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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

I’m a huge fan of Civilization. That’s why I’m excited when I heard about Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science fiction themed turn based game similar to the Civilization game that we are familiar with. The events of the game are set roughly 200 to 300 years from the present. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth after the collapse of modern society, you lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be released in Fall/Autumn 2014.

Sounds fun. Fans of Civilization and Alpha Centauri will definitely love Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

Microsoft Office 365 Personal now available in Singapore

Microsoft Singapore recently unveiled Office 365 Personal, a new addition to the Office 365 line-up for individual or small households. Office 365 Personal allows its users to install Office on one PC or one Mac, as well as one tablet device to be connected to the service. All these at an annual subscription rate of S$89.00.

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Besides getting Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access, Office 365 Personal subscriber also get 27 GB of cloud storage with OneDrive and 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month.

Those with more devices or living in a bigger household can still subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium at S$138.00 per year.

By the way, did I mention that Office is now available on iPad?

Petition to shut down STOMP

Here is something that you most likely won’t see on STOMP or any SPH newspaper/websites. A petition asking SPH to shut down STOMP is gaining widespread support from Singaporeans. The petition currently has more than 15,000 signatures and growing.

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I think a lot of us have enough of the rubbish on STOMP. Everyone still remember that STOMP article about SMRT door remaining open while moving. We thought things will improve after that. It didn’t. If you go to STOMP now, you still can see lots of irresponsible reporting. The site give Citizen Journalism a bad name. It promote false information, hate speech and xenophobia. Recently, STOMP started a “Don’t be a Social Media Idiot” campaign to encourage readers to shame “idiots” on social media platform like Facebook.

I think Singaporeans had enough. It is time we demand SPH to shut down STOMP and stop tarnishing the name of Citizen Journalism.

This petition should have been started long time ago. But I guess it is never too late to start. You can sign the online petition here.

HTC One (M8) Dot View Case

HTC unveiled some accessories together with their flagship HTC One (M8). One of the most eye catching accessory is the Dot View Case. The innovative case gives user a fun and retro looking dot matrix view of the HTC One (M8) right on the cover.

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The case protects both the front and back of the phone and at the same time let user see calls, texts or weather without the need to open the cover. The Dot View Case uses magnets on the side to let the phone know that the cover is closed. When you double tab the cover, it instantly display the time and weather in dot matrix view. I don’t know about you but I love this simple and elegant design.

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The Dot View Case comes in Warm Black, Imperial Blue, Orange Popsicle, Atlantis and Baton Rouge colour.

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First Look: HTC One (M8)

HTC just announced their new flagship phone and I’m fortunate to have a sneak peak at this beauty one week before it was officially announced.

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The HTC One (M8) feels good in the hand. It has a new full metal body that is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The ful metal body and glass sandwiched together gives the phone a strong construction. And most importantly, the back looks beautiful with premium jewelry grade finish and fine hairline brush. It has a beautiful 5 inch 1080p screen with Gorilla Glass 3.

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The HTC One (M8) comes in 16GB and 32GB version with expandable microSD storage that supports the latest 128GB microSD card. And even though the new HTC One (M8) no longer comes with Beats Audio, the sound quality is still impressive. The brand new speaker system and amplifiers is able to produce 25% louder and clearer sound. And yes, the speakers are front facing, just like the HTC One.

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The HTC One (M8) comes with a 2600 mAh battery with quick charging that charges 80% in 1 hour. According to HTC, the new HTC One (M8) has 40% longer battery life compared to the HTC One.

The HTC One (M8) also comes with the new redesigned HTC Sense 6. I’m always a fan of HTC Sense UI. The new Sense 6 comes with new colour code for easy navigation. One interesting feature is the Motion Launch. When the phone screen is off, a simple double tap on the screen to turn on the phone. Swipe up to go to the last app, down for voice dialing, left for widget screen or right for BlinkFeed. It’s dead simple and convenient.

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And perhaps the most interesting feature of the HTC One (M8) is the new UltraPixel Camera. According to HTC, the new camera is able to capture 300% more light to give you great picture under any condition. The HTC One (M8) is also the first smartphone with duo camera for depth capture. The 2 camera allows the phone to detect and separate subjects, foreground and background. This gives the HTC One (M8) ability to shoot first and select the focus point later. It’s not light field technology like the Lytro camera but it produce almost similar results. The duo camera also allows interesting post editing like changing the background of an image to highlight the foreground. These features are cool to have. But if you don’t need them, the HTC One (M8) camera can still take normal pictures like any other camera phone.

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And since selfie has become a big thing recently, HTC added a wide angle 5 megapixel f2.0 front facing camera to the HTC One (M8). Cool.

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The new HTC One (M8) comes in Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver colour and will be available in Singapore from the first week of April. If you are looking for an Android phone, look no further. This is the One.