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Opinion 

Should Local Apps Be Pre-loaded on Devices?

Nowadays, there are more and more local applications created. In terms of quality, a number of those apps are even comparable internationally. Just take a look at PicMix, a local application which was initially created to fill in the lack of Instagram on BlackBerry, which eventually gained 18 million users globally. The fact though, most Indonesians aren’t aware of these local apps. Bundling local apps or having them pre-loaded on certain devices could be an alternative to keep developing local applications.

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Analysis  Opinion 

Prepaid Nation. Or How Online Services Companies Can Make Money in Indonesia

The other day Pando published a story about how being “big in Indonesia” is like a kiss of death for Path. In a similar way, this seems to apply to other companies like BlackBerry, Friendster, Multiply, and Koprol, though obviously not to all international technology companies. With that in mind, what failed them and why is Indonesia such a tough market to crack financially?

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Opinion 

Getting 10Gbps Home Fiber Connections by 2015 Sounds Great, But…

Earlier this month, Telkom Akses announced its 10Gbps Internet infrastructure project. The wholly owned subsidiary of Telkom plans to link up 20 million homes to the internet using fiber optic cables, unifying its currently diversified network. The project sounds quite ambitious but if executed well, will help the country catch up with the rest of the region as far as internet penetration and connection quality are concerned.

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News  Opinion 

Photo Sharing Plays a Big Part in Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp

If you thought that Viber’s acquisition by Rakuten last week was a major news in the mobile industry, today’s $19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp would be a massive earthquake sending shockwaves across the entire planet. With Instagram and now WhatsApp under its ownership, Facebook becomes an even larger photo-sharing entity on the planet.

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News  Opinion 

The Government Isn’t Going to Shut Down Telkomsel and Indosat Following Australian Spying Allegations

Following the revelations by the New York Times that the Australian government has access to snoop in on phone communications made through Indonesia’s Telkomsel and Indosat cellular networks, Indonesia’s minister for communications Tifatul Sembiring issued a warning on Tuesday that both telco companies may face shutdown if found to be active parties in the breach. Telkomsel is the leading mobile company in the country with over 120 million subscribers and Indosat is among the top three with over 50 million subscribers.

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Opinion  Review 

Guvera Isn’t Perfect But It’s Pretty Damn Good

Australia’s music streaming service Guvera was finally available in Indonesia last Tuesday following a few months of beta period and the service was given a full refresh which included the debut of listener profiles and celebrity playlists. How does the service fare so far?

I’ve been using Guvera on the iPhone and iPad and I have to say that it’s pretty damn close to how I would expect a music streaming service to be. It’s definitely not perfect, which is what this post is all about, but it’s a far better proposition than most offerings I’ve checked out in the past.

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