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Samsung Note 5 Delights event

Samsung held the Note 5 Delights event at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza last weekend in celebration of the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+ in Singapore.

Consumers getting their caricatures drawn using the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

Visitors had the opportunity to try Samsung’s latest range of devices at the Product Experience Zone and get their Samsung products checked for a clean bill of health at the Samsung Service Clinic with the 5-Point Diagnostic Test. Free replacement of battery and back cover, and free screen protector were offered for selected Galaxy smartphones and tablets customers.

Local band, Johan & Jerome entertaining the crowd with tunes created with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

There’s also live performances by Johan & Jerome, The Analog Girl and HubbaBubbas. In addition, there were hourly giveaways such as free Garrett Popcorn, Chococro from St. Marc’s, Coconut Water from CocoLoco and local ice cream for Galaxy Life users. Hourly Life Hacks workshops were also available for consumers keen to learn the tips and tricks of the S Pen.

In conjunction with Note 5 Delights, Samsung Electronics Singapore and The Straits Times organised a promotion for the first 50 readers who owned any two of the previous devices in the Samsung Galaxy Note series a chance to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off the retail price. The promotion, which only started at 11am on Saturday, saw over a dozen fans queuing from Friday evening. By 4am on Saturday, all 50 available slots were filled.

A long snaking queue waiting in line to be the first 50 customers to purchase the Galaxy Note 5 4G+ at 50 per cent off

Also part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (STAR) programme, ten lucky readers who owned all four previous Galaxy Note devices attended the Note 5 Delights and brought home for free the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+ as well as the Montblanc Cruise Collection Black Screenwriter S.

Singapore’s General Election heats up on Twitter

Millions of Singaporeans will be going to the polling station on 11 September. As usual, the best way to get breaking news about the Singapore General Election is through Twitter with the hashtag #GE2015.

Since the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released on 24 July and up to 31 August, there has been a 300% increase in elections-related conversation on Twitter (compared to the previous 39-day period from 14 June to 23 July). Over the past week alone (from 24-31 August), there have been over 52,000 elections-related conversations on Twitter with a spike in Tweets on 25 August when Parliament was dissolved and the writ of election issued. Check out the Twitter Reverb.

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Hmmmm…. that avatar in the middle looks familiar. Where have I seen it before? Hmmm.

Workers’ Party tops the list for the most mentioned political party on Twitter. WP is 1.4 times more widely discussed than PAP.

Most Mentioned Political Parties
1. Workers’ Party (@wpsg)
2. People’s Action Party (@PAPSingapore)
3. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)
4. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)
5. National Solidarity Party (@nsp_sg)
6. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)
7. Democratic Progressive Party (@dpp_sg)
8. Singapore Democratic Alliance
9. Singapore People’s Party (@sgpeoplesparty)
10. People’s Power Party (@PeoplesPowerSG)

It is no surprise that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the most mentioned politician since he has been active on social media. PM Lee has 8 times more mention than WP’s leader Mr Low Thia Khiang. Newcomer He Ting Ru from the Workers’ Party has more mentions than veterans Ken Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters. It is also worth noting that some of the politicians on the most mentioned list do not have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t stop people from mentioning them on Twitter.

Most Mentioned Politicians
1. Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Chiam See Tong
4. Low Thia Khiang
5. He Ting Ru (@hetingru)
6. Ken Jeyaretnam (@KenJeyaretnam)
7. Chee Soon Juan (@CheeSoonJuan)
8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimwp)
9. Lina Chiam (@linachiam)
10. Tan Jee Say (@JeeSayTan)

And the most shared election-related Tweet from 24-31 August came from PM Lee.

The Election just started. The best way to stay in touch with the latest news is on Twitter using the hashtag #GE2015.

PS: I personally prefer #SGElections. There are several countries also using #GE2015 for their elections. But unfortunately all the Government agencies and News outlets are using #GE2015.

Apple event on 9 September

Apple just send out media invites for 9 September, 10am press event at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California. (10 September, 1am Singapore time)

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Asking Siri for hints will only give you funny responses.

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Anyway, Apple will most likely be announcing the next iPhone. Will there be more products or services announcement? Well, we will find out on 9 September.

LG Rolly Keyboard

LG just announced a beautiful and elegant portable Keyboard. LG’s Rolly Keyboard folds up along the four rows to create an easy-to-carry stick.

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The LG Rolly Keyboard has a 17mm key pitch which is nearly as generous as the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. The impact-resistant and durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic gives the keyboard a satisfying tactile feedback.

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Unfolding the Rolly Keyboard will power on the device and enable auto pairing to easily connect 2 different device at the same time via Bluetooth 3.0. Just press a shortcut key to toggle between the 2 devices. Rolling the Rolly Keyboard up will automatically power off the device. A single AAA battery powers the keyboard for up to three months of average use.

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The Rolly Keyboard will be launched in the US in September. No pricing available yet.

Create your own Rainworks street art

Remember the street art that only shows up when it rains? Rainworks is a message or image on sidewalks all over Seattle that stays hidden when dry and only shows up with the surface is wet.

It is done using a superhydrophobic coating which makes surfaces repel water. Pretty cool stuff.

And here’s the interesting part. The creator of Rainworks is now on Kickstarter to seek funding to manufacture the Rainworks Invisible Spray. Yes. You can now create your own Rainworks in your own city.

The spray is eco-friendly and biodegradable and generally last 2-4 months. You can even remove it with cleaning product and a little bit of scrubbing.

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To get the Rainworks Invisible Spray, simply pledge US$25 or more on Kickstarter.

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Look forward to seeing your street art on the Rainworks map.