Archive for January 2014

Jaguar vs Mercedes-Benz Chicken

I love it when company do creative ads in response to their rival’s ads.

Few months ago, Mercedes-Benz did a TV commercial for their new Mercedes S-Class. The commercial used chickens to demonstrate their active suspension system.

Jaguar rolled out a brilliant ad in response to Mercedes-Benz magic body control campaign.

Score: Jaguar 1 – 0 Mercedes-Benz

Your move Mercedes.

Sony World Photography Awards 2014 last call for entries

The submission of entries for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) will officially be closed on 6 January 2014 (for Open and Youth competition) and 9 January 2014 (for Professional competition).

© Samantha Fortenberry, US, Entry, Open Low Light, 2014 Sony Wo

Organised by World Photography Organisation, this annual contest is widely known as the leading global photographic awards programme, where talented photographers across many diverse fields are discovered and both professional and amateur photographers are invited to share their talents on a global stage. Locally, Singaporean amateur photographers who submit entries for any of the ten Open categories will also be automatically considered for the Singapore National Award, an award created specially to uncover and honour the top three best images shot by Singaporean photographers.

All category winners, including winners of the Singapore National Award, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, while their photographs will be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1 -18 May 2014 as well as on the WPO website. The winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title will be presented with USD$25,000 and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive USD$5,000.

Marina Bay Countdown 2014

I was at Marina Bay on New Year Eve to catch the fireworks. This is the second year that I’m shooting the fireworks at Marina Bay on New Year Eve. This year I was there with Geng Hui.

Initially we wanted to shoot the fireworks from below the Art Science Museum. I thought I can try shooting the fireworks with my new wide angle lens. We arrived at 9pm thinking that we can still get a good spot. We were so wrong. That place was already crowded when we reached there. Not much space for us to setup our tripod. Strangely, there aren’t a lot of photographers. Mostly family and friends camping out for the 12 midnight countdown and fireworks.

So we were left with no choice but to move further down. Everywhere is packed with people. We were lucky to bump into Renhao and decided to squeeze together with him. And I really mean squeeze. Check out how we pack 3 tripod in a small area.

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My photos didn’t turn out well. Firstly, I estimated the position of the fireworks wrongly. Didn’t get all the fireworks in the photo. Wasted. The first few shots were beautiful.

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So I quickly readjust my camera and managed to get a few good shot.

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But when there’s fireworks, there’s always smoke. And to make things worse, the wind was blowing towards our direction. A fireworks photographer’s biggest nightmare. In the end, we spend most of our time watching smoke instead of fireworks.

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Disappointing. Oh well, hope I have better luck next time.

DK’s Tech Prediction for 2014

OK, let’s start the first post of 2014 with my Tech Predictions for 2014. If you have been reading my past few prediction posting, you will know that I’m pretty inaccurate with all these stuff. It’s just for the fun of it.

Here we go….

Lots of devices using curved glass
I think we will start seeing a lot of devices using curved glass. Smartphones, Tablets, TV, smartwatches etc etc. I’m not so fascinated by it actually. End of the day, they are just gimmick and there is no real advantage over flat glass.

Apple to release Apple TV
OK, I know I made this prediction for 2013 but it didn’t came true. But I still think that Apple is working on the Apple TV that was mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs book. Maybe there are some delays with getting the deals with movie studios. If we don’t see the Apple TV in 2014 then I guess we will never see it.

Apple release iPhones with bigger screen size
This is something I wish will not happen. But I got this feeling that Tim Cook will give in to public pressure and release a iPhone that is bigger than the current 4 inch iPhone 5/5s. Personally, I love the old 3.5 inch iPhone.

Google and Apple to release their own Smart Watch
I know that I predicted Apple will release their own Smart Watch last year. Maybe I’m 1 year ahead. So for 2014, I predict that Apple AND Google will both release their own Smart Watch. Both companies will be able to integrate the Smart Watch better with their Mobile OS. Google might even release OS so that other Android partners can release their own version.

A major mobile OS virus or malware
I predict in 2014 we will see a mobile OS virus or malware affecting thousands of smartphones. As more and more people use smartphone, hackers are constantly finding ways to exploit vulnerability on these mobile devices. Most smartphone users aren’t using any security software. And to make things worse, some of them are running outdated version of their mobile OS. Yes Android, I’m referring at you.

BlackBerry will release an Android phone
2013 has been a horrible year for BlackBerry. The new BlackBerry 10 doesn’t seem to be able to pull the company back on track. There were some rumors that BlackBerry will release smartphones running Android. I think we will see that in 2014.

Pinterest get acquired
Although I don’t use Pinterest, I must say that they do produce interesting figures like click through rate. I predict that someone will acquire Pinterest in 2014. Maybe Yahoo or Google.

YouTube to further integrate with Google Plus
I know a lot of YouTubers were unhappy in 2013 when Google integrate YouTube comments with Google Plus. I think that’s not all. I guess Google will further integrate YouTube into Google Plus to an extend that YouTube is Google Plus. This will no doubt piss off a lot of YouTubers and cause some to leave the platform. But it will be the best way for Google to push Google Plus.

3D printer goes mainstream
We’ve seen many interesting application of 3D printers. I think that 3D printer is the future and I think 2014 is the year we start seeing them going mainstream. And by mainstream, I mean it is no longer just a hobbyist gadget and a well known and established company start mass producing their own 3D printer. Someone like Canon, HP or Epson. I hope this will drive the price down further. And I’m not looking forward to the copyright issues that will come along with 3D printers going mainstream.

Bitcoin value crossed $2000 mark
2013 is an amazing year for Bitcoin. It is also the year that Bitcoin crossed the US$1000 mark. I guess for 2014, we will see Bitcoin cross the US$2000 mark. But personally, I wouldn’t invest on Bitcoin. The exchange rate keep fluctuating.

Singapore will pass laws that regulate the use of Social Media
This is a wild guess. We all know that the Broadcasting Act will be amended in 2014. I predict that it will include Social Media like Facebook and Twitter. Blogs will not be spared too. And yes, expect protest from the Singapore online community.

Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.