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Lightsaber Escape

Star Wars fans, check out this awesome game made for Google Chrome called Lightsaber Escape. The game requires your computer and a mobile phone. Simply go to the website on your computer and key in the URL on screen to your mobile phone’s web browser.

Basically, you are a Jedi trying to escape a bunch of First Order Stormtroopers. Your smartphone is your lightsaber. You control it by swinging your phone and use it to deflect blaster fire.

It’s simple yet fun. Enjoy!

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Use the Force to block Star Wars spoilers

OK, we are just one day away from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awaken.

As usual, the biggest problem with such highly anticipated show is that there will definitely be a few douchebags out there who watched the show earlier than everyone and post spoilers online. Luckily for us, there is a Chrome Extension to block all those spoilers. Simply install Force Block on your Chrome browser and a warning will pop up if it detects Star Wars related spoilers.

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Force Block uses pattern detection to find spoiler and a whitelist for false alarm. One of their engineers even go through all the spoilers manually so that we don’t have to see it ourselves.

May the Force be with that engineer.

PS: I’m excited about Star Wars: The Force Awaken cause I just collected the tickets that I pre-booked few weeks ago. I’ll be watching it tomorrow at 6:40pm Singapore time. Woot! I promise the only spoiler that I’ll post is this.

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OK, I know that’s lame.

Funan DigitaLife Mall to be closed for 3 years for redevelopment

Funan DigitaLife Mall will be closed for 3 years from the third quarter of 2016 for a major redevelopment.

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Located in North Bridge Road, the mall specialised in electronics and IT-related goods. CapitaLand Mall Trust had hinted in the past that Funan might be sold or redeveloped. More details on the redevelopment will be announced at a later date. But from the length of the redevelopment, it seems like the building will be torn down and completely rebuild. According to the press release, Funan will be redeveloped into an experiential creative hub within the city that engages communities to incubate new ideas and passions, and enables shoppers to enjoy retail in a technology-enabled environment.

Although we all expect Funan to be redeveloped in the near future, it still saddens me when I heard about the news. I have so much memories of the place. The mall gone through several renaming in the past but most people still call it by its original name, Funan Centre, when it was open in 1985. It was renamed Funan The IT Mall in 1997 and Funan DigitaLife Mall in 2005.

Not many people know about this but I used to work part time there in 1997 as a salesperson at the Compaq Store while waiting for my Polytechnic admission. I still visit the mall at least once a month during my Poly days to check out the latest in tech. After my army, I started joining the Singapore Palm User Group and we hang out at Funan almost every Saturday. We would spend the afternoon chatting at McDonalds, exchanging tips and tricks on Palm OS. We started hanging out lesser and lesser with the decline of Palm OS. But I still visit the mall frequently even till now. In fact, I was there just 2 weeks ago.

It is sad to see Funan go. But I guess this is inevitable. With the growth of online shopping, it is tough for small IT retail shops to survive. Bigger IT retail shops like Challenger have moved to the heartland malls or gone online. So it is just a matter of time before a IT mall like Funan go the way of a CD shop.

Goodbye Funan. You will be missed.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens event at VivoCity

With less than 2 weeks to the world wide premier of Star Wars: The Force Awaken, everything Star Wars related is going on hyperdrive.

Star Wars Fans might want to check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens event happening now at VivoCity.

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Check out the Star Wars merchandise & memorabilia from Toys ‘R’ Us, Simply Toys, Action City and Royal Selangor.

There is also be a showcase of collectible 1/6 scale Star Wars dioramas, featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those who haven’t bought Star Wars Battlefront, this is an opportunity to try out the game at the event.

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And check out the LEGO Ultimate Millennium Falcon crafted by 6 adult fans of LEGO from Titan Creation. There is also a wall mural of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster. It is now in the Singapore Book of Records for being the largest wall mural made of LEGO bricks.

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Royal Selangor Star Wars pewter figurines

Royal Selangor is launching a new collection to commemorate Star Wars. This collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia will see Royal Selangor introducing Star Wars-themed pewter merchandise and accessories over the next three years.

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The collection’s line up consists of Limited Edition 8-inch figurines of Darth Vader, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Complementing them are smaller 4-inch figurines of Yoda, the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett. The highlight of the collection is a diorama which captures the monstrous rancor in his pit raring to attack Luke Skywalker – a classic scene from Return of the Jedi.

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Other collectibles in this Star Wars collection include a pair of Stormtrooper and Boba Fett tumblers, Darth Vader and C-3PO mugs, Millennium Falcon and snowspeeder shaped USB flash drives, a Death Star trinket box and cufflinks.

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Recreating the manner and dress of beloved Star Wars characters in pewter is a formidable endeavour. The creative process began by referencing on-set photos, film screenshots and Lucasfilm approved reproduction art. Upon determining the features and specifications of each character, each figurine is sculpted, a detailed process that can take several weeks as tiny fractions of a millimetre can make a figurine instantly recognisable. Each Star Wars character has his or her distinctive presence – the way the head is positioned, slope of the shoulders, gaze of the eyes and the overall posture.

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The launch of this new collection in Singapore was held at the pop-up store at Suntec City Mall which features design elements inspired by the epic franchise including a life-sized replica of Han Solo in carbonite. This is the first Royal Selangor pop-up store in Singapore.

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This collaboration will see Royal Selangor introducing Star Wars-themed pewter merchandise and accessories over the next three years. Royal Selangor has also received the rights to distribute the Star Wars collection in several countries, including Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and the United Kingdom.