I2I 2011: Training, mentoring and funding

Idea to Investment (I2I) for the Media Industry is the leading training program in Singapore for the media and interactive and digital media (IDM) companies. Co-organized by Expara and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). I2I has trained and put in front of investors more than 540 entrepreneurs from 272 companies since 2007.

During the two-day, intensive, hands-onm workshop, participants will develop the key elementsof their business strategy, business plan, financial model and investor presentations.

I2I is open to all sectors of media industry, and to companies of all sizes, maturity and stage of development. We help existing companies to grow and new companies to get started.

To know more about this event, visit www.expara.com

CJ Internet will launch open beta for Mini Fighter in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines

– ‘Mini Fighter’ launches on December 17th 2009

– The commercial service will commence by January 2010

CJ Internet, the leading global entertainment company headquartered in Korea, announced today that it will launch the open beta for online action game Mini Fighter on December 17th 2009. The English language version for Mini Fighter will target gamers globally from the United States, Europe as well as the English language players in South East Asian region countries like Singapore, Malaysia and The Philippines. Furthermore, the game is targeted to launch commercially by January 2010.

“We have paid careful attention to ensure Mini Fighter is as fun as possible by creating a variety of game modes, unique and comic characters to allow the game to be constantly engaging for players of all ages. We have also made sure that there were plenty of never-before-seen zones to enjoy within the game, and we are confident the game will have wide appeal to anyone who enjoys multi-player online action games,” said Youngjong Jung, President and CEO of CJ Internet.

Combining a simple user interface with colorful, 2D graphics and action-packed gameplay, Mini Fighter features hand-drawn characters and animations. Gameplay in Mini Fighter is optimized for a keyboard. Besides the battle modes and dungeons, there are a number of community-based activities. Being able to chat with other players via keyboard is an essential part of enjoying Mini Fighter to the fullest.

“We wanted to consider users with low PC specifications as we intended to attract and encourage beginner-level users. Many new players find it hard to play 3D games. Mini Fighter offers a look that‘s reminiscent of arcade-style games from back in the day. Users who have enjoyed action-fighting games can certainly recall the thrill of hitting control pads to create special fighting skills for their selected characters. We wanted to bring that sense back to life in an online form,” said Richard Moon, lead producer for Mini Fighter.

Mini Fighter’ is a massive action casual game that allows up online battles for up to 210 players to play together in the village zone. Castle Siege, a mode where up to 200 players can battle simultaneously, and the Boss Zone, an area where up to 100 users can go up against powerful boss monsters. In addition, users can enter the Coliseum to engage in a free-for-all battle with no limitations on the number of participants. Whichever one of the two teams that reaches 100 KO first will win. These features will be added in stages to the Mini Fighter global service.

Players can also take a break from the fighting with a variety of mini-games, including the brain-busting Quiz Zone and the reflex-testing Fishing Zone.

To view the story and gameplay trailers for Mini Fighter, head to: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/Download/videos.asp

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Minimum specs needed to run the game:

·      OS: Windows XP

·      CPU: Pentium 4 1.5GHz or higher

·      Video: 16-bit Graphics Card

·      Memory: 256MB or higher

·      DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

About CJ Internet

Located in Seoul, Republic of Korea, CJ Internet is a global entertainment company dedicated to enriching people’s lives through fun, social, massively online gaming. The company currently provides over 200 titles to more than 20 million registered players through Netmarble ( www.netmarble.net), the highly-popular Korean gaming portal they launched in 2001. CJ Internet has published a number of high-profile online titles since its establishment in 2000, including Sudden Attack, Korea’s number one online FPS, baseball game MaguMagu, MMORPG PRIUS and stylish action MMORPG Ys Online.

You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.

 

HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, has unveiled on Thursday a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC’s new Quietly Brilliant brand positioning at Butter Factory @ One Fullerton. As HTC’s first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, ‘You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.’  This represents HTC’s commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them.

 

 

On the same day, HTC also announced the launch of HTC Tattoo, an Android-based phone that brings broad personalisation to the masses in Singapore.  With its distinct design and ability to personalise all aspects of the phone, from its hardware to its applications and content, people are able to express themselves and create their own individual mobile experience.

 

IMG_8564HTC Tattoo is the second phone to embody HTC Sense, a mobile experience focused on putting people at the centre by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. Designed by listening and observing how people live  and communicate. Inline with their YOU campaign, HTC Sense revolves around three fundamental principles – Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

 

With HTC Tattoo, you stay close to the important people in your life by integrating your communications and applications including voice calls, emails, texts, photos and status updates into one consolidated view, providing innovative and fun phone experiences.

 

HTC Tattoo integrates Google’s innovative mobile services including: Google Maps, search, Google Mail, and Android Market where users can download thousands of popular applications and games. It also comes complete with a broad variety of hardware features including a 3.2 mega pixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and expandable microSD memory.

 

The new HTC Tattoo will be available this weekend in Thoughtful Silver at all authorised resellers and exclusively in Sophisticated Black at M1 retail outlets at a suggested retail price of S$598*. Standard retail HTC Tattoo package will come with a 2GB microSD™ card.

World’s First 3.5G Touch Watch Phone Now Available in Singapore

Singapore, 30 October 2009 – LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced that the world’s first Touch Watch Phone (Model: LG-GD910), is now available in Singapore.

With just 800 units allocated for the Singapore market, these sought-after communication timepieces will be sold by the three telco operators in Singapore—SingTel, M1 and StarHub—in one of their exclusively selected retail outlets, namely: SingTel at ION Orchard, M1 at Paragon, and StarHub at Plaza Singapura. LG’s GD910 Touch Watch Phone, with a recommended retail price of S$1,688 (without contract), makes its mark in history as the first ever 3.5G phone in the form factor of a watch to be publicly available outside of a spy movie.


Cost-Saving Printer

 

For small business owners, listen up! Brother has recently launched a new series of compact colour printers and Multi-functions Centre that promise to deliver cost-saving and high-speed printing. Price starts as low as $498/-

By utilising a newly improved LED printing technology, Brother is able to offer high speed printing at 16 pages per minute (ppm) and rich colour print quality at up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution, without increasing the cost of ownership. This will certainly meet the printing needs of both Small Offices Home Offices (SOHOs) and Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMBs)

Additionally, the MFCs offer print, fax, copy and scan functions in one machine with the unique scan to FTP and network features to reduce the amount of paper filing and easier document management for today’s offices. Alternatively, users can also scan to and even print directly from USB flash memory drive.

I do not have the chance to test up the printing quality but I guess this is pretty secondary.  For small business owners, what matters most is to achieve cost saving and decent print quality. The Toner Save Mode enables draft quality printouts that consumes less toner, while a separate toner and drum technology lets users maximise toner and drum usage so less is spent on replacing drums and reducing wastage.

 

To know more about the price and the specification, you may wish to download a simplified catalogue here.

Hunt With Yahoo! and Award Yourself With Attractive Prizes

 

Youreka! has hit Singapore. Launched by Yahoo! Singapore, Youreka! is an online and offline digital treasure hunt that offers interactive entertainment for users to search for interesting content and attractive prizes.

 

Yahoo! partners with many corporations such as adidas, Blackberry and Singapore Flyers to enhance the digital hunting experience. Top ticket hunters are eligible to try to find elusive Purple tickets and the chance to drive award with a Honda Jazz.

Oops! This is the Philippines one! They have held a similar one before. Go check it up at Yahoo! Philippines! 

 

Can’t wait to know more about the treasure hunt? Go http://www.youreka.com.sg/ to find out more. Enjoy your hunt!!

Singapore F1 Race Has Calmed My Hectic Schedule

It has been a while since my last blog post. I was very busy writing a marketing report for a Malaysian company which intends to come to Singapore to set up retail store. However, I still manage to spare some time for break.

For those who “managed” to catch me for the past 2 weeks, you should have aware that I’ve received a LG GC900 Viewty from Mark Koh, LG-One. Ok, you must be wondering why a “uncle-like” man like me agree to write a review for this “girly” phone?

First of all, it is the 8 mega pixel camera feature that has attracted me to get a hold of this phone. There is no need for me to carry a camera on top of my phone ( my 1-year old HTC phone does not have good camera feature!!!) By the way, I still own an old 8 mega pixel camera. Having a phone which has good camera feature serves as a good replacement for both my phone and camera.

 

F1 Rocks Concert with LG

Along with the phone, I was also invited to attend the LG F1 Rocks Concert held at Fort Canning. It is a 3-day event featuring multiple celebrities from all around the globe.  

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I have uploaded some photos here.

 

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We were there early and we were able to see the organizer staging the place. 

 

People coming in…

 

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N.E.R.D performing…

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If you want a more completed coverage, you may wish to visit www.f1rocks.com

F1 Race

Oh yes! How can we miss out the world’s only night F1 Race?! Haha! I manage to get seated tickets for this race. Our seats are located at Padang

 

Beautiful night scene at Padang

 

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F1 Track before the race starts…

 

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Video on the F1 motors! Apologies for the badly-taken images…the cars were just moving too fast!

 

Night concert after the race…

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Visit www.singaporegp.sg for more information about the race results.

I have also uploaded some photos at Photobucket. You may wish to see them here.

PRESS RELEASE: SINGAPORE IS THE FIRST TO HAVE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING MOBILE PHONE IN ASIA

 

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and INQ Mobile today announced that SingTel mobile customers will soon become the first in Asia and among the first in the world to get their hands on the ultimate 3G social mobile phone, the new INQ Mini 3G.

 

I am very fortunate enough to be one of the first few Singaporean to witness the first 3G social networking mobile phone in the world. Thanks to Ivy (Singtel) for inviting me to the Blogger Launch @Supper Club, Odeon Tower.

 

The launch has given a very good demonstration on what you, as a user, can do with the INQ Mini 3G. The INQ Mini 3G is the first social mobile phone to be fully integrated with Facebook, offering ‘always on’, one-click access to this popular social networking application, as well as Twitter. It also merges contacts on the mobile phone and Facebook to create the world’s first ‘live’ address book. Customers will see the caller’s latest Facebook profile picture with every incoming call. Another impressive feature is that the main Inbox will contain separate folders for Facebook messages, pokes and requests, as well as emails and SMS, all on the same page.

 

Users can multitask easily with the user-friendly INQ Mini 3G to access popular social networking services such as Twitter, email and instant messenger using its Switcher feature. They can view updates 24/7 with the ‘always on’ feature by simply logging in just once to these applications and staying connected even when the phone is powered off.   

 

Unboxing of the INQ Mini 3G

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Pricing details will be announced on 19 September 2009 when the phone goes on sale at SingTel Shops, hello! stores and exclusive retailers island-wide.

 

For more information on phone features, click on www.singtel.com/INQ.