Archive for September 2013

Razer Battlefield 4 Collector’s Edition Peripherals and Gear

Ready for Battlefield 4 launch on 29 October 2013? Check out Razer Battlefield 4 Collector’s Edition Peripherals and Gear.

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The Battlefield 4 Razer BlackWidow Ultimate’s mechanical key infrastructure provides tactile feedback to your fingertips with every keystroke. It’s like feeling the recoil of your weapon with the assurance that every key you actuate is executed quickly in the game. The keyboard is fully backlit so that you can hit the right keys even under low lighting conditions.

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Designed with extensive feedback from professional gamers, the Razer Taipan’s ambidextrous form suits a wide variety of grip styles and hand sizes. The 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System lets you execute pinpoint accurate shots with ease while moving with instant in-game responsiveness.

Hokkaido Winter Wonderland by Train Seminar

Thinking of your next holiday destination? Check out the Hokkaido Winter Wonderland by Train Seminar where you can learn how to explore the stunning countryside of Hokkaido with a rail pass.

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The “Hokkaido Winter Wonderland by Train” Seminar is being hosted by Hokkaido Railway Company, one of the railway giants in Japan who operate comprehensive train services in Hokkaido. The highlight of this event is the introduction of Hokkaido’s sights and sounds. The friendly staff from Hokkaido will share their expert knowledge in various fields about Hokkaido.

Hokkaido Winter Wonderland by Train Seminar
Date: 5 October 2013
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm AND 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Orchard Hotel Singapore Ballroom 3

Each session lasts approximately 2 hours, including 1 hour of presentation and quiz, Q&A, as well as interaction time. Register your interest at the Facebook event page for Session 1 and Session 2 now.

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The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c was launched last Friday. As usual, Singapore is one of the first few countries to get the new iPhone.

It seems like this time, the “fun” thing to try after getting the iPhone 5s is to play with the Touch ID. Some people discovered that the Touch ID works on other body parts too. Someone even tried Touch ID with their nipple and it works. No, I’m not going to post that video on my blog. You can try Googling for that if you are interested but I must say that it is kinda disturbing.

And it doesn’t just works on human. It also works on cat’s paw too if you register it with Touch ID.

Well, if you own a cat, maybe you can try registering your cat’s paw as backup (Or just for fun).

A group of people are trying to crowdfund bounty to hack iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner. The idea is to reliably and repeatedly break into an iPhone 5s by lifting prints from maybe a glass. So far nobody managed to do that yet. But I guess it is not impossible.

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Try saying “OK Glass” to Siri

I don’t really use Siri but I must say that the team behind Siri really have a great sense of humor. Try saying “OK Glass” to Siri and see the funny response.

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For the uninitiated, “OK Glass” is a voice command for Google Glass for user to initiate voice command. Now no wonder your Siri is “angry” when you try using that command on it.

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What other funny response did you get from Siri?

First Successful Hybrid of “Corpse Flower” Blooms at Gardens By The Bay

The first successful Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’, a hybrid of Amorphophallus titanum, is blooming now at Gardens By The Bay.

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The Amorphophallus titanum, also known as Corpse Flower, produces one of the largest flowers in the world that emits a foul smell similar to decaying meat. It originates from Sumatra, Indonesia. The Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ is a hybrid between the Amorphophallus titanum and the Amorphophallus variabilis. The Amorphophallus variabilis, found in Indonesia and the Philippines, is reportedly a food source in Java. Its flower produces a durian-like smell to attract pollinators.

Named in honour of Singaporean Mr John Tan Jiew Hoe for his generous support of the Amorphophallus hybridisation programme, the Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ is a cross between the Amorphophallus titanum and the Amorphophallus variabilis. It is known to grow at a rate of about 9 cm per day and its flowering is unpredictable.

Amorphophallus John Tan with staff of Gardens by the Bay

The hybrid at Gardens by the Bay – a first in Singapore – measured 205 cm at time of flowering. Donated by Mr John Tan, it is currently on display in the “Cloud Forest” cooled conservatory and its flower is estimated to last for about 2-3 days only.