Archive for January 2013

Starbucks Cookie Gift Set

Starbucks just announced a special Lunar New Year gift set.

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The Starbucks Cookie Gift Set come with 5 Caramel Pineapple Tart, 5 Coffee Pineapple Tart, 5 Sable Cookies and 2 packets of 3 Starbucks House Blend VIA Ready Brew. All these in a beautiful looking box. A perfect gift for the Lunar New Year.

Starbucks Card members get an additional complimentary pack of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew (3ct pack) with every Cookie Gift Set purchased with your Starbucks Card. (Offer until 25 January 2013. While stocks last and not available at Starbucks stores in Changi Airport)

The Starbucks Cookie Gift Set is now available at all Starbucks in Singapore at $28.80.

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Here’s an interesting KickStarter Project by Lomography. A Smartphone Film Scanner. It is a simple gadget that allows you to scan, edit, print and share your 35mm films using your smartphone.

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Just put your Smartphone on the Film Scanner, slide in your 35mm film and scan the negative. The Smartphone Film Scanner works with all iPhone and most smartphones with the camera in the upper side/corner or in the top-center. It is great for those who has a lot of 35mm film lying around. Even better for those Lomo fans.

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The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner is currently on Kickstart. Go pledge your support if you want to organise your films.

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Sony Xperia Z

Sony showcased its latest Sony Xperia Z (and Xperia ZL) in Singapore today after announcing the flagship phone last week at CES.

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The Xperia Z has a 5 inch full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 Megapixel fast capture camera and 4G LTE. All these in a slim 7.9mm body that weighs just 146grams.

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But perhaps the most impressive feature of the Xperia Z is the dust and water resistance (IP 55 & IP 57). This means that when all the ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. But no, you can’t play Angry Birds while swimming cause capacitive screen can’t work underwater.

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This is not the first time Sony release a Smartphone that is water resistant. Sony (together with their ex-partner Ericsson) released the Xperia active in 2011 which is also water resistant. But this is perhaps the first time that we see a water resistant phone on a high end model.

Will water and dust resistance be one of the major deciding factor when consumers buy a smartphone?

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The Xperia Z is available in Black, White and Purple. Both the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL will be launching in Singapore in Q1 2013. Pricing and exact availability date is still unavailable.

World’s Largest Snowball Fight at Seattle

5,834 people made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Snowball Fight.

The snowball fight was held at Seattle Center outside the EMP Museum. Organizers brought in more than 73,000 KG of snow from the mountains using 34 dump trucks. More than 6,000 tickets were sold for the event and all proceeding went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.

South Korea held the previous record of 5,387 snow fighter set in 2010.

Apple App Store Hits 40 Billion Downloads

Apple recently announced that the App Store has reached 40 billion apps downloads with nearly 20 billion download in 2012. 2 billion apps were downloaded in December 2012.

There are now 775,000 apps available and 300,000 native iPad apps.

Apple also announced that a total of $7 billion dollars had been paid to its developers. Impressive.