25 November 2010

ISitex 2010 Price List Offers and Promotions

The quarterly Technology Show is here again. Known as SITEX, it is usually held during the year end school holidays.

If you are into technology, you would really want to see what is new in town. Here is a source which you might want to check as it provides a number of flyers brochures scanned price lists.

Here is the LINK to OCWorkbench for the price list section.

09 September 2010

Huawei launches IDEOS Google Android 2.2 handset in Hong Kong today

Google and Huawei have announced an Android smartphone that runs the Android 2.2 mobile OS. Huawei says the IDEOS phone is the first mass-market handset to be offered with the Android 2.2 OS preinstalled.

The Huawei IDEOS will carry a SIM-free price tag of between US$100 and $200 depending on where it’s bought. Huawei is currently in active negotiations with a number of carriers keen to offer the Google-branded device. The phone is set for “commercial launch” in mid-October in Europe and Asia-Pacific.


The Huawei IDEOS Android smartphone offers 3G HSDPA connectivity as well as 80.11n Wi-Fi. This, explained Nicola Philbin, Huawei’s director for terminals, UK and Ireland, offers web connection speeds up to six times faster than standard Wi-Fi. The phone also supports 3G tethering, allowing it to act as modem for a laptop to connect to the web where a Wi-Fi or Ethernet broadband connection is not available.
The Huawei IDEOS smartphone sports a 2.8in QVGA capacitative touchscreen, has a 3.2Mp camera, Bluetooth A2DP and 512MB of internal memory. Running a Qualcomm 528MHz processor, the IDEOS handset has its own media player and accepts microSD cards up to 32GB.
The Huawei IDEOS was co-developed by Google and the Chinese hardware manufacturer and is effectively a successor device to the high-end Nexus One smartphone that Google co-developed with HTC. While the Google Nexus One showcased the Android 2.1 clair version of the mobile operating system and was pitched against the likes of the Apple iPhone, the IDEOS is a mass market handset thats natural rivals are the HTC Desire and Legend.

Preinstalled applications include Google Talk, Google Maps and the Android Market app download service. Since the Huawei IDEOS is equipped with the newest version of the Android OS, it will support the ability to run applications stored on a microSD card, deftly getting around the limitations of the handset’s 512MB internal memory.

The HTC Desire handset was the first device on which the Android 2.2 Froyo upgrade was offered, having originally been sold as a 2.1 clair smartphone. HTC and its partners have come under fire for the tricksy upgrade path for the HTC Desire, caused in part by the Vodafone 360 and Samsung TouchWiz user interfaces overlaid on the standard Android interface.



The IDEOS handset will be available in blue, black, purple or yellow versions. The front of the smartphone is black, though largely dominated by its bright, responsive capacitive touchscreen, while the rear has a colourful backplate and is branded ‘with Google’. It is named the IDEOS because of its industrial design, evolutionary status and its innovative operating system. These elements, Huawei believe, fit neatly with its company philisophy of a “simple device; smarter world”.

Source

Touch screen Nikon has HD video

Camera maker Nikon has unveiled its new slim Coolpix compact, boasting a 14.1 megapixel lens, high-definition (HD) filming and with an easy-to-use touch screen.
Weighing 133g (including battery and memory card) the Coolpix S80 is lighter than some mobile phones, yet packs a 5X zoom and 720p HD video camera.
However, it is the high resolution 3.5 inch organic LED touch screen that Nikon believes has raised the bar for its compact cameras.
Mark Pekelharing, product manager at Nikon said: "The S80 demonstrates Nikon's commitment to lead the touch screen camera category.
"The high-quality screen allows you to interact with your images with ease whilst its high-speed performance captures the perfect shot quickly and in clear definition. Providing substance as well as a unique sense of style, the S80 is the perfect camera for the fashionable photographer."
For example, the S80's Touch Shutter function allows users to focus or take a picture just by touching the relevant area on the screen, and makes framing shots more intuitive.
With the screen's 819,000 pixel resolution, editing - using the cameras inbuilt filters and colour effects - is also possible without the need to upload photos to a computer first.
Despite its tiny proportions Nikon said the S80's battery life is capable of taking 150 shots.
The compact is also packed with features to improve portrait photography, like its face-priority focus, skin softening, smile timer, automatic red-eye remover and blink proof shooting - which takes two sequential shots.
The S80 costs £329.99. It hits shops on October 7.

Singapore digital-cable operator StarHub has teamed up with Fox International Channels (FIC) to launch a new Star Movies Pack from next week.

Singapore digital-cable operator StarHub has teamed up with Fox International Channels (FIC) to launch a new Star Movies Pack from next week.

Launching on Sep 16, the pack includes Star Movies, Fox Family Movies, Star Movies HD and Star Movies on Demand. The package will cost S$17.12 per month. Star Movies is already available to StarHub subscribers, with customers currently paying S$12.84 a month for just the one channel.

Fox Family Movies is launching for the first time in Singapore and will be available for free until October 13 to all StarHub subs. Offering family movies from studios including 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney, premieres include 102 Dalmatians and G-Force while library fare includes Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Star Movies on Demand will include 30 movies available to watch at any time, with movies changing each month.
Meanwhile, Star Movies HD simulcasts Star Movies in high definition, for which subscribers will need to take one of StarHub’s two high definition set-tops.

“Our partnership with FIC has reached yet another milestone with the introduction of these three new channels on StarHub TV,” said Iris Wee, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions. “We hope that with the introduction of this STAR Movies Pack, viewers will be able to dive right into Hollywood where most of the movies offered on these channels are made and enjoy them to their hearts’ content.”

“Our partnership with StarHub scales new heights with the launch of the STAR Movies Pack. We are delighted to bring even more choice to our Singapore viewers. STAR Movies HD takes our HD offering in Singapore to 8 services and allows enhanced movie-viewing experiences. STAR Movies On Demand gives movie lovers the option of watching their favourite films as and when they like. FOX Family Movies is a great new offering for parents and kids alike, where the young and old can bond over some of the best movies ever made,” said Avinash Himatsinghani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SE Asia, FOX International Channels.

23 July 2010

SingTel Announces Data Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in Singapore

Singapore – July 22, 2010 – SingTel will offer dedicated data plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in Singapore beginning July 23, 2010. All data plans come with a MicroSIM card and will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate a plan at any time. SingTel will offer an affordable range of plans with the option to top-up mobile data value, and monthly plans to meet different usage needs.

Customers will also enjoy access to Wireless@SG Wi-Fi- hotspots throughout Singapore at no extra cost.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds - thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook - and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.[1]

Ms Sarah Chua, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, SingTel said: “SingTel’s iPad data plans provide compelling value and flexibility for both new and existing customers. Using our strong and reliable high-speed mobile network, iPad customers will enjoy a smoother mobile experience.”
Prepaid 3G Data Plan for iPad Wi-Fi + 3G

Data
Fee

Unlimited – 7 Days
$24.50

Unlimited – 30 Days
$49.50

A one-time fee of $12.60 applies with unlimited usage for 3 days.


The data plans above do not require a term contract. The iPad data plans are available at all Apple Premium Resellers, SingTel retail stores and SingTel Exclusive Retailers.

For further information on iPad data plans, please visit www.singtel.com/iPad.

For more information about iPad please visit www.apple.com/ipad.

21 July 2010

Apple iPhone 4 antenna issue

SingTel AMPedTM partners Sony Music to expand music content to over one million tracks

SingTel AMPedTM partners Sony Music to expand music content to over one million tracks

AMPed’s 200,000 customers will enjoy additional 150,000 new tracks from Sony Music, at no additional charges

World’s first operator music service to offer unlimited music downloads on the widest range of 3G handsets, including Apple iPhone and Android phones

Singapore, 21 July 2010 – SingTel AMPed has partnered Sony Music to expand its music library. From 21 July, 2010, 150,000 tracks from Sony Music will be added, increasing the AMPed repertoire to more than one million tracks. The content includes popular international artistes from all genres like Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce; and regional artistes like Jay Chou and Wang Lee Hom (Taiwan), 2PM (Korea) and much more. AMPed is the first mobile operator-offered service in the world to offer customers unlimited song downloads of Taiwanese singing sensation, Jay Chou.

AMPed is the ultimate interactive music service for postpaid mobile customers and is available on more than 70 3G handsets, including Apple iPhone, a world’s first for an operator-offered music service and popular Android-based handsets like Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and Samsung GALAXY S. Customers can enjoy unlimited music downloads and entertainment news, get exclusive invites to up-close and personal events with the music stars and synchronise music across multiple platforms. AMPed is also the first service in Singapore to DRM-Free music, customers are able to download 15 DRM-free tracks monthly to own and share.

Mr Edward Ying, Chief of Content and Media Services, SingTel said: “Music is one of the passion points of our customers' lives and increasingly more customers are listening to music on their mobile phones. SingTel AMPed has upped the ante further and delivered its promise to bring incredible music entertainment content free across the widest range of handsets, including the popular iPhone and Android smartphones. We are delighted to partner Sony Music to offer more than one million of the latest music tracks to 200,000 AMPed customers, providing them with endless hours of multimedia entertainment - an experience that money can’t buy.”


Mr Birathon Kasemsri, Managing Director of Sony Music Singapore and Thailand, said: “Sony Music is very pleased to have the music of all our leading international & regional artists available in Singapore via SingTel AMPed. Our primary goal is to ensure that our artists’ music can be conveniently and legally accessed anytime, anywhere. The music experience should be hassle-free; the point is to allow music fans to fully enjoy the great songs Sony Music is providing. The award-winning SingTel AMPed service enables the goal of Sony Music and our artists to become reality, providing opportunities for Singaporean music fans to interact with our latest content at any time, a true 24/7 experience, with the flexibility of mobility to have music whenever they desire. Sony Music is truly excited by the possibility of partnering with SingTel in the coming months and years to make AMPed the centre of the Singaporean music-lover’s lifestyle.”

AMPed is offered at no additional cost on selected mobile plans, allowing SingTel customers to enjoy the ultimate mobile music experience with peace of mind. It was awarded "Best Mobile Music Service" at the GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2009, which is given to the very best in music services across Asia and the mobile value chain.

Sony Music is the first of the various labels that AMPed will be announcing this year to extend its music content offering. AMPed is also expanding its supported handset range, making available to Blackberry users in the coming months.

20 July 2010

SingTel and Facebook® Launch New, Mobile Site 0.facebook.com, a free way to access Facebook® on Your Mobile Phone

SingTel and Facebook® Launch New, Mobile Site 0.facebook.com, a free way to access Facebook® on Your Mobile Phone
0.facebook.com is lightweight, featuring only text and is optimized for speed
Ideal for mobile users to conveniently and quickly access Facebook directly from a mobile phone
SingTel waives standard data charges for browsing the site


SINGAPORE and PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 20, 2010 – SingTel today announced that it is the first and only operator in Singapore to offer customers free mobile browsing on the new and lightweight 0.facebook.com site. With 0.facebook.com, SingTel is enabling their customers, especially non smartphone users to stay connected faster through this text-only version of Facebook with their friends and family from any mobile Web browser without incurring any data charges.[1]

Facebook’s 0.facebook.com site is optimized for speed – it is a new faster, lightweight version of Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com. The text-only site does not have graphics or photos and 0.facebook.com’s pages have been designed for high-speed performance on SingTel’s network. Photos posted on Facebook are only one click away from 0.facebook.com. To view a photo, a user only needs to click on a link to the photo and they will be prompted that they are leaving 0.facebook.com. Standard data charges will apply when a person leaves 0.facebook.com to view photos.

Ms Sarah Chua, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, SingTel said: “With 0.facebook.com, SingTel offers mobile customers a faster and more affordable way to use Facebook. Non smartphone users will find the text-only site an excellent alternative to quickly access and update their Facebook accounts from their phones, without worrying about data charges. Coupled with SingTel’s high-speed mobile network, the site offers users peace-of-mind to stay in touch with their wide community of Facebook contacts 24/7, anywhere.”

“We are always looking to work with innovative companies to provide simple and fast mobile access to Facebook across the world,” said Mr Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business, Facebook. “Thanks to our collaboration with SingTel, people will now be able to access Facebook faster and for free through 0.facebook.com.”

SingTel Mobile customers can access the service through their mobile phone browser by keying in 0.facebook.com.[2]

15 July 2010

M1 announces results ending 30 June 2010, Service revenue up 4.8%, Net profit up 1.5%

M1 Press Release

Results for half year ended 30 June 2010
Service revenue up 4.8%, Net profit up 1.5%

SINGAPORE, 15 July 2010 - M1 Limited today announced its unaudited group financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2010.
Operating revenue at S$472.1 million increased 25.3% year on year due to higher service revenue and handset sales. Service revenue rose 4.8% to S$364.0 million, benefiting from an enlarged customer base. EBITDA at S$156.7 million was up 1.0%. Net profit after tax at S$80.1 million was 1.5% higher. For 2Q10, net profit at S$40.8 million was 10.0% higher year on year.
M1’s total customer base was 1.849 million as at 30 June 2010. For 2Q10, M1 added 53,000 customers, of which 21,000 were postpaid customers and 32,000 were prepaid customers.
Non-voice services contributed 30.8% of service revenue, up from 25.1% a year ago, driven by growth in the mobile broadband and smartphone customer base.
M1’s Board of Directors has declared an interim dividend of 6.3 cents per share.
Ms Karen Kooi, M1’s Chief Executive Officer, said : “The impending launch of the new all fibre network will change the current competitive landscape for fixed services. M1 will capitalize on the opportunities presented to address both retail and corporate segments.”
“Based on the current outlook, net profit after tax for the year 2010 is likely to improve, compared to 2009,” she said.

More details are available at the following links :

M1 direct weblink :
http://m1.com.sg/M1/site/M1Corp/menuitem.faca305fb9985217f15a947b3f2000a0/?vgnextoid=98141b7faba72010VgnVCM100000275a160aRCRD
SGX direct weblink :
http://www.sgx.com/wps/portal/marketplace/mp-en/listed_companies_info/company_announcements/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gTn1DXUFNLYwMLtwA3AyMvZ3Mf09AAA_dAc6B8JE55A3czArq99KPSc_KTgPb4eeTnpuoX5EZUOjoqKgIAFOdGOQ!!/dl3/d3/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

09 July 2010

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 new Android 2.1 firmware is ready for download

Xperia™ X10 software downloadsUpdate ServiceUpdate Service

Update your phone for optimal performance and get the latest enhancements. Regardless if you have the latest software, it is a good routine to run Update Service to improve software stability. Also, if you experience problems with your phone this may be solved by a software update. It's easy to use Update Service, just run the application and follow the instructions.

More information and support about Update Service.

Requirements
Internet connection (preferably broadband)
USB cable
Intel® Pentium® 4, 2.0 GHz or higher, AMD Athlon
500 MB free hard disk space.
512 MB RAM
1 available USB 2.0 port
Windows XP™ (Home or Professional) with SP2 or later.
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ (32/64 bit).
Microsoft® Windows 7 (32/64 bit).


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File size 35.4 Mb
Download time approx. 17 minutes or less on your current connection.


Installation instructions
1.Download the installation package to a temporary folder on your PC.
2.Run the downloaded file, and follow the instructions that appear.


How to use
1.Double-click on the Update Service icon on the desktop.
2.Let Update Service access the Internet to download content needed to run the service (Internet access may be blocked by your firewall settings).
3.Follow the instructions that appear.

http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/support/softwaredownloads/detailed/updateservice/xperiax10?cc=sg&lc=en

SingTel and StarHub bring 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in 3D to Singapore viewers for the first time

SingTel and StarHub bring 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in 3D to Singapore viewers for the first time

Singapore, 9 July 2010 – SingTel and StarHub today announced that they will be showing the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ between Netherlands and Spain in 3D, in conjunction with partners Resorts World Singapore (RWS) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) respectively.



The FIFA World Cup™ is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, and for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup™, the tournament is broadcast using the next-generation technology 3D.



The screenings mark a milestone in the broadcasting of sport in Singapore and would place viewers here among the world's first to catch a FIFA World Cup™ match in 3D. Over a total of 1200 guests have been invited to the sessions, with SingTel and StarHub facilitating the broadcast at RWS and MBS, respectively.



Mr Edward Ying, SingTel's Chief of Content & Media Services Group said, "SingTel consistently aims to be at the forefront of technology and 3D is something we are very excited about. This marks yet another significant step in our 3D journey and we are delighted to be able to bring viewers a whole new dimension at the finals of this iconic competition. SingTel is very proud to have the opportunity to dazzle fans with what promises to be a spectacular final match between the Netherlands and Spain and we certainly look forward to bringing more of this thrilling technology to Singaporeans."



Mr Tan Tong Hai, StarHub’s Chief Operating Officer, said, "We are thrilled to offer viewers the final showdown between Netherlands and Spain in vivid 3D splendour. By leveraging the latest state-of-the-art 3D facilities and FIFA's high quality 3D production of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we are able to offer viewers the next best thing to watching the games in person. The 3D experience will allow football fans to thoroughly immerse themselves in the action and feel as though they are inside the Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. StarHub has always harnessed technology to enhance the viewing experience for our customers and we're certainly looking forward to getting feedback from our viewers on the 3D technology as it will help shape our 3D content strategy for the future."

08 July 2010

World’s First Smart Projector Phone Samsung Galaxy Beam Makes Global Debut in Singapore with StarHub

StarHub first in the world to launch new AndroidÔ 2.1 Samsung Galaxy Beam
World’s first built-in projector Smartphone capable of projecting from 5 to 50-inches
3.7-inch SUPER AMOLED screen for clear and bright viewing of high-definition videos at all angles, even in the sun


Singapore, July 8, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced that the world’s first smart projector phone Samsung Galaxy Beam (Model: GT-I8520) will be available to StarHub customers from 17 July 2010. StarHub will be the first in the world to introduce Galaxy Beam in Singapore, which is set to illuminate the future of smartphones with its built-in Pico Projector coupled with power-packed features and a crystal clear Super AMOLED display.



“StarHub is pleased to be the first operator globally to launch Samsung Galaxy Beam, a highly innovative, world’s first Smart Projector Phone. The Android platform has been gaining ground in many smartphone markets worldwide and the Galaxy Beam marries exciting features such as StarHub’s mobile TV app, offering projection of a mobile TV programme on the wall. This unique smartphone also allows business customers to display presentations on the wall during business discussions,” said Mr Ng Long Shyang, Head of Sales, StarHub. “Our collaboration with Samsung to bring this world’s first device demonstrates our commitment to be the leading mobile service provider by offering consumers an unrivalled immersive experience in mobile communications.”




Besides operating Singapore’s most advanced mobile broadband network with no-bill-shock mobile data packages, StarHub continues to be an innovator of mobile offerings to deliver the most immersive experience for consumers. Early in 2010, it launched an enhanced mobile TV application that works across all major smartphone platforms to provide a TV-like viewing of 24 premium StarHub TV channels on smartphones. This innovative mobile TV app will be pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy Beam.‪ In addition, StarHub customers can use MobiClip, a mobile web video search service to easily search and stream videos found on user-content generated sites like YouTube and MetaCafe directly on their mobile phone.‪ MobiClip is accessible from StarHub’s Gee! mobile site.




The built-in multimedia projector on the Samsung Galaxy Beam allows customers to share fun moments intuitively with family and friends, such as watching National Geographic Channel or Disney Channel, browsing photo albums, as well as streaming YouTube or MetaCafe videos together through MobiClip.




The Samsung Galaxy Beam’s highly responsive 3.7-inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display will further enhance the mobile experience, delivering ultra-brilliant and clear images whilst offering a viewing experience second to none. With the Android powered Galaxy Beam, consumers will receive an integrated and heightened multimedia experience on Singapore’s smartest mobile broadband network with StarHub.‪‪





World’s first smartphone with built-in projector and brilliant Super AMOLED screen
The Samsung Galaxy Beam, first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in February this year, is designed to provide users with a rich mobile web experience and best-of-class multimedia features. Packed with a built-in Texas Instruments Pico projector, 8-megapixel camera and multi video codec support, the Galaxy Beam offers consumers the capability to switch between entertainment and professional mode easily. With a projection screen size of 5 to 50-inches, the Galaxy Beam toggles between a personal home theater system to a portable business projector to suit every need.




“The Galaxy Beam combines the best of both worlds, offering users the technological capabilities and features to enjoy entertainment and work functions on a smartphone – now with an enhanced experience thanks to the built-in projector feature. We believe the Samsung Galaxy Beam will capture the imagination of users who demand the option of either enjoying their favourite media files on their Super AMOLED screens or projecting them to share with friends and colleagues. The Galaxy Beam will bring us one step further to achieving our vision of providing a smartphone for every lifestyle, in order to drive the mass adoption of smartphones,” said Mr Sung-Hyun Moon, Managing Director, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd





Android Market applications, Social Hub and Calendar features for simple and integrated access
Powered by Android 2.1, the Galaxy Beam enjoys a variety of applications from the Android Market, which allows users to extend the benefits and excitement of their smartphone experience. Users also have access to Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps.




Multi-tasking is a breeze with Galaxy Beam smart applications, which allow users to update social networking accounts like Facebook, check emails, listen to music and send messages without having to open and close applications. Users can stay connected with social networks through Samsung’s Social HubTM and Social CalendarTM, which offers convenient, single-point access to all email accounts, calendars and personal contacts. The impressive battery life offers users up to 7 hours of continuous talktime and 530 hours of standby time.





Value-Packed Starhub Price Plans for the Samsung Galaxy Beam
The Samsung Galaxy Beam will be available at all StarHub Shops and selected Exclusive Partners’ outlets from 17 July 2010, from as low as $0, on selected price plans.


From 10 July 2010, customers can visit selected StarHub Shops to check out the phone.


From 10 July 2010, customers can visit selected StarHub Shops to check out the phone.
Items 3G SmartSurf 100 3G SmartSurf 300 3G SmartSurf 700 3G SmartSurf Unlimited
Monthly subscription (w/GST) $38 $58 $98 $205
Voice credit (mins) 100 300 700 2000
SMS/MMS credit 500 500 500 2000
Data credit (GB) 12 12 12 Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Beam Pricing $398 $198 $0 $0

04 July 2010

Starhub extends ESPN, Star Sports, Star Cricket till 1 Aug 2010 before channels totally cross over to Singtel mio tv

Starhub posted a note on it’s social media site claiming that they will extend the 3 sports channels till 1st Aug 2010 before the rights gets passed over to Singtel mio tv. This is good news to sports fan on Starhub but I doubt most of them has already started returning the boxes and terminating their packages.

This is what si wrong on their social site "Good news sports fans, we will now continue to carry ESPN, STAR Sports and STAR Cricket till midnight on 1 August 2010. With this extension, StarHub TV customers will be able to catch the Formula One’s British Grand Prix, German Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix and The Open Championship golf major."

01 July 2010

Eurosportsnews is now FREE on Starhub channel 206

In order to maintain it's viewership, Starhub is now offering Euro Sports News for Free on it'scable network.It is now available on Channel 206.

30 June 2010

SkyFire 2.0 for iPhone is coming; Skyfire 1.0 and 1.5 will remain available as a free service in the following countries after July 1st: United States, U.K., Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

SkyFire 2.0 coming; Skyfire 1.0 and 1.5 will remain available as a free service in the following countries after July 1st: United States, U.K., Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan

Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire wrote on the SkyFire blog explaining the rationale behind the SkyFire 2.0 and ending support in most countries.

"Focus is critical for any start-up, especially one growing as fast as Skyfire. We’ve grown users 400% in the last year. We’ve launched Skyfire 2.0, which is an entirely new architecture and our flagship going forward. We added some 600,000 users on Android in our first few weeks, and Skyfire 2.0 for iPhone and iOS is coming soon for submission to the Apple AppStore. Meanwhile, we’ve been approached by a number of major wireless operators and handset vendors about embedding Skyfire 2.0 into their default browsers, out of the box.

Our team took a hard look at where we could double down our limited resources on these “hockey stick” growth opportunities, and on Skyfire 2.0.
As a result, we have decided to stop all future development on the old “proxy” Skyfire 1.0 (including version 1.5) architecture, and focus on the 2.0 product, which is our future. With 2.0, Skyfire has introduced the first “hybrid browser” in the world, combining the best of native webkit rendering with the best of cloud web services, including our famed rich media engine, mash-ups, and more.

Yesterday we began notifying 1.0 users outside of North America and Western Europe that we will phase out the 1.0 service. Because 1.0 is only on Windows Mobile and Symbian, only those handsets are affected. Our 2.0 product is growing incredibly fast and continues worldwide. Skyfire 1.X will no longer be supported outside of North America and Western Europe effective July 1st, 2010.
We will bring Skyfire 2.0 to more operating systems over the next year, after Android and iPhone. The exact sequence will depend in part on discussions underway with potential OEM partners, to embed the SkyBar service on devices “out of the box,” as part of the default browser. Skyfire 2.0 is not a browser as much as it is a “cloud service” that boosts the performance and features of the native browser on any device. When you download Skyfire 2.0 as a consumer, you get everything your default browser would do, and more.
Skyfire has been a free, ad-supported app, and as such, it does factor into our decision that the cost of operating the 2.0 product runs a fraction of Skyfire 1.0 per user. 2.0 is not a proxy; only SkyBar services call on our cloud data centers, not the basic page load.
As an ad-supported app, we have seen that in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and other emerging markets, the mobile ad market and search monetization are very early stage. They are not mature enough to support the Skyfire 1.0 service operating cost. Skyfire had only officially-supported North America and Western Europe launches, but users in over 150 additional countries had “unofficially” downloaded the product. It was time to focus our resources on officially-supported countries, and on Skyfire 2.0 going forward

We know this decision is an inconvenience to many Skyfire 1.5 users in emerging markets, and while it’s a free service, we appreciate how important and valuable Skyfire has become to people. We have read the many impassioned messages from users in affected countries, and the choice to focus on our flagship product does involve trade-offs which are never easy. In the book Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christianson argued the biggest mistake a company can make is straddling its original product and its next-gen product. With 2.0, Skyfire is going all out to support webkit, html5, and cutting-edge web services. In the long run, everyone will be better off if Skyfire focuses its resources on innovating our flagship product for years to come, bringing it to more users, across the most popular smartphone and multimedia phone platforms.

So stay tuned – there’s lots of good 2.0 product news to come….
- Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire


Note: Skyfire 1.0 and 1.5 will remain available as a free service in the following countries after July 1st: United States, U.K., Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

29 June 2010

Starhub TV adds 7 more HD channels to its stable - FOX HD, FX HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, STAR World HD, Food Network Asia HD, FOXCRIME HD and Nat Geo Adventure HD

Enjoy The Widest Selection Of Premium HD Content Only On StarHub TV

Seven new HD channels to be launched


Free viewing of eight HD channels for StarHub TV customers - AXN HD, FOX HD, FX HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, STAR World HD, Food Network Asia HD, FOXCRIME HD and Nat Geo Adventure HD

Singapore, 29 June 2010 – StarHub TV viewers can soon enjoy more of their favourite channels in full High Definition (HD) glory. StarHub TV will be boosting its channel offerings with the launch of seven new HD channels progressively from July 2010.


The new HD channels kicking off on 1 July 2010 are FOX HD, FX HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and STAR World HD, while Food Network Asia HD will be launched on 5 July. Another two HD channels – FOXCRIME HD and Nat Geo Adventure HD – will be launched on 16 September 2010.



As a treat for StarHub TV customers, StarHub is offering free viewing of the seven new HD channels, together with AXN HD, from launch until 31 December 2010. The free viewing is open to customers who subscribe to the corresponding Standard Definition (SD) channels. StarHub TV’s HD channels are available only for customers with a HubStation HD, HD Interactive set-top box [1] or HD set-top box.



With the addition of the seven new channels, the total number of HD channels available on StarHub TV will be increased to 14, making StarHub the provider to offer the widest range of HD TV content in Singapore, ranging from sports, movies, lifestyle, education and entertainment. Local viewers can look forward to catching premium HD content in real time on StarHub TV and be assured of the reliability and immediacy of its quality network.



Said Ms Ong Bee Lian, Vice President of Home Solutions, StarHub, "StarHub strives to provide the best entertainment programmes for our customers with an excellent and reliable viewing experience. Viewers can now enjoy a variety of exciting content ranging from sports, dramas, movies, documentaries, lifestyle to entertainment programmes in HD with crystal clear picture clarity, full vivid colour and in widescreen broadcast – the combination of which will offer a breathtaking home cinematic experience available only on StarHub TV. With 14 HD channels onboard, StarHub is well-positioned to be the Home Of HD in Singapore with the widest and most interesting selection of HD content for our customers."







"As Asia’s largest international network, our launch of six new HD channels on StarHub TV marks a significant milestone for Fox International Channels. With the launch of FOX HD, FOXCRIME HD, FX HD, Nat Geo Adventure HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and STAR World HD, in addition to the existing National Geographic Channel HD, StarHub TV subscribers have a full suite of HD channels from across multiple genres in general and factual entertainment. We will continue to entertain our audience in Singapore with greater choices, top quality content and a high quality viewing experience right in the comfort of their own homes," said Mr Avinash Himatsinghani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Southeast Asia, Fox International Channels.



Existing customers who wish to have their set-top boxes changed can bring their set-top boxes down to any StarHub Customer Service Centre for a one-to-one swop and self-install. The public who wish to take on a StarHub TV package can call 1630 or visit www.starhub.com/tv for more information.







- END -





[1] Launched on 7 May 2010, the HD Interactive set-top box is an affordable and convenient option for StarHub TV customers to access HD channels and Demand TV. HD Interactive is available on a rental basis, at $6.42 (with GST) monthly for the main set-top box.













APPENDIX

List of HD channels on StarHub TV









Channel Name

Channel Number

Upcoming channels



Food Network Asia HD (To be launched on 5 July 2010)

468



FOX HD (To be launched on 1 July 2010)

558



STAR World HD (To be launched on 1 July 2010)

555



FX HD (To be launched on 1 July 2010)

556



Nat Geo Wild HD (To be launched on 1 July 2010)

459



FOXCRIME HD (To be launched on 16 September 2010)

557



Nat Geo Adventure HD (To be launched on 16 September 2010)

458



Current channels



All Sports Network HD 256



AXN HD 559



Discovery World HD 461



HISTORY HD 455



National Geographic Channel HD 457



HBO HD 655



Sports HD

255

















Upcoming programmes available in HD format

STAR World HD



Castle (Season 2)

Parenthood (Season 1)

Cougar Town (Season 1)

Accidentally on Purpose (Season 1)

Desperate Housewives (Season 6)





FX HD



Nurse Jackie (Season 1)







FOX HD



NCIS (Season 6 & 7)



For a more detailed schedule, please refer to the On-screen TV Guide or the Online Programme Guide

Spirit iPhone jailbreak updated, plays nice with iTunes 9.2

There is an updated version of the Spirit iPhone jailbreak, where it will now work nicely with iTunes 9.2. This might come across as good news for folks who already have iTunes 9.2 up and running on their machine and want to use Spirit to jailbreak their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, but bear in mind that this is not an iOS 4 jailbreak. It does look likely, however, that a public version of Spirit for the iPhone 4 will happen when Apple releases their iOS 4.01 update later tomorrow in order to combat the Death Grip saga that cropped up with the iPhone 4 release.

28 June 2010

SkyFire will no longer be supported in most countries wef 1st Jul 2010

The well known cloud web browser "SkyFire" that runs on Windows Mobile will stop functioning with effective from 1st July 2010. Here is a message that pops up when I run Skyfire on WM 6.5.3. The reason given is that SkyFire wanted to offer the best possible service level for our officially supportered customers and coutnries. Skyfire is consolidating the countries in which it operates.

Here is a screen shot of the post by SkyFire.


27 June 2010

Starhub to launch more HD channels soon

Here is a screen shot I saw from Facebook, looks like it would be some channels for the English Entertainment group ?

25 June 2010

Apple responds over iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way



Engadget ust spoke with Apple and got the straight dirt on the reception issues that have been plaguing users today... and it's a little surprising. In essence, Apple cops to the fact there are reception issues with the new iPhone -- namely, that if you cover the bottom-left corner of the phone and bridge the gap between the notch there with your naked flesh, you could see some signal degradation. Yes, you read that right: it's not a software or production issue, simply a matter of the physical location of your hand in regards to the phone's antenna. The company's suggested fix? Move your hand position, or get a case which covers that part of the phone, thus breaking contact. As you can see in the email above which just arrived in our tip box, this is a sentiment which runs pretty high at the company. Here's the official statement:
Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.
We know what you're thinking, and we're thinking it too: this sounds crazy. Essentially, Apple is saying that the problem is how you hold your phone, and that the solution is to change that habit, or buy one of their cases. Admittedly, this isn't a problem that exists only for the iPhone 4 -- we've seen reports of the same behavior on previous generations (the 3G and 3GS), and there is a running thread about this problem with the Nexus One. While it is definitely true that interference is an unavoidable problem, we can't help feeling like this is really a bit of bad design. If the only answer is to move your hand, why didn't Apple just move the antenna position? What we can say without question is that in our testing of the phone, we had improved reception and fewer dropped calls than we experienced with the last generation, and we never noticed this issue. Additionally, when using a bumper we can't recreate the signal loss. So, now we have an answer... all we're wondering is whether or not the company will start handing out bumpers pro-bono to those who are experiencing problems. It certainly seems like the right thing to do.

Update: To add a little perspective, check out a video from 2008 after the break showing the same issue with the now-ancient iPhone 3G (thanks Inge).

Source

24 June 2010

Sony Ericsson launches Xperia X8 revealed

Xperia X8 extends the Xperia X10 family with this new Android phone. It is smaller than the Xperia X10 but larger than the X10 Mini.

The functions are similar to that of the X10 mini. Here are two videos which shows the features of the X8.




22 June 2010

Ultrasn0w Officially Unlocks iOS 4 for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS

Ultrasn0w now supports iOS 4. The infamous iPhone Dev Team has confirmed that ultrasn0w version 0.9.3 can effectively unlock iOS 4 for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS handsets, allowing early adopters to choose any operator’s services, on top of those partnering with Apple (such as AT&T in the US).

The iPhone Dev Team announced the feat on its Twitter stream. ultrasn0w 0.9.3 works with all basebands from 04.26.08 through 05.13.04, according to the release notes: “iPhone DevTeam’s 3G and 3GS software unlock, now with added PwnApple. Compatible with basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04! Thanks to @sherif_hashim and @Oranav for contributing baseband crashes.”

redsn0w Jailbreaks iOS 4 on iPhone 3G, iPod Touch

Hours after the release of Apple's major iOS 4.0 software update, the iPhone hacking iPhone Dev Team has released hack to jailbreak iPhone 3G and iPod Touch devices. The highly anticipated iOS 0.4 release brings multi-tasking, wallpapers and several other features. The iPhone Dev Team has released redsn0w 0.9.5 beta 3 for jailbreaking iPhone 3G and iPod touch. This tool is available for Mac as well as Windows platform.

The new redsn0w 0.9.5 beta also hacktivates iOS 4.0 update running iPhone 3G. Hacktivation is the process of activating the iPhone with non-official SIM card. Now, all iPhone 3G phones with baseband between 04.26.08 and 05.13.04 can be unlocked using ultrasn0w 0.9.3 update from Cydia Store.

This new jailbreak tool also allows you to activate multi-tasking, wallpapers and shows battery life in percentage format. Unfortunately, the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch third generation owners will have to wait for a couple of days/weeks to jailbreak, hacktivate and unlock their devices.

HTC Wildfire to lanuch on 7 July 2010 in Singapore

The low end Android 2.1 phone HTC Wildfire will be launched in Singapore on 7 Jul 2010. This phone is supposed to take over the Tattoo. It comes with a Capacitive screen with Android 2.1



Display
Type: Capacitive touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability
Size: 3.2 inches
Resolution: 240 x 320 QVGA

Platform
Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™

CPU Processing Speed
528 MHz

Storage

ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 384 MB
Expansion slot:
microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Supports up to 32 GB

Power & Battery1
Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1300 mAh


Talk time:
WCDMA: Up to 440 mins
GSM: Up to 490 mins
Standby time:
WCDMA: Up to 690 hours
GSM: Up to 480 hours

Camera

5 megapixel color camera
Auto focus and flash
Geotagging
Connectors

3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB
(5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
Sensors

G-Sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
HTC Widgets

Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Stocks, Weather, Settings (such as Profile, Ringtone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), and more
Downloadable widgets
Social Networking

Facebook™ for HTC Sense
Friend Stream
Photo sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter
Video sharing on YouTube™
HTC Peep for twittering

Unlock 05.13.04 / 05.12.01 Baseband on iPhone 3GS 3G, iOS 4 with ultrasn0w 0.93

http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-jailbreak-ios-4.0-with-pwnagetool/Its here! This is what you all have been waiting for!! Ultrasn0w 0.93 has been released to unlock all iPhones on the latest 05.13.04 (on iOS 4) and 05.12.08 (on 3.1.3) basebands. The guide for unlocking is exactly the same as posted here, except for the Cydia repo which this time is: repo666.ultrasn0w.com. Follow that one until we update the post here! Stay tuned for more!



Oh and guide for jailbreaking iPhone 3G for iOS 4 can be found here, and for iPhone 3GS with iOS 4 can be found here.

21 June 2010

Windows Live Messenger now available on iPhone

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch is the best way to connect with the people that matter most and keep up with the things they are doing across the web. Use your iPhone to instant message your friends list, view and comment on your friends’ photos and status updates from Windows Live, Facebook, and MySpace, and at a glance, see what your Messenger friends are sharing from Flickr, YouTube, and many other social and photo sharing sites. Make sure to visit http://profile.live.com/Services today and setup Windows Live to bring in your social networks. Messenger is simply the best way to connect with your closest friends.






Chat:

Instant message with your Windows Live Messenger and Y! Messenger contacts on the go so you’re always connected to the people that matter most. You can even receive IM notifications when your app is closed so you never miss a message.



Social:

Windows Live Messenger gives you one place to view the updates your Messenger friends are sharing from social networks like Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and more, helping you cut through the clutter on the go.



Photos:

Upload photos right from your phone to share your favorite moments with the people that matter most. Create albums, add captions, and let your friends and family comment on your photos.


Hotmail:

Access your Hotmail account without leaving the app to read, reply to, and compose emails. Get email notifications within the application so you know when you have new messages.

Apple iOS4 Ready Applications with Multitasking

If you intend to upgrade your iPhone 3GS to iOS4, you must be wondering what sort of applications are READILY available to take advantage of the OS multitasking capability. Below is a list of the apps compiled by redmondpie.

Dropbox
Evernote
Pandora
FourSquare
Twitterrific 3
NYTimes
ESPN ScoreCenter
LinkedIn
Flickit Pro
How to Cook Everything
Tweetaholic

Ego
Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets
ReelDirector

Motorola Droid X first look, how does it compare to Samsung Galaxy S

Motorola Droid X first look! Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S has a real serious contender. This amazing phone might be the Motorola Milestone X for European and Asian market?

Nokia N8 the symbian^3 mobile phone LIVE video

Just came across the upcoming Nokia N8 Symbian ^3 mobile phone video. From the video, you can see that the phone is still not as responsive as iPhone. Nevertheless it has some neat features. Check out the video.

M1 Apple iPhone 4 Pre-ordering site leaked; iPhone 3GS 8GB will also be available for pre-order soon

Singapore's telecom operator M1 Ltd has put up a page for pre-ordering of Apple iPhone 4 on it's website. In addition, there is also text indicating that M1 would also be carrying the LATEST iPhone 3GS 8GB version (Coming Soon).


Stay tuned for more.

20 June 2010

Apple iPhone OS 4 will be released on 21 Jun 2010

Apple iPhone OS 4 will be released on 21 Jun 2010. Will you install it over itunes over the net ? What are the improvements over 3.1.3 on your iPhone 3GS?

Below is a chart that depicts the functions available. It will bring the functions of iPhone 4 to 3GS ina  way; most importantly multitasking.

Singapore TV media to trial 3D

While HD hasn't really taken off in Singapore, the various media companies are now engaging onto another big project, 3D television broadcast.

If you have been following this blog, you would notice we started blogging abt HDTV HD5 a few years back. To date, HD5 is still a 1/8 cooked HD channel with most of the programmes upscaled and most of it in 4:3 aspect ratio. The only good thing is that some of the films are now broadcasted in 16:9 on the normal Channel 5 for wide screen TV. The regret is that those who do not subscribe to Mio tv or Starhub HD (pay for extra to loan HD interactive box) are not able to really enjoy the beauty of HD.

Soccer fans are also charged a high price of S$90 for the World Cup in HD over MioTV/Starhub TV.

The bonus is that if you are already a subscriber of MioTV, you can catch 4 matches in HD on HD5 (Starhub subscribers you need to pay more for a HD box).

Other than sports, we only have some miserable HD channels on both platforms charging an arm or a leg. Some of these include the keep looping NatGeo HD, DiscoveryHD, History HD. There is VOD for TVB dramas in HD and HBO HD. You will probably have to pay per view per episode. Some new additions include AXN HD.

If you say there are no contents, it is not entirely true. It is just that the contents are excessively priced and unreachable for most. Even if you can afford to pay, you will be treated with re-runs and re-runs of the same education programmes.

So will 3D broadcast take off in 1 yr's time? I seriously doubt so.

11 June 2010

HD screen shots of World Cup opening match on Mediacorp HD5

While most people are probably still trying to tune in SD with the Over the air RF transmission from Malaysia and Indonesia. We are able to tune in to the simulcast of the opening match in HD glory.

Below are some screen shots of the match just a few minutes ago.

09 June 2010

Offers at PC SHOW 2010 and Price List Flyers

If you are looking for the latest price list and offers at PC SHOW 2010 that begins tomorrow. Here is a website that has the latest flyers available for viewing on your web using PC/MAC, iPhone or Android handsets. The link is at http://forums.ocworkbench.com and http://www.ocworkbench.com

20 May 2010

AXN HD is coming to Singapore's Starhub Pay TV

AXN HD in Singapore

20 May 2010, Singapore – Viewers will soon have another reason to stay glued to their television sets. SPE Networks – Asia, home to pay-TV channel brands AXN, AXN Beyond and Animax, is excited to offer viewers the AXN experience in the rich detail, sounds and vibrant colours of high definition (HD) technology.

Starting 25 May 2010, the new channel, AXN HD will be made available to viewers on StarHub TV Channel 559, and will be part of its Entertainment Basic Group. AXN, the heart of action & adventure, and Singapore’s leading English general entertainment pay-TV channel*, has always been synonymous with first-run action, adventure, drama, reality-TV and all-round unparalleled entertainment that “Wows!”. That same experience will soon be available in HD.

Viewers can look forward to AXN’s latest exclusive hits in true HD, including 2009 TV season’s top-rated new investigative action drama series from the US, NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O’Donnell (Batman and Robin) and LL Cool J (S.W.A.T.); the region’s perennial favourite CSI crime and investigation franchise including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami; along with the slick and stylish heist series Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton (Kidnapped), amongst many others.

“As the number one English general entertainment pay-TV channel* in Singapore, we believe launching AXN HD is a vital step to retaining viewer loyalty and maintaining our leading position. Going HD is a natural progression, for many of our Singapore viewers already own an HD TV set. AXN HD will provide the top quality visual experience that viewers now seek, with AXN’s distinctive brand of action and adventure, high-impact and world class entertainment presented in utmost clarity,” says Ricky Ow, Senior Vice President & General Manager of SPE Networks – Asia.

“As the leading pay-TV operator in Singapore, StarHub is delighted to partner SPE Networks – Asia to bring to our customers AXN in high definition over our superior cable TV platform. As demand changes with technology advancement, StarHub continues to enhance our services and offer viewers not just popular, but also high definition quality programmes for their viewing pleasures. We are pleased to collaborate with our long standing partner, offering exciting AXN HD channel to our customers,” says Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions.

AXN HD is available for free to all StarHub TV customers from 25 May to 31 July. They must have a HubStation HD or HD set-top box and a subscription to the Entertainment Basic Group to be able to enjoy this channel. More pricing information will be made known at a later date.

Existing customers who wish to have their set-top boxes changed can either call 1633 or bring their set-top boxes down to StarHub Customer Service Centres for a one-to-one swop and self-install. The public who wish to take on a StarHub TV package can call 1630 or visit www.starhub.com/tv for more information.

AXN HD will begin broadcast on 25 May 2010, 6.00am, on StarHub TV Ch 559

Source

15 May 2010

Concerns over Singapore push for non-exclusive pay TV content

A proposal by the Singapore media regulator to remove exclusivity for pay TV content has raised concerns about the future growth of the industry in the country.

The ‘cross-carriage remedy’ has been proposed by the Media Development Authority in response to fierce bidding wars between the country’s two cable operators, StarHub and Singapore Telecommunications over rights for the English Premier League soccer and unfounded public anxiety that the upcoming soccer World Cup would not be shown in Singapore as both cable operators could not reach agreement with FIFA over coverage rights.

If the new rules are applied, it also damages Singapore’s status as an innovator in the industry with many seeing the country as a gateway into Asia.

The Cable & Satellite Broadasting Association of Asia’s CEO Simon Twiston Davies told The Financial Times that the proposal would breach World Trade Organisation rules and damage the future of the industry in Singapore:

“Over more than a decade, Singapore has made the most notable progress in the region when attracting international content companies to the country,”

“The ‘cross-carriage remedy’, insisting on the sharing of high value programming, damages the interests of every content owner and distributor.”

Head of Competition and Market Access at the MDA, Eileen Ang said the proposal will ensure content is made widely available and is supported by consumer groups.

Coverage of the World Cup was only finalised in March, making Singapore one of the last countries to conclude rights negotiations with FIFA thanks to the protracted bidding process, subsequently access to coverage will be one of the world’s most expensive at about $SGD 1 per match for residential customers and between $SGD 1000 and $SGD 4000 for businesses.

Source

23 April 2010

Singtel mio TV subscribers reached 200,000

mio TV subscribers will be first in Singapore to watch Avatar from their living rooms

Avatar and other Hollywood blockbusters On Demand at only $2.99 each

Singapore, 21 April, 2010 -- Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today announced that it will be celebrating its 200,000 customer milestone by offering a range of exciting treats to new and existing mio TV customers.

“We are thrilled that 200,000 Singaporeans have chosen mio TV for their home entertainment, said Mr Tim Carmichael, Vice President of mio TV. “Since its launch in 2007, mio TV has created waves in the pay TV market in Singapore, which was dominated by a single player for over a decade. We have brought many innovations to the market and today’s announcement is a reinforcement of our commitment to leading and shaping the industry.”

Tomorrow marks the Singapore TV premiere of James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Avatar on mio TV, and from April 22 till May 16, Avatar as well as all other on-demand movies will be available at the special price of only S$2.99 per movie (inclusive of GST). These include the latest Hollywood blockbusters such as Inglourious Basterds, 2012, Jennifer’s Body, Did You Hear About the Morgans? and Surrogates.

During this period, mio TV will also be conducting a daily lucky draw where customers stand a chance to win a Samsung 40” 3D LED TV, Samsung 3D Blu Ray player, two pairs of Samsung 3D glasses and a Monsters vs Aliens 3D Blu Ray DVD – a pack with a total value of over S$5,000. Both new and existing mio TV customers automatically qualify for the draw.

“We are delighted to be the first in Singapore to bring Avatar into our customers’ living rooms,” said Mr Carmichael. “The lucky winners of the Samsung 3D TVs will get to enjoy our movies in spectacular 3D right from the comfort of their sofas!”

He added, “mio TV has always been at the forefront of bringing the best and latest content to Singapore. Since 2008, fans have been able to watch the hottest TV series such as Glee, Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries as early as 24 hours after their US telecast, and Hollywood movies on the same day as their DVD release, often as soon as three to four months after they first hit cinema screens. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support and look forward to bringing even more exciting new content to their TV screens.”

20 April 2010

Mediacorp ch 8 screening in wide screen 16:9 format

HD in Singapore doesn't seem to be the in thing these days. Look at the miserable HD5 and you know what I mean. There are practically no intention to push HD in the FTA, less with a few hours of real HD programming.

Instead, Mediacorp has been making available some of its programmes in Wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio. This is a bonus for wide screen LCD TV users. I have been waiting for this day since I bought the tv 3 yrs ago.

At last Channel 8's 9pm drama gets the 16:9 right and you see the actors and actresses in the right size. No more fat heads on the screen.

Live programmes such as the Star Awards was also presented in 16:9. The best thing is that these signals can be transmitted in analog format. So, even if you do not have a Starhub TV box or mio box, you also get the correct aspect ratio.

For those who are still using the CRT BOX, it is time to upgrade as more programmes will be presented in widescreen format.

Just wondering why the Ch 8 7pm drama is still in letterbox format. Since it is shot in HD, it could be downscale to SD but in wide screen format to fit the whole screen. Perhaps the people at Mediacorp can do something about it.

12 April 2010

M1 takes over from Mio TV to broadcast Aljazeera English News channel

Less than two weeks after SingTel's mio TV dropped the English-language news channel Al Jazeera, the latter said its news bulletins and some documentary programmes will be carried by M1.

M1 will use a video-on-demand format, the Qatar- based broadcaster Al Jazeera told The Sunday Times.

Al Jazeera is widely seen as a powerful and alternative voice on Middle Eastern affairs.

Source

05 April 2010

Singtel mio tv drops Aljazeera English Channel on it's Pay TV

According to dljz blog, Singtel mio tv has officially dropped the English news channel Al Jazzera English (AJE) from the channel selections on Mio TV platform. It is unknown why Singtel decided to drop it. It is not as if Starhub can carry it as an exclusive channel as new regulations prohibits exclusive contracts.

A check with the MioTV site does indicate that the dropped Middle East news channel has been replaced with “newer adequate choices” such as Russia Today, CCTV 9 (China) as well as Euronews. Russia Today is provided FREE on both Mio TV and Starhub.

Al Jazeera has series of programmes scrutinizing the socio-economic problems in Singapore, more than any other news channel. Likewise programs from the defunct mediaworks Channel U were also scrapped and the channel merged into Mediacorp in 2005.

You can read the original blog entry here.

MotoGP channel coming to Starhub in HD soon

MotoGP in HD, 3D to follow?

MotoGP is to be broadcast in full HD for the first time in 2010, while a documentary will be produced using 3D technology.

In 2010, RTL Club (Belgium), Eurosport (France), Sport TV (Portugal), Digisport (Hungary) and Viasat (Scandinavia) will all broadcast the MotoGP season in HD within Europe.

Outside Europe, HD will stretch as far as Speed TV (US), ESPN (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil), One HD (Australia), StarHub (Singapore), Sky (New Zealand), Al Jazeera (Middle East), ESPN Star Sports (Asia) and Supersport (Africa), with further HD broadcasters expected to come on board during the season.

Meanwhile, 3D and digital systems specialists Vince Pace - which worked with Dorna Sports during a successful trial of 3D technology at last year's US Grand Prix - now plans to produce a 3D MotoGP documentary.

'This will feature images captured during the [2010] MotoGP season, and channels broadcasting in 3D such as ESPN and Sky have already shown interest in broadcasting such coverage of the sport,' said a Dorna statement.

The Pace team is led by John Bruno, who was part of the Visual Effects team involved in the Academy Award winning film Avatar.

27 March 2010

Starhub to regroup channels under different genres?

Starhub subscribers would have noticed some to the channels on their set top box. If you notice there are new channels 402 (International/Ethnic/FTA), 404 (Sports Channnels), Channel 446, Channel 515.

According to what we understand, Starhub intends to re-group the channels to various genres. e.g. Channel 300 series is already HD channel. So, maybe we will have Channel 400 series will be for Sports channels, free to air and Ethnic channels.

Perhaps Mandarin channels will also be regroup under another 3 digit number group.

Anyway, we have been seeing an advertisement on Starhub TV saying that there will be changes on 30th APR. I suppose that is the schedule date for the regrouping of the channels. Be ready to re-program your favourite channels on your set top box.

13 March 2010

Starhub and Singtel to carry each other's channels from September 2010 onwards

For those who have been crying foul of not being able to watch your EPL on Starhub, there is some good news and bad news for you.

From 12 Mar 2010, it is by law that Singtel and Starhub will carry each other's channels on their platform. This is good news but the bad thing is that it applies to newly acquired or recontracted licenses of the channels. Thus, EPL will still be on Singtel mio TV. When the contract ends, whoever gets the bid, the other operator will also carry the channel, so whoever wins the bid in 2014 makes no difference.

Mr Lui of MDA said "Content costs now constitute a significant percentage of pay TV operators' revenue, compared to international benchmarks. For example, SCV's content costs to revenue ratio has risen from 40 per cent prior to 2007 to close to 70 per cent today. This is much higher than the average 40 per cent for Pay TV operators in most other countries, including US, UK and Hong Kong.

"Secondly, Singapore suffers from a high degree of content fragmentation compared to other countries. Out of 179 channels today, only seven channels are common to both SCV and SingTel. An international benchmarking exercise using a group of 16 popular channels showed that Singapore was the only country with exclusive arrangements for all 16 channels.

"MDA's (Media Development Authority) review has concluded that this situation is unlikely to self-correct in the near future, and steps need to be taken to address this market failure".

So under the new Media Market Conduct Code, there will be a Public Interest Obligation. This means Pay TV providers must cross-carry each other's exclusive content.

For example, if SingTel acquires a new channel exclusively, it must make this channel available to StarHub. StarHub must carry this programme at the same time SingTel is airing it - and vice versa. StarHub also cannot make any modifications to the content. This includes all the advertisements and branding SingTel may have embedded into the programme. SingTel will have to pay StarHub to carry its exclusive content.

Something odd is that, in the above quoted example, Singtel will have to pay Starhub to carry its exclusive content ?? Shouldn't it be the other way round. For example, Singtel has the EPL exclusive rights and why should they pay Starhub to carry EPL ? It would be a bad business decision to do that.

There is also no mentioning of what sort of channels will be relayed to the other operator, would it be LIVE channels like CNN, BBC, CTI or dose it also include self packaged channels like VV DRAMA on Starhub ? What about the video on demand titles ? Some of these are also exclusive contents.

In fact, this new ruling will fit in place when NBN launches later this year. A universal set top box for all operators would be the way to go. MobileOne, being the only telecom operator without PAY TV would definitely benefit from this arrangment as it would be able to become a PAY TV operator almost instantly without worrying of getting exclusive contents since there is no more exclusivity in Singapore. Singtel will also benefit as Starhub holds the bulk of exclusive contents while Singtel only holds the EPL and ESPN.

07 March 2010

Singapore IT Show 2010 Price Lists, offers and jobs

Before you head down to Suntec for the offers, it is always good to check out what is in stored on Wednesday newspapers. Although the newspapers will have large print of ads, internet is still the fastest way to get hold of information.

Over here, I will provide a link to some preview reports and price lists sections for your reference and discussions :

OCWorkbench's IT 2010 price list and offers section

03 March 2010

Samsung sells 3D LED TV 3 mths ahead of SONY

From LCD TV to Full HD LED TV, and now we have 3D TV from both Sony and Samsung. Although both launch just one week of another, both uses similar technology and requires you to wear an active google or glasses which is powered by a tiny lithium battery.

Samsung surprises everyone with the C series of 3D TVs as they can upgrade your existing 2D contents to 3D. How do they do that ? I have no ideas. It seems that they are pretty confident on what they intend to sell by end of this month in Singapore and in South east asian and Australia/NZ 3 months ahead of the Sony's 3D BRAVIA LX900 series.

No details were released about how many googles will they bundle in and pricing is not available yet for C7000, C8000 and C9000 models.

Below is a presentation of the SAMSUNG 3D LED TV lanuch of the 3 models held at Suntec yesterday (video courtest of OCWorkbench).

Source : OCWorkbench

29 January 2010

LG GW620 goes on sale at SGD 598 in Singapore

LG’s Android Phone Makes Social Networking Even Friendlier
LG’s first Android smartphone is made for social networking on the go

Singapore, 30 January 2009 -- LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications today announced the availability of its first Android smartphone, the LG GW620, in Singapore. The launch of this smartphone delivers on the company’s social networking vision of a new kind of mobile experience for the growing number of consumers who insist on having their social networking tools with them wherever they go.

“LG’s first Android phone, the LG GW620, was developed with social networking in mind from the start,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. “Social networking has become ubiquitous and an important way for many of us to stay connected with friends, family and coworkers. Our smartphones are designed with the lifestyles of our users in mind and seamlessly integrating social networking features in our handsets will enable LG smartphone owners to be more accessible and better connected.”

The LG GW620 is perfectly positioned for the growing trend of mobile social networking. According to research firm Frost & Sullivan, “the combination of increasing smartphone sales and the insatiable appetite for social networking provides an ideal market for social networking smartphones to take hold.”

“Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are hugely popular in Singapore, both among the so-called Generation X and Y. With the increasing demand for connectivity on the go and excellent network infrastructure here, the LG GW620 is well positioned to capture a significant piece of the smartphone market in Singapore,” said Mr. Jeff Cheh, Managing Director, LG Electronics Singapore.

Integration of Popular Social Networking Sites

With the LG GW620’s Social Networking Sites (SNS) Manager, users can simply check a friend’s status, leave comments or update their own social networking sites remotely. The SNS Manager integrates all of one’s social networking needs in one convenient platform for the managing of multiple accounts while receiving real-time updates. Even when searching through the phone’s contact list, users can still view updates from friends and be taken directly to their sites if desired.

Unique to the LG GW620, the Auto Face-Tagging and Face To Action technology never forgets a face. So no matter where one goes, friends and family are no more than a touch away. Simply tag a friend’s face in a photo and one can easily execute a range of remote functions such as uploading photos to a favourite site or connecting through SMS, MMS or voice by simply touching the face on the display.

Connect with Comfort

As a social networking smartphone, the LG GW620 replicates the comfortable environment of the PC for a more convenient social networking experience. The finger-friendly, 5-line slider QWERTY keyboard coupled with one of the fastest web browsers around allows for speedy surfing and smooth streaming of video as well as the use of favourite Google applications close at hand.

The instant messenger, threaded SMS and real-time push email functions keeps one more connected than ever before. Feeling chatty? Just touch a name on the screen to see who’s logged on. One more touch and start chatting.

Create New Content for Sharing

The LG GW620 embraces the latest multi-entertainment features to deliver a rewarding, real-time create-and-share user experience. The crisp 5-megapixel AF camera and high-resolution video recorder capture content that can be enhanced with the phone’s fun editing tools to let users shoot, slice and splice together their own multimedia masterpieces. Once satisfied with the final cut, all it takes is another simple touch to upload and share experiences with loved ones.

The full studio of entertainment offerings includes a dynamic HVGA 3-inch LCD for true-to-life viewing of friends’ videos with DivX and Xvid support and the added convenience of a 3.5-mm audio jack for more enjoyable multi-tainment on the versatile device.

All Purpose Applications

LG GW620 users will also be able to download Google-verified applications directly to their phone with ease from the Android Market. This allows users access to more than 10,000 free applications to suit all their needs ranging from productivity suites to games. There are also many useful applications designed specifically for the Singapore market.

The LG GW620 is the first of a number of Android devices LG plans to introduce to the public this year. It is now available in Singapore at a recommended retail price of S$598/-.

21 January 2010

MOTOROLA DEXT Review @ SIngapore HELIPAD

OCWorkbench has done a online Review of the Motorola DEXT just launched in Singapore. The review is with HD video of Motorola staff demonstrating the social media apps.



Motorola DEXT Android phone in Singapore. This phone comes with MOTOBLUR which is a customised UI over the Android 1.5 Cupcake. See how it works and find out the details in the link below.

Read it now
http://www.ocworkbench.com/2010/MOTOROLA/motorola-dext-review/p1.htm

08 January 2010

StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand Gets Bigger And Better with VOD in Cantonese dual sound and hollywood movie deal wiht paramount pictures

StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand Gets Bigger And Better

Signs New Hollywood Movie Deal With Paramount Pictures

Launches Hot & Haunted Category -

Offers TVB Classics, fresh E! Entertainment content and more

Singapore, 8 January 2010 – StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) offerings have just gotten bigger and better! Today, StarHub announced its acquisition of a wide variety of new content for its VOD platform which includes exciting and popular movies and series from Hollywood, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Rolled out in phases recently with much more lined up for the coming months, these significant enhancements to its VOD content augment StarHub’s content leadership position in the Singapore pay TV market.

“We are really excited with what we have in-store for our VOD customers. There will certainly be more to come and our VOD content can only get bigger and better!” promised Kathleen Syron, StarHub’s Head of Content.

Hollywood Content: New deals with Paramount Pictures and Comcast

StarHub has sealed a deal with Paramount Pictures that will make it the first pay TV operator in Singapore to offer Hollywood blockbusters from the mega movie house on a transactional VOD platform. Starting from January 2010, movie fans can look forward to the latest movies about six months from theatrical releases, as well as library titles from Paramount Pictures in the comforts of their homes. Movies in the line-up over the coming weeks include Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Star Trek. Some movie titles will also be available in high definition, to give viewers added choice and better quality. These movies will be available to MaxOnline customers via StarHub TV Online as well.

Fans of Hollywood glamour and gossip will be delighted by StarHub’s new deal with Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) to offer TV specials from E! such as Sexiest Season 2 and 25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments on its VOD platform.

New Hot & Haunted Category

A new Hot & Haunted category of content rated “16” or “18” will be added to StarHub’s VOD line-up on 15 January 2010. This category will feature exciting and thrilling movies and series, covering horror, gore, sex and violence. Among the many titles available from mid January are A Chain of Curses (Japanese), Temptation of Eve (Korean) and Susuk Pocong (Indonesian). Some of these titles will also be made available via StarHub TV Online.

Asian Content: TVB Classics, Celestial Movies and MD Entertainment Sinetron

StarHub has also teamed up with three leading content providers in Asia to offer new content on its VOD platform.

StarHub will work with longtime content partner TVB to offer popular TVB classic dramas on its VOD platform. These classics, such as The Bund, Return Of the Condor Heroes 1983, Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre and The Duke Of Mount Deer, are available in both Mandarin and in its original Cantonese language.

StarHub also sealed a VOD content deal with Celestial Movies and titles will be offered in dual Cantonese-Mandarin dual sound whenever the option is available. Movies that are currently being offered include The Assembly, It’s A Wonderful Life, Flash Point and Kung Fu Dunk.

StarHub's new deal with MD Entertainment will enable the pay TV operator to offer over 1,000 hours of content per year from the producer of award-winning and highly rated Indonesian sinetron. Those currently carried on StarHub's VOD platform are Sujudku and Senyumku Tangisku.

To find out more about StarHub TV’s VOD offerings, the full list of titles and the price list, the public can visit www.starhub.com/tv.

04 January 2010

Singtel Mio TV ceased Voom HD, Equator HD and Sling HD and other channels

Looks like the war for programmes is getting worse. Singtel Mio TV probably lost it's rights to quite an amount of channels. These channels mentioned below will stop transmission from end of DECEMBER.

"As we strive to enhance our channel offerings, please be informed that the following channels will cease by end Dec 2009 – VOOM HD (CH 10), Equator HD (Ch 11), Sling HD (Ch 12), Luli – The Channel for Babies (Ch 27), Mom-On-Demand (Ch 307) and WorldSport HD (Ch 308)."

Source

My experience with LG BL40 Chocolate touch screen phone

Most people like me will be surprised by the longish large screen form factor of the LG BL40. The first thing that comes to my mind is that, is it a fashion or a geek phone ? Does it fit into your pants?

From the advertisements on the TV, it seems to be a lady's phone. That is the first perception that most people get. In fact, it is a feature phone that will appeal to a full spectrum of users from young to adult, men and women.

The longish 4" wide screen touch screen design really captivates me and on lookers. Although it doesn't use OLED technology, It's wide screen playback video in full glory. The display contrast is impressive as there is no greyness in the display of black. (Try it with the Avatar video that comes with it). You can also enable the Dolby Mobile Sound to experience theater like audio on it.

There are also a couple of games that comes with the phone. I particularly like the Fishing game where you use the motion sensor to catch the fishes. There is also a touch screen piano which adds to your mobile entertainment.

For the young who wants twit and update your status, the LG BL40 comes pre installed with MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. With a data plan SIM card or WiFi you can be connected and surf the net. Watch YouTube stream to your LG BL40 with ease and Upload your pictures taken by the 5 mega pixel camera to your friends using the HSPA high speed data access.

Other than being an entertaining device, the LG BL40 can double up as a executive assistant. The large screen 345x800 can operate in both portrait and landscape mode. With multi-touch technology, you can zoom in and out of picture, web pages for information on the go. You can also access your corporate email, Gmail etc. You can now read mails just like what you do on Outlook. The Dual UI (user interface) shows the email subject and contents in one view. Instead of searching the email subject then open a new window to view contents, subjects and contents can be quickly cross checked simultaneously. You can also edit your SMS or text with one touch copy & paste of text.

With the New Chocolate BL40's Gesture Shortcut, you can access menus by drawing simple icons on a touch pad. You can set up each of your frequently used menu items to be accessed by one of the twelve gesture icons stored in the handset.

In all, the LG BL40 fits nicely in my pocket and has all the nifty features all put into a phone. As it is a feature phone, we will have to depend on LG to provide more applications specific to this platform. Otherwise, we are left with Java midlets that runs on this platform. So far, I have tested Opera Mini, Google Maps and they worked well with the LG BL40 Chocolate.

This is simply an amazing piece of art and technology that I would recommend to my friends.

Below is a video which shows the LG BL40.

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