Archive for April 2013

Samsung GALAXY S4 launched in Singapore

The Samsung flagship phone has arrived Singapore yesterday. There was a huge turnout at various collection points along Orchard Road for customers who have successfully pre-ordered the Samsung GALAXY S4 with LTE from the 3 local telcos. According to Samsung, the pre orders for Samsung GALAXY S4 is more than double than the Samsung GALAXY S III which was launched in May 2012.

Excited SingTel customers in line to collect their Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at SingTel roadshow at Ngee Ann City
Excited SingTel customers in line to collect their Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at SingTel roadshow at Ngee Ann City

First customer, Stella Yeo, elated to receive her Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at SingTel roadshow at Ngee Ann City
First customer, Stella Yeo, elated to receive her Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at SingTel roadshow at Ngee Ann City

M1 customers queuing to collect the Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at M1 roadshow at Wisma Atria
M1 customers queuing to collect the Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at M1 roadshow at Wisma Atria

First customer to receive his Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at M1 roadshow at Wisma Atria
First customer to receive his Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at M1 roadshow at Wisma Atria

StarHub customers queuing to be the first to purchase the Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at StarHub at Plaza Singapura
StarHub customers queuing to be the first to purchase the Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at StarHub at Plaza Singapura

First customer to receive his Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at StarHub at Plaza Singapura
First customer to receive his Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE at StarHub at Plaza Singapura

Customers who placed a pre-order also received a GALAXY S4 With LTE Limited Edition Accessory Pack (worth $160) consisting of a car charger, desktop dock and HDTV adapter, when they collected their Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE, while stocks were available. The Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE retails at $998, without contract.

Iron Man 3

**Warning: Contains mild spoilers**

Although the last Iron Man movie was 3 years ago, the audience didn’t miss Iron Man that much because we’ve seen him in action in The Avengers last year. One thing I like about the Marvel superhero movies is that they are linked one way or another. Iron Man 3 picks up from events after the Chitauri in The Avengers with Tony Stark now suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

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We get to see more of Tony Stark without the Iron Man suit as he tries to overcome his post traumatic stress disorder while at the same time plays Sherlock Holmes in investigating an explosion which nearly killed his former bodyguard, Happy.

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Iron Man fans will be happy to see the appearance of the Iron Legion, a army of armors with different unique capabilities to help Iron Man. I almost wanted to applause when the Iron Legion shows up in battle.

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The Mandarin is disappointing as a supervillain. Maybe because supervillains before him like Loki and Whiplash looked far more impressive and created more havoc. I love the twist in The Mandarin storyline but honestly I wish he could create more trouble for Iron Man.

The War Machine has been given a new red, white and blue paint job and rebranded as Iron Patriot after a focus group studies. Like Iron Man 2, Rhodes wasn’t given much action scene. I felt that Rhodes and Iron Patriot is there for the comic relief. In fact, even Pepper Potts has better action scene than Iron Patriot.

As a whole, Iron Man 3 is a great movie. Funny dialog, smart storyline fill with action and Iron Man armor galore. What more can you ask for? (OK, maybe a better supervillain.)

Iron Man 3 is now showing in Singapore.

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It is worth noting that Robert Downey, Jr.’s contract with Marvel Studios expires after the release of Iron Man 3. Without giving too much away, the movie ended in a way that it could be the last movie for the Iron Man Franchise if Robert Downey, Jr. doesn’t extend his contract. But they could also make another Iron Man movie if they want to. And from the look of it, I think we will get more Iron Man action.

Oh, and as usual, remember to stay back for the end credits scene.

Don’t text while driving

I know a lot of people who text while driving. In fact I used to be guilty of doing that a few times in the past. But life is too short and not worth such risk. Texting can wait.

A university student was killed in a car crash early this month on the outskirts of Greeley, Colorado. When police officer retrieved his iPhone in the car, they found a partial message that was never send. It appears that he was texting while driving. That was his last message.

The student’s parents has agreed to release the image of the text he was composing in a bid to warn other drivers against doing the same.

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Remember, texting can wait. Get someone to text on your behalf or wait till you reached your destination.

World IP Day 2013

World Intellectual Property Day is happening this Friday, 26 April 2013. The HIP Alliance will be organising a one-day event at Toa Payoh Hub in celebration of World IP Day 2013. Expect a day packed with an array of fun-filled activities.

World IP Day 2013
Date: 26 April 2013
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Hub

For more information, visit the Facebook Event page.

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WeChat target Singapore market with TV commercial

The popular all rounder social messaging application from China is expanding its user base in Singapore with its first TV commercial in Singapore.

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The commercial features “Asia’s Dance King”, Show Lo and multi-talented artiste, Rainie Yang from Taiwan. The pair joined forces as WeChat’s “Super-Duo Ambassadors” to create a lot of excitement and buzz for this new mobile messaging application. Show and Rainie have been friends for a long time, and share a deep mutual understanding which allowed them to work closely together. In this 30-seconds TVC, Rainie and Show displayed romantic chemistry and playfulness through the use of WeChat’s simplest functions – text messaging, voice messaging and emoticon services. WeChat’s TVC illustrates how WeChat is designed to be convenient even in the midst of one’s busyness.

WeChat recently hit 300 million users globally. Besides chatting with friends in your contact list, WeChat also allow users to “Look Around” for nearby users or throw a “message in a bottle” into the ocean for random people to pick up.

Can the “Super-Duo Ambassadors” help WeChat become the next IN thing in Singapore? We’ll see….