YTL launches Yes Life app for iOS, competing with FaceTime, Skype, Kik, Beluga, etc.

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Broadband provider YTL Communications today launches Yes Life for iOS app and making its voice/SMS services available on Apple iOS devices. The app turns iPad and iPod Touch into mobile phones and users can make and receive calls. When someone calls your Yes 018 mobile number, all your iOS devices will ring simultaneously. Quite nifty! Yes Life app is also available on Mac OS and Windows platforms.

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Meanwhile, Motorola launches world’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet XOOM in Malaysia

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Amidst the excitement over the release of the iPad 2 in Malaysia, Maxis has announced the availability of the eagerly anticipated Motorola XOOM tablet, the world’s first device to run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, from 6th May 2011 onwards, albeit only the Wi-Fi version for now.

The XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

At an exclusive launch at the Ciao Ristorante in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, T. Kugan, Vice-President of Product, Device and Innovation at Maxis said, “Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the coveted Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in Malaysia. User experience will definitely be enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest and fastest 3G broadband footprint in Malaysia, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

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iPad 2 swarms in Malaysia: Launch Day [Photos]

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Today is iPad 2 launch day in Malaysia (together with Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE). Apple launched iPad 2 on March 02 2011 and two months later, the latest generation iPad reaches the Malaysian shores. The first generation iPad took seven long months, after launch announcement, before it was officially available in Malaysia on November 30 2010. That means, the launch gap between iPad and iPad 2 is only 5 months!

Here are some photos of iPad 2 queues at some of the Apple reseller stores today in Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley areas.


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photo by Daniel Riveong on Twitter.

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Tricubes secured RM5.3 million MAVCAP funding for MyEmail; MAVCAP goes “Huh?”

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MyEmail service provider, Tricubes Berhad held a media briefing on Tuesday April 26 in a move to clarify the highly criticized project which was announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week.

During the briefing, CEO Khairun Zainal Mokhtar revealed that Tricubes had secured from venture capital – RM 5.3 million in convertible securities for the MyEmail project. The CEO was quoted by The Star as saying, “We have secured an initial investment of RM5.3mil from MAVCAP (Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd) and the balance will be funded through equity, debt or a rights issue.”

Yesterday, it was reported by The Malaysian Insider that MAVCAP clarified that its RM5.5 million investment was meant for the development of mobile solutions in Tam Tam Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tricubes Berhad. That means, the MAVCAP investment is NOT for the MyEmail project. This revelation will no doubt intensify speculation over Tricubes’ financial health.

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iPad 2 or white iPhone 4, which one is launching in Malaysia?

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LATEST: IT’S OFFICIAL. Apple just announced iPad 2 launch dates – Japan (Thursday April 28) ; Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE (Friday April 29).

Back in March 2011, Apple Inc. announced that iPad 2  will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. April is now coming to the end and the anticipation for the iPad 2 here in Malaysia is reaching fever pitch. (The original iPad was launched in Malaysia in November 2010).

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

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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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A Rejection Letter: From a fast growing startup Terato Tech to MCMC

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Terato Tech, one of the hottest startups in Malaysia, rejected a grant offered by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in a rather strong-worded letter. The Reza Razali Managing Director of Terato Tech wrote: we at Terato Tech are not serial grantpreneurs. The grouses mentioned in the letter include lengthy application processing (MCMC took 14 months to process the grant application) and below-than-expected grant amount. In the letter, the also suggested to MCMC “to do away with commission members/chairman who are active members of the business community.”

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the regulatory body for the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia, under the provisions of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act (1998) and the Communications and Multimedia Act (1998).

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Celcom to offer iPhone 4 soon. Seriously.

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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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10 Things You Probably Already Know about 1Malaysia Email

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This is a list of 10 things we’ve learned about the 1Malaysia Email or MyEmail service:

  1. Types of information you’ll receive in your MyEmail Inbox: Income tax returns, Employee Provident Fund statements, notices of summons, driving license renewals, and quit rent payments.
  2. 1Malaysia Email project is to create “Malaysian Email“. According to Tricubes’ press release, “Malaysian Email” means the service is operated and hosted by a Malaysian company, and this is where Tricubes comes in.
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Tricubes issues statement on 1Malaysia Email as public dissatisfaction continues

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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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