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iPhone 4 Coming to Malaysia Next Week!!

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Sep
17

Its official, the iPhone 4 is coming to Malaysia next week! We just received this in the mail:

After clicking on the link, it takes you to the DiGi iPhone landing page, which promises to keep you posted with updates! Nice!

We’re already dying in anticipation…..

Apple iPhone 4 Unveiled

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Jun
8

Apple unveiled its 4th generation iPhone yesterday at its annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference 2010 (WWDC10). Apart from the widely anticipated multi-tasking feature and the addition of a front-facing camera, there were other nice features like the high resolution 326 pixel per inch retina display and HD video recording. More details on the features are available here.

Virus in Windows Smartphone Game

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Jun
5

Just read this article about legitimate games built for the Windows Mobile OS.

The games are planted with malicious software. After they are download, the software calls up premium rate phone numbers in certain countries resulting in extremely high phone charges. The user is obviously none the wiser until the phone bill comes later in the month.

In my opinion this incident essentially vindicates Apple’s decision to only allow apps to run on it iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads within a controlled environment. With the approval process that needs to be followed before application can be uploaded into an Apple device, it minimizes the chances of a similar occurrence in an iPhone OS environment.

Latest iPhone Updates

I’m actually out of town until next week but couldn’t resist posting on the latest news (hot in the heels of the iPad launch) coming out from Apple yesterday at its Cupertino, California campus.

Apart from multi-tasking and an update of the usual statistics (e.g. 185,000 apps on the App Store, 3.5 billion apps downloaded etc.), some of the more interesting developments I liked includes an iAd application that allows users to access in-app ads without leaving the app and users can now buy an app for another user as a gift.

You can read this article for a blow by blow account of Steve Jobs’ presentation yesterday.

UniFi – TM’s New Broadband Service

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Mar
24

As promised, Telekom Malaysia (TM) launched UniFi today, their high speed broadband service with connection speeds of up to 20Mbps! (Read details here). I must admit that I’m impressed that they met their targeted launch date – when I last blogged about it back in October 2009, I wasn’t quite sure whether they would meet it.

At the time of my writing, I was unable to obtain pricing details on the TM website but they will be having a media briefing tomorrow – so I expect full details should be available then.

So, I was glad to read that they had indeed launched it today. Sadly, only selected areas – Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bangsar – will get to sign up to enjoy the faster connection immediately. Fortunately, a further 22 areas are slated to be added by June with a further 22 areas be added by December 2010.

My fingers are now crossed to be eligible for the first 22 areas – since I’ve have seen trucks (with HSBB signs) working around my area ;)  Waiting till June is a pain but still bearable, December is definitely out of the question.

iPhone Coming To DiGi?

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Mar
5

I haven’t been posting much the last 2 weeks – have been very busy working on the latest iPhone app! But I couldn’t resist after seeing this teaser below on the DiGi website.

Apparently, the iPhone 3GS will be coming to DiGi soon. Not only am I expecting more iPhone users in Malaysia but also future prices of the iPhone to get more competitive, given DiGi’s history for providing its customers with good deals – sweet!

3 billion Apps Downloaded!

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Jan
7

Amidst the buzz after the Tuesday launch of Nexus One, Google’s first Android-based phone, Apple released a media statement on the same saying that 3 billion apps have been downloaded since the launch of the App Store 18 months ago. Its really quite mind boggling. You can read the Apple media statement here.

Google Phone Unveiled!

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Jan
6

The buzz in the US mobile market since the new year began has been on the unveiling of the Google phone on Tuesday. Its called the Nexus One and there’s been so much news about it that I just had to put up a post on it.

The Google phone is manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese maker of HTC phones and Google is selling the phone online (get it here) for USD529 or USD179, if you don’t mind being tied to a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.

Online reviews and news (see articles here, here and here) have so far been relatively positive. However, most have correctly pointed out the lack of apps in the Android app market compared to the 100,000-odd applications available on the App Store. This article (link to article) provides a pretty decent round up of some of the reviews so far.

Personally, as a consumer I think any competition for the iPhone and smartphones in general is good – it will certainly drive all existing phone makers to improve the way their phones work. However, as an iPhone app developer, it probably means I will have to start learning how to develop apps on the Android OS in the forseeable future.

DiGi, Maxis and My New iPhone 3GS!

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Nov
19

So I finally bought my iPhone – its the 32GB version as I would have to wait at least a month if I opted for one of the other versions with lower memory size. By upgrading my girlfriend’s standard plan to the iValue 1 plan, I only had to pay RM1,990 for it – a savings of RM1,000 over the RRP of RM2,990. On the same day, I finally ported over to DiGi via the mobile number portability (MNP) route – after more than 10 years as a Celcom customer. This way, I get to retain my 019 number. It was a relatively easy move save for a slight hiccup with my personal details with Celcom, which led to the first attempt being rejected. A day later, I finally got the text message from DiGi asking me to replace my SIM card.

Since the iValue 1 plan comes with 500MB of free data each month, I have yet to subscribe to a data plan with DiGi. For my normal usage of checking emails and surfing the Internet (with the occasional tethering when my other broadband services are down), I figured that 500MB might just be sufficient for my needs. I plan to give it a try first and perhaps (at a later date) subscribe to DiGi’s Internet Unlimited Monthly 58 plan. For now, my net savings after the change of my cellphone service providers – RM100 per month :) .

On another note, I discovered a quirk with the iPhone 3GS as I was trying to log into my Gmail account via Safari. It wouldn’t let me log in – despite changing the settings several times, it kept insisting that my browser (i.e. the pre-installed Safari) was still set to not accept cookies, which left me stumped for awhile. I finally figured that I might have to re-boot the phone for the change in settings to take effect. This was definitely not the norm for all the other Smartphones I have used and definitely does not apply to the Safari on the Mac. Although re-booting the phone was not a major inconvenience (given the iPhone’s super-fast boot up times), it definitely felt a bit strange that I had to do so for a setting change to take effect.

More Than 100,000 Apps!!

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Nov
6

According to a recent New York Times article, the number of available apps in the Apps Store has now surpassed the 100,000 mark. The surpassing of this mark took only 2 years – more than 4,000 apps developed and uploaded each month. Since it opened in July 2008, there have been more than 2 billion downloads from its Apps Store – that’s a pretty amazing figure!

It also means that any budding app developer would have to work pretty hard to distinguish his / her apps from the 100,000-odd other apps available, which is not an easy feat!  On a more optimistic note, Apple has to-date sold worldwide an estimate of 37 million of iPhone and iPod Touch combined, which means an average of 54 apps downloaded per phone. All I want for Christmas  - just a tiny fraction of the 37 million downloading my upcoming new app would do nicely :)

 

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