Malaysia’s Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need To Know

Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know
Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know
Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know

With all the constant competition going on between Malaysia’s broadband providers, it’s hard to tell which one best suits your Internet needs.

Of course, with the multitude of options available for you from various broadband providers, it should be easy for you to get the best plan for yourself.

The question is, how do you identify the perfect wireless broadband plan to match your cyberspace lifestyle? Ask yourself these questions before you commit to a wireless broadband plan:

Does the bandwidth match your Internet usage?

Bandwidth is the maximum capacity of the Internet connection supported by your broadband provider. This is the factor that determines the total capacity of your file upload/download usage, therefore be wise when making your decision when it comes to bandwidth.

While it’s true that greater bandwidth gives you faster more file upload or downloads speed, you need to identify usage speed needs. Committing to a broadband plan with high bandwidth when you don’t really utilise its maximum capacity is wasteful, as you’re basically paying more for what you don’t need.

How large is the coverage area?

Bear in mind that not all areas in Malaysia have broadband coverage and you’ll want to have a wireless broadband plan that: a) has strong coverage at the areas that you frequent and b) has a large coverage area in Malaysia.

You’ll never know when you might need to travel around Malaysia and when you do, you don’t want to miss out on your Internet connection.

Is the price within your budget?

Paying more for a broadband plan that you do not need is not the smartest financial decision, and in light of the current economy, you’ll want to trim off all the excess expenditure wherever possible.

Opt for the plan that is affordable and suitable for your Internet usage. Here are some of the best wireless broadband plans available in the market, according to the most common Internet needs:

For The Light Users – U Mobile MB68 Prepaid

On a budget and don’t really need large Internet quota? Then you’ve found your perfect match. U Mobile MB68 Prepaid comes with 8GB data quota and is affordable, contract-free and device sharing-friendly. You can opt for 21Mbps MiFi modem for RM249 (RM263.94 with GST) that allows multiple devices to share the connection at once, or just choose the USB modem for a single device use for RM135 (RM143.10 with GST).

You can also choose the SIM card only plan if you already have your own modem, or prefer to use your phone or tablet. Don’t worry if you’ve finished your data quota before the end of the month, this plan allows you to top up the quota with its 1GB Booster Plan (valid for 3 days) at only RM10.

Price: RM68 (RM72.08 with GST)

Quota: 8GB (5GB all day, 3GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: None

Maximum speed: 21Mbps

Fees and charges: One-time payment of RM249 (RM263.94 with GST) for 21Mbps MiFi modem or RM135 (RM143.10 with GST) for USB modem

U Mobile

For The Travelers – Celcom FIRST Basic 85 Internet

It only makes sense for you to get the wireless broadband plan with largest coverage area when you travel a lot within the country, and Celcom doesn’t disappoint on that account. Celcom FIRST Basic 85 Internet offers high-speed 4G LTE network and a large quota of 21GB.

This plan comes with free WiFi at all Celcom WiFi hotspots in Malaysia and a choice between the 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 Modem or 3G PortaWiFi 2.0 Modem. Whichever modem you choose, the plan is priced at RM85 (RM90.10 with GST) and comes with a 12 months contract.

Both modems are capable of supporting 10 devices at once, and the highlight of this plan is that if you don’t utilise all of your data this month, it automatically carry forward up to 7GB of the unused data to the following month.

Price: RM85 (RM90.10 with GST)

Quota: 21GB (7GB all day, 14GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: 12 months

Maximum speed: 75Mbps (with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 modem)

Fees and charges: One-time payment of RM233.20 (GST included) for 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 and RM53 (GST included) for 3G PortaWiFi 2.0. There is an activation fee of RM53 for both options, and early contract termination fee of RM350 for 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 and RM150 for 3G PortaWiFi 2.0.

Rebates & offers: RM22 rebate off monthly bill for 10 months with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 plan and RM5 rebate off monthly bill for 10 months with 3G PortaWiFi 2.0 plan.

Celcom

For The Avid Streamers – Maxis Wireless Broadband 48GB

This beast of a wireless broadband plan comes with a staggering 48GB data quota and high-speed 4G LTE network. Maxis Wireless Broadband 48GB plan offers a free modem, with the option of a LTE Mobile WiFi modem or a 21Mbps MiFi modem. You can opt for the SIM only plan if you have a modem of your own or prefer to connect it straight to your own smartphone of tablet.

Whatever your choice is, the plan is set at a flat rate of RM158 per month (RM167.48 with GST), which is a reasonable price considering all the benefits that you get out of it.

Price: RM158 (RM167.48 with GST)

Quota: 48GB (12GB from 8am – 2am, 36GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: 12 months

Maximum speed: 150Mbps (with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 modem)

Fees and charges: There is an advance payment of RM254.40 if you opt for LTE Mobile WiFi modem. The early termination fee for all options is RM200.The activation fees are as follows:

  • RM106 for LTE Mobile WiFi modem
  • RM159 for 21Mbps MiFi modem
  • RM106 for SIM card only plan

Rebates & offers: The rebates are as follows:

  • RM20 rebate off monthly bill for 12 months with LTE Mobile WiFi modem plan
  • RM10 rebate off monthly bill for 5 months with 21Mbps MiFi modem plan
  • RM10 rebate off monthly bill for 12 months with SIM card only plan

Maxis

Optimise your wireless broadband plan and get the one that suits your usage and budget best! If you’re looking for the best wireless broadband deals, visit CompareHero.my and use the free comparison tool to find best broadband plans today.

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How-To: Fix iMessage Bug that Prevent Android Phone Receiving SMS

Deregister iMessage
Deregister iMessage
Deregister iMessage

Last year I switch my smartphone from iPhone 4S to HTC One M8 (read my review here) and I never look back since then. I am a happy Android phone user now and I do not miss iPhone.

There was an “iMessage bug” that puzzle me for some time, though. Ever since I switched to Android phone, I no longer receive SMS or text message sent from other contacts who are using iPhone. All their messages were still sent to my old iPhone.

Apple recommends you to turn off iMessage before switch to a non-Apple phone following steps below:

  1. Put SIM card into your (old) iPhone
  2. Goto Settings.
  3. Tap Messages.
  4. Turn iMessage ‘off’. Go back to Settings.
  5. Tap FaceTime.
  6. Turn FaceTime ‘off’. Exit Settings.

It will take sometimes for the settings to take effect. Some users reported that the trick does not work. Also, what if you no longer have your iPhone (sold or lost)?

Starting from November 2014, Apple has a dedicated page to Deregister iMessage for those ex-iPhone users to deregister from iMessage.

deregister iMessage phone number
deregister iMessage phone number

Simply enter your phone number, then enter the confirmation code send to your phone number via SMS. It will then deregister your number from iMessage.

After deregistration, other iPhone users will send text messages to you as SMS, which you can receive on a non-iPhone phone.

Visit Deregister iMessage

16 Best New Features of Windows 8.1 You Want to Know

Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen

Windows 8.1 – a free update to Windows 8 – has been launched in October 2013. Windows 8.1 maybe looks identical to Windows 8 but there are many new features and improvements inside.

Here I compiled a list of 16 best new features of Windows 8.1. Let us know which feature you like most in the comment section?

1. Start button is back! (not really…)

Windows 8.1 Start button
Windows 8.1 Start button

Good news: “Start button is back in Windows 8.1.”
Bad news: “It is not THE Start button.”

Microsoft brings back the classic “Start” button in Windows 8.1 after removed it in Windows 8 (criticized by many users).

However, it is not the old Start button that we know. Click/tap on it bring you to Start screen (Modern UI a.k.a Metro UI) by default, not the old Windows cascade menu.

“What da…!”

Good thing is that you can change the Start button to show all your apps (Apps view) – Goto “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog, tick “Show the Apps view automatically when I goto Start”.

In media discussion with Sunny Ooi, Consumer Channels Group Director Microsoft Malaysia, pointed out that “traditional Windows cascade menu is not ideal for touch screen and different screen sizes – small to big”.

Additionally, power users can access Windows admin tools – event viewer, device manager, disk management, computer management, Windows PowerShell, etc – and shut down/restart device by right clicking the Start button.

2. Start directly to Desktop

Many traditional Windows users and those who do not own a touchscreen device would like to skip Windows 8 start screen and boot directly into Desktop mode.

Windows 8.1 Start screen settings
Windows 8.1 Start screen settings (Image credit: MaximumPC)

Now you can do it with Windows 8.1. On the “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog, tick “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.

3. More Start Screen visual options

Windows 8.1 Start screen showsing 4 different tile sizes
Windows 8.1 Start screen showsing 4 different tile sizes

App tiles on Start screen now can have 4 sizes: Large, Wide, Medium, Small. Large and Small are new tile sizes. Large tile size is 2x the height of Wide tile; Small tile is a quarter of Medium size.

You can select multiple app tiles and move them all at once. No more moving one-by-one as in Windows 8.

Start screen background can use Desktop wallpaper. The setting is “Show my desktop background on Start” on the “navigation” tab on the taskbar properties dialog.

4. All Apps view

Windows 8.1 all apps view
Windows 8.1 all apps view

Want to see all your installed apps in a view? Simply hit Ctrl+Tab to toggle between the All Apps View and the default Start Screen view.

Or, swipe up for All Apps View and swipe down for default view in the middle of the Start Screen.

5. Improved multitasking and productivity

Windows 8.1 multi-tasking
Windows 8.1 multi-tasking

Now you can have up to 4 apps side-by-side in Windows 8.1 for double productivity (only 2 apps in Windows 8). Each app on screen can have flexible size.

Multi-monitor support has been improved so that you can view the desktop or modern apps on any or all monitors.

6. Bing Smart Search

New Bing Smart Search will find everywhere – documents on device, SkyDrive, apps, song from Xbox Music, website – for your search query.

You can watch videos, play music and check Bing maps directly from the search results.

7. Windows Store Redesigned

Windows 8.1 redesigned Windows Store
Windows 8.1 redesigned Windows Store

Windows Store has new layouts and categories, such as New & Rising make it easier to stay up to date on the hottest apps.

Personalized recommendations powered by Bing advanced recommendation and relevance system help you to find your new favorites.

Best of all, apps are updated automatically by default. You always have the newest and best version of any app.

8. New lock screen

Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen
Windows 8.1 personalized lock screen

New Windows 8.1 lock screen allows you to turn your device into a digital picture frame by showing your selected photo gallery.

You can also access camera and answer Skype calls without unlock screen first.

9. Modify settings from Start

In Windows 8.1, you do not need to enter Desktop mode to modify your computer settings. Many settings can be accessed from within the Start Screen interface.

10. Better touchscreen typing

Windows 8.1 now has better touchscreen typing. It learns as you type and make suggestions based on what you have written before.

Touch keyboard child keys
Touch keyboard child keys (Image credit: Winsupersite)

Plus, you can press and hold on a key to get other options such as numbers or language-specific alternatives.

One more thing, Emoji icons are now in colour!

11. Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11
Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 is designed for touch screen with larger tabs and simpler controls, as well as speed boosts, and sync browsing history, favorites and settings across all your Windows 8.1 devices.

IE 11 features redesigned developer tools, support for WebGL,enhanced scaling for high DPI screens,SPDY, prerender and prefetch. (WikiPedia)

12. Your Windows follows you

When you logon Windows 8.1 with your Microsoft account, your Windows stuff – Windows settings, photos, apps, music, and so on – are automatically synced. Apps not on your device are not automatically download but you can see the app icon in All Apps View and one-click to install them.

13. SkyDrive Cloud in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Skydrive
Windows 8.1 Skydrive

With deep SkyDrive cloud integration in Windows 8.1, you can create, edit and save files to SkyDrive cloud just like you save files on your PC.

Then, you can online access the latest version of your files anywhere, anytime on whatever device you are using.

Since your files are online and backed up on SkyDrive, they are always safe, even something bad happens to your device.

14. Native 3D Printing Support

Windows 8.1 is the 1st operating system provides native support for 3D printing. It has plug-and-play support for 3D printers, enable apps to print 3D jobs and understand 3D file formats.

15. High-DPI and DPI Scaling Support

In Windows 8.1 each display can have its own dot-per-inch (DPI) scaling factor which makes the relative scale of content consistent.

Meaning, if you have multiple displays mixed with normal resolution and 4K monitor or ultra-high resolution laptop, the on-screen content will be scaled consistently across different displays.

16. Quiet Time

Windows 8.1 Quiet Time
Windows 8.1 Quiet Time (Image credit: Lifehacker)

Windows 8.1’s Quiet Time is your device’s “Do Not Disturb” mode. You can put your device to stay silent — no app notification allowed — for a preset time, like nighttime. Goto Windows Settings, then Search and Apps, turn Quiet Hours on in Notifications and set the quiet hours.

Bonus: FREE Windows 8.1!

Windows 8.1 is free update for Windows 8 users. The online update download size is over 3GB.

  1. At Start screen, tap or click Store tile.
  2. Tap or click the Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 in Store.
  3. Tap or click Download.
  4. Download will start and install in the background while you can still use your PC to do other things.

Read more information on Windows 8.1 update here.

New Windows devices are also shipped with Windows 8.1 since October 2013.

Buy Windows 8.1

If your PC is not currently running Windows 8 or Windows RT, you can buy Windows 8.1 online download at USD119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro for USD$199.99. DVD box edition is USD$169 for Windows 8.1 and $289.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Now you learn the 16 best features of Windows 8.1. Which one is your favourite? Did I miss out any new features? What are the features you would like to see in Windows 8.2? Please tell us in the comment.

You Can Now Receive Twitter Direct Messages (DMs) from Any Follower

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower, regardless you follow them back or not. Learn how to enable/disable it.

“Hey, please follow me so that I can send you a DM!”

Does it sound familiar to you? Twitter users should encounter it now and then.

It is Twitter’s rule that you can only send DM (direct message) to another Twitter user who you and him/her follow each other.

The rule helps to cut the amount of unwanted (read: Spam) Direct Messages in your Twitter inbox.

But it could be a hassle when you simply want to receive a private message from a Twitter user but you are not interested to follow him/her Twitter updates.

Do you follow a Twitter user temporarily to receive DMs then unfollow the account? It sounds stupid, isn’t it?

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower
Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Not anymore, if you wish. A new Twitter setting “Receive direct messages from any follower” (pic) allows you to receive DM from Twitter followers, even you are not following them.

The new Twitter messages setting has a note say:

Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back.

[Tweet “Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower.”]

Thoughts

Now you can decide whether you want to receive private messages from followers without following them back, or you want to keep your Twitter inbox to friends only.

With the setting checked, you do not need to follow Twitter users to receive their DMs – Keep your Twitter timeline to only those you care.

I think that company customer support teams on Twitter are cheering for the new Twitter setting. They are often ask customers to send account information in direct message (for privacy) to solve customers’ issues.

Do you enable/disable the Direct Message setting? I have mine enabled. Follow me (@liewcf) on Twitter to send me a DM now!

[via The Verge]

How to Disable “Google Shared Endorsements” that Show Your Name and Photo in Google Ads

google shared endorsements

Google updated its Terms of Service with new “Google Shared Endorsements”, which may display your name and photo in Google Ads. Learn how to opt out and disable it for your Google+ account.

google shared endorsements
google shared endorsements

Google Terms of service has been updated. The new terms will go live on November 11, 2013. One of the three changes is the Google Shared Endorsements, here is an excerpt about how it works:

To ensure that your recommendations reach the people you care about, Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations and other relevant activity throughout its products and services. This sometimes includes shopping contexts, like the Google Play music store, and ads. Your profile name and photo may appear with the recommendation.

[Tweet “Your G+ profile name and photo may appear in Google Ads. But it’s easy to opt out.”]

How to opt out Google Shared Endorsements?

The good thing is that, which Google emphasize a lot, you are free to choose whether you want your name and photo appears in Google ads or not. And, it is very easy if you found the Shared Endorsements setting page.

Google Shared endorsements setting
Google Shared endorsements setting
  1. Login your Google account.
  2. Goto Shared Endorsements setting page. You will be asked to upgrade Google+ account, if you haven’t.
  3. Uncheck “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.”
  4. Click “Save” button and you’re done.

Hope this tip helps you to hide your name and photo in Google services and products. Please ask any question in the comment below.

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