Archive for October 2012

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic skydive hit 8 million concurrent views on YouTube

Felix Baumgartner’s leap from the edge of space yesterday broke several world record. He broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight, the first human to break the sound barrier without the assistance of a vehicle, and the highest skydive.

And there might be one more record. The most concurrent views on YouTube. At peak, there are more than 8 million concurrent livestreams of the mission.

Although YouTube did not officially confirmed that this is the largest concurrent livestreams, most tech website are guessing that it is a new record. After all, we don’t remember any other event that managed to get 8 million people to glue themselves infront of their computers, smart tv, tablets or smartphones at the same time.

Congrats to Felix Baumgartner and team.

Samsung 75 inch ES9000 LED Smart TV

My first reaction when I saw the Samsung 75 inch ES9000 LED Smart TV was “WOW!”. It is not just the size that is amazing. It’s also the picture quality. Simply awesome.

The Samsung ES9000 LED Smart TV looks beautiful with a unique rose gold colored finish. It has a super slim 7.9 mm curved bezel with no visible seams. The TV is so slim that you need to see for yourself to believe it.

The ES9000 includes the complete suite of Samsung’s Smart TV features like Smart Interaction, Smart Content and Smart Evolution. And best of all, you can even play Angry Birds using the build in camera as motion sensor. I know it’s a novelty. But hey, how many Smart TV out there allows you to play Angry Birds?

The 75 inch ES9000 is retailing at S$12,888.

Microsoft Office Reaches RTM

The new Microsoft Office has reached a new milestone. It is now Release to Manufacturing (RTM). This means that coding and testing of the software is now complete and Microsoft is getting ready to release the new Officer via multiple distribution channels to both consumer and business customers.

But no, the new Office won’t be in time for the Windows 8 launch on 26 October 2012. it is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2013. However, we can expect to see a preview version of the new Office running on Windows RT devices with the launch of Windows 8.

If you are planning to buy Microsoft Office, hold on to your wallet first. Starting from 19 October 2012, customer who purchased a new copy of Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability.

Life size Gundam bust made of flowers

Gundam fans might want to quickly book an air ticket to Tokyo for this. A life size topiary Gundam bust made of flowers right next to the life size Gundam statue at Diver City Tokyo plaza on Odaiba island.

The topiary stands at about 7 meters tall and will be display from 29 September to 28 October 2012. So hurry!

Samsung GALAXY Note II LTE coming to Singapore soon

Although Samsung haven’t officially announced the official launch date for the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY Note II LTE, you can now register your interest in securing one with any of the 3 telcos. Those who are interested in buying the phone without contract may also register your interest at Samsung Experience Stores at Bugis Junction, Causeway Point, Marina Bay Sands, Bedok Point, Century Square, Tampines Mall, Nex Mall and Great World City.

No pricing and official launch date yet although if you read the forums and Facebook page, there are some rumored dates. But since Samsung and the 3 local telcos are already taking in ROI, that means we should be seeing the phone in Singapore soon. Very soon.

I had the opportunity to play with the Samsung GALAXY Note II LTE recently at a Samsung event. I must say that it is a great phone. Fans of large screen phones will definitely love the 5.55 inch screen. Beautiful display and love the S Pen.
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