Archive for November 2011

BlackBerry DevCon Asia relocated to Singapore

Good news to Singapore BlackBerry developers. Due to the flooding in Bangkok, Research In Motion (RIM) is relocating BlackBerry DevCon Asia to Singapore.

The decision to relocate BlackBerry DevCon Asia was made following advisories that warn of ongoing dangers related to the serious impact of rain and floods on the local infrastructure in Bangkok.

The dates for BlackBerry DevCon Asia remain the same, 7 – 8 December 2011, but the location has changed to Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore. Additional information on the venue in Singapore will follow soon

In case our registrants cannot attend the event in Singapore, RIM will fully refund any conference registration pass fees. RIM is committed to returning the DevCon Asia conference to Bangkok in the future.

For more info, visit blackberrydevcon.com/asia

Is there a need for SlutWalk Singapore?

SlutWalk will be coming to Singapore if everything goes according to plan. It is planned for 4 December 2011, 4pm at Hong Lim Park. There will also be workshops on relevant issues on 3 Dec.

For the uninitiated, SlutWalk is a protest march against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance. It started in Toronto, Canada, where a police officer suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” The first SlutWalk took place on 3 April 2011 in Toronto and started to spread worldwide.

I can understand why the people in Canada organise SlutWalk to protest against the police officer’s comment. But do we have this problem in Singapore? Do we blame the rape victim for wearing revealing clothes?

Here’s a quote from the SlutWalk Singapore Facebook page.

We are proudly taking a stand against sexual violence and the bully tactics of victim-blaming, as we are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. This is not just a “women’s issue” nor is it just a “men’s issue”; it is everyone’s issue. We seek to challenge the thinking that it is acceptable to live in a victim-blaming society as we do, where we are taught “don’t get raped,” instead of, “don’t rape”.

People who don’t live in Singapore might think that we have the culture of blaming the rape victim.

Do we have this problem in Singapore? Not that I know. Even if there is any, it is most likely a few individual and not a widespread issue. So why is there a need for SlutWalk Singapore?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against free speech or protest. In fact, I strongly feel that we need more freedom of speech and rights to protest. But are we protesting because it is an issue in Singapore or just because it looks cool and others are doing it? Are we just following a trend?

If you seriously think that victim blaming is a major issue in Singapore, then please go ahead and protest at Hong Lim Park on 4 Dec. I just hope you are not going because it is trendy to do so. I’ll end this blog post with a video from Penn And Teller: Bullshit!

EXOdesk: The future of desktop?

Could this be the future of desktop?

We will be seeing more of this during CES 2012. And if it is really $1299, then Microsoft Surface is going to be in deep trouble.

Police use pepper spray on students at UC Davis

This is totally disgusting. Police using pepper spray on non-violence student protesters at University of California Davis.

Shame on the police.

Luckily for everyone, there are tons of camera at the scene to record the incident. In fact, you can search “UC Davis pepper spray” in YouTube for videos from different angles. The whole incident went viral and people around the world is condemning the excessive use of force by the police.

The two police officers who used pepper spray and the chief of the campus Police Department were put on administrative leave. A task force is being set up to investigate the incident and report findings in 30 days.

All these thanks to the widespread of camera and YouTube.

Feecha – Social Networking App for interesting happenings around you

Feecha is a social networking app created by a team in Singapore that allows people to locate interesting happenings in close proximity.

When you turn on the App, you will be greeted by a map filled with cute little creatures called feecha (assuming that there are people creating feecha at your proximity). Feecha are messages, pictures, videos or links posted by other feecha users at the location. These feecha “feeds” on attention to grow bigger and attract more attention. Large feecha means there’s lots of activities (like views, comments and shares).

You may also see a feecha with multiple eyes on the map. These are called “creecha” and they means there’s more than one feecha at that spot. Creecha is great for discovering “hot spots” of interesting happening at your proximity.

It is also easy to find out what’s trending at your proximity. A feecha with recent activity is coloured red while a feecha with no activity for some time is coloured blue.

Like all social network, you can follow interesting feecha users. You will be alerted when they post a new feecha. Feecha will also alert you if a user whom you are not following posted a feecha near your current location. This is great for finding interesting feecha users and happenings near you.

Feecha is a very new social network in this overcrowded social network space. It is difficult for them to compete with other social networks like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram. But it does have its own niche. And honestly, feecha users are still experimenting and finding out what’s the best use for this social network. This sort of reminds me of the early days of Twitter.

For feecha to be successful, it needs to grow the community and optimize feecha to cater for large user base. The company seems to understand that and is seen actively engaging the community in feecha.

So try out feecha. You never know, this might be the next big social networking app. And do find me on feecha if you are there. My feecha userid is DK (as usual).

Feecha is currently only available on iOS. The team is planning to roll out Android version by end of Q1 2012.

PS: To encourage more users to hop onboard, the company is having a contest with very attractive prize. From now till 18 December 2011, the user with the largest feecha stand a chance to win S$8,888 cash. Huat ah!