Top 10 Most Popular YouTube Ads in Malaysia (Jan-June 2015)

youtube malaysia logo

youtube malaysia logo

Google Malaysia released the latest YouTube Ads leaderboard for the first half of 2015. The list represents the top 10 video ads on Youtube with best performance, a combination of popularity and promotion.

Looking at the top 10 YouTube Ads in Malaysia (below), you will notice some trends from this half-year leaderboard.

  • Seizing the moment. With Chinese New Year fall within the six-month period, no surprise that 5 out of 10 of them are related to the festival. 4 of them (Malaysia Airlinnes, Hotlink, Maxis, Tenaga National) tell great, emotional stories around the theme of family, homecoming and nostalgia.
  • Longer video. 7 of the 10 ads are over 30 seconds. 3 ads past 7 minute mark and longest one is close to 12 minute. This shows that YouTube viewers will engage with longer videos from brands, as long as there is a compelling, emotional pull.
  • Cinematic quality. YouTube advertisers took time and effort to record high quality ads like a short film with story. Malaysia Airlines recorded their videos in 6K ultra-high resolution!

  1. Malaysia Airlines BLESSINGS, A Malaysian story – #keepflying – Chinese New Year 2015 short film (11:52)
  2. Hotlink Hotlink 恭喜發財: Grannies Sing Ohhsome Hotlink CNY Song! (2:46)
  3. MaxisMaxis CNY 2015 TVC #ThisIsMyName (3:47)
  4. TescoTesco #Ongmali 2015 CNY Commercial (0:48)
  5. Tenaga NationalShare the Lights – Tenaga Nasional / TNB – Chinese New Year / CNY 2015 (2:00)
  6. Nestle Koko KrunchNestle Koko Krunch | Watch the Minions get up to their usual mischief! (0.20)
  7. Honda2015 All-New Honda HR-V – See Amazing From Every Angle (TVC) (0.30)
  8. Knife刀标油感人短片 – 加油 | Add Oil – A short film by Knife (10.00)
  9. SamsungRoad To Ramlee – Episode 2: Ragam Ujibakat (Audition Antics) (8.21)
  10. 11street11street: “WE MEET AGAIN” starring Lee Min Ho and Emily Chan (0.30)

These ads show the amazing creativity in the Malaysian ads industry. Digital video ads free up brands and agencies to spend more time getting creative and leaving computers to figure out the hard stuff like when and where to show an ad.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade: Everything You Need to Know

Windows 10 free upgrade

Windows 10 free upgrade download will available on 29 July 2015. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can reserve now and start the download before the release date.

Windows 10 free upgrade
Windows 10 free upgrade

Good news! Finally, Microsoft officially announced the Windows 10 release date – July 29th, 2015! The new Windows operating system will be available in 190 markets globally.

All existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are eligible for FREE Windows 10 upgrade. You can download and install Windows 10 free of charge within 1 year after the release date (before 29 July 2016). You still have a lot of time to consider whether you want to upgrade or not… (check out new Windows 10 features below)

Reminder: It is a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. Free. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Microsoft want everyone install Windows 10!

Get Windows 10

Windows users are getting “Get Windows 10” icon in their system tray to reserve free Windows 10 upgrade.

Screenshot: Get Windows 10
Screenshot: Get Windows 10 (hat tip: weilian)

Click on the “Get Windows 10” icon to read how the reservation work. Basically, your computer will automatically download Windows 10 (3GB download size) as soon as it is available. You will then receive a notification when Windows 10 download is completed and you can choose a time to install Windows 10.

Click “Reserve your free upgrade” button to proceed. You need to confirm your email address so that Microsoft can send you a notification when Windows 10 is ready.

Why do you need to reserve while Windows 10 is a free upgrade? By reservation, you confirm your computer is compatible with Windows 10. Your computer must run Windows 7 Service Pack 1(SP1) or Windows 8.1. No Windows 10 upgrade for Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1, sorry.

Upgrade files will be downloaded to your PC before the release date to make final installation faster, no need to fight for the download bandwidth with millions of users after July 29, 2015.

You can turn off the Windows 10 upgrade notification by clicking “Customize” in the System Tray and turn off the Get Windows 10 app notifications in the menu.

You will still get free Windows 10 even you do not reserve. Don’t worry. Visit Windows 10 Q&A for more questions and answers.

Refer to the following Windows 10 upgrade edition table to see which Windows 10 edition you will getting.

Windows 10 upgrade editions
Windows 10 upgrade editions

Windows 10 system requirements

Basically, if your computer can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then it will run Windows 10. You can check to see if your computer meets the requirements by using “Check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

Here are the Windows 10 system requirements:

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600

Windows 10 features

Windows 10 brings back the Start menu combining with Windows 8 live tiles to easily find your files, applications, and favorites.

Windows Hello enables you to unlock Windows with your face or fingerprint (requires an infrared camera or iris detection or fingerprint reader).

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, is included in Windows 10 to provide recommendations, information and your todos with reminders.

Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer to be the Windows 10 web browser. You can write notes directly to web pages in Edge and share with your friends. It also built-in “reading view” and Cortana.

Xbox on Windows 10 brings Xbox Live gaming network to PC, enable you to compete against Xbox console players, and stream games from Xbox One console to Windows 10 at home. (Check Xbox Live Countries) Windows 10 supports DirectX 12 games for better gaming experience.

Other Windows 10 apps including Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, Photo app, Music app, and more.

Windows 10 price

In case you missed the Windows 10 free upgrade period (1 year, duh!) or want to upgrade from older Windows, you can buy Windows 10 Home with $110USD. Windows 10 Pro will cost you $199USD. Windows 10 Pro Pack that upgrade Home edition to Pro edition is $99USD.

Will you upgrade to Windows 10? Why?

Google Photos: Free Unlimited Storage for Photos and Videos

Google Photos
Google Photos
Google Photos

In case you do not know. Google+ Photos allows unlimited photos and videos upload to Google Drive cloud storage. I have been using Google+ Photos to automatically backup photos in my smartphone but it only stores photos with resolution up to 2048 x 2048 pixels or videos not longer than 15 minutes. Higher resolution photo and long video will be automatically resized, or count to your Google Drive storage space if you want to store in original full-size photos and videos.

4MP resolution is fine for online sharing, but doesn’t you like FREE Unlimited auto backup for your high resolution photos & videos? Now You Can!

New Google Photos (without the “+”) standalone product has been announced at Google I/O 2015. Google Photos gives you unlimited online storage for all your photos and videos, auto organize and allows you to easily share them to anyone.

Upgrade from Google+ Photos, Google Photos now stores unlimited photos with resolution up to 16MP and 1080p Full HD videos. Higher resolution photos and videos will still be auto compressed.

You may choose “Original” storage size to backup your higher resolution (greater than 16MP or 1080p) photos and videos in their original file size to maintain exact quality.

A comparison between Original and High quality storage size shows that Google Photos has a rather good image compression technology that I do not notice the difference between two samples.

Google Photos compression
Google Photos compression

Besides backup and store your files, Google Photo also automatically organizes your memories by people, places, and things that matter.

You do not need to tag or label them. You do not need to create photo albums. All you need to do is do a simple search to find any photo. Example: search “dogs” and Google Photos will show you all of your dog photos. Magic!

Google Photos search
Google Photos search

Google Photos can auto enhance your photos for the best look. You can create photo collages, animations, movies and more in the app. Swipe left to open Assistant view, where Google Photos automatically creates a collage or a story based on the photos and videos you took in a recent trip.

Google Photos Assistant

It is easier to share your photos and videos now with Google Photos. Besides sharing via other apps, you can now create a link to share multiple photos and videos or album. Recipients of your share link do not need to install an app or login, they can save your images in their own Google Photos with a single tap.

Google Photos is now available on Android, iOS and web. (rolling out… yet available in Malaysia at writing)

via Google Official Blog

Designex 3D Launches Poseidon X Large Format 3D Printer, and Announces Education Partnership with Jua Jasa

Designex 3D - PoseidonX 3D printer

Designex 3D launches its new and largest 3D printer, Poseidon X 3D printer at METALTECH 2015  in Malaysia. The company also announces new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa.

Daniel Mak, Founder & CEO Designex 3D, explains the features of new Poseidon X 3D printer
Daniel Mak, Founder & CEO Designex 3D, explains the features of new Poseidon X 3D printer

Poseidon X 3D printer is a large format 3D printer, capable of printing size up to 300mm³ , perfect for designers to print large objects in a single print, without having to glue/stitch multiple printed parts manually.

The is constructed almost entirely from acrylic, rigid aluminum structural components and stainless steel hardware. It has a LCD control panel with jog-dial to allow direct control of printer functionalities. With SD card reader, the printer can runs print jobs independently without a need for a computer.

Despite larger print object, the 3D printing speed has been optimized to reduce printing time by more than 50%, a time-saving advantage for user.

Jua Jasa as National Eduation Channel Partner

Designex 3D signs Memorandum of Understanding with its new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa
Designex 3D signs Memorandum of Understanding with its new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa

Designed 3D also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa to promote the company’s range of 3D printers across the education sectors, such as government schools, polytechnics, technical colleges and universities.

“Partnering with Designex 3D will allow us to provide Designex 3D printers, to a quickly expanding list of education consumers and providers that will benefit from this technology” said Mr. Muhamad Rizal Yahya, Director of Jua Jasa.

Designex 3D signs Memorandum of Understanding with its new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa
Designex 3D signs Memorandum of Understanding with its new National Education Channel Partner, Jua Jasa

Designex 3D printers

Established in 2013, Designex 3D Sdn. Bhd. is Malaysia’s 1st 3D printer company. The company specialize in design, manufacture and distribution of personal 3D printers for hobbyists, industries, SME or consumers with interest in rapid prototyping technologies.

All Designex 3D printers are 100% designed by Malaysians and locally manufactured in Malaysia. The company provides local training and supports for 3D printers. Designex 3D has been awarded the Malaysia Invention & Innovation Award and Malaysia International Design Award at Malaysia Technology Expo 2015.

The company offers different 3D printer models with different build sizes for your print applications and design needs. The 3D printers work with broad variety of 3D print consumables such as PLA, ABS, Flex and specialty filaments.

List of Designex 3D printers

  • Poseidon X: 25KG weight. Large format 3D printer with build volume: 300mm x 300mm x 300mm / 27.9L.  LCD control panel with jog-dial, SD card reader, run print job independently. (Price: RM12,800)
  • Odyssey X2: 12KG weight. Dual extruder 3D printer, LCD control panel with jog-dial, SD card reader, run print job independently. Build volume: 210mm x 210mm x 240mm/10.5L. (Price: RM8,500)
  • Odyssey X: 10KG weight. LCD display and controller, no SD card reader. Build volume: 210mm  x 210mm x 240mm/10.5L. (Price: RM6,500)
  • Apollo: About 3.0 kg weight. Does not support ABS build material. Build volume: 150mm x 150mm x 150mm. (Price: RM3,500)

3D printer filament

Designex 3D printer filament
Designex 3D printer filament

3D printer filament or 3D printer cartridges are most common in PLA and ABS. ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is best for durable and usable parts but it is toxic and not environmentally friendly. PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) made of corn starch and biodegradable. PLA has becoming more popular because it is environmentally friendly.

Beside supports PLA/ABS, Designex 3D company’s also has specialty filament for your 3D printing requirement, such as nylon, glow in the dark, flex, conductive, and more.

The company sells ABS/PLA at RM150/kg roll and Speciality at RM260/kg roll.

3D printer showcase

Full range of Designex 3D printers will be showcased at the METALTECH 2015 exhibition (Booth No.3752, Hall 3) from 20th to 23rd May 2015.

All 3D printers and 3D printer filaments can be purchased at Designex 3D corporate office or company’s website. Education practitioners and institutions enjoy special offer thruth Jua Jasa as below:

  • Purchase 2 Poseidon X 3D printers and be entitled to 50% off 1 unit of Odyssey X printer OR 2 units of Apollo printers.
  • Purchase 2 Odyssey 3D printers and be entitled to 50% off 1 unit of Apollo printer.

Visit Designex 3D website for more information.

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LINE Dragonica Mobile Online Game Download Starts in June 2015

LINE Dragonica Mobile
LINE Dragonica Mobile press conference
LINE Dragonica Mobile press conference

Asiasoft Corporation Public Company Limited, parent company of CIB, is partnering with LINE Corporation for channeling & distribution LINE Dragonica Mobile in Southeast Asia in June 2015.

LINE Game was started in 2012, now has 44 games available with over 546 million total downloads as of March 31st, 2015.

LINE Dragonica Mobile is Asiasoft’s first channeling game launched in Malaysia through LINE platform. More channeling game titles are coming in next few months.

LINE Dragonica gameplay

LINE Dragonica Mobile is an action based role-playing (ARPG) mobile game with left/right navigation based on the popular PC online game, Dragonica Online. Dragonica Online (Dragon Saga) is a successful online game title in 39 countries and had more than 18 million registered users.

LINE Dragonica Mobile
LINE Dragonica Mobile

Developed by Studio Funnigloo, Dragon Saga – Prelude (or Dragonica Mobile version) was launched in April 2014. It has similar game modes and combat system as the PC version, and all original beautiful graphic and features are successfully transferred into mobile version.

LINE Dragonica Mobile has 6 playable classes: Knight, Gladiator, Wizard, Warlock, Thief, Assassin. Players can take part in Daily mission, Story line,  Quests, PvP, Avatar Costume and others.

The mobile game will be available in 6 Southeast Asia countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

LINE Dragonica Mobile download available on both iOS AppStore and Google Play Store on 10th June 2015. Register now to receive free special items.