Archive for December 2012

Meet the Jersey Boys at Marina Bay Sands

The Jersey Boys is here in Singapore. The multi-award winning musical has opened its Asian debut at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

An exclusive sneak peak performance will be happening tomorrow, 8 December 2012, at Marina Bay Sands The Shoppes at 5pm. Sing along to The Four Seasons classic which has 175 million records globally. For generations since the early ‘60’s to modern day the unique sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have thrilled fans with hits like Sherry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Besides the sneak peak performance, fans can get a chance to win show tickets by entering a fun quiz at the Jersey Boys mini exhibition at the skating rink from 2pm to 6pm. Up to 100 tickets are up for grabs. Two lucky fans will also walk away with limited VIP tickets, which includes a meet and greet session with the boys and autographed merchandise.

Tickets to The Jersey Boys can be purchased at Marina Bay Sands website.

Toshiba TabletMan (平板男)

We don’t know what is his super power. All we know is that he has several Toshiba Tablets on his body and he is going around the world to collect wishes and stories. And apparently the TabletMan was in Singapore recently and was at the SITEX. How come I didn’t see him?

You can follow his adventures on his Facebook page.

Free Starbucks Coffee on 6 Dec 2012 (5 – 7pm)

The annual Starbucks Christmas Open House is happening tomorrow from 5 to 7pm. This is the 9th consecutive year that Starbucks Singapore is giving out free coffee in support of The Salvation Army. Just make a donation to The Salvation Army and get a free tall-sized beverage.

Date: 6 Dec 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 5 – 7pm
Location: All Starbucks stores in Singapore

Toffeenut Latte anyone?

Using Facebook Messenger with just a name and phone number

Facebook is rolling out a update for Facebook Messenger app on Android that allow users to create a Messenger account with just your name and phone number. No need to login to your Facebook account. You can send message to people in your mobile contacts.

The rollout is currently focusing on Australia, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Venezuela. Rest of the world will get it shortly. iOS users will also be getting this but at a later date.

This is actually an interesting move. But I’ve no idea who is Facebook trying to target. Most people already have a Facebook account. And most people already have WhatsApp. So why would anyone need this new feature on Facebook Messenger?

Happy 20th Birthday SMS!

Happy Birthday Short Message Service! The first SMS was send 20 years ago on 3 December 1992.

According to Wikipedia, the first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992, from Neil Papworth of Sema Group (now Mavenir Systems) using a personal computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone using an Orbitel 901 handset. The text of the message was “Merry Christmas.” But it took several years before the 160 character Short Message Service get widespread adoption. 17 billion text messages were send in the year 2000 and that number grew by around 20 times over the next two years.

Today, it is estimated that 7 trillion text messages are sent every year. That’s more than 200,000 per second. But sad to say we are beginning to see the decline in the use of SMS. We are still communicating using short text. Nowadays, instead of sending SMS, we are using applications like WhatsApp, BBM and iMessage on our Smartphone. Who knows, in another 5 to 10 years time, maybe SMS might be completely replaced by all these messaging apps.