Archive for October 2015

Shell V-Power X Ferrari Passion Series

Ferrari fans are going to love this. From 12 October to 27 December, Shell will be rolling out the Shell V-Power X Ferrari Passion Series of car models and playsets in Singapore.

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Simply spend S$60 on Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuel or other Shell fuels at any participating Shell stations and purchase the model starting at S$2.95. There are total 6 models to collect. A new model will be released every 2 week.

12 October 2015 – Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Model Car
26 October 2015 – Enzo Ferrari Assembly Kit
9 November 2015 – Ferrari California T Model Car
23 November 2015 – Ferrari 2015 Season Model Car
7 December 2015 – Racing Garage with a Ferrari 458 Italia Model Car
14 December 2015 – Hauler with a Ferrari 599XX Model Car

The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Model Car, Enzo Ferrari Assembly Kit, Ferrari California T Model Car and Ferrari 2015 Season Model Car cost S$2.95 each with every S$60 spent on Shell V-Power Nitro+ or S$5.95 each with every S$60 spent on Shell FuelSave or Shell Diesel.

The Racing Garage with a Ferrari 458 Italia Model Car cost S$30 each with every S$60 spent on Shell V-Power Nitro+ or S$35 each with every S$60 spent on Shell FuelSave or Shell Diesel.

The Hauler with a Ferrari 599XX Model Car cost S$15 each with every S$60 spent on Shell V-Power Nitro+ or S$20 each with every S$60 spent on Shell FuelSave or Shell Diesel.

The folks from Shell PR send me the Enzo Ferrari Assembly Kit before it was launched. The model is 1/43 scale with die cast metal body and plastic parts. Some simple assembly is required. The end result looks good.

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Review: Jaybird X2 Bluetooth sports earphones

I’m a huge fan of Bluetooth earphones. They are great for enjoying music from your smartphone while on the move. That’s why I’m excited when Jaybird send me their latest X2 Bluetooth earphone for review.

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Firstly, the Jaybird X2 looks beautiful. Comes in bright colours like Charge (Neon), Fire (bright red) and Ice (blue), its hard to miss someone wearing it. The earphone comes with a beautiful sport silicone carry case that for all the ear tips and accessories. And Jaybird is pretty generous with the accessories that comes bundled with the earphone.

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The X2 comes with 3 different size standard silicon ear tips and Premium Comply foam sport tips that are exclusively designed for Jaybird X2 for delivering maximum noise isolation, fit, and comfort. It also comes with Jaybird’s patented redesigned ergonomic ear fins. I haven’t got the opportunity to wear the Jaybird X2 out for a run due to the haze (Ya right, excuses!). For normal day to day usage, the standard ear tip is good enough. If you are wearing the X2 for sports, then the Comply foam sport tips and ear fins will come in handy.

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The Jaybird X2 earphone housing is designed to allow user to wear it under-ear or over-ear. Personally I prefer to wear the X2 under-ear but some runners like to wear it over-ear. It comes with a cord management clip that allows you to reduce the cord length if required.

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Sound quality on the Jaybird X2 is pretty fantastic. Jaybird developed its own codec for decoding the audio with an enhanced bit rate. This produce crystal clear audio that can compete with a good wired headphone.

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The Jaybird X2 is sweat resistance and great for workout. It is also great for everyday use. There is a mic at the volume control for making phone calls. Audio quality is good. I tried making a few phone calls and the other party didn’t even know that I’m using a Bluetooth earphone.

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But perhaps the best thing about the Jaybird X2 is the battery life. This thing is small yet they are able to pack enough battery for around 8 hours of usage. Pretty impressive.

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The Jaybird X2 is now available in Singapore at recommended retail price of S$259. It’s a bit on the expensive side but definitely worth the investment.

Countdown to Starbucks Christmas

We are almost reaching the end of the year. This means Starbucks Christmas drink will be back soon.

To start the countdown to the return of the iconic Starbucks red cups, Starbucks Singapore will be giving three beverage coupon with every purchase of the Christmas edition Stainless Steel Cold Cups. That’s two tall-sized Christmas beverage coupons and one tall-sized beverage coupon worth approximately S$20.

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Available in red, gold and black colours, each Starbucks Stainless Steel Cold Cup retails at S$34.90.

Let the countdown to Toffeenut latte (and other Starbucks Christmas drink) begin!!!

Facebook Reactions – respond to Facebook posting with emoji

Remember the rumoured Dislike button that Facebook is working on. Well, Facebook is now testing out something call Facebook Reactions and its not really a Dislike button. Its using emoji to express other emotions other than likes.

The Facebook Reactions is a set of emoji displayed as a drop-down menu below the usual Like Button and will be available both on Pages and User Profiles. There are seven emoji for now: Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and Angry.

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Facebook is currently testing out the Facebook Reactions in Ireland and Spain.

Honestly speaking, I’m not a fan of this Facebook Reactions. Now instead of just having 20 Likes to a Facebook post, I might be getting 10 Likes, 1 Love, 3 Haha, 2 Yay, 1 Wow and 3 Angry. Is there really a need for a single button to express different emotions?

I know there are situations where Liking a post isn’t appropriate and that’s why Facebook came up with this Facebook Reaction. But how is a Sad emoji appropriate? Your dog passed away last night? Come, let me click on the Sad emoji. OH COME ON! Are we so lacking in empathy that we can’t even bother to spend a few minutes to type a few words of condolences? If you can’t even be bothered to offer a few words of condolences, then maybe you shouldn’t even bother clicking on the Sad emoji.

The Like button is successful because it is simple. You click on it if you like the post. If you don’t like it, don’t click it. What is so difficult about that? Why do we need to complicate the Like Button by adding more emotions to it?

SingPost delivering mails to Pulau Ubin by drone

SingPost is collaborating with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to develop the a drone for mail delivery. The company has completed a trial to deliver mail to Pulau Ubin.

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SingPost said a letter and a T-shirt in a parcel were transported by drone from Lorong Halus to Pulau Ubin. The 2 km journey took about 5 minutes. The drone was build upon the Pixhawk Steadidrone platform by IDA Labs to meet the new conceptual delivery platform from SingPost, and tailored for use in a challenging environment like Singapore.

The drone is equipped with enhanced safety features, and is complemented with a prototype app designed with security and verification features that ensures the mail reaches its intended recipient. It has the capacity to carry a payload of up to half a kilogramme, fly at a height of up to 45 metres and travel a distance of 2.3 kilometres. The focus of the flight was to test the drone technology and safety boundaries.

Don’t be too excited yet. This is just a trial and it will take a while before it is viable for drone mail delivery in Singapore. But this is a promising start. At least it is a better use case than using drone to deliver food and drinks in a restaurant.

And I can imagine it is not easy to get permission to fly a drone from Singapore to Pulau Ubin. After all, Pulau Ubin is pretty close to Changi Airport. The SingPost drone trial flight was conducted with permissions and cooperation from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Air Force as well as the Singapore Police Force.

Let’s hope all the agencies come together and make it easier for business and hobbyist to fly a drone in the near future.