Archive for January 2014

Twitter powered vending machine

OK, I’m a bit the slow here. Back in December, a Canadian telecommunication company, Telus, setup a vending machine filled with cute little panda soft toys.

A vending machine with soft toys isn’t uncommon. But this vending machine does not accept cash. It gives away the panda soft toy in exchange for a tweet containing the hashtag #HomeTweetHome. Over 6 days, the vending machine dispensed 3000 panda soft toy. The telco also gave $1 to WWF Canada for every tweet posted.

Cool idea huh?

First Look: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1

Panasonic recently announced the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a fully-rugged 7 inch tablet running Windows 8.1. And the best way to show off this ruggedised tablet is to put in on a block of ice.

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The Toughpad FZ-M1 fully rugged design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G for drops (up to 1.5 meters), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The fanless design allows it to meet IP65 standards for rain and dust. The tablet has also been submitted for ANSI 12.12.1 certification (Class1, Div2) for use in incendiary environments.

We even got someone wearing heels to stand on the Toughpad. No problem. Don’t do this with your normal tablet.

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Most people would expect a rugged tablet to be bulky and heavy. But this is not the case for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1. The 7 inch tablet weighs only 540 grams and 1.78cm thick.

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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is powered by the new 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor with 128 GB SSD and 4GB RAM. Has the usual WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 720p front facing camera, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and micro SDXC slot. Battery life is up to 8 hours and come with hot swappable option. Other options includes dedicated GPS, Ethernet or serial port, NFC, SmartCard, Barcode, RFID and magnetic stripe reader.

Here’s a picture of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with barcode scanner.

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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available in Singapore from March 2014 at a starting price of S$2600. The price may seem expensive for a 7 inch Windows tablet. That’s because this is not a normal consumer product. Most consumer won’t need this kind of rugged tablet. It is more suitable for those working in extreme conditions.

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Skechers Electric Run Singapore

The Skechers Electric Run Singapore is coming to Singapore on the 11 and 12 April 2014. Skechers Electric Run Singapore is a night time run/walk experience where participants are an integrated part of the show. Featuring immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up.

Registration is now open. But hurry. Tickets are 90% sold out. For more info, visit the Facebook page or Website.

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Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead gets zombie pranked

Nick Santonastasso was born with Hanhart syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. He has only one arm and no legs but he still got one wicked sense of humor. Nick, being a huge fan of The Walking Dead, would sometimes zombie pranked people in a grocery store and upload them on Vine.

The Walking Dead crew saw the Vine video and decided to invite him over to prank Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon). As part of Fox International’s new social media campaign “#getFOXed, Nick was flown out to Tokyo, given professional zombie makeup by The Walking Dead effects experts and put in a room with Norman. Check out the video.

Great prank. The expression on Norman’s face, priceless. They should do this often with other members of The Walking Dead.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 returns to FOX Movies Premium (SingTel mio TV Ch. 414 and StarHub TV Ch. 622) on 10 Feb 2014, 11:30am (right after its US broadcast) and 8.10pm same-day encore telecast.

Thirty Years of Mac

The original Macintosh was unveiled 30 years ago on 24 January 1984. A lot have changed over the past 30 years. All the companies that were making computers back in 1984 were no longer doing so except Apple.

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To celebrate Macintosh’s 30th birthday, Apple created a timeline that showcase the 30 years of Mac history starting from “the computer that changed everything”. You can also tell Apple which is your first Mac. Mine is a 2007 iMac and I’m still using it.