Archive for August 2013

Fireworks at Jurong Spring Community Club

It is not everyday you get to see fireworks at the heartlands. So when I heard that the Community Club next to my house is having fireworks for National Day Observance Ceremony, I was kinda excited.

But finding a good location to shoot the fireworks at heartlands is more difficult than shooting fireworks for National Day Parade. The best way to shoot the fireworks is to shoot from the corridor of a HDB block so that I won’t get people blocking the shot. Since the fireworks are going to be fired from Grace Orchard School field, I decided to park my tripod at Blk 535 so that I can get Jurong Spring CC as the foreground.

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So here are some of the shots I have for the fireworks. Kinda disappointed with my photos. The thick smoke blowing towards me didn’t help either.

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The Humble Origin Bundle

This is perhaps the best Humble Bundle ever.

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Get Dead Space, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space 3 and Medal of Honor at any price you want. If you pay above the average price, you’ll also get Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 + Starter Pack. The bundle provides Origin keys for all the games on Windows, with The Sims 3 also available on Mac. Some games also come with Steam keys.

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And the best part is that Origin and Electronic Arts Inc. are donating their share of the proceeds the following 5 charities: the Human Rights Campaign; Watsi; the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; the American Red Cross; or the American Cancer Society.

Get 8 great games at any price you want to pay and all the money goes to charity. No wonder it managed to raise more than $5 million within 2 days. Hurry. The bundle ends on 29 August 2013, 2am Singapore Time.

WeChat reached 100 million registered user

WeChat is growing at lightspeed. Just 3 months ago, the mobile social communication application announced that it reached over 50 million registered users. Well, they have doubled their registered user account base in the last 3 months, reaching 100 million registered users. Impressive.

Since its international debut, WeChat has been well received in Asia. It became the most popular mobile social app in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Malaysia across multiple smartphone OS platforms. WeChat also gains popularity worldwide and became the most downloaded mobile social app on App Stores in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey in July 2013.

I wonder how many months will WeChat reach 200 million.

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Learn to Dance in a Year

Do you remember the ex-Microsoft girl who announced her resignation by singing on YouTube? It appears that she’s been learning dancing since she left Microsoft. Check out her new video that showed her progress in dancing in 365 days.

Pretty amazing. Goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Check out her experience over the past one year at Danceinayear.com

When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

HTC “Here’s To Change” branding campaign

HTC is kicking off their largest-ever marketing campaign with a series of YouTube video featuring Robert Downey Jr.

Instead of talking about their phones and capabilities, the video playfully highlight the HTC brand and what it mean to people. Like the video said, its anything you want it to be. OK, maybe not Huge Tinfoil Catamaran, Hipster Troll Carwash, Hot Tea Catapult or Hold This Cat. Although I quite like the idea of Hipster Troll Carwash. Anyway, HTC have launched a HTC Generator to auto generate other meanings.

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Just in case you don’t know, HTC actually stands for High Tech Computer.

So can Iron Man save HTC? I do hope so. Personally, I think that HTC have been producing great phones. Their latest flagship phone, the HTC One, is in my opinion the best smartphone in the market now. But it is not selling as well as the Korean phone. Maybe this billion dollar branding campaign can Help This Company.