Archive for July 2012

Google added a scientific calculator to its search

One of my favorite feature on the Google Search is the calculator. I always go to Google.com when I need to use a calculator. Just type the math equation and Google returns the solution straight away. It’s very convenient since my web browser is on most of the time.

Well, Google just made the calculation feature on Google Search even more cooler. From on on, whenever you type a math equation on Google, not only will it give you the answer, it will also give you a scientific calculator in the search results.

Now don’t ask me why I need to use Google Calculator for simple sums like 1 + 1.

This feature also works on your mobile browser like iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The scientific functions won’t show up on smaller screen devices in portrait mode. They only appear when you rotate to landscape.

How do I delete the Calculator app on my iPhone since it is useless now?

Mr Bean at the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony

Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) was part of yesterday’s London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Check it out.

Hilarious performance, classical Mr Bean.

For more Olympic coverage, check out the Olympic YouTube channel.

Singapore population reaches 5.26 million

If you are feeling that Singapore is getting crowded, well you are right. According to The National Population and Talent Division, Singapore population is now 5.26 million.

Out of the 5.26m, 3.27m are Singapore citizen and 0.54m are Permanent Residents. Remaining 1.46m are work permit holder, employment pass holder, foreign domestic workers, students etc etc.

Between 2007 to 2011, a total of 92,310 new Singapore Citizenship were granted. That is quite a huge number.

For more information, check out the report from The National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office.

I don’t know about you. But I strongly feel that we are growing our population too fast. Our infrastructure is not ready for this sudden influx of new residents. Take a look at our transport system. It’s always crowded. And don’t get me started on the social problem.

I understand that we need to more people to support the aging population. But are we getting too many new citizen too quickly? Can our infrastructure support them? And most importantly, what is going to happen when these new citizens become old and retire? Are we going to continue to grow our population further to support them? How much more people can we squeeze on this island?

Maybe we need another solution other than just growing the population.

Mountain Lion is here

Roar!!!!! Mountain Lion is here!

OK, I guess a Mountain Lion makes the roar sound… right? Anyway, Apple just released OS X Mountain Lion last night (Singapore time). The Mountain Lion upgrade cost S$25.98 in the Singapore App Store. Over in the US, it cost US$19.99.

Downloading the OS X Mountain Lion is pretty fast for me. My 100Mbps Fibre Broadband managed to download the 4.34GB in 45 minutes. Installation took slightly more than an hour.

So the first thing I do when I got Mountain Lion is to go to System Preferences under Security and Privacy to set Gatekeeper to allow running of Applications downloaded from anywhere. The default setting on Mountain Lion is to allow only App Store and identified developers. Too restrictive.

Haven’t explore much on the OS X Mountain Lion. Everything looks pretty much the same but with some added features. Oh, and I love AirPlay. I tried mirroring my MacBook Pro on my 46 inch Samsung TV via my Apple TV. Pretty shiok.

Apple might be adopting a new port connector for the next iPhone

If you are planning to buy new accessories for your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you might want to reconsider. There are some rumors saying that Apple might be moving away from the existing proprietary 30 pin port connector in favor of a new 19 pin port.

The slightly smaller port will allow Apple to squeeze more things into the iPhone without increasing the size.

All these are still rumors for now. But at the rate that it is coming, it seems like there might be some truth in this. This means that all your existing iPhone, iPad and iPod accessories with the 30 pin port connector will not be compatible with future devices.

If you are planning to buy a new accessory for your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you might want to re-think about it. That expensive accessory that you are about to buy will most likely outlast your device and it will most likely not be compatible with future Apple devices.

You have been warned….