Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It’s a public holiday for allKUALA LUMPUR: Workers who work on Malaysia Day (Thursday) are entitled to a paid holiday, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.
This was provided for under Section 60D(1)(b) of the Employment Act, he told Bernama.
Bernama received calls from private companies to clarify whether the Malaysia Day public holiday also involved the private sector.
The Government has declared Sept 16 as Malaysia Day and a national public holiday, starting this year. — Bernama
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Samsung pits its Galaxy against the iPad
BERLIN: Samsung Electronics Co unveiled a new tablet PC named Galaxy Tab as the latest device meant to rival Apple Inc's popular iPad.
The device offers users "a new galaxy of possibilities" with features such as mobile video conferencing and a video chat function, Samsung Europe telecom executive Thomas Richter said at Berlin's IFA consumer electronics fair.
The thin tablet device weighs 13.4oz (380g) and has a 7in (18cm) touchscreen, making it about three times that of an Apple iPhone, but roughly a third smaller than an iPad.
Richter said it comes with Google Inc's Android 2.2 operating system, which can run HTML5 and Adobe's Flash Player - unlike the iPad.
The Galaxy will allow users to browse the Web and check e-mail just as on a regular PC, Richter said.
"The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been designed to enable consumers to maximise their online experience wherever that may be," the head of Samsung's mobile communications business, J.K. Shin, said.
The price of the device will depend on telecommunications operators through which it will be available starting next month in Europe and later in fall in the United States and Asia, Samsung said.
The device supports Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G cellphone networks, making it a combination of smartphone and laptop. It "turns out to be a perfect speakerphone on the desk, or a mobile phone on the move via Bluetooth headset," Samsung said.
The Tablet PC also comes with two cameras, one 3-megabyte digital camera with a flash on the back of the device, and a second camera on the front for video conferences - a feature the iPad lacks, but other competitors such as Dell's Streak Tablet PC also offers.
The company said that the device's battery would support more than eight hours of continuous multimedia usage, or seven hours of video play.
The tablet also comes with Swype, a third-party application already found on Samsung's Galaxy 5 series phone and available for some other Android-based handsets, which allows users to type on virtual keyboards by simply swiping fingers around from one letter to the next, lifting only between words.
The application then uses an algorithm to determine the word that is intended, which the company says allows for typing speeds of more than 40 words per minute.
Commercial success of the device will be crucial for the world's largest maker of computer memory chips, flatscreen TVs and liquid-crystal displays.
Samsung's quarterly profit surged by 83% to a record high of 4.28 trillion South Korean won (RM11.5bil) in the second quarter ended June 30, but the company warned that intensifying competition in areas like mobile phones could dent earnings in coming quarters.
Samsung is the world's second largest cellphone manufacturer after Nokia. - AP
TM is going to cancel their waiver on the installation for Unifi service soon and for those who install Unifi before 30 September 2010.
|GET UNIFI BEFORE 30 SEPTEMBER AND ENJOY RM200 OFF!|
|TM to begin charging for installation from 1 October 2010, so hurry, sign-up for your UniFi service soonest possible|
The introductory promotional period for Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)’s UniFi high speed broadband service will end on 30 September 2010.
Starting from 1st October 2010 TM will begin charging a one-time fee of RM200 for UniFi installation. This installation charge is across the board; covering the UniFi VIP5, VIP10 and VIP 20 triple-play consumer packages as well as the BIZ5, BIZ10 and BIZ20 business packages. For convenience, the UniFi installation charge will be spread in instalments over a period of 5-months at RM40 per month and will be reflected in the customer’s monthly bills.
However, all of the related UniFi customer premise equipment and peripherals including router/access point, the broadband termination unit (modem) DECT phone and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) set top box -- estimated to be worth RM800 -- will continue to be provided by TM free-of-charge.
Imri Mokhtar, Executive Vice-President for Consumer, TM, further emphasised that despite the upcoming installation charges for UniFi from 1 October 2010, consumers who sign up before the date will not be levied with the fee even if their installation takes place after the date.
“As our promotional period for UniFi will end on 30 September 2010, interested customers are encouraged to sign up for their selected UniFi packages soonest possible before the end of September to continue enjoying the current waiver of the installation charges. So grab the chance to become pioneers and enjoy the immense experience change in communications, lifestyle and entertainment brought about by high-speed broadband.”
Imri then elaborated on the tedious and complex installation process required for UniFi: “UniFi installation is very different compared to normal telephony and broadband installation due to the sensitive nature of the technology involved which requires a high degree of accuracy. UniFi is a service provisioned via direct fibre connectivity to the home where the installation process is more complicated and requires a high degree of technical competency. The UniFi installation process involves many elements - a site survey, drilling, ducting, piping, electrical work and equipment reconfiguration. Our specialist installers will be dealing with delicate and fine fibre optic cables, which require a very different handling methodology compared to normal copper cables. Hence, UniFi installation at a particular premise will usually take between 3 – 8 hours.”
UniFi was launched in March this year in selected areas around the Klang Valley. TM’s UniFi service is currently available in 23 areas including Shah Alam, Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bangsar, Wangsa Maju, Sungai Buloh, Puchong and Cyberjaya, as well as Putrajaya and Damansara; and 5 areas outside the Klang Valley, located in industrial zones such as Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, Bayan Baru in Penang, Senai and Permas in Johor. UniFi service rollout has exceeded 500,000 premises passed nationwide. UniFi is being progressively rolled out to cover 48 exchange areas reaching 750,000 premises passed by the end of 2010, and 1.3mil premises passed by the end of 2012.
There are over 9,000 UniFi customers currently and approximately 12,000 applicants have registered their interest in the service.
UniFi is currently being offered via three residential and three business packages. The Residential triple-play packages are VIP5 at RM149 a month, VIP10 at RM199 a month and VIP20 at RM249 a month. Each package comes with voice, high speed Internet and either a basic or premium HyppTV subscription. The businesses packages are BIZ5 at RM199 a month, BIZ10 at RM599 a month and BIZ20 at RM899 a month. Each business package comes with an attractive call plan, high speed Internet and a host of complimentary value added services.