Archive for February 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note vs iPhone

Here’s a Samsung Galaxy Note vs iPhone street challenge by Samsung USA.

There’s lots of debate about how this challenge is bias towards the Galaxy Note. I agree. Plus the girl should just go to the App Store. There’s tons of free apps that can help her. Although honestly speaking, I would never be interested in superimposing my photo on another person using my phone.

To crop your head and superimpose on another photo, use this app call PhotoChop (Free).

To draw on a map, go Google map to screenshot the map. Then use this app call DoodleBuddy (Free) to draw on it.

To edit PowerPoint Slide, just use applications like Keynote ($9.99), QuickOffice ($19.99) or Documents To Go ($16.99). OK, I can’t find any free apps that can edit PowerPoint slides. So I guess Galaxy Note win this round.

These are just some of the apps I know. I’m pretty sure there are a lot more out there in the iOS App Store. I’ve no idea where they found that lady. It seems like she is just using the iPhone for the basic functions. Maybe they should find someone who knows how to use the iPhone in their next challenge.

HTC One series

2011 was a confusing year for HTC fans. The company made great phones but they keep pushing out phones after phones with just minor updates to the previous model. I think the effects of this compulsive adding of new phones is reflected during their disappointing fourth-quarter earnings. Early this year, HTC UK chief Phil Roberson said the company will return to a strategy of launching a limited number of high-spec devices in 2012. In another word, HTC need a Hero phone. (And I’m not referring to the HTC Hero phone which was launched in 2009)

And I guess this is the One. The HTC One. Actually, there are 3 HTC One. HTC One S, HTC One X and HTC One V. Hmmm….

The HTC One S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. It has a 4.3-inch screen crafted from contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. The HTC One S is HTC’s thinnest phone yet with just 7.9mm thick.

The HTC One X is a 4.7 inch Android phone with 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. It features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight. HTC One X uses the latest NVIDA Tegra 3 Mobile Processor for clear graphics, faster applications and longer battery life. It includes a 1.5GHz Super 4-PLUS-1 quad-core with an integrated fifth Battery Saver Core and a high-performance 12-Core NVIDIA GPU. The HTC One X is HSDPA+ but it will also be available in LTE in selected market.

The HTC One V features a simple, iconic aluminium unibody design similar to the HTC Legend. It’s 3.7-inch screen is the smallest screen in the HTC One Series. The HTC One V runs on a Single core 1GHz processor.

All the 3 phones in the HTC One Series will be running the new HTC Sense 4 and integration of Beats By Dr. Dre Audio. The HTC One series will begin shipping in April. No pricing is available yet at the moment.

Oh, one more thing. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 and is giving all HTC One customer 25GB of free Dropbox space for 2 years. Sweet.

It’s Hougang by-election, not by-the-way election

I guess by now all of you know that Yaw Shin Leong has been expelled by the Workers’ Party. Under the Singapore Constitution a MP must vacate his seat if he ceases to be a member of the party he was elected. This means that Hougang SMC has no MP for now.

Naturally, when a MP vacate his seat, a by-election is required. But this wasn’t the case when Dr Ong Chit Chung of Jurong GRC and Dr Balaji Sadasivan of Ang Mo Kio GRC passed away few years ago. The argument back then is that when a MP from a GRC vacate his seat, the rest of the MP in the GRC can fill in the role and a by-election is not requried. I do not agree with this argument back then.

But this time round, the vacant seat is from a SMC. It is clear cut that a by-election is required. But I’m disappointed when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there is no fixed time within which he must call a by-election. Something is really wrong with the Parliamentary Elections Act and it needs to be fixed. Back in 2008 when Dr Ong passed away, there was a motion in Parliament to amend the Parliamentary Elections Act so that a by-election is called within 3 months when a MP vacate his seat. Sadly, the amendment wasn’t passed. Looking back, I think we do need that amendment.

I don’t know why the Government is so reluctant to call for a by-election. The argument PM Lee gave this time was: “there are many other issues on the national agenda right now”. I don’t think we have any issue bigger than the representation of more than 24,000 Singaporeans in Parliament. Singapore is a democratic country. More than 24k people are currently not represented. This cannot go on for too long. If PM Lee respect the democratic system of Singapore, then a by-election should be called without delay.

The current Prime Minister should not have the luxury of waiting for good timing for his party before calling for by-election. When a group of Singaporeans are no longer represented in Parliament, a by-election should be held as soon as possible so that the current Government can have the mandate from the people to carry out their work.

Let me say again. There is no issue bigger than making sure 24,000 Singaporeans are properly represented in Parliament. Singapore is a democratic country. This is a by-election, NOT by-the-way election.

National Geographic Channel Young Photographer Awards Photography Competition

National Geographic Channel (NGC) and Canon are calling for fresh viewpoints from budding photographers aged 13 to 25 years old to observe our youths’ definition of culture and heritage through the National Geographic Channel Young Photographer Awards Photography Competition.

Eight grand prize winners – four from Singapore and four from Malaysia – will win a Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR camera, a photo expedition to Bali with Canon’s resident photography instructor Jino Lee with accommodation and return air-tickets fully paid for, as well as a place with National Geographic photographer Ira Block in his photography seminar.

Closing date for the competition is 25 March 2012. Public voting will start on 29 March. Members of the public stand a chance to win attractive prizes including a complimentary night’s stay at resorts in Bali.

In conjunction with the competition, Ira Block will also be conducting an exclusive Photography Seminar in May. Ira Block will provide inspiration for hobbyists as well as students aspiring to pursue photography as a professional career and even consider being National Geographic photographers. Visit the Microsite to register for the Photography Seminar now.

Nokia Lumia 900 non LTE version

Nokia today announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 the Nokia Lumia 900. HOLD ON! Didn’t they announced the Lumia 900 during Consumer Electronics Show 2012?

Well, the Nokia Lumia 900 that was announced in CES2012 has LTE and is exclusive to AT&T. This Lumia 900 that Nokia announced at MWC2012 is a DC-HSPA version (up to 42Mbps) and is available worldwide. I have no idea why Nokia didn’t give it another name.

But name aside, the Nokia Lumia 900 is a beauty. It is basically a upsized Nokia Lumia 800. The Nokia Lumia 900 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It has a 4.3 inch WVGA (800×480) ClearBlack AMOLED display with a 1.4 GHz Single Core Snapdragon processor. 8 Megapixel rear facing camera and a 1 Megapixel front facing camera. Just in time for the Skype on Windows Phone 7.

It is no surprise that Nokia is releasing the non LTE version of Nokia Lumia 900 in rest of the world. Most countries aren’t LTE ready and it would make more sense to buy a HSDPA+ version instead.

The Nokia Lumia 900 (Non LTE version) will be shipping in Q2 2012.