Archive for January 2012

Flying People in New York City

OK, this is how you scare the living hell out of passerby. Life size remote controlled planes shaped like humans.

But honestly, it’s pretty cool. I hope nobody is alarmed.

PS: This is a promo in NYC for the upcoming movie Chronicle which will be released in Singapore on 2 Feb 2012. Looks like a cool movie.

MegaUpload files may be deleted soon

The files on MegaUpload servers might be deleted even before the extradition hearing of MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom begin.

According to the US Attorney’s Office leading the prosecution, the companies hosting Megaupload data might begin deleting data on 2nd February 2012. The prosecution have searched the servers and copied selected files required for the case. They did not take the server into custody and the servers are still with the hosting companies Carpathia and Cogent.

And since MegaUpload’s assets were frozen by the US Department of Justice, they are unable to pay the hosting companies. As a result, the hosting companies have the rights to delete the data.

This seems to be bad news for the defendants. MegaUpload need to prove to the court that there are legitimate use case for their service and majority of the files on MegaUpload are legal. With the files deleted, it is going to be difficult for the lawyer to prove their case.

And this also mean bad news for those with legitimate files on MegaUpload. Looks like you can kiss your files goodbye. Hope you guys have backups.

Philips Fidelio Docking Speakers for Android Phones

If you are a iPhone user, you are most likely spoilt for choices when it comes to selecting docking speakers. But if you are a Android phone user, then you aren’t that lucky. There are very limited choices out there in the market and most of the docking speakers are made by the phone makers themselves. Which means the speaker most likely will only fit one Android phone model. When you upgrade your Android phone, you will most likely need to change the docking speaker.

The biggest problem with Android is that there are many different models out there in the market and it is difficult for speaker makers to design docking speakers for all the Android phones out there in the market. Different Android phones have different positioning of the microUSB port.

Well, Philips seems to have found the solution for this with their new FlexiDock on their Fidelio Docking Speakers. The FlexiDock can be adjusted to fit most Android device by simply moving it left or right. This will allow the phone to be positioned in a centralized location even if the mircoUSB port isn’t located in the center. The FlexiDock can also be rotated 180 degrees so that it can fit most Android devices no matter what direction the microUSB port is facing.

The Fidelio Docking Speakers are equipped with Bluetooth so that users can stream music from their Android devices wirelessly. Philips also created a free Fidelio App that is available for download on the Android marketplace. The Fidelio App gives user access to thousands of radio station worldwide as well as a wider music collection through the music sharing feature.

Oh, and did I mention that Philips will be releasing 4 different docking speaker models for Android phones?

Philips Docking Speaker AS111 (Recommended Retail Price S$199)

Philips Docking System AS141 (Recommended Retail Price S$219)

Philips Docking Speaker AS351 (Recommended Retail Price S$249)

Philips Docking Speaker AS851 (Recommended Retail Price S$349)

The Philips Fidelio Docking Speakers AS851, AS351, AS141 and AS111 will be available in Singapore by end February 2012.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Sony recently announced the new Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V. The TX200V is a beautifully looking point and shoot camera with Sony’s Exmor R CMOS Sensor.

One of the best feature of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V is the auto focus speed. In na dimly lit environment, the TX200V is able to focus on subject at approximately 0.25 seconds. Under bright conditions, the auto focus is able to focus within 0.13 seconds. This is great for taking children photos.

The TX200V is equipped with GPS and Compass functions and also supports GPS log recording. Great for bringing the camera on a tour to map the places you visited on a map. The camera also has high resistance to water, dust and low temperatures.

The new Sony Cyber-shot TX200V, together with Cyber-Shot WX70 and Cyber-Shot WX50 will be available in Asia Pacific from March 2012.

Angry Birds coming to Facebook

Just when you thought Angry Birds have conquered all platforms, Rovio announced that Angry Birds will be coming to Facebook on 14 February 2012.

You might remember that Angry Birds is already on Chrome browser and Google Plus. So what’s the difference? Well, according to Rovio’s CEO Mikael Hed, the game will have completely new aspects and more collaborative feel.

Rovio is not saying what are the collaborative features yet. From the trailer, it seems like there are a few “power ups” besides the Mighty Eagle. We’ll get more information when the game is launched.

So don’t worry if you don’t have a date this coming Valentines Day. You can always play Angry Birds on Facebook. Who knows, you might land yourself a date in the game.