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WeChat reward campaign in collaboration with Huawei, Chatime, Grabtaxi

WeChat, one of the world’s fastest growing social application has launched its WeReward campaign for the first time in Malaysia. The campaign will run from 25 March to 25 April, where WeChat Malaysia has collaborated with local brands such as Huawei, Chatime Malaysia, Grabtaxi, MCash and Zalora. The aim of the campaign is to reward loyal fans that uses the ...

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Ovum Comment: Facebook Messenger Money Transfer

Social networking company, Facebook, announced today that American users of its Facebook Messenger app would be able to link their debit cards (MasterCard or Visa) to the service and use it to transfer/send/receive money to one another. The app now features a small ‘$’ sign above the keyboard which will allow users to access the payment interface. They can then ...

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Kaspersky QR Scanner app for Android & iOS devices

Kaspersky Lab has made available a new mobile application called Kaspersky QR Scanner, for free. The new mobile app is compatible with Google Android and Apple iOS and can read information from QR codes and warn users about potentially dangerous links within them. QR codes or Quick Response codes offer a convenient tool to send links/URL to a mobile device, ...

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Local Celebrities to drive Uber Cars for Charity

Uber, the global mobile app that allow consumers to book private cars, have teamed up with German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen as well as more than 50 local celebrities in Malaysia for a good cause across 31 different charities. As part of the ‘Uber Volkswagen Charity Drive With The Stars’ campaign, participating celebrities will be on the roads and driving for ...

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Google Play “Best of 2014″ list in Malaysia for Apps, Games & Books

Google Play has released its “Best of 2014” lists for Android apps, games and books in Malaysia. Google Malaysia said, for apps and games, the “Best of 2014” lists offer 30 great applications hand-picked by the Google Play editors. Apps include Wunderlist, TED and SwiftKey while games include Clash of Clans, Monument Valley and 2048.

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Hotel Booking mobile app, HotelQuickly now in Malaysia

HotelQuickly, the “last-minute” hotel booking app, now launched in Malaysia, offering hotel rates which are up to 28% cheaper compared to best price online at the last minute. Designed to help travelers find the best deals on last-minute hotel reservations, the mobile app includes new features such as a significant redesign, local hotspot guides in major cities, as well as ...

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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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