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Is Apple the reason Maxis cancelled free Spotify Premium?

Last Friday I received a SMS from maxis, largest telco in Malaysia. They will be cancelling the free Spotify Premium subsidy from next month onwards. This was a perk for those who signed up MaxisOne 98 and above and is one of the reasons I stick with MaxisOne.

In a time when telco are competing to retain clients, its puzzling why maxis would want to do this. The only reason I could think of was that Apple had a hand in this.

Apple need to urgently increase their Apple Music subscriber. They have only 17M world wide paying subscribers vs Spotify's 40M. Now that Apple Music is also available on Android, there is no excuse from the telco not to offer or subsidise Apple Music anymore in Malaysia. Oh yeah, if you don't do it, maxis, maybe you will be the last to launch iPhone 7.

This underhanded way of twisting the telco's arm is not new to Apple. Remember how they twisted AT&T to follow their terms during the initial launch of iPhone 10 years ago? I'm not surprise if Apple is behind this Spotify cancellation.

Well, I will love to go back to Apple Music. I've tried Spotify and I miss the curated playlist. But you can't argue with free Spotify Premium. And if maxis is subsidizing Apple Music, all the better!

Forum shutdown

I have shutdown my forum. It was fun while it last. I enjoyed setting it up and playing around as an admin. There were some technical challenges and I learned so much from overcoming it. But, there are no participation. And I did not want to pay USD$10/month for a dead place.. And so it has to go. Too bad.

Haze Again

I thought we would end the year without haze. I guess a haze free Malaysia is now a pipe dream. It’s back this week. Getting worse. Wtf is wrong with Indonesia?

How to use a iPad with a wired mechanical keyboard?

If you hated poking into the glass of your iPad to type, you have two choices. One is to buy a Bluetooth keyboard and wirelessly connects the keyboard to the iPad. This is fine but most of the Bluetooth keyboards are not mechanical keyboard, except the HHKB Bluetooth or the Matias Laptop Pro.

Your other choice is to hook up your wired mechanical keyboard to the iPad. But you need to purchase a connector to do so. Apple is selling a USB to Camera Connector kit for RM139 and another newer one which is USB3 and have a additional lightning port to charge your iPad for RM189.

It looked like this:
I suggest getting the RM189 kit because of the ability to charge the iPad and to also provide some power to the keyboard that you plug in. The issue is Apple limits how much power goes out of the iPad into the USB device. If the keyboard requires more power than what Apple provides, you will get a pop up box saying "the connected device requires too much power".
It really made a hell of a difference when you can use a mechanical keyboard with the iPad. And it works across all apps. And you have more space to read and type because the virtual keyboard is hidden when an actual keayboard is presence.

Poh Kong Tesco Ampang RHB Credit Card Scam

This morning I received this SMS:

RM0.00 RHB: MYR 3998.00 was charged on your card num**97 at POH KONG-AMPANG TESCO on 03/08.Call 03-92126568 if you did NOT perform this transaction.

Looks totally legit, like something that I will get from my bank when I purchased something. Problem is, I don't have a RHB card. I called the number and there is a telephone automated service as well. These guys really go all the way. But suspecting something is amiss, I did a Google search and sure enough, it is a scam! They used to do it using CIMB Bank but now changed to RHB.

Be careful of this scam. Typically I don't do this in my blog. I consider myself scam savvy street smart but I almost fell for this. I imagine many other people would have easily fell for it.

The key thing is NEVER call the number in SMS message. ALWAYS, ALWAYS call your bank's official number.