Samsung Bluetooth Speaker

Here’s a sleek and beautiful looking Bluetooth Speaker from Samsung.

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The portable speaker has up to 15 hours of playback time and can easily pair with the help of NFC. Sound quality is pretty amazing for a Bluetooth speaker this size.

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The Samsung Bluetooth Speaker is now available at all Samsung Experience Stores at $268.

Sleepover with dinosaurs at ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum is organising its first ever sleepover (Dinosnores! A sleepover with Dinos) for the week-long March school holidays. Two sleepovers will be conducted on 16 and 21 March 2014.

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This educational sleepover is a great avenue for busy parents to spend quality time with their children this school holiday. Recommended for children aged six to 12 years, “Dinosnores” promises to be an action-packed night. Parents and children will travel back in time to the land of the dinosaurs and spend the night among the amazing exhibits in the “Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction” exhibition. To complete the sleepover experience, participants will get to take part in activities including a movie screening and interactive workshops that engage both parents and children.

“Dinosnores” is priced at S$120 per child participant (free for accompanying adult) and registration opens on 17 February 2014. For more information and registration, visit www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Museum/activities

Microsoft Computing Safety Index

In conjunction with international Safer Internet Day (SID), Microsoft has released the results of the third annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI).

The MCSI survey measures the online safety behavior of almost 10,500 consumers in 20 countries, including Singapore and the US, UK, Australia, China and India. The latest survey revealed that online trouble has resulted in an estimated US$23 billion in worldwide financial losses in 2013, with financial loss due to compromise of professional reputation being the most costly.

In Singapore, 12 percent said they were victims of a phishing attack, losing on average US$158 or about S$200 (Global figures are 15 percent and US$158 respectively). 8 percent said their professional reputation had been compromised, costing on average US$552 or S$700 to repair (Global figures are 13 percent and US$535 respectively). 7 percent said they had suffered identity theft at an average cost of US$197 or S$250 (Global figures are 9 percent and US$218 respectively).

To support Safer Internet Day, Microsoft is also asking consumers to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and commit to doing so on a new interactive website. The site allows Internet users around the world to share how they plan to avoid online risks, learn what other people are doing to help protect themselves and receive instant tips to enhance their digital lifestyle.

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Let Indonesia name their warship whatever they want

Indonesia recently decided to name a new British made frigate KRI Usman Harun, after the 2 Indonesian marines who were responsible for the MacDonald House bombing in 1965. Singapore has sent a strong signal to Indonesia that it opposes the naming, saying that the action would “reopen old wounds.”

A total of 29 bombs had been set off in Singapore since the start of Indonesian Konfrontasi in 1962. The MacDonald House bombing which left 3 people dead and 33 injured, is the most serious incident. Second Sgt. Usman bin Haji Muhammad Ali and Second Cpl. Harun bin Said. were arrested within 4 days, charged with murder and sentenced to death in 1968.

Personally, I think Indonesia is free to name their warship whatever they want. It is their warship after all. Singapore isn’t an expert in naming warship. Just look at our warship. All the names are pretty boring. RSS Valour, RSS Endurance, RSS Intrepid etc etc…. We name our ships base on good attributes and characteristic that we wish our Navy personnel have when they are serving in that ship. We don’t have the habit of naming our warship after a person. But from as far as I know, countries that name their warship after a person usually name them after great people. Great people who have done commendable deeds that deserved to be remembered. And hopefully crews onboard that ship will have the same great attribute as that person.

So who is Second Sgt. Usman bin Haji Muhammad Ali and Second Cpl. Harun bin Said? They are Indonesian marines during the Indonesian Konfrontasi who managed to infiltrate into Singapore and plant bomb on civilian targets. Why attack a bank building in downtown Singapore? Well, it is an easy target. It would be a lot harder for them to attack a heavily guarded military target. And Indonesia didn’t declare war with Singapore or Malaysia during the Indonesian Konfrontasi. So to put this in today context, the actions by Usman bin Haji Muhammad Ali and Harun bin Said are considered terrorist act. And I’m surprised that Indonesia considered these 2 terrorist as their national hero. It is a total insult to all the National Hero of Indonesia.

And to add more insult, all these bombing and attack did not achieve the main objective. Indonesia eventually accepts the formation of Malaysia. The Indonesian Konfrontasi ended with victory to the Commonwealth.

So sure, go ahead Indonesia. Name your warship after the 2 terrorist who cowardly attack civilian targets during peace time in a confrontation that you lost. I feel sorry for the soldiers who will be serving onboard KRI Usman Harun. Everyone have their ship name after some great hero or famous politicians who have contributed significantly to the country. But the poor crews of KRI Usman Harun will be serving onboard a warship named after 2 terrorist. 2 cowardly terrorist who picked on easy civilian targets instead of the tougher military targets. And they didn’t even manage to escape out of Singapore after their mission. Lousy.

Imagine KRI Usman Harun going oversea and the foreign Navy personnels visiting the ship asked the crew about their ship’s name. It is going to be an awkward conversation.

And don’t bother about being sensitive towards Singapore. The damaged relationship between Singapore and Indonesia can be easily repaired. Naming your warship after 2 terrorists is more important than your relationship with your neighbours. And don’t worry. The next time you have an earthquake or tsunami, Singapore will still provide assistance like we always do.

So I say let Indonesia name their warship whatever they want. It is their rights. Just like we can also name 2 urinal in the new National Stadium as Usman and Harun. But of course we are not going to do that. We are more mature than the Indonesians. So go ahead Indonesia. Let the rest of the world laugh whenever they see KRI Usman Harun, the pride of Indonesia Navy named after 2 coward terrorists that you call heroes.

Chingay 2014

Got invited to Chingay 2014 last Friday thanks to the good folks at Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. It’s been quite some time since I attended Chingay live. This year’s parade saw more than 8000 multi-cultural performers including 800 foreign performers from six countries.

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Perhaps one of the biggest highlights for Chingay 2014 is the appearance of Getai (歌台). Celebrity artistes Liu Ling Ling, Wang Lei, Lee Pei Fen and Rawi Hamin were on a moving Getai singing an update version of 一人一半 from the movie 881. Personally I still prefer the original version but I guess the updated version is more suitable for a upbeat event like Chingay.

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