Archive for July 2010

Singapore got talent – 53A

Sorry for the lack of blog and twitter update for the past few days. As most of you guys should know (I hope), my company had a big product launch last Thursday night. As I’m typing this on Saturday afternoon, I’m still feeling dead tired from the crazy week. Which makes me wonder how did I even drag myself to go drinking last night…..

ANYWAY….. as I was running all over the place in and out of the busy event hall last Thursday evening, I was being entertained by great music from a local band call 53A. OK, I know I’m always many steps slower than most people when it comes to music. They are all over the Singapore music scene and I only heard of them last Thursday. Tsk tsk….

Didn’t have time to really pause and enjoy the music. But I must say they are pretty good. They even use the iPhone piano app to play a few songs. Didn’t manage to take my camera and record them in action. But here’s some video that I found online. Enjoy!

Check out their blog.

Someone told me that I know Sara Wee’s sister. Singapore is small.

Coming soon: Gothere.sg iPhone App

We heard rumors that gothere.sg is doing a iPhone App for almost a year. Well, it’s finally official. gothere.sg has submitted their iPhone App to Apple App store for approval. Check out this short demo video.

Some of you might be wonder why the need for a native iPhone App when the gothere.sg mobile site is already doing a good job. Well, the loading time for native App definitely beats the mobile site. You have less things to load. You don’t need waste time and bandwidth to load the interface. The interface is already on the App itself. And you can do lots of fancy stuff on the native App that a mobile website can’t. And most importantly, branding. Having your application on Apple App store’s top 25 downloaded application is a good form of advertising for your company.

Good job gothere.sg team! Looking forward to seeing it on the Apple App store soon. I guess there shouldn’t be any problem getting approval.

And the next big question now is……. When will you guys be releasing Android version? And BlackBerry, Symbian, MeeGo, Bada, Windows Phone 7 etc etc etc….. You get my point. :)

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

12 years ago, Blizzard Entertainment launched the successful StarCraft. I still remember being hooked on the game, spending hours at home playing mission after mission. I also remember playing StarCraft with my friend in poly and avoiding sysadmin. Those were the days. StarCraft is one of the best real-time strategy game for me.

Well, after several years of development and an extensive beta test that resulted in focused feedback from thousands of players worldwide, Blizzard Entertainment finally released StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty yesterday in Singapore and and several other countries. The launch event was at Funan. I managed to rush down during lunchtime to check out the crowd. The queue is crazy. I think the last time I saw such a long queue was at the iPhone 3G launch.

Come to think of it, there are lots of queuing opportunities for Singaporeans lately. The iPad queue last Friday, the StarCraft II queue yesterday and the iPhone 4 queue this coming Friday. I wonder who is queuing for all 3.

Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more. The Southeast Asian version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty gives players immediate access to play on servers based in Southeast Asia, alongside gamers from Australia and New Zealand. This datacenter provides high-quality gameplay and connectivity for local gamers, as well as a deeper, more accessible community experience complete with exclusive multiplayer leagues and ladders. Blizzard also intend to let players in Southeast Asia have the ability to play on North American servers at no additional cost. This option is not available currently but Blizzard will make it available no later than 60 days after launch. But of course it would be better for players to use local servers as they offer lower latency.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is retailing at S$109. You can also purchase the game digitally at www.starcraft2.com.

I guess the world’s productivity level is about to go down for the next couple of months.

Magic Trackpad magically appears in Apple Store

With all the iPad and iPhone discussion going around, Apple thinks that they could pull off a magic trick by adding a Magic Trackpad on the online store without anyone noticing.

Sorry Apple, tough luck here. We saw that Magic Trackpad sneaking in. In fact, rumors of a gigantic trackpad surfaces back in June. But I must say that the timing took us by surprise. Between the iPad and iPhone launch in Singapore? Wow, the folks at Apple must be super busy lately.

The Magic Trackpad uses Bluetooth to connect to your iMac (or MacBook / MacBook Pro if you insist). It works the same as the Trackpad on your MacBook. Which means you can perform the same shortcut gestures now on your iMac with the Magic Trackpad. Now, that’s magical.

The Magic Trackpad looks pretty good when placed next to the Bluetooth Keyboard. And it runs on 2 AA battery.

Speaking of AA battery, Apple has also started selling Rechargeable Battery and Charger. Seriously, if someone told me that this morning, I’ll say that’s a joke.

The Magic Trackpad is selling at a magically price of S$98 while the Battery Charger + 6 AA Rechargeable Battery cost S$44.

Samsung Human Torch Youth Olympic Games 2010

Time check, we are 18 days away from the first ever Youth Olympic Games. As you are reading this (assuming you read it on the day I post), the Youth Olympic Flame is making its way around the world before arriving in Singapore on the 6th Aug 2010.

Samsung, The International Presenting Partner of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) and Worldwide Olympic Partner, celebrated the lighting of the Youth Olympic flame in Greece with a spectacular mass formation in the shape of a torch last Friday. 2010 students from six educational institutions came together to form and illuminate this mass display at the celebration site at Merchant Loop. The six educational institutions are: Assumption English School, ITE East, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.

The illumination of the torch formation at 20:10hrs Singapore time also coincides with the lighting of the Olympic Flame in Greece on 23 July 2010.

Here’s a photo of the Samsung Human Torch that I took at the event.

Here is another photo of the Samsung Human Torch from another angle. (Stolen from the press release)

Oh, by the way, in case you are wondering how I took the first photo, let me say that I’m not at Liang Court or Novotel. In fact, you can actually see my position from the press release photo. Can you see me? :)

*Oldspice tone* I’m on a crane. Do do do doot doo do do dooot.