The Kuala Lumpur City Hall will soon mandate that all new restaurants provide WiFi to their customers, according to a report by The New Straits Times today. This requirement will be a mandatory prerequisite for food operators when they apply for their license to open a new restaurant or when existing operators renew their license. However, the report states that the requirement would only apply to restaurants owners operating on premises bigger than 120 sq m in floor size.
Those expecting the service to be free should not hold their collective breaths, though… the outlet operators are given the choice to provide Wi-Fi to their customers for free or for a reasonable fee.
After the financial lifeline thrown its way courtesy of the 1 Malaysia email project a.k.a myemail in April last year (and the controversy that ensued), Tricubes Berhad can look forward to start 2012 on a positive note: it has been awarded a RM6 million contract by the Home Ministry to maintain the Royal Malaysian Police’s (PDRM) mobile systems for two years starting January 1.
The project, which will be to maintain PDRM’s Enhanced Mobile Management System (EMMS) and Mobile Card Acceptance Device (MCAD) will be spearheaded by TricubesNCR JV Sdn Bhd, which is 70% owned by Tricubes Berhad.
Tricubes, which was appointed as PDRM’s traffic fines collection agent last November expects the award “to contribute positively to the earnings and net assets per share of the group from the financial year ending 31 March 2012 and is not expected to have any material effect on the gearing of the company”, as stated in a filing to Bursa Malaysia today.
The Malaysian Insider reveals that Tricubes has also approached the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the Road Transport Department (JPN) and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to use its controversial myemail billing system and will begin pilot trials soon.
Today, Nokia set up its World’s Biggest Angry Birds Playground at Boulevard Strip, Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. The event aims to set a new Guinness World Record for the Most People Playing in a Mobile Phone Game Relay.
Those who are interested to participate in the record breaking attempt must first register their details. Then, the registered participants take turn to finish one level of the Angry Birds game. It doesn’t matter if he or she fail or succeed at the game level. At 1 pm, roughly 400 people have registered to participate and the organizer is targeting 1000 (or more) people to set the world record. But by the end of the day, the event set a Guinness World Record for “Most People in a Mobile Phone Game Relay”, with 2,030 participants.
About 12,000 units of iPad 2 were sold on eBay in two-week period. The eBay’s infographic (as below) shows where all the iPads were delivered to. 65% of the iPads were sold within the US and the remaining went to Europe, Asia, Middle-east and South America.
And here is a list of iPad-crazy nations in Asia, in terms of total iPads purchased on eBay:
After seeing a rather dismal FDI (Finger Dexterity Index) trend over the years, online search giant Google today quietly launch its latest fitness initiative to further enhance the well-being of Internet users worldwide. Google called the new hands/fingers exercise, Chromercise, to leverage on the the branding of its highly popular Chrome browser.
A rather dismal FDI
Seven months after it was released in the US, the iPad finally (officially) arrives in Malaysia. Better late than never right? After all, we’re only getting it four months after it was officially launched in our neighbor Singapore.
The good news is that now Malaysians are finally able to buy an IPad that is covered by full official support and warranty, as opposed to those covered by shop warranty and support if you were to buy them from, say, Lowyat Plaza.
Below is a list of prices of the various iPads which will be made available through Mac stores and Apple shops in the Klang Valley and Penang:
- 16GB: RM1,549
- 32GB: RM1,849
- 64GB: RM2,149
On the data plan front, there’s Maxis who is offering three plans:
- Entry 3.5GB – RM70 per month (available for postpaid and prepaid)
- Super 6.0GB – RM90 per month (available for postpaid only)
- Premium 15.0GB – RM200 per month (available for postpaid only)
Ask any law student if the name Smokeball rings a bell and he or she will tell you about an old landmark English court case called Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company, about misleading advertisements. Well, there’s nothing misleading about the online services provided by Smokeball Malaysia, which was launched in Malaysia in January 2010. An offspring of Smokeball Australia (which commenced operations in 2008), Smokeball Malaysia provides legal practitioners (aka lawyers) with practical, affordable and up-to-date legal practice guides and precedents, as well as free legal forms. According to them, these online guides are updated regularly and gives legal practitioners access to the most up-to-date precedents and guidance 24/7.
Facebook Places is not available everywhere. As of now, “Places is only available for US users.” However, when I accessed the app on iPhone yesterday, I managed to see friends’ check-ins list (see below), but no check-in button.
The Twitter account of CIMB Bank apparently compromised. A few hours ago, @CIMB_Assists tweeted a rather ‘distasteful’ tweet:
The global CitID project invites creatives worldwide to “make a logo or a visual interpretation of the city closest to their heart.” This user-generated contents project aims “to gain global consciousness by giving a (type)face to every city worldwide.” Blogger called the project “a global visual anthology of city identities.”
Asian countries already represented in CitID are Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Cities are Bandar Seri Begawan, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Duri, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Osaka, Takasaki, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Malolos City, Manila, Singapore, and Bangkok. Globally, the project has garnered at least one contribution from every continent. Next targets are all countries, all capitals and all cities represented.
To find out more how to submit your artistic interpretation of your city, click here. Selected works will be published in the upcoming CitID book. Below are the artworks/logos of Honoured Asian Cities in CitID, to date:
A few hours ago, Mozilla just launched its Firefox Cup, ahead of the official kick-off of World Cup 2010. To help their team to win the inaugural Firefox Cup, fans need to dress up their Firefox browser with the team colors, or Persona. The World Cup team with the most people installing their Persona wins.
Google Chrome users can also dress up their browser in their team colors. However, the Mozilla team introduces ‘gaming’ element into it. The rollover-to-preview is pretty neat, where you rollover country flag to preview how the team’s Persona will look on your Firefox before clicking to install it.