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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Build Your Startup Internet and Mobile Hosting Business: Step 2


Previously I have written on how easy it is to startup your own Internet and mobile hosting business.

Exciting news isn't it? Stopping there wouldn't have done you much justice. In this post I will tell you just how to do it, and what you can possibly achieve with this easy startup option!

Oh, and yes, this is a series on Building Your Startup Internet and Mobile Hosting Business. There are 3 steps to the whole process. Well, 3 steps keeps things nice and compact and easy to follow. So stay tuned for the final chapter of this series, the "third step".


Is the Mobile and Internet Space worth it?

May 2012: Mobile & Social Gaming, Internet Consulting, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting E-Commerce are some of the 11 Best Business Opportunities according to Inc.

Big news surrounds this big boom, but is the mobile industry just another "dot com" bubble or is it going to last a good century? Technology as it seems, is moving towards a more mobile, organic form whereby designers and engineers in the current age are building for the future and going back to the roots of ideology where technology was meant to be an aid to everyday work, rather than an obstruction.

Considering the current trend is really staggering, so why don't we take advantage of the booming trend in technology and immediately assimilate into it with little or no heavy initial commitments.

From the previous understanding of how to startup your own Internet and mobile hosting business easily, there are a few steps that you could perform much in advance to prepare yourself for an immediate performable action. In other words, prepare a simple action-step; simple, quick, and effective.

Start with:


  1. Market Identification: All you need to do is identify the market you wish to penetrate, with the wide array of already available infrastructure provided by EVERWORKS. What helps is to; identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that could potentially come against you, and have a good strong core that your customers can relate to. Generally people believe in your beliefs and ideas, because ultimately all products sold are relatively the same. 
  2. Also, having a solid plan that covers the action-step for the next 3 years helps to keep the direction clear during times of trouble.


Behind every won war, there is a great tactician. Plotting your action-plan is vital to making sure your business succeeds. Even though the easy solution has been given, but if your idea or inspiration does not take direction, and have a clear path, nothing gets translated properly into effective actions.

Consider those two suggestions, with a valid professional business advisor, before making any critical decisions. Don't just take my word for it.

Stay tuned for more. In the mean time let us know what you think:



  1. Is the mobile and Internet hosting business something for the future?
  2. Are there any other advice you would like to share to better prepare a Startup?


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Monday, 24 June 2013

The New Facebook #hashtag Feature

The Facebook #hashtag, the buzz that is on the Internet, causing excitement in some parts, and drawing a lot of concerns as well. There have been a lot of speculation surrounding this topic, and much of it just speculation. I can't give you a definite answer for most things as well, but here is a little overview on what to potentially expect in future.
"Between 88 and 100 million Americans log into Facebook every night during prime time TV hours, which represents a significant opportunity for broadcasters, advertisers, and our other partners," Justin Osofsky director, platform partnerships and operations at Facebook, said in a blog post on Wednesday. (Follow more of this report here)
Twitter's use of the #hashtag:
The #symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages

Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
  1. Twitter users use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (with no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and show up more easily in Twitter searches.
  2. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics
  3. and much more
Example: in a tweet @everworks_my uses the hashtag #iGoSMS. 

Using hashtags correctly on Twitter:
  1. Don't #spam #with #hashtags.
  2. Use hashtags that are relevant to its topic.
Facebook's use of the #hashtag:
Facebook's use of the #hashtag is similar to Twitter's adaptation of it, where keywords or topics created after the symbol # (with no spaces) will categorize that message.

Privacy: A Facebook spokesperson commented saying that from a privacy perspective, "hashtags will work similarly to graph search," which has left us in the dark, on whether #hashtags will promote a greater sense of openness. Big questions are being drawn on the privacy of the new Facebook #hashtag feature, but a lot has yet to be known, privacy is after all important to everyone.

Let us know what you think:
  1. Will you use the new Facebook #hashtag?
  2. Is privacy important to you?
  3. Are Facebook #hashtags going to affect advertising ability?

Monday, 17 June 2013

Maxis Introducing Error Code of 415


Recently, we got an email from Maxis about the introduction of Error Code 415. Maxis is upgrading their API documentation about this new feature, so that we can reconfigure our Premium SMS Gateway accordingly while detected this error code.

Basically, this error code is to inform EVERWORKS SMS Gateway to take the necessary action when receiving this error message while pushing the MT to Maxis SMS Gateway.

Below are the explanation from Maxis about this error code of 415:

Code
Description
415The subscriber subscription service has been temporarily blocked due to renewal reminder not receive by subscriber (e.g. may due to the subscriber being out of network coverage area, subscriber.s mobile device being switched-off, etc.).

As our platform will trigger periodical renewal reminders to the subscribers, there will be scenario where some subscribers do not receive the renewal reminders at their mobile devices (e.g. may due to the subscriber being out of network coverage area, subscriber.s mobile device being switched-off, etc.). In this scenario, Content Provider will receive Error Code 415 when attempt to trigger renewal/ content charge to this subscriber.

Action Plan by EVERWORKS
In this situation, all Content Provider of EVERWORKS should not do multiple retries of charging MTs to the subscribers, once receiving Error Code 415 from the SMS gateway. In the following renewal cycle, the renewal reminder will trigger accordingly by Maxis and your subscribers will receive the chargeable content upon successful renewal reminder delivery to the subscriber's device.

Maxis has sent us the latest API documentation with this implementation, and EVERWORKS will revise our SMS gateway in order to compliance on this new feature by Maxis, as well as to update our current API documentations. We will keep our Content Provider update once the revised API is ready. For more information  please contact our Messaging Team at sms@everworks.com

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

How LTE affect to Malaysia's mobile content business?

In December 2012, MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) has announced that eight companies were allowed to access the country's 2600MHz spectrum band for LTE services. The eight companies were Celcom, DiGi Telecommunications, Maxis Broadband, Packet One Networks, Puncak Semangat, REDtone, U Mobile, and YTL Communications.

Earlier in 2013, we have slowly seen local Telcos rolling out their LTE services with a lot attractive data plan bundled together. Maxis has launched their high-speed 4G LTE network on 1 January 2013, and (according to Maxis) they are also the first Telco in Malaysia to activate 4G LTE for Apple devices such as iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4, as well as you can see the same thing with other local Telcos like Celcom and DiGi. Of course, penetration of LTE service has to work closely with phone maker, and this investment can't be a successful if none of their subscribers is upgrading to LTE phone. Hence, you can see how desperately Maxis is pushing their iPhone5 and Samsung 4S package with so much attractive data plan. In fact, I have signed up too with Maxis for their iPhone5 package.


How LTE affect to Malaysia's mobile content business? 
We see this as an advantage to our industry in term of the delivery of mobile content. A solid connectivity between mobile phone and content provider is extremely important once a mobile user has subscribed to their service via SMS short code. Today, many Mobile Content Providers (CP) has started shifting their content delivering method from SMS to internet channel (included GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE). In early years, when you purchase a mobile content via short code, you will usually receive the purchased content in SMS format, and now (as most of the mobile users have already signed up internet data plan with their operator) you will most likely receive a WAP SMS with a embedded URL. With high penetration of mobile internet, Content Provider (CP) has started to change their business model by offering even more bigger size content (such as mobile apps and games). Content providers have already 'think out of the box' with all these available mobile connectivity, and SMS has just act as their micro payment tool in collecting payment from their mobile users. 

Just to share a business case study from EVERWORKS.com, my client was thinking to offer some pre-launch test play for their latest online game and to allow their client to purchase the test play credit online using credit card. The price for each credit is RM5. 

Initially, my client has planned to use credit card payment to sell this credit online. But to setting up the online payment gateway maybe too time consuming for this short term service, and most of clients may not have credit card yet at their age (age between 16 to 20). So how do EVERWORKS solved for this client? We at EVERWORKS.com has suggested to use our premium SMS short code (such as 32886, 33886, or 36886 in Malaysia) to sell the game credit. 

But how to incorporate with their online business? In our proposal, we will integrate our SMS gateway with my client's existing servers (server that manage and generate activation code), and pass the activation code to our SMS servers. So, if anyone request the test play credit in their website, the website will instruct the users to purchase it by sending in a SMS command such as GAME 1 to 32886. Our gateway will then reply the mobile user the activation code via SMS, and charge the RM5. User can key in the activation code on the web page to continue their game. 

4G LTE is growing very fast ......  From the recent report by research firm, Wireless Intelligence has revealed that there are now 100 million 4G LTE connections across the globe. According to the research specialist, there are now 163 LTE networks operating in 70 countries. Furthermore, these figures are expected to increase to more than 400 networks in 120 countries by the end of 2017. Operators in countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the US have so far been principle drivers of this industry growth, with 90% of the international LTE connections market.

“Around 100 LTE networks have launched last year globally and as many are expected to launch this year,” said Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence. Gillet also predicts that there will be in excess of 900 million LTE connections globally by December 2017, reaching one billion in the first half of 2018.

Monday, 3 June 2013

How to choose the right IT support company?


Choosing the right IT support company is very important whether you are a small, medium or large business. A good IT support provider is a company which meets your business IT needs and with whom you are comfortable working. There are many IT companies to choose from which makes the selection process even more demanding. It is therefore crucial to make sure you consider several important factors including price and quality of service.

TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER
How do you know which IT company is right for your business? To make it easier for you we have composed a list of the 5 most important things you need to consider when selecting the right IT support company to look after your IT systems.



MYNIC Launched New Logo

Last week, we have received a notification email from MYNIC that they have changed their corporate logo effectively by this month. we at EVERWORKS.com have done a simply internal survey about the new logo, and so far everyone seem quite love with this logo. 

Below is the email that we have received from MYNIC.

Dear Valued Customers,
We are proud to announce that our company is continuously innovating to become No. 1 in Asia Pacific region. Catering to ever-demanding needs and the relevancy in the market, now we will be globally known as MYNIC.
Our official logo is also changing to reflect new, fresh ideas and dynamic service delivery, with customers' satisfaction on the top of our priority list.
 

We are very excited for this progression of our company which positively represents our commitment to our customers. We thank you for your continuous support towards our services.


In case you have no idea who is MYNIC? MYNIC (legal entity of MYNIC Berhad with Company Registration No: 735031-H) is an agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and is regulated by Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
MYNIC is the sole administrator for web addresses that end with .my in Malaysia. As the national level domain name, MYNIC provides Malaysian organization and individuals their unique brand identity on the Internet. We register a wide range of domain names i.e. .my, .com.my, .org.my, .net.my, .edu.my, .gov.my, .mil.my and .name.my.

EVERWORKS.com has been appointed by MYNIC to be their authorized domain reseller since 2008 in promoting .MY domain names. Our reseller page at MYNIC at http://mynic.my/en/reseller-register.php?param=UjA3NA==. Of course, if you wish to register other than .MY domain name, please visit our domain page at http://www.everworks.com/Domain







Report: 826,000 people had their mobile stolen last year.

Recently, there is an interesting report conducted by CSEW (Crime Survey for England and Wales) - there is total of 826,000 people had their mobile stolen last year, with the number of mobile robbery victims up from 759,000 in 2009/2010 to 826,000 in 2011/2012
Teens aged between 14-17 and adults aged 18-24 were found to be most at risk from mobile phone thieves, as the survey found that those within these age ranges were twice as likely to have their mobile stolen than others. Women in the 18-24 age grouping were revealed to be the most likely to be targeted, with one in 20 reporting a stolen phone.
However, the crime survey also showed a drop in mobile phone theft from those aged 10-13, which was down from 2.6 per cent in 2009/2010 to 1.7 per cent in 2011/2012.

There was also a year-on-year dip in the number of mobile phone thefts against 14-17 year-olds, which fell from 5.2 per cent to 4.0 per cent, although the rate of thefts against those aged 75 and over were up from 0.2 per cent to 0.7 per cent. Overall, the percentage of thefts and robberies involving a mobile phone jumped to 46 per cent in 2011/2012 from 31 per cent in 2010/2011.

Help Oklahoma


Oklahoma is facing a tough time now, help out and give to those that are in need. Reach out to them even if you are right now only just behind your screen.


You can help by visiting the American Red Cross and donate to the cause.



Oklahoma was hit with a Hurricane recently and you can read more about news being circulated through NBC News and The Sun UK.

Send your thoughts through the comments below, show your support.
  1. Pray for Oklahoma
  2. Suggest ways family members can get in touch with one another during this time

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Latest Invent to charge your mobile in 20 to 30 seconds


Who is Esha Khare? She has recently became a big name for everyone in electronic and cellphone industry today! The 18-year-old girl from Saratoga, has just won a $50,000 prize Friday at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds. The fast-charging device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time.

What's more, it can last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries, according to Eesha Khare of Saratoga, Calif. "My cellphone battery always dies," she told NBC News when asked what inspired her to work on the energy-storage technology. Supercapacitors also allowed her to focus on her interest innanochemistry — "really working at the nanoscale to make significant advances in many different fields."


Another 167Gbps of DDoS Attack using DNS Reflection method

Still Remember the recent DDoS attack on Spamhaus at 300Gbps? This Recorded ad the largest ever DDoS attack so far. On 27th May, another similar method of DDoS attack (DNS Reflection Method) has launched toward an unnamed financial firm. The attack has reached up to 167Gbps. Prolexic has announced that they have successfully mitigated for their client and distributed it across to their 4 cloud based scrubbing center in Hong Kong, London, San Jose and Ashburn. According to Prolexic, scrubbing center at London has mitigated majority of the attacks, around 90Gbps. Although smaller than the Spamhaus assault, it still registered as the largest ever defended by Prolexic in its 10-year history.