No Internet censor, but bloggers must know where to draw the line: Malaysian Prime Minister

The Malaysian government will not censor the internet, but bloggers and internet users need to know where to draw the line, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reminded during his keynote address at the 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Conference was hosted by the Blog House Malaysia (BHM).

He attributed the government’s stand on not censoring the Internet to his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also BHM’s patron. “Tun made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the Internet”, he said and Najib assured that his administration intended to keep to Tun Mahathir’s word and will welcome constructive criticism from bloggers. (To ensure no Internet censorship of the Internet is one of the MSC Malaysia 10 Points Bill of Guarantees; Tun Mahathir was instrumental in the development of the MSC Malaysia).

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Location-Based Services and Privacy Violations by Apple iPhones and Google Androids

Imagine a room, a command center of sorts, illuminated by dozens of monitors in front of which nameless observers sit scrutinizing the data displayed before them. On the room walls are bigger displays; one showing the map of the country, some showing overhead views of several cities while others track the movements of selected individuals, identified only as numerics. On the door we see an emblem; not the crest of the Central Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency… but an Apple.

This imagery is not from Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State, but rather it was what came to my mind when I read about the discovery made by two security researchers – Pete Warden, Founder of Data Science Toolkit and Alasdair Allan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter, that the Apple’s iOS 4.x mobile operating system records the user’s location for iPhone and iPad into a hidden file on the devices, named “consolidated.db”.

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Celcom to offer iPhone 4 soon. Seriously.

The whole tech world is abuzz with excitement about the upcoming iPhone 5. But Malaysian communications provider Celcom, which incidentally clinched the Service Provider of the Year Award for the third year running at the recent 2011 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Excellence Awards, is only now jumping on the iPhone 4 bandwagon, 7 months after Maxis and DiGi rolled out their respective packages. One wonders if Celcom’s ever heard of the saying “early bird catches the worm”, considering the fact that by now, almost everyone and their grandma’s got an iPhone 4 already. Let’s just hope the company is going to be offering super low plans to compete with the ones offered by Maxis and DiGi.

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Tricubes issues statement on 1Malaysia Email as public dissatisfaction continues

Following the public furore over the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s announcement on Tuesday on the implementation of the 1Malaysia email accounts and the subsequent clarifications both by himself and by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) yesterday, Tricubes Berhad, the company that was awarded to spearhead the project, issued a press release to further explain the much maligned 1Malaysia Email.

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First ASEAN bloggers’ conference to kick off in Kuala Lumpur

The Blog House Malaysia (BHM) will be hosting the inaugural Malaysian-Asean Regional Bloggers Conference from 22nd to 24th April 2011, held at the Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The theme of the conference is “Blogging Mindfully and Responsibly” and will cover topics ranging from blog networks and blogging etiquette.

According to BHM president Syed Akbar Ali, bloggers from Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines are expected to attend the conference. BHM’s patron, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a blogger himself, will be delivering the welcoming address, with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivering the keynote address after that.

Visit the BHM’s website for details and registration.

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Government clarifies on 1Malaysia email accounts after online public outcry

Yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that a 1Malaysia email account will be issued to every Malaysian above 18 years of age has spawned online protests by the public, claiming that the latest 1Malaysia exercise is an unnecessary wastage of taxpayer’s money and an attempt by “big brother” to keep citizens in check.

A check by GreyReview reveals that most Malaysians have gone on to popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to vent their dissatisfaction, one example being the “1M Malaysians who don’t want Najib’s 1 Malaysia email” Facebook page, which is reminiscent of the online protest against Datuk Seri Najib’s announcement about the construction of the 100-storey mega tower project last year.

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Google Nexus S – The Gulfstream 6 of Android smartphones

So what do I think about the Samsung Google Nexus S after two weeks fling?

To quote Depeche Mode, I just can’t get enough. Why? See here, here, here and here and also, here.

Sure, it may be lacking in some departments (which features may be available on its distant cousin, the Samsung Galaxy S). The fact that it runs on an unadulterated version of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and that it contains enough technological advancements (such as NFC) to provide its user with a sensual experience makes it more attractive than other available smartphones.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S absolute power entertains absolutely

Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Google Nexus S a well endowed communication device.

The Google Nexus S benefits from a powerful 1Ghz processor and the intuitive Android 2.3 operating system to make it an excellent gaming and multimedia device. For all your gaming/app needs, there is only one place to look: the Android Market.

A Market for all your needs

Apple has the App Store on the iPhone, Google has the Android Market on the Android. And just like Apple, Google has made the market accessible both on the phone as well as the desktop. One advantage the desktop version of the Android Market has over the iTunes Store is that any app/game you choose will be synced up with your phone wirelessly, i.e. just choose which device you’d like to download your new app to (it retains a list of all Android devices your account has been set up on), it will just automatically begin downloading onto it. Less clicks to get your new app up and running compared to Apple’s.

It should be noted that a Google Account is required to access the Android Market. If you already have one synced to your Android phone, just log in and you’re set.

The Android Market has a great selection of apps for your every need, from audio players to news widgets to converters to religious references. It also has a growing number of games to choose from. And yes, Angry Birds is available on the Android Market and best of all, it’s free! And Angry Birds on the Google Nexus S’ 4” Super AMOLED screen is simply breathtaking.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S a well endowed communications device

Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Pure, Unadulterated Google caress of the Nexus S.

As pointed out in the previous parts of our review, we have discovered that the Google Nexus S is well endowed both in its looks as well as under the hood. The presence of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread powering its user interface is also something that makes the Google Nexus S an over all attractive choice in the ever expanding smartphone market. But how does it perform as a communications device?

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Pure, Unadulterated Google caress of the Nexus S

Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – A beauty on the outside, a beast on the inside.

Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread: Purely Google

Most Android phones in the market feature a customized version of the operating system, with additional software layers to suit the respective phone manufacturers and carriers offering the phones.

Not the Google Nexus S.

This is Android as it should be, as it is meant to be used. There is no custom skin or custom user interface here; it’s the true blue Android. The default Android interface makes it easier to navigate and makes for a more enjoyable user experience, less all the clutter. This is what the search engine giant likes to term as a “pure Google” experience.

The Nexus S, co-developed by Google and Samsung, is the world’s first device powered by the latest (and fastest) version of the Android, aka Gingerbread . It was recently launched in Malaysia by Maxis, a leading mobile communications provider in Malaysia.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S a beauty on the outside, a beast on the inside

Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Touched for the very first time.

Sexy Beauty – Design and form factor

The latest Samsung Google Nexus S is definitely a looker. It’s got a slate form factor but it also sports a Contour Display that gives it a bit of a curve compared to say an Iphone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S. Overall the look is very clean, but the choice of material – all plastic construction – does give it a less premium feel and less striking look compared to the iPhone 4, with its glassy surface and brushed metal sides. The all plastic construction also makes it a fingerprint and smudge magnet as well as prone to scratches. The plus side about the choice of material though is that the Google Nexus S is lighter than its competition, weighing in at 129 grams.

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