Author: Digital News Asia

Global social media revenue to hit US$16.9bil this year: Gartner
Global social media revenue is forecast to reach US$16.9 billion in 2012, up 43.1% from the 2011 revenue of US$11.8 billion, according to Gartner Inc. Advertising is, and will continue to be, the largest contributor to overall social media revenue and is projected to total US$8.8 billion in 2012, while social gaming revenue more than doubled between 2010 and 2011 and is expected to reach US$6.2 billion in 2012.
Mobile and Android malware threats continue to rise
Mobile malware continues to rise in the Asia Pacific region as smartphones, especially Android-based devices, are so popular, according to the ‘Q2 APAC Threat Landscape’ report released recently by security specialist Trend Micro Inc.
Tablets to replace in-flight entertainment systems: Analyst
Tablet computers could end up replacing in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems in major airlines as its portability and relatively low maintenance are strong impetus to make this happen in the near future.
Operators pressed to adopt Wi-Fi as offload strategy, says Ovum
While the rapid growth of mobile broadband traffic is pressurizing operators to look beyond the negative revenue implications of Wi-Fi as a viable traffic offload option, today's carrier-grade solutions do not fully meet operators' needs, according to Ovum.
Asia, the new breeding ground for spam, says Sophos
Asia is the new breeding ground for e-mail spam as it accounts for half the total volume being relayed around the world, according to Sophos.
Companies urged to protect personal information: Fortinet
Malaysian companies should protect themselves from Personally Identifiable Information (PII) breach, urged Fortinet. 
Intel launches Ultrabook City retail outlet
Intel has launched Ultrabook City, an all-new retail experience, at Kuala Lumpur’s specialist IT mall Plaza Low Yat for Malaysian technology fans to explore its new category of devices.
Asians prefer online booking for travel accommodations
In its inaugural index researching global travel trends, whose results were released recently, AsiaRooms.com said that Asia had the highest proportion of respondents having gone online to book for leisure and business accommodation at 70.3%.
Oracle unveils StorageTek SL150, aimed at midsize and growing businesses
Oracle Corporation has announced the StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library, claiming it was the lowest cost scalable tape library in the market and ideal for midsize and growing businesses.
Security alert over ‘Madi’ cyber-espionage campaign in Middle East
Security alerts are being issued over Madi, a trojan used in targeted campaigns and observed in the wild since last December. Targets of the Madi campaign appear to be all over the spectrum but include oil companies, US-based think-tanks, a foreign consulate, as well as various governmental agencies, including some in the energy sector, and it has spread to countries beyond the Middle East.
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