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Pinterest in Bahasa Malayu

Pinterest, the famous visual bookmarking site today announced that the site has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia. Starting today, people in Malaysia can access a translated version of the Pinterest website, as well as in iOS and Android apps.

 

“We’re excited to help Pinterest fans explore the things they love to do in Bahasa Malaysia. Pinterest Malaysia already has an active pinning community with our most popular categories including fashion, travel, crafts, food and home décor. Today’s localization is a first step toward helping pinners discover their interests and hobbies in an entirely new way,” said Matt Crystal, Head of International, Pinterest.

 

In the last year, Pinterest has launched in more than 20 languages and will continue with more translations in 2014.

People use Pinterest to create wish lists, plan decor for their home, get inspired about places to visit, discover new recipes, and more. On Pinterest, people can follow Pinners with similar interests to get creative ideas for the everyday activities in their lives or things they hope to do someday in the future. As a global discovery tool, Pinners get access to a worldwide resource of visual content based on the categories they’re most interested in.

Click here to view Pinterest in Malasia Version

A money changer counts Malaysian ringgit

Malaysian consumers are among the least confident people in the world when it comes to shopping online and 6 in 10 Malaysians prefers cash as daily spending method, a recent study shows.

According to a survey by research company Nielsen, 60% of Malaysian consumers say their preferred payment method for daily spending is paper rather than plastic.

The same source indicates that Malaysians’ preferred form of payment is cash (60%), credit card (20%), debit card (14%) and prepaid card (2%). This preference for cash was even stronger in the Philippines (74%), Thailand (68%) and Vietnam (61%).

When it comes to cyber-safety concerns, research points out that more than half of Malaysian respondents (55%) say they are either hesitant or would not shop online and use their payment card details on either a smartphone or tablet device although their personal information is protected. Consumers in Vietnam (54%), Singapore (51%) and Indonesia (50%) share the same view. However, consumers in the Philippines (57%) and Thailand (55%) revealed that they feel comfortable shopping online using their payment card detailed stored on smart devices.

Nielsen’s figures also reveal that 42% of Malaysian respondents use one payment card on a regular basis, while 40% use two, and 11% use three. Only 6% of respondents regularly use more than three cards.

The Nielsen survey, dubbedGlobal Survey of Saving and Investment Strategies is based on a sample of more than 30,000 internet respondents in 60 countries.

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The Tzu Chi Foundation, an international charitable foundation that first opened its branch in Malaysia in 1993, recently announced that it has successfully deployed a comprehensive stack of Microsoft technology to help achieve its humanitarian mission more effectively.

 

Tzu Chi KL-Selangor Branch Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sio Kee Hong said that implementing Microsoft’s technology has greatly improved their ability to respond to humanitarian needs. He added that gathering resources and information, a task that used to take three hours, can now be done within an hour, thanks to Microsoft.

 

Previously, Tzu Chi used a mix of open source and proprietary technology and software. However, they found that the lack of uniformity and standard impedes their work. They also realized that the mix of technology creates a lot of restrictions and hindered their productivity.

 

Earlier this year, Tzu Chi took advantage of a special licensing arrangement that allowed for software donations to charitable organizations, standardized its entire infrastructure on an up-to-date Microsoft stack, which include Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Active Directory and Windows Server.

Get Malaysian business online

Do you know that in budget 2013, Malaysian government has announced a RM1,000.00 grant to help SMEs get online? It has allocated RM50 Million fund to help 50,000 micro entrepreneurs with priority given to the women entrepreneurs!

These are the Criteria You have to fulfill for the Grant: 

1) Malaysian aged between 18 to 65 years old, priority given to women entrepreneurs

2) Registered business (sole proprietary, partnership or sdn bhd) or business license with SSM

3) Have a website domain with .com.my/.my/.net.my/.edu.my/.org.my and maintain an active website

4) Subscribed to broadband or a registered member of Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M)

5) Local Bank Account registered with your name / business name

6) Priority given to micro-entrepreneur (less than 10 full time workers and annual turnover less than RM 200,000).

 

Common Q&A (In reference to the official FAQs)

Q: What’s the deadline for the grant application?

Starts from 1st January 2013 to 31st December 2013 or as early as the RM50 Million is fully allocated to qualified applicants.

You can start applying online at the official site of SKMM (MCMC). Strictly one application per individual or company.

Q: How would the grant being disbursed?

Directly into your registered bank account with your own name or business name.

Q: How long would it take for my application to be processed?

Within 30 days.

Q: How do i check the status of my application?

Via online at http://gmbo.skmm.gov.my/Public/Check, Just keyin your IC number and Reference No

Q: Is there any contract or signed agreement between the successful applicants with SKMM (MCMC)?
No.

Q: Any additional charges to apply for GMBO Grant?
No.

Q: Do I need to report to SKMM on how the fund is being utilized?
No. SKMM (MCMC) will have continuous efforts and methods to trace the effectiveness of the program.

Q: If I have a facebook page or blogshop, do I qualify for this grant ?

A facebook page or blogshop will not qualify. You will need to have a website with a domain ended with (.com.my /.net.my/.org.my/.edu.my)  or (.my) to market your business.

Any further enquiries ?

You can email to [email protected] or  call them at 1-800-88-4040 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm). Take note the online application only operate from 7am to 11pm daily basis.

Official site at:

https://gmbo.skmm.gov.my/

Malaysia’s online shopping market size is estimated to increase from RM1.8 million in 2010to RM 5 billion next year, according to the finance ministry in its Economic Report 2013/2014 released today, Bernama news agency reports.

 

The report also reveals that Malaysia is the one of the top three countries in Asia on the average amount spent online in the past 12 months, thanks to the growth of online purchasing airline tickets and hotel bookings as well as the mature of epayments in the country. Companies should transform their traditional business to online business in order to be able to compete in future.

 

Other highlights in the report are:

  • Internet users is expected to reach 25 million in 2015, increased from 18 million in 2013;
  • Household broadband penetration rate had risen to 66.8 per cent as at June-end;
  • There are 42.6 million mobile subscribers in the country;
  • High penetration rate of social networks (91%) with 11.8 million Malaysians have Facebook accounts and more than 80 per cent of Malaysians access Facebook;
  • The adoption of ICT among SMEs was still slow due to limited financial resources, lack of technological knowledge and high cost of technical team and software applications;
  • Internet accessibility is low for SMEs due to high costs of band width and domain registration;
  • Only 100,000 of 645,136 SMEs having websites and 20 per cent of SMEs using ICT extensively in their daily operations; and
  • The spending on online advertising was only one per cent of the budget of Malaysian businesses.

Unifi Biz 100

For those needing more speed in the workplace, TM has introduced a 100Mbps UniFi package for businesses. The 100Mbps subscription is offered at RM1,599/month but as an early bird promotion, they are offering it at RM1,399/month.

In terms of speed, BIZ 100 offers 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload and by default it comes with dynamic IP. Fixed IP is available as an add-on at RM200/month. The package also includes RM100 worth of voice calls and 10GB of web hosting.

For residential users, there’s a way to get 100Mbps for less with Time’s 100Mbps broadband at RM179/month. Of course it is subject to service availability which is rather limited compared to TM’s HSBB network.

For more info, head over to TM’s UniFi Biz page.

Malaysia Home Loan Calculator is designed for Malaysia home buyer or foreign property investor based on latest rules and regulations in Malaysia. It is the first all-in-one offline home loan calculator for Malaysia, which includes loan repayment calculation, amortization schedule by year and month, legal fee calculation, Sales and Purchase agreement and loan agreement stamp duty calculation, EPF withdrawal calculator. It also provides latest property news for reference.

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Features:

  • Home loan calculator:
    • Calculate monthly repayment, total payment and total interest paid based on loan amount, interest and length of mortgage
    • Detail amortization schedule in monthly and yearly basis are provided as well, which shows the principal paid, interest paid and balance for each month
  • Legal fee calculator:
    • Calculate S&P agreement and loan agreement legal fee based on property price
    • Calculate S&P stamp duty based on property price
    • Calculate loan stamp duty based on property price
    • Calculate the total legal fee and stamp duty required based on property price
  • EPF withdrawal calculator:
    • Calculate eligible fund can be withdraw based on property price, loan amount and balance in account
  • News:
    • Show latest property news in Malaysia, powered by www.iproperty.com.my
  • Other:
    • Fully offline for all calculators, no Internet connection is required

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Click here to download Malaysia Home Loan Calculator for free.

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The following are the screenshot for the Malaysia Home Loan Calculator for iOS

My Home Loan Calculator -  Loan Amount 1

Enter your loan detail at the start up page to calculate the repayment as well as interest

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The loan detail for your property will display including the total payment, total interest paid, monthly repayment

My Home Loan Calculator -  Loan Amount 3

The apps also provide you the schedule of payment as well as interest and balance for your loan from time to time

My Home Loan Calculator -  EPF

EPF withdrawal limit calculator

My Home Loan Calculator -  Legel Fees

Legal fees and also the stamp duty calculation

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News which loaded from iProperty.com website

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 Pro tablet is now available in Malaysia for RM2749 (64GB) and RM3049 (128) at participating retail outlets from 7 June 2013 onwards.

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Microsoft Surface RT was launched in Malaysia in April 2013. It has pre-installed MS Office Home and Student 2013 RT but only support Windows 8 apps. You cannot install Windows 7 desktop software onto it. On the other hand, Surface Pro runs full version Windows 8 Pro which support all Windows 8 apps as well as Windows desktop software.

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“The Surface Pro will be especially appealing to corporations and businesses who are looking for a lightweight, durable, powerful device that is specifically designed with additional enterprise-grade security features, as well as optimized to work with in-house applications they may already have.”, said Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

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Surface Pro specs

Surface Pro is a 10.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display (1920×1080 pixels) tablet computer powered by Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 8 Pro operating system. Two 720p cameras (front- and rear-facing).

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Surface Pro support WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, as well as full size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort. Weight 2 lbs (907 gram).

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A Surface Pen is included allows you to do draw and take notes with your handwriting on the Surface Pro.

Surface Pro Spec

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Surface Pro price

Surface Pro is available in 64GB and 128GB, the retail prices is RM2749 and RM3049 respectively. Keyboard cover is not included. You can buy touch cover (black, white, cryan, red, magenta) at RM379. Black type cover is RM409.

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Where to buy Surface Pro in Malaysia?

Microsoft Surface series can be purchased nationwide from: Challenger Malaysia, Harvey Norman, Thunder Match Technology, SNS Network.

 

Click here for more information about Microsoft Surface Pro in Malaysia

Maxis is set to launch their 4G LTE

By on December 14, 2012

Maxis LTE

After two long years of trials, Maxis has finally announced that it is set to launch its 4G LTE service so Malaysians can enjoy even faster network speeds. This announcement follows the allocation of the 2600 MHz spectrum band for 4G LTE by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on December 5, 2012.

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The LTE service will offer download speeds that are 10 times faster than 3G and will still work seamlessly with this standard. And since there are 5,200 sites providing 3G and HSPA+ coverage, users will still be able to enjoy their 4G LTE devices even when they are outside the 4G LTE area.

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Sandip Das, Chief Executive Officer, Maxis commented, “Maxis was the first telco in Malaysia to complete extensive LTE field trials. We have been trialling 4G LTE for 2 years and conducting extensive LTE interworking tests in a live network environment using commercial devices.” He also adds that “Now we are all set to launch 4G LTE services in Malaysia and look forward to rolling out these networks across various parts of the country in the next few years.”

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Sandip added, “We also believe that network sharing is key to the deployment of networks faster across the country while optimizing industry investments and avoiding duplication. Therefore in July 2012, we signed an important agreement with Redtone to build common infrastructure following our sign up with U-Mobile.”

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Consumers will see the 4G LTE service grow in the next few years as Maxis has already allocated RM500 million for network investment.

Celcom Axiata Berhad along with 7 other Service Providers have been awarded an allocation of the 2600 MHz spectrum band by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) a few days ago.

In a statement to the press, Celcom said that it has been allocated two 10 MHz blocks for its introduction of Celcom 4G LTE, following intensive network trials and Celcom’s nationwide network upgrading exercise to a single RAN (Radio Access Network) platform that allows it to implement speedy and seamless LTE (Long-term Evolution) upgrades across its current 2G and 3G network infrastructure.

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Celcom 4G LTE will first be deployed in selected areas in the Klang Valley, Penang, and Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia growth corridor, including the Legoland theme park. The mobile operator also plans to invest up to RM300 million over the next three years on ongoing network modernisation that will fully support LTE technology.

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Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, commented, “We aim to roll out our 4G spectrum in market centres across Malaysia over the next six months and our customers can now look forward to the next level of experience including blazing-fast data speeds, enhanced browsing and connectivity, and HD-quality video across their mobile devices.”

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“Regardless of wherever they are within Celcom Territory, our customers will enjoy the advantages of our upgraded 4G network supported by Celcom’s current lightning-fast HSPA speeds nationwide which already supports speeds on par with global best-in-class performance.”

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Apart from Celcom, the other 7 operators that received the LTE spectrum are DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, REDtone Marketing Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.