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. After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at The Star , Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. 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

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.

June 24, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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Lessons learnt from the LinkedIn security breach

By now, every one would know that the biggest tech story last week, next to the continuing stock price woes of Facebook, is professional social network LinkedIn's security breach.For those uninformed, though, here's a recap.

June 10, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

May 24, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

May 3, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

April 18, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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iPad-LTE saga: Why Apple should've been more transparent

Yesterday, I read with interest a Wired magazine report which stated that Apple may be in more hot soup for possibly having "misled" Australian consumers about the new iPad's compatibility with the country's 4G standards on the Telstra network.

March 29, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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Enterprise turf war breeds innovation

In my first blog for the year, I noted how cloud computing can be a force to be reckoned with, leveling the playing field between old school software companies and Web 2.0 ones.

March 22, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

March 6, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

February 24, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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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.

January 30, 2012 by Edwin Yapp

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