Edwin Yapp

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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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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.

October 3, 2011 by in Asean

Mentoring global entrepreneurs

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 in Asean

My journey with Twitter

My journey with Twitter

July 2010. That was the month I joined Twitter.That would make it a little over six months since I've joined this social networking phenomenon that has rocked the world.

January 25, 2011 by in Asean

M'sian budget lacks holistic emphasis

M'sian budget lacks holistic emphasis

Exactly a week ago, Prime Minster Najib Rajak unveiled the 2011 national budget and since then there have been literally hundreds of comments--a lot of which are negative--made on online news portals, blogsphere and the usual social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook.In a nutshell, the budget received a lot of attention primarily because there was a lot of proposed spending that didn't seem to resonate with ordinary Malaysians.

October 22, 2010 by in Asean

M'sian broadband wars heat up

M'sian broadband wars heat up

Consumer broadband service in Malaysia has been around for almost 10 years now, but it wasn't until 2005/2006 that the stakes of the broadband service in Malaysia were increased.Until then, the only broadband service that consumers could count on was provided by state-owned incumbent, Telekom Malaysia (TM).

November 16, 2009 by in Asean

Following through novel initiatives is key

Following through novel initiatives is key

Ramadan, or the Muslim fasting month, is usually a busy time for journalists as invites begin to pour in for Buka Puasa or breaking fasts feasts in the evenings. Over the years, companies not only organized these dinners just for feasting purposes, but also as an incentive to get journalists to cover events.

September 8, 2009 by in Asean

Bahasa or English? One step forward, two steps back?

Bahasa or English? One step forward, two steps back?

A couple of weeks ago, the Malaysian government ignited a controversy when it reversed a five-year-old government policy that sought to teach Science and Math in the English language at primary and secondary schools, and reverted back to teaching the two subjects in the national language, Bahasa Malaysia.

July 22, 2009 by in Asean

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.

September 1, 2008 by in Asean

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).

May 2, 2008 by in Asean

Political widget for M'sian bloggers needed

Political widget for M'sian bloggers needed

BlogHer--a community for women who blog--has come out with a widget that allows you to find female political bloggers in the United States.I think it's a great idea and someone in Malaysia should do a similar widget to allow readers in Malaysia to find Malaysian political bloggers, regardless of gender.

April 16, 2008 by in Asean