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WhatsApp is likely to launch VoIP, and may announce more MVNO-type deals [Comment]

Social networking giant Facebook has swiftly closed its $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp, days after receiving approval for the deal from the European Commission (EC). EC approval was a significant hurdle for the merger, which received approval from the US Federal Trade Commission more than six months ago. The completion of the deal means that Facebook and WhatsApp can move forward ...

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Easy Taxi committed to upgrade & improve Taxi services in Malaysia

Easy Taxi, the Taxi booking mobile application service is committed to upgrade and improve Taxi services in Malaysia. The company will be investing in upgrading taxis within its network and roll out competitive incentive plans for its drivers. Over the next few months, Easy Taxi’s passengers can expect a better riding experience as the company will be refurbishing the Taxis ...

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JPJ, SPAD & PDRM to hunt down Uber car drivers

Malaysia’s Road Transport Department (JPJ), Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will soon hunt down Uber car drivers in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru that don’t have the necessary driving license, according to local news reports. JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the use of private vehicles to pick up passengers is a violation under Section 16 ...

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Opera Max now embedded into MediaTek’s LTE System on a Chip

Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek’s LTE System on a Chip (SoC). The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the high-performing 64-bit LTE SoCs MT6752 and MT6732 chipsets. Opera Max will enable smartphones with these chips to consume half as much the data within the same monthly plan ...

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Viber 5.0 now offers mobile video calling on Android & iOS

Viber today announced the release of Viber 5.0 for Android and iOS, along with new versions of its desktop application for Windows, Windows 8 and OS X. Viber 5.0 delivers new features and enhancements, including the ability to make video calls from smartphones. “We’re delighted to bring video calling to mobile,” said Talmon Marco, Viber CEO.  “Now that you can ...

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Guvera music streaming now available in Malaysia

Guvera, the Australia-based music streaming service is now available in Malaysia. Guvera Play is a free, ad-supported service that offers users access to music with no subscription fees on all devices, including tablets and smartphones. Users also have the option to subscribe to Guvera’s Premium, on-demand service called Guvera Platinum, which starts from as low as RM14.99 per month with ...

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UberX officially launched, price 15% lower than budget taxis in Malaysia

Uber, the mobile app which connects drivers to riders in 160+ cities around the world, has launched its cheaper version of the service called uberX in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The uberX vehicles for Kuala Lumpur will include Perodua Myvi, Nissan Almera and Toyota Vios in a variety of colors and styles, seating up to four passengers. Rider safety and satisfaction ...

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Malaysia has the highest number of mobile shoppers according to BuzzCity

A new report from BuzzCity, a mobile advertising network, reveals the changing trends in online shopping. Mobile as a shopping channel is now on a par with PCs and a key to driving the change in consumer shopping behaviour, it revealed. The report is commissioned by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). Nearly half of mobile users (48%) made purchases online ...

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Ovum Comment: Line IPO signals next level of chat wars

Japanese messaging app Line provider, Line Corp has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Line has applied for the IPO to be valued at 10 trillion Yen (approximately US$9.8 billion). Line, a mobile messaging platform, offers free text and voice messaging, voice calling and group chat. It comes integrated with various interactive elements such ...

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Free Trend Micro Dr. Safety mobile security app for mobile gamers

To help combat the rapid rise of malicious and high-risk mobile apps in a game-loving nation like Malaysia, Trend Micro has come together with mobile game developers from around Asia to set up the Safe Gaming Alliance. As part of this commitment, Trend Micro is introducing the first-of-its kind Dr. Safety mobile security app for free, together with game developers ...

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Win 2-months Deezer Premium+ subscriptions with MyTeksi

Music streaming service Deezer announced a partnership with MyTeksi, the largest Southeast Asian taxi-booking mobile app, to provide MyTeksi users with access to unlimited music through its Premium+ subscriptions. From 1 July 2014, MyTeksi users in Malaysia are entitled to win a two-month Deezer Premium+ subscription through a month-long contest. 

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Lower cost uberX now in KL, cars include Nissan Almera & Perodua Myvi

Uber, the US based technology company that provides consumers with an on-demand, private and luxury car service via smartphone apps has now launched its lower cost uberX service in KL, Malaysia. The new uberX cost almost the same as metered budget Taxi in Malaysia and sometimes even cheaper between midnight till 6am.

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Why I think the TM HyppMe mobile messaging app will Fail [Opinion]

Telekom Malaysia, Malaysia’s fixed broadband champion, launched a new mobile messaging app called HyppMe on last Friday. Basically the mobile messaging app allows free voice and messaging to other HyppMe users. Local calls to mobile network in Malaysia is charged 8sen per minute and SMS is at 5sen. HyppMe works on Android and iOS devices. Calls to TM fixed line ...

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MyTeksi raised more than US$15 million in a Series B funding

MyTeksi (known as GrabTaxi regionally), the taxi-booking mobile phone app, has raised more than US$15 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based GGV Capital with participation from new investor Qunar and Vertex Venture Holdings who previously led the company’s Series A round. GGV Capital is a US$2.2 billion multi-stage venture capital firm, based in ...

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Viber has 100 million concurrent online users

Viber, the multi-platform Voice and messaging app, announced a key milestone revealing that it now has more than 100 million concurrent online users. With over 300 million users in 193 countries, the company have registered more than 360 million unique downloads to date.

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