Archive for January 2013

Samsung Mobile PIN in Singapore

Samsung launched Asia’s first Samsung Mobile PIN in Singapore on Friday evening at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza, Orchard Road.

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First launched at the London Olympics in 2012, Singapore marks the debut of the Samsung Mobile PIN in Asia, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to bringing value-added experience to customers in this part of the world. Visitors can interact and check out Samsung’s latest suite of mobile devices like the GALAXY Note II LTE, GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE, GALAXY S III LTE and GALAXY Camera.

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Samsung brand ambassadors will also be onsite to provide a unique and exclusive Samsung experience, allowing them to try out Samsung’s smart mobile devices, functions, services and apps. I must say that the Samsung brand ambassadors really know their stuff. I tried asking them a few tricky questions and they answer them with ease.

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The Samsung Mobile PIN will open from 18 January to 12 March 2013. During the two months installation of the Samsung Mobile PIN, consumers can look forward to a range of activities celebrating the theme of ‘friendship and love’. Through participating in a series of lessons and activities, consumers can earn coupons, PIN badges and vouchers which can be accumulated to exchange for exclusive Samsung Mobile PIN premiums, and stand a chance to win one of 10 Samsung GALAXY Note II LTE.

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For more information of the Samsung Mobile PIN, visit Samsung Mobile Singapore Facebook page.

Did Google delete Xiaxue blog by accident?

If you visit Xiaxue’s blog now, you will notice that it has been deleted.

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According to Wendy’s Tweet, it might be a technical glitch and Blogger deleted the blog thinking that it is a spam page. The site has been down for almost 24 hours.

Not sure how did Google/Blogger make such an error. Everyone in this region know Xiaxue.blogspot.com is a very popular blog. The site has been with Blogger for the longest time. How could it be a spam?

And unfortunately, getting Google/Blogger to restore the site is going to be quite troublesome and will take some time. (if she can get it back) Let’s hope Wendy get this sorted out with Google fast. All this downtime is going to affect her ads income.

Maybe she might also want to consider hosting her blog in the future so that it won’t be subjected to deletion like this.

Update 1: It seems like the blog might have been taken down by Blogger’s malware detection system.

Update 2 (20 Jan, 5pm): Visiting Xiaxue’s blog now show a sign that says “This blog is in violation of Blogger’s Terms of Service and is open to authors only”. I wonder what is happening.

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Belkin WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion

Home automation is going to be something big in the near future. Imagine the ability to turn on the electric water kettle before you reach home so that you can brew a cup of tea when you reach home. Or check if you remember to turn off the electricity to the iron when you are in the office.

It’s not going to be cheap to wire up your entire home. But thanks to Belkin WeMo, you can have simple home automation at low cost.

The Belkin WeMo consist of 2 initial products, the WeMo Switch and the WeMo Motion. Both products work closely with the free WeMo iOS app to create a highly scalable and customizable home control system.

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The WeMo Switch is a small device that plugs directly into any electrical outlet and serves as the main building block for WeMo. Once the Switch is connected to the home Wi-Fi network, any device plugged into it can then be turned on or off from anywhere with the WeMo app. The app also enables users to put devices on a timed schedule, so devices will turn on or off at pre-set times.

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The WeMo Switch + Motion adds a sensor that reads motion within 10 feet and will turn on or off anything plugged into the switch based on motion. The WeMo app tells any device plugged into the corresponding WeMo Switch what to do when motion is sensed. The app also allows users to create rules or schedules based on customized intervals.

WeMo also features integration with If This Than That (IFTTT), an online service that allows users to create tasks combining different Internet-based services from one platform. Through the WeMo channel on IFTTT, users can use a WeMo Switch or Motion to trigger a variety of services, including email, weather, phone calls, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

The Belkin WeMo Switch cost S$109 and WeMo Switch + Motion cost S$199 and will be available in Singapore at the end of January 2013.

Lenovo Releases ThinkPad X131e Chromebook

There used to be only 2 options for those who wants to buy a Chromebook, Samsung or Acer. Well, I’m glad that Lenovo is joining the Chromebook world and releasing their first Chromebook, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook.

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As the name suggest, the Chromebook is a actually a ThinkPad X131e running Chrome OS instead Windows. It is a 11.6-inch laptop running Intel processor, 3 USB port, HDMI port and VGA port. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook has rubber bumper around the top cover and stronger corners to protect the system in the case of an accidental drop. The hinges and hinge brackets are also strengthened to last more than 50,000 open and close cycles.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook anytime soon. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook will be available for institutional customers making volume bid starting 26 Febuary 2013. The rest of us can only pray that Lenovo release this to consumers soon.

SAR-21 by Singapore Technologies

It is not everyday that you get to see a non-Singaporean holding the SAR-21 (Singapore Assault Rifle – 21st Century). The SAR-21, for the uninitiated, is a rifle designed and manufactured in Singapore and used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) since 1999 to replace the M16.

Don’t worry. I don’t think any NSF lost his rifle. According to the SAR-21 Wiki page, the rifle is sold in some countries for domestic use.

But I must say that this video changed my impression of the SAR-21. We were still using the M16 when I got enlisted. We only started using the SAR21 towards the end of my NSF and I’ve been using the SAR-21 throughout my entire ICT. Personally, I still prefer the M16 for its weight and handling. But after watching the video, I begin to appreciate the SAR-21 a bit more.