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MyTeksi App Gets Sexy v2.0 Makeover

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MyTeksi 2.0
New Online Web Booking that auto geo-locates you & shows nearby taxis.

MyTeksi, a for-profit social start-up that enables customers to easily book taxis via their smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), has announced a big sexy upgrade for its iOS version. Launched in June 2012 for both Android and iOS platforms, MyTeksi has seen big operators like Comfort Taxi and KPPCB (Koperasi Pengangkutan Putrajaya & Cyberjaya Berhad) embracing the new platform. There are currently over 650 taxis powered by MyTeksi to date.

MyTeksi was the runner-up in the 2011 Harvard Business School Plan Contest, and it has the distinction of being the first taxi booking and dispatch service using smartphone technologies.

Aaron Gill, MyTeksi’s Product and Technical Lead explained, “The reason behind this overhaul was to push our promise of providing passengers Speed, Certainty and Safety even further. It is a culmination of all our passengers’ and drivers’ feedback in the past one year.”

One of the key changes to MyTeksi in v2.0 is the sexier, more intuitive user interface. It allows a passenger to book a taxi in just two taps. 

The MyTeksi 2.0 app is currently available for iOS platform only, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The 2.0 app will be available soon for Android and also Windows platforms in a couple of months’ time. Commuters can also book a taxi through the web-browser interface directly from www.myteksi.com.

MyTeksi 2.0
All new booking interface with nearby taxis map

You can book a taxi with MyTeksi in a variety of ways:

  • iPhone and iPad app (version 2.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-ios
  • Android app (version 1.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-android
  • Online Web Booking – http://myteksi.com/
  • Windows 8 app – http://bit.ly/myteksi-windows8
  • SMS Booking – send an SMS to 36881with the following information:
    • Teksi <Pick-up Address> #<Drop-off Address> #Remarks
    • For example:
    • TEKSI 123, SS21/109 #KLIA #Pintu tepi
MyTeksi 2.0 Real-time updates of booking status.

 

Here’s a rundown of how you use MyTeksi 2.0:

  1. Fire up the app.
  2. The app auto geo-locates you and immediately identifies your position, and shows taxis near you.
  3. Tap on “Drop-Off” and select a destination.
  4. MyTeksi will calculate the distance and approximate fare for your journey.
  5. Complete the booking by tapping “Book Now”. The app shows the status of your booking and how taxis are responding to your request.
  6. You will receive confirmation within 1 minute (whether the booking was successful or not), making MyTeksi 2.0 the fastest booking app in town.
MyTeksi 2.0 Watch your taxi move towards and Share Your Ride.

 

Real-time all the time
The latest updates bring the most awesome feature of MyTeksi 2.0 yet. The app now shows your taxi moving towards you ‘live’ on a map. This removes any uncertainties of whether your taxi will be arriving.

In addition, your driver’s details like full name, car plate number and ID photo are displayed on your booking confirmation screen. The app displays the route so you will always be assured that the driver is taking the proper route and not taking you ‘for a ride.’

As another security feature, MyTeksi has ‘Share My Ride’ that allows you to easily share personalised message and link privately to your loves ones and friends if you wish, on Facebook and Twitter. Once they click on your private link, they will be able to track your taxi’s whereabouts live on a map.

MyTeksi 2.0 History function for passengers to track their past rides.

 

MyTeksi now also allows booking cancellation, and passengers are also abe to rate (“like” or “dislike”) a driver or comment on their experience. Passengers can also view a history of their bookings.

You can catch a video of how the new MyTeksi 2.0 app works over here: http://youtu.be/Gq6oipPXFQM

MyTeksi 2.0

Our impressions of MyTeksi:
I’ve been a MyTeksi app user since its launch in June and have been impressed by its reliability and speed. It’s highly convenient and I’ve gotten to know some really good taxi drivers who now know me by name. It’s a win-win service for both passengers and taxi drivers, and response from taxi drivers themselves have been positive.

Using the service regularly, I can honestly say it’s the best way to catch a cab!

The new MyTeksi 2.0 app certainly looks and feels much sexier. Can’t wait to try it out!

MyTeksi wants to give you an iPhone 5!
To celebrate the launch of our MyTeksi 2.0 app for iOS 5 & 6 platforms, MyTeksi is currently running a “Book, Share and Win” contest. The grand prize is the all-new iPhone 5!

There will also be 4 iPod shuffles as weekly consolation prizes. To find out more, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myteksi or their official webpage at www.myteksi.com

MyTeksi Book Share Win Contest

 


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Instagram Usage Reaches New Level

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Pictures beat words, right?

Instagram, the popular social photography app for iOS and Android has overtaken Twitter in terms of daily usage for the first time.

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According to comScore data, Instagram throughout August 2012 had an average of 7.3 million active daily users, compared to Twitter’s 6.9 million active daily users at the same period of time. See chart below:

 

The numbers reveals the verdict

 

Despite the fact that Twitter has around 29 million unique US smartphone-based visitors in August, and Instagram with around 22 million and below only, Instagram users spend more time (257 minutes), while Twitter users spend less time (170 minutes), viewing or accessing their respective sites. The graph below will simplify it:

 

 

The coming months should be mighty interesting for Instagram, as the app is expected to be available for Windows Phone 8, a potentially huge, growing mobile platform.

Source and image credit: Wired, All Things D

 

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[Beta-Tested] Yes Life Web: Communicating the new way

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“Cloud” and “Cloud Computing” are common buzzwords these days. Whether we, as consumers, truly understand the meaning or extent and implications of these terms remain to be sussed out another day. Regardless, cloud computing and its related services are very much part of our lives on a daily basis. Take the very basic – email, probably the earliest form of cloud computing, even before the term was invented. One company that’s taking cloud and cloud services to a new level is Yes, one of Malaysia’s leading 4G providers.

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Foursquare New Notifications Setting Rolls Out

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New Feature?………want it “Always On”?

 

Foursquare, the app and website which is now famous within the social network community,  has come out with a new notification setting which might raise some eyebrows.

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The new feature “Always On”, allows users to get any notifications or check-ins on their friends, no matter where they are. All they have to do is to toggle the “Always On” button on their friends profile and you are done! Now, you know every where your friends are or have been.

However, this feature is only available to people who have accepted your friends request on foursquare. So, no random stalker, ahem….I mean random person can know when and where you are through this feature.

Foursquare says, the new feature will help users to know information without the hassle of a text or call, to confirm or know where the user is from time to time. Perfect stalking tool if you ask me.

You wouldn’t want someone to know where your secret hideout is accidentally, would ya?

Poor Robin…

Source: Foursquare Blog

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Google Releases YouTube App for iPhone

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Apple‘s current pursuit for killing off anything Google in iOS has resulted in the omission of YouTube and Google Maps in its recently released iOS 6. Google has quickly made the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch available on the iTunes App Store.

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The new app, built from ground-up by YouTube engineers, has exclusive Malaysian content, with support for Bahasa Malaysia. The new app brings with it tens of thousands more video content, new YouTube channel guide and also new search tools that give suggestions while you type. The new app also makes it super easy to share your favourite videos on Google+, Facebook, text message as well as Twitter and email.

The UI/UX is certainly an improvement over the bundled iOS version previously and definitely many steps ahead of the mobile web version.

Google is also working on an iPad-optimised version, although the current version is also supported on the iPad.

So, go download now!

 

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Introducing a new YouTube app for your iPhone

Kuala Lumpur, September 11, 2012 — For all you diehard YouTube fans out there who can’t get enough YouTube on your mobile, we’ve got some great news: starting today, you can now download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store, bringing you more videos to watch and more ways to share with the people you love.

The new app is available for Malaysian users with support for Bahasa Malaysia, and unlocks tens of thousands of official music videos, as well as bringing lots of new features to improve finding and sharing awesome videos and channels. It’s a new app built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod Touch users the best mobile experience.

Here’s what you’ll find in the new app:

  • New YouTube channel guide: Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Astro Gempak to YOMYOMF.
  • Find awesome videos faster: Get to videos like “Gangnam Style” faster with new search tools that give suggestions while you type, and let you sort through videos or channels. Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video.
  • More ways to share with the people you love: Share that incredible video you found on YouTube on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as from Twitter and email.

You can use the app on your iPad too, and the team is hard at work building a made-for-iPad experience in the coming months.

There’s even more to explore with the new YouTube app for iPhone, available for download from the iTunes App Store today. You’ve already shown us you love YouTube on mobile—to the tune of 1 billion mobile views a day—so we can’t wait to see what you think about this new experience.

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Obama releases Obama for America app for iOS and Android

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Obama for America app. Image credit: BarackObama.com

US President Barack Obama announced on his Facebook page yesterday on the availability of the Obama for America campaign mobile app for iOS and Android. The app provides breaking news and updates, localised facts, events, voting and registration rules and also provides a platform to donate to the Obama for America campaign.

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Obama has been a benchmark for social media and new media marketing after his highly successful presidential campaign in 2009, using social channels to interact and engage with this audience pre-, during and post-elections.

The Obama for America app at a glance:

  • Get the facts: Have a friend who wants to know exactly what kind of impact the President has had in your state? Need to know about new voting laws or deadlines? All the facts you need, localized for you.
  • Take action: Sign up to canvass—then get started right away with a list of voters in your neighborhood. Access scripts and enter feedback and responses in real time as you go.
  • Find events: Find campaign events near you—from volunteer events to visits from the President and First Lady. RSVP, invite friends, and get there on time with full map integration.
  • Share breaking news: Get the most important news of the day, and keep your friends and family in the loop on Facebook, Twitter, and via email and text message.
  • Get out the vote: Access voting and registration rules for your state, help register friends, and make sure supporters get to the polls on Election Day.
  • Donate: Help build this campaign one grassroots donation at a time.

Download the app for free.

Will we see a Najib for Malaysia app soon?

 

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London 2012 Official Join In App for BlackBerry smartphones

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Olympics-apps for BlackBerry

Through July and August of 2012, London and the UK comes alive with events, celebrations and activities during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The action at the London 2012 Olympic Games is hotting up and what better way to catch up on updates and activities on the go than with a pocket guide on your BlackBerry smartphone.

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If you don’t have it already, the Official London 2012 Join In app is available for your BlackBerry smartphone. The app is a mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience.

This FREE app is an essential planning tool for everyone, whether you have tickets for a sporting event or not. From the start of the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremoies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, Join In is your essential companion.

The Join In app is easy to browse and use. Wondering what’s going on this summer? Use the search and filtering tools to find out what’s happening near you. Going to the Olympics or Paralympics? Find out what you need to know, from how to get there to what’s cool in the Olympic Park. Want a reminder about something you are planning to do? Add events to your personal schedule and set an alert to remind you.

The Join In app is available in English only, but useful for anyone around the world interested in the Olympics and Paralympics, or visiting the UK during the summer of 2012.

Download on the Official London 2012 Join In app on BlackBerry App World now.

Another app you may find useful is the accompanying app – The Official London 2012 Results app. The app provides all the latest news, schedules and results, allowing users to keep up-to-date with the latest action LIVE across all Olympic sports (25 July to 12 August 2012) and Paralympic sports (29 August to 9 September 2012).

Key features include results, live updates, calendar schedule, details of sports, medal tables and athlete profiles. Users can also follow specific countries, and receive official news and updates tailored to them all in one app.

Download on the Official London 2012 Join In app on BlackBerry App World now.

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Dropbox Users Getting Email Spam?

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If you ever thought Dropbox is safe, think again. Apparently, users around Europe are beginning to complain that their emails are getting spam because of leaked email addresses used for their Dropbox accounts.

David P. was the first Dropbox user to post on the company’s Web site forum titled “Email-Address leaked from Dropbox”. He wrote that the email he used only for Dropbox and nothing else was getting lots of spam mail. As the forum continues, users around Germany, U.K. and most of the E.U. countries began to flood the forum with their complaints as well. According to CNET.COM it may have been due to a Dropbox e-mail leak, spambot hitting random emails or a Dropbox integrated third-party app that leaked the addresses.

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Now, I know that there isn’t any news on Asian users yet but do stay vigilant. We never know who is going to be next. However as a precaution, Dropbox users better start checking their e-mails or contents of their Dropbox. You never know what could be lurking in your Dropbox……..

Source via Cnet.com

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USB On-The-Go for Android Devices!

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Rejoice Android users! Now, you can plug in almost any USB accessories in your Android devices. Introducing the USB On-The-GO(USB OTG), an adapter that allows you to do such marvels. The adapter works with several Android devices such as:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II (S2)
  • Samsung Galaxy S III (S3)
  • Galaxy Nexus*
  • Galaxy Nexus 7*
  • Droid RAZR
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Acer Iconia Tab A200
  • Acer Iconia Tab A500
  • Archos G9
  • Notion Ink Adam
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Toshiba Excite 10
  • Sony Tablet S
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It is still hard to determine which other Android devices supports this USB feature, especially ones with hardware manufacturers (OEM) specifications and boundaries. The USB OTG works with most of the Samsung Android devices easily. As a reminder, the USB host mode for this works only with Android 3.1 and above. However there were some users reporting it working on Android 2.3 too. You might want to do some research on the Android version just to be safe.

Assuming this works with all USB devices, the USB OTG can be a really good tool when you really need to send something in the pendrive when a computer is out of sight. While you won’t see me doing what’s in the pic up there, having Sony PlayStation 3  joystick to play your games is still pretty cool.

Source via Cnet.com

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Losing the Calories Through Kinect!

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Playing games can now come with a weight loss management program. Think its weird or impractical? Well, it isn’t to the Microsoft developers.

Microsoft recently launched the Kinect PlayFit, an update which can be download for Xbox Live subscribers onto their Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The Kinect PlayFit is a dashboard that allows Kinect users to see how much calories they have burned playing Kinect titles such as Dance Central 2 and even Star Wars Kinect.

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The fun thing about this dashboard is that you get credits whenever an achievement is complete. Getting rewarded for burning your calories never got this good. Kinect PlayFit will keep a track record of your workout and you can challenge other Xbox Live subscribers using the same application. So, playing with your Kinect will now be fulfilling, fun and healthy! This actually sets a new benchmark towards other companies and rivals of Microsoft such as Nintendo’s Wii and EA’s exercising game titles for the Wii.

The application is only available in US right now however, but you can try to find it in the Xbox Marketplace and see if it is downloadable for the Asian Region, in the near future.

Source: Cnet.com