Archive for June 2012

Where the Hell is Matt this time?

Remember Matt? The guy that travel around the world, dancing his unique dance in beautiful places? Guess where the Hell is Matt this time.

Dancing all over the world again…

I don’t know about you. But I still prefer the old unchoreographed dance from his first few videos.

Canon EOS-1D X will be available in Singapore from 22 June 2012

Ah, the Canon EOS-1D X. The cream of the crop. The top of the line. The best camera money can buy. That is if you have S$9,299 to spare. Hmmmm….. With that price, you can actually buy 3 MacBook Pro Retina Display and still have some change.

But if money is not an object, then here’s what you can get. An amazingly fast 12 frames per second continuous shooting (making it the world’s fastest full frame DSLR), new Dual DIGIC 5+ image processor, 18.1 Megapixel full frame (35mm) sensor and high-density reticular 61-point AF system. Sweet.

If you are planning to get one, then you’ll be glad to know that the Canon EOS-1D X will be available in Singapore from 22 June 2012.

Oh, and by the way, S$9,299 is just the price of the body.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Non Camera

Nowadays, it seems to be very difficult to find a non camera phone. In the past, we still have Symbian phone like Nokia E51 or Windows Mobile phone like HTC Snap which comes with non camera version. The main reason why it is hard to find a non camera phone these days is because both Android and Windows Phone 7 requires the phone to have a camera. And Apple most likely won’t release a iPhone without camera. This means those serving their National Service or working at places that does not allow camera will have a hard time finding mobile phones.

Well, luckily for us, RIM has released the BlackBerry Curve 9360 without camera.

The Curve 9360 is running on BlackBerry OS 7. It has a 2.44 inch (480×360 pixel) HVGA+ screen. You have the usual WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS. The Curve 9360 weighs just 99g. According to RIM, the Curve 9360 has a standby time of 14 days and talk time of 5 hours. The 1000 mAh battery is removable.

And since this is a BlackBerry OS 7 phone, you can access all your social network like Facebook and Twitter easily through Social Feeds 2.0 or the apps from Apps World.

If you are going to enlist into army or you are working at places where camera phones are not allowed, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a great option.

Merton will be performing in Singapore today

Just a quick plug here. YouTube celebrity Merton will be doing a live street performance today (20 July) between 12 to 2pm at the junction between Raffles City and Raffles Hotel. You might remember Merton for his improvising songs on Chatroulette.

Merton is in Singapore to promote the new Samsung GALAXY S III. This will be his first street performance in Asia and it will be inspired by his interactive experience on the phone. He will be conjuring lyrics and melodies on-the-spot through instant interaction with his audience at the junction.

So head down to Raffles City/Raffles Hotel Junction today at 12pm if you are around the area.

For those who are unable to make it, Merton will also be performing live in studios, alongside Darren Ashley and Jack and Rai, on 21 June (Thursday) from 11 am – 6 pm. You can submit your song requests by logging here.

Hmmm…… This is going to be fun. Will Merton wrap a towel around his waist like what the old spice guy did? Haha.

Singapore free-to-air TV channels to go digital from end 2013

All 7 Singapore free-to-air (FTA) TV channels under MediaCorp will go fully digital by the end of 2013. Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim made the announcement at the opening ceremony of the Infocomm Media Business Exchange yesterday morning. Digital TV can provide better quality pictures and sound. It also allows electronic programme guides which will contain more information about the TV programmes.

Singapore will be adopting the DVB-T2 standard (Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial) which is in use in countries like UK, Italy, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia etc. All 7 free-to-air channel will migrate to digital TV by end of 2013. But don’t worry, analogue transmissions will continue until 2020. This long period is to allow Singaporeans to make the transition to Digital TV.

MediaCorp Channels 5, 8, Suria and Vasantham will be available in High Definition (HD) by end 2013 while okto, Channel U and Channel News Asia will first be broadcast in Standard Definition before switching to HD in 2016.

And there is no need to throw away your existing analogue TV. There will be two ways to tune into digital TV signal. Viewers who are currently subscribed to pay-TV services like Starhub Cable TV or SingTel mioTV need not do anything as they are already receiving the TV channels digitally. Those who are not subscribed to any pay-TV services can purchase an antenna and a DVB-T2 digital receiver. The receivers will be available from March or April 2013 and is expected to cost between S$60 and S$100. Let’s hope the government has plans to subsidise the digital receiver for low income families.

The digital TV switchover is going to be a long process. It will take several years before all household is ready to receive digital channels. MDA will need to work closely with the media and major TV manufactures/retailers to educate the public. This is not going to be an easy task. But don’t worry, we got until year 2020.

For more information about Singapore Digital TV road map, visit MDA website.