Google in Malaysia

27 01 2011

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Malaysian web surfers can look forward to more localised Internet content and services now that popular search-engine company Google Inc has opened office in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Bernama)

Search engine giant, Google, will soon increase investments in Southeast Asia to serve users and advertisers and, to take advantage of the phenomenal growth expected in the number of Internet users.

Google’s Southeast Asia Managing Director Julian Persaud said the investments included the opening of its Kuala Lumpur office Wednesday which was in line with Google’s commitment to provide Malaysians with local products.

He said Malaysia has now reached 17 million Internet users and high growth was expected from the wireless markets as the online environment in Malaysia was growing rapidly with significant developments taking place in both broadband Internet access and e-commerce activities.

“We are pleased to establish our newest operations here where we can draw from the highest quality local talent to further help our users find the information they are looking for and help Malaysian businesses succeed,” he told reporters after the opening of the Kuala Lumpur office by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir here Wednesday.

Google opened an office in Singapore and South Korea in 2007.

In the next few days, Persaud said, on line job-seekers in Malaysia would soon be able to surf for employment opportunities and vacancies in the sales, marketing and public relations areas via http://www.google.com.my/jobs.

In welcoming the opening of the local office, Mukhriz said Google’s local presence was a commitment to Malaysia and proved its suitability as a regional multimedia hub.

“We hope that Google’s entry will encourage more local business to go online and tap into international markets,” he said.

Meanwhile, Google’s Country Manager for Malaysia Sajith Sivanandan said Malaysia was a significant country in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population.

“We are excited about investing in Malaysia and through our search and display solutions, we hope to help small and large businesses grow. We also hope to reach new markets and contribute to economic growth.

“We also have a very engaged set of local users in Malaysia with whom we look forward to interact with much closely,” said Sivanandan who previously led Google’s online advertising business for the travel sector in Southeast Asia.

Household broadband penetration in Malaysia now stood at 55.6 per cent surpassing last year’s target of 50 per cent.

KUALA LUMPUR–Google has reaffirmed its commitment to further invest in Southeast Asia with the opening of a new office in Malaysia’s city center.

According to Julian Persaud, managing director for Google Southeast Asia, the new office here is the second in this part of the region, almost four years after establishing its first in Singapore.

“We are increasing our investments here in the region and the opening of the KL office will focus on what we can bring to local users, advertisers and our partners,” Persaud said during a media conference here Wednesday.

Asked how much the Internet giant planned to invest in Malaysia, he declined to provide details, noting only that its presence here signals the company’s intent to “further invest” in the country.

Malaysia was chosen because of its highly-skilled workforce, multicultural diversity and business-friendly environment, he said, noting that Google had previously worked on several local projects including a collaboration with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

“This step forward is inevitable and our presence here is a logical conclusion to our involvement with Malaysia,” Persaud said.

Eyeing consumers, SMBs
According to Sajith Sivanandan, Google Malaysia’s newly appointed country manager, the company’s local outlet will focus on the consumer and small and midsize business (SMB) market segments.

“For our users, we want to continue on the path of localization including bringing in features such as Google’s StreetView to Malaysia. From the business perspective, we want to help local enterprises extend their businesses through our products and services,” explained Sivanandan, who previously led the company’s Southeast Asian online advertising business for the travel sector.

Noting that the cost of advertising and promotions is still too high for many SMBs, he said Google hopes to reduce the barrier of entry for smaller enterprises and provide the platform that will enable local SMBs to reach out to customers worldwide.

The search company’s local office is located in the city center and it is looking to recruit new hires, Sivanandan said. “We are looking for smart analytical people and those who are interested to join a startup environment.

“The roles we’re looking at encompass client servicing, sales and marketing as well as roles in public relations and corporate communications,” he added.

Edwin Yapp is a freelance IT writer based in Malaysia.

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Hatsune Miku – 3D Virtual Singer From Japan (電子歌姬 — 初音未來)

20 11 2010

http://www.youtube.com/v/GSgWyEimwb8?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

Live concert

http://www.youtube.com/v/-K8MCg-YC7g?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

The story and the making of 3D Hatsune Miku

Thousands of Japanese people turn out to see concerts featuring Vocaloid software, a synthesized vocals application from Sony which allows users to type in text and convert the speech to song. It’s like text-to-speech software with a musical element.

To promote the software, Sony created some anime-style cartoon singers like “Hatsune Miku” to personify the different singing voices available from Vocaloid. These girls became so popular that they were integrated into the live concerts bands, and the result looks like this.

“初音未來”不但外表可愛迷人、穿著時尚,歌聲更是美妙絕倫,大量問鼎音樂排行榜榜首的單曲都是她的手筆。現在的她已經成為日本最新並且人氣最旺的流行明星。與日本其他歌星有所不同的是,“初音未來”並不是一個有血有肉的人,而只是一個全息影像。

“初音未來”的出現立即在日本歌壇掀起一場風暴,她的音樂會場場爆滿,無數崇拜她的歌迷涌入音樂會,聆聽她的美妙歌聲,他們的尖叫聲幾乎可以將棚頂掀翻。進軍歌壇後,“初音未來”演唱了一系列熱門歌曲,有關其日本巡演的視頻正像雨後春筍般出現。整個過程讓人不免聯想到科幻影片中的景象。

“初音未來”是一個數字化身,由日本科技公司“Crypton未來媒體”打造。將她請回家之後,消費者可以通過編程,讓“初音未來”在電腦上演唱任何歌曲。這位虛擬歌星只有16歲,身高5英尺2英寸(約合1.57米),對於她的性格,設計者並沒有進行太多設定。Crypton利用錄製的其他歌星的聲音並通過雅馬哈的Vocaloid軟體創造出“初音未來”演唱的歌曲。“初音未來”的嗓音採用著名女歌手藤田咲的聲音樣本打造,樣本由單一的日語發音構成,串在一起形成完整的語句。

她的歌曲和形象在日本取得巨大成功,現正在日本舉行巡迴演唱會。演唱會場場爆滿,數千歌迷揮舞著熒光棒為他們的偶像搖旗吶喊,不時爆發出一陣陣尖聲叫,就好像“初音未來”是一位在現實生活中真實存在的歌星一樣。全息顯示技術以這種一種方式被應用於舞臺這還是第一次。舞臺上的“初音未來”能夠像真人一樣移動。

在2005年和2006年MTV獎頒獎晚會上,由達蒙·阿爾巴恩擔任主唱的樂隊Gorillaz也曾使用投射的全息影像,但這些影象只是投射在身後的大螢幕上,而不是完全以3D形式出現。現在的“初音未來”已擁有一個歌迷俱樂部,Facebook上還出現了她的唱片公司。在日本一系列頗受歡迎的動畫片中,觀眾也曾無數次看到她的形象。

2009年,“初音未來”舉行了她的第一場現場演唱會,還曾前往新加坡巡演。2010年3月,在一次全國性請願活動之後,蝕刻有“初音未來”形象的金屬盤登上日本“拂曉”號飛船併發射升空。當時,共有超過1.4萬人在請願書上簽名,要求使用“初音未來”的形象。





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