12 December 2008

Phenom II X4 940 scores 154 fps in DOOM 3

We managed to get hold of a Phenom II X4 940 and tested it on a AMD mainboard. DOOM 3 benchmark at 1600x1200 scored 154 fps, that is 30 fps lower than a Intel QX9770 running with 2GB DDR2-1066. Graphics card used is ATI Radeon HD 4850.

04 December 2008

AMD Phenom II X4 920 Pricing leaked on UK e retailer

According to Tech Site OCWorkbench.com, AMD PHENOM II X4 920 2.8GHZ SKT AM2+ 8MB 125W PIB is on Pre Order now in UK at £187.00 inc. VAT. That translates into US$275.52 and €217.374 at the time of posting.

For comparison, an Intel Q9450 is currently priced at £220 (2.66GHz/12MB/95W).

Source : OCWorkbench

01 December 2008

Starhub to offer Animax Mobile

Animax kicks off in Malaysia, Singapore

Sony Pictures Entertainment Networks (SPEN) is ramping up its multi-platform presence in Asia, with today's launch of animé and youth channel Animax on mobile networks in Singapore and Malaysia.

In Malaysia, Animax Mobile is now available as a 3G streaming service on the Astro Mobile TV service, recently launched by Animax's linear home in Malaysia, Astro TV. Astro Mobile TV is compatible with the Maxis and Hotlink networks.

In Singapore, Animax airs on StarHub, which has now added Animax Mobile to its cellular network package. StarHub will offer Animax Mobile as a free trial to all customers until March 31, 2009.

Animax Mobile allows users to stream full-length animé episodes in two-hour loops that are refreshed weekly, alongside short clips of five to seven minutes.

"Animax's expansion to mobile is a natural progression for the channel, which already enjoys a strong following in Singapore and Malaysia," said Gregory Ho, VP and general manager for Animax Asia.

"With the high mobile penetration rates in Malaysia and Singapore, Animax Mobile represents the perfect platform to engage Animax's tech-savvy and highly mobile youth and young adult audiences. The service is an integral part of Animax's efforts to offer audiences a 360-degree entertainment experience across multiple platforms and seamless interaction with the Animax brand."

Today's launches bring Animax Mobile's reach to seven markets. It rolled out in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Brunei in 2007.

M1 Broadband reaches 6mbps out of 7.2mbps

Yesterday I went to West Mall M1 shop to try out the Vodaphone USB based HSPA service. I ran the test using speedtest.net. Although the CSO told me that the SIM card inside is running 2mbps plan, I was able to reach 6.5mbps for the download speed. The most shocking truth is that the uplink speed registers 1.5mbps! That is amazing as I was only able to reach around 4mbps last weekend when i visited the same shop, same location.

A stone throw away is the Singtel Shop. I tested the embedded HSPA in the Eee PC demo unit on the same day / time, I can only get 300kbps download and 700kbps uplink.

There are a few mobile broadband plans for M1. The M1 V2000 and V4000 seems to be the most attractive at $27.10 and $35.90 per mth (24 mths contract). IT comes with Free incoming calls as well.

Are you using M1 Broadband. Share your thoughts here.

29 November 2008

Samsung giving Home theatre or washing machine or fridge when you purchase a Full HD LCD TV


You would never expect that Samsung giving Home theatre or washing machine or a fridge when you purchase a Full HD LCD TV at Sitex 2008. The pricing is also very attractive. Some retailers even throw in more goodies to attract the attention of the crowd. BluRay player @ $449. Good deal!

Source

26 November 2008

Sitex 2008 Cheap Deals and Offers

If you are looking for the best deals, make sure you search on the web on local forums for deals of various products. There are a number of forums that has pretty up to date information. You can check our affiliate for some of the offers that will be at Sitex 2008 beginning tomorrow.

Singtel Sitex offers are disappointing


Just had a check on the Singtel's offering for Sitex. There are no good offers. In fact the same offer is still extended beyond Sitex, that is the EeePC with a 8mbps plan @ $55 a mth. In addition, Singnet 8mbps also comes with another plan; a free Xbox 360. I don't think I need a 8mbps and paying that much for a eeepc nor xbox 360.

On the mobile broadband plans, there are no changes to the 2 yrs broadband plans. Singtel has included a one yr plan and it is just a mere 15% discount of advertised rates. It does have the cheapest 1mbps plan in town for contract in 2 yrs @ S$22, $2 cheaper than M1 Broadband.

25 November 2008

Singtel sued by Mitac over "mio" trademark

Singtel is sued by Mitac over "mio" trademark. The lawsuit arises from SingTel using the name "mio" to brand its integrated digital services, but it is also the name of a Mitac subsidiary, Mio Technology. Mio Technology is an electronics firm specialising in global positioning system software.

Singtel uses the Mio branding on it's ADSL PAYTV system MioTV and it is also found on set top box which is on rental to subscribers. It also promotes the mio plan as a triple play platform competing with Starhub's HUBBER (TV, Mobile, Broadband, FixLine).

21 November 2008

M1 Fixed Broadband requires login and other issues

M1 Fixed Broadband requires login and other issues

For users who are shopping for a new broadband provider, you might have across M1 Fixed Broadband, the new kid on the block that provides the lowest no frills 10mbps plan for only $43 (or $40 if you are a M1 mobile subscriber).

This Fixed Line Broadband service rides on the existing Starhub Cable infrastructure and uses the same compatible Motorola Broadband modems for connection...

Source

19 November 2008

Starhub has 2 new channels 404 and 405

This morning when I switch on the Starhub cable tv box. The TV shows an firmware update page and a progress bar. I waited for around 2 minutes for it's completion.

Looks like the menus are now smoother using the remote control. A check on the TV channels shows 2 new channels without content, they are Channel 404 and Channel 405. I am wondering what these two channels would provide. Would Starhub provide a web browser?

Sitex 2008 will have good deals on LCD TV

Sitex 2008 is round the corner. Those who have waited for a while should find a good bargains for large screen LCD TVs.

Last week, I saw branded Sharp 32" models dropped their price to less than $799. I would expect this to drop furthur. If 32" is too small for you, it might be a good time considering the 37" and larged screens. The 42" would be a good buy which features FULL HD (1920x1080).

Generally speaking Full HD screens will slowly phase out the HD Ready (1366x768) screens. If the price is right at less than a 1500 SGD, it is worthwhile considering a FULL HD instead of a HD Ready.

To pair it out, you might want to consider getting a HD Box by subscribing to either Starhub Cable TV or Singtel mio tv. That should complement your HD viewing experience.

18 November 2008

VideoMate Vista E900F PCIe Dual DVB-T & Analog TV/FM Card


VideoMate Vista E900F PCIe Dual DVB-T & Analog TV/FM Card ---

The Most Professional TV Card You’ve been looking for!!!

Not just watch analog and digital TV at once or record TV shows using hardware MPEG-1/2 compression, Compro VideoMate Vista E900F PCIe Dual DVB-T & Analog TV/FM Card gives you more.

Compro Technology, an innovative leading manufacturer and developer of PC multimedia products, launches VideoMate Vista E900F, a PCIe interface dual DVB-T & analog TV/FM Card with Hardware MPEG-4 encoder, can now decode High Definition H.264 DVB-T channels up to 1080i resolution. VideoMate Vista E900F contains two DVB-T/ worldwide (PAL/SECAM/NTSC) TV tuners providing flexible TV viewing options. Users can choose watching 1analog and 1 digital TV, 2 analog TV or 2 DVB-T TV at the same time. With the built-in real time hardware MPEG-1/2 encoders, users can record videos in high-quality DVD full-D1 formats without occupying much CPU resource. The exclusive MPEG-4 hardware encoder is able to compress video segments into small size and still offers great image quality video. Besides, VideoMate Vista E900F supports exclusive S5(shutdown)/S4(hibernation)/S3(standby) mode power up dual schedule recording. You can record two different TV programs at once. The built-in professional 2D+3D Y/C separation and noise reduction chip brings you a crystal clear and sharp image on your monitor.

The included TV watching/recording software, ComproDTV features digital/analog TV watching/recording, channel surfing, timeshifting, single/multiple still frames capture, brightness/saturation/contrast/hue/sharpness and TV/audio formats adjustment in each TV channel. It also provides the advanced Picture In/Out Picture functions which allow users to watch live TV and playback video files at the same time. The Video Desktop function lets users to stream live TV shows as wallpaper and use other applications simultaneously. ComproDTV 4 can simultaneously operate, viewing or recording, multiple Compro TV devices on the same machine, internal and external.

Fully compatible with Windows Vista, VideoMate Vista E900F also offers some features for Windows Vista Premium/Ultimate. With the press of the bundled Microsoft certified remote control, it is easy to get access of Windows Media Center and ComproDTV 4. The Vista Gadget tool allows users to watch live TV, check schedule and playback list directly on the Vista sidebar. The DTV Add-In function makes the Windows Media Centre more powerful by integrating it with DTV 4. The schedule recording list from Windows Media Center can be integrated to ComproDTV 4 for an easier schedule recording control. With these incredible and world’s exclusive functions, no wonder VideoMate Vista E900F is the most professional TV card choice for the video enthusiasts.

VideoMate Vista E900F PCIe Dual DVB-T & Analog TV/FM Card Key Features:


Dual DVB-T with H.264 HDTV reception, and universal analog TV reception with FM radio Dual hybrid TV tuners provide D+A, D+D, or A+A viewing and recording simultaneously
The advanced NXP (Philips) dual-channel multimedia processor comes with hardware MPEG-1/2/4 encoders, PAL & NTSC 3D Y/C Separation, and Hardware Noise Reduction
Bundled with Microsoft certified remote control for Windows Media Center of Vista Premium/Ultimate and ComproDTV 4
All-new ComproDTV 4 software with Vista Gadget, DTV Add-In, and Windows Media Center schedule recording list integration. ( Vista Gadget & Compro DTV Add-In are meant for Vista 32 bit operation system only )
High-Speed PCI Express x 1 interface for improved performance
Digital TV supports SDTV and 1080i HDTV (where available)
Supports SAP(MTS/NICAM)/Stereo in analog TV
Compro exclusive S5/S4/S3 mode Power Up Scheduled Recording
Supports Dual tuner scheduled recording
Convenient remote controlled power on/off
Hardware timeshifting for instant live TV replay with minimal CPU utilization
Advanced PIP/POP feature can open up to 6 TV channel windows
Video Desktop can setup the live TV screen as wallpaper
Customizable channel order, properties, and my favorite channel list
Straight-to-Disc recording for analog and digital TV
MPEG-2/Transport Stream record/playback in digital TV
Supports digital EPG, subtitle, & Teletext (not support MHEG-5 in UK)
Splits recording file size for different media in analog TV (only under software encoding)
Supports Composite, S-Video and Component (480i ~ 576p) input
Certified for Windows Vista 32/64 bit


* The Windows Vista with Media Center Start Button logo is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Samsung Enters the External Hard Disk Drive Market with the Stylish and Ultra-Compact S-Series


Samsung Enters the External Hard Disk Drive Market with the Stylish and Ultra-Compact S-Series

Singapore, 17 November 2008 – Samsung expands its portfolio of IT products in Singapore with the launch of the Samsung S Series External Hard Disk Drives. Samsung currently has interests in the LCD monitor, personal and business laser printers as well as optical and internal hard disk drive markets. With its entrance into the portable external hard disk drive category, Samsung further solidifies its position as a leading IT vendor and solutions provider in this key market. The Samsung S Series is one of the most compact in its class, with a luxurious and professional glossy finish and faux leather back-cover. The S Series features the S2 Portable, a 2.5 inch drive and the 1.8 inch, the S1 Mini, in a variety of colours and storage capacities. “With an explosive 20 percent annual growth in the global notebook market, external hard drives have become a popular and rapidly growing data storage medium,” said Mr Darren Goh, General Manager, IT Business, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd. “Samsung’s line-up of external drives is tailored for demanding consumers who want the best in capacity, reliability and industrial design.” Samsung has applied its technological ingenuity by incorporating the USB controller within the conventional hard drive to make it more compact and portable. The USB onboard technology also reduces the weight and power consumption of the S Series. This has resulted in a 17 per cent reduction in size and 30 per cent reduction in power consumption for the S2 Portable compared to other 2.5 inch competing models. The S Series includes a Power Saving Mode that intelligently powers down whenever the drive has not been used for five minutes. Samsung’s SecretZone™ acts as a virtual drive that prevents access to a user’s important content by protecting personal files and folders with AES-128bit or AES-256bit encryption for added data security. Users can simply drag-and-drop their private and confidential files and folders into the encrypted virtual drive. Without the password, the virtual drive will remain undetected and all data in the drive is secure and inaccessible. The S Series user’s data is also secure with a password-protected SafetyKey™ for added data security. For peace of mind, the S Series includes Samsung Auto Backup for real-time or scheduled updates when files and folders are modified or added. Users can also easily check available space in the S Series through the capacity gauge icon located on the taskbar of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Samsung S Series is covered with a three-year limited warranty and will be launched at SITEX on 27 November 2008. The S1 Mini is available in 120GB at a recommended retail price of $199. The S2 Portable is available in 250, 320 and 500GB versions at recommended retail prices of $169, $199 and $289 respectively. The S Series External Hard Drives are available in piano black, snow white, wine red and chocolate brown.

ECS Black SeriesA780GM-A Ultra uses AMD 780G + SB750

ECS Black SeriesA780GM-A Ultra is based on the AMD 780G chipset with onboard ATI graphics from AMD with 160W(OC) Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+) support. The A780GM-A Ultra has an integrated ATI™ Radeon HD3200 graphics IGP, which includes AMD Hybrid CrossfireX technology and DirectX 10 capabilities.In addition the motherboard features convenient Multimedia HDMI capabilities, while supporting 6x Sata ports, with RAID 0, 0+1, & 5 configurations using SB750, an E-SATA connector for convenient streaming of various media sources and other peripherals can be connected via the 2x PCI-E x1, 3 PCI as well as a RealTek ALC888 7.1CH High Definition audio, Gigabit Lan and proprietary ECS BIOS tweaking through the M.I.B Overclocking utility.All-in-all the perfect companion for a complete media center or HTPC system.

Intel Core i7 940 (2.93GHz) runs at 4.3GHz

From my knowledge, the new Core i7 aren't that easily overclockable. It seems that this site has got it up to 4.3GHz on Air and manged to run Super PI 1M which completes in 9secs.

Link

14 November 2008

Wil you subscribe to HubStation HD?


HubStation HD



Smart TV ™Access High Definition TVUp to 160 hours SD or up to 30 hours HD recording timeRecord by ShowRecord by SeriesControl “live” TVAccess Video-On-DemandMore HD channelsFREE Sports HD for Sports Group CustomersAccess Education HD Add-On channels
FREE 1 Mbps Broadband Internet Access^Supports MaxOnline subscription service of higher access speeds~
FREE home phone line*Free local incoming and outgoing callsFree number retentionClick here find out more


Sign up StarHub TV today!
Already a StarHub TV customer?
Call 1630 or click here.

Call 1633 or click here.

For new customers, please click here to find out the nearest StarHub Shop or Exclusive Partner Outlet to arrange for your HubStation HD installation.
For existing customers, call 1633 to upgrade and swap your current set-top box to HubStation HD.

Technical Specifications:
320GB Hard Disk
In-built Cable Modem
Dual Tuner
2 x RCA Composite Video Outputs
2 x RCA Audio L/R Outputs
1 x YPrPb Component Video Output
1 x Digital Audio Optical Output
1 x Digital Audio Coaxial Output
1 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x Ethernet Port
1 x HDMI version 1.2

^ Free 1Mbps Broadband Internet Access valid till 31 December 2009.~ HubStation HD can only support download speeds of up to 32Mbps. Active StarHub TV subscription is required for upgrade of MaxOnline subscription plan on HubStation HD rental.* Wireless IAD is required for Digital Voice Home service. Free monthly subscription and outgoing calls is valid till 31 December 2010.

StarHub launches HubStation HD at $14.98 a mth

StarHub launches HubStation HD

- Enables viewers to watch and record HD programmes

- Comes with an inbuilt hard-disk that allows up to 160 hours of SD recordings or 30 hours of HD recordings

Singapore, 13 November 2008 – StarHub today announced that it will launch a new High Definition (HD) Digital Video Recorder (DVR) – HubStation HD on 15 November 2008. This integrated device enables customers to watch and record both Standard Definition (SD) and HD programmes. The HubStation HD also provides access to free broadband Internet service and StarHub’s Digital Voice service.

StarHub launched the first commercial HD service in Southeast Asia in January 2007. Since then, the number of HD channels offered by StarHub TV has grown to five - HD5 (Ch 300), NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (Ch 301), Discovery HD (Ch 302), The History Channel HD (Ch 303) and Sports HD (Ch 304). HD5 is offered to all StarHub TV customers at no extra cost while Sports HD is made available free to Sports Group customers. The other three channels are packaged together under the Education HD group.

“We are excited to introduce HubStation HD to StarHub TV customers. StarHub has been consistently coming up with new and innovative products and services to enhance our viewers’ TV viewing experience. With HubStation HD, our customers get to enjoy the quality HD programming on StarHub TV, as well as a suite of value-added services with the convenience of one set-top box.” said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Head of Pay TV & Entertainment.

HubStation HD users can enjoy features such as one-touch recording of programmes via On-screen TV Guide, control ‘live’ TV – the ability to pause and replay ‘live’ TV broadcast, and a user-friendly interface for easy navigation.

HubStation HD comes with a 320GB inbuilt hard-disk which allows viewers to record up to 160 hours of Standard Definition (SD) programmes or 30 hours of HD programmes. In addition, HubStation HD also has an inbuilt DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem which enables users free broadband Internet access [1]of up to 1Mbps and other two-way interactive features on TV such as Interactive TV (Ch 800) and Demand TV. Viewers can receive a suite of services and content such as Chat, TV SMS, i.Mail, live stock prices, 4D results and movie listings via Interactive TV. They can also purchase and watch a library of popular TV series and movies whenever they want via Demand TV.

HubStation HD also supports StarHub’s Digital Voice service. Digital Voice customers can make local calls by connecting a portable Integrated Access Device (IAD) and a phone to the device. StarHub TV customers are entitled to free monthly subscription to Digital Voice service, unlimited incoming and local outgoing calls, and special IDD rates.

HubStation HD will be made available to StarHub TV customers on a rental basis, at $14 ($14.98 with GST) monthly for the main set-top box and $22 ($23.54 with GST) monthly for each additional set-top box. HubStation, which enables viewers to watch and record SD programmes, is also made available to StarHub TV customers on a rental basis, at $8 ($8.56 with GST) monthly for the main set-top box.

To upgrade to a HubStation HD, existing customers can contact StarHub at 1633 while new customers can call 1630 to sign up for StarHub TV. For more information on StarHub TV services, visit www.starhub.com/tv.

06 November 2008

Singtel Mio TV acquires Serie A soccer channel

Mio grabs Serie A, challenging StarHub

SingTel’s IPTV platform, Mio, continues to challenge erstwhile pay-TV monopoly StarHub, now signing up Italian Serie A soccer rights to add to its UEFA Champions’ League and Cup coverage.

From this weekend, subscribers can watch up to four live matches each weekend with commentary available in both English and Mandarin. Mio TV will offer a dedicated Serie A channel, which will cost S$8 a month as a stand-alone service, but will be included for free in the “recommended” basic 25-channel SuperSaver pack, which costs S$19.90 a month.

But all Mio subscribers will also able to access up to 40 hours of on-demand Serie A content per month. Each weekend’s featured matches will be available on demand from the Monday evening.

“We are very pleased to have acquired the rights to broadcast Serie A games as this is one of the most prestigious leagues in the world,” said Mr Low Ka Hoe, Director of mio TV and Content. “Sports content is an important part of our offering, and this move signifies our ongoing efforts to expand and improve our selection of quality content for our viewers.

Mio’s win of UEFA Champions’ League and Cup rights earlier this year was the first blow to StarHub’s dominance of Singapore’s sports rights market. Winning Serie A rights further cements SingTel’s challenge.

But the digital cable operator does retain rights to the English Premier League, which is the most popular league in Singpore. And the competition from Mio seems to have given StarHub fresh impetus, with the operator this week announcing pay-TV revenues for the quarter to end September up 15% year-on-year. For the year to date, growth stands at 21%, to reach S$298 million from S$247 million “driven by the increase in basic and sports group subscription prices, and a larger customer base”.

Subscribers rose 4% on the same period last year to 520,000. Digital subs now make up 91% of the customer base at 473,000.

29 October 2008

HD hubstation coming as early as DEC 2008

Just had a chat with a Starhub tech guy on hubstation. He told me that there will be a HD version of the Hubstation by year end. Somewhat I regret buying the HD STB just for viewing 3 HD channels.

Will the new Hubstation HD comes with free ethernet as well ? If it does, it is a good choice to replace your existing internet and set top box, putting two in one. Most importantly, you can view the HD channels and record them as and when you like.

25 October 2008

M1 Broadband gives free Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 9 for sign up of Fix + Mobile Broadband plan

The New Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 9
M1 has partnered with Dell™ to integrate mobile data connectivity into their latest Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 9. This means you can enjoy broadband speeds of up to 3.6Mbps without the need for a separate datacard or WiFi hotspot.

Laptops with built-in broadband from M1 mean flexible working is easier than ever before. It is the fast and simple way to access your email, office data and the internet from your laptop.

Built-in broadband from M1 is ready to use straight out of the box, and has been designed to save you time, effort and money.


How does it work?
M1 high speed connectivity is built into your laptop. So there's no separate Data Card to lose or damage and nothing to install. Users access the service using the connectivity software that is already pre-loaded.

Simply click to connect to your internet, email or company network when you need to.


Key Features
Thin, Lightweight, Handy
See for yourself how the Inspiron™ Mini 9 has redefined mobility. Weighing only 1.035KG, it’s almost effortless to carry this sexy 8.9” screen laptop to wherever you desire.

Wireless Freedom
And since we’ve made the Inspiron™ Mini 9 so portable, there’s no reason to tie it down with messy wires. With embedded mobile broadband technology, all you have to do is plug in your SIM card and you’re ready to go.

Integrated Camera and Microphone
Video conferencing can take place anywhere with an integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam and microphone. Handy and portable, you will feel as if chatting on the Inspiron™ Mini 9 is just like chatting on a mobile phone.

Hard Disk Drive
The Inspiron™ Mini 9 comes with an 8GB hard disk drive. Be it storing documents, multimedia files or a mix of both, there will be a suitable solution available to meet your various requirements.


Specifications
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor 1.6GHZ D-ville
Operating System Windows XP Home SP3
Memory 1GB
Hard Drive 8GB Solid State Drive
LCD Display 8.9" WSVGA TL
Graphics Card Intel® GMA X3100
Wi-Fi/Network Card 802.11B/G
Dimensions Height 16.8mm – 31.7mm
Width 232mm
Depth 172mm
Weight 1.035KG
Integrated Camera 0.3 MP
WWAN WWAN enabled - Embedded
Bluetooth Yes
Adapter 30w AC Adapter


Plans
Fixed & Mobile
Broadband bundle Mobile Broadband bundle
Plans 10Mbps Fixed Broadband + 2Mbps Mobile Broadband 1 Mbps 2 Mbps 3.6 Mbps
Monthly Subscription $78.33 $22.42 $38.72 $69.30
Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 9 $0 $498 $398 $298

08 October 2008

Nokia's iPhone challenger MusicXpress 5800

Last week, Nokia launched a new phone Nokia MusicXpress 5800. It is a touch screen S60 device and a music player all in one. From the looks of it, it seems to be one of the better touch screen devices. In terms of fanciful functions, it still lacks behind the iphone, samsung omnia and the htc touch diamond.

Here are two videos I found a review on the net and pictures of it at a launch event.



M1 Mobile Broadband raises it's pricing

After much investigation, I see that M1's Broadband V2000 is the best bundle plan for broadband and voice.

Last Saturday, I wanted to sign it up. It is a shame that M1 suddenly increase the price of their Broadband V2000 plan from S$19 to S$27. Well, looks like I shall wait for the year end exhibition.

Anyone sign up for their FIX BROADBAND?

04 October 2008

Starhub giving free fix line to Starhub tv and cable subscribers

Starhub make a bold move to attract more subscribers to maintain and attract new customers. While you need a phone line from Singtel @SGD8.33 a month, Starhub is giving it free to all tv r maxonline subscribers . They will probably provide a VeCM for Free and you get to port your existing home line number over to Starhub.

The only catch is that your modem must be turned on before you can make calls or receie calls.

Now, using the home phone doesn't have to cost you because it's absolutely FREE! Every StarHub TV and MaxOnline customers are now entitled to a free home phone line.

Save over $100 a year with these benefits!
FREE monthly subscription†
Unlimited incoming calls
Unlimited local outgoing† calls
Retain your existing home phone number for FREE†
With One Number for Life, your home phone number stays with you, even when you re-locate
Unbeatable IDD rate at just 8 cents/minute to the following destinations

• Australia (fixed) • China • Malaysia • New Zealand (fixed) • Thailand • Taiwan (fixed) • UK (fixed)• USA
FREE Value-added Services

• Value Bundle++• Call Transfer Plus

What's more, switch to StarHub today and enjoy these bonuses!
Waiver of activation fee^ (worth $42.80)
Waiver of installation fee^ (worth $53.50)
FREE hardware# (U.P. $89.88) when you port your existing phone number from another operator to StarHub

30 September 2008

The Samsung Innov8 i8510 8 mega pixel video review

What! 8megapixel camera and support tv-out for playback of Realmedia (RMVB), Divx,h264, h263!! Wa! That is the ultimate all in one phone that i am looking for. Also has HSDPA 7.2mbps and WiFi. DNSe 2.0 and loud external dual speakers and 3D surround sound. Lost in nowhere, use the GPS to track your way out of the jungle using GoogleMaps. Install all the free ware out in Symbian land too as it is powered none other than Symbian OS.

LINK to Review

18 September 2008

StarHub offers the best value for US TV series on Video-On-Demand


StarHub offers the best value for US TV series on Video-On-Demand

US TV series to be launched on StarHub TV Online too

HBO On Demand debuts on 22 September
Singapore, 18 September 2008 – StarHub, Singapore’s leading pay TV operator, has revealed prices for the US TV series on its recently launched Video-On-Demand platform. In addition, fans of hit TV series from CBS Paramount International Television can also catch their favourite content online.
StarHub’s Demand TV – comprising Video-On-Demand (one-off purchases of standalone programmes or series) and On Demand Channels (unlimited library access for a flat monthly fee), was launched on 20 August 2008.
Video-On-Demand
Through a partnership with CBS Paramount International Television, StarHub will be the first operator in Singapore to offer the latest seasons of the immensely popular CSI franchise – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, as well as Numb3rs to local viewers. The hit TV series will be available on Demand TV’s Video-On-Demand platform as early as 24 hours after their releases in the United States. StarHub TV customers can purchase each episode of these TV series at a low $2 ($2.14 with GST), and enjoy 48 hours of unlimited viewing of that particular episode.
The new season of CSI: Miami will be the first US TV series to be offered as part of StarHub’s Video-on-Demand, and viewers can expect to catch the first episode on 24 September 2008, a day after the episode airs in the United States.
In addition to the new seasons, viewers can also choose to purchase the first season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York on Demand TV’s Video-On-Demand platform.
To stretch each dollar for consumers, StarHub is offering a Demand TV Pass whereby customers can purchase a $40 Demand TV Pass in exchange for $55 worth of Demand TV credits [1], representing 37.5 percent extra value. StarHub customers also have additional choices in the forms of a $10 Demand TV Pass or a $20 Demand TV Pass which will give $12 and $25 worth of credits respectively [2]. Each Demand TV Pass can be utilised for any of StarHub’s Video-On-Demand content which also include sports, movies and Asian dramas.
“We are proud of the US TV series offerings on our Video-On-Demand platform. Not only do we provide top-rated titles at the best value, we are also able to deliver the content within a very brief window so that fans of the hit programmes need not wait long to find out the latest progress of their favourite series,” said Mr Patrick Lim, StarHub’s Head of Cable TV Service.
US TV Series Online
In line with its constant efforts to offer more choice and convenience to consumers, StarHub will also offer new seasons of the CSI franchise and Numb3rs via StarHub TV Online, to its MaxOnline customers. This would enable MaxOnline customers to enjoy access to the hit series as early as 24 hours after their releases in the United States. Similarly, each episode will be priced at $2 ($2.14 with GST), and they can enjoy 48 hours of unlimited viewing of each purchased episode.
HBO On Demand
As part of its Demand TV service, StarHub is presently offering five On Demand Channels - BPL On Demand, Disney Channel @ Play, Ruyi Hokkien Channel On Demand, TVBJ On Demand and VV Drama On Demand. Subscription to these channels gives customers a month's access to a library of programmes that they can watch whenever they like and as often as they wish.
A sixth channel – HBO On Demand, will be launched on 22 September 2008. HBO On Demand will be available at no additional cost to customers subscribing to The HBO PAK (HBO, HBO Family, HBO Hits and HBO Signature).
“StaHub will be the first operator in the region that enables The HBO PAK subscribers to enjoy HBO On Demand at no extra cost. This is yet another testimony to our continued efforts to reward and benefit our loyal customers!” added Mr Lim.
All existing StarHub TV customers interested in Demand TV should rent the HubStation device for $8.56 (with GST) [3]monthly. Existing customers can visit www.starhub.com/demandtvfor more information, while new customers can call 1630 to take on a cable TV package with StarHub.

08 September 2008

Starhub should introduce Asian HD channel

Currently, there are already 5 HD channels available on Starhub, they are National Geograpic, Discovery, History Channel HD, Sports HD and the Mediacorp HD5 which comes free.

With more Asian programmes shot in HD, I am surprised that Starhub has not taken this advantage to introduce an Chinese, Korean or Japanese channel showing these amazing production in the glory of HD.

I particularly like the drama from KBS "葡萄园里的男人" which is now screened on Ch 56 都会台. It was a highly rated show and was screened in HD.

In fact, I noticed a lot of Taiwanese dramas were shot in HD but screened in SD right now on cable.

Perhaps it is time to either create a simulcast channel of CH 56 in HD or put them on VOD. At least those who have HD box will get to enjoy better picture clarity and sound

31 August 2008

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20 August 2008

History Channel HD on Channel 303 of Starhub HD

Starhub recently move the Sports HD channel to the sports group. Ch 303 on Starhub will soon be substituted with a new HD channel History Channel HD. It will begin broadcast on the 1st September 2008.

SingTel to unveil iPhoneTM 3G at 12.01am 22 August

SingTel to unveil iPhoneTM 3G at 12.01am 22 August

iPhone 3G available for as low as $0 with 2-year contracts on new or existing plans

Free Wireless@SG access extended beyond 2009 for SingTel’s iPhone 3G customers

First consumer plans in Singapore with bundled talktime, SMS and data

Singapore, 20 August 2008 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that the highly anticipated iPhone 3G will go on sale at 12.01am, 22 August, at its Comcentre headquarters at 31 Exeter Road.

Comcentre will extend its usual opening hours* on Thursday for the midnight launch and starting Monday, 25August, iPhone 3G will be sold at all hello! stores. The iPhone 3G will be available for as low as $0 with 2-year contracts on new or existing plans.

The new iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone plus 3G networking that is twice as fast**, built-in GPS for expanded location-based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs over 1,000 third party applications available through the new App Store.

“iPhone 3G will redefine consumers’ mobile phone experience,” said Mr Quek Peck Leng, SingTel’s Executive Vice President of Consumer. “With the revolutionary iPhone 3G and SingTel’s extensive high-speed data network, consumers will enjoy making calls, sending SMS, browsing the web and listening to music more than ever before.”


SingTel will also offer three new specially designed price plans for iPhone 3G. The three ‘iFlexi’ postpaid plans will be the first bundled plans in Singapore that offer free talktime, SMS and data to consumers. Customers can enjoy free incoming calls all day, up to 1,500 minutes outgoing talktime and 1500 free SMS, as well as 3 GB free data (upload and download) usage at speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps.

The new price plans (free incoming calls) on 24-month contracts are:

Price Plan

Monthly Subscription

Bundled

Outgoing Minutes

Bundled SMS

Bundled Data#

At 3.6 Mbps

Handset Cost

8GB

16 GB

iFlexi Value

$56

200

500

1 GB

$348

$508

iFlexi Plus

$95

500

500

2 GB

$49

$208

iFlexi Premium

$205

1500

1500

3 GB

$0

$0

# Only for customers who connect/re-contract on an iFlexi plan before 5 September 2008

The new iPhone 3G works with SingTel’s 3G/3.5G and 2G networks and detects Wireless@SG Wi-Fi hotspots automatically, making it ideal for high-speed, multimedia-rich surfing experience while on the move. Users, including SingNet Broadband customers, can also log on to their wireless modems at home or in the office to access the Internet.

“We believe that our new bundled price plans can best meet our iPhone 3G customers’ different lifestyle needs and usage patterns, be it for business or leisure,” said Mr Quek. “We are also happy to offer our iPhone 3G customers free Wireless@SG access even after the free access scheme under the iN2015 plan ends next year.”

Customers who have pre-registered for iPhone 3G will be given priority access for a limited period after launch. Pre-registered customers will be contacted via email with details on how to become one of the first in Singapore to own an iPhone 3G. For more information, please visit www.singtel.com/iphone.

13 August 2008

StarHub and SGX join hands to provide financial information to 511,000 cable TV households

StarHub and SGX join hands to provide financial information to 511,000 cable TV households

Singapore, 13 August 2008 – StarHub and Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) announced today that they are partnering to provide a new information service – Financial Information – to 511,000 cable TV households in Singapore via their TV screens.

The new service, to be launched on 14 August 2008 on StarHub Digital Cable’s Interactive TV, will enable viewers to access live stock prices and other financial information on SGX – Mainboard, Catalist, Sectors (by Industry), Products and Top 20 summary by multi-industry. Available on Interactive TV (Channel 800), it will be accessible by all StarHub viewers using the digital set-top box, High Definition (HD) set-top box or HubStation, at no additional cost.

Other features of this new service include a user-friendly layout that enables easy navigation, and a personal folder – ‘My Stocks’ – that allows viewers to compile a portfolio of their favourite stocks and track the portfolio value based on the stocks’ latest prices.

Viewers can also look forward to accessing other financial information such as Market Depth and other market analyses that will be made available on Interactive TV progressively. StarHub and SGX plan to include the real-time values of the Straits Times Index and FTSE ST Index Series by end of this year, once the technical upgrades to receive the live feed have been completed. Also in the pipeline, viewers can enjoy the convenience to carry out their stock transactions in the comfort of their home via Interactive TV in future.

Mr Patrick Lim, StarHub’s Head of Cable TV Services said, “Today's viewers do not just turn to the TV set to be entertained, they also want to be informed. With Interactive TV, we are able to offer our cable TV viewers a whole new world of information and entertainment options, all from the comfort of their home. We know how important it is for those with share investments to have a convenient, quick and reliable means of monitoring the market. Hence, we are delighted to partner SGX to provide the latest and updated financial information ranging from live stock prices to market analyses for our cable TV viewers."

“StarHub users will find this new Interactive TV service convenient and visually appealing. They can now not only watch programmes, but also monitor their stock portfolio on TV. SGX is pleased to work with StarHub on this digital TV initiative. It reaches out to our audience and investors using new technologies and media. We will also be working with StarHub to offer index and market depth data in the next few months, as well as more information on our derivatives market,” said Mr Lai Kok Leong, SGX Vice President and Head of Data Services.

Besides Financial Information, viewers can also receive a suite of services and content on Interactive TV.

04 August 2008

StarHub adds Arirang TV to Complimentary Tier

StarHub adds Arirang TV to Complimentary Tier

- Gives more value to StarHub Digital Cable customers -

Singapore, 4 August 2008 – From 1 September 2008, all StarHub Digital Cable customers using digital set-top box, High Definition (HD) set-top box or HubStation will receive an additional Korean channel – Arirang TV (Channel 172), at no additional cost!

Arirang TV was first launched on StarHub Digital Cable in May 2004 and is being offered as a Specialty channel, at a monthly subscription of $8.56 (with GST). Following its migration to StarHub’s Complimentary Tier, Arirang TV subscribers can save $102.72 a year!

Mr Patrick Lim, StarHub’s Head of Cable TV Services said, "We are always looking for ways to reward our digital customers and this time round, we decided to offer Arirang TV to them free-of-charge. The addition of Arirang TV to the Complimentary Tier will offer a wider selection of programmes for viewers who are interested in Korean TV and culture."

Other channels presently offered in the Complimentary Tier include Deutsche Welle (Channel 45), TVRI (Channel 160), Australia Network (Channel 170), KBS World (Channel 173) and HD5 (Channel 300). In addition to KBS World, viewers can now enjoy more news, dramas, documentaries, lifestyle and entertainment programmes from Korea.

Some of the exciting programmes viewers can look forward to on Arirang TV include:

*
Let’s Speak Korean – A Korean conversation programme that teaches conversational Korean language in a lively way. Viewers can learn Korean and have fun in the process.
*
Pops in Seoul - Arirang TV’s most popular music programme featuring the latest Korean pop music and information.
*
Korean Freakonomists – Features the stories of people who have succeeded in business with innovative ideas and great efforts.
*
Destination Korea – Look at the beauty of Korea through a Korean perspective. The programme provides a window for global audience who wish to experience the Korean Wave or Hallyu as well as to learn about the country’s beauty and unique culture.

25 July 2008

DVB-H broadcasts coming to Singapore on all 3 telcos M1, Starhub and Singtel

OCWorkbench reports that the three local telecommunications service providers M1, SingTel and StarHub, together with the national broadcaster MediaCorp, will jointly conduct a consumer mobile TV trial using Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld (DVB-H) technology next month.

The DVB-H platform delivers broadcast services to mobile devices, offering users superior picture quality and a marked improvement to their mobile TV experience.

Some 300 customers of the three telcos are expected to participate in this trial spanning over three months. Participation is by invitation only.

Trialists will be able to view six dedicated channels during the trial and enjoy a variety of television programmes

There will be a wide range of quality programming across different genres. Sports fans will enjoy comprehensive coverage of the Beijing Olympics on TV Mobile, as well as all the action from Barclays Premier League on StarHub's Football Channel.

Chinese viewers will be treated to Cantonese movies from Singapore’s first Cantonese movie channel - SingTel mio TV’s Mei Ah Movies Channel, as well as the simulcast of StarHub's TVBS News in August, and CTI in September. News maniacs can access the simulcast Channel News Asia for international news and CNBC for their financial updates. Trialists will also get to enjoy the quality documentaries from The History Channel by StarHub in October.

Selected programmes from Kids Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel 8 and Channel U will also be shown on the two other composite channels.

“The convergence of broadcast media and telecommunications technologies is ably demonstrated on the DVB-H platform and this trial with our business and consumer partners will help us bridge the vital human factor. We hope to better understand consumer preferences and behaviour that will enable us to define realistic service standards for the exciting new world of mobile TV,” said Neil Montefiore, Chief Executive Officer, M1.

“We are very pleased to be able to be involved in this project that heralds another step forward in entertainment on the go,” said Mr Quek Peck Leng, Executive Vice President, Consumer Group, SingTel. “Our mio TV on Mobile service enables customers to conveniently access mio TV content wherever they are, and DVB-H will allow even more features. We are also very pleased that our content partner Mei Ah has been selected as one of the channels that will be used during the trial.”

"Mobile TV is a relatively recent concept now that newer wireless technologies are able to deliver high quality transmissions. The DVB-H platform is one of the major platforms designed to optimise the delivery of broadcast content over mobile devices, and this trial is designed to gather feedback on user acceptance and interest in mobile TV viewing," Terry Clontz, CEO of StarHub said.

“MediaCorp pioneered DVB-H consumer trials in Singapore some 4 years ago. From our past experience, the availability of handsets is paramount to the service taking off. I am happy that our efforts to have all 3 Singapore telcos onboard the trial will offer better quality and wider choice of services to our customers and, at the same time, allow us to explore viable business models,” says Lucas Chow, CEO MediaCorp.

Participants of the trial will be using the Samsung P-960 handsets and the trial is also supported by technology partners, Alcatel-Lucent and Gemalto.

Source

24 July 2008

Singtel Mio tv will show US dramas one day after screening in US

Good news for US Drama viewers, you will soon be able to view them almost concurrently with the US audiences.

To me, it doesn't matter as I don't watch even local CH 5 for such dramas. Secondly, all these dramas would most likely be screened in SD anyway.

I have terminated my mio tv and returned the box. Problems with HDMI remains unresolved since Aug 2007. Secondly, Singtel is exceptionally stingy, giving the Formosa TV VOD which my family enjoyed with only 10 episodes per month. How is one ever going to complete the 350 episode of the drama "爱". The Cantonese drama on the other VOD has 200+ episodes, they just stopped at episode 100 around MARCH. I wonder what is Singtel doing?

SingTel announces first-in-the-world landmark deal with major US studios

Catch the largest volume of popular latest US TV hits on mio TV anytime on demand as early as 24 hrs after US broadcast

Singapore, 23 July 2008 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that it has signed a groundbreaking deal with three major studios – Disney-ABC International Television, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution - that will make it possible for its mio TV service to screen over 50 top US series as early as 24 hours after their US premiere.

SingTel’s mio TV will be the first IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) operator in the world to offer such a volume of top US series within a day of their US telecast on a subscription-based model, and this will provide the first exhibition of such licensed series in Singapore.

This service, called Season Pass, will launch this September and the availability of programming will follow the US TV calendar. mio TV will offer the latest seasons of popular American TV series debuting in US from September this year such as Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, Bones, 24, Ugly Betty, Without a Trace, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural, Samantha Who? and many more.

"This agreement comes at a great time as we are celebrating mio TV’s first anniversary. Our subscribers will now have more exciting channels and programmes to look forward to,” said Mr Allen Lew, SingTel’s CEO Singapore.

“Consumers are getting increasingly demanding. They want to get the latest TV hits ahead of anyone else and mio TV is filling this gap with this latest offering. We see this as the next big wave of content consumption in Singapore,” he added.

“Singapore fans will be the first in Asia to get their must-watch shows like Lost and Grey’s Anatomy so close to the US air date. At Disney-ABC we understand that consumers want convenience and flexibility to watch their favourite shows when and how they want. By partnering with a new media pioneer such as SingTel’s mio TV, we keep viewers needs front-and-centre,” said Mr Rob Gilby, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific).

Favourites-on-Demand

To whet subscribers’ appetites, starting today mio TV is also announcing another exciting new offering called Favourites-on-Demand. This on-demand service allows customers to watch ten popular TV series between now and 31 October.

Available over three months at S$9.99 per month (including GST), Favourites-on-Demand will show all time favourites like Smallville, Nip/Tuck, Supernatural, The Bachelor, Cold Case and Without a Trace. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Singapore TV premiere of Gossip Girl and other new series like Chuck, Pushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, all on demand.

“mio TV’s Favourites-On-Demand provides our customers with a convenient way to catch up with their favourite TV shows whenever they want, and as many times as they want to,” said Mr Lew.

“We have chosen series across genres that are popular with TV viewers. The difference is that they enjoy unlimited on-demand viewing for a monthly subscription fee, instead of being forced into a fixed schedule through scheduled programming as with other TV platforms.”

SingTel had 45,000 mio TV customers as at 30 June 2008
.

15 July 2008

StarHub to roll out more HDTV content, Launch of HD5 on 28 July; Sports HD in Sports Group on 14 August; fifth HD channel in coming months

StarHub to roll out more HDTV content
Launch of HD5 on 28 July
Launch of Sports HD in Sports Group on 14 August
Launch of a fifth HD channel in coming months

Singapore, 15 July 2008 - StarHub, Singapore's leading pay TV operator in Singapore, has announced plans to offer more High Definition (HD) content on local television. By the end of 2008, StarHub will carry five HD channels on StarHub Digital Cable, its pay TV platform.

"StarHub was the first pay TV operator to offer commercial HDTV services in Southeast Asia in January 2007, and we are glad to see an increasing supply and demand for HD content since then. StarHub is committed to offer quality content to local viewers and we remain Singapore's top pay TV provider of content with more than 150 channels carried on our platform," said Patrick Lim, StarHub's Head of Cable TV Services.

From 28 July, StarHub Digital Cable customers will have access to MediaCorp's HD5 on StarHub Channel 300. HD5 will be available at no extra cost to all customers with an HD-ready TV set and StarHub's HD set-top box.

Mr Lim elaborated, "Some of our customers have expressed interest in HD5 and requested for StarHub to carry the channel on our cable TV platform so that they have a convenient means of accessing it. We're glad that we are able to make their wish come true! This is timely as our customers will be able to catch daily doses of the much-anticipated Olympics 2008 in full HD splendour."

From 14 August, StarHub Digital Cable's Sports Group customers with a HD set-top box will be able to enjoy Sports HD (Channel 304) at no additional subscription cost! Sports HD will air 92 Barclays Premier League matches for the new 2008/09 season and weekly US PGA Tour events in high definition. Following StarHub's plan to make Sports HD available to all Sports Group customers, the transmission of HD SHOWCASE (Channel 303) will cease from August.

"We are always on the lookout for ways to add value to our Sports Group," Mr Lim added. "In the past year, we have added six channels to the group. With the introduction of Sports HD in August, the number of channels in the Sports Group will be raised to 11, and this represents a 175 percent increase in the content enjoyed by our Sports Group customers in the past 12 months!"

StarHub presently offers three HD channels - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (Channel 301), Discovery HD (Channel 302) and HD SHOWCASE. Following the launch of HD5 in July, and introduction of Sports HD and discontinuation of HD Showcase in August, StarHub has plans to launch another HD channel in the coming months. This will bring StarHub's total of HD channels to five by end 2008. More details on the new channel will be announced at a later date.

13 July 2008

Apple iPhone 3G versus LG Viewty, Samsung Omnia and HTC Touch Diamond

Lately, I have been thinking of geting a touch screen phone. It seems that after Iphone Generation 1, all other manufacturers have come out with various designs using a touch screen interface.

In fact, before Apple iPhone, LG was the first with a touch interface, that is with the LG Chocolate. New incarnations of the touch screen phones from LG includes the LG Viewty which has a full touchs creen interface. There is also a Windows Mobile 6.1 LG KS20 which is also touch screen/stylus operated phone. The newest is the LG Secret also has a similar kind. The LG all come with HSDPA of 7.2mbps.

On the Samsung front, there is the Samsung Omnia SGH-i900. This phone is also based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a touch screen interface with rotation sensor. It also has GPS, Divx playback and tv out + HSDPA of up to 7.2mbps all built into the phone.

The other competitor is the HTC Touch Diamond. It has the best GUI among all the Windows Mobile 6 devices so far. One thing lacking is the lacking of external storage support.

So, what about the iphone 3G ? Basically, it does not have a front lens for video conferencing, it does not indicate what speed the HSDPA runs at. Is it 1.8mbps or 3.6mbps. It is not clearly specified in it's spec sheet. Most importantly, this phone doesn't allow you to videos at all! Really strange.

Here are some videos of the Apple iPhone 3G, Samsung Omnia, HTC Touch Diamond I found on the net. I posted it here for your refernece. Feel free to comment on the topic.







28 June 2008

Blocking of irritating ads using host file

One of the most irritating things about online websites is the intrusive online ads. Sometimes they appear from the bottom of the page and has a button (click me to close).

When you click on it, it pops up another Ad. That is really too much.

The simplest way to deal with such ads is to add their hostname into a HOSTS flie that exists on your machines. The file resides in C:\WINDOWS\System32\driver\etc. You will need admin priveledges to edit it using a notepad. Add those ad servers hostname, leave a blank and add 127.0.0.1 as shown below.


C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc>type hosts
# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 acvs.mediaonenetwork.net
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 streamit.hardwarezone.com

Share with us your experience about the blocking of irriating ads.

23 June 2008

Samsung Omnia all sold out at Ngee Ann City

My friend went down to Ngee Ann City during the weekend to buy the Samsung Omnia. He was there at 8.30am and he saw long queue there. By 9am, all the sets were sold out.
Looks like the Samsung Omnia is a hot item, launched first in Singapore just after communic asia 2008.

Check out this video on how it works.



It is truly amazing !!
We also found a review here.

SingTel to Launch euronews on mio TV

SingTel to Launch euronews on mio TV

SINGAPORE, June 20: euronews, the European news channel, will be available exclusively on SingTel’s pay-TV platform mio TV later this year.

euronews will be offered in four different languages—English, French, German or Italian—with viewers able to select their choice via remote control. The channel uses voice-over narration to accompany all news footage, except for live coverage, and features a “No Comment” segment dedicated to reports that exclusively consist of visual content. Every 30 minutes, euronews provides an updated bulletin containing in-depth coverage of the day's top news, sport, business and European affairs. It also showcases a wide range of current affairs and lifestyle features, including cinema, science, fashion, high technology and the arts.

euronews currently reaches more than 200 million homes in 130 countries through cable, satellite and terrestrial TV. In addition, the network is available via hotels, airline networks, ADSL, Internet, PDA and mobile phones. In Asia, the channel is already available in Japan, Vietnam, Australia and Hong Kong.

“The addition of euronews adds another well-respected news channel to our existing mio TV stable,” said Low Ka Hoe, SingTel’s director of mio TV and content. “We are certain that euronews will be very well received by Singaporeans who appreciate the channel’s dedication to remaining completely impartial and objective as well as its library of insightful features and documentaries.”

Philippe Cayla, the chairman and CEO of euronews, added: "While European Commissioner Viviane Reding is in Singapore, I am very proud to announce today the launch of the channel on mio TV. Thanks to this agreement with SingTel, euronews will now be available in five countries in Asia, and for the channel this is a step towards the reinforcement of the E.U. relations with Singapore."

18 June 2008

MediaCorp's HD5 coming soon to StarHub

At last, MediaCorp's HD5 coming soon to StarHub. That means we will have to fork out a sum of money to buy the HD BOX just to receive the Free broadcast + 3 other HD channels. That would mean the monthly subscription adds up to S$24+$15=S$39+GST 7% =S$41.73. Will you go for it ?

Launch on StarHub will give boost to HD5’s reach
Number of HD channels on StarHub will be increased to four

Singapore, 17 June 2008 – MediaCorp, Singapore’s national free-to-air TV operator and StarHub, Singapore’s largest pay TV operator have announced their latest collaboration. MediaCorp’s High Definition (HD) TV channel - HD5 - will be carried on StarHub’s cable television platform in July 2008, signalling yet another step forward in the growth of HD TV services in the city state.

HD5, a simulcast of MediaCorp TV’s Channel 5, is the only free-to-air HD channel in Singapore. Since its launch in November last year, HD5 has won over audiences with its telecast of blockbuster movies (e.g. Fantastic Four, Van Helsing, Mr & Mrs Smith, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Alien vs Predator); international drama series (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami) and local English productions (Incredible Tales, MakanSutra Raw, Behind Closed Doors).

HD5 will be available at no additional cost on Channel 300 to all StarHub Digital Cable customers who have an HD-ready TV set and StarHub’s HD set-top box. As at end March this year, there were about 508,000 households subscribing to StarHub Digital Cable.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our cable TV customers easy access to HD5. StarHub was the first operator in Southeast Asia to offer commercial HDTV services. Our tagline for HD services from Day One was See more, Hear more, Feel more. Indeed, with education, lifestyle, sports and soon English entertainment in HD, our customers can truly immerse themselves in the superior audio and visual HD experience,” says Mr Terry Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, StarHub.

“With HD5 available to StarHub Digital Cable subscribers, viewers will now have more choices to watch HD5 across several platforms. I am also pleased to say that from 8 to 24 August 2008, HD5 will carry a daily telecast of 16 hours of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in true HD, from 9am to 1am – live and recorded,” says Mr Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer, MediaCorp.

Says Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA): “It has only been two years since we introduced HDTV into Singapore with StarHub and MediaCorp rolling out the first HDTV trials. We are very glad that the superior media experience made possible by HDTV services has become a way of life for many local viewers so quickly. This partnership between StarHub and MediaCorp is a milestone in the deployment of HDTV in Singapore and enables HDTV services to be enjoyed by more consumers in Singapore.”

With the upcoming introduction of HD5 on StarHub’s cable TV platform, the number of HD channels carried by StarHub will be increased to four. In addition to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (StarHub Channel 301), Discovery HD (StarHub Channel 302), HD SHOWCASE (StarHub Channel 303) and HD5, StarHub is also offering a HD channel dedicated to the UEFA EURO 2008™ matches in June 2008.

08 June 2008

Singtel introduces Mio TV SuperSave pack

SuperSaver

SUPER VALUE, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

A never before offer - save more than a $1,000 each year when you sign up for
SuperSaver Pack! Now with more channels, you have something for everyone in the family and enjoy great savings at the same time. 12 mth contract

Genre
Channels
Infotainment
Ch 30 BBC Knowledge
Ch 31 BBC Lifestyle
Entertainment
Ch 20 Sony Entertainment Television
News Ch 46 ETTV Asia News
Ch 47 CCTV-9
Ch 48 NDTV 24x7
Ch 49 NDTV Profit
Movies
Ch 50 Mei Ah Movies Channel (Asia)
Ch 55 Tamil Box Office
Kids & Family
Ch 26 ETTV Yoyo
Ch 27 Luli- The Channel for Babies
Ch 28 CBeebies
Ch 29 KidsCo
Chinese/ Asia
Ch 71 ETTV Asia
Ch 72 Asia Plus
Ch 36 Dragon TV
Ch 37 CCTV-4
Ch 38 KBS World
Ch 39 Zee Channel
Music
Ch 40 Zee Muzic
Ch 41 TRACE
International
Ch 57 Deutsche Welle (DW-TV)

Would you subscribe ??

04 June 2008

MSI Wind Notebook reviews

Shit. I just bought a Eee Pc and now the new ones come with Intel Atom processor!!!
This MSI Wind Notebook seems to do much better according to the review posted here.

I wonder how much does it cost. Anyone has any ideas?

Computex has begun

The annual IT show in Taiwan has begun. This year, it seems that everyone is exhibiting a lot of small PCs like the ASUS eeepc. Intel also announced their new Intel Atom processor for these small babies.

Other than that, there are just the normal motherboards and graphics cards.
OCWorkbench also reported on the event and has lots of pictures. Check it out.

Computex Taipei 2008 Coverage
Part I - Kingston, DFI, Gigabyte, ASUS, Biostar
Part II - abit, ASRock, MSI
Part III - ECS, Compro, Supertalent

03 May 2008

MaxOnline + Free High-Speed Mobile Broadband = MaxOnline Plus

MaxOnline + Free High-Speed Mobile Broadband = MaxOnline Plus

New Enhancement Offers Fantastic Value at Same Price for Complete In- and Out-of-the-Home Broadband Experience; StarHub Also Launches Low-Tier MaxMobile Mobile Broadband Plan

Singapore, 2 May 2008 – StarHub today announced that its mobile broadband service over its advanced high-speed 3.5G mobile network will be offered free to subscribers of MaxOnline’s new ‘Plus’ range of residential broadband plans. This enhancement delivers the most complete in- and out-of-the-home broadband experience inSingapore, with an unbeatable value offer to new MaxOnline customers.

From 3 May 2008, new customers of any of the three MaxOnline ‘Plus’ plans will experience the same value-for-money and convenient features as the regular MaxOnline Express, Premium and Ultimate plans but with the added bonus of having free mobile broadband access at various downllnk and uplink speeds as part of their overall package. MaxOnline ‘Plus’ customers will enjoy easy home networking, unlimited broadband access and free Digital Voice service on the MaxOnline service while having truly unlimited mobile data access with no additional local data access charges on StarHub’s free mobile broadband service.

StarHub’s High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network is Singapore’s fastest and most sophisticated mobile network, and a perfect companion to StarHub’s ultra-high speed cable broadband network. While the mobile network is architected to offer up to 14.4Mbps, StarHub is offering mobile broadband speeds of up to 7.2Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.9Mbps on the uplink.

In a fantastic deal for new MaxOnline customers, the ‘Plus’ plans will even be offered at the same subscription price as the regular MaxOnline plans, and comes with their own promotional offers and Hub Club discounts, wherever possible. In addition, the HSPA enabled modem will be bundled as part of the offer.

“Our MaxOnline Plus plans offer the ultimate in value to our customers, with a complete in- and out-of-the-home broadband experience,” said Mr Adit Harinasuta, Head of StarHub’s Services and Solutions. “We are lowering the entry barrier for our customers who are keen to experience on-the-go mobile broadband services, while at the same time offering MaxOnline customers with greater value so that they can enjoy a truly connected lifestyle wherever they are in Singapore.”

MaxOnline Plus Plans

(Price with GST)
MaxOnline Download Speeds
Mobile Broadband Downlink Speeds2

MaxOnline Ultimate Plus

($124.12)
Up to 100Mbps1
Up to 7.2Mbps

MaxOnline Premium Plus

($81.32)
Up to 12Mbps
Up to 1Mbps

MaxOnline Express Plus

($59.92)
Up to 8Mbps
Up to 1Mbps


1 Requires a DOCSIS 3.0 capable cable modem

2 Requires a HSPA enabled modem

In order to enjoy the mobile broadband service, all customers need to have is a HSPA enabled modem and an associated data SIM card.



StarHub Launches MaxMobile SurfLite

In conjunction with the launch of StarHub’s new MaxOnline Plus plans, StarHub is also introducing a low-tier mobile broadband plan. Called MaxMobile SurfLite, the service offers truly unlimited mobile data access at a low monthly promotional subscription of $27.10 (Usual price: $38.72 with GST). This plan offers up to 2Mbps on the downlink and 512Kbps on the uplink, with a HSPA enabled modem.

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