Archive for February 2013

PlugBug World by Twelve South

This is a cool gadget for those frequent travelers. The PlugBug World by Twelve South allows Mac users to have dual charging using 1 power point.

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The PlugBug simply piggyback to the MacBook Power Adaptor, creating a dual charger for your MacBook and a 2.1 Amp USB port for charging devices like iPhone or iPad. The kit includes five international snap-on plugs and doubles as an international, stand-alone USB charger for iPhone and iPad.

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You might be wondering, why would you need this when you can simply charge your devices using the MacBook’s USB port. Well, charging on the PlugBug is much faster than charging using the MacBook’s USB port. Some older MacBook’s USB port can’t even charge the iPad.

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Well, of course you can just carry a multiplug and a separate USB Power Adaptor. But if you want to travel light, PlugBug is the way to go.

Facebook Page Insights Reporting Bug

Facebook recently reported that they discovered some bugs that impacted Page Insights impression and reach reporting. These issues impacted reporting only and not delivery. Ad Insights were not impacted by these bugs.

Facebook is fixing this bug and the Page analytics should be accurate by this weekend. After the fix, most Pages should see an increase in their total Reach. Facebook stressed that this is just a reporting issue, not delivery issue. For more information, check out the Facebook Studio article.

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This might explain why almost all the Facebook Page admins I know complaint to me that their Reach has been dropping for the past few months. Most of us thought that it is due to the new Facebook EdgeRank algorithm. Maybe it’s just a reporting bug. Have you seen any improvement in your Page’s Reach after the bug fix?

GUINNESS Claims World Record for the “Longest Bar Slide”

GUINNESS Singapore created history on Thursday evening by achieving a Guinness World Record title for the “Longest Bar Slide” at the launch of its new GUINNESS Draught in a Bottle variant. Jeffrey Ng, 30-year old finance executive, slide the new 330ml GUINNESS Draught in a Bottle 14 meters and 10.4 centimetres down a specially constructed bar slide to establish the World Record.

10_Jeffrey Ng a finance exec aged 30 set  the Guinness World Record for the Longest Bar Slide_Image Credit to APB Singapore

The exclusive event was attended by over 350 guests at the House of Timbre. With 10 metres set as the minimum mark to achieve the new Guinness World Records title for the “Longest Bar Slide”, five GUINNESS fans were pit against each other in a round-robin format to clinch the title. Rallied by a supportive crowd and closely observed by an adjudicator from the Guinness World Records, Jeffrey overcame initial jitters to successfully set the record on his second attempt.

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Jeffrey was one of five fans handpicked by GUINNESS who had submitted the most creative entries to a contest hosted on GUINNESS Facebook page which asked consumers to complete the sentence “Guinness is as smooth as…”.

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GUINNESS Draught in a Bottle will retail for approximately $12 per bottle at clubs, restaurants and diner outlets all over Singapore, including areas such as Dempsey Hill, Holland Village, Clarke Quay and Mohamed Sultan Road.

New Singapore Coins

Singapore will be getting a whole set of new design coins by middle this year. This is the third series of coins issued by Monetary Authority of Singapore. The current design was introduced in 1985.

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The $1 coin will feature Merlion. Port of Singapore, Changi Airport, Public Housing and Esplanade are featured on the 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents coin respectively. All the coins will also feature the Lion-head motif. The back of the coins will continue to feature the Singapore Coat of Arms.

I don’t know about you, but I find them ugly. Oh well, it’s going to take a while before I get used to seeing them.

Coin operated machines and those supermarket push trolleys will need to be calibrated to accept both the new and the old coins.

One interesting thing to note. The new $1 coin will retain the octagonal frame design. Urban legends says that the octagon is designed to look like a Chinese Bagua.

How Google Glass actually feel?

I’ve been wondering for the longest time how would Google Glass interface look. Well, Google just released a new video to give us an insight of how it actually feel to be wearing the Google Glass.

According to the video description, all video footage are captured through Glass. Which is pretty good for a wearable device.

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It seems like most of the info will be presented on the top right corner of your vision. Most of the controls seems to be through voice although I think I saw them swiping infront of the Google Glass to navigate. I might be wrong. Whatever it is, the video is amazing. Can’t wait to try out Google Glass. And I think Google Glass will work perfectly with Google Now.

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The Google Glass will come in 5 colours: Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton and Sky. It is not available on sale for public yet but Google is looking for Glass Explorer to help test the Glass. To apply, use Google+ or Twitter to tell Google what you would do if you had Glass with the hashtag #ifihadglass

Unfortunately, only those living in US may apply. Boo!!!