Edwin Yapp

An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos. <br>After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at <i>The Star</i>, Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. <br>He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. <br>A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

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Time for Asia's ICT voice to be recognized

Time for Asia's ICT voice to be recognized

I've just come home from covering the CommunicAsia 2012 Conference and one of the more interesting topics being deliberated was the visionary keynote address by Ambassador David A. Gross, who spoke about the rising place Asia has in the Internet world as well as the fact that governments should not intervene directly in the growth of the Internet economy.

published June 24, 2012 by

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Is the new work-life paradigm a good thing?

Is the new work-life paradigm a good thing?

At the recently concluded Citrix Synergy conference which I attended a couple of weeks ago, CEO Mark Templeton was on stage to speak to partners, the media, analysts, and customers, expounding the virtues of a new work paradigm.In his keynote address, he said: "When we all look at computing the way it has developed over the last 25 years, it's been built on a set of assumptions that is actually dead.

published May 24, 2012 by

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How to avoid social media faux pas

How to avoid social media faux pas

Social media has been around for a long time and you would think that people in high-profile positions would be more careful with what they say in public.However this certainly wasn't the case for a certain Nike shoe designer who created a maelstrom on Twitter with his views that mocked a top athlete in the U.

published May 3, 2012 by

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Pervasive communication drives LTE forward

Pervasive communication drives LTE forward

In the past two months, I've been reading quite a fair bit about the development of long-term evolution (LTE) in the United States, and how operators are gearing up for the next 4G wireless technology on the horizon.Both main LTE operators in the U.

published April 18, 2012 by

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Old favorites bidding to make a comeback

Old favorites bidding to make a comeback

So the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has finally come to an end, and here are two stories that I thought were worthy of mention.Firstly, very early on at the MWC, the once king of the mobile phone arena, Nokia, went on the offensive when its combative and outspoken CEO Stephen Elop trained the spotlight not on the Apple iOS ecosystem but on Google's Android, reported ZDNet Asia's sister site CNET.

published March 6, 2012 by

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Excitement surrounds wireless world as MWC begins

Excitement surrounds wireless world as MWC begins

Dubbed the largest industry tradeshow for anything and everything mobile, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is expected to see over 50,000 visitors--spanning vendors, service providers, both small and large businesses connected to the mobile ecosystem--descending at the Fira de Barcelona, Spain, next week.I remember first covering this show--organized by the GSM Association--some nine years ago when, I believe, I was the only journalist to do so from Malaysia.

published February 24, 2012 by

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Lessons learnt from one who has not rested on his laurels

Lessons learnt from one who has not rested on his laurels

While taking a break during the Lunar New Year last week, I stumbled upon a fascinating story on my Google Currents reader about how Walldorf, Germany-based SAP is trying to re-invent itself in a bid to take on the new paradigms facing today's fast-paced computing world.

published January 30, 2012 by

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Welcome to the walled garden world, again

Welcome to the walled garden world, again

Reuters had an interesting story last week, in which it reported that Google is pondering an Internet service to help consumers shop online and take advantage of same-day delivery in a bid to stanch the loss of Web traffic to Amazon.com.

published December 4, 2011 by

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Today's tablets succeeded where previous ones failed

Today's tablets succeeded where previous ones failed

About three months ago, I bought myself a tablet computer, the Asus Transformer 101, with a docking station.I had been toying with the idea of getting a tablet since the beginning of the year but had held back because I was waiting for a worthy Android-based tablet, as well as one that would sport the latest Honeycomb operating system.

published November 9, 2011 by

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Of subliminal indoctrination, inept social media strategies

Of subliminal indoctrination, inept social media strategies

In a report I filed a couple of weeks ago, the Malaysian government, through ICT industry regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), blocked the airing of a public service announcement (PSA) urging citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote in Malaysia's next general election.

published October 3, 2011 by

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