Archive for March 2011

App Store: there’s a trademark for that

Don’t play play. The name “App Store” is a trademark from Apple. Apple filed for trademark back in July 2008 when it was first launched on the iPhone. App Store can now be found on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even MacOS.

Apple is now suing Amazon violating its “App Store” trademark. Amazon recently launched their App Store for the Android platform. Apple claim that the Amazon App Store will confuse and mislead customers.

Hmmmmm….. I’m actually confused now. Amazon’s App Store is only available on the Android platform. How would it mislead people?

And why is it that a generic term like “App Store” is allowed to be trademarked in the first place? Something is seriously wrong with the whole trademark and patent system.

By the way, I heard Amazon App Store is not available in Singapore.

Ya Kun donating all takings on this Friday to the Japan Disaster Fund 2011

Ya Kun will be donating all takings on 25th March 2011 to the Japan Disaster Fund 2011. Suntec, Raffles City, Funan, Far East Plaza, 313@Somerset and Central branches will be taking part.

Let’s spread the kaya and love….

OK, I’m going to have Ya Kun for breakfast tomorrow and my afternoon coffee will also be Ya Kun! Cheers!

OMG! Dancing Android!

Saw this on vinamelody’s tweet.

The video was taken in Taiwan during their Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc launch. Damn, why didn’t we have dancing Android at the Singapore launch? Haha

Androids are slowly invading earth and they are doing it by dancing!

1 in 3 Singaporeans would rather lose their childhood photos than their phone

Norton survey reveals one in three Singaporeans would rather lose their childhood photographs than their mobile phone.

Weird comparison actually. Judging from most of the childhood photographs that I’ve seen, I’m sure a lot of us don’t mind losing our childhood photographs. In fact, I know some friends who actually wished that those photos never existed. Especially those photos of us in shower when we were still young. Seriously, why do Singaporean parents like to take such photos?

OK, jokes aside. Mobile phone has become an indispensable tool. I keep telling people that the first and last thing that most people see each day is their mobile phone. Even for those who are married. It’s no longer their husband/wife but their mobile phone. The survey from Norton also shows that 89 percent of Singaporeans never leave home without their mobile phones and nearly half cannot live without their phones.

The strange thing is that a lot of people don’t have the habit of doing backup nor do they have any security software installed on their phone.

The survey shows that about half of Singaporeans have had their mobile phone lost or stolen and 84 percent of them found the experience stressful. 87 percent considered the loss of contact information the worst part of the experience and also a huge inconvenience. (Seriously people, BACKUP!)

50 percent of Singaporeans surveyed had expressed concerns over privacy and sensitive information being divulged when they lose their mobile phone. 89 percent could neither remotely lock nor wipe the phone’s memory after the device was stolen or lost. Only 37 percent of users in Singapore have password-protected mobile phones

There is an increase in number of smart phones that comes bundled with security software. For Android phones that don’t come bundled with a security software, Norton has an app call Norton Mobile Security on the Android Marketplace. Android phone users can currently download a free limited-trial beta version. Norton Mobile Security will allow users to locate and remotely wipe or lock their lost or stolen Android phones with a quick text message.

If only there is a self destruct feature too. (Kidding kidding) But do try it out if you have an Android phone. I’ve seen it in action before and it’s pretty good.

Gameloft to launch BackStab exclusively on Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

Gameloft recently announced that the company is teaming up with Sony Ericsson to bring it’s latest action/adventure thriller game, BackStab, on the new Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY. The game will be available exclusive on Xperia PLAY devices for 1 month.

BackStab is set on an 18th century Caribbean island and weaves an epic tale of revenge. Hero Henry Blake has been falsely accused of treason and will go to all means to seek vengeance on his British jailers. With a game play mixing action and adventure, BackStab incorporates an open 3D environment for free roaming, dynamic combat and counter-attacks.

Besides BackStab, Gameloft will have 10 games optimized for game play on Xperia PLAY at launch. Two of those titles, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and Star Battalion, will be bundled with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY.

BackStab is due for release in Q2 2011. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY will be arriving Singapore’s shores in Q2 2011.

More about the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY soon…..