Archive for September 2011

Symbian Anna now available in Singapore

Good news to all Singapore Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7 owners! Symbian Anna will be available for download in Singapore from today (2nd September 2011) onwards.

PS: That’s a Nokia X7 running Symbian Anna.

Symbian Anna can be downloaded using the latest version of Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1) on a PC or over-the-air directly to your Nokia smartphone. Symbian Anna software update in Singapore will be available for download via www.nokia.com.sg/anna.

Key features with Symbian Anna:

User interface: Symbian Anna brings a fresh new look and feel to the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, and Nokia E7 with crisp icons and multiple usability enhancements. Typing on the virtual QWERTY keypad is now available in portrait mode.

Maps and navigation: Symbian Anna enhances Nokia Maps with better search functionality, new public transportation routes and the ability to check-in to favorite geo-social network sites like Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter

Browsing: A faster, easier-to-use browser, delivering quicker page loads and improved device navigation allowing people to connect more easily to their favorite sites on the go.

Better for business: Symbian Anna brings true business-grade security with improved data encryption on Nokia smartphones. Business users with a Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 or Nokia E7 can now easily and securely access their company intranet with IPSEC and SSL VPN enablers.

Near Field Communications (NFC): The Symbian Anna software update also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7, so people can now simply tap their Nokia C7s together to share contacts, photos, videos and play games; easily pair with NFC-enabled accessories from Nokia and others; and read NFC tags to check-in and more

Update: There seems to be some delay in the rollout. I’m waiting for the official words from Nokia Singapore. In the meantime, hang in there.

Update 2: Nokia has released the global version of Anna on 2 September 2011 and software localization for Singapore is currently ongoing. Users who own Nokia Symbian^3 devices (i.e. N8, C7, C6-01, E7) not running on local product software/codes will not fall under this localization programme, and as such may have already obtained Anna update prompts. Localization will be completed and released to all users involved by late September.

Happy Teachers’ Day

For those who have left school, I did not make a mistake on the date. Today is Teachers’ Day. Ministry of Education have changed Teachers’ Day from 1 September to the first Friday of September starting from this year. This is to allow teachers and students have a long weekend. I think it’s a good move. Why didn’t anyone think of that when I was still in School?

To all the teachers, Happy Teachers’ Day.

You can send your Teachers’ Day greetings to teachersday.sg. I wonder if MOE will alert the teachers if they get dedications from their students.

PS: Children’s Day has also been changed to 1st Friday of October.

HP TouchPad Fire Sale at COMEX 2011

Update: Due to safety and security concerns, the sale of the standalone HP TouchPads at COMEX will be discontinued. However, HP PCs purchase with purchase offers for the HP TouchPad will still be available at COMEX

HP Singapore announced yesterday that it will be selling the now discontinued HP TouchPad at the COMEX 2011.

The 16GB HP TouchPad will be available for S$126 and 32GB HP TouchPad for S$201 during the first two days of COMEX 2011 (1-2 September 2011). There will be only 200 pieces per day (100 16GB and 100 32GB). First come first served. Each customer is only allowed to buy 1 HP TouchPad. Cash and carry. No Credit Cards or NETS. Just cold hard cash.

The HP TouchPad will be sold at HP Booth 8428. COMEX doors opens at 12noon. Since the Booth is inside level 4 COMEX Hall, I don’t think there will be any queues at door specially for the HP TouchPad. Which means most likely the first 200 people who managed to dash to the HP booth when the doors open will get the TouchPads. So if you are planning to get a HP TouchPad, here’s the COMEX floor plan.

The fastest way to get to HP Booth 8428 at Level 4 is via the Halls 403 & 402 entrance. (Middle of Suntec Convention Centre level 4) The HP Booth is all the way at the back of the hall. So just make a quick dash to the booth once the door opens and may the best man (or woman) win.

PS: Remember, be safe. Don’t hurt yourself in the process.

Update on 1-Sept, 10am: Don’t bother going down to COMEX for the TouchPad. Heard that HP is giving out queue number and all numbers have been given out.

Just some background for those who are unaware of what’s happening. HP’s CEO Leo Apotheker recently announced that it will discontinue the HP TouchPad. The TouchPad was out in the market for 49 days only when the CEO made this shocking move. Right now, HP is clearing all the TouchPad stock that they have on hand. What caught a lot of people by surprise is the sudden interest in the HP TouchPad when the price is reduced. HP is actually making a loss by selling the TouchPad at this price.

So what can you do with the HP TouchPad? For a start, the HP TouchPad is running on WebOS. WebOS is the Operating System created by Palm before they got bought over by HP. It’s actually a pretty good OS. I kinda like it. There’s also quite a number of applications in their App Store. FYI: There’s Angry Birds on WebOS. Haha. The TouchPad is great for web surfing on your sofa or bed. At this price, you can just buy one and put it on your living room table for casual surfing during commercials. It’s actually a very good digital photo frame.

Most importantly, the Android community are trying to find a way to put Android onto the TouchPad. If successful, you may consider booting Android on the TouchPad which has more applications.

The disadvantage of getting the HP TouchPad is that this might be the last WebOS device in the market. HP says that they want to license out WebOS. But we still don’t know if anyone is interested. If nobody license WebOS from HP, then this will be the end of WebOS. We don’t know whether will there be any support in the future. Will HP continue to roll out security patches and bug fixes? We also don’t know if any developers will develop apps for the TouchPad. We don’t even know if HP will continue running the App Store. If they are not continuing the App Store, is there a way for TouchPad owners to get new app?

The TouchPad does not have 3G and it’s rather heavy. So not really a portable device. And one more thing, it’s a fingerprint magnet.

These are just some of the Pros and Cons to help you decide if you want to buy the HP TouchPad.