Go to a restaurant or coffee shop and take a look around, almost everyone is looking at their smartphones; and mostly not talking to each other. It is not a surprise to find out that more Malaysians use the internet through their phones rather than their computers. This is primarily the reason why more and more avail for Video, Internet, and Phone Unifi package.

A survey by Google

Google conducted a survey last year and found that Malaysia is one of the 5 countries where people connect to the internet through phones more than their computers.

As a matter of fact, according to Google, about 35% Malaysian say they only use their phones for internet access which makes them the number one country worldwide as to “smartphone internet access exclusivity”.

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What do Malaysians do with their Smartphones?

Aside from updating their status on Facebook, posting pictures of food and places on Instagram, and ranting on Twitter, Hariz Noor, 24, told Malay Mail Online, “I follow news sites both on Twitter and Facebook to keep up. There… they update regularly with some even minute by minute.”

Gim Yuen Hui, 19, on the other hand, does not visit news site frequently but keeps up-to-date with current events in the country through her friends that share the news on Facebook or WeChat. WeChat is an instant messaging application developed in China that has become increasingly popular around Asia.

News Consumption Trend in Malaysia

The new trend of keeping up with current events seem to be adopted more by the younger generation, most especially by those who are active on social media and have online presence.

Speaking to a number of young Malaysians, they said that they would rather go through their timelines in Twitter and Facebook than visit news sites specifically for the reason that it has become some sort of a routine to frequently check social media sites. Another factor is that even news outlets are visible on social media itself, updates are much faster and real-time.

“These social media applications are popular because the younger generation prefers shorter and more concise news with interesting headlines as most people now are reading via their smartphones,” said Hariz, a communications student.

Niki Cheong, a writer, lecturer, and social activist, agrees that most people nowadays prefer “bite-sized” news provided on social media which makes it a lot easier to read and share to friends.

“You can’t read long-winded articles on your phone as it is time consuming. There is going to be a big shift to chats in 5 years or so but for that they have to change their structure. They need the kind of structure in place where it allows easier sharing especially among groups of friends,” said Cheong.

News Credibility

Ikhwan Nazri, editor of the Amanz.my website, said that although people use social media for news updates, they also tend to be wary about the trustworthiness of news that are being shared by people.

“More younger people read news on social sites to know what’s happening but the problem is sometimes the news may not be true. They need to make sure the source of news is verified before they go on to share it among their friends,” Nazri said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House hearing last Wednesday, with the presence of various business and advocacy groups that stand as witnesses, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), received accusations for alleged foul behavior, on giving preferential treatment on foreign government and on the lack of transparency.

Amazon.com Speaks

Paul Misener a vice president of Amazon.com Inc. said, “Is the process working? From Amazon’s perspective, no. It’s not.” It was famously reported on 2013 that Amazon complained against the governments of Brazil and Peru concerning “.amazon” domain should refer to the South American river, responsible for huge tourism revenues for the two countries, or to its own brand.

App Association Revelation

Jonathan Zuck president of App Association said that there’s a secret resolution passed allowing the CEO of ICANN to get in partnership with the Brazilian government creating their own private governance standards.

Coalition for Online Accountability Questions

The new top-level domains including the controversial domains like “.porn” and “.suck” are also questioned considering that intellectual property disputes are growing. Steve Metalitz, a lawyer for the Coalition for Online Accountability questioned, “Will the availability of these new top-level domains serve the public? Or will it simply enrich speculators?”

Also, California Representative Darrell Issa said that “legalized extortion” is the result of the proliferation of domain names.

ICANN Unable to Speak

Attending the hearing was Allen R. Grogan, other ICANN’s representatives however were not asked to speak at the hearing of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, and they had expressed their dismay on not being asked to speak.

Many online businesses make use of SEO for them to optimize their online presence and using domains with good SEO metrics is definitely part of the internet marketing scheme. With this, online businesses and even non-profit organizations and agencies are able to control the network’s address. Also, it enables them to be located as an organization or other entity on the Internet.

The new vanity phone numbers released by RingBoost offer an easy and unique marketing opportunity for real estate small businesses. By the time you get a vanity, a phone number that can be easily remembered, it will be yours and will become a unique asset for the company. It is like owning a piece of property, nobody can own it. This is the proposition of the founder of the vanity phone number, Paul Faust and Gregg Hamerschlag about ten years ago. When they offered vanity phone numbers, it became the passion of the company since then. This year, they will expand their workforce, from twelve to thirty employees.

According to Paul Faust, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “Using easy to remember phone numbers is easy”. He further said, that the vanity phone numbers are different from social media because they have no algorithms, the rules are not changing every now and then and no complicated analytics involved. The phone numbers are already present for generations; surely they will be present in many generations to come.

Vanity phone numbers already achieved more relevance in today’s digital age. In a study conducted in the previous year, they were able to find out that these numbers were accessed more often with the use of mobile devices compared to their numeric and generic counterparts. Also, the study revealed that using vanity on ads command higher click-through rates.

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Around the US, vanity numbers’ appeal has not declined on owners of small businesses. For instance, the company of real estate agent Tim Holdy, Holdy Realty acquired a local vanity number. He said that when he got the number, he took it as a long-term investment and it continues to pay dividends in the last couple of years. In fact, the company has minted $5 million promotional dollars in commemoration of the phone number.

The company has employed full-time specialists in order to help business owners in terms of selecting the best number for their companies. The numbers can then be used as the basis for advertising campaigns in the future. They are doing everything to assist their clients; Paul Faust personally answers dozens of calls each week coming from business owners. All of the queries are about the various aspects of the vanity phone numbers.

In Los Angeles, the regulating body of Internet addresses is already checking if they can crack down the Canadian company that is accused of using a new domain name, .sucks. It is responsible of extracting huge amounts of money from companies and celebrities so that their public brands will be protected. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has already sent a letter to the Office of Consumer Affairs of Canada and the Federal Trade Commission of the US regarding this new domain name and to identify the regulations and actions done by Vox Populi are illegal.

Initially, ICANN approved this domain name which is introduced as a top level one, it is part of about 600 domain names which were recently added to expand more than the common names like ‘.org’, ‘.com’ and ‘.us’. However, the initial decision of ICANN has backtracked after the release of an advisory panel that is composed of companies and industry groups such as Microsoft, eBay and Verizon the previous month. This panel came up with an advisory after Vox Populi started to accept registrations using ‘.sucks’ starting March 30 from celebrities and trademark holders prior to their launching to public applicants. They charge $2,499 annually for the privilege; the CEO of Vox Populi, John Berard said that the majority of the names were already sold by resellers in the amount of $2,000 each year.

As of this date, some of the purchased names are Youtube.sucks, Visa.sucks, Bing.sucks, Yahoo.sucks, Telusmobility.sucks, Bankofamerica.sucks as well as other huge brand names. Berard added that the domain has been developed to create the companies’ destinations so that they can interact with their respective critics. He also said that the business of his company does not violate any regulations or rules; in fact, they are operating within the terms of ICANN rules as well as the law.

Two weeks ago, the Intellectual Property Constituency, an advisory body that is representing major companies including industry groups has sent a letter to ICANN, saying that ICANN should rollout ‘.sucks’ and they call it a predatory and a shakedown scheme. The advisory body was able to make this statement since companies such as GoDaddy.com are registering some domain names with a very minimal cost at $1 each year. On the other hand, Vox Populi is going to offer in September to their consumers the right to own ’sucks’ address for only $10. The advisory body said that opening ‘.sucks’ is a real threat to the consumers especially the average ones in the future, in effect, this can be Vox Populi’s essential element of its coercive scheme.

When ICANN received the letter of the advisory body, they also sent a letter to the regulators of both countries, the US and Canada to evaluate if the actions undertaken by Vox Populi are illegal. If the investigation of the US and Canada will prove that Vox Populi is not operating in accordance with the regulations of ICANN and the law, then, ICANN will declare that they have breached the contract and will seek to change the demeanor of the registry.

The platforms of web design which are code-free are becoming a popular tool for website designers. Companies using these tools are promising a design experience which does not need any skills about coding or the need to hire a third-party developer which is usually expensive.

The huge names of the DIY web industry like Squarespace and Wix are promising an almost effortless ability and hassle-free site to design within minutes. This move is different from the two giants like Webflow and Webydo that are targeting professional web designers and those who have no patience or interest for coding. With Webydo, it is difficult for anyone who does not have a background for design or not working with software like Adobe Photoshop to design websites from scratch while it is a different story with the users of Wix. The users can create a website by just modifying a template which already exists and can be used by everyone who does not have a background about web design.

Webydo is based in Tel Aviv and it was found to help and empower web designers and ultimately diminish the developer’s role in the process of design. Shmulik Grizim, the co-founder and CEO of Webydo said that they feel the need to create this since the industry is enslaved by the old process that fully depends on developers in terms of converting graphic designs into handwritten codes. He further said that this professional process has not changed much which started in the 90’s; it was expensive, cumbersome and slow. This is the reason Webydo hired a group of engineers, developers and mathematicians to develop a revolutionary code generator. It is a norm in the industry that needs a large amount of money for web development, after a designer submits his design, then, he can start working. Often, this process is time-consuming and obviously the budget will have a bloating effect.

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Webflow, Adobe Muse and Webydo are providing a service which makes the redundancy of an outside developer. The distinct feature about companies like Webflow and Webydo boils down to the responsiveness as well as how the elements are related to each other. The product manager of Webydo, Nir Balev said that the main issue about this topic is responsive design and companies offering web templates which are code-free need to choose between adaptive or fluid approach.

Regardless of the minor but important differences about interfaces, Webflow and Webydo are trying their best to reverse the trend where the industry has been dominated by developers. These companies are gradually helping designers to build their own web design business and fully control their work. Eventually, these companies want to help designers create a vision that comes to life.

Computers need to be maintained regularly in order to function properly and prolong its lifespan. There are tricks as to how to prevent malfunctions before you start off with your spring cleaning.

Perform a disk check on your computer’s hard drive.

It is important to note that the data on your hard drives may become corrupt, thereby causing it to crash and become unstable. This corruption can actually happen over time with typical computer usage; however, it can also happen when you don’t shut down your computer properly. In Windows, Check Disk is used for scans that’ll try to repair any hard drive that is corrupted. It is recommended that you run the program every few months.

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Clean your computer physically.

Actual dirt and dust aren’t good for computers or any technology. Over time, they have the potential to decrease the life of the computer, thereby causing heat issues and affect the components of the computer. How frequently should you clean your computer primarily depends on how fast it gets dirty.

Protect your computer from fluctuations in power.

Computers are actually highly sensitive to power fluctuations. Therefore, you need to be able to plug your computer to a modern surge protector. After several years, surge protectors may not be able to offer protection. Thus, for best protection, you should utilize uninterruptible power supply which offers battery backup should there be power interruptions.

Utilize a software cleaner program.

At least every few months, consider using a cleaner program that would erase temporary files and repair any errors. There are a lot of cleaner programs available in the market today, but you should not sell yourself short and avail for cheaper versions.

Make sure that you have a regular backup.

As usual, if you have files, photos and documents that you don’t want to lose, then you should ensure that they’re backed up in the event that you’ll experience a hard drive failure, viruses, or other disasters. To have a peace of mind, utilize a backup system that would back up separate local drives.

Use a Defrag program on your hard drive.

Note that the data found on your hard drives may become fragment which may slow down your computer. Windows has a Disk Defragmenter that is tasked to fix any fragmentation. In Windows Vista and other later versions of Windows, the program may run automatically; however, you may have to verify the task first. As soon as you have opened the program, it will provide you information on the last time you’ve used the program and the next scheduled defragmentation. If you are using the old Windows XP, the defrag program may not run automatically and should be manually run to defrag every few months.

It is important to remember that you should have an anti-virus program installed and consider extra adware programs, as well as malware protection. In addition, you should also consider seeking professional computer programmers help if you aren’t entirely sure about these maintenance tasks. To know more about this, visit Saetechnologies.com.

Microsoft toolkit is a combination of all activators. Auto KMS and EZ activator modules are built in to provide a perfect activation algorithm. Also toolkit support manually call activation system. What you have to do is click phone button and get the 12 digit code and call Microsoft through Skype. Then provide the code which is getting from the toolkit. As I mention above this tool is 2 in one software, yes you can activate up to 8.1 and up to MS office 2013. What you have to do is select first what activator do you need. That’s all. For the all activation information please see below description.

This is a set of tools and functions for managing licensing, deploying, and activating Microsoft Office and Windows. All output from these functions is displayed in the Information Console. All functions are run in the background and the GUI is disabled to prevent running multiple functions, as they could conflict or cause damage if run concurrently. The Microsoft Office Setup Customization Functions (Customize Setup Tab), AutoKMS Uninstaller (if AutoKMS is installed), AutoRearm Uninstaller (if AutoRearm is installed), Office Uninstaller and Product Key Checker work even if Microsoft Office or Windows is not installed/supported. For information about individual functions, see the program readme.

Compare with other activators toolkit beat all of them, because toolkit has special validation module validate your activation. Any other activators do not provide that. 2nd option is user selected. Before the activation process user must select an activation method. There are two activation method Auto KMS and EZ activator. If you are a windows lover you should know about KMS developers. They are number one server base activation provider in the world. EZ activator module developed by DAZ team. Same team developed windows loader. So now you can get an idea about how cool this application is.

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) supports three types of deployments: Zero Touch Installation (ZTI), Lite Touch Installation (LTI), and User Driven Installation (UDI). ZTI is a fully automated deployment scheme in which installation requires no user interaction whatsoever. UDI deployments require full manual intervention to respond to every installation prompt, such as machine name, password or language setting. ZTI and UDI deployments both require a Microsoft System Center infrastructure. ZTI deployments require a persistent network connection to the distribution point. LTI deployments require limited user interaction. An LTI deployment needs very little infrastructure, so it can be installed from a network share, or media using either a USB flash drive or an optical disc.

Office activation

When you run the Microsoft toolkit make sure you click the MS office logo. The other vice activation process will fail. In the next window click EZ activator. (My personal recommendation). Wait until complete the process. After confirmation message open MS office products.

Offline and online

The Microsoft toolkit 2.5.4 (latest version) doesn’t want to access internet to complete the activation. But 2.4 versions such as 2.4.1, 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 are not supporting the offline module system. Make sure download 2.5.1 or 2.5.2 version if you need offline activation.

Features of Microsoft toolkit

  • Two in one activation
  • Two in one is one tool do two work which is activate MS windows 8.1 and MS office.
  • Offline and Online activator modules.
  • Lifetime activation
  • 64-bit system support
  • Any windows and MS office version support
  • 100% clean and virus free
  • Auto KMS and EZ activator modules

By Rob Crossley

PlayStation Europe is offering one lucky winner a full month internship and get hands-on production experience at a game dev studio.

Fans of the new LittleBigPlanet Vita game – which was given a 9.2 score in CVG’s review – have one month to create their best minigame creations for the title.

The best submission, as voted by a PlayStation judging panel, will be rewarded with a month-long internship at Swedish studio Tarsier (creators of the handheld title).

Games will be judged on gameplay, originality, and commercial appeal, PlayStation said. The winner will eventually help work on official DLC for the game.

"Gaming is an exciting and fast-growing industry but it can be tricky to get your foot in the door," said the game’s product manager Elliott Linger.

"This internship offers a whole month’s experience at a great studio, all for creating an awesome minigame. We’re expecting hundreds of entries and can’t wait to see what players of LittleBigPlanet Vita come up with."

The GAA Games Development Conference, held on January 14th in Croke Park, saw almost 700 delegates from Ireland and overseas attend the most successful event to date. A range of national and international speakers presented on a series of topics related to the development of teenager players.

Speakers on the day included Jean Coté – internationally renowned sports scientist, legendary AFL Coach David Parkin, performance coach Caroline Currid, Waterford team doctor Dr Mark Rowe as well as practical coaching demonstrations provided by All-Ireland winning Ladies Football coach Eamonn Ryan (Cork) and former Dublin hurler Paudie O’Neill, both of whom are prominent Coach Education Tutors.

Due to the great interest generated in the Conference, video and audio recordings of the majority of the day’s presentations have been produced and will be made available on the GAA website.

By Robert Purchese

Nintendo has attributed the lack of "new key titles" for Wii to "preparation" efforts for Wii U.

Besides the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the only notable Nintendo-made Wii games of 2011 are Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wii Play Motion.

"Strong momentum is very important for game platform businesses and a strong software line-up to vitalise a platform is necessary to maintain this momentum," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wrote in a half-year financial briefing.

"In the first half of this year, however, we could not make the continuing sales of the first-party software released last year as we had planned, nor, in the course of preparation of the next platform, could we release new key titles for the existing platform in a timely fashion due to completion delays until the latter half of this year."

A number of questions surrounding Wii U remain, despite developers receiving updated Wii U dev kits this summer. Just how powerful is Wii U? And what can it do online?

We’ll find out next summer, apparently. "We would like to show the final format of the Wii U at the E3 show next year," Iwata announced.

He went on to offer update on a Wii U release date.

"We are also planning to launch the Wii U, which is the successor to the Wii, during the next fiscal year," he wrote.

Nintendo’s financial year runs from April 2012 to March 2013. But the absence of Christmas 2012 from his vocabulary suggests Nintendo may intend to use those final three months, January to March. The 3DS launched in Japan in February, and in the US and Europe in March – is Nintendo planning something similar for Wii U in 2013?

Perhaps – but Iwata is adamant that the Wii U arrival will not suffer the same setbacks as the 3DS did.

"As we learned a bitter lesson with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, we are trying to take every possible measure so that the Wii U will have a successful launch," he pledged.

Nintendo yesterday revealed a big financial loss for the first six months of its financial year (April to September). This in turn led to the company predicting its first full-year loss in decades.