Archive for August 2011

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 now available in Singapore

After some slight delay, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is finally available in Singapore.

Running on Android 3.1 Honeycomb with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 stands out from the rest of the Android Tablet.

The GALAXY Tab 10.1 3G 16GB is now available at $848 without contract.

F-15SG escapes bush fire

Here’s a photo of our F-15SG at Mountain Home Air Force Base during a recent bush fire on 15 Aug 2011.

Personnel were evacuated as the fire approached the base. It took around 60 firefighters to fight the bush fire which is being named “The Simco Fire”. The fire burned approximately 12km square, including 0.02km square on the northwest corner of the base. A building containing navigation equipment on the airfield may have sustained some minor damage. No other damage was reported.

Luckily nobody was injured and the F-15SGs are safe and sound.

First Look: HTC EVO 3D

OK, if you want a quick summary of the HTC EVO 3D, it is almost like the HTC Sensation but with a 3D camera.

The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3 inch screen with 540 x 960 qHD resolution 3D display. Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0 UI. Like the HTC Sensation, the HTC EVO 3D has a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core processor. But the EVO 3D has more RAM & ROM than HTC Sensation (1GB ROM and 1GB RAM). You have the usual stuff like WIFI, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and microSD slot. The EVO 3D has a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer.

The HTC EVO 3D is 12.6 x 6.5 x 1.205 cm and weighs 170g. Slightly heavier than the HTC Sensation.

Here’s the most interesting feature on the HTC EVO 3D. The 3D camera. To achieve 3D Photo and Video, the HTC EVO 3D has two 5 megapixel camera. What it does is basically take 2 photos at the same time and join them together to create the 3D effect. You can also take 720p 3D videos. But due to the arrangement of the 2 camera, you can only take 3D photos/videos in landscape mode.

Although the EVO 3D has a 5 Megapixel camera, it is only able to take 3D photos in 2 Megapixel resolution. 2D photos are still in 5 megapixel. The HTC EVO 3D has a switch beside the shutter button to let user toggle between 2D and 3D photo/video taking mode easily.

So what can you do after taking a 3D photo on the HTC EVO 3D? Well, you can view it directly on the HTC EVO 3D without wearing any 3D glasses. Or you can transfer it to any TV that supports 3D. For those who prefer to have a physical photo, you can send it to Fuji Film for lenticular printing. One 3D photo will cost you around S$8.

PS: This is what you get when you use a 2D camera to take a 3D photo. You won’t see any of the 3D-ness. In fact, you also won’t get the 3D-ness if you use a 3D camera to take a photo of the 3D photo. It doesn’t work this way.

The HTC EVO 3D comes bundled with some 3D games like Spiderman 3D and The Sims 3. I tried playing Spiderman 3D and quite like it. But I find that I get slight motion sickness after a while, just like what I had when I tried 3D games on the Nintendo 3DS. Maybe I’m just not cut out for 3D gaming after all.

3D is still at its early stage. There’s limited places where you can show off your 3D creation. 3D is still not widely adopted yet. But someone have to start the ball rolling, If you are interested in 3D photography and want to be an early adopter, the HTC EVO 3D is a good option.

Tan Kin Lian: What’s up with the V sign?

Update: See Siew Kum Hong’s comment below.

Here’s a group photo taken at the recent TOC Presidential Face to Face event.

I would be so pissed off if I’m inside the group photo. One of the person in the photo will eventually become the next President of Singapore. It would be the perfect photo for keeping. Maybe show it to your grandchildren when you grow old. Yet the photo is ruined by Tan Kin Lian and his stupid V sign.

There is a place and time for everything. Yes, there are time for candid group photos where it is perfectly alright for you to use the V sign or stick out your tongue. But there is also a time for a proper decent group photo. Looking at the photo, I think that is a formal photo shoot.

If you can’t judge when is the right time for what pose, then I think you are not qualified to be the next President.

The President of Singapore is the head of state. Part of his role includes meeting foreign leaders. How would it reflect the image of Singapore if our President do a V sign when taking photo with President Obama?

Oh… oh…. Don’t get me started with the high five thing.


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