I have a chance to take a first look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc just before it is launched in Singapore.

The Xperia Arc is running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 1GHz Qualcomm processor. It has a huge 4.2 inch touchscreen. Here’s something interesting about the display. There’s no air gap between the display panel and the protective glass. This, together with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, gives the Xperia Arc a very beautiful display.

A photo of 2 phones playing the same video. No prize for guessing which phone has Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
The Xperia Arc is pretty light and slim. It weighs 117 grams and the thinnest part is just 8.7mm. The 8.1 megapixel camera comes equip with Sony Exmor R for mobile which enables the Xperia Arc to take good photos and videos even in low light conditions. HD 720p video recording. There’s a HDMI port for you to connect the Xperia Arc to TV or projector.

The form factor of this device is very interesting. As the name suggested, the back of the phone is in a arc shape. This arc makes it feels comfortable when holding the phone in portrait. The arc shape also gives you better grip when holding the Xperia Arc in landscape with both hands.

My only complain so far about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the camera button. It’s too small for my fingers. But judging from the thickness of the phone, there really isn’t anything much Sony Ericsson can do about it.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver and will be available in Singapore by end Q1. Which means this few days lah. In fact, the 3 telcos are already accepting pre order as we speak.

Japanese researchers at Osaka University demonstrated a 3D Multi-Viewpoint Fog Projection system recently. We are another step closer to the hologram we see on Star War.

One question….. Why did the researchers project a bunny image anyway? They should project image of Princess Leia saying “Help me obi wan kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

The three mobile network operators in Singapore – M1, SingTel and StarHub, and Ericsson’s global mobile commerce enabler IPX have launched a SMS donation drive to aid Japan disaster victims. Donations will go towards the Singapore Red Cross Society’s relief efforts in Japan.
This mobile donation campaign run for one month, starting from 28 March 2011 till midnight on 25 April 2011. The donations will be reflected in customers’ next monthly bill from their respective mobile service providers.
Donation details:-
For a $5 donation, SMS RC5 to 78888
For a $10 donation, SMS RC10 to 78888
For a $20 donation, SMS RC20 to 78888
All administration fees will be waived by the 3 telcos.
Donations are not tax-deductible and persons below the age of 18 years will require parental or guardian consent before making a donation.

We all know that the new Apple iPad 2 is much thinner than the original iPad. Being thinner means it is less durable right? Maybe not.
Despite being 27% thinner, a series of torture test shows that the glass on iPad 2 is significantly stronger and more flexible than the glass used on the original iPad. Check out the video. Pretty impressive I must say.
Warning: The following video contains footage of iPad and iPad 2 glasses being tortured and abused. Viewer discretion is advised.

Oh….. and do not try this at home.

Panasonic recently announced the launch of a new eco campaign, ‘Channel E’ on its Facebook community page at facebook.com/panasonicasia. They are now looking for Environmental Journalist and Environmental Photo Journalist to host the Channel.
To be an Environmental Journalist at Channel E, just upload a 10 to 30 seconds video on how committed you are to the environment. The winner will walk away with SGD$2000 cash and a Panasonic HDC-HS900 camcorder. He/she will also host Channel E for 6 weeks by creating 2 informative pieces on the environment per week.
To be an Environmental Photo Journalist, just upload a photo capturing an image that is either beautiful (beauty) or threatening to the planet (beast). The winner for the beauty category will walk away with SGD$500 cash and Panasonic DMC-LX5. The winner for the beast category will walk away with SGD$1000 cash and Panasonic DMC-GF2W. Both winners will also be sending 2 photos per week for 6 weeks to Channel E with caption on the environment.
The three-month Channel E campaign which runs from March to June 2011 is supported by the beautiful MTV VJ Holly Grabarek who provides advice on how to be an Environmental Journalist and Photo Journalist based on her experience as a MTV VJ.

Check out the website for more information about the contest.

Come on guys…. I’m sure some of us see this coming. Yes, Duke Nukem Forever is delayed again.

Yeap, Duke never comes early. Duke Nukem Forever launch date has been delayed to June 10 internationally with a North American release on June 14. Not really a surprise to me actually.
But hey, we waiting for 13 years already. Surely we can wait another month….. right?