Archive for February 2015

Oscars on Twitter

The 87th Academy Awards that took place this morning Singapore time saw a vast array of actors and makers celebrating their year of filmmaking together with the rest of the world on Twitter.

The award show was filled with moments of laughter, triumph and reflection as host Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH), top performers and A-list talent took the stage.

The largest spikes in conversation, measured in Tweets per minutes (TPM) includes Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music performance together with Julie Andrews, Alejandro Iñárritu winning the Best Picture for “Birdman” and Patty Arquette’s acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress.

Throughout the evening, film fans turned to Twitter to convey their passions and share real-time reactions. The most Tweeted-about nominees/performers were @LadyGaga, @PattyArquette and @JohnLegend.

The movies that got the most mentions on Twitter are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood.

Twitter once again proved to be a great social media platform for live event with people around the world Tweeting about the Oscars as it was happening. Check out the heat map showing the #Oscars conversation happening across the world.

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To find out more about what everyone is tweeting about the Oscars, check out the 2015 #Oscars Twitter custom timeline.

UK folding plug on Indiegogo

Remember the amazing UK folding plug concept back in 2009? Now is your chance to get your hands on the UK folding plug at Indiegogo.

The Mu System is not just for UK plug. It also comes with separate plug attachments that are suitable for every socket type worldwide. It has a 2.4Amp single port USB charger to charge your smartphone, tablets or other USB-charged devices. All these at just 14mm thick. Great for travelers or mobile warrior.

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The Mu System is now on Indiegogo. Simply pledge US$49 for the MU System with 2.4Amp USB power unit with 4 interchangeable plug heads.

Hitman: Agent 47

Singaporeans might find some of the scenes in Hitman: Agent 47 familiar. That’s because part of the film was shot in Singapore.

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The filming crew were in Singapore in May 2014 to shoot the action thriller starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto. The action packed street scene in the trailer was shot along Robinson Road, the same location for the battle scene in the local movie Ah Boy to Men.

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Oh, and in case you are wondering, we don’t usually have so many blue cabs on the street. Lol.

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Besides Robinson Road, the filming crew also went to places like Gardens by the Bay.

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own.

Hitman: Agent 47 opens in Singapore 27 August 2015.

Lenovo preinstalls adware on new laptops

You might want to pay attention if you just bought a Lenovo laptop recently. Security researchers recently discovered that Lenovo laptop come ship with a software called Superfish Visual Discovery.

Superfish alters your search results to show you different ads than the ones you are supposed to see on your web browser. It also tempers with your computer’s security, allowing anyone on the same WIFI network to spy on that user’s online activities including ibanking transactions, passwords, emails, instant messages etc.

According to Lenovo, only Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015 come preinstalled with Superfish. No Thinkpads were shipped with the software.

If you purchased a Lenovo laptop between middle 2014 till now, it would be advisable for you to check out the Superfish removal instructions from Lenovo.

Lenovo is also working with McAfee and Microsoft to have Superfish software and certificate quarantined or removed.

River Hongbao 2015

The River Hongbao, (also known as River Ang Bao) is happening from now till 28 February 2015 at The Float @ Marina Bay.

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The Floating Platform is filled with colourful lanterns specially handcrafted by professional craftsmen on site. The River Hongbao will also showcase a 18 metre tall God of Fortune as well as the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals. And since we are celebrating SG50 this year, there will also be some lantern display of iconic Singapore items such as Dragon Playground and Singa the Courtesy Lion.

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Members from The Acrobatic troupe of Xinjiang China will be entertaining the crowd with gravity defying aerial tightrope walking act.

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