KFC or uhmm.. Kentucky Fight Club Went Viral Online

By on February 9, 2012

This is a bare knuckle brawl you don’t expect to see at one of the world’s leading fast food chain restaurants. A 28 seconds video (see below) showing employees at one of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s outlets in Malaysia kicking and shoving a customer went viral in the social web since it was uploaded on Monday. The video has (so far) garnered over 400,000 views and over 9,000 comments on YouTube.

KFC Malaysia said on its Facebook Page that they’re investigating the matter. The 28-seconds video only showed an explosive ending of a saga. And many are wondering what actually triggered the employees’ fury. (UPDATE: The victim recounted what transpired there.)

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

By on January 27, 2012

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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Huawei Unveils the World’s Slimmest Android Smartphone

By on January 10, 2012

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, which it claims is the world’s slimmest smartphone.

Running on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Ascend P1 S is only 6.68mm thin; in comparison, the Motorola RAZR is 7.1mm thick and the Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. In addition to its super slim form factor, the Ascend P1 S is also the fastest and most compact smartphone in its class, with a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM.

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

By on January 9, 2012

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

By on January 6, 2012

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

By on January 6, 2012

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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User Experience as a Disruptive Force in Today’s Telecom Industry: Huawei

By on January 6, 2012

Over the past twenty years, the information age has developed at a rapid pace, and various technological transformations and applications have grown in both scope and variety. Today, the exponential growth of digitized information, combined with the skyrocketing popularity of mobile networks, has led to a surge in the sheer volume of digital content. Concurrently, as the digital divide has become smaller, people around the world are now able to freely share information and communicate with each other with fewer barriers.

This new digital era is marked by an important new factor: user experience. Users have the ultimate say in steering the development of the industry so it is vitally important that they are equipped with the means with which to quickly and easily access mobile networks. This in turn drives current and future industry development, which will result in a flourishing information age.

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Mobile VoIP Users Tripled in 2011

By on January 5, 2012

Mobile voice over IP (VoIP) usage is on the rise with the number of subscriber tripling in 2011, growing from 9 million in 2010 to 29 million, according to a new report from In-Stat.

According to the report, with the increasing market, thanks to the expanding number of smartphone users, many providers are introducing services, which includes to some degree, mobile VoIP.

The report quotes Amy Cravens, a senior analyst at In-Stat as saying: “While VoIP is a well-defined market, mobile VoIP is still in its infancy, with most offerings only being developed over the past several years, and because it’s in its nascent stage, there are significant opportunities for companies to develop the market.”

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KL Eateries to be Wi-Fi Ready

By on January 4, 2012

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.

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New MyKad security features curbs forgery

By on January 3, 2012

The newest reiteration of the MyKad, which was rolled out yesterday by the National Registration Department (NRD), includes the latest laser technology and security features and has a ghost image of the identification cardholder to curb forgery, as reported by  Bernama.

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Myemail service provider Tricubes starts 2012 on the right footing

By on January 3, 2012

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.

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