Author: A. Asohan

Ode to the desktop, or why mobile-first sucks
Sure, smartphones and tablets are great and the mobile Internet has opened up entire new vistas … but A. Asohan argues that the desktop still rules.  
Week in Review: Those website revamp woes
DNA launched a redesigned website earlier this week, and of course, it immediately crashed. Executive editor A. Asohan ponders the lessons learned.
Week in Review: A bit of honesty serves better
Malaysia’s national Budget 2016 had some good parts and some bad stuff. Industry players do themselves, and the people of Malaysia, a disservice when they give out huzzahs while ignoring the bad, writes DNA executive editor A. Asohan.
Global innovation: Singapore in top 10, Malaysia shines
At No 7, Singapore was the only Asian country in the top 10 ranking of the world’s most innovative nations, while Malaysia (No 32) and Vietnam (No 52) were among those singled out as being ‘innovation achievers’ for outperforming their economic peers.
Malaysian Govt spyware use unconstitutional, call for action
The news that the Malaysian Government uses spyware developed by a Milan-based company called Hacking Team has got an Internet rights organisation calling for an independent probe, while a lawyer pointed out that such use on citizens is unconstitutional.
(DNA Top 10 in 2014) The Uber-SPAD spat: Be careful what you wish for
Spurred by complaints from taxi drivers and companies, Malaysian authorities are going to start cracking down on Uber drivers without permits. The Malaysian public is up in arms, saying that the Government is protecting at best an inefficient industry, at worst a dishonest one. A. Asohan believes the issue is greyer and murkier than that.
(DNA Top 10 in 2014) Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations
At the HITBSecConf event in Kuala Lumpur last month, a team from South Africa demonstrated how unknown forces are manipulating hearts and minds on the Internet by controlling the online narrative, writes A. Asohan.
(DNA Top 10 in 2014) MaGIC, the Malay language, and that ‘bumi thing’
The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) has been coming under a bit of stick recently for programmes specifically catering to the country’s ‘bumiputera’ community. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, argues A. Asohan.
Netflix-type wars: Grove’s Catcha takes on Singtel’s Hooq with iflix
After weeks of market buzz, Internet entrepreneur Patrick Grove’s Catcha Group has officially announced ‘iflix,’ its entry in the Video On Demand (VOD) space, just about a month after Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) unveiled its own Netflix-type service.
Acronis rolls out backup cloud service in Malaysia
Acronis continued its ‘cloud-first’ transition with the announcement of version 3 of its Backup as a Service solution, and also the ‘full-blown’ availability of the service in Malaysia.
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