Archive for March 2011

Please punch above the belt

The past few days have been very depressing for the local social media scene. A lot of people were talking about PAP’s new 27-year-old potential candidate, Tin Pei Ling. I don’t need to go into details on what have been said about her online. If you are reading this blog entry, you most likely have seen the other blog entries and tweets about her.

I said it is depressing for local social media scene because a large number of people are misusing social media to attack Tin Pei Ling. And most of them are punching below the belt. Some people are flaming her for posing a V sign with a Kate Spade box. The worst I’ve seen are those who dig out photos of her ex-boyfriend and current husband. These people even speculate that she dumped her ex-boyfriend to go marry her current husband who is more than 10 years older than her.

This is crazy. What does her personal photo, ex-boyfriend and husband got to do with her candidacy? I don’t care what sign she use when she pose for personal photos. She can use middle finger too if she wants. That’s her private photos taken during her own personal time. As long as she don’t do that at official events, I don’t see anything wrong with that. I’m very sure she knows when to behave appropriately.

As for the photos of ex-boyfriend and husband, I thought we only see those rubbish on tabloid news. Why did social media scoop that low.

It is depressing to see people using social media for such despicable manner. How do you expect the general public to take social media seriously when all they see is this sort of gutter journalism. Yes, some of you may argue that the PAP did similar things in the past. But why do we want to go down to their level?

Let’s be more objective here everyone. Her personal photos, ex-boyfriends and husband have nothing to do with her capabilities. These topic should not be brought up in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Tin Pei Ling is suitable to be a PAP candidate for this coming election. I’m just saying that we are judging her using the wrong scale. We are looking for a MP here, not saint. Debate on her capabilities.

Use social media in a responsible manner. Please don’t ruin the reputation of this platform. The oppositions needs this platform to be creditable for the upcoming election.

Punch above the belt.

PS: Read what Siew Kum Hong said regarding this issue. This is exactly why I have the highest respect for him. It’s a pity he is no longer a NMP.

First Look: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

I have a chance to take a first look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc just before it is launched in Singapore.

The Xperia Arc is running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 1GHz Qualcomm processor. It has a huge 4.2 inch touchscreen. Here’s something interesting about the display. There’s no air gap between the display panel and the protective glass. This, together with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, gives the Xperia Arc a very beautiful display.

A photo of 2 phones playing the same video. No prize for guessing which phone has Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

The Xperia Arc is pretty light and slim. It weighs 117 grams and the thinnest part is just 8.7mm. The 8.1 megapixel camera comes equip with Sony Exmor R for mobile which enables the Xperia Arc to take good photos and videos even in low light conditions. HD 720p video recording. There’s a HDMI port for you to connect the Xperia Arc to TV or projector.

The form factor of this device is very interesting. As the name suggested, the back of the phone is in a arc shape. This arc makes it feels comfortable when holding the phone in portrait. The arc shape also gives you better grip when holding the Xperia Arc in landscape with both hands.

My only complain so far about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the camera button. It’s too small for my fingers. But judging from the thickness of the phone, there really isn’t anything much Sony Ericsson can do about it.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver and will be available in Singapore by end Q1. Which means this few days lah. In fact, the 3 telcos are already accepting pre order as we speak.

3D Multi-Viewpoint Fog Projection Display

Japanese researchers at Osaka University demonstrated a 3D Multi-Viewpoint Fog Projection system recently. We are another step closer to the hologram we see on Star War.

One question….. Why did the researchers project a bunny image anyway? They should project image of Princess Leia saying “Help me obi wan kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

SMS donation drive to aid Japan disaster victims

The three mobile network operators in Singapore – M1, SingTel and StarHub, and Ericsson’s global mobile commerce enabler IPX have launched a SMS donation drive to aid Japan disaster victims. Donations will go towards the Singapore Red Cross Society’s relief efforts in Japan.

This mobile donation campaign run for one month, starting from 28 March 2011 till midnight on 25 April 2011. The donations will be reflected in customers’ next monthly bill from their respective mobile service providers.

Donation details:-
For a $5 donation, SMS RC5 to 78888
For a $10 donation, SMS RC10 to 78888
For a $20 donation, SMS RC20 to 78888

All administration fees will be waived by the 3 telcos.

Donations are not tax-deductible and persons below the age of 18 years will require parental or guardian consent before making a donation.

iPad 2 glass is stronger than original iPad

We all know that the new Apple iPad 2 is much thinner than the original iPad. Being thinner means it is less durable right? Maybe not.

Despite being 27% thinner, a series of torture test shows that the glass on iPad 2 is significantly stronger and more flexible than the glass used on the original iPad. Check out the video. Pretty impressive I must say.

Warning: The following video contains footage of iPad and iPad 2 glasses being tortured and abused. Viewer discretion is advised.

Oh….. and do not try this at home.