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Posted on 30 November 2008 @ 2:58 am GMT+8

I visited Sitex2008 yesterday, not to buy anything in particular, but to check new tech stuffs going around in SG. The only thing I found interesting was Starhub’s new service, “Home Zone”. It’s a 3G femtocell service at home that allows you to use your 3G phone at home, while making use of your home broadband. Check out the illustration I got below:

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Starhub is offering this service for $15 (without GST) till 31st Dec, after which it will be $30. You can hook up 4 starhub 3G mobile users to the network, and they all can call out for free. This includes video calls and SMSes. It’s total freedom at home. The catch is of course, you’ll need to be on Starhub for mobile and broadband services. A device similar to the one below will be loaned for free too:

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Personally, as a business point of view, I really like the fact that Starhub is making full use of their strength : the cable network. They’re also monopolizing the market very well, as they get customers signed up under them for all their services. As a customer, I feel that this could be useful if 4 family members can be hooked up to this home network and also make use of video calls frequently. A land line is no longer necessary. This service was launched 3 days ago during Sitex. More info on this here.



Posted on 29 November 2008 @ 2:57 am GMT+8

Dang.. I can’t believe this. Some guy suggested more seats to be removed from trains so that more people can be packed into them. Obviously this was a pretty straight forward solution for the authorities. You need less maintenance and you don’t need to increase train frequencies.

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I can see that world class transport means packing more people in public vehicles :s Passenger comfort doesn’t seem to be important. Full news here.

Also, SBS have been increasingly using those “wheelchair” buses , which are apparently low-floor. I like the low-floor design, but where the hell are the seats? They have spaces for not 1, but 2 wheelchair guys, but I have hardly seen a single one on a bus in my lifetime.

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Also, due to the low-floor design, the spaces on top of the wheels are wasted and used for luggage. What the fck is this.. an airport bus? :@



Posted on 27 November 2008 @ 2:56 am GMT+8

Looks like Mumbai is another major magnet for terrorism. Yesterday, yet another attack added on to the string of terror events in India.

Police said there were at least 80 people killed and 250 injured. Apparently, the police seems to be proud of their work: shooting down 4 gunmen and getting 11 of their men killed. The way I see it, its 80 versus 4. Perhaps it’s just the way the media put it.

“Gunfire and explosions were heard at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel and thick plumes of smoke rose from the building, witnesses said. Staff and guests were seen running out of the lobby.

There were also explosions at the Oberoi hotel and firing at a hospital where gunmen were surrounded. “The terrorists are throwing grenades at us from the rooftop of the Taj and trying to stop us from moving in,” Ashok Patil, a police inspector.”

An organization calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen said it was behind the attacks. The group sent an email to news organizations claiming responsibility! The terror fellas seemed to be targeting foreigners as they were looking for American and British passports. Nutz! And I thought having Obama as the president would tone down these shit. I doubt I’ll do a stopover in Mumbai in my next visit to India.. :s More details from Reuters.



Posted on 26 November 2008 @ 2:55 am GMT+8

I’ve been pretty pissed on this. As some of you have heard, the members of Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees are on strike, asking for higher pay from the TV producers. You can imagine how many viewers are affected world wide!

I’ve been getting repeat telecasts for all programs on the 3 main Hindi channels which I’ve got, namely Sony Entertainment TV, Zee TV and StarPlus. Yea.. I’ve got the Hindi package all right. This has been going on for over 3 weeks. I’m eagerly anticipating Indian Idol (left with 14 contestants) and Voice of India (left with 4 contestants!!)

Who’s the loser now? We are. :@ Paying for the damn package to watch old crap. Those Indians betta sort this out fast.. We’re waiting…
Full news here.



Posted on 23 November 2008 @ 2:54 am GMT+8

Here it is, yet another installment of the Need for Speed series. I’ve lost count of which installment it is. I’ve been following the very first one on my 486 computer back in the old days. Anyways, the new Undercover installment has been released in US and Europe on the 18th and 21th Nov respectively.

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I’ve yet to check if it’s available in SG. There seem to be more positive reviews on this game compared to the previous ones like ProStreet and Carbon. Besides, there seem to be a lot of cop action, which reminds me of the good’ol Hot Pursuit, which happens to be the 3rd installment.

This is the first video game to feature the new 2009 Nissan 370Z. MaggieQ stars in this game as a federal agent. Check out the flashy official site here. Also, there’s lots of videos to catch, especially “Takedown”, and innovative film for NFSUC. The first episode is out! Hmm.. now should I hoot an Xbox360 for this?





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