DEMO Asia 2012: Coundown to the Launchpad


14 days to the DEMO Asia. The inaugural Asian edition of the hugely popular DEMO will happen on February 14 2012 at Matrix @Biopolis in Singapore. DEMO is one of the most popular technology showcasing events in the world. Over 70 Asian startups have been chosen to demonstrate their innovative inventions to the world. No PowerPoint, no flashy stage show, just entrepreneurs demoing their technology products. Additionally, there will be 120 companies showcasing their products at the DEMO Asia Pavilion.

In the past five years, DEMO companies have raised over $4.5 billion after their debut at DEMO. More than 50 companies have been acquired by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco, just to name a few.

The conference agenda is here. Reserve your seats today for DEMO Asia 2012. Use this Promotional Code to get 5% off your ticket: GRE67M

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File-sharing Sites Cut Back on Sharing in the Aftermath of Crackdown on Megaupload

Just days after the US Justice Department closed down Megaupload, other popular file-sharing services have abruptly cut off the sharing of movies, games and other software through their servers.

File-sharing services, also referred to as digital lockers, enable users to easily upload, store and share large files on a server in the internet cloud. This includes movies, music, gaming applications, software tools, multimedia presentations and the like.

But digital locker companies  have not come up with a good way to consistently stop copyright infringement and as the result, they are often used as the platform to download copyright infringing materials, from the latest software to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

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iPhone 4S Users are the “Hungriest” Data Consumers: Study

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According to a new study by Arieso, owners of Apple’s new iPhone 4S are using almost twice as much data with their devices than iPhone 4 users, and almost three times as much as iPhone 3G users.

Michael Flanagan, the chief technology officer at Arieso noted that “I use the iPhone 4 myself and when I first heard of the iPhone 4S features I was not compelled to rush out and get one. However, the data usage numbers I am seeing make me wonder what I am missing.”

The report, which was covered by Reuters, indicate that this doubling in data usage may be due to increasing use of online services like the virtual personal assistant Siri, which was bundled with the iPhone 4S.

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Malaysia Airlines Rewards Customers for Flight Bookings on Facebook


From now until March 31 2011, passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) can earn 1,000 “Enrich Miles” when they book their air tickets via the MHBuddy app on Facebook. Enrich is a loyalty and frequent flyer programme of MAS with 1.9 million members worldwide.

MAS launched its MHBuddy app in February 2011, which allows its customers to book tickets, select seats, access travel itinerary and also, flight check-ins. The app taps into users’ social graph i.e. share travel plans and experiences with family and friends on Facebook, identifying who might be sharing the same flight, among others. The app was developed for MAS by SITA Lab.

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3 Billion iPad Apps Downloads Leave Android In The Dust

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iPad users have cumulatively downloaded an estimated 3 billion apps since Apple launched the hugely popular device on April 3, 2010, according to a report by ABI Research, a US-based market intelligence company.

It took iPad users took nearly a year and a half to reach the 3 billion downloads mark; iPhone users took as long as two years before being able to reach that level. In comparison, Android tablets only have around 440 million downloads thus far.

According to the report, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad mainly because Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of OS, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.

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Facebook in Asia: A Growth Story (2011)

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In 2011, Facebook added 69 million new Asian users in 2011. The social networking giant with $100 billion valuation started 2011 with 112 million Asian users and ended the year with 181 million users.

However, its quarterly growth has been sliding steadily in 2011, from 17% in Quarter 1 to 8% in Quarter 4. In Quarter 4 2010, it was growing at 21%.

2010 was the year when Facebook went on hyper-drive growth on users acquisition front in Asia. However, 2011 was the year when Facebook downshifted a gear or two. The decline is expected to continue as many Asian nations are reaching saturation level.

Table 1: Quarterly Growth of Facebook Population in Asia 2011
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
+17% +15% +11% +8%
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Review 2011: Most Notable Moments in Malaysian Social Media Scene

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2011, what a year it was!

There are now over 12 million Facebook users and possibly, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users in Malaysia. Social tools are becoming more pervasive. In 2011, the tools are a force to be reckon with.

Malaysians (and elsewhere) used social media tools to amplify their dissatisfaction about various issues – from election reform to proposed Bill to government initiatives. Not only protests though. In 2011, we also saw a high-profile Malaysian CEO posting his unvarnished thoughts/opinions on social media, a record breaking tweetup, and a marriage proposal that went massively viral worldwide!

These days, whatever happens offline, the news get propagated across social networks. Whatever happens in social media space gets attention in the physical world.

In the past 365 days, there were many interesting things happening in the Malaysian social media scene. Here are some of the most notable, memorable ones.

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Cyber Security = National Security

Malaysia’s over-reliance on foreign cyber information security software may open it to risks of information leaks and intelligence breaches, according to Prof Dr Ramlan Mahmod, the dean for the Computer Science and Information Technology Faculty at Universiti Putra Malaysia in an interview with Bernama today.

Hence the need for the country to produce its own cyber information security software.

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Evolutionary Path from a Personal Network to a Smart Journal

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These days, everybody loves Path. Tech connoisseurs and casual users alike have given the latest Path mostly positive reviews. Path 2 is definitely one of the most beautiful apps of 2011!

A little more than a year ago, Path was quite a different app. Path, which is founded by Dave Morin, ex-Facebook executive (co-inventor of Platform and Connect on Facebook) and Shawn Fanning (creator of Napster), differentiated itself from the prevailing conception of social networks by being ultra private. Today, Path is a marvelously designed app encapsulating the symbiosis of personal-public (with personal being the default). Path is one of the first high-profile apps that address privacy within the social networking context. Now, let’s look at some of the key moments of Path product evolution.

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Facebook in Malaysia Hits 12 Million Users, 70% Penetration Rate

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The total Facebook users in Malaysia has surpassed the 12 million mark. On January 1 2011, there were a total of 9.5 million Facebook users in Malaysia. Last week, it has reached 12 million. As of today, the estimated total stands at 12,060,200.

With a total Internet users of 17.5 million, the Facebook penetration in Malaysia is just a whisker shy of 70%.

From January 2011 to December 2011, the Facebook user base has been growing at an average rate of 26%. The growth rate is markedly reduced compared to the last year’s rate of 87% (March 2010December 2010). The growth rate is expected to decline further in 2012, with the increasing level of Facebook penetration in this country, continuing privacy concerns, onset of Facebook lethargy, and onslaught of emerging new online time sucks.

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