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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Use mobile phones on MAS flights

Use mobile phones on MAS flights

Don't you hate it when the air stewardess comes up to you and says you're not allowed to use your mobile phone until the plane has stopped moving?If you take Malaysia Airlines, you can use your mobile phone and Blackberry-type devices to make phonecalls, send SMS and e-mail.

published November 5, 2008 by

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Shopping locales designated as cyber centers

Shopping locales designated as cyber centers

When you think of cyber centers, where Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)-status companies can set up offices, you wouldn't normally think of shopping centers--but two such locations have been given this status.The two ­shopping ­destinations--Mid Valley City and Bandar Utama--have been elevated to cyber centers by the Multimedia Development Corporation, the government agency tasked with developing the MSC.

published September 29, 2008 by

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M'sian authorities reverse Web site ban

M'sian authorities reverse Web site ban

The government has decided to order the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to reinstate access to blocked Web sites including Malaysia Today, the popular but controversial political site maintained by Raja Petra Kamarudin.This is a good move.

published September 11, 2008 by

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Mobile number portability arrives in Malaysia

Mobile number portability arrives in Malaysia

Mobile number portability (MNP), which allows mobile phone subscribers to switch carriers while retaining their numbers (including the prefix), has finally arrived in Malaysia.With mobile phone penetration at nearly 97 percent and MNP now rolled out, consumers will stand to gain from the intense competition for market share that will ensue.

published September 1, 2008 by

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Does popularity moderate bloggers' tone?

Does popularity moderate bloggers' tone?

I came across an interesting commentary about how bloggers get bureaucratized by their popularity.The posting comments on a chapter in a book called Making Online News entitled, "The Routines of Blogging".

published August 11, 2008 by

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How to get around in Cyberjaya

How to get around in Cyberjaya

The first time I set eyes on Cyberjaya was in 1997.It was still being built at that time and when I attended the groundbreaking ceremony, the area didn't even have mobile phone coverage.

published July 27, 2008 by

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Can traditional media beat new media in speed?

Can traditional media beat new media in speed?

In the aftermath of the 2008 General Election in Malaysia, there has been tremendous interest about the impact of new media on the political scene.As a mew media analyst, I've been invited to so many talks centered around the topic of new media.

published June 28, 2008 by

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How will mobile banking work?

How will mobile banking work?

Industry experts at the 12th Malaysian Banking Summit 2008 say not just Internet banking but mobile banking is set for further growth and expansion globally, reports The Star.CIMB Bank retail banking head, Peter England, is quoted as saying that Malaysia had successfully adopted Internet banking since 2000 and that mobile banking would follow suit.

published June 7, 2008 by

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MDeC CEO's take on WCIT 2008

MDeC CEO's take on WCIT 2008

The 16th World Congress on Information Technology will be held in Malaysia from May 18 to 22.The response has been overwhelming with with 2,716 delegates already booked (the target was 2,500).

published May 2, 2008 by

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