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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Google Android Megatrend 2012

The era of a personal computer is being challenged by devices that are handheld, lightweight, durable and with a fast start-up.

These devices have started way back in 2001 in the form of the brick-like phone Nokia 3210. One of the most popular mobile phones at the turn of the century. Connecting People. Simple, easy to use menus, and sorted in logical navigation form. Nokia did came up with smaller versions and even the first "blue light" phone called Nokia 8250 or the Butterfly.

Years later, when competition grew, Nokia focused on fighting every segment of the phone market. The cheap low end "green screen" 1100s, the higher end 5 series or 7 series, and even series with 8 - 8850, Gold Editions. Then the N-Series. N95. The battle ground was wide and open. Apple did the opposite and focused on one product, putting all their marketing and research into one single phone. Think about it. Printing 10000 brochures for 20 different phones, or 10000 brochures for 1 single phone.

The other development in handheld was PDA or personal digital assistant. Which was extremely popular to business people and PALM was riding that wave in early 2001.

But any technologist and visionary would have seen the demise unless it incorporates mobile phone abilities. Seeing that phones were adapting new features - such as NotePad, Calculator, Calendar, which will and certainly had eaten up into the PDA device segment.

Laptops were once a high end commodity. Now with lower cost chips and innovation, netbooks and handheld touchpads are dominating the demand and supply. Google has parked right onto the space by providing several points of insertions - the Android operating system, the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.

Android although is free, Google will be banking on the powerful take-up rate of Android in almost all new smartphones and tablets, just as what Microsoft had done with Windows and Internet Explorer. The niche Apple market share although attractive, it will not push into the masses that thrive on openness and freedom. In a way, Apple products lock you into buying more of their products while imprisoning your reasoning to modify, change, or have total freedom with the product. Any update, application, changes, need to go through the giant's cash registers or at least their record books.

Many of Apple's new users and users were people who had the mindset of the quickest and simplest way, without wanting to have a go at changes or learning curves. And the other majority were attracted to the luxurious design and luxurious pricing. "Luxury is about something that the most number of people knows about, and the least number of people that are able to afford it." So think of the nuances here.

The fact (in numbers) is Apple is essentially able to reduce their product price to "human" levels, and in turn will control a significant market share (means at least 50%) in all of their products be it mobile phone, tablet or mp3 player. Firstly from the cost perspective. Secondly their marketing and research in normally on one single product. Compare this to Sony or Nokia, who are busy juggling 20 different new mobile phones each year, the economies of scale in Apple is so much stronger. So strong that some of their contractors had to employ peons to work 24 hour shifts with peanut salaries that are almost one rank above slavery, resulting in several cases of tragic suicides. It is not a 2 paragraph news of suicide. If you can put yourself through this, and be in the person's shoe - you're essentially in a cruel world, working for one of the most profitable multinational company, yet your workload and salary does not reward you enough. While millions are seen gleaming (in greed and luxury) of their new IPAD or IPHONE pasted happily in blogs and Facebook, you're a sad worker in a sad environment, with a sad future in a almost robotic clean room, rows and rows of sanitised, white cases of this sought after goods. Your hands have literally pinch, and grip these golden bars daily. Checking, inspecting, constructing, packaging, cleaning, them. But deep inside, you know you'll never own such a product. You have no say. You have not much rights. You weren't even educated nor informed about them. Your first day at work was only the happiest day of your life thinking you'll be working in a super company that will finally give your family a good time in their life.

Android will certainly rule the next decade in all hand held devices. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Win Samsung Holiday To Jeju Island Korea

Last week I was invited to visit Jeju Island. AirAsia only has flights to Seoul currently. While the cost of a Jin Air flight from Seoul to Jeju cost more than the KUL-ICN flight.

Then I discovered this week, there is a contest to win a holiday to Jeju Island worth RM20000 organised by Samsung. The condition of entry is by purchasing a Samsung laptop powered by Intel's Second Generation - Core i5 or Core i7 microprocessor.

Double the Deal Win a Trip to Jeju Island by Samsung

Jeju Island is also known as the "Island of the Gods" which was a big surprise to me - since originally or hitherto, only BALI ISLAND was known as "Island of Gods". Jeju is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and foreigners. It is the top rated honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds, and is also regarded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak) or Olle-gil(routes), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, riding horses, touring all the locales from a favorite television K-drama, or just lying around on the sandy beaches.

Is it possible to get to Jeju Island by ferry from Busan - duration 11 hours.

Nibbler Website Social Networking Taste Score

Nibbler report for

This is a performance measuring website that "taste" or nibbles at your site and churns out a complete social networking health score card.

Among the important notes revealed from the test:
A total of 1,415 errors and 119 warnings were found on the 5 pages tested.
No pages are W3C compliant. Because there are errors in the code, some web browsers may not be able to read this website correctly and it may not always display correctly.
This website is HTML5
The table below shows the first 100 errors only.
About 83 other pages were found linking to this website.
We found 3 Tweets about this website on Twitter.
33.3% of Tweets about this website were positive and 0.0% were negative. The remainder were neutral.
Generally, people's comments about this website are indifferent.
There are 0 articles on Digg relating to this website.
This website has been bookmarked 0 times on Delicious.
This website recently saw a moderate increase in popularity.
This is the 2,956,143rd most popular website in the world. Over the past 3 months, it has experienced a moderate increase in popularity.
Every page in this website is using Google Analytics v2. This is excellent and should allow for a complete analysis of visitor behaviour.
None of the pages tested will be blocked by filtering systems.
Filtering systems are used in homes, schools and companies to stop inappropriate content being displayed.
3 feeds were found on the 5 pages tested. This is good as it allows search engines and visitors to follow updates to this website.
All of the 3 feeds tested were found to be valid. This is excellent.
All of the feeds tested have been updated in the last month. This is excellent as regular updates to feeds keep subscribers interested in this website.
Your syndicated content is updated about 4 times every week.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

AirAsia Long Haul Promotion 2012

AirAsia X has announced long haul promotion prices for 2012.

Travel period is 6th February to 20th June 2012 (next year).
Booking period is now till 8th July 2011.

CHINA: Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu RM255
SOUTH KOREA: Seoul, South Korea RM255
INDIA: Mumbai, New Delhi RM255
JAPAN: Tokyo RM255
TAIWAN: Taipei RM305
AUSTRALIA: Melbourne, Gold Coast RM355
NEW ZEALAND: Christchurch RM455
FRANCE: Paris RM605
ENGLAND: London RM605

For Premium SEATS which is equal to a BUSINESS CLASS seat, expect to pay another RM600 to RM1000 for the comfort.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

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