The games xpo stomps lion city in july

I was invited to the Press Conference of The Games XPO 2009 held at Game Haven – SAFRA.

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February 18, 2009 Singapore Conference and Exhibition Management Services(CEMS) announced its collaboration with Rapture Gaming to present The Games XPO 2009 (TGX09)here in Singapore from July 3 to 5, 2009 at Hall 4 of Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. TGX09 is made possible with the support of host Games Exchange Alliance, Singapore. TGX09 brings together the regional gaming industry under one comprehensive networking platform for Asia to present the latest trends in gaming. Its vision is to be Asia’s ultimate gaming show bringing together the best minds and partners to showcase the latest in the world of gaming to the gaming fraternity, from players to publishers.

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(Photo) From Left – Ms Cindy Tan (Singapore Cyber Models Club), Mr Bernard Ho (TKA Amusement (S) Pte Ltd), Mr Steven Tan (CEMS) Mr Aroon Tan (Games Exchanges Alliance), Mr Herman Ng (Rapture Gaming Pte Ltd), Ms Stephanie Loh (Singapore Cosplay Club), Mr Takahan (Chivalry Entertainment). Mr Paddy Tan (Blog2u Pte Ltd)

TGX09 is strategically organized to address the development needs and opportunities presented by Asia’s rapidly growing digital interactive gaming industry. It is broadly segmented into areas of interest to businesses and to II-chan complete white (2)the public. Visitors to the event will find a comprehensive array of activities spread over 4,000 sqm presented by some 80 companies in console, PC, online, mobile and arcade games.

 

Enthusiasts can look forward to an arcade games showdown and e-sports tournaments
designed to challenge the gamers at some of the most popular and demanding games.

 

 

(Picture) Mascot developed by Chivalry Entertainment

Besides exciting games, Visitors will indulged with the eye-popping appearance by the Cyber Models and Cosplay characters. The event is expected to draw 80,000 visitors.

It is not just all play! Business people! There is always opportunity for you! The Summit of Asia Pacific Gaming Associations (SAGA) will gather industry leaders to launch of three initiatives. The first would be the launch of the World’s first “Asia Pacific Games Directory featuring market reports of the 13 member countries and regions. SAGA Presidents will also meet at the SAGA Presidents’ breakfast to discuss collaborative efforts among the member countries and the possible formation of the Asia Pacific Games Federation. The third of the series of initiatives would be the industry forum on business and market development of the gaming industry. The two-day forum during TGX09 is expected to draw 150 delegates from 13 countries.

 

website: http://www.thegamesxpo.com/

STILL GUESSING THE BRAND OF "GUESSWHATCAR.SG"? LET ME TELL YOU THE ANS!

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Photo taken outside of Heeren

 

I am sure everybody wants to win a pair of tickets to Europe but first of all, you must know the brand of the car! I have various ways to get you to the answer but before I go into the details, I strongly encourages all of you to finish reading the whole blog post (if you don’t want to waste time banging at the wrong door).   

 

The most direct way is to go to the side of the car showroom. You should be able to see the functions and the features of the car. This is tedious but a correct approach because all car makers will have different positioning in the market. From there, you would roughly know the targeted market segment of the car company and this helps you to better filter off those companies that are not in the segment. Don’t worry! I don’t expect you guys to go down to Heeren to copy all the features. I have prepared the list for you guys. All you have to do is to copy and search on Google

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Powerful 1.6L engine(124ps)

Auto light control

Integrated Headlamp-Cum-Front Grille Design

Sporty 17-Ince Alloy Rims

Top-of-the- Class Cabin Space

Driver-Centric Dashboard with Centre Fascia

Motor-Driven Power Steering(MDPS)

Steering Wheel Audio Remote Control

Keyless Entry System

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Dual Front Airbags

Electronic-Chromic Mirror

Perfect NHTSA and IIHS Safety Rating

Ipod-/USB-Compatible Audio Console

Automatic Temperature Control

Supervision Cluster with Rear Parking Assist System and Trip Computer

 

Wait a minute! I guess you guys will prefer watching video to reading text. Watch this video! You will get the answer straight away!

 

Guys, come on! Guess the brand of this myster 1.6L Car and stand to win a trip for two to exciting Europe!

Simply SMS GUESS<space> Car Brand <space> Your Name <space> Your NRIC  to 77877 or log on to guesswhatcar.sg to enter!

Contest ends 19 Feb 2009.

Garbage Enzyme Workshop in Singapore

Ground-Up Initiative’s (GUI) very first Garbage Enzyme Workshop is happening……

When:  SATURDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2009

Where: Nyee Phoe – 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898

What time: 2 to 4.30pm

Fees for this workshop: S$15 for members and S$18 for non-members. Fee includes a 5-litre plastic bottle and brown sugar and will be given to each participant during the DIY session.

All participants are requested to bring your own "garbage". "Garbage" refers to kitchen waste such as raw vegetables and/or skins and seeds of all types of fruits which one usually throws away during cooking preparation.

Garbage enzyme is the solution to recover our ozone layer and lower the global temperature. Discover the endless benefits of this Earth-saving enzyme you can make in your kitchen.

ENZYME MAN of Singapore aka Mr Derrick Tan will conduct this workshop, therefore it is a golden opportunity to learn from him first hand about this magical enzyme and how to make it at home.

If you want to learn more about creation, adoption and application of ENZYME in your daily living, please email to info@groundupinitiative.org.

Website: http://www.groundupinitiative.org/

P.S. For drivers, please refer to the map below for directions to the venue.
For those who are taking public transport, please wait at the waiting bay next to Kranji MRT station by 1.30pm, there will be transport arrangement by GUI to bring you to the venue.

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Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here

Bloggers’ calendar 2009 at SMU

We have a wonderful Sunday evening at SMU Ice Cold beer. Nice ambience, great people and of course lots of beer!

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Hey Nicole! Are you the ambassador of Barcadi?

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(From Left) DK, Vincent, Huishan and Mic are playing Nintendo Wii

 

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Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! These photos (all contain me) were taken and given free to me on the spot! (I absolutely love this idea! Cool and professional photos for free!) These photos are sponsored by Livestudio 

For those who are interested to know how the calendar look like, there is an online version at http://bloggers2009.album.sg/ (if you look diligently, you will see my link in the January calendar)

Lastly, thanks to Daphne for organizing such a wonderful event.

know amazing business ideas in NTU!!

08 CreativeLab_logoGlobal market slumped like a freefall but innovation will never stop. Entrepreneurs will continue to innovate and invent interesting products and services. Give yourself a chance to indulge in the air of entrepreneurism at NTU Business Plan Competition(NTU BPC) this coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009.

NTU BPC – 08CreativeLab is a campus-wide competition very much in line with Singapore’s effort to promote and develop a strong technology entrepreneurship environment leading to a vibrant and thriving sector of high growth technology-oriented companies. Spearheaded by Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and designed to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship through education and competition, NTU BPC provides a platform in which participants present new innovative business concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and angel investors.

Through the various learning initiatives and training engagements with business communities, participants are strongly encouraged to go beyond “paper play” and to start up ventures based on their business plans.

This year’s competition which began in May attracted a total of 294 NTU students or 67 teams. During the first round of judging, we narrowed this down to 18 teams. 8 teams from the Semi Final have advanced into the Grand Final of 08CreativeLab.

Our judges from the preliminary and semi-final rounds have short-listed 8 finalist-teams for this Grand Final, where each team is expected to perform an elevator pitch on their business, followed by a venture capital fair where each team will set up a booth to showcase their business idea to be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges consisting of venture capitalists, business angels, successful entrepreneurs, eminent corporate business leaders, intellectual property owners, solicitors, government officials, and etc.

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The winning teams will be awarded with over S$23,000 cash prizes; possibilities to raise capital funding; and others including digital equipments and shopping vouchers, etc.  Supporting this event, we have supporting partners such as Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Technology Transfer Network (TTN) and Lloyd Wise.

NTC would like to invite you to the Grand Finale of NTU Business Plan Competition 2008 on 9th of January 2009.

Interested parties, please register yourself here

Unexpected Christmas Greeting

I received a letter which is attention to “Neo”. I have only been using this name ever since my army days (Hey! I didn’t use this name because of the movie “Matrix“! Neo is my last name! and Army like to address soldiers by last name) I guess most probably it is sent by people whom I got to know in university or Army.

 

 

Indeed, it is sent by a lady whom I got to know in Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Here’s the message

“Seasons greeting and may your wishes come true.

All the best in your job search and hope that you will obtain a job that you’ll fancy”

It is a simple gesture on her part. I certainly appreciate that! A simple words of encouragement from friends does moltivate me to move on. I would like to say to this friend, 

“Thank you for being so thoughtful! I will continue to propell forward no matter what kind of obstacles that I will face.”

Last and foremost, I would also like to wish you a wonderful christmas and a happy new year!   

MacBook Air’s fatal wireless flaw – Are there?

I extracted this article from CNET. The aurthor is critising the wireless function of MacBook Air. I couldn’t say whatever mentioned in the article is wrong. However, it is overly reacting to the features. If you want to have 3G surfing, you can always get a wireless dongle modem. Space is critical in a thin laptop like Macbook Air? There is a limitation in the hardware design.

 

I believe in future, we can expect to see more features in a next generation of MacBook Air which I am pretty sure 3G will be included. 

 

 

“Apple’s MacBook Air doesn’t live up to its wireless promise.

To quote an Apple tagline, “without wires, you’re free to go anywhere.” But the wireless part of the “air” double entendre fails to deliver. (The other half its light-as-air weight: here it does deliver.)

As I’ve written in the past, I like the Air. I got one in February as soon as it was available at retail and have been pleased with the performance, screen, keyboard, build, and, until recently, the battery life (which has dwindled to under an hour). Of course, the head-turning aluminum aesthetics is also a major appeal to many people.

That said, after a spurt of trips including a 10-day stay on the East Coast and a few treks to Los Angeles, the Air’s wireless shortcomings have become painfully clear. In a word (or two), no 3G.

Now, before I get slammed, let me say that I fully realize that I’m not the first person to reach this conclusion so I’m not claiming any unique epiphany. There were a number of observers citingthis paradox way back in January. Some frustrated users even attempted hacks to shoehorn a 3G modem into the Air. The point is: because of the price and the way it’s marketed, 3G should be built in.

But the full brunt of not having 3G hit me on Friday when I made a trip to Qualcomm to get briefed on a new version of the Snapdragon applications processor (more on this in another post). Sitting there in the nerve center of one of greatest wireless companies in the world, I couldn’t get a wireless connection. Everyone else in the room had 3G connections of one kind or another. The Air instantly became the proverbial doorstop (or paper weight–choose your simile, or maybe it’s more apropos to say it was a dinosaur.)

It didn’t take much prodding from me to get the Qualcomm product manager to point out this fatal flaw.

This came after weeks of not being able to use the Air in many situations when I desperately needed a wireless connection. For instance, not all LA airports have reliable Wi-Fi connections. The John Wayne Airport in Orange County being one example. And when I was on the East Coast, one sprawling place I stayed at for several nights had Wi-Fi only in one inconveniently situated area that was inaccessible at night.

In these situations, the Air is nothing more than a slab of beautifully sculpted aluminum.

Hewlett-Packard Compaq 2510p (L) and MacBook Air.  The HP comes with a built-in WWAN option, the Air does not. 

Hewlett-Packard Compaq 2510p (L) and MacBook Air. The HP comes with a built-in WWAN option, the Air does not.

(Credit: Brooke Crothers)

Which brings me to the cult of Steve Jobs. Apple was brilliant enough to deliver a groundbreaking design like the Air but why wasn’t it savvy enough to build in 3G?

Before I get slammed again, let me throw out some reasons (excuses) why Apple didn’t build in 3G, based on reports I’ve read and my own observations. Apple didn’t like the fact that 3G modems often made the user commit to one service provider, i.e., Verizon or Sprint or Vodafone. Or, it believed that if users wanted 3G, they could simply plug in a USB 3G modem.

I have serious problems with both of those reasons. Particularly when you’re paying typically more than $1,800 (or $2,500, depending on the model) for a notebook billed as a wireless wonder (for Apple ad copy on why the Air is such a wonderful wireless laptop, just cruise over to Apple’s MBA page.) And I have even more of a problem when ultrathin Netbooks are coming with 3G at one-third (and potentially a tiny fraction of) the cost of the Air.

For comparison, let’s look at another Valley company, Hewlett-Packard. HP has been selling WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) modems in its business laptops for at least two years (and probably longer). The HP-Compaq NC6400 laptop introduced about two years ago was offered from day one with WWAN built in.

Granted, the choice of carriers at first was limited but look at HP’s offerings today. Models (including those in the EliteBook line) are offered with Qualcomm’s Gobi modem. Gobi obviates the need to have unique radios for each carrier. Gobi supports Verizon, Sprint, and others in one device.

Where was Gobi when Apple refreshed the MacBooks in October? I’m sure Apple has plenty of excuses (for example, not enough space in the Air’s ultrathin design).

But Apple should have had 3G from the beginning and certainly in the October refresh. In today’s 3G world, continuing to call it the MacBook Air brings another meaning to the double entendre: lightness of weight with a touch of advertising hot air.

Additional comments:
The point is not that a user can potentially add an external WWAN modem (though even that’s not necessarily easy to do), the point is that the Air should come with 3G capability built in considering how the computer is marketed.

Originally posted at Nanotech – The Circuits Blog “

Updates from TAWA and TND

Hi guys! Sorry for not updating The Neo Dimension (TND) for some time.

Recently, I was helping The Young Businessman as a guest blogger. The latest blog post that I have written for The Young Businessman is “Should Entrepreneurs Venture in Recession-Resistant Industry”

Also, I was being interviewed by Chasing The Storm on the entrepreneurship experience with Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA). Questions are well thought and to a certain extend, it is a public’s impression of TAWA.

Will update you guys more about the latest development of TAWA.