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.

Latest Posts

Isn't cloud the great leveler?

Happy belated new year, dear readers. After a long hiatus, I'm back blogging, courtesy of some very interesting stories I noticed during my year-end break.

January 9, 2012 by Edwin Yapp


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.

December 4, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

November 9, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


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.

October 3, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


The end of unlimited data is nigh

My thoughts this time come courtesy of several recent industry comments over whether wireless operators can continue to offer unlimited, flat-rate data packages, which many operators have been doing since the inception of data services a few years ago.In a report filed early this month on ZDNet Asia, Canalys' principal analyst Daryl Chiam noted it is no longer sustainable to offer unlimited access as "that is a very costly way of selling spectrum".

September 14, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


Mentoring global entrepreneurs

In my years covering the tech scene in Malaysia, I've waded in and out of interviews that touched on infocomm technology (ICT) entrepreneurship quite a few times.Conveniently coined as technopreneurship, this industry for Malaysia is still fairly nascent, with some tagging it to be about 16 years old, if we were to use the inception of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia as a reference point.

August 14, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


What's holding back LTE spectrum assignment in M'sia?

In a report I filed last week, the government is said to be still mulling over which operators should receive the spectrum to operate Long Term Evolution (LTE) commercial networks in Malaysia.This is not the first time I've written about such developments but it certainly is the latest information we journalists have received on record, that the government feels there is no rush to dish out the licenses since the technology is deemed to be still nascent.

July 6, 2011 by Edwin Yapp


iCloud: Tale of Apple's lock-in strategy

In my last posting, I blogged about whether cloud computing will survive the storm, where I concluded that the cloud is not going to go away despite some high-profile outages that have hit the headlines recently.

June 15, 2011 by Edwin Yapp