Budget phone Redmi from Xiaomi coming to Singapore

Surprise surprise. Chinese Smartphone maker Xiaomi is coming to Singapore. The first phone to hit our island is the Redmi (aka Hongmi). The quad core, dual SIM Andorid phone will be available in Singapore from 21 February 2014 at S$169 without contract.

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Looking at the specs and the pricing, it is no surprise that Xiaomi managed to sell 100,000 units in 4 minutes. Redmi can be purchased at Xiaomi Singapore website from 21 February at 12pm noon onwards.

Xiaomi will be setting up their International headquarters for the global team here in Singapore. So expect to see more Xiaomi phones coming. In fact, the company already announced that the Xiaomi Mi 3 is will be coming to Singapore on 07 March 2014 at S$419. More on that later.

Microsoft survey reveals most common misconceptions of cloud services in Singapore

Microsoft Singapore recently revealed the results of a survey of 2,017 Microsoft partners in 11 countries across Asia Pacific who shared the most common misconceptions about cloud services still prevalent among their customers. In the online survey, Microsoft’s partners ranked the misconceptions most commonly brought up by their customers and prospects about the cloud and shared their outlook on the growth of their cloud business.

Out of the 2,017 respondents, 125 were from Singapore. The Singapore respondents ranked misconceptions similarly as compared to Asia Pacific respondents.
The top five myths are: Lack of privacy, Not secure, Not mature, No ownership and Being less productive offline. Other misconceptions were around cost and reliability, the lack of value-add compared to on premise versions, that it is too complicated and the lack of a clear return on investment.

In response to these insights, Microsoft is working to debunk each of these myths through education and providing access to resources such as the Office 365 Trust Center website.

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More details can be found in the interactive infographic.

Do you know that one in four enterprise business customers is using Office 365 today. In Asia Pacific, Office 365 grew three times faster than the overall public cloud services market fuelled by trends such as bring-your-own-device, an increasing need to work anywhere, and collaboration through enterprise social tools. Today, Microsoft has over 13,500 partners across Asia Pacific offering cloud services to companies of all sizes. Office 365 customers in Singapore include Ghim Li, Meinhardt, NTUC Unity Healthcare, Pokka, and Tiger Airways.

Friend Mode Day: Put your phone away and get dining discount

Nowaday, it is very common to see diners using their smartphone and neglecting their dining companions. A group of NTU students hope to change this anti-social behavior by organising the first ever Friend Mode Day on 22 February 2014.

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Simply put your phone face down while dining at any of these cafes on 22 Feb to enjoy the special discount. For more info, visit the website.

Honestly speaking, it is not easy to put your phone away during meal time. I’ve tried that before and it’s pretty challenging. But I’ll do it for the challenge.

Adobe Photoshop CC Brings 3D Printing to the Design World

Adobe recently announced new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, which will be available immediately. The new 3D printing capabilities help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools.

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With the update, 3D designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways, the 3D printing community and marketplace, including ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer.

Photoshop automatically analyzes the model and goes through a number of steps to prepare a print such as: scaling the output to printer capabilities, repairing mesh to ensure the model is water tight or in a solid form for printing, controlling the printer itself (heat-up, materials choices, estimated print time) and re-rendering of the file for the printer you’re using. Photoshop also provides the option to automatically generate support structures (scaffolding and raft) to properly reinforce the model as it is being printed.

This is great news for those 3D printing community. Personally I think that 3D printing is the future. With Adobe Photoshop CC supporting 3D printing, we can expect 3D printing to go mainstream soon.

Win a trip around the world with Skyscanner

Want to win a trip around the world, on a three week long adventure that will span 7 destinations across all 6 continents? Take part in the Skyscanner “Anywhere and Everywhere” contest.

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Simply submit a video up to 15-seconds, explaining why you deserve to win a trip around the world. The top 10 videos based on the most number of Likes on Facebook between 15 February to 7 March 2014 will go for a face-to-face interview where the judges will select one winner.

So what are you waiting for? Upload your video to the website now.