Archive for January 2013

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium now available in Singapore

According to Microsoft, there are more than 1 billion Microsoft Office users around the world. That means 1 in 7 people out there are using Office. Pretty impressive number.

I can’t help but wonder how many of them are using the latest version. After all, if you aren’t using the latest file format and features, the 10 year old Office 2003 will still serve you well.

And perhaps Microsoft recognised this and decided to do a subscription model for Office. Now instead of buying Office, you pay a subscription to get Microsoft Office. The benefit is that you will always get the latest version of Office. Microsoft has announced that they will upgrade Office 365 multiple times per year instead of the traditional three years release cycle. Subscribers will automatically get the new applications and upgrades when available such as the forthcoming Office applications for Mac and unannounced capabilities. No extra charges.

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The Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium allows up to 5 PC or Macs and selected mobile devices and is great for households with multiple devices (or people with multiple devices like me). It comes with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, 20GB SkyDrive storage (for main subscriber), 60 Skype world minutes/month and Office on Demand. All these at S$138 per year. That’s equal to just S$11.50 per month. Unfortunately, there isn’t any monthly subscription plans in Singapore. You’ll have to sign up for yearly plan.

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Students in eligible institute of higher learning and eligible faculty and staff can also subscribe to Office 365 University. Allows up to 2 PC or Macs and selected mobile devices for 1 single user and cost only S$108 for 4 years. That’s just S$2.25 per month!

But for those who are not into subscription model, Microsoft is still offering Office 2013 for 1 PC user at $189 (Home & Student edition), $299 (Home & Business edition) and $549 (Professional edition).

Green Corridor Run presented by BlackBerry

6,000 people from 71 different countries gathered at Tanjong Pagar Rail Station last Sunday to participate in the inaugural “Green Corridor Run” presented by BlackBerry.

Starting Line

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The ‘Green Corridor Run’ presented by BlackBerry is the first race to be held entirely on the ‘Rail Corridor’, with the course spanning the section from the Tanjong Pagar Rail Station to the old Bukit Timah Rail Station. The event aims to raise public awareness of this green pathway officially known as the ‘Rail Corridor’. The route allowed runners to experience one of Singapore’s least known natural wonders and show their support for keeping the area as natural as possible, benefiting generations to come.

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The Green Corridor Run follows the course of the old rail line, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station. It runs parallel to the AYE before heading North via Buona Vista, passing near Holland Village and through the lush Clementi Woodlands, before finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.

Finishers

Guest of honor Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, joined runners at the starting line to flag off the race. Amongst the runners was Class 95FM Cartunes DJ Mike Kasem. Co-host Jean Danker supported her colleague from the side lines, and was joined by a cheerleading squad of loyal listeners to provide encouragement to the radio personality and the other runners.

Guest of Honour

Samson Tenai, 32, from Kenya and Rosie Clarke, 26, from the UK, were the overall winners for the male and female category, completing the race in 34 minutes 11 seconds and 41 minutes 42 seconds, respectively.

Overall winners Rosie Clarke and Samson Tenai

Apple announced 128GB iPad with Retina display

We been hearing rumors of a 128GB iPad. Well, it is finally here. Apple just announced that they will be launching a 128GB version of the iPad with Retina display.

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The 128GB version be available from 5 February 2013 in black or white and retail in the US at US$799 (Wifi) and US$929 (Wifi + 4G). We don’t have the Singapore launch date and pricing yet. For a reference, 64GB iPad is currently retailing at S$918 (Wifi) and S$1088 (Wifi + 4G). I’ll update this blog entry once I get pricing.

Personally, I don’t really need a 128GB iPad. I’m still doing well with my 32GB iPad. I guess 128GB will be great for those who want to store more video and music files on their iPad. Other than that, I don’t know why would anyone need such a large capacity iPad.

What will you store in your 128GB iPad?

BlackBerry 10 launch event on webcast

Research In Motion, the company behind BlackBerry, is finally about to launched the much delayed BlackBerry 10 on 30 January 2013. RIM will officially launch of its new platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.

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The launch event will happen simultaneously in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Delhi. Unfortunately, Singapore is not one of the launch country. But Singapore BlackBerry fans will be glad to know that the Singapore launch event will be happening on 21 February 2013.

If you are interested, the launch event will be broadcasted on a webcast. The event will start on 30 January, 10am EST which means 11pm Singapore time on 30 January.

Please stop sharing the photos from the Tampines accident

I’m sure most of you heard about the tragic accident at Tampines today. My deepest condolences to the family.

Some of you might have seen the photos of the 2 deceased boys. I don’t know about you but I feel that it is very disrespectful to the family. How would you feel if you are the family or friends of the deceased? I don’t know what kind of sick people actually go take photos of the two dead boys and upload them online. It is very distasteful.

If you posted, shared or retweeted the photos, please kindly remove them. If you saw your friend posting, sharing or retweeting the photos, kindly ask them to remove the photos. Thank you.

If you see the photos on Facebook, you can go to Option –> Report/Remove Tag to flag the content to Facebook. If the photo is on Twitter, you can go to Twitter.com and click the “Flag Media” button. Unfortunately, I think Twitter does not remove the photos. It seems like Twitter will only label the photos as sensitive content. Well, at least that’s the best we can do.

Social Media is a very powerful tool. Use it responsibly.

And to those people making jokes about the two boys in the accident, I wish you karma.