Starting from 1 September 2012, 14 SAF camps will allow camera phones to be brought in. Previously, all NSF, Regulars, NSmen and visitors have to surrender their camera phone at the guardhouse before entering a SAF camp.
The 14 camps where camera phones will be permitted are:
– Bedok Camp (Green zone: Bedok Fitness Conditioning Centre)
– Maju Camp (Green zone: Maju FCC)
– Khatib Camp (Green zone: Khatib FCC and Artillery Institute)
– Kranji Camp II (Green zone: Kranji FCC and Motorised Infantry Training Institute)
– Kranji Camp III (Green zone: Army Logistic Training Institute and Human Resource Institute)
– Jurong Camp II (Green zone: Infantry Training Institute)
– Clementi Camp (Green zone: Infantry Combat Training Centre III)
– Seletar Camp (Green zone: Engineer Training Centre)
– Pasir Ris Camp (Green zone: Commando Training Institute)
– Sungei Gedong Camp (Green zone: Armour Training Institute)
– SAFTI Military Institute (Green zone: Goh Keng Swee Command & Staff College; SAF Advanced School; Officer Cadet School)
– Pasir Laba Camp (Green zone: Specialist and Warrant Officers’ Institute; SAF Military Intelligence Institute)
– Pulau Tekong Camp (Green zone: Basic Military Training Centre)
– Depot Camp (Green zone: Central Manpower Base)
The 14 camps will be divided into green and red zones. Camera phones are only allowed in the green zones. Servicemen will still need to surrender their camera phone when entering the red zone which may contain sensitive materials.
NOTE: Although camera phones are allowed in the green zone, unauthorised photography in all SAF camp premises continues to be prohibited regardless of the zone. So don’t go happily take photos inside the camps. Your camera phones may be subjected to security checks.

This is a great move by SAF. It seems like most of the camps with Green zones are reservist camp and training institute. NSmen will no longer need to hunt for a non-camera phone when reporting for their annual ICT and IPPT/RT/IPT.
Update: The number of camps to allow camera phone has been extended to 29.

It is hard for me to describe the amazingness of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. On the outside, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon looks like your ordinary ThinkPad. It has the classic no nonsense black professional look. But don’t judge the laptop by its look. This is currently the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook. And from the look of it, I think it is going to hold on to the title for quite a while.

You will be amazed when you pick up the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for the first time. It weighs just 1.36kg. That’s pretty impressive for a 14 inch laptop. The X1 Carbon is able to be this light thanks to its carbon fiber construction. And it still retain the durability that ThinkPad is well known for. The X1 Carbon is pretty slim too. At 33.1 x 22.6 x 1.885 cm. Yeap, just 1.885cm thick. In case you are wondering, the 13 inch MacBook Air weighs 1.35kg and is 1.7cm thick.

According to Lenovo, the X1 Carbon is able to provide up to 8 hours battery life. And even though it is slim and lightweight, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with a generous multi-gesture glass surface TrackPad. TrackPoint fans will be glad to know that the X1 Carbon comes with the little red TrackPoint. But sadly, Lenovo have decided to dump the classic ThinkPad keyboard in favour of the chiclet keyboard. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried the chiclet keyboard and it is pretty good. But personally I feel that nothing beats the classic ThinkPad keyboard. (Oh well, more on that in another blog post)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now available in Singapore starting from S$2,349. It you are at COMEX 2012, head down to the Lenovo booth to check it out.

Oh ya, did I mention that it comes with an optional built in 3G mobile broadband? Sweet.

When I first saw the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power, the design reminds me of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster that I had. It feels weird that Panasonic will release something that looks almost the same as another company’s product. Then I discovered something. Panasonic had acquired Sanyo a couple of years ago. So the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is actually the next version of the Eneloop Mobile Booster.

I got my hands on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh to try out. As the name suggest, the Mobile Backup Power has 2700mAh. That’s enough for 1 full charge on your mobile phone (and maybe a little bit more to spare). And it is not just for mobile phones. Any device that uses USB for charging can be use on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. Things like your Bluetooth headset, MP3 player, MIFI etc etc.

The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is pretty small and lightweight. 39 x 70 x 22 mm and weighs just 78 grams. It has only 1 USB out port. It’s very easy to use. Just plug in your device using your device’s USB cable, press the power on button and it starts charging. A indicator light tells you approximately how much power is left. Green means 100% to 60%, Orange means 60% to 30% while Red means less than 30%. Oh, and no light mean 0% lah. It is much easier to tell the battery level now compared to the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster.

Recharging the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is easy. I like the fact that it is using a MicroUSB charging port for recharging. This means that you can use your smartphone charger (unless you are using iPhone) to recharge your Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. It takes around 3 1/2 hours to fully recharge the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh. You can also use USB connected to your computer to charge but that will take 7 hours.
The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is a great upgrade from the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster. It fixes all the shortcoming of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster while retaining its strength.

PS: The retail package does not include USB cables. The short USB cable in the picture belongs to me.
If you are like me and carry lots of devices around, 2700mAh will most likely not be enough for you. Well, you’ll be glad to know that there is a 5400mAh version. It has 2 USB output ports, weighs 142 grams and is 62 x 70 x 22mm. This should be enough to charge your mobile phone up to 2 times with some to spare.

The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 5400mAh is retailing at $89.90 while the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is retailing at S$49.90.

Remember the Real Escape Game? It’s back for the 3rd volume. This time, you will be solving the mystery behind The Crazy Last Will of Dr. MAD.

The Real Escape Game in Singapore Vol.3 “The Crazy Last Will Dr. MAD”
40 years have passed since the death of Dr. Mad, a physicist known as the greatest genius of the last century.
Rumor has it that he uncovered the secret to human prosperity, but passed away before revealing it to the world.
In accordance with his last wishes, his will was sealed for 40 years following his death. And now the time has come for it to be opened. Many mysterious clues lie hidden within, along with the following challenge.

Date: 28-30 September 2012
Venue: 3 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098544
28 Sep, Fri: 18:30
29 Sep, Sat: 10:00 / 12:30 / 15:00 / 17:30
30 Sep, Sun: 10:00 / 12:30 / 15:00 / 17:30
Ticket Prices:
Standard: $27
Door: $35
For more info, visit the Facebook page and official website.
Can you unravel the mystery of Dr. MAD life’s work?

OK, before I start, let me just say that I’ve never reviewed a projector before. And I said yes without thinking much when Epson asked me if I want to review their Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. Then it occurred to me. I can’t test a projector in Starbucks where I usually do my product reviews. And I don’t have much space at home to test it. You see, I don’t really have a piece of wall in my room to project the image.

So ya, this is the best I can do. Please excuse the 2 lines from the cupboard doors.
Anyway, back to the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. On first look, the Megaplex MG-850HD looks like any ordinary projector. It is capable of producing HD 720p resolution in 2800 lumens. That’s pretty bright. But what makes it different from most of the projectors out there is the built in Apple dock connector for your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD is great for watching movies Just plug your iPad on the Apple dock connector and play your favorite movie or stream videos from YouTube. It has 2 built in 10 watt speakers for better sound quality. Oh, and it charges your iOS devices at the same time.

The Megaplex MG-850HD does not do mirroring of your iOS devices. Instead, there is a menu for you to access your videos, musics, photos and some apps when you plug in your iOS devices. Navigation through the menu is easy and straight forward. There is a remote for those who wants to sit back and relax. I tried playing some YouTube videos and going through my photo album. The image quality is great.

Do note that not all apps are supported by the MG-850HD dock. Only apps like YouTube, Keynote and Photo Library that supports video out can be used on the dock connector. That basically covers most of the things you need. But if you need to project other apps that does not support video out, just get a HDMI adaptor and do mirroring. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD has HDMI, component, and composite video inputs for other devices. You could even plug in your USB Thumbdrive for a PC less slideshow.

As a whole, the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is a great projector for iPad and iPhone owners. Great for a movie nights. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is now retailing at S$1299