Archive for September 2012

Goodbye 1711

The older generation will most likely remember the phone number 1711. It’s the number to call if you need to check the time.

The 1711 speaking clock service in Singapore will end on 1 October 2012 after 36 years of service. The service was introduced in 1976 as a free time announcement service. Due to rising costs, a 10 cent fee was being charged for each call from January 2003. The demand for the service declined with the widespread of smartphone and Internet.

Although it was widely used in the past, the 1711 service is not the official national authority on time. The National Metrology Centre keeps track of the official time using an ensemble of atomic clocks.

I still remember using 1711 to sync my watch during my school days. It was useful back in those days when we don’t have internet. Nowadays, our smartphone automatically connects to the internet and sync the time. There isn’t really a need for a speaking clock service. We all knew that the 1711 service will eventually come to an end someday.

Goodbye 1711.

BlackBerry 10 Demo at BlackBerry Jam Americas

Check out the live demo of BlackBerry 10 at the recent BlackBerry Jam Americas.

The BlackBerry Peek and BlackBerry Hub looks cool. The only problem is that we will need to wait till Q1 next year before we can get our hands on a BlackBerry 10 device.

Google Nexus 7 available in Singapore from 29 September

Good news everyone. The highly anticipated Google Nexus 7 Tablet will be available in Singapore from 29 September 2012.

Jointly developed between ASUS and Google, the Nexus 7 is the first quad-core tablet running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has a 7 inch WXGA (1280×800) high-resolution display. Although there’s no 3G or LTE, the Nexus 7 was selling like hotcakes in US.

The Google Nexus 7 16GB will retail at S$399. The 8GB version will not be available in Singapore. I must say that $399 is a very tempting price.

Eric Schmidt learning Gangnam Style from PSY

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was in South Korea for the launch of Nexus 7 recently. He took some time off to hang out with PSY at Google Korea office.

Eric asked PSY to teach him Gangnam Style. Yeap, no kidding. We have photo and video evidences.

PSY’s Gangnam Style video on YouTube is now the Guinness World Record holder for having the most likes. The video currently has more than 2.9 million likes.

Shell LEGO Minifigures

Do you know what goes well with the Shell LEGO Ferrari collectibles? Shell LEGO Minifigures of course.

Shell is going to release a set of LEGO Minifigures made up of 46 individual bricks. The set includes a Ferrari refuelling engineer with a mini refuelling cart, a Ferrari race engineer with a front trolley-jack, and Shell fuels scientist with laboratory equipment.

The set of three exclusive LEGO Minifigures tell the story of the technical partnership between Shell and Ferrari. Shell and Ferrari celebrated their 500th race together as technical partners last weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Shell LEGO Minifigures will be available from this coming Saturday, 29 September 2012, from 00:01am at $10.95 per set with every $50 pump of Shell V-Power. They are in extremely limited quantities, so hurry!