OK, I must be sleeping during my BMT. Didn’t know that the Ultimax 100 (aka SAW) is made in Singapore. Check out this video from my favorite firearm reviewer.

And we should really issue all NSF and NSmen with a barrel magazine.

Wow, we are halfway thru 2011. If you remember, I made some tech prediction for 2011 at the start of the year. Since we are halfway thru 2011, I guess maybe I should do a half-time score to see how bad I’ve done so far.
2011 will be the year of the Tablets
Judging from the number of Tablets that has been released and announced so far, this prediction is definitely correct. But hey, any 10 year old kid would have predicted the same thing.
Windows 7 tablet, tried by failed
I was expecting Microsoft to try their luck on the Tablet market by releasing Windows 7 Tablets. But then, up till now there’s still no influx of Windows 7 Tablet. And I think Microsoft knows that Windows 7 is not suitable for tablet. That why they are concentrating on Windows 8 which has interface meant for touchscreen. So I guess this prediction is going to be wrong.
iPad 2 with front facing camera
Spot on. But then, I also predicted that there will be no rear facing camera on the iPad 2. Who would have guessed that Steve Jobs decided to put a lousy rear facing camera on iPad 2. And seriously, I still don’t know why Apple put a rear facing camera on the iPad 2. It makes you look like a complete moron when you tried taking photo with a 9 inch tablet.
Colour e-ink reader from Amazon
Not here yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. But from the look of it, I think my chances is pretty slim on this.
Nokia release smartphone running either Windows Phone 7 or Android
Score! Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced early this year that Nokia will be releasing Windows Phone 7 phone. What caught me by surprised is that Nokia will be abandoning MeeGo and Symbian.
Rise of Windows Phone 7
Not happening yet. And from the way things are going, it might not be happening this year. Maybe 2012 when Nokia finally start flooding the market with their Windows Phone 7 phone.
Google Chrome OS revive netbook market
Not happening yet. And from the looks of things, this prediction might go down the drain.
Apple stop using Google Map for iOS
Not happening yet. In fact, Eric Schmidt revealed that Google had reached a deal with Apple to continue providing its maps for the iOS. Looks like this predictions is going to be wrong. If Apple is moving away from Google Map, they would have done it in OS 5. But they didn’t.
No white iPhone 4
You most likely know at least 1 person who owns a white iPhone 4. Argh! Damn you Apple.
Phones with Near Field Communications launched in Singapore but slow pick up in services
Yeap, we are seeing a few NFC phones coming to Singapore. Still no NFC services yet.
Singapore roll out LTE for consumers but takeup rate is slow
M1 has rolled out their LTE in the town area. The other 2 telcos will most likely release theirs later this year. Looks like this prediction will come true.
Social Media will play an important role in Singapore General Election
Spot on. But this is too easy to predict.
No major phone makers except Apple will release phones using MicroSIM
Wrong. Nokia’s upcoming N9 will be using MicroSIM.
So that’s the Half-time score. Looks like I scored quite badly. Well, it’s kinda expected. I’m never good at Tech predictions.
And the usual disclaimer: The predictions and half-time score are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

ASUS unveiled their N-Series Jay Chou Special Edition laptop yesterday in Taiwan. The N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition is not just a laptop endorsed by Jay Chou (周杰伦). Jay Chou is the chief designer behind the laptop.

ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition runs on Intel Core i5 2.3GHz processor. 4GB memory, 640GB Harddisk, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics card and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower and ASUS’ SonicMaster technology. The N43SL is 14 inch and weighs 2.4kg. Comes in 2 colour, Gold and Peach.

The design of the laptop cover includes images of musical icons, sheet music, music notes and nunchucks. Even the J key on the keyboard is specially designed.

The ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition will be on sale in Singapore from the 1st to 2nd week of July at S$1298.
Check out the website for more info.

Here’s a new mouse from Logitech. The Logitech Wireless Mouse M185. Available in Grey, Red and Blue colour.

Actually, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M185 is just like your normal wireless mouse. It has a nano-receiver which is beginning to be more and more common among wireless mouse.
But here’s the thing that makes it different. The Logitech Wireless Mouse M185 can run for up to 12 months without requiring a battery change. Yes, you read me correctly. 12 freaking months without battery change.
This could easily be the most energy efficient mouse ever. And it’s just retailing at S$19.90. Comes with a three-year limited hardware warranty too.

Unseen/Unsaid is a 10 part mini series filmed by 4 young Singaporeans to chronicle Singapore’s forgotten everyday trades and places.

The mini series will feature places like Tanjong Pagar KTM station, Yan Kit Swimming Complex, Toa Payoh Dragon Playground, Tiong Bahru Estate and occupations like traditional baker, pushcart satayman, fortune telling parakeet, Karung Guni man, keymaker and Chinese Opera.

Unseen/Unsaid is a tie up with the National Heritage Board’s Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (Hi2P).
The first episode of Unseen/Unsaid will start airing online from 29 June 2011, 11am. A new episode will be release every Wednesday at 11am.

The RediscoverSG team has also produced a series of paper toys related to the series which will be retailing at $20. The team aims to raise $10,000 for charity organisation MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) fund to help disadvantaged children and youths in Singapore.

Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) recently announced the launch of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). For a start, SGNIC will start accepting domain names in Chinese and Tamil language.
Registrations of IDNs can be made with any of SGNIC’s participating accredited registrars and will only be available at the 2nd level i.e. “.新加坡” and “.சிங்கப்பூர்” which represent “Singapore” in the Chinese and Tamil languages respectively.
This means that we will see entirely Chinese and Tamil domain names like http://家园.新加坡 or http://முகப்பு.சிங்கப்பூர். (I hope my Tamil is correct). It is also possible to mix English letters with Chinese words or English letters with Tamil words to form a IDNs. Which means you can have http://love华语.新加坡 or http://நான் நேசிக்கிறேன்you.சிங்கப்பூர்
But you can’t mix Chinese and Tamil together. Damn! Can’t register http://我会தமிழ் மொழி.新加坡
Phrase 1 of registration is from 4 July 2011 (9am) to 15 Aug 2011 (5pm) and is applicable for existing registrants of Chinese Domain Names.
Phrase 2 of registration is from 12 Sept 2011 (9am) to 8 Nov 2011 (5pm) and is applicable for Trademark Holders, Government Agencies and other interested entities and individuals. A priority fee of $100 for each name will apply to registrations from non-trademark holders and non-governmental agencies.
Phrase 3 of registration is from 14 Dec 2011 onwards and is applicable for all entities on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information, refer to SGNIC Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) Launch Guidelines.
Hmmm….. should I register http://帝克.新加坡 just for fun? (FYI: 帝克 means DK in Chinese. OR at least that what I think it should be in Chinese form although it’s highly debatable.)