Head of GetResponse Malaysia

Kanika Agarwal

CEO & Founder of Passion Peers

Jerrick Yeoh

Marketing Manager Exabytes Digital

Ashley Ong

Regional Google Trainer, Google Partner Academy

Carol Fung

Manager of eCommerce Adoption & Ecosystem Upliftment, eCommerce Enablement Division, MDEC

Chan Kin Peng

Founding Partner of Kasatria Technologies

Junaida Orangzib

Manager of B40 Division, MDEC

Moderators & Panelists

Sunny Ooi

Co-founder & Managing Director of ClickAsia Malaysia and Singapore

Roger Wong

Head of Digital of Shock Media Studio

Jerrick Yeoh

Marketing Manager of Exabytes Digital

Joseph Goh

Founder/CEO of Jobbie

Chia Ting Ting

Company Director cum Head of Digital Content Marketing and Advertising Sales, FG Media/Malaysiakini

Aaron Lim

Managing Director & Founder of Goody Technologies

Greeno Sia

Co-founder of ViralCham-Rojaklah

Chan Kin Peng

Founding Partner of Kasatria Technologies

This event is going organize at MaGic Cyberjaya. Early-bird tickets with discounts for this event can currently be purchased at Exabytes website

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About The Organizer, The Exabytes Group

As one of the leading Web, Cloud and eCommerce Hosting Companies in Southeast Asia, Exabytes is in its 15th year of operation and specializes in providing web hosting services to small and medium sized businesses, individuals and SOHO. With deep understanding on the business requirements for online setup and E-Commerce, Exabytes offers the clients an end-to-end Web-hosting solution which is unmatched by its competitors ranging from Cloud hosting, eCommerce applications, marketing engine, and dedicated network systems and more.

Exabytes’ core business offerings include shared web-hosting, dedicated server hosting, reseller hosting, cloud hosting, SSL web certification, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), server management, Google SEM (Search Engine Marketing), EBuzzzz Email/Voice/SMS, server co-location, domain registrations, website design, etc. Its commitments to customers cover 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee. For partner benefits and details of other promotions and products of the Exabytes Group of Companies,

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Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

Australia has been a migrating destination most sought after by Malaysian investors for many years.

Driven by the country’s economic and political stability that offers diversity of opportunities, education and human rights protection, Australia is ranked by UNDP (United Nations Human Development) as the second-best country in the world for quality life following their “Human Development Index” statistics assessment.

Australia one of the most medically-advanced country

Australia is also in the top 10 of most medically-advanced countries in the world with over US$5.5 billion invested in their medical research, which ensures better medical assurance and treatment quality. [2]

Better and more trusted law equity

One of the top reasons that makes Australia one of the best choices for migration is their better and more trusted law equity. Australia is best known as a country that spends every dollar of its tax-payers money on the well-being of its citizens.

4th best country for education

Education has been one of the primary factors taken into consideration when choosing a country to migrate for the family. With Australia ranked as 4th best country in the world for education [3] many have made it one of their top migrating destinations for the betterment of their children’s education.

Though national standards were implemented in 2014, each state is tasked in managing their own education system to ensure its quality education is up-to- par with their high Human Development Index.

One of the best countries for Business and Investment

In Australia, the state government has zero interference over the conduct of private businesses, another plus point for business migrants choosing Australia as their preferred investment destination.

With its strong, sustained economic growth, Australia has opened up more projects that target overseas investors, intending to expand their business and migrate to Australia.

Migration into Australia is made even more appealing by its cultural diverse and beautiful natural environment, its world-class sporting facilities as well as an enviable lifestyle.

Australia also tops a one of the best countries for retirement [4] showing an increasing numbers of migration by successful investor opting to settle down and retire in Australia.

The Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd (AMA) invites qualifying business owners and investors to a cost-free seminar. This seminar will allow you to understand and strategize your business and investment as a gateway to obtaining Australian Permanent Residency in Australia.

There will be discussions on the latest Commonwealth government migration regulations, eligibility rules and policies on State Nomination, types of visas and details on projects available for overseas investors.

Eligible investors will be expedited for a meeting with State Nomination Body to discuss their intentions.

Presenting at the seminar is a prominent Australian Migration agent with over 27 years of practice hands-on experience, CEO of Australian Migration Agents Mr. Robert Chelliah.

Exclusively made available for seminar participants is a question-and-answer session with Western Australia Investment and Business Specialist Mr. Hermann Steeger.

Through AMA they will assist you in your business strategizing and expansion into Australia, providing a one stop platform, step by step guidance and assistance to the applicant and their family from beginning to Post Arrival Support Services (Final and settlement stage for successful applicants.)

Australia is hoping to attract more overseas investors with the availability of projects in the selected fields such as Ecotourism, Food & Beverage, Hospitality Industries, Property Ownership and Development, Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture.

AMA has hundreds of proven and outstanding winning records in facilitating investors with their business expansion and investment plans into Australia.

Chelliah is an expert in legislative migration and handling complex cases, he is a skilled strategist and also a well known media commentator.

With a 100% success track record, Chelliah has over 40 years of working experience with the Australian Commonwealth government Immigration Department making AMA one of the longest serving migration agents in Australia.


Chelliah added,

“Now appears to be the best time for investors to truly ride on these investment opportunities before the Australian Department of Immigration again revamps their migration legislatives.”

Take part in the benefit of their excellent education system that is made available and affordable by the Australian Government Department of Education, in an effort to ensure they retain their 99% literacy rate while working towards a 100% literacy rate. [5]

Australia is confident of seeing an increase in overseas investors with the amount of investment projects offered by its financial institutions and government bonds. It is through these investments, applicants have a better opportunity to migrate and experience living in Australia.

Register now to secure seats at a seminar near you!

Kuala Lumpur

Venue:Hilton Hotel,PJ
Date:Sunday, 23rd July 2017
Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM


Venue:Bayview Hotel, Penang
Date:Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

Johor Bahru

Venue:KSL Hotel, JB
Date:Friday, 21st July 2017
Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

Speak to Robert: +60123482961

*Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

Details of available projects:

  • W.A seafood and honey – Export Stock Ownership >AU$500,000
  • Supermarket – Grocers – Investment Value >AU$500,000
  • Property Development – Apartment, townhouse project – Land ownership >AU$1Million
  • Commercial Warehouse – Poultry and food produce – Ownership > AU$1Million
  • Manufacturing – Business Ownership AU$1.2Million
  • Property Development – Luxury villas project >AU$1.5Million
  • By the end of the settlement process, investors will obtain partial refund of their professional fees upon the confirmation of their consignment with the available proposed projects.

    Types of business visas and financial requirements:

    VISA 132 – Business Talent; Stream A – Business History. (Permanent Visa)

  • Business owners with businesses annual turnover of at least AU$3 million
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • At least AU$400,000 business equity value
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$1.5 million
  • 2. VISA 188 – Business Innovation Stream. (Provisional Visa)

  • Business owners with businesses annual turnover of at least AU$500,000 over 2 years
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$800,000
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 3. VISA 188 – Business Investor Stream. (Provisional Visa)

  • Business and personal assets of at least AU$2.25 million
  • Interest bearing capital guaranteed investment of at least AU$1.5 million
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 4. VISA 188C – Significant Investor Visa (SIV)

  • Total assets of AU$5 million in managed funds
  • Points test exemption, no age and language proficiency requirements
  • No Australian residence tax obligations
  • Complete 160 days of residency in 4 years
  • *Other business visa categories available
    *Private counselling available post seminar

    Other business and investment fields open to investors:

  • Commercial and domestic property development
  • Eco tourism
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Food and Beverage
  • Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture
  • Retail Outlets
  • Many other areas
  • Attend the seminar and discover how you can make your migration plans a reality.

    AMA is an Australian migration agency established in 1994 that practices with the highest integrity and ethics complying with their mission statement of:


    Ikenobo’s Ikebana

    Ikenobo’s Ikebana

    Ikenobo’s Ikebana

    Ikenobo is said to be the origin of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement

    Senko Ikenobo is Headmaster Designate of Ikenobo and emphasised her life on Ikenobo ikebana. From 2012, , Senko Ikenobo started to take a pilgrimage to 33 temples in West Japan and performed flower offering ceremonies in commemoration of the sacrifice and recover from all disasters. In 2013, she visited Boston and New York, U.S.A. on the occasion of the Ikenobo Ikebana 550th Year, conducting ikebana workshop at Harvard University and performed a floral offering ceremony at United Nations Headquarters.

    Ikenobo’s Ikebana evolved over the centuries as each age brought new challenges for ikebana to express the spirit of time. Today’s styles include “Rikka”, “Shoka”, and modern “Free Style”.


    Rikka’s origin lies in the 15th century tatehana style. Reaching full flower in the 17th century. The study continues today of both traditional shofutai style and the new rikka shimputai style. Rikka’s basic parts are arranged with many contrasting but complementary materials, expressing the beauty of a natural landscape. Hidden within the principles of this ikebana style is surprisingly fertile ground for variation and adaptation to contemporary environment.


    Shoka’s origins are in the simpler ikebana of the 18th century and formulised in the 19th century. Shoka shofutai’s three main branches, shin, soe and tai, form a unity which expresses life’s perpetual change and renewal. It gives the impression of beauty and grace. Shoku shimputai which is a newer style, has a bright and modern feeling. The two main parts, shu and yo, respond to each other with contrasting and harmonious qualities. A third part, ashirai, is often added as a finishing touch.

    Free Style

    Free style is the most recent to emerge from Ikenobo’s long tradition. As a more personal expression, it is suited to a contemporary environment and tastes as it divides into naturalistic style as well as a more design-like style. While still respecting the beauty and essential qualities of each material, the arranger has unlimited possibilities to convey an effect or mood.

    Ikenobo is said to be the origin of ikebana. The predecessors in ikebana felt that flowers were not only beautiful but that they could reflect the passing of time and the feelings in their own hearts. Rather than simply re-creating the shape a plant had in nature, Ikenobo creates with leaves, branches and flowers a new form which holds the impression of a plant’s beauty. Ikenobo’s spirit has spread not only in Japan but throughout the world.

    More convenient to repay PTPTN loans now

    More convenient to repay PTPTN loans now

    More convenient to repay PTPTN loans now

    In a bid to make the repayment of PTPTN loan more convenient, the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has introduced loan repayments via online direct debit.

    This is in addition to the existing repayment facilities that are already provided, including salary deduction, internet banking, FPX, MyPay and JomPay.

    According to PTPTN, this initiative would not only speed up the loan repayment process, it is also more secured compared to making physical payments.

    This repayment method has been introduced since 2 November 2016 through a partnership that PTPTN established with MyClear and Bank Islam.

    Previously, borrowers had to manually apply for direct debit by filling up physical forms at PTPTN counters and risk having their applications rejected if any mistakes when fillup the form or difference in signatures were noticed.

    Now, the application can be completed online and processed within 3 working days.

    PTPTN also added that depositors of the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i), can now use direct debit to deposit their savings aside from repaying their loans.

    The advantages of direct debit

    Borrowers who repay their PTPTN loans using the direct debit are also entitled to a 10% discount.

    PTPTN says that direct debit ensures consistent repayment of PTPTN loans. Additionally, it also helps to avoid installment arrears and build a good track record in CCRIS.

    This consistent payment will help borrowers to avoid legal action being taken against them for having outstanding debts.

    If they do not want to their salaries deducted, direct debit is the best existing alternative loan repayment method that borrowers can opt for if they want to repay loans consistently every month.

    Steps to applying for direct debit

    Borrowers and depositors interested may proceed to apply for the facility by logging on to PTPTN’s official website at

    The application process can be initiated in the ‘permohonan direct debit’ hyperlink located under the ‘perkhidmatan atas talian’ section.

    Only one attempt is needed to apply for the direct debit facility. Once the application is completed, the monthly payment will be arranged between PTPTN and the bank of your choice.

    The application procedure is also free of charge.

    They must ensure that their bank account is active for the application. The payment amount for the loan should also exceed if not be equal to PTPTN’s monthly installment plan.  

    This direct debit facility is currently available in the following banks:

    Local Banks

    International Banks

    Borrowers who are facing financial difficulties and can’t afford loan repayment according to PTPTN’s monthly installment plan may contact PTPTN’s Careline at 03-2193 3000 to negotiate for a restructured monthly installment plan that would accommodate the borrower’s financial capabilities.

    For more information

    contact PTPTN at
    03-2193 3000
    or visit PTPTN’s website

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    Blueair unveils revamped product range

    Blueair unveils revamped product range

    Blueair unveils revamped new classic product range, better performing, sleeker and with clean air intelligence inside.

    First unveiled during the IFA Berlin2015 tech show the much anticipated revamped Classic range is now available in Malaysia since April 2017.

    Complete with a new built-in intelligent air monitoring system called ‘Aware’, a more convenient user interface, improved clean air delivery rates, and new design features enabling improved airflow and quieter operation to ensure that your home is safe from pollutants.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Europe’s air pollution cost in 2010 alone is a staggering 1.6 trillion US dollars, as a result of the approximately 600,000 deaths and diseases it caused.

    “Blueair’s new technology puts people in control of the air they breathe and makes healthy living and improved well being as effortless as having a robot vacuum cleaner. The Blueair Classic minimizes triggers for people who suffer from allergies and asthma by cleaning indoor air from 99.97 percent of all pollutants, which is great news for our customers and those they care for,”

    said Karin Kruse, Global Product Marketing Manager

    In a report, the WHO estimated that about 7 million people worldwide died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 alone. South-East Asia and the Western Pacific areas are the regions in which health is most affected by air pollution, with approximately 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million to outdoor air pollution.

    Concentrations of many samples of air contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are also consistently higher indoors than outdoors. An EPA study covering six communities in various parts of the US found indoor VOC levels up to 10 times higher than outdoors, even in locations with significant outdoor air pollution sources, such as petrochemical plants.

    The Blueair Classic air purifier has been designed to protect you and your family from deadly pollutants inside your home.

    The enhanced features of the new Classic also includes a more energy-efficient motor as well as a user-friendly interface under a top lid that flips open to reveal the electronic display indicating when a filter needs changing, a WiFi indicator, operating speed indicator and indicators showing levels of PM2.5 dust and VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) in the indoor air.

    “The new edition of the Blueair Classic reflects our commitment in leveraging connected home opportunities to make it easier for homeowners and businesses alike to benefit from cleaner, healthier air as they move through their day,”

    said Karin Kruse.

    She said the enhancements and benefits offered by Blueair’s latest iteration of its Classic product line reflects customer insight that air purifiers should be mobile, non-intrusive and capable of working while a person sleeps, jogs, eats, works, prepares food or reads a magazine while commuting.

    In a nutshell, Blueair’s Classic air purifiers are easy to configure, easy to maintain, and perform excellently. It is a no-brainer choice for air purifiers currently offered in the market. Blueair offers a literal plug and play solution that is essential for all homes and indoor spaces. The New Classic product line now comes with 6 different models to match all space requirements and easily available throughout nation via 43 different locations.

    Visit Blueair to learn more how to breath better

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